She probably 100% right. Maybe even 1000% right.

Maisie Williams: ‘I don’t think anyone will be satisfied by Game Of Thrones ending’

Maisie Williams fears Game Of Thrones fans will be disappointed by the show’s climax, no matter how writers tie it all up.

The actress, who plays Arya Stark in the hit HBO fantasy drama, can’t see a win for the cast and crew when the program wraps later this year, because no one wants the series to end.

“I don’t know that anyone is going to be satisfied,” the 21 year old tells Sky News. “No one wants it to end, you know, but I’m really proud of this final season. I’ve always felt ashamed to say things like that, but I am. I’m really proud of all the work we’ve put it, for me it’s the right time. I hope people like it.”

Her co-star Kit Harington previously echoed her concerns about the end of the show, stating, “It’s like when you finish a book, you’re not happy it’s over are you? You don’t finish a good book and say, ‘I’m happy I finished that’. You have this grief that it’s over, and it’s exactly the same with nine years doing this show. No matter how it ended, or how it does end, there’s always this bit of you that’s like, ‘Oh’. There’s this loss around it.”

Maisie recently told The Guardian she was all alone on the set as she said goodbye to her character in her final scene.

“I ended on the perfect scene,” she said. “I was alone – shocker! Arya’s always bloody alone. But I was alone and I had watched a lot of other people wrap. I knew the drill, I had seen the tears and heard the speeches.

“I got to the end and I didn’t want more. I had exhausted every possible piece of Arya. And this season was quite big for me. I had a lot more to do. Mainly because there’s just less characters now, so everyone’s got more to do.”

The hit show’s final six episodes will air from mid-April.


Woo Hoo!!! Congratulations Emily Blunt!!!! OH…and all the other winners too!!

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2019: See the complete winners list

The latest and perhaps greatest key indicator as to which actors might be accepting an Oscar in the major categories next month was revealed on Sunday night, as the Screen Actors Guild Awards holds its 25th annual ceremony honoring excellence in film and television. All members of SAG — numbering over 100,000 — are eligible to vote for the winners, with many of these voters also making up the Academy’s actors branch. Since the SAG Awards launched two and half decades ago, 20 lead actors claimed both the SAG prize and that year’s Oscar, and 18 lead actresses have accomplished the same feat.

Which means that Glenn Close and Rami Malek may have just received some very good news: Fresh off of their Golden Globe wins, The Wife star and Bohemian Rhapsody frontman nabbed trophies in the Best Actress and Best Actor in a Drama categories, respectively. Also taking home awards were the cast of Black Panther, Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place), and Mahershala Ali (Green Book). A Star Is Born, which entered the night with the most nominations (four), was shut out, as were triple nominees BlacKkKlansman and The Favourite.

Over in TV land, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — a nominations co-leader with Ozark — delivered the strongest performance of the night by winning three of its four nominations, including Best Comedy Ensemble and individual honors for Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub. This Is Us took home the Best Drama Ensemble award (with Sterling K. Brown, the night’s most nominated actor, also hitting the stage later that night as part of the Black Panther cast), while Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Jason Bateman (Ozark), Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora), and Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) also came up victorious.

Below, the complete list of the actors and shows that claimed trophies:


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

A Star Is Born
WINNER: Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
Crazy Rich Asians

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Emily Blunt — Mary Poppins Returns
WINNER: Glenn Close — The Wife
Olivia Colman — The Favourite
Lady Gaga — A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy — Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale — Vice
Bradley Cooper — A Star Is Born
WINNER: Rami Malek — Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen — Green Book
John David Washington — BlacKkKlansman

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams — Vice
WINNER: Emily Blunt — A Quiet Place
Margot Robbie — Mary Queen of Scots
Emma Stone — The Favourite
Rachel Weisz — The Favourite

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

WINNER: Mahershala Ali — Green Book
Timothée Chalamet — Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver — BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott — A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant — Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
WINNER: Black Panther
Mission: Impossible — Fallout



Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Julia Garner — Ozark
Laura Linney — Ozark
Elizabeth Moss — The Handmaid’s Tale
WINNER: Sandra Oh — Killing Eve
Robin Wright — House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

