Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Co-Creator of the Rudolph TV Special Has Died

He made magic with fragile paper puppets, creating one of the most enduring Christmas traditions of all time. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer co-creator Arthur Rankin, Jr. has died at age 89. The Hollywood Reporter obit.

Here's the behind the scenes story of the making of the Rudolph TV special, much of it will surprise you! It's written by Rick Goldschmidt the leading Rankin/Bass expert.

Torture & Murder of the East Coast Rave King

Six months ago I began my investigation into the bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of Ed LeBrun, the leading east coast rave producer in the 1990s. I decided to take as long as necessary to uncover what the facts were, as much as anyone can for an event that happened 15 years ago this summer. It's something I wanted very much to get right, there were so many misconceptions out there.

I didn't take a great deal of pleasure in telling this story, nothing 'Feel Good' about it - no winners here. I had extensive correspondence with Zachary Grimes who is in the middle of a 30 year sentence for the crime and spoke with people who were close to Ed. This is a two-part feature to be continued next week.

I didn't know Ed personally but an awful lot of my friends did, I hope I did him justice without sugar coating anything.

Read the story here...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TV Land Cancels Hot in Cleveland

It's the only current sitcom I'll watch but Hot in Cleveland has run its course both in terms of being, well, funny... and in terms of the network it airs on. After 6 seasons the production will call it quits, there are plenty of episodes for syndication and 6 years is about all you can squeeze out of a half-hour comedy anyway.

A TV Land spokesperson writes, "The passion and talent they brought to the set each and every week over the past five years has put TV Land on the map as a network dedicated to quality original programming. We will continue to celebrate the show and are looking forward to a fantastic series finale." That will happen in 2015.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

First Look at 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer!

It won't be in theaters until May 2015 but Marvel / Disney has released a trailer for the second Avengers movie, the one they said couldn't be made because of the excessive star salaries. And yet...

James Spader provides the voice of Ultron.