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Film Review: ‘Jexi’

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Film Review: ‘Jexi’
A dweeb strikes up a relationship with his female-voiced virtual assistant. Most moviegoers would recognize that as the plot of Spike Jonze’s “Her” — and most would probably say, as well, that Jonze’s cautionary A.I. romantic fantasy, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the depressed loner who comes under the seductive spell of his Siri muse, is the definitive treatment of that subject. But I was my own kind of loner on “Her.” I found the movie to be one-note and monotonous.

It stars Adam DeVine, with his motormouth cuddliness, as Phil, a millennial office-space worker who churns out viral lists of clickbait for a San Francisco-based website. Phil is addicted to his phone, to social media — to anything that puts an invisible filter between himself and the human race. When his precious phone gets smashed (an event as trauma-inducing to him as if he’d lost his parents), he
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The Addams Family (2019) – Review

Move over Abominable, it’s time for another big animated feature film to hit the ole’ multiplex. Unlike the past Summer’s hit Toy Story 4 and the upcoming Frozen 2, it’s not a sequel, but it’s not exactly an original concept or idea. Even though the characters have been kicking around the pop culture ozone since 1937, they’re now in “uncharted territory”. Yes, it was over eighty years ago when Charles Addams debuted this frightfully funny family in the New Yorker magazine. They were part of a series of “one panel” cartoons so popular that they continued to pop up in issues, eventually being collected in book form. Eventually their creator gave them first names along with the same surname as the artist. It wasn’t until the 1960s that they gained their greatest fame as part of the fantasy TV sitcom fad. Now, there’s a bit
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Farrah Fawcett's 10 Most Iconic Characters, Ranked

Iconic actress Farrah Fawcett became well-known in the 1970s for her breakthrough role on Charlie's Angels. Originally from Texas, Farrah ventured out to Hollywood in the 1960s and found some success with appearances on shows like I Dream of Jeannie and The Flying Nun, but achieved international fame on Charlie's Angels

Related: Charlie's Angels: The 5 Best Episodes (And 5 Worst)

She went on to have several film and television appearances until her early death in 2009; a death coincidentally occurring on the same day as pop singer Michael Jackson. Nonetheless, Farrah left behind some iconic characters for us to keep watching for years to come; 10 of which we'll be naming here today.
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How Friends’ Ursula exemplifies “evil twin syndrome”

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The good twin/bad twin is a trope that goes back to works like The Man In The Iron Mask and Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator. It’s also been utilized in myriad TV shows before like Gilligan’s Island, I Dream Of Jeannie, Bewitched, and Bonanza. For Friends’ Ursula and Phoebe, the twin plot was a bit more practical:…
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Flashback: Tanya Tucker Wants to Sell You a Trans Am

Flashback: Tanya Tucker Wants to Sell You a Trans Am
In spite of an experience with a Shetland pony her dad gave her at 5 years old, country icon Tanya Tucker would most likely list horses as her favorite mode of transportation. “He bucked me off so many times and tried to kill me so many times,” she told the Humane Society in 2009. The singer’s track record with automobiles and their horsepower has also been a bit challenging through the years. In 1973, the 14-year-old and her parents were injured in a wreck near Brady, Texas. And two years later, she
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I Dream Of Jeannie: 10 Hidden Details Everyone Completely Missed

Who can forget the sassy melody of the I Dream of Jeannie theme song, the colorful opening animated sequence, or the sight of the effervescent Barbara Eden making sourpuss Larry Hagman's life miserable? Since its debut in 1965, the series delighted audiences with the antics of Jeannie, a 2,000 year old genie and the astronaut, Tony Nelson, that became her begrudging master when he discovered her bottle on a beach.

