Golden Popcorn In A Bucket

A few days ago, 6th June, I saw a couple of news articles online that was making fun of Jennifer Lopez’s acceptance speech at the MTV Movie & Tv Awards. She was being recognized for her long career and given the Generation Award¬†for actors whose diverse contributions have made them household names. She also took home best song ‚ÄĒ a new category ‚ÄĒ for the track “On My Way” from the “Marry Me” soundtrack.

For one – I wasn’t even sure that MTV was still a thing. I was under the impression that the channel was dying a slow & painful death. It has stopped being a big name in the entertainment industry many, many years ago and the writing was on the wall when they stopped concentrating on music videos, interviews, specials and live shows. Instead they went on the boring relatity shows, dating shows and nonsensical scripted shows that never gained much fanfare and to be honest, I stopped even accepting their existence almost 15-16 years ago. They also had an awards show which was for movies & tv which I kinda tried to watch for a few years but that too faded away since I stopped watching tv altogether in 2010.

So I had a look at what Jen from the block had said; apparently she had made an emotional speech about how believers and skeptics contributed to her success. Now I do not care for Jen or her music (yuck) and most of her movies. I have only watched 3 of her movies – Anaconda in which she appears and then 2 of the Ice Age movies in which she voices a character. But getting that award is good for any artist. Heck, Jack Black was also honoured for his length career and received a career achievement award, Comic Genius. He ran onstage and seemed almost out of breathe before giving his acceptance speech. And don’t tell me that you wouldn’t want one of these gold popcorn in a bucket trophy adorning your mantel or display cabinet. I would.

Three Famous (Or Infamous) Serial Killers Who Always Seem To Be Fictionalized In Film Or TV

Jeffrey Dahmer : Jeffrey Dahmer started killing in 1978, just 18 years old, and wasn‚Äôt arrested for murder until 1991, after a would-be victim escaped and led police back to Dahmer‚Äôs Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home. It was there that some of the gruesome details of his life of killing were seen via photos of mutilated bodies and body parts strewn across the apartment. He even had a vat of acid he used to dispose of victims. In all, Dahmer killed 17 people, mostly young men of color. He served time in prison twice‚ÄĒthe first time for molestation and the second time for murder‚ÄĒand was killed by a fellow inmate in 1994.

John Wayne Gacy: A construction worker known by his suburban neighbors as outgoing, John Wayne Gacy was involved in politics and even acted as a clown for birthday parties. He was no clown. Gacy came under suspicion in 1978 when a 15-year-old boy, last seen with him, went missing. That wasn’t the only time families of missing boys had pointed fingers at Gacy, but it was the first time authorities took them seriously. Soon after, a search warrant granted police access to the Gacy home, with the smell of nearly 30 bodies buried in a four-foot crawl space under his home. He was convicted of 33 counts of murder, with additional counts of rape and torture, and was executed by lethal injection in 1994.

Ted Bundy : Ted Bundy loved the attention his murders garnered him, and many in the United States were more than happy to give him that attention. The western U.S. was his hunting ground, with an unknown number of murders piling up‚ÄĒmostly college-age women‚ÄĒfrom Washington and Oregon all the way to Utah and Colorado. Bundy was once arrested in Colorado and convicted of kidnapping, but he escaped custody, moving to Florida where he killed multiple times more. Bundy‚Äôs final arrest and its aftermath captured the attention of the nation, as the accused murderer acted as his own lawyer during what is believed to have been the first televised murder trial, welcomed interviews, and boasted of the fans he had created. He was eventually executed in an electric chair in 1989.

The Return Of The Orville

The third season of the comedy-drama science fiction television series The Orville, also known as The Orville: New Horizons, premiered on June 2, 2022. Along with creator Seth MacFarlane returning as Capt. Ed Mercer, we also have the rest of the cast coming back after a gap of 3 years. Adrianne Palicki as Cmdr. Kelly Grayson, Penny Johnson Jerald as Dr. Claire Finn, Scott Grimes as Lt. Gordon Malloy, Peter Macon as Lt. Cmdr. Bortus, Jessica Szohr as Lt. Talla Keyali, J Lee as Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr & Mark Jackson as Isaac. New cast member Anne Winters joins up as Ens. Charly Burke.

