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'21 Jump Street' Writer Says He Was Defrauded by Unlicensed Lawyer

'21 Jump Street' Writer Says He Was Defrauded by Unlicensed Lawyer
Michael Bacall has thrown a fraud lawsuit at his former attorney and alleges that Jeffrey Shumway is no longer legally entitled to practice law and that a fee agreement must be voided.

Bacall, whose screenplays include 21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Project X, is suing in Los Angeles Superior Court. According to the complaint filed on Monday, Shumway has acted as Bacall's attorney since 1989 when Bacall was a child actor. The plaintiff had small roles on Small Wonder; Mr. Belvedere; Punky Brewster; Doogie Howser, M.D.; and The Wonder Years.

In the decades since, Bacall has...
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TV Rewind: The 9 Shows That Defined 1990, From ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Wings’

The year 1990 was the beginning of a new decade that just had survived the neon excesses of the ’80s. This fresh start was seen in the world at large with the reunification of Germany, the unification of Yemen, the release of Nelson Mandela and the resignation of Margaret Thatcher as the U.K.’s prime minister.

It was also the fledgling days of the internet, when the first web server was created, providing a foundation for the World Wide Web as we know it.

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Over on television, “Saturday Night Live” welcomed the new talents of Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and Julia Sweeney.

The year also marked the end of an era for shows like “Alf,” “227,” “Newhart,” primetime soap “Falcon Crest,” Nickelodeon’s slime purveyor “You Can’t Do That on Television,
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Q&A: Robert Carlock and Mike Schur on ‘SNL,’ Emmys and Making Broad Comedy

Q&A: Robert Carlock and Mike Schur on ‘SNL,’ Emmys and Making Broad Comedy
Although Robert Carlock and Mike Schur haven’t worked together in years, their careers keep intersecting. They met as writers on “Saturday Night Live” in the ’90s. Carlock went on to showrun NBC Emmy favorite “30 Rock” with Tina Fey, before the pair co-created Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Schur spent three years on NBC’s “The Office” before launching Amy Poehler starrer “Parks and Recreation” on the same network. Seven seasons later, “Parks” has come to an end and earned a farewell nom for best comedy series alongside the debut season of “Kimmy.” And now Schur is working for Netflix too, exec producing the upcoming Aziz Ansari vehicle “Master of None” (which, like “Kimmy,” is produced by NBCUniversal).

Variety: Robert, you were on a show that won a lot of Emmys. Mike, your show has been largely ignored by the Emmys. Robert, what is Mike doing wrong?

Mike Schur:
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Jenny Lewis' "She's Not Me" Music Video Pokes Fun at Her Child Star Past—Watch Now!

Long before Jenny Lewis was a successful indie-rock singer, she achieved a very different kind of success: Child stardom! The former Rilo Kiley musician, now 39, isn't embarrassed by her younger years onscreen—in fact, her newly released "She's Not Me" music video playfully pays homage to her child star past! For the creation of the quirky clip, Jenny enlisted the help of several of her famous friends, including Fred Armisen, Zosia Mamet, Vanessa Bayer, Feist and Leo Fitzpatrick. Together the pals parody some of Jenny's earlier work, including her TV roles on Golden Girls, Roseanne and Mr. Belvedere as well as her film appearances in Troop Beverly Hills, The Wizard and...
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Ellen Albertini Dow, Rapping Granny from ‘The Wedding Singer,’ Dies at 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, Rapping Granny from ‘The Wedding Singer,’ Dies at 101
Actress Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for her scene-stealing turn as rapping grandma Rosie in Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer,” has died at age 101. Los Angeles’ Pierce College Theatre Department confirmed news of Dow’s death via Facebook on Monday evening. Dow’s late husband, Eugene, founded the Lapc Theatre Department.