WINNER: Jason Bateman — Ozark
Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us
Joseph Fiennes — The Handmaid’s Tale
John Krasinski — Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
Bob Odenkirk — Better Call Saul

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Brie — GLOW
WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Jane Fonda — Grace and Frankie
Lily Tomlin — Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Arkin — The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas –The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader — Barry
WINNER: Tony Shalhoub — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler — Barry

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Amy Adams — Sharp Objects
WINNER: Patricia Arquette — Escape at Dannemora
Patricia Clarkson — Sharp Objects
Penélope Cruz — The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Emma Stone — Maniac

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Antonio Banderas — Genius: Picasso
WINNER: Darren Criss — The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Hugh Grant — A Very English Scandal
Anthony Hopkins — King Lear
Bill Pullman — The Sinner

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

The Americans
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
WINNER: This Is Us

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

The Kominsky Method
WINNER: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

Marvel’s Daredevil
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
The Walking Dead


Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award: Alan Alda


It’s January, the annual dumping ground for bad movies – so nothing new is going to be very good, but GLASS was pretty good. With very low expectations, I enjoyed it.

Glass is reflecting well on its creators.

The M. Night Shyamalan thriller is primed to exceed expectations with a decline of 53 percent to hold on to the top spot at the box office for two weeks running. It slides into first place with an estimated $19 million in ticket sales at 3,844 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, bringing its North American total to $73.6 million over the course of its first two weekends. Globally, it’s brought in an estimated $162.7 million.

Featuring actors and characters from Split and Unbreakable, Glass stars Bruce Willis as a security guard with superhuman strength and a sixth sense about bad guys, who tangles with a murderous genius with brittle bones (Samuel L. Jackson) and an ex-zoo employee with multiple personalities (James McAvoy), one of whom is a feral killer known as the Beast. Critics’ reviews have been lukewarm, while audiences gave Glass a mediocre B CinemaScore. Its cinematic cousin Split similarly topped the box office in 2018 for two weeks running, but its two-week haul was $84.1 million in contrast to Glass’ $73.6 million in its first two weekends in theaters.

STX Films’ The Upside continues to stay in the top three, coming in at second place with an estimated $12.2 million domestic haul, while the power of Aquaman remains strong with an estimated $7.35 million in its sixth weekend in theaters. Aquaman continues to swim to new heights, now officially the biggest DC movie of all time, the third largest Warner Bros. release of all time, and one of the top 25 movies of all time industry-wide with a global haul of $1.09 billion.

New releases Serenity and The Kid Who Would Be King both fell short of expectations, coming in at eighth and fourth, respectively. A family-friendly take on Arthurian legend, The Kid Who Would Be King will nab the fourth spot with an estimated $7.3 million across 3,124 theaters — not a great start for a film that reportedly cost about $60 million to make. Directed by Joe Cornish, the British-U.S. production from Working Title and 20th Century Fox follows a young boy (Andy Serkis’ son Louis Ashbourne Serkis) as he discovers Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur. Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart also star.

The film garnered mostly strong reviews and a B+ CinemaScore, but it still failed to claim its place in the hierarchy of movies inspired by Arthurian legend. It fared slightly worse than the last King Arthur film, the much-maligned Charlie Hunnam led King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which opened to $15.4 million in 2017.

Serenity looks to be a massive bomb, with an estimated take of $4.8 million in its opening weekend across 2,561 theaters. Directed by Steven Knight, Aviron’s noir thriller stars Matthew McConaughey as a fishing boat captain with a shadowy past, which materializes in the form of a glamorous woman, played by Anne Hathaway, who crashes into his simple life on a small Caribbean island. Diane Lane, Djimon Hounsou, Jason Clarke, and Jeremy Strong also star.

The film seems universally reviled, earning both negative reviews and a pitiful D+ CinemaScore from audiences. It marks the worst wide-release opening of Hathaway’s career, falling below her previous low, 2011’s One Day, which opened to $5 million.

Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse rounds out the top five with an estimated total of $6.2 million in its seventh weekend, bringing its domestic total to $169 million. Earning an Oscar bump, Universal’s Green Book increased its total weekend haul by an estimated 150 percent, adding 1,518 locations in the wake of a slew of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, for an estimated total of $5.4 million in the sixth spot.

