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TV Icon Jim Nabors Dead At Age 87; Gained Fame As Gomer Pyle

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Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton in "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C".

By Lee Pfeiffer

Jim Nabors, who epitomized the image of a friendly country boy, has died at age 87 at his home in Hawaii. Nabors was plucked from obscurity when Andy Griffith caught his nightclub act in L.A. in the early 1960s and cast him in the role of Gomer Pyle, the affable but simple-minded filling station attendant in "The Andy Griffith Show". The program was always among the top shows in the ratings and Nabors' exposure on the show gained him instant fame. The character of Gomer became as iconic as Griffith's Sheriff Andy Taylor and Don Knotts' deputy Barney Fife. Nabors' popularity extended into a second career as a pop singer. When he first sang on an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show", many viewers thought his operatic baritone voice was dubbed. However, they soon
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Gomer Pyle Star Jim Nabors Dead at 87

Gomer Pyle Star Jim Nabors Dead at 87
Jim Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and its spinoff Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., has died. He was 87.

Nabors passed away on Thursday morning, according to Hawaii News Now. A cause of death has not been reported.

Nabors made his first appearance as Gomer Pyle in Andy Griffith‘s Season 3 episode “The Bank Job.” What was initially meant to be a one-off guest spot turned into a recurring role which spanned 23 episodes. In the Season 4 finale, the character enlisted in the Marines, paving the way for Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., which
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A Return to Mayberry: Remembering “The Andy Griffith Show”

When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to bask in the cool glow of my father’s love. What child doesn’t want acceptance and approval from one’s father or mother? As I hit an age where I had more and more of a choice about what sort of tennis shoes and shirts I could wear (goodbye to Velcro shoe “laces” and collared polo shirts with tiny alligators, thank you very much!), what sorts of things I could read (hello to gaudy comic books, Peanuts, Stephen King and Ray Bradbury and fare thee well – never to look back

A Return to Mayberry: Remembering “The Andy Griffith Show”
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Ron Howard Interviewed By Brian Williams; A Cinema Retro Report

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Brian Williams and Ron Howard. (Event photos copyright Giacomo Selloni. All rights reserved.)

Earlier this month, Cinema Retro was invited to cover Tribeca Talks, a new live interview series that took place as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. We sent our "Man About Manhattan", Giacomo Selloni to cover the initial event at which Ron Howard was interviewed by  NBC newsman Brian Williams. Here is his report:

By Giacomo Selloni

Ron Howard is an articulate film director. So it should come as no surprise that he is also an articulate speaker. He also has a way with anecdotes, as one might expect, given the length and diversity of his career.

"I think it's wrong to think of what I'm in as the movie business," Howard says. "It's the moving image business. I think it's necessary to work in all different mediums." He also says it's hard
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Andy Griffith

American actor whose career was defined by his role as the folksy Sheriff Andy Taylor

It may seem unfair that the nine seasons (1960-68) during which the actor Andy Griffith, who has died aged 86, distributed folksy wisdom as Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show should define his career, but that is partly because the television programme has lived on in syndication for the past 44 years, and also because Griffith brought such verisimilitude to the character. The shrewd country bumpkin is a staple of American myth, and Griffith was its finest practitioner since Will Rogers. His finest roles allowed him to explore multiple facets of that character, which he reprised as the defence attorney Ben Matlock (1986-95). He claimed modestly that "any time I try to play anything that doesn't come natural, I'm just plain bad".

And it did come natural. Griffith was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina,
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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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Weekend Shopping Guide 1/14/11: Lucky Louis

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The weekend’s here. You’ve just been paid, and it’s burning a hole in your pocket. What’s a pop culture geek to do? In hopes of steering you in the right direction to blow some of that hard-earned cash, it’s time for the Fred Weekend Shopping Guide - your spotlight on the things you didn’t even know you wanted…

(Please support Fred by using the links below to make any impulse purchases - it helps to keep us going…)

Louis Ck proves yet again why he’s one of the finest practitioners of stand-up today with Hilarious (Comedy Central, Not Rated, DVD-$16.99 Srp), a feature-length exploration of life after 40, newly-divorced with a pair of young daughters, in a world of increasing frustration. Get this disc. Get it now.

