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John Paragon Dies, Jambi on Pee-wee's Playhouse Was 66

John Paragon Dies, Jambi on Pee-wee's Playhouse Was 66
Very sad news is coming in as it's being reported that actor John Paragon has passed away. The talented performer, who was widely known for playing Jambi the Genie on the 80s children's program Pee-wee's Playhouse, reportedly died in April, though word of his death is just starting to make the press. His passing was confirmed by the Riverside County Coroner, but a cause of death has not been revealed. Paragon was 66 years old.

Many fans of Pee-wee's Playhouse would say Jambi the Genie was just as important to the show as Pee-wee Herman. The character's bedazzled face would frequently appear in a jeweled box every time Herman wished for something, usually with a big smile behind blue makeup. Paragon also provided the voice of Pee-wee's pterodactyl pal Pterri and served as a writer and director for several episodes.

Along with Paul Reubens, Paragon co-write the hit 1988 television special Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special.
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John Paragon Dies: Jambi The Genie Of ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ Was 66

John Paragon Dies: Jambi The Genie Of ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’ Was 66
John Paragon, an actor, director and writer most familiar from his disembodied, teal-faced role of Jambi the Genie on Paul Reubens’ Pee-wee’s Playhouse, died April 3 in Palm Springs of unknown causes. He was 66.

Paragon’s death, only recently made public, was confirmed to Deadline by the Riverside County Coroner.

In addition to his work with frequent collaborator Reubens — he also voiced Pterri the Pterodactyl on Playhouse — Paragon is remembered by Seinfeld fans as Cedric, half of the couple Bob and Cedric who appeared occasionally to browbeat Michael Richards’ Kramer. In the famous episode “The Soup Nazi,” Paragon and actor Yul Vazquez, as Bob, stole an armoire that Kramer was guarding for Elaine (Julia-Louis Dreyfus).

Paragon was, like Reubens, a member of the Los Angeles comedy troupe the Groundlings, and contributed to the writing of early stage performances featuring the Pee-wee Herman character. The Jambi character carried over from the
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John Paragon, Jambi the Genie on ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse,’ Dies at 66

John Paragon, Jambi the Genie on ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse,’ Dies at 66
John Paragon, the actor and comedian best known for playing Jambi the Genie on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” has died at age 66.

TMZ reported Paragon passed away in April of unknown causes.

Paragon got his start performing improv at The Groundlings alongside classmates like Paul Reubens, Phil Hartman and Cassandra Peterson, all of whom he would work with later in his career.

He made his TV debut in “The Pee-wee Herman Show,” a stage show developed by Reubens in 1980. Paragon reprised his role as the sassy genie Jambi in “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which ran from 1986-90, and he even wrote and directed several episodes of the beloved children’s show. In 1988, he and Reubens co-wrote “Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special,” which earned an Emmy nomination for Best Writing in a Children’s Special.

Paragon returned to his performance as Jambi in the Broadway adaptation of the “Pee-wee Herman” stage show in 2010.

Paragon’s other TV credits include “Cheers,
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Jupiter’s Legacy: Leslie Bibb and the History of Lady Liberty

Jupiter’s Legacy: Leslie Bibb and the History of Lady Liberty
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Leslie Bibb successfully made the transition from modeling to acting, making her television debut 25 years ago in the TV series Pacific Blue and on the big screen a year later in Howard Stern’s Private Parts. Since then she’s appeared in more than two dozen movies and a wide variety of TV shows, including the main cast of The Big Easy, Popular, Line of Fire, Crossing Jordan, Gcb, Salem Rogers: Model of the Year 1998 and the forthcoming Home Movie The Princess Bride.

Fans of the superhero genre will undoubtedly recognize her as reporter Christine Everhart in Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010). Now she gets to don the superhero costume to fight evil as Grace Sampson/Lady Liberty in Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy, and in the following exclusive interview she details her road to discover who Grace is as a person and the experience of shooting the series.
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Lyndon Chubbuck, TV and Film Director, Dies at 67

Lyndon Chubbuck, TV and Film Director, Dies at 67
Lyndon Chubbuck, a director and photographer known for such film as 2001’s “War Bride” and 2000’s “The Right Temptation,” has died. He was 67.

Chubbuck died at his home in Los Angeles on April 13. He was married to prominent acting coach Ivana Chubbuck and was a co-founder of Ivana Chubbuck Studio, which has worked with such notables as Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt and Halle Berry.

Lyndon Chubbuck also served as a partner in advertising agency Andrew Janson & Partners, where he worked on campaigns for Swatch, Paramount Pictures, E!, Sallie Mae and Miller Brewing Company. He was known for his strong social conscience and also worked on creative material for the ACLU, Amnesty International and Salvation Army.

Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Chubbuck worked steadily as a director in TV from the late 1980s through the late 1990s. His credits include episodes of such series as “Baywatch,” “Wiseguy,
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David Lander, Laverne & Shirley's Squiggy, Dead at 73

David Lander, Laverne & Shirley's Squiggy, Dead at 73
David Lander, who is best known to TV audiences for playing the latter half of Laverne & Shirley‘s irrepressible Lenny and Squiggy, died on Friday after living for 37 years with multiple sclerosis. He was 73.

