Screen Legend Tony Curtis Passes Away at 85

By Tim Surette

Sep 30, 2010

... A melancholy farewell to actor Tony Curtis who passed away at the age of 85 after suffering cardiac arrest on Wednesday. Curtis starred in films such as Some Like It Hot, The Great Race, and The Defiant Ones, and switched over to television later in his career, appearing on The Persuaders and McCoy (neither of which were deemed successes). [NY Times]

... Another sad goodbye to comedian Greg Giraldo, who died yesterday, five days after an accidental prescription overdose suffered on September 24. Giraldo was well known on the comedy circuit and appeared in many Comedy Central specials, where he was legendary for his stinging zingers during the network's celebrity roasts. He also served as a judge on NBC's Last Comic Standing. [TMZ]

... Get ready for some screaming, air-guitaring, and goofy physical comedy that your kids will love. Jack Black, Mr. Kung Fu Panda himself, is set to star in a new NBC project titled My Life As an Experiment. Based on a book, the show follows Black's character as he participates in various scientific experiments and deals with his family. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Someone gave Paris Hilton another reality series. Oxygen will air a show that follows her around with cameras and blah blah blah. [NY Post]

... Shelley Conn, congratulations! You are the new female lead on Terra Nova, the anticipated series from Steven Spielberg that stars Jason O'Mara and Stephen Lang! You can pick up your "Welcome to the A-List" pamphlet in the lobby, and here are the keys to the executive bathroom. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Brad Garrett, I'm sorry! You are the new host of TLC's Kids Say the Darndest Things, the home for washed-up comedians. Please empty out your desk and return your keys to security. Things sure were better during the Everybody Loves Raymond days, weren't they? Heck, they were better even during the 'Til Death days... [THR]

... Bryan Fuller, Television Genius, Esq., is tackling a new project that makes me question the title I just made up for him. Fuller is behind the criminally awesome series Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, and now he's headed down the Remake Trail with a modern-day telling of The Munsters. The new series is being described as a mix between Modern Family and True Blood, but since this will be on NBC, that's obviously a complete lie. One good omen: Creature master Guillermo del Toro may do some behind-the-scenes work on the project. [EW]


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  • BarryDalton Oct 04, 2010

    truly depressing! poor Brad Garrett

  • Geek_Queen Oct 01, 2010

    My condolences to both Mr. Curtis and Mr. Giraldo's family, friends and fans.

  • sweetsaintz Oct 01, 2010

    Excited about Bryan Fuller's new project, hope it's as good as Pushing Daisies! RIP Tony Curtis - what a legend.

  • jjab73 Sep 30, 2010

    Rest In Peace & My condolences to the friends & family of both Tony Curtis and Greg Giraldo.

  • Starprincess13 Sep 30, 2010

    RIP Tony Curtis and Greg Giraldo.

  • estella87 Sep 30, 2010

    I love(d) Wonderfalls :)

  • Killer1One Sep 30, 2010

    O_O Greg Giraldo is dead? For Real? I thought it was a joke to make us read this... Oh well my condolences he will be missed, he was a very funny man. The roasts will never be the same without that man. Mr. Giraldo you will be missed. You left us fairly young. 44 is certainly no age to die...