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Erin Moran’s Tragic Life After Happy Days: From TV Star to Living in a Trailer Park

Erin Moran’s Tragic Life After Happy Days: From TV Star to Living in a Trailer Park
After appearing on the hit sitcom Happy Days and the spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, Erin Moran — who was found dead at age 56 on Saturday afternoon in Corydon, Indiana — seemed to have struggled with life outside of the spotlight.

Although she did not appear as a series regular after her two shows ended, Moran continued acting on TV, taking small roles on The Love Boat and Murder She Wrote in the ’80s. She also appeared on episodes of Diagnosis Murder and The Bold and the Beautiful in 1998 and 2009, respectively. She also is credited with having small roles in the films Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,
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Movie Review: The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone can’t find humor in good faith

Like a lot of bad comedies, the David Spade vehicle Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star has a good premise that the movie doesn’t exploit to its fullest potential. So it’s not meant as any kind of affront to say that The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone repurposes the general idea of that movie, sending debased has-been former kid performer Gavin Stone (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Brett Dalton) from the outskirts of Hollywood to a stint interacting with “normal” people who couldn’t care less about his faded career. It’s not even a terrible idea for a Christian-themed comedy; it’s easy to see how a damaged former child star might be better off doing community service for a church. But like so many movies designed for believers first and ordinary sinners second, if at all, Gavin Stone has trouble approximating the sensibility of ...
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Ariel Winter Calls Out 'Fake Friends' on Twitter

Ariel Winter Calls Out 'Fake Friends' on Twitter
Ariel Winter is calling out "fake friends."

The Modern Family star shared exactly how she feels about faux friendships via Twitter on Wednesday.

Watch: Ariel Winter on Her Risque Instagram Posts and Promoting Positive Body Image: 'Everyone Has a Butt'

"Shout out to the one you thought were real friends, but really are just fake friends in disguise," Winter tweeted with a Gif of David Spade flipping the bird in the film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.

Related: 23 Times Ariel Winter Was Sexy and Confident On Instagram

Of course, Winter didn't elaborate on her tweet, but with 2017 right around the corner, the timing seems perfect for a clean slate.

Before exposing the apparent friend drama, the 18-year-old actress put a sexy spin on Christmas. Winter recently Instagrammed snapshots of herself wearing a blonde wig and racy Santa costume, and cozied up to her boyfriend, actor Levi Meaden, in another steamy shot.

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Doris Roberts, 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Star, Passes Away at 90

Doris Roberts, 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Star, Passes Away at 90
Actress Doris Roberts, best known for playing the title character's mother in the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, passed away last night at the age of 90. The actress' son, Michael Canata, confirmed to Deadline that she died in her sleep last night from natural causes. Here's what the actress' Everybody Loves Raymond co-star Ray Romano had to say in a statement about her passing.

"Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a green young comic trying to make it as an actor, she did everything with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly."

Doris Roberts was born November 4, 1925 to Ann (Meltzer) and Larry Green in St. Louis, Missouri, whose legendary career spanned over seven decades. She started acting in the early 1950s, appearing
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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90
Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra,
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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90
Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra,
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‘Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser’ VOD Review

Stars: David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Christopher Walken, Patrick Warburton, Mark McGrath, Dennis Miller, Toby Bronson, Ron Flagge, Rhonda Dents, Tracy Weisert, Natalia Cigliuti, Erica Ibsen | Written by Fred Wolf, David Spade | Directed by Fred Wolf

The original Joe Dirt became something of a cult classic on DVD, even moreso in our household where it gets watched at least every other month… For some reason that underdog tale of a man beaten down by life but refusing to take it, living everday to its potential really struck a chord. But the same can’t be said for the sequel, which is essentially a parody of It’s a Wonderful Life, making a mockery of the first film and the character, in a movie that feels like it was made more for the cast to have fun and work than for the audience to enjoy.

Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser picks up
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Guidance | Review

Life Coach: Mills’ Debut a Showcase for Own Multi-talents

Toronto based filmmaker Pat Mills makes his directorial debut with Guidance, a dark hearted comedy that gets a lot of traction from exaggerated, inappropriate behavior draping its endearing core. Aping the hook of Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), Mills manages to surpass David Spade’s limitations with a basic premise that has a myriad of possibilities, and, as far as comedies hinged on adults behaving badly goes, Mills’ film works on a variety of entertaining levels. Director, screenwriter, and star, his strongest asset happens to be himself in an entertaining performance that is as unabashedly off-putting as it is strangely empathetic. His onscreen persona manages to help us overlook some of the film’s minor sleights to the development of supporting characters necessary for the attempted third act pathos. Nevertheless, this is an impressionable first feature, one deserving of attention as
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Dick Van Patten, 'Eight Is Enough' Star, Dead at 86

Dick Van Patten, 'Eight Is Enough' Star, Dead at 86
Actor Dick Van Patten, best remembered as gentle father Tom Bradford on the sitcom Eight Is Enough and for appearing in several Mel Brooks movies, has died. He had been hospitalized for diabetes-related complications in Santa Monica, California where he passed away, according to People. He was 86.

