February 2, 2016 |
"KUNG FU PANDA 3" chopped all competitors down to size this past weekend, dominating the North American box office with a respectable $41 million, according to Rentrak estimates. The animated sequel fared much better than the weekend's other new openers: "The Finest Hours" debuted in fourth place with $10.3 million, "Fifty Shades of Black" earned a modest $6.2 million, "Jane Got a Gun" brought in only $803,000. Someone's getting a write-off. "The Revenant" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" took second and third place with $12.4 million and $10.8 million, respectively.
January 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Conrad Bain, 89, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African American brothers in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, died Monday of natural causes in Livermore, Calif., according to his daughter, Jennifer Bain. The show that made him famous debuted on NBC in 1978, an era when TV comedies tackled relevant social issues. Diff'rent Strokes touched on serious themes but was known better as a family comedy that drew most of its laughs from its standout child actor, Gary Coleman.
January 21, 1997 |
Todd Bridges, ex-star of TV's Diff'rent Strokes, has been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon after plowing his car into a friend's vehicle Sunday, L.A. cops said yesterday. The actor, 31, in his fourth brush with the law since 1990, posted $20,000 bail and will be arraigned tomorrow. Police said the ramming occurred after Bridges and the friend got into an argument at a shopping center. "As a result of that collision, he hit a couple of parked cars," a police spokesman said.
July 31, 1993 |
Former Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges pleaded guilty Thursday to narcotics and weapons charges. The 27-year-old former child star could get up to five years in prison at sentencing Aug. 31. He remained free on $10,000 bail. Bridges was arrested Dec. 29 after Burbank police found 1 1/2 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded 9mm gun in a car he was driving. Bridges said the car wasn't his and he didn't know what was in it. IT'S ME, MA About 100 regular customers of Quincy's/Philadelphia nightclub in the Adam's Mark Hotel on City Avenue will get to work with former Philadelphian- turned-Hollywood producer Boomer Stevens next week on the filming of a TV- series pilot.
March 10, 1993 |
QUOTE "He drove a fast car, he wore a leather jacket, he drank a lot of Pepsi. That was not the kind of person you ought to be going with. " - Jennifer Meling, whose husband is on trial for poisoning her and killing two others with cyanide-tainted Sudafed KILLER LIFESTYLES OF RICH & FATUOUS Some people have reformed, and some have not. Jerry Garcia, for instance, heard the wake-up call when he collapsed of exhaustion last summer....
December 31, 1992 |
Todd Bridges, known now as much for his run-ins with the justice system as for his role in the old TV series Diff'rent Strokes, is set to be arraigned today on new drug charges. The actor, who's admitted past heavy cocaine use and of late has been preaching drug abstinence to young people, was arrested Tuesday in Burbank, Calif., and charged with possession of speed and a loaded 9mm pistol. Police said Bridges, 27, is involved in drug trafficking. In a search of his 1988 Mercedes, police said they found 1 1/2 grams of methamphetamine and the gun. He is free on $10,000 bail.
February 21, 1992 |
Steve Urkel may be a super nerd, but he's got a knack for bringing success to others. After "Family Matters" introduced Jaleel White's character in its first season, Urkel became an immediate sensation - pumping life into a series that was headed toward possible cancellation and turning it into a ratings winner. Now the nerdy neighborhood kid who frequently pops over to the Winslow household is boosting White's career. Urkel has paved the way for White's own television special in which he gets to act out one of his dreams.
August 29, 1990 |
COULD THEY BE THE 'MARRYING' KIND? Could this be real love? Those in the know whisper that the romance between Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin is moving ahead quite nicely, thank you. Even as we speak, there is talk of the cohabitation that is taking place at Kimmy's San Fernando Valley home. The duo co-starred in Disney's upcoming "The Marrying Man," in which Basinger plays a lounge singer. It has been said her performance "blows away" Michelle Pfeiffer's singing in "The Fabulous Baker Boys.
May 9, 1990 |
An Italian crowd acted as if it loved Sylvester Stallone Monday night in Milan, but when he was trapped inside his car by more than 5,000 frenzied fans, it didn't look much different from hostility to the actor. "They were chanting, 'Rocky, Rocky, Rocky,' " reported his publicist. "They meant well, but it was really, really scary. " It happened after the movie star picked up an award from an Italian TV network as "the world's most popular actor" and was leaving a theater. A crowd rushed Stallone's limo, pounded on the car and climbed all over it. When the limo got free, it was chased by fans driving after him, forcing Stallone to cancel a dinner with friends.
February 14, 1989 |
Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker are clearly delighted at becoming grandparents, which they did Saturday when daughter Tammy Sue gave birth to a 6-pound, 10- ounce son. But the grandmother isn't taking too kindly to her new designation. "Grandma - isn't that awful?" Tammy said. "I think I'll look for a new name - something like Ta Ta or Auntie Tammy. " James Martin Chapman was born at Piedmont Regional Hospital in Rock Hill, S.C., after putting his 18-year-old mother through 19 1/2 hours of labor.