Octavia Spencer Says Stigma of TV 'Quite Gone'; 'Hit The Floor's' Don Stark Talks Segment Secrecy Octavia Spencer has an Academy Award and a steady influx of film offers — but she scoffs at the very notion of shying away from television. "That's not a reality in today's world. You see Julia Roberts doing television," notes the "The Help" …Read more. Peri Gilpin Longs for Laughs as a Change-Up After Tough 'The Choking Game' Movie Peri Gilpin would like to get back to the funny. The actress who rose to fame as lusty radio producer Roz Doyle on "Frasier" — and more recently appeared as the compassionate mother of an Olympics-bound gymnast with medical trouble on ABC …Read more. Ask Stacy -- Week of 7/26/14 DEAR STACY: Not to be ghoulish or anything, but given the recent news about family members squabbling over the remains of the late Casey Kasem, my husband and I started thinking about a similar situation in the past and the body of James Mason. That …Read more. Elliot Gould on 'Ray Donovan,' 'Mulaney' and Maintaining Vigor; Smartphone TV Watching on the Rise A month shy of turning 76, Elliott Gould is quite pleased with himself for having two — count 'em, two — high-profile television series gigs simultaneously. Showtime's excellent "Ray Donovan" has been using the one-time counterculture …Read more.more articles
Ask Stacy -- Week of 12/29/12
DEAR STACY: In light of Beyonce's new $50 million Pepsi deal, we were wondering, which star made the biggest money for making a commercial before her? I say it was Clint Eastwood for his Super Bowl ad this year, but my friend says Michael Jackson's Pepsi deal was probably bigger. — Wanda S., Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DEAR WANDA: Likely your friend is right, but I can't say for sure. Eastwood's salary for the Chrysler spot has not been publicly disclosed, possibly because the actor/director donated his earnings to charity. Michael Jackson did hold the title for a long while — Pepsi Cola paid him $12 million to do four TV commercials back in the '80s, when $12 million really meant something, by golly! But Nicole Kidman passed his per-minute pay scale in '03, when she made $3.71 million for a four-minute commercial for Chanel No. 5, thus giving her the highest salary per minute designation in the Guinness Book of World Records: $928,800-per-minute.
DEAR STACY: I'd like to know, how many of Marie Osmond's children are adopted? Was her son who committed suicide one of them? — Janna W., Clearwater, Fla.
DEAR JANNA: Michael Blosil, who took his own life in February, 2010, was one of five children (three daughters and two sons) Marie and second husband, record producer Brian Blosil, adopted.
DEAR STACY: We liked "Get Smart" with Steve Carell, but want to know, wasn't there a feature film made with the original TV show cast? — Jennifer G., Manhattan Beach, Calif.
DEAR JENNIFER: Yes, the 1980 Don Adams feature, "The Nude Bomb," which unfortunately lived down to its title. Dana Elcar played The Chief and Barbara Feldon's character, 99, wasn't even mentioned. It won a Golden Raspberry nomination for Worst Picture of the Year. In 1989, ABC offered "Get Smart, Again!" a TV movie, which featured Feldon/99 and other original series stars and was met with a better reception than its predecessor.
DEAR STACY: In the late 1980s or early 1990s, there was a TV movie about a female airline pilot named Poncho Barnes. Can you tell me the name and who starred? - V.P., Cleveland, Ohio
DEAR V.P: You're thinking of the 1988 "Pancho Barnes," starring Valerie Bertinelli.
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