Born November 16, 1913 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, Dow got a late start on her entertainment career, with her first on-screen credit listed as 1985’s “American Drive-In.” Although she made guest appearances in a number of classic series throughout the ’80s and ’90s — including “The Twilight Zone,” “Moonlighting,” “Newhart,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “The Golden Girls” and “Family Matters” — her breakout role came in 1998’s “Wedding Singer,” in which she gave a memorable performance of “Rapper’s Delight.” A medley of Dow’s version of the song mixed with Sugarhill Gang’s original was included on the film’s soundtrack album, which
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Mr. Belvedere Turns 30, but He May Be Even Older Than You Think

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Mr. Belvedere Turns 30, but He May Be Even Older Than You Think
On March 15, 1985, ABC debuted Mr. Belvedere at 8:30 p.m. as a midseason replacement airing immediately after that other show about a wise-cracking butler, Benson. The show centered on a proper British butler (Christopher Hewett) adjusting to life working for the Owens family of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. And for six seasons, characters on the show and the people watching them chose not to think too much about how strange it was that a middle-class family would have a live-in butler. The show hit that family-comedy sweet spot right along with Family Ties, Growing Pains, Full House and The Cosby Show,
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Mr. Belvedere Turns 30, but He May Be Even Older Than You Think

Mr. Belvedere Turns 30, but He May Be Even Older Than You Think
On March 15, 1985, ABC debuted Mr. Belvedere at 8:30 p.m. as a midseason replacement airing immediately after that other show about a wise-cracking butler, Benson. The show centered on a proper British butler (Christopher Hewett) adjusting to life working for the Owens family of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. And for six seasons, characters on the show and the people watching them chose not to think too much about how strange it was that a middle-class family would have a live-in butler.

The show hit that family-comedy sweet spot right along with Family Ties, Growing Pains, Full House and The Cosby Show,
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The Youngest Oscar Nominees In History

The Youngest Oscar Nominees In History
Los Angeles — "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhane Wallis is an actress of talent, poise and maturity well beyond her years.

She was only 5 years old when she auditioned and 6 when she played the part of Hushpuppy, a little girl of fierce strength and resourcefulness living with her daddy in a squalid slab of Louisiana swampland known as The Bathtub. She was just a regular kid from nearby Houma, La. – she'd never even acted before, and actually pretended to be a year older than she was to be considered.

Now, at only 9, Quvenzhane (Kuh-vahn-zuh-nay) is the youngest-ever actress nominee at the Academy Awards. Altogether, "Beasts" has four nominations at the Feb. 24 ceremony, including best picture.

While her presence is undeniable, Quvenzhane's nomination raises the question: How young is too young to compete for an Oscar, the film industry's highest honor, which has eluded performers with decades more experience and acclaim?
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Trouble In Paradise – White Collar Sneak Peek

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As we talked about a month ago, White Collar season 4 is just about ready to rock and star Matt Bomer has been tearing up the track lately. As the dedicated fans likely already know, the season 3 finale saw Bomer’s character, Neal, along with his toady Mozzie (well played by Willie Garson), make good his escape from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As season 4 opens, we find Neal and Mozzie drinking in the lush beauty and fruity alcoholic beverages of a tropical island. The Hollywood Reporter brings us this clip from the opening episode:

So we see the standard White Collar quasi-cutesy back-n-forth dialogue is still well intact. Also, a bit of digging around on the ol’ internet has revealed to me (!!potential spoilers!!) that this elusive Dobbs will be played by none other than Gregg Henry. Henry is probably best known for his work on HBO’s Hung and FX’s The Riches,
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Junk TV Round-Up: Mob Wives Chicago, Franklin & Bash, White Collar, CSI

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Well, kids, it’s summertime and the weather is beautiful, perfect for staying indoors and rotting your brain. Now is the time of year when the network stars jet-set to their summer homes in France, while the basic cable stars roll up their sleeves and get to work. Here are a few of the…well, not highlights, but you know what we mean.

