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Al Burton, Television Producer With Decades Of Success, Dead At 91

  • Deadline
Al Burton, the creator of Charles in Charge and Win Ben Stein’s Money and a key figure in the success of signature sitcom hits such as The Jeffersons, Diff’rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, Facts of Life and One Day at a Time, has died. He was 91.

Burton died Tuesday at his San Mateo home, according to Damon Schwartz, a family friend, and wire reports.

The Columbus, Ohio, native had been born as Alan Burton Goldstone in April 1928 in Columbus, Ohio, but show business beckoned to him to go west at age 20 as he finished up his studies at Northwestern University. The job opportunity that luted him to Hollywood was with ventriloquist and radio superstar Edgar Bergen, but Burton’s instincts led him toward television, then a fledgling medium.

As the director of development for Tandem Productions/T.A.T. Production and working for industry icon Norman Lear, Burton spent
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Al Burton, ‘Jeffersons’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Producer, Dies at 91

  • Variety
Television producer and executive Al Burton, known for his work on “The Jeffersons” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Tuesday at his home in San Mateo, California. He was 91.

Burton leaves behind a six-decade legacy of hit television shows that also included “One Day at a Time,” “Silver Spoons,” “Square Pegs” and “Facts of Life.”

However, long before Burton started working with producer Norman Lear on several television hits, Burton was a student at Northwestern University where he completed his degree in 1948. In 1970, he teamed up with Lear to co-create the soap opera farce titled, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and continued to work alongside the television legend at T.A.T Communications/Tandem Productions, producing and creating a number of successful network sitcoms.

Burton also developed and executive produced for Universal Television, helping to create “Charles In Charge,” a series starring Scott Baio, and the series “The New Lassie,” which starred Dee Wallace.
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‘SNL': Matthew Broderick Takes Ferris Bueller Approach to Trump Alibis (Video)

  • The Wrap
‘SNL': Matthew Broderick Takes Ferris Bueller Approach to Trump Alibis (Video)
Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump didn’t show up for the second episode of “Saturday Night Live” Season 45, but Matthew Broderick did make an “SNL” guest appearance as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — and referenced his beloved ’80s comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

At the start of the show’s cold open, Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) met with Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General Bill Barr (Aidy Bryant) to discuss how they might be able to weasel out of the impeachment inquiry.

After some back and forth — with plenty of Halloween-season jokes about how Giuliani is a vampire — they invited Broderick’s Pompeo into the room. And right out the gate there was a Ferris Bueller joke.

Also Read: Taylor Swift's 8 Craziest 'SNL' Sketches (Videos)

As Broderick as Pompeo walked in, a surprised Pence asked, “Weren’t you subpoenaed by Congress?”

“I was, but
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‘Ring of Honor’ Wrestling Review (June 23rd 2019)

  • Nerdly
Welcome to this week’s Ring Of Honor review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Jay Lethal and Kenny King in the second match of their series against each other. Let’s see if it all goes well. I’m just so exciting, aren’t I? Bueller? Is that how you spell that name? Bueller? Speaking of Ben Stein…I wish I had won his money.

Match #1: Colt Cabana defeated Mark Briscoe – Nwa National Title Match The following is courtesy of rohwrestling.com:

Cabana outwrestled Briscoe early, but the tide turned after Briscoe knocked Cabana off the top rope to the floor. Briscoe hit a flying elbow off the apron. Then he sat Cabana on a chair outside the ring and charged at him, but Cabana stood up and tossed Briscoe over his head onto the chair. Back inside the ring, Cabana knocked Briscoe
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Ben Stein a Disgrace to Judaism for Invoking Hitler to Slam Ocasio-Cortez

Ben Stein long ago plunged into the cesspool of right wing extremism, but he dug even deeper on Tuesday (Jan. 22) by comparing Rep. Alexandria Ocaso-Cortez to Hitler. It’s a disgrace to Judaism, not to mention general discourse, to mention the Nazi murderer of six million Jews in such a spurious context. Oh, God. Dude, I'm deleting my copy of Ferris Bueller . — Jeff Pulice (@jeff_pulice) January 23, 2019 What the fuck happened to Ben Stein? Fuck you, you Pos. — Bradley Anderson (@BJayAnderson) January 23, 2019 Ben Stein: I'm irrelevant, so I want to say something people pay
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‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Jan 2nd 2019)

  • Nerdly
Welcome to this week’s 205 Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have… two matches. This sounds like the Ben Stein version of excitement, doesn’t it?

