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Andy Rooney dies at the age of 93

posted Apr 7, 2014, 9:04 AM by Terry Harris   [ updated Apr 7, 2014, 9:04 AM ]

Mickey Rooney died last night in his home in California. The legendary actor played Andy Hardy in 20 movies. The loveable teenager starred with Judy Garland. He starred with Elizabeth Taylor in 'National Velvet; with Audrey Hepburn in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's. One of his last roles was in 'Night at the Museum' with Ben Stiller.
Andy Rooney only stood 5'2" but brought his roles to life in big ways. 

He started in the movie business at the age of 6 and starred in over 200 movies. Mickey was born Joseph Yule Jr. September 23, 1920. He was one of the few surviving stars that started off in silent movies. Both of his parents were in Vaudeville.

Mickey Rooney graduated Hollywood High in 1938 with other familiar names - Judy Garland, Lana Turner and Nanette Fabray.
Rooney was named the biggest box office draw of 1939-1941, beating out the likes of Clark Gable and Errol Flynn.
He enlisted in the war in 1944 and served 21 months. After serving he continued entertaining the troops and was also a radio personality on the American Forces Network. 

After the war Rooney did several stints on television along with other movies. Children have grown up hearing his voice not knowing who he was. He voiced Santa in 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'. 'The year without a Santa' and Rudolph and Frost's Christmas in July. His last role was as Gus in 'Night at the Museum 3' yet to be released. 

Mr. Rooney was married 8 times and had 9 children. 

Alexis Karrass - Football legend / Actor dies

posted Oct 10, 2012, 1:00 PM by Terry Harris

Alex Karras dies at the age of 77. He was one of the NFL's most feared defensive tackles throughout the 1960s, 

The lovable dad from the 1980s sitcom ''Webster.'' Mongo who punched out a horse in ''Blazing Saddles.'' Mongo only pawn in game of life.''

Karras played for tthe Detroit Lions' defense also had a stint along  as a commentator on ''Monday Night Football''

Karras had recently suffered kidney failure and been diagnosed with dementia. The Lions also said he had suffered from heart disease and, for the last two years, stomach cancer. He died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by family members, said Craig Mitnick, Karras' attorney.

Karras played at Iowa for four years. Detroit drafted Karras with the 10th overall pick in 1958 and he was a four-time All-Pro defensive tackle over 12 seasons with the franchise.

'Karras played his entire NFL career with the Lions before retiring in 1970 at age 35. He was a first-team All-Pro in 1960, 1961 and 1965, and he made the Pro Bowl four times. He missed the 1963 season when he was suspended by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in a gambling probe. Karras was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a defensive tackle on the All-Decade Team of the 1960s.

He gained more fame when he turned to acting in the movies and on television.

In the 1980s, he played a sheriff in the comedy ''Porky's'' and became a hit on the small screen as Emmanuel Lewis' adoptive father, George Papadapolis, in the sitcom ''Webster.''

He also had roles in ''Against All Odds'' and ''Victor/Victoria.'' He portrayed the husband of famed female athlete ''Babe'' Didrikson Zaharias in the TV movie that starred Susan Clark, who later became his wife. The two formed their own production company and it was Clark who played the role of his wife on ''Webster.''

Clark has said he was formally diagnosed with dementia several years ago and has had symptoms for more than a dozen years. He joined hundreds of other former players suing the league.

Karras later wrote an autobiography, ''Even Big Guys Cry,'' and two other books, ''Alex Karras' and ''Tuesday Night Football.''

Stewie and Brian take over the Oscars for 2013

posted Oct 1, 2012, 12:11 PM by Terry Harris

Are the Oscars ready to get on the tilt-a- whirl of "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane ride? He will host the 2013 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.

Seth will definitely be bringing his own style to the Oscars along with the characters he has created on Family Guy.

"His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," the producers said in a statement.

MacFarlane is best known for his envelope-pushing animated TV shows "Family Guy" and "American Dad." He made his big-screen directorial debut earlier this year with "Ted," which took in more than $420 million at the box office. The 38-year-old entertainer also hosted the season opener of "Saturday Night Live" last month and released an album of big-band tunes from the 1940s and '50s last year.

