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TV Icon Jim Nabors Dead At Age 87; Gained Fame As Gomer Pyle

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Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton in "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C".

By Lee Pfeiffer

Jim Nabors, who epitomized the image of a friendly country boy, has died at age 87 at his home in Hawaii. Nabors was plucked from obscurity when Andy Griffith caught his nightclub act in L.A. in the early 1960s and cast him in the role of Gomer Pyle, the affable but simple-minded filling station attendant in "The Andy Griffith Show". The program was always among the top shows in the ratings and Nabors' exposure on the show gained him instant fame. The character of Gomer became as iconic as Griffith's Sheriff Andy Taylor and Don Knotts' deputy Barney Fife. Nabors' popularity extended into a second career as a pop singer. When he first sang on an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show", many viewers thought his operatic baritone voice was dubbed. However, they soon
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See the Full List of James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award Winners 2017

The James Beard Foundation Awards were presented in Chicago on Monday night at a ceremony hosted by Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson (don’t forget to check out last week’s James Beard Media Awards’ complete list of winners, announced last week in New York City). Here is this year’s list of chef and restaurant winners:

2017 James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Award Winners

75 Seats and Under (For the best restaurant design or renovation in North America since January 1, 2014)

Firm: AvroKO

Designers: Kristina O’Neal, William Harris, Adam Farmerie, Greg Bradshaw

Project: SingleThread, Healdsburg, California

76 Seats and Over (For
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Photo Coverage: Kate Baldwin, Erin Dilly & More Take Opening Night Bows in Songbird

59E59 Theaters presents Songbird, which just opened lastnight, October 28, as part of its 5A Season.The cast features Ephie Aardema Parade at Lincoln Center In Concert Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin Big Fish, Finian's Rainbow, Adam Cochran The Last Goodbye at The Old Globe, Tony Award nominee Erin Dilly Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, A Christmas Story, The Musical, Don Guillory Stickfly,Drew McVety The Last Ship, Sunday in the Park with George, Eric William Morris Coram Boy, Mamma Mia, Kacie Sheik Hair Tony Award nominee Bob Stillman Dirty Blond, Grey Gardens, and Andy Taylor Once, On The Twentieth Century.
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Photo Coverage: Inside Songbird's Opening Night Party with Kate Baldwin, Kacie Sheik & More!

59E59 Theaters presents Songbird, which just opened last night, October 28, as part of its 5A Season. The cast features Ephie Aardema Parade at Lincoln Center In Concert Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin Big Fish, Finian's Rainbow, Adam Cochran The Last Goodbye at The Old Globe, Tony Award nominee Erin Dilly Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, A Christmas Story, The Musical, Don Guillory Stickfly,Drew McVety The Last Ship, Sunday in the Park with George, Eric William Morris Coram Boy, Mamma Mia, Kacie Sheik Hair Tony Award nominee Bob Stillman Dirty Blond, Grey Gardens, and Andy Taylor Once, On The Twentieth Century.
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Action Lab announces Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman, check out a preview here

Action Lab Entertainment has announced the upcoming released of the six-issue mini-series Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman. Described as equal parts Conan and Flash Gordon, the otherworldly saga is written by Josh S. Henaman with art by Andy Taylor and Tamra Bonvillain. Check out a preview of the first issue here…

On October 20, 1967, a pair of hunters caught on film the image of a solitary creature in the wilds of Northern California. After a media firestorm, no credible evidence could prove the existence of this “Bigfoot” and for the next 40 years the sighting was largely deemed a hoax. On November 6th, 2007, the Nasa rover, Spirit, photographed the same creature on a ridge just south of Grissom Hill. The location? Fourth planet from the sun: Mars. This winter … Action Lab reveals how he got there.

