Garry Marshall, Director of ‘Pretty Woman’ and Creator of ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Dies at Age 81

GARRY MARSHALL, THE CREATOR OF SOME OF THE GREATEST SITCOMS EVER HAS PASSED AWAY

Garry Marshall, the man who created such amazing and iconic sitcoms like “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” has passed away at the age of 81. Marshall, who  also directed the hit movie “Pretty Woman” died Tuesday in Burbank, California of complications from pneumonia following a stroke. What a loss. Marshall also created the lesser known ABC sitcom “Angie” and Happy Days spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi.” Marshall also directed such movies like “Beaches,” “Overboard,” “The Flamingo Kid,” among the too numerous to mention. What an amazing talent.

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Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy” and went on to direct hit movies including “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries,” died Tuesday in Burbank, Calif. of complications from pneumonia following a stroke. He was 81.

Marshall went from being TV writer to creating sitcoms that touched the funny bones of the 1970s generation and directing films that were watched over and over: “Happy Days” helped start a nostalgia craze that has arguably never abated, while “Mork and Mindy” had a psychedelically goofy quality that catapulted Robin Williams to fame and made rainbow suspenders an icon of their era. “Pretty Woman” likewise cemented Julia Roberts’ stardom, while “The Princess Diaries” made Anne Hathaway a teen favorite

Tribute to Television Great Garry Marshall (and the making of Happy Days)

Marshall had one of his first substantial hits when he developed and exec produced an adaptation of Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple” in 1970 for ABC. The show drew several Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy series and wins for stars Jack Klugman and Tony Randall over the course of its five-season run. (In 2015 Marshall served as a consultant on a CBS remake of the series that starred Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon.)

Marshall penned the 1971 pilot for “Happy Days,” which was recycled in 1972 as a segment of ABC’s comedy anthology series “Love, American Style” called “Love and the Happy Days.” George Lucas asked to view the pilot before deciding to cast Ron Howard, who starred in it, in “American Graffiti,” released in 1973. “Happy Days” debuted as a series on the network in 1974, riding high on the wave of 1950s nostalgia generated in part by the success of “American Graffiti.”

A star and one of the greatest sitcoms ever is born, how Happy Days became a reality.

Marshall penned the 1971 pilot for “Happy Days,” which was recycled in 1972 as a segment of ABC’s comedy anthology series “Love, American Style” called “Love and the Happy Days.” George Lucas asked to view the pilot before deciding to cast Ron Howard, who starred in it, in “American Graffiti,” released in 1973.

Actor Danny DeVito Says Regarding Oscars Diversity Controversy: “We Are A Bunch Of Racists” … “It’s Unfortunate that the Entire Country is a Racist country.” (VIDEO)

ACTOR DANNY DEVITO SAYS THAT AMERICA IS A RACIST COUNTRY AND WE ARE ALL A BUNCH OF RACISTS …

While at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, which is nothing more than life styles of the rich and Hollywood famous, Danny DeVito weighed in on the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry and stated, that the lack of diversity in Hollywood and subsequently in awards-recognized films to systemic racism, and “it’s unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country.”

Sorry you imp, but it is your industry that is racist, not the entire country. No way in hell does Hollywood represent the entire country. It is your little fiefdom that is racist and either does not give actors of color roles or nominate them for awards. Don’t go blaming this on everyone. And since you are apart of Hollywood, you are to blame as well. BTW you little troll, have another drink.

It’s rather remarkable that a liberal elite would say something is racism and blame it on everyone when its his little elite crowd that is the bastion of racism.

While on the scene at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, Danny DeVito took a moment to comment on the tinderbox subject diversity in the entertainment industry, and the actor-producer didn’t mince words at all. Bluntly attributing the lack of diversity in Hollywood and subsequently in awards-recognized films to systemic racism, he said that “it’s unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country.” He also noted that it’s just one instance in which “even though some people have given really great performances in movies, they weren’t even thought about. We’re living in a country that discriminates, and has certain racist tendencies.” He goes on from there, and you can watch the whole thing above.