This week, VH1 will be premiering its first spin-off of its successful reality show, Mob Wives. Imaginatively titled Mob Wives Chicago, the show focuses on five Mafia princesses in…uh, Green Bay? The Quad Cities? Somewhere in the Midwest, but it’s not clear exactly where. The Hollywood Reporter seems genuinely concerned that this spin-off will not hold to the same level of quality as the original, where as we are sure it will not only achieve that same level but perhaps even surpass its heights of low-brow culture.
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The boy from Small Wonder is broke and homeless because of a stripper

Former TV actor Jerry Supiran—the non-robot child on syndication mainstay Small Wonder—is currently living under a bridge in central California, the result of years of incipient financial ruin and vulnerably human decisions involving strippers. Supiran enjoyed a somewhat-prolific career in the 1980s, landing roles on shows like Little House On The Prairie, Mr. Belvedere, Fame, and St. Elsewhere before taking on the part of Jamie Lawson, the mischievous, cherubic-faced son of an inventor who creates a robot girl known as V.I.C.I. (or "Voice Input Child Identicant"). Though garishly low-budget, painfully unfunny, and critically derided ...
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Tony Danza In Talks To Join Joseph Gordon Levitt's Dark Comedy

Tony Danza.s probably best known for his role in Taxi and later for playing one of the most beloved housekeepers on TV in the .80.s (nods to Mr. Belvedere and Mrs. Garrett). Not long after Who.s the Boss wrapped up, Danza went on to co-star in a movie about a kid whose answered prayer came in the form of angels (Christopher Lloyd among them) helping a baseball team make a comeback. Danza played one of the ball players in Angels in the Outfield, and young Joseph Gordon-Levitt played Roger, the foster kid who believed the Angels winning a pennant would bring his family back together. Nearly twenty years after that family-friendly film hit theaters, we may see Danza and Gordon-Levitt reunite on screen. Variety reports that Tony Danza is in talks for a role in the currently untitled film that will mark Gordon-Levitt.s directorial debut. Gordon-Levitt wrote
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Child actors make a PSA opposing Kirk Cameron for 'Funny or Die'

Child actors make a PSA opposing Kirk Cameron for 'Funny or Die'
Child actors from the '80s and '90s have appeared in a new PSA for Funny or Die. Titled 'Children Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron' (Ccokc), the actors blast fellow child star Cameron for his recent anti-gay remarks. Ccokc - Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron - watch more funny videos

'And together we're pledging to raise awareness about a serious threat to our civil rights," begins Mr. Belvedere's Brice Beckham. "Kirk Cameron's stupid opinions," ends Keith Coogan of Adventures in Babysitting fame. Cameron, who starred on Growing Pains, called homosexuality "detrimental, and ultimately destructive to (more)
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Kirk Cameron gets Funny or Die treatment from former child actors

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If one good thing came out of former "Growing Pains" child star Kirk Cameron's public anti-homosexual stance, it may be the solidarity inspired in his fellow child actors.

Courtesy of Funny or Die?, former child stars -- including Keith Coogan ("Adventures in Babysitting"), Kenn Michael ("The Parent 'Hood"), Brice Beckham ("Mr. Belvedere"), Josie Davis ("Charles in Charge") and Christin Lakin ("Step by Step") joined forces as Ccokc -- "Child Celebrities Oopposing Kirk Cameron." Sure, it may be a month or so too late, but the effort is still appreciated.

And Ccokc makes a good point:

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"We've met Kirk and he's a very pleasant guy," they say. "But the problem is he's one of us and he should know better. As child actors, we grew up around gay people. They were our wardrobe stylists, our hair stylists --
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Former '80s child stars rally against Kirk Cameron's 'stupid opinions' -- Video

Former '80s child stars rally against Kirk Cameron's 'stupid opinions' -- Video
What do Maureen Flannigan, Keith Coogan, and Josie Davis have in common? Aside from being former child stars from neon-splattered ’80s sitcoms, the three are all CCOKCs (pronounced exactly how you think it is): Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron.

