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Feud Recap: Female Trouble

Feud Recap: Female Trouble
In Sunday’s Feud: Bette and Joan, the stars of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? braced for failure. But, as you well know, the movie was anything but a flop. How did Davis and Crawford, as accustomed as they were to being counted out, handle the success? Read on…

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‘I Couldn’T Have Done It Without You’ | As “More, or Less” began, Bette and Joan were learning just how little the pre-release buzz on Baby Jane was doing for their careers. After Bette
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SAG-aftra Announces Carol Burnett As The 52nd Recipient Of The Life Achievement Award

Carol Burnett – comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author – has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-aftra’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Burnett will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt). Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.

In making today’s announcement, SAG-aftra President Ken Howard said, “Carol Burnett is a creative dynamo and a comedic genius.
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R.I.P. Jonathan Winters

R.I.P. Jonathan Winters
Jonathan Winters, comedian and television and film actor, best remembered for his roles in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and as the voice of Papa Smurf in The Smurfs, has died. He was 87. Winters’ show biz career began after he won a talent show in his native Dayton, Ohio. He went on to appear in dozens of television shows throughout his decades-long career, winning a supporting actor Emmy in 1991 for Davis Rules. His other TV credits include The Jonathan Winters Show, The Twilight Zone, Hee Haw, Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In and Mork And Mindy. He was a veteran of the late night talk show circuit guesting frequently on The Jack Paar Show and later The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. His late night appearances continued into the ’90s with Jay Leno and David Letterman. His other film credits include Viva Max, The Loved One, Oh Dad Poor Dad,
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Legendary Comedienne Phyllis Diller Dies At Age 95

Los Angeles, California (X17online) - Legendary comedienne Phyllis Diller passed away at her Los Angeles home today surrounded by family, TMZ reports. She was 95. Apparently the star had been receiving hospice care after suffering a fall that caused her health to begin failing. Diller, who began her career as a journalist, rose to fame thanks to an appearance on You Bet Your Life in 1955. She transitioned into a comedy career with her turn on The Jack Paar Show, which she later spun into her own variety show. She also made several on screen appearances in recent years, including roles on 7th Heaven, Blossom, and The Bold and the Beautiful. Diller also tried her hand at voicing animated characters in The Aristocats and Family Guy. She will be missed!
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The Jack Paar Show: When Jim Henson and the Muppets Vandalized NBC

Legend has it that, back in December 1964, Jim Henson and his Muppet troupe (performer Frank Oz, puppet builder Don Sahlin, and writer Jerry Juhl) were booked for a guest-spot on The Jack Paar Show. This was the period, before Sesame Street, when the team made their living via variety show appearances and commercials.

Henson and friends arrived at NBC at 10am for a rehearsal and were told that they wouldn't be performing until 4pm. With lots of time to kill, Oz opened a utility closet door in their dressing room and found essentially a wall of dusty, black pipes.

In a 1992 interview, Juhl recalled, "We had nothing to do, and Don had brought paints because we were performing something that needed touch-ups, so one thing led to another and we started decorating the pipes. It was Jim's idea -- a typical
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Afternoon Meme: Muppet Pipes, More Ryan Reynolds, and T.R. Knight Works With an Actual Knight.

Plus Alexander Skarsgård drops robe, a gay prom king and queen, and the High School Musical franchise gets gay!

You know you need to get laid when your biggest problem with Glee is that they never bring up acquiring performance licenses for the music on the show. And you blog about it, in detail, with dollar figures.

I am a total geek, so when Wil Wheaton posted a link to an interactive, Flash-based map of Ringworld from the Larry Niven books, I knew I couldn't actually look myself, or you’d never get a Meme. Tell me if it’s wonderful?

Believe it or not, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark is being penciled in for October previews, with a late November opening. The $52 million musical just needs to sell out the theater until 2016 to break even.

This weekend at L.A. Pride, Life Out Loud will be honoring teens
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Betty White Says No Nudity or Dope Jokes on 'Saturday Night Live'

This May, comedy legend Betty White will host "Saturday Night Live" for the very first time -- but it isn't because she hasn't been asked before. She just never felt she should do it. After all, "Saturday Night Live" is the quintessential New York show and Betty sees herself as a California girl. But in 2009, a young man began a Facebook campaign to get Betty invited to host the long-running NBC late-night show -- and the response was so incredible that the invitation went out once again. "All of a sudden people would tell me that they saw the Facebook thing and all these people had joined in. I couldn't believe it," Betty says. "At first I thought they were putting me on. It came out of left field. I was astounded. I told my agent to say, 'Thank you, I appreciate it, but no thank you.' He said,
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Bill Cosby gets Twain Prize for humor: What's your fave Cosby moment?

Bill Cosby accepted the vaunted Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at Lincoln Center last night, complete with two hours of highlights from the 72-year-old's career: his standup on The Jack Paar Show, his breakthrough role on I Spy, and of course, The Cosby Show, among others. In accepting honor, and joining the likes of previous winners Richard Pryor and George Carlin, it marked a relaxing of Cosby's own strict standards: He'd turned down the honor twice before because of objections to the profanity-laced ceremony, the prize's first, for Pryor in 1998. ("Too much foul mouth," he said. "Too much N-word.
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Merv Griffin: 1925-2007

Merv Griffin: 1925-2007
Merv Griffin, the entertainer who started out as an actor and singer but found fame as a talk show host and a successful businessman, died Sunday of prostate cancer; he was 82. Griffin had been inititally diagnosed with cancer in 1996, and it was just announced recently that he was battling it again. Griffin started out as a singer in San Francisco, and soon became successful enough to start his own record label and launch a performing career; he scored a number one hit with the novelty song "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts." His nightclub performances brought him to the attention of Warner Bros. studio, and he later was featured in a handful of films in the early 50s, including So This Is Love. He also appeared on a number of game shows and talk shows, and his stint as a substitute host for Jack Paar on The Tonight Show led to an offer for his own talk show in 1962. The Merv Griffin Show ran until 1986, won numerous Emmy awards, and made him a permanent fixture on television screens across America as the host of one of the biggest talk shows of the era. Griffin earned his fortune, however, by inventing and producing two of TV's biggest game shows, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, both of which skyrocketed in popularity when going into sydication in the 80s. At one time, Griffin owned the largest entertainment company owned by a single person, and he sold Merv Griffin Enterprises to Columbia Pictures Television for $250 million upon retiring. He also was a successful real estate magnate, who bought and refurbished the Beverly Hills Hilton and acquired Resorts International. Griffin, who was married to Julann Griffin from 1958-1976, is survived by his son, Tony. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff

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