Inside the STX Mess and the End of Sophie Watts’ Odd Couple Executive Pairing (Exclusive)

"She was the only one who made it look forward-thinking," one insider says of Watts, who left this month after complaints of harassment Sharon Waxman, provided by Published 5:17 pm, Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Inside the STX Mess and the End of Sophie Watts’ Odd Couple Executive Pairing (Exclusive) 1 / 1 Back to Gallery STX Entertainment, one of the few independent movie companies to launch in recent years, started with an unusual partnership between a blue-blood finance executive and a charismatic business ingénue from the British music scene, neither of whom had deep roots in Hollywood’s tricky landscape. One of those partners, president Sophie Watts, suddenly exited this month amid a cloud of accusations that, according to multiple STX insiders, her CEO Robert Simonds was “obsessed” with his subordinate, attempted to control her movements and that the company failed to respond to her numerous complaints about his behavior. Latest entertainment videos Now Playing: Now Playing The Biggest Surprises, and Snubs, of the 2018 Grammys Cheddar TV Pink And Carey Hart’s Love Story Is As Non-Traditional As They Are Redbook Matthew Morrison Reacts to the Death of Glee Co-Star Mark Salling InStyle Donald Glover still retiring Childish Gambino name Associated Press The most effective email greeting FoxM9NJ Jason Jones Gives a Tour of 'The Detour' Entertainment Weekly Chris Stapleton tears up before Petty tribute Associated Press Kyle Richards brings her mother to the small screen Associated Press Iris Apfel and Her Husband Carl’s Adorable Love Story TownAndCountry Right Now: Angelina Jolie At A Syrian Refugee Camp InStyle No new president has been named to replace her, and Watts — who was billed as an STX co-founder in a company bio from 2016 — has been erased from the STX website and even on Continue Reading

Frank Buxton, ‘Odd Couple,’ ‘Happy Days’ Writer and Director, Dies at 87

Buxton had been battling health issues for two years before his death on Tuesday  Reid Nakamura, provided by Published 6:51 pm, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Frank Buxton, ‘Odd Couple,’ ‘Happy Days’ Writer and Director, Dies at 87 1 / 1 Back to Gallery TV writer, director and actor Frank Buxton, best known for his work on “The Odd Couple” and “Happy Days,” has died. He was 87. Buxton had been battling health issues for two years before his death on Tuesday at Harrison Medical Center on Bainbridge Island, Washington, according to the Kitsap Sun. In the 1970s and ’80s, Buxton’s TV credits included “The Odd Couple,” “Happy Days,” “One Day at a Time” and “Mork & Mindy.” He also created the Peabody Award-winning kids documentary series “Hot Dog” for NBC, which featured Woody Allen, Jonathan Winters and Jo Anne Worle. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) As an actor, he appeared in Garry Marshall’s “Beaches,” “Overboard” and “Frankie and Johnny,” and lent his voice to the syndicated cartoon “Batfink.” He also served as the host of the ABC series “Discovery” in 1962. Buxton continued to perform with the improvisation troupe The Edge in Bainbridge until as recently as November. The group plans to dedicate its Jan. 6 performance to Buxton. Entertainment Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Craig Morgan: The Veteran Behind The Music SLivingTime Jessica Alba Welcomes Baby No. 3! Wibbitz Carrie Underwood Reveals She Needed Over 40 Stitches in Her Face After November Fall EWTime Jessica Alba Welcomes Third Child with Cash Warren InStyleTime 'Jeopardy!' Contestant Loses $3,200 for Mispronouncing 'Gangsta' EWTime Camila Cabello Just STOLE Queen Selena Continue Reading

‘The Odd Couple’ to pay tribute to Garry Marshall with guest appearances from Ron Howard, sister Penny Marshall, more

