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Alan Thicke Wants To Educate Kirk Cameron

March 6th, 2012 8:34am EST
Alan Thicke
Alan Thicke has addressed his one-time onscreen son Kirk Cameron's controversial anti-gay remarks by suggesting the former child star needs some new reading material.

The former "Growing Pains" star, now an evangelical Christian, spoke out against gays and lesbians during an interview on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Friday stating that he thought homosexuality was "unnatural" and "detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilisation."

His comments upset gay rights activists and a representative for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was ...
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Rocker Nikki Sixx: Anti-Gay Kirk Cameron Is The 'A-Hole Of The Week'

March 5th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Kirk Cameron
Rocker Nikki Sixx has slammed actor Kirk Cameron for his controversial comments blasting homosexuality as "unnatural" and "detrimental."

The former "Growing Pains" star, now an evangelical Christian, spoke out against homosexuality during an interview on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Friday.

He told presenter Morgan, "I think that it's (homosexuality) unnatural. I think that it's detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilisation."

His comments sparked fury among gay rights activists and a representative for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation ...
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Q&A: Tracey Gold Helps Women In Need With 'Starving Secrets'

November 25th, 2011 7:00pm EST
Tracey Gold
Tracey Gold has committed herself to shining a light on eating disorders - something she knows firsthand by having battled anorexia while in front of the camera as a television actress.

After nearly losing her life in a much-publicized battle with the condition, she bravely stepped into the lead role of a young woman with anorexia in the 1994 telefilm For The Love of Nancy, and became a public face for those struggling with eating disorders, speaking publicly about her experiences.

Now Tracey has partnered with Lifetime for the new series Starving Secrets With Tracey Gold, which aims to...
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Tracey Gold To Host Eating Disorder TV Series

November 10th, 2011 11:24am EST
Tracey Gold
Former child star Tracey Gold is to share her experiences with anorexia as the host of a new reality show about eating disorders.

The actress, who battled the illness while starring in hit sitcom Growing Pains, will be seen working with patients undergoing intensive treatment for anorexia or bulimia as part of TV series Starving Secrets.

Gold admits shooting the show was an emotional rollercoaster, but she hopes it will give audiences an insight into the participants' fear of gaining weight.

She tells The Daily Beast, "It's not an easy show to watch, but it's riveting and it really le...
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Famed Character Actor Bill Erwin Dies At The Age Of 96

January 4th, 2011 2:28pm EST
Bill Erwin
Bill Erwin passed away at his Los Angeles home on December 29, reportedly dying of natural causes.

Best known for his role as angry old man Sid Fields in an episode of Seinfeld, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, Erwin was a familiar face on U.S. TV, working continuously on the small screen over five decades.

He was a regular in Star Trek: The Next Generation, playing Dr. Dalen Quaice, and throughout his career he appeared in a number of successful shows, including Mister Ed, Married with Children, Growing Pains, The Golden Girls, Moonlighting and most recently, My Name Is Earl...
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Notable 2010 Celebrity Deaths

December 31st, 2010 8:00am EST
2010 Celeb Deaths
Fortunately, 2010 wasn't a big one for celebrity deaths. In 2009, several notables died, including Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Farrah Fawcett.

May was a particularly bad month, in which stars such as Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper passed away.

Casey Johnson, Johnson & Johnson heiress and fiancee of reality star Tila Tequila, died January 4 from diabetic ketoacidosis.

"All My Children" patriarch James Mitchell died on January 22, weeks shy of his 90th birthday. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated by pneumonia.

"Poltergeist" star Zelda Rubenstein di...
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Celebrities With Tons Of Kids

June 3rd, 2010 11:23am EDT
Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner is a dad again - for the seventh time. His wife gave birth to baby girl Grace yesterday. They have two sons: Cayden, 3, and Hayes, who turned one in February. Costner also has three children from his marriage to Cindy Silva and a son from a relationship with Bridget Rooney.

He's not the only star in Tinseltown who has a big brood. Check out a slew of other celebrities who have several children in their families, including adoptions and mixed families:

Chris O'Donnell and his wife Caroline have five children - three sons and two daughters - Lily, Christopher, Charles, Finl...
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'Growing Pains' Co-Stars Pay Tribute To Andrew Koenig

February 26th, 2010 3:24pm EST
Tracey Gold
Actor Kirk Cameron has paid tribute to his former Growing Pains co-star Andrew Koenig, who was found dead on Thursday. Koenig went missing earlier this month, prompting Cameron - who had grown close to the actor during their stint on the hit 1980s TV show - to issue an emotional plea, begging the 41 year old to get in touch.

