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John Ratzenberger Reunites with Cheers Cast Members

John Ratzenberger Reunites with Cheers Cast Members

This article was originally posted on people.com, click here to view the full article. Kirstie Alley is going back to where everybody knows her name. The actress, 64, lost 50 lbs. with Jenny Craig and has kept off the weight for the past year – and now she’s celebrating her success with some familiar faces in a Cheers-themed commercial for the diet program. “When they asked me to do the commercial, I had a lot of consideration that it was an iconic show – I didn’t want to walk onto some set that looks artificial,” Alley tells PEOPLE. But her fears were put to rest when she saw the set, which perfectly recreated the bar from the popular 80s sitcom. “Honestly, when John [Ratzenberger] and George [ Wendt] and I walked on, it was a little bit like The Twilight Zone because it was an exact duplicate,” she says. “It was crazy. I didn’t think anybody would ever be able to replicate that set like...

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John Ratzenberger to Deliver Speech at Milford Chamber of Commerce Meeting

John Ratzenberger to Deliver Speech at Milford Chamber of Commerce Meeting

This article was originally posted on patch.com. Please click here to view the full article. The Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce is proudly holding its 61st Annual Meeting & 2015 Awards of Distinction on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 11:30 am, at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange, CT. This year features keynote speaker John Ratzenberger, actor and producer, and advocate for The American Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Continue...

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The Good Dinosaur Premiers November 25

The Good Dinosaur Premiers November 25

This news was originally published by By BusinessofCinema News Network on October 7, 2015. Click here to view the full article. …The trailer is absolutely adorable and you should surely mark your calendars for it! From kids to adults, who doesn’t like Disney movies? Over the years Disney Pixar has given amazing films like‘Cars’, ‘Toy Story’, ‘Brave’, ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Monsters Inc.’, ‘Up’, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Wall-E’, ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Lifted’ and ‘Monsters University’ amongst others. After the possible Oscar contender film ‘Inside Out’, Disney is back to amaze us with ‘The Good Dinosaur’. The Good Dinosaur will see actors Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Hader, John Lithgow, Judy Greer, Lucas Neff, Frances McDormand and John Ratzenberger bringing the characters to life with their voice. Produced by John Lasseter and John Walker, the film’s story has been written by Bob Peterson who has also codirected the film with Peter Sohn. The film is set to release on November 25, 2015 in...

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Pixar’s “Inside Out” Premiers

Pixar’s “Inside Out” Premiers

This news was originally published by Eric Kain at Forbes, click here to read the entire article. ‘Inside Out’ is Something Truly Special, Even for Pixar Inside Out is the kind of movie that usually only gets made by some small, art-house indie studio. And even then, an artsy movie anthropomorphizing our emotions made for adults would likely be a grimmer, more cloying affair. Or a snoozefest. Or maudlin and depressing like the film adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are. Not so with Pixar. To make a movie about the emotional composition of a young girl’s brain, and to give life to those emotions, and not just life but also conflict and adventure, is sort of remarkable for a kid’s movie. Then again, Inside Out isn’t just a kid’s movie. Just like all the best kid’s movies, and certainly all of Pixar’s best, Inside Out works just as well, if not better, for adults. Continue...

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Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Debuts New International Trailer

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Debuts New International Trailer

Can you spot John Ratzenberger’s voice in this new international trailer for Inside Out? Watch the full video below!

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200,000 reasons to dial before you dig

200,000 reasons to dial before you dig

It was recently National Safe Digging Month in the United States, when owners of underground infrastructure and others back events around the nation to raise awareness of the national Dial-Before-You-Dig service, which is available to anyone in the US by dialling 811. In other initiatives, Atmos Energy Corporation, which distributes natural gas in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, launched a “Yard Rescue 811” contest. Residents of its service areas were invited to submit a photo of their yard – which could be a home, church, school or business – and ask friends and family to vote for it on the Atmos Energy Facebook page. The photos garnering the most votes in each state that Atmos Energy serves will win a $2000 prize. Marathon Pipeline, which operates oil pipelines across large swathes of the US, sponsored a poster contest for children. They have been invited to create a poster to raise awareness of the 811 service. The best poster will win a $50 prize. Marathon has also, since 2013, produced three humorous videos that feature an exchange between actor John Ratzenberger and his neighbour ‘Joe’. “While undertaking a do-it-yourself project, Joe finds out the hard way that ‘safe digging always starts with a free call to 811’.” WhaTech Channel: Infrastructure Protection News Submitted by Stern...

