Dawn Wells, iconic as all-American Mary Ann on the frothy sitcom Gilligan's Island in the '60s, died Wednesday morning in L.A. at 82, Extra reports. Wells in 2012 at the Hollywood Show (Image by Matthew Rettenmund) The cause of death was complications of COVID-19, a sad reminder that we are not through the pandemic yet. A…Read more
Debbie’s Last Wish …
Links to the past, with relevance today: Debbie at one of the very first AIDS benefits in 1983 (Image via After Dark) PEOPLE: Four years after the great Debbie Reynolds died at 84, the day after her equally great daughter Carrie Fisher had succumbed at 60, Debbie's pal Sue Cameron — author of Hollywood Secrets and…Read more
‘Rudolph’ Puppets Have Flown to a New Home
A quick glance at the facsimile puppets above is likely to instill a deep pang of nostalgia in anyone 40 and over, and now two those figures — the originals! — have landed in a place where they can be enjoyed in person. Survivors! (Image via Antiques Roadshow) The pair of puppets used in the…Read more
Seavers vs. True Believer: Kirk Cameron’s Dangerous ‘Protests’
Kirk Cameron, 50, of Growing Pains fame has raised the ire of some by spearheading "peaceful protests" — maskless Christmas caroling events — in his area. Now, even his TV family members have spoken up, with Tracey Gold, 51, and Jeremy Miller, 41, expressing their disapproval. He's got a fetish for Christmas ... (Image via…Read more
A Slew of ’70s & ’80s Christmassy TV Ads!
It's that time of the year again, and you're in for some major nostalgia if you check out these '70s and '80s Christmas-themed TV commercials. The one for Sprite is one I hadn't thought about in forever: https://youtu.be/4q30XrLNkKwRead more
‘Ma Rainey’s’ Incredible Detail, Revisiting ‘Popeye,’ ‘SNL’ Blurts It Out & More
Links to the past, with relevance today: https://twitter.com/RealEOC/status/1313222349265797121?s=20 TWITTER: Eyes on Cinema went viral posting this 1989 clip of audience reactions to the Batman trailer. Boseman & Davis bring the '20s alive in their 2020 take on a 1982 play. (Image via Netflix) VARIETY: The 1982 play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is now an amazing…Read more
‘Night Court’ in Session, McKellen ‘Euphoric,’ Rita Moreno Doc & More!
Links to the past, with relevance today: I'll only watch if Markie Post, 70, is part of it! (Image via NBC) DEADLINE: The '80s hit-com Night Court is being revived, this time focusing on nasty Dan Fielding (played by John Larroquette, 73) and the daughter of Judge Stone, who was played by the late Harry…Read more
Ralph Macchio on a ‘Karate Kid’ Frenemy Turned Friend
Ralph Macchio, 59, and William Zabka, 55, were mortal enemies in The Karate Kid (1985), but he's opening up about how their real-life friendship is closer than ever. Co-star Martin Kove, 74, posted this image in 2019, showing Zabka on the left and Macchio on the right. (Image via Twitter) Macchio told ExtraTV: “We better…Read more
Broadway Legend Ann Reinking Dies @ 71
Famed for her dancing — and her romantic and creative affiliation with legendary director and choregrapher Bob Fosse (1927-1987) — Broadway singer, dancer, choreographer and actress Ann Reinking died Saturday, December 12, at 71 in Washington. Reinking was a towering influencer in her field. (GIF via GIPHY) No cause of death has been released. Born November 10,…Read more
Smokey Robinson’s Never Heard of Chanukah?!
Cameo is a great way for fans to get to interact with stars from A-list to Z-list, all for a few bucks. Stick to singing! (Image via video still) It's also a good way for dormant stars to make some money. Living legend Smokey Robinson sweetly did one for an old neighbor, but when asked…Read more