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Richard Davalos, ‘East of Eden’ Actor, Dies at 85

Richard Davalos, ‘East of Eden’ Actor, Dies at 85
Actor Richard Davalos died Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He was 85.

Davalos approached stardom in the ’50s and ’60s when he played James Dean’s brother Aron in “East of Eden” and convict Blind Dick in “Cool Hand Luke.” While working on “East of Eden,” Davalos and Dean roomed together in a Burbank apartment. His other credits include: “I Died a Thousand Times,” “All the Young Men,” “The Cabinet of Caligari,” “Pit Stop,” “Kelly’s Heroes,” “Brother, Cry for Me,” “Hot Stuff,” “Death Hunt,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “Ninja Cheerleaders.”

In the ’90s, Davalos gained a measure of pop music fame by appearing on the covers of multiple albums for the Smiths. He appears in the album art for “Strangeways,” “Here We Come,” “Best…I” and “…Best II.”

He was the father of actress Elyssa Davalos and musician Dominique Davalos and the grandfather of actress Alexa Davalos,
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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again’

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

Directed by Vincent McEveety

Written by Don Tait

Starring Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Tim Matheson, Elyssa Davalos

I feel like I’m going to turn into a broken record, writing these columns, before the podcast even gets to its 100th episode. I keep coming back to the notion of nostalgia, to whether there is a great amount of inherent value in appreciating something from the past, simply because you liked it in the past. It’s not that I don’t have nostalgia for things I cherished in my childhood, it’s that I don’t let that guide me. For example, though I won’t be writing an extended-thoughts column solely dedicated to it, I imagine the idea of nostalgia will be very strong in relation to the new Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph, which takes place in a fictional video-game arcade with some
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‘Herbie Goes Bananas’ has a Bad Reputation

Herbie Goes Bananas

Written by Don Tait, based on the novel Car, Boy, Girl by Gordon Buford

Directed By Vincent McEveety

USA, 1980, imdb

Listen to our Mousterpiece Cinema Herbie Goes Bananas podcast or read Josh‘s extended thoughts about the film.

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Some films acquire a bad reputation that sticks like a bad smell, driving potential viewers away before they ever see it. Everyone knows that Alien³ and Alien Resurrection are terrible even especially those who have never seen the film. This fate happens particularly to notorious bombs – especially to films that (temporarily) kill off franchises. There is a perverse feedback loop in place, the film bombed because no one went to see it, and since the film bombed it must be terrible, so no one wants to watch it.

But this is confusing quality with popularity. They can be linked, but films bombing may result from any number of factors
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MacGyver: Another TV Show Heads to the Big Screen

There are plans afoot to make yet another big-screen movie based on a popular cancelled TV show. This time around, it's MacGyver. Will this one fare any better than the rest?

MacGyver revolves around Angus MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson), a intelligent action hero who prefers to utilize everyday items to get out of tough situations. He works for the Phoenix Foundation under the command of operative Pete Thornton (Dana Elcar). Recurring characters are played by Bruce McGill, Michael Des Barres, Elyssa Davalos, Robin Mossley, Susan Chapple, John Anderson, Teri Hatcher, Robert Donner, Dale Wilson, Bruce Harwood, Claire Brown, and Jackson Davies.

MacGyver has endured the test of time so the character's been revived several times. In 1994, he returned in "Lost Treasure of Atlantis" and "Trail to Doomsday".

Back in 2003, the WB network developed a pilot for a Young MacGyver series that starred Jared Padalecki (Supernatural) as MacGyver's nephew and protege,
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