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Memorial Day tribute: 2018 celebrity deaths include Harry Anderson, Steven Bochco, Milos Forman, John Mahoney

Memorial Day tribute: 2018 celebrity deaths include Harry Anderson, Steven Bochco, Milos Forman, John Mahoney
To honor Memorial Day with a tribute on Monday, Gold Derby takes a look back at celebrity and entertainment deaths so far in 2018. We are continuing to update our memoriam photo gallery above with major celebrity deaths from film, television, theater and music.

For this year, losses have included Oscar winners Milos Forman and Dorothy Malone, Emmy winners Steven Bochco, Reg E. Cathey and Olivia Cole, Emmy nominees Harry Anderson, John Mahoney and Jerry Van Dyke, Oscar-nominated composer Johann Johannsson, and legendary sports announcer Keith Jackson. Here is a brief summary of the careers of 14 people who have died in 2018:

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Actress Margot Kidder died at age 69 on May 13. She was best known for playing reporter Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in “Superman: The Movie” (1978). She won a Daytime Emmy in 2015 for the children’s TV show “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.
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Jerry Van Dyke: Craig T. Nelson, Patricia Heaton Remember Co-Star And Friend

Jerry Van Dyke: Craig T. Nelson, Patricia Heaton Remember Co-Star And Friend
Refresh for updates Craig T. Nelson and Patricia Heaton are among the costars, friends and collaborators remembering Jerry Van Dyke today. The actor, comedian and brother of Dick Van Dyke died Friday in Arkansas at 86. “I am incredibly sad to hear of Jerry’s passing,” said Nelson, Van Dyke’s costar in Coach, the ABC sitcom that ran from 1989-97. “He was such a brilliant comedian and we had a great time working together on ‘Coach’. It is just devastating news. My thoughts…
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YouTube Star Chris Fleming's Stand-Up Special Showpig Set to Stream on Facebook Live

YouTube Star Chris Fleming's Stand-Up Special Showpig Set to Stream on Facebook Live
Look! Up there on the stage! Is it a bird? Is it an aging Bichon Frise? Is it a soccer mom off her face on pesto? Sort of—it’s comedian Chris Fleming, the manic brain behind the hit YouTube series Gayle and Drew Carey of the millennial set.

Harnessing the manic energy of Robin Williams, chameleon-like power of Peter Sellers, rubber-limbed choreography of Dick Van Dyke and sex appeal of illustrated children’s lit character Strega Nona, Fleming is one of the most unique and creatively vibrant performers in comedy today. Best known for his portrayal of suburban alpha-mom Gayle Waters-Waters,
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Ricky Williams Says Mike Ditka Is One of His BFFs, Still Lives By His Words

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[[tmz:video id="0_wfmmlhht"]] TMZ Sports might've unearthed 1 of the biggest shockers in NFL friendship history ... 'cause Ricky Williams told us he and Mike Ditka will always be bros!!! You remember the trade ... Ditka gave up 8 Picks to draft Ricky to the Saints back in '99 -- but Nola bombed and Da Coach got canned. But Williams says he and Ditka -- differences aside -- are "homies for life" ... 'cause Mike's one of the few guys he can always turn to.
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Julio Oscar Mechoso, Busy Character Actor, Dies at 62

Julio Oscar Mechoso, Busy Character Actor, Dies at 62
Julio Oscar Mechoso, a character actor who frequently portrayed tough guys, appeared on such TV series as Seinfeld and Coach and collaborated often with close friend Andy Garcia and Robert Rodriguez, has died. He was 62.

Mechoso died Saturday of a heart attack, the Miami Herald reported.

In a statement, Garcia called Mechoso a friend and soulmate. "Julio is a unique and extraordinary artist," he said. "I say 'is,' because his artistry will carry on and will be present in all that will witness it. That will never die."

