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William Blinn, Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Screenwriter, Dead at 83

William Blinn, Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Screenwriter, Dead at 83
William Blinn, the Emmy-winning screenwriter of Brian’s Song, the Roots miniseries and Prince’s Purple Rain film, has died at the age of 83.

Blinn’s family confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the screenwriter died Thursday of natural causes at an assisted living community in Burbank, California.

After starting his career as a writer on TV Westerns like Gunsmoke, Rawhide and Bonanza, Blinn has tasked with adapting Gale Sayers’ memoir about the Chicago Bears running back’s friendship with his terminally ill teammate Brian Piccolo as the television movie
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William Blinn, ‘Starsky & Hutch’ Creator and ‘Purple Rain’ Writer, Dies at 83

William Blinn, ‘Starsky & Hutch’ Creator and ‘Purple Rain’ Writer, Dies at 83
William Blinn, a longtime writer responsible for “Purple Rain” and “Starsky & Hutch,” died on Thursday. He was 83.

Blinn passed away due to natural causes at an assisted living facility in Burbank, his daughter, Anneliese Johnson, told multiple media outlets.

Blinn enjoyed a four-decade career where, along with penning the script for the Prince-starring film, he also served as a writer for TV productions including “Roots,” “Bonanza” and “Fame.” In the 1970s, Blinn adapted Chicago Bears’ running back Gale Sayers’ autobiography, “I Am Third” into the ABC TV film, “Brian’s Song.” Based on the relationship between Sayers and his Bears teammate, Brian Piccolo, it is the fourth most-watched made-for-tv film. “Brian’s Song” earned Blinn one of his two Emmy awards.

In 1975, Blinn created “Starsky & Hutch,” which ran for 93 episodes over four seasons on ABC. It was originally presented as a 70-minute “movie of the week” before being turned into a TV show.
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William Blinn, ‘Brian’s Song’ and ‘Roots’ Screenwriter, Dies at 83

William Blinn, ‘Brian’s Song’ and ‘Roots’ Screenwriter, Dies at 83
William Blinn, the two-time Emmy-winning screenwriter of “Brian’s Song” and “Roots,” died on Thursday, his daughter Anneliese Johnson confirmed to Variety. He was 83.

Blinn died of natural causes at an assisted living community in Burbank, according to his daughter.

Blinn penned two landmark TV productions of the 1970s, both for ABC. The 1971 TV movie “Brian’s Song” was a commercial and creative triumph that garnered five Emmys and other accolades.

The film revolved around the true story of two Chicago Bears pro football players — one white, one Black — who forge a deep bond as one of them dies of cancer. Sayers died last month at the age of 77. It was viewed by 55 million people when it premiered on Nov. 30, 1971. At the time it ranked as the fourth most-watched film ever to air on television.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Blinn moved to Los Angeles for college, where he launched his career as
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Broadcast Premiere Week 2020: Anything Goes

Broadcast Premiere Week 2020: Anything Goes
Television, it’s often been said without much exaggeration, was invented to sell soap. And the fall television season was invented to sell cars.

As Preston Beckman, a retired network scheduler who presided over the Must-See TV era of NBC and the peak of American Idol at Fox (and now tweets as the Masked Scheduler) put it to me recently, “I would always gauge the start of the fall season by the first episode of Bonanza — which would also be a preview of the Chevy cars that came out in the fall.
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Hollywood Publicity Veteran Joe Sutton Dies at 83

Hollywood Publicity Veteran Joe Sutton Dies at 83
Veteran Hollywood publicist Joe Sutton died of health complications on July 16 in hospice care at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, his son Michael announced on Friday. He was 83.

Sutton began his career in PR as an office boy at Rogers & Cowan before the firm made him a publicist. From there, be broke out on his own in 1962 with business partner Mickey Freeman, forming Freeman & Sutton Public Relations. Early clients included a long list of notable names such as Bill Cosby; The Doors; The Smothers Brothers; The Beach Boys; David Dortort and his famed NBC series Bonanza ...
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‘Yellowstone’s Taylor Sheridan On Safely Shooting Season 4 In A Pandemic, Emmy Momentum & The Benefit Of Having Kevin Costner As Your Series Anchor – The Deadline Q&a

‘Yellowstone’s Taylor Sheridan On Safely Shooting Season 4 In A Pandemic, Emmy Momentum & The Benefit Of Having Kevin Costner As Your Series Anchor – The Deadline Q&a
Exclusive: Taylor Sheridan had to push back an hour on his Deadline Emmy nomination week interview, e-mailing simply, “I gotta move cows.” Sheridan is the real thing, owner of a working cattle ranch in Weatherford, Texas, and co-creator, writer of every episode and director of most in the Paramount Network and 101 Studios series Yellowstone. The drama stars Kevin Costner as the well-worn Montana-based ranch patriarch John Dutton, who clings to the largest ranch in the country as desperadoes, bankers, real estate speculators and Native American activists try to wrest it from his tight grip.

