The much-loved character actor, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer just one year ago, succumbed to the disease in his Oregon home on Saturday, July 9. He is survived by his fourth wife, Jan, and his son, Kristopher.
Hagen was raised by his ballroom-dancer mother and her family in Chicago, Illinois. He served time in the Navy, earned an international-relations degree, spent a year in law school, and worked as a ballroom dance instructor before he discovered acting in his late 20s. He appeared in several plays before being spotted by a Hollywood agent and given a part on the detective series Dragnet.
Once Hagen broke into the television world, he found regular employment portraying villainous characters on Western TV series ...Read more
Little Mosque on the Prairie, a Canadian sitcom that debuts Tuesday, depicts immigrant Muslims bumping up against white locals in rural Saskatchewan.
Zarqa Nawaz, creator and writer of the groundbreaking show, insists she's an equal-opportunity satirist taking dead aim at both Muslim and Canadian stereotypes in a post-September 11 world.
"I expect both groups will be wondering if the other finds the show funny," says Nawaz.
There are predictable jokes about Muslim beliefs clashing with Canadian traditions. In one scene, a father wearing a kufi, or a knitted cap worn by devout Muslims, protests that his Canadian-born daughter wearing a revealing tank top looks "like a Protestant."
"Don't you mean prostitute?" the daughter asks.
"No, I meant a Protestant," the father replies.
In another scene, a young man of Middle Eastern origins with a Canadian accent is heard ...Read more
Before J.J. Abrams took you into the unknown with Lost, he blasted you into spyland with Alias. Special agent Sydney Bristow, played by Jennifer Garner, is working for the CIA, trying to stop villainous scum from ruining the world. This season, we meet Sydney's sister, Mia, who is also Sloane's daughter. If that isn't enough to make your head spin, Vaughn goes AWOL after he steals an item from the CIA. Is Vaughn turning bad, or does he just want to find his father? Is Sloane really Sloane, or is this fake Sloane the real Sloane? It's hard to trust either one of them!
This six-disc DVD set contains all 22 episodes from season four of the series. Also included are the DVD extras "A Chat With Jennifer Garner"; "Meet Mia ...Read more
In a new list from Inside TV magazine,
Gabe Kotter, the titular teacher from the sitcom
Welcome Back, Kotter, has been named
"Television's Most Memorable Teacher." Kotter,
created and performed by stand-up comedian
taught at an inner-city high school and presided over
a group of teens called "The Sweathogs." He befriended
the troubled students and gave them the educational
tools to have a fighting chance in the rough-and-tumble
job market of the late 1970s.
While Kaplan and the rest of the Sweathogs have struggled to maintain their Q ratings, one of Kotter's students "graduated" to much better things: John Travolta, who played the goofy hunk Vinnie Barbarino. Travolta was launched into megastardom after he starred as the lead in the disco hit Saturday Night Fever. Travolta went on to make several classic films of the modern era, including Staying Alive, Numbers, Perfect, Swordfish, Michael, Battlefield Earth ...Read more
Straight guys take note: Kyan and Jai are here to save the day!
Kyan, aka Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's grooming guru, is going to warmly and gently give you great gay tips on how to look and feel better. Straight guys the world over agree that life has much improved since learning to "always work hair product in from the back" and to "always shave with the grain of your face." Now, you won't believe you ever lived without Kyan's essential advice.
Jai, Queer Eye's culture vulture, will give straight guys some subtle, welcome tips about how to be more socially graceful. He'll refine your appreciation of the arts and music while giving you valuable tips to help you impress friends, woo women, or land that ...Read more