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'Father Knows Best' Star Elinor Donahue Celebrates Her Classic TV Roles (Exclusive)

If there was one TV show in the 1950s that really conveyed the idea of the family sitcom, it would have to be Father Knows Best, which starred Robert Young as Jim Anderson, Jane Wyatt as his wife, Margaret; Lauren Chapin as youngest child, Kathy (aka "Kitten"); Billy Gray as son James ("Bud"), and Elinor Donahue as the oldest, Betty ("Princess"). It was wholesome without being cloying, and still remains a wonderful reminder of a bygone era. It's also something that Elinor herself is, in a way, rediscovering for the first time since she started shooting the show nearly 65 years ago. "Father Knows Best," Elinor says in an exclusive interview from her California home, "is on at 6:00 in the morning here, and they run two episodes a day. A friend of mine was saying how much she enjoys it, and she's younger than me by a good 20 years. The
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Pizza Party! Lady Gaga Surprises Disappointed Fans with Food After Canceling Canada Show

Pizza Party! Lady Gaga Surprises Disappointed Fans with Food After Canceling Canada Show
Lady Gaga sure knows how to treat her Monsters.

The 31-year-old singer broke sad news to fans in Canada on Monday, announcing in a Twitter post that she would not perform her scheduled show in Montreal due to health issues.

“I couldn’t be more devastated that I am unable to perform tonight,” she wrote. “I sing this entire show live, and pride myself in giving it all, but when I sang in the rain at Citi Field I got sick and have been pushing through. I am so sorry to anyone who had their heart set on seeing me tonight.
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Lady Gaga Says She’s ‘in Love’ with Boyfriend Christian Carino a Year After Split from Taylor Kinney

Lady Gaga Says She’s ‘in Love’ with Boyfriend Christian Carino a Year After Split from Taylor Kinney
She may sing about being caught in a “Bad Romance,” but Lady Gaga appears to be happy as can be with boyfriend Christian Carino — even admitting she was “in love” with her CAA agent beau while performing at New York’s Citi Field recently.

The 31-year-old singer — who is in the middle of her Joanne World Tour – took the stage on Aug. 29 amid heavy rainfall, plowing her way through hits like “Born This Way,” “Poker Face,” “Telephone,” “Just Dance,” “The Edge of Glory,” and more.

Though she told fans she was ready for the downpour (“I’m from New York,
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Sci-fi Weekend, Ahrya Fine Art, Los Angeles, April 15-17

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By Todd Garbarini

The Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Los Angeles will be presenting a fun-filled weekend of six science fiction classics from Friday, April 15th to Sunday, April 17th. Several cast members from the films are scheduled to appear in person at respective screenings, so read on for more information:

From the press release:

Anniversary Classics Sci-Fi Weekend

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: www.laemmle.com/ac.

Re-visit the Golden Age of the Science Fiction Film as Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series presents Sci-fi Weekend, a festival of six classic films April 15-17 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills.

It was dawn of the Atomic Age and the Cold War, as Communist and nuclear war paranoia swept onto the nation’s movie screens to both terrify and entertain the American public. All the favorite icons are here: Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet,
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Doris Day Sings By The Light Of The Silvery Moon Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

By the light of the silvery moon, I want to spoon! / To my honey, I’ll croon love’s tune / Honey moon, keep a shining in June! / Your silvery beams will bring love’s dreams / We’ll be cuddling soon, by the silvery moon”

By The Light Of The Silvery Moon Screens Saturday November 8th at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo) at 10:30am.

By The Light Of The Silvery Moon is a sequel to On Moonlight Bay and features Doris Day and Gordon MacRae returning as sweethearts in the early 1900s who get to croon some pretty wonderful songs of that period. It’s strictly family stuff, nostalgic and as prettily pictured as a postcard of an Americana that never really existed except in Hollywood’s imagination and Norman Rockwell paintings.

The story takes place just after the end of the first World War
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Interview with David Posamentier and Geoff Moore, co-writers/co-directors of Better Living Through Chemistry

David Posamentier and Geoff Moore have been writing together for about ten years. Each has an impressive resume of films they’ve been a part of in some way. Posamentier worked for writer/director Zach Braff on Garden State. Moore has worked on such films as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and I Love You Phillip Morris. Having worked so long writing and developing projects for others, it seemed inevitable that they would eventually decide to direct themselves. Which is precisely what they have done with the dark comedy Better Living Through Chemistry.

The film tells the story of small-town pharmacist Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) who’s conventional and boring life is turned upside down when he meets the alluring Elizabeth Roberts (Olivia Wilde). As the pair begins a drug-fueled affair, Doug undergoes a transformation that may ultimately lead him down the path to a better life.

Posamentier and Moore
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Watch The New Better Living Through Chemistry Trailer Starring Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell

Photo Credit: Bill Gray / Samuel Goldwyn Films

Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell star in the brand new trailer for Better Living Through Chemistry.