Led by Dutton’s children, played by Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly and Wes Bentley, and Cole Hauser, Kelly Asbille, Danny Huston and Gil Birmingham, the show took some dark turns in Season 2 as the Duttons battled the Beck Brothers (Neal McDonough & Terry Serpico), two land-grabbing siblings so ruthless they hired neo-Nazi mercenaries to kill Beth
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‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (June 23rd 2020)

‘Impact Wrestling’ Review (June 23rd 2020)
Welcome to this week’s Impact Wrestling review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…well, Michael Elgin is suspended and Dave Crist and Joey Ryan are fired, due to the numerous sexual misconduct allegations made against them. Jake Crist has been accused of being very violent at work (allegedly). Tessa Blanchard is still (allegedly) accused of being a racist and a sociopath by people in the wrestling industry and Moose still has an old accusation of perversion (allegedly). Also, I’m pretty sure Sami Callihan is crazy and Rich Swann just as much. Impact sure knows how to pick’em, don’t they? Well, why we all get creeped out, let’s consider how tall Santa’s elves are…stupid little fuckers. Impact is on like that old episode of “Bonanza” where George Costanza put his hands’a on The Band’s last waltz’a
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John Mahon Dies: ‘The Exorcist’, ‘L.A. Confidential’ Actor Was 82

John Mahon Dies: ‘The Exorcist’, ‘L.A. Confidential’ Actor Was 82
John Mahon, an actor, director and writer who played a police chief in 1997’s L.A. Confidential and, as a language lab director in one of the creepiest moments of The Exorcist revealed that recorded demon gibberish was in fact backwards English, died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home on May 3. He was 82.

The death was announced by his son Joseph Mahon.

Having appeared in a short-lived 1971 Off Broadway production of playwright/actor Jason Miller’s Nobody Hears A Broken Drum, Mahon landed a small but pivotal role in his friend Miller’s breakthrough film The Exorcist. In the movie, Miller’s Father Karas, who has tape-recorded the possessed girl speaking what sounds like random nonsense syllables, is stunned when Mahon’s lab director recognized the sounds as backwards English.

Later, in the late 1970s, Mahon directed actor Broderick Crawford That Championship Season. He also directed a production
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Battle of the Shows: Survivor vs. Big Brother

Battle of the Shows: Survivor vs. Big Brother
As two of the most popular reality competition shows on CBS, Survivor and Big Brother have been a part of a long, heated discussion as to which show is better.

They both have been on the air since 2000, and while the games have evolved for both competitions, there are millions of diehard fans who are willing to defend their favorite.

Our TV Fanatics Whitney Evans and Sarah Little sat down to discuss the similarities and differences between Survivor and Big Brother and make their cases as to which reality television series is superior.

Whitney: Okay, so let's just get right into it. Why do you think Survivor is the superior reality show?

Sarah: There are a lot of things that make Survivor great. But I think one of the main reasons why it is better than Big Brother is that most, if not all, of the contestants are Survivor fans.
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John Ericson, Star of ‘Honey West’ and Classic MGM Films, Dies at 93

John Ericson, Star of ‘Honey West’ and Classic MGM Films, Dies at 93
John Ericson, a star of Hollywood’s Golden Age who appeared in multiple MGM films and in the 1960s TV show “Honey West,” died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of pneumonia on Sunday. He was 93.

Born Joseph Meibes in Dusseldorf, Germany, Ericson emigrated with his family to the United States to escape the Nazis as they rose to power. Ericson trained in acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and soon appeared in the original production of “Stalag 17” in 1951.

Shortly after that, Ericson signed a contract with MGM and made his cinematic debut alongside Pier Angeli in “Teresa,” playing a World War II veteran struggling to cope with post-war life after marrying a woman he met in Italy. He continued to take on supporting roles in MGM films through the ’50s, starring alongside stars like Elizabeth Taylor in “Rhapsody,” Spencer Tracy in “Bad Day at Black Rock,
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Amazon Prime Video: What’s New on in May, From ‘Upload’ to ‘The Goldfinch’

Amazon Prime Video: What’s New on  in May, From ‘Upload’ to ‘The Goldfinch’
Amazon is out with its list of what’s new in May.