Match #1: Kalisto def. Lio Rush The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Despite suffering his first singles loss to Cedric Alexander in November, Lio Rush ended 2018 on a high note with an impressive and dominant victory against a local competitor. Reinvigorated, Rush has set his sights on the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, but in order to enter the Fatal 4-Way Match challenging Buddy Murphy at Royal Rumble, he must defeat former Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto. The battle began with Kalisto relishing in the chants of “Lio sucks” coming from the WWE Universe before The Man of the Hour made his first move. However, Rush quickly found himself outside the ring and recalibrating as his opponents matched his own speed and agility.
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Donald Trump Briefly Breaks Midterm Elections Silence As Dems Take House

  • Deadline
Donald Trump Briefly Breaks Midterm Elections Silence As Dems Take House
(Updated with Pelosi call details & more Trump tweets) Facing a mixed bag of midterm elections results, Donald Trump had a rare moment of online brevity tonight when he finally stepped away from the TVs in the White House residence to address the still divided nation via his favorite platform.

Around half an hour after various networks firmly declared that the Democrats would take control of the House of Representatives, that the Republicans would increase their hold on the Senate and Florida would have his handpicked candidate as its next Governor, the former Celebrity Apprentice took to Twitter for the first time in nine hours:

Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018

For a President who clearly knows that his aggressive approach in the final days on the trail pushed back the opposition’s highest hopes of taking the Senate too, Trump’s remarks oddly sounds
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Cousin Sal on Sports Gambling: ‘You Can Either Shame Everybody Who Is Involved or Embrace It’

  • The Wrap
Against all odds — which is also the name of his podcast on the Ringer Podcast Network — Cousin Sal Iacono has made the leap from the writer’s room on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (hosted by his famous cousin) to the host’s seat.

In August, Iacono was named as one of the hosts of FS1’s new sports gambling show “Lock It In.” He’s joined by co-hosts Clay Travis of “Outkick the Coverage,” odds maker Todd Fuhrman and Rachel Bonnetta. For someone who has many, many years of experience with sports gambling (he has appeared on longtime pal Bill Simmons’ podcast every Monday for more than a decade to guess the NFL lines) and in the TV world, the move in front of the camera has been a comfortable fit, especially on a topic he knows well.

Charlie Dixon from Fox wanted to start this show,” Iacono recalls of the
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Ben Stein Calls Brett Kavanaugh's Sexual Assault Hearing a 'F***ing Disgrace'

  • TMZ
Ben Stein Calls Brett Kavanaugh's Sexual Assault Hearing a 'F***ing Disgrace'
Ben Stein thinks it's total Bs Brett Kavanaugh has to go through a Senate hearing over something that allegedly happened when he was in high school -- even if it's true ... and he passionately believes it's not. We got the 'Ferris Bueller' actor at Lax Tuesday, and our cameraman went head-to-head with him over the allegations made against the Supreme Court Justice nominee by Christine Blasey Ford ... that he sexually assaulted her at a party 36 years ago.
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Dinesh D’Souza’s Pro-Trump Doc ‘Death of a Nation’ Suffers Mediocre Debut

  • Variety
Dinesh D’Souza’s Pro-Trump Doc ‘Death of a Nation’ Suffers Mediocre Debut
Controversial pundit Dinesh D’Souza’s latest documentary received a lackluster response from moviegoers.

Death of a Nation” made $2.3 million when it opened on 1,032 screens, averaging a tepid $2,248 per theater. The documentary, which explores fascism and white supremacy and compares President Donald Trump to Abraham Lincoln, is the lowest wide release launch to date for the right-wing conservative filmmaker. It’s the first political documentary to bow nationwide since Ben Stein’s “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” debuted 10 years ago.