Though it only lasted five years, it has become an enduring television classic, and a time capsule for some of the ideas and concepts of the mid 20th century in America. At the time of its premier, it was considered incredibly risque for two unmarried young people to live together, especially with the sort of iconic outfit that Jeannie strutted around in. Thanks to its widespread syndication, generations of fans have been enjoying it in re-runs for over fifty years. Below
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Emmy spotlight: ‘Younger’ still has a bounce in its step as TV Land’s lone original series starts its 6th season

Emmy spotlight: ‘Younger’ still has a bounce in its step as TV Land’s lone original series starts its 6th season
It used to be that sitcoms in the ‘60s had all sorts of nutty “what-if” premises that required a chasm-sized suspension of disbelief from viewers. What if an astronaut kept an attractive female genie in a lamp (“I Dream of Jeannie”)? What if a witch tried to pass herself off as an average suburban housewife (“Bewitched”)? What if you mother was car (“My Mother the Car”)?

“Younger,” the brainchild of Darren Star that is based on a 2005 novel by Pamela Redmond Satran, is by no means that outlandish. The premise only slightly strains credibility as Liza Miller, a 40-year-old divorcee and mother of a teen daughter, who is desperately struggling to find a job at a book publishing house after her ex gambled away their savings and house.

Alas, most recruiters think this oldster isn’t hip enough to deal with the latest trends in social media and wouldn’t
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23% are fond of the Fonz as they yearn for a live TV revival of ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Laverne & Shirley’ [Poll Results]

After the mostly glowing reactions and sky-high ratings for ABC’s live- re-creations of producer Norman Lear‘s classic sitcoms “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” on Wednesday May 22, one might presume that such success might lead to more such revivals of beloved comedy series.

Judging from our poll, there seems to be an enthusiasm to see other TV oldies but goodies redone as a 90-minute package before a studio audience. Top on the list? A double bill of “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” got a Fonzie-like “Eyy!” by 23% of the participants in our poll. Right behind that ’70s duo was a pair of ’50s retro staples, “I Love Lucy” and “The Honeymooners.” Certainly, filling the shoes of such icons as Lucille Ball and Jackie Gleason would be daunting, but not impossible according 19% of voters.

SEEAfter ABC’s ratings home run, which other live sitcom revivals should follow?
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Goonies and Police Academy Reunions Are Happening at NostalgiaCon 2019

Goonies and Police Academy Reunions Are Happening at NostalgiaCon 2019
If you miss the 1980's, then you're going to love NostalgiaCon 2019, an exciting showcasing of the stars, music, fashion, fun and excitement that made the '80's the decade to remember. Kicking off with an opening celebration on July 4, the full event will be open on July 5 and 6 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

NostalgiaCon 2019 is an All-'80s-all-the-time destination for hit TV show cast reunions, box office mega stars, unforgettable live concerts, exclusive panel sessions, cosplay competitions, memorabilia and collectibles and so much more.

Among the NostagiaCon 2019 highlights include Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd makes a special stop in our timeline for meet and greets. Even more exciting are the cast reunions galore.

Corey Feldman, Ke Huy Quan and Sean Astin join for a very special The Goonies get-together. Loni Anderson and Howard Hesseman team-up for a look back at Wkrp in Cincinnati. Steve Guttenberg and Michael Winslow
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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93

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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93
Character actor Richard Erdman, known to contemporary audiences as perpetual student Leonard on “Community,” who also had significant roles for more than seven decades in movies and TV shows such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Stalag 17,” has died. He was 93.

His friend, film historian Alan K. Rode, reported his death on Twitter.

On “Community,” Erdman was one of a group of elderly students, known as the “Hipsters” for their hip replacements, who was often told to “Shut up, Leonard!”

“Community” star Joel McHale paid tribute to Erdman on Twitter. “Such a good & funny man. We’ll miss you ‘Leonard,'” he said.

Fellow “Community” actor Yvette Nicole Brown also took to Twitter, writing, “I knew the day we’d have to say goodbye to this lovely man would come sooner than any of us were ready. But knowing that doesn’t make it any easier. #RichardErdman was Joy walking.
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Scream Factory Details The Manitou and Superstition Blu-ray Releases

April 16th will see the release of both The Manitou and Superstition on Blu-ray and we have new details on both titles straight from Scream Factory:

"Horror enthusiasts and classic movie collectors rejoice! On April 16, Scream Factory™ is proud to present the 1978 supernatural cult classic The Manitou Blu-ray and horror classic Superstition Blu-ray. Produced and directed by William Girdler and based on the best-selling novel by Graham Masterton, The Manitou stars Tony Curtis (Spartacus), Michael Ansara (I Dream of Jeannie), Susan Strasberg (Scream of Fear), Stella Stevens (The Silencers), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Jon Cedar (Death Hunt), and Ann Sothern (The Whale of August). Directed by James Roberson (The Giant of Thunder Mountain) and produced by Ed Carlin (Battle Beyond the Stars), Superstition stars James Houghton (The Colbys), Albert Salmi (Caddyshack), Lynn Carlin (Faces), and Larry Pennell (Bubba Ho-Tep).