A small town pharmacist’s uneventful life is turned inside out when a chance encounter with a lonely trophy wife turns into a walk on the wild side in the murderously funny dark comedy.

Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) is the model of suburban respectability—until the night he delivers a prescription to the home of Elizabeth Roberts (Olivia Wilde). Gorgeous, seductive and multiply addicted, Elizabeth eagerly introduces Doug to extra-large martinis, uninhibited bedroom behavior and the illicit pleasures of the pharmacopoeia he has access to in his store.

Disregarded for years by everyone from his domineering wife Kara (Michelle Monaghan) and troubled son Ethan (Harrison Holzer), to the goldbricking employees at the drugstore he bought from his insufferable father-in-law (Ken Howard), Doug surprises himself by embarking on
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Dd-Day on Friday: Don't Miss One of the Most Exuberant Performers in Movie History

Doris Day movies: TCM’s ‘Summer Under the Stars 2013′ lineup continues (photo: Doris Day in ‘Calamity Jane’ publicity shot) Doris Day, who turned 89 last April 3, is Turner Classic Movies’ 2013 “Summer Under the Stars” star on Friday, August 2. (Doris Day, by the way, still looks great. Check out "Doris Day Today.") Doris Day movies, of course, are frequently shown on TCM. Why? Well, TCM is owned by the megaconglomerate Time Warner, which also happens to own (among myriad other things) the Warner Bros. film library, which includes not only the Doris Day movies made at Warners from 1948 to 1955, but also Day’s MGM films as well (and the overwhelming majority of MGM releases up to 1986). My point: Don’t expect any Doris Day movie rarity on Friday — in fact, I don’t think such a thing exists. Doris Day is ‘Calamity Jane’ If you haven’t watched David Butler’s musical
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Randy Travis: Country Stars, Fans Join in Prayers

Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis on Thursday after he underwent brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital. Travis remained in critical condition Thursday after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain Wednesday night, publicist Kirt Webster said. The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer had been improving while being treated for heart failure caused by a viral infection when he had the stroke. Nancy Jones, the widow of Travis's lifelong hero George Jones, paid a visit to Travis on Thursday. Stars including Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride and the
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Randy Travis In Critical Condition Following Stroke

Randy Travis In Critical Condition Following Stroke
Nashville, Tenn. -- Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis overnight as he recovered from brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital.

Travis remained in critical condition after surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain, publicist Kirt Webster said. The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer had been improving while being treated for heart failure caused by a viral infection when he had the stroke.

Steady concern for Travis, a popular and pivotal figure in country music, turned to active support as stars like Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride and the Grand Ole Opry used Twitter to join Webster's call for prayers. Hundreds of users reached out using the hashtag PrayforRandy.

"We're all pulling for you Randy," Brad Paisley said via Twitter.

The setback occurred hours after doctors said Travis was showing signs of improvement since the start of
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Update: Randy Travis in Critical Condition

Update: Randy Travis in Critical Condition
Update: The Associated Press reports that Randy Travis remains in critical condition following surgery. Earlier today, Travis' publicist told Et: "As a complication of his congestive heart failure, Mr. Randy Travis has suffered a stroke and is currently undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain."

The doctors treating critically ill Randy Travis spoke out for the first time Wednesday about the country star's condition and revealed that he was in congestive heart failure due to a viral respiratory illness that put him in the hospital on Sunday.

Travis remains in critical condition in a Dallas, TX hospital. Earlier, Drs. William Gray and Michael Mack of the Baylor Health Care System released a video, saying, "[Travis'] condition has stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement" while being treated for viral cardiomyopathy.

A statement released Tuesday by the singer's publicity company also revealed that Travis had undergone placement of an Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device to help
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Randy Travis Suffers a Stroke, Undergoes Emergency Surgery

Randy Travis Suffers a Stroke, Undergoes Emergency Surgery
Randy Travis has encountered another setback. The 54-year-old country singer suffered a stroke, a complication of his congestive heart failure, and needed surgery Wednesday to relieve pressure on his brain, according to his publicist. "He is in critical condition," the rep said. "We will have updates as they become available. His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support." Dr. William Gray, director of cardiovascular services at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas, where Travis was admitted Sunday night, said in a statement released earlier today that the artist had been "in excellent health" before he developed a viral...
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Randy Travis' Ailing Heart Showing "Signs of Improvement," Say Doctors

Randy Travis' Ailing Heart Showing
Good news, country fans. Randy Travis appears to be on the rebound—though he's not out of the woods yet. In a video released by the country star's publicist and posted online by his Texas hospital, his heart doctors announced that Travis is slowly on the mend after being admitted to the emergency room of Baylor Medical Center at McKinney in critical condition on Sunday. Dr. William Gray, director of cardiovascular services at the hospital, which lies just north of Dallas, confirmed in his statement what his rep previously revealed—that the 54-year-old crooner had been diagnosed with a viral cardiomyopathy, a disease that weakens the heart muscle and could be fatal if left...
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Randy Travis In Congestive Heart Failure

Nashville, Tenn. — Country music star Randy Travis is showing signs of improvement but remains in critical condition with congestive heart failure because of a viral illness, doctors said Wednesday.

