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Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 3:41PM EST
Bob Einstein dies: Curb Your Enthusiasm's Marty Funkhouser and Super Dave Osborne stuntman was 76
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Albert Brooks paid tribute to his older brother, calling him a "brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever." Einstein was an Emmy-winning writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and Van Dyke and Company who went on to play blundering stuntman Super Dave Osborne on the Showtime series Super Dave and elsewhere, including numerous appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. Most recently, he played Marty Funkhouser on Curb Your Enthusiasm, appearing in 22 episodes, including regularly on Season 9 in 2017. "Marty didn't appear on Curb until s4, yet Einstein and Larry David had a rapport that made it seem like he'd been there forever," tweeted Alan Sepinwall. Einstein was also the first repeat guest on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, appearing in Season 1 and Season 9. "I’m in shock," tweeted fellow Curb actor Richard Lewis, adding: "His long career is hard to match. His role on #curbyourenthusiasm was excruciatingly brilliant! Our cast and crew will be devastated. He was so loved. He told me how much he loved LD and Curb. RIP buddy."
- Larry David remembers Einstein: “Never have I seen an actor enjoy a role the way Bob did playing Marty Funkhouser on Curb. It was an amazing, unforgettable experience knowing and working with him. There was no one like him, as he told us again and again. We’re all in a state of shock."
- Celebrities pay tribute to Bob Einstein, including Curb vets Cheryl Hines and David Mandel
- Einstein told a joke so funny on Curb he nearly left Jerry Seinfeld in tears
- Jimmy Kimmel tweeted his friend "Supe" was "the master of a joke you could see coming for miles that still killed when it arrived"
- Patton Oswalt calls Einstein a "genius" talk show panel guest: "Whenever Bob Einstein was on Letterman as 'Super Dave' it was un-missable. No one was more confident with the long payoff"
- Sarah Silverman says we called him "Super": "I will miss his brilliant comedy and vice-like hugs"
- Listen to Einstein talk about his comedic inspirations and his favorite Curb episodes in a December 2017 podcast interview
Posted Tuesday 12/18/18 at 2:01PM EST
Penny Marshall dies: Laverne & Shirley star was 75
Source: New York Daily News
The Bronx-born actress and director died last night at her Hollywood Hills home from complications from diabetes, said her publicist Michelle Bega. Marshall was nominated for three Golden Globes for the role that made her famous: Laverne DeFazio on the ABC Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley. For eight seasons, from 1976 to 1983, Marshall co-starred with Cindy Williams as best friends, roommates and co-workers at a brewery in 1950s Milwaukee on the sitcom co-created by older brother Garry Marshall. Marshall followed her sitcom career by directing hit films like Big and A League of Their Own. Marshall and Williams' reunited on screen in 2013 for the Nickelodeon sitcom Sam & Cat. Marshall was also The Simpsons' first guest-star, appearing as Ms. Botz, "The Babysitter Bandit," on the first season. Actors paid tribute to Marshall on Twitter. "I grew up wanting to be as funny as Penny Marshall, and had the pleasure of meeting her a few times," tweeted Mayim Bialik. "Watch some old Laverne and Shirley to see why her brother Garry insisted on casting her. Comedy gold, she was." Added Patton Oswalt: "I had the good fortune to be directed by her once and she was sharp and smart and hilarious." Rosie O'Donnell, whom Marshall directed in A League of Their Own, tweeted she was "simply heartbroken," linking to a video of a 1996 Kmart commercial they did together.
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 12:37AM EST
The Academy is mulling a host-less Oscars
Variety reports The Academy was "blindsided" by Hart's abrupt decision to step down Thursday night. ABC and The Academy had no contingency plans. The Academy's Board of Governors are expected to meet Tuesday night to explore all options. Insiders tell Variety that one option being "tossed around" is to go without a host and have “a bunch of huge celebs, something SNL style, and buzzy people to throw to commercial." Variety also reports: "The Academy had hoped that Hart would apologize for a series of years-old homophobic tweets and show signs of genuine remorse, but would stop short of actually leaving the show, said another person close to the Hart exit. The group’s leadership did believe the comic needed to do a better job of addressing the jokes, which included tweets that made light of AIDS and offensive comments about the trans community."
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- Why Kevin Hart's Oscars backlash was different from other recent public shamings
- Stop looking at Hart as the victim of his own controversy
- Here is the difference between Sarah Silverman and Kevin Hart's old homophobic tweets
- Patton Oswalt would not want to host the Oscars, as Stephen King suggested
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 1:48PM EST
Veronica Mars' Hulu revival brings back Max Greenfield, adds Patton Oswalt
Greenfield will reprise his role as Leo D’Amato, who was last seen as a detective in the Veronica Mars movie. Oswalt will play a true-crime obsessed pizza delivery man.
