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Ann Dowd Talks ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ Battling Stage Fright and Learning From Nuns

Ann Dowd Talks ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ Battling Stage Fright and Learning From Nuns
Actress Ann Dowd has become the face of a certain kind of evil with the unforgiving characters she plays on “Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Leftovers.” But her skill at being so convincing as a psychopath also allows her to limn everything from “Girls” to “Masters of Sex” to “Good Behavior” to Chekhov’s “The Seagull” on Broadway.

During a conversation Wednesday night hosted by the SAG-aftra Foundation in New York, Dowd talked about the highs and lows of long career and the years leading up to her personal Peak TV boom. Among the highlights from the Q&A with writer Bruce Fretts:

Dowd,
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It’s Vincent Price Week in St. Louis! Here Are His Ten Best Films

Born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, iconic actor Vincent Price retained a special fondness for his place of origin, and that love was reciprocated with Vincentennial, a celebration of his 100th birthday in his hometown back in May of 2011 (for summary of all the Vincentennial activities go Here). One of the guests of honor at Vincentennial was Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria Price. Because of their close relationship and her access to his unpublished memoirs and letters, Victoria Price was able to provide a remarkably vivid account of her father’s public and private life in her essential book, Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography, originally published in 1999. .In 2011, her biography of her father was out of print. but now it’s been re-issued and Victoria will be in St. Louis this weekend (October 9th – 10th) for three special events. In addition to the biography, she will also be signing
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Super-8 Movie Madness Honors Vincent Price October 7th – Here Are His Ten Best Films

We’ll be celebrating the 5th year anniversary of Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club in St. Louis on Tuesday October 7th with an encore performance of our most popular show. It’s Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Madness in 3D, the show that we took on the road to promote Vincentennial back in 2011. We’ll be honoring the hometown horror hero by showing condensed (average length: 15 minutes) versions of several of Price’s greatest films on Super-8 sound film projected on a big screen. They are: Master Of The World, War-gods Of The Deep, Pit And The Pendulum, The Raven, Witchfinder General, Tim Burton’s Vincent, Two Vincent Price Trailer Reels, Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein and The Mad Magician in 3D (We’ll have plenty of 3D Glasses for everyone)

The non-Price movies we’re showing October 7th are The Three Stooges in Pardon My Backfire
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Scarlett Johansson to Speak at the DNC

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Scarlett Johansson to Speak at the DNC
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Fright Night Set Visit Series Part 5: Imogen Poots Talks Fright Night 3D

This writer has been a huge fan of Imogen Poots ever since I saw her as Robert Carlyle's daughter in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 28 Weeks Later. Since that breakout performance, Poots has established herself rather quickly as an emerging talent on the rise.

She recently starred in Centurion for director Neil Marshall, is starring alongside Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin for DreamWorks' upcoming Fright Night 3D and is now starring in another vampire-related project Hello Darkness which is currently in production.

Last year, while on a set visit for Fright Night 3D, we had the opportunity to chat with the up-and-coming actress briefly who spoke about updating her character in the film, her feelings on working with the talented cast of Fright Night and what she finds so appealing about working on genre films.

Poots, who was already familiar with Amanda Bearse's performance as Amy Peterson in Tom Holland
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Vincentennial: Witchfinder General and Champagne For Caesar Tonight

Witchfinder General will play at the Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival in a 35mm print at 7:00pm tonight, Thursday, May 26th at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University. Admission is free.

It’s likely that Vincent Price never delivered a better performance than the one he gave in Witchfinder General (1968), the fact-based story of infamous witchhunter Matthew Hopkins and the barbaric acts he practiced in mid-17th century England. Price completely jettisoned his usual campy theatrics in favor of an appropriately low-key, sinister, and menacing depiction of a purely evil man who hides behind a mask of religious allegiance. Price plays Hopkins as an unmerciful fiend with a genteel manner and an appetite for torture, especially burning. The movie is cruel in its violence but also intelligent and effective and Price is relatively restrained in a complex role as a man who whose mission is to achieve
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Vincentennial: Champagne For Caesar and Baron Of Arizona Tonight

Champagne For Caesar will play at the Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival in a 35mm print at 7:00pm tonight, Tuesday, May 24th at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University followed by The Baron Of Arizona at 9:15. With introductions and a post-film discussion of .Champagne for Caesar. by Washington U. film & media lecturer Hunter Vaughan. Admission is free.