The late Norm Macdonald completed voiceover work as Lt. Yaphit prior to his death in September 2021, making it his final role. The premiere was dedicated to his memory. Filming began in October 2019 but was halted due to¬†COVID-19, and production ultimately completed in August 2021. his season will be the first on Hulu, after airing its previous two seasons on¬†Fox, as well as the first to premiere since¬†The Walt Disney Company’s March 2019¬†acquisition of 20th Century Fox. This season will consist of 10 episodes, fewer than the previous two seasons, but each episode will run on average 12 to 15 minutes longer.

RIP Ray Liotta

American actor Ray Liotta, whose career breakout came in the 1990 Martin Scorsese crime classic Goodfellas after co-starring in Field of Dreams, has died. He was 67. Liotta died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting the film Dangerous Waters. Raymond Allen Liotta was born in Newark, New Jersey, on December 18, 1954. Having been abandoned at an orphanage, he was adopted at the age of six months by township clerk Mary (Edgar) and auto-parts store owner Alfred Liotta. He graduated from the University of Miami, where he studied acting and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1978.

He moved the New York City and worked as a bartender for 6 months before getting an agent. Among his earliest screen roles playing nice guy Joey Perrini on the popular NBC soap Another Worldfrom 1978-81. In movies he appeared in the Jonathan Demme-directed Something Wild (1987), scoring a Golden Globe nomination, and then played banned Chicago White Sox superstar Shoeless Joe Jackson opposite Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones in 1989’s Field of Dreams. Liotta then quickly followed playing gangster Henry Hill in Scorsese’s Goodfellas, opposite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in what was to be the defining role of his career.

That signature role led to Liotta becoming a big-screen regular during the ’90s, when he would star in such films as Unlawful Entry, No Escape, Unforgettable, Turbulence, Operation Dumbo Drop, Cop Land and Corrina, Corrina. He continued to be busy in the 2000s with roles in Ridley Scott’s Hannibal,  the Silence of the Lambs sequel starring Anthony Hopkins; Ted Demme’s Blow, with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz; Narc, opposite Jason Patric; Nick Cassavetes’ John Q., starring Denzel Washington; James Mangold’s Identity, with John Cusack and Amanda Peet; and Joe Carnahan’s Smokin’ Aces with Ryan Reynolds. In the 2010s, Liotta appeared in Date Night with Steve Carell, in Charlie St. Cloud, the independent drama Snowmen, and The River Sorrow, which stars Liotta as a detective. He starred alongside Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini in the 2012 Andrew Dominik film Killing Them Softly and the 2013 Ariel Vromen film The Iceman and a supporting role in Muppets Most Wanted (2014).

Liotta married actress and producer Michelle Grace in February 1997 after they had met at a baseball game, had a daughter, Karsen, before divorcing in 2004. At the time of his death, he was engaged to Jacy Nittolo.

Loki (TV series)


Loki is an American television series created by Michael Waldron for the streaming service Disney+, based on Marvel Comics featuring the character of the same name. It is the third television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The series takes place after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019), in which an alternate version of Loki created a new timeline. Waldron served as head writer and Kate Herron directed the first season, with Eric Martin and the duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead serving as head writer and leading the directing team for the second season, respectively.

Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki from the film series, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Sasha Lane, Jack Veal, DeObia Oparei, Richard E. Grant, and Jonathan Majors also starring. By September 2018, Marvel Studios was developing a number of limited series for Disney+, centered on supporting characters from the MCU films. Filming began in February 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, but was halted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production resumed that September and completed in December. Loki  premiered on June 9, 2021. Its first season, consisting of six episodes, concluded on July 14 and is part of Phase Four of the MCU. It received positive reviews, with praise for the performances, musical score, and visuals. A second season, also consisting of six episodes, is in development.

