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13 items from 2015


Dick Van Patten, ‘Eight Is Enough’ and ‘Love Boat’ Star, Dies at 86

23 June 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. due to complications from diabetes.

The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”

Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time onstage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”

He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman Program »

- Carmel Dagan

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Dick Van Patten, ‘Eight Is Enough’ Star, Dies at 86

23 June 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dick Van Patten, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy “Eight Is Enough,” died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.

Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., due to complications from diabetes.

The always-genial, round-faced actor also appeared in Disney films including “Freaky Friday” (the original, Jodie Foster version) as well as Mel Brooks comedies “High Anxiety,” “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Space Balls.”

Though long associated with television and film comedies, the actor spent a great deal of time on stage, making the first of his two dozen or so appearances on Broadway as a child back in 1937, in Kurt Weill’s “The Eternal Road.”

He had most recently appeared onscreen in a guest role as Lester on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” Other relatively recent credits include “7th Heaven” in 2004, “Arrested Development” in 2005, “That ’70s Show” in 2006 and “The Sarah Silverman »

- Carmel Dagan

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Is this the worst Pointless answer ever? Watch this contestant's hilarious mix-up

26 May 2015 2:32 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We think there's a winner for Worst-Ever Answer To A Question on the game show Pointless.

A recent contestant managed to get the real life assassination of President John F Kennedy and the Us primetime TV soap Dallas a bit mixed up.

Someone on Pointless just said the person shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas was J.R. Best answer Ever.

Posted by Digital Spy on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Believe it or not, Lee Harvey Oswald was responsible for the 1963 death of JFK, and not the TV murder of fictional oil magnate Jr Ewing, played by actor Larry Hagman.

Before you laugh too loudly - spare a thought for quiz host Alexander Armstrong who had the unfortunate task of trying to explain why the poor contestant's answer was incorrect.

Was this the worst-ever game show answer? Vote in our poll and share your favourite TV blunders in our comments section »

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Samuel L. Jackson Joins Remake Of The Blob

13 May 2015 11:51 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

In news to warm the hardest of hearts, Simon West's upcoming remake of sci-fi/horror classic The Blob has just announced its first major cast member. Samuel L. Jackson has signed up to fight the giant space jelly.The original Blob came from space, while the underrated '80s version was a Cold War experiment gone wrong. The latest incarnation, West has confirmed, will be "more sci-fi" again, and today's brief new synopsis suggests that the entity will be discovered "deep within the Earth".Jackson will play a biochemistry professor, racing to find a way to shut the wobbly predator down. "Get that motherfucking Blob out of my motherfucking lab!" He might say.The first Blob introduced Steve McQueen to the moviegoing world. Larry Hagman directed sequel Beware! The Blob in the '70s. The surprisingly excellent '80s remake starred Kevin Dillon and had a screenplay by Frank Darabont. »

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Why 1998 Was the Best Year In Film History

27 April 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one.   Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine?   Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth?  A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe?   It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »

- Michael Oates Palmer

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Simon West Discusses His Blob Remake

10 March 2015 5:41 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Out on the publicity trail for his Jason Statham thriller Wild Card, director Simon West has been fielding questions about his next project, a remake of the '50s horror The Blob. Explaining his approach, and the angles that most attracted him, he promises that it will be "on a much bigger canvas than the originals".The first Blob introduced Steve McQueen to the moviegoing world. Larry Hagman directed sequel Beware! The Blob in the '70s. The surprisingly excellent '80s remake starred Kevin Dillon and had a screenplay by Frank Darabont. The latest version was previously growing under the Weinsteins' roof at Dimension (Rob Zombie flirted with it for a while), but is now taking shape at Goldcrest.The original Blob came from space, while the '80s version was a Cold War experiment gone wrong. The latest incarnation, West confirms, will be "more sci-fi" again."[The previous films] were much more small, »

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Con Air's Simon West to direct remake of The Blob

23 January 2015 2:55 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Simon West has signed up to direct a remake of The Blob.

The Con Air and Expendables 2 filmmaker has teamed up with producers Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten (Devil's Knot) for the project, which may begin shooting this summer.

"With modern CGI we can now fully realise the potential of The Blob," West told Deadline. "The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying. It's a thrill to introduce an enduring icon to a wider audience and a whole new era of fans."

Steve McQueen starred in the original 1958 B-movie horror, in what was his first leading role.

The Blob centred around a gelatinous alien goo that arrived on Earth via a meteorite and began increasing in size each time it consumed people.

Dallas star Larry Hagman directed a low-budget sequel in 1972 titled Beware! The Blob, while Frank Darabont co-wrote a remake in 1988.

