Cory Monteith's mum has fired back at criticism about an Emmy Awards tribute to her late son, insisting he would have been a TV icon had he lived. Ann McGregor has taken aim at beloved TV veteran Jack Klugman's son after he suggested his father would be a better fit for Sunday's (22Sep13) In Memoriam special tribute than Glee star Monteith, who died from a heroin and alcohol overdose in July (13).
Five TV celebrities who passed away in the last 12 months have been selected to receive special mention as part of the sombre section of the prizegiving in Los Angeles - but Klugman and Dallas star Larry Hagman have been left off the list.
Instead, Monteith, James Gandolfini, producer Gary David Goldberg, actress Jean Stapleton and funnyman Jonathan Winters will receive the special honours, and Klugman's son Adam let it be known he wasn't happy his dad, who died in December (12), had been left off the list.
He told the Los Angeles Times, "They're celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys... Cory Monteith never won an Emmy... Let's call this what it is. They're doing this because they think they're gonna get a younger generation of viewers to watch."
But McGregor insists it is appropriate her son is getting a special tribute at the Emmys.
She tells TMZ.com, "If he had lived 30 more years he would have accomplished much more."
Emmys bosses have also defended their decision to include Monteith, insisting critics will understand why they singled out the Glee star when Jane Lynch takes to the stage at the ceremony and pays tribute to her late friend and co-star.
The son of late actor Jack Klugman was furious to learn his father will not be memorialised at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night (22Sep13), and has criticised show bosses for including tragic Glee star Cory Monteith instead. Monteith, who died of a drug and alcohol overdose in July (13), will be among the late stars who will be remembered during the prizegiving in Los Angeles, along with The Sopranos star James Gandolfini, Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg, actress Jean Stapleton and funnyman Jonathan Winters.
Klugman, who died of cancer in December (12), has not been included in the list, and the snub has angered his son Adam, who is adamant Monteith is less deserving of the honour than his father.
Adam tells the Los Angeles Times, "They're celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys... Cory Monteith never won an Emmy... Let's call this what it is. They're doing this because they think they're gonna get a younger generation of viewers to watch."
Many critics have also taken aim at Emmys organisers over the list, which also fails to include late Dallas star Larry Hagman, prompting executive producer Ken Ehrlich to defend the choices.
A statement released by Ehrlich reads, "Every generation of television viewers has its favourites, and when we decided to expand the In Memoriam segment to remember certain individuals, we wanted these pieces to be representative as well. To a younger generation, Cory Monteith's portrayal of Finn Hudson (in Glee) was highly admired, and the producers felt that he should be included along with the four other individuals we have singled out."
Emmy Awards telecast boss Ken Ehrlich has defended his decision to single out late Glee star Cory Monteith for a special tribute during Sunday's (22Sep13) ceremony. The tragic actor, who died from a heroin and alcohol overdose in July (13), will be among five late stars who will be honoured onstage during the show's In Memoriam segment, prompting critics to suggest there are others who are more deserving of the honour.
However, Ehrlich reveals there is a special reason why Monteith will be remembered in style.
He tells Access Hollywood, "I do think that when people see this and they see that there is kind of a message involved in what we're saying about him I think they may revise some of this early unfair advanced criticism.
"It does celebrate him because he really did significant work on that show but it's also, in a way, a warning."
Glee's Jane Lynch will honour Monteith at the Emmys, while Edie Falco will salute her late The Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini, Michael J. Fox will pay tribute to his former Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg, who lost his battle with brain cancer in June (13), and Rob Reiner will remember his All in the Family castmate Jean Stapleton.
Robin Williams will also be part of the special tributes as he salutes his friend, mentor and Mork & Mindy co-star Jonathan Winters.
Cory Monteith and James Gandolfini will be among the late stars remembered during a special tribute section at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday (22Sep13). Organisers of the annual prizegiving, which honours the best of TV, have planned a memorial segment for the pair, alongside actress Jean Stapleton, comic Jonathan Winters and producer Gary David Goldberg.