MY TOP 5 FAVOURITE SCIENCE FICTION TV SHOWS I WATCHED DURING MY CHILDHOOD

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Battlestar Galactica : ¬†is an American¬†science fiction television¬†series created by¬†Glen A. Larson¬†that began the¬†Battlestar Galactica¬†franchise. Starring¬†Lorne Greene,¬†Richard Hatch, and¬†Dirk Benedict, it follows the surviving humans as they flee in¬†Battlestar Galactica¬†and other ships in search for a new home while being pursued by the Cylons. The series ran for the 1978‚Äď1979 season before being canceled after 24 episodes.This includes the 1980 sequel that ran for only 10 episodes and which is considered one of the worst scifi shows of all time. But the original is a groundbreaking series and the first show that is not a cartoon that I ever got into. I was into this show when I was just 4 years old when they showed the first and only season on Kuwaiti television back in 1980. They had it in reruns a lot and each time I was so excited to see the episodes.

V : The other show that reminds me so much of my childhood and is a big part of my life since then is V. V¬†is a¬†science fiction¬†franchise created by American writer, producer and director¬†Kenneth Johnson¬†about a genocidal¬†invading alien race¬†known as the “Visitors”‚ÄĒreptilian humanoids¬†disguised as human beings‚ÄĒtrying to take over Earth, and the human reaction to this, including the Resistance group attempting to stop them, while others collaborate with the aliens for power and personal wealth.This includes the original mini-series, the Final Battle and the regular tv series that lasted for 1 season and 19 episodes before getting cancelled. The mini-series is brilliant though the regular series suffered from a severe drop in budget and lousy writing. Major stats included Marc Singer, Jane Badler, Faye Grant, Jeff Yagher, June Chadwick, Robert Englund, Jennifer Cooke & the indomitable Michael Ironside.

Misfits Of Science : Misfits of Science¬†is an American superhero fantasy sci-fi drama created by¬†James D. Parriott¬†that aired on¬†NBC from October 4, 1985 to February 21, 1986. The series discussed super-powered humans and their madcap adventures. The team is formed by Dr. Billy Hayes, a research scientist at the¬†Humanidyne Institute who specializes in “human anomalies”. He works with shrinking Dr. Elvin “El” Lincoln, and together they recruit electrically powered Johnny Bukowski, a rock-and-roll musician, and Gloria Dinallo, a telekinetic teenanger. Starring the late Dean Paul Martin, the late Kevin Peter Hall, Mark Thomas Miller & a 19 year old Courtney Cox.

Automan : Automan¬†is an American¬†superhero¬†television series¬†produced by¬†Glen A. Larson. It aired for 12 episodes (although 13 were made) on¬†ABC¬†between¬†1983¬†and¬†1984. It consciously emulates the stylistic trappings of the¬†Walt Disney Pictures¬†live-action film¬†Tron, in the context of a¬†superhero¬†TV series. The series was later shown in reruns on the¬†Sci-Fi Channel. Automan¬†(the “Automatic Man”) follows the adventures of a¬†police officer¬†and¬†computer programmer¬†named Walter Nebicher (Desi Arnaz Jr.), who has created an¬†artificially intelligent¬†crime fighting program that generated a¬†hologram¬†(Chuck Wagner) able to leave the¬†computer¬†world at night and fight crime.

ThunderCats : is an American¬†animated television series¬†that was produced by¬†Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment¬†and¬†Leisure Concepts debuting in 1985, based on the characters created by Ted “Tobin” Wolf. The series, for which Leonard Starr¬†was the head writer, follows the adventures of a group of catlike humanoid aliens. The animation for the episodes was provided by the Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation, with Masaki Iizuka as production manager. The studio was acquired in 1989 to form¬†Walt Disney Animation Japan.¬†Season 1¬†of the show aired in 1985, consisting of 65 episodes, followed by a TV movie entitled¬†ThunderCats ‚Äď Ho!¬†in 1986. Seasons¬†2,¬†3, and¬†4¬†each contained twenty episodes, starting with a five-part story.

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RIP Kenneth Welsh

Prolific Canadian actor Kenneth Welsh has died after a decades-long career on stage, television and the big screen. He was 80. Welsh passed peacefully last evening surrounded by those closest to him. ACTRA Toronto¬†called the Edmonton-born¬†Welsh “one of Canada’s all-time great performers, with hundreds of memorable roles spanning decades.” Welsh was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to a father who worked for the¬†Canadian National Railway. He grew up in Alberta and studied drama at school. He later moved to¬†Montreal¬†and attended the¬†National Theatre School. Following graduation, he auditioned for the¬†Stratford Festival¬†in Ontario and then spent the first seven years of his career on stage.

