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10 Guest Stars We Forgot Were On Married With Children

When you’re on the air for over a decade, your show is bound to attract a few guest stars. Before the advent of eight thousand different ways to make your mark in the entertainment industry, aspiring stars only music, TV, or movies and that’s about it. So, when you got a chance to get your face out there, network TV was usually the best place to go. Movies are nice and all, but your face is only available to paying customers. On a network TV show, anyone and everyone - literally millions of viewers can see you instantly from the comfort of their living room.

Married...With Children was on the air for eleven seasons. The series featured a litany of guest stars from all walks of life. Since Al and his friends were would-be macho men, there were plenty of scantily-clad current and future stars, like Traci Lords running around.
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May 21st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Black Moon Rising, The Seduction, White Chamber, She-devils On Wheels

Happy Monday, everyone! Before we head into Memorial Day, we have more horror and sci-fi Blu-ray and DVD releases coming our way that should definitely keep genre fans busy for the three-day weekend. Scream Factory is keeping busy with their Blus for The Seduction, The Hunted, and the recent psychological thriller A Dark Place. Shout Select is showing Earthquake some love with their Collector’s Edition this week, and Kino Lorber has two stellar-looking Special Edition releases on their docket as well: Black Moon Rising and Bitter Moon.

Other exciting titles coming home on May 21st include White Chamber, She-Devils on Wheels, A Brilliant Monster, and Crank in 4K.

Black Moon Rising: Special Edition

When master thief Sam Quint is hired by the government to steal top-secret data from a crime organization, he hides the stolen data in the experimental supercar, The Black Moon. But when the car is then
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Tom Jennings, Former Casting Director and Talent Agent, Dies at 81

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Tom Jennings, a retired Hollywood talent agent and casting director, was killed in a household fire on Bainbridge Island in Washington State on April 18, his family announced Tuesday. He was 81.

Jennings’ notable clients during his long career included Julian Fellowes, Burl Ives, Lee Van Cleef and Gene Simmons.

Along with partner Walter Beakel, he founded the boutique talent agency Beakel and Jennings in 1976.

Also Read: Peggy Lipton of 'Mod Squad' and 'Twin Peaks' Dies at 72

Born in Evanston, Illinois in 1937, Jennings grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and later attended Hanover College in Indiana before serving in the Marine corps. He began his career in Hollywood in the late 1950s as an agency assistant to Bing Crosby at Artists Agency Corporation, later moving on to General Artists where he assisted Bill Sargent with the cult music series “The Teenage Music International.”

Following his departure from General Artists in the early ’60s,
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Steve Guttenberg hints at a new assignment for Police Academy

Steve Guttenberg’s last outing with the Police Academy franchise was way back in 1987 with Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol. The final instalment for the ramshackle collection of police officers was part 7’s Mission to Moscow in 1994. Now it appears that not only will the hugely popular series return, but if you’re to believe the Twitter account of Guttenberg, Officer Carey Mahoney himself might re-join the force.

Adam , the next Police Academy is coming, no details yet, but it is in a gift bag being readied! https://t.co/HxzdmqS6WP

— Steve Guttenberg (@SteveGuttbuck) September 3, 2018

Starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, George Gaynes, Leslie Easterbrook, Marion Ramsey, David Graf, and Bobcat Goldthwaite, the Police Academy franchise has grossed $240 million worldwide and even spawned an animated television series which ran for 2 seasons in 1988.

Guttenberg was responding positively to a Twitter user who was asking whether we’d get another sequel,
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Police Academy 8 could be a possibility according to Steve Guttenberg

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Some franchises just never know when to call it day; the latest franchise that could possibly have its 8th movie on the horizon is Police Academy according to Officer Mahoney, Steve Guttenberg.

In a conversation with a die-hard fan of the franchise on Twitter, Guttenberg stated another is on its way after being asked by the fan to make one in London.

Guttenberg tweeted “Adam, the next Police Academy is coming, no details yet, but it is in a gift bag being readied!”

Adam , the next Police Academy is coming, no details yet, but it is in a gift bag being readied! https://t.co/HxzdmqS6WP

— Steve Guttenberg (@SteveGuttbuck) September 3, 2018

With no details readily available this could all be just talk.

