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Celeste Yarnall Dies: ‘Star Trek’ Actress & Elvis Co-Star Was 74

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Celeste Yarnall Dies: ‘Star Trek’ Actress & Elvis Co-Star Was 74
Celeste Yarnall, a busy episodic TV and film actress primarily of the 1960s and ’70s and remembered by fans of the original Star Trek series for her one-time appearance as Yeoman Martha Landon, died October 7 at her home in Westlake Village, CA. She was 74.

Her death followed a battle with ovarian cancer and was first reported on the website StarTrek.com. In 2014 and 2015, Yarnall wrote several guest columns for the website about her diagnosis.

Yarnall, a familiar presence in later years on the Star Trek convention and autograph circuit, also has a firm, if small, place in Elvis Presley history: In 1968’s Live a Little, Love a Little, the actress — beautifully decked out in a glittery silver mini-dress and, briefly, a white fur coat — played a party-goer who draws Presley’s single-minded attention. He sings “A Little Less Conversation” to her in perhaps the film’s most memorable scene, a
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Madam Secretary's Keith Carradine Talks Dexter, Deadwood, Damages — and That Time He Wooed Madonna

Madam Secretary's Keith Carradine Talks Dexter, Deadwood, Damages — and That Time He Wooed Madonna
By his own estimation, Keith Carradine “wasn’t much of a horseman” when he landed his first TV role, on Bonanza in 1971.

Not that he was planning to share that with the show’s producers if they asked. Thankfully, they didn’t.

“The conversation never came up,” the Madam Secretary star recalls. “And if it had, I’m sure at that point, I would’ve lied through my teeth!”

On the day of the shoot, “They wanted me to canter up to this scene,” he says. “I remember that there was a lot of air under my butt on that ride-up.
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Cynthia Nixon, Robert Altman’s ‘Tanner ‘88,’ and Running For Public Office Now & Then

The Democratic primary for Governor of New York is on Thursday, September 13. Based on polls, it appears that incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo will prevail and run for his third term despite the populist wave and attention around his primary opponent, actress Cynthia Nixon. Nixon, a longtime public-school and education activist, has never been in elected office, and her acting background has been characterized as both a blessing and curse with regard to her visibility and viability as a candidate. Her iconic role as Miranda Hobbes in the television program Sex & the City can be what Cuomo voters point to in not taking her seriously, in addition to her inexperience; meanwhile, Nixon’s campaign created apparel in the “I’m a Miranda Collection,” which includes t-shirts and tote bags with the slogans “I’m a Miranda and I’m voting for Cynthia.” Nixon’s campaign has played a delicate balancing act
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Dawn Wells GoFundMe: Former Gilligan’s Island star ‘amazed’ as campaign to pay for medical bills tops $55k

Dawn Wells, best known for her roles on Gilligan’s Island and Bonanza, has said she is “amazed” at the support from friends and fans — as a GoFundMe set up to help her pay debts and medical bills reached $55,000 in donations. The star’s friend Dugg Kirkpatrick, who she said had a “big heart”, set up the campaign to help raise $190,000 in a bid to pay off hospital bills and money she owes the IRS. Apparently, the actress has struggled financially for ten years and has been through various health struggles along the way. The GoFundMe page appears to be working […]

The post Dawn Wells GoFundMe: Former Gilligan’s Island star ‘amazed’ as campaign to pay for medical bills tops $55k appeared first on Monsters and Critics.
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When Steven Spielberg and Steven Bochco Worked on the Same TV Show (With Sean Penn's Dad and Noam Chomsky's Cousin)

When Steven Spielberg and Steven Bochco Worked on the Same TV Show (With Sean Penn's Dad and Noam Chomsky's Cousin)
Fifty years ago, TV had mostly one flavor, and it was vanilla. In fall 1968, the airwaves were full of blandly loopy family-friendly fare like The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle and Petticoat Junction. But on Friday nights on NBC, slipped between a Bonanza-clone Western called The High Chaparral and the troubled third season of Star Trek, there was an unusual little series that, even more than Gene Roddenberry’s show, seemed to be beamed in from the future.