Mechoso and Garcia worked together in films including
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Julio Oscar Mechoso, Busy Character Actor, Dies at 62

Julio Oscar Mechoso, a character actor who frequently portrayed tough guys, appeared on such TV series as Seinfeld and Coach and collaborated often with close friend Andy Garcia and Robert Rodriguez, has died. He was 62.

Mechoso died Saturday of a heart attack, the Miami Herald reported. He died in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Garcia called Mechoso a friend and soulmate. "Julio is a unique and extraordinary artist," he said. "I say 'is,' because his artistry will carry on and will be present in all that will witness it. That will never die."

Mechoso and Garcia worked...
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Craig T. Nelson Signs With UTA

Former Parenthood and Coach star Craig T. Nelson has signed with UTA for representation as an actor, director, writer and producer. Nelson, known for his most recent starring role as the Braverman patriarch Zeek on the praised NBC family drama Parenthood, won an Emmy for his starring role in the long-running ABC sitcom Coach. He’s also set as the male lead opposite Georgia King in ABC's single-camera pilot Raised by Wolves, from Juno writer Diablo Cody and Berlanti…
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James Franco Used to Shoplift Cologne and Sell It as a Teen - Now He's the Face of the New Coach Fragrance

James Franco Used to Shoplift Cologne and Sell It as a Teen - Now He's the Face of the New Coach Fragrance
James Franco is always expanding his body of work. Whether it be earning an Oscar nomination, starring in hit Hollywood comedies, adapting and directing films, writing poems, studying at prestigious universities, or teaching film classes, it seems like there is nothing Franco cannot do. To prove just that, he partnered with loved fashion brand, Coach, as the face its new Cologne for Men.

The actor, 39, was first exposed to cologne as a young teenager but, oddly enough, not with the goal of combating prepubescent body odor.

“I stole and sold cologne. I was caught for it. We had our cologne-stealing gang,
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Mike Ditka Warns NFL Players, They Better Not Take a Knee on 9/11

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[[tmz:video id="0_hcpat5nb"]] Mike Ditka's not lightening up on NFL players who don't stand for the national anthem ... unless calling them disrespectful troublemakers nobody will remember is considered lightening up. We asked Da Coach how he feels about anthem protests on the 16th anniversary of 9/11. Iron Mike concedes players have the right to do what they want to do ... but thinks 9/11 is different and believes most will stand for Old Glory. As for the "malcontents" ... Ditka says
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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Tackles Pro Football Films

Chicago – It’s the opening Sunday of the NFL, and what better time to celebrate the films that celebrate the sport that celebrate the ballers. Film history has a steroid-free stack of pro football films in all categories. Patrick McDonald, Jon Lennon Espino and Spike Walters of HollywoodChicago.com take on three prime examples.

Da Boyz! James Caan and Billy Dee Williams Bear Down in ‘Brian’s Song’

Photo credit: Columbia TriStar Home Video

The earliest known footage of a football game was a 1903 match-up between powerhouses Princeton and Yale, filmed by Thomas Edison. The earliest narrative films dealt with the college game, from Harold Lloyd’s “The Freshman” (1925) to the Marx Brothers in “Horse Feathers” (1932). An early example of a pro football movie is “The Cowboy Quarterback” (1939), which involves a scout for the “Chicago Packers” (gee, even in olden days screenwriters were lazy as shit).

The backfield in motion and HollywoodChicago.
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Juliette Binoche to Star in Naomi Kawase’s Next Film “Vision”

Juliette Binoche in “Elles

Juliette Binoche has lined up her next project. The Oscar-winning actress will portray a journalist in “Vision,” from “Radiance” director Naomi Kawase, ScreenDaily confirms. Filming on the mysterious-sounding drama has already begun in Japan.

Binoche will play Jeanne, “a journalist tracking a mysterious rare herb that appears only once every 997 years,” the source reports. “Further plot details remain under wraps although the producers revealed that Kawase’s trademark themes of ‘nature and the cycle of life’ will feature prominently in the work.”

