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Peter Vaughan, ‘Game of Thrones’ Star, Dies at 93

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Peter Vaughan, ‘Game of Thrones’ Star, Dies at 93
Peter Vaughan, who played Nights Watch brother Maester Aemon on “Game of Thrones,” died on Tuesday at age 93. His agent Sally Long-Innes confirmed the news in a statement to the BBC, saying, “This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10:30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.” Vaughan was best known to American audiences for playing the blind maester for five seasons on “Game of Thrones,” but he has been well known to British audiences for decades. He began appearing on TV as early as the 1950s. Also Read: Margaret Whitton,
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Margaret Whitton Dies: ‘Major League’ Actress & Producer-Director Was 67

Update Tuesday morning with more details. Margaret Whitton, the actress, director and producer who is probably best know for playing the money-grubbing owner of the Cleveland Indians in two Major League movies, died December 4 at home in Palm Beach, Florida after a battle with cancer. She was 67. Her death was confirmed to Deadline by her business partner Steven Tabakin. Her film credits include The Secret Of My Success, 9 1/2 Weeks and Mel Gibson’s Man Without A Face…
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Margaret Whitton Dies: ‘Major League’ Actress & Producer-Director Was 67

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Margaret Whitton Dies: ‘Major League’ Actress & Producer-Director Was 67
Update Tuesday morning with more details. Margaret Whitton, the actress, director and producer who is probably best know for playing the money-grubbing owner of the Cleveland Indians in two Major League movies, died December 4 at home in Palm Beach, Florida after a battle with cancer. She was 67. Her death was confirmed to Deadline by her business partner Steven Tabakin. Her film credits include The Secret Of My Success, 9 1/2 Weeks and Mel Gibson’s Man Without A Face…
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Newswire: R.I.P. Margaret Whitton, Major League actress

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As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, actress Margaret Whitton—best known for playing Cleveland Indians owner Rachel Phelps in the Major League movies—has died following what a friend described as a “brief battle with cancer.” Apparently, her illness came on so suddenly that she was still developing new projects as recently as a few months ago. Whitton was 67.

Born in Philadelphia in 1950, her first acting gigs were in plays in New York. She made her Broadway debut in 1982’s Steaming, where she and Judith Ivey both appeared nude as patrons of a women’s Turkish bath. Though she had small parts in films and TV shows, her first regular acting role outside of the theater was on CBS’s short-lived drama series Hometown, which was a loose adaptation of The Big Chill.

Whitton began to get more prominent movie roles after that, appearing in 9 1 ...
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Margaret Whitton -- 'Major League' Star Dies at 67

  • TMZ
Margaret Whitton -- who played Indians owner Rachel Phelps in "Major League" -- has died at age 67. She died peacefully at her home in Florida after a brief battle with cancer, this according to The Hollywood Reporter. Whitton was Great in the 'Major League' movies -- playing an owner rooting against her team so she could relocate 'em from Cleveland to Miami. Her most memorable scene ... when she crashed the Indians locker room when Lou Brown
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Margaret Whitton, ‘Major League’ Actress and Film Director, Dies at 67

Margaret Whitton, best known for her role as Rachel Phelps in the “Major League” films, died peacefully in her Palm Beach, Fla., home on Sunday after a short battle with cancer. She was 67.

Producer Steven Tabakin, who co-founded Tashtego Films with the late actress and her husband, Warren Spector, in 2008, confirmed Whitton’s death to Variety.

Born in Philadelphia, Whitton’s first gigs included her off-Broadway debut in 1973 in “Baba Goya,” followed by her Broadway introduction in Nell Dunn’s “Steaming” in 1983. Her first major screen role came in 1986, portraying Molly in “9 1/2 Weeks,” alongside Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. She then landed lead roles in films such as “The Secret of My Success” and “Ironweed,” before starring in the critically-acclaimed “Major League” and its sequel, “Major League II,” as Rachel Phelps, a former showgirl who inherits the Cleveland Indians following her husband’s death.

On the small screen, Whitton appeared
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Margaret Whitton, ‘Secret of My Success’ Actress, Dies at 67

  • The Wrap
Margaret Whitton, ‘Secret of My Success’ Actress, Dies at 67
Margaret Whitton, known for her roles in 1980s hit comedies “Major League” and “The Secret of My Success,” has died at the age of 67. She had a short battle with cancer and died peacefully on Sunday in her Palm Beach, Fla. home, her friend and producing partner Steven Tabakin told TheWrap. Whitton worked with Tabakin at their Tashtego Films company where she was developing projects up until a few months ago. Also Read: Charlie Sheen Gets His Wish, Is Going to World Series to Cheer on Indians Her body of acting work spanned three decades. One of her final film roles was.
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Margaret Whitton, 'Major League' Movie Actress, Dies at 67

Margaret Whitton, 'Major League' Movie Actress, Dies at 67
Margaret Whitton, the actress perhaps best known for portraying Rachel Phelps, the Las Vegas showgirl turned owner of the Cleveland Indians, in the two Major League movies, has died. She was 67.

