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Dabney Coleman Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Dabney Coleman Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
From his breakout turn as mayor Merle Jeeter in Norman Lear’s twisted parody “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” in 1976 Dabney Coleman has built a career on playing the smarmy comedic villain. He earned raves in the 1980 blockbuster “9 to 5” as the sleazy boss on whom, in a pioneering nod to mainstream feminism, a trio of female employees (Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) enact revenge; in 1982’s “Tootsie” he played a sexist soap opera director who gets kneed in the cojones by Dustin Hoffman in drag; and in satirical sitcom “Buffalo Bill” — cancelled in 1984 after a critically acclaimed two-season run on NBC — Coleman’s condescending, narcissistic talkshow host insulted everyone from the stage manager to Jesus.

But if Coleman, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 6, had to pick his favorite all-time antagonist, he says that it would most definitely be Jeeter, the character that helped
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Oscar Winner Geena Davis Boards Grey's Anatomy for Major Season 11 Arc

Oscar Winner Geena Davis Boards Grey's Anatomy for Major Season 11 Arc
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy is bringing out the big guns for its 11th season, casting Academy Award winner Geena Davis in a recurring role.

Related Scandal Emmy Nominee Kate Burton to Return to Grey’s Anatomy

Davis has signed on with the long-running medical drama for a major arc, TVLine has learned, playing a surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

An Oscar winner for 1988’s The Accidental Tourist (and a nominee for Thelma & Louise), Davis also has a Golden Globe on her mantel, for her turn as Potus on ABC’s Commander in Chief. Her previous TV credits also include Will & Grace,
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“Haht” of Gold: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actors from Massachusetts

It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.

As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry.
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'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dead at age 67

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'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dead at age 67
Mesach Taylor, Emmy-nominated star of the long-running TV series "Designing Women," died Saturday after a year-and-a-half-long struggle with colorectal cancer. He was 67. “It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition," his family posted on Facebook. "Our friends who know and love us, please offer your prayers for his peace and blazing light as he ascends to the heavens. Those who need to call the family please do. Those who desire to post memories, we are open and graciously accepting all gestures of peace. Love, the Taylor Family." Best known for playing falsely-accused ex-inmate Anthony Bouvier on the '80s and '90s sitcom, Taylor kicked off his acting career in the Chicago theater (his first professional job was on a national tour of the blockbuster musical "Hair
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'Designing Women' Star Meshach Taylor Dead At 67

The Emmy-nominated actor passed away surrounded by love ones in his California home.

Emmy-nominated actor Meshach Taylor, best known for playing Anthony Bouvier on the hit CBS sitcom Designing Women, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. Taylor was 67.

According to a statement released by Taylor's son to the Los Angeles Times, the actor – who had been in hospice care – passed away surrounded by his loved ones in his Altadena, California home late Saturday night.

Born in Boston in 1947, Taylor's first foray into acting was in a national stage tour of the hippie musical Hair, after which he continued to develop his talents at the legendary Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

In 1978 he moved to Los Angeles where his career in film and television really took off. His screen debut came in the horror film Damien: Omen II, followed by a series of bit parts before landing a recurring role on the sitcom Buffalo Bill in 1983.

In
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‘Designing Women’ Star Meshach Taylor Dead at 67

‘Designing Women’ Star Meshach Taylor Dead at 67
Meshach Taylor, best known for playing interior design aide Anthony Bouvier on the hit CBS sitcom “Designing Women” has died of cancer. He was 67.

He died at his home outside of Los Angeles, surrounded by family.

“It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition,” Taylor’s family said in a statement on his Facebook page. Taylor died Saturday in Altadena, Calif.; he had been suffering from a terminal illness.

Taylor’s agent Dede Binder confirmed his death to Variety.

“When you think of Meshach it will hopefully bring a smile to your face because he brought a lot of joy in his life,” Binder said.

Taylor earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1989 for his work on “Designing Women,” a seminal series
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Meshach Taylor Dies at 67

Meshach Taylor Dies at 67
Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as the assistant in Designing Women, has died. He was 67. The Mannequin actor, who was in hospice care, was surrounded by his wife, children and mother, when he died at his Altadena, California, home at 10:47 p.m. on Saturday, his son, Tariq Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times. His agent, Dede Binder, says Taylor died of cancer, according to the Associated Press. On Friday, the family posted on the Emmy-nominated actor's Facebook page that his health had started to decline. "It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling,
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Designing Women's Meshach Taylor Has Died

Designing Women's Meshach Taylor Has Died
Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as the assistant in Designing Women, has died. He was 67.