Posted Sunday 10/07/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Patton Oswalt: My 2015 groping Veep character is "very problematic to watch now"
Oswalt said at The New Yorker Festival his role as the vice president's chief of staff who would constantly grope Jonah Ryan was clearly referencing somebody like Kevin Spacey years before the #MeToo movement.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 8:43AM EDT
Christy Carlson Romano will appear in the Kim Possible movie, joined by Patton Oswalt
Romano, who voiced the animated character, will appear in the live-action movie in a cameo role. Oswalt will play the villainous Professor Dementor, the same character he voiced in the show.
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:44AM EDT
Rachel Bloom on ending Crazy Ex-Girlfriend next season: "We’re telling a 62-hour movie”
"That’s why it’s four very specific seasons because each season has a different angle of looking at the title of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Bloom said at Comic-Con, noting that The CW musical comedy is “a finite story” about a “very specific period in a young woman’s life." Bloom also sang the Season 4 theme song during the show's Comic-Con panel. ALSO: Patton Oswalt is coming back to sing a song.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Could CNN keep Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown going with a new host?
An unnamed CNN insider tells The Wrap that that there's a possibility Bourdain's show may not end with his death. “They need to helm it with somebody else,” the CNN insider tells The Wrap. “There’s a lot of opportunity there not to give up on that mission of bringing American audiences people and food and customs with which they’re not familiar with and that mission is important. People need this show.” Parts Unknown usually airs 16 episodes a year, or two seasons a year each comprising of eight episodes.
- A prosecutor in France said there was no sign of foul play
- Patton Oswalt shared Bourdain's brutally honest email from January about eating in Paris for his honeymoon
- Here are the restaurants around the world that Bourdain turned into destinations for foodies
- Owner of Hanoi noodle place where Parts Unknown filmed with President Obama reacts to Bourdain's death
- Obama's tweet honoring Bourdain surpasses 1 million "likes"
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Jeopardy! pays a subtle tribute to Patton Oswalt and his late wife Michelle McNamara
Source: The A.V. Club
Alex Trebek didn't call attention to the shout-out to Oswalt's 2017 Netflix Annihilation special.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
The Expanse fans hired a plane to fly a "#SaveTheExpanse" banner over Amazon Studios
Source: The A.V. Club
Famous fans like Patton Oswalt are calling on Amazon to revive the canceled Syfy series.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Kevin Can Wait hasn't recovered after the unexplained death of Erinn Hayes' character
Not explaining why Kevin James' TV wife died has hurt the CBS sitcom, which is now on the bubble for next season. "A weird black hole has existed at the center of Kevin this season because it's finally occurred to fans, viewers, really anyone, that Kevin hasn't a clue what happened to Donna and couldn't care less, either," says Verne Gay. "Successful sitcoms float on a cloud of fake goodwill and bonhomie, even the most seditious of them (Seinfeld). By bumping off Donna, Kevin couldn't even fake that." ALSO: Patton Oswalt would reunite with former King of Queens co-star Kevin James on Kevin Can Wait "in a second."
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 1:51PM EDT
Golden State Killer docuseries gets HBO greenlight
One week after former cop Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested as the suspected serial killer and serial rapist, HBO has given the greenlight to the docuseries that Patton Oswalt is producing based on his late wife Michelle McNamara's recently published book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer. As Deadline notes, "it has been a pretty quick turnaround for the project, with production starting less than a month after HBO Documentary Films announced the acquisition of rights to the tome." McNamara, whose book was released in February -- two years after her death -- coined the memorable "Golden State Killer" moniker. McNamara wasn't credited with DeAngelo's capture, but her book and nickname helped bring attention to the long-dormant case.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 1:08PM EDT
Patton Oswalt read from his late wife's book on Late Night to commemorate the suspected Golden State Killer's arrest
It was a coincidence that Oswalt was a scheduled guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers the same day that the alleged serial killer his late wife Michelle McNamara had been investigating for years was finally captured.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
Patton Oswalt on the arrest of the Golden State Killer: I'm happy my late wife's work wasn't in vain
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Oswalt, who completed his late wife Michelle McNamara's Golden State Killer book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark after she died two years ago, opened up to EW about the complex emotions he's feeling after this morning's arrest. “My mind is going in a million directions right now, but on top of all the exhaustion and surrealism, I just feel very, very happy that her work wasn’t in vain,” said Oswalt, who's producing an HBO docuseries based on McNamara's true-crime book. “Weirdly enough, I had been with her family the night before, doing a talk for her book, so that was very strange.”
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Suspected Golden State Killer, subject of an upcoming HBO docuseries, has been captured
Source: The Daily Beast
The arrest of ex-cop Joseph James DeAngelo this morning comes two weeks after HBO announced a docuseries on the Golden State Killer based on the late true-crime writer Michelle McNamara's book I'll Be Gone in the Dark. Patton Oswalt, who was married to McNamara and is producing the docuseries, tweeted of the news: "I think you got him, Michelle."