[VIDEO] The Dick Van Dyke Show: ‘You Wonderful You’, Mary Tyler MoorePosted: January 25, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History, Mediasphere | Tags: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Associated Press, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Carrie Fisher, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, Grant Tinker, Los Angeles, Mary Tyler Moore, MTM Enterprises, Princess Leia Leave a comment
Oh How We Met on that Night We Danced- Rob cons his way into dancing with Laura so he could meet her and talk to her. Things don’t go exactly as planned. The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961, until June 1, 1966. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews, and Mary Tyler Moore. It centered on the work and home life of television comedy writer Rob Petrie (Van Dyke). The show was produced by Reiner with Bill Persky and Sam Denoff. The music for the show’s theme song was written by Earle Hagen.
The series won 15 Emmy Awards. In 1997, the episodes “Coast-to-Coast Big Mouth” and “It May Look Like a Walnut” were ranked at 8 and 15 respectively on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. In 2002, it was ranked at 13 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time and in 2013, it was ranked at 20 on their list of the 60 Best Series. Read the rest of this entry »
Mary Tyler Moore: 1936 – 2017Posted: January 25, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Entertainment, History, Mediasphere | Tags: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Carrie Fisher, Dick Van Dyke Show, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, Grant Tinker, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Mary Tyler Moore, MTM Enterprises, Princess Leia, Television, The Brady Bunch, The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1 Comment
Television great Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died Wednesday in Connecticut. She was 80. The Associated Press confirmed her death.
The vivacious brunette performer transformed the image of women on television first as Van Dyke’s sexy, vulnerable wife Laura Petrie and then as single career girl Mary Richards in her own series. Her work in the two series brought Moore five Emmy Awards, in 1965, 1966, 1973, 1974 and 1976. She won another Emmy for 1993 TV special “Stolen Babies.”
Moore was also a powerhouse producer via her MTM production company with then-husband Grant Tinker, producing her own series as well as “The Bob Newhart Show” and spinoff series “Rhoda” and “Lou Grant,” among others.
She combined wholesomeness and sex appeal with cracker-jack comedic timing. In many ways Moore was a throwback to Hollywood golden era leading ladies like Myrna Loy and Jean Arthur, but with a decidedly updated twist.
Her role as Laura Petrie, the suburban wife of comedy writer Rob Petrie, also represented a step forward for the portrayal of women on television. Though they maintained separate beds, the Petries otherwise shared an active, romantic marital life. And unlike Desi Arnaz on “I Love Lucy,” Van Dyke’s character was not threatened by his wife’s talents or her intelligence.
The series made Moore a star, and she worked on films under contract at Universal. With the exception of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” in which she played third fiddle to Julie Andrews and the scene-stealing Carol Channing, the studio’s attempts to fashion her in the Doris Day mold was unsuccessful. Moore also tried her hand at the Broadway stage, co-starring with Richard Chamberlain in David Merrick’s musical version of Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ Returning to Theaters This MonthPosted: January 15, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Academy Awards, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Hollywood, Princess Leia, Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (film), Todd Fisher 1 Comment
Just weeks after Debbie Reynolds’ death at age 84, the legendary entertainer’s most famous movie is dancing back onto the silver screen for a limited engagement. Singin’ in the Rain will screen Sunday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan. 18, in theaters nationwide as the first film in this year’s TCM Big Screen Classics series.
Reynolds landed her breakout role in the 1952 musical, playing a budding actress caught up in Hollywood’s transition from the silent era to the talkies. Though she had no dancing experience at the time, then-18-year-old Reynolds held her own with the likes of Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in numbers like “Good Morning” and “You Were Meant for Me.”
In her 1988 biography, Debbie, she wrote that “Singin’ in the Rain and childbirth were the hardest things I ever had to do in my life.” Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] STAR WARS: A Bad Lip ReadingPosted: December 18, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere | Tags: Bad Lip Reading, Bill Hader, Darth Vader, Jabba the Hutt, Jack Black, Luke Skywalker, Maya Rudolph, Parody, Princess Leia, satire, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, video Leave a comment
Vader keeps texting Leia, while Ben continues his quest for the Pickaxe of Cortez. Jack Black, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader guest.
[VIDEO] Han Solo Is Back: New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Second PeekPosted: April 16, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Film, George Lucas, Han shot first, Han Solo, Jedi, List of Star Wars characters, Luke Skywalker, Millennium Falcon, Mos Eisley Cantina, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Leave a comment
Graeme McMillan reports: Rarely does a certain galaxy seem quite as far, far away as it does when a new Star Wars trailer drops, as proven by Thursday’s release of the second peek at this year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The new trailer, released to coincide with the beginning of the four-day Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim, Calif. (An event being live streamed at the official Star Wars site), gives audiences a closer look at what director J.J. Abrams has done to the space opera universe first unveiled by George Lucas in 1977’s original Star Wars. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Princess Leia is Propositioned Numerous Times as She Walks Down the Streets of New York CityPosted: November 11, 2014 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere | Tags: Boba Fett, Darth Vader, George Lucas, Han Solo, Kenner Star Wars action figures, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, satire, Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 2 Comments
Ten Hours of Princess Leia Walking in NYC
Produced and written by Josh Apter (@pjmakemovies) and Gary Mahmoud (@garyleenyc) of Are We There Yet.
Directed and edited by Josh Apter.
Special thanks to Abracadabra Superstore for the great costumes
And a big thank you as well to Alex Grybauskas for the lightsaber FX
Filmed on an iPad mini using The Podcaster – Turn your iPad into a mobile production studio
Thanks to great performances from Read the rest of this entry »
Vintage Pulp Cover Art of the Day: Earle K. BergeyPosted: January 6, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Bergey, Earle K. Bergey, Fantastic Story Magazine, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Princess Leia, Saturday Evening Post, United States 3 Comments
Earle K. Bergey (August 26, 1901 – 1952) was an American illustrator who painted cover art for a wide diversity of magazines and paperback books. Today Bergey is best recognized for creating the iconic cover ofGentlemen Prefer Blondes for Popular Library at the height of his career in 1948.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bergey attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1921 to 1926. He initially went to work in the art department of the Philadelphia’s Public Ledger, and he drew the comic strip Deb Days in 1927. Early in his career, Bergey contributed many covers to the pulp magazines of publisher Fiction House. By the mid-1930s, Bergey made a home and studio in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and he married in 1935.
Throughout the 1930s, Bergey worked freelance for a number of publishing houses. His eye-catching paintings were predominately featured as covers on a wide array of pulp magazines, including romance (Thrilling Love,Popular Love, Love Romances) as well as detective, adventure, aviation, and westerns. Bergey illustrated mainstream publications, such as The Saturday Evening Post, during this time. He illustrated covers for fitness magazines, and he was one of the first major American pin-up artists, contributing numerous covers for men’s magazines such as Gay Book Magazine, Pep Stories, and Snappy.