While a start over a million dollars is impressive for any documentary given the low price tag, it’s not exactly promising for a film that debuted in over 1,000 locations. D’Souza’s previous titles all bowed in limited release before expanding.

His last movie, “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party,” generated $3.6 million during its wide release in 2016. It went on to make $13 million. Prior to that,
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Ben Stein Says Roseanne's Not Racist, Believes Ambien's to Blame

  • TMZ
Ben Stein Says Roseanne's Not Racist, Believes Ambien's to Blame
Ben Stein's not going to pile on Roseanne after her racist tweet got her show canceled -- in fact ... he sympathizes and believes her claim that Ambien made her do it. The "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" actor was leaving Mr Chow in Bev Hills Friday night when he got asked about the Roseanne debacle ... he says it's not her fault and he feels sorry for her. Unlike many other celebs, Stein doesn't think Barr's
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Watch Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Team ‘Ferris Bueller’ Their Way to Chicago Week (Video)

  • The Wrap
Watch Trevor Noah’s ‘Daily Show’ Team ‘Ferris Bueller’ Their Way to Chicago Week (Video)
Trevor Noah has taken his “Daily Show” on the road, with The Best F#@king News Team Ever spending their week working in Chicago. It wasn’t easy to pack up the entire New York City squad — and they actually forgot to bring the set — but the gang eventually got there. Along the way, the Comedy Central crew borrowed its intro from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” with Noah giving Matthew Broderick a real run for his money. As for Ben Stein, well, he did a great Ben Stein. Also Read: Trevor Noah Finds the Silver Lining in Cam Newton's Sexist Remark (Video) Later,
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Jimmy Kimmel: Here’s What Fueled His Reluctant Transformation into the Nation’s Moral Conscience

  • Indiewire
Jimmy Kimmel: Here’s What Fueled His Reluctant Transformation into the Nation’s Moral Conscience
Jimmy Kimmel isn’t just a TV host. As the last few weeks made evident, he’s a broadcaster.

A true broadcaster is a master of communication, someone who reaches a wide audience and can be trusted for the information they need. And unlike other late-night TV stars, Kimmel didn’t rise through the ranks of acting or stand-up comedy; he honed his skills as a radio personality. A much more intimate medium, radio was the place where personalities formed direct bonds with listeners long before social media.

The power of the “fifth estate” has waned in recent years — but Kimmel clearly never forgot the importance of the public airwaves. He’s fulfilling the classic role of broadcaster as a guide in a time of crisis. When ABC launched “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in 2003, “nation’s moral conscience” presumably wasn’t part of the content strategy. But after nearly 15 years, he
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'Ferris Bueller's Day Off': 5 Things You Didn't Know About Iconic Teen Film

'Ferris Bueller's Day Off': 5 Things You Didn't Know About Iconic Teen Film
Ferris Bueller's Day Off celebrated its 30th birthday last year, but the John Hughes' teen-comedy classic is forever a fan favorite. Enough so that Stranger Things star Joe Keery re-enacted iconic scenes from the film for a recent Domino's Pizza ad campaign.

To capitalize even more on that eternally cool teen mojo, the pizza chain has teamed up with Epix, the premium cable network owned by MGM, to offer up a free live stream of Ferris, Cameron and Sloane having the best day ever playing hooky from school and avoiding the bumbling Edward R.
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New Details on Martin Starr's Teacher Character in Spider-man: Homecoming

A year after his casting, we finally know who Martin Starr will play in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Starr revealed his role in the upcoming film in an interview with The Wrap and tells us he is going to be playing a teacher...

“I’m the academic decathlon coach and one of the teachers at the school so I have a bit of a thing in it…It’s capitalizing on popularity and a story that’s very rich and dense, so there’s a lot left to tell. And this isn’t a familiar take on it — this is a unique kind of take of a younger Spider-Man trying to figure out life again…The story has a lot of action and fun in it, but it’s also a sweet, coming-of-age story of a kid.”

