Celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to veteran comedienne Joan Rivers following her death on Thursday (04Sep14). The legendary funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa announced that her mum passed away just after 1pm local time, and celebrities have been paying tribute to Rivers ever since.
Fellow comedienne and longtime pal Whoopi Goldberg took to Twitter.com to share her condolences, and wrote, "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
News of Rivers' death comes weeks after Goldberg also paid tribute to another close friend, Robin Williams, who died last month (Aug14).
Australian actor Jackman lauded Rivers' comedic presence and wrote, "We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed," while Depp called her "An Amazing Individual", and Mel Brooks wrote, "Joan Rivers never played it safe. She was the bravest of them all. Still at the top at the end. She will be sorely missed."
Other tributes from Zoe Saldana and British comedian Ricky Gervais hit Twitter, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne thanked the late comic for being kind to his daughter Kelly - Rivers' co-host on TV show Fashion Police. He wrote, "Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP."
Celebrities also brought levity to the tragedy of her death, recalling catty remarks Rivers had made about them on awards show red carpets. Actress Anna Kendrick said, "Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed", singer Demi Lovato added, "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR," and pop star Katy Perry joked, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart? RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one."
Former Charmed star Rose McGowan recalled that "Joan once said I looked like a whore," and Evan Rachel Wood shared a similar sentiment, and remembered, "She once said I looked like I needed a trip to the VD (venereal disease) clinic..." before adding, "The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in Hollywood."
Girls star and creator Lena Dunham even poked fun at Rivers' self-depricating extensive plastic surgery, and quipped, "I told (comedian Marc) Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory. That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane."
A plethora of comedians also shared their praise for Rivers, including Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Arsenio Hall, Tim Allen and Kevin Hart, as well as celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, La Toya Jackson, Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Brad Paisley, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, Maria Shriver, Simon Pegg, William Shatner, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Williams, Julianne Moore and John Stamos.
Veteran movie star John Goodman grew emotional on U.S. TV on Friday (07Feb14) as he reunited with his onscreen daughter Sara Gilbert and reminisced about their time together on hit sitcom Roseanne. The Argo actor was promoting his new film, The Monuments Men, on Gilbert's daytime show The Talk and he was visibly moved when producers aired an old clip of the former co-stars in the family comedy.
He said, "It (the clip) just touched something in me... You know, they were like my own kids. It's just a strange thing..."
Turning to Gilbert, who he had nicknamed 'Scuffy' onset, he added, "You were great basic training for raising my own daughter."
Goodman then heaped praise on the show's star and creator, Roseanne Barr, for helping to give them their big breaks on such a beloved programme.
He mused, "The more I think about Roseanne, the more I look back on her. I can't believe how remarkable she was. I mean, she told the story that she wanted to tell, which was so prevalent today, about these people who were doing their best, working two jobs, and they still don't have enough to make ends meet. But it was so damn funny... I just love her to death... Those were good times."
Former child star Gilbert also shared her favourite memories from the show, applauding Barr as an "amazing" talent and then paying tribute to Goodman, saying, "You were so fun all week and such a good guy to work with, but when it came (to) the day to tape, no one was more of a perfectionist, more focused. I mean, you really taught me how important it is to care about your art."
Roseanne aired in the U.S. from 1988 to 1997.
3rd Rock From the Sun is by far one of the best sitcoms in television history. It’s the perfect blend of the outlandish sitcom premises of the 1980s and the ensemble driven comedies of the 1990s. In the '80s, sitcoms had wildly illogical premises – a Buckingham Palace butler moves in with a Pittsburgh family (Mr. Belvedere), an alien moves in with a family (Alf), or a scientist makes a robotic daughter (Small Wonder). The '90s were chock full of ensemble comedies like Seinfeld until Friends brought about the dark ages of sitcoms. 3rd Rock merged the two and lasted a shocking six seasons and resulted in multiple Emmys and Golden Globes for the cast and crew.
Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) is the High Commander of an alien expedition to Earth. The creatures have been given human bodies and it brings a lot of humorous hi-jinks. Sally Solomon (Kristen Johnston) is the Security Officer and the one chosen to be “the woman” and is conveniently stunningly attractive. The Information Officer and oldest of the group gets placed in the body of a teenager in the form of Tommy Solomon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Harry Solomon (French Stewart) was not intended to take the trip but joins the crew and acts as the communicator to their home planet. Solomon teaches at the local college and has a very tense relationship with Dr. Mary Albright (Jane Curtin) and secretary Nina Campbell (Simbi Khali).