Welsh was one of those actors who has portrayed multiple historical figures including Thomas E. Dewey,¬†Colin Thatcher,¬†Harry S. Truman¬†(twice),¬†Thomas Edison,¬†James “Scotty” Reston, General¬†Harry Crerar¬†and¬†James Baker. He has made guest appearances on the acclaimed TV series¬†Due South¬† and Slings & Arrows. He often played men of authority & sometimes a villainous role. In 1984, he was nominated for a¬†Genie Award¬†as Best Actor for his portrayal of Reno Colt in the film¬†Reno and the Doc, written and directed by¬†Charles Dennis. In 1997, Welsh directed Dennis in the latter’s play¬†SoHo Duo¬†at the West Bank Theatre in New York City. In 2003, he was made a Member of the¬†Order of Canada.

His role as the Vice-President of the United States in the 2004 environmental disaster film The Day After Tomorrow sparked some controversy due to his physical resemblance to Dick Cheney, who at the time was the Vice-President. In science fiction he has had appearances in ReGenesis, Stargate : Atlantis & most recently in Star Trek Discovery.

MY TOP 5 FAVOURITE TV DRAMAS I WATCHED DURING MY CHILDHOOD

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I love this prompt. However, as a big lover of tv shows, I couldn‚Äôt keep it to just 5. So‚Ķ‚Ķ.I decided to do it in different genres. This list will be all shows I watched and were heavily into during my pre-teen years. So a couple of days ago I shared my top 5 sitcoms from my childhood. Today will be a top 5 for dramas  / action oriented tv shows and science fiction as well as one for cartoons. Oooh the cartoons are going to be very difficult to do.  Anyways here is my list in no particular order:

Knight Rider is an American action crime drama television series created and produced by Glen A. Larson. The series was originally broadcast on NBC from 1982 to 1986. The show stars David Hasselhoff  as Michael Knight, a sleek and modern crime fighter assisted by KITT, an advanced, artificially intelligent,  self-aware, and nearly indestructible car. He is joined by Edward Mulhare as Devon Miles, the leader of FLAG, Patricia McPherson as Dr. Bonnie Barstow (Seasons 1, 3‚Äď4), KITT’s chief technician, Rebecca Holden as April Curtis (Season 2), chief technician for KITT & Peter Parros as Reginald Cornelius III aka RC3 (Season 4) driver of the FLAG mobile unit.

The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series that ran on NBC from 1983 to 1987 about former members of a fictitious United States Army Special Forces unit. The four members of the team were tried by court martial for a crime they had not committed. They were convicted and sentenced to serve terms in a military prison, but later escaped to Los Angeles and began working as soldiers of fortune, while trying to clear their names and avoid capture by law enforcement and military authorities. The show stars the late George Peppard, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict & Mr.T.

Starsky & Hutch is an American action television series, which consisted of a 70-minute pilot movie (originally aired as a Movie of the Week entry) and 92 episodes of 50 minutes each. The show was created by William Blinn, produced by Spelling-Goldberg Productions, and broadcast from April 1975 (pilot movie) to August 1979 on the ABC network. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures Television in the United States and, originally, Metromedia Producers Corporation and later on 20th Television in Canada and some other parts of the world. The series stars David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas & Bernie Hamilton.

CHiPs is an American crime drama television series created by Rick Rosner, that originally aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to May 1, 1983. It follows the lives of two motorcycle officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The series ran for 139 episodes over six seasons, plus one reunion television film in October 1998. The show was created by Rick Rosner, and starred Erik Estrada as macho, rambunctious Officer Francis “Ponch” Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as his straitlaced partner, Officer Jonathan (“Jon”) Andrew Baker. With Ponch the more trouble-prone of the pair, and Jon generally the more level-headed one trying to keep him out of trouble with the duo’s gruff yet fatherly immediate supervisor Sergeant Joseph Getraer (Robert Pine), the two were Highway Patrolmen of the Central Los Angeles office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP, hence the name CHiPs).