The Police Academy zany comedy franchise first burst onto the big screens in 1984. Directed by Hugh Wilson, and it starred Steve Guttenberg as Cadet Carey Mahoney, Kim Cattrall as Cadet Karen Thompson,
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New Police Academy Movie Is Coming Claims Steve Guttenberg

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New Police Academy Movie Is Coming Claims Steve Guttenberg
Officer Carey Mahoney actor Steve Guttenberg has announced that a new Police Academy movie is in the works. There are seven installments of the popular comedy franchise and an eighth has been talked about a lot over the last 24 years. The franchise started in 1984 with the original, and most successful film, which also starred Kim Cattrall, Michael Winslow, Bubba Smith, Donovan Scott, and Andrew Rubin. Talks of the surviving castmates getting back together were presistant in the early 2000s, but a reboot has been talked about more recently.

A Police Academy fan reached out to Steve Guttenberg on social media and asked about the possibility of another installment. The actor said, "The next Police Academy is coming, no details yet, but it is in a gift bag being readied!" It's not clear what kind of film Guttenberg is referring to at the moment. He could be talking about getting the whole original cast back together,
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‘Death House’ Interview: Kenny Ray Powell

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With the anticipated horror Death House being released in cinemas on February 23rd 2018, I got a chance to speak with actor Kenny Ray Powell about what to expect from the film, his role as the Death House Prison Warden and how he prepared for the role.

How did you first get into acting?

My mentor Bubba Smith from Police Academy (1984) introduce me to Jerry Sherlock I took his class at the New York Film Academy

You are in the upcoming horror film Death House. Can you tell us what we can expect from the film?

Yes, I am…. I will say if you’re an 80′s horror fan there will be a lot of Easter eggs in the film. Gunner Hansen and Harrison Smith are very sleek with their plots.

How did you become involved in the film?

I became involved in the film by working previously with Robin DeMartino
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‘Stranger Things’: 19 Totally ‘80s Pop Culture References That Should Be in Season 2

‘Stranger Things’: 19 Totally ‘80s Pop Culture References That Should Be in Season 2
Stranger Things 2” returns just in time for Halloween, both in the real world and in the eerie town of Hawkins, Indiana conceived in the nostalgic minds of The Duffer Brothers. The action picks up three days before Halloween 1984, which means that the year will soon be coming to a close. For those who may not have been alive or perhaps have a shaky memory of the time, 1984 was a big year for memorable events and in pop culture.

The first season reveled in bringing the time period alive in all of its totally ‘80s glory, from Dungeons & Dragons gaming sessions and Eggo waffles to homages to “E.T.,” “The Shining,” and “Rambo.” Hell, even star Winona Ryder’s presence is a timely tribute since she made her early career in such iconic ‘80s films as “Lucas,” “Beetlejuice,” and “Heathers.”

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When the Police Academy gang made a horror movie

Simon Brew Jun 20, 2017

Steve Guttenberg headlines what's supposed to be a reunion of the Police Academy cast. Life doesn't always work out as promised, though...

To the nearest $1m, the final Police Academy movie – Police Academy: Mission To Moscow – took a tidy $1m at the box office. It brought to a tragic end a movie franchise that had delighted surely a few people in its latter years, and certain given the office photocopiers a workout, as jokes were religiously recycled en masse. The Hangover series would put a better gloss on the recycling jokes schtick, and repeat the trick across its sequels many years later, to better commercial return.

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See also: What went wrong with Police Academy: Mission To Moscow.

Police Academy producer Paul Maslansky – who also tried to turn Ski Patrol into a series, foiled by the fact that barely anyone went to see the first and only one – has talked about rebooting Police Academy since. Most of the original cast are still with us, too, save for the brilliant David Graf (Tackleberry), Bubba Smith (Hightower), and George Gaynes (Commandant Lassard). Basically, a chunk of the core ensemble are available, and have been waiting for the call to return for a fresh Police Academy adventure. But the call, unfortunately, never came.

Hence, Lavalantula.