Born in Queens, New York in 1928, Van Patten cut his teeth on Broadway – making his stage debut at age seven – before transitioning to television in 1949 with a recurring role on a comedy-drama about immigrants living in turn-of-the-century San Francisco called Mama. He would
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David Spade Dusts Off His Mullet Wig for Digital 'Joe Dirt 2'

Digital entertainment is certainly a fertile industry these days. David Spade and Happy Madison Productions are putting together a sequel to "Joe Dirt" that will air exclusively on Sony's Crackle website and associated platforms.

According to his official statement, Spade is "beyond stoked that 'Joe Dirt' will finally hit the screens again on Crackle. I've been sleeping in this wig for years and it will be nice to wear it in the daytime again." It seems like it's a sequel that's been on his mind for a while, anyway. A couple of months ago, Spade was asked during a Reddit Ama about a possible sequel, and his detailed answer indicated that it was something he'd given some thought to. As per one Reddit user, "Just get Adam Sandler to foot the bill."

"Joe Dirt 2" will start production in mid-November in Louisiana, with a 2015 release date. Spade is co-writing the script with Fred Wolf,
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David Spade Interviewed by Norm Macdonald About His New Special, Donald Sterling, and Joe Dirt 2

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With his memorable work with Chris Farley in Tommy Boy and Black Sheep in tow, David Spade left Saturday Night Live at the end of the 1995-96 season, and within a year he’d returned to the warm embrace of a weekly television series, joining the ensemble cast on the 1997-2003 NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me! He’s essentially had a TV gig ever since, following up his supporting turn as Finch with a stint on 8 Simple Rules (2003-05), the Comedy Central series The Showbiz Show (2005-07), and perennial bubble-watch CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement (2007-13), in addition to film work (most notably, 2001’s Joe Dirt and 2003’s Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star). All the while, he's never stopped doing stand-up, so, with a new Comedy Central special set to air Sunday at 10 p.m., Vulture thought it was a good time to check in with Spade. And we asked
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Budweiser seeks removal of its logo from 'Flight'

Budweiser seeks removal of its logo from 'Flight'
Denzel Washington’s character in Flight drinks a lot throughout the film, but his portrayal of a highly functioning alcoholic pilot isn’t going down well with brewing company Anheuser-Busch or the distributor of Stolichnaya vodka.

Anheuser-Busch said Monday that it has asked Paramount Pictures Corp. to obscure or remove the Budweiser logo from the film, which at one point shows Washington’s character drinking the beer while behind the wheel.

Budweiser is hardly the only alcoholic beverage shown in Flight” which earned $25 million in its debut weekend and is likely to remain popular with audiences. Washington’s character frequently drinks vodka throughout the film,
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Anheuser-Busch To Paramount: Take Budweiser Out Of Your Movie!

Anheuser-Busch To Paramount: Take Budweiser Out Of Your Movie!
Los Angeles -- Denzel Washington's character in "Flight" drinks a lot throughout the film, but his portrayal of a highly functioning alcoholic pilot isn't going down well with brewing company Anheuser-Busch or the distributor of Stolichnaya vodka.

Anheuser-Busch said Monday that it has asked Paramount Pictures Corp. to obscure or remove the Budweiser logo from the film, which at one point shows Washington's character drinking the beer while behind the wheel.

Budweiser is hardly the only alcoholic beverage shown in "Flight," which earned $25 million in its debut weekend and is likely to remain popular with audiences. Washington's character frequently drinks vodka throughout the film, with several different brands represented. William Grant & Sons, which distributes Stolichnaya in the United States, also said it didn't license its brand for inclusion in the film and wouldn't have given permission if asked.

Although product placement, where companies pay producers to have their brands seen on-camera,
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Box-Office Oracle: 'Finding Nemo' 3D Will Drown 'Resident Evil: Retribution'

Current Streak: 0 Straight Weekends #1 Predicted Correctly Threat Level to Starting a New Streak: High Reason: Resident Evil: Afterlife could very easily crush the family dollar, because these 3-D re-releases are devilishly difficult to predict. In the last ten years we've only seen three weekends end up in the $60 million range ... and last weekend was one of them. You need a witches' brew of terribleness, with something like Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star leading the way. Thankfully, we're through that rough patch, back to real movies meant for actual audiences. Yay! Finding Nemo 3-D should have the right stuff to take the crown, as it will only need $9,800 per theater to hit a number near $30 million. Looking at the history of 3-D re-releases, you've got your Toy Story 2 (opened at $12 million), and you've got your Lion King (opened at $30.2 million). It makes sense to go bullish, because audiences haven't been
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Tonka Trucks Next Toy to Transform Into a Movie

