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Eileen Saki, Rosie the Bar Owner on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 79

Eileen Saki, who portrayed Rosie, the sassy boss of the popular watering hole that hosted Hawkeye Pierce, Hot Lips Houlihan and others from the 4077th on the legendary series M*A*S*H, has died. She was 79. Saki died Monday in Los Angeles after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January, her rep, Camilla Fluxman Pines, told […]

Perry Cross, Johnny Carson’s First ‘Tonight Show’ Producer, Dies at 95

Perry Cross, who served as Johnny Carson’s first producer on The Tonight Show before he exited to run an ABC program hosted by Jerry Lewis that came and went after 13 episodes, has died. He was 95. Cross died March 9 of kidney cancer at a hospital in Los Angeles, his son, Larry Cross, told […]

Norman Steinberg, Screenwriter on ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘My Favorite Year’ and ‘Johnny Dangerously,’ Dies at 83

Norman Steinberg, the Emmy-winning screenwriter who teamed with Mel Brooks on Blazing Saddles and My Favorite Year and wrote for the Michael Keaton-starring Mr. Mom and Johnny Dangerously, has died. He was 83. Steinberg died March 15 at his Hudson Valley home in upstate New York, his family announced. Steinberg also wrote Yes, Giorgio (1982), […]

Nick Kroll on Putting Together ‘History of the World, Part II’: “One of the Highlights of My Life”

“Most good sequels take at least 40 years to make,” joked executive producer Nick Kroll of his follow-up to 1981 Mel Brooks film History of the World, Part I. And indeed, 42 years later, History of the World, Part II has arrived from the team of Brooks, Kroll, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes and David Stassen, […]

‘History of the World, Part II’ Review: Hulu’s Mel Brooks Sequel Scores Enough Laughs to Keep You Coming Back

Brooks' 1981 film 'History of the World, Part I' gets an eight-episode series treatment featuring Nick Kroll, Ike Barinholtz and Wanda Sykes among its writer-producer-stars.

Mel Brooks‘ ’History of the World, Part II’ Unveils Trailer, Star-Studded Guest Cast

Four decades after Mel Brooks recounted the History of the World, Part I, a sequel is on its way. Hulu has released a trailer (watch it below) for History of the World, Part II, an eight-episode sketch series that will take a tour through the past with Brooks’ distinct comic sensibility. The 96-year-old stars in […]

Robert Clary, Corporal LeBeau on ‘Hogan’s Heroes,’ Dies at 96

The French actor and singer spent 31 months in a concentration camp but said he had no reservations about starring in a TV comedy about the Nazis.

Gary Nelson, Director of ‘Freaky Friday,’ ‘The Black Hole’ and ‘Get Smart,’ Dies at 87

Gary Nelson, who directed the Disney films Freaky Friday and The Black Hole, served as the in-house helmer on the first two seasons of Get Smart and called the shots for scores of other shows, has died. He was 87.   Nelson died May 25 in Las Vegas of natural causes, his son Garrett Nelson told The Hollywood Reporter. His father was […]

‘Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank’: Film Review

A hapless canine is recruited to protect a village of hostile cats in this animated reimagining of 'Blazing Saddles' voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Yeoh, Michael Cera and Ricky Gervais.

James Caan, Macho Leading Man of Hollywood, Dies at 82

James Caan, the brawny star who played Sonny Corleone in The Godfather and a rough-and-tumble athlete in Rollerball but had the self-assurance to showcase a sensitive side during his long career, has died. He was 82. Caan died Wednesday night in Los Angeles, his rep Arnold Robinson told The Hollywood Reporter, confirming a post on […]

George Shapiro, Personal Manager and ‘Seinfeld’ Producer, Dies at 91

George Shapiro, the Bronx-born personal manager and champion of comedy who teamed with his late business partner, Howard West, to bring the iconic sitcom Seinfeld to television, has died. He was 91. Shapiro died Thursday evening of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, a publicist announced. Shapiro and West also helped guide the […]

‘Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ Features Great Nod to Rick Moranis’ Villain in ‘Spaceballs’

The recently released Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is packed full of hilarious moments and Easter eggs. And there is even a fantastic nod to the 1987 Mel Brooks classic Spaceballs. In the Star Wars: A New Hope game story, there is a level titled “Best Leia’d Plans” where the player runs around the […]