The Mannequin actor, who was in hospice care, was surrounded by his wife, children and mother, when he died at his Altadena, California, home at 10:47 p.m. on Saturday, his son, Tariq Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times.

His agent, Dede Binder, says Taylor died of cancer, according to the Associated Press.

On Friday, the family posted on the Emmy-nominated actor's Facebook page that his health had started to decline.

"It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling,
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Meshach Taylor, 'Designing Women' Star, Dies at Age 67

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Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday.

Taylor died Saturday at his home near Los Angeles, according to agent Dede Binder.

Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on "Designing Women" from 1986 to 1993. Then he costarred for four seasons on another successful comedy, "Dave's World," as the best friend of a newspaper humor columnist played by the series' star, Harry Anderson.

Other series included the cult favorite "Buffalo Bill" and the popular Nickelodeon comedy "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide."

Taylor's movie roles included a flamboyant window dresser in the 1987 comedy-romance "Mannequin" as well as "Damien: Omen II."

He guested on many series including "Hannah Montana," ''The Unit," ''Hill Street Blues," ''Barney Miller," ''Lou Grant,
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Designing Women Vet Meshach Taylor Dead at 67

Meshach Taylor, best known for his Emmy-nominated role as eccentric assistant Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women, died Saturday evening after battling a terminal illness, his agent confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 67.

The actor’s family took to Facebook earlier on Saturday to say, “It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition,” the family wrote. “Our friends who know and love us, please offer your prayers for his peace and blazing light as he ascends to the heavens.
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10 Famous People You’ll Be Shocked To Learn Were Total Perverts

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History is littered with the names of amazing people who have achieved phenomenal things in their lifetimes, which is exactly the reason that we still have any idea who any of them were. Figures who invented world changing creations, or wrote ground-breaking novels pretty much guarantee their place in the history books because they changed the course our world was due to take. In some ways, it’s almost as if these people never actually existed, as their status has elevated them to a near godlike plain of legend, and for the large part, that is thoroughly deserved of them.

However, just like everyone else who has or will ever have existed, even the greatest of people have their dark secrets. Whilst we’re not talking about the products of horrendous backgrounds and childhoods going all Buffalo Bill and venturing onto a killing spree, there are people that
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Adele, Guillaume lead César nominees

Adele, Guillaume lead César nominees
Foreign film nominations for Biancanieves, Gravity and Great Beauty.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Guillaume Gallienne’s Me, Myself And Mum (Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table!) and Abdellatif Kechiche’s Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (aka Blue is the Warmest Colour) are the hot favourites in France’s upcoming Cesar awards.

The Académie Des Arts et Technique du Cinéma unveiled the nominations for the César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning.

Actor Gallienne’s debut feature Me, Myself and Mum - a big screen adaptation of his autobiographical, one-man comedy show about his complicated relationship with his mother - secured 10 nominations.

They comprised best film, best first film, best director, best actor, best supporting actress, best adaptation, best editing, best sound, best set design and best costumes.

The film was produced and distributed by Gaumont, which also picked up another four nominations for The Young
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Adele, Garcon lead Cesar nominees

Adele, Garcon lead Cesar nominees
Adele and Me, Myself and Mum lead French Cesar nominations.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Abdellatif Kechiche’s Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (aka Blue is the Warmest Colour) and Guillaume Gallienne’s Les Garçons Et Guillaume, A Table! (aka Me, Myself And Mum) are the hot favourites in France’s upcoming Cesar awards.

France’s Académie Des Arts et Technique du Cinéma unveiled the nominations for the César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning.

The 39th Cesar ceremony, presided by Intouchables star Francois Cluzet, will take place on February 28.