Seth MacFarlane has never won an Emmy for his shows and this is his first time hosting the Academy Awards.

MacFarlane called the opportunity "an overwhelming privilege."

"My thoughts upon hearing the news were, one, I will do my utmost to live up to the high standards set forth by my predecessors; and two, I hope they don't find out I hosted the Charlie Sheen Roast," he said Monday.

He also released a video on You Tube in which he reveals his "big news" to his father. In the minute-long clip, MacFarlane says he's been asked to host the Oscars, and his dad responds by offering him some "barely used" bathing suits.

"I've invited you here today to tell you I'm hosting the Oscars," MacFarlane says. "This should be huge news to you."

"Of course, it's wonderful news," his dad replies. "But also the fact that you're getting almost brand-new bathing suits is also good news."

When MacFarlane seems unappreciative, his dad snatches back the swimsuits and says, "I'm going to give these to Billy Crystal."

Crystal hosted the most recent Oscar show.

Nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 10 — nearly a week earlier than typically revealed and coming ahead of the Golden Globe Awards. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.

Emmy Winners - DayTime 2012

posted Sep 21, 2012, 9:49 AM by Terry Harris

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
* General Hospital, ABC
 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
* HEATHER TOM, as Katie Logan Spencer The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
* HEATHER TOM, as Katie Logan Spencer The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS
 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
* ANTHONY GEARY
, as Luke Spencer General Hospital, ABC 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
* NANCY LEE GRAHN, as Alexis Davis General Hospital, ABC
 

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
* JONATHAN JACKSON, as Lucky Spencer General Hospital, ABC
 

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
* CHRISTEL KHALIL, as Lily Winters The Young and the Restless, CBS
 

OUTSTANDING YOUNGER ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
* CHANDLER MASSEY, as Will Horton Days of our Lives, NBC
 

OUTSTANDING MORNING PROGRAM
* Today Show NBC
 

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW/INFORMATIVE
* The Dr. Oz Show SYNDICATED
 

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW/ENTERTAINMENT
* Live with Regis and Kelly, ABC
 

OUTSTANDING CULINARY PROGRAM
* Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction Food Network
 

OUTSTANDING GAME/AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION SHOW
* Jeopardy! SYNDICATED
 

OUTSTANDING LEGAL/COURTROOM PROGRAM
* Last Shot with Judge Gunn SYNDICATED
 

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW HOST
* REGIS PHILBIN and KELLY RIPA, Live with Regis and Kelly SYNDICATED
 

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST
* TODD NEWTON, Family Game Night The HUB
 

OUTSTANDING LIFESTYLE/CULINARY HOST
* SANDRA LEE, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee Food Network

OUTSTANDING CHILDREN'S ANIMATED SERIES
* Penguins of Madagascar Nickelodeon
Curious George PBS

2012 Video Music Award Winners

posted Sep 8, 2012, 2:00 PM by Terry Harris

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Rihanna, "We Found Love"

BEST NEW ARTIST: One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"

BEST MALE VIDEO: Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO: Nicki Minaj, "Starships"

BEST POP VIDEO: One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"

BEST VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE: Demi Lovato, "Skyscraper"

BEST ELECTRONIC DANCE VIDEO: Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO: Drake feat. Lil Wayne, "HYFR"

BEST ROCK VIDEO: Coldplay, "Paradise"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: M.I.A., "Bad Girls"

BEST ART DIRECTION: Katy Perry, "Wide Awake"

BEST EDITING: Beyoncé, "Countdown"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Skrillex, "First of the Year (Equinox)"

BEST DIRECTION: M.I.A., "Bad Girls"

MOST SHARE-WORTHY VIDEO: One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"

Michael Strahan becomes Kelly Ripa's co-host

posted Sep 4, 2012, 7:48 AM by Terry Harris

 Former football star Michael Strahan joined "Live! With Kelly" as permanent co-host on Monday, fulfilling a joking prophecy he made to Regis Philbin more than four years ago.

