On this day, one of our all-time favorite performers was born. This little ripped-off bio doesn’t do her justice but, on the internet, there never seems to be enough time for respect or…..oh, look….THE JONAS BROTHERS….gotta go……
Russell, Rosalind (1912–76), actress. The tall, classy comedienne was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, then played in stock before making her New York debut in the 1930 edition of the Garrick Gaieties. Minor roles followed, after which she went to Hollywood, where she became a major film star. Russell returned to the stage in 1951 to tour as the love‐struck witch Gillian in Bell, Book and Candle. Her two major Broadway assignments were the caustic Ruth Sherwood in Wonderful Town (1953) and the wildly unconventional guardian of a young boy, the title role in Auntie Mame (1956).
On this day in 1982, PARAMOUNT PICTURES released what was (until 2009) the best of the theatrical STAR TREK incarnations with STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN. Wait!…Y’know what!?…KAHN is STILL the greatest big screen TREK. Check the tags, boiz….KAHN roolz…..
A&E told Daily Variety that no decision has been made.
Ratings were soft for the Sony-produced series that got off to a rough start when Swayze was diagnosed with cancer. At the Television Critics Assn. panel for the series in January in which he was supposed to appear and promote the show, he was hospitalized with pneumonia.
There was speculation at the end of the season that because of Swayze’s illness, a new lead would have to take over if the show was renewed. Lou Diamond Phillips came aboard for a guest role for episode No. 7, but sources say he wasn’t considered as a headliner.
One of the actors on the show was put on a contract hold through August in case of a renewal. Reps of several thesps still have not heard whether the series was being picked up or canceled and were trying to juggle their schedules as job offers were coming in.
While A&E offers a handful of offnet dramas, the cabler got into the original scripted business last summer with CBS Paramount’s “The Cleaner.” The Benjamin Bratt series will begin season two June 23.
Robert Knepper continues his villainous streak.
Coming off a role as bad guy Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell on Fox’s “Prison Break,” Knepper has been tapped as the new lead villain on NBC’s “Heroes” next season.
In at least six episodes of the series’ fourth season, Knepper will play Samuel, a Jim Jones type — charismatic but evil, with a twisted sense of humor — who will veer into the lives of all heroes. The character had been referred to as “Carnival Barker” in the series breakdown released last month.
“Heroes” is slated to return in the fall for a “Lost”-style all-original run in a new time slot at 8 p.m. on Mondays. The sci-fi drama — which enjoys a strong online following — will share its time period with another fan favorite, “Chuck,” which will take over in midseason.
Production on the UMS-produced “Heroes” is scheduled to begin later this week.
Knepper is perhaps best known for playing a character on “Prison Break” that viewers loved to hate — T-Bag, a murderer, rapist and supremacist. On the bigscreen, he was most recently seen in “Transporter 3″ and “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”
While much of the chatter surrounding “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert has to do with speculation about his sexuality, the behind-the-scenes talk at many of the stops along Lambert’s publicity tour is how difficult he is to work with. “He is such a diva. Rude to everyone — from fans right down to the lighting folks,” said one person who worked with Lambert.
“A-list celebrities have come through here and been infinitely more polite,” said another person who worked with Lambert during a stop in New York.
Lambert should change his attitude quickly, according to one music producer. “No one sells that many records these days to be able to get away with that kind of behavior. To be a success you need literally everyone in your corner.”
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Three days ago at the MTV Movie Awards, Sacha Baron Cohen caused a firestorm as “Bruno” when he landed ass first on Eminem. Many speculated for the days whether the stunt was staged or real, with everyone speaking except the man himself. Breaking his silence, Em spoke exclusively to Rap Radar about the entire “ordeal”.
RR: Can you clear up the Bruno stunt at the MTV Awards? Was it staged or planned?
Eminem: Sacha called me when we were in Europe and he had an idea to do something outrageous at the Movie Awards. I’m a big fan of his work so I agreed to get involved with the gag.
If it wasn’t planned the way you agreed to, do you hold MTV or Sacha responsible and will you take any kind of action?
I’m thrilled that we pulled this off better than we rehearsed it. It had so many people going “nuts” so to speak. Everyone was blowing me up about it.