Highlights include the new Amazon Prime Original series “Upload,” Season 2 of “Homecoming,” “Seberg,” “The Goldfinch,” and an original comedy special from “Crazy Rich Asians” star Jimmy O. Yang called “Jimmy O. Yang: Good Deal.”

Here is everything available to Amazon Prime members for no additional charge in May:

May 1

Movies

10 Fingers of Steel (1973)

A Cadaver Christmas (2011)

Assassination Tango (2003)

Best of Shaolin Kung Fu (1977)

Who Saw Her Die? (1980)

Crooked Hearts (1991)

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

Eurocrime! The Italian Cop And Gangster Films That Ruled The ’70s (2014)

Fearless Young Boxer (1979)

Five Fingers of Steel (1982)

Friday The 13th Part III (1982)

Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter (1982)

Gloria (2014)

Green Dragon Inn (1977)

House Of D (2005)

Torso (1973)

I Hate Tom Petty (2013)

Indie Film Artists: The Dmv Truth (2016)

Inferno (1980)

Night Train Murders (1975)

Seven Deaths In The Cat’s Eye (1973)

The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

Lakeboat (2000)

Daughters of Darkness
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Everything Coming To Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ And Amazon Prime In May

Everything Coming To Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ And Amazon Prime In May
It goes without saying that the pandemic is keeping everyone stuck inside with little to do besides watch television, play video games, and read. Here’s some great news, though: There’s plenty coming to Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime in May, so put away the books and the games, and get ready to binge some excellent shows and films.

On Netflix, you can catch some notable comedy entries next month like the Jim Carrey-led Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Fun with Dick and Jane, while action-horror fans may be delighted to hear that multiple Underworld films will be dropping on the service. The lesser-known Jarhead trilogy will be available on the 1st, and the first two pics in the Back to the Future trilogy will join the third film for streaming. Dozens more movies and shows will join these as well to ensure that Netflix reigns as
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Amazon Prime Announces Over 60 New Movies/TV Shows For May

Amazon Prime Announces Over 60 New Movies/TV Shows For May
Though much of the entertainment industry is currently paralyzed by Coronavirus and the lockdowns imposed to curb its spread, streaming services are now making out like bandits. Netflix and Amazon Prime both have reported record viewing figures, though that isn’t particularly surprising given that they have an almost literally captive audience.

Anyhow, with all eyes on the small screen, anything new and exciting is eagerly hoovered up. And after learning about all of the new and exciting shows and movies hitting Netflix in May, now it’s Amazon Prime’s turn.

Here’s the full release schedule:

May 2020

New Movies:

10 Fingers of Steel (1973)

A Cadaver Christmas (2011)

Assassination Tango (2003)

Best of Shaolin Kung Fu (1977)

Who Saw Her Die? (1980)

Crooked Hearts (1991)

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

Eurocrime! The Italian Cop And Gangster Films That Ruled The ’70s (2014)

Fearless Young Boxer (1979)

Five Fingers of Steel (1982)

Friday The 13th Part III (1982)

Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter
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Why We're Over Survivor's Chaotic Tribal Council Whispering

Why We're Over Survivor's Chaotic Tribal Council Whispering
Survivor‘s Winners at War will undoubtedly go down as one of the series’ most ambitious and exciting seasons yet. While we certainly aren’t throwing shade at this longed-for all-star extravaganza, there’s one element that’s disrupting this island paradise: tribal council side chats. Lately, the repetitious bevy of whispers has bulldozed the sanctity of tribal, sucking up precious airtime and leaving viewers scratching their heads.

Tribal council whispering is nothing new. In the Caramoan season, chatter erupted after the Three Amigos pulled out a triple immunity play. More recently, in Game Changers‘ infamous dual-tribe vote, a smattering
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30 best TV stars to Never win an Emmy Award: Steve Carell, Kristen Bell, Hugh Laurie and more [Photos]

30 best TV stars to Never win an Emmy Award: Steve Carell, Kristen Bell, Hugh Laurie and more [Photos]
Quite a few of your favorite television performers have plenty of Emmy Awards on their shelves… Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Allison Janney, Cloris Leachman, Tina Fey. Other TV legends like Henry Winkler and Bob Newhart just picked up their first and only statuettes in recent years. But how about the many others still waiting for their trophy? Tour through our photo gallery above featuring the Top 30 greatest TV stars who have never won an Emmy (arranged in alphabetical order). We only chose people with long-running television careers without reaching this one singular achievement. Congratulations to Jason Bateman for finally getting off of our list in 2019!

