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Leave It to Jerry Mathers — Looking Back at His Days as the 'Beaver' (Exclusive)

The highway of Classic TV shows is littered with the bodies of young actors who were either discarded by the industry that represented the only life they knew, were taken advantage of by parents who exploited them and stole all their money, or simply couldn’t cope with an existence outside of the cameras. Somehow, though, Jerry Mathers, who on Leave It to Beaver was the one that everything was left to, came through it all completely unscathed. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Jerry, born Gerald Patrick Mathers on June 2, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa, has actually been acting since the age of two when he was a child model for a department store ad. This was followed by a TV commercial for Pet Milk, and then roles in the feature films This is My Love (1954), Men of the Fighting Lady (1954), The Seven Little Foys
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It Came From The Tube: Bay Coven (1987)

I sure love me some witches. I especially adore the satanic kind, pentagrams, candles, and the whole shmear. Welcome to Bay Coven (1987), where the tropes are oh so familiar yet warm and snuggly like a quilted comforter.

Originally broadcast on Sunday, October 25th, Bay Coven was part of the NBC Sunday Night at the Movies, and was summarily trounced by Game 7 of the World Series as the *checks notes* Minnesotans beat the other ones to win the cup. Or something. Anyhoo, for those who were into horror, especially so close to Halloween, Bay Coven (Aka Bay Cove) was a fun treat; nothing original at all, but merely the next in the hallowed tradition of what I like to call (as of right now) the Killer Hospitality sub-genre: Rosemary’s Baby, Crowhaven Farm, and The Dark Secret of Harvest Home all setting out the chips and dip for what Bay Coven has in store.
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Jenny Slate To Voice Iconic Role Of Miss Nanny In Disney’s ‘Muppet Babies’ Revival

Actress Jenny Slate is about to step into a pair of iconic tights. The Zootopia actress is lending her voice to Disney Junior’s revival of Muppet Babies as Miss Nanny. Slate will be taking the Miss Nanny torch from iconic Leave it to Beaver matriarch Barbara Billingsley, who voiced the character in the original animated series from the ’80s. Like the original, Miss Nanny will only be seen from the torso down and will be wearing snazzy tights which will change in each…
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Sonia Manzano, ‘Sesame Street’s Maria, Set For Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy

No one ever was going to mistake her for June Cleaver (or Barbara Billingsley, for that mater, um, matter). Sonia Manzano — aka Maria, friend, girlfriend, wife and unshakably empathic TV mom to the children of Baby Boomers everywhere, will receive the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ 43rd annual Daytime Emmys on May 1 in Los Angeles. The award will have to shimmy onto a crowded shelf; Manzano, who retired last sum…
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Blue Denim

Hollywood tackles the big issues! This adapted play about an unwanted teen pregnancy is actually quite good, thanks to fine performances by Carol Lynley and Brandon De Wilde, who convince as cherubic high schoolers 'too young to know the score.' And hey, the teen trauma is set to an intense music score by Bernard Herrmann. Blue Denim 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives 1959 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date March 16, 2016 / available through Amazon / 19.98 Starring Carol Lynley, Brandon De Wilde, Macdonald Carey, Marsha Hunt, Warren Berlinger, Vaughn Taylor, Roberta Shore, Malcolm Atterbury, Anthony J. Corso, Gregg Martell, William Schallert. Cinematography Leo Tover Film Editor William Reynolds, George Leggewie Original Music Bernard Herrmann Written by Edith Sommer, Philip Dunne from the play by James Leo Herlihy and William Noble Produced by Charles Brackett Directed by Philip Dunne

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Sex education today is erratic, with no established standard, but
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Hepburn Day on TCM: Love, Danger and Drag

