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Looking Back at the Films of Don Knotts With His Daughter Karen (Exclusive)

Back in the 1960s, the line between TV and movie stars was never more clearly defined, with actors from television seldom being able to make it on the big screen while film actors turned their noses up at the small screen. Don Knotts, however, was an exception, not only dreaming of movie stardom, but actually achieving it. In some ways, that's pretty surprising when you consider just how successful he was as Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show. He played the character with the understanding that series star Andy Griffith only intended to stay with it for five years, giving himself a deadline of sorts by which he needed to parlay that show's success into something bigger. Andy ended up changing his mind because of financial incentives thrown his way, while Don didn't, having been offered a five-film deal with Univeral. He chose to leave the show,
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Ken Berry Looks Back on Life in Andy Griffith's Mayberry and 'F-Troop'

By any standard, The Andy Griffith Show was not an easy act to follow. After all, it became one of the most popular shows throughout its run in the 1960s, and grew even bigger over the decades thanks to reruns and the nostalgia factor. But what’s truly amazing is that series star Andy Griffith decided to leave the show after eight seasons, and instead of simple cancellation, it evolved into the series Mayberry R.F.D., which was essentially the same show, but without Sheriff Andy Taylor or his son, Opie. Instead, the focus shifted to widower farmer (eventually head of the town council) Sam Jones, raising his son, Mike, and they were surrounded by all the regular supporting characters of Mayberry — including Aunt Bee. Amazingly it worked, much of it because of actor Ken Berry, who stepped in as Sam. "Andy and Don Knotts had had an oral agreement that
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Loving

The story of Mildred and Richard Loving could easily have become a sledgehammer epic about social injustice. Writer-director Jeff Nichols instead sticks to the facts and recounts their ordeal with a quiet subjectivity that neither exaggerates nor sanctifies. The result is a marvelously affecting demonstration of how a civilized, progressive America rights a wrong. Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton are terrific as just plain folks oppressed by an obsolete law.

Loving

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2016 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 123 min. / Street Date February 7, 2017 / 34.99

Starring : Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Terri Abney, Marton Csokas, David Jensen, Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Michael Shannon.

Cinematography: Adam Stone

Film Editor: Julie Monroe

Original Music: David Wingo

Produced by: Nancy Buirski, Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, Marc Turtletaub

Written and Directed by Jeff Nichols

Growing up in the 1950s, interracial marriage was a strange subject, and major entertainments handled it with kid gloves.
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Richard O. Linke, Producer and Personal Manager of Andy Griffith, Dies at 98

Richard O. Linke, Producer and Personal Manager of Andy Griffith, Dies at 98
Richard (Dick) O. Linke, who was the longtime personal manager of Andy Griffith in addition to producing “The Andy Griffith Show” and several of its spinoffs, has died. He was 98.

He died on Wednesday at his home in Hawaii, according to a release issued by Ohio University, Linke’s alma matter.

Linke moved to the New York City area in 1941. There he spent two years at the Associated Press before moving to the public relations firm Earle Ferris & Co., where he handled publicity for 40 radio stations. Soon after, he upgraded to a larger firm where his account included “The Chesterfield Supper Club,” starring Perry Como.

Linke then switched over to Capitol Records where he worked with Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, Peggy Lee and bandleader Stan Kenton.

In 1953, Linke met Andy Griffith, who he began to personally manage. In 1959, Griffith and Linke moved to Los Angeles to produce “The Andy Griffith Show.
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Weekly Film Round-Up from Around the Web – August 10 to August 16

Sound on Sight presents a weekly round-up of some of the more interesting articles from around the web from this week! Be sure to share with us what you think is missing and your own thoughts on these articles!

Over at IndieWire, Peter Knegt asks Why Don’t Lgbt Movies Make Money At The Box Office Anymore?