This is a film that centres on Steve Guttenberg, a washed-up movie star of the 90s who’s taken on a bug movie for $10,000. Going by the name of Colton West, we learn that he’s been the star of such movie franchises as Crazy Cops and Red Robot, and I know even typing this that nobody really cares. Instead, you’ve been drawn to this film for the same reason I was: it’s the cast of the Police Academy movies, just in a sort-of-horror film. Asda – and other supermarkets selling DVDs are available – had this next to Star Wars: Rogue One in my local store. One coin toss later, and Rogue One could wait.

It turns out, of course, that it’s a dose of trash that’s been doing the rounds for a little while. Spun out of the Sharknado series, Lavalantula was first shown on Syfy in the Us back in 2015, and I’ve barely found mention of it since. That notwithstanding, I armed myself with some of those new strawberry and vanilla Calippos (6/10 from me for them), and settled in.

Purveyors of The Asylum and Syfy attempts to recreate the feel of B-movies will know what they’re getting here. A perfunctory bit of plot, to get to some special effects that have been produced with second hand computers bought off Ilm. That’s less snooty than it sounds, mind. Lavalantula, a word that only seven of the 49 human beings who have ever tried managed to pronounce correctly the first time, is a solid audit as to what $20,000 or so’s worth of effects can buy you. Some lava and half-decent spiders is the answer. Given that London Has Fallen, for one, cost $105m to make and had effects that looked like Call Of Duty a generation back, Lavathingy does offer a decent recent in that sense. Don’t get carried away and start giving it awards or anything, though.

Thing is, it’s easy to look down on micro budget stuff like this. Yet who knows where the next big filmmaker is going to come from? Jennifer Yuh Nelson cut her teeth on the basic animated movies that used to go straight to bargain stores, and now she’s one of the highest grossing female directors of all time, courtesy of the Kung Fu Panda series. The late Jonathan Demme was one of many schooled by the low budget ways of Roger Corman – a model that Jason Blum has expanded on for his Blumhouse outfit, offering filmmakers low budgets in exchange for final cut – and whilst The Asylum has lower ambitions, everyone needs a break, right?

In this case, it’s director Mike Mendez, who worked on the likes of NCIS and CSI before giving the world Big Ass Spider! Here, he knows the trade off is he has to shoot lots of explanatory conversation scenes to stretch the budget (he does throw in a Raiders Of The Lost Ark boulder-rip-off at one moment, though, as well as a just on the right side of legal Pirates Of The Caribbean homage), reckoning he has but 10 minutes out of 80 that he can spend on effects. At one stage, he decides to have a man dressed as a spider fight a spider. Sadly, it’s less fun that it sounds.

The other concession to budget is you don’t actually get the cast of Police Academy for very long. This is less forgivable. Sure, you get shirtless Guttenberg stealing a bus, and in his own way giving us his own spin on Last Action Hero. His character also needs to reconnect with his son for reasons that are of no human interest. But everyone else? They’re shuttled in for quick cameos. You get them at the start, and then Winslow and Ramsey finally return an hour later. But by then, they’re plotting how to beat the big spiders, and – presumably fearing legal interest – the references to glories old are all but gone.

I can’t be the only person who put the DVD in to hear Michael Winslow recreate his collection of noises. But we get, what, five minutes with him in all? It’s like a Police Academy reunion where everyone but Steve Guttenberg got given the wrong time. There’s the odd concession and acknowledgement of the series elsewhere in the film - “they took out the Blue Oyster. I loved that place,” says pretend Captain Jack Sparrow (really) at one stage – but for Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook and Winslow, the DVD packaging may as well provide you with a spotter book, so you can at least tick ‘em off once you see them.

Still, Ralph Garman is good fun here as the aforementioned Jack Sparrow knock-off, and 24 fans who wonder just what happened to that fella who played Tony Almeida Isn’t Dead Really will get their answer, as Carlos Bernard duly picks up his cheque. 24: Legacy couldn’t come along quickly enough, though.

On the plus side too, there’s little question that everyone’s in on the gag.

But when you yearn for the film to at least have an equitable number of laughs as a Police Academy sequel, it’d be fair to say a little alarm has long been going off. By the time the film is directly mirroring and quoting a moment from Jurassic Park, that old adage of invoke the memory of other, better films at your peril has long been proved.

The cheapest moment, incidentally, and this is a competitive contest, is the Basil Exposition-type Doctor/Professor/scientist character, clambering into a helicopter with the full chopper sound effect going. Only for the camera to leave the fact that the rotors aren’t turning fully in shot.