Katharine Hepburn movies. Katharine Hepburn movies: Woman in drag, in love, in danger In case you're suffering from insomnia, you might want to spend your night and early morning watching Turner Classic Movies' "Summer Under the Stars" series. Four-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn is TCM's star today, Aug. 7, '15. (See TCM's Katharine Hepburn movie schedule further below.) Whether you find Hepburn's voice as melodious as a singing nightingale or as grating as nails on a chalkboard, you may want to check out the 1933 version of Little Women. Directed by George Cukor, this cozy – and more than a bit schmaltzy – version of Louisa May Alcott's novel was a major box office success, helping to solidify Hepburn's Hollywood stardom the year after her film debut opposite John Barrymore and David Manners in Cukor's A Bill of Divorcement. They don't make 'em like they used to Also, the 1933 Little Women
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'Airplane!': 25 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Comedy Classic

Looks like we picked the wrong week to quit celebrating milestones.

Hard to believe it's been 35 years since "Airplane!" took flight (on July 2, 1980) and taught us all to speak jive, order the chicken instead of the fish, and avoid calling each other "Shirley." Three and a half decades later, the airline disaster parody remains one of the funniest films ever made, one that generations of viewers have watched over and over -- though probably never as an in-flight movie.

Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's much you may not know about how it was made. In honor of "Airplane!" turning 35, here are a few facts every fan must know about the comedy classic.

1. Strip away all the jokes, and "Airplane!" is essentially a remake of a little-known 1957 air disaster movie called "Zero Hour!" The writing/directing team of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker lifted the plot,
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Retro-tastic! Nick at Nite First Launched 30 Years Ago This Week

Did you grow up in the age of color TV but still learned to love Dick Van Dyke and I Love Lucy?

If so, there's a good chance you have Nick at Nite to thank. Classic television reruns were plentiful in the '80s and '90s, but Nick at Nite – which launched on July 1, 1985 – consolidated decades of American TV into one place.

Thirty years later, it's still going strong.

In honor of the programming block's anniversary this week, we're looking back at how the network came to be and how it's changed over the past three decades.

Hey, remember Arts TV?
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StreamFix: 5 Essential Movie Parodies on Netflix Now

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StreamFix: 5 Essential Movie Parodies on Netflix Now
While romcoms and black comedies may have more sophisticated plots, satires are the films that guarantee us the most laughs. Sometimes you want permission to laugh at movies rather than with them, and satires remind you that familiar movie conventions are strange and sometimes hilarious.  We just noticed that one of our all-time favorite Mel Brooks movies has hit Netflix, so without further ado, let's celebrate this nutty genre. "Airplane!": Insanity at 20,000 Feet The bawdy sight gags and astounding one-liners of "Airplane!" run together in a nonstop medley, but I'd like to point out another highpoint of this disaster satire: You can't pick a single Mvp in the ensemble. Every actor is perfectly cast and perfectly effing weird. Robert Hays is stone-eyed and slyly ridiculous. Julie Hagerty is a wide-eyed cuckoo. Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Stephen StuckerBarbara Billingsley, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and even Maureen McGovern (as the singing nun,
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On TCM: Oscar Winner Colbert

Claudette Colbert movies on Turner Classic Movies: From ‘The Smiling Lieutenant’ to TCM premiere ‘Skylark’ (photo: Claudette Colbert and Maurice Chevalier in ‘The Smiling Lieutenant’) Claudette Colbert, the studio era’s perky, independent-minded — and French-born — "all-American" girlfriend (and later all-American wife and mother), is Turner Classic Movies’ star of the day today, August 18, 2014, as TCM continues with its "Summer Under the Stars" film series. Colbert, a surprise Best Actress Academy Award winner for Frank Capra’s 1934 comedy It Happened One Night, was one Paramount’s biggest box office draws for more than decade and Hollywood’s top-paid female star of 1938, with reported earnings of $426,944 — or about $7.21 million in 2014 dollars. (See also: TCM’s Claudette Colbert day in 2011.) Right now, TCM is showing Ernst Lubitsch’s light (but ultimately bittersweet) romantic comedy-musical The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), a Best Picture Academy Award nominee starring Maurice Chevalier as a French-accented Central European lieutenant in
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Once a Star Always a Star: Turner's Scandals on TCM

