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25 Secrets About The Santa Clause Revealed

25 Secrets About The Santa Clause Revealed
  In 1994, no one expected The Santa Clause to do all that well at the box office. its reluctant Santa Claus Tim Allen, a firmly established TV star thanks to Home Improvement, had never lead a movie before. And, hello, it was a Christmas movie that killed Santa and dealt realistically with divorce. And Disney almost didn't even release the film under the Disney Films banner. But then a Christmas miracle happened: It made almost $200 million dollars, certified Allen as one of comedy's top leading man and The Santa Clause became one of the most beloved holiday movies of all-time.  25 years later, the movie has cemented its status as Christmas classic, spawning two hit sequels and...
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American Society of Cinematographers to Honor Frederick Elmes

  • Variety
The American Society of Cinematographers will honor Frederic Elmes with a lifetime achievement award.

The Asc is also honoring Donald A. Morgan with the career achievement in television award, Bruno Delbonnel with the international award; and Don McCuaig with the presidents awards.

The accolades will be presented at the annual Asc awards gala on Jan. 25, 2020, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

“These filmmakers have contributed greatly to the legacy of cinematography over the course of their ongoing careers,” said Asc President Kees van Ooostrum. “They’ve amazed audiences with their compelling visuals and inspired peers and emerging filmmakers.”

Elmes collaborated with David Lynch on “Eraserhead,” “Blue Velvet,” “Wild at Heart” and John Cassavetes on “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” and “Opening Night. His feature film work includes multiple films for directors Ang Lee and Jim Jarmusch.

He won Independent Spirit Awards for “Night on Earth
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Tbt! Watch Classic Episodes of E! True Hollywood Story Before the Series' Return

Tbt! Watch Classic Episodes of E! True Hollywood Story Before the Series' Return
A new era of E! True Hollywood Story is right around the corner. As we previously reported, the iconic investigative series will make its highly-anticipated return to TV Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. Like before, E! True Hollywood Story's latest season will provide documentary-style coverage on the biggest topics in pop culture. However, before we dive into the new investigative episodes, E! invites you to take a look back at classic episodes of Ths. Starting at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, E! will air episodes that take a deep dive into Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Mean Girls and Home Improvement. So, if you've ever wondered how the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil actress went from Hollywood wild child to...
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Home Improvement: 10 Facts You Didn't Know About Wilson

We all remember Wilson (Earl Hindman) from the 1990s sitcom, Home Improvement. The sagacious, intelligent neighbor that was always helping Tim (Tim Allen) and the rest of the Taylors figure out life, offering quality advice and a listening ear whenever needed. He's the kind of neighbor we all wished we had (or else inspired us to be better neighbors ourselves). Wilson seems to know just about everything; though Tim didn't always understand his neighbor's intellect, he still respected him and highly valued his opinion. That said, here are 10 facts you may not know about one of TV's most famous neighbors!
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Disney and ‘Home Improvement’ Creators Settle Profit-Sharing Lawsuit

  • The Wrap
Disney and ‘Home Improvement’ Creators Settle Profit-Sharing Lawsuit
Walt Disney Co. settled a six-year-old lawsuit with the creators of the entertainment company’s wildly popular sitcom “Home Improvement” on Wednesday, weeks before they were set to go to trial.

Wind Dancer Production Group, along with “Home Improvement” creators Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra and David McFadzean — as well as Tam O’Shanter Productions — filed a lawsuit against Disney in 2013, accusing the network of selling syndication rights of “Home Improvement” below the series’s market value, and improperly accounting their share of the net profits, of which they said they were entitled to receive anywhere from 75% to 100%.

The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.

“Among other things, [Disney] have caused the series to be exploited in certain markets well below- market value, including selling the syndication rights in New York City (the largest television market in the United States) for no monetary consideration,” the creators and their lawyers wrote in the initial 2013 complaint.
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Disney Settles ‘Home Improvement’ Profit-Sharing Suit After Six Years – Update

  • Deadline
Updated, 8:28 Am: Disney has settled a long-running profit-sharing lawsuit filed by producers of the 1990s ABC sitcom Home Improvement. The case had been headed toward trial in the coming weeks.

