ON THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ: TINY TIM DIES

tiny_timOn this day in 1996, singer Tiny Tim dies of congestive heart failure. Born Herbert Khaury in New York in 1925, Tiny Tim became known for his humorous falsetto singing and ukulele strumming, most famously demonstrated in his trademark song “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.” He performed in Greenwich Village in the 1960s and several of his songs were used in You Are What You Eat, a 1968 documentary about the 1960s. He rose to fame on the comedy show Laugh In. His popularity faded in the 1970s but enjoyed a brief revival in the 1990s just prior to his death.

ON THIS DAY IN MOVIES: MISERY

misery-posterOn this day in 1990, COLUMBIA PICTURES released MISERY. Directed by ROB REINER, this movie was his second big-screen adaptation of a best selling STEPHEN KING novel after the huge success of STAND BY ME. This time around, JAMES CAAN plays a best-selling author who finds himself prisoner of an obsessed, psychotic fan (played by KATHY BATES, who won an Oscar for her performance). Misery was slightly claustrophobic yet completely suspenseful; REINER was totally Hitchcockian with this one.

“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” – KAREN AND VICTOR CALL IT A DAY

 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Host Cat Deeley says farewell to eliminated contestants Victor Smalley (L) and Karen Hauer (R) on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Wednesday, Nov. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Kelsey McNeal/FOX

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: Host Cat Deeley says farewell to eliminated contestants Victor Smalley (L) and Karen Hauer (R) on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Wednesday, Nov. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Kelsey McNeal/FOX

Two more contestants were sent home from So You Think You Can Dance Wednesday and it wasn’t an easy decision according to the judges.  They all knew both Victor Smalley and Karen Hauer were strong dancers and might possibly have gone all the way.

At the end of the day it was a combination of what Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Adam Shankman thought – coupled with the signals the voting audience was sending.

However, Shankman figures it was Hauer‘s sensuality that may have done her in.  While Murphy tells us that’s exactly the quality necessary to survive.  While the judges all agreed Smalley needed to progress at a faster pace.

Still, both Hauer and Smalley are proud of their SYTYCD journey and wouldn’t do anything different if they could.

Click onto video for reactions from Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Adam Shankman, Karen Hauer and Victor Smalley on this week’s eliminations.

SYTYCD top 10 contestants square off beginning Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.  This also marks the beginning of when the eliminations are no longer determined by the judges, but rather rest solely in America’s hands.

ON THIS DAY IN MOVIES: TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON

teahouse-posterOn this day in 1956, M-G-M released the controversial TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON. Directed by DANIEL MANN and based on the hit Broadway play of the same name, this film featured stand-out  performances by GLENN FORD and MARLON BRANDO. Never ‘politically correct’, the movie still managed to captivate audiences. Also featured are LAURENCE HARVEY, GLORIA GRAHAME, RICHART BASEHART, JOAN COLLINS, JOHN IRELAND and ROBERT MORLEY.