Actress Doris Singleton, a mainstay among classic sitcoms like I Love Lucy and My Three Sons, died on Tuesday at the age of 92. People reports that Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Singleton's former costars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, has confirmed the report.
Singleton is perhaps most memorable as I Love Lucy recurring character Caroline Appleby, the snobby "friend" to Lucy Ricardo (Ball) and Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance), whose well-to-do attitude often caused grief to her social circle. Singleton maintained a lengthy professional relationship with Ball, appearing on many of her later television series The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy, as well as her TV movie Lucy Moves to NBC.
Singleton also had recurring roles on the comedies My Three Sons and Angel, and appeared on many additional programs including The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Munsters, and Hogan's Heroes, among others.
The actress was married to comedy writer Charles Isaacs until his death in 2002.
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In This Means War – a stylish action/rom-com hybrid from director McG – Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Chris Pine (Star Trek) star as CIA operatives whose close friendship is strained by the fires of romantic rivalry. Best pals FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) are equally accomplished at the spy game but their fortunes diverge dramatically in the dating realm: FDR (so nicknamed for his obvious resemblance to our 32nd president) is a smooth-talking player with an endless string of conquests while Tuck is a straight-laced introvert whose love life has stalled since his divorce. Enter Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) a pretty plucky consumer-products evaluator who piques both their interests in separate unrelated encounters. Tuck meets her via an online-dating site FDR at a video-rental store. (That Lauren is tech-savvy enough to date online but still rents movies in video stores is either a testament to her fascinating mix of contradictions or more likely an example of lazy screenwriting.)
When Tuck and FDR realize they’re pursuing the same girl it sparks their respective competitive natures and they decide to make a friendly game of it. But what begins as a good-natured rivalry swiftly devolves into romantic bloodsport with both men using the vast array of espionage tools at their disposal – from digital surveillance to poison darts – to gain an edge in the battle for Lauren’s affections. If her constitutional rights happen to be violated repeatedly in the process then so be it.
Lauren for her part remains oblivious to the clandestine machinations of her dueling suitors and happily basks in the sudden attention from two gorgeous men. Herein we find the Reese Witherspoon Dilemma: While certainly desirable Lauren is far from the irresistible Helen of Troy type that would inspire the likes of Tuck and FDR to risk their friendship their careers and potential incarceration for. At several points in This Means War I found myself wondering if there were no other peppy blondes in Los Angeles (where the film is primarily set) for these men to pursue. Then again this is a film that wishes us to believe that Tom Hardy would have trouble finding a date so perhaps plausibility is not its strong point.
When Lauren needs advice she looks to her boozy foul-mouthed best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler). Essentially an extension of Handler’s talk-show persona – an acquired taste if there ever was one – Trish’s dialogue consists almost exclusively of filthy one-liners delivered in rapid-fire succession. Handler does have some choice lines – indeed they’re practically the centerpiece of This Means War’s ad campaign – but the film derives the bulk of its humor from the outrageous lengths Tuck and FDR go to sabotage each others’ efforts a raucous game of spy-versus-spy that carries the film long after Handler’s shtick has grown stale.
Business occasionally intrudes upon matters in the guise of Heinrich (Til Schweiger) a Teutonic arms dealer bent on revenge for the death of his brother. The subplot is largely an afterthought existing primarily as a means to provide third-act fireworks – and to allow McGenius an outlet for his ADD-inspired aesthetic proclivities. The film’s action scenes are edited in such a manic quick-cut fashion that they become almost laughably incoherent. In fairness to McG he does stage a rather marvelous sequence in the middle of the film in which Tuck and FDR surreptitiously skulk about Lauren's apartment unaware of each other's presence carefully avoiding detection by Lauren who grooves absentmindedly to Montel Jordan's "This Is How We Do It." The whole scene unfolds in one continuous take – or is at least craftily constructed to appear as such – captured by one very agile steadicam operator.
