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Billy Chapin Dies at 72: Child Actor Starred in ‘The Night of the Hunter’

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Billy Chapin Dies at 72: Child Actor Starred in ‘The Night of the Hunter’
Billy Chapin, best known for his role in the 1955 film “The Night of the Hunter,” died Friday after battling a long illness. He was 72.

The news of his death was announced on Saturday afternoon by his sister Lauren Chapin on Facebook.

“It is with a saddened heart that I say goodbye to my precious brother Billy Chapin, wonderful star of movies, television and radio,” wrote Lauren. “He passed away last night after a long illness but now is in the arms of his Savior. Billy was a wonderful brother to both Michael and me…He will be greatly missed.”

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Born on Dec. 28, 1943, in Los Angeles, Chapin first appeared in uncredited roles in films like “Casanova Brown” and “The Cockeyed Miracle.” He then made his Broadway debut in “Three Wishes for Jamie.”

Chapin
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Alien Invasion Movies To See Before Independence Day: Resurgence

Opening on June 24th is director Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence.

We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

The film stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, and Sela Ward.

Looking for some otherworldly films to check out before you head out to the cinemas on Friday? Have a look at Wamg’s list for Alien Invasion Movies To See Before Independence Day: Resurgence!

Earth Vs
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Mad Max: Fury Road leads field in Golden Reel noms

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Mad Max: Fury Road is leading the field in the 63rd annual Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards.

George Miller's road rage epic earned three nominations, the most in the feature film categories.

The Martian, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant also earned three nominations each..

The nominees represent the work of the world.s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year.s most outstanding feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment productions.

Mpse president, Frank Morrone said this nominees had produced an outstanding body of work encompassing motion pictures, television, documentaries, gaming and other mediums.

.Our members continue to impress with their ability to develop new techniques and find creative ways to employ sound as a means of enriching storytelling. We congratulate all of this year.s nominees for their achievements,. he said.

The Mpse Golden Reel
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Richard Gere to star in Franny

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Gere has set his first film since the acclaimed Arbitrage and will star in the drama from Treehouse Pictures, TideRock Media, Big Shoes Media, Magnolia Entertainment and Soaring Flight Productions. Qed International will commence pre-sales in Toronto.

Andrew Renzi’s debut feature is scheduled to commence production in October. Gere will play a fun-loving philanthropist who works his way into the lives of a newlywed couple to recapture the life he once had.

Renzi wrote and developed Franny through the 2013 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Treehouse Pictures, who produced Arbitrage, is producing with TideRock Media’s Thomas B Fore and Jason Michael Berman and Big Shoes Media’s Jay Schuminsky.

Magnolia Entertainment’s Shelley Browning and Michael Diamond serve as executive producers alongside Soaring Flight ProductionsRuth Mutch and Qed evp of international sales John Friedberg.

“Andrew is a remarkably promising filmmaker who we met through the Sundance Institute,” said Schuminsky, Fore and Berman. “He has written
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DVD Review: "Peter Gunn:- The Complete Series" Released By Timeless Video

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By Harvey F. Chartrand

Peter Gunn: The Complete Series is now available for the first time ever as a 12-dvd box set from Timeless Media Group… all 114 episodes, with a running time of over 58 hours.

Peter Gunn – created and produced by Blake Edwards – ran for three seasons – from 1958 to 1961. This classic detective show was a delightful blend of film noir and fifties cool, featuring a modern jazz score by Henry Mancini (a bonus CD of the soundtrack is included in the set), outbreaks of the old ultra-violence, a gallery of eccentric and sleazy characters (usually informants, gangsters and Beat Generation bohemians), and great acting by series leads Craig Stevens (as Gunn), Lola Albright (as his squeeze, sultry nightclub singer Edie Hart) and Herschel Bernardi (as Gunn’s friend and competitor Lieutenant Jacoby, who seems to work all by himself 24 hours a day
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Marvel’S The Avengers – The Review

” I’d like to speak with you about the Avengers Initiative ”. Can it really be four years ago that Shield director Nicholas Fury ( Samuel L Jackson ) spoke those fateful words to a surprised Tony Stark ( Robert Downey, Jr. ) at the end ( the very tail end, after the final credits ) of Iron Man ? Marvel fans around the globe were ecstatic. The fabled comic book company was now in the film business ( other characters were licensed to other studios ) and Jon Favreau’s rollicking action hit was the first in their partnership with Paramount. With this bit of dialogue, were they announcing their intentions to team up some of their greatest heroes in one massive movie event? Fans were teased again later that Summer when Stark strode into the bar where General ” Thunderbolt ” Ross was drowning his sorrows at the end of The Incredible Hulk. Expectations rose two years later with Iron Man 2
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The Avengers’ Extended Super Bowl Trailer

Loki might have an army, but The Avengers have the Hulk and that’s very apparent as Mr. Mean-and-Green finally makes a decent appearance.