Each one will be honoured by a close co-star or former colleague - Glee star Jane Lynch will remember Monteith, The Sopranos' matriarch Edie Falco will speak about Gandolfini, actor/director Rob Reiner will pay tribute to Stapleton, Robin Williams will share his memories of Winters, while Michael J. Fox will talk about the life of Family Ties creator Goldberg.
The tribute will be separate to the show's usual In Memorium section, which honours late stars.
Monteith died following a heroin and alcohol overdose in July (13), Gandolfini suffered a heart attack during a trip to Italy in June, Stapleton died aged 90 in May, Winters passed away April, and Goldberg lost his battle with brain cancer in June.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
It was 20 years ago (yes, you're old) that skeptic Dana Scully first teamed up with believer Fox Mulder to investigate the FBI's creepiest cases. Plenty of guest stars joined leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the paranormal paradise of The X-Files, including tons of actors who would later blow up in their own right. We've combed through the show's 200+ episodes to bring you 13 of its most significant cameos.
Seth Green already had a healthy filmography built up by the time he was cast as a teenage stoner in first season episode "Deep Throat." But his diner conversation with Special Agents Mulder and Scully probably had a big influence on his future career as showrunner of the geek-tastic cartoon series Robot Chicken.
The West Wing star, next seen in the ABC comedy pilot Trophy Wife, plays a seismologist losing his grip in second season episode "Firewalker."
Future Academy Award-nominee Felicity Huffman was trapped with our heroes while investigating the mysterious deaths of a research team at an Alaskan excavation project. She plays Dr. Nancy Da Silva in "Ice", one of the most suspenseful episodes in the entire series.
It's no surprise that Hollywood hottie Ryan Reynolds would be cast as a popular football player in third season episode "Syzygy." Of course, it's The X-Files, so his high school reign is cut short by two flaky teens driven mad by a rare planetary alignment.
Jack Black/Giovanni Ribisi
"D.P.O.", another third season episode, boasts not one, but two up-and-coming young actors. Jack Black's character owns an arcade where video-game obsessed teen Darin Peter Oswald (Giovanni Ribisi) hangs out when not using his mind to command lightning to kill anyone who pisses him off.Tony Shalhoub
A post-Wings, pre-Monk Tony Shalhoub stars as a dark matter researcher in season two episode "Soft Light." This one is also notable for being the first episode written by Vince Gilligan, who would go on to create a little show called Breaking Bad.
Teeny, tiny Shia LaBeouf can be found late in the series, pulling heart strings as a very ill young boy in season seven's "The Goldberg Variation."
Cutie Jewel Staite has huge nerd cred, having played a kidnapped girl in "Oubliette" from season three and then going on to star in Joss Whedon's epic space western Firefly. Would that the latter would have had as long a run as The X-Files.
What was it about the third season of The X-Files that predicted the future success of almost all its guest stars? We've got another one in Elementary star Lucy Liu, who is credited as "Lucy Alexis Liu" in "Hell Money."
Bryan Cranston was hardly a nobody when he took the role of Patrick Crump in season six episode "Drive." But this appearance earns a spot on the list simply because the episode was another penned by staff writer Vince Gillian, who clearly remembered Cranston's desperate, tension-filled performance when casting Walter White.
The X-Files creative team had a knack for sniffing out future Oscar nominees. Winter's Bone star John Hawkes played a tortured writer in sixth season episode "Milagro," a role written specifically for him.
What could possibly be ickier than a bile-covered, liver-eating mutant who crawls around in sewer ducts? Ask 43-year-old character actor Doug Hutchison, who played classic X-Files monster Eugene Victor Tooms, about his marriage to 19-year-old attention seeker Courtney Stodden.
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Now that he's beyond the age of propriety for suspended-adolescence comedies like Waiting... and Van Wilder, Ryan Reynolds is in hot pursuit of his new niche. He failed, and quite dismally, at the superhero genre (with Green Lantern falling short of everybody's hopes and expectations), and didn't do much to impress in the realm of the straight up crime thriller (playing opposite Denzel Washington in Safe House). Reynolds, gifted with superhuman smarm, belongs in comedy. As such, it would seem that R.I.P.D. is the perfect fit for the newly action-oriented frontman, a melding of his blossoming lust for adventure and his age old proclivity for cracking wise.
