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Primetime Emmys: Full List Of Nominees

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 5:53am PDT

Primetime Emmys: Full List Of NomineesThe 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. Netflix fared well with Best Series nominations in both comedy and drama categories, with Orange Is The New Black in the former and House Of Cards in the latter. HBO fared well with noms for rookie Silicon Valley and Veep on the comedy side and Game Of Thrones and True Detective on the drama side. Both of that series’ stars, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson, received nods in the actor category, as did Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm. The AMC show is back in the drama race with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey rounding out the category. On the comedy side, the top category includes reigning champ Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and FX’s Louie.

Here’s the full list of noms:

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Louie
FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions

Modern Family
ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Orange Is The New Black
Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix

Silicon Valley
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment

Veep
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
AMC • Sony Pictures Television

Downton Abbey
PBS • A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association with NBC Universal

Game Of Thrones
HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions

House Of Cards
Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix

Mad Men
AMC • Lionsgate Television

True Detective
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Russia Nixes ‘House Of Cards’ Filming In United Nations’ Security Council

By | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 8:07am PDT

Russia Nixes ‘House Of Cards’ Filming In United Nations’ Security CouncilRussia’s United Nations delegation has nixed a House Of Cards request to film two episodes in the UN Security Council. Vladimir Putin’s government cited the need to keep the world’s security chamber available at a moment’s notice for unanticipated crises, Foreign Policy reports. The UN Secretary-General’s office, which wanted the shoot to go forward,  had promised the House Of Cards production would take place only at night and over the weekend in mid-August — times when world crises have never been known to erupt.

Less than a week ago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office recommended the 15-nation Security Council allow the Netflix series to film in its chamber to raise public awareness about the organization. The UN has been actively courting Hollywood filmmakers, in order to promote a positive image of the United Nations. Obviously, they’ve never watched House Of Cards. Read More »

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R.I.P. Oscar-Nominated Actress Joan Lorring

By | Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 5:01pm PDT

Joan LorringJoan Lorring, who was Oscar nominated for best supporting actress in the 1945 film The Corn Is Green, died Friday in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow.  She was 88.  Born Mary Magdalene Ellis in Hong Kong on April 17, 1926, Lorring fled with her mother from the Japanese invasion in 1939 to San Francisco.  Her showbiz career began in radio, and her first American film at 18 was the 1944 MGM romantic war drama Song of Russia. She signed with Warner Bros. for the role of the scheming, trampish Bessie Watty, playing opposite Bette Davis, in The Corn Is Green.  Though she lost the Oscar to Anne Revere’s turn as Mrs. Brown in National Velvet, a budding film career followed for Lorring in such features as Three Strangers, The Verdict, and two Joseph Losey films, The Big Night and Stranger on the Prowl. She co-starred in the Burt Lancaster co-directed feature The Midnight Man in 1974. Following movies, Lorring had a vibrant career on TV including a role as Emma, the sister to ax murderess Lizze Borden on a 1956 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as well as such made-for-TV features  as 1966′s The Star Wagon opposite Dustin Hoffman and Eileen Brennan.  For a season, she portrayed the part of Anna Pavel on the soap opera Ryan’s Hope and even appeared as a guest on The Love Boat. 

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Cannes: Controversial ‘Grace Of Monaco’ Opens Fest As Critics & Royals Take Aim And Star Nicole Kidman Defends Her Film

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The Weinstein Company avoided any of the expected controversy at Grace Of Monaco Nicole Kidman Cannesthe Grace Of Monaco press conference after the first Cannes screening of the movie earlier today when it put the word out that a deal had been reached and they would be releasing the film in the U.S. (Gaumont is releasing in France later this week) after threatening to walk away. (At one point I heard they were even thinking about trying to sell it to Lifetime.) In fact the only reference to the distribution controversy came from a terse reply to a question posed to director Olivier Dahan, who now was pleased with the way it has all worked out. Speaking in French (for other questions he answered in English), he said, “Harvey will use this version of the film. If there are any changes we will do them together. There is no dispute. It is all resolved and I am happy with the whole situation,” he said.