Producers Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra, David McFadzean and their respective production companies first claimed in court in 2013 that Disney owed them money from syndication and other sources for the 1991-99 series that has made more than $1.5 billion for the company. Read details of the case below.

Previously, March 2017: Like a home improvement that you mistakenly thought was completed years ago, Disney saw some legal walls fall today after a California appeals court gave a Home Improvement profit-sharing lawsuit a brand new hammer.

“The trial court accordingly erred in granting summary adjudication in favor of Disney,” 2nd District Appeals Court Justice Laurie Zelon wrote with the agreement of two other judges, setting the stage for a new round of
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-AFTRA Board Seats

  • Variety
Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-AFTRA Board Seats
Ed Asner, Elliott Gould and Jonathan Taylor Thomas are seeking SAG-AFTRA national board seats as members of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate.

Asner is the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving two terms from 1981 to 1985, and winning five Emmys for his role as Lou Grant and two others for his work on “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Roots.” Gould is a former board member who was nominated for an Oscar for “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice” and is best known for his work on Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H” and “The Long Goodbye.” Taylor Thomas is known for his roles on “Home Improvement” and voicing young Simba in 1994’s “The Lion King.”

Current board members Frances Fisher, Diane Ladd and Patricia Richardson are seeking re-election as Membership First reps. Jennifer Beals, Neve Campbell and Rob Schneider are also part of the slate,
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‘Cubby’ Trailer: A Quirky Queer Coming-of-Age Comedy Featuring Patricia Richardson

‘Cubby’ Trailer: A Quirky Queer Coming-of-Age Comedy Featuring Patricia Richardson
Everyone knows gay entertainment fiends love a character actress, and it turns out the feeling is mutual. Molly Shannon earned an Independent Spirit Award for playing the dying mother to a gay son in “Other People,” longtime Lgbt activist Kathy Najimy graced the “BearCity” trilogy with her presence, and now Patricia Richardson is following suit. The former “Home Improvement” star is lending her talents to “Cubby,” a quirky coming-of-age comedy about a gay man whose best friend is the 6-year-old boy he nannies.

Cubby” boasts David France (“How to Survive a Plague”) and Henry van Ameringen (“Love Is Strange”) as executive producers, and premieres at Outfest Los Angeles this weekend. IndieWire debuts the exclusive trailer below.

An official synopsis reads: “Mark, a misanthropic 26-year-old gay man, had been living in his mother’s garage in Indiana and working on his sexually explicit — and Bdsm-themed — artwork. After moving to New York,
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Family Matters: 10 Storylines That Were Never Resolved

The mid-'90s was something of a golden period for family-centered sitcoms, with programs like Full House, Home Improvement, and Step by Step focusing on the trials and tribulations of large, rowdy broods with hapless fathers, angsty teens, and wacky neighbors. Family Matters, which aired on ABC from 1989 until 1997 (and then on CBS from '97-'98) was centered nicely into the niche left by The Cosby Show, and just to the right of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

It focused on policeman Carl Winslow, his wife Harriette (a character from Perfect Strangers), their three children, her mother, and the irrepressible Steve Urkel. "Urkel" and his many zany catchphrases and geeky oddness became the focus of the series as time went on, allowing for more bizarre storylines like cloning and possessed puppets. Over the course of nine seasons, many of the plot points introduced were never touched on again, to varying
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Home Improvement: 10 Jokes That Have Already Aged Poorly

Like Full House, Roseanne, and Family Matters, Home Improvement was a staple of '90s family television. Unlike those sit-coms about the tribulations of nuclear families, it hasn't received a resurgence of popularity. It followed Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, a hyper-masculine host of a home improvement show called "Tool Time", his perpetually vexed wife Jill, and their three rowdy sons. Tim continuously did riskier projects in the name of "More Power" both on the show "within a show" and at home, and hilarity ensued.