“Vision” is set in Nara Prefecture, part of the Kansai region of Japan. Kawase originally hails from the locale. Marianne Slot’s Slot Machine is producing the project, as is Kawase’s Kumie Inc.

Binoche and Kawase met earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. Binoche was starring in Claire Denis’ “Let the Sunshine In,” a portrait of a divorced artist looking for love. Kawase was presenting “Radiance,” which traces the relationship between a writer for the visually impaired and an older photographer who is going blind.

“The moment I met her, I knew I wanted to work with her,” Kawase recalled. “From that decision all of the pieces fit together into a perfect puzzle. It was only three months from the day I met Juliette to the start of the shoot today.”

According to Binoche, the feeling was mutual. “I always loved the sense of space in Naomi’s films and the inner search of her characters,” she said. “What I’m living now in Yoshino is a dream come true; I wanted to see small villages, mountains, and a sense of traditions which is quite different from the conventions we live under.”

Binoche is currently starring as a choreographer in “Polina,” Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj’s film about a young ballet dancer (Anastasia Shevtsova) who discovers a passion for modern dance. “Let the Sunshine In” will open in France October 11, but no U.S. release has been announced yet. Denis took home the Sacd Award for the film at Cannes this year.

Kawase is also a Cannes winner. “Radiance” won the Ecumenical Jury Prize this year. Previously, the director won the fest’s Golden Coach Award in 2009, the Grand Jury Prize for “The Mourning Forest” in 2007, and the Caméra d’Or for “Suzaku” in 1997. Kawase served as the president of both the Cinefondation section and Short Film Jury at Cannes 2016. She has also helmed films like “Sweet Bean” and “Still the Water.”

Juliette Binoche to Star in Naomi Kawase’s Next Film “Vision” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Mike Ditka: Crown Mitch Trubisky the Starter, Better 1st Game Than Tom Brady

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[[tmz:video id="0_0tjed91g"]] If Mitch Trubisky isn't the Chicago Bears starting Qb in Week 1, "You've got problems" -- so says Bears legend Mike Ditka.  To say Da Coach was impressed with the rookie's preseason debut Thursday night is a gross understatement ... Ditka believes it's Trub Or Consequences!  "What I saw out of Trubiksy for a rookie in his first game I thought was outstanding."  Trub -- the #2 pick in the draft -- went 18-25 for 166 yards and a
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TVLine Items: Natalie Zea Gets Famous, Michael Jackson's Halloween and More

TVLine Items: Natalie Zea Gets Famous, Michael Jackson's Halloween and More
Natalie Zea is taking a detour from her TBS comedy to join Showtime’s White Famous.

The Detour star will recur on the upcoming Jamie Foxx co-created/co-starring series as Amy, a high-profile Hollywood agent to whom SNL alum Jay Pharoah’s up-and-coming comedian Floyd is drawn.

Additionally, Kendrick Sampson (How to Get Away With Murder) will recur as Robbie, a handsome British actor auditioning alongside Floyd.

RelatedJay Pharoah Lands Lead in Jamie Foxx’s Showtime Pilot White Famous

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Michael Jackson’s Halloween is coming to CBS this fall in
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Mae Whitman-Retta Drama Good Girls Greenlit at NBC, Key Role to Be Recast

Mae Whitman-Retta Drama Good Girls Greenlit at NBC, Key Role to Be Recast
Good Girls certainly don’t finish last: The NBC drama starring Mae Whitman and Retta has been greenlit at NBC, TVLine has learned.

The new series follows three financially challenged suburban moms who think robbing a local supermarket with a toy gun will make their money woes go away. “But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected,” per the official synopsis, “it doesn’t take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think.”

