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Dr. John Dies: New Orleans Music Legend, Soundtrack Stalwart And Actor Was 77

Dr. John Dies: New Orleans Music Legend, Soundtrack Stalwart And Actor Was 77
Six-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John has died. His death was announced on his official Facebook page by his family.

“Towards the break of day on June 6, 2019, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr., professionally known as Dr. John, passed away of a heart attack,” said the post. “As a Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee, six time Grammy winner, songwriter, composer, producer, and performer, he created a unique blend of music which carried his home town, New Orleans, at its’ heart, as it was always in his heart. The family thanks all whom have shared his unique musical journey, and requests privacy at this time. Memorial arrangements will be announced in due course.”

Dr. John, once a constant tour presence, had cut back drastically on public appearances in the last two years. He was honored in 2017 by the New Orleans City
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Sitcom sweetheart to celeb chef: Valerie Bertinelli trades quips for quiche and gets her 1st individual Emmy nomination [Exclusive Video Interview]

Sitcom sweetheart to celeb chef: Valerie Bertinelli trades quips for quiche and gets her 1st individual Emmy nomination [Exclusive Video Interview]
Valerie Bertinelli first became a household name in 1975 when she played Barbara Cooper on the CBS sitcom “One Day at a Time” for nine seasons. While Mackenzie Phillips as older sis Julie was the rebellious daughter in a household headed by Bonnie Franklin‘s divorced mom, Bertinelli’s upbeat character was more adept at making wisecracks. She would earn two Golden Globes as Best TV Supporting Actress but never competed for an Emmy. Even when she starred in a string of popular TV movies in the ’80s and ’90s with such ripe titles as “I Was a Mail Order Bride,” “The Seduction of Gina” and “Shattered Vows,” she was overlooked by TV’s top acting honor.

Bertinelli, 59, would spend three years starting in 2001 as a heavenly being named Gloria on “Touched by an Angel” and more recently appeared on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” for five seasons until 2015 alongside of Betty White,
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Before Tina Fey's Film Version, Here's the Story of Carol Burnett's Late Daughter Carrie Hamilton

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Before Tina Fey's Film Version, Here's the Story of Carol Burnett's Late Daughter Carrie Hamilton
Carol Burnett is an undisputed TV legend. The trailblazing comedienne is the queen of making people laugh - but her own life hasn't been all smiles and laughter. Burnett is set to co-produce (alongside Tina Fey) a film adaptation of her memoir about her late daughter, Carrie Hamilton, who died 17 years ago at the age of 38.

Born in 1963, Carrie Hamilton was the daughter of Burnett and her second husband, producer Joe Hamilton. Early in life, however, Hamilton's struggles began: she suffered through three years of addiction while she was still in her teens. It was Burnett, as she explained to People in a 2018 interview, who forced Hamilton into rehab.

"She got sober when she was 17," Burnett said. "I put her in a third rehab place, and oh my God, she hated me. I came to the conclusion that I had to love her enough to let her hate me. She
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It’s taken 45 years, but Valerie Bertinelli has finally whipped up a way to get an Emmy nomination — as a food-show hostess with the mostest

It’s taken 45 years, but Valerie Bertinelli has finally whipped up a way to get an Emmy nomination — as a food-show hostess with the mostest
Because we invite them into our homes, TV series regulars have a way of feeling like friends or even family. That is certainly true of the gang from “One Day at a Time,” the Norman Lear-created comedy series that aired on CBS from 1975 to 1984. Bonnie Franklin, who played a divorced mom and career woman who was raising her two daughters solo, and Mackenzie Phillips, who was the defiant older teen Julie, were highly relatable. But it was Valerie Bertinelli, as quick-with-a-quip little sis Barbara, who became America’s sitcom sweetheart.

She would win two Golden Globes for as Best TV Supporting Actress for her role as Barbara Cooper. But even though the actress would go on to headline a series of popular made-for-tv movies in the ’80s and ’90s with such attention-grabbing titles as “The Princess and the Cabbie” and “The Seduction of Gina” before becoming a heavenly creature
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‘Perry Mason’ Starring Matthew Rhys Scores Series Order at HBO, Tim Van Patten to Direct

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‘Perry Mason’ Starring Matthew Rhys Scores Series Order at HBO, Tim Van Patten to Direct
The Team Downey-produced “Perry Mason” limited series has been picked up at HBO.