The Name of the Game was a 90-minute cable-style adult drama that came on the air decades before anybody had heard of cable TV. Centered on ...
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Jodie Foster movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Accused,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

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Jodie Foster movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Accused,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs’
Jodie Foster has been a working actress for over half a century. That fact is a bit surprising since she is only 55 years old. Foster started acting when she was only three and was cast in a famous Coppertone sun tan lotion commercial. The appearance led to numerous other commercials and guest appearances on practically all the popular TV shows of that era such as “Bonanza”, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, and “Gunsmoke”. She would also take over Tatum O’Neal’s Oscar winning role in “Paper Moon” when that show was made into a television series. While she worked steadily none of her television series were particularly successful which probably helped her avoid the typecasting that kids from “The Brady Bunch” and other shows faced.

She only began to earn name recognition in her early teen years when she starred in a number of successful films, some directed by Martin Scorsese.
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The Big Country

Ya know, “It’s a Big Country!” Westerns and pacifism are like oil and water, but William Wyler, Jessamyn West and three other top writers found a way for Gregory Peck to surmount eight showdowns and never fire a pistol in anger. Jean Simmons and Charlton Heston win top acting honors, while Burl Ives earns his Oscar, Carroll Baker gets the thankless role and composer Jerome Moross makes western music history. MGM’s remastering job fixes the problems of an earlier Blu-ray, and even brings the title sequence up to tip top condition. Plus several hours of special extras.

The Big Country

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1958 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 166 min. / Street Date June 5, 2018 / 60th Anniversary Edition / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, Charles Bickford, Alfonso Bedoya, Chuck Connors, Chuck Hayward, Dorothy Adams, Chuck Roberson.

Cinematography: Franz F. Planer

Film Editor: Robert Swink
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Kent McCray Dies: ‘Little House On The Prairie’ Producer Was 89

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Kent McCray Dies: ‘Little House On The Prairie’ Producer Was 89
Kent McCray, producer of the classic Little House on the Prairie series, died of natural causes on June 3 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89 years old.

As native Hartford, Conn., McCray’s career spanned more than 50 years. He was born on June 7, 1928, and is the second son of Thomas Chapman McCray, who was an executive with the NBC Radio Network as well as Dorothy Baldwin McCray who was a singer and a musician.

After graduating from Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire — where his love of storytelling grew — he studied theater arts at the University of Hartford under Dr. Elemer Nagy. After receiving his diploma in 1948 he worked for the Central City Opera Association in Colorado and then went on to build his television career in Los Angeles.

He was a production coordinator on the All-Star Revue and The Colgate Comedy Hour at NBC and then worked for
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‘Little House on the Prairie’ Producer Kent McCray Dies at 89

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‘Little House on the Prairie’ Producer Kent McCray Dies at 89
Little House on the Prairie” producer Kent McCray died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 89.

McCray was born on June 7, 1928, the second son of Thomas Chapman McCray — an executive with the NBC Radio Network — and singer Dorothy Baldwin McCray. A Hartford, Conn., native, McCray found his passion for entertainment early on during his time at the Kimball Union Academy prep school in New Hampshire. While at Kimball, McCray built sets, directed, acted, and sang in several school theatrical productions.

Three years after graduating from the University of Hartford, McCray began his television career at NBC in L.A. as a production coordinator on the “All Star Revue” and “The Colgate Comedy Hour.” Other assignments followed quickly, including “The Red Skelton Show,” “The Ralph Edwards Show,” “This Is Your Life,” and “You Bet Your Life” starring Groucho Marx.

When NBC announced its shift away from live television into filmed entertainment,
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Kent McCray, Producer on 'Little House on the Prairie,' Dies at 89

Kent McCray, Producer on 'Little House on the Prairie,' Dies at 89
Kent McCray, a producer and production manager who collaborated with the late Michael Landon on the NBC dramas Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven and Father Murphy, has died. He was 89.

