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Tom Dreesen on the Perils of Trying to Keep Up With Frank Sinatra (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 8th 2011 4:00AM
Tom Dreeson talks Frank Sinatra, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Tom Dreesen was a groundbreaking comedian in the late 1960s, and wound up as the opening act for Frank Sinatra in later decades. It was an exciting life, but not always an easy one, as he explained on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

The biggest challenge for Dreesen, and in fact Sinatra's entire entourage, was the hours Ol' Blue Eyes kept. "Even when we were off the road, he never went to bed until dawn," Dreesen said. "Off the road or on the road, six o'clock in the morning he wanted you to hang with him."

After a particularly grueling cross-country trek, Dreesen finally had had enough for one night, and decided to go to bed. When Sinatra asked him why, he responded, "I got to get up early in the morning and go to the cemetery and visit those guys."

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Christian Slater Recalls a Frank Sinatra Concert with 'Goodfellas-Type Guys' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 13th 2011 6:00AM
Christian Slater Talks Frank Sinatra on 'Lopez'Christian Slater counts himself lucky to have seen Frank Sinatra in concert. About 20 years ago, he sat in an audience of "'Goodfellas'-type guys" in a huge Las Vegas dining hall. The guys seated around him were friendly, one telling Slater that he used to be a Golden Gloves boxing champion.

As Sinatra began to perform, the ex-boxer "starts singing along with him," Slater recounted on 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS). "So you can't really hear Sinatra ... All I got is this guy next to me, and he's already let me know he can kick my a--."

Still, he said, "It was an incredible show, and to see Sinatra live was remarkable." Yes, "see" is the appropriate word.

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Norm MacDonald Talks Don Rickles at Frank Sinatra's Death Bed on 'Kimmel' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 7th 2011 3:41AM
Norm MacDonald, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Norm MacDonald and Jimmy Kimmel got to talking about Don Rickles on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), which led to Rickles's long friendship with Frank Sinatra. MacDonald actually had a lunch with Rickles the week that Sinatra died.

While he thought at first they should maybe not talk about it then, he ultimately couldn't resist. "Hey Don, have you talked to Frank lately?" he asked Rickles.

"Yeah, I saw him last week," Rickles replied. "There was a lot of this!" At this point, Rickles mimicked spitting up and drooling. "It's a lot of me with my head two inches from Frank's face going 'I'm not Barbara!'"

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Jerry Weintraub and Frank Sinatra Went to Houston to Not Get Their Hearts Checked (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 31st 2011 4:22AM
Jerry Weintraub, 'Chelsea Lately' Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra had a way with the ladies. But according to Jerry Weintraub on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), he had a way with the men as well. At least, he was able to convince Weintraub to do whatever he wanted. The man had charisma to spare.

The pair of them went to Houston to get their heart checked by one of the pre-eminent heart specialists in the world. Only, the night before their examination, Sinatra had other ideas. The doctor said to go to bed at 8PM. No drinking, no eating, no carousing. Just sleep.

"At 8 o'clock, there was a knock on my door," Weintraub said. "I open the door and it was Frank Sinatra and he had a bottle of booze and two glasses."

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For His 25th Anniversary, Larry King Discusses His Favorite TV Moments (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 6th 2010 12:25AM
On the 25th Anniversary of His Show, Larry King Discusses His Favorite MomentsIt was the 25th anniversary of 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN). Larry King is retiring, and we've almost reached the end of his time on this series. To celebrate this very special episode of the show, King appeared with guest Donald Trump, and let Trump turn the tables on him. Instead of Larry asking the questions, he was the one being interviewed by Mr. Trump.

Donald asked Larry about his favorite moments from his time on TV. Larry mentioned two choices for his best guests: Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. Both of these stars were well-known for their refusal to do interviews, but Larry still got them to appear on his show. King reminisced about his odd yet charming talk with Mr. Brando. He said that Marlon brought his dog to the studio, sang songs, and kissed him at the end of the interview.

Larry also discussed his interview with Frank Sinatra -- which was the last interview that Sinatra ever did on television. Summing things up, King called Sinatra "the best entertainer of his era," which is high praise indeed.

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American Idol takes on the Rat Pack

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 25th 2009 3:02PM
Rat Pack - trioQuestion: Do you think any one of the five remaining American Idol contestants have any idea who were in the original Rat Pack?

Answer: Sure, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore and Rob Lowe.

No, that was the Brat Pack. American Idol is honoring the original Rat Pack, which is actually not the Las Vegas Rat Pack. The Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop pack of the 1960's Sands Hotel was in fact an outgrowth of the Rat Pack that Humphrey Bogart and Sinatra first formed in the late 1940s.