Rob Zombie also planned »

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Simon West Directing A New Blob Remake

22 January 2015 4:02 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The first Blob introduced Steve McQueen to the moviegoing world. Larry Hagman directed sequel Beware! The Blob in the '70s. The surprisingly excellent '80s remake starred Kevin Dillon and had a screenplay by Frank Darabont. And after years in development, another new version of The Blob is inching glutinously ever closer towards us. Simon West (Con Air, Expendables 2) has just signed up to direct the film.The Blob was previously growing under the Weinsteins' roof at Dimension, but is now taking shape at Goldcrest. Rob Zombie was attached to the Weinsteins' version for a while, and seemed to be talking about dispensing with any notions of big, red blobbiness. "That's the first thing I want to change," he said. "That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now." He eventually moved on, however, presumably reasoning that another remake after »

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The Blob Remake Is Happening, With The Expendables 2 Director Simon West At The Helm

22 January 2015 8:56 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

B-movie classic The Blob is getting another remake. Why? I couldn’t tell you, but here we are. Goldcrest Films is moving forward with the project, which the studio has set The Expendables 2 helmer Simon West to direct.

The 1958 cult classic, directed by Irvin Yeaworth, starred a young Steve McQueen as a teenager whose small Pennsylvania hometown is unexpectedly threatened when a gelatinous alien life-form emerges from a meteor and begins to consume the townfolk, growing larger in size with every new victim and oozing forward with no indication of stopping.

The Blob, though received with mixed reviews at the time of its release, is now held up as a prime example of B-movie entertainment. It birthed a sequel, Larry Hagman’s 1972 Beware! The Blob, and was previously remade in 1988 by Chuck Russell. Producers on this remake are Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten.

West said of his new take: »

- Isaac Feldberg

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'Blob' Remake Gets 'Expendables 2' Director Simon West

22 January 2015 7:02 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Blob remake, which was at one time set to be directed by Rob Zombie, has once again crawled out of the earth's soil and is moving forward with director Simon West. He is best known for Con Air and The Expendables 2, and has Wild Card starring Jason Statham opening later this month.

Goldcrest Films will produce this update of the 1958 horror classic, with shooting set to begin this summer. Korea's Taewon Entertainment and A-List Corporation will co-finance alongside Goldcrest, with Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten producing.

The original The Blob debuted in 1958 and followed a young Steve McQueen as he battled a gelatinous alien creature that crashes in the middle of a small down, eating people as it moves along, growing in size. A sequel, Beware! the Blob, was released in 1972, directed by iconic Dallas star Larry Hagman. It was then remade and released in 1988 with Entourage star Kevin Dillon. »

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Simon West To Helm ‘The Blob’ Remake; Goldcrest Selling At Efm – Berlin

22 January 2015 4:23 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: It crawls! It creeps! It’s getting a remake. Goldcrest Films is set to co-produce an update of 1958 horror/sci-fi classic The Blob. Simon West (Wild Card, The Mechanic, Expendables 2) is directing with principal photography eyed for this summer. Producers are Richard Saperstein and Brian Witten (Cell). Korea’s Taewon Entertainment and A-List Corporation are co-financing with Goldcrest.

The original film, which was released by Paramount, starred a young Steve McQueen. The story sees a gelatinous alien life-form emerge from a crashed meteor and begin to ooze through Downingtown, Pa, eating the townsfolk as it goes. Check out the original trailer below.

Goldcrest is also handling international sales and distribution and will launch the film at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. UTA is brokering U.S. distribution rights; the agency reps West.

A 1972 sequel, Beware! The Blob, was helmed by Larry Hagman, and in 1988, Chuck Russell »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Tom Cruise’s Alleged Secret Underground “Doomsday” Bunker Made Up By Magazine

8 January 2015 9:21 AM, PST | GossipCop | See recent GossipCop news »

Tom Cruise did Not build a "million-dollar underground bunker at his palatial family compound in Beverly Hills," despite a new National Enquirer report. The Enquirer has spent years getting real estate stories about Cruise completely wrong, including the false claims that he was buying an island off New Zealand, purchasing an $8 million "dream house in Hawaii" for daughter Suri, and moving into Larry Hagman's old house. The pattern continues here. »

- Daniel Gates

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Why 'Downton Abbey' Deserves One More Chance

3 January 2015 9:35 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you’re looking for excuses not to watch "Downton Abbey," the show has given you plenty over the course of its four previous seasons.  The show has careened wildly from disappearing heirs, to in flagrant expirations, to its wanton wholesale killing of members of the poor Crawley family; from magically resolved murder plots to unfortunate sex crime subplots. Despite all this, “Downton Abbey” deserves one more chance from those who loved it once, not without cause. It’s flaws have been many but like the old pile the family occupies, its charm stands untouched. To start with "Downton Abbey” may be merely a soap opera but at least it wears its sudsiness on its sleeve. In these days of niche TV,  what falls under the quality-banner is expected to do more than mere story-telling.  A show is considered Highbrow if it  ignores telling stories in favor of brooding, elliptical »

- Richard Rushfield

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