McCray died Sunday in Los Angeles of natural causes, publicist Jeff Sanderson announced.

While serving as a production manager on Bonanza — he worked on the legendary NBC drama from 1962 until its conclusion in 1973 — McCray became friends with Landon, who played Joe Cartwright on the show.

In 1974, McCray was named associate producer of the two-hour pilot for Little House on the Prairie, based ...
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Jodie Foster movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Jodie Foster movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Jodie Foster has been a working actress for over half a century. That fact is a bit surprising since she is only 55 years old. Foster started acting when she was only three and was cast in a famous Coppertone sun tan lotion commercial. The appearance led to numerous other commercials and guest appearances on practically all the popular TV shows of that era such as “Bonanza”, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, and “Gunsmoke”. She would also take over Tatum O’Neal’s Oscar winning role in “Paper Moon” when that show was made into a television series. While she worked steadily none of her television series were particularly successful which probably helped her avoid the typecasting that kids from “The Brady Bunch” and other shows faced.

She only began to earn name recognition in her early teen years when she starred in a number of successful films, some directed by Martin Scorsese.
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Where is the Bonanza Cast Today?

Bonanza was a popular western television series that ran for 14 seasons consisting of 431 episodes between 1959 and 1973. It is the second-longest running western television series on network television in the United States. The series was created by David Dortort and the storyline was set in the 1860s. It focused on the Cartwright family, who were played by Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon. Ray Teale also starred in this series. If you were once a fan of this series, you may have wondered what has happened to the cast since the show finished. Here

Where is the Bonanza Cast Today?
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Review: "Trigger Jr." (1950) Starring Roy Rogers And Dale Evans; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Release

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By John M. Whalen

On Sept. 15, 2000 the New York Times ran an interview with Quentin Tarantino in which the famed director raved at length about a Roy Rogers movie called “The Golden Stallion (1949).” He absolutely loved the film and its director, William Witney, calling him a “forgotten master.” According to Tarantino, Witney was the ultimate genre film director, making everything from the classic Republic Pictures serials, to western feature films (including 27 Roy Rogers flicks). He later did films for American International, and shot numerous TV series including “Bonanza.” The thing that appealed to Qt the most about “The Golden Stallion” was the way Witney was able to sell the idea that Roy Rogers regarded Trigger as much a friend as any human being could ever be. He does five years on a chain gang to save his horse from being destroyed after being framed for killing a man. As far-fetched as that idea sounds,
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Grey's Anatomy Renewed for Season 15!!

It's time to lay some hearty congratulations at the feet of Grey's Anatomy.

They can now lay claim to being ABC's longest running drama series!!

Let the celebration begin, Grey's fans. I have no doubt all of you had a lot to do with this wonderful news.

Until this renewal, Ozzy and Harriet was the longest-running series on ABC, but hardly the longest running series on television.

While Grey's will now be tied with ER for the longest-running medical drama, Gunsmoke, Law & Order and its Svu spinoff, NCIS, CSI, and Bonanza have all run longer across the dial than Grey's over the years and networks.

Related: Grey's Anatomy Stunner: Jessica Capshaw & Sarah Drew Fired

Still, that's little reason to quibble this amazing news for Grey's fans!

The cast has changed vastly over the seasons, but there are still characters remaining from Grey's Anatomy Season 1, including the titular character
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Actor, Comedian Chuck McCann Dies at 83

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Actor, Comedian Chuck McCann Dies at 83
Actor and comedian Chuck McCann, known for his voice work in “The Garfield Show” and several “DuckTales” films, died on Sunday. His publicist Edward Lozzi told the Associated Press that McCann died of congestive heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital. McCann was 83.