While it proved a popular series at the time, it butted up against series like Seinfeld and Friends, both about childless, introspective twenty and thirty-somethings living in New York and navigating interpersonal relationships far removed from the well-meaning hi-jinks of Home Improvement. Audience interests changing may also have had to do with Home Improvement's over-reliance on tired tropes, such as the battle of the sexes,
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Made in NY Writers Room: WGA East & NYC Name Fellows For Program’s Second Round

The WGA East today announced the second crop of fellows for its Made in NY Writers Room, a program that provides mentorship, industry access and financial support to underrepresented writers who live in New York City and seek to tell stories that are not often depicted on television. The program is a joint effort with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the city’s Department of Small Business Services.

This year’s 10 fellows, who will each receive a $10,800 stipend, are playwright Harron Atkins, showrunner’s assistant Yasmine Cadet, writer’s production assistant Joseph Capuana, writer and storyboard artist Michael Lee, writer Catherine Loerke, comedy promo writer Vincent Lopez, comedian Jordan Mendoza, playwright and librettist Jerome Parker, children’s television writer Michael Rodrigue, and entertainment journalist Pilot Viruet. More than half of the inaugural group of fellows are actively working in the industry.

“We are very pleased
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Tom Hanks Will Talk Your Ear Off About Spades – Tim Allen, Not So Much (Video)

Tom Hanks Will Talk Your Ear Off About Spades – Tim Allen, Not So Much (Video)
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen had very different reactions when asked about Spades during the “Toy Story 4” media tour.

Xilla Valentine, who goes by BlogXilla on Twitter, asked the two about a hypothetical fork-in-the-road moment during the competitive team card game. The idea was to test their black cards, i.e. how knowledgeable the middle-aged white guys are about black culture.

Hanks evidently knows his stuff, and game Valentine a very confident — and we assume, satisfactory — answer.

Also Read: Paul Greengrass-Tom Hanks Film 'News of the World' Moves to Universal From Fox 2000

Allen, on the other hand, had this to add:

“I’ve been working Vegas 30 years. I don’t gamble.”

“I don’t know what you guys are talking about. I don’t have any idea what you guys just said.”

Also Read: 'Toy Story 4': Woody Rides With Daredevil Voiced by Keanu Reeves
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Fletch Actor Larry 'Flash' Jenkins Dies at 63

Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Fletch Actor Larry 'Flash' Jenkins Dies at 63
Larry “Flash” Jenkins, the actor best known for his roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Fletch, has died. He was 63.

Jenkins died suddenly on Thursday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At this time, it is unclear if Jenkins had been suffering from prior heart problems.

A representative for the actor did not immediately respond to People’s request for comment.

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Jenkins first broke onto the small screen in 1978 playing the role of Lester in TV movie Crisis in the Valley.

Sticking with television, he appeared on acclaimed series M.
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Why Do So Many People Like ‘Last Man Standing’ Anyway?

Tim Allen has long been a fixture on network television. Ever since the hit comedy Home Improvement hit the airwaves, fans have been falling in love with Tim Allen and his character. That particular show had a spectacular run, but naturally, it had to come to an end at some point. The boys were getting older and the storyline had simply run its course. That being said, fans were not quite ready to say goodbye to Tim Allen. Actually, they were nowhere close to doing so. This is where Last Man Standing became the comedy show that would carry Tim

Why Do So Many People Like ‘Last Man Standing’ Anyway?
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‘Abby’s’ Producers on How TV’s First Outdoor Sitcom Faced Skunks, Helicopters and Crickets

  • Variety
It’s tape night on the set of “Abby’s,” located behind one of the homes built on the fabled Universal Studios backlot. As the night falls and a chill sweeps in, the NBC comedy’s producers are facing the kinds of obstacles that no other multi-camera sitcom has likely ever confronted. Out come the dewdrops, crickets, helicopters, gnats, and skunks that have made shooting the sitcom a unique challenge.

That’s because “Abby’s,” which premieres Thursday, is the first multi-camera comedy to be shot entirely outdoors — and it’s been a learning process for everyone involved. Take the crickets, which have been much louder than expected. It’s driving the show’s sound engineers bonkers.

