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Philip Baker Hall’s One-Time Guest Spot on ‘Seinfeld’ Is Arguably Series’ Greatest

Philip Baker Hall put his stamp (yes, pun intended) on Seinfeld in 1991, cementing his spot as arguably the greatest one-time guest to drop by the iconic NBC sitcom. The film and television actor, whose career spanned decades, died Sunday. He was 90. Hall stole the show when he played library investigations officer Lt. Joe […]

Philip Baker Hall, the Library Cop Lt. Bookman on ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 90

Philip Baker Hall, the journeyman character actor who was a favorite of director Paul Thomas Anderson but surely is best remembered for bringing library investigator Lt. Bookman to a 1991 episode of Seinfeld, has died. He was 90. Hall died Sunday night at his home in Glendale, his daughter Anna told The Hollywood Reporter. With […]

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 […]

‘Seinfeld’ and Bean Box Debut Sitcom-Inspired Coffee Collection

The set includes four blends for fans of Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer.

Liz Sheridan, Jerry’s Mom on ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 93

Liz Sheridan, the former Broadway dancer who had a memorable recurring role as Jerry’s supportive mother on Seinfeld and played the nosy neighbor Mrs. Ochmonek on ALF, died Friday. She was 93. Sheridan died in her sleep of natural causes at her home in New York City five days after her birthday, her rep Amanda Hendon told The Hollywood […]

Estelle Harris, the Nagging Mrs. Costanza on ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 93

The late-blooming actress with the iconic, high-pitched voice also played Mrs. Potato Head in the 'Toy Story' films.

‘The Godfather’ Turns 50: Film and TV Homages Likely Seen Before the Francis Ford Coppola Masterpiece

The Godfather is arguably the greatest film ever made. But at 50 years old, it’s a good bet today a decent portion of viewers saw an homage to the Francis Ford Coppola masterpiece before watching the actual masterpiece. And that makes perfect sense. The film, based on the best-selling novel by the late Mario Puzo, […]

Lou Cutell, Actor in ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,’ Dies at 91

Lou Cutell, who played the proctologist known as “Ass Man” on a 1995 episode of Seinfeld and the mohawk-sporting Amazing Larry in the 1985 film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, has died. He was 91. Cutell died Sunday, Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) reported on Twitter. Reubens called him “sweet, caring and unassuming [and] slyly and wickedly […]

‘Maid’ Makes Big Jump, Dave Chappelle’s ‘Closer’ Debuts in Streaming Rankings

Netflix’s Maid took a big jump in the streaming rankings for Oct. 4-10, and Dave Chappelle’s controversial stand-up special The Closer debuted among the top 10 original titles. Squid Game remained the overall No. 1, racking up more than 3 billion minutes of watch time, per Nielsen, while Seinfeld made its first appearance in the […]

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Cast and Creators Talk Show’s Future, Tackling COVID-19 in Season 11

Curb Your Enthusiasm is back — and this time, the show’s beloved characters are living in a post-COVID world. On Tuesday evening, the cast and creators gathered at the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood for a Curb-themed cocktail party, followed by a screening of the first two episodes in Paramount’s on-site theater.  Set in a […]

Netflix’s New Releases Coming in October 2021

Netflix is scaring up a whole new list of films and TV shows, in addition to its regular new rotation of existing shows and movies. New Netflix original films dropping on the streamer in October include The Guilty. Based on a 2018 Danish film and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, this nearly one-man show sees a cop […]

Critic’s Notebook: 12 Must-See ‘Seinfeld’ Episodes

Thanks to syndication, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David's show about nothing has rarely been off the air since it wrapped its NBC run in 1998. But with all nine seasons of the beloved, unwaveringly unsentimental sitcom taking their Netflix bow Oct. 1, THR's TV critic offers a fresh rundown of a dozen essential episodes.