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Jill Gurr, ‘Menace II Society’ Script Supervisor and Community Activist, Dies at 71

Jill Gurr, a veteran script supervisor who founded the nonprofit Create Now organization that pairs mentors in the entertainment industry with at-risk youngsters, has died. She was 71. Gurr died Jan. 13 in her sleep in her Hollywood apartment of an unknown cause, Brandon Dean Johnson, CEO of Create Now, told The Hollywood Reporter. As […]

How Death of His Sister Inspired Bob Saget’s Tireless Mission to Find Cure for Scleroderma

Dr. Luke Evnin not only hoped it would happen, he could picture it. Someday in the not-too-distant future, maybe 10 or 15 years, he and longtime friend Bob Saget would catch up and reminisce about their contributions that led to a cure for scleroderma, the rare and sometimes life-threatening autoimmune disorder that largely affects the […]

‘Muppets Haunted Mansion’ Pokes Fun at Disney Theme Park Ride With Inside Joke

Muppets Haunted Mansion features a fun inside joke that fans who have been on the Disney theme park attraction multiple times will enjoy. In the Halloween film that dropped Friday on Disney+, the Great Gonzo (Dave Goelz) and Pepe the King Prawn (Bill Barretta) find themselves trapped in the spooky house, which they must escape […]

Disney+’s ‘Muppets Haunted Mansion’: TV Review

In Disney's latest attempt at Muppet cross-branding, Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn spend a spooky night in a house that just happens to be the Haunted Mansion of theme park fame.

B.J. Novak Reflects on Working With Ed Asner on ‘The Premise’: “It Was Quite a Role”

During his appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday, B.J. Novak praised Ed Asner for his love and dedication to acting while working on his show The Premise. “He was really wonderful and inspiring to work with,” Novak said about Asner who recently died on August 29 at age 90. “He would rest […]

Critic’s Notebook: Ed Asner Leaves a Powerful Legacy, On and Off the Screen

He starred in 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'Lou Grant' and 'Up,' among hundreds of credits, and the late actor's political legacy as Screen Actors Guild president and beyond was every bit as great.

Hollywood Reporter Writer and Photographer Reflect on Ed Asner’s Final Interview and Photo Shoot: “He Had Spunk in Spades”

Ed Asner, the legendary TV actor, died Sunday at the age of 91. The Hollywood Reporter conducted the final interview and photo shoot of his career for an installment of our THR Icons series. Here, THR writer Scott Feinberg and photographer Michael Buckner share memories of their interactions with him. * * * Scott Feinberg, writer […]

‘Brady Bunch’ Star Maureen McCormick on Ed Asner: “It’s Because of Ed That I Even Wanted to Get Into This Business”

Maureen McCormick, the actress best known for playing Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch from 1969 through 1974, spoke — through tears — with The Hollywood Reporter to pay tribute to Ed Asner, who died Sunday, and who had been a cherished friend of hers since 1979: “It’s because of Ed that I even wanted […]

Josh Gad, Yvette Nicole Brown, Katie Couric and More Pay Tribute to “Beautiful Soul” Ed Asner

In the wake of Ed Asner’s death on Sunday, Hollywood figures took to social media to pay tribute to the seven-time Emmy-winner who charmed audiences with his roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Up. He was 91. Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer at Netflix, was among those who paid tribute. “He was […]

Ed Asner, the Iconic Lou Grant on Two Acclaimed TV Series, Dies at 91

The seven-time Emmy winner was funny on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and serious on his own newspaper drama, then delightful in the animated movie 'Up.'

THR Icon: Ed Asner Looks Back on His Career, the Golden Age of TV and His Date With Mary Tyler Moore

Editor’s note: Ed Asner sat down with Scott Feinberg on Aug. 16, 2021, for what would be his final media interview before his death, Aug. 29. Ed Asner is 91 but still as crotchety and lovable as he was playing Lou Grant — described by The New York Times as “one of the most endearing […]

Hollywood Flashback: Ed Asner’s Lou Grant Won for Both Comedy and Drama

At 91, Ed Asner has fully earned the right to the cranky-old-man archetype he’s been mining most of his career. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Eastern European Jewish immigrants, Asner discovered acting while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he appeared in plays. After his service, he joined Playwrights Theatre […]