Related: Cannes: Why Harvey Weinstein Will Miss ‘Grace Of Monaco’ Premiere

Cannes2014_badgeWhat he probably wasn’t happy with were some of the absolutely scathing reviews that appeared even before this morning’s first press screening. But critics seemed to be gunning for this one as soon as it was announced for the high-profile opening-night slot of the 67th Cannes Film Festival, which seems a little unfair. In addition to a terrific and credible turn from Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, Dahan’s portrait of a movie star-turned-princess caught up in a lifestyle change for which she was ill-prepared and now full of self-doubt is a good-looking film that doesn’t purport to be anything other than a piece of fiction based on real events (there’s a disclaimer right at the film’s start to that effect). “Almost everything is true though. I twisted reality just a little bit without really twisting it. It’s all based on historical fact. What I’ve tried to do is to detect the heart of things,” Dahan said. This may be more of an audience film than one aimed at critics. It certainly fulfilled the glamour requirements on the red carpet as tonight’s official kickoff to the festival.

For Kidman taking on a iconic public figure like this  is typical of her recent career moves. She likes to take risks. “It was such a great opportunity. I think in my whole career I have been looking for things that put me on a high wire. And this was one of those roles,” she said. No doubt about that. And she added she was not happy that Monaco’s royal family heirs have been so vocal about their displeasure with this portrayal of their mother. “Obviously I feel sad. I think the film has no malice towards the family or towards Grace or Rainier (played by Tim Roth). It’s fictionalized. We’ve said that. It’s not a biopic. It’s the essence of truth butOpening Ceremony & "Grace Of Monaco" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival with a lot of things you take dramatic license at times. I understand also because of them being their mother and father. And I understand the protection of the privacy of their mother and father. It’s awkward. It is what it is. But I say that with respect and I want them to know that the performance was done with love. And ultimately if they ever did see it, they would see  there was an enormous amount of affection for both their parents and their love story,” she said. Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch 72 – The Tony Loves Oscar Podcast

Deadline Awards Watch ep 72In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom assess the complicated relationship between Broadway and Hollywood after the Tony Awards snubbed several big film stars hoofing it on the hardwood. We also catch up on the latest additions to the Cannes Film Festival lineup, including classic films from Hitchcock and Capra and classic stars such as Deneuve and Loren. David and Pete also review the weekend’s notable movie debuts, led by The Amazing Spider-Man 2, already a hit overseas and headed to a box office win in the United States too, as well as the historical drama Belle, featuring a terrific performance from the memorably named Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Pete also talks about Kevin Spacey‘s latest adventure in modern film distribution, as he takes to the web to sell Now: In The Wings On A World Stage, a documentary about his performing Shakespeare on theaters on several continents.

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Broadway’s Marquees Will Dim Tonight For `Vanya’ Director Nicky Martin

By | Friday May 2, 2014 @ 2:39pm PDT

The lights on BroadwayNicky Martin will go dark for a minute this evening at 7:45 p.m. to honor the memory of Nicholas Martin, the director whose production of Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike was last year’s Tony Award winner for Best Play.

Martin, who made his Broadway debut as an actor in 1966, died on April 30. He was 75. For Vanya – Christopher Durang‘s wild comedy with Chekhovian overtones, undertones and Sigourney Weaver — Martin was Tony-nominated for his staging, though he lost to Pam MacKinnon. A comedy specialist and beloved figure in the theater community, Martin also had a long-running Broadway hit with The 39 Steps. That one, a slapstick re-enactment of the Hitchcock film, originated at Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, where he was artistic director. Previous directing stints on Broadway included Present Laughter, Mauritius, Butley and Hedda Gabler. Known to all as Nicky, Martin also was a regular at the bucolic Williamstown Theatre Festival, in Western Massachusetts.