Overall box office is down 13 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Jan. 25-27 numbers below.

1. Glass — $19 million
2. The Upside — $12.2 million
3. Aquaman — $7.4 million
4. The Kid Who Would Be King— $7.3 million
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — $6.2 million
6. Green Book — $5.4 million
7. A Dog’s Way Home — $5.2 million
8. Serenity — $4.8 million
9. Escape Room — $4.3 million
10. Mary Poppins Returns — $3.1 million


Congrats to all the nominees!!

Roma and The Favourite lead Oscar nominations with 10 bids each

Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite have led all films with 10 nominations each heading to the 91st Academy Awards.

The nominees for best picture are: A Star Is Born, Roma, Green Book, The Favourite, Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody and Vice.

With Roma, Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought. Marvel, too, joined the club with Black Panther, the first superhero movie ever nominated for best picture.

Spike Lee was nominated for his first directing Oscar 30 years after a writing nod for 1989’s Do the Right Thing. Notably left out of the category was Bradley Cooper, whose A Star Is Born landed eight nominations, including best actress for Lady Gaga, but was overlooked for Cooper’s direction.

On behalf of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, presenters Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross unveiled nominations Tuesday morning from Los Angeles’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.

The nominees for best actor are Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Christian Bale (Vice), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Viggo Mortensen (Green Book).

Up for best actress are Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Glenn Close (The Wife), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?).

The nominees for best supporting actress are Amy Adams (“Vice”), Marina De Tavira (“Roma”), Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Emma Stone (“The Favourite”) and Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”). Tavira was something a surprise, while Claire Foy of “First Man” was left out.

Up for best supporting actor are: Mahershala Ali (Green Book), Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman), Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Sam Rockwell (Vice). Notably snubbed was Timothy Chalamet (Beautiful Boy).

The lead-up to Tuesday’s nominations was rocky for both the film academy and some of the contending movies. Shortly after being announced as host, Kevin Hart was forced to withdraw over years-old homophobic tweets that the comedian eventually apologized for. That has left the Oscars, one month before the Feb. 24 ceremony, without an emcee, and likely to stay that way.

Some film contenders, like Peter Farrelly’s Green Book and the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, have suffered waves upon waves of backlash, even as their awards tallies have mounted. On Saturday, Green Book won the top award from the Producers Guild, an honour that has been a reliable Oscar barometer. In the 10 years since the Oscars expanded its best-picture ballot, the PGA winner has gone on to win best picture eight times.

The season’s steadiest contender — Cooper’s A Star Is Born — looked potentially unbeatable until it got beat. Despite an enviable string of awards and more than $400 million US in worldwide box office, Cooper’s lauded remake was almost totally ignored at the Golden Globes. Still, A Star Is Born was the sole film to land top nominations from virtually every guild group.

The academy is reportedly planning to go host-less following Hart’s exit, something it has tried only once before in an infamous 1989 telecast that featured a lengthy musical number with Rob Lowe and Snow White.

The Oscars last year hit a new ratings low, declining 20 per cent and averaging 26.5 million viewers. Though ratings for award shows have generally been dropping, the downturn prompted the academy to revamp this year’s telecast. Though initial plans for a new popular film category were scuttled, the academy is planning to present some awards off-air and keep the broadcast to three hours.


Here’s the full list!!

Oscar nominations 2019

Best Picture
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
A Star Is Born

Best Actress
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Actor
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Director
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Adam McKay, Vice

Best Original Screenplay
The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
Green Book (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly)
Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)
Vice (Adam McKay)

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
BlacKkKlansman (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
A Star Is Born (Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters)

Best Cinematography
Łukasz Żal, Cold War
Robbie Ryan, The Favourite
Caleb Deschanel, Never Look Away
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Matthew Libatique, A Star Is Born

Best Production Design
Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns

Best Costume Design
Mary Zophres, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Ruth Carter, Black Panther
Sandy Powell, The Favourite
Sandy Powell, Mary Poppins Returns
Alexandra Byrne, Mary Queen of Scots

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Border (Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer)
Mary Queen of Scots (Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks)
Vice (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney)

