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Review: The Gilligan Manifesto Communist connections feels like the castaways' choppy three hour tour

Is it true that one of American television's heralded nostalgic guilty pleasures from the turbulent 1960's in the classic sitcom Gilligan's Island was actually a celebration of sorts for Communist ideology at the height of the Cold War? Is it a fact that this innocuous beloved CBS slapstick comedy about seven marooned individuals from different walks of life that was once heavily condemned by television critics and network executives as a shipwrecked bomb is actually a satirical slap in the face to the thumbnail of democracy? Is the underlying message about the boob tube's most treasured band of seven stranded castaways an undercover affront to the liberties of American national sensibilities? Have generations of TV viewers underestimated and undermined the political in-depth message about that extremely popular...

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'Gilligan's Island' Star Dawn Wells Was 'Surprised' By Fans Supporting Her GoFundMe (Exclusive)

Mary Ann may have been an afterthought in the original lyrics to the Gilligan’s Island theme song ("...the movie star and the rest"), but Dawn Wells’ fans haven’t forgotten about her. The beloved actress who played the farm girl in the classic '60s sitcom recently fell on financial hard times due to complications following knee surgery. That’s when her friend Dugg Kirkpatrick sent an Sos to her fans, who rallied to raise more than $180,000 in a few weeks via the website GoFundMe to help pay her medical bills and move her into assisted living. "There simply aren’t enough words," Dawn, 79, exclusively told Closer Weekly — in the magazine's latest issue, on newsstands now! — of her reaction to the campaign. "I am both honored and embarrassed, but overall I am overwhelmed with the love that is being expressed for me." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Dawn admitted she
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'Gilligan's Island' Fans Raise Over $120k to Get Dawn Wells into Assisted Living

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'Gilligan's Island' Fans Raise Over $120k to Get Dawn Wells into Assisted Living
Unlike Dawn Wells' time on "Gilligan's Island," thousands of people have come to her rescue and raised enough cash to get the TV star into her dream home. TMZ broke the story ... Dawn, who famously played Mary Ann on the iconic sitcom, was nearly $200k in debt and struggling to recover from a couple of surgeries. 79-year-old Dawn's debt was preventing her from moving into an assisted living home outside Los Angeles. Dawn's friend,
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‘Gilligan’s Island’ Star Dawn Wells Says Her ‘Outlook Is Positive’ Despite Financial Woes

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‘Gilligan’s Island’ Star Dawn Wells Says Her ‘Outlook Is Positive’ Despite Financial Woes
“Gilligan’s Island” star Dawn Wells certainly isn’t being cast away by her friends and fans in her time of financial difficulty.

Wells, who played Mary Ann Summers on the iconic sitcom, reacted Wednesday to the support she’s received thanks to a GoFundMe campaign launched on her behalf, saying that she’s “amazed at the kindness and affection I have received” and adding, “please know that my outlook is positive.”

The GoFundMe campaign, launched by Dugg Kirkpatrick — who describes Wells as his “dearest friend” — has of this writing raised more than $58,000 out of its $180,000 goal.

Also Read: Russell Johnson, the Professor on 'Gilligan's Island,' Dead at 89

The campaign, launched Aug. 27, states that, after 2008, Wells “suffered through the banking crash and lost everything including her life savings in addition, to a life-threatening surgery which came close to killing her.”

According to the campaign, Wells “was a victim
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'Gilligan's Island' Star Dawn Wells Suffering Financially After Surgeries

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'Gilligan's Island' Star Dawn Wells Suffering Financially After Surgeries
"Gilligan's Island" star Dawn Wells is severely down on her luck -- nearly $200k in the red -- and she's seeking financial aid from Gilligan fans ... TMZ has learned. Dawn famously played Mary Ann Summers on the iconic TV sitcom, but according to a friend who launched a GoFundMe she's desperately in need of money so she can move into an assisted care facility.  The friend tells TMZ ... Dawn broke her knee this year, and
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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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Everything You'd Want to Know About 'Gilligan's Island' Star Bob Denver

There was so much more to Bob Denver than the bumbling Gilligan (of Gilligan's Island), but in a way, from the point of view of pop culture history, it almost doesn't matter. It's still rarer than you might think for an actor to inhabit a role so completely that he really captures the public's imagination, and lives on far beyond the run of whatever that show might be. Think about it: Gilligan's Island, that bit of Classic TV, ran for only three seasons back in 1964-67. Three years worth of episodes. That's it. Yet here we are over half a century after it finished its original run, and all of us know Gilligan, the Skipper, too; the Millionaire and his wife; the movie star, and the rest (uh, sorry....the professor and Mary Ann) — and that theme song that is no doubt now playing out in your head —as though
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Jerry Van Dyke, 'Coach' Actor and Comedian, Dead at 86

Jerry Van Dyke, 'Coach' Actor and Comedian, Dead at 86
Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke and longtime sitcom actor who starred on Coach and The Middle, died Friday at the age of 86.