Well, I'm not at all surprised by that revelation. Martin Starr's recent stints in
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Great Job, Internet!: Ben Stein to finally bore you to sleep on purpose with his economics talk

In John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, supernaturally dull economics teacher Ben Stein bored his teenage students into a state of catatonia with his endless, droning lecture about the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act Of 1930. Now, Stein is ready to provide the same service for the users of a subscription-based meditation app called Calm, only this time he’s actively trying to put people to sleep. This week, after months of beta-testing, Calm is launching a new feature called “Sleep Stories.” Described as “bedtime stories for adults,” these are pleasant but deliberately uninteresting texts (think: essays by Scottish-American naturalist John Muir) read aloud in calming, soothing voices. It’s intended to put grown-ups to sleep, the way Goodnight Moon supposedly does for small children.

And now, Calm has broken out the heavy weaponry in its war against wakefulness: Stein himself, who will read in his trademark monotone from Adam Smith ...
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Jimmy Kimmel Unleashes His Troompa Loompas On ‘Bully’ Donald Trump

Jimmy Kimmel Unleashes His Troompa Loompas On ‘Bully’ Donald Trump
Donald Trump’s boorish behavior during this election season isn’t exactly a surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to the news. He frequently insults his opponents with childish nicknames to his crowd of supporters, and though he’s largely moved away from that now that he has sewed up the Gop nomination, Jimmy Kimmel has no problem reminding his viewers of Trump’s bullying tactics.

On last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Kimmel played a supercut of Trump’s nicknames for other candidates — Little Marco, Crazy Bernie, Crooked Hillary, etc. Then, he brought out his crew of Troompa Loompas again to sing a Wonka-esque number about Trump’s behavior, complete with breakdancing and a reference to Trump’s old reality show “The Apprentice.” Watch the video below.

Read More: Watch: Bill Murray Tells ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ About Working at Little Caesar’s

Jimmy Kimmel started his
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21 Things You Might Not Have Known About Ferris Bueller's Day Off

  • PEOPLE.com
21 Things You Might Not Have Known About Ferris Bueller's Day Off
John Hughes' iconic Ferris Bueller's Day Off turns 30 Saturday. The film, which has become a beloved totem of teenage rebellion and a wonderful 1980s time capsule, is also an ode to Chicago - a teenage Hughes moved around the city's suburbs with his family. To celebrate, here are 21 things you (probably) never knew about the film. 1. Ferris' parents got married in real lifeLyman Ward, who played Ferris' father, was married to his onscreen wife Cindy Pickett, from 1986 to 1992. They met on the set of the film and eventually had two children. 2. Hughes pitched the film with one sentence… "I called Ned Tanen [then-head of Paramount films] and said,
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21 Things You Might Not Have Known About Ferris Bueller's Day Off

  • PEOPLE.com
21 Things You Might Not Have Known About Ferris Bueller's Day Off
John Hughes' iconic Ferris Bueller's Day Off turns 30 Saturday. The film, which has become a beloved totem of teenage rebellion and a wonderful 1980s time capsule, is also an ode to Chicago - a teenage Hughes moved around the city's suburbs with his family. To celebrate, here are 21 things you (probably) never knew about the film. 1. Ferris' parents got married in real lifeLyman Ward, who played Ferris' father, was married to his onscreen wife Cindy Pickett, from 1986 to 1992. They met on the set of the film and eventually had two children. 2. Hughes pitched the film with one sentence… "I called Ned Tanen [then-head of Paramount films] and said,
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Ben Stein Calls Donald Trump ‘Dangerously Misinformed’ (Video)

Ben Stein Calls Donald Trump ‘Dangerously Misinformed’ (Video)
Known conservative, ex-tv game show host, and former Nixon/Ford speechwriter Ben Stein will not be casting his ballot for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race. Calling the Gop frontrunner “dangerously misinformed,” Stein actually said he may vote for a Democrat this year — his first time ever considering such a thing. “I went to law school with Mrs. Clinton, so I’ve always had a kind of fondness for her,” he said Wednesday on CNN. “She was … a very nice young woman.” On Clinton’s leftwing opposition, Stein added: “I admire the fact that Bernie Sanders has a single-payer health plan.
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