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Annette Funicello: A life in film clips, from 'Mickey Mouse' to the beach to 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' -- VIDEO

Today, the Magic Kingdom — and the nostalgic boomers who yearned to make her either their girlfriend or their best friend — are mourning the death of Annette Funicello, the teen idol whose sunny, perky screen presence defined the ’50s and ’60s. The boys in Stand By Me lusted after her; Grease‘s Rizzo mocked her (“would you pull that crap with Annette?”); Paul Anka, whom she dated, wrote “Puppy Love” for her in 1960, thus setting the boyfriend bar impossibly high.

Funicello succumbed to complications of multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease from which she’d suffered since 1987. Her MS effectively removed her from the public eye; after appearing in an episode of Biography in 1996, Funicello stayed offscreen until last year, when a documentary about her aired on Canadian TV.

Given how long it’s been since Funicello was well enough to act, it might be tough to remember why she was beloved enough in her heyday to receive more than 6,000 fan letters a week. But, thanks to YouTube, it’s easy to look back at the highlights of Funicello’s career — starting with the song that introduced the tweenage future star to audiences across America.

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Annette Funicello remembered by Disney family and famous fans

As news spreads of Annette Funicello’s passing at age 70 from Multiple Sclerosis-related complications, colleagues and fans have begun to share their fond remembrances of the former Mouseketeer and “Beach Party” goer.

Lori Loughlin, costar in 1987′s Back to the Beach: “Annette Funicello was really a wonderful person. I enjoyed working with her immensely and found her to be kind and down-to-earth. She faced her illness with courage and never wanted anyone to have pity on her. I have a fond memory of having lunch at her home many years ago and when she opened the cabinet to get something, there were rows of Skippy peanut butter. She was truly the embodiment of the friendly, all-American girl that we all loved to watch in the beach movies.” READ FULL STORY

'Enlightened': In Memoriam

Plenty of great shows have low ratings. Enlightened barely even had ratings. In its just-completed second season, the show was averaging in the neighborhood of 200 thousand viewers, which is a number that barely even looks impressive on YouTube now. It almost certainly had more people watching — and as a post-network network, HBO keeps an eye on all the myriad ways we consume TV shows, DVR and OnDemand and HBO GO. Fans of the show could hope that HBO would keep it around for the critical acclaim. (Yeesh, look how many seasons they gave Tremé.) But sometimes, no ratings really is no ratings; yesterday, HBO announced that it would not be bringing the series back for a third season. READ FULL STORY

R.I.P., 'The L.A. Complex': Why this finely crafted, little-watched soap deserved better

When somebody mentions The L.A. Complex, chances are you think one of two things: “What’s The L.A. Complex?” or “Didn’t that show get, like, the worst ratings ever?”

It’s true: When this Canadian import first debuted on The CW in April, its premiere had the dubious honor of being crowned broadcast TV’s lowest-rated drama debut of all time. The numbers didn’t improve much in subsequent weeks, or when the series returned for a second season in August — season 2′s finale in September drew just 390,000 pairs of eyeballs. So it’s no surprise that yesterday, Canada’s Bell Media confirmed that it will not order a third season of Complex for its MuchMusic channel. Though The CW has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment, it’s very likely that the American network, too, will pass on a return trip to L.A.

And that’s a real shame, because The L.A. Complex is — was — one of the best dramas on television.

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Fan-made 'Parks and Recreation' movie trailer seeks Li'l Sebastian killer -- VIDEO

“A small Indiana town is flipped upside down when their beloved hero goes missing.”

That’s the logline for a fan-made Parks and Recreation movie trailer, which uses clips from various episodes to turn the death of everyone’s favorite miniature horse, Li’l Sebastian, into a thriller. It’s funnier than the Alex Cross trailer (intentionally!). Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

The voice of Smurfette, Lucille Bliss, has died

Lucille Bliss, who provided the voices for the cartoon characters Smurfette, Crusader Rabbit, and Rags died of natural causes on Nov. 8 in Costa Mesa, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 96.