As reported by TMZ, Lander’s wife of 41 years, Kathy, along with their daughter Natalie and her husband, were at his side when he passed.

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Penny Marshall, who played the Happy Days
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Maybe It’s Time to Give the Show Pacific Blue a Reboot?

Maybe It’s Time to Give the Show Pacific Blue a Reboot?
It’s tough to say that Pacific Blue wasn’t a success since it ran for four years, but there is usually a reason why a show is canceled and not brought back immediately, and it’s not just the low ratings that it might be pulling down. The story could be weak, the acting could be suffering, or the story could be played out and not have much left to give to the fans. A lot of people will fight for a show that they want to see back on screen, but unless it’s something that really means that much to them,

Maybe It’s Time to Give the Show Pacific Blue a Reboot?
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Free Streaming Options: Revisit Classic TV Sitcoms, Beloved Dramas and One-and-Done Favorites — at No Cost!

Free Streaming Options: Revisit Classic TV Sitcoms, Beloved Dramas and One-and-Done Favorites — at No Cost!
There’s a ridiculous amount of TV content out there waiting to be streamed during your downtime — and a lot of it won’t cost you one shiny penny.

TVLine already offers a premium streaming guide, which delivers a rundown of subscription rates, original series and select library content offered by established, new and forthcoming streamers. We also publish a monthly list of TV shows and movies coming and going on Netflix.

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Lana Del Rey Covers Joni Mitchell’s ‘For Free’ on ‘Norman F-cking Rockwell’ Tour

Lana Del Rey Covers Joni Mitchell’s ‘For Free’ on ‘Norman F-cking Rockwell’ Tour
Lana Del Rey is currently on tour for her latest album Norman Fucking Rockwell, a record that both pays tribute to and grapples with the disillusionment of Seventies rock and folk music.

Appropriately, Del Rey has been peppering her live set with covers of Laurel Canyon musicians; during the opening night of her tour at Jones Beach, New York, she performed Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel No. 2” with his son, Adam Cohen. And at her show in Seattle this week, Del Rey transitioned from her own tune “Cinnamon Girl” (not
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Gerard Johnson to Direct ‘Three Rivers’ for Robbie Brenner and Michael Keyes (Exclusive)

Gerard Johnson to Direct ‘Three Rivers’ for Robbie Brenner and Michael Keyes (Exclusive)
British filmmaker Gerard Johnson is set to direct the true-crime thriller “Three Rivers,” with Robbie Brenner (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Michael Keyes producing.

Brenner and Keyes are producing under their respective banners, Unburdened Entertainment and Against the Grain Entertainment/Barkers Point Pictures.

Exact plot details being kept under wraps, though the dark and gritty thriller is based on actual events. The film, written by Emily Skopov and Eddie Richey, follows three troubled and volatile individuals whose lives collide in a series of tragic and fateful events that took place in the Pittsburgh.

Johnson’s sophomore film, “Hyena,” premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Film Festival. His debut film was 2009’s “Tony,” a social realist crime drama about a serial killer from a rundown London suburb.

Skopov is best known for her work on TV shows such as “Pacific Blue,” “Farscape,” and “Andromeda.” She also wrote and directed the indie feature “Novel Romance.
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Scott Baio's Wife Renee Opens up About Her Microvascular Brain Disease Diagnosis

So heartbreaking. Scott Baio's wife Renee Sloan took to Twitter on Saturday, March 10 to reveal that she has been diagnosed with microvascular brain disease. The former stuntwoman announced the sad news on social media after a fan asked for an update on her health, and it's unfortunate that things have taken a turn for the worse. "Besides having [two] meningioma brain tumors, in Oct. 2017 I also learned I have microvascular brain disease," the 45-year-old wrote on Twitter. Scott then chimed in, confirming his wife's health update. "Unfortunately, this is true. Renee is forever my rock, my life [and] my soulmate! Toughest person I know," he responded. Unfortunately, this is true. Renee is forever my rock, my life & my soulmate! Toughest person I know. @MrsScottBaio https://t.co/fyMtMl8MGX— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) March 10, 2018 Fans immediately sent their condolences to the couple. "I hope she gets better so you [two] can have many wonderful years together!
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Justin Bieber's Bliss on the Beach Never Looked So Good

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[[tmz:video id="0_c53nx75m"]] Justin Bieber's got reservations for 1 ... but at least he's in paradise. The Biebs is at The Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach where he decided a morning swim oughta do the trick to start the day. We're told Justin walked past everyone in the lobby and headed downstairs to the Pacific blue. As you can see ... Justin goes for a quick dip. We're told he was in for 5 minutes and then just sat on the
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Model Josh Swickard's Beach Bod is Abs-olutely Spectacular!!!