The gap-toothed former New York Giant jogged onto the morning show set and picked up co-host Kelly Ripa in a bear hug, lifting her off her feet. He replaces Philbin, who left last November. Strahan was the survivor in a series of on-air tryouts of potential co-hosts since Philbin left, and his hiring has been an open secret for the past two weeks.

Strahan appeared relaxed and amiable on his first day and drew "ahhhs" from women in the studio audience when he presented Ripa with a dozen red roses.

"It's so nice to have a co-host literally sweep you off your feet," Ripa said, "and I know that he can bench press me if he wanted to."

Ripa played a clip of Strahan's first appearance on the show in 2008, shortly after the Giants had won the Super Bowl. Philbin asked Strahan what he would want to do after retiring from football and Strahan said that Philbin's job looked pretty good.

"I was joking," Strahan said on Tuesday, "and I'm glad the joke came true."

Philbin was the original "Live!" host for more than 28 years, with Ripa joining him in 2001. Strahan said Philbin set the benchmark. "I am in awe of him," he said.

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

posted Sep 3, 2012, 3:05 PM by Terry Harris

 Michael Clarke Duncan's fiancee says the Oscar nominee for "The Green Mile" has died while being hospitalized following a July heart attack.

Publicist  Joy Fehily released a statement from Clarke's fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, saying the 54-year-old actor died Monday morning in a Los Angeles hospital after nearly two months of treatment following the July 13 heart attack.

The 6-foot-5, 300 pound Duncan appeared in dozens of films, including such box office hits as "Armageddon," ''Planet of the Apes" and Kung Fu Panda

Duncan had a handful of minor roles before "The Green Mile" brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. The 1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer.

Stallone's sister - Toni - dies of lung Cancer

posted Aug 28, 2012, 9:19 AM by Terry Harris   [ updated Aug 28, 2012, 9:20 AM ]

Six weeks after his 36-year-old son, Sage, died unexpectedly, the actor has lost his only sister. Toni Ann Filiti, the 48-year-old half-sister of “The Expendables 2” star, succumbed to lung cancer on Sunday. She died at their mother Jackie Stallone’s Santa Monica home after choosing to leave UCLA hospital.

“I was holding her in my arms,” Jackie, 90,. “I had just washed [her] face and told her how pretty she looked, and she just fell asleep. … She’s too young to go, but she wasn’t feeling any pain.”

Jackie, an astrologer and psychic, personally broke the news of Toni’s death to her famous son. “He said he can’t take any more pain,” She said she’ll always be there for her son. ... What a terrible month – first Sage and now Toni. It’s hard. At least they’re together now in heaven.”

On July 13, the actor’s son Sage Moonblood Stallone was found dead in his Studio City, California, apartment. Authorities said there were no signs of foul play, but there were reportedly numerous pill bottles nearby. Sasha Czack, Sage’s mother and Sly’s first wife, said Sage was in pain after dental surgery. A toxicology report is pending.

 After Sage’s death, Sly took an extended family vacation, traveling to Europe with his third wife, Jennifer Flavin, and their three daughters. He later joined his “Expendables 2” cast mates, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Jason Statham to promote the action flick, which has been tops at the box office the past two weekends.

Phyllis Diller has died at 95

posted Aug 20, 2012, 12:43 PM by Terry Harris

Comedian Phyllis Diller has died. Sad news today, TMZ is reporting that Phyllis Diller, the legendary comedian whose career spanned decades and entire evolution of modern comedy, has died. She was 95.

Iconic Director-Tony Scott takes his life jumping from a bridge

posted Aug 20, 2012, 6:38 AM by Terry Harris

Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gun," ''Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said.

The 68-year-old Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

"I can confirm that Tony Scott has passed away. The family asks that their privacy is respected at this time," Scott's spokesman, Simon Halls, said in a statement.

Several people called 911 around 12:35 p.m. to report that someone had jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbor, according to Los Angeles police Lt. Tim Nordquist.

A dive team with Los Angeles Port Police pulled the body from the murky water several hours later, Nordquist said. Scott's body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner's office.

