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Ready For My Close-Up: TCM's 20th Anniversary

Robert Osborne and Matt Roush

True fact: One of the first things I most loved about TV was the movies. Specifically old movies, the classics that once upon a technologically simpler time were only accessible to most of us via TV. No VCRs, DVRs, DVDs or streaming in those days. They would often air at odd times in the late afternoon (pre-Oprah era) or late at night. Which is also why one of my earliest memories of my long relationship with TV Guide Magazine involves scouring the local listings for the movies the stations in my market (Cincinnati) would be showing any given week, back when they used to do such things.

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Eleanor Parker, Best Known for Playing Sound of Music's Baroness, Dies at 91

Eleanor Parker

Oscar-nominated actress Eleanor Parker, who is best known for playing the Baroness in The Sound of Music, died Monday due to complications from pneumonia, Variety reports. She was 91.

An Ohio native, Parker studied at... read more

The Monday Playlist: Siberia vs. Dome, Carson on TCM, Gideon's Army on HBO

Sam, Daniel

For many a new show, airing on NBC is its own form of being stranded in Siberia. And so it is with Siberia, a clunky new thriller in the guise of a reality-adventure competition show — take all of the we're-not-here-to-make-friends clichés and add violent mysterious death, shot in a Blair Witch Project-meets-Survivor style. This weird drama/reality hybrid — not as silly as ABC's Whodunnit?, but just as unconvincing — has the terrible luck to arrive on the scene going head to head (Monday, 10/9c) with CBS's Under the Dome, a week after the Stephen King project opened to blockbuster ratings.

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Roush Review: A Long Night at the Oscars

Billy Crystal

So how did everyone like 127 Hours: The Oscar Show?

Past experience has lowered our Oscar night expectations, but the enormity of this year's train wreck was hammered home when the starry audience stood and cheered as Billy Crystal took the stage midway through — as if to say: "Come back, Billy! Do something! Please save this show!"

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The 8-time former host teased, "We're running a little long, so here are the nominees for best picture." Bad boy. Funny boy. Boy oh boy, could the show have used a little more of Crystal's comic polish... read more

Oscars 2011 Top Moments: James Franco in a Dress, Taylor Lautner Without a Shirt

Anne Hathaway and James Franco

Anne Hathaway and James Franco's first foray into hosting the Oscars was a little rocky, but there were still plenty of top moments to be had from the ceremony:

Most Awkward Host Introduction:  Ouch. Anne Hathaway and James Franco's requisite montage of fake clips from the Best-Picture nominees fell flat, but at least we got a small giggle from seeing Franco in a white, full-body leotard for their Black Swan spoof. Can we get him and Justin Timberlake doing "Single Ladies"?

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Michael Douglas: Cancer Brought Me Closer to My Father

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas says his cancer diagnosis helped mend his strained relationship with his father, Kirk Douglas.

Michael Douglas on throat cancer: "The expectations are good"

"He really made an effort. He was ... read more

Cameron Douglas Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Cameron Douglas

Michael Douglas' son was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday on drug charges, according to The Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman announced Cameron Douglas' sentence after the 31-year-old apologized with his father in attendance. Douglas pleaded guilty to... read more

Cameron Douglas Pleads Guilty to Drug Dealing

Cameron Douglas

Cameron Douglas pleaded guilty Wednesday to dealing large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine, The Associated Press reports.

The 31-year-old son of Michael Douglas also pleaded guilty to... read more

Longtime Film Star Jean Simmons Dead at 80

Jean Simmons

Jean Simmons, whose film career spanned from 1944 to 2008, died Friday after battling lung cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported. She was 80.

Originally from London, Simmons shared the screen with many of Hollywood's leading men, including... read more

My wife and I were having ...

Question: My wife and I were having dinner recently at an Italian restaurant and the background music was Dean Martin singing songs from Guys and Dolls. We agreed that Martin would have been much better than Marlon Brando in the movie — was Martin too new on the Hollywood scene to be considered, or was the studio pushing  Brando?


Answer: Producer Sam Goldman wanted Gene Kelly to play Sky Masterson in the movie version of the Broadway hit Guys and Dolls (1955), but Kelly couldn't get released from his MGM contract. (Though MGM stands for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sam Goldwyn was only part of the studio, which was formed by merging three existing companies, for a couple of years; in 1923, he formed his own Samuel Goldwyn Productions. MGM kept the read more

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