Best Original Score
Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther
Terence Blanchard, BlacKkKlansman
Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song
“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“I’ll Fight,” RBG
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Best Film Editing
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book

Best Sound Editing
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Quiet Place

Best Sound Mixing
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Star Is Born

Best Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Animated Feature Film
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Foreign-Language Film
Cold War
Never Look Away

Best Documentary Feature
Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons

Best Documentary Short Subject
Black Sheep
End Game
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

Best Animated Short Film
Animal Behaviour
Late Afternoon
One Small Step

Best Live-Action Short Film


I do hope to see GLASS this week. We’ll see what happens.

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass to top MLK box office with $47 million

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass isn’t quite running over, but it’ll be enough to top the box office over the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

The director’s superhero-themed sequel to Split and Unbreakable is on track to debut with an estimated $47.1 million in ticket sales at 3,841 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Monday, making it the No. 1 film in North America by a wide margin. It also marks the third-best four-day MLK opening on the books, not adjusting for inflation, behind 2015’s American Sniper ($107.2 million) and 2014’s Ride Along ($48.6 million). That said, Glass is coming in a bit below expectations, as industry projections had it arriving with at least $55 million over four days.

From Friday through Sunday, Glass will take in about $40.6 million. By comparison, Split bowed with $40 million in 2017 (on its way to becoming a surprise hit), while Unbreakable opened with $30.3 million — about $49.7 million in today’s dollars — in 2000.

Shyamalan self-financed Glass, which reportedly cost about $20 million to make. It’s being distributed domestically by Universal Pictures, the studio behind Split, and internationally by Disney, the studio behind Unbreakable. Overseas, Glass will add about $48.5 million over the three-day period.

Featuring actors and characters from Split and Unbreakable, Glass stars Bruce Willis as a security guard with superhuman strength and a sixth sense about bad guys, who tangles with a murderous genius with brittle bones (Samuel L. Jackson) and an ex-zoo employee with multiple personalities (James McAvoy), one of whom is a feral killer known as the Beast. Critics’ reviews have been lukewarm, while audiences gave Glass a mediocre B CinemaScore.

In second place this weekend, the Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston dramedy The Upside is holding strong with an estimated $15.7 million from Friday through Sunday ($19.5 million through Monday), which represents a decline of just 23 percent from last week’s debut.

Warner Bros’. Aquaman will take third place with about $10.3 million through Sunday ($12.8 million through Monday), breaking the $300 million mark at the domestic box office (it already hit $1 billion worldwide).

Also making a strong showing this weekend is Funimation’s anime import Dragon Ball Super: Broly, in fourth place with an estimated $8.7 million through Sunday ($9.7 million through Monday) at 1,250 theaters.

Overall box office is down 13.3 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore. Check out the Jan. 18-20 numbers below.

1. Glass — $40.6 million
2. The Upside — $15.7 million
3. Aquaman — $10.3 million
4. Dragon Ball Super: Broly — $8.7 million
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — $7.3 million
6. A Dog’s Way Home — $7.1 million
7. Escape Room — $5.3 million
8. Mary Poppins Returns — $5.2 million
9. Bumblebee — $4.7 million
10. On the Basis of Sex — $4 million


It would be fun to go to them all!!

Billy Joel Sets Summer Tour of Baseball Stadiums

In addition to Billy Joel‘s monthly gig at Madison Square Garden, the singer will embark on a summer tour of concerts at the stadiums of seven Major League Baseball teams.

The one-show-a-month stadium tour kicks off March 9th at Phoenix’s Chase Field (home of the Diamondbacks) and continues April 26th (the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park), May 24th (the Philadelphia Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park), July 26th (Baltimore Orioles’ Camden Yards), August 8th (Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field in Denver), September 14th (Boston Red Sox’ Fenway Park) and October 12th (Arlington, Texas’ Globe Life Park, home of the Rangers).

As Billboard reports, Joel’s show at Camden Yards in Baltimore marks the end of a 20-year-ban on concerts at that baseball stadium. (Orioles owner Peter Angelos once lamented that he was “not going to have [the stadium] become some kind of honky tonk for various and sundry rock ‘n’ roll bands,” the Baltimore Sun reports.)