“Oh gosh, we have a lot of cricket issues,” creator and executive producer Josh Malmuth told Variety on set in October. “It’s a huge topic of conversation. A lot of the editing room is,
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‘The Magicians’ Presents Big Questions in “Home Improvement”

‘The Magicians’ Presents Big Questions in “Home Improvement”
Several characters in “Home Improvement,” the title of this week’s funnier-than-normal episode of The Magicians, deal with some concept of home. First, there’s Fen, who does whatever she can for her homeland, even if that that means undergoing back-breaking yard work for the supposed prophet in her dreams. There’s also Alice, who must visit her […]

The post ‘The Magicians’ Presents Big Questions in “Home Improvement” appeared first on /Film.
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Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb Have Been Together For Way Longer Than You Knew

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Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb Have Been Together For Way Longer Than You Knew
Last year, Sam Rockwell delivered an emotional and moving speech while accepting his best supporting actor Golden Globe award for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - he's nominated this year again for best supporting actor for his role in Vice - but before he took the stage, he got a sweet smooch from his date and long-term girlfriend, Leslie Bibb, that left him covered in lipstick.

But exactly who is Leslie Bibb? She's an accomplished actor in her own right and has been performing for decades!

Born in Bismarck, Nd, and raised in Nelson County, Va, the 43-year-old model-turned-actress got her start in 1990 when, at just 16, she won a nationwide model search on The Oprah Winfrey Show. After scoring small parts in films like The Skulls and shows like Home Improvement and Just Shoot Me!, Bibb landed a starring role as preppy Brooke McQueen on the short-lived WB show Popular,
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From Last Man Standing to Hawaii Five-0, How Are TV's Revivals, Remakes and Reboots Doing?

It's a wild time in television. There are remakes, revivals and reboots galore across the broadcast networks ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW. Some of these retreads are welcomed, some are troubled, and some, well, some really pissed off the original cast. In a new The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult poll, audiences said they'd be more inclined to watch revivals of Home Improvement and Friends than any other surveyed show, but we know Friend is (probably) never happening and Home Improvement was derailed because of Last Man Standing's return. However, Home Improvement did get pretty close to happening, Tim Allen even shared details with us about what the set-up of the new season would be. Home...
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Tim Allen Reveals New Details About Home Improvement Revival

Everything old is new again in the world of television. Murphy Brown, Will & Grace and Roseanne The Conners are all back on TV. Another famous sitcom from the 1990s almost joined these shows: Home Improvement. After the cancellation of Last Man Standing, Tim Allen began talking about bringing Tim Taylor and the Home Improvement family back to TV and it was thisclose to happening, he told E! News—he even shared what the story would be!—but then Last Man Standing was revived by Fox. "I never felt—and it's come true—that this was done. It never felt right," Allen told E! News about Last Man Standing ending and Home Improvement returning. "In the time off, we got real close...
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‘Last Man Standing’ Review: Season 7 Is Not ‘Roseanne’ 2.0, Which Helps the Bland Fox Sitcom Feel Somewhat Soothing

‘Last Man Standing’ Review: Season 7 Is Not ‘Roseanne’ 2.0, Which Helps the Bland Fox Sitcom Feel Somewhat Soothing
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Last Man Standing” Season 7 premiere, Episode 1, “Welcome Baxter.”]

After “Roseanne” became a cultural lightning rod, after a slew of buzz built around “middle America” needing more right-leaning series, after Roseanne Barr got herself fired from her own show, and after that show kept chugging along with a name change and without its ex-eponymous star — because that’s how much broadcast needs voices like “The Conners” — here is “Last Man Standing”: a series revived from cancellation in part because of “Roseanne’s” surprising success, and starring a well-known conservative comedian who’s political punditry has lost him many former fans of “Home Improvement.”

Given America’s climate in general, as well as the specific events spurring heated debate on premiere night, “Last Man Standing’s” return was set up to be a triggering, evocative event; a rally for the right and another fire to extinguish for the left.

But there’s no fire here.
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