“The Odd Couple” has lined up a who’s who of guest stars to honor director Garry Marshall. Next week’s episode of the CBS comedy, starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, will feature guest appearances from actors from Marshall’s famous TV shows, including Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Anson Williams and Don Most from ‘Happy Days’; Marshall’s sister Penny and Cindy Williams from ‘Laverne & Shirley’; and Pam Dawber from ‘Mork & Mindy,’ according to the Hollywood Reporter. Marshall, who died on July 19 at age 81, developed the original “Odd Couple” series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. He played Perry’s dad Walter in an April episode, his last acting role before dying from complications of pneumonia. Next week’s tribute episode will see Oscar (Perry) reconnect with “many significant people from his father’s life when he agrees to carry out his final wish to spread his ashes behind the candy factory he used to own,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The writing staff and everyone on ‘The Odd Couple’ reboot was thrilled when Garry Marshall joined us as a producer because his shows were part of our TV DNA,” executive producer Bob Daily said Monday in a statement. “He was a kind, generous presence on the set, and we loved him dearly. And when we lost him, we knew we had to do something to honor his legacy — something that, like Garry’s work, was both heartfelt and zany. We are so grateful that the stars of these classic shows are able to join us in honoring him.” The episode airs Nov. 7 at 9:30 p.m. Continue Reading

10 original couple costumes to go as this Halloween

It takes two to make a thing go fright. This Halloween, make a scream with these classic costumes for two. Here’s how: Dalmatian and firefighter Become the hottest couple as a fire-blazing hero and his best friend. Get the look: Buy a fireman hat and wear red suspenders topped with black pants. The dog look is accomplished by painting black spots to a cheap white dress or shirt. Cosmo and Wanda, “The Fairly Odd Parents” Forget witches and wizards, couples looking for a magical costume should go as this fairly odd couple. Get the look: The essential parts to this look are sprayed pink and green hair. Then craft yellow crowns and wands out of poster board. For Cosmo, wear a white button-down and a black tie. Wanda calls for a simple yellow shirt and black bottoms. Kevin and Russell, “UP” While most people go as adorable pair Carl and Ellie, take a different approach with Russell and colorful bird Kevin. Get the look: For Kevin, spray paint a tutu orange and yellow (or just use yellow shorts) and pair with a cheap blue shirt glued with feathers. Then make the beak out of yellow paper. Russell’s look needs his scout belt, which can be done with brown fabric from a craft store and gluing either fabric-colored circles or bottle caps. Sheldon and Amy, “The Big Bang Theory” Those who rather not go the sexy route, can be these awkward nerds. Get the look: The iconic bazinga shirts can be bought for $10 at Party City and paired with khaki pants. Go all out and carry a physics textbook. Amy’s look needs a striped cardigan, a knee-length skirt and colorful tights. Glasses complete the look. Man in the Yellow Hat and Curious George People will go bananas over this often-forgotten about cartoon pair. Get the look: The man in the yellow hat is actually sold in many costumes Continue Reading

In new ‘Odd Couple’ series, the slob and the neat freak reprised

As long as there are compulsive neatniks and congenital slobs, there will be a place in the world for “The Odd Couple.” And so CBS has revived one of the most enduring comic tales from the last half century. “The Odd Couple,” with Thomas Lennon as the fastidious Felix Ungar and Matthew Perry as the indifferent Oscar Madison, premieres Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The starting date and time are not random. The beginning of “The “Couple” follows the series finale of “Two and a Half Men,” which should not only give it a good-sized lead-in audience, but a compatible handoff, because “Two and a Half Men” is one of many shows that draws heavily on the premise of taking two opposites and having them live together. “It’s such an elastic concept,” says executive producer Bob Dailiyl. “The DNA of those two characters has seeped into television for four decades. I spent five years writing on ‘Frasier,’ which was basically ‘The Odd Couple’ with one Oscar and two Felixes. Bert and Ernie are ‘The Odd Couple.’ ” What may have changed more than the characters is the world around them. Garry Marshall created and produced the 1970-75 ABC television incarnation of the show, which starred Jack Klugman as Oscar and Tony Randall as Felix. He’s an “executive consultant” for the new one. “When I was doing [the original],” he says, “the network was so afraid the audience would think they were gay characters. “Every week they said, ‘Put more girls in. Put more girls in.’ “So I used to shoot little moments where Jack and Tony hugged and kissed and sent it to the network just to make them crazy.” Perry and Lennon weren’t born when Neil Simon’s play debuted on Broadway in 1965 and then was reworked for a hit movie with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in Continue Reading

CBS’s new ‘Odd Couple,’ starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, doesn’t want to mess up tidy legacy