Remington Steele is an American crime drama television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises and first broadcast on the NBC network from October 10, 1982, to February 17, 1987. The series blended the genres of romantic comedy, drama, detective procedural and (towards the end of the series) international political intrigue and espionage. Remington Steele’s premise is that Laura Holt, a licensed private investigator (Stephanie Zimbalist) opened a detective agency under her own name but found potential clients refused to hire a woman, no matter how qualified so she invents a fictitious male superior she names Remington Steele. Through a series of events in the first episode, “License to Steele”, Pierce Brosnan’s character, a former thief and con man (whose real name even he proves not to know and is never revealed), assumes the identity of Remington Steele. A power struggle ensues between Laura and Steele as to who is really in charge, while the two carry on a casual romantic relationship.

Honorable mentions : Moonlighting, Charlie’s Angels, Airwolf & Dempsey & Makepeace.

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My Top 5 Favourite SitComs I Watched During My Childhood

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I love this prompt. However, as a big lover of tv shows, I couldn’t keep it to just 5. So…….I decided to do it in different genres. This list will be all shows I watched and were heavily into during my pre-teen years. Today will be sitcoms and then I think I will do a top 5 for dramas/action oriented and science fiction as well as one for cartoons. Oooh the cartoons are going to be very difficult to do. Anyways, here is my list in no particular order:

One of my favourite memories is about watching the sitcom Gimme A Break which ran from for six seasons from October 29, 1981, to May 12, 1987. Although I do not think I have watched the last 2 seasons, this show is big in my family’s memories and, along with the second show in this list, form the first 2 sitcoms that I have ever watched. The series starred¬†Nell Carter¬†as the housekeeper for a widowed police chief (Dolph Sweet) and his three daughters – played by Kari Michaelsen, Lauri Hendler & Lara Jill Miller – as well as the adopted son played by Joey Lawrence (seasons 3-6). I also had my first ever innocent crush at the wee age of 6 or 7 on Kari.

Mind Your Language is a British sitcom that premiered on ITV in 1977. It was produced by London Weekend Television and directed by Stuart Allen. Three series were made by the London Weekend Television between 1977 and 1979 and briefly revived in 1985 (or 1986 in most ITV regions) with six of the original cast. The series shows people of different countries with different social background, religions, and languages existing in the same classroom, learning English as a foreign language.

Silver Spoons¬†is an American¬†sitcom¬†television series that September 25, 1982, to May 11, 1986The show focuses on the wealthy playboy Edward Stratton III, and his relationship with his young son Ricky Stratton. Ricky was the product of a brief marriage between Edward and Ricky’s mother. Edward was unaware that he had a son until Ricky comes to live with Edward at the outset of the series. The main cast stars¬†Joel Higgins¬†as Edward,¬†Ricky Schroder¬†as Ricky,¬†Leonard Lightfoot¬†as Edward’s attorney,¬†Franklyn Seales¬†as Edward’s business manager, and¬†Erin Gray¬†as Edward’s personal assistant and later love interest.¬†Jason Bateman¬†plays Ricky’s best friend over the first two seasons of the show, replaced by¬†Alfonso Ribeiro¬†over the remaining seasons.¬†John Houseman¬†plays Edward’s dour and disapproving father.

Small Wonder¬†is an American children’s¬†comedy science fiction¬†sitcom¬†that aired in¬†first-run syndication¬†from September 7, 1985, to May 20, 1989. The show chronicles the family of a robotics engineer who secretly creates a robot modeled after a human girl, then tries to pass it off as their adopted daughter, Vicki. The series turned out to be a surprise hit, specifically amongst the kid section, as many channels belonging to different nations witnessed while re-running the show. Owing to its popularity in some countries, the show had to be dubbed for different languages.

You Again? is an American sitcom television series that aired for two seasons on NBC from February 27, 1986 to January 7, 1987. It was based on the British show Home to Roost. Jack Klugman stars as Henry Willows, a man still embittered from his divorce ten years earlier, who had made no effort to see his son Matt (John Stamos) during that time. Henry had become fairly comfortable with his life as a supermarket manager and was not really looking to make major changes to it when Matt arrived looking to stay with his father, whom he hardly knew anymore. Matt was an ill-mannered but quite attractive youth who was very popular with the girls. He drove the gruff Henry almost over the edge, but of course in the end familial ties conquered all differences in sitcom tradition.