Last week, Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited” crossed the $1 million mark in North America. That’s not so exciting as far as Almodovar films go — every one of them has crossed that milestone since 1988′s “Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” (most of them going on to make considerably more). But it is indeed rare for a film to feature lead gay or lesbian characters — as “Excited” does — to cross that mark, at least these days. Read More

At The Dissolve, Nathan Rabin writes about The poisoned, almost subversive
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R.I.P. Ned Wertimer

Ned Wertimer, best known for his role as Ralph the Doorman on the long-running CBS comedy The Jeffersons has died. The 89-year-old actor died at a Los Angeles-area nursing home on January 2, following a November fall at his Burbank home, his manager Brad Lemack tells The Associated Press. The Buffalo, New York native appeared in dozens of TV shows from the 1960s through the 1980s, including Gunsmoke, I Dream Of Jeannie, Mork & Mindy, Mayberry R.F.D., and Mary Tyler Moore, but it was his role as Ralph Hart, the uniformed, mustachioed doorman at the luxury apartment building on The Jeffersons that he is best remembered. He appeared in all 11 seasons of the All In The Family spinoff that aired from 1975 to 1985. He also appeared in numerous feature films including Hometown U.S.A., Mame, The Pack, At Long Last Love and The Impossible Years. His most recent film appearance was in 2007′s Pirates
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Behind The Mayberry Legacy

Behind The Mayberry Legacy
-- Close your eyes and picture it: small-town America.

It has a little post office, of course. A general store, too, and a fishing hole. There's a barber who knows everyone – and knows about everyone. There's a friendly auto mechanic. The picture wouldn't be complete without several women who could be anyone's favorite older sister or aunt.

Kids scurry around at reasonable paces, making low-grade mischief while dirtying their short-sleeve plaid shirts or striped T-shirts. Quirky characters wander about in a landscape of picket fences and healthy storefronts. And the police officer in charge? He's tough but fair, community minded, the Solomon of his entire, geographically limited jurisdiction. He's Atticus Finch without any of the racial tension.

This is, today, the comforting script America often reaches for when it summons the vanished rural nation that so many say they long for. Not coincidentally, it is also the state of mind
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Andy Griffith Passes Away, TV Land Schedules Marathon in Late Legend's Honor

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Andy Griffith, a true television legend responsible for a pair of iconic roles, passed away this morning at his residence in North Carolina. He was 86.

The sad news was first reported by Witn-tv through Griffth's close friend, Unc President Bill Friday.

The Andy Griffth Show Theme Song

Griffith rose to prominence in the 1960s as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show and later starred in Mayberry R.F.D., Headmaster and The New Andy Griffith Show. In 1986, a new generation of TV viewers were introduced to the actor through his memorable role on Matlock.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005.

Tweeted former co-star Ron Howard upon hearing the news:

"His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever grateful Rip Andy."

TV Land will pay tribute to the actor by airing a marathon of
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Andy Griffith Dies At 86

Los Angeles, California (x17online) - Actor Andy Griffith's close friend, former Unc President Bill Friday, has told Witn News today that the actor has passed away. He was 86. The beloved actor who starred in such classics like The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m. Acting was among Griffith's many achievements as he also was a Grammy award-winning southern gospel singer and starred in another series Mayberry R.F.D. He was even awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005.
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Andy Griffith Dead -- TV Icon Dies at 86

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8:15 Am -- Ron Howard ‏just went to Twitter to post a message about his friend Andy Griffith ... writing, "His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever grateful Rip Andy."Andy Griffith, an icon of TV, has died ... this according to Andy's close friend, former Unc President Bill Friday. Griffith, who became famous for "The Andy Griffith Show," passed away at his home in Manteo,
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Andy Griffith's Greatest TV Moments

Andy Griffith's Greatest TV Moments
Andy Griffith has left behind quite a TV legacy. The star of "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock" passed away at the age of 86, but he'll be remembered fondly by fans thanks to his legendary TV roles.

Griffith starred in "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1960-1968, but got his start in the 1955's "No Time For Sergeants." In 1960 he appeared in an episode of "Make Room for Daddy" as a county sheriff. The episode served as a backdoor pilot for his self-titled show. Griffith left the series in 1968 and it became "Mayberry R.F.D." The late actor made his final appearance as the iconic Andy Taylor in the 1986 TV movie "Return to Mayberry."

That was the same year Griffith assumed the role of "Matlock," a country lawyer from Atlanta. The series ran for nine seasons and produced 195 episodes. "Matlock" aired on NBC from 1986–1992 before jumping to ABC where it ended in
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Breaking News: Andy Griffith Dead At Age 86

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President Bush awards the Medal of Freedom to Andy Griffith at the White House, 2007.