A must-have for collectors, The Manitou Blu-ray boasts new 4K scan from
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From Star Trek to Roswell, New Mexico — Best Friendly Visitors From Space

Kayti Burt Daniel Kurland Michael Ahr Jan 25, 2019

Not all aliens are here to take over! We look back fondly at our favorite peaceful visitors from around the cosmos.

This article is presented by Roswell, New Mexico.

From War of the Worlds to Alien, there are plenty of alien invasion movies and TV shows that tap into our anxieties about the "other." However, if you prefer your alien stories in a slightly friendlier variety, then Roswell, New Mexico, a new science fiction drama about to premiere on The CW, should be on your radar.

Roswell, New Mexico tells the story of three aliens living in smalltown New Mexico as they work to keep their secret and live their lives in a contemporary America that tends to be suspicious if not outright hateful of the "other." In honor of the new show, we're looking at some of our favorite friendly alien characters in TV and film history.
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In Memoriam: Movie, TV and Music Stars We Lost in 2018

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In Memoriam: Movie, TV and Music Stars We Lost in 2018
Every year, the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys must choose which notable performers and creators to memorialize in their In Memoriam segments, and the three organizations will have many talented entertainers to remember at 2019’s ceremonies.

The past year saw the loss of celebrated stars of the big screen, such “Smokey and the Bandit” star Burt Reynolds, who died Sept. 6. Reynolds, who was 82, earned an Oscar nom for “Boogie Nights” and also appeared on television in “Evening Shade.”

Among the other notable movie performers lost this year were “Superman” and “Smallville” actress Margot Kidder, who died May 13; “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” star Sondra Locke, who was also a film director and died Nov. 3; and Susan Anspach, who starred in “Five Easy Pieces” and “Blume in Love” and died April 2.

Several stars known for their work in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s passed away in 2018, including Dorothy Malone, who starred
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Celebrity Deaths 2018: ‘In Memoriam’ gallery celebrates 25, including Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin

Celebrity Deaths 2018: ‘In Memoriam’ gallery celebrates 25, including Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Aretha Franklin
With just six weeks left for 2018, Gold Derby celebrates over 40 celebrities and entertainers who died in the past 12 months. Tour our photo gallery above as we feature tributes to 25 losses from this year so far.

Stan Lee, co-creator of many iconic superheroes, died on November 12 at age 95. For Marvel Comics and later many films and TV programs, his characters included Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and the Avengers.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died on October 15 at age 65. He and Bill Gates helped start the microcomputer revolution in the mid-1970s by creating the world’s largest PC software company.

Burt Reynolds died on September 6 at age 82 in Florida. He was an Oscar nominee for “Boogie Nights” and an Emmy winner for “Evening Shade.” He was one of the top box office stars of the 1970s with movies such as “Deliverance,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” “The Longest Yard,
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‘Twin Peaks’: For $2,000, You Can Own Laura Palmer’s Casket

‘Twin Peaks’: For $2,000, You Can Own Laura Palmer’s Casket
Given the sheer number of costume pieces, props, and other slices of production design that go into the average film/TV production, it’s no surprise that it takes decades for all that memorabilia to become available to the public.

One such opportunity is happening next month, when an upcoming Prop Store auction will see the release of a number of classic series’ set dressing to the highest bidders. Among the wide, insane variety of options are a few items from the original “Twin Peaks” run. The starting bid for Laura Palmer’s casket is $1,000 (the estimate is around double that), but other random items like the signage from the Great Northern Hotel runs a little cheaper.

