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5 items from 2015


‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

4 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs, »

- Carmel Dagan

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

4 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Ben Affleck Honored by Writers Guild With Valentine Davies Award

14 January 2015 3:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America West has selected Ben Affleck to receive the 2015 Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts and service to the global community.

Affleck will be honored at the WGA Awards ceremony on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Ben Affleck needs no introduction here,” said WGA West president Chris Keyser. “Yet this Oscar-winning screenwriter – twice nominated for Writers Guild Awards – and much-lauded actor-director-producer has somehow found the time to become an engaged leader in humanitarian causes here and abroad.”

“Perhaps most crucially, Affleck founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, a grant-making and advocacy group that works toward an eastern Congo with opportunities for economic and social development and the flourishing of a robust civil society,” Keyser added. “Affleck has traveled extensively in support of these initiatives with energy, commitment, intelligence and effectiveness, devoting large amounts of time and presence. And in doing so, »

- Dave McNary

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Wgaw To Honor The Late Harold Ramis With Screen Laurel Award

13 January 2015 10:23 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Writers Guild of America, West has chosen late screenwriter-director-actor-producer Harold Ramis to receive its Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, awarded to a Writers Guild member who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter. Erica Mann Ramis and family will accept the award on Ramis’ behalf at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14. Harold Ramis  passed away on February 24, 2014 at the age of 69. From today’s announcement:

Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy. His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters, Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways. His unrealized projects – an adaptation of Confederacy of Dunces, a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with »

- Denise Petski

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Woody Allen to create Amazon TV show

13 January 2015 7:26 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Woody Allen is coming back to television, signing a deal to create a series for Amazon Studios, where he will write and direct every episode. Amazon's press release didn't have much more info on what's for now referred to as "Untitled Woody Allen Project," save that the series will, of course, premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime in the Us, UK and Germany. “Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time, and it’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series,” Amazon Studios vice-president Roy Price said in a statement. “From 'Annie Hall' to 'Blue Jasmine,' Woody has been at the creative forefront of American cinema and we couldn’t be more excited to premiere his first TV series exclusively on Prime Instant Video next year.”  "I don’t know how I got into this," Allen added in the statement. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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