Joel has also mapped out the next seven shows of his monthly Madison Square Garden residency, with the January though May concerts already sold out. Check out Joel’s site for ticket information for the stadium tour.

Billy Joel Tour Dates

March 9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Chase Field
April 26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller Park
May 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
July 26 – Baltimore, MD @ Camden Yards
August 8 – Denver, CO @ Coors Field
September 14 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
October 12 – Arlington, TX @ Globe Life Park


Congrats, Corey!!

Corey Hart to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame during Juno Awards

Singer-songwriter Corey Hart will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the Juno Awards in March, and the show in London, Ont., will be carried live by CBC.

“I am deeply humbled by this invitation into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame,” the Montreal-born Hart said in a release Wednesday. “It’s an incredible honour to be acknowledged alongside so many other talented and venerable Canadian artists.”

The Hall of Fame, which was established by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in 1978, acknowledges artists who have made an outstanding contribution to the international recognition of Canadian music. Other inductees include Anne Murray, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Oscar Peterson, the Tragically Hip and Shania Twain.

Hart, who gave adoring fans hits including Sunglasses at Night and Never Surrender, and has sold over 16 million albums, said it’s even more symbolic to get the honour as he releases his first collection of new studio music and prepares for his first Canadian tour in over 20 years. The Never Surrender Tour begins in St. John’s on May 31, following the May 3 release of Dreaming Time Again. The first album track, Dreaming Time Again, is out today (Wednesday).

Allan Reid, president and CEO of CARAS and the Juno Awards, said, “We are proud to welcome Corey into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. He was one of the biggest Canadian success stories of the ’80s and ’90s, and even though he stepped back from the spotlight, he remained active in writing and producing for other artists.”

A new exhibition honouring Hart will launch beginning March 22 at Studio Bell, home of the Hall of Fame in Calgary.

The 48th Juno Awards will be carried live by CBC, CBC Radio and CBC Gem, and globally at on March 17, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.


So sad, may she rest in peace.

Suzanne Pleshette, sexy star of ‘Bob Newhart Show,’ dies at 70

Suzanne Pleshette, the dark-haired, smoky-voiced actress who played Bob Newhart’s confident and sexy wife, Emily Hartley, for six years on the popular 1970s sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died. She was 70.

The widow of comic actor Tom Poston, Pleshette died of respiratory failure Saturday evening at her Los Angeles home, Robert Finkelstein, an entertainment lawyer and family friend, told the Associated Press. Pleshette underwent chemotherapy in 2006 for lung cancer.

A stage-trained New York actress who made her movie debut in the 1958 Jerry Lewis comedy “The Geisha Boy,” Pleshette appeared in such films as “The Birds,” “Nevada Smith,” “Youngblood Hawke,” “A Rage to Live” and “Fate Is the Hunter.”

She also appeared with Troy Donahue, to whom she was married for eight months in 1964, in the 1962 romantic drama “Rome Adventure” and the 1964 western “A Distant Trumpet.”

On Broadway in 1961, Pleshette replaced Anne Bancroft in the role of Annie Sullivan in “The Miracle Worker,” opposite Patty Duke as Helen Keller.

And on television in 1991, she earned an Emmy Award nomination for the title role in the TV movie “Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean.”

But she had a flair for comedy.

Among her screen credits are “40 Pounds of Trouble,” “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium,” “Support Your Local Gunfighter,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin,” “The Ugly Dachshund” and “Blackbeard’s Ghost.”

Pleshette, however, is best remembered for playing what New York Times critic Frank Rich once described as “the sensible yet woolly wife” on “The Bob Newhart Show,” which ran from 1972 to 1978. Her role as Emily earned her two Emmy nominations.

Pleshette retired from acting after marrying her second husband, wealthy businessman Tom Gallagher, in 1968. She told TV Guide in 1972 that after she’d been hanging around the house for six months, “my loving husband said, ‘You’re getting to be awfully boring. Go back to work.’ ”

After trying to figure out how she could return to work without having to get up at 5 a.m. or go out of town for weeks on movie locations, she recalled, “I said to myself, ‘What can you do best?’ ‘Talk,’ I said. ‘So what better than the talk shows on TV?’ I said. I picked up the phone and asked my agent to try to book me with Johnny Carson.”

