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8 items from 2012


Remember Me: Jack Klugman (1922 – 2012)

26 December 2012 3:28 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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Don't Worry . . . It's Almost Doomsday

19 December 2012 4:57 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Friday is the end of the world, at least if you believe the mysticism that surrounds the final date of the centuries-old Mayan calendar.

Indeed, there's some talk of prepping for doomsday, but America's leading talker on UFOs and unexplained phenomena won't be addressing his millions of followers from a subterranean bunker.

In fact, he's pretty sure life will go on, even if it will be filled with controversy over secret government files on what our leaders truly know about extraterrestrial visitations.

"I'm a staunch believer that, no matter what kind of a roller-coaster of life we may be on, we're gonna be here. It's not going to be rosy or a smooth ride, but we're gonna make it and one of the things I always say is we're in this together, no matter what," said George Noory, host of "Coast to Coast Am," the most listened to overnight radio program in North America, »

- Lee Speigel

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Natalie Haynes's guide to TV detectives: #7 – Dr Mark Sloan

16 April 2012 7:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Diagnosis Murder's Dick Van Dyke is a roller-skating, barbershop-singing global treasure

Before we go any further, let me just explain that this blog will be longer than usual, because Diagnosis Murder is, without any trace of competition, my favourite detective show of all time, bar none, ever. I like it so much that the theme music (by the ever-excellent Dick DeBenedictis – imagine being responsible for the themes of Diagnosis Murder and Perry Mason, and not being an actual saint. Weird) is the ringtone on my phone. Even bad news sounds good when prefaced by that cheery clarinet.

I like the show so much that I am replacing my glass of water on a Diagnosis Murder coaster in between typing sentences (yes, I have four. And they were a Valentine's gift. Envy me). I like it so much that I have a signed photo over my desk of Dick Van Dyke »

- Natalie Haynes

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‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ thematically instructive and totally alluring

27 February 2012 2:43 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Secret World of Arrietty aka Kari-gurashi no Arietti

Written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, based on the novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Japan 2010 imdb

Listen to the Mousterpiece podcast about The Secret World of Arrietty or read Josh’s extended thoughts about the film!

*****

The most astonishing thing about The Secret World of Arrietty is that it took so long for someone to try an animated adaptation of Mary Norton’s beloved award-winning book. Granted, there is a long-standing tradition of shooting films where humans see the world from the perspective of an insect: on film in The Incredible Shrinking Man, the Lily Tomlin remake The Incredible Shrinking Woman, and the Honey I Shrunk the Kids franchise, on TV in Land of the Giants and in the documentary Microcosmos. (Not to mention the various live adaptations of The Borrowers.) But there is something »

- Michael Ryan

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TCM Celebrates 31 Days Of Oscar

1 February 2012 4:49 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Beginning today, TCM.s 31 Days Of Oscar® and host, Robert Osborne are taking viewers on a trip around the world through nearly 350 Academy Award®-nominated and winning films. Throughout the month, TCM will feature movies set in 47 worldwide locations such as Canada (Feb. 2), Germany (Feb. 7), Italy (Feb. 14), Africa (Feb. 15-16), Russia (Feb. 16), Southeast Asia (Feb. 23), the Middle East (Feb. 28), China (Feb. 29), Japan (March 1) and Hawaii (March 1). Sit back and enjoy the adventure!

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is packing its bags and hitting the road for a globe-trotting February packed with the very best in movie entertainment. With each night.s programming set in a different location, the 2012 edition of TCM.s ultra-popular 31 Days Of Oscar® is going to take viewers on a trip around the world through nearly 350 Academy Award®-nominated and winning films. The extraordinary lineup features 25 Best Picture honorees and 30 movies appearing on TCM for the very first time. »

- Michelle McCue

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Lost In Space's Tufeld Dies

24 January 2012 11:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The actor who voiced The Robot from classic 1960s TV show Lost In Space has died at the age of 85.

Character actor Dick Tufeld passed away at a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday after a battle with Parkinson's disease.

Tufeld, a cancer survivor, provided the voice for the sci-fi character from 1965 to 1968.

He also narrated TV episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, The Gallant Men, and 1978's The Fantastic Four, in addition to serving as the opening announcer for 1981's Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

He later reprised the Lost in Space role for the 1998 big screen adaptation, while he also voiced the same character in installments of longrunning cartoon The Simpsons in 1998 and again in 2004.

Paying tribute to Tufeld, his Lost in Space co-star Bill Mumy tells TMZ.com, "Everything just caught up to him. He lost his wife a few years ago and lost his pep (lust for life) after that." »

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'Lost in Space' Robot Actor Dick Tufeld Dies -- Dead at 85

24 January 2012 5:15 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The man who voiced the robot from "Lost in Space" back in the 60s has died.Dick Tufeld died peacefully at an L.A. area hospital -- this according to Dick's "Lost in Space" co-star Bill Mumy.According to Mumy, Tufeld -- a cancer survivor -- suffered from Parkinson's disease. He was 85 years old.Mumy tells us, "Everything just caught up to him" -- adding, "He lost his wife a few years ago and lost his pep after that. »

- TMZ Staff

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DVD and Blu-ray Deal: The Twilight Zone

1 January 2012 9:21 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Twilight Zone: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray or DVD for 69% off the regular price.  That makes the DVD $91.99 and the Blu-ray $152.99. Included are all five seasons (156 episodes) over 28 Discs.  Extras are the Rod Serling bio-documentary, interviews with the show’s writers, the series’ unaired pilot, audio commentaries with Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, Cliff Robertson and much more.  Like all Amazon Gold Box Deals, it’s only for today. Remember, if you spend over $25 dollars you get free shipping.  Hit the jump for more info. Special Features Excerpts from Rod Serlings’s Audio Lectures at Sherwood Oaks Experimental CollegeAudio Commentaries by Martin Landau, Don Rickles, Cliff Robertson, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Berman, Bill Mumy, Leonard Nimoy, Mickey Rooney, Mariette Hartley and more Video Interviews with Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner, Jr. and more Vintage Audio Recollections with Buck Houghton, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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