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Shirley Jones recollects ‘The Partridge Household’ because it turns 50

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It’s been 50 years since “The Partridge Household” urged individuals to “C’mon, Get Completely happy!”

The sitcom premiered Sept. 25, 1970 on ABC, turned co-star David Cassidy (Keith Partridge) into an in a single day teen idol and marked film star Shirley Jones’ entree into collection tv. She performed Shirley Partridge, the matriarch of a household singing group modeled after The Cowsills, whose string of hits within the mid-to-late ’60s included “The Rain, The Park and Different Issues.”

“The Partridge Household” forged included future “LA Legislation” star Susan Dey (as oldest daughter Laurie Partridge) and Danny Bonaduce as wisecracking son Danny Partridge. Suzanne Crough performed youngest daughter Tracy Partridge, with Jeremy Gelbwaks/Brian Forster splitting time as youngest son Chris Partridge. Dave Madden was readily available because the group’s perpetually flustered supervisor, Reuben Kincaid.

The collection was notable from the get-go, since, when it premiered, Jones was married to David Cassidy’s father, singer/actor Jack Cassidy — making her David’s stepmother off-screen and his mother on the collection.

Jones, 86, answered a number of questions over e-mail about “The Partridge Household” and its affect on her life.

You turned down the position of Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch.” What modified your thoughts about starring in “The Partridge Household”?

As a lot as I loved “The Brady Bunch,” I didn’t need to solely be the mama at dwelling taking the roast out of the oven. “The Partridge Household” had the added element of music, which I liked, and I used to be additionally drawn to the concept of taking part in a single (widowed) lady elevating kids on her personal. Lastly, a half-hour tv collection allowed me to remain dwelling with my actual youngsters, one thing that had been considerably tougher whereas travelling world wide making films.

Susan Dey, Jeremy Gelbwaks, Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Suzanne Crough and Danny Bonaduce
Susan Dey, Jeremy Gelbwaks, Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Suzanne Crough and Danny BonaduceCourtesy Everett Assortment

Do you will have a favourite second or reminiscence from the collection?

The episode at Marineland. I’m a giant animal lover and it was great for me to see the attractive aquatic life they’d, notably the whales, although I confess I by no means appreciated seeing them in captivity. We additionally recorded a beautiful tune for the episode entitled “Whale Tune,” which was one in every of my favorites from the collection.

Was there one forged member you felt closest to?

Clearly, I used to be very near David as a result of he was my stepson and I’d helped increase him as a toddler. However the reality is, I used to be near all of the forged members. It was a pleasure working with your entire forged and crew, and I nonetheless keep in contact with a lot of them.

Did you will have any reservations about starring in a community sitcom with David — and did that relationship affect your onscreen dynamics?

I truly assume our true-life relationship, our closeness, helped us within the present.

Your TV household was akin to “The Brady Bunch” in that it appeared like an anachronistic throwback throughout a really turbulent time in America, each socially and politically. Why do you assume “The Partridge Household” struck such a chord with viewers?

With the horrors of the Vietnam Conflict and the turbulent political local weather on the time, I imagine the present was a brief escape. A spot the place older viewers may take a nostalgic journey again to less complicated, happier occasions, and youthful viewers may expertise the aspirational pleasure of being in a household that labored collectively and traveled the nation collectively … in a multi-colored bus, no much less. In our present local weather, I believe there are quite a lot of actual households on the market doing this proper now!

How shocked had been you when “The Partridge Household” acquired a Grammy nomination as Greatest New Artist in 1971?

Fairly shocked. On the time, I assumed solely newer rock acts, and older, extra established acts like Sinatra or Miles Davis, acquired Grammy nominations. Completely happy to have joined the membership.

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Ps 5 lifts Sony’s outcomes regardless of Hollywood shutdown

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Sony Corp. stated Wednesday that sturdy demand for its upcoming online game console PlayStation 5 helped offset continued income and revenue declines at its Hollywood studio, Sony Photos Leisure.

The Japan-based conglomerate stated working revenue rose 13.9 p.c to $three million for the three months ended Sept. 30, as income for the interval remained flat at $20.2 billion. Housebound customers gravitated towards gaming throughout the pandemic as PlayStation Four juiced the corporate’s income throughout the quarter by $4.9 billion.

Sony, which is predicted to launch it new PlayStation 5 console subsequent month, stated it expects to promote 7.6 million items or extra within the yr via March.

The corporate raised its annual revenue forecast by 13 p.c to $6.7 billion, though the agency’s leisure division has gotten squeezed by the pandemic. Like different Hollywood studios, Sony Photos delayed its whole slate of movies this yr into 2021.

