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Henry Winkler's Books Series Heading To TV

March 15th, 2013 11:08am EDT
Henry Winkler
Actor Henry Winkler has landed a deal to make a TV show out of his children's book series.

The Happy Days star has released 17 stories about a dyslexic elementary school pupil named Hank Zipzer, and now they are heading to the small screen.

Winkler, who also has the learning disability, tells U.K. TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh, "We're going to make a television show of Hank Zipzer, the world's greatest underachiever.

"They are comedies first, they are my story, and we're going to make a TV show out of them right here."
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Review: 'Here Comes The Boom' A Family Fun Feel Good Comedy

October 13th, 2012 9:00am EDT
'Here Comes The Boom
Ten years ago, Scott Voss (Kevin James) was an excellent high school biology teacher. He was even voted 'Teacher of the Year'.

But ten years is a long time. FLASH forward to the present...Scott couldn't care less about teaching. He works only to bring home a paycheck and is completely disillusioned with a school system that treats students like 'cattle'...who's only interested in moving them in and out, as quickly and as cheaply as possible.

To make matters worse, a budget crisis hits the school and by the end of the year, all extracurricular activities (except football, of course) will b...
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Henry Winkler To Play Porn Star On Broadway

July 29th, 2012 3:39pm EDT
Henry Winkler
Former Happy Days star Henry Winkler is returning to Broadway for the first time in 12 years - as a porn star.

The veteran actor has signed on to portray an aging adult star opposite Cheyenne Jackson in David West Read comedy The Performers.

Evan Cabnet will direct the show, about life in the porn industry, which will open on November 14 at the Longacre Theater in New York.

It will be 66-year-old Winkler's first appearance on Broadway since starring in Neil Simon's The Dinner Party in 2000.
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Henry Winkler Receives His Order Of The British Empire Medal

September 15th, 2011 8:49am EDT
Henry Winkler
Happy Days legend Henry Winkler picked up an honorary Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal at the U.K. embassy in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

The actor, who played cool dude the Fonz in the beloved U.S. sitcom, was handed the medal in recognition of his work for U.K. children's charities, specifically with kids who have dyslexia.

British ambassador Nigel Sheinwald presented the OBE to Winkler during a ceremony at the embassy.

Winkler says, "I am overwhelmed to have had my work recognized in this manner, and hope to continue showing children that no matter how they learn, they ha...
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CBS Fires Back Over 'Happy Days' Lawsuit

June 27th, 2011 9:22am EDT
Happy Days
TV bosses at CBS have fired back at the stars of "Happy Days" after they sued the company for breach of contract, insisting the castmates don't have a case.

Attorney Jon Pfeiffer, acting on behalf of the actors, filed a lawsuit against the TV executives in a Los Angeles Superior Court in April, accusing them of using the cast's photos on casino slot machines without paying them.

The stars of the hit sitcom, which aired between 1974 and 1984, were promised a five percent cut from net proceeds if their sole image was used and a two-and-a-half per cent cut if their image appeared as part of ...
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TV On DVD: 'Royal Pains: Season 2'

June 2nd, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Royal Pains
Universal Studios Home Entertainment recently released the sophomore season of USA's Royal Pains on DVD (just in time for the premiere of season three, of course!) The four-disc set contains all eighteen episodes from season two plus a handful of bonus features. Here's my review.

The Show

I checked out Royal Pains when it first premiered, and it was the first USA original series that didn't catch on with me. It wasn't necessarily bad, but not a strong enough show to grab my attention. Digging into season two, that's still the case. It's not a misfire, just not my cup of tea. (I kn...
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Henry Winkler Honored With Order of the British Empire Medal

February 23rd, 2011 11:22pm EST
Henry Winkler
Beloved actor Henry Winkler has been honored in Britain by The Queen for his work with children's charities.

The Happy Days star has been awarded an Order of the British Empire medal.

Appearing on TV news show Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday, Winkler revealed, "I just got a letter from The Queen. It said she graciously agrees to confer on me the Order of the British Empire... I felt great.

"I'm one of four people outside of Great Britain, in the world, that has gotten it this year.

"I was told that I would never achieve. The Queen wrote me."

But Winkler won't be jetting off to Bucki...
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A Royal Mess on Royal Pains

February 3rd, 2011 1:07pm EST
Royal Pains | Photo Credits: Barbara Nitke/USA Network
Diagnosis: Breakup? All's not sunny for Hamptons doc Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) and his rather coldhearted girlfriend, Dr. Emily Peck (Anastasia Griffith), on tonight's Royal Pains when the two physicians clash. "They are going to have their biggest fight yet," reveals executive producer Andrew Lenchewski. "It's going to start as something medical that illuminates the larger divide between them, and the types of relationships that they each want to be in."