Lana Turner movies: Scandal and more scandal Lana Turner is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" star today, Saturday, August 10, 2013. I’m a little — or rather, a lot — late in the game posting this article, but there are still three Lana Turner movies left. You can see Turner get herself embroiled in scandal right now, in Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life (1959), both the director and the star’s biggest box-office hit. More scandal follows in Mark Robson’s Peyton Place (1957), the movie that earned Lana Turner her one and only Academy Award nomination. And wrapping things up is George Sidney’s lively The Three Musketeers (1948), with Turner as the ruthless, heartless, remorseless — but quite elegant — Lady de Winter. Based on Fannie Hurst’s novel and a remake of John M. Stahl’s 1934 melodrama about mother love, class disparities, racism, and good cooking, Imitation of Life was shown on
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American classic TV: 'Leave It to Beaver's' Lumpy Rutherford dies

Sad news for "Leave It To Beaver Fans" as Frank Bank, who played "Lumpy," the neighbor and often times tormenting friend of young Theodore Cleaver, died. He was 71. Often accompanying the smarmy Eddie Haskell in scene, Lumpy Rutherford was one of this classic American TV sitcom's memorable characters. CNN reported that Frank Bank, who played Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on "Leave It to Beaver" died Saturday, a day after he turned 71. No cause of death was given. The series - which aired from 1957 to 1963 - starred Jerry Mathers as Beaver Cleaver, Barbara Billingsley as mum June, and Hugh Beaumont as dad Ward, always being warned about some sort of trouble with the "Beaver." Ken Osmond starred
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Leave It to Beaver's Lumpy, Frank Bank, Dies

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Leave It to Beaver's Lumpy, Frank Bank, Dies
Frank Bank, who played the clumsy bully Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on the popular 1957-1963 series Leave It to Beaver, died Saturday, one day after his 71st birthday, say published reports. No cause of death was reported. Beaver star Jerry Mathers, now 64, posted to his Facebook page Saturday: "I was so sad to hear today of the passing of my dear friend and business associate Frank Bank, who played Lumpy on Leave it to Beaver. He was a character and always kept us laughing. My deepest condolences to Frank's family." Born in Los Angeles, Bank first appeared on screen as the
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'Happy Days,' 'Malcolm in the Middle' and other TV Moms worth coming home to

June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley, "Leave It to Beaver," CBS and ABC, 1957-63): Series television had many wife-and-mother archetypes in the 1950s, and a prime one was the endlessly patient, supportive spouse of Ward and mother to Wally and Theodore (a.k.a. "Beaver").

Victoria Barkley (Barbara Stanwyck, "The Big Valley," ABC, 1965-69): It could be argued that the widowed Victoria played both mother and father to her grown offspring, and her grit made her the equal of any man in the frontier.

Olivia Walton (Michael Learned, "The Waltons," CBS, 1972-79): Full of compassion, the mother of the large Walton brood also had the backbone to bring her family through the Depression.

Marion Cunningham (Marion Ross, "Happy Days," ABC, 1974-84): "Mrs. C." was a throwback to the idealized television wives/moms of the 1950s -- and why not? That's the era in which the long-running sitcom was set.
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Best Movie Ever?: "Airplane!"

It's rare that a comedy is so funny that describing why it's successful feels daunting, but that's exactly the case with Airplane!, this week's candidate for Best Movie Ever. I'm already panting. You've seen this damn thing, right? It's the sprawling Seurat mural of American spoof comedies: Every viewing reveals different, heretofore unseen nuances -- namely, hilarious jokes -- and you marvel at the amount of attention given to the simplest of flourishes. Plus, the gags about abortion, gayness, oral sex, and glue addiction are killer. The movie is so intractably deadpan that you almost feel as if the actors don't quite realize they're in the nuttiest spoof film of the last century. It's a near-unfathomable weirdness, this flick, and because it's 1) so rewatchable, 2) so full of funny people, and 3) so inimitable, it's a no-brainer addition to our "Best Movie Ever" Hall of Fame. Name the last time you saw
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“Brokeback Mountain”: The Greatest Down-low Love Story Ever Told?

