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Posts Tagged ‘Chevy Chase’

RIP: Oz’s Last Remaining Female ‘Munchkin’

MunchkinsOzCoverRuth Robinson Duccini was 95. Her death from natural causes Thursday in Las Vegas leaves 93-year-old Los Angeles resident Jerry Maren as the last surviving member of the cast of 124 “Munchkins” from 1939 movie classic The Wizard of Oz.

Duccini’s death was confirmed to the AP by Stephen Cox, author of 1996 book The Munchkins of Oz. He told the wire service he learned of the passing from the performer’s son:

Duccini worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Santa Monica, CA during World War II, using her short [four-foot-tall] stature to squeeze into hard-to-reach parts of planes. She also appeared in the [1981 movie] spoof Under the Rainbow starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Commenters Divided Over Deadline’s Chevy Chase N-Word Exclusive

Nellie Andreeva’s explosive Deadline.com Saturday exclusive “Chevy Chase Drops N-Word In Tirade On Set Of ‘Community’” has quickly reverberated across the H/T universe, picked up by Entertainment Weekly, E! Online and The Daily Mail. But the most intriguing follow-up and debate can be found in the item’s reader comments.

A number of those chiming in are suggesting that Andreeva’s report about Chase’s alleged Friday on-set outburst and subsequent apology to fellow Community cast members is a “non-story.” Although the actor has been in the middle of several earlier, infamous flare-ups, a vocal Deadline minority are arguing that the context of the October 20 incident is different:

ray: not true. taken out of context. i was there.

jason: WOAH him complaining about his character being so bigoted that next the writers may as well have him say the n-word is not what you are trying to make this out to be.

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Dan Harmon Talks About His Community Exit

Pretty great interview with showrunner Dan Harmon on Attack of the Show, talking about his forced exit from Community. Plenty of NBC bashing, but no mention of Chevy Chase. Interviewer Marc Maron did get this gem out of Harmon, however, talking about what he’s got in mind for his next job: “My idea is to have less ideas. I want to be successful in television.”

Dan Harmon Sounds Off on Being Fired from Community

The Hollywood media was abuzz this weekend over the news that Dan Harmon was being replaced as showrunner of NBC’s Community. Not that the TV execs wanted it that way when they announced the news on Friday evening after most reporters had gone home.

But Harmon’s not the sort of fellow to go quietly. Via Tumblr, he swiftly responded to the network spin with his typical frankness.

On the news he will remain on the show as a consulting producer:

I am technically “signed on,” by default, to be an executive consulting something or other – which is a relatively standard protective clause for a creator in my position.  Guys like me can’t actually just be shot and left in a ditch by Skynet, we’re still allowed to have a title on the things we create and “help out,” like, I guess sharpening pencils and stuff.

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Dylan Howard Takes Over as Celebuzz.com Editor-in-Chief

This is definitely one of the funnier ways we have found out about a major shift in the ranks of top-tier entertainment journalists.

A little earlier today, we posted an item about the new Chevy Chase audio released on celebuzz.com. We were a little confused, as the byline was that of Dylan Howard (pictured), for the past two and a half years the senior executive editor of Star Magazine and Radar Online. Thankfully, Howard has set us straight via email:

I joined BUZZMEDIA as editor-in-chief of Celebuzz just a few weeks ago. My appointment is part of an original content effort that is intended to make Celebuzz the leading celebrity news source.

We have an exciting opportunity to create the definitive celebrity editorial experience — where readers will find showbiz content that is authoritative, comprehensive and engaging. It isn’t just about breaking news reporting — it is a contextual editorial experience in categories such as television, film, style. We’re also building state-of-the-art video studios in both our Los Angeles and New York offices and intend on producing quality live programming, each day.

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Celebuzz Has More Chevy Chase Audio*

Star magazine and Radar Online reporter Dylan Howard* has dropped another Chevy Chase bombshell this morning. It’s a second audio recording of Community’s famous senior citizen, complaining via telephone to show creator Dan Harmon about the direction of several episodes.

