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Ron Scott, Former Publicist for David Hasselhoff and John Stamos, Dies at 74

Ron Scott, the Hollywood publicist who represented David Hasselhoff, Richard Dean Anderson and John Stamos during their days as young soap opera stars, has died. He was 74.

Scott died Saturday at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a spokeswoman for Luber Roklin Entertainment told The Hollywood Reporter. The cause was respiratory problems complicated by pneumonia.

During his 35-year career as a publicist and owner of his own company, Hollywood Entertainment PR, Scott also handled Joan Collins during her splashy Dynasty run in the 1980s; repped Jason Bateman in 1982-86 when he was starring on Silver Spoons; and advised Mindy Cohn throughout...
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Stargate Sg-1: A Cable Channel Made Sure the Series Stayed Cancelled?

Why was Stargate Sg-1 cancelled? Recently, executive producer Joseph Mallozzi explained why there was no 11th season for the Syfy TV show, GateWorld reports.Part of the Stargate franchise, the sci-fi series begins a year after the events of the 1994 film and follows a team of specialists as they travel to distant parts of the galaxy using a network of alien portals called Stargates. The cast included Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks, Richard Dean Anderson, Don S. Davis, Gary Jones, Teryl Rothery, and Dan Shea.Read More…
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 23)

1970: The Doctors' Julie stirred up trouble at Hope Memorial.

1976: Ryan's Hope's Faith realized what Kenneth was up to.

1981: Another World's Mac pleaded with Mitch for help.

2006: General Hospital's Bobbie threatened Tracy."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1939: Time magazine published a story about radio soap creators, Frank and Anne Hummert, explaining their
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10 Die Hard Facts You Never Knew

10 Die Hard Facts You Never Knew
Yippee Ki-Yay, Christmas movie fans! Die Hard might just be the greatest action film ever made. It's endlessly quotable, made a huge movie star out of Bruce Willis, features one of the penultimate performances from the late Alan Rickman, and launched not only a franchise, but a slew of imitators, as well. Welcome to the party, pal! Here we look at 10 things you never knew about Die Hard.

Frank Sinatra could have been John McClane.

Ol' Blue Eyes had first dibs on the role that made Bruce Willis an action star. Die Hard is based on the 1979 crime novel Nothing Lasts Forever, which was a sequel to the 1966 book The Detective. The famous crooner turned actor starred in the 1968 film adaptation of The Detective and was therefore offered the chance to reprise the role of John McClane in the follow-up. Of course, Sinatra was already 73 by then, and said no.
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The Best TV Shows Based on Movies, Ranked

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The Best TV Shows Based on Movies, Ranked
In the age of branding and franchises, every existing story has added value. But not every film is fit for TV.

The challenge of adapting movies to a new medium is a tricky one with no clear-cut way to do it. Many new series credit “Fargo” as their benchmark, citing its tone and setting as inspiration for creating a new world around the best parts of what came before. That’s all well and good, but there are as many failed attempts to replicate Noah Hawley’s strategy as successes.

Similarly, some carbon copies — using the same characters and plot points as the preceding movie — are just as good, if not better than their cinematic predecessors. Because any way can work, many various attempts have been made. There’s no right way to do it, but there are a lot of wrong ways; as evidenced by the growing pile of canceled shows based on movies.
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Dick McInnes, Publicist for Soap Opera Stars and Shows, Dies at 81

Dick McInnes, a Hollywood publicist and fixture in the world of soap operas for decades, has died. He was 81.

McInnes died Monday at the Veterans Affairs hospital in West Los Angeles, according to Edward McNeill, his longtime business partner at their firm, P.R. Plus. McInnes had been a patient at the Va for more than a year, and many of the soap stars that he had worked with had come to pay him a visit.

McInnes represented dozens of daytime actors during his career, including Richard Dean Anderson, Emily McLaughlin, Anna Lee and David Lewis of General Hospital, Brenda...
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Stargate Sg-1: 10 great guest performances

Juliette Harrisson Jan 31, 2017

We salute 10 memorable guest roles on Stargate Sg-1, featuring Seth, The Keeper and more...

