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Stage Actor and TV Icon Valerie Harper Dies at 80

Tony Sokol Aug 31, 2019

Best known as Rhoda, Valerie Harper started as a dancer and never left the stage behind.

Valerie Harper, whose Rhoda Morgenstern character is an icon of television, died on Friday August 30, eight days after her 80th birthday.

"My dad has asked me to pass on this message," Harper’s daughter Cristina Cacciotti, confirmed on Twitter. “'My beautiful caring wife of nearly 40 years has passed away at 10:06 a.m., after years of fighting cancer. She will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, mia Valeria. -Anthony.'”

The Emmy winning actor was battling lung and brain cancer, according to Variety. When her brain cancer was first diagnosed in January 2013, Harper was told she had three months to live. While she was never cancer-free, she responded well enough to treatment to compete on Dancing with the Stars. Harper started in show business as a dancer, and her defining
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Valerie Harper, Rhoda on ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ Dies at 80

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Valerie Harper, Rhoda on ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ Dies at 80
Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda Morgenstern, the brash, Bronx-accented sidekick to the Mary Richards character on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and went on to topline spinoff “Rhoda,” died Friday after being diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in 2009. She was 80.

Her daughter Christina tweeted the news.

My dad has asked me to pass on this message: “My beautiful caring wife of nearly 40 years has passed away at 10:06am, after years of fighting cancer.

She will never, ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, mia Valeria. -Anthony.”

— Cris (@cristicacci) August 30, 2019

ABC7 first announced the news.

On July 23, her husband Tony Cacciotti posted a message saying he would be “where I belong right beside her” for as long as possible.

Harper won four Emmys for the two hugely popular 1970s shows and performed on the stage and bigscreen as well on appearing on dozens of other series. Through she was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago,
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‘Project Runway’ finale recap: Did the right designer win after ‘The Final Runway’? [Updating Live Blog]

‘Project Runway’ finale recap: Did the right designer win after ‘The Final Runway’? [Updating Live Blog]
It’s been three months, and the end is here! “Project Runway” concluded its 17th season on Thursday night with “The Final Runway.” It was an especially meaningful moment since this season marked the return of the series to Bravo after spending the last 10 years on Lifetime. It was also the first season without original host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn, who were replaced by Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano, respectively. So how did the show wrap up? Did the right designer win? Scroll down for our live blog with all the minute-by-minute developments as they happen.

Last week the judges sent home Bishme Cromartie, narrowing down the show to the final three: Hester Sunshine, Garo Sparo and Sebastian Grey. I was surprised by the judges’ choice in “One Elle of a Day” given how consistent Cromartie had been all season: only one low score and then one final
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Should ‘Project Runway’ have given Christian Siriano a Save just like Tim Gunn? [Poll]

Should ‘Project Runway’ have given Christian Siriano a Save just like Tim Gunn? [Poll]
Project Runway” is down to five designers, but are they the right five? All of the eliminations are decided by judges Karlie Kloss, Elaine Welteroth, Brandon Maxwell and a number of guest judges who have cycled through over the course of the season. But while mentor Christian Siriano is able to guide the designers over the course of each challenge, he wasn’t given a Save like his predecessor Tim Gunn. Was that a mistake? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.

Gunn didn’t get to critique the designers’ finished looks or decide the eliminations either. But he had something just as valuable: the Tim Gunn Save. Given his expertise and his close working relationships with the designers, he was given the power to overrule a judges’ decision and rescue one contestant from elimination, starting in season 12. And some of those saves turned out to be quite fruitful.
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‘Project Runway’ recap: ‘New York City of Dreams’ celebrated civic workers, but which dream turned into a nightmare? [Updating Live Blog]

‘Project Runway’ recap: ‘New York City of Dreams’ celebrated civic workers, but which dream turned into a nightmare? [Updating Live Blog]
A cop, an Emt, a postal worker, a sanitation worker, a school teacher and a ferry deckhand walk into a bar. The cop says, “What are we doing in this bar? We’ve got a runway to get to!” … Okay, so my comedy needs work, but the work that really matters in NYC is done by the public employees “Project Runway” celebrated with this week’s challenge. In “New York City of Dreams,” the six remaining designers had to create dream dresses for the hard-working women who keep the city running. So whose dreams came true, and whose dreams turned into nightmares? Find out below in our live blog with all the minute-by-minute developments as they happen.