The dying planet needed a hero… what they got was a sasquatch.
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Cop Car, Starring Kevin Bacon, Comes to DVD and Blu-ray This September

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Cop Car, Starring Kevin Bacon, Comes to DVD and Blu-ray This September
Kevin Bacon stars as a deadly sheriff in “Cop Car,” coming to DVD and Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Sept. 29. The film directed by Jon Watts, is set in a small town where two boys (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) steal the sheriff’s car. The sheriff is no Andy Taylor, though – with his car (and its mysterious cargo) in the hands of some kids, this sheriff is out take back what’s his by any means necessary. Here’s more about “Cop Car”: “When a pair of 10-year-olds find an abandoned cop car in a field and take it for a joyride, it seems like they could kill themselves [ Read More ]

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Whoops…Did I Do That?: Top 10 Film Bumblers and Stumblers

The world of cinema certainly has had its share of sympathetic bumbling and stumbling characters rich in both comedic and tragic layers and anything else in between. Some of these movie misfits are misunderstood and actually more aware then they appear. The combination of being slow-witted, clumsy, awkward, inept, unstable–it all has its entertaining points in the hapless scheme of things. Importantly, these bumbling and stumbling film figureheads generate a kind of loose-minded and in some cases underlying poignancy that resonates so soundly for global moviegoers to observe with embraced enthusiasm.

So let us take a look at a selection of klutzy candidates (both in seriousness and silliness) that inspire us to chuckle and root for in the column Whoops…Did I Do That?: Top 10 Film Bumblers and Stumblers (Note: the listing of the choices below are not in any particular order of preference):

1.) Forrest Gump from
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Things Are Just Better With "Andy Griffith"

I'm mighty glad how things worked out.

Things always seem to work out at the end of the day in Mayberry. Along with Andy Taylor's (Andy Griffith) uncanny ability to manage his son Opie (Ron Howard) and his officious deputy Barney (Don Knotts), the clean, moral endings are what makes The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68) what it is. Can you even read the name of this show without whistling? I Love Lucy is perhaps the only theme tune that comes close to being as instantly recognizable as Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer's opening whistle. The first thing about this new Blu-Ray edition of season one of The Andy Griffith Show is that it seemed to spring out, fully formed with its first episode as strong as all the others. And it is a strong show, simple and warm-hearted. Of all the old 'classics' I've revisited in reviews like this,
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Veronica Mars,' 'Blazing Saddles,' and More

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Veronica Mars"

What's It About? Everyone's favorite teen Pi Veronica Mars is all grown up. She's living in NYC with Piz and just about to snag a plum lawyer gig when she's called back to Neptune to help out her ex Logan. In typical Logan fashion, he's in legal hot water - this time around, he's accused of murdering his girlfriend. Oh, it's also their high school reunion. Fun times!

Why We're In: Okay, if you're a diehard Marshmallow, chances are you're already getting a copy of the movie from Kickstarter. But, hey, while you wait for them to be sent out, why not snag an extra copy or two?

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Ace in the Hole" (Criterion)

What's It About? Kirk Douglas stars as a ruthless reporter scheming to keep his latest scoop in the headlines. A classic film noir,
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‘Death Occurred Last Night’ and 3 Decades-Old TV Shows Are the Best Blu-ray/DVD Releases of the Week

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Death Occurred Last Night A young woman has gone missing, and while that’s distressing enough for her father it’s made worse by the fact that she’s mentally challenged and has the awareness of a child. Her concerned father pressures the police to step up their search, but as he and the detectives narrow in on the truth it becomes clear that they may be too late. This dark, violent Italian thriller was a bit rough upon its release, and the years since haven’t made it any softer. Part procedural, part suspense, the film doesn’t shy away from the sex or violence and is most definitely not for the PC crowd. If the scene where good old dad helps his gorgeous adult daughter put on her bra doesn’t stop some
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Love March Madness? Check out our Heroes vs. Villains Tourney

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It's that time of year again. A few dramatic weeks during March and April when the nation's attention is fixated on some well-known universities and little-known colleges battling against each other for amateur basketball glory. Well, before your fill out your office or family brackets, we've got a friendly entertainment showdown where you call the shots. Today, HitFix launches Heroes vs. Villains March Mayhem, an epic bracket battle between good and evil (aka, the greatest villains and heroes in television and cinema history). When all is said and done fans like you will determine which hero will take on which villain for the 2014 title. We begin with a Heroes bracket and a Villains bracket. Within those brackets are respective TV and movie pools giving the competition four divisions (Movie Heroes, Movie Villains, TV Heroes, TV Villains). The first round consists of 32 match ups and you can cast your ballots between now and Thursday,
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Cast of Broadway's Once to Perform at 54 Below, 3/16