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Josh Swickard busted out of his shirt and put on a show for your pleasure, ladies (and gentlemen). The L.A.-based Wilhelmina model hit up Venice Beach for an intense workout that included rope jumping, rope climbing, pull-ups and push-ups. Basic workout but nothing basic about those bulging abs and biceps. As if that eye candy wasn't enough ... Josh douses himself with some H2O before taking his sweaty ass for a dip in the Pacific blue.
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What kind of fish is Dory?

What kind of fish is Dory?
When you type “what k” into Google, the third search suggestion that currently comes up is “what kind of fish is dory.” So it seems that a lot of folks are still curious about Dory’s real-life counterparts while Finding Dory has people flocking to the movie theater in record numbers. Let HitFix fill you in. Dory (and her parents, who we get to see in Finding Dory) is a Pacific blue tang. The species’ scientific name is paracanthurus hepatus but also has a lot of other names: regal tang, royal blue tang, hippo tang, flag tail surgeonfish. There’s also an Atlantic blue tang out there, but Dory, as we know from Finding Nemo, originates from the Pacific Ocean, though we learn more about exactly where she grew up in Finding Dory. Magnus Manske/Wikimedia Commons In preparation for the film, Finding Dory’s animators were tasked with matching
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Chyna Remembered: WWE Superstars Mourn Legendary Wrestler

Chyna Remembered: WWE Superstars Mourn Legendary Wrestler
The professional wrestling world is in mourning today, after news broke last night that Joanie Laurer, best known as WWE Superstar Chyna, passed away at the age of 45. We showed you a number of social media posts that came in last night, from pro wrestlers past and present, paying tribute to this squared circle icon. As the news continued to spread, even more wrestlers paid their respects through social media, as you can see in the several tweets we've gathered below.

The former wrestler's manager told E! News last night that "she was found peacefully," and police couldn't find any signs of foul play. Authorities were called to Chyna's apartment in Redondo Beach, California on Wednesday afternoon, after a friend discovered she was not breathing. She was pronounced dead on the scene, and the cause of death is currently unknown.

Ever since debuting in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF
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Former Bachelor Contestant Erin Storm Dies in Plane Crash

Erin Storm, a contestant on season 12 of The Bachelor, has died. Several of Storms' friends confirmed the pilot's passing on social media Tuesday.Friend Christiana Marie began a series of posts dedicated to Storm, first writing on her Facebook page early this morning: "It is with the heaviest heart I've ever had to be posting this. My sweet Erin Storm You have changed my life in many ways and showed me what True Best Friends are all about!!! Heaven just received the most incredible angel in the world. ... I am filled with such sadness to lose one of the most
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Former Bachelor Contestant Erin Storm Dies in Plane Crash

Erin Storm, a contestant on season 12 of The Bachelor, has died.

Several of Storms' friends confirmed the pilot's passing on social media Tuesday.

Friend Christiana Marie began a series of posts dedicated to Storm, first writing on her Facebook page early this morning: "It is with the heaviest heart I've ever had to be posting this. My sweet Erin Storm You have changed my life in many ways and showed me what True Best Friends are all about!!! Heaven just received the most incredible angel in the world. ... I am filled with such sadness to lose one of the most
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Castle Hosts Oltl Reunion With Guest Stars Kassie DePaiva, Tuc Watkins

Castle Hosts Oltl Reunion With Guest Stars Kassie DePaiva, Tuc Watkins
Castle‘s New York City will meet Llanview, Pa. when not one or two but three One Life to Live alumni guest-star on the ABC series.

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Kassie DePaiva revealed on Twitter late Friday that she as well as former Oltl castmate Tuc Watkins are currently shooting an episode of Castle. Nathan Fillion, himself a Oltl alum, replied with his own thoughts on the mini-reunion:

22 years ago, I was 22 years old, and working my ass off with these two. Thanks for doing this, you guys. https://t.co
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'Children of a Lesser God' star Phyllis Frelich dies at 70

'Children of a Lesser God' star Phyllis Frelich dies at 70
Washington, April 12: Phyllis Frelich has passed away at the age of 70.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deaf actress, who won the best actress Tony Award in 1980 for her performance in the best play winner 'Children of a Lesser God', had been struggling with progressive supranuclear palsy, which is a rare degenerative neurological disease for which there are no treatments.

Frelich also appeared on such TV series as Barney Miller, Gimme a Break!, Spenser: For Hire, Hunter, L.A. Law, Pacific Blue, ER, Diagnosis Murder and, most recently, in a 2011 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as the mother of Gil.
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Taylor Swift Stuns in Herve Leger By Max Azria at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

Taylor Swift stunned in a Herve Leger by Max Azria dress on Sunday night as she hit the red carpet at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The singer, who won the Best Female Video Moonman award for her video for her hit song, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble,’ wore the Emilia Gown in Pacific Blue, which featured a plunging neckline. Herve Leger by Max Azria, which was acquired by Bcbgmaxriagroup in 1998, captures the allure of the modern woman in its exclusive couture and ready-to-wear collections. Each dress is designed based on the iconic bandage dress. The line also pays tribute [ Read More ]

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