“I have a zero tolerance for sanctimonious morons who try to scare people.”

Pat Robertson

You can probably imagine my absolute shock when a movie about life on the "Down-low" finally broke through all the noise the subject usually brings. Perhaps shock is too small a word. I sat in a packed auditorium, obliterated, as an honest depiction of two married men on the D.L., falling in love with each other while navigating a violently homophobic culture, unspooled before me.

Yes, the movie showed these men cheating on their wives, causing them a great deal of pain, but it clearly detailed that the reason they risked their families, their standing in the community, and even their very lives was because, despite the intolerance of their world, what they felt for each other was too strong and too deep for them to shrug off.

And the audience actually empathized with
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Most Memorable TV Moms Then and Now

In honor of Mother's Day, we've compiled a list of our top 10 favorite fictional TV moms. When we watched them, we knew they were fictional ... yet that didn't stop us from wishing they were our own moms -- or vowing to follow in their mom-footsteps someday.

Did your favorite TV mom make the list?

Most Memorable TV MomsJune Cleaver in "Leave It to Beaver" (1957 - 1963)

Barbara Billingsley's role as a loving wife and mother in the feel-good sitcom wasn't full of risk or realism. June Cleaver, however, always looked polished and amazing, and certainly loved her husband and children. You may be surprised to learn that ...

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... June's trademark strand of pearls was Billingsley's idea (they covered a scar on her neck).

Carol Brady in "The Brady Bunch" (1969 - 1974)

Florence Henderson was America's first (rarely mentioned) stepmom! We watched her hip hairstyles and hemlines change with the times,
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Oscars' 'In Memoriam' segment gets it wrong again

It may sound a touch morbid, but one of the segments that I look forward to the most during every Oscar broadcast is the Academy's 'In Memoriam' spot. It is an important and necessary moment for cinema fans to remember and reflect upon those great movie-makers that have passed away over the previous year, whether in front of the camera or behind it. For every new Ellen Page or Hailee Steinfeld that begins a promising young career, there is a Leslie Nielsen or Dennis Hopper that sadly shuffles off their mortal coil forever, leaving wistful memories and brilliant catalogs of their wonderful work in film.

It is for that reason - memory - that the 'In Memoriam' portion of the show is crucial to the celebration as a whole. While the film-loving community congratulates those that represent the best that film-making has to offer, another group - the men and
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'The King's Speech,' 'Modern Family,' Natalie Portman Crowned SAG Winners

'The King's Speech,' "Modern Family," "Boardwalk Empire," Colin Firth and Natalie Portman were among the big winners at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night, and we have the show highlights! Get the complete list of winners Here! The Movie Accolades 'The King's Speech' players were named Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture over such competition as the thespians of 'Black Swan,' 'The Fighter,' 'The Kids Are All Right' and 'The Social Network.' Taking the stage alongside stars Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, a jubilant Geoffrey Rush told the audience, "It shouldn't be called the SAG award, it should be called the uplifting award." Moments earlier, the king's wealth was shared with Firth, who was named Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of King George VI, besting Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall,
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Learn a New Language in 2011

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Happy New Year, everybody!

We hope you all enjoyed a nice week and are ready to start 2011. We made our requisite resolutions. We really are going to go to the gym more often. We're definitely cutting down on snacks. And we decided to learn a new language.

We've tried French, Italian and Spanish in the past and none of them seem to stick. And despite the fact that we've been told that Chinese and Japanese aren't as difficult as they seem, we don't think we're ready to try to tackle those challenges yet.

Besides we'd like to learn a new tongue that has a pop culture twist. Luckily we found this awesome new webpage that translates common every day English into four of the most important languages in entertainment history.

Some of you might want to give Swedish Chef a try. Yearning for your youth?
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