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Cher on Aging and Her Legendary Career: ‘I Don’t Like Getting Old… I Thought I’d Be Dead’

Cher on Aging and Her Legendary Career: ‘I Don’t Like Getting Old… I Thought I’d Be Dead’
Cher is turning back time on her career and legacy — one that she thought she wouldn’t be around to see anymore.

The legendary songstress, who turns 70 on Saturday, sat down for a revealing chat in Billboard‘s May 27 issue, touching on the ups and downs of her six-decades in the spotlight.

The interview comes days before the “Believe” singer receives the Billboard Music Awards‘ prestigious Icon Award — in honor of her 100 million albums sold worldwide and 22 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. (She’s also the first artist to have a no. 1 single on a Billboard chart in each decade
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Chris Bearde, Writer on 'Laugh-In' and Creator of 'The Gong Show,' Dies at 80

Chris Bearde, who wrote for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, produced The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and created The Gong Show, has died. He was 80.

Bearde died Sunday morning of a sudden heart attack at his home in Westlake, Calif., his son, Tyler Bearde, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Bearde collected nine Emmy Award nominations and won a writing trophy in 1968 for his work on Laugh-In.

Bearde also co-wrote Elvis Presley's comeback special for NBC in 1968 and was an executive producer on the 1974-75 ABC sitcom That's My Mama, one of the first network comedies to feature a...
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Sock It to Me: A Brief History of Rock & Roll Variety Shows

Sock It to Me: A Brief History of Rock & Roll Variety Shows
When Neil Patrick Harris returns to TV next week, he won't be cracking jokes in another sitcom. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (debuting on September 15th on NBC) marks the return — overdue or not — of the variety show, that long-dormant format in which kooky skits, musical guests, and frenzied production numbers are jammed into an hour of family-friendly entertainment. "When you think of the variety shows we all grew upon — Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie — those [programs] all said, 'Sit on the couch, be entertained with a little song,
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We Almost Lost Cher! Singer Fought Deadly Virus

I’ll speak for myself. I am not ready to hear the words “Cher” and “dead” in one sentence.If we could turn back time, it would be to the groovy days of the early 70’s when “I got you babe” was the close to one of our favorite TV shows, “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.” It was hard enough when Sonny died. Then little Chastity grew up and became Chaz, and through all of this tumult, Cher has Still been rocking some serious vintage Bob Mackie gowns and headdresses while belting out those hits.I can’t have Cher on death’s door. […]
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Steve Martin To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Steve Martin To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award
Steve Martin has been named recipient of the highly prestigious AFI Life Achievement Award to be presented June 4th and aired on TNT and later on sister network TCM. After generally reserving this coveted prize to actors and directors who made their mark in dramatic films this is second time in the past three years that the American Film Institute has decided to lighten things up by giving their award to a person who made their mark in comedy. And it has paid off. Mel Brooks got the honor in 2013 and it resulted not only in a hilarious and memorable evening, it got higher ratings and brought the AFI special its first Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special in August. But Martin is the first recipient who actually started and made their reputation as a stand up comic. And his films beginning with The Jerk and continuing with such modern comedy
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Mel Brooks Basks in the Glory of ‘Young Frankenstein’ at the Academy

Mel Brooks Basks in the Glory of ‘Young Frankenstein’ at the Academy
After immortalizing a joke in the cement at the Tcl Chinese Theatre — with an extra finger on his left hand — Mel Brooks was in his usual feisty form Tuesday night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to kick off a 40th anniversary screening of “Young Frankenstein.”

Brooks, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and producer Michael Gruskoff joined Leonard Maltin for a lively Q-and-a.

'Ok, Leonard – start the bullshit' – Mel Brooks following a standing ovation at the Academy—

Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) September 10, 2014

Brooks told the Sro crowd that the screening of the first cut — which came in at two-and-a-half hours — didn’t go well but credited himself and editor John C. Howard with key adjustments for the final 105-minute version.

'You've got to find the sit-down places for the audience to stop laughing' – Mel Brooks on editing 'Young Frankenstein'—

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Brooks contended
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7 Crazy ‘Planet of the Apes’ Moments You Won’t Believe

7 Crazy ‘Planet of the Apes’ Moments You Won’t Believe
When a film franchise lasts for more than four decades, it’s bound to collect a few odd moments along the way, and the “Planet of the Apes” series is no exception. As the eighth film in the popular saga arrives in theaters July 11, here’s a look at some of the strangest riffs on simian cinema.

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Animal acts were a staple of Johnny Carson’s 32 years on The Tonight Show, and none were more memorable than when singer Paul Williams took the stage in full orangutan makeup and crooned a bluesy ballad to promote his role as Virgil in “Battle for the Planet of the Apes.” The lit cigarette in his hairy hand helped add to the surrealism.

