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Actors Tweeted Their Support Of Geoffrey Owens After He Was Caught Having a Job
When some publications reported, with thinly veiled horror, that actor Geoffrey Owens, best known as kindly Elvin Tibideaux on The Cosby Show, was working at a Trader Joe’s, parts of the internet came to Owens’ defense. If anything, they were horrified that anyone would be horrified that a famous person would have to do blue collar work to get by.
It started with a Daily Mail story, in which a woman reported seeing Owens on the job. “It made me feel really bad. I was like, ‘Wow, all those years of doing the show and you ended up as a cashier,’” said the person who spotted Owens. The story was also tweeted out by Fox News, complete with a shot of him on the job. That’s when the story’s infamy really took off.
The response was swift, with actors tweeting out their support of Owens and listing the menial jobs they’ve had to take in between gigs.
Owens made 44 appearances on The Cosby Show from 1985 to 1992. In the last two years he’s racked up credits in small movies and TV shows, including episodes of Elementary and The Blacklist. He’s a working actor, but being an actor means working an inconsistent wage and living without any stability, not always knowing where the next paycheck will come from. The backlash against the initial report and the Fox News tweet not only reminds us that the Internet can sometimes be used for good; it reveals a side of the entertainment business that most viewers may not think about: Just because they’re famous doesn’t mean they’re rich.
How ‘Adventure Time’ Became a Talent Factory for a Generation of Animators
“Adventure Time” grew from its sword-and-sorcery origins to become something surreal and difficult to define. It is an adventure series where one of the hero’s biggest challenges was getting over his unrequited crush; a fantasy show whose mystical elements included candy; and a children’s cartoon that regularly featured cannibalism.
Beyond the show itself, “Adventure Time” served as an animation talent incubator: Many of the series’s writers and artists went on to develop their own projects, mirroring the dispersion of writers and producers on prestige shows like “The Sopranos” and “Breaking Bad.” In part, this was because “Adventure Time” accommodated and cultivated the different artistic sensibilities of each person who worked on the show. “It’s a plant, and it just kind of grows in different directions,” said Adam Muto, a storyboard artist who later became the series’s showrunner.
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Kerri-Anne Kennerley joins Studio 10
She will appear 2 days a week on Mondays & Tuesdays, in a job-sharing arrangement with Denise Scott.
The TV veteran famously hosted Good Morning Australia for TEN from 1981–1991 and Mornings with Kerri-Anne (renamed as Kerri-Anne) for Nine from 2002 – 2011, following two years on Midday.
Kennerley said: “Three decades of live television is just not enough. I can’t wait to get the adrenalin pumping again and join the wonderful Studio 10 team two days a week. There is a slight feeling of coming home to TEN, where I enjoyed over a decade of fabulous live television. I have a feeling it will be a lot of fun.”
Studio 10 Executive Producer, Lucy De Luca said: “We are so excited to have Kerri-Anne as part of the Studio 10 family. Kerri-Anne is an Aussie icon who has played a huge part in television history, so it is great to see her return to her home here at Network TEN.”
Mission Impossible meets Top Cat
In 1976 there was a somewhat popular movie called MOTHER, JUGS, & SPEED about ambulance drivers starring Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch (as Jugs of course), and Harvey Keitel.
Two years later ABC commissioned a TV pilot of the movie. They changed Jugs to Juggs so it would sound (or at least read) less sexual… although unless you’re from the hills of Kentucky there is no other meaning for “jugs.” Tom Mankiewicz, who wrote the screenplay, was hired to write the pilot.
David Cronenberg Is Developing a TV Series
David Cronenberg is in the early stages of developing a TV series that would mark his debut as a creator of episodic narrative.
The director of cult films such as “Crash” and “Naked Lunch,” who is being honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Venice Film Festival, revealed that he is working on a long-form personal TV project during a panel on the future of cinema at the fest. But he declined to add any specifics, because he “can’t talk about it yet.”
Cronenberg has directed single TV episodes before. In 2015 he turned down an offer to helm the second season of “True Detective” because, he said at the time, he did not like the script.