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Weekend TV: Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, Bletchley Return

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And so the unnecessarily long goodbye begins for AMC's breakout, breakthrough signature series Mad Men, its final 14 hours being unconscionably broken into two halves over two years, starting Sunday at 10/9c. (Yes, it worked for Breaking Bad, but this isn't that kind of show.) While prolonging the inevitable, and potentially blunting whatever narrative momentum still exists in a most inelegant and desperate-seeming way, it's no wonder the often dazzling opening episode — titled "Time Zones," in a nod to the firm's now-bicoastal focus — is so preoccupied with time.

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Mickey Rooney Leaves Modest Estate to Stepson, Cuts Out Rest of His Children

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Mickey Rooney left his entire estate, valued at $18k, to Mark Rooney, a stepson who was also his caretaker, the Associated Press reports.

The legendary actor, who passed away April 6, signed his most recent will... read more

Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

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Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died Sunday of natural causes, TMZ reports. He was 93 and had been in ill health for some time, according to TMZ.

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Mickey Rooney Granted Restraining Order Against Stepson

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Mickey Rooney has been granted a restraining order against his stepson, The Associated Press reports.

According to court documents, the veteran actor, who rose to stardom in the 1930s, is claiming that Chris Aber has been withholding food and medicine from him and meddling in his personal finances. Earlier this week, a Los Angeles Superior Court approved the order that requires Aber to stay 100 yards away from Rooney.

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Ed Asner to Cloris Leachman: Well, If You Wanna Act Nuts...

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Is there beef between Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman? Sure seems like it!

Asner, who stars in CMT's upcoming sitcom Working Class, was reflecting on the success of TV's older actors — led, of course, by the white-hot Betty White — when Leachman, his The Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star, came up.

"Cloris Leachman has eight Emmys? Is that... read more

The SAG Awards: Solidarity at 75

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If this year’s SAG Awards (simulcast Sunday on TNT and TBS) will be remembered for anything, it won’t be for who won or lost—there was little surprise and virtually no suspense in the no-frills ceremony—but for its symbolic timing in the middle of a painful, industry-crippling labor strike.Airing two weeks after the pathetic teleconference-style Golden Globes braadcast, hobbled together after the threat of pickets shut down that night’s gala, the SAGs (marking the union's 75th anniversary) attracted a glittery gathering of movie and TV stars—although there were still some curious no-shows, including TV winners Alec Baldwin, Kevin Kline and this year’s People’s Choice host Queen Latifah as well as film nominee George Clooney. More than a few voiced their support on stage for their striking brethren in the WGA Guild, including Tina Fey (herself a WGA member) and Julie Christie, who noted, “It’s lovely to receive an award from your own ... read more

Mickey Rooney Celebrates a Big Night at the Museum

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There's a man small of stature but incredibly big on talent and Hollywood luster at the center of the box-office blockbuster Night at the Museum, which to date has raked in more than $563 million globally. Just before reuniting with ol' Rexy, Mickey Rooney — who in the Ben Stiller-fronted comedy plays Gus, a night watchman with a surprising agenda — gave TVGuide.com a call to tout Museum's Tuesday DVD release. TVGuide.com: I understand you're on your way to the Museum of Natural History to bid "Rexy" [Night at the Museum's two-ton, 13-foot-tall T-rex model] farewell.Mickey Rooney: That's right. [Chuckles] He's going on a cross-country trip. TVGuide.com: I wonder if he thinks to himself, "Meh, I'm too read more

Inspiring Special Cheers:  Mickey Rooney!

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The American Film Institute celebrates America's 100 most inspiring movies in a three-hour CBS special AFI'S 100 Years... 100 Cheers, airing tonight at 8 pm/ET. Appearing in no fewer than seven films on the list — including Babes in Arms, Captains Courageous, read more

I know the Oscar statuettes ...

Question: I know the Oscar statuettes are about a foot tall and weigh 8 pounds, but what are they made of, and is it true that they got their name because someone said it looked like their Uncle Oscar? That sounds like a made-up story.


Answer: Last part first: The official story is indeed that Margaret Herrick, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' first librarian in 1931 and its executive director from 1943 to 1971 (and for whom the Academy's Los Angeles library, where I've done my share of research, is named), saw one of the statuettes (designed by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons for the first ceremony in 1929) on a desk and exclaimed that it looked just like her Uncle Oscar. Which is sort of alarming in that it implies that her uncle was a bald nudist with a thing for (perhaps compensatory) swords. Many people prefer the slightly ruder version in which Bette Davis sugge read more

AT THE MOVIES

A rep for Ben Affleck tells the New York Daily News that, contrary to a rumor going around, there are no plans for the actor and best bud Matt Damon to remake Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid — which is good, because when asked about the very notion at his Sundance Film Festival this week, Robert Redford literally groaned and muttered some not-nice words.... Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke will play villains in the increasingly fun-sounding comedy Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller, Kim Raver and Carla Gugino.... Speaking of Stiller, Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall Thurber has been tapped to helm Universal's big-screen adaptation of Magnum P.I. If Tom Selleck isn't in it, can King Kong at least play his mustache? read more

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