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Wizard of Oz's Last Surviving Munchkin Jerry Maren Dies at 98

The last living Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz has died.

Jerry Maren, who memorably welcomed Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) to Munchkinland in the classic 1939 film as part of the Lollipop Guild, died last week at a San Diego nursing care facility, TMZ reported. The actor was laid to rest over the weekend at Forest Lawn in Hollywood, said the outlet.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Maren was the final surviving Munchkin actor from the 124 little people who starred in The Wizard of Oz. The bio on his Instagram page also states, “Last living munchkin from the Wizard of Oz.
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The World of 'Mr. Ed' — What You Didn't Know About the Talking Horse (Of Course)

One day, out of the blue, a horse starts talking to his owner. Amazing, right? But how do you prove to other people that you're not losing your mind when the horse refuses to speak to anyone else? That was part of the premise behind Mister Ed, the Classic TV series that ran from 1961-66, offering viewers 143 episodes in total that continued to explore that dynamic, the horse proving himself to be just as needy, petty and selfish as any human being could be —while at the same time having those moments where he reveals himself to be a true best friend. So how do you get five and a half years out of that idea? The answer is that the show, as crazy as it sounds on the surface, was genuinely funny and done in such a way that it allowed the audience to buy into what the producers were selling.
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Reflecting on Paul Lynde, Star of 'Bewitched' and 'Hollywood Squares' (Exclusive)

There’s no question that actor Paul Lynde was a fixture of Classic TV, and while he never managed his own hit show, he made memorable appearances on dozens of the biggest sitcoms of the 1960s and early ‘70s, most notably being Bewitched. And on top of that, there was his taking up residence, from 1968-81, in the center square of the game show The Hollywood Squares that really allowed him to connect with viewers. On that show, which aired five days a week, Paul, like the rest of the nine contestants, offered up snappy answers to questions that would hopefully allow players to achieve the required tic-tac-toe that would lead to victory. But what separated him from the others was his particular brand of snark — and the speed of his responses — which made America truly fall in love with him. “Everybody loved him,” offers Cathy Rudolph, his friend and
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Exclusive Photo: Lecy Goranson is Back on Rebooted ‘Roseanne’

Chicago – It’s reboot fever on the networks, and ABC-tv has jumped on the bandwagon in producing new episodes of “Roseanne.” The series, which originally ran from 1988 to 1997, features Roseanne Barr and John Goodman as a working class married couple. Portraying their daughter Becky, on and off, was Lecy Goranson.

Lecy Goranson of “Roseanne” at 54th Chicago International Television Festival

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The term “on and off” refers to the fact that two actresses portrayed Becky in the series first run, much like the two Darrins from the 1960s sitcom “Bewitched.” Lecy Goranson portrayed Becky for the first five seasons, left the show to go to college, and then came back in Season 8. Her replacement, Sarah Chalke, actually alternated with Goranson when she came back, and replaced her again in the infamous Season 9. Both Goranson and Chalke will appear in the reboot,
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Bloody Parrot (1981) by Hua Shan

In the midst of their creative output, the Shaw Brothers studio was working on all cylinders offering films of all manner of genres, and by the 1980s they managed to start exploring with a mixture of such genres. While certainly not the first effort to do so, ‘Bloody Parrot’ finds the studio bringing together their two signature styles in wuxia-style martial arts with gross-out black magic horror into a potent and delirious blend.

Legend has it the mysterious Bloody Parrot appears on Earth during the Devil King’s birthday and will grant the finder three wishes. This causes numerous adventurers, including Yeh Ting-feng (Jason Pai Piao, from “Killer Constable”) into the search for it, as he initially teams with Constable Tieh Han (Tony Liu, from “Clan of Amazons”) to track it down. This journey leads them to Pei Yu (Jenny Liang, from “Bewitched”) who works as a prostitute at a
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Film Review: The Boxer’s Omen (1983) by Kuei Chih-hung

The advent of the Category III rating system was an ultimate blessing for Hong Kong filmmakers as this freed he studios and filmmakers to truly explore the outer limits of their creativity to the fullest. Among the first to fully take advantage of the style was Kuei Chih-hung, who had already explored similar topics in the decade previous with other Hong Kong horror and action films but also ‘Gu’ (or Bewitched) before delivering his magnum opus in the style and the genre with this stellar endurance test of black magic and sorcery.

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After his brother is crippled in the ring, Chan Hung (Phillip Ko, from “Shaolin Intruders”) vows vengeance on the guilty party, boxer Ba Bo (Bolo Yueng, from “Enter the Dragon”) which leads him down a dark spiral in the Thai underworld. Learning that he was connected to a monk that was attempting to gain immortality,
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Meryl Streep in ‘Julie & Julia’: A look back at her 16th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Julie & Julia’: A look back at her 16th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 16 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1977, the year Meryl Streep made her feature film debut in “Julia,” Nora Ephron was working full-time as a columnist for Esquire, penning memorable pieces on the likes of controversial Boston University President John Silber and the series finale of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

By the time, six years later, Ephron made her own big screen debut as screenwriter of the Streep-headlined “Silkwood” (1983), Streep had two Oscar victories under her belt. The success of “Silkwood” in 1983 set expectations supremely high for their collaboration on “Heartburn” (1986), based on the acclaimed Ephron semi-autobiographical novel – anticipation that would make that picture’s ultimate
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 24)

1980: Miles's condition worsened on The Edge of Night.

