The Little Rascals star Jackie Lynn Taylor has died, aged 88. The 1930s child star, who appeared in five Our Gang comedy shorts as Little Rascals leader Wally Albright's girlfriend Jane, passed away on Monday (05May14) in Citrus Heights, California.
The actress also appeared in the Laurel & Hardy films The Devil's Brother and Babes in Toyland.
Taylor, who later became one of the first female TV co-hosts in Southern California, wrote about her time as a silver screen movie star in 1970 book The Turned-on Hollywood 7.
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Christmas movies aren't for everybody. Yes, they might offer the odd sparkle of good will or reminder to appreciate all that you have, but the onslaught of these films might start to feel like overkill. Still, you might find it difficult to find non-holiday-themed alternatives to the Christmas staples that your friends and family members will be enjoying this week. But we've got a few suggestions...
Your father is glued to his living room arm chair, drinking in the wholesome enchantments of Miracle on 34th Street. But you can watch...For that spell-binding courtroom drama: 12 Angry Men.For another movie that will teach you the value of blind faith: Soul Surfer.For just something that sounds kinda similar: Miracle.
Your mother is enjoying network television's annual broadcast of the feel-good fantasy It's a Wonderful Life. But you can watch...For that "angels sent from above for the good of one man" story: The Heavenly Kid.For another movie that includes a scene about people freaking out in a bank: Dog Day Afternoon.For just something that sounds kinda similar: Life Is Beautiful.
Your baby brother is beaming over the innocent glories of the Laurel and Hardy adventure Babes in Toyland. But you can watch...For that fantastical journey through a realm of imagination: Any and all of the Lord of the Rings movies.For another movie about two bumbling pals just trying to make it in this crazy world: Dumb and Dumber.For just something that sounds kinda similar: Babe.
Your precocious little sister is smirking knowingly at the myriad jokes in A Christmas Story. But you can watch...For that saccharine recollection of a simpler, sweeter time: GoodFellas.For another movie that sends condemns the dangers of firearms: Pocahontas.For just something that sounds kinda similar: The Philadelphia Story.
Your young cousin is reveling in the earnest ecstasies of Rankin Bass' Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But you can watch...For that charmingly shoddy animation: ParaNorman.For another movie that showcases misfits learning to believe in themselves: Pitch Perfect.For just something that sounds kinda similar: Reindeer Games... does that still count as a Christmas movie? Fine, Funny Games. Happy now?
Your aunt is reveling in childhood nostalgia with a viewing of Frosty the Snowman. But you can watch...For that spirited fairy tale magic that brings inanimate creations to life: Short Circuit.For another movie about a high-stakes countdown to early mortality: 25th Hour.For just something that sounds kinda similar: Frost/Nixon.
Your uncle is getting a little too effusive about the family's well-worn VHS copy of A Christmas Carol. But you can watch...For that rhythmic and rhyming rendezvous that only T. Geisel can offer to you: Horton Hears a Who.For another movie that thaws the frozen heart of a baddie: Schindler's List (or Despicable Me, for lighter fare).For just something that sounds kinda similar: The Carol Burnett Show.
Your grandpa is reliving his old World War II days with White Christmas. But you can watch...For that rally-to-save-the-small-town-fixture tale: Be Kind Rewind.For another movie about nebbishy entertainers on a rousing road trip adventure: Some Like It Hot.For just something that sounds kinda similar: White Chicks.
Your spouse has had a little too much eggnog and is, for some ungodly reason, waching The Polar Express. But you can watch...For that horrifying trip down the uncanny valley: The Adventures of Tintin.For another movie that... you know what? I can't get past how freaky the people in this movie look: Mars Needs Moms.For just something that sounds kinda similar: Pineapple Express.
And finally, your best friend has stopped by and commandeered the basement TV to enjoy Jingle All the Way. But you can watch...For that testament to the evils of materialism: The Bling Ring.For another movie that showcases the softer side of Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Kid & I.For just something that sounds kinda similar: The Way We Were.
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Ash rocker Tim Wheeler and veteran producer Butch Vig are among the stars who have paid tribute to music mogul Tim Carr after he was found dead in Thailand this week (beg08Apr13). The body of the former artists and repertoire (A&R) executive, who was credited with signing the Beastie Boys, was discovered at his apartment in Pattaya, Thailand on Wednesday (10Apr13).
Local police are investigating his death as suspicious and reports suggest he was killed by a single stab wound to the chest. Carr had lived in Thailand for the past eight years and was working on a film about a rock band at the time of the tragedy, according to Billboard.com.
Tributes from his friends in the music industry have poured in since news of his death hit headlines, and Garbage star Vig was among the first to mourn his loss. Vig says of Carr, "He was one of the kindest, funniest, and smartest people I ever met. We would talk for hours about politics, films, food, culture, and of course music. He will be missed!"
Northern Irish singer Wheeler, whose band Ash was signed by Carr, adds in a post on Twitter.com, "Am very sad today having heard the news that our friend Tim Carr has died. He signed us to Reprise records and then Dreamworks. A great man."
Carr also signed female rock group Babes in Toyland, and bassist Maureen Herman admits she was devastated to hear of Carr's death. In a post on Facebook.com, she writes, "Tim was our A&R guy at Warner/Reprise. But he was so much more than that to all of us personally and professionally... He was my friend... He gave a lot to the world, and it is a better place for him having been in it. I feel lucky to have my life touched so dramatically by his role in it. Love you, brother. I only wish you had written the book you always talked about."
Carr worked with numerous bands throughout his A&R career in the 1980s and 1990s, most famously signing rap trio the Beastie Boys to Capitol records. He also worked with Megadeth, Lush and David Byrne, as well as Ash and Babes in Toyland.
On the air for more than 40 years, the Mickey Mouse Club launched the careers of many young men and women who would go on to earn acclaim in the realms of film, television, and music. Long before the Ryan Goslings, Justin Timberlakes, and Britney Spears we know and love, the Disney institution introduced Annette Funicello, an original Mouseketeer who won the world over as an actress-turned-pop singer. Sadly, Extra reports via confirmation from her family that Funicello has passed away following complications related to multiple sclerosis. Funicello died on Monday at the age of 70.
Following her preteen turn with The Mickey Mouse Club from 1955 to '57, Utica, N.Y.-native Funicello embarked upon a career in film, starring in The Shaggy Dog ('59) and Babes in Toyland ('61), and in music; she released hits such as "Tall Paul," "First Name Initial," "O Dio Mio," "Train of Love," and "Pineapple Princess," collaborating with Bob and Dick Sherman on each number. But Funicello's most memorable contribution to pop culture was perhaps her everpresent role of Dee Dee, frequent cinematic beach-goer. Funicello appeared in each of Frankie Avalon's memorable oceanside romps, Beach Party ('60), Muscle Beach Party ('64), Bikini Beach ('64... it was a sunny year), Beach Blanket Bingo ('65), and the late addition Back to the Beach ('87).
A 45-year-old Funicello quit acting after the latter picture, going public in the 1990s about her MS. In '93, she launched the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders at the California Community Foundation, and published her autobiography, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story, the following year. The disease continued to plague Funicello, causing her to lose the ability to walk in '04 and to speak in '09.
Funicello is survived by her three children, including daughter Gina, who told Extra, "She's on her toes dancing in heaven... no more MS. My brothers and I were there, holding her sweet hands when she left us."
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