Van Dyke's wife Shirley told TMZ that the comedian died Friday at their Hot Springs, Arkansas ranch, adding that his health had steadily deteriorated following a car accident two years ago. The Van Dyke family also confirmed the actor's death to Wcai, a CBS affiliate in Illinois; Jerry and Dick Van Dyke were both natives of Danville, Illinois.

After starting his career as
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Wrecked: Season Two Ratings

If Lost and Gilligan's Island had a baby, it might well be Wrecked. The first season of this comedy TV show did well enough to score a second season renewal. Can this TBS sitcom repeat the magic and maybe even build its audience? Will Wrecked be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. A single-camera comedy, Wrecked stars Ally Maki, Will Greenberg, Brian Sacca, Asif Ali, Brooke Dillman, Jessica Lowe, Ginger Gonzaga, Rhys Darby, and Zach Cregger. The TBS satirical comedy follows a diverse group of strangers who are stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. It’s a dangerous new world where they face many threats — mostly brought on by themselves. No longer plugged into the rest of the world, the group struggles to navigate their makeshift society while also learning to live without modern comforts. Read
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Wrecked: Season Two Ratings

If Lost and Gilligan's Island had a baby, it might well be Wrecked. The first season of this comedy TV show did well enough to score a second season renewal. Can this TBS sitcom repeat the magic and maybe even build its audience? Will Wrecked be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. A single-camera comedy, Wrecked stars Ally Maki, Will Greenberg, Brian Sacca, Asif Ali, Brooke Dillman, Jessica Lowe, Ginger Gonzaga, Rhys Darby, and Zach Cregger. The TBS satirical comedy follows a diverse group of strangers who are stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. It’s a dangerous new world where they face many threats — mostly brought on by themselves. No longer plugged into the rest of the world, the group struggles to navigate their makeshift society while also learning to live without modern comforts. Read
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Why Adam West Was the One and Only Batman

Why Adam West Was the One and Only Batman
What's this? Could this be the end for Batman? Rest in peace, Adam West, the one and only Caped Crusader who truly defined the role. There have been so many incarnations of Batman over the years – on the page and on the screen – but Adam West was the one flesh-and-blood actor who ever did justice to the cape, on the Sixties TV series Batman.

West, who died of leukemia Friday at the age of 88, brought deadpan humor and old-school gallantry to the role, week after week; same Bat Time, same Bat Channel.
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“The Gilligan Manifesto” Up For Grabs At 2016 Afm

Writer-director Cevin Soling's highly anticipated documentary, The Gilligan Manifesto, is among Showcase Entertainment's newest documentaries on the roster at this year's Afm. Just one year after the Cuban Missile Crisis, radio and television writer Sherwood Schwartz began filming his comedy classic Gilligan's Island, which depicts seven Americans shipwrecked on a deserted island. Soling’s film reveals that this seemingly innocuous sitcom was actually an analogue for a post-apocalyptic world where survivors had to rebuild civilization as this was a major concern during the Cold War where many families had fallout shelters in their homes. What is even more shocking is that the society the castaways create is founded on Marxist Communism. Soling’s revelation was published in the prestigious academic journal, Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture....

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Was "Gilligans Island" an ode to Karl Marx and Communism?

Writer-Director Cevin Soling’s highly anticipated documentary, The Gilligan Manifesto, will be the Saturday night presentation at the La Femme International Film Festival on Oct. 22 at 6 pm at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theater Venue 2 in Beverly Hills. Just one year after the Cuban Missile Crisis, radio and television writer Sherwood Schwartz began filming his comedy classic Gilligan's Island, which depicts seven Americans shipwrecked on a deserted island. Soling’s film reveals that this seemingly innocuous sitcom was actually an analogue for a post-apocalyptic world where survivors had to rebuild civilization as this was a major concern during the Cold War where many families had fallout shelters in their homes. What is even more shocking is that the society the castaways create is founded on Marxist...