One lane of the eastbound side of the bridge was closed to traffic during the investigation. Cargo vessels moved at reduced speeds through the east side of the port's main channel during the search, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Investigators found a note in Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on the bridge, according to the Los Angeles Times. That note listed contact information. A suicide note was later found at his office.

The British-born Scott, who lived in Beverly Hills, was producer and director Ridley Scott's younger brother. Distinct visual styles mark both siblings' films — Ridley Scott mastering the creation of entire worlds with such films as "Gladiator," ''Blade Runner," ''Alien" and this year's "Prometheus," Tony Scott known for hyper-kinetic action and editing on such films as his most recent, the runaway train thriller "Unstoppable," starring regular collaborator Denzel Washington.

Scott was a thrill-seeker himself in his personal life, an avid rock climber who also liked driving fast cars and motorcycles. Still, filmmaking was his real thrill.

"The biggest edge I live on is directing. That's the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life," Scott said in an interview for his 1995 naval adventure "Crimson Tide." ''The scariest thing in my life is the first morning of production on all my movies. It's the fear of failing, the loss of face and a sense of guilt that everybody puts their faith in you and not coming through."

Tony was the first of the Scott brothers to enjoy blockbuster success with "Top Gun," starring Tom Cruise, the top-grossing film of 1986 at $176 million. Scott teamed with Cruise again four years later on the hit "Days of Thunder." He also had a sequel to "Top Gun" in development.

But Ridley Scott later managed more and bigger hits than his brother and earned a level of critical respect never achieved by Tony Scott. "Gladiator" won the best-picture Academy Award for 2000 and earned Ridley Scott one of his three best-director nominations; Tony Scott never was in the running for an Oscar, and critics often slammed his movies for emphasizing style over substance.

Even Scott admitted that it was a challenge to infuse drama into some of his scenarios — for example, cars racing in circles in "Days of Thunder." In an interview for that 1990 summer hit, Scott was blunt about where some of the ideas came from.

"I went back and I stole from all race movies to date," Scott said. "I took the better elements, then tried to build on them. Really, the speed, the energy and the placement of the audience inside some of the cars came in the editing room. ...

"I'm always pushing for something new and fresh in the way things are shot, and the rest happens in the editing room. ... The real speed comes from the cutters and what they do with the celluloid."

While Ridley Scott had an auspicious start to his film career with 1977's acclaimed period drama "The Duellists" and 1979's "Alien," Tony Scott bombed with his debut, 1983's supernatural romance "The Hunger," with David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve.

He vaulted into Hollywood's top ranks the next time out, with "Top Gun," followed a year later by "Beverly Hills Cop II," both with producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

The two brothers ran Scott Free Productions and were working jointly on a film called "Killing Lincoln," based on the best seller by Bill O'Reilly. Along with countless commercials, their company produced the CBS dramas "NUMB3RS" and "The Good Wife" as well as a 2011 documentary about the Battle of Gettysburg for the History Channel.

Tony Scott said he gained perspective by mixing things up between film, TV and commercials.

"I like changing the pace of my life, changing my discipline. It gives me ideas for how to see the world differently," Scott said in a 2007 interview.

Besides "Unstoppable," Scott worked with Washington on four other movies: "Crimson Tide," ''Man on Fire," Deja Vu" and "The Taking of Pelham 123."

In a tweet Sunday, director Ron Howard said, "No more Tony Scott movies. Tragic day."

Director Jon Favreau tweeted, "Such sad news about Tony Scott. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends."

Other Scott films include "True Romance," written by Quentin Tarantino, "The Fan," with Robert De Niro, and "Enemy of the State," starring Will Smith.

Scott was married to actress Donna Scott, who appeared in several of her husband's films. They have twin sons.

Completed in 1963, the 6,060-foot Vincent Thomas Bridge links rises 185 feet at its highest point above the Los Angeles Harbor. Many have taken their lives by jumping from the span.

The bridge has been used in many Hollywood productions, among them "Charlie's Angels," ''Gone in 60 Seconds" and "The Fast and the Furious."

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