The comedian began his career in the entertainment industry in 1959 and continued to act until his death. Among his work in TV, films, and advertisements, McCann created the voice of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird for General Mills’ Cocoa Puffs TV commercials, recording the iconic “I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!” line.

He had guest roles throughout the 1970s on “Little House on the Prairie,” “Bonanza,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” and “Columbo.” On the big screen, McCann had a notable supporting gig in 1968’s “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” and was featured in “Herbie Rides Again,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,
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Chuck McCann Dies: Comedian And Legendary Children’s TV Show Host Was 83

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Chuck McCann Dies: Comedian And Legendary Children’s TV Show Host Was 83
Beloved children’s TV show host, comedian, puppeteer, actor, and voiceover artist Chuck McCann died on April 8 from congenital heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Deadline has confirmed. He was 83.

McCann was born on September 2, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York. It was in his hometown where he made a name for himself as a versatile entertainer in the ’60s. He, along with Soupy Sales, Sandy Becker, and Claude Kirschner were comedic influencers of the time. He worked on various children’s shows including Captain Kangaroo and Rootie Kazootie.

In 1963, he headed The Chuck McCann Show which ran on New York’s Wpix-tv, seven days a week. He went on to host Chuck McCann’s Laurel & Hardy TV Show in 1966 which featured Laurel & Hardy animated cartoons created by Hanna-Barbera. The show gave McCann the opportunity to do his Oliver Hardy imitation.

His television career also included recurring roles on Santa Barbara,
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10 Things About Back to the Future 3 You Never Knew

10 Things About Back to the Future 3 You Never Knew
Michael J. Fox suggested it would be fun to visit the Old West and the final installment in the Back to the Future trilogy was born. It's Back to the Future Part III, the movie that gave us a "Mad Dog" and a happy ending for Dr. Emmet Brown. Today, we look at 10 things you missed in Back to the Future Part III.

The Paradox script.

Despite the cliffhanger ending, there were originally no real plans for a Back to the Future sequel. However, once the studio became dead set on making one, director Robert Zemeckis and co-creator Bob Gale agreed to come back to make it. Conceived as a single sequel, a script called Paradox contained elements that were eventually split into II and III. Paradox remained the working title for the sequel shoots and parts of that script were used in the novelizations of the two movies.

Marty's bail.
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TV Vet Donnelly Rhodes, of Battlestar Galactica and Soap, Dead at 80

TV Vet Donnelly Rhodes, of Battlestar Galactica and Soap, Dead at 80
Donnelly Rhodes, whose myriad TV credits included Battlestar Galactica and Soap, died on Monday at the Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, B.C. after a battle with cancer, CTV reports. He was 80.

Rhodes’ TV career began in the 1960s with appearances on series such as Bonanza, Wagon Train and Mission Impossible. Following the first of two stretches as The Young and the Restless‘ Phillip Chancellor II, his first major primetime role came with ABC’s groundbreaking Soap, where he played Dutch for several seasons. He then recurred on the CBS sitcom Report to Murphy, ABC’s Hill Street Blues
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David Cassidy Dead at 67 (Update)

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David Cassidy, the 'Partridge Family' heartthrob who sold millions of records and became the fantasy of millions of girls, is dead. Cassidy died in a Florida hospital after his organs failed. Family sources tell TMZ, David had been on life support since Monday. Doctors advised the family Tuesday the only way David could survive was with a liver transplant, but he was not a candidate because he would never survive surgery. The family decided at
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Stephen Fishbach’s Survivor Blog: It's All About the Aquadump

Stephen Fishbach’s Survivor Blog: It's All About the Aquadump
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

Erik Reichenbach is a former two time Survivor Fan/Favorite and Comic Book Artist. Follow him on Twitter: @ErikReichenb4ch

“All the threats that are around, I would like to keep them around, because they are shielding me.”

Tony Vlachos, Survivor: Game Changers

Poor Simone. You knew her days were numbered when she started talking about her aquadump.

Contestants on Survivor talk a lot
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