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Yvette Rachelle And Ed Asner Arrive At Dan Tana's Restaurant To Celebrate Their Birthdays

Yvette Rachelle - Yvette Rachelle and Ed Asner arrive at Dan Tana's restaurant to celebrate their birthdays in West Hollywood at Dan Tana's - West Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 13th November 2015

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A Tribute To Ed Asner

Ed Asner - A tribute to Ed Asner at the Skylight Theatre Complex LA - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 1st November 2015

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The 19th Annual PRISM Awards Ceremony

Ed Asner - The 19th Annual PRISM Awards Ceremony at The Skirball Cultural Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 16th July 2015

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'Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine' Benefit

Ed Asner - 'Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine' benefit at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 6th June 2015

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L.A. Theatre Works 40th Anniversary Gala

Ed Asner - L.A. Theatre Works 40th Anniversary Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel at The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 26th March 2015

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The House Of Magic Trailer


When Thunder is abandoned into the street by his owner as a kitten during a house move, he finds himself in the home of an eccentric aged magician named Lawrence and his family of friendly mechanical toys on a stormy night which gives him his name. Lawrence takes him on tour performing at parties but it soon becomes clear that he's much more popular than the magician's old pet rabbit, Jack - a fact that doesn't sit well with either Jack or the magician's mouse Maggie. However, the furry team must unite for the sake of Lawrence when trouble arises in the form of his nefarious nephew, who is attempting to sell the large house while Lawrence is away at hospital. Thunder and his new friends decide to try and convince him that the house is actually haunted, with Thunder at the forefront of the ploy. The question is, do Lawrence's unusual family have it in them to save his livelihood?

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'Reports Of My Imminent Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated' - Ed Asner Calls For Calm After 911 Call


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On Tuesday night (March 12, 2013), Ed Asner became disorientated during his one-man show, FDR and a 911 call brought the paramedics to the Marquette Pavilion in Gary. According to Chicago Sun-Times, the show started around 45 minutes late and while he was onstage, Asner appeared to have difficulty breathing and was struggling with his lines. After around 15 minutes, backstage staff had intervened and Asner left the stage, where he was treated by paramedics.

Headlines regarding the incident blamed “exhaustion” (Chicago Sun-Times) and described the 83 year old as “disorientated,” (Daily Mail) where others described his behaviour as “worrisome” (Fox News). However, Asner himself was quick to quell any alarm that had developed over the situation and tweeted a message to say “Reports of my imminent demise are greatly exaggerated. They tell me I am suffering from exhaustion. Thanks for the good wishes!” A representative for Asner told USA Today that he had been taken to a Chicago hospital, where he was “resting comfortably.”

Asner is best known for his roles in the Mary Tyler Moore show and its spin-off Lou Grant and has recently been touring the country, playing the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in FDR for over three years. 

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Hollywood Veteran Ed Asner Hospitalised After Cancelled Performance


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Hollywood veteran Ed Asner was hospitalized on Tuesday night, after having to cut short his sold-out performance in Gary, Indiana.

Asner, 83, best known for his role as Lou Grant on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” had to be rushed off-stage in the middle of his portratayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the one man show FDR. It is as yet unclear what the cause of the problem was. According to an audience member, he appeared confused and was not speaking clearly. The problem had started right before the show, apparently, since earlier in the evening, Asner had appeared in good health, when he conducted an acting class elsewhere in Gary.

Medical personnel arrived on the scene quickly and the performance was cut short. Asner also has other performances scheduled across the country, but it is presently unclear whether they will be cancelled or not. Currently, the actor is still recovering in a hospital in the Chicago area, but no other announcements have been made about his condition. A rep for Asner later released the statement that he had been suffering from exhaustion and was now resting comfortably.

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Paul Rudd And Ed Asner Find 'Grace' On Stage


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Paul Rudd isn't often associated with words such as 'Grace' or, for that matter, 'tact', with roles in great contemporary-classic comedies such as 'Anchorman', 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', or in the flop 'Dinner For Schmucks', but it seems that Broadway's 'Grace', in which he's currently starring, is exactly what Rudd needed bring attention to his own grace. Plus, his pairing with Ed Asner (Disney Pixar's 'Up') in this brand new American four person stage-play, that also stars Michael Shannon ('Boardwalk Empire', 'Revolutionary Road') and Kate Arrington (Broadway veteran), certainly seems like a match made in heaven.

'Grace' has been described on Playbill.com: "In alternating scenes of hilarity and poignancy, life turns surreal for an eclectic foursome whose destinies collide in the Sunshine State... A wide-eyed young couple (Rudd & Arrington) head south with big plans to open a chain of Gospel-themed motels. When an agitated rocket scientist (Shannon) and a prickly pest-control man (Asner) enter the picture, the couple's ordered world is thrown into utter chaos."