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TV Obits: Cowan, Howard, Archard, Tyne, McDonough, Gampel

by Bob Sassone, posted May 20th 2008 8:08AM

Warren CowanA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Warren Cowan: He was a veteran publicist who had an incredible list of clients over the years, including Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Curtis, Steve McQueen, Natalie Wood, and Joan Crawford. He was the father of journalist Claudia Cowan and stepfather to Melissa and Sara Gilbert. He died of cancer in Los Angeles at age 87.

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What's On Tonight: Price Is Right, Boston Legal, Frank Sinatra

by Bob Sassone, posted May 14th 2008 4:00PM
  • CSI: NYTNT has NBA Playoffs all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap, followed by new episodes of Supernanny and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new Price Is Right Million Dollar Spectacular at 8, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • FOX has new episodes of 'Til Death, Back To You, and American Idol.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Deal Or No Deal at 8, followed by a new Law and Order.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8, then a new Farmer Wants A Wife.
  • There's a new Secrets of the Dead on PBS at 8.
  • Also at 8: TCM has Frank Sinatra movies, including The Tender Trap and Marriage on the Rocks.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Top Chef.
  • At 11, TV Land has a new Big 4-0.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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TCM to air month long Frank Sinatra tribute starting today

by Bob Sassone, posted May 1st 2008 9:02AM

SinatraBesides being the day that the series finale of Seinfeld aired, May 14, 1998 was also the day that legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82. I remember spending an entire week listening to nothing but Sinatra songs, watching all the specials that aired that week, reading all of the obituaries and tributes. And now TCM is going to honor the man by airing a month long tribute starting today. In fact, they've launched a special web site for the event, Frank Sinatra: The Man and His Movies.

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And now, ten classic Christmas songs from television - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 23rd 2007 1:44PM

Rockefeller Center treeAh, Christmas music. A lot of people hate it. Those people are called "Scrooges."

I love Christmas music. The classic stuff, that is. Sinatra, Clooney, Como, instrumental music. If I hear Bruce Spingsteen's "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" or anything by Mariah Carey or U2 or McCartney or any rock band (though I love "Jingle Bell Rock," "Christmas Wrapping," and Darlene Love, which are all great), I'll strangle an elf, I swear.

After the jump I've posted many classic moments from TV specials and Christmas episodes of shows. You'll find everything from Dean Martin to a classic soda commercial and even a part of the male anatomy, placed in a square receptacle.

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Heeere's Johnny, The Definitive Collection - DVD review

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 4th 2007 3:00PM

Tonight Show DVDs

It must have been hard to put a set together for a show like The Tonight Show. It's not the type of show you can do by season (way too many episodes), and Johnny Carson was host for 30 years (1962-92). A set like this is bound to disappoint some fans. But you know what? The set is just individual DVDs that have already been released in another form, and now they're packaging them under the Definitive DVD Collection title. That might tick off some fans who already bought the discs, but the set is well-done and has a variety of material to recommend it.

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Joey Bishop dead at 89

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 18th 2007 3:29PM

The Rat PackThe last of the Rat Pack is dead.

Joey Bishop, who along with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter Lawford comprised the Rat Pack in the late 50s and early 60s, died of multiple causes in Newport Beach this morning.

Besides several movies, including the original Ocean's Eleven and The Naked and the Dead, Bishop starred in two different TV series titled The Joey Bishop Show.

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Nicolette sings, Michael Bolton swings

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 7th 2006 5:33PM
nicolette sheridan; michael boltonMinds out of the gutters, kids. Michael Bolton's new album, Bolton Swings Sinatra, features the voice of his fiance and Desperate Housewives co-star, Nicolette Sheridan. She joined him to sing The Second Time Around, a very appropriate song considering the couple is dating for the second time (they dated for a few years in the early 1990s and then reuited last year). Bolton said Sheridan was scared to death to sing and that she is very self-conscious about her voice, even though he says it's great. Bolton said Sheridan sang in a "breathy" way to accompany the voice track he'd already laid down.

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Before Idol, there was The Original Amateur Hour

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2006 6:22PM
Original Amateur HourYes, believe it or not, shows like American Idol and Star Search were not the first to showcase amateur talent from across the country. Premiering in 1948, a show titled The Original Amateur Hour launched the careers of people such as Pat Boone, Robert Klein, Connie Francis and Ann-Margret (even a young Frank Sinatra sang on the radio version of the show!). The New York Times reviews the new DVD set and declares it hit and miss.

The thing I hate about the review is the assertion by the writer that the only people who will enjoy this are people in their 90s. Um...huh? I think it can enjoyed by people who like this time of music/comedy, whether you're 30 or 90. She says the show is "TV for the very old." What a lame thing to say.

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