Shirley Jones - 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival - Opening night gala and screening of The Sound of Music - Arrivals at TCL Chinese Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 26th March 2015
Let's all aspire to be a little more like Jones every day.
Shirley Jones probably wins the award for “Best Birthday Plans” this year. The beloved Oklahoma! star turns 80 this year, and she’s literally jumping into her 81st year. Jones has arranged her first skydive for tomorrow – Monday, April 1st. There is always the chance that it turns out to be an April Fools prank, of course.
The 80-year-old actress won't let anything get in her way.
Since training for solo jumps takes a few months, the actress/singer will be diving with an instructor. She is making the leap (pun intended) at Perris, a popular SoCal skydiving school, her husband, comedian Marty Ingels has said. Ingels was reportedly stunned by his wife’s adrenaline-filled birthday plans at first, but has since come around to the idea. Her children, on the other hand, have not been as accepting. She quoted her oldest son, Shaun Cassidy, as saying, "Mom, what's the matter with you? Why would you want to do this at your age?"
The actor died from complications related to a rare blood disorder.
Dave Madden, whom you may know from his most famous role as Ruben Kinkaid on “The Partrige Family,” has died. The 82-year-old actor passed away on Thursday at a hospice in Jacksonville, Florida. According to his wife, Sandra Madden, the cause of death was related to his blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome.
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David Cassidy, the troubled former 'Partridge Family' actpr, has been arrested in New York on a DUI charge.
David Cassidy was arrested in upstate New York for driving under the influence. The former Partridge Family star was pulled over outside Albany for driving with his high beams on. He was approaching a police check-point when he failed to switch off the high beams. After Officer Tom Jones (seriously!) pulled Cassidy over, he could smell alcohol on the singer's breath. After Officer Jones breathalysed Cassidy and the 63-year-old failed at the field sobriety test. In the breathalyser test, Cassidy has a blood alcohol content of 0.10%, the legal limit is 0.08%.
David Cassidy at a Playboy event in Las Vegas.
According to reports in TMZ, Cassidy was arrested and taken to the nearby police station. He was released after posting the $2500 bail. As he has a previous DUI conviction from Florida in 2010, he will be facing felony charges. Cassidy is due to appear at SchodackTown Court on September 4th.
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Emily Smith-Dungy is a 16-year-old super high achieving student with a great passion for jumping rope. However, she becomes increasingly annoyed with her parents - Samantha, a business executive with her thoughts only on herself, and Duncan, a cheerful but equally self-absorbed artist - as they persistently show a lack of support for their children, and she is stretched to breaking point when they fail to show up at her all-important Michigan state rope jumping competition. She drugs her parents' wine glasses with sleeping pills and ties them to chairs with her skipping ropes, determined to force them to listen to her and her brother and sister Lucinda and Jackson. She faces them with multiple choice questions and assessments about being parents mentoring them on appropriate topics of conversation around her friends and boyfriends and the sensible levels of alcohol consumption all in order to rebuild her family and gain a little more attention from her career-obsessed and family-ignorant parents.
'Family Weekend' is a hilarious comedy about family life to its extremes. It has been directed by Benjamin Epps in his feature film directorial debut and written by Matt K. Turner ('The Truth'). It is due for release this Spring on April 23rd 2013.
Set in a coastal Maine mill town sometime around 1900, the painful love story brings together itinerant carnival worker Billy Bigelow (Gordon MacRae) and virginal mill worker Julie Jordan (Shirley Jones), who fall passionately in love even though everyone thinks she could do a lot better. Hot-tempered and insecure, Billy wants to be a productive member of society, but he doesn't know how, and once he's married and Julie is pregnant, he fears he won't be able to provide. Their situation is contrasted with that of Julie's best friend, Carrie Pipperidge (Barbara Ruick), and her prosperous fiancé, Mr. Snow (Robert Rounseville).
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And dazzling it is. One of the most fun and hummable of Rodgers and Hammerstein's many musicals, Oklahoma! took 12 years to make it from its innovative Broadway debut (it was the first musical in which every song related directly to the plot) to the big screen. The story of the romance between cowboy Curly and virginal Laurey (Shirley Jones in full soprano mode), it has plenty of peripheral characters, each of whom gets a song and dance along the way, from slutty Ado Annie (Gloria Grahame) ("I Caint Say No') and her boyfriend Will Parker (Gene Nelson) ("Everything's Up to Date in Kansas City") to the kind-hearted Aunt Eller (Charlotte Greenwood), on whose farm Laurey lives.
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I can see where they were going with this movie. The whole advertising campaign, in fact the entire production, is an attempt to sell the film as a late '70s, early '80s teen sex comedy. The poster art is reminiscent of the cartoonish painted posters for films like Animal House, even the title credits are superimposed against clips of Space Invaders (or is that Galaga?).
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Manna From Heaven is the story of a Buffalo family who one day discover $20,000 "raining from heaven," wisely decide to split it up, and then go on their merry ways. A decade or so later, every last one of them has grown up to be a loser, having squandered his or her (mostly her) share of the loot. The lone exception is Theresa (Ursula Burton... well of course the good one is going to be played by a Burton sister!) who has become an ash-on-the-forehead nun. In fact, Theresa becomes convinced that the 20 grand of so long ago was not a gift but a loan, and that they must now "pay it back."
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