After you left the ceremony, where did you go?
After the ceremony I went back to my hotel and laughed uncontrollably for about 3 hours. Especially after I saw it on air.
Emmy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman is probably best known to older audiences as meddlesome neighbor Phyllis Lindstrom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but she found a whole new generation of fans as a competitor on the ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars. At the age of 82, she was the hit series’ oldest contestant.
In a career that’s spanned seven decades, Leachman has starred in three Mel Brooks films, voiced a character in a Beavis and Butt-Head movie, and portrayed Hippolyte, Queen of the Amazons, in the first episode of the iconic Wonder Woman TV show.
She appeared more recently in the Adam Sandler comedy Spanglish and TV’s Malcolm in the Middle. She’s won eight prime-time Emmy Awards and one daytime Emmy (for an ABC Afterschool Special) .
Now Leachman, with husband George Englund, has written an autobiography, titled simply Cloris. The octogenarian recounts the details of her unconventional life — from her romantic trysts with several leading men to the addiction and death of her son.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. – June 3, 2009 – Heidi and Spencer Pratt will return to NBC’s hit reality series “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” live tonight (8-9 p.m. ET) after quitting (for the third time) in last night’s episode. The couple’s fate will lie with the remaining cast members who will determine if they are welcome back in the competition.
Also in tonight’s episode, actor Daniel Baldwin surprises brother Stephen Baldwin when he is dropped into the Costa Rican jungle as the newest cast member competing for money for their favorite charity.
In addition, NBC is expanding its Monday, June 8 episode to two hours from 8-10 p.m. ET.
The series airs Monday-Thursday in its regular 8-9 p.m. time slot for four weeks until the final week of the show, with the finale on Wednesday, June 24 (8-9 p.m. ET). In addition, each Sunday beginning June 7, MTV will air a marathon of the week’s episodes including never-before-seen footage and commentary from cast members in real time, providing an enhanced viewing experience for die-hard fans.
Co-hosted by Damien Fahey and Myleene Klass, “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” is the ultimate “Swiss Family Robinson” as celebrities are dropped into the heart of the Costa Rican jungle to face fun and comedic challenges designed to test their survival skills. America is the puppet master, controlling their favorite celebrities by putting them into challenges and tasks to win food, supplies and luxury items. In each episode, friendships will be tested, hilarity will ensue and viewers will decide which celebrities stay or go. The last remaining star will be crowned King or Queen of the Jungle, winning a substantial cash prize for his or her favorite charity.
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Eclectic actress and gossip-column favorite dethrones media maven Oprah Winfrey atop this year’s Celebrity 100. Jolie has always been able to attract tabloid attention and Oscar nods, but this year, she’s finally figured out a way to make serious money. Her most recent blockbuster, Wanted, proved this mother of six’s sweet spot is action films; the movie earned $340 million at the box office. Up next: Salt, in which Jolie plays a CIA officer accused of being a spy.
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We don’t know how we missed this before, but sometime in the last few months, Conan O’Brien took over for Jay Leno as host of the Tonight Show! We know, we know, can you believe it? All kidding aside, night two of Conan’s brand-new gig was a better indication of how his show will go than night one, which mainly consisted of video bits highlighting Conan’s attempt to transform himself into an Angeleno. There were some of those last night, too — specifically, there was a mildly humorous pretaped segment where Conan got confused between the posh Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and the rugged Rodeo Road in Compton — but in general, the show stuck a little closer to the kinds of topical humor that have been a staple of late-night comedy ever since the genre was invented. However, there was one topic that has bubbled up in popularity in the time since Conan went off the air in February that he finally got the chance to address: Twitter!
Judging by the way this bit was slanted, it’s readily apparent that Conan sees Twitter as nothing more than a way for celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Dennis Haysbert to indulge in ego-tripping. From the way the whole bit was positioned (which, btw, would’ve been greatly improved had Conan used real tweets instead of fake ones as a base), Conan kind of comes off like he’s dismissive of not only the banal ways in which a lot of celebrities tend to tweet, but also of the service in general. This, of course, stands in stark contrast to the way Jimmy Fallon has worked to position himself as someone who embraces Internet culture, new media, geeky gadgets, and the like.