Cast members from the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Once will perform at 54 Below this Sunday, March 16 at 254 West 54th Street at 1130pm. The multi-talented cast, including Paul Nolan, Joanna Christie, Adam Wesley Brown, David Patrick Kelly, Katrina Lenk, Brandon McGibbon, Anne L. Nathan, Andy Taylor, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty, J. Michael Zygo, Joanne Borts, Brandon Ellis, Elisabeth Evans, Jessie Fisher, Ben Hope, Don Noble, Ari McKay Wilford and more, celebrate St. Patty's a tad early with an evening of their favorite songs as they again bring their myriad of instruments and skills to the 54 Below stage. Cover charge is 20 3 extra at the door, with a 20 food and beverage minimum. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call 646 468-7619.
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Collabor8te backs new shorts

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Exclusive: Eight scripts selected from 1,400 submissions, including short from The Brothers Lynch.

Collabor8te, the short film collaboration launched by Rankin Film Productions, in partnership with The Bureau, Dazed & Confused and Nokia, has selected eight scripts for production backing and industry mentorship.

Each project will receive £10,000.

Amy Hubbard of Hubbard Casting will work on several of the projects, DoP Rob Hardy will work on Tracks, while Old Habits is written and directed by 2013 Screen Stars of Tomorrow The Brothers Lynch.

Rankin will oversee the slate with executive producers David Allain and Jess Gormley.

In its first year, the new talent initiative produced eight shorts featuring emerging and established talent including Robert Emms, Leila Mimmack, Bill Nighy and Stephen Mangan. Rory Alexander Stewart’s project Liar went on to win a Scottish BAFTA New Talent Award.

Tristan Goligher of The Bureau commented: “Now in its second year Collabor8te continues as a rare opportunity not just for the
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Collabor8 backs new shorts

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Exclusive: Eight scripts selected from 1,400 submissions, includes short from The Brothers Lynch.

Collabor8, the short film collaboration between Rankin Film Productions, The Bureau, Dazed & Confused and Nokia, has selected eight scripts for production backing and industry mentorship.

Each project will have a budget of £10,000.

Amy Hubbard of Hubbard Casting will work on several of the projects, DoP Rob Hardy will work on Tracks, while Old Habits is written and directed by 2013 Screen Stars of Tomorrow The Brothers Lynch.

In its first year, the new talent initiative produced eight shorts featuring emerging and established talent including Robert Emms, Leila Mimmack, Bill Nighy and Stephen Mangan. Rory Alexander Stewart’s project Liar went on to win a Scottish BAFTA New Talent Award.

Tristan Goligher of The Bureau commented: “Now in its second year Collabor8te continues as a rare opportunity not just for the writers, directors and producers commissioned but also for us to work with some of the
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Andy Griffith's Widow Gets Permit To Demolish Actor's Longtime Home

Andy Griffith's Widow Gets Permit To Demolish Actor's Longtime Home
Raleigh, N.C. — The widow of actor Andy Griffith has gotten a permit to tear down the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, upsetting friends who had hoped it would be preserved as a museum or Graceland-type estate.

Cindi Griffith obtained the demolition permit Monday, according to Dare County records. County officials and friends confirmed the permit is to demolish a smaller house along the Roanoke Sound that Griffith bought in the 1950s, not the larger house that he and Cindi built nearby several years ago.

William Ivey Long, the Tony Award-winning costume designer whose parents were friends with Griffith and his first wife, Barbara, said Griffith told him in 2007 that he wanted to preserve the older home as a museum. The two discussed the possibility when Long had an exhibit of his costumes at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, Long said.

"We compared notes,
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Andy Griffith's widow granted permit to demolish his former house

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The widow of actor Andy Griffith plans to demolish the actor's former home, the Associated Press reports. Cyndi Griffith received a permit Monday to demolish the house, a move that is upsetting to the late actor's friends. They had hoped the home would be converted into a museum celebrating Griffith, as Graceland does for Elvis Presley.