As with our previous features, this is a list designed to celebrate the very best performances by guest actors in Stargate Sg-1. However, we did come across a couple of challenges in compiling the list for this particular series. We’ve defined ‘guest performance’ as an actor playing a character who is not a regular or recurring character – so the actor must have played the character no more than twice in this particular series (though they may have appeared more often in other branches of the franchise). Stargate Sg-1 liked to re-use its best guest characters as often as possible, frequently bringing back characters like Claudia Black’s Vala Mal Doran after what was initially a one-off appearance, which is great as the audience get to enjoy them again, but seriously reduces the number of eligible performances.
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‘Monster Trucks’ Review

Stars: Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Thomas Lennon, Holt McCallany | Written by Derek Connolly | Directed by Chris Wedge

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste for oil and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

When I first heard the premise of this film I couldn’t help but feel a little ridicule – after all, a movie about a Literal monster truck? Sounds like perfect Dtv fodder to me. But then I saw the first trailer for Monster Trucks and I was sucked in. There
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MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0: Could There Be a CBS Crossover?

Could there be a MacGyver/Hawaii Five-0 crossover in the future? Executive producer Peter Lenkov recently spoke with TVInsider about the possibility of a CBS series crossover.Lenkov executive produces both reboot series. The latest, MacGyver, just premiered in September and stars Lucas Till as a young Angus MacGyver, the special agent popularized by Richard Dean Anderson in the classic '80s action drama.Read More…
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10 Reasons the Old MacGyver Was Better than This One

The original MacGyver TV series that aired in the 1980s starred Richard Dean Anderson. The reboot of this popular action adventure show has not managed to bring it home with regard to the cool and calculated handling of crisis situations that Anderson was famous for. Devoted fans of the former long running series will find that there isn’t a great deal of content in the new series that even comes close to mimicking the former glory that kept us on the edges of our seats. Here are 10 reasons why the old MacGyver was way better than the new one.

10 Reasons the Old MacGyver Was Better than This One
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MacGyver Season 1 Episode 1 Review: The Rising

It was an honest mistake.

I thought CBS’s new MacGyver series was going to be a continuation of the 80s original, as in the new MacGyver would be the old MacGyver’s son/nephew/other relation. But then I saw that dreaded word: reboot.

A reboot means the original deserves a reexamination, so I watched the 1985 pilot (series available on Netflix) to see how much things have changed in MacGvyer-land in 31 years.

The first time we see Angus MacGyver (played by Richard Dean Anderson) in the original, he’s hanging off the side of a cliff “somewhere in Central Asia.”

In the MacGyver Season 1 Episode 1 reboot, a much-younger MacGyver (Lucas Till) is in a tux in Lake Como, using his voice-over to describe sex with his girlfriend, who also happens to be the “analyst” in his ear on his latest mission.

Not exactly the way we are accustomed to
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MacGyver Season 1 Review

This review is based on the season premiere.

The original MacGyver is such a product of its time that, for those of us who lived through the ’80s (or, in this writer’s case, half of it), it’s a veritable nostalgia cherry bomb. Richard Dean Anderson’s feathery hair remains iconic, and the show’s then fresh, science-driven send-up of the then eminently popular superspy and action-adventure genres is to this day one of the most fun and unabashedly silly concepts to ever hit primetime.

MacGyver was totally awesome, but fans will agree that he and his improvised spy gadgets belong to the ’80s and early ’90s, so much so that any attempt to pluck him out of that era and plop him into ours would seem a fool’s errand. Proving this theory true is the tinny, sterile pilot of CBS’ 2016 version of MacGyver. It stars Lucas Till as the crafty hero,
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CBS' MacGyver: Is the New Mac Loaded With Enough Cool Features?

CBS' MacGyver: Is the New Mac Loaded With Enough Cool Features?
MacGyver is back, still packing his trusty Swiss Army knife and so many paper clips. Will the CBS reboot be able to hack it in 2016?

RelatedMacGyver Review: With Paper Clips, No Chewing Gum (Yet!), CBS Reboots Mac

The freshman drama makes clear quite early on that Lucas Till’s Angus “Mac” MacGyver, as an operative for the Division of External Services, is a bit more physical than Richard Dean Anderson’s original mulleted problem-solver, able to handle himself decently in close0quarters combat, nor thinking twice before holding into an airborne jet’s landing gear for dear life. At
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‘MacGyver’ Review: A Low-Tech 1980s Action Hero, Remade for Today

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‘MacGyver’ Review: A Low-Tech 1980s Action Hero, Remade for Today
Perhaps it was inevitable: We were destined to have a “MacGyver” reboot. Revisiting classic series for modern audiences has become almost a hobby for networks in the last decade. Most quickly failed (“Charlie’s Angels,” anyone?), but few have ever gone so wrong as this CBS revamp of the ’80s classic. For those who were not riveted by the exploits of Richard Dean Anderson’s low-tech, high-explosive performance on the original–or for those who have not seen the “Saturday Night Live” spoof “MacGruber” and its inevitable film adaption in 2010–the series’ premise was a simple one: Elite agent MacGyver uses the training.
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Review: CBS' 'MacGyver' remake doesn't seem to want to be 'MacGyver' at all