The series will be set in 1932 Los Angeles. Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer (Matthew Rhys). When a child kidnapping case breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

Rhys’ Perry Mason is described as being at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.

The series hails from executive producers Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey under their Team Downey banner, with Team Downey’s Amanda Burrell also executive producing. The project was originally put into development in 2016 with Downey Jr.
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Lois Carl, Former On-Set Tutor to Haley Joel Osment And Other Child Stars, Dead At 82

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Lois Carl, Former On-Set Tutor to Haley Joel Osment And Other Child Stars, Dead At 82
Veteran studio teacher Lois Carl, a longtime tutor who worked side-by-side with young Hollywood stars such as Haley Joel Osment, David Arquette and Josh Hutchinson, has died from complications related to end-stage kidney disease. She was 82.

Carl died in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday at Anaheim Regional Hospital according to her son, Adam Carl, who followed his mother into the industry as an actor and producer.

As Osment’s longtime tutor and child welfare monitor, Carl accompanied the child actor as he became an in-demand presence on TV and in feature films.

Carl was a familiar presence on Steven Spielberg’s film sets, working with young talent from the ensembles of A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, The Terminal, and Catch Me if You Can.
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Ed Westwick To Star In ‘Enemy Lines’; David Gyasi In ‘Hell on the Border’; Andrea Fay Friedman Joins ‘Carol of the Bells’

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Ed Westwick To Star In ‘Enemy Lines’; David Gyasi In ‘Hell on the Border’; Andrea Fay Friedman Joins ‘Carol of the Bells’
Gossip Girl alum Ed Westwick will star in Enemy Lines, a World War II action drama based on a 1943 true story that took place behind enemy lines into occupied Poland where an elite team of allied soldiers are sent to extract a rocket scientist from the hands of the Nazis. Anders Banke is directing the film, which is his first English-language feature. John Hannah (The Mummy), Tom Wisdom (300), Corey Johnson (Captain Phillips), Pawel Delag (Schindler’s List), Vladimir Epifantsev (Alive), and Kirill Pletnev (Viking) co-star. UK based producers Andy Thompson and Tom George are producing the pic along with Nadzeya Huselnikava.

Actor David Gyasi has been tapped to star in Wes Miller’s Hell on the Border, joining Ron Perlman and Frank Grillo in the biopic based on the true story of Bass Reeves (Gyasi), the first black Deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River. Curtis Nichouls,
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Carol Channing Dead at 97

Broadway legend Carol Channing, who won a Tony Award for her starring role in Hello, Dolly!, died Tuesday of natural causes. She was 97.

Channing’s publicist gave the following statement to BroadwayWorld:

It is with extreme heartache that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon — Miss Carol Channing. I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped … or fell rather … into my life. It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life
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Peter Bart: Mark Burnett Stands Firmly Behind The Reality TV President He Helped Create

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Peter Bart: Mark Burnett Stands Firmly Behind The Reality TV President He Helped Create
Many of the acolytes around Donald Trump these days seem to be running for cover, except for the man who essentially created him. Mark Burnett, the maven of reality TV, remains a Trump protector and is getting heat for it, but he himself dwells behind a veil of contradiction and mystery, as a lengthy piece in the New Yorker reminds us this week.

The man behind The Apprentice, Survivor, The Voice and Shark Tank, who now also serves as chairman of MGM Television, continues to churn out TV shows and movies, some of them embracing a clear ideological message. But who is he? I pondered this question given that that Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, smiling and genial as ever, were dinner guests at my home not long ago – and left me more clueless than ever about the answer.

This much is known: Burnett anointed a financially foundering, B-list
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Kirk Douglas movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Lust for Life,’ ‘Spartacus,’ ‘Paths of Glory’

