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John Williams To Receive 44th AFI Life Achievement Award

8 October 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that esteemed composer John Williams will be the recipient of the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award, America’s highest honor for a career in film. For the first time in AFI history, the award will be bestowed upon a composer. Williams will be honored at a gala Tribute on June 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.

The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its fourth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT in late June 2016, followed by an encore presentation on its sister network, Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

Most recently, the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute brought together the film community to honor Steve Martin.

John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, AFI Board of Trustees. “Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying »

- Melissa Thompson

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‘Young Dr. Malone’ Actor John P. Connell Dies at 91

10 September 2015 12:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John P. Connell, best known as the star of the daytime drama “Young Dr. Malone,” died Thursday in Woodland Hills. He was 91.

Born in Philadelphia, Connell received five battle stars and a Purple Heart during World War II. He was a radio operator and waist gunner aboard a B-24 crew which completed 43 bombing missions.

He broke into show business on Broadway in “Time Limit” and “Uncle Willie” and with the national company of “Picnic.” Connell worked on dozens of live TV broadcasts, including “Studio One in Hollywood,” “Kraft Theatre,” “You Are There,” and “Goodyear Playhouse” and starred for five years as Dr. David Malone on “Young Dr. Malone.”

He also collaborated with his wife Mila to write more than 100 “Secret Storm” scripts. Connell’s film work included “Three Days of the Condor,” “Family Business” and “Fail Safe.”

Connell also became a ubiquitous radio and television spokesman for hundreds of sponsors. »

- Dave McNary

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Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91

21 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar- and Tony-nominated character actor and folk singer Theodore Bikel, who originated the role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and starred in “Fiddler on the Roof” onstage in thousands of performances, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 91.

To some, he is best known for his 1990 appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as the Russian adopted father of the Klingon Worf.

Bikel did his first bigscreen work in John Huston’s 1951 classic “The African Queen” and Huston’s “Moulin Rouge.” After acting in a series of English films, he did supporting work in two high-profile pics in 1957: historical epic “The Pride and the Passion,” starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren, and “The Enemy Below,” a WWII submarine thriller starring Robert Mitchum.

He often played Germans or Russians — in his autobiography, Bikel said that his facility with accents resulted in »

- Carmel Dagan

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Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91

21 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar- and Tony-nominated character actor and folk singer Theodore Bikel, who originated the role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and starred in “Fiddler on the Roof” onstage in thousands of performances, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 91.

In a statement Tuesday, Actors’ Equity Association said it “mourns the passing of our dear friend, our brother and former President Theo Bikel. From the time he joined Equity in 1954, Bikel has been an advocate for the members of our union and his extraordinary achievements paved the way for so many. No one loved theater more, his union better or cherished actors like Theo did. He has left an indelible mark on generation of members past and generations of members to come. We thank you, Theo, for all you have done.”

To some, he is best known for his 1990 appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation »

- Carmel Dagan

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Rip Betsy Palmer Aka Pamela Voorhees of Friday the 13th

5 June 2015 12:11 PM, PDT | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

Its a nasty blow to not only the horror community but the world. The woman revolutionized the obsessive mother But long before that she thrilled viewers with appearances in such hit shows as Kraft Theatre Studio One in Hollywood and Appointment with Adventure. She also showed her acting chops in flicks like The Last Angry Man It Happened to Jane and The Tin Star. »

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Friday the 13th actress Betsy Palmer has died at the age of 88

1 June 2015 1:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Friday the 13th star Betsy Palmer has died at the age of 88.

The actress was best known for her performance as killer cook Mrs Voorhees in the 1980 horror film and its 1981 sequel.

Her manager Brad Lemack informed The AP on Sunday (May 31) that she died of natural causes at a hospice in Connecticut.

In addition to her most famous role, Palmer appeared in TV dramas like Kraft Theatre, Studio One and Murder, She Wrote. She also appeared in The Long Gray Lane, Queen Bee and The Tin Star on the big screen.

Palmer was also known for her Broadway performances, and appeared in several plays during her long career, including Same Time, Next Year and Cactus Flower.

Looking back on Friday the 13th in the years that followed, Palmer was not afraid to share her true feelings about the film, describing the script as a "piece of junk".

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Actress Betsy Palmer from Friday The 13th Dead at 88

31 May 2015 7:46 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday…”

The woman had a long and distinguished career including hundreds of TV appearances in the 1950s and ’60s, but she will always best known as Jason’s mom in the original Friday The 13th (1980). Betsy Palmer was a regular on the horror convention circuit and a good attitude about her place in horror film history. She said in an interview once: “If it was good enough for Boris Karloff, why should I complain?” Betsy Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospital in Los Angeles.

From The Associated Press:

Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film “Friday the 13th,” has died at age 88.

Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut, her longtime manager, Brad Lemack, »

- Tom Stockman

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Betsy von Furstenberg, Actress and Aristocrat, Dies at 83

30 April 2015 4:29 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Betsy von Furstenberg, an elegant star of Broadway during the 1950s who also made appearances in early television and on daytime soaps, died April 21 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease in Manhattan. She was 83.

The stylish actress played a series of debutantes and society girls onstage. She made a big impression playing Myra Hagerman in Edward Chodorov’s original comedy “Oh, Men! Oh, Women!” on Broadway in 1953. (Barbara Rush played the role in the 1957 feature adaptation). During the decade she enjoyed success on the Rialto in plays including “The Chalk Garden,” “Child of Fortune,” “Nature’s Way” and a revival of “Much Ado About Nothing,”

She made her screen debut in director Géza von Radványi’s 1950 Italian war drama “Women Without Names.” During the 1950s she appeared in a number of episodic anthology shows beginning with “Starlight Theatre” in 1951 and also including “Playhouse 90,” “Pulitzer Prize Theatre,” “Armstrong Circle Theatre” and “Kraft Theatre. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93

29 March 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gene Saks, who helmed many Neil Simon plays on Broadway and won three Tonys — for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” plus Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues” — died Saturday. He was 93.

His wife, Keren, told the New York Times that he died from pneumonia in his East Hampton, N.Y. home.

Saks directed only seven feature films, all of them based on legit works. They included Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He also directed the 1969 “Cactus Flower,” which earned Goldie Hawn an Oscar for supporting actress.

After helming the hit Broadway musical “Mame,” Saks did the big screen version in 1974. For the film, Lucille Ball played the title character, with many critics complaining that Angela Lansbury could repeat her Broadway triumph. Both the stage and screen versions of »

- Carmel Dagan

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Gene Saks, Director of Neil Simon on Stage and Screen, Dies at 93

29 March 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gene Saks, who helmed many Neil Simon plays on Broadway and won three Tonys — for the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical “I Love My Wife” plus Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues” — died Saturday. He was 93.

His wife, Keren, told the New York Times that he died from pneumonia in his East Hampton, N.Y. home.

Saks directed only seven feature films, all of them based on legit works. They included Simon adaptations “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” He also directed the 1969 “Cactus Flower,” which earned Goldie Hawn an Oscar for supporting actress.

After helming the hit Broadway musical “Mame,” Saks did the big screen version in 1974. For the film, Lucille Ball played the title character, with many critics complaining that Angela Lansbury could repeat her Broadway triumph. Both the stage and screen versions of »

- Carmel Dagan

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