Whitton died peacefully at her home in Palm Beach, Fla., on Sunday after a brief battle with cancer, Steven Tabakin, her friend and producing partner in Tashtego Films, told The Hollywood Reporter. She had been actively developing projects until a few months ago, he said.

The red-haired star also appeared in such films as 9 1/2 Weeks (1986), opposite Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger; The Secret of My Success...
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Margaret Whitton, 'Major League' Movie Actress, Dies at 67

Margaret Whitton, the actress perhaps best known for portraying Rachel Phelps, the Las Vegas showgirl turned owner of the Cleveland Indians, in the two Major League movies, has died. She was 67.

Whitton died peacefully at her home in Palm Beach, Fla., on Sunday after a brief battle with cancer, Steven Tabakin, her friend and producing partner in Tashtego Films, told The Hollywood Reporter. She had been actively developing projects until a few months ago, he said.

The red-haired star also appeared in such films as 9 1/2 Weeks (1986), opposite Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger; The Secret of My Success...
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DVD Review – The Secret of My Success (1987)

The Secret of My Success, 1987.

Directed by Herbert Ross.

Starring Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, Margaret Whitton, John Pankow, Fred Gwynne.

Synopsis:

A college kid from Kansas moves to New York and blags his way to the top of a multinational corporation, falling in love along the way.

For a few years during the mid-to-late 1980s you couldn’t really get away from Michael J. Fox as the fresh-faced young actor seemed to be everywhere, appearing in several successful movies alongside his regular TV role in sitcom Family Ties. But in between his breakout movie role in Back to the Future and critical acclaim in more serious material like the Vietnam drama Casualties of War there was The Secret of My Success, a comedy that doesn’t always get the same recognition as Fox’s other hits but is probably worth another look if it has been a while.
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'Major League 3' Still in the Works Says Tom Berenger

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'Major League 3' Still in the Works Says Tom Berenger
When Major League came out back in 1989, baseball was one of the main focal points of my young life and, suffice it to say, I watched the movie constantly, almost obsessively. Over the past few years, there has been talk of the original cast getting back together for Major League 3. This is not to be confused with 1998's Major League III: Back to the Minors, which only featured two original cast members, Corbin Bernsen and Dennis Haysbert. Charlie Sheen even said in 2011 that he wants Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson to be his pitching coach.

I recently had the chance to speak with Tom Berenger, who played catcher Jake Taylor in Major League and Major League II, about the prospect of doing Major League 3. Here's what he had to say below.

"You know, I talked to David S. Ward, and he's trying to get that going. He
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Oscar Snub? Supporting Actress 1987

Witches of Eastwick 25th anniversary week ends this weekend. I intended to do much more but we'll see what little can be conjured still.

Cherries, Oatmeal, Satan and her weak husband just make her sick!

Film Experience Trivia: Veronica Cartwright was the star of the very first episode of Craig's "Take Three" series right here (well, at the old location) in 2010. He spotlighted her work in three genre pieces (Alien in which she was originally cast as Ripley (!!!) , Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Witches of Eastwick) concluding that she is the sci-fi-horror scream queen. On Witches:

Cartwright's skill at creating profoundly memorable characters is none more evident than in Witches: you see the very bile rise up in Felicia's face; she vehemently means every word in her religious rants, summoning up as she does some kind of wicked, wrathful acting goddess. With cherry-scented vomit (or even hospital oatmeal) smeared ungainly across her mouth,
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Romantic Comedy A Bird Of The Air, To Be Released April 10th On DVD/VOD

Freestyle Digital Media LLC (Fdm) has acquired all rights North America (excluding Us theatrical) for director Margaret Whitton.s colorful romantic comedy A Bird Of The Air from Tashtego Films LLC. Based on Joe Coomer.s acclaimed novel The Loop, the film stars Jackson Hurst (.Drop Dead Diva.) and Rachel Nichols (.Conan the Barbarian.), and is from an adaptation by screenwriter Roger Towne. Produced by Steven Tabakin and Margaret Whitton, and executive produced by Warren Spector, the film will debut on April 10, 2012. A Bird Of The Air was theatrically released in the USA by Paladin in the fall of 2011.