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Kirk Douglas movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Lust for Life,’ ‘Spartacus,’ ‘Paths of Glory’
Kirk Douglas remarkably celebrates his 102nd birthday on December 9, 2018. The three-time Oscar nominee appeared in dozens of movies in a career that spanned decades. But how many of those titles are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1916, Douglas kicked off his acting career after serving in the Navy during WWII. He made his film debut with a small role in “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” (1946). His first Oscar nomination as Best Actor came just three years later for Mark Robson‘s boxing drama “Champion” (1949). He earned two more Oscar bids working with director Vincent Minnelli, first for the Hollywood melodrama “The Bad and the Beautiful” (1952) and again for the Vincent Van Gogh biopic “Lust for Life” (1956). The latter film brought him victories at the Golden Globes and New York Film Critics Circle.
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Kirk Douglas movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Kirk Douglas movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Kirk Douglas remarkably celebrates his 102nd birthday on December 9, 2018. The three-time Oscar nominee appeared in dozens of movies in a career that spanned decades. But how many of those titles are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1916, Douglas kicked off his acting career after serving in the Navy during WWII. He made his film debut with a small role in “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” (1946). His first Oscar nomination as Best Actor came just three years later for Mark Robson‘s boxing drama “Champion” (1949). He earned two more Oscar bids working with director Vincent Minnelli, first for the Hollywood melodrama “The Bad and the Beautiful” (1952) and again for the Vincent Van Gogh biopic “Lust for Life” (1956). The latter film brought him victories at the Golden Globes and New York Film Critics Circle.
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Thandie Newton could be the 1st black Best TV Supporting Actress Golden Globe winner in almost 50 years

Thandie Newton could be the 1st black Best TV Supporting Actress Golden Globe winner in almost 50 years
Fresh off her surprise Emmy victory, Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) is in second place in our odds to add the Best TV Supporting Actress Golden Globe to her collection. If she does take home the award, Newton would be just the second black actress to win the category since the very first one almost half a century ago.

Mannix” star Gail Fisher was the inaugural champ in 1971, back when the category was just called Best Supporting Actress — Television Series, before it became the catch-all Best Supporting Actress — Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 1981. Fisher also won a Globe in drama lead in 1973 and an Emmy in drama supporting in 1970 for “Mannix,” becoming the first black actress to win those categories as well.

Since Fisher’s win and two subsequent nominations in supporting, seven black actresses have contended for the award, including Newton in 2017 for the first season of “Westworld.” Five of them — Marla Gibbs,
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead on Tackling Fear and ‘All About Nina’

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead on Tackling Fear and ‘All About Nina’
Mary Elizabeth Winstead landed her first TV gig when she was 12 years old, appearing in an episode of “Touched by An Angel.” Since then, she has spent the last 20 years in films that scaled large and small, portraying a wide range of complicated, fully realized women.

Many of these performances deserved attention on the awards landscape, such as her role as a terrorized prisoner in “10 Cloverfield Lane” and turn as an alcoholic in the drama “Smashed,” though she landed an Independent Spirit nom for the part. And it’s still puzzling how her turn Ewan McGregor’s crafty fiancée in the third season of “Fargo” managed to elude more attention.

Now, Winstead is back on the big screen with another bold turn in “All About Nina,” the feature debut from writer-director Eva Vives. So about Nina: She’s a caustic stand-up comedian who exudes confidence onstage but is less
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TV Review: ‘God Friended Me’

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TV Review: ‘God Friended Me’
At first blush, “God Friended Me” is an easy target for mockery. Its title promises something wacky and miraculous, with a bonus social- media tie-in for relevance. In actuality, the new CBS drama is almost too earnest to ridicule, wrapping its absurd premise with the kind of moralistic sincerity that has fueled broadcast network dramas for decades. It’s “Touched by an Angel” reimagined for the millennial generation — or at least that’s what “God Friended Me” is trying to be, with decidedly mixed results.

When a mysterious “God” Facebook account friends skeptical atheist Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) out of nowhere, he’s shaken to find that it seems to anticipate the future by encouraging him to help people who need it, whether they know it or not. Complicating matters is the fact that Miles is also trying to sell a podcast about atheism in which he’d challenge people of faith on their views.
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Elizabeth Sung Dies: Actress Whose Scores Of Credits Include ‘Y&R’, ‘Sopranos’ & ‘Curb’ Was 63

Elizabeth Sung Dies: Actress Whose Scores Of Credits Include ‘Y&R’, ‘Sopranos’ & ‘Curb’ Was 63
Elizabeth Sung, a character actress whose 30-year career included such popular TV series as The Young and the Restless, The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm and films including Memoirs of a Geisha and The Joy Luck Club, has died. She was 63. The Associated Press reported that she died Tuesday but gave no other details.

A Hong King native, Sung also was a Juilliard-trained dancer and an acting coach/teacher. She did a stint in the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women in the mid-1990s, and her graduate thesis short film, The Water Ghost, earned her an Mba in directing from AFI.

