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Cloris Leachman, Oscar and Emmy winning actor, dies at 94

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Leachman played the intrusive neighbor on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and won an Academy Award for her role in “The Last Picture Show.”

Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman, perhaps the most embellished entertainers in TV history, most popular for playing meddling neighbor Phyllis on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” kicked the bucket Wednesday. She was 94.

She passed on of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California, representative Monique Moss affirmed.

Leachman won eight Emmy Awards in her storied TV career, attached with Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the most individual acting honors in Emmys history. Leachman’s Facebook cover shot portrays her sitting on a sofa, encircled by brilliant buddies.

Leachman, who was drafted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame in 2011, won the honor for best supporting entertainer in a satire arrangement in 1974 and 1975 for her work as Moore’s self important neighbor, Phyllis Lindstrom.

The show and the character were mainstream to such an extent that Leachman was spun off into her own show, “Phyllis.”

She won the 1973 Emmy for best driving entertainer in the TV film “A Brand New Life,” playing a first-time mother in middle age — a trying demonstration in the period. Leachman was 46 when the “ABC Movie of the Week” circulated Feb. 20, 1973.

Other Emmy wins remembered grants for 1975 for best supporting entertainer in an assortment or melodic for her work in “Cher,” in 1984 for best assortment execution in the “Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration” and in 1988 for best entertainer in a visitor part for “Promised Land.”

Younger TV fans presumably know Leachman best for “Malcolm in the Middle” as Malcolm’s cleverly plotting grandma. She was additionally a challenger on the 2008-09 period of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”; at that point, she was the most seasoned rival in the show’s set of experiences, at age 82.

The “Malcolm” gigs procured her Emmy Awards in 2002 and 2006 for best visitor entertainer in a comedy.

Leachman demanded that she went into each grant late evening accepting she wasn’t returning home with a sculpture.

“I never had a speech because I never thought I was going to win,” Leachman told the TV academy in a 2015 interview.

“But if you are good at what you do — and I always intend to be good at what I do — then the acclaim is just the follow-through. But it is a wonderful feeling,” she said.

Leachman likewise won an Oscar, acquiring the 1971 award for best supporting entertainer in “The Last Picture Show.” She played Ruth Popper, the desolate spouse of the town’s secondary school football trainer.

Her movie vocation additionally incorporated a fan-most loved execution as Frau Blücher in Mel Brooks’ comedy classic “Young Frankenstein.”

“Such sad news—Cloris was insanely talented,” Brooks tweeted Wednesday. “She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat. Always such a pleasure to have on set. Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher. She is irreplaceable, and will be greatly missed.”

Be that as it may, Leachman will be most popular as “Mary’s” neighbor and landowner. Of the entertainers who were in as many “Mary Tyler Moore Show” scenes as Leachman, the individuals who have passed on incorporate Moore, Ted Knight, Georgia Engel and Valerie Harper.

Cast part Ed Asner tweeted a photograph of himself with Leachman on Wednesday, saying, “Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you.”

At the point when Moore kicked the bucket in 2017, Leachman said Mary Richards’ radiant attitude coordinated reality offstage.

“The picture that we all have of Mary, that’s how she was — sweet, kind, so tender, so delicate,” Leachman said. “She was America’s sweetheart. We loved you.”

In the show, Leachman’s Phyllis every now and again and entertainingly conflicted with Harper’s Rhoda in on-screen clashes that were something contrary to reality.

“‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ was a gorgeously written show. My character, Phyllis, wanted Mary to be her best friend … and she couldn’t stand Rhoda. Ha! In reality, Valerie and I were best friends,” Leachman told the TV academy n 2015.

Leachman had eased back down as of late. In a 2015 meeting with NBC’s “TODAY” show, she battled escaping a seat.

“I’m going to get up. It’s very difficult. I can get this far,” said Leachman, who was then 89, putting her hands on the seat’s arms and propelling herself up a few crawls prior to freezing.

Indeed, even with a more slow body, Leachman indicated that her comedic mind was sharp as ever with a completely planned “And then you come in,” motioning for co-has Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, who acted the hero.

Leachman credited her underlying interest in radio and TV to her mom, likewise named Cloris, who urged her to investigate her imaginative side.

“Momma never pushed me to anything, always an invitation,” Leachman said at her 2011 induction into the TV academy’s Hall of Fame.

Leachman, who was brought up in Iowa, was among the numerous well known entertainers who learned at Northwestern University. She moved to the edges of Chicago and contended in the 1946 Miss America rivalry as Miss Illinois.

“She loved her children and her grandchildren ferociously,” Leachman’s longtime manager Juliet Green said in a statement after her death. “A lifelong vegetarian, she was a passionate advocate for animal rights. The family requests that any donations in her name be made to PETA or Last Chance for Animals.”

She is made due by her children Morgan Englund, Adam Englund and George Howe Englund Jr. what’s more, her girl, Dinah Englund. Leachman’s previous spouse, George Englund, the dad of her five kids, kicked the bucket in 2017, and a child, Bryan Englund, passed on in 1986.

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Juno Temple joins making of ‘Godfather’ series ‘The Offer’ at Paramount+

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Juno Temple has signed on to star in “The Offer,” the Paramount Plus series that will explore the behind-the-scenes drama during the creation of “The Godfather.”

“The Offer” depends on the experience of Oscar-winning producer Albert S. Rosy (Miles Teller), about thebehind-the-scenes events of the first 1972 film. Alongside Teller, the arrangement will star Matthew Goode as maker Robert Evans, Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo, Colin Hanks as Barry Lapidus, and Dan Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola.

