2 items from 2012
For most, Jacob “Jack” Klugman’s defining role was Oscar Madison, the quintessential white collar guy with a blue collar New York sensibility – loud, oafish, impulsive, a compulsive gambler and an inveterate slob – on the TV series adaptation of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, which ran on ABC 1970-75. Those among the Aarp crowd who like their vintage 1970s cop shows – stuff like Cannon, McCloud, Barnaby Jones, MacMillan and Wife — might also have fond remembrances of Klugman in Quincy M.E. (1976-1983) as a pushy, passionate medical examiner – who was also, at times, loud, oafish, impulsive, a compulsive gambler and a bit of a slob.
But when I heard Klugman had passed away on Christmas Eve, what flashed through my mind was the singular appropriateness of his passing on such a spirit-filled day, because my favorite onscreen memories of the actor were his four appearances on The Twilight Zone. What was the tie for me? »
- Bill Mesce
Amy Berg's West of Memphis Amy Berg's documentary West of Memphis, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, reports EW.com. The film depicts the efforts to exonerate the West Memphis Three — Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. — who were convicted of the murder of three boys in Arkansas. All three were recently released from prison after having served nearly two decades behind bars. In addition to good reviews and the continuing controversy surrounding the case — some insist the men are guilty; others call their conviction a gross miscarriage of justice and an indictment against the American justice system — West of Memphis had a couple of other good selling points: it was produced by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and frequent partner Fran Walsh, and it doesn't hurt »
- Anna Robinson
2 items from 2012
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