RelatedTimeless Cancelled at NBC, ‘Odds Are
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ESPN Anchor Chris Berman’s Wife Kathy Mourned After Fatal Car Accident

ESPN Anchor Chris Berman’s Wife Kathy Mourned After Fatal Car Accident
Sports journalists and figures took to social media to mourn the death of Katherine Berman (pictured above left), wife of longtime ESPN anchor Chris Berman.

Katherine, 67, was killed in a two-car accident Tuesday afternoon in Woodbury, Conn, according to authorities. Espn is headquartered in nearby Bristol, Conn., about 20 miles northeast. The driver of the second car, Edward Bertulis, 87, was also killed. The crash is currently under investigation.

“This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” John Skipper, president of Espn, said in a statement. “Chris is beloved by all his Espn colleagues and for good reason: He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years. We know how much his family means to him and all we can do at a moment like this is give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour.”

Ironically, the sports community had gathered Tuesday to celebrate the 38th
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Friends Rally Around Chris Berman After Death of His Wife: ‘You Always Told Me She Was Your Rock’

Friends Rally Around Chris Berman After Death of His Wife: ‘You Always Told Me She Was Your Rock’
Sports stars, fans and commentators alike mourned the death of Kathy Berman, the wife of legendary Espn sportscaster Chris Berman, after she died in a car accident in rural Connecticut on Tuesday.

Connecticut State Police told Patch that a vehicle driven by Edward Bertulis, 87, was struck in the back by the Lexus Kathy was driving while both were traveling eastbound on Sherman Hill Road in Woodbury.

Kathy’s car veered off the road down an embankment and overturned in a small body of water, while Bertulis’ vehicle crashed into utility pole and landed upside down in the center of the road.
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The Best Sitcoms That Need a Revival Now — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Sitcoms That Need a Revival Now — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In light of the recent “Roseanne” revival news, which sitcom would you like to see a revival of? (Let’s assume this is feasible from a network, talent, production, etc. standpoint.)

Liz Shannon Miller (@lizlet), IndieWire

So many great sitcoms are personality driven, which makes it hard to remember great premises worth reviving. (And also, when I think about some of my ‘90s favorites, like “Step by Step” or “Friends,” it’s like… Oh, maybe there’s nothing new under the sun.)

But, beyond my eternal wish that someone would remake “Almost Human” as an adorable rom-com about Karl Urban and Robot Michael Ealy falling in
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General Hospital Vet Peter Hansen, Played Lee Baldwin, Dead at 95

General Hospital Vet Peter Hansen, Played Lee Baldwin, Dead at 95
Peter Hansen, who for decades played General Hospital legal eagle Lee Baldwin, died on Sunday at age 95.

Prior to his esteemed Gh run (where in 1965 he replaced Ross Elliott as the eventual adoptive father to Scott and husband of Gail), Hansen appeared on such series as The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Sea Hunt and Gomer Pyle: Usmc. His TV credits also include How the West Was Won, Coach, Golden Girls and the Gh spinoff Port Charles.

For his work as Gh‘s Lee, a recovering alcoholic and onetime Port Charles mayor, Hansen earned two Daytime Emmy nominations,
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Craig T. Nelson Joins ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Raised By Wolves’

Craig T. Nelson Joins ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Raised By Wolves’
Craig T. Nelson will star in ABC’s comedy pilot “Raised By Wolves,” Variety has learned.

Raised By Wolves” is about Sheila Gabel, one tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town.

Sheila will be played by the previously announced Star Georgia King. Nelson will star as the male lead, Sheila’s father, Paul “Grampy” Kosinski, a cheerfully entitled baby boomer with limited resources who often takes advantage of his daughter, but also provides an odd comfort to the family.

Other cast members are Cooper Friedman and Lulu Wilson, who will play two of the five children.

For Nelson, the pilot marks a return to ABC, the network that was home to his Emmy-winning comedy series “Coach,” which ran for nine seasons. In 2015, NBC greenlit a modern-day reboot of “Coach,” which picked up 18 years after the original sitcom went off the air, but
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