The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour

During the second season of this CBS variety show, Cher dressed in a loincloth and appeared with a group
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Cher: 7 reasons 'The Voice' loves her and you should too

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There's an old joke that states the only thing left alive after nuclear war will be cockroaches and Cher, and we believe that. Cher can't be... won't be stopped. She's currently providing mentoring for Blake Shelton's team on "The Voice," and she's also been in the news recently for dissing Miley Cyrus and her tongue. Oh, and big shock, she has a new album out and she's going on tour. 

All of these things make us extremely happy. More Cher on TV is a good thing. Always and forever, more Cher. Say what you will about this woman, she's a survivor. She's been in show business for almost 50 years. Five-zero. We love her. And you should too.  Here are the reasons why.

1. Cher is 67 years old.

Yes, Cherilyn Sarkisian is 67. She's a baby boomer. Sure, you can say "she's had a ton of work done" and she admits to having work done,
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: The Wasteland

The Wasteland:

Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs;

and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.

Lee Loevinger

When people argue over the quality of television programming, both sides — it’s addictive crap v. underappreciated populist art — seem to forget one of the essentials about commercial TV. By definition, it is not a public service. It is not commercial TV’s job to enlighten, inform, educate, elevate, inspire, or offer insight. Frankly, it’s not even commercial TV’s job to entertain. Bottom line: its purpose is simply to deliver as many sets of eyes to advertisers as possible. As it happens, it tends to do this by offering various forms of entertainment, and occasionally by offering content that does enlighten, inform, etc., but a cynic would make the point that if TV could do the same job televising fish aimlessly swimming around an aquarium,
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John D Wilson obituary

Innovative animator whose credits include Lady and the Tramp, Petroushka and Grease

The pioneering animator John David Wilson, who has died aged 93, launched his studio, Fine Arts Films, in 1955 and found success with his first short subject, an adaptation of a Japanese folk tale, Tara the Stonecutter, which was screened in America with Teinosuke Kinugasa's Oscar-winning samurai drama Jigokumon (Gate of Hell, 1953). Next came Petroushka (1956), for which Igor Stravinsky (despite negative feelings towards animation following Disney's Fantasia) was persuaded by Wilson to prepare a shortened score for the film and conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the soundtrack. Petroushka won several festival awards and was the first animated film to be accepted by the Venice film festival.

Wilson's diverse productions ranged from innovative TV commercials for Instant Butter-Nut Coffee, made with the actor and humorist Stan Freberg, to a groundbreaking 15-minute film, Journey to the Stars, for the United
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'Watch What Happens Live': It's Cher's world -- we're all just living in it

'Watch What Happens Live': It's Cher's world -- we're all just living in it
Last night’s Watch What Happens: Live featured Andy Cohen interviewing one of his idols, Cher. This late-night show is definitely geared towards a certain audience — if you have an aversion to trivia games played by reality stars living in Bravoland and constant mentions of drinking, then this isn’t the show for you.

Yet there’s a certain charm to it, mostly due to Andy’s sheer excitement over everything in the world. Even when he’s mentioning things like the “Jackhole of the Day,” he says it nearly bouncing out of his seat and with such a smile
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George Burditt dies: 'Three's Company' writer was 89

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Emmy-nominated comedy writer-producer George Burditt passed away on Tuesday (June 27). He was 89 years old.

Deadline reports the death of Burditt, who wrote dozens of episodes of "Three's Company," which he also serves as executive producer of from 1981-84. Burditt passed away in Burbank, CA.

Burditt earned four Emmy nominations as a writer in the 1970s; two each for variety shows "The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour" and "Van Dyke And Company." He also wrote episodes for "All In The Family," "Sanford and Son," "The Jeffersons," "The Ropers," "Doc" and "Three's A Crowd." His productions credits include "Silver Spoons," "227" and "Three's A Crowd."

Born in Boston, Burditt worked for American Greetings in Cleveland before moving to Los Angeles to begin his work in TV. His son Jack Burditt is an Emmy-winning writer and producer from such comedies as "30 Rock" and "Frasier." He's also the creator of "Last Man Standing."

Burditt is
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R.I.P. George Burditt

The Emmy-nominated comedy writer-producer died Tuesday in Burbank. He was 89. George Burditt wrote dozens of episodes of the hit sitcom Three’s Company and served as its executive producer from 1981-84. He earned four Emmy noms as a writer during the 1970s — two each for variety shows The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour and Van Dyke And Company — and also penned episodes of All In The Family, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, The Ropers, Doc and Three’s A Crowd. His producing credits include the sitcoms Silver Spoons, 227 and Three’s A Crowd. Born in Boston, Burditt served in the Marines in the Pacific during World War II. He worked for American Greetings in Cleveland before moving to La to become a TV writer. His son Jack Burditt is an Emmy-winning writer-producer on such comedies as 30 Rock and Frasier and creator of Last Man Standing. Along with son Jack, George Burditt
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Cher Is Heading Back To TV

Cher is heading back to the small screen.