I love desktop gadgets, if only because they provide a welcome - and inherently evil - distraction
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[TV] The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary: The Best of Mayberry

There are many shows which are described as "beloved" but only a few which truly deserve that description. The Andy Griffith Show is one of those precious few. The long running series, which inspired two spin-offs (Gomer Pyle Usmc; Mayberry Rfd), has been rerun consistently since its initial run (1960-1968), always on the air somewhere. The series celebrated it's 50th anniversary in 2010. While it's true that many shows are still remembered decades after they aired, how many are remembered as fondly as the Andy Griffith Show?

The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary: The Best of Mayberry collects 17 of the most popular episodes of the series, as well as several other bonus treats. One of the best extras in the set is "Danny Meets Andy Griffith", an episode of the popular 1950s series Make Room for Daddy (Aka The Danny Thomas Show) which served as the prototype for Griffith's own show.
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[DVD Review] The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary: The Best of Mayberry

There are many shows which are described as "beloved" but only a few which truly deserve that description. The Andy Griffith Show is one of those precious few. The long running series, which inspired two spin-offs (Gomer Pyle Usmc; Mayberry Rfd), has been rerun consistently since its initial run (1960-1968), always on the air somewhere. The series celebrated it's 50th anniversary in 2010. While it's true that many shows are still remembered decades after they aired, how many are remembered as fondly as the Andy Griffith Show?

The Andy Griffith Show 50th Anniversary: The Best of Mayberry collects 17 of the most popular episodes of the series, as well as several other bonus treats. One of the best extras in the set is "Danny Meets Andy Griffith", an episode of the popular 1950s series Make Room for Daddy (Aka The Danny Thomas Show) which served as the prototype for Griffith's own show.
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Party Favors: The 2010 Meh Awards

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Pasadena - Forget the AFI Top 10 list of Best TV shows. Why should care about TV since they are the American Film Institute? This is kind like the American Diabetic Prevention Society’s Top 10 Favorite Sugary Candy Bars list. Or Bravo’s Top 10 Hunting Shows. Or Madd’s Best 10 Drinks to Mess You Up. Or Charlie Sheen’s Top 10 Things You Can Do Without Involving Hookers and Blow. If they care about TV that much, shouldn’t they be the Aftvi? But they are a pack of List Whores over at AFI with their 100 Years a 100 Stupid Lists press releases.

Why does critic or critic group have to tell you the Best or Worst of the Year? Party Favors is proud to announce the Meh Awards for the 10 TV shows that didn’t work for me in 2010. They weren’t the most pathetic things on TV, but made me lose interest in watching them.
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Will ABC Return to Twin Peaks?

Despite having been off the air for nearly two decades, the series Twin Peaks remains a cult favorite that continues to seduce new fans with its mix of horror, mystery, and offbeat humor. If series writer/co-producer/executive story editor Robert Engels has anything to say about it, you haven’t seen the last of that puzzling town and its quirky cast of characters.

In an interview with Moviehole, Engels indicates his desire to resurrect Twin Peaks in some fashion:

I think if we could figure out a way to do it, I think everybody would have fun going back. You just don’t want to do Return to Mayberry. It’d be a miracle to get the whole group back together again but I think, all things being equal, they’d say ‘I’m…

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Could Twin Peaks Return to TV?

It looks like there actually might be a chance that the TV series Twin Peaks could be resurrected, if they could figure out a way to do it right. I love the original Twin Peaks series! That show was just whacked out and twisted in the craziest of ways! If you haven't seen it then you should most definitely check it out. It's out on DVD so you shouldn't have a problem.

Today Moviehole did an interview with Twin Peaks co-producer and writer Bob Engels who says there’s a chance the show could return one day. Apparently once every few months he gets a call from an executive who is interested in bring it back to life.

I think if we could figure out a way to do it, I think everybody would have fun going back. You just don't want to do Return to Mayberry. It'd be a
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More Twin Peaks on the Way?

There's no doubt the television show "Twin Peaks" spawned a huge and faithful fanbase during its initial run many moons ago, and just like with any classic show it continues to grow even now -- over a decade since we found out who killed Laura Palmer.

Over on Moviehole our mate Clint Morris caught up with "Twin Peaks" co-producer and writer Bob Engels, who teased fans with the following tidbit of info:

"It's a funny thing... I think if we could figure out a way to do it, I think everybody would have fun going back," Engels tells the site. "You just don't want to do Return to Mayberry. It'd be a miracle to get the whole group back together again, but I think, all things being equal, they'd say ‘I'm in'. I certainly would. I get a call once every six months or so from someone asking, ‘What do
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