The six designers who went into this week’s episode were Colombian craftsman Sebastian Grey, minimalist maven Tessa Clark, corset-crazed Garo Sparo, urban puffer king Jamall Osterholm, Baltimore’s favorite son Bishme Cromartie and eccentric extraordinaire Hester Sunshine.
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‘Project Runway’ designer Sebastian Grey has yet to land in the bottom 3: How long will he stay bulletproof?

‘Project Runway’ designer Sebastian Grey has yet to land in the bottom 3: How long will he stay bulletproof?
In “The Stitch is Back,” last week’s “Project Runway” challenge inspired by Elton John, designer Tessa Clark landed in the judges’ bottom three for her too-subtle performance look. It was her first time getting a low score, which means there’s only one “Runway” contestant left who has yet to land in the bottom three: Sebastian Grey. Is he destined to ride his consistency all the way to the finale, or is he due for a misstep?

Grey was an early judges’ favorite, winning the second design challenge, “The Future is Here.” Then he was the runner-up in the very next challenge, “All the Rage.” But that’s it. While he hasn’t gotten a single low score from the judges this season, he hasn’t gotten another high score either. He has been safe for the last five challenges in a row, and he has gotten by far
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Venny Etienne is the last ‘Project Runway’ designer who hasn’t won a challenge, so he may be a marked man

Venny Etienne is the last ‘Project Runway’ designer who hasn’t won a challenge, so he may be a marked man
Project Runway” started with 16 designers, and it’s down to 7, so it’s getting harder and harder for the judges to decide who should go home. Everyone who is still in the competition has impressed the judges repeatedly over the course of the season, but there’s just one who still hasn’t won a single design challenge: Venny Etienne. There may be a target on his back unless he steps it up effective immediately because they’re culling the herd and he stands out in the worst way. You can make your predictions for this week’s show right here in our predictions center.

Venny started the season with a high score in the “First Impressions” challenge, and he remained consistent for several weeks thereafter, but things have been rough for him in the last four episodes. He landed in the bottom two three times. He was almost eliminated with a bad,
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‘Project Runway’ recap: ‘The Stitch is Back’ in Elton John challenge, and boy-crazy designers were thirsty for male models [Updating Live Blog]

‘Project Runway’ recap: ‘The Stitch is Back’ in Elton John challenge, and boy-crazy designers were thirsty for male models [Updating Live Blog]
As a man who enjoys fashion and costumes, I’m always excited when “Project Runway” does menswear, but I probably wasn’t as excited as the designers were for their Elton John challenge in “The Stitch is Back.” Bravo previewed just how thirsty the designers were for their hunky models. But did that keep them from getting their work done? By the end of the episode, who was “Still Standing,” and who said “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road”? Find out below in our live blog with all the minute-by-minute developments as they happen.

On paper, an Elton John challenge sounded ideal for avant garde menswear designer Jamall Osterholm, who desperately needed another comeback after getting stuck at the bottom of the heap during last week’s “Blame it on Rio” team challenge when he had immunity. Garo Sparo‘s extravagant, corseted club looks also seemed like they would be a perfect fit — literally and figuratively.
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Justice for Kate! ‘Project Runway’s’ unluckiest model keeps getting tragic outfits because designers don’t like curvy women

Fashion is fickle, so “Project Runway” always has its ups and downs, but throughout this season the person I feel has gotten the short end of the stick isn’t one of the designers, it’s one of the models. Kate has been subjected to one bad outfit after another, and it’s not because she’s incapable of wearing clothes. It’s because the designers seem incapable of dressing full-figured women.

This season’s models have diverse sizes, shapes, races and even gender identities (Mimi is the show’s first transgender model), but it has been a recurring theme all season: the designers are scared to death of curvy women. In the season premiere Kate was dressed by Frankie Lewis and ended up in an infamous blue body suit that was practically falling apart.

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Stanley Donen, Director of Classics ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Charade,’ Dies at 94

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Stanley Donen, Director of Classics ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Charade,’ Dies at 94
Stanley Donen, the former Broadway chorus boy who made a name for himself in Hollywood directing classic musical films like “On the Town” and “Singin’ in the Rain,” has died at age 94.