1986: Drake Hogestyn debuted as John Black on Days of our Lives.

2000: Passions' Timmy called Dr. Bombay.

2005: As the World Turns' Lucy left town."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1953: On The Guiding Light, Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer) became upset after reading the story of Kathy Roberts
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Rewatch: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

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Magic is in the air...and it's downright terrifying. In my many years of watching TV, there has always been a constant when magic comes into play: Never do a love spell!

Seriously, it's dangerous. Just look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Episode 16! One little spell can muster a guilty pleasure episode, but it's also one about which many fans have mixed feelings.

Let's find out why by rewatching "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 Episode 16 was when Cordelia and Xander's relationship became official. Like, it was official official. If social media was around at this time, their first couple photo would be going up on Instagram right now with a cringe-worthy hashtag.

Still, what should be an easy decision for them felt like a chapter from Romeo and Juliet or West Side Story. They had to grow and overcome the challenges from their friend cliques to be together.
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Autism Speaks' Into The Blue Fashion Gala Is A Huge Success

On Saturday, October 21st, 2017, celebrity and fashionable guests alike arrived at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles for the Autism Speaks' Into The Blue Fashion Gala.

Autism Speaks Into The Blue Fashion Gala

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Hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Keltie Knight, Into The Blue took a seat at the forefront of fashion entertainment as it partners with the iconic fashion brand Escada to present the runway looks. The event sparkled with celebrities in both film and television, models, studio executives and and others within the industry, to all join together to benefit the organization’s Southern California Chapter.

Among the stars who took part were Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor), Keltie Knight (Host & Entertainment Tonight), Cameron Boyce (Descendants), Logan Shroyer (This Is Us), Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor), Tamara Taylor (Bones), Garcelle Beauvais (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Erin Murphy (Bewitched), Jules Bruff (Zodiac), Massi Furlan (The Dark Knight Rises
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Shelley Berman, Stand-Up Comic and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Actor, Dies at 92

Shelley Berman, Stand-Up Comic and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Actor, Dies at 92
Famed stand-up comic Shelley Berman, who recently played Larry David’s father on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” has died. He was 92.

Berman died early Friday morning due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at his home in Bell Canyon, Calif., his publicist confirmed to Variety.

The Grammy winner and Emmy-nominated actor was one of the most successful stand-up comedians of the 1950s and ’60s. His 1959 live record, “Inside Shelley Berman,” was the first comedy album to be certified gold (with more than 500,000 sales) and was the first non-musical recording to win a Grammy Award. Two other albums, “Outside Shelley Berman” and “The Edge of Shelley Berman,” also went gold.

Berman was the first stand-up comic to perform at Carnegie Hall. He appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” more than 20 times and was a guest on shows hosted by Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Andy Williams, and Dean Martin.

The
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Emmy episode analysis: Anna Chlumsky (‘Veep’) drops a bombshell that could change Amy’s life and career

Emmy episode analysis: Anna Chlumsky (‘Veep’) drops a bombshell that could change Amy’s life and career
For the past six seasons, Anna Chlumsky has played keen politico Amy Brookheimer on HBO’s two-time Emmy-winning Best Comedy Series “Veep.” Chlumsky has earned five Comedy Supporting Actress Emmy nominations for the role, which not only places her in esteemed company including Agnes Moorehead (“Bewitched”), Sally Struthers (“All in the Family”) and Kim Cattrall (“Sex […]
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Norman Lear Reflects on His ‘All in the Family’ Emmy Wins

Norman Lear Reflects on His ‘All in the Family’ Emmy Wins
the early 1970s was one of the most transitional eras in TV history, and the transition was in full swing by the time the 1971 Emmy Awards took place. Nowhere was this more evident than in the comedy categories, with Ed Asner and Valerie Harper nominated for their supporting roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” alongside Gale Gordon for “Here’s Lucy” and Agnes Moorehead for “Bewitched.” If anyone had any question as to which direction the tide was turning, though, it was answered when “All in the Family” was named not only for new series but also best comedy. Series creator Norman Lear — who, at age 95, remains as busy as ever, serving as an executive producer on the Netflix reboot of his classic ’70s series “One Day at a Time” — reflects on winning his first and second Emmy.

For the 1971 Emmy Awards, Johnny Carson personally suggested the idea of having the show open with the Bunkers
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Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88

Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88
Adam West — an actor defined and also constrained by his role in the 1960s series “Batman” — died Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 88. A rep said that he died after a short battle with leukemia.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement.

West became known to a new generation of TV fans through his recurring voice role on Fox’s “Family Guy” as Mayor Adam West, the horribly corrupt, inept and vain leader of Quahog, Rhode Island. West was a regular on the show from 2000 through its most recent season. West in recent years did a wide range of voice-over work, on such shows as Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken” and Disney Channel’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.”

