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‘Towering Inferno’ Director John Guillermin Dies at 89

30 September 2015 7:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director John Guillermin, known for “The Towering Inferno” and the 1976 “King Kong,” died Sunday at his home in the Topanga Canyon area of Los Angeles. He was 89.

His friend Nick Redman of Twilight Time Movies, which released several of his films on DVD, confirmed his death. On Facebook, Guillermin’s wife Mary called her husband “sensitive and passionate, full of a fierce rapture himself.”

The British director had been active for decades beginning in the late 1940s. His directing credits include 1976’s “King Kong” starring Jessica Lange, “Death on the Nile,” “The Blue Max” and “Shaft in Africa.”

The Towering Inferno,” released in 1974, won Oscars for original song, film editing and cinematography, in addition to Golden Globes for Fred Astaire and Susan Flannery. The film starred Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden and Faye Dunaway.

Guillermin also was a writer and producer on “Melody in the Dark, “High Jinks in Society” and “Paper Gallows. »

- Variety Staff

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Daytime Emmys predictions: Users say Allison Sweeney ('Days') will take Best Actress

18 March 2015 5:13 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Even though she's never been nominated before, Alison Sweeney ("Days of Our Lives") is the frontrunner to win Best Actress at the Daytime Emmys according to our Top 24 Users, who were the highest scorers predicting last year's nominations. 14 of them expect a victory for Sweeney, who left "Days" in 2014 after 21 years on the series. They give her 23/10 odds. -Break- Daytime Emmys predictions: Anthony Geary ('Gh') will win eighth Best Actor title Sweeney would be only the third leading lady from "Days" to win. Eileen Davidson was also overdue when she took Best Actress last year, but before that, "Days" hadn't won since 1975, when Susan Flannery prevailed. Is the NBC soap at the start of a hot streak, or will the show have another long wait before winning again? Sweeney's top competitors are both two-time winners of the category. Four top users say Heather Tom will win for "T..." »

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