PASADENA — Even the people who are creating CBS's new "Odd Couple" admit they weren't always sure the world needed another one. "I thought long and hard about whether we really should attempt this," said Thomas Lennon, who plays Felix Unger in the reincarnated version that premieres Feb. 19. But Lennon told TV writers that even though "Tony Randall was a hero of mine," he also realized Randall was "already like the third Felix . . . and I'd be about the fifth . . . so there could be something new to bring to it." Among other things, Lennon's incarnation of the fastidious Unger plays the cello and has advanced skills at yoga. "Just reading a book wasn't annoying enough," Lennon said. "The cello was the right touch." Matthew Perry, who plays the slovenly Oscar Madison, will be a sports-radio talk show host this time instead of a newspaper columnist. That led someone on his panel to joke, "What's a newspaper?", which triggered some nervous laughter in the audience. But Perry said the new show will be different in other ways as well, including "much more of an ensemble cast than the original." The new version is also raunchier. In the pilot, Felix's initials become the basis of a running gag. "After 45 years, we just thought it was time for a reinterpretation," said executive producer Bob Daly. He noted that the "Odd Couple" characters are a standing presence in television lore anyhow. "I wrote for 'Frasier,' " he said, "and that was really just one Oscar and two Felixes." Daly said the new show's first dozen episodes don't simply remake the classic TV version. "We haven't recycled any plots or dialogue," Daly said. "We used some of them as jumping-off points, but we were trying to reset the show for 2015." Perry did say that he thinks the funniest joke in the pilot was a direct lift from Neil Simon, who wrote the original "Odd Couple" as a Broadway play. Perry also admitted that he was "still Continue Reading

Odd Couple: Donald Trump and Ruben Diaz Jr. bro-mance in the Bronx

One is a billionaire with a popular reality show, an international portfolio of over-the-top properties and a hairdo to match.The other is a hardscrabble Bronx-born politician who wants to transform the borough into what he calls the “New Bronx.” Nonetheless, the unlikely bromance that has begun to blossom between Donald Trump and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was on full display at a Bronx centennial gala Wednesday — even though The Donald was a no-show. In a slick video that aired before the Trump Organization was honored by the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, the real estate mogul gushed about his controversial new golf course in Ferry Point Park — as well as his feelings for Diaz. “Ruben Diaz, your borough president, your great borough president, has been so helpful in getting this place done,” the Donald said. Trump staffer Ron Lieberman, who was accepting the award because Trump was away in Chicago, let his boss’ unbridled feelings out of the bag after the video presentation. “Donald loves you!” Lieberman told Diaz as he accepted the award in front of hundreds of Bronx civic leaders. “He thinks you’re the greatest borough president ever.” Trump, reached Thursday, was a bit more grounded in his choice of words when asked to speak about his newest BFF. “I found him to be a very effective leader,” Trump said of Diaz during a brief interview with the Daily News. “And somebody that wants good things to happen in the Bronx.” The feelings appear to be mutual, even though Diaz has expressed full support for Gov. Cuomo and said he would not back Trump, should he run for governor. “Donald Trump has committed himself and his company to the Bronx, and for his brand to be so publicly connected to ours is a significant acknowledgement of where the Bronx is headed,” Diaz said. “We may not always agree Continue Reading

Here are some of music’s oddest couples, from Jay-Z and Chris Martin to the Monkees and Jimi Hendrix

One spits rhymes, the other croons tunes. The first grew up in hardscrabble Brooklyn; the second rose from tony Exeter, England. Yet, somehow Jay-Z and Coldplay’s Chris Martin have formed a full-blown musical bromance. “I love his music and he’s a super-cool guy,” Martin has said of Jay. “It just happens that one of us is a nerd and the other is the coolest multi-entrepreneur on the planet.” Jay seems just as surprised by the connection. He told The Mirror in London that, had he met Martin when he was a far younger and rougher man in the Marcy Projects, he would have thought, “‘Yo! Who are you? Give me your money.’” That was then. More recently, the two have double dated with their A-list wives (Beyoncé and Gwyneth Paltrow, respectively), cut a few songs together and, last year, played a New Year’s Eve joint-headlining concert in Vegas. This New Year's they’ll repeat the hook-up at Barclays Center. In the process, they’ll affirm their place in a long line of Musical Odd Couples. Here’s a look at the strangest: 1) The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix: Back in 1967, the king of psychedelic guitar found himself opening shows for the One Direction of their day. Monkees’ drummer Micky Dolenz later commented, “Jimi would amble out on the stage, fire up the amps, and break into ‘Purple Haze.’ And the kids would instantly drown him out shouting “WE WANT DAAAVY (Jones).’ God, it was embarrassing.” 2) Nelly and Tim McGraw: Country star McGraw couldn’t cross over to the pop charts no matter how hard he tried — until he agreed to a weird collaboration with rapper Nelly, on the 2004 song “Over and Over.” The shock-casting did the trick, bringing the song to the top of not one, but two Billboard Airplay charts. 3) Metallica and Lou Reed: Sure, they both wear black and sing about dark subjects. But Continue Reading