Drs. William Gray and Michael Mack of the Baylor Health Care System described Travis' condition and hospitalization in a video statement.

"His condition has stabilized, and he has shown signs of improvement," Mack said in the video. "On behalf of his Mr. Travis' family, friends and associates, we would like to express our extreme gratitude for the overwhelming affection and support that Mr. Travis has received."

The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer was in good health until three weeks before he was hospitalized, when he contracted a viral upper respiratory infection, Gray said.

The viral illness led to a weakened heart muscle that eventually worsened into heart failure.

Travis was admitted to Baylor Medical Center McKinney near his home in Tioga
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Randy Travis Showing 'Signs of Improvement': Doctors

Randy Travis Showing 'Signs of Improvement': Doctors
Heart patient Randy Travis is on the mend. "His condition has stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement," Dr. Michael Mack, one of the singer's physicians, said in a videotaped statement released Wednesday. The country singer, 53, has been hospitalized since Sunday, having been admitted to the Baylor Medical Center in McKinney, Tex., with "presumptive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure," according to his other physician, Dr. William Gray. Travis had been in "excellent health" until three weeks ago when he developed a viral respiratory illness, said Gray. On Tuesday, Travis continued to be in critical condition following a heart procedure.
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Randy Travis' Physicians Speak from Baylor

Today, video was released from Randy Travis' physicians. http://media.baylorhealth.com/ Transcript: ((Dr. William Gray)) I.m Dr. William Gray, the Director of cardiovascular services at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas. Mr. Randy Travis was admitted through an emergency department to Baylor Medical Center at McKinney on Sunday, July 7. He had been in previously excellent health until three weeks prior when he developed a viral upper respiratory illness. He was admitted at Baylor McKinney with a presumptive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. At McKinney, he was stabilized and subsequently sent to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for a higher level of specialized care in the care of Dr. Michael Mack. ((Dr. Michael Mack)) My name is Michael Mack, the director of
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Alien Invasion Month: ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ is an excellent blunt instrument

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Written by Edmund H. North

Directed by Robert Wise

U.S.A., 1951

Whether rightly or wrongly, Man has been declared as the superior being on planet Earth. The scope of their cognitive skills, their ability to emote in countless ways, the complexity of their intellect, such factors have led humans to dominate, so to speak, other forms of life as well as organize itself in vast, regimented societies with hundreds of customs and rules. For all its demonstrations of intelligence and capacity for reason and love, Man has also proven time and time again to be an inherently violent and infuriatingly stubborn creature, incapable of finding common ground with neighbors and therefore resorting to battle and, sadly, killing in order to resolve differences. This fatal flaw in mankind’s psyche is the thrusting force that brings a potentially benevolent or deadly alien visitor to Earth in the 1951 science-fiction classic,
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Retro TV Icons At Mid-atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Maryland September 22-24

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There will be a number of stars from popular retro TV series attending the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia convention in Maryland on September 22-24. Among those appearing: Davy Jones of The Monkees, Patty Duke, Karen Valentine, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin and Tony Dow. There will also be screenings of classic and cult movies, memorabilia on sale and panel discussions. For more click here
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The best art films of 2010

This is the last of my lists of the best films of 2010, and the hardest to name. Call it the Best Art Films. I can't precisely define an Art Film, but I knew I was seeing one when I saw these. I could also call them Adult Films, if that term hadn't been devalued by the porn industry. These are films based on the close observation of behavior. They are not mechanical constructions of infinitesimal thrills. They depend on intelligence and empathy to be appreciated.

They also require acting of a precision not necessary in many mass entertainments. They require directors with a clear idea of complex purposes. They require subtleties of lighting and sound that create a self-contained world. Most of all, they require sympathy. The directors care for their characters, and ask us to see them as individuals, not genre emblems. That requires us to see ourselves as individual viewers,
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Father Knows Best: Why Did the Popular TV Show End? Watch the Cast Reunite in 1984.

The family sitcom, Father Knows Best, ran for six seasons and 203 episodes, from 1954 until 1960.

The show is one of the few to have successfully switched networks, moving from CBS to NBC and then back to CBS. In its last season on NBC, it was tied for 23rd place on the list of top-rated shows. After the move back to CBS, it tied for 13th for the 1958-59 season and then, in its final season, became even more popular and tied for sixth. That would be like ending The Mentalist today.

In 1977, Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, and Lauren Chapin reunited for two CBS TV movies, The Father Knows Best Reunion and Father Knows Best: Home For Christmas. If the movies had performed better, it's believed that a new series would have followed. For whatever reason, it
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