Debbie Reynolds is slated to receive the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award at the 21st annual SAG Awards next January. The actress, singer, dancer, and author will be the 51st recipient of the honor. Some of her best known film roles were in “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” and “How the West Was Won.” She has also been selected for her work to preserve artifacts and costumes from the history of film and her work in the mental illness field. Other recent honorees have included Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, and James Earl Jones. Awards Daily.
David Letterman returns from an extended vacation with a special tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams. Watch the 10-minute segment honoring the late comedian that was part of the Monday episode of “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS. The two men started out in the comedy club circuit in the 1970s, and Williams even invited Letterman to be a guest star on “Mork and Mindy.” For Letterman’s CBS and NBC late night shows, Williams appeared as a guest over 50 times in the past three decades. TV Line.
The 2014 Emmy Awards next Monday will feature three late night talk show hosts as presenters. Announced on Tuesday to be part of the show are Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report“), Jimmy Fallon (“Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon“), and Jimmy Kimmel (“Jimmy Kimmel Live“). Colbert won another variety writing award this past weekend at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony. That same night, Fallon triumphed again as Best Comedy Guest Actor for hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Emmys.
The Toronto Film Festival finalizes its lineup ahead of a September 4 kickoff. The newest films announced are “St. Vincent” (Bill Murray), “The Sound and the Fury” (James Franco), and the documentary “Roger Waters: The Wall.” Special Q&A sessions will feature Jon Stewart (“Rosewater“), Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua (“The Equalizer”), Julie Taymor (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), and Reese Witherspoon (“Wild” and “The Good Lie“). Deadline.
Legendary announcer Don Pardo dies at age 96. He was best known as the voice of “Saturday Night Live” for the past 39 years. He officially retired from NBC in 2004 but had still been pre-recording the “SNL” opening intros from his home in Arizona. Other career credits included “Jeopardy,” “The Price Is Right,” and many commercials. He was inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2010. Variety.
Even with recent big releases “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the summer box office is still down 15.3 percent over last year. The gap is not likely to close in the final days leading to Labor Day. It is the largest year-over-year decline in at least three decades. The overall top films this summer were “Transformers: Age of Extinction” ($243.3 million), “Maleficent” ($236.8 million), and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” ($232.5 million). Hollywood Reporter.
Turner Classic Movies will remember legendary actress Lauren Bacall with a 24-hour marathon on September 15 and 16. She died last Tuesday at age 89. All four films starring Bacall and husband Humphrey Bogart (“To Have and Have Not,” “The Big Sleep,” “Dark Passage,” and “Key Largo”) will be part of the event. TCM will also air the interview program “Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall” hosted by Robert Osborne. Thompson on Hollywood.
Julianne Hough is looking at a return to ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” She was a professional dancer on the reality show for five seasons, but now she might be added as a judge. The program reportedly would bring her on as a fourth judge and not get rid of longtime panelists Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli. TV Guide.