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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

Oscar Winner Celeste Holm Dies at 95

Celeste Holm

Celeste Holm, who rose to fame in Broadway's Oklahoma! and won an Oscar for 1947's Gentleman's Agreement, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 95.

Holm was hospitalized approximately two weeks ago with dehydration ... read more

Keck's Exclusives: Peter Dinklage — Fantasy Island's New Tattoo

Peter Dinklage

Emmy-winning Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is preparing to slip into the little white suit worn by Fantasy Island sidekick Tattoo in a big-screen biopic of French-born Filipino actor Hervé Villechaize.

"He was an amazing painter and did a lot of charity work with children but... read more

Mark Burnett Reviving Fantasy Island as Reality Series

Ricardo Montalbán

Welcome to Fantasy Island — the reality version.

Mark Burnett and Sony are teaming up to turn the classic series into a reality show, in which contestants will compete to become a real-life Mr. or Ms. Roarke, Variety reports.

The ABC original, which aired from 1978 to '84, featured Mr. Roarke — played by the late Ricardo Montalban — in his iconic white suit, who welcomed guests to his private island and made ...
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Why do none of the major ...

Question: Why do none of the major networks show new programming on Saturday night anymore? I grew up with TV, and there have been a lot of good shows airing on Saturday nights (i.e., Gunsmoke, Mary Tyler Moore, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, District, Hack, to name a few). Do the major networks think that no one is home on Saturday evening to watch TV? A lot of us "baby boomers" are done running around and partying on Saturday nights and would really appreciate something other than repeats to watch. Is there any hope for us? Answer: There's no such thing as a simple question. Saturdays are a dead zone for the networks, and I can't see that changing in the foreseeable future. In fact, I worry that Fridays will be the next to go. The notion of there being a "captive audience" for network TV is obsolete; even in recent years, when the networks were still programming original series on Saturdays (CBS, the most traditional network, was the last holdout), there was a sense that most at-home viewers ... read more

At the Movies: The Eddie Murphys Visit Fantasy Island

Eddie Murphy is set to star in a family-oriented big-screen adaptation of TV's Fantasy Island, filling (much to SAG's consternation, I always imagine) multiple roles.... Also per the Hollywood Reporter, Tim Roth is in talks to play Emil Blonsky/The Abomination to Edward Norton's Incredible Hulk.... Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank star in the indie comedy Laws of Motion, playing a harried husband and his all-too-perfect neighbor.... Luke Wilson will star in Henry Poole Is Here, a dramedy about a man who learns he has only six weeks to live. read more

Honey, I Shrunk T.J. Hooker and Blair Warner!

Sony is retooling episodes from its classic television library into 3-1/2 to 5-minute "minisodes" which will initially be available on the company's web-based Minisode Network launching this summer on MySpace. Thus far, Reuters reports, more than 300 minisodes — each one condensing but covering a complete story arc from within the full-length episode — have been produced from such shows as T.J. Hooker, Charlie's Angels, Facts of Life and Fantasy Island (as if Tattoo could get much smaller). read more

Is Ricardo Montalban the ...

Question: Is Ricardo Montalban the one who calls Grissom and Sara on their feelings?


Answer: As I said before, it's no one of any significance…. Oh, I see what you're doing there. Fantasy Island, fantasy fulfillment. Good one.

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Premiered: January 28, 1978, on ABC
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Premise: An elegantly dapper man named Roarke is the mysterious proprietor of a tropical resort in this memorable Aaron Spelling confection, which finds a parade of B-list guest stars checking in to live out their dreams. Teamed with the successful `Love Boat' on Saturdays from 1978 to '84, the show grew creepier over the years as even the Devil himself (portrayed by Roddy McDowall) booked passage to the isle.

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