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Guest Judging on Hell’s Kitchen

Guest Judging on Hell’s Kitchen

On a recent April episode of Hell’s Kitchen, the teams get creative when they pair spirits with food for special guest John Ratzenberger; and later, the 11 remaining contestants compete to avoid elimination during a gastropub dinner service. As published by Kristine Francis: “Tonight’s guest host was the lovable actor John Ratzenberger. See, John was on the long running hit show “Cheers” and one of the reasons Ramsay brought in him for his expertise was because he needed someone that knew their alcohol. The challenge required the Red and Blue teams to individually cook a dish with at least one form of alcohol. They could either choose beer, wine, liquor. But like always their dishes had to be both appetizing and inventive. So that’s where John came in. John and maître d’ Marino helped each contestants pick out the best complimentary alcohol. Though, tonight, there was surprise awaiting everyone that no one could have predicted even on their best day. Because later during the judging, Megan messed...

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John Ratzenberger Filming Shifting Gears in North Carolina

John Ratzenberger Filming Shifting Gears in North Carolina

Written by Owen Covington, Reporter – Triad Business Journal Click here to read the full article online >> A star from his days as Cliff Clavin in the TV hit “Cheers,” and later as the voice of Hamm the Piggy Bank in the “Toy Story” trilogy, John Ratzenberger is used to everyone knowing his name no matter where he goes. “I go to strange places I’ve never been before, and somebody walks up and all of a sudden you’ve got an instant friend,” Ratzenberger told the Winston-Salem Journal during an interview Thursday. Ratzenberger, 68, has been in the area for the filming of the film “Shifting Gears,” directed by Jason Winn and also starring R. Keith Harris. He visited the Journal Thursday to provide national commentary for Fox Business Network and took time to talk with a reporter with the newspaper while there. The movie, which has been in production since mid-March, tells the story of a man who tries to reconnect with his family by taking over his late father’s business — an old service station in rural North Carolina — and also gets involved in his father’s side business of dirt track racing. Ratzenberger plays Conrad Baines, a rich local who plans to buy the property and tear down the garage so he can build a retail superstore. He told the Journal he’s enjoyed his time in the Triad, and named among his favorite restaurants in the area Mary’s Gourmet Diner and Sweet Potatoes in Winston-Salem, Undercurrent Restaurant in Greensboro and Phil’s Bar-B-Que Pit in...

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Birthday Trivia for John Ratzenberger

Birthday Trivia for John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff on “Cheers,” turned 68 on April 6. Here’s some trivia about him: Born in Bridgeport. His mother worked for Remington Arms and his father drove a Texaco truck. Attended St. Ann’s School in Bridgeport and Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. He worked as a tractor operator at the original Woodstock festival in 1969. Moved to London in 1971 and started his career in the performing arts. Played Rebel Force Major Derlin in 1980’s “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back” and 1st controller in 1978’s “Superman.” As published on Rep-Am.com...

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Let’s Bring Back Shop Class to Educate and Inspire

Let’s Bring Back Shop Class to Educate and Inspire

Written by Orion Jones on BigThink.com >> Click here to read the full article online. Millennials are the first American generation who have not been taught how to use tools — wrenches, screws, saws, etc. — and that could have a negative effect on the country’s trade industries. Skilled labor is in increasingly high demand as manufacturing jobs trickle back into the country, but as shop class has steadily disappearedfrom the high school curriculum, there are not always enough skilled laborers to fill the positions, according to the Foundation for America, a nonprofit that invests in creating a skilled labor force. The foundation is run by John Ratzenberger, an actor who has done many voiceovers for Pixar, including Hamm in the Toy Story series. He began his career as Cliff Clavin, the affable postman on the television show Cheers. To demonstrate his commitment to teaching tool use, and the joys of working with one’s hands, Ratzenberger has donated $1 million to the state of Georgia to begin the National Education Initiative. Ratzenberger said in a recent interview that teaching tool skills is about making young people more well-rounded individuals: “It makes you a more well-rounded human being, more capable and self-reliant if you can fix your own screen door. … There are a lot of jobs in manufacturing right now, a lot of jobs in construction, and there’s nobody to fill them because we neglected to teach our children how to use tools and we’ve denigrated the image of...

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