Friends and family feared the depressed actor had taken his own life, and on Thursday their worst fears were confirmed when a group of Koenig's friends found his body in a park in Vancouver, Canada. Cameron has reached out to Koenig's grieving relatives as he mourns t...
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Walter Koenig: 'Andrew Took His Own Life'

February 26th, 2010 10:02am EST
Walter Koenig
Andrew Koenig committed suicide, according to his Star Trek actor dad Walter Koenig. The body of the former Growing Pains star was found in Vancouver, Canada on Thursday afternoon.

He was last seen during a trip to the city on February 14th, and was reported missing by a friend after failing to show up for his flight home to Los Angeles two days later. His parents issued an emotional plea to the 41 year old during a police press conference on Wednesday, when they begged Andrew to get in touch.

However, their worst fears were confirmed when friends of the actor discovered his body in Van...
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Missing Actor Andrew Koenig's Body Found

February 25th, 2010 9:51pm EST
Walter Koenig
The body of missing actor Andrew Koenig has been found in Vancouver, Canada.

The former "Growing Pains" star was last seen on February 14. He disappeared during a trip to Vancouver and was reported missing by a friend after failing to show up for his flight home to Los Angeles on February 16.

His parents, former "Star Trek" actor Walter Koenig and his wife Judy, issued an emotional plea to the 41 year old during a police press conference on Wednesday, when they begged Andrew to get in touch just to assure them he is "OK".

The same day, his friend Jenny Magenta confessed her fears that th...
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'Boner' From 'Growing Pains' Reported Missing

February 22nd, 2010 8:40am EST
Growing Pains
Andrew Koenig has been reported missing to Vancouver police. Koenig, best-known for his role as Boner on 1980s TV show Growing Pains, was last seen on February 14 2010.

The 42 year old missed a flight out of the city on February 16. Authorities are now searching for the actor, who was staying with burlesque artist Jenny Magenta, while in Vancouver, according to Popeater.com.

Magenta took to her Facebook page on Friday to ask for help finding Koenig, whose parents told her he may be "severely depressed."

The family has asked that anyone with information regarding Koenig's whereabout...
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How 'Modern Family' Is Saving The Family Sitcom

January 16th, 2010 10:15am EST
Modern Family
This article hopefully will serve as an adequate mea culpa. In a fall article we mentioned that 'Modern Family' was weak, formulaic, and full of hyperbolic stereotypes. In short, not worth staying on the ABC schedule. It did not take the recent Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Series- Musical or Comedy to change our view.

Thanks to a day off and time to kill on Hulu, we watched the second episode of the show. Needless to say, lunch was skipped, all remaining episodes were viewed, and we realized how unrepresentative a pilot can be. Now we are such unwavering fans of the show th...
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Celebrity Offspring That Have Become Successful

September 16th, 2009 10:05am EDT
Celebrity Offspring
Most of the time when privileged sons and daughters of celebrities chose to pursue a career in entertainment, we wince at the idea and criticize their lack of talent. However

, there are some cases where famous offspring are actually thrive in the family business and probably could have succeeded without their recognizable last name. Here are the most successful spawn in the gene pool of famous parents.

Colin Hanks - As the son and look-a-like younger version of dad Tom Hanks, Colin inherited his father's acting skills. He first came onto the scene appearing in Tom's film That Thing You...
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Actors Who Have Transitioned From TV To Film

August 25th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Jennifer Garner
For some actors, it is hard to make the crucial transition into film as a television star. Especially if you are typecast as a certain character and most people can't think of you as anyone else (for example, Matt LeBlanc as Joey on Friends). Television actors put their careers on the line when they leave their steady jobs to branch out into the film world, and they either make it or they don't. Here are the top television stars who managed to hold their own in the film world.

Will Smith- Before he was one of the top A-list movie stars, Will Smith was known as the Banks' troublemaking co...
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A Look At The Influence of 'Days Of Our Lives' On Recent Pop Culture

November 5th, 2008 11:50am EST
Days Of Our Lives
Back in 2004 a documentary-- not completely unlike Trekkies but for the soap opera crowd-- began filming in Los Angeles, interviewing the stars and fans alike of Days of our Lives. In honor of the fortieth anniversary of the show being on air (as well as the producer/director's college thesis project), this documentary sought to look deep into the psyches of the people who dedicated the majority of their lives to following this show. At an hour a day, five days a week, starting at a time before TiVo, it was true dedication to devote one's interest to such a show. What was found, though, ...
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Character Additions That Nearly Ruined A TV Show (Or Did)

June 10th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
It's been said that a TV show is only as good as the characters that occupy it. During the first season of series, the writers introduce us to certain main characters that the show is going to revolve around. Once a season ends and a new one is about to start all bets are off because the writers don't want to see the ratings drop.