From a media perspective, what’s most unusual about this one is that it can be found on a website not named TMZ. Celebuzz, part of the kinder, gentler BUZZMEDIA empire, normally does not get into this sort of territory:

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Critic Summons Ghost of Kodak Theater’s Past

In a Sunday, December 26th blog item, John Rabe, host of the weekly KPCC-FM show “Off-Ramp”, frames reported payment problems with a Kevin Von Feldt Minneapolis December 10-12 staging of A Christmas Carol with the producer-director’s similarly rocky 2008 presentation of the classic holiday tale at the Kodak Theater.

Rabe mentions that his previous November blog item about Von Feldt’s MN Mame troubles generated a voicemail from Von Feldt, who wondered why an LA blog would be concerned with the Midwestern stages. This time around, Von Feldt comments directly in reply to Rabe, laying the Kodak Theater blame at the feet of a Hollywood film producer.

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Carly Fiorina’s Mark on Internet Pop Culture This Second

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Senatorial hopeful Carly Fiorina‘s video lambasting her opponent with sheep metaphors has now been viewed over a hundred thousand times on YouTube, is a trending topic on Twitter and apparently if you like it you can buy the t-shirt.

This is the kind of thing marketing dudes who “leak” videos with Chevy Chase in them are trying to accomplish. Insta-icon.
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Movieline Has Found Something Else Tragic About Community

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We’ve been coping with the fact Community with Joel McHale and Chevy Chase misses all of its marks. This has been very hard on us. We think Dr. Ken or Ken Jeong is one of the funniest people on the planet. So much talent. So much possibility.

And yet, Community stinks. It’s maudlin, cliche and lame. It’s the kind of show where the only charm is it can be easily translated into other languages. Yes, in South American Fran Drescher‘s The Nanny is huge.

We tried to like Community again last night. We gave it another chance. As we were watching it, we thought to ourselves,”Hm, the opening credits are pretty clever.”

And then a Movieline fan caught this. A (ahem) knife drawn through Nicole Brown? Very classy.

Get it? “Classy?” It’s a show about school. Huh? Yep, that’s still funnier than the show.

Trade Round-Up: August 30, 2007

Atonement Wows Venice Fest
keira.jpegA-list celebs and their filmmaker friends are causing a commotion in the canals right now at the Venice Film Festival, which kicked off its 75th anniversary yesterday with the premiere of Joe Wright’s war romancer Atonement. Variety gives complete coverage, calling the fest’s opening “an invigorating shot of youth.” The news story, by Nick Vivarelli and Ali Jaafar, says the pic received a positive reception, a rare occurrence in Venice. Reviewer Derek Elley agreed with the report in his own critical account of “Atonement,” writing “rarely has a book sprung to vividly to life” in a “smart, dazzling” film. He continues that its stars – Keira Knightley and James McAvoy – show “impressive star poise and physical elan.” Speaking of physical, the tabs are likely to have a field day with Knightley’s presence on the red carpet with early chatter criticizing on her gaunt appearance. Those starlets never seem to catch a break do they?

Easton Ellis Novel Headed to Big-Screen
Another Bret Easton Ellis novel is being prepped for the big-screen with the packaging of his The Informers almost fully formed thanks to the addition of cast-members Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger and Brandon Routh, THR reports. Ashley Olsen, Jon Foster, Austin Nichols and Lou Taylor Pucci are also in the mix for the adaptation to be directed by Gregor Jordan. The story centers on seven stories taking course during a week in the life of a movie exec, his wife, his mistress, a rock star, a vampire and a kidnapper. Oh my!

Innovative Agents Show Fortitude
That interesting lawsuit sitch at Innovative Artists – two agents sued the firm’s partner to get out of allegedly unfair employment contracts – continues to play itself out with Michael McConnell and Ben Press announcing in THR today that they’ve launched their own fully-financed agent. The duo has formed a new shingle, fortitude, bringing a client list that includes Chevy Chase, Gina Gershon, Lara Flynn Boyle and Cybill Shepherd, among others. Rosters aside, Innovative honcho Scott Harris says in the story that his former employees’ claims are “disappointing.”

Zellweger Headed to Miami
renee.jpegIn casting news, Variety reports that Renee Zellweger will team up with Harry Connick Jr. in the fish-out-water comedy Chilled in Miami for Gold Circle Films. Pic will find the Oscar-winning actress starring as a Miami businesswoman who is transferred to Minnesota. Jonas Elmer is directing and funny enough, his last film was a Danish pic called Nynne which was often referred to as the Danish Bridget Jones.
- CHRIS GARDNER