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Mary Ann and the Professor? Dawn Wells Gushes About Her Gilligan's Island Crush

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Mary Ann and the Professor? Dawn Wells Gushes About Her Gilligan's Island Crush
What started as a three-hour tour turned into a story of love that might have been. Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island, revealed in the upcoming episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? that she had a crush on Russell Johnson - The Professor - in real life. "I think if either one of us had been single or both of us had been single, there would've been some chemistry," she says in an exclusive sneak peek at Saturday's episode. "He had the best sense of humor, he was the funniest. And he was a hunk."The
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Watch: Mary Ann and the Professor? Dawn Wells Gushes About Her Gilligan's Island Crush

Watch: Mary Ann and the Professor? Dawn Wells Gushes About Her Gilligan's Island Crush
What started as a three-hour tour turned into a story of love that might have been.

Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island, revealed in the upcoming episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? that she had a crush on Russell Johnson – The Professor – in real life.

"I think if either one of us had been single or both of us had been single, there would've been some chemistry," she says in an exclusive sneak peek at Saturday's episode. "He had the best sense of humor, he was the funniest. And he was a hunk."

The actress will
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The New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine Crossover Is The TV Event We Never Knew We Needed

The New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine Crossover Is The TV Event We Never Knew We Needed
Crossover alert! Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl are colliding this October when Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and co. head to the Big Apple. "The crossover episode has historically been the artistic high point of any show that has dared to attempt it," Elizabeth Meriwether, creator and executive producer of New Girl, said in a statement. "Maybe you remember 'Blackout Thursday' on NBC, or even further back the infamous Alf/Gilligan's Island crossover of the late 1980s. New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will proudly and humbly go where few shows have gone since the 1990s. We know we have big shoes to fill, and we look forward to disappointing everyone. There's a 50 percent chance Alf will also...
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Dark Matter: The Seven Characters as Gilligan's Island Castaways?

Who's Gilligan? Who's The Skipper? This week, Syfy released a new video featuring the cast of Dark Matter discussing their Gilligan's Island counterparts.

Dark Matter follows the crew of the Raza spaceship as they unlock the mystery of their forgotten identities. The series stars Marc Bendavid, Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, and Zoie Palmer.

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Wrecked: TBS Promos Upcoming Comedy Series

If Lost and Gilligan's Island had a baby, it could be Wrecked. Watch "Mayhem," a trailer for the Wrecked TV series on TBS, premiering Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 10:00pm. The new ensemble comedy comes from executive producers and writers Justin Shipley and Jordan Shipley and producer Jesse Hara.

The cast of Wrecked includes: Zach Cregger, Rhys Darby, Jessica Lowe, Asif Ali, Ally Maki, Will Greenberg, Brooke Dillman, Ginger Gonzaga, and Brian Sacca.

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Anastasia

That scarlet woman Ingrid is back from exile, and hypocritical Hollywood is not complaining -- Anatole Litvak and Arthur Laurents make an intriguing romantic-psychological mystery of a bogus Romanoff Duchess who surfaces in 1928 Paris to claim the crown fortune. Good roles for Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes as well. It's a strange intersection of scandal, history and swindlers that may have found the real item... and maybe not. Anastasia Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 105 min. / Ship Date March 15, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Sacha Pitoeff, Ivan Desny, Natalie Schafer, Karel Stepanek Cinematography Jack Hildyard Art Direction Andrej Andrejew, Bill Andrews Film Editor Bert Bates Original Music Alfred Newman Written by Arthur Laurents from a play by Marcelle Maurette Produced by Buddy Adler Directed by Anatole Litvak

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The cleverly written and
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Review: How long can the nightmarish vacation of Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' last?

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Review: How long can the nightmarish vacation of Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' last?
(This post has no significant spoilers for "Mad Dogs," even though it's informed by a viewing of the entire first season. The comments section is a place where it's okay to discuss the full plot if you've finished it, but I'll be doing a separate post on Monday touching on a few developments from later in the season.) Late in the first episode of Amazon's newest original series "Mad Dogs," the show's four main characters — played by Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, Steve Zahn, and Ben Chaplin — witness an act of violence. By the standards of modern TV drama, what they see isn't particularly extreme. But they're not watching it on TV, nor are they the sorts of jaded tough guys who populate the shows where this kind of thing might happen. They're just ordinary middle-aged guys on a vacation gone tragically awry, and as they consider the blood in front of them,
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