One acquaintance says he spoke with Griffith about the museum idea before he passed. Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, whose parents were friends with Griffith, recalls a discussion with the "Matlock" star about the possibility in 2007. Long says Griffith wanted the museum to include memorabilia from his careers in both acting and music.

Griffith's will, dated two months before his 2012 death, makes no mention of the museum, or the property in question. He bought the house, smaller than the one he lived in with Cindi when he died, after experiencing his first real sucess.
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People Remembers the American Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

With the exit from Iraq and the draw-down of troops in Afghanistan, the numbers of Americans killed continues to drop. Still, loved ones are mourning 311 lost, and as of Dec. 17, the wars' toll since 2001 now stands at 6,656. Edward Joseph Acosta, 21 Trevor Brandon Adkins, 21 Ahmed Kousay al-Taie, 46 Erica Paige Alecksen, 21 Tobias Christoph Alexander, 30 Joseph James Altmann, 27 Mabry James Anders, 21 Joshua Ryan Ashley, 23 Bradley Wayne Atwell, 27 Daniel Benjamin Bartle, 27 Jon-Luke Bateman, 22 Jonathan Batista, 22 Rayvon Battle Jr., 25 Taylor John Baune, 21 Jordan Logan Bear, 25 Clayton Ross Beauchamp, 21 Genaro Bedoy, 20 Bryan Richard Bell, 23 Russell Ryan Bell, 37 Jose Oscar Belmontes, 28 Kenneth Wade Bennett, 26 Keith David Benson,
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Ron Howard Celebrates Andy Griffith

Ron Howard Celebrates Andy Griffith
Raleigh, N.C. — Andy Griffith led by example on the set of his television show, teaching a 6-year-old boy that true leadership requires not only confidence and hard work but also humility, Academy Award-winning film director Ron Howard said in recorded remarks Sunday.

Howard's remarks were played during a Griffith tribute at the 23rd annual Mayberry Days celebration in Mount Airy. It's the first Mayberry Days held since Griffith, a native of Mount Airy, died July 3 at the age of 86 at his home in Manteo. The three-day event typically attracts 25,000 to 30,000 people.

"Andy's impact on my life and my approach to my work really can't be measured," Howard said. "The balance that he sustained between focused, creative effort and this overt, playful enjoyment that he got out of working hard with people that he liked, doing a show he loved, was something that I hope I'll always remember and emulate.
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Ron Howard Celebrates Andy Griffith

Ron Howard Celebrates Andy Griffith
Raleigh, N.C. — Andy Griffith led by example on the set of his television show, teaching a 6-year-old boy that true leadership requires not only confidence and hard work but also humility, Academy Award-winning film director Ron Howard said in recorded remarks Sunday.

Howard's remarks were played during a Griffith tribute at the 23rd annual Mayberry Days celebration in Mount Airy. It's the first Mayberry Days held since Griffith, a native of Mount Airy, died July 3 at the age of 86 at his home in Manteo. The three-day event typically attracts 25,000 to 30,000 people.

"Andy's impact on my life and my approach to my work really can't be measured," Howard said. "The balance that he sustained between focused, creative effort and this overt, playful enjoyment that he got out of working hard with people that he liked, doing a show he loved, was something that I hope I'll always remember and emulate.
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‘Lost’ Losers And Next-Best ‘Sex’ Comediennes: The Biggest Emmy Snubs of All-Time

By Carson Blackwelder

Television Contributor

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With the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards coming this Sunday, claims of snubs are running rampant. Sure, NBC’s Community and Parenthood (airing tonight) are topping the list of this year’s slights, but they aren’t the first, nor are they the last.

Everyone has his or her favorite TV show, actor or actress. Sometimes a show struggles to maintain decent ratings while viewers and critics believe it’s the best series on TV. However, just because a program gets praise doesn’t mean it will get bigger ratings — or even awards, for that matter.

How does this happen? Answer: The Primetime Emmys are run and voted on by members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Translation: not viewers. Voting occurs in the summer, and although branches of the ATAS vote for just their respective categories, all are allowed to vote for the “best program categories.
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