A mysterious parrot brings Fiona (Rachel Nichols) into the nighttime world of Lyman (Jackson Hurst), a quiet loner who works on the highway helping stranded motorists. When a talkative parrot flies into his trailer, Lyman becomes obsessed with returning the bird to its owner, leading him to Fiona, a determined librarian
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A Bird of the Air Movie Review

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A Bird of the Air Movie Review
Title: A Bird of the Air Director: Margaret Whitton Starring: Jackson Hurst, Rachel Nichols, Linda Emond, Buck Henry, Judith Ivey, Erik Jensen, Matte OsianA Bird of the Air,” based on the novel “The Loop” by Joe Coomer, represents an unexpected boon to the judgment of Matthew McConaughey. After all, the naked drumming aficionado was attached to star in the movie adaptation for some time, back when he and “Sahara” costar Penelope Cruz were keeping each other warm. The financing never came together, however, and he backed out. Other possible filmmaking combinations came and went before a decidedly more indie route was eventually settled upon, years later, in the form...
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5 Questions with Rachel Nichols

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You probably recognize Rachel Nichols from her roles in numerous adventure flicks (no shame in that), because she's stood out in movies like "Star Trek," "Conan" and "G.I. Joe." But this action hero is about to embark on one of her toughest challenges yet: the romantic comedy.

Nichols' latest film, "A Bird of the Air," favors quiet subtext over CGI effects (well, except for one opinionated parrot), and a quirky librarian stalker (that's Nichols) over cliché chance encounters. Playing opposite the nearly silent Jackson Hurst, Nichols reminds us that a little crazy goes a long way.

We got the dirt on what enticed Nichols to play a character whom the audience hates, whether she'll ever get the Vulcan salute again and what's up with those rumors about Poison Ivy.

This is quite a departure from some of your recent films. What made you want to make this movie?

Well,
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In Her Own Words | Margaret Whitton Shares a Scene From "A Bird of the Air"

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In Her Own Words | Margaret Whitton Shares a Scene From
Below director Margaret Whitton shares a scene from her feature directorial debut, "A Bird of the Air." The romantic dramedy comes out in limited release this Friday, September 23. On the surface, "A Bird of the Air" is about how a solitary man (Jackson Hurst) has his life upended by the arrival of a sassy parrot and a free-spirited librarian. The mystery of the parrot’s origins becomes the motor of ...
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Two A Bird of the Air Clips

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Two A Bird of the Air Clips
Rachel Nichols and Jackson Hurst star in director Margaret Whitton's romantic drama A Bird of the Air, which hits select theaters this Friday, September 23rd. We have two clips from the movie, which follows a lonely graveyard shift courtesy patrol officer who becomes obsessed with finding the owner of a lost parrot (the late Oscar the Parrot). Check out these two scenes below.

Click to watch Heard You Got a Parrot!

Click to watch Come on the Canine!

A Bird of the Air comes to theaters September 23rd, 2011 and stars Rachel Nichols, Jackson Hurst, Anjanette Comer, Linda Emond, Buck Henry, Judith Ivey, Erik Jensen, Kaiulani Lee. The film is directed by Margaret Whitton.
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Rachel Nichols Takes Flight in A Bird of the Air

Rachel Nichols is best known to audiences for her supporting roles in gargantuan blockbusters like the green Orion Gaila in Star Trek , Scarlett in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra , and the recent Conan the Barbarian reboot. She's doing a complete 180 for the new indie feature A Bird of the Air , a small, intimate comedy-drama about two misfit souls who meet and bond around a parrot. She co-stars with Jackson Hurst and is directed by actress Margaret Whitton. We had a lively, exclusive chat with the hot young actress (and Maxim covergirl) about male vs. female stalkers, her reading habits, and the currently-filming I, Alex Cross in which she co-stars with Tyler Perry. ComingSoon.net: You've done some big behemoth movies lately. How much of a relief was it to go and do a...
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Exclusive Clip: Rachel Nichols And Jackson Hurst In A Bird Of The Air

Can a parrot have a personality? And at that, a personality that can change your life? That's the idea, at least, behind A Bird of the Air, the new romantic comedy starring Rachel Nichols and Jackson Hurst. We've got an exclusive clip from the film, in which the two actors undertake a mission to find the owner of the wayward parrot; the mission is a little complicated, though, because Nichols's Fiona insists on bringing her beloved basset hound to the records department to do it. If you want to know more you can visit the official site and also check out the film's synopsis below. A Bird of the Air, directed by Margaret Whitton, opens in theaters on September 23. A sassy parrot and a free-spirited librarian upend the well-ordered life of a solitary man. Lyman (Jackson Hurst) is a loner, ...
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Exclusive Clip: Rachael Nichols And Jackson Hurst In A Bird Of The Air

Can a parrot have a personality? And at that, a personality that can change your life? That's the idea, at least, behind A Bird of the Air, the new romantic comedy starring Rachael Nichols and Jackson Hurst. We've got an exclusive clip from the film, in which the two actors undertake a mission to find the owner of the wayward parrot; the mission is a little complicated, though, because Nichols's Fiona insists on bringing her beloved basset hound to the records department to do it. If you want to know more you can visit the official site and also check out the film's synopsis below. A Bird of the Air, directed by Margaret Whitton, opens in theaters on September 23. A sassy parrot and a free-spirited librarian upend the well-ordered life of a solitary man. Lyman (Jackson Hurst) is a loner, ...
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