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Disney’s Alan Horn Uses Low-Key Approach, Keen Creative Vision to Find Hits of the Future

If Disney’s Burbank headquarters suggests the look of a whimsical, post-modern Parthenon, with columns styled as giant “Snow White” dwarves, then a sixth-floor screening room might be the building’s most sacred shrine. At least to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

It’s to a modest, three-row theater that the man who oversees Disney’s hit-making factory retreats to get an early look at the would-be blockbuster movies of tomorrow, from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Captain America: Civil War” to “The Jungle Book” and “Finding Dory.” Horn comes to the theater carrying only two possessions: a totemic brand of pencil (more on that later) and a notepad. “I get to look at the very, very first cut,” he says, pausing to relish the thought. “That is heaven for me.”

The humble trappings belie the status of one of the most powerful figures in media. His position at the forefront of U.
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Veterans of Cancelled TV Shows That We Lost in March 2009

We were forced to say goodbye to several veterans of the TV shows from the past. Some are well known to the public and some are not. Either way, the medium of television wouldn't be the same without their contributions.

They include Ron Silver (Chicago Hope, Law & Order, Crossing Jordan, Rhoda, and The West Wing), Alan Livingston (creator of Bozo The Clown), Morton Lachman (The Red Skelton Show, Sanford, All In The Family, Gimme A Break, and Kate & Allie), Millard Kaufman (Mister Magoo), Harry Harris (Fame, Gunsmoke, Kung Fu, Lost In Space, Hawaii Five-o, Falcon Crest, and 7th Heaven, and Andy Hallett (Angel, Buffy The Vampire Slayer). Here are the details...

Ron Silver, 62, passed away on March 15th after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. A veteran of many movies (Reversal Of Fortune) and Broadway plays (Speed the Plow), television audiences know the talented actor from Chicago Hope, Law & Order,
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Hope's Joke Man Lachman Dies Three Days Before His 90th Birthday

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Hope's Joke Man Lachman Dies Three Days Before His 90th Birthday
Comedy great Bob Hope's Emmy Award-winning joke writer, Morton Lachman, has died in Los Angeles.

The writer/comedian spent two decades laughing with Hope before becoming a TV sitcom producer and taking charge of beloved U.S. shows like All in the Family and Kate & Allie. He also wrote, directed and produced variety show The Red Skelton Hour and comedies Sanford and That’s My Mama.

Lachman co-wrote the family film Yours, Mine & Ours, and his jokes were told at 11 Oscar ceremonies and six Grammy Awards shows.

He won two Emmys - for All In The Family in 1971 and The Girl Who Couldn't Lose in 1975.

Lachman died at UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday - three days before his 90th birthday.

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