Whatever his flaws as a director McG is at least smart enough to know how much a witty script and appealing leads can compensate for a film’s structural and logical deficiencies. He proved as much with Charlie’s Angels a film that enjoys a permanent spot on many a critic’s Guilty Pleasures list and does so again with This Means War. The film coasts on the chemistry of its three co-stars and only runs into trouble when the time comes to resolve its romantic competition which by the end has driven its male protagonists to engage in all manner of underhanded and duplicitous activities. This Means War being a commercial film – and likely an expensive one at that – Witherspoon's heroine is mandated to make a choice and McG all but sidesteps the whole thorny matter of Tuck and FDR’s unwavering dishonesty not to mention their craven disregard for her privacy. (They regularly eavesdrop on her activities.) For all their obvious charms the truth is that neither deserves Lauren – or anything other than a lengthy jail sentence for that matter.
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Jon Hamm chatted on Conan about traveling to England and disappointing the Brits with all of his girly drinks (which Conan enjoys with a few Starbursts tossed in). We also learn that he picks up his dog's poop, so in Hamm's words, "YOU'RE WELCOME L.A."
Keith Richards stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to, um, "answer" questions from fans on Twitter. It's kind of amazing that this guy is still walking, right? Let alone talking. Anyway, did anybody understand his mumbles? Eh, who cares. It's Keith Richards.
Chaz Bono talked with David Letterman on the Late Show about his female to male transformation and how his mom reacts today. Thankfully, Dave asks the question that's on everybody's mind: "There's nothing up with her, right?"
Dick Van Dyke treated Jay Leno and The Tonight Show audience to some of that classic Dick Van Dyke charm. He talked about being in a love triangle, heading to rehab and even gave a rendition of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." It was all wonderful, mesmerizing and enthralling because, well, he's Dick Van Dyke.
Albert Brooks caught up with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show and revealed that he wants nothing more in life than to be Kate Middleton's "first Jew." Plus, he gave us some legit reasons as to why young people suck and will eventually just murder everyone older than them.
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On an episode of Ellen DeGeneres' show that will air today, Pink will confirm her pregnancy and say that her doctor thinks it's a girl. Pink is terrified one of them will go to jail. She also said she worked for "it," and that "it" was not an "oops." - US
Eva Longoria's representative says the claims she is divorcing Tony Parker are "100% false." Additionally, a court spokeswoman said no divorce papers have been filed. But, Longoria was supposed to appear at the taping of Anderson Cooper's CNN Heroes of 2010 television special and she canceled, so there are definitely some soggy pancakes somewhere.- E!
Brandy and Maksim were eliminated from Dancing with the Stars last night, and Brandy is "numb." Probably because little miss Palin is still there! - US
2010's sexiest man alive is Ryan Reynolds. He says his body wants to look like Dick Van Dyke. I urge him to continue fighting the good fight. - People
During the premiere of Sarah Palin's Alaska, the Willow and Bristol attempted to defend their mother on Facebook against haters by using homophobic slurs. I'm pretty sure that same tactic was used in the Battle of Gettysburg! - TMZ
TMZ is already talking about the logistics of a Prince William and Kate Middleton divorce. William cannot protect the entire royal kingdom with a prenup, because they're not unflinching in the U.K. As a result, if Kate ever divorces William, she could own have the kingdom. Is anyone else getting a Lion King flashback?- TMZ
Alec Baldwin is a teensy bit upset with Nora Ephron, who founded the "Divorce" section on the Huffington Post. To Ephron (who he curiously called "Dora," he said "Mum's the Word for a Smarter Divorce," and that he finds it terrible she simply "cannot shut up about her anger, her betrayal...and her bottomless contempt for her ex." He continued: "Thirty years have passed and this woman....seems incapable of one of the most essential components of a 'successful' divorce, and that is forgetting..." - NYP
Mel Gibson has been left devastated after hearing the news of a construction worker's suicide at his California home.
The body of 48-year-old Michael John Van Dyke, who reportedly hanged himself, was found at the Agoura Hills property on Wednesday.
The house is currently under heavy construction, and the Lethal Weapon star and his family were not present at the time of the incident.
A representative for the actor/director admits Gibson feels "terrible" about the situation, even though he had never met Van Dyke himself.
Van Dyke is alleged to have been an old friend of the contractor hired to work on Gibson's mansion, but had no direct ties to the actor.
According to TMZ.com, Van Dyke worked as a construction foreman on movie sets including The Matrix Reloaded, Star Trek: Nemesis and Dr. Dolittle 2.
He was reportedly experiencing financial difficulty following a messy divorce at the time of his death.
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