And leave it to Hank's dear old dad, Eddie (Henry Winkler), to further complicate matters...

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Henry Wrinkler To Write New Biography

January 8th, 2011 9:00am EST
Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler is expanding his literary portfolio with a book about fatherhood, fly fishing and photography.

The "Happy Days" star has signed a deal with Insight Editions to pen a quirky new biography, which will be published in May.

"I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Fishing, and Photography" is a "collection of everyday wisdom" on his favorite pastimes, and how his hobbies have helped him become a better dad.

Winker stepped into the literary world in 2003, after collaborating on a series of children's books about a school kid named Hank Zipzer, who is dyslexi...
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'Royal Pains' Set Visit, Q&A & Season Two Spotlight

June 2nd, 2010 2:07pm EDT
Royal Pains
USA's famous tagline "Characters Welcome" means that it is a channel not only dedicated to entertaining audiences, but that the entertainment might be a little more quirky than most television. This is a welcome change from stations that churn out the same mind numbing procedurals year after year. With Monk, In Plain Sight, Psych, and Burn Notice, they've introduced amusing and memorable characters who come from popular genres (detective, spy, action) with a unique spin.

One of their newest successes is a show titled Royal Pains, a medical show set in the Hamptons that blends a little Hous...
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Henry Winkler Says Botox Is A 'Gift To The World' For Stroke Victims

June 1st, 2010 8:43am EDT
Henry Winkler
Former "Happy Days" star Henry Winkler is speaking out about the heath benefits of Botox injections, insisting the medication could have given his late mother a better quality of life after she suffered a stroke.

The actor has joined forces with Botox manufacturer Allergan, Inc. and a coalition of five national patient advocacy organizations, including National Stroke Association and the Brain Injury Association of America to launch a new awareness program.

Winkler says he signed up as the ambassador for the Open Arms when he learned of the benefits of Botox and realized the neurotoxic pr...
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Fox's New 'Sit Down, Shut Up' Joins Sunday's 'Animation Domination'

April 16th, 2009 10:25pm EDT
Sit Down, Shut Up
From the creator of Arrested Development and the producers of Two And A Half Men, comes the new Sony Pictures Television half-hour animated comedy series, "Sit Down, Shut Up" for FOX. The series premieres Sunday, April 19 at 8:30 PM (ET/PT) as part of FOX's Animation Domination Sunday night lineup.

Based on the hit live-action Australian series, "Sit Down, Shut Up" revolves around the lives of high school faculty members in a small Florida fishing town who are so preoccupied with their own personal needs and agendas that the students ALWAYS come second. At Knob Haven High the teac...
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Henry Winkler Goes From 'The Fonz' to Teacher In 'Sit Down, Shut Up'

April 13th, 2009 10:15am EDT
Sit Down, Shut Up
Henry Winkler was the ultimate cool kid on Happy Days. Now he's playing a teacher who's not so cool. Sit Down, Shut Up casts Winkler as the voice of an animated schoolteacher.

"His name is Willard Deutschebog," Winkler said. "He's a lover of baloney. You see outdated cough syrup. He sees desert. He is. He teaches German to about four students because no one ever takes his course."

With all of Deutschebog's eating habits, Winlker has yet to record a stockpile of slurping, eating noises for the dubbing vaults. "That's an interesting question. Actually a lot of yelling because I'm in...
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Video: Ron Howard Brings Back Opie & Richie Cunningham For Obama

October 23rd, 2008 11:43am EDT
Ron Howard Obama Video
Ron Howard wanted to talk about the election, Obama and McCain. To do so, he decided to bring back his beloved characters from Happy Days and The Andy Griffith Show plus Henry Winkler and Andy Griffith to help him out.

Watch Ron Howard's Call To Action:

Funny or lame? Leave a comment below!

More political spoof videos:

- 'Paris Hilton For President' Music Video

- Obama vs. McCain Dance Off

- Gina Gershon Does Sarah Palin

- Thomas Haden Church vs. Joe The Plumber

- Best And Worst Music Videos Supporting Barack Obama

- First Minute Of 'Who's Nailin' Pa...
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Starpulse Answers Your Burning Questions

June 13th, 2008 12:00pm EDT
Clique Girlz
1.) Starpulse user cliqueguy101 asks, "Where do I learn more about the Clique Girlz?"

The Clique Girlz (sisters Paris, 12, and Destinee Monroe, 13, & best friend Ariel Moore, 13) wanted to sing ever since they were born, according to their official website. They are influenced by Destiny's Child and insist on living a drug-free lifestyle. They will be touring soon with Raven Symone. Check out some photos on Starpulse here.