She made a couple of dozen appearances on the Carson show over the next few years, including one with fellow guest Newhart — a show seen by writers David Davis and Lorenzo Music, the creatorsof the upcoming Newhart show.

“Suzanne started talking, and I looked at Lorenzo and Lorenzo looked at me,” Davis told TV Guide. “There she was, just what we were looking for.

“She was revealing her own frailties, talking freely about being over 30. She was bubble-headed but smart, loving toward her husband but relentless about his imperfections. We were trying to get away from the standard TV wife, and we knew that whoever we picked would have to be offbeat enough and strong enough to carry the show along with Newhart. We didn’t dream Suzanne would accept the part.”

Pleshette told the magazine that “Bob is just like my husband, Tommy, letting me go bumbling and stumbling through life. And the way it’s written, the part is me. There’s the stream of non sequiturs by which I live. There are fights. I’m allowed to be demonstrative. But the core of the marriage is good.”

Off-camera, Pleshette was known for being what an Orlando Sentinel reporter once described as “an earthy dame, an Auntie Mame who isn’t afraid to tell a dirty story.” Or, as TV Guide put it in 1972: “Her conversations — mostly meandering monologues — are sprinkled with aphorisms, anecdotes, salty opinions and X-rated expletives.”

She enjoyed talking so much that during the making of “The Geisha Boy,” Lewis took to calling her “Big Mouth.”

Newhart, according to the TV Guide article, “was finding himself outtalked by Suzanne on the set about 12 to 1 but professed to be unperturbed by the phenomenon.”

“I don’t tangle,” Newhart said, “with any lady who didn’t give Johnny a chance to exercise his mouth — even to sneer — for 10 whole minutes.”

Although Newhart got a new TV wife, played by Mary Frann, for his 1982-90 situation comedy “Newhart,” Pleshette had the last laugh — making a memorable surprise guest appearance as Newhart’s previous TV wife, Emily, at the end of the series’ final episode.

In it, Dick Loudon, the Vermont innkeeper Newhart played on “Newhart,” is knocked out by a stray golf ball. Then the show cuts to a darkened bedroom as he wakes up and turns on the light to reveal Chicago psychologist Bob Hartley’s bedroom from “The Bob Newhart Show.” The Vermont-set “Newhart” and its colorful characters, it turns out, had only been a dream, and Pleshette’s Emily tells Bob he should watch what he eats before going to bed.

In a 1990 interview with “CBS This Morning,” Pleshette recalled that when the “Newhart” studio audience first saw the familiar bedroom set from the old series, she heard gasps.

“And then they heard this mumble under the covers, and nobody does my octave, you know,” she recalled. “And I think they suspected it might be me, but when that dark hair came up from under the covers, they stood and screamed.”

For her and Newhart “to be together again with the old rhythms, looking into each other’s eyes, was just wonderful,” she said. And, she said, it was “very touching and so dear” that the studio audience “remembered us with such affection.”

Pleshette was born Jan. 31, 1937, in New York City. Her mother had been a dancer, and her father was the manager of the New York and Brooklyn Paramount theaters during their big-band days.

After attending the New York High School of the Performing Arts — “I found myself there,” Pleshette later said — she spent a semester at Syracuse University and a semester at Finch College before moving on to the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and acting teacher Sanford Meisner.

Pleshette also starred in the short-lived sitcoms “Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs” (1984) and “The Boys Are Back” (1994-95) and the dramatic series “Bridges to Cross” (1986) and “Nightingales” (1989).

More recently, she played the lusty grandmother in the sitcom “Good Morning, Miami” (2002-03).

Pleshette was married to Gallagher from 1968 until his death in 2000.

She first met — and dated — Poston when they appeared together in the 1959 Broadway comedy “Golden Fleecing.” They were both dealing with the deaths of their spouses in 2000 when they got back together. They were married the next year.

“They are a romantic duo,” actor Tim Conway, a friend of Poston’s, told People magazine in 2001. “It’s almost embarrassing. You have to put cold water on them.”