Honoroble mentions : Different Strokes, The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show & The Two Of Us.

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RIP Gilbert Gottfried

American stand-up comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried passed away yesterday at the age of 67. His persona as a comedian featured an exaggerated shrill voice and emphasis on crude humor. His numerous roles in film and television include voicing the parrot Iago¬†in Disney’s¬†Aladdin¬†animated films and series, Digit LeBoid on¬†PBS Kids’s long-running¬†Cyberchase, and¬†Kraang Subprime¬†in¬†Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Gottfried was the voice of the¬†Aflac Duck¬†until 2011. He appeared in the critically panned but commercially successful¬†Problem Child¬†in 1990.

From 2014 until his death in 2022, Gottfried hosted a¬†podcast,¬†Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast, which featured discussions of classic movies and celebrity interviews, most often with veteran actors, comedians, musicians, and comedy writers.¬†Gilbert, a documentary film on Gottfried’s life and career, was released in 2017. At age 15, Gottfried began doing amateur stand-up in¬†New York City¬†and, after a few years, became known around New York as “the comedian’s comedian.” In 1980,¬†Saturday Night Live¬†was being retooled with a new staff and new comedians; the producers noticed Gottfried and hired him as a cast member for¬†season 6. Gottfried’s¬†persona¬†in¬†SNL¬†sketches was very different from his later characterization: he rarely (if ever) spoke in his trademark screeching, obnoxious voice and never squinted.

In the late 1990s, Gottfried met Dara Kravitz at a Grammy Awards party. They were married in 2007 and had two children together: daughter, Lily, and son, Max. Gottfried was raised in a Jewish family, but he said on his podcast that he did not have a bar mitzvah. One of his sisters was Arlene Gottfried, a New York street photographer who died in 2017Gottfried died in Manhattan from recurrent ventricular tachycardia, complicated by type II myotonic dystrophy, on April 12, 2022, at the age of 67.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is an American television miniseries¬†created by¬†Malcolm Spellman¬†for the streaming service¬†Disney+, based on¬†Marvel Comics¬†featuring the characters¬†Sam Wilson / Falcon¬†and¬†Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier. It is¬†the second television series¬†in the¬†Marvel Cinematic Universe¬†(MCU) produced by¬†Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with¬†the films of the franchise¬†and taking place after the events of the film¬†Avengers: Endgame¬†(2019). Spellman served as¬†head writer¬†with¬†Kari Skogland directing. Sebastian Stan¬†and¬†Anthony Mackie¬†reprise their respective roles as¬†Bucky Barnes¬†and¬†Sam Wilson¬†from the film series, with¬†Wyatt Russell,¬†Erin Kellyman,¬†Danny Ramirez,¬†Georges St-Pierre,¬†Adepero Oduye,¬†Don Cheadle,¬†Daniel Br√ľhl,¬†Emily VanCamp,¬†Florence Kasumba, and¬†Julia Louis-Dreyfus¬†also starring.

By September 2018, Marvel Studios was developing a number of limited series for Disney+, centered on supporting characters from the MCU films such as Wilson and Barnes. Spellman was hired in October, and chose to focus on the racial issues raised by Wilson being handed Captain America’s shield at the end of Endgame. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was confirmed in April 2019, and Skogland was hired the next month. Filming began in October 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to the Czech Republic in March 2020. Production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but resumed in Atlanta in September before wrapping in the Czech Republic in October. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier¬†premiered on March 19, 2021, and ran for six episodes until April 23. It is part of¬†Phase Four¬†of the MCU.