Nominations (so far)Best FILM9 Month-Stretch (Neuf mois ferme)Me, Myself and Mum (Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!)Stranger by the Lake (L’inconnu du Lac)Jimmy P. (Jimmy P. Psychothérapie d’un Indien des Plaines)The Past (Le Passé)Venus in Fur (La Vénus à la Foururre)Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (La Vie d’Adèle
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Wamg At The Saving Mr. Banks Press Day

Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. This past month Wamg attended the Saving Mr. Banks press conference where Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman, Bj Novak, Bradley Whitford, director John Lee Hancock, writer Kelly Marcel and producer Alison Owen discussed making the film, Nanny McFee, and scarring grandchildren with Winnie the Pooh.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine.
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Robert Redford Producing Factual Drama 'The West' For Discovery Channel

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Robert Redford Producing Factual Drama 'The West' For Discovery Channel
Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn's Sundance Productions are producing a new scripted "factual series" for Discovery Channel -- "The West," which will look at the characters at the center of the 40 year period between the end of the American Civil War through the turn of the 20th Century, including Jesse James, Crazy Horse, Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill. "The stories of the American West are epic and profound with some of the biggest, most renowned and mythologized characters," said Redford and Michalchyshyn. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Stephen David to bring this series to the world." That would be Stephen David of Stephen David Entertainment, who'll be coproducing the series, and who previously worked on the History docudrama "The Men Who Built America," which sounds similar in format and had actors Adam Jonas SegallerJustin Morck and Cary Donaldson playing Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
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Discovery to air Robert Reford-produced series 'The West'

Discovery to air Robert Reford-produced series 'The West'
Get ready to learn how the west was won.

Discovery has announced that it is set to air a new series, The West, which “will provide unprecedented access into the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed of the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th Century,” according to the release. The show will feature the famous stories and characters — such as Jesse James, Crazy Horse and Buffalo Bill — at the center of this “violent, blood-soaked period in American history.”

The West, premiering in 2014, will be produced for Discovery by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn’s Sundance Productions,
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Discovery Channel, Robert Redford Team for Scripted Series ‘The West’

Discovery Channel and Robert Redford have partnered once again, this time for a a series exploring the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and the turn of the 20th century.

“The West,” from Sundance Prods. and Stephen David Entertainment, will explore the characters of this violent, blood-soaked period in American history, from Jesse James to Crazy Horse to Buffalo Bill. Discovery will bow the scripted project in 2014.

“‘The West’ will expose the triumphs, tragedies and legendary characters who gave rise to the taming of the American West,” said Discovery and TLC Networks topper Eileen O’Neill.

Added Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance, “The stories of the American West are epic and profound with some of the biggest, most renowned and mythologized characters.”

Discovery and Redford teamed most recently for documentary “All the President’s Men Revisited.” Drg has international rights to “The West.”

Exec producers for “The West” include Stephen David,
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Robert Redford-Produced Miniseries ‘The West’ Greenlit by Discovery Channel

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Robert Redford-Produced Miniseries ‘The West’ Greenlit by Discovery Channel
Robert Redford is executive producing a documentary miniseries called “The West” for the Discovery Channel, the network announced on Tuesday. Set to premiere in 2014, the new series will provide unprecedented access into the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed of the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th Century, when the west was won. Also read: Robert Redford Lands Award From Santa Barbara Fest From Jesse James and Crazy Horse to Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill, “The West” explores characters at the center of this violent, blood-soaked period in American history by following.
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Discovery Orders ‘The West’ From Robert Redford

Discovery Channel has ordered a new series, The West, from Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn’s Sundance Productions. The West will focus on the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed of the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War until after the turn of the 20th Century. From today’s announcement: Discovery Channel announces today that it is in production of an all-new series, The West, produced for Discovery by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn’s Sundance Productions, who recently produced Discovery Channel’s Emmy Award nominated documentary All the President’s Men Revisited, and Stephen David Entertainment, known for its two-time Emmy Award winning series, The Men Who Built America. The West is set to premiere in 2014. “The stories of the American West are epic and profound with some of the biggest, most renowned and mythologized characters,” said Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn, Sundance Productions. “We are thrilled
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Charlie Chaplin slept here: hotels in Los Angeles and Palm Springs

Chaplin's fame is such that his name has been used to sell hotel beds across California, some with only tenuous claims. Here is a selection of the most credible, well-established options

Charlie Chaplin's La: a black and white odyssey

Los Angeles Athletic Club

Chaplin lived in this downtown Los Angeles club for long periods during his first decade in California. In his autobiography, he praised its sports facilities: an Olympic-sized pool, cycling studio, squash courts, billiards room, and an indoor running track all open to hotel guests – which are still exceptional today. The bedrooms are classic, comfortable and recently redecorated, and there are vintage images around the halls of some of the sports stars who have trained here. Nearby is Cole's, the oldest public house in La, opened in 1908, which serves "French dip" (meat) sandwiches with jus on the side and pickle spears.

• +1 213 625 2211, laac.com, rooms from $170

The Culver
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