Poston died in April at age 85 after a brief illness.

Details on survivors were not immediately available.


Overall it wasn’t a great show, but there were some nice moments. Well done, Hollywood Foreign Press Association!!

GOLDEN GLOBES: ’Bohemian Rhapsody’ wins in upset

In a Golden Globes chock full of upsets, the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” took best picture, drama, over Bradley Cooper’s heavily favoured “A Star is Born” and Glenn Close bested Lady Gaga for best actress.

Few winners were seen as more certain than Lady Gaga as best actress in a drama at Sunday’s ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. But the veteran actress Close pulled off the shocker for her performance in “The Wife,” as the spouse of a Nobel Prize-winning author. Close said she was thinking of her mother, “who really sublimated herself to my father for her whole life.”

“We have to find personal fulfilment. We have to follow our dreams,” said Close, drawing a standing ovation. “We have to say I can do that and I should be allowed to do that.”

Minutes later, the surprise was even greater when “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the night’s top award, shortly after Rami Malek won best actor for his prosthetic teeth-aided performance as Mercury.

“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime,” said Malek. “This is for you, gorgeous.”

Politics were largely absent from the ceremony before Christian Bale took the stage for winning best actor in a musical or comedy for his lead performance in Adam McKay’s “Vice.”

“What do you think? Mitch McConnell next?” joked the Welsh-born actor, referring to the Senate’s majority leader. “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for this role.”

Oh and Andy Samberg opened the Globes, put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, on a note of congeniality, including a mock roast of attendees and a string of jokes that playfully commented on critiques of Hollywood. Oh performed an impression of a sexist caveman film executive who casts like the title of Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong drama: “First … man!”

Noting the success of “Crazy Rich Asians,” Oh alluded to films with white stars in Asian roles like “Ghost in the Shell” and “Aloha,” the latter of which prompted Emma Stone, who starred in “Aloha,” to shout out “I’m sorry!” from the crowd.

But Ottawa-born Oh, who later also won for her performance on the BBC America drama series “Killing Eve,” and Samberg closed their opening monologue on a serious note explaining why she was hosting.

“I wanted to be here to look out at this audience and witness this moment of change,” said Oh, tearing up and gazing at minority nominees in attendance. “Right now, this moment is real. Trust me, this is real. Because I see you. And I see you. All of these faces of change. And now, so will everyone else.”

Some of those faces Oh alluded to won. Mahershala Ali, whom the foreign press association overlooked for his Oscar-winning performance in “Moonlight,” won best supporting actor for “Green Book.” While the Globes, decided by 88 voting members of the HFPA, have little relation to the Academy Awards, they can supply some awards-season momentum when it matters most. Oscar nomination voting begins Monday.

The biggest boost went to “Green Book,” Peter Farrelly’s interracial road trip through the early ’60s Deep South, which has struggled to catch on at the box office while coming under substantial criticism for relying on racial tropes. It won best film, comedy or musical, and best screenplay. “If Don Shirley and Tony Vallelonga can find common ground, we all can,” said Farrelly, the director best known for broader comedies like “There’s Something About Mary.”

As expected, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt won best song for the signature tune from “A Star Is Born,” the film most expected to dominate the Globes.

“Can I just say that as a woman in music, it’s really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as songwriter and these three incredible men, they lifted me up,” Gaga said.

Though the Globes are put on by foreign journalists, they don’t including foreign language films in their two best picture categories (for drama and musical/comedy). That left Netflix’s Oscar hopeful, Alfonso Cuaron’s memory-drenched masterwork “Roma” out of the top category. Cuaron still won as best director and the Mexican-born filmmaker’s movie won best foreign language film.

“Cinema at its best tears down walls and builds bridges to other cultures. As we cross these bridges, these experiences and these new shapes and these new faces, we begin to realize that while they may seem strange, they are not unfamiliar,” Cuaron said accepting the foreign language Globe. “This film would not have been possible without the specific colours that made me who I am. Gracias, familia. Gracias, Mexico.”

