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This Week’s Wamg Podcast – La La Land, Office Christmas Party, and More

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.

Here’s this week’s show. Have a listen:

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Van Williams obituary

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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Fanatic Feed: TV's Green Hornet Dies, Luke Cage Renewed & More

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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.

Before joining The Green Hornet, Williams played private eyes on Bourbon Street Beat and Surfside 6.

Williams retired from acting altogether in 1982 after guest starring roles in such shows as The Rockford Files and The Streets of San Francisco.

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.

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Van Williams Dies: TV’s ‘Green Hornet’ Was 82

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…
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Van Williams, Star of The Green Hornet, Dies at 82: Report

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Van Williams, Star of The Green Hornet, Dies at 82: Report
Van Williams, star of the 1960s action sci-fi series The Green Hornet, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 82.

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
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Green Hornet's Van Williams Dead at 82

Green Hornet's Van Williams Dead at 82
Van Williams, who played the titular crime-fighter on ABC’s The Green Hornet, has died; he was 82 years old.

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.

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Van Williams, TV’s Green Hornet, Dies at 82

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Van Williams, TV’s Green Hornet, Dies at 82
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.
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Van Williams, TV's Green Hornet, Dies at 82

Van Williams, who portrayed the masked crime-fighter The Green Hornet in a memorable but short-lived companion TV series to Batman in the 1960s, has died. He was 82.

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...
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Gavin O’Connor to direct “edgy” reboot of The Green Hornet

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,
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Warrior & The Accountant Director Gavin O'Connor Set To Helm A Reboot Of The Green Hornet

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
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Kevin Smith writing Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet crossover

Recalling the two part episode "A Piece of the Action" and "Batman's Satisfaction" which brought together Adam West's Batman and Burt Ward's Robin with Van Williams' Green Hornet and Bruce Lee's Kato, DC Comics is set to partner up with Dynamite Entertainment for the comic book crossover Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet.

The 12-part bi-weekly digital-first series will launch in May, with Kevin Smith set to pen the story alongside Ralph Garman, and Ty Templeton handling the art. The series will serve as a "lost" sequel to the 1967 live-action crossover, with the two crimefighting teams once again squaring off against Colonel Gumm, now promoted to General.

"It's like getting to be 5 years old again and tell stories that you would have made up while watching the show as a kid," Smith tells USA Today. "To be able to do it, man, it really does
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Comics On TV: 'Batman '66'

by Ryan Rigley

"I am vengeance. I am the night. I am... Ben Affleck." That's right, folks. Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have officially announced who our next Dark Knight will be and it's neither Josh Brolin nor Ryan Gosling. Apparently, Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck has officially signed a multi-film deal with Warner Bros., meaning he'll play the Caped Crusader in the next few Batman films— including Snyder's "Superman vs. Batman" and the highly-anticipated "Justice League."

So far, reactions to Affleck's new role have been pretty mixed with several online petitions being made to recast the Dark Knight. Lest we forget, there have already been a few different interpretations of Batman throughout the years, including Adam West's Batusi-doing do-gooder. Speaking of which, here's a look back on the super campy, yet super awesome "Batman" TV series from the 60's.

Series Statistics

Network: ABC

Broadcast Date: 1966 - 1968

Seasons: 3

Episodes: 120

In
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Slideshow: Stars Align at ‘The Hollywood Show’ in Chicago

Chicago – One of the most unique happenings in Chicago every year is “The Hollywood Show.” This annual event presents celebrities from TV and film, both from the nostalgic past and the current scene. In September of 2012, the show included Loni Anderson (“Wkrp in Cincinnati”), Oscar Winner Martin Landau and the reunited cast of “Lost in Space,” all meeting fans and signing autographs.

HollywoodChicago.com covered the event, and photographer Joe Arce put the show’s participants in front of the lens. “The Hollywood Show” will be back in Chicago in September, 2013. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

HOLSHOW1: Loni Anderson of ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati.’ HOLSHOW2: Another view of Loni Anderson. HOLSHOW3: Oscar winner Martin Landau of ‘Ed Wood’ and ‘The Majestic.’ HOLSHOW4:
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First Look at Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in ‘The Lone Ranger’

Here’s an image that will stick with you for a bit. It’s Tonto (Johnny Depp, The Rum Diary) and The Lone Ranger, John Reid (Armie Hammer, Mirror Mirror) in what is the first image released of Disney and Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger to be directed by Gore Verbinski. Yes, the team that brought you Pirates of the Caribbean. The description of the lead characters are as follows: Tonto is a spirit warrior on a personal quest, joins forces in a fight for justice with John Reid, a lawman who has become a masked avenger.