One of Donen’s sons confirmed the news on Saturday to Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips. A rep for Donen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Donen helped reinvent the big-screen musical, with a series of hits that included 1954’s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” 1957’s “The Pajama Game,” 1958’s “Damn Yankees!” and 1957’s “Funny Face,” with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

Not only did he integrate song, dance and story in a way that enlivened MGM musicals of the era, but he was also a technical innovator in an era before CGI, as in the memorable scene in 1950’s “Royal Wedding” when Fred Astaire seemed to dance on the walls and ceiling while
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Review: "Blame It On Rio" (1984) Starring Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna And Michelle Johnson; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

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The 1980s were a decade of many cultural phenomenon such as the teen angst film, the splatter horror film, the zombie films, and of course the teen sex comedy. Bob Clark’s Porky’s (1981) was a huge success both financially and artistically. To this day it’s still one of the funniest movies ever made. Many of today’s best-known actors cut their teeth in such fare: Tom Hanks attended an out-of-control Bachelor Party (1984) and even Johnny Depp and Rob Morrow checked into a Private Resort (1985). Stanley Donen, best known for directing Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Funny Face (1957), Charade (1963), and Arabesque (1966), followed up the boring and disastrous Saturn 3 (1980) with Blame It on Rio, a peculiar entry in his otherwise illustrious career. Jennifer (Michelle Johnson) is a pulchritudinous seventeen-year-old who lusts after her father Victor’s (Joseph Bologna) best friend
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Movie News: 'The Witch' Star, Director to Reunite on 'Nosferatu'; Joseph Bologna, 'Big Daddy' Actor, Passes Away

Nosferatu: Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, above) is negotiations to star in a new version of Nosferatu. If things work out, she will reunite with director Robert Eggers; they previously worked together on indie horror movie The Witch. Eggers will also write the screenplay, based on the 1922 silent original, which itself was inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula. Werner Herzog directed a previous remake in 1979. [Variety]   Joseph Bologna: Veteran actor Joseph Bologna has passed away. He was 82. Bologna earned an Academy Award nomination for cowriting Lovers and Other Strangers and then starred in comedies like Cops and Robbers, My Favorite Year and Blame It on Rio. He continued making notable supporting appearances for the next 30 years, including playing Adam Sandler's...

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Joseph Bologna obituary

Actor, playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter who took the part of the tyrannical comedian King Kaiser in the 1982 film comedy My Favourite Year

Tough cookies with soft centres were the stock-in-trade of the actor Joseph Bologna, who has died aged 82. Cinema audiences warmed to him from his performances as gruff, long-suffering or domineering fathers and father figures.

He was the tyrannical comedian King Kaiser, modelled on Sid Caesar, in the nostalgic comedy My Favourite Year (1982), starring Peter O’Toole as an alcoholic former matinee idol. He played one of Gene Wilder’s drinking buddies in The Woman in Red and a man whose teenage daughter (Michelle Johnson) is having an affair with his best friend (Michael Caine) in Blame It on Rio (both 1984). In Big Daddy (1999), he was Adam Sandler’s disapproving father; initially unimpressed when his son adopts a child (“He’d be better off living in a dumpster than living with you!
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Joseph Bologna, Actor And Writer, Dead At 82

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Bologna in "My Favorite Year".

By Lee Pfeiffer

Actor and playwright Joseph Bologna has died from cancer at age 82. Bologna and his wife of 52 years, actress/writer Renee Taylor, were nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay they co-wrote (with David Zelag Goodman) for the 1971 comedy "Lovers and Other Strangers". The two collaborated frequently on and off screen. Bologna was noted primarily for his affiliation with comedies. He and Taylor co-wrote 22 plays and also appeared frequently on television but both had successful solo careers as well.  His most memorable big screen role was as King Kaiser, the acerbic TV variety show host who was based on Sid Caesar in the hit 1982 comedy "My Favorite Year". Last month, Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of the film. His other feature films include "Made for Each Other" (co-written with Taylor), "The Big Bus", "Blame It On Rio", "The Woman in Red" and
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Joe Bologna Dead at 82

