Ouch, this is one that really hurts. Over the weekend the world learned that actress Erin Moran passed away at the still-too-young age of 56. She is best known for playing Joanie Cunningham, the kid sister of Richie Cunningham (played by Ron Howard, then a quickly maturing child actor, now a very famous director) in the sitcom Happy Days. She also briefly reprised her role in a short spinoff entitled Joanie Loves Chachi (yes that is the real title).
Unfortunately, while other members of the Happy Days cast continued in their careers (be it acting or directing), work didn’t come easily to Moran in the years that followed, her last acting credit came in 2010.
It’s always said when they die too young, RIP Erin Moran
Last week the sad news came out that legendary comedian Don Rickles died from kidney failure at the age of 90. Rickles was a master of “insult comedy” and a frequent presence on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. In fact, that show is how I learned about Rickles due to a memorable incident on the show.
As the story was told to me, one night Don Rickles hosted The Tonight Show in Carson’s place and during a particular joke he ended up breaking the cigarette box that had been on the host’s desk for years! Well he put it together the best he could and that seemed to be the end of that. But the next night when Johnny came back…he noticed that his cigarette box was broken. He wanted to know who did it and the audience told him. Well as it happened, Rickles was in the studio next door filming scenes for his tv show CPO Sharkey. Carson wanted an explanation for his broken cigarette box, so he grabbed a microphone and marched right on over to the other studio, to the shock of Rickles and the utter delight of the studio audience. What follows is just brilliant:
Johnny Carson demands an explanation from Don Rickles (1976)
Outside of insult comedy, Rickles was also known as the voice of Mr. Potato-Head in Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.
I can’t help but feel sad that we lost another comic legend, there really wasn’t anyone quite like Don Rickles. Rest in Peace.
The 2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon is coming, check out the sign up page here
The time has come once again to honor the memory of the late James Horner, a genius of the film music world who is still sorely missed. Many of you joined me last year for my first ever blogathon and I hope you can join me once again for the 2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon, which will be held June 23rd-June 25th later this summer.
As with last year, this blogathon will focus on any film that features the work of James Horner. To give you an idea of what this looks like, here are links to the recaps of last year’s blogathon:
Remembering James Horner Blogathon: Day One Recap
Remembering James Horner Blogathon: Day Two Recap
Remembering James Horner Blogathon: Day Three Recap
I am only allowing two entries per film, so if someone wants to write about Titanic, then only two people can use that topic. The sign-up is located here below, I hope everyone can join me in June to honor the memory of James Horner.
Feel free to copy and paste the banner up top to spread the word 🙂
Hey everyone, I know I said there’d be another installment of Disturbing Disney today, but I started feeling sick yesterday and I still don’t feel that well this morning so I’m going to take the day off from blogging. Hopefully, I’ll be feeling much better tomorrow.
Have a good day!
I was so sad to learn of the death of Robert Osborne, the longtime host for Turner Classic Movies. TCM was far and away my favorite channel to watch growing up and I always looked forward to hearing what tidbits Mr. Osborne would share before the film started playing.
I had no idea that Mr. Osborne had such a long history with Hollywood, nor did I realize that he’d hosted TCM from the very beginning. The film world is now a much darker place for his absence. RIP Robert Osborne, we all miss you.
Hey everyone, I’m so excited for this weekend as Logan is finally here!! Everyone seems to love it so far, so I can’t wait to see it and share my thoughts with you. I’d also like to announce that in the very near future I will be starting another series to go along with the small handful I currently have.
I’ve named this new series “Disturbing Disney” because, let’s face it, for a company that makes animated films for children, they’ve put a lot of freaky/disturbing things in these films, especially if you look at their earliest features. In this series I will find Disney’s most disturbing moments and share them with you.
You’ll probably never look at Disney movies in the same way ever again.
Look for the first post of “Disturbing Disney” next week when I look at Pinocchio (1940)
“Cancelled Too Soon” will also return with a look at Firefly (where I have a small confession to make regarding that series).
That’s all for me today, hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday!!
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