The series is genius. It finds the humor and irony in the mundane things we take for granted. The Solomon family has a unique perspective on the simplest of human customs and experiences. The cast is also full of amazing actors. Not only are Lithgow and Curtain comedy veterans, but since the series Levitt has proven himself to be an A-list actor. Stewart and Johnston are also still on television in the series Mom and The Exes, respectively.
The series has some pretty great recurring guest stars including William Shatner as their alien leader, Jan Hooks as Harry’s love interest, and John Cleese as a rival alien for Dick. The series also features appearances by Roseanne Barr, Phil Hartman, Christine Baranski, and Jane Lynch.
3rd Rock is worth a thorough binge watching for jokes that stand the test of time, an ensemble of amazing actors, and episodes that, for lack of a better term, are light years ahead of some series that are currently on television. All six seasons of the series are available to Hulu Plus subscribers.
Actor John Goodman is determined to undergo knee surgery to fulfill his dream of returning to the stage. The Argo star last appeared in a play five years ago when he starred in Waiting for Godot and now he is planning a second surgery to correct the effects arthritis and his weight have had on his knees.
Goodman has been gradually losing weight since 2010 and has one titanium knee, but he revealed last year (12) he still has to undergo a second procedure despite his slimmer physique.
He tells the New York Daily News, "I would like to do some theatre... I would like to get involved with that and I need to get my knee fixed first."
And his 2014 bucket list also includes a reunion with his former onscreen wife, Roseanne Barr. The two friends, who starred in U.S. TV sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997, attempted to pitch a TV show together two years ago, but the project went nowhere.
But he says, "We sure had fun doing it."
The former child star who played comedienne Roseanne Barr's eldest daughter on Roseanne was left embarrassed during a recent interview when she let it slip she had no idea her TV dad John Goodman died in the series finale, which aired in 1997. Alicia Goranson portrayed Becky Conner in 146 episodes of the sitcom before leaving the show in 1996, and in a new Huffington Post chat with her former TV brother Michael Fishman, she revealed she didn't watch the programme after she left.
That prompted Fishman to ask if she knew her TV dad died.
The actress said, "I'm embarrassed. I'm like, 'He passed away? Oh God, that's horrible!'"
On her decision to leave the show and hand over the role of Becky to Sarah Chalke, Goranson explained, "At the time, I wanted normalcy. I wanted to be around my peers. I wanted to be in an intellectual environment.
"I would have, like, five English papers due on Monday, and they'd (TV bosses) want me to fly to Disney World and shoot a show there over the weekend, and I said, 'I just can't feasibly do this'."
The organizers of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival have released the full list of films they're planning to screen during the Sept. 5 - 15 fete. It's a decidedly more down to earth list of titles than appeared at Cannes in May but may boast even more Oscar contenders: films like August: Osage County, The Fifth Estate, Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and one very special new film from Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises. Here are five takeaways we had from this year's TIFF lineup, and below that, you'll find a list of select titles from the lineup for which we're especially excited.
1. Character is King — Deeply felt character studies dominate the lineup this year rather than movies driven more by visual flash. Some are more or less traditional biopics like Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. Ron Howard's Rush emphasizes the clash of personalities between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) as much as it does the races. And Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, perhaps the biggest visual spectacle on the TIFF lineup, is notable for being a portrait of a female astronaut (Bullock) and her struggle to survive after an accident while also dealing with her lingering emotional distress following the death of her daughter. Toronto this year is truly an actor's market. Even more so because...
2. A Bunch of Actors Are Trying Their Hand at Directing — Jason Bateman is making his feature-film directing debut with the spelling bee revenge comedy Bad Words, while James Franco is following up his (pretty much unwatched) Hart Crane and Sal Mineo biopics with his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God. And of course Joseph Gordon-Levitt will unspool his directorial debut, Don Jon, which is also the first time we've seen him with a gelled-up pompadour.