But it's at least an hour into the fantastical feature before Reynolds makes his first joke. And it's a joke about skull-f**king, for goodness' sake. Playing a newly deceased Boston lawman charged with protecting the Earth from ghoulish "deados" (departed humans who refuse to leave the planet, infecting everything around them with their toxic aura), Reynolds broods his whole way through R.I.P.D., wishing only to reunite with his beloved wife Julia (Stephanie Szostak) and exact revenge on his partner/murderer (Kevin Bacon). Adherent to his Beantown copper protocol and his inability to accept his fate, Reynolds' Nick is a joyless character whose goat is repeatedly gotten by his partner, deado-hunter veteran Old West cowboy Roysephus "Roy" Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges), the film's real jokester.
In fact, Reynolds seems to be playing a conglomerate of all of the victims of his snark in films past: an agitated, no-nonsense straight man who laments his sidekick's inability to shut his trap. As Roy yammers on endlessly, much to Nick's chagrin, those who approached this film hoping to see the Reynolds we know and love will feel a bit short-changed: where are the wisecracks? The cocky charm? Why isn't he the one being told to shut up? An odd choice that seems, more than anything else, like a wasted opportunity, when so much of R.I.P.D. passes by sans laughter despite its possession of this comically-inclined star.
The backdrop of the film, however, is painted vividly with a sense of humor — an important element, mind you, considering the fact that the extremely complex mythology of R.I.P.D. is absolutely senseless. Men and women from all eras are charged with staving off damnation by joining the Rest in Peace Department, which has been around since about 1954 and drops its officers into entirely different human bodies during their earthly tours. Meanwhile, the deados (once emancipated from their human bodies and transformed into their ghoulish, ghastly new figures), can be seen by all as they run rampant through the streets, killing plants and destroying electronics with their "deadly stench," and wreaking general mayhem... yes, people see these monsters, but they don't seem to be too concerned by them.
There are a lot of things that you're best left not thinking about when it comes to R.I.P.D., but there aren't enough laughs to keep you from thinking about them. Bridges' cowboy character isn't much of a hoot, Mary Louise Parker's phantom executive is the dead-eyed opposite to the maniac she plays in this weekend's other release, Red 2 (somewhere in between, we might have a real person), and Reynolds is shockingly joyless from beginning to end. Except for that skull-f**k joke. So, if that's your speed...
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The movie will feature Rock announcing his engagement to Rosario Dawson on her fake reality show, and hanging out with his celebrity friends, including David Spade, Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart.
The cast has been filming all over the Big Apple since June (13) and Rock recently shot a scene at Scores strip club with Sandler, Seinfeld and Whoopi Goldberg.
A source tells the New York Daily News, "Jerry and them did cameos inside. Sandler accuses a stripper of stealing his cell phone and she says, 'I have no clothes on, where would I put it?' Seinfeld says, 'I know where you could put it.' It's very funny."
Michael J. Fox, Diane Lane and Judith Hill were among the mourners who attended a Hollywood memorial service for Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg on Saturday (29Jun13). The private ceremony took place on the same Paramount studios lot where the late TV boss staged the classic 1980s sitcom and Fox, who launched his career on the show, paid a touching tribute to his former mentor.
He told the invited guests, "Gary was loved by many, including me."
Oscar winning lyricist Alan Bergman paid tribute to Goldberg in song, before Hill closed the service with a rendition of Amazing Grace.
Goldberg lost his battle with brain cancer on 22 June (13), aged 68.
"With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend, Gary David Goldberg. He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly." Michael J. Fox pays tribute to the creator of his hit 1980s sitcom Family Ties following his death on Sunday (23Jun13).
"Deeply saddened by the loss of GaryGoldberg. Aside from his incredible talent...he was one of the kindest men I had the honor to work with. Sending my love to his family...especially his daughter and my dear friend shana silveri. RIP Gary." Actress Joanna Garcia remembers late TV writer/producer Gary David Goldberg. The Family Ties creator died on Sunday (23Jun13).