To begin to summarize the sheer quantity of random items as part of this auction is an impossible task, but some of the items with the highest opening bids are pretty recognizable. An
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‘Happy Days’ Casting Director Eddie Foy III Dies at 83

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‘Happy Days’ Casting Director Eddie Foy III Dies at 83
Casting director Eddie Foy III, whose credits include “Happy Days” and the Emmy Awards, died after a fall on Nov. 3, his publicist confirmed. He was 83.

Foy had been a casting director for more than 42 years. He worked with Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems, 20th Century Fox, and Dick Clark Productions. He served as director of casting for ABC and vice president of casting for NBC. Some of his credits include “Gidget,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Mork and Mindy,” “The Monkees,” “Happy Days,” the first two “Roots” installments, and the Emmy Awards.

He completed his career as a longstanding independent casting director and talent executive for the Jerry Lewis Mda Labor Day Telethon. Foy’s most recent honor was his unanimous selection by the Academy of Television Arts and Science, Archives Division, as the most influential casting director in TV the last 42 years and for
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Eddie Foy III Dies: Casting Director Of Iconic TV Was 83; Shows Included ‘Happy Days’, ‘Cheers’, ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’

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Eddie Foy III Dies: Casting Director Of Iconic TV Was 83; Shows Included ‘Happy Days’, ‘Cheers’, ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’
Eddie Foy III, a casting director who worked on such classic series as Happy Days, Cheers, M*A*S*H and The Monkees, and was a third-generation member of the legendary Foy show business clan, died November 3 in a fall at his home in Denison, Ia. He was 83.

The son of actor Eddie Foy Jr., he grew up around celebrities in New York City and did some acting in films and TV before segueing to casting in the 1970s. His grandfather, Eddie Foy Sr., headed the famed family vaudeville act Eddie Foy and the Seven Little Foys, which included Eddie Foy Jr., who continued a successful acting career into adulthood.

The vaudeville family’s story was told in the 1955 movie The Seven Little Foys starring Bob Hope and James Cagney.

Eddie Foy III followed family tradition into acting – early credits included roles on 1950s-60s TV series like Highway Patrol
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Eddie Foy III, Veteran Television Casting Director, Dies at 83

Eddie Foy III, Veteran Television Casting Director, Dies at 83
Eddie Foy III, a veteran casting director for television who helped bring Barbara Eden to I Dream of Jeannie and Sally Field to Gidget, has died. He was 83.

Foy died Saturday at his home in Denison, Iowa, of injuries sustained in a fall, publicist Michael Saltzman announced.

Foy's father was actor Eddie Foy Jr., and his grandfather was Eddie Foy Sr. of the famed vaudeville act The Seven Little Foys. (His dad portrayed his granddad in the 1942 James Cagney classic Yankee Doodle Dandy.)

Foy spent more than four decades in casting, starting out at Screen Gems and 20th Century Fox....
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TV News: Appreciation for Bill Daily of ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and ‘The Bob Newhart Show’

Chicago – He was America’s sidekick in TV’s golden decades of the 1960s and ‘70s, and was a proud Chicago-born-and-bred performer. Bill Daily, better known as Major Roger Healey (“I Dream of Jeannie”) and the wacky neighbor Howard Borden (“The Bob Newhart Show”) died at his New Mexico home at the age of 91 on September 4th, 2018.

Bill Daily’s family moved here in the late 1930’s, and he attended Lane Tech High School in the city. He worked his way up the show business ladder by doing stand-up comedy and music for clubs in the area, as well as attending the Goodman Theatre School and working as a floor manager for Wmaq, a local TV station. It was through those connections that he met his future co-star Bob Newhart, who was beginning his stand-up career as well.

Bill Daily at the “Hollywood Show Chicago” in 2013

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.
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‘A Howling in the Woods’ Finds Accidental Terror

Welcome to 4:3 & Forgotten — a column where I get to look back at TV terrors that scared adults (and the kids they let watch) across the limited airwaves of the 70s. This week’s entry reunites the stars of I Dream of Jeannie for a tale of murder, mystery, and A Howling in the Woods. Where: NBC

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