The animation voice actress’ career spanned over 60 years; she was working as recently as last month. In addition to her groundbreaking double role in Crusader Rabbit (as the title character and Rags) and her most recognizable role in The Smurfs (as Smurfette), Bliss also gave voice to the stepsister Anastasia in Disney’s 1950 film Cinderella and the original Elroy in the 1960s TV series The Jetsons. Her smaller projects included The Flintstones and Star Wars spinoffs and video games. READ FULL STORY

Tom Hanks and Jay Leno remember Michael Clarke Duncan -- VIDEO

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”

Jay Leno quoted this moving couplet from John Greenleaf Whittier’s Maud Muller at Michael Clarke Duncan’s memorial service yesterday, getting choked up as he pondered what the Academy Award-nominated actor might have experienced if he hadn’t passed away on Sept. 3.

Leno wasn’t the only star who turned out to remember Duncan — according to People, Bones and The Finder creator Hart Hanson, The Green Mile author Stephen King, Holly Robinson Peete, David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, and Duncan’s Green Mile costar Tom Hanks were also among the mourners.

Even though the occasion was incredibly sad, speakers threw in a few bits of levity here and there.  READ FULL STORY

Celebrities tweet reactions to Neil Armstrong's death

Neil Armstrong, who became the first man to walk on the moon in 1969, died today at age 82. Following Armstrong’s final departure from this world, celebrities have taken to Twitter to honor the late astronaut’s memory and to commemorate his heroism.

Many of the reactions on the micro-blogging site come from entertainers known for their sci-fi work, like Tron actor Bruce Boxleitner and Moon director Duncan Jones, whose fictional journeys beyond Earth’s orbit have undeniably been influenced by the real-life explorer. Stardust author Neil Gaiman tweeted a photo of himself, Armstrong and fellow writer Neal Stephenson, remarking on his blog, “I spent a couple of days in Neil Armstrong’s company. He was as nice, as modest and as wise as anybody could have hoped for. If you ever wondered what my face looks like when I’m going, ‘This is really happening, and I am the luckiest man in the world,’ it looks a lot like it does in this photo.”

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From the EW Archive: 'Phyllis Diller gets the last laugh,' May 2005

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Comedian Phyllis Diller died today in her Los Angeles home. EW’s Jessica Shaw profiled “the most celebrated female stand-up in history” in 2005 when the actress was still breaking ground at 87: She had penned a new memoir, Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse, and landed a role on a fall TV pilot, The Book of Daniel. Diller’s wit was as sharp as ever, despite her failing health.

Phyllis Diller isn’t feeling so hot right now. She’s flung herself back in a black stretch limo, forcing deep breaths in and out of her mouth, weakened from a recent bout with pneumonia. Just two hours ago, things were not looking so dire for the comedy pioneer, who just published her autobiography, Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse. Diller had joined her friends General Hospital‘s Anne Jeffreys and socialite Louise Danelian at the Colleagues Spring Luncheon, an annual charity fashion show in Beverly Hills, where the median age hovered around a very tight-skinned 80. The well-preserved posse gossiped about the diamond-dripping donors between sips of Perrier and discussed AARP-friendly topics like menopause, the perils of driving, and the difficulties of falling asleep in old age. Clad in a self-designed, Pepto-Bismol-colored, machine-washable, zigzag-hemmed dress, Diller, 87, eagerly flashed a toothy smile (all real!) to photographers who’d tired of snapping Betsy Bloomingdale and Mr. Blackwell.

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Tony Scott: Hollywood reacts to the filmmaker's sudden passing

The news of filmmaker Tony Scott’s sudden and unexpected death due to an apparent suicide sent shockwaves through Hollywood as the news broke on Sunday night. Over his 30-plus year career, Scott had amassed a tremendous number of collaborators, from his feature film work as a director (Top GunTrue RomanceCrimson Tide) and producer (The GreyThe A-Team), to his more recent efforts with his older brother Ridley as a TV producer (The Good WifeNumb3rs). Many of Scott’s friends, colleagues, and fans throughout the world of entertainment took to Twitter to express their feelings and thoughts about Scott, and his passing. You can read them below: READ FULL STORY

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