In a new Funny Or Die video, the erstwhile teen thespians — including Kenn Michael (The Parent ‘Hood), Brice Beckham (Mr. Belvedere), Jeremy Licht (The Hogan Family), and a surprisingly hot Christine Lakin (Step by Step) — join together in solidarity against their former peer Kirk Cameron, whose incendiary remarks about homosexuals launched the wrath of a thousand seven child stars.

“We
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Dialogue: Michael Bacall on Writing 'Project X,' '21 Jump Street,' and 'The New Cool,' and Growing Up an '80s Child Actor

You may not already know screenwriter Michael Bacall, but you know his films (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street, Project X), and some of you even grew up with him. Bacall has been working in Hollywood for decades; first as a child actor in the '80s, where he appeared on such shows as The A-Team, The Wonder Years, Mr. Belvedere, Doogie Howser and Punky Brewster. As he got older and graduated college, he transitioned to screenwriting, partly out of necessity because quality roles were drying up, and also because he wanted to have a hand in creating new, exciting roles for younger actors like himself. Since then the former child actor has, essentially, blown up. Not only is he currently experiencing the weird rush of having two films in theaters in the same...

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Actor Bruns Dies

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Actor Bruns Dies
American actor Philip Bruns has died at the age of 80.

The TV star, who played Jerry Seinfeld's dad in the first season of Seinfeld, passed away of natural causes on 8 February in Los Angeles.

Bruns broke into acting in an episode of The Robert Herridge Theater, before going on to star on the small screen in a number of shows, including Car 54 Where Are You?, Route 66 and Here's Lucy.

He rose to further prominence playing the father of the title character in 1970s series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, also guest starring on Kojak, The Six Million Dollar Man and Mr. Belvedere.

Bruns also enjoyed roles in films including The Stuntman, The Out of Towners, and Flashdance.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator Trailer Is Upon Us

It’s been a long time since Sacha Baron Cohen has starred in a movie of his own making. I know this because I haven’t heard an American fraternity brothers/out of touch co-workers quoting him in a few years. Ah, what bliss it’s been. But brace yourselves, because next summer, He’S Back. And not in his typical guerilla improv way either. This time, it’s a scripted movie written by Cohan and former Seinfeld scribe Alec Berg, called The Dictator. The film follows Cohen as he plays an evil Middle Eastern dictator named General Aladeen who visits America only to hate our every custom. Now, I know they always say that movie studios put every single funny part of a film in the trailer, and once they lure you into a theater seat, the movie actually sucks. Curly Sue, I’m looking at you. But I
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Found: Mr. Belvedere’s Lost, Edgy AIDS Joke

As a child of the 80s, I often reminisce about all the awesome sitcoms we were lucky enough to have. I remember clutching my Alf doll while marveling at how lucky that sh*tty family was that this hilarious alien happened to live in their house, and I still blame most of my problems on not growing up with an actual train running through my house a la the one on Silver Spoons. Things today have really changed. But I have to admit… I don’t quite remember that AIDS storyline on Mr. Belvedere. Maybe this joke will refresh your memory? Yes, this is exactly how this aired on the Mr. Belvedere episode called “Wesley’s Friend.” Here is the episode description according to Wikipedia: When one of Wesley’s friends is revealed to have AIDS, he is taken out of school due to the ignorance and uncertainty that many
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When will the '80s die? We need a 'Small Wonder' miracle!

When will the '80s die? We need a 'Small Wonder' miracle!
Perhaps no decade has overstayed its welcome more egregiously than the 1980s. The party’s over, your guests have left, your spouse has gone to bed, and yet the ’80s are still jamming in your living room to Starship’s “We Built This City.” That’s not to say that everything from the ’80s was bad. Just most of it. The rest was mediocre. Yet for some reason, virtually every pop-culture property from the Reagan Era has been resurrected in recent years. Just last week, The Thing and Footloose were back in theaters, and though Footloose apparently proved to be
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