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Global Showbiz Watch 36: The ‘Good Wife’-Bad Censor Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch ep 36In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom run through still more news out of Cannes, as the film festival officially selects more official selections, fills out its competition jury and adds Sophia Loren and restored films from Hitchcock, De Sica and other greats to its Classics section. Nancy and David also discuss China’s mysterious crackdown on the online streaming of The Good Wife and three other U.S. shows even as China and the UK signs a long-in-coming co-production treaty, and also look at new distribution methods that are bringing the final Monty Python performance and indie vet Jeff Lipsky’s newest projects to screens around the world. Read More »

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Cannes Classics: Sophia Loren Guest Of Honor; Leone, De Sica, Hitchcock, Capra Films Among Restorations To Screen

sophia lorenThe Cannes Film Festival is firming up plans for the 67th edition at a rapid clip this week, announcing jury members on Monday, followed by Cannes2014_badgenew Official Selection titles this morning and now the Cannes Classics sidebar lineup. Sophia Loren has been named the Cannes Classics guest of honor this year. Winner of the 1961 Best Actress prize in Cannes for Two Women, and president of the jury in 1966, Loren will give a Masterclass and attend the screening of her son Edoardo Ponti’s La Voce Umana in which she features. Also screening the same evening is Vittorio De Sica’s Marriage Italian Style. The decade-old Classics section is a showcase for restored and rediscovered versions of films that make up international cinema’s heritage. Screenings of each title are accompanied by the team responsible and, when possible, the original work’s director. There are 22 features and two documentaries which will screen in DCP 2K or DCP 4K. For the first time no 35mm print will be shown in the section, which Cannes notes comes with “regret for some or with celebration for others.” Following is the list of the films that make up Cannes Classics: Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The Extra Mile’ Debuts Big In Israel; 24 Producers On The Move Partners Named; More

‘The Extra Mile’ Debuts Big In Israel
The Extra Mile, the new reality format from Israel’s Studio Glam, debuted locally on Tuesday as the the extra milemost-watched show on Channel 10 in the past two years. The show, which challenges divorced couples to work together in hope of winning a trust fund for their children, had an average rating of 26.6 with a 37.7% share, the latter a 167% increase on the slot average. It was the highest launch in Channel 10 history and the No. 1 show of the day. At Mip-TV earlier this month, Endemol acquired rights to produce the format in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Scandinavia.

European Film Promotion Taps 24 Partners For Producers On The Move
The European Film Promotion, the international network of organizations that promotes and markets European cinema worldwide, has selected 24 emerging producers to take part in its Producers On The Move initiative at the Cannes Film Festival next month. From May 17-19, the program will include working sessions, one-to-one speed-dating meetings and various opportunities to exchange knowledge and follow-up discussions on future projects. EFP launched the scheme in 2000. Last year’s Producers On The Move resulted in 17 co-productions going into development. A full list of up-and-comers who’ll be in Cannes is available here. Read More »

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‘Oklahoma’ Restoration Launches TCM Film Fest As Classic Hollywood Gets Ready For Its Closeup

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 11:05am PDT
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share“You need to show more re-releases. You need to show the great old movies in your theatres,”  director Christopher Nolan told exhibitors at their CinemaCon convention a couple of weeks ago, but sadly no one in that crowd applauded the sentiment. I thought of that as I attended last night’s kickoff  of  TCM’s 5th Annual Classic Film Festival, a nirvana for movie lovers. At least this is still a place you can see “great old movies”  in theatres and in pristine condition. And people from around the U.S., and even the world travel to Hollywood for the opportunity. For that Nolan should at least be thankful.

2014 TCM Classic Film Festival - Opening Night Gala And World Premiere Of The Restoration Of "Oklahoma!"This edition got underway Thursday night with the World Premiere of a stunning TODD AO restoration of the 1955 musical OklahomaStar Shirley Jones joined TCM host Robert Osborne (a “rock star” to the TCM crowd that comes from everywhere for this four-day smorgasboard of movies) for a pre-screening Q&A at the newly renovated TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX.  It was the first film for the Oscar-winning star who just turned 80 last week.  It’s probably safe to say the movie didn’t even look this good when it originally premiered almost 60 years ago  thanks to14682 20th Century Fox’s 8-month effort (led by restorer Schawn Belston) to bring it back to life in the same 30 frame per second TODD AO format in which it was made. Fox is releasing this film and several other Rodgers And Hammerstein musicals in a Blu-ray box set later this Spring.  The TODD AO process was sort of an answer to the 3D craze of the 50′s and in this incarnation it actually feels at times like you are watching some scenes (like a runaway horse sequence) in 3D without glasses. Read More »