  • TMZ
Oscar-nominated screenwriter and actor Joe Bologna died this weekend ... TMZ has learned. Joe -- most known for roles in "My Favorite Year" and "Transylvania 6-5000" died Sunday in Duarte, CA surrounded by family and friends ... according to a statement. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 3 years ago, but succumbed to the disease in recent months. Joe helped write and starred in a number of films and shows over his 60 year career, including titles such as "Blame it on Rio,
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Comic-Con San Diego 2016: All of the Screenings, Panels and Events You Can't Miss

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Comic-Con San Diego 2016: All of the Screenings, Panels and Events You Can't Miss
Headed to Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego this weekend? We're here to help you prepare to tackle it all. From exciting film screenings - like Oliver Stone's Snowden - to movie-centric panels, there's a lot to see and do at the San Diego Convention Center over just four days. Start your week laughing with Seth Rogen about his naughty, animated comedy Sausage Party and finish up by learning how to craft your own, personal R2-D2. Here's a rundown of some of the best film screenings, panels and events to check out at Comic-Con. Thursday, July 2110:00 a.m.: Feed
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Comic-Con San Diego 2016: All of the Screenings, Panels and Events You Can't Miss

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Comic-Con San Diego 2016: All of the Screenings, Panels and Events You Can't Miss
Headed to Comic-Con 2016 in San Diego this weekend? We're here to help you prepare to tackle it all. From exciting film screenings - like Oliver Stone's Snowden - to movie-centric panels, there's a lot to see and do at the San Diego Convention Center over just four days. Start your week laughing with Seth Rogen about his naughty, animated comedy Sausage Party and finish up by learning how to craft your own, personal R2-D2. Here's a rundown of some of the best film screenings, panels and events to check out at Comic-Con. Thursday, July 2110:00 a.m.: Feed
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Celebrating the B-movie performances of Michael Caine

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From killer bees to Steven Seagal, Michael Caine's seen it all. We celebrate five hilarious performances in five very bad B-movies...

"If there is one thing worse than being offered bad scripts it's being offered none at all," Michael Caine once noted - an admission that might explain some of the roles he's taken on over his long and often wonderful career.

Michael Caine may have attained national treasure status now, but from the late 70s to the middle of the 90s, classic roles like Dr Frank Bryant in Educating Rita and Scrooge The Muppet Christmas Carol were interspersed with some - shall we say - less acclaimed movies. Yet even when the production values were awful, the script stank and the films flopped, Michael Caine's performances often remained fascinating. This isn't to say he was necessarily putting his heart and soul into them -
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New NCIS Los Angeles Season 7,Episode 5 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS: Los Angeles" episode 5 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Blame It On Rio," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting and dramatic stuff take place as the NCIS L.A. crew gets a visit from Tony from the regular NCIS crew so they can team up to find an escaped fugitive, and more! In the new, 5th episode press release: The NCIS: Los Angeles Team Helps NCIS Special Agent Dinozzo Search The City For His Escaped Prisoner, On "NCIS: Los Angeles," Monday, Oct. 19. NCIS Special Agent Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly) is going to partner with the NCIS: Los Angeles team to search the city after his prisoner escapes custody on a flight from Singapore to Los Angeles. "NCIS's" Michael Weatherly Guest Stars as Special Agent Anthony "Tony" Dinozzo. Guest stars feature: Michael Weatherly
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Blu-ray Review – Blame It on Rio (1984)

Blame It on Rio, 1984.

Directed by Stanley Donen.

Starring Michael Caine, Joseph Bologna, Michelle Johnson, Demi Moore, Valerie Harper and José Lewgoy.

Synopsis:

A married middle-aged man begins an affair with his best friend’s teenage daughter whilst on holiday in Rio.

Michael Caine is an unusual choice for a romantic lead but Blame It on Rio is not a romantic film. It pretends to be one – and one of the main characters would probably believe it to be, given her immaturity when it comes to relationships – but it isn’t romantic; it’s dirty, seedy and, by modern standards at least, a little bit wrong. However, it is also great fun and, if you are of a certain age, more than likely your entry into the grown up world of sex comedies as the film features boobs, boobs and more boobs, with Michael Caine getting an eyeful of most
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