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Universal may have dumped millions of dollars when it dumped its deal with Hasbro, but Sony Pictures is digging up what it sees as future box office profits. Sony Animation will make a movie out of Hasbro's Tonka trucks, the best selling toy truck In The World since 1947. Writing the animated film -- and tell us on Twitter @KidsPickFlicks if this worries you like it does us -- is Fred Wolf, the former "Saturday Night Live" scribe who wrote Grown Ups and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. I guess we can count on David Spade to voice the lead character (or truck?). Sony is making the Candy Land movie starring Adam Sandler through his production company Happy Madison (Wolf also wrote Sandler's upcoming Grown Ups 2). Sony is developing a third Hasbro property, the strategy board game Risk, into a film.

Speaking of Risk, it does seem like one to try
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Sandler's Happy Madison Will Make an Animated 'Tonka Trucks' Film

Despite the disappointing Battleship not exactly living up to its summer blockbuster title, Hollywood continues to develop movies based on brands instead of actual stories. Universal has smartly severed ties with Hasbro, but it looks like Sony is picking up right where they left off. The studio is already developing a movie based on the Candy Land board game with Adam Sandler set to star, and now Sony is teaming with Happy Madison again to bring something a bit more unexpected to life. Deadline reports that a deal has been made to bring childhood favorite Tonka Trucks to the big screen in an animated film of their own. Tonka will be written by frequent Happy Madison collaborator Fred Wolf, whose credits include Joe Dirt, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Strange Wilderness, Grown Ups, and the upcoming Grown Ups 2. Ugh. He apparently has a fascinating take on what it means
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Tonka trucks speeding to big screen from Sony Animation and Happy Madison

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Tonka trucks speeding to big screen from Sony Animation and Happy Madison
Move over, "Cars." Sony Pictures Animation is readying their own vehicular toon based on Hasbro's long popular Tonka trucks. The fully animated project will be produced by Sony Pictures Animation, Hasbro and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. Happy Madison regular Fred Wolf ("Grown Ups," "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star") is set to write the screenplay. According to Sony, audiences can expect the film to be family friendly. Sony Pictures Animation's president of production Michelle Raimo-Kouyate said in a statement, "Fred and our friends at Happy Madison and Hasbro have a truly inventive take on what it means to be 'Tonka tough'...
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Adam Sandler & Company May Reunite for ‘Grown Ups’ Sequel

It sounds like another possibly happy reunion for these friends. Variety has reported that Sony Pictures and Happy Madison Production are in negotiations with “Grown Ups” writer Fred Wolf to pen the sequel to the comedy. The original “Grown Ups” starred Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider. It is about five old schoolmates who reunited for a weekend after their basketball coach died. If Sandler decides to revisit “Grown Ups,” then it would be Sandler’s first appearance in any sequel. “Grown Ups” is the highest grossing for Sandler with a worldwide theater gross of $271 million. Wolf has written some material for “Saturday Night Live” shows in the past. He wrote several comedies for Happy Madison Productions, including “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” “Strange Wilderness,” and “Joe Dirt.”Source: Variety
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Old Friends Will Get Older in 'Grown Ups' Sequel

You can never have too many reunions with childhood pals, right?

Adam Sandler and friends might be headed for another middle-aged adventure as Sony Pictures and Happy Madison Productions are in talks with "Grown Ups" scribe Fred Wolf to write a sequel, according to Variety.

"Grown Ups" starred Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider as childhood friends who come together over a Fourth of July weekend to attend the funeral of their youth basketball coach. The film, released in June 2010, is Sandler's highest grossing comedy to date, earning over $227 million in worldwide box office.

If "Grown Ups 2" comes together, it will be Sandler's first-ever sequel. No word on which original cast members would be back for the second reunion, though we're betting it will be all of them.

Screenwriter Fred Wolf has a long history with Sandler and Happy Madison Productions, having written for "Saturday Night Live
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Grown Ups 2 in the works at Sony Pictures - Sandler may star in first sequel

I had hoped that Jack and Jill had put Adam Sandler’s career on hold for a bit, but I am unfortunately wrong. Variety is reporting that a sequel to last year’s Grown Ups is in the works from Sony Pictures and Happy Madison Prods. Fred Wolf is in talks to write the sequel for Sandler’s highest-grossing film worldwide at $271 million.

This would be the first sequel that Sandler would star in, and at this time no deal is in place. Surprisingly Sandler’s involvement is contingent on the script!! Scripts have never stopped him before, so I bet he will likely be interested in starring. The first film starred Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider “as five friends who reunite over the 4th of July weekend to attend their youth basketball coach's funeral.”

Wolf has been working with Sandler since his days on SNL.
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