In response as to whether this 'utter chaos' finds any kind of aesthetic stage value one tweeter said of 'Grace': "It's brilliant. It made me laugh, cry and contemplate grace. Ed Asner is a national treasure." To celebrate the play and its themes, a whole host of special events have been organised around it, included a series of three 'talkback' evenings. October 10th, 17th and 24th will see a variety of speakers from critics, members of the cast as well as members of the clergy meet to discuss themes of the play, focussing particularly on the aspects of faith that it probes.

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Up Review


Excellent
Like Wall-E, this Pixar-produced feature has an unusual structure that continually keeps us off guard. It also tells a story that's refreshingly mature, with moments of heartbreaking sadness and quiet contemplation. Along with the talking dogs and big action scenes.

Since he was a boy, Carl (voiced by Asner) has been obsessed with adventure, following the exploits of the larger-than-life explorer Muntz (Plummer). And Carl shared this yearning with his wife Ellie, although the circumstances of life meant that they never achieved their dream to travel to Muntz' famed Paradise Falls in South America. Now a widower, Carl is finally spurred to action, using helium balloons to fly his house away. But he has company in the form of the eager Russell (Nagai), and they make several strange discoveries in South America.

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Gigantic Review


Excellent
This gentle romance is so wilfully quirky that it will drive some audiences a bit crazy. But if you can connect to the film's warmth and the humanity of its characters, it really gets under the skin.

Brian (Dano) is a 28-year-old who sells upscale mattresses and dreams of adopting a Chinese baby. His latest customer is the eccentric, large Al Lolly (Goodman), whose daughter Happy (Deschanel) strikes up a friendship that quickly turns into a sort of romance. But she's a bit skittish about the adoption thing, not to mention meeting his parents (Asner and Alexander) and much-older brothers (Roberts and Stanton). Meanwhile, a homeless man (Galifianakis) seems to be trying to kill him.

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Up Review


Good
Film critics experience varying degrees of disappointment. Terminator Salvation, for example, disappoints because it's terrible and shouldn't have been made, let alone released. The ironically titled Up, on the other hand, disappoints because it doesn't soar quite as high as its acclaimed Pixar predecessors. Holding each new Pixar flick up to such lofty expectations sounds unfair until you realize the animation factory's outstanding features routinely meet the studio's admittedly sky-high quality bar. And some -- like last year's WALL-E, a very tough act to follow -- raise the bar to even dizzier heights.

Up doesn't manage that. It's good, not great, Pixar -- an elegant and somber reflection on life's unfinished business and our tendencies to put even the biggest dreams on the shelf. And as we discovered with Cars, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, even good Pixar trumps traditional animation from rival studios, and certainly deserves your time.

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El Dorado Review


Extraordinary
Howard Hawks's penultimate film is a canny reshuffling of his own Rio Bravo as he performs a loose and extended mediation on his favorite themes of loyalty and professionalism.

John Wayne plays Cole Thornton, a gun for hire claiming a job with a land-grabbing cattle baron (Ed Asner). Cole accepts the job until he finds out that his old pal J.P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum, in one of his finest late career performances) is the town sheriff. Cole switches sides but not before being shot by a put-upon rancher's daughter, Joey (Michele Carey), who thinks Cole is still working for Jason. With the bullet lodged near his spine, Cole rejects a risky operation and leaves town looking for work. A year later, Cole returns to town with a young, firebrand partner, Mississippi (James Caan), in tow to find that Jason has hired a legendary gang of gunslingers to force Joey's family off their ranch. Cole also discovers J.P. has deteriorated into a pathetic joke of a drunk after being thrown over by a dame (and Mitchum is not short of harrowing in his efforts to fight back his demons). But Jason's hired guns won't quit, so Cole along with Mississippi and J.P.'s obnoxious deputy Bull (Arthur Hunnicutt) try to head off the gang of hired guns. At the same time, Cole helps J.P. to pull out of his drunken stupor and regain his professionalism.

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Gigantic Review


Weak
If you're going to make a film about two people falling in love, having two likable lead actors is an excellent place to start. For director Matt Aselton's first-time effort, Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel fit the bill just fine. Alas, Gigantic isn't on par with their on-screen charms, letting down them -- and us.

There's certainly enough promise on hand -- quirky characters, quiet pacing, quick and unforced wit -- but it appears Aselton would rather go for disaffected style than narrative substance. And that unfortunately cheats some fine performances and, at its core, some wonderful larger ideas.

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