2.) greentigerrain asks, "I am looking for information about a movie released in 2007 that I saw on the SciFi channel and loved. The movie is called 'Hybrid' and...
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Fox 2008-09 Schedule Is Solid, Surprisingly Straightforward

May 16th, 2008 12:03pm EDT
Eliza Dushku stars in Dollhouse
Usually this is the time of year when people are left scratching their heads, futilely trying to comprehend the four or five schedules that Fox has just unveiled for the upcoming season. This year, however, the folks at Fox have left the confusion of a year-round schedule to NBC, instead choosing to go with a much more conventional (and less headache inducing) Fall/Spring plan.

Fox has been doing fairly well recently, and it is safe to say that "American Idol" is no longer the only show keeping the network afloat (although it doesn't hurt, declining ratings and all). Therefore, it is...
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'Dancing With the Stars': The Final 7

April 22nd, 2008 8:49am EDT
Shannon Elizabeth
This week on "Dancing With The Stars" there is the usual introduction fluff. Each couple has their own dance and some sort of country dance so let's not waste time and jump right in then, shall we? Oh, and Samantha is looking beautiful as usual.

Jason and Edyta- The cha cha

We've got Jason near the top of the dancing heap, and this week Edyta takes Jason to hip-hop school where I wanted to go for summer camp but alas, space camp was where I ended up. Jason is set to show Len he can dance. Starting with a jump off the stairs Jason has embraced his dancing destiny and is keeping up wit...
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When Enough Is Enough: Worst TV Spin-Offs

February 26th, 2008 2:21pm EST
Saved by the Bell: The New Class
The logic behind the spin-off is very sound. Take a beloved character or concept from a pre-existing series and create an entire new show. You have an established character or brand and thus a built-in fan base. It makes perfect sense, no?

Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is not quite that simple. Certainly there have been spin-offs that attracted both fans and critics and managed to create a legacy all their own. Shows like "Frasier," "Angel," and "The Jeffersons" instantly come to mind. But for every successful spin-off, there have been dozens of miserable failures...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 30

October 30th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Gavin Rossdale
Happy Birthday to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (1967), Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona (1960), TV star Harry Hamlin (1951), the "Fonz" Henry Winkler (1945), Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick (1939), Broadway and silver screen star Ruth Gordon (1896), "Crime and Punishment" author Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821), and second President of the United States John Adams.
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Charity Auction: Video Calls With Cast of 'The Office,' 'OC' & More of TVs Hottest Stars

November 30th, 2006 11:36am EST
Adam Brody of The O.C.
Dozens of young Hollywood’s biggest television stars have joined together in a once-in-a-lifetime auction on eBay this holiday season, supporting the Young Storytellers Foundation. Americans and Canadians can bid on private voice and video calls with participating celebrities, during which they can chat with and actually see the star on the other end.

Celebrities taking part in the auction (for both video and standard Internet calls):

· Kristen Bell - Veronica Mars

· Sophia Bush – One Tree Hill

· Adam Duritz – The Counting Crows

· Rob...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 30

October 30th, 2006 3:00am EST
Henry Winkler
Happy Birthday to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (1967), Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona (1960), TV star Harry Hamlin (1951), the "Fonz" Henry Winkler (1945), Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick (1939), Broadway and silver screen star Ruth Gordon (1896), "Crime and Punishment" author Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821), and second President of the United States John Adams.
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Opens June 23: Click

June 20th, 2006 2:52pm EDT
Click Summary:

A workaholic architect, frustrated in his job but determined to make a better life for his family, is bestowed with a powerful universal remote that allows him more control over his life than he ever knew possible in director Frank Coraci's high-concept fantasy comedy.

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Cast and Crew:

Adam Sandler - (Michael Newman)

Kate Beckinsale - (Donna Newman)

Christopher Walken - (Morty)

David Hasselhoff - (Michael's Boss)

Henry Winkler - (Michael's Father)

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CBS Shakes Up Its Schedule

February 15th, 2006 2:11pm EST
Out of Practice
The comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a single mom/gym owner premieres Monday, March 13 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. Meanwhile, the doctor comedy "Out of Practice" with Henry Winkler returns March 22, and Jenna Elfman's "Courting Alex" moves to Wednesdays.

"The New Adventures of Old Christine" centers on a single mother and owner of a "30-minute workout gym" (Louis-Dreyfus) who is the portrait of the new American mom, albeit with some unflinchingly candid points of view. For her, everyday is an adventure, but life is made easier due to the...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 30

October 30th, 2005 3:00am EST
Henry Winkler
Happy Birthday to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (1967), Argentine footballer Diego Armando Maradona (1960), TV star Harry Hamlin (1951), the "Fonz" Henry Winkler (1945), Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick (1939), Broadway and silver screen star Ruth Gordon (1896), "Crime and Punishment" author Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821), and second President of the United States John Adams.
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