Yet I think I still want that horror movie with the Police Academy cast that I was sold. In fact, what I think what I’d like to see now is a big screen version of the PlayStation 4 game Until Dawn, but with Police Academy characters, to bring a bit of a choose your own adventure element to the fun. Plus, then you get to replay it, changing just a few plot elements next time you play, accurately reflecting one of the core components of the Police Academy business plan.

Guttenberg has since followed this up with a sequel, 2 Lava 2 Tarantula, where only two Police Academy alumni joined him. Another film is coming. But Lavalantula: Tokyo Drift is surely just a meeting and a beermat’s worth of plot away, where all of his co-stars will have deserted him, ready to rejoin him for the fourth film in the series. That’s how this stuff work, right? And then Statham will turn up two films later? Right?

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George Gaynes, ‘Police Academy’ and ‘Punky Brewster’ Actor, Dies at 98

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George Gaynes, ‘Police Academy’ and ‘Punky Brewster’ Actor, Dies at 98
George Gaynes, the beloved character actor best known for his work in the “Police Academy” films and on “Punky Brewster,” died at his daughter’s home in North Bend, Washington. He was 98. His death Monday was confirmed by his daughter, Iya Gaynes Falcone Brown, according to the New York Times. Gaynes (above middle) starred as Cmdt. Eric Lassard in all seven of the “Police Academy” comedies, opposite Steve Guttenberg and Bubba Smith, as well as in a TV spin-off in 1998. Also Read: Johnny Duncan, 'Batman and Robin' Serial Actor, Dies at 92 He is also well known for his
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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1986

From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...

A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.

As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little,
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Key And Peele Will Produce ‘Police Academy’ Reboot

Us comedy duo Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are now on board to produce the Police Academy reboot. They’ll be teaming up with Paul Maslansky, the creator of the original franchise.

The original Police Academy film series was a big hit in the ’80s and ’90s. The comedy franchise follows the exploits of a group of academy misfits and recruits, centering around Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg). Other stars include Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, David Graf and Bobcat Goldthwait.

New Line Cinema has had the project in the pipe line for a while now, however Scott Zabielski is no longer attached to direct.

Key and Peele have been making audiences laugh on Us station Comedy Central since 2012, and their self-titled show Key and Peele has been renewed for a fourth season. We don’t know yet whether the pair will be acting in the reboot or just behind the camera.
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Key And Peele Will Produce Police Academy Remake

Buddy cop comedies are popular once more, following on the heels of 21 Jump Street, The Heat, and even Kevin Smith’s ill-fated Cop Out. As Hollywood bids to remake every film made in the 1980s and 90s, it’s therefore no surprise that a remake of the 1984 cop comedy Police Academy is at the top of everyone’s list. To this end, comedy team Key and Peele have stepped in to produce the Police Academy remake.

Best known for their Comedy Central show Key and Peele, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are now taking on the roles of producers for the screwy comic franchise, according to THR (via /Film). While this does not mean that they will also be appearing in the remake, one can always hope. Their involvement may certainly move Police Academy from being an ill-conceived money grab to a film of great comedic potential.

The Police Academy
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Updated: Is A Space Jam Sequel Happening With Star LeBron James?

Update: This story may be too loony to be true. Espn's Brian Windhorst says LeBron James' publicists are denying that the sports star will be teaming up with animated characters for Space Jam 2. You can read his tweet below: Well it was fun while it lasted. LeBron sources refute Deadline report, there's no Space Jam 2 or Warner Bros. project in works. Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 22, 2014 It's unclear why James' people would be able to confirm whether or not Warner Bros. is developing the movie, as that seems to be the kind of thing that only the studio would know. But there you have it. Let the "he's just scared to follow in Michael Jordan's footsteps" troll sessions begin. The original story can be read below. When it comes to sports stars in movies, you might think of Terry Crews, Police Academy.s Bubba Smith or even Andre the Giant
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A Space Jam Sequel Is Happening And It Will Star LeBron James