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Tribeca Film Festival Jurors Announced

Tribeca 2014 marqueeThe judges are set for 13th annual edition of the event founded by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff. The seven competition juries for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival include 33 filmmakers, writers, producers, actors, journalists and entrepreneurs. The World Narrative Competition judges are Lake Bell, Steve Conrad, Bart Freundlich, Catherine Hardwicke and Ben Younger. Jurors for other categories include Toni Collette, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Alfonso Arau, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, HBO’s Sheila Nevins and Google’s Regina Dugan. The Nas rap docu Time Is Illmatic will open the fest, which runs April 16-27 in NYC. The recently re-retitled Begin Again closes it. Here is the full list of jurors and categories:

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ’50 Kisses’ Sets Writer Record; ‘Mysteries Of Laura’ Deepen; ‘Dropped’ Upped In Sweden; More

50 kissesUK omnibus 50 Kisses is entering the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest roster of co-writers on a feature film. The 51 scribes will gather today at BAFTA headquarters in London for a special screening of the film that beat the previous record holder, 1943’s Forever And A Day. That film had 21 writers including an uncredited Alfred Hitchcock. The British 50 Kisses was produced by the London Screenwriters’ Festival. Two years ago, it invited writers to submit two-page scripts featuring at least one kiss and set on Valentine’s Day. The 50 best scripts were released online with an open invitation for filmmakers to produce them. Ultimately, 127 shorts were made and those were edited down to produce 50 Kisses. The finished product was released on February 13 this year, earning a per-screen average of nearly £9,500. The end credits run for 17 minutes. Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Ups Joel McKinnon Miller, Dirk Blocker To Regular

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 6:25pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: After recurring on Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘sdirk1Joel McKinnon Miller freshman season, Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker have been upped to regular for Season 2 on the Fox comedy series, from Universal TV. Miller, repped by Greene & Associates and Howard Entertainment, plays Detective Scully, the bumbling veteran of the police force who serves as the office’s punching bag. Blocker millerblockerplays the frequently shirtless Detective Hitchcock on the series set in the NYPD’s 99th Precinct in Brooklyn. Scully and Hitchcock have been standout characters and got their own holiday video (watch it below). Brooklyn Nine-Nine was one of three Fox comedies, along with New Girl and The Mindy Project, that received an early renewal. It has been one of the most heralded freshman series, winning Golden Globe Awards for Best Comedy Series and Comedy Actor for Andy Samberg.

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Showtime Picks Up Morgan Spurlock Documentary Series On Seven Deadly Sins

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 9:58am PDT
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Morgan SpurlockShowtime will air Seven Deadly Sins, a new documentary from Super Size Me writer-director Morgan Spurlock. Hosted by Spurlock, the series will explore each of the seven deadly sins — one per episode — taking an in-depth look at the weird and darkly comic world of sin. The project had been in development and production at Showtime, which is showtime_logo__121211185844__130120002910__130730210613__131210182749now announcing the series, along with a June 19 premiere date. Seven Deadly Sins comes from Warrior Poets, Spurlock’s production banner with partner Jeremy Chilnick. “For years, I’ve wanted to do an Alfred Hitchcock Presents-style show comprised completely of non-fiction stories,” said Spurlock. “A series just as dark and twisted as anything fiction could imagine, and now I’m thrilled to have that dream come true with Seven Deadly Sins. With Showtime as a partner, we’re going to make this as depraved as any scripted program as we dive head first into Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy & Pride. You won’t believe it until you see it … and even then, you may not believe it.”

