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This week’s episode of our podcast We Are Movie Geeks The Show is up! Hear Wamg’s Cate Marquis, Jim Batts and Tom Stockman talk movies. We’ll discuss the weekend box office and review La La Land, Office Christmas Party, Frank & Lola, and Collateral Beauty. We’ll takl bout the Golden Globe Awards nominations and the St. Louis Film Critics Assassination nominations and we’ll pay tribute to the late Van Williams.
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Actor who played the Green Hornet in the Us television series of the 1960s
The actor Van Williams, who has died aged 82, achieved brief fame as the masked comic-book hero the Green Hornet in the 1960s Us television series of the same name. As Britt Reid, a playboy media mogul who owns a newspaper and TV station, he was seen transforming into his alter ego to tackle criminals with hand-to-hand combat and two deadly weapons, a gas gun and the Hornet’s Sting sonic blaster. He was aided by Bruce Lee (in his first TV role) as Kato, his valet and martial arts expert, and Black Beauty, a customised Chrysler Crown Imperial sedan fitted with infra-green headlights, hood-mounted machine guns, a grille-mounted flame thrower and Stinger missiles stashed in the bumpers.
Unfortunately for Williams, the masked vigilante – created for radio in the 30s by George Trendle and Fran Striker – was »
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Boy Culture Hunky Van Williams, discovered by Liz Taylor of people, who came to fame on TV's The Green Hornet has died at 82. His last movie role was as homage to his friend and co-star Bruce Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
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- NATHANIEL R
The news today includes some premiere dates, a renewal, and an announcement of an awards host.
But first, a bit of sad news.
TV's Green Hornet, Van Williams, died at the age of 82.
The short-lived series aired as a companion to Batman in the 1960s. One of the things that made the series memorable was hailed martial artist Bruce Lee playing the manservant, Kato, to Britt Reid, the editor/publisher who masqueraded as the Green Hornet.
He's survived by his wife of 57 years, Vicki, and three daughters, Nina, Tia and Britt.
Just 12 weeks before the Oscars telecast, Jimmy Kimmel has been chosen to host the 2017 Academy Awards presentation on ABC.
- Carissa Pavlica
Van Williams, known for his starring role as the Green Hornet (aka Britt Reid), in the 1960s TV show, died November 28 in Scottsdale, Ariz., of kidney failure, according to Variety. He was 82. Williams was a diving instructor in Hawaii in the mid 1950s when he was discovered by producer Mike Todd. He was first signed to contract by Warner Bros. in 1959, with his big break coming that same year as co-star of ABC series Bourbon Street Beat. The New Orleans-set series aired… »
Born Van Zandt Jarvis Williams on Feb. 27, 1934 in Forth Worth, Texas, the actor passed away Nov. 29 of kidney failure in Scottsdale, Arizona where he lived with his wife of 57 years, Vicki Flaxman Richards.
Williams grew up on a ranch outside Fort Worth and later studied animal husbandry and business at Texas Christian University. When he and his father wrangled over ranch policy, Van lit out for the wide open spaces of Hawaii in 1956. It was there, while working as »
Williams died Nov. 29 of kidney failure at his Scottsdale home, his wife Vicki told The Hollywood Reporter. He starred as newspaper publisher Britt Reid in the 1966-67 action series, which was an offshoot of the Adam West Batman series. Reid donned a fedora and a mask to fight crime at night as the Green Hornet, alongside his trusty sidekick Kato, played by martial-arts legend Bruce Lee.
Van Williams, who played the title character in the 1960s TV series “The Green Hornet,” has died at age 82, according to media reports. The actor died of renal failure in Scottsdale, Ariz., on November 28. Before his career-defining role as the fedora-wearing playboy superhero, the handsome 6-footer starred as bachelor private eye Kenny Madison on “Bourbon Street Beat.” He then reprised the same role for “Surfside 6.” The actor would eventually hang it up as the 1970s gave way to the ’80s. Also Read: Andrew Sachs, 'Fawlty Towers' Star, Dies at 86 (Report) “The Green Hornet” was launched as a companion series to “Batman. »
- Tony Maglio
“He had a wonderful, caring, and kind heart,” his wife of 57 years, Vicki Williams, told Variety. “He was a wonderful husband, he was a fabulous father, and a devoted grandfather.”
Williams was a diving instructor in Hawaii when he was discovered in 1957 by producer Mike Todd, who was married to Elizabeth Taylor at the time. Williams was persuaded to come to Hollywood and try his hand at acting, and earned his big break on the ABC private detective show “Bourbon Street Beat.” He played Ken Madison, a character he later recycled for another detective show, “Surfside 6.”
In 1966, Williams signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to star in “The Green Hornet” as both the titular masked crusader and his newspaper editor alter ego, Britt Reid. He was ably supported by his martial arts master sidekick »
- Will Thorne and Maane Khatchatourian
The actor, who earlier played bachelor private eye Kenny Madison on two Warner Bros. Television detective series, Bourbon Street Beat and Surfside 6, died Nov. 29 of kidney failure at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., his wife of 57 years, Vicki, told The Hollywood Reporter. He had just one kidney since he was 25, she said.
In The Green Hornet, an adaptation of the radio serial that debuted in the »
- Mike Barnes
Paramount Pictues has set The Accountant helmer Gavin O’Connor to direct a big screen reboot of The Green Hornet, which “will overhaul the image of Britt Reid into an edgy protagonist capable of being the catalyst for a new franchise.”
Created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, The Green Hornet follows Britt Reid, wealthy publisher by day and vigilante by night, who fights crime with his sidekick and confidant Kato. Launching as a radio serial in the 1930s, The Green Hornet was adapted as a TV series in 18966, starring Van Williams as Britt Reid and Bruce Lee as Kato. After many years in development, a Green Hornet movie was released in 2011, with Michel Gondry directing Seth Rogen and Jay Chou as the two masked crime-fighters.
“I’ve been wanting to make this movie — and create this franchise — since I’ve wanted to make movies,” said O’Connor. “As a kid, »
- Gary Collinson
Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures & Chernin Entertainment have acquired the rights to The Green Hornet and have started preliminary work on developing a reboot with Gavin O'Connor (Warrior; The Accountant) attached to direct. O'Connor, who admits to being a massive Green Hornet fan growing up, will also serve as a producer alongside Chernin Entertainment and will work closely with screenwriter Sean O'Keefe on crafting the film's script. Unlike the original '60s series, which starred Van Williams as Britt Reid & Bruce Lee as Kato, or the 2011 action/comedy, which starred Seth Rogen (Sausage Party) & Jay Chou (Now You See Me 2) in the lead roles, the reboot is expected to be a more edgy, more badass take on the classic crime-fighter with the hopes of turning the series into a new franchise for the studio. In a lengthy statement, which you can read in full Here, O'Connor described the »
12 items from 2016
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