But by then she already had been racking up credits as an actress, guesting on series including The Equalizer, China Beach, Murder, She Wrote and Knots Landing and appearing on the big screen in Tango & Cash and The Joy Luck Club. Perhaps her most high-profile
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Kathy Baker (‘Paterno’): Wife was ‘unfortunately blindsided’ by Penn State sexual scandal [Exclusive Video Interview]

Kathy Baker (‘Paterno’): Wife was ‘unfortunately blindsided’ by Penn State sexual scandal [Exclusive Video Interview]
“She was unfortunately blindsided by this situation and was naive and ignorant about the whole situation. Think how confusing and how complicated and difficult for her,” reveals actress Kathy Baker about her role in the recent HBO TV movie “Paterno.” In our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above), she discusses the real-life character of Sue Paterno, who was the wife of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, played by Al Pacino.

The film is directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) and depicts the fallout in 2011 of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, splitting its time with scenes featuring Oscar champ Pacino (“Scent of a Woman”) and others starring Riley Keough as Sara Ganim, the tough young reporter who would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story.

See Riley Keough (‘Paterno’) on playing a tough young reporter against an ‘incredibly powerful group
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Superman's Margot Kidder Dead at 69

Superman's Margot Kidder Dead at 69
Margot Kidder, best known as Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s Man of Steel in the ’70s/’80s Superman films as well as Kathy Lutz in the fright classic The Amityville Horror, died Sunday at her home in Montana. She was 69. A cause of death is not known, but the actress had long struggled with mental illness.

Kidder appeared in 1978’s Superman, 1980’s Superman II, 1983’s Superman III and 1987’s Superman IV.

Kidder also guest-starred in more than two dozen TV series, including The Mod Squad, Murder, She Wrote, Barnaby Jones, Tales From the Crypt, Boston Common, Touched By an Angel
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Roma Downey, Ted McGinley to Star in LightWorkers Media Drama ‘The Baxters’

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Roma Downey, Ted McGinley to Star in LightWorkers Media Drama ‘The Baxters’
Roma Downey and sitcom Ted McGinley are set to star in “The Baxters,” the scripted family drama for Downey’s LightWorkers Media platform based on the book series by Karen Kingsbury.

Production on six half-hour episodes of the streaming series begins this week in Los Angeles. LightWorkers is a joint venture of MGM TV, Downey and Mark Burnett, Downey’s husband who also heads MGM TV and Digital. Downey is shepherding the project with Will Packer and his Will Packer Media banner. It’s targeted for premiere late this year.

The Baxters” revolves around the lives of the adult children of a large family headed by Downey and McGinley. The two TV veterans bring a level of visibility to the first scripted series to come from Downey’s streaming platform, which aims to offer uplifting news and information and faith- and family-centric entertainment content.

“We have assembled a talented cast
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The Twisted History of General Hospital's Betsy Frank

In the quest for the truth about his past, General Hospital’s Franco tried going to his birth parents, but they were no help. However, his adoptive mother, Betsy Frank, held the answers he sought. If you’re confused about Franco’s family lineage, don’t worry, you’re not alone! And if you’re thinking that Betsy didn't look the same as the first time she appeared on Gh, you’re right, because actress Deborah Strang took over the role! Nurse Elizabeth “Betsy” Frank was introduced in July of 2010 during the highly-publicized run of actor James Franco, who originated the role of the obsessive artist Franco on the soap. The role at the time was played by the actor’s real-life mother, Betsy Franco. The obsessed artist had stolen Lucky and Liz’s son, Aiden, from the hospital and tried to give the baby to her as a way
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‘Living Biblically’: Johnny Galecki and Patrick Walsh Aren’t Trying To Piss Off Religious People — Turn It On Podcast

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‘Living Biblically’: Johnny Galecki and Patrick Walsh Aren’t Trying To Piss Off Religious People — Turn It On Podcast
Johnny Galecki and Patrick Walsh know they’re walking into a minefield by tackling religion on a network sitcom. “There are no shows like this on TV,” said Walsh, who serves as executive producer and showrunner of CBS’ new half-hour “Living Biblically.” “There’s no precedent for it. The shows that have dealt with religion are a ‘7th Heaven’ or a ‘Touched by an Angel,’ where they’re going for a very different audience. Those shows are very pious and preachy to an audience that isn’t religious. This show isn’t that at all.”

Added Galecki: “If there is an agenda that we have and some sort of message, it’s that trying to be a better person is a good thing.”

Galecki and Walsh stopped by IndieWire to discuss how they approached creating a comedy about religion — including bringing in religious groups to watch the tapings. “They were invested,
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