In Memoriam 2020: Remembering Those We Lost In Entertainment

With 2021 finally dawned upon us, it brings a new beginning to what was for sure one of the most tumultuous years in anyone’s recent memory in the year 2020, with a plethora of events that occurred (and many still recurring) that need no repeating. We all know of what went down and what’s going on, things which have spilled over and are still extreme challenges in this new year. In short, 2020 was a year most of, if not all, of us would soon rather forget.

However, what shouldn’t be forgotten are the names of the many luminaries in entertainment that we lost last year, also a stunning amount of creatives and well-knowns of seemingly every type and stripe. While in a lot of ways an “in memoriam” list seems rather arbitrary and irrelevant considering the hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the United States alone last year during the pandemic and of people who became global martyrs by way of insurrectional behaviors by authoritative figures all across America, a list like this becomes in a way necessary, as it’s important to give the proper respect and final send off to some of the individuals who touched our lives in so many ways, especially during last year, when all forms of entertainment became not only entrenched in its typical “escapism,” but also became a healing balm in a sense, something that helped people push through during the darkest times of necessary state and governmental-enforced bondage on us all. And it is for that reason, that we present some of our heroes, guiding lights, inspirations, and illuminations who left us in 2020.

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Actress Anne Meara, Mother Of Ben Stiller & Wife Of Jerry Stiller, Has Died

Actress and comedienne Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller (who she had been in a comedy team with for decades) and mother to Ben and Amy Stiller, has died. She was 85.

The news was broken by Ben and Jerry Stiller, who gave no information on Meara’s cause of death at this time.

Meara had a career which transcended audiences and sometimes even genres. She appeared in films as diverse as the original Out of Towners in 1970 (sharing a short scene with the stars of that film, Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis); the highly underrated Lovers and Other Strangers released the same year; The Boys from Brazil with Lawrence Olivier in 1978; Fame in 1980, and also had appeared in many of her son Ben’s films, like Reality Bites, Zoolander, and Night at the Museum.

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25 Days of Geek TV Christmas: Day 23 – Seinfeld

The most wonderful time of the year is once again upon us. The Christmas season is here and with that comes Christmas TV episodes!

For the 25 days leading up til Christmas Day this month, we’ll be spotlighting some of the best Christmas-themed episodes from some of Geek culture’s greatest shows. Each day we’ll cover different shows and episodes and encourage you to watch along with us. So come one, come all, to the 25 Days of Geek TV Christmas!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 – Day 22: Seinfeld

Season 9, Episode 10: “The Strike”
Directed by: Andy Ackerman
Written by: Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and Dan O’Keefe
Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander, Jerry Stiller, Estelle Harris, Bryan Cranston, Daniel von Bargen, Karen Fineman, Dave Florek, Kevin McDonald, Tracy Letts, Amit Itelman, Stacey Herring, and Colin Malone.
Original Air Date: December 18, 1997

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Ben Stiller & Justin Theroux Finally Moving Forward On ‘Zoolander 2’; Jonah Hill To Play Villain?
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A sequel to the silly 2001 cult comedy hit Zoolander has been rumored for a long, long time now, but nothing has ever officially happened with it.

Now it appears that things are indeed heating up again in the vicious world of male modeling; Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Paramount Pictures and Ben Stiller are ready to get things moving on Zoolander 2. To start the ball rolling, Paramount has hired Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder scribe Justin Theroux to pen the script, and he will be attending Fashion Week in Paris to study up on all of the hot new and upcoming trends in fashion.

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Deal: ‘The King of Queens’ Complete Series DVD Box Set
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Today’s Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is The King of Queens – The Complete Series DVD box set for only $89.99 (that’s 61% off the list price of $232.95).

Note, this deal is only good for today until midnight PST or until supplies last before then, so grab this at a discounted price while you can.

This 27-disc DVD set contains all nine seasons of the CBS television sitcom which ran from 1998 to 2007 and starred comedian Kevin James as Doug Heffernan, a ‘big & tall’ man from Queens, NY, who works as an IPS delivery man (supposed to be like UPS). He lives with his pretty, but brash wife Carrie (Leah Remini) and her quirky elderly dad Arthur (Jerry Stiller – who played George Costanza’s father on Seinfeld). The series was a spin-off from CBS’s mega-hit comedy Everybody Loves Raymond and the cast of that show has made appearances on King of Queens. King of Queens also had a great supporting cast, being the launching pad for comedian Patton Oswalt, who played Doug’s lonely nerd of a friend.

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