When it comes to sports stars in movies, you might think of Terry Crews, Police Academy.s Bubba Smith or even Andre the Giant in The Princess Bride. But all that noise gets completely drowned out by the greatest sports film of all time: Space Jam. Well, at least the greatest live-action/animation hybrid sports film. It.s almost unthinkable that 18 years have passed without a sequel ever making it to production, but that.s all about to change now that Warner Bros. is teaming up with brothers Charlie and Willie Ebersol . sons of longtime broadcaster and Olympics exec Dick Ebersol . to bring the world Space Jam 2. It.s no surprise that they.ll be putting the M.J.-lite superstar LeBron James front and center, presumably after his broken nose heals. Suffering succotash, this is going to be amazing! Charlie is notable for his serious-minded and inspirational NFL Characters
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Police Academy Reboot Finds A New Writer

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Reports are doing the rounds that Jeremy Garelick is on board to do the screenwriting for the reboot which is dividing alot of opinion; Police Academy. his duties will involve re writes on the majority of the scripts which have been recently drafted by David Diamond and David Weissman. Scott Zabielskii will be directing in what will be his feature film debut. The original franchise of the hit comedy starred Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Marion Ramsey, Michael Winslow. Along the way future stars such as Kim Cattrall and Sharon Stone featured as the love interests for Guttenberg. Don’t know about you guys but I’m not looking forward to the reboot, let us know what you think….. Via Comingsoon.net
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Police Academy Reboot Recruits Writer Jeremy Garelick

Police Academy Reboot Recruits Writer Jeremy Garelick
Screenwriter Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) has been hired to rewrite the Police Academy remake for New Line Cinema. David Diamond and David Weissman (When in Rome) wrote the most recent draft of the script.

We reported back in January that Scott Zabielski will make his feature directorial debut on the reboot. He previously directed and produced several episodes of the Comedy Central series Tosh.0. The filmmaker also has some practical experience to lean on, since he went through the real police academy in Los Angeles and serves as a reserve officer in West Hollywood.

No story details have been given, although the plot will presumably revolve around a group of new police academy trainees. The franchise launched in 1984 with Police Academy, starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, and Bubba Smith. The comedy spawned six sequels, the most recent of which was 1994's Police Academy: Mission to Moscow.

Police Academy comes
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Jeremy Garelick to Draft Police Academy Reboot

The Break-Up screenwriter Jeremy Garelick has been brought aboard New Line's reboot of the Police Academy franchise, Deadline reports. He'll perform rewrites on the current script, most recently drafted by David Diamond and David Weissman. Scott Zabielski, best known for producing and directing episodes of "Tosh.0," will be making his feature film debut as the project's director. The original seven-film comedy series starred actors such Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Marion Ramsey, Michael Winslow, Kim Cattrall and Sharon Stone and detailed the comical misadventures of police training.
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Why There's A Slight Chance You Won't Like The Avengers

In some ways, The Avengers is exactly like Police Academy 6: City Under Seige. Let me explain. By the time we.d reached the sixth Police Academy film, those who still bothered to watch knew the drill. Bubba Smith was the gentle giant of the wacky cop force. Leslie Easterbrook was the curvaceous but tough Capt. Callahan. David Graff.s Tackleberry loved guns, and Michael Winslow made funny noises with his mouth. Explanations weren.t necessary because we.d lived with these characters for years, and their quirks were part of the fabric of the Police Academy formula. Same goes for The Avengers, which isn.t really .Part 6,. though it is the sixth film in a string of features Marvel Studios has rolled out in order to set this blockbuster up. And so, as a result, casual moviegoers grabbing a ticket to Joss Whedon.s massively entertaining movie because it
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Michael Winslow: the new Police Academy film, Shaquille O'Neal as Hightower?

A new director, a November shoot, and Shaquille O'Neal as Hightower? Michael Winslow has just given a big update on the plans for the new Police Academy...

We’re indebted to Den Of Geek reader Nicholas Higton for this one. Michael Winslow, the one-man noise machine from the Police Academy movies, is currently in the UK promoting his one man tour. And he appeared on TalkSport radio, specifically the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, yesterday afternoon.

While on the show, he was asked what the current status of the long-mooted new Police Academy movie was. Turns out, he had quite an update.

Asked whether the plan was to get the old team back together, Winslow admitted he’d spoken to Steve Guttenberg about this, and that the plans was “to try and get as many people as possible” back for the new film.

Then, Winslow noted that two major members of
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