The origin of the f-bomb? Word nerds track it back to NY Mets Hall of Famer Gary Carter

We like to create a family-friendly environment here at The Score. We might recall tales of New Yorkers hurling expletives at each other during rush hour to our colleagues, but in doing so, we prefer to use the common term “f-bomb” in place of the expletive it stands for. The phrase has become so common, in fact, that Merriam-Webster added “f-bomb” to its dictionary this year. But it raises the question: What are the origins of this swearword substitute?IT'S GRATUITOUS: JENNY MCCARTHY IS BACK ON THE MARKET According to Merriam-Webster, it was none other than late former Mets catcher Gary Carter who coined the phrase in 1988. It’s not a complete surprise, as The Kid, who succumbed to brain cancer in February, was known for being a goody two-shoes on a late 1980s Mets squad full of men who lived fast and hard. According to a 1988 Newsday article, on Aug. 8 that year, the Mets were in Pittsburgh taking on the Pirates, and during the seventh inning, Carter was called out on strikes by home plate umpire Greg Bonin. The Kid wasn’t pleased with the called third strike, arguing that the pitch was outside. Bonin was sensitive about the criticism and ratcheted the spat up a notch, cursing out Carter and alleging that Carter called him a liar, according to the catcher.THE SCORE: CAMPAIGNING FOR OBAMA AND YANKEES The Kid said he then began walking away, surprised at Bonin’s vulgar vocabulary. He said he asked Bonin why he was cursing, to which Bonin responded, “I talk like that.” “OK, guttermouth,” Carter replied. Carter then acknowledged he had been tossed from a major league game just twice before, both times by the same umpire, Eric Gregg. “That was when I used to use the f-bomb,” Carter said, admitting to his former foul-mouthed ways. And thus, a popular phrase was born. So the next time you drop an f-bomb, remember the Hall of Famer who gave us this curse word stand-in. Continue Reading

Appreciation: Garry Marshall, auteur of odd couples

Think of Garry Marshall as the auteur of odd couples, whether they be a proper queen and her clumsy granddaughter (The Princess Diaries), a coldly efficient businessman and his endearing escort (Pretty Woman) and the original TV Odd Couple, neat freak Felix and a sloppy Oscar, divorced men sharing a New York apartment.Marshall, a successful producer, director and writer who died Tuesday at the age of 81, had a comedic common touch that proved popular with TV and film audiences for more than 50 years. At a time when many of his contemporaries had long since retired, Marshall was still busy behind the camera, most recently directing the star-studded Mother's Day, which premiered in April.Despite a long entertainment career, the folksy Marshall hardly seemed like a slick Hollywood type, from his New York accent to his ability to connect with the public with upbeat, heartfelt comedy.Marshall, who wrote for actor and producer Danny Thomas' Make Room for Daddy in the 1960s, established himself as a TV power in the 1970s with a string of dominant hit comedies, including The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley (starring his sister, Penny Marshall) and Mork & Mindy. While Norman Lear was blazing a trail of edgy comedies rooted in the grit of reality, Marshall's programs took viewers to a comforting spot, often somewhere in the past, where they could get a breather from life's challenges for a half hour or so.He helped make iconic characters and stars along the way, from Happy Days' Fonzie (Henry Winkler) to Mork's Mork (Robin Williams). Oscar-winning director and former child star Ron Howard discovered more about his craft while starring in Happy Days and Penny Marshall also learned on the job, becoming an acclaimed film director.After mastering TV, Marshall made the jump to the big screen, a larger career leap than it is today, when he directed 1984's The Flamingo Kid. He proved a Continue Reading