Ann B. Davis' former The Brady Bunch co-stars have paid tribute to the late actress, who died on Sunday (01Jun14). The 88 year old, who played beloved housekeeper Alice Nelson on the classic sitcom, passed away from a subdural haematoma after slipping and hitting her head in the bathroom at her home in Los Angeles.
After receiving news of her death, Florence Henderson, who played family matriarch Carol Brady, took to Twitter.com and shared her grief, writing, "I'm so shocked & saddened to learn my dear friend & colleague Ann B Davis died today. I spoke with her a few months ago & she was doing great."
Maureen McCormick, the show's Marcia Brady, tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I admired Ann B so much as an actor... She was one of the greats. Most of all, I admired her heart. She was a dear friend... deep, honest and true. She was one of my earliest role models, and that continues to this day. She made me a better person. How blessed I am to have had her in my life. She will be forever missed."
Eve Plumb, Jan Brady on the sitcom, told TheWrap.com that Davis was "an amazing lady", adding, "She was great to work with, and I have wonderful memories of our scenes together on The Brady Bunch." Plumb continued, "She was kind and generous to all of us on set. Although we hadn't seen each other as often as we may have wanted to in the last few years, I am sure she knew she held a very important place in my heart. My thoughts are with her family and friends."
Meanwhile, a slew of celebrities have added their own condolences, including Christina Applegate, who tweeted, "Ann B Davis. How many mornings I have spent with you. RIP", and while actress Marlee Matlin added, "I grew up wanting to be Marcia Brady but with 4 kids, I turned into Alice the Maid. RIP Ann B. Davis."
Back in the early days of television, mothers were portrayed as pearl-wearing masters of the kitchen, content to spend their time at home waiting patiently for their husband and children to return from their days at work and school respectively. Even a former starlet like Donna Reed became desexualized in TV's perfect suburban world.
Eventually, however, moms got the chance to be sexy. And before too long, teen boys were wondering about the strange feelings that they were having for Shirley Jones' pop singing Mrs. Partridge, or Florence Henderson's Carol Brady. The hotness of the actresses that have played mothers since on television is truly stunning. Who are the sexy women that have launched thousands of MILF fantasies? Take a look.
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The veteran actress, best known for playing all-American housewife Carol Brady in the family show, proved she's game for a laugh when she gave a dramatic reading of E.L. James' erotic novel during a chat with Melbourne station MIX 101.1.
Henderson moaned seductively as she narrated the explicit sex scene, in which the book's lead characters Anastasia and Christian play with baby oil.
She read, "My inner goddess is beside herself, hopping from foot to foot. Anticipation hangs heavy over my head like a dark tropical storm cloud... as well as a darker, carnal captivating ache as I try to imagine what he will do to me..."
After her reading, the DJ quipped, "Now I know how (Brady Bunch parents) Mike and Carol kept the relationship alive all those years!"
It's been 20 years since the MTV Movie Awards made its way onto America's television screens, and yet it still manages to surprise us year after year with an array of unpredictable events. Sure, the occasionally hilarious acceptance speech is nothing to be scoffed at, but one of the biggest highlights of this particular awards show is its reputation for an over-abundance of PDA.
Whether it's the re-creation of the epic romance from The Notebook or a highly inappropriate groping session between two Friends With Benefits, any affection is fair game. So in honor of some of the most memorable lip locks in Hollywood Award Show history, here are our favorite OMG PDA MTV Movie Awards moments (Okay, we'll give it a rest with the acronyms) for your viewing pleasure.
Warning: These clips can be rather... stimulating. Children, please turn around and walk away from the computer slowly.
Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake's "Touching" Moment (2011)
Nothing puts romantic rumors to rest like grabbing each other's private parts on national television. As you can see, these two have a strictly professional relationship. Yep, this is just another day at the office.
Vampire and Werewolf Lip-Lock (2011)
Though the kiss was originally intended to be between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, the Twilight hunk took matters into his own hands and shared a steamy lip-lock with the hottest werewolf this side of Forks: Taylor Lautner. Someone pinch me because I think we just entered every Twi-hard fan's dream world.
Next: Oh my, I'm turning Scarlett.Sandra Bullock Orally Attacks Scarlett Johansson (2010)
Sandra Bullock's marriage to Jesse James may have taken a turn for the worse in 2010, but her presence in the lime light was just as strong as ever. Not only did she plant a wet one on Meryl Streep at the Critics Choice Awards in January, but she also shared a sensual embrace with Scarlett Johansson at the MTV Movie Awards that same year. Try to keep yourselves under control, gentlemen.
Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lopez Get Down and Dirty (2010)
Tom Cruise (or should I say Les Grossman) proved that he could bust a move with the best of them, even going up against the famous J. Lo booty. Their jaw-dropping, hip-thrusting, gyrating dance routine was one of the year's biggest highlights. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to watch the video below and begin laughing hysterically.
Next: The audience gets Robbed.Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's "Almost" Kiss (2009)
When these two crazy kids won for Best Kiss in 2009, Twi-hards everywhere watched and waited for the famous lip-lock to occur live for all to see. But Stewart had other plans and decided to Rob us from the special moment entirely. I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that this move really (you guessed it) sucked!
Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell's Makeout Session (2007)
This dynamic comedy duo took home the Golden Popcorn trophy, but only after reenacting their passionate make-out session from Talladega Nights. Naturally. Would we really expect anything less from these guys?
Next: If you're a bird then I'm a bird.Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams' Kiss (2005)
Anything involving Ryan Gosling is worth watching, but this reenactment of the famous Notebook kiss is enough to make even the biggest Gosling haters (do those even exist?) swoon. These two certainly knew how to play to the crowd. (Kristen Stewart, please take note.)
The Brady Bunch Goes Wild (1993)
This is the story... of a screwed up family. In 1993, the original cast of The Brady Bunch did spoofs about the most popular movies of the year, which resulted in Carol (Florence Henderson) and Greg Brady (Barry Williams) — former on-screen mother and son — reenacting a romantic scene from The Bodyguard. It was disturbing, yet still riotously funny.
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Henderson, who portrayed beloved Carol Brady on the popular American hit TV sitcom The Brady Bunch, admits she once had a one-night-stand with married politician John Lindsay in her new memoir, Life is Not a Stage.
She writes, "I was lonely. I knew it wasn't the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it."
But the actress claims the encounter wasn't exactly perfect - she awoke the next morning to find she had contracted a sexually-transmitted disease, pubic lice.
She adds, "Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate, but cross over all socio-economic strata... He must have had quite the active life. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship."
Lindsay felt so guilty about the incident he sent flowers to the star to apologise.
Lindsay, who served as mayor from 1966-1973, passed away in 2000.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
Well, it is with a slightly heavy heart that I report Florence Henderson was voted off Dancing with the Stars last night. Not only has an “older” person still never won the disco ball trophy, but there’s one less person around to prevent Bristol Palin from walking away with it one day, hidden in the crotch of her monkey suit.
Of her departure, Florence said, “I have been in TV for over 50 years, and I have to say in all honesty that this is one of the best-produced shows I’ve ever been on. I’ve loved the show since it began. I think it’s just a tremendous show. I hope I’ve inspired people to get up off their behind and move and dance and live and enjoy life.” Yes, yes, Carol Brady's still bringin' the heat. Here is the sweet dance she performed last night that we rejected as a people.
But how can it be one of the greatest shows around if Bristol Palin wasn’t even in the bottom two? She got the lowest score of everyone on Monday (an 18), which should have put them up for elimination along with Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer (whose disco got them 20 points), but the way the show works is viewer votes are combined with the judges’ scores, so Florence and Rick Fox were the true bottom two because they received the least of our attention. But good god, we rewarded the girl who convinced us we couldn't be Patch Adams again for Halloween! Oh, I see why we kept her.
Actress Florence Henderson was so eager to make her Brady Bunch character more
realistic on classic sitcom The Brady Bunch, she begged bosses to let her beat
her TV children.
Henderson played beloved matriarch Carol Martin-Brady from 1969 to 1974, but
she admits there were many occasions when she wished her homemaker character
was a little more like herself.
She says, "I begged them to give Carol Brady a job. They wouldn't do that. I
mean, those clothes, for God's sake, take a look at them! I didn't choose
"But I said, 'Can I just hit the kids every now and then? I mean, real life!'
They wouldn't let me.
"I'm the youngest of 10 and I have four children, and every once in a while
you get a swat on your behind. I mean, that's the way it goes."
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In the wake of last week's revelations that Sony faked reviews and movie fans to tout its movies, Fox has revealed a similar misdeed. The studio used an employee in a TV montage, raving that the hit 1998 movie Waking Ned Devine was "hysterical," Variety reports. Then Fox executive assistant Carol Lipson, who is now employed at Universal Pictures, reportedly appeared in a national TV advertisement posing as a typical moviegoer. Florence Grace, a Fox spokeswoman, said: "No one who works here has any firsthand knowledge of it." Sony has promised to institute a policy preventing such practices from happening in the future. Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, called these incidents "aberrations" which were "stupid and unnecessary."