By Lee Pfeiffer

Fox News has reported that Andy Griffith, an icon of American comedy and television, has passed away at age 86. Griffith gained fame in the 1950s with hit comedy albums based on naive hillbilly characters. Before long, he was a Broadway and TV star. In 1960, he spun off a character introduced on a Danny Thomas TV episode and starred in The Andy Griffith Show. Griffith played Sheriff Andy Taylor of the small town of Mayberry. He was surrounded by a lovable group of eccentric country characters including his bumbling deputy Barney Fife, played by Griffith's old friend Don Knotts (who won five Emmys for his performance in the role).  Griffith also produced successful TV series, notably Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C, a major hit starring Jim Nabors in the role he created on The Andy Griffith Show.
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Report: TV Icon Andy Griffith Dead at 86

Report: TV Icon Andy Griffith Dead at 86
Legendary multihyphenate Andy Griffith has died, his close friend and Unc president Bill Friday told North Carolina’s Witn-tv. Griffith was found in his Dare County, N.C. home on Tuesday morning; he was 86.

Television viewers first met Griffith through his 1950s appearances on variety programs such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show, but it was the role of Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show, which ran from 1960 to 1968, that made him a household name. Watch the opening:

Ron Howard, who played Sheriff Taylor’s son Opie, remembers Griffith for “his love of creating,
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TV News: Legendary Actor Andy Griffith Dead at 86

Chicago – One of the most iconic and recognizable faces in the history of television has passed away as a friend of Andy Griffith’s is reporting that the star of “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock” has passed at the age of 86. Close friend University of North Carolina President Bill Friday broke the news to Witn News in North Carolina, as reported by TMZ.

Andy Griffith started his career as a comedian in the ’50s before making his film debut in Elia Kazan’s remarkable “A Face in the Crowd.” Yes, Andy Griffith’s breakthrough was as a dramatic actor. But it was comedy which would make him a household name. An episode of “Make Room for Daddy” with Danny Thomas featured Griffith as a county sheriff who stopped Thomas for speeding. It was a backdoor pilot for “The Andy Griffith Show” which would run from 1960 to 1968 and play for decades more in reruns.
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Comedian George Lindsey Dies

Comedian George Lindsey Dies
Character actor George Lindsey has died at the age of 83.

The comedian passed away in Nashville, Tennessee early on Sunday after battling a brief illness.

Lindsey shot to fame as the slow-witted Goober Beasley on U.S. TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s. His character was soon renamed Goober Pyle and he became known for his hilariously bad impression of Cary Grant and his outrageous Goober Dance, keeping up the antics for the comedy's successor Mayberry R.F.D., which ran until 1971.

He went on to portray the same type of character for country music variety show Hee Haw, on which he starred until its cancellation in 1993.

Lindsey also landed roles on other small screen projects, including CHiPs, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, M*A*S*H, Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, while he used his vocal talent on animated Disney films like The Aristocats and Robin Hood.

Paying tribute to his old castmate, Andy Griffith says, "George Lindsey was my friend. I had great respect for his talent and his human spirit. In recent years, we spoke often by telephone. Our last conversation was a few days ago... I am happy to say that as we found ourselves in our eighties, we were not afraid to say, 'I love you.' That was the last thing George and I had to say to each other. 'I love you.'"

George Lindsey, The Legendary "Goober" Of Mayberry, Dead At Age 83

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Actor George Lindsey has been found dead at age 83. Although he had a long and varied career that included stand-up comedy, he is best remembered by generations of fans as Goober Pyle, the lovable but simple-minded garage mechanic from the legendary Andy Griffith Show. The series' long run in the 1960s ensured its status as an evergreen comedy and it maintains an active fan base that gathers for annual conventions. The close-knit cast continued their ties over the decades and, in learning of Lindsey's passing, Andy Griffith said he had only spoken to him a few days ago. Lindsey took on a key role in the series playing the cousin of Gomer Pyle, played by Jim Nabors. When Nabors quit the series in order to star in the equally successful Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Lindsay managed to pick up the slack and become accepted as popular cast member,
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Jodie Foster: Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Day” is Jodie Foster. She just premiered her new movie “The Beaver” in Cannes.

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Jodie Foster - 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "The Beaver"

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Jodie Foster - 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "The Beaver"

Alicia Christian “Jodie” Foster (born November 19, 1962) is an American actress, film director, producer as well as being a former child actress.

Foster began acting in commercials at three years of age, and her first significant role came in the 1976 film Taxi Driver as the preteen prostitute Iris for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Also that year, she starred in the cult film The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in
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