‘Gong Show’ Creator Chuck Barris Dies At 87

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Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” has died. He was 87.

Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris’ family.

Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with “The Dating Game,” hosted by Jim Lange. The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date. Sometimes the process was switched, with a male questioning three females. But in all cases, the questions were designed by the show’s writers to elicit sexy answers.

Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-“Charlie’s Angels” Farrah Fawcett, introduced as “an accomplished artist and sculptress” with a dream to open her own gallery.

After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated. New products included “The Newlywed Game,” “The Parent Game,” “The Family Game” and even “The Game Game.”

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RIP Bill Paxton, Popular Actor Dead at 61

RIP Bill Paxton, Popular Actor Dead at 61

It’s been confirmed this morning by TMZ that actor Bill Paxton has passed away at the age of 61 due to complications from heart surgery. Yesterday, there had been rumors of Paxton’s passing, although they were questioned as a possible internet hoax, as has been common these days. Paxton’s family released the following statement:

“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

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George “The Animal” Steele passes away

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WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer William James Myers, known to fans as George “The Animal” Steele, has passed away at the age of 79.

Steele was one of the wildest and most unpredictable Superstars in sports-entertainment history. Yet, despite his green tongue, hairy torso and insatiable appetite for turnbuckle pads, “The Animal” was a very well-educated man. Prior to breaking into sports-entertainment, Steele received his Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and became a high school teacher and wrestling coach in the Detroit area. Continue reading

Actor John Hurt dead at 77

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Acting legend John Hurt — best known for his roles in The Elephant Man, Alien and the Harry Potter series — died on Friday after a battle with cancer.

The 77-year-old British screen star is survived by his wife of 12 years, movie producer Anwen Rees-Myers.

While a cause of death was not immediately given, Hurt had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, which he first revealed having in June 2015. Continue reading

Mary Tyler Moore, Television Legend, Dead at 80

Mary Tyler Moore, a pop-culture icon who became a torch bearer for the changing perception of women in television, died Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in a Connecticut hospital. She was 80.

“Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,” said her longtime representative Mara Buxbaum. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

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Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher Passes Away at 60

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We were hoping that 2016 would not take yet another great from us, but alas, it was not meant to be. Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has died after suffering a heart attack on Friday. She was 60 years old.
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Carrie Fisher Had Finished Filming Star Wars: Episode VIII

Carrie Fisher Had Finished Filming Star Wars: Episode VIII

Carrie Fisher’s death on Tuesday at the age of 60 has left some Star Wars fans wondering what will happen to the main saga films. Variety reports that Fisher finished her work on Star Wars: Episode VIII, coming to theaters on December 15, 2017. Because of this, the trade adds that The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm will not have to address Fisher’s death until Episode IX begins shooting in 2018, as Princess Leia was originally slated to appear in that production as well.
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‘The Brady Bunch’ Mom Florence Henderson Has Died

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Legendary actress Florence Henderson has died at age 82. Henderson died surrounded by family and friends her manager said in a statement released on Thursday.
Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Henderson had suffered heart failure, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement. Continue reading

Gene Wilder Passes away at 83; Star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’

Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash Stir Crazy, died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83. Continue reading