3. Cory Monteith Is Well Represented – The late Glee star has not one but two films at TIFF, Gia Milani's All the Wrong Reasons and Josh C. Waller's McCanick, both of which will make their world premiere at the fest.
4. This is the Place for Smaller, More Personal Films — While Cannes can still celebrate movies that might not otherwise find an audience (like Abdellatif Kechiche's Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, also at TIFF), Toronto goes all-in for small films. Just this past May Cannes got showy movies from big, flashy directors like Roman Polanski, the Coen Brothers, Baz Luhrmann, Nicolas Winding Refn, Stephen Soderbergh, and Takashi Miike. But this year Toronto will draw Steve McQueen, Kelly Reichardt, Stephen Frears, Jason Reitman, and Alex Gibney, often the makers of quieter, more introspective films — films that may not even have found a distributor yet. That's ultimately why...
5. Toronto Is More Important Than Cannes — Actor and Lars von Trier repertory member Jean-Marc Barr once told me, "Cannes is now like the G8 summit." It's pretty corporate and not as essential these days for films really looking for a distributor. Looked at another way, Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color still doesn't have a North American distributor. However, Toronto is the perfect laboratory for testing out films with a North American audience — if Franco's Child of God doesn't get a distributor after TIFF, it might not get one at all. You can also see Toronto as the first stop on the Oscar circuit. If there's a groundswell of support for Sandra Bullock for Best Actress consideration for Gravity, it'll be because buzz was first generated among potential Oscar voters at Toronto, not Cannes.
Here are some of the most notable films appearing TIFF 2013. What are you looking forward to?
The Fifth Estate Bill Condon, USA (World Premiere) OPENING NIGHT
Life of Crime Daniel Schecter, USA (World Premiere) CLOSING NIGHT
August: Osage County John Wells, USA (World Premiere)
Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom Peter Chadwick (World Premiere)
Rush Ron Howard, United Kingdom/Germany (International Premiere)
All the Wrong Reasons Gia Milani, Canada (World Premiere)
The Armstrong Lie Alex Gibney, USA (North American Premiere)
Bad Words Jason Bateman, USA (World Premiere)
Blue Is The Warmest Color Abdellatif Kechiche, France (North American Premiere)
Child of God James Franco, USA (North American Premiere)
Dallas Buyers Club Jean-Marc Vallée, USA (World Premiere)
Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt, USA (Canadian Premiere)
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, USA/United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
Labor Day Jason Reitman, USA (World Premiere)
McCanick Josh C. Waller, USA (World Premiere)
Night Moves Kelly Reichardt, USA (North American Premiere)
Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch, USA (North American Premiere)
Philomena Stephen Frears, United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen, USA (World Premiere)
The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) Hayao Miyazaki, Japan (North American Premiere)
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Actors Steve Martin, Albert Brooks and Dick Van Dyke are among the stars who have paid tribute to comedian Jonathan Winters following his death on Thursday (11Apr13). Winters passed away of natural causes in Montecito, California at the age of 87, and now dozens of celebrities have taken to Twitter.com to pay their final respects.
In one post, Martin writes: "Goodbye, Jonathan Winters. You were not just one of the greats, but one of the great greats," and Brooks adds, "R.I.P Jonathan Winters. Beyond funny, He invented a new category of comedic genius."
Van Dyke tweets, "The first time I saw Jonathan Winters perform, I thought I might as well quit the business. Because, I could never be as brilliant," and Tom Arnold adds, "RIP Jonathon Winters. The funniest man in the world. Look it up young people."
Rosie O'Donnell, who shared the screen with Winters in The Flintstones, continues, "jonathan winters - true comic genius - i was lucky to work with him on the flintstones movie - a wonderful man - rip," and filmmaker Adam Shankman, who choreographed the movie, adds, "RIP 1 of the great funny man legends of all time jonathanwinters. I will always cherish how u made me laugh on set & off. We will miss u!"
A number of other celebrities have added their tributes as well, among them John Stamos, Steve Carell, Eric Stonestreet and
After 22 years, dozens of new cars, and millions of increasingly frustrated late night fans, NBC confirmed Wednesday that Jay Leno would be surrendering his Tonight Show seat in 2014 to Jimmy Fallon.
So while Team Coco might be cheering that the seemingly immortal late night host is finally leaving the show four years after he was first supposed to, Team Leno (Anyone? Bueller?) will be looking back fondly on some of the host's funniest moments.