Many works of fiction have been said to be ahead of their time. In the world of motions pictures few are more prophetic than the 1950 comedy classic Champagne For Caesar. By that year, mind you, quiz shows were popular on radio and that young upstart television, but by the end of the decade these programs would inspire a national craze ( and a scandal later depicted in Robert Redford’s film Quiz Show ). Caesar foreshadows all this while showcasing some delightful performances by actors generally not known for big screen comedies.
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Top Ten Tuesday: The Best of Vincent Price

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, iconic actor Vincent Price retained a special fondness for his place of origin, and that love is now reciprocated with Vincentennial, a celebration of his 100th birthday in his hometown. Price was not only a notable St. Louisan but one of the 20th century.s most remarkable men. To do full justice to the range of his accomplishments, Vincentennial features not only a 10-day film festival but also a pair of exhibits, a stage production, two publications, and illuminating discussions by Price experts and film historians. We decided to do a special edition of Top Ten Tuesday here at We Are Movie Geeks in honor of the many great films that Vincent Price starred in, and after we had assembled the list we realized that all ten of these films will be showing at the
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'Kids Say The Darndest Things' Art Linkletter dies at 97

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Art Linkletter, host of TV's "People Are Funny," "House Party" and "Kids Say The Darndest Things," passed away Wednesday (May 26) at his Bel-Air home. He was 97.

Linkletter had been ill "in the last few weeks time, but bear in mind he was 97 years old. He wasn't eating well, and the aging process took him," Art Hershey, Linkletter's son-in-law, tells the New York Times.

Linkletter was mostly known on TV for his funny interviews with children, and he collected their comments in a number of best-selling books. He also wrote several other books, including his autobiography, "I Didn't Do It Alone."

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TV & Radio Legend Linkletter Dead At 97

TV & Radio Legend Linkletter Dead At 97
Beloved U.S. TV and radio personality Art Linkletter has died at his Bel-Air, Los Angeles home, aged 97.

Linkletter hosted Art Linkletter's House Party on radio from 1944 and the variety show became a TV hit from 1952 to 1969. Meanwhile, the TV star's People Are Funny was also a hit radio-to-tv transfer in the 1950s.

He also had great success as a writer and penned books like How To Be a Supersalesman, Hobo on the Way to Heaven and his autobiography I Didn't Do It Alone.

His private life was tinged with sadness - he outlived three of his five children.

His 20-year-old daughter, Diane, jumped to her death from the balcony of her Hollywood apartment in 1969; his son Robert died in a car accident in 1980 and another son, Jack, died of lymphoma in 2007, aged 70.

Linkletter fell into broadcasting in the 1930s while he was studying to become an English professor at San Diego State College.

He pioneered audience participation and remote broadcasts and went on to form his own production company in the 1940s, just before People Are Funny and House Party became big radio hits.

Linkletter is survived by his wife of 75 years, Lois, and daughters Dawn and Sharon.

Flowers will be placed on Linkletter's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday afternoon.

'People Are Funny' host Art Linkletter dies

'People Are Funny' host Art Linkletter dies
Art Linkletter, who endeared himself to millions of TV viewers in the 1950s and '60s as the genial host of the TV shows "People Are Funny" and "Art Linkletter's House Party," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.

A radio broadcaster, TV host and author, Linkletter was a national fixture for decades. "House Party," a daytime talk show, began on radio in 1944 and then ran on CBS from 1952-69 before moving to NBC for its final season.

The primetime game show "People Are Funny" also began on radio -- Linkletter came on board in 1943 -- before moving to NBC, where it ran from 1954-61.

