Videos: Ten Memorable Denver Reality-TV Moments

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Gordon Ramsey at Panteleone's. Videos and more below.
Once upon a time, it was rare for Denver to be featured in movies and TV shows -- even ones supposedly set here, since many were actually filmed elsewhere. But the rise of reality TV has changed all that. The Internet Movie Database spotlights lotsa episodes of programs using Denver locations, Denver people and Denver themes. As proof, we've gathered ten memorable examples, featuring IMDB text and accompanying videos -- some spotlighting the shows in general, others offering excerpts or the original clips in their entirety. Check out all ten below.

See also: Ten Memorable Movies Set in Colorado but Not Filmed Here

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Nathan Dunlap: CNN Spotlights a Death Sentence in Limbo

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A Nathan Dunlap mug shot from twenty years ago.
It's been a long, long road from the 1993 murder of four people at a Chuck E. Cheese in Aurora to Colorado's lethal injection chamber, and convicted killer Nathan Dunlap isn't there yet, thanks to the temporary reprieve from execution granted by Governor John Hickenlooper last year. That controversial move has made this fall's gubernatorial election a kind of referendum on the state's seldom-used death penalty -- and has brought renewed national scrutiny of the Dunlap case, including "Eye For an Eye," a thoughtful episode of CNN's Death Row Stories series that airs this Sunday night.

See also: John Hickenlooper: Would He Commute Nathan Dunlap's Death Penalty If He Loses?

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Top Twenty Twitter Reactions to the Colorado Purge Hoax

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One of the images circulating through new and old media. Additional pics and more below.
Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to the surprise horror hit from last year, arrived in theaters last month, and at this point, it's pretty much run its course. But rumors of a real-life Colorado Purge beginning at 6:30 p.m. on September 6 -- during which, presumably, laws would be suspended for twelve hours, making all crimes legal -- are heating up, with old-school media outlets reporting about what is clearly a ham-handed social-media hoax. But the Twitter reactions are mighty entertaining anyhow. Count down our photo-illustrated top twenty favorite Twitter reactions below.

See also: Photos: 20 hot weather looks if fashion laws were suspended Purge: Anarchy-style (NSFW)

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Photos: Robin Williams as a Broncos Cheerleader

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More photos below.
The world continues to mourn the tragic death of Robin Williams, as well as to recall and celebrate his comedic gifts, which burst fully formed onto the entertainment scene thanks to his breakout sitcom, Mork and Mindy. But while the show was set in Boulder, Williams's alien from the planet Ork occasionally ventured to other parts of Colorado, including Mile High Stadium, where a 1980 episode found him debuting as a member of the Pony Express -- the Broncos cheerleading squad. The bit proved he could rock a skirt many years before Mrs. Doubtfire.

Below, see screen captures and a clip from the program. We expect they'll demonstrate that Williams's ability to put smiles on faces lives on.

See also: Robin Williams, R.I.P.: Remembering the Man Who Brought Ork to Boulder

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Anti-Pot "Don't Be a Lab Rat" Campaign Uses Disputed Facts That Might Be True

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A cage that's part of the "Don't Be a Lab Rat" campaign. More photos plus videos below.
Mike Sukle, the advertising agency pro who worked with Colorado officials to develop a new anti-pot campaign, had a significant challenge on his hands. He wanted to warn teens away from marijuana use without engaging in the sort of hyperbole they'd likely reject. Hence, "Don't Be a Lab Rat," which presents controversial facts and then asks viewers the equivalent of "Wouldn't you rather be safe than sorry?"

Continue for more details from Sukle, plus additional photos and videos.

See also: Videos: "Drive High, Get a DUI" Campaign Uses a (Mostly) Lighter Touch to Fight Stoned Driving

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Robin Williams, R.I.P.: Remembering the Man Who Brought Ork to Boulder

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Robin Williams and Pam Dawber outside 1619 Pine Street in Boulder. More photos and a video below.
Long before the JonBenet Ramsey house began its reign as the best known residence in Boulder (for tragic reasons), the home most visitors wanted to drive past was the one at 1619 Pine Street, which appeared in the credit sequence and most episodes of Mork and Mindy, the iconic '70s/'80s sitcom nominally set in Boulder, which made actor Robin Williams a star.

So when news broke yesterday that Williams was dead at 63 after apparently taking his own life, it was only natural that people would gather at the residence to pay their respects to one of the acting world's most complicated and surreal funnymen. Photos, a video and more below.

See also: Photos: Take a Tour of the JonBenet Ramsey House, Back on the Market -- Again

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Ten Weird Movie References to Denver

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Big posters below.
If you're like us, you immediately perk up when you're watching a movie and you hear a reference to Denver -- something that's happening more and more often these days. So, in the tradition of not one but two 2012 roundups of weird movie references to Colorado, we present ten mentions of the Mile High City cited on the indispensable IMDB website, featuring posters from flicks that include some of Hollywood's biggest smashes (like Old School), with a handful of obscurities thrown in. Count down our top ten below.

See also: Ten Weird Movie References to Colorado

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Video: Helen Thorpe, Ex-Colorado First Lady, Lauded on The Daily Show for Soldier Girls

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Helen Thorpe with Jon Stewart on last night's episode of "The Daily Show." Video below.
Plenty of people associate Helen Thorpe with her time as Colorado's first lady; she and Governor John Hickenlooper separated in 2012. But Westword readers also know her as a journalist and the author of the 2004 feature article "Head of the Class," which led to the best-seller Just Like Us.

Thorpe's latest book, Soldier Girls, is a profile of three military women that earned major spotlight time on last night's episode of The Daily Show, with host Jon Stewart not even bothering to mention her previous role in Colorado. After all, there was too much else of importance to discuss. Check out their conversation below.

See also: John Hickenlooper and Wife Helen Thorpe Announce Their Separation

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Ashton Kutcher isn't filming in Colorado after all, but these projects are getting state cash

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Ashton Kutcher, seen here as Steve Jobs, won't be filming in Colorado this year.
First, the sad news (or not-so-sad news, depending on how you feel about hunky sitcom actors): Ashton Kutcher will not be filming a movie in Colorado this year. Or at least he won't be filming The Violent Separation of Flesh and Blood, a Western-type flick that was approved in May to receive $1.5 million in state film incentive money but which has now been delayed, possibly indefinitely.

That money won't go to waste, however. The Colorado Economic Development Commission recently approved five new media projects to receive incentives, including a documentary about the Holly Square Shopping Center in Park Hill, which was burned to the ground by gang members in an act of retaliation in 2008 and is referenced in this week's feature article, "Growing Concerns."

See also: Photos: Kevin Bacon rocks awesome porn 'stache during Cop Car filming in Colorado

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Video: Fractivists attack -- with a camera -- in Dear Governor Hickenlooper

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Fractivist Shane Davis, narrator of the documentary "Dear Governor Hickenlooper." Video below.
This week's cover story, "Frack Attack!," explores the increasingly ambitious anti-fracking movement in Colorado, a state with plenty of oil and gas wells and plenty of people who want to shut 'em down. One sign of the movement's increasing sophistication is the production of a contentious new documentary, Dear Governor Hickenlooper, that's anything but a love letter to the gov. Former geologist Hickenlooper is, of course, a major defender of the state's gung-ho drilling activities -- and a major opponent of the fractivists' efforts to give local governments more authority over regulation of the wells in their midst.

See also: Colorado fracking activists get a nudge (and cash) from MoveOn

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