The studio pushed Jason Reitman’s  “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” from July 2020 to March 5, 2021, in addition to vampire superhero movie “Morbius,” starring Jared Leto from July to March 19, 2021.

The corporate stated working earnings for the quarter fell 18.three p.c to $299 million as income sank 25 p.c to $615 million.

Sony cited “vital lower in theatrical revenues as a consequence of theater closings, decrease promoting revenues for media networks, and decrease revenues from fewer deliveries of TV exhibits as a consequence of manufacturing shutdowns” for the poor outcomes.

The weakened outcomes at Sony Photos come because the studio is present process a significant restructuring. The corporate stated Tuesday that it could be merging its home movie and TV advertising divisions beneath one roof. Because of this, roughly 35 Sony Photos staffers are anticipated to be laid off as a part of the plan.

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Uncommon Blue Moon rises on Halloween 2020: Here is what it means

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What are the percentages?

A Blue Moon — by definition a rarity — will rise this month, notably on Halloween. Take notice, werewolves.

The lunar occasion means merely {that a} second full moon will rise in the identical month. The primary one, a Harvest Moon, lit up the sky on October 1. It additionally occurs to be a Blood Moon, which means a full moon that occurs in October, within the midst of spooky season.

It gained’t really be blue except there are mud and smoke particles of a sure measurement, which might scatter crimson mild and make the moon tackle a blueish hue, in response to EarthSky.org.

This yr’s Halloween full moon will rise at 10:49 a.m. that day — which ensures visibility throughout all occasions zones on the 31st. The subsequent Blue Moon in a calendar month will hit skies on Aug. 30, 2023.

Full Moons on Halloween are even rarer. They solely occur each 18 or 19 years, the Previous Farmer’s Almanac reviews. Technically, the second full moon of the month known as a “Hunter’s Blue Moon,” so right here we now have a full-blown Hunter’s Blue Moon on Halloween, the almanac writes.

A Blue Moon will rise on Halloween 2020.
A Blue Moon will rise on Halloween 2020.DPA/AFP through Getty Pictures

In Celtic traditions, Halloween was the day spirits of the useless wandered round within the moonlight — so think about this vacation the creepiest shortly.

However, it’s a very good month to catch a glimpse of the moon twice, after NASA scientists introduced the invention of extra water on its floor than beforehand thought. The breakthrough confirms that the moon could possibly be a “useful resource” to us earthlings, the scientists stated Monday.

That ought to give us all one thing to howl about.

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‘Borat’ followers increase $50Okay to compensate ‘betrayed’ babysitter Jeanise Jones

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They felt she was Sacha Baron Conned.

Sympathetic “Borat 2” followers have raised tens of hundreds of {dollars} for Jeanise Jones, the mockumentary’s “ethical compass” who claimed she was “betrayed” by filmmakers.

“I believed it might be nice to offer folks a automobile to say thanks in a tangible manner” mentioned the Rev. Derrick Scobey, Jones’ pastor at Oklahoma’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, who spearheaded the crowdfunding marketing campaign.

In filmmaker Sacha Baron Cohen’s satirical flick, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Jones, 62, performs the employed babysitter for Borat’s daughter Tutar (portrayed by newcomer Maria Bakalova), who’s slated to be married off to an older man. Nevertheless, the Oklahoma native informed the Put up that she was tricked by recruiters into pondering that the movie was an actual documentary about grooming gangs.

“I’m pondering that is for actual so I felt type of betrayed by it,” mentioned Jones, who reportedly spent weeks fretting over Tutar, who she thought was a bonafide youngster bride.

The senior citizen reportedly solely found the reality when the movie’s trailer got here out — therefore why her on-screen efficiency appeared so real.

Suffice to say, followers hoped money donations would ease the ache of Jones’ epic hornswoggling.

Rev. Scobey, who had initially met with the “Borat 2” recruiters once they got here to Jones’ church, launched a GoFundMe web page to compensate her correctly after she was solely paid $3,600 for the function. Up to now, the fundraiser has garnered nearly $50,000 of its $100,000 objective as of Wednesday morning.

“She is without doubt one of the most genuine folks I’ve ever met,” the pastor wrote on the fundraiser web page. “One good factor that has come from that is that Jeanise doesn’t have to fret about ‘Tutar’ anymore. She has apprehensive about this younger girl for a yr.”

The contributions are particularly life-changing as Jones not too long ago misplaced her job as a result of COVID-19 after being employed for 32 years, per the fundraiser web page.

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