If there’s some hesitation as to the angle this remake is going to go, the first Pirates was a lot of fun. Also John Carter is a good film, made especially for those aware of the romantic science fiction and space exploration when the stories were originally conceived by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
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Green Hornet Williams Suffers Heart Attack

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Green Hornet Williams Suffers Heart Attack
The man who played the masked Green Hornet on TV in the 1960s has opened up about his recent health emergency after suffering a heart attack in his remote Idaho home.

Actor Van Williams had to be airlifted to hospital after falling ill on 3 October - just five days before he was scheduled to attend a movie and TV convention in Hollywood.

Williams, who played Britt Reid on TV, tells the Globe, "I had a heart attack. If they hadn't gotten me there (to hospital), they don't know what would have happened."

The 77 year old adds, "I was trying to install a battery when I felt a huge pain in my chest. It was the most intensive pain I've ever had. I could barely move, but I staggered over to where I could alert my wife and she ended up calling 911."

The actor was flown to a Twin Falls medical centre, where medics treated him for a blocked artery.

Williams was released from hospital after a few days and he is now back at home recovering.

Rogen Wanted Original Hornet To Cameo In Movie

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Rogen Wanted Original Hornet To Cameo In Movie
Seth Rogen wanted original Green Hornet Van Williams to make a cameo appearance in his new big screen blockbuster, but the 1960s TV star was scheduled for a medical procedure and unable to join the cast.

The Knocked Up funnyman appears in the new film as Britt Reid, the playboy son of a wealthy media mogul who eventually transforms into a superhero - the character Williams played over 40 years ago in the small screen series of the same name.

The actor was keen to bring Williams on board, but when producers eventually tracked the 76 year old down, they discovered he was unavailable for the job because of ongoing medical treatment.

Rogen tells the New York Daily News, "We tried to get him (Williams) involved in the movie in some capacity, to do a cameo or something, and we were never able to get him. I think we finally tracked where he was, but I think he was having a medical operation."

Film review: The Green Hornet

Not all superhero flicks have to be brooding and joyless. In the same year that audiences were wowed by the sinister tones of The Dark Knight, we were also treated to the much lighter touch of Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man.

Last year saw comic book adaptations Kick-Ass and Scott Pilgrim vs The World take a quirky and sometimes satirical route to the screen, but without much box office success.

With that in mind, it seemed pretty obvious that Seth Rogen's tendency for dorky comedy would put his new film The Green Hornet in the fun category, but is it a winner or a loser?

Rogen plays feckless playboy Britt Reid in this tale based on the character who debuted in a 1930s radio series and went on to appear in a 60s TV show (starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee) and numerous comic books.

The film follows
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Actors We Miss: Bruce Lee

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Despite completing only four films (a fifth, 'Game of Death,' was never finished), one season of 'The Green Hornet' TV series in the mid-1960s, and a handful of minor film and TV roles, Bruce Lee left an indelible mark on moviegoers and film history. Lee died at the age of 32 from an allergic reaction to medication only days before the premiere of the Hollywood studio-financed 'Enter the Dragon.' He didn't get the chance to see 'Enter the Dragon' become a major commercial hit, based primarily on his star-making turn, or the long-lasting pop culture influence his last film would have on Western audiences, including countless imitations on film and related media (e.g., Marvel Comics' Shang Chi character), and a renewed (if not just new) curiosity in studying Asian martial arts.

Born in San Francisco, but raised in Hong Kong,
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Actors We Miss: Bruce Lee

Actors We Miss: Bruce Lee
Filed under: Features, Cinematical

Despite completing only four films (a fifth, 'Game of Death,' was never finished), one season of 'The Green Hornet' TV series in the mid-1960s, and a handful of minor film and TV roles, Bruce Lee left an indelible mark on moviegoers and film history. Lee died at the age of 32 from an allergic reaction to medication only days before the premiere of the Hollywood studio-financed 'Enter the Dragon.' He didn't get the chance to see 'Enter the Dragon' become a major commercial hit, based primarily on his star-making turn, or the long-lasting pop culture influence his last film would have on Western audiences, including countless imitations on film and related media (e.g., Marvel Comics' Shang Chi character), and a renewed (if not just new) curiosity in studying Asian martial arts.

Born in San Francisco, but raised in Hong Kong,
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