Netflix also won numerous awards for the series “The Kominsky Method,” which won both best actor in a comedy series for Michael Douglas (he dedicated the honour to this 102-year-old father, Kirk Douglas) and for best comedy series over favoured nominees like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (whose star, Rachel Brosnahan still won) and “Barry.”

“Netflix, Netflix, Netflix,” said series creator Chuck Lorre.

Olivia Colman, expected to be Lady Gaga’s stiffest competition when the two presumably go head-to-head at the Oscars, won best actress in a comedy/musical for her Queen Anne in the royal romp “The Favourite.” ”I ate constantly throughout the film,“ said Colman. ”It was brilliant.“

Best supporting actress in a motion picture went to the Oscar front-runner Regina King for her matriarch of Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk.” King spoke about the Time’s Up movement and vowed that the crews of everything she produces in the next two years will be half women. She challenged others to do likewise.

“Stand with us in solidarity and do the same,” said King, who was also nominated for the TV series “Seven Seconds.”

A year after the Globes were awash in a sea of black and #MeToo discussion replaced fashion chatter, the red carpet largely returned to more typical colours and conversation. Some attendees wore ribbons that read TIMESUPx2, to highlight the second year of the gender equality campaign that last year organized the Globes black-clad demonstration. Alyssa Milano, the actress who was integral in making #MeToo go viral, said on the red carpet that in the past year a “really wonderful sisterhood has formed.”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won for best animated film. Ryan Murphy’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” won for both best limited series and Darren Criss’ lead performance.

For its sixth and final season, FX’s “The Americans” took best drama series over shows like Amazon’s conspiracy thriller “Homecoming” and Oh’s own “Killing Eve.” Richard Madden, the breakout star of the terrorism suspense series “Bodyguard,” won best actor in a drama series. Ben Wishaw took best supporting actor in a limited series for “A Very English Scandal.”

The press association typically likes having first crack at series that weren’t eligible for the prior Emmys. They did this year in not just “The Kominsky Method” and “Bodyguard” but also the Showtime prison drama “Escape at Dannemora.” Its star, Patricia Arquette, won for best actress in a limited series.

Usually the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s ceremony is known for its freewheeling frivolity and fun. The free-flowing booze helps. But the 2018 Globes were the first major televised awards in Hollywood following the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and the subsequent push for greater gender equality in the film industry.

Last year’s show, like a lot of recent awards shows, saw ratings decline. Some 19 million tuned in to the Seth Meyers-hosted broadcast, an 11-per cent decline in viewership. This year, NBC has one thing in its favour: an NFL lead in. Ahead of the Globes, NBC broadcast the late afternoon wild card game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles, which proved to be a nail-bitingly close game — likely delivering the network a huge audience.

Jeff Bridges received the Globes’ honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award. In remarks about everything from Michael Cimino to Buckminster Fuller and, of course, to his “Big Lebowski” character the Dude, Bridges compared his life to a great game of tag. “We’ve all been tagged,” said Bridges. “We’re alive.” He ended by “tagging” everyone watching. “We can turn this ship in the way we want to go, man,” said Bridges.

A similar television achievement award was also launched this year, dubbed the Carol Burnett Award. Its first honoree was Burnett, herself.

“I’m kind of really gob-smacked by this,” said Burnett. “Does this mean that I get to accept it every year?”

Complete list of winners at 76th Golden Globe Awards


Drama: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Actress, Drama: Glenn Close, “The Wife”

Actor, Drama: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Comedy or Musical: “Green Book”

Actor, Comedy or Musical: Christian Bale, “Vice”

Actress, Comedy or Musical: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Actress-Supporting Role: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Actor-Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Foreign Language Film: “Roma”

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”

Screenplay: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, “Green Book”

Animated: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Original Score: Justin Hurwitz, “First Man”

Original Song: “Shallow,” ”A Star Is Born“


Drama: “The Americans”

Actress, Drama: Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”

Actor, Drama: Richard Madden, “Bodyguard”

Musical or Comedy: “The Kominsky Method”

Actress, Musical or Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Actor, Musical or Comedy: Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Actress, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”

Actor, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Actress, Supporting Role, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”

Actor, Supporting Role, Limited Series or Movie Made for Television: Ben Whishaw, “A Very English Scandal”