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What's that? You're saying those moments never existed? Believe it or not, you're wrong! Below, see 10 Tonight Show moments that were actually funny... even if most of them had nothing to do with Leno.
Jaywalking: The segment — which asked normal citizens to answer grade school questions about politics, science, and history — is the most depressing exposé of the failings of the American education system. But, still, hilarious!
Jaywalking All-Stars: And you thought Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars featured the dumbest people on television.
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Headlines: Because certainly, I'm not the only one who enjoyed these as '90s bathroom reading?
Dancing Itos: Sad that a famous athlete is about to get off for a heinous double murder? Don't get down — instead, watch these dancing Judge Itos from a 1995 O.J. Simpson parody get down!
Hugh Grant Charms Our Pants Off: ...Just like he did Divine Brown, the prostitute the actor was with when he was arrested for lewd conduct in 1995. During Grant's first public appearance since the arrest, Leno asked the question we were all wondering: "What the hell were you thinking?" Incredible that the actor healed all wounds with the simple stammered statement, "I did a bad thing. There you have it." Swoon.
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Jason Sehorn Proposes: Less funny than sweet, Leno was a charming Greek chorus when the football star proposed to Angie Harmon on national television. (Fellow guest Elton John steals all the funny points for his response to Leno's question about Sehorn's appearance: "What if he wanted to come out?")
Katie Couric Hosts Tonight: A publicity stunt led to everyone's favorite morning anchor replacing everyone's least favorite late night host. Hey, at least Leno didn't choose Lauer.
Ross the Intern: Without Jay Leno, we wouldn't have Ross Mathews, which means we wouldn't have funny late night campaign and Olympics coverage, which means we wouldn't have Ross on Chelsea Lately or Celebrity Fit Club or on the E! red carpet, and I think I'm starting to lose my support here.
Michael Jackson Loophole: Leno got clever in 2005 when he was legally barred from joking about the Michael Jackson trial because of his role as a witness. Since the topic was about as unavoidable in California as people talking about the supremacy of In-N-Out (#TeamShakeShack), Leno opted instead to invite high-profile comedians like Dennis Miller and Roseanne Barr to perform the jokes for him. No surprise, video evidence of the stunt is as difficult to find on the Internet as Jackson-Presley shippers.
Paul Newman vs. Leno: The acting legend might have been robbed of an Oscar nine times throughout his long career, but he did win his 2005 go-cart race against Leno, which the late night host calls one of his favorite moments of his hosting career.
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Legal powerhouse Singer represented the actor in his multi-million dollar court battle with Warner Bros. bosses over his firing from hit sitcom Two and a Half Men last year (11), and Sheen returned the favour by appearing at the Beverly Hills Bar Association bash in California on Wednesday (18Apr12).
Sheen was a surprise speaker at the event, which crowned Singer entertainment lawyer of the year, and he roasted his pal with a series of explicit gags.
He told the audience, "Marty might be the only person who has f**ked more people than I have... A lot as been said about my past. But trust me, I never s**ewed a hooker as hard as Marty s**ewed Warner Bros. I've got 100 million reasons to say thank you."
Funnyman Tom Arnold hosted the event and poked fun at his own legal troubles with ex-wife Roseanne Barr, joking to the crowd, "My wife was a walking lawsuit. There were a lot of billable hours in that crazy b**ch."
Hollywood actress Sharon Stone was also among the speakers and she joked about her famous crotch-flashing scene in 1992 movie Basic Instinct: "You call Marty because you need someone like Mike Tyson in the Holyfield fight, when he bit his ear off. Marty is such a bad ass motherf**ker... If I had known him back when I was making Basic Instinct, I could have gotten Marty Singer to take that scene out of the movie."
A number of Singer's other famous clients were in the audience, including John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, Priscilla Presley, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who took part in a video tribute to the attorney along with fellow Hollywood tough guys Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone.
"It's gonna be great. I won't have to meet any new people - same old group... It was like a family over there, a large dysfunctional family." Actor John Goodman can't wait to reteam with Roseanne Barr and the crew of hit sitcom Roseanne for new trailer camp comedy Downwardly Mobile. The TV couple will play workers at a trailer park.