It’s All Caviar Dreams From Here: Robin Leach Has Died

Robin Leach

Robin Leach, left, with RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right. Leach used DiMaio’s home to shoot promotional images for Leach’s book “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

Las Vegas—Entertainment reporter and host of the syndicated television hit “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” Robin Leach died Friday after complications from a stroke he suffered in October 2017. He was 76.

Leach first got his start in London in print journalism back when that meant something. He broke into television in Hollywood on “AM Los Angeles” with Regis Philbin before going on to host “Lifestyles” from 1984 to 1995. He then hosted the spin-off “Fame, Fortune and Romance” alongside Matt Lauer, when he still had a career.

On the big screen, Leach appeared in “The Last Horror Film,” “Free Money,” RECOiL” and “I.M. Caravaggio.”

Leach is survived by his three sons, Steven, Rick and Greg, and several grandchildren.

You Take The Good, You Take The Bad, You Take ‘Em Both And There You Have Charlotte Rae Has Died

Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae, right, first met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left, in the early 1950’s when the two performed as a comedy duo “The Circled Squares.” Their act contained humorous observations about married life and was performed exclusively during the short run of the Standard Oil Variety Hour.

Los Angeles—Actress Charlotte Rae, best known for guiding the diets and young minds of seven, then four, girls as school dietician and later house mom and small business owner Edna Garrett on the classic NBC sitcom “The Facts of Life,” has died. She was 92. 

On the big screen, Rae appeared in such films as “The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas,” “Thunder in Paradise,” “RECOiL” and “Hello Down There.”

Besides playing Edna Garrett on both “The Facts of Life” and first on “Diff’rent Strokes,” Rae was also in the television shows “St. Elsewhere,” “The Paul Lynde Show,” “Barney Miller” and “Car 54 Where Are You?”

She is survived by two sons.

Warner Brothers Confirms Remake Of 1992 “Classic” “Freejack” Starring Taylor Kinney

Freejack

Freejack

Burbank, CA—Warner Brothers actually took the time yesterday to call a press conference and announce to a large contingency of entertainment journalists who obviously had better things to do that they will begin filming next month of a remake of the 1992 “movie” “Freejack.” 

The original “film,” which starred Emilio Estevez, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins, was SPOILER ALERT: about a Formula One racecar driver who was pulled from his car mere seconds before dying in a terrible auto wreck during a race, and is brought to the future to inhabit Anthony Hopkins’ body so he can trick Rene Russo into falling in love with him. Or something like that. And Mick Jagger chases Estevez a lot throughout the “movie” also. 

Warner Brothers spokesman Eli Pierce said the studio is in final negotiations with the cast, and that the entire company is abuzz with excitement over the new project. 

“We know that sci-fi fans have literally been clamoring for another ‘Freejack’ film. I honestly get scores, dozens of letters in the mail every day from fans of the first film who have either loved it for more than 25 years, or have recently been introduced to the picture, who tell us how great it is,” Pierce said. “We know they’re excited, and this is for them.”

Pierce confirmed that Eloise Mumford has been cast in the role played by Rene Russo in the 1992 version, with Taylor Kinney playing the role originated by Emilio Estevez and John Hannah as the old man played by Anthony Hopkins originally. Denzel Washington has signed on to play the Mick Jagger character. 

Pierce said no writer has been attached to the project yet, and no director has been blackmailed into having his name associated with this impending train wreck. Filming is expected to begin in Atlanta in early August. 

Oregon Governor To Overturn Law Allowing Drivers To Pump Their Own Gas After Rash Of Deaths From People Bursting Into Flames

Gasoline self-pumping disaster in Oregon

It seems Oregonians just weren’t ready to pump their own gas.

Salem, OR— Kate Brown (D), governor of Oregon, said last week that she would be striking down a recent law that went into effect January 1st that allowed some Oregon residents to pump their own gas after hundreds of deaths resulting from drivers incorrectly filling their tanks.

The law came to an end June 1st, but not before nearly 5,000 Oregon residents burst into flames at gas pumps around the state. 

“Never in my worst nightmares did I ever think so many people would lose their lives this way,” a visibly shaken Brown said. “The carnage that this law, this horrible, terrible law brought forth…I’ll be forced to live with the terror this law has wrought for the rest of my life…”

It is unknown exactly how many immolation deaths occur in the state each year on average, but Brown conceded that number “skyrocketed” during the first five months of 2018.

“They were right,” Brown said of the critics who felt the law was a bad idea. “They were so, so right. God help me, they were right and I was wrong. People in Oregon clearly just aren’t meant to pump their own gas. How in holy hell does the rest of the country do it?” New Jersey is currently the only other state in the U.S. that does not allow motorists to pump their own gas.

The worst day for gas pump deaths came on March 17, when 242 people, more than one every six minutes, caught on fire and burned to death while trying to fill up their cars. That day also saw 48 gas stations destroyed.

Brown did not answer questions about whether she would be resigning as governor. “My only focus right now is preventing these senseless deaths and protecting the vulnerable people of the great state of Oregon,” she said. “It’s obvious they need me more than ever right now.”

Peter Dinklage To Play E.T. In Reboot Planned For 2020

Peter Dinklage as ET

We have been told that, despite what we see in this pre-production spy shot, the final costume will use practical effects almost entirely. All other scenery and set work will be computer generated. A spokesperson from Mr. Dinklage’s team says the studio has assured them the final costume will be tasteful.

Los Angeles— Fans of the HBO mega-hit “Game of Thrones” finally now know what the show’s creators as well as its biggest star will be doing once the show finishes its 8th and final season in 2019.  

D.B. Weiss and partner David Benioff announced yesterday that they’ve been given the green light to reboot Steven Spielberg’s alien epic, “E.T.” And they will working with an actor for the role that they’ve become very familiar and friendly with the past few years: Peter Dinklage.

“We-I’d guess we probably talked about using CGI for ‘E.T.’ for maybe 10 seconds,” Weiss said. “But then we figured we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use Pete if we could get him. And we did. He said he’s all in. And we all know he’ll be great.”

The duo were also thrilled to get the blessing of Spielberg himself. “Ste-Mr. Spielberg, excuse me, called us up while we were filming in Malta last week and said he’s excited to see the new twist we would bring to the story,” Benioff said. 

A reboot has been in the Hollywood rumor mill for years, with every well-known director from J.J. Abrams to Bryan Singer to Jon Favreau attached at different times. But Weiss and Benioff said their great chemistry and the timing of them finally finishing up “Game of Thrones” just worked out wonderfully. “The stars just aligned, as it were,” Benioff said.

Other roles in the reboot that have been cast besides Dinklage include Giselle Eisenberg as young Gert, the loudmouthed little sister played by Drew Barrymore in the original; Nancy Travis as the mom originally played by Dee Wallace Stone; Jacob McCarthy as Michael, the older brother played by Robert MacNaughton originally; and Gaten Matarazzo as Elliot, the boy who finds and befriends “E.T.” 

Weiss confirmed that filming would begin on “E.T.” in Majorca shortly after they finished editing the final season of “Game of Thrones,” and he was excited to show how “E.T.” would interact with modern-day society “with all its dragons, magic, corruption and frozen walking zombies, then use an iPad to phone home. It’ll be great.”