Several people in our gallery are still actively working, with some of them on this year’s Emmy ballot seeking another shot at the gold. Those names include Tim Allen (“Last Man Standing”), Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”), Steve Carell, Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”), Lauren Graham (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
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30 best TV stars to Never win an Emmy Award

30 best TV stars to Never win an Emmy Award
Quite a few of your favorite television performers have plenty of Emmy Awards on their shelves… Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Allison Janney, Cloris Leachman, Tina Fey. Other TV legends like Henry Winkler and Bob Newhart just picked up their first and only statuettes in recent years. But how about the many others still waiting for their trophy? Tour through our photo gallery above featuring the Top 30 greatest TV stars who have never won an Emmy (arranged in alphabetical order). We only chose people with long-running television careers without reaching this one singular achievement. Congratulations to Jason Bateman for finally getting off of our list in 2019!

Several people in our gallery are still actively working, with some of them on this year’s Emmy ballot seeking another shot at the gold. Those names include Tim Allen (“Last Man Standing”), Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”), Steve Carell, Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”), Lauren Graham (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
See full article at Gold Derby »

James Drury, Star of Western Series ‘The Virginian,’ Dies at 85

James Drury, Star of Western Series ‘The Virginian,’ Dies at 85
James Drury, best known for starring in the long-running Western series “The Virginian,” died Monday of natural causes. He was 85.

His assistant, Karen Lindsey, posted the news on Facebook: “It is with immense sadness that I let you all know that James Drury, our beloved Virginian and dear friend passed away this morning of natural causes, Monday, April 6, 2020. He will be missed so much. It is beyond words. Memorial service to be determined later.”

Drury was born April 18, 1934 in New York City. During his childhood, the family made multiple trips to the family ranch in Oregon, where he developed a love for horses and the outdoor life. He first appeared on stage at the age of 8 when he played King Herod in a children’s Christmas play. He made his professional acting debut at the age of 12 in a touring company of “Life With Father.”

Drury was trained as an
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Stuart Whitman, Star of ‘The Comancheros’ and ‘The Longest Day,’ Dies at 92

Stuart Whitman, Star of ‘The Comancheros’ and ‘The Longest Day,’ Dies at 92
Stuart Whitman, a star of Westerns alongside John Wayne like “The Comancheros” and the war movie “The Longest Day,” died in his home Monday, his son told TMZ. Whitman was 92.

“Old Hollywood lost another one of its true stars. Stuart Whitman was known for his rugged roles and handsome charm. We were proud of him for his TV, film roles and his Oscar nomination, but what we will really remember is his exuberant love of his family and friends,” Whitman’s son Justin told TMZ.

TMZ says that Whitman had recently been in and out of the hospital due to skin cancer that seeped into his bloodstream.

Though Whitman played across many genres, he was nominated for an Oscar for the 1961 drama “The Mark,” in which he played a man convicted of attempting to commit
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Lee Phillip Bell, ‘Young and the Restless’ and ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Co-Creator, Dies at 91

Lee Phillip Bell, ‘Young and the Restless’ and ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ Co-Creator, Dies at 91
Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of classic daytime soap operas “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” died Tuesday at the age of 91.

She created both shows along with her late husband, William J. Bell.

“Our mother was a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother. Gracious and kind, she enriched the lives of all who knew her. We will miss her tremendously,” said her children, William James Bell, Bradley Phillip Bell and Lauralee Bell Martin, in a statement.

Also Read: Ben Cooper, Western Star of 'Johnny Guitar' and 'Bonanza,' Dies at 86

In addition to co-creating soaps, Bell had a career as a broadcast journalist which began in Chicago, where she hosted and produced her own CBS afternoon talk show, “The Lee Phillip Show,” for 30 years. She also produced and narrated specials and documentaries on topics such as foster children, rape, children of divorce, and
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Western Icon Ben Cooper, Known for Movies Like Johnny Guitar, Dies at 86

Western Icon Ben Cooper, Known for Movies Like Johnny Guitar, Dies at 86
Ben Cooper, an film icon who starred in dozens of Westerns and starred as the bandit Turkey Ralston in Johnny Guitar, has died. He was 86.

Cooper’s death was confirmed by his nephew Pete Searls to The Hollywood Reporter. Cooper died in Memphis, Tennessee after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

A native of Hartford, Connecticut, his career first started on Broadway at the age of 9 when he starred in Life with Father in 1942, where he went on to play two of the central family’s sons after growing enough to star as an older brother.

He went on
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