Their solution? Bring in new characters.

Whether they were added in advance or brought on spontaneously, new characters are added in hopes of appealing to an even bigger audience and to increase a particular show's ratings. This doesn't always turn out ...
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Top 10 Corniest 80's TV Theme Songs

May 12th, 2008 9:02am EDT
The Facts Of Life
In today's TV climate, several shows don't even bother with theme songs (Lost, for example). Or the songs are barely a blip on the screen (Grey's Anatomy). That wasn't the case 20 years ago.

If you're a child of the 80s, there's something nostaligic about the decade's TV theme songs. But there's also something really hokey about them too. Here's our list of the corniest 80's TV theme songs:

10. Facts of Life

This song is really stupid, but you have to admit that the guys here on Scrubs nail it to the point where it's hard to say whether or not it should even make the list. ...
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Hoover High Class of '88 Showed Promising Sitcom Cast

March 5th, 2008 4:26pm EST
Dance
Dance Til Dawn: 20 Years Later: The fall of 1988 threw a bunch of up-and-coming sitcom stars into the great mixing pot equalizer of a made-for-TV movie. It didn't matter who was already on top with their own shows (like Tracey Gold in Growing Pains); it didn't matter who was virtually unknown (As The World Turns' Brian Bloom); and it didn't even matter who was completely green (Chris Young): suddenly, they were quite literally thrust back into high school (quite literally, actually), where any trace of awkwardness was exploited and popularity was simply a state of mind.

That movie was...
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Unnecessary and Unwanted: The Worst TV Cast Additions

March 5th, 2008 3:33pm EST
Ted McGinley
You know them, you loathe them. They are the unnecessary, obnoxious and often just plain annoying mid-series additions to established shows. Sure, there are times when a compelling, fresh-faced character is introduced and breathes new life into a series. Unfortunately, those instances are few and far between. Like with most of the television industry, the bad in this case far outweighs the good.

What follows is a list of the worst cast additions** in the last 30 years. Each and every one of the characters mentioned below was detrimental to the series in which he or she appeared. Som...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

March 3rd, 2008 8:52am EST
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Monday, March 3

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 8 p.m.) - It feel like only yesterday that the series premiered, but hopefully tonight's two-hour finale won't be the series finale. The show is a keeper for supporting players Summer Glau and Brian Austin Green (who would have thunk it?) alone.

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - Gregory Itzin is downgraded from playing 24's president in this guest spot as a senator.

My Name Is Earl (TBS, 10 p.m.) - The NBC sitcom makes its syndication debut with an encore of its karmic pilot, complete with wise words of wisdom from Carson D...
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The Future Seems Bright For '27 Dresses' Star James Marsden

February 1st, 2008 10:52am EST
James Marsden
Chances are you've come across James Marsden's dimples on the big screen and been charmed by the man behind them. There's a boyish quality to Marsden, but there's also strong leading man potential, which Marsden is finally beginning to enjoy.

After playing a string of good boys who can't quite hold onto the girl in films such as X-Men, Superman Returns and The Notebook, Marsden joked to Entertainment Weekly that his action figure line would be called, "'The Other Guy Series'-the guy-that-doesn't-get-the-girl action figures."

Marsden isn't destined to be "The Other Guy" much long...
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From The Small Screen To The Big One: Many Stars Make The Leap

January 22nd, 2008 2:08pm EST
Will Smith
Television actors must deal with the stigma of being TV stars instead of movie stars. However, some of our favorite movie stars started their acting careers on a TV show. So there is hope for all the celebs who have big-screen aspirations. Here is a look at some of the biggest stars in Hollywood who have made the leap from the small screen to the big screen:

Will Smith

Will Smith should be labeled "The King of the Box Office." His movies often make millions. His latest film "I Am Legend" broke all December opening records at the U.S. box office with a staggering $72.6 million openin...
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80's TV Stars: Where Are They Now?

October 16th, 2007 10:35am EDT
Danica McKellar
Nothing makes you feel older than when you realize that 1987 was 20 years ago. Those of us born and/or raised in the 1980s remember a time of outrageous fashion, outrageous music, and most of all, outrageous television.

But most of us have also made the transition from the 1980s to the present day with relative ease - we've put away our scrunchies, retired our parachute pants, cut out our shoulder pads, and we've moved onwards and upwards (into the stylized 00s).

But what about the television stars we love and hate? Did they ever manage to leave it all behind? Starpulse is sick ...
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