RIP Sally Kellerman

Sally Kellerman, the Oscar and Emmy nominated actor who played Margaret ‚ÄúHot Lips‚ÄĚ Houlihan in director Robert Altman’s 1970 film ‚ÄúMASH,” died yesterday. Kellerman died of heart failure at her home in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles, her manager and publicist Alan Eichler said. She was 84. Kellerman had a career of more than 60 years in film and television. She played a college professor who was returning student Rodney Dangerfield’s love interest in the 1986 comedy ‚ÄúBack to School.‚ÄĚ And she was a regular in Altman’s films, appearing in 1970’s ‚ÄúBrewster McCloud,” 1992’s ‚ÄúThe Player‚ÄĚ and 1994’s ‚ÄúReady to Wear.‚ÄĚ But she would always be best known for playing Major Houlihan, a straitlaced, by-the-book Army nurse who is tormented by rowdy doctors during the Korean War in the army comedy ‚ÄúMASH.”

Born in Long Beach, California, on June 2, 1937 she made a number of television-series appearances in the 60s. She was in an episode of the western Cheyenne¬†as well as a role as a waitress in the¬†John Forsythe¬†sitcom¬†Bachelor Father. Struggling for parts in television and films, Kellerman acted on stage. She debuted in¬†Henrik Ibsen’s¬†An Enemy of the People,?¬†followed by parts in a¬†Pasadena Playhouse¬†production of¬†Leslie Stevens’s¬†The Marriage-Go-Round¬†and¬†Michael Shurtleff’s¬†Call Me by My Rightful Name (1962). A big claim to fame is that she played psychiatrist Elizabeth Dehner (who studied the long-term effects of space on a crew) in “Where No Man Has Gone Before“, the second pilot for¬†Star Trek. Three months after that, Kellerman played Mag Wildwood in the original Broadway production of¬†Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Kellerman received her breakthrough role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in Robert Altman’s¬†M*A*S*H in 1970. Her performance earned Academy Award¬†and¬†Golden Globe¬†nominations, winning the Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KCFCC) Award for Best Supporting Actress, the¬†Golden Laurel¬†for Best Comedy Performance (Female) and a second-place¬†National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) Award for Best Supporting Actress. Kellerman was featured in¬†Life¬†magazine. She again collaborated with Altman in Brewster McCloud¬†as Louise, guardian angel to¬†Bud Cort, and recorded “Rock-a-Bye Baby” for the film’s soundtrack. The actress’s next role was a hostile, chain-smoking, sex-addicted woman who was trying to have an afternoon affair with¬†Alan Arkin’s character in¬†Gene Saks’s film adaptation of¬†Neil Simon’s comedy¬†Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

Her next roles included a woman involved in a deadly plot in the¬†slasher film¬†A Reflection of Fear; an eccentric woman in the¬†road movie¬†Slither¬†opposite¬†James Caan, and a tormented journalist in¬†Charles Jarrott’s musical¬†remake¬†of¬†Frank Capra’s¬†Lost Horizon¬†(also contributing to the latter’s soundtrack). Two years later, she played Mackinley Beachwood in¬†Dick Richards’¬†Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins, also singing “Honky Tonk Angels”. In the 80s she n¬†Adrian Lyne’s¬†Foxes¬†(1980); Martha, a six-times-married eccentric, in¬†Bill Persky’s¬†Serial, and the silly-but-sophisticated Mrs. Liggett in¬†Jack Smight’s¬†Loving Couples. The actress hosted¬†Saturday Night Live in 1981, and a few made for tv movies, Secret Weapons¬†(1985); the sadomasochistic Judge Nedra Henderson in¬†Moving Violations¬†(1985);¬†Rodney Dangerfield’s love interest in¬†Alan Metter’s comedy¬†Back to School (1986).

She then played Julie Andrews’ and Jack Lemmon’s eccentric neighbor in Blake Edwards’ That’s Life (1986); a porn star trying to get into heaven in Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986); Kerri Green’s mother in Three for the Road (1987), and an actress in Henry Jaglom’s Someone to Love. She would work into her 80s, with several acclaimed television performances in her final years. She starred in the comedy series ‚ÄúDecker‚ÄĚ with Tim Heidecker and played comedian Mark Maron’s mother on his series ‚ÄúMaron.‚ÄĚ And in 2014 she was nominated for an Emmy for her recurring role on ‚ÄúThe Young and the Restless.‚ÄĚ Kellerman was married to television producer Rick Edelstein from 1970 to 1972 and to movie producer Jonathan D. Krane from 1980 until his death in 2016. She is survived by her son Jack and daughter Claire.