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Review: CBS' 'MacGyver' remake doesn't seem to want to be 'MacGyver' at all
My friend and co-author Matt Zoller Seitz would always respond to news of someone remaking a classic movie or TV show with a groan, followed by his familiar but always entertaining treatise on how the smartest thing anyone could choose to remake was something that was mediocre, or worse, but had a great core idea that hadn't been properly exploited. He liked to point to David Cronenberg's '80s version of The Fly, or later the Edward James Olmos incarnation of Battlestar Galactica, as proof that there was more room to maneuver when the original didn't make the most out of what it was about. The original MacGyver doesn't quite qualify for Matt's theory, but it's close. The '80s ABC drama — starring Richard Dean Anderson as a spy of sorts who could solve any problem with a combination of basic science knowledge, his trusted Swiss Army knife, duct tape,
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TV Review: ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘MacGyver’

TV Review: ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘MacGyver’
Nostalgia for the semi-recent past is everywhere in television: Shows set in the ’80s and ’90s or that tweak legacy properties have become common. Networks want to break through the pop-culture clutter with known quantities, and even new series have found nuggets of thematic and aesthetic gold in the pre-millennial era. Not all of the throwback series have worked, but some inspired by the past have been among the most scintillating offerings of the present.

And then there’s Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” and CBS’ “MacGyver,” which demonstrate the limits of the reliance on older properties. These shows, both of which are based on hits from the ’80s, have no spark of their own, and add nothing of value to their respective franchises.

These plodding dramas do not evoke the past as much as they pretend that the past 30 years did not happen. Audiences are extremely familiar with the kinds of story beats that drive not just
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MacGyver Review: With Paper Clips, No Chewing Gum (Yet!), CBS Reboots Mac

MacGyver Review: With Paper Clips, No Chewing Gum (Yet!), CBS Reboots Mac
When we first laid eyes on Don’t-Call-Me-Angus MacGyver, he was sporting a ridiculous pom-pom hat while scaling a cliff to track down a stolen missile, which he proceeded to defuse using, yes, a paper clip.

Jump ahead almost exactly 31 years, and paper clips prove as handy as ever, as demonstrated multiple times in CBS’ higher-octane reboot (premiering Friday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c).

VideosMacGyver First Look: Keep Calm (and Always Have a Paperclip Handy)

With Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) inheriting the role immortalized by Richard Dean Anderson, Mac remains averse to guns, though now he has some pistol-packing muscle at his side,
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Trailer for the new MacGyver series starring Lucas Till

With a little over a month to go until its premiere, CBS has debuted a new trailer for the upcoming action drama MacGyver, which reimagines the hit 1980’s TV series and sees X-Men star Lucas Till taking over Richard Dean Anderson’s lead role as Angus MacGyver; watch it below after the official synopsis…

A secret agent unlike any other, MacGyver escapes perilous situations with nothing but a paperclip, his trusty Swiss Army knife and his wit. A dynamic reimagining of the hit television series, this action-packed origin story follows the young MacGyver as he returns from war, a hero with an idealistic vision of saving the world. He and his late father’s best friend partner to form the clandestine Phoenix Foundation. Using his scientific know-how and resourcefulness, MacGyver—alongside his intrepid team—undertakes missions to save lives and change the world.

MacGyver is set to premiere on September 23rd on CBS.
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‘MacGyver’ Stops A Plane With Tinfoil In New Trailer For TV Series Reboot

For diehard fans, and certainly for Aunt Patty and Aunt Selma, the idea of a youth-skewing “MacGyver” reboot seems like a bad idea. But let’s be real, the 1980s TV series starring Richard Dean Anderson and his glorious mullet was never a classic, but it did have its lo-fi charms. However, that sort of homespun appeal […]

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MacGyver: CBS Reboot Wants Richard Dean Anderson, But...

Last month, we reported news out of Comic-Con that the retooled MacGyver TV show reboot on CBS wants to bring on the original Angus MacGyver -- Richard Dean Anderson -- in some fashion. The new series stars Lucas Till in the title role. The cast also includes George Eads, Sandrine Holt, Justin Hires, and Tristan Mays.Reporting from the TCA summer presser for CBS, The Wrap writes showrunner Peter Lenkov said the new production has been talking to Anderson's reps, adding, "We hope he says yes." Lenkov executive produces with Craig O’Neill, James Wan, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff, and Michael Clear. Last month though, in response to the Comic-Con based stories, Anderson sounded decidedly unwilling to have anything to do with the new MacGyver.Read More…
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