But it was his role as the Caped Crusader in
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Contest: Win What’S The Matter With Helen? on Blu-ray

"So you met someone and now you know how it feels. Goody, goody." Starring Shelley Winters and the great Debbie Reynolds, What's the Matter with Helen (1971) is coming to Blu-ray on March 28th from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of What's the Matter with Helen?

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

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Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on April 2nd.
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What’S The Matter With Helen? Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

All that glitters is not gold in Curtis Harrington's What's the Matter with Helen, starring Shelley Winters and the late Debbie Reynolds, and you can heck out high-def Blu-ray clips and the original trailer for the film ahead of its new home media release on March 28th from Scream Factory.

What's the Matter with Helen Blu-ray: "Debbie Reynolds and Shelley Winters star in this stylish shocker set in 1930s Hollywood about two women who come to Tinseltown to start an idyllic new life and end up in a terrifying nightmare. Directed by Curtis Harrington (Queen Of Blood, Games), this relentlessly frightening film also stars Dennis Weaver (McCloud), Agnes Moorehead (Bewitched, Dear Dead Delilah) and Yvette Vickers (Attack of the Giant Leeches, Attack of the 50ft Woman).

Bonus Features

New High-Definition Transfer From The Interpositive Original Theatrical Trailer Original Radio Spot Still Gallery"

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March 21st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Robocop Sequels, Teen Witch, Wolf Creek Season 1

March 21st is a big day for cult film fans, not to mention all you RoboCop enthusiasts out there, as Tuesday has a variety of horror and sci-fi offerings that you’ll undoubtedly want to add to your home entertainment collections. Scream Factory is releasing a pair of amazing Collector's Edition Blu-rays for RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3, and Kino Lorber is keeping busy with a trio of HD releases, too: Chamber of Horrors, Invisible Ghost, and A Game of Death.

Other notable titles making their way home on March 21st include Wolf Creek: Season One, Eloise, John WatersMultiple Maniacs, and Frankenstein Created Bikers.

Chamber of Horrors (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

Newly Mastered in HD! Chamber of Horrors was based on the classic novel, The Door with Seven Locks by Edgar Wallace (King Kong, The Terror) - it was the second Wallace adaptation brought to the States by Monogram Pictures.
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‘Doll Squad’ and ‘Batman’ Actress Francine York Dies at 80

‘Doll Squad’ and ‘Batman’ Actress Francine York Dies at 80
Actress Francine York, who had more than 150 television and film credits, died Friday in Van Nuys, Calif., She was 80 and had cancer, according to her close friend Pepper Jay.

York once declared the 1973 cult film “The Doll Squad” her most popular film, but she played everything from an alien to a exotic belly dancer. On “Batman,” she played Lydia Limpet, the Bookworm’s henchwoman. Her credits include guest roles on “Bewitched,” “General Hospital,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “My Favorite Martian.” She also appeared in “Tickle Me” with Elvis Presley. Her more recent roles include “Family Man” with Nicolas Cage, “Hot in Cleveland” and “Star Trek: Progeny.”

Born Francine Yerich, she was raised in Aurora, Minn. and Cleveland, where she performed in school plays. She danced as a showgirl in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles, where she played the Moulin Rouge nightclub. Her screen career was launched when
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‘Doll Squad’ and ‘Batman’ Actress Francine York Dies at 80

‘Doll Squad’ and ‘Batman’ Actress Francine York Dies at 80
Actress Francine York, who had more than 150 television and film credits, died Friday in Van Nuys, Calif., She was 80 and had cancer, according to her close friend Pepper Jay.

York once declared the 1973 cult film “The Doll Squad” her most popular film, but she played everything from an alien to a exotic belly dancer. On “Batman,” she played Lydia Limpet, the henchwoman of the Bookworm (Roddy McDowall). Her credits include guest roles on “Bewitched,” “General Hospital,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “My Favorite Martian.” She also appeared in “Tickle Me” with Elvis Presley. Her more recent roles include “Family Man” with Nicolas Cage, “Hot in Cleveland” and “Star Trek: Progeny.”

Born Francine Yerich, she was raised in Aurora, Minn. and Cleveland, where she performed in school plays. She danced as a showgirl in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles, where she played the Moulin Rouge nightclub. Her screen career was launched when Jerry Lewis cast her
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Francine York, Alluring Actress of the 1960s, Dies at 80

Francine York, Alluring Actress of the 1960s, Dies at 80
Francine York, the statuesque actress who showed off her sexuality as The Bookworm's moll on Batman and in such films as It's Only Money, Cannon for Cordoba and The Doll Squad, has died. She was 80.

York died Friday morning at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., after a battle with cancer, her friend, television producer Pepper Jay, told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Aurora, Minn., York appeared in scores of TV shows, from Rescue 8 in 1959 to The Mindy Project in 2015. She played a seductive Venus de Milo on an episode of Bewitched, a bake-off...
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