Temple will star Bettye McCartt, Ruddy’s assistant and a powerhouse with by her own doing. The role marks Temple’s latest in a streaming series, with the actress at present showing up in the critically-acclaimed Apple series “Ted Lasso.” Her other TV roles include “Vinyl,” “Little Birds,” and “Dirty John.” On the film side, she is known for starring in projects like “Maleficent,” “Atonement,” and “Palmer.”

She is repped by UTA, B-Side Management, Relevant, and Lichter Grossman.

“The Offer” will be written and executive produced by Nikki Toscano, who will likewise fill in as showrunner, with Michael Toklin having made the arrangement and furthermore leader creating. Teller and Ruddy will chief produce alongside Leslie Grief. Dexter Fletcher will coordinate the first and last square of episodes in addition to executive producing. Fundamental Television Studios will produce.

“The Offer” was first reported as being in the works at Paramount Plus when ViacomCBS revealed they were rebranding the streamer CBS All Access. Different shows declared from that point forward incorporate series adaptations of movies like “The Italian Job” and “Romantic tale,” just as numerous shows from Taylor Sheridan under his rich by and large deal with ViacomCBS.

Cutoff time originally revealed Temple’s casting.

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Actor Fred Hechinger joins the cast of Hulu limited series ‘Pam & Tommy’

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News on the World and Fear Street actor Fred Hechinger has joined the cast of the Hulu restricted series Pam and Tommy in a recurring role.

The series depends on the genuine story behind the release of the first ever popular video — the sex tape of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. Composed by Robert Siegel and DV DeVincentis, Annapurna-delivered Pam and Tommy stars Lily James and Sebastian Stan as the well known VIP couple.

Hechinger will play Seth Warshavsky, an classic Silicon Valley wonderkind, yet with the ethical limit of a pre-owned vehicle sales rep.

Siegel and DeVincentis executive produce and DeVincentis likewise serves as showrunner. Craig Gillespie directs and furthermore executive produces with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver and Alex McAtee by means of Point Grey;Dave Franco, Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Ali Krug through Anapurna; alongside Chip Vucelich, Dylan Sellers and Sarah Gubbins.

Hechinger’s new credits include Let Them All Talk, Italian Studies, Fear Street Part 1: 1994 and Fear Street Part Three: 1666.

He’s repped by A3 Artists Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and attorney Ryan LeVine.

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Anne Rice’s ‘Interview With the Vampire’ series ordered at AMC

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AMC is formally pushing ahead with an series adaptation of Anne Rice’s “Interview With the Vampire.”

Information on the series order comes a little more than a year after Variety only detailed that AMC had procured the rights to Rice’s book series “The Vampire Chronicles” and “The Lives of the Mayfair Witches.” “Interview With the Vampire” is the first series to be greenlit out of the obtaining.

The cabler has given the series an eight episode request with an eye toward a 2022 introduction on both AMC and AMC Plus. Rolin Jones will serve as writer, executive producer, and showrunner on the series under his general deal with AMC Studios. Imprint Johnson will chief produce under his general deal with AMC Studios too, with Anne Rice and Christopher Rice likewise executive producing.

Johnson has a long history with AMC Networks, having filled in as a leader maker on shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and “Rectify.” In addition to executive producing “Interview with the Vampire,” he will lead AMC’s endeavors to foster the full Anne Rice collection for streaming and television. “Interview with a Vampire” was recently adjusted into an element in 1994 featuring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas.

“This is a day we have been looking forward to since we acquired this legendary Anne Rice collection a little more than a year ago,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “This story already has millions of fans in the U.S. and around the world, we can’t wait to share this new interpretation of the classic brought to life by Rolin and Mark, as we continue to work on developing the entire collection. With ‘The Walking Dead,’ this Anne Rice collection and our majority stake in Agatha Christie Limited through our own Acorn TV, we are proud to have the stewardship of three unique, fan-forward and beloved franchises and universes, which we are only just beginning to explore. We are also thrilled to have Mark, a world class producer we have previously worked with on iconic series like ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Rectify,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ on board at the helm of our efforts to develop an entire Anne Rice universe, with significant aspirations for these beloved stories and characters.”

The acquisition deal included 18 titles between the two book series, which together have sold in excess of 150 million duplicates around the world. Among the books in the two series are “Interview with the Vampire,” “Queen of the Damned,” “The Vampire Lestat,” and “The Witching Hour.”

“The challenge of adapting for television the groundbreaking and immensely compelling work of Anne Rice is both intimidating and exhilarating,” Johnson said. “Having previously produced films from such singular works, I recognize both the responsibility and the obligation we owe the material. I strongly believe that with AMC and Rolin Jones we are equipped to meet this challenge and to thrill and entertain both the loyal Anne Rice fan and the viewer who is just now discovering her work.”

Anne Rice is a New York Times Bestselling author of more than 30 books. Her first novel, “Interview with the Vampire,” was published in 1976 and has gotten one of top rated books worldwide A New York Times Bestselling and grant winning novelist by his own doing, Christopher Rice has worked together with Anne on numerous novels. Along with his creating accomplice, individual New York Times Bestselling author Eric Shaw Quinn, he runs the podcast and video network TDPS.

“In 1973, a grieving mother and extraordinary writer began what would become the finest Vampire novel ever written (all respects to Mr. Stoker),” Jones said. “Nearly fifty years later we know what’s expected of us. We know how much this book and the ones that follow mean to their massive fan base. We feel you over our shoulders as we tend the Savage Garden. Louis and Lestat are coming out of hiding and we can’t wait to re-unite them with you.”

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