The music legend, who last starred on "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour"40 years ago, is working on a TV pilot. The gay icon is in development with Logo, an Lgbt-centric cable channel, on a period drama, set in 1960s Hollywood.

Cher is working with veteran TV writer Ron Zimmerman on the show and while she is currently attached as writer, she may also co-star.

Logo's Senior Vice President of Original Programming Brent Zacky made the announcement about Cher's potential show at the 2013 Television Critics Association Press Tour on Saturday.

"We read some of the stuff that Cher and Ron had written and it was really terrific," Zacky told The Hollwyood Reporter. "The deal is brand-new and we're just getting started on the project ... We're very carefully and hopefully diligently taking a few shots in this arena and we'll see how it pans out.
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Cher Signs Development Deal With Logo

Cher Signs Development Deal With Logo
Cher could be headed back to TV. More than 40 years after The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour premiered, Logo took the opportunity of Saturday's presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour to announce that the iconic singer, actress, writer and producer has signed a development deal with the Lgbt-skewing network. Terms of the deal were being kept under wraps until a later date. There were few details at the time of the announcement, but network senior vp original programming Brent Zacky said that she's collaborating with comedian Ron Zimmerman for a pilot script set in early 1960s

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Chaz Bono: 'I had felt uncomfortable as a woman my whole life'

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Chaz Bono, born Chastity Bono in March 1969 as the only offspring of entertainers Sonny and Cher, has gone through a lot in the past two decades. Chaz came out as a lesbian and gay rights activist in the 1990s, he buried his father in 1996 and now he has written a book about his transformation from Chastity to Chaz titled "Transition: The Story of How I Become a Man."

Chaz tells Time magazine about his new transgendered life in an interview in the magazine and online now. He is pictured above, right, in 1973 on the set of "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour," middle, in 1998 with Cher and left, in April 2011 at the GLAAD Media Awards.

This is kind of a second coming out for you. You came out early as a lesbian, although not to the public.

"I came out around 25 publicly."

And privately?

"Early teens. It was a mistake.
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Emmy's most nominated individual adds five

Hector Ramirez, the most nominated individual in Emmy history, didn't have time to dwell on earning five more noms Thursday to bring his total to 60. He was rushing off to start work on yet another series, NBC's "America's Got Talent."

The veteran cameraman, who has won 15 times, is constantly in demand -- doing the Academy Awards, the Grammys, "American Idol" and dozens of others series and specials -- all without an agent or manager.

"You provide a service to the directors," Ramirez said, "and they keep calling. In this business, everything is word-of-mouth. You build up a reputation that carries you through day after day, year after year."

He got his first Primetime Emmy nom in 1978 and his first trophy, for a Neil Diamond special, in 1986.

Once on a show, Ramirez tends to stick. He has been on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" since it began, earning Emmy noms five
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Cher Sells Off Personal Items

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Pop veteran Cher is auctioning off 700 personal items - including costumes, jewelry and even her own bed - in a bid to raise more than $1 million for charity. The 60-year-old star will kick off the glitzy sale on October 3 with the help of auction giant Sotheby's and Julien's Auctions. Cher insists she is ready to let many of her treasures go, as she is desperate to revamp her plush Malibu, California, home. The Cher Charitable Foundation will benefit from the proceeds. She says, "I'm truly excited about it, having had this stuff for so many years. I'm only keeping about five items from everything I have. When I got off the road, something happened and I said, 'You know, I think it's time to do something different. But my house is so full that there's no way to do something different unless I totally change it." Items from the statuesque star's collection include neo-Gothic art and furniture and a 16th-century terra-cotta figurine of Jesus Christ, as well as outfits featured on The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour in the 1960s.

'Nick and Jessica' gives ABC rare 18-49 demo win

Married pop stars Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson came through for ABC on Sunday, leading the network to a rare nightly victory in the adults 18-49 demographic with their 9 p.m. Nick and Jessica Variety Hour special. The hourlong Nick and Jessica, an experiment with a throwback to the Sonny and Cher era of hip musical comedy-variety, easily won its hour with an average of 11.4 million viewers and 4.7 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 demo, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. And that was enough to persuade ABC to move forward Monday with plans for a Christmas special hosted by Lachey and Simpson and to eye other talent for old-fashioned network "event" specials, ABC executives said.

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