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‘Benson’ Star James Noble Dies at 94

29 March 2016 7:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Noble, best known for his role as Governor Eugene Gatling on “Benson,” died on Monday in Connecticut, The New York Times reports. He was 94.

The actor died at Norwalk Hospital after suffering a stroke.

Noble — born in Dallas, Texas, on March 5, 1922 — began his stage career in the 1949 Broadway production of “The Velvet Glove.” The actor went on to play John Hancock in the musical “1776” and portrayed Reverend John Witherspoon in its 1972 movie adaptation.

Noble played absent-minded Gov. Gatling for seven seasons on the hit 1980s ABC sitcom “Benson,” which focused on his character’s relationship with Robert Guillaume’s Benson DuBois.

His TV credits also included episodes of “The Love Boat,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Law & Order,” and the soap operas “One Life to Live,” “Another World,” “The Brighter Day,” “As the World Turns,” “The Doctors” and “A World Apart.” He also appeared in the films “One Summer Love” (1976), “10” (1979), “Promises in the Dark »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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The Greasy Strangler | 2016 Sundance Film Festival Review

4 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Grease is the Word: Hosking’s Repellant Debut Revels in Grotesque

There’s a certain insane glee lurking within Jim Hosking’s directorial debut, The Greasy Strangler, a film set to confuse, irritate, or dismay audiences outside of a select few masochists who prefer to be repulsed by their cinema. Basically, it’s a tale about a very bizarre, dysfunctional father and son living in an unfashionable swath of Los Angeles, bitching and moaning at each other about greasy food and the women unlucky or foolhardy enough to walk into their disgusting little universe. And, oh yeah, one of them may be the man wandering around the city dipped in used cooking grease murdering people. Though this sounds like it has a certain amount of potential, all expectations are bashed into the trash heap with endlessly repetitive, highly objectionable visuals. Salacious sequences exist merely to prove the filmmaker’s staunch »

- Nicholas Bell

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Black-ish Recap: Money Balks

20 January 2016 5:53 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

"Keeping Up With the Johnsons" is a terrific episode, and not just because it's funny. The humor is definitely there, but it's surpassed by the realest, most honest writing we've seen so far in Black-ish's sophomore season. The episode begins with a history of black consumerism: After 400 years of unpaid labor, Dre explains, the first thing black people want to do is spend their paychecks. As we see stereotypical images of black men and boys with expensive clothes, jewelry, and cars, Dre admits, "Everyone wants to have [money], but no one wants to talk about it." This money problem certainly affects the Johnson household. Bow begins to wonder if they're being too careless with their spending, and encourages Dre to take a more proactive role in their financial management. She insists that he stop listening to the horrible advice of their accountant, James Brown (John Witherspoon). They have a »

- Nichole Perkins

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