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Bruce Dern To Receive SBIFF’s Modern Master Award, Steps In For Emma Thompson

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 6:56am PST

dern2Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award-nominated actor Bruce Dern with the Modern Master Award at the 29th edition of the Fest, which runs January 30 – February 9, 2014, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the historic Arlington Theatre and is sponsored by Adobe.

Emma Thompson, who was slated to receive the Modern Master Award, is unfortunately now not able to be in attendance as she is required for rehearsal in London on the New York Philharmonic staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, which will be directed by Lonny Price.

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Helen Mirren To Receive BAFTA Fellowship

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 11:20am PST

 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Red CarpetLondon, 27 January 2014: On Sunday 16 February, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will present Dame Helen Mirren with the Fellowship at the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House, London. Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games. Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee and Martin Scorsese. Sir Alan Parker received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.

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‘Grace Of Monaco’ To Open Cannes Film Festival In World Premiere

cannes film festivalOlivier Dahan’s Grace Of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman will kick off the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, out of competition. There was some confusion yesterday when The Weinstein Co moved Grace off of its previously scheduled March 14 U.S. release date. I suspected this might have something to do with Cannes rather than with reported strife between Harvey Weinstein and director Dahan. Gaumont, which is distributing Grace in France, had, grace posterin December, changed its local release date from January 29 to March 19. That move was because the film had only just been finished. When I recently ran into Grace producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam in Paris, I asked him if the date might change again for a surprise Cannes berth and he gave me a cryptic “Who knows?” I’m promised the biopic about actress turned princess Grace Kelly is a stunner. The film portrays a period in her life after marrying Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) in 1956. Six years later, amid occasional difficulties in fulfilling her role, she was invited back to Hollywood by Alfred Hitchcock, to star in Marnie. At the time, France was threatening to tax, and even annex, Monaco. The film asks the question: Was Grace still an actress or was she really Princess of Monaco? Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Jeanne Balibar, Derek Jacobi … Read More »

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R.I.P. Sarah Marshall

By | Monday January 20, 2014 @ 9:36pm PST

Sarah MArshall TrekThe British actress was a familiar face on TV and on Broadway during the 1950s and early ’60s, earning a Tony nom for her supporting role in 1959’s Goodbye, Charlie. Sarah Marshall died Saturday of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 80. Marshall appeared on dozens of TV shows from the mid-’50 through the mid-’90s, including such popular series as Thriller, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Get Smart, Daniel Boone, Three’s Company and Cheers. She also was a regular on the 1979 CBS comedy Miss Winslow & Son and appearedLittle Girl Lost in the 1980 miniseries Scruples. But Marshall is perhaps best known to American TV audiences for starring roles on episodes of The Twilight Zone (the worried mother in “Little Girl Lost”) and Star Trek (the disease-curing scientist an ex-flame of Capt. Kirk in “The Deadly Years”).

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R.I.P. Russell Johnson

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 1:40pm PST

2nd Annual TV Land Awards - Press RoomActor Russell Johnson, best known for playing The Professor on Gilligan’s Island, has died. He was 89. His longtime agent Mike Eisenstadt told Deadline that Johnson died this morning of natural causes at his home in Washington state. The Pennsylvania native had dozens of TV and film credits during his decades-long career, but it was as Professor Roy Hinkley in 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island for which he is best remembered. Johnson appeared on the show all three seasons it aired on CBS (1964-67). He reprised the role in The Castaways On Gilligan’s Island TV movie in 1979. Deadline recently reported that Warner Bros was planning a feature film based on the series.

Russell’s Hollywood career began in the early 1950s, with early roles mainly in westerns including 1953′s The Stand At Apache River and Tumbleweed and sci-fi pics such as It Came from Outer Space (1953), This Island Earth (1955), Attack Of The Crab Monsters (1956), and The Space Children (1958). His other TV credits include The Adventures Of Superman, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, The Jeffersons, MacGyver, Fame and an episode of Newhart in which he was shown watching Gilligan’s Island. Johnson’s other film credits include MacArthur, The Great Skycopter Rescue, The Greatest Story Ever Told and Off The Wall.

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