Between them, the two shows were nominated for four Emmys, with "House Party" winning for best daytime program in 1955. At one point, Linkletter had five shows running concurrently on network TV.

Linkletter "was a television pioneer and legend that contributed to the early success of CBS,
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American TV Legend Art Linkletter Dead At Age 97

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Art Linkletter, one of the few remaining superstars from the early days of television, has died peacefully at age 97. Linkletter was a successful radio personality as early as 1942 and later brought his programs to television. His shows House Party and People Are Funny were marked by his penchant for gentle humor. His catch phrase "Kids say the darndest things" became the title of his autobiography and was made into a TV series by Bill Cosby. Linkletter prided himself on being the epitome of a family man, but ironically his life had many tragedies and he suffered the loss of three grown children during his life. He is survived by his wife of 75 years. For more click here
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R.I.P. Art Linkletter

Popular radio and TV host Art Linkletter died today in Bel Air at age 97. Canadian-born Linkletter was best known for hosting two long-running TV shows, CBS' House Party and NBC's People Are Funny. “Throughout Art’s 60 years in show business, he remained one of the most respected and beloved media personalities in America,” Disney president and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement.
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Art Linkletter Dies at 97

Art Linkletter Dies at 97
Art Linkletter, one of television's great emcees of the '50s and '60s, died today at age 97 in Los Angeles. Linketter hosted the radio and TV hit People are Funny and the long-running series House Party, which featured a famous segment called "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (later expanded into a full show by Bill Cosby, where Linkletter played wingman). Let's gawk at precocious tykes with an extra glint in our eyes today. [Variety]
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TV Host Art Linkletter Dies at 97

TV Host Art Linkletter Dies at 97
Art Linkletter, who hosted popular TV shows People Are Funny and House Party in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. He was 97.

Linkletter died Wednesday at his Bel-Air home in Los Angeles, his son-in-law, Art Hershey, told the Los Angeles Times.

Art Linkletter's House Party, which debuted on radio in 1944 and aired on CBS from 1952 to 1969, was one of television's longest-running variety shows. One of the show's features was daily interviews with schoolchildren, which Linkletter collected and used to create ...

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TV’s ‘People Are Funny’ Host Art Linkletter Dies

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By Lynn Elber AP Entertainment Writer Los Angeles Art Linkletter, who hosted the popular TV shows ‘People Are Funny‘ and ‘House Party‘ in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. He was 97. His son-in-law Art Hershey says Linkletter died Wednesday at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles. ‘Art Linkletter’s House Party,’ one of television’s longest-running variety shows, [...]

TV Host Art Linkletter Dies at 97

TV Host Art Linkletter Dies at 97
By Lisa Horowitz 

Art Linkletter, host of TV's "People Are Funny" and "House Party," has died at the age of 97.

His son-in-law Art Hershey told the Los Angeles Times that Linkletter died Wednesday at his home in Bel-Air.

Linkletter is the only person in TV history to have five shows concurrently on network television.

Born Arthur Gordon Kelly in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, he was given up for adoption by his birth family as a baby and adopted...
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Mad Men: season one, episode two

Only caught up with the Mad Men phenomenon recently? Or feel like revisiting the first episode after the third season finale? Watch (or rewatch) Mad Men with us from the beginning

These catchup blogs are designed to complete our Notes From the Break Room series. You'll find the full Notes ... series here.

Will Dean's episode one blog

Episode two: Ladies' Room

"Who could not be happy with all this?" – Don

Mad Men is littered with key lines that reveal more about the characters than time in their company. As Don discusses headshrinkers with Roger after their boozy night of martinis and Caesar salads (done properly, with a raw egg), he utters the above line. As set ups go, it's not a bad one. Who could be unhappy?

Ladies' Room, aptly, is our first proper introduction to Don's wife Betty (and Roger's wife Mona) – demonstrating that there's more to this world than these drunken men.
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