“Glee” Actor Mark Salling was Arrested Tuesday on Suspicion of Possessing Child Pornography

Noah “Puck” Puckerman  in some serious trouble …

33 year old Mark Salling was arrested on Tuesday by LAPD on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Members of the LAPD Internet Crimes Against Children task force unit served a search warrant at his Sunland home at the 9900 block of Helen Avenue in Shadow Hills. According to CWD, the police used a battering ram to force entry into Salling’s residence Tuesday morning. Authorities say when they knocked on the door, announced their presence and called out Salling’s name he did not answer. The actor best known for his role in “Glee” was held on $20,000 bail and released at 2:26 p.m.

This isn’t Salling’s first brush with the law. In 2010, he was accused of committing sexual battery. A judge ordered him to pay the woman $2.7 million in the resulting lawsuit.

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Glee” actor Mark Salling was arrested Tuesday after an LAPD Internet Crimes Against Children task force unit served a search warrant at his Sunland home, police said.

The task force was sent to search a home in the 9900 block of Helen Avenue, Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to KTLA.

Sources told Crime Watch Daily that Salling lives at the address and was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

Salling’s arrest was confirmed by Officer Tony Im of the Police Department,  but Im would not say what the actor was arrested for. Im confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that investigators were searching Salling’s home for child porn.

Salling was facing  a felony charge and was held on $20,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s inmate records. He was released at 2:26 p.m., records showed.

UPDATE I: Police sources will not confirm the identity of the individual who tipped them off.

Police sources tell “Crime Watch Daily” “hundreds” of images were found on one of Salling’s personal devices during the search.

Salling’s computer and other electronic devices were also seized after he refused to share his passwords with authorities, sources tell “Crime Watch Daily.” Investigators are now searching for further images on the devices.

Daily Commentary – Tuesday, December 22, 2015 – Even While All The Talk is About Star Wars and How Much Money It’s Making

  • A controversy is brewing around a “rape” scene in the new Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Revenant”

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Star Wars, The The Force Awakens Smashes U.S. Box office record

DISNEY, MAY THE FORCE BOX OFFICE REVENUE BE WITH YOU …

It was the least kept secret that the latest Star Wars film would obliterate all box office records. It did not disappoint. Star Wars, The  The Force Awakens generated more than half a billion dollars in its opening weekend. The film grossed $238m in the United States,  making it the biggest North American debut of all time according to studio estimates on Sunday.

I admit, I was one of those individuals who saw ‘The Force Awakens’ over the weekend. I will not provide any spoiler alerts for those who have not yet seen it, but wow. It was an amazing blend of mixing in the old for us Star Wars connoisseurs, with the new generation of fighting good vs. evil, the light versus the dark side. It more than lived up to the hype bringing back such beloved characters from the original 1977 Star Wars movie as Hans Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.

But as for the new cast, Daisy Ridley as Rey, stole the show. The Force has a new bad ass heroin and her name is Rey. And without giving anything away, the story line of this movie followed an interesting parallel of past George Lucas Star War’s films with regards to relationships. The only family relationship we were not explicitedly provided was that of Rey; however, there were many inferences, hints and reminders from Star Wars past to provide many to surmise who her father is. But that is for the next movie. As for this one,  it is a must see, I give it 5 stars!!!

FT.com:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens generated more than half a billion dollars in its opening weekend, smashing the box office record in the US and underscoring why Walt Disney paid $4bn for the rights to the series three years ago.

The film grossed $238m in the US, higher than the $208m mark set this year by Universal Studios’ Jurassic World, and an additional $279m around the world.

It set records in markets including the UK, Germany, Australia and Russia. Global returns will climb further on January 9 when the film opens in China, the second-largest movie market after the US.

The Force Awakens is the first of six Star Wars films commissioned by Disney, which will use the characters created by George Lucas to drive consumer product sales and visits to its theme parks. Macquarie Securities estimates that The Force Awakens alone could generate $5bn in consumer product sales, with Disney earning $500m-$1bn in royalties.

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