We’ve seen them bickering and getting on each other’s nerves but the latest trailer for The Avengers shows the super team coming together to do some major ass-kicking. Even Steve Rogers and Tony Start are showing mutual respect this time around.

The earlier clips paid extra attention to the main powerhouses of the group, with an occasional shot of Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow showing up to break the monotony… and give the fan boys something to drool over. This time, however, everyone gets a little screen time. There’s plenty of Fury, a few quick shots of Jeremy Renner doing his Hawkeye thing, and of course, the Hulk finally comes rampaging onto the scene.

If there were still a few people out there
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Fable 3 Legendary Weapons Locations Guide

Legendary weapons collectibles have made the jump from Fable 2 to Fable 3 and evolved to include three unlockable bonuses per weapon while equipped. With a total of 51 Legendary weapons to collect in Fable 3 (plus 1 additional exclusive to the Limited Collector's Edition, Wolfsbane), you can spend hours upon hours trying to acquire and unlock the bonuses for all.

Legendary weapons can only be acquired once you have leveled up to level 5 in Ranged and Melee weapons on the Road to Rule. It will take accumulating a lot of Guild Seals to open the necessary chests for level 5 so you'll find the Legendary weapons cannot be collected until the narrative is close to or completed.

Some of the Legendary weapons are always obtainable meaning whichever shop, treasure chest or quest that coughs them up will produce the same weapon. Of the 51 Legendary weapons available in Fable 3, 26 of them can be obtained playing solo.
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What Are Marvel’s Post-Avengers Plans?

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On paper, Marvel’s “wedding cake” plan seems like a masterstroke.

You own a film studio recently bought out by the giant Disney, with access to about 5000 superheroes. You take the most popular heroes (the ones not owned by Sony or Fox, naturally), give them their own franchises and gradually build up the layers to the plastic bride and groom, The Avengers.

Come 2012, four of the most popular superheroes in Marvel’s stable (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk) will be living under a single, big-budget roof. Foolproof? Maybe.

But while Thor has finished filming and Captain America is halfway through, the crown jewel of Marvel Studios does not seem far away. With The Avengers scheduled for a February shoot, Marvel has to look to the future in order to capitalise on the success of the Iron Man franchise. How can they possibly top The Avengers? And if the film fails,
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'Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock' Track List Completed

Activision and the "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock" team paced themselves publicizing the full set list of more than 90 tracks that's slated to appear in the game, but they've put it all out there as of this week, and before you even make it to Soundgarden's full "Telephantasm" album that's coming bundled in the first shipment of units, you'll have a long list of core game tunes to thrash through including The Hives' "Tick Tick Boom" and multiple Megadeth and Rush numbers.

"We engaged our fans to find out what they really wanted and then hand-picked over 90 tracks that deliver the ultimate rock experience," Guitar Hero vice president of music affairs Tim Riley said in a press release. "From the new guitar controller to the gameplay to the on-disc set list, 'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock' is truly a return to rock."

Here's what you'll have to play over the
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Saving Abel's Top 10 Female Villains

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Saving Abel has a new album dropping on June 8th entitled Miss America, and since the guys are horror fans, they thought they'd pay a little tribute to some of the not-so-wholesome women who have haunted their dreams and nightmares over the years.

The band consists of Jared Weeks-Vocals, Jason Null-Guitars, Scott Bartlett-Guitars, Eric Taylor-Bass, and Blake Dixon-Drums. All five of them collaborated to compile the list of their Top Ten favorite female villains. (An honorable mention went to commentator Nancy Grace.)

10. Medusa (Clash of the Titans) - A mythological creature called a Gorgon. A half-snake, half-human creature, which is the same way I describe a few ex-girlfriends and oddly enough wouldn't mind seeing beheaded.

9. The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton, The Wizard of Oz) - You can't talk about female villains without mentioning The Wicked Witch. She's a fixture in just about everyone's childhood horror memory bank.
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Building 'Iron Man 2': The Comics Behind The Film

By Matt Adler

Iron Man 2” hits theaters this weekend in the U.S., and while the first film served primarily as an origin tale and introduction to the character, this second film promises to expand upon the character and his world by drawing upon several different characters and storylines from the Marvel Universe.

MTV News took a look back through Iron Man's history to see how some of the film's primary source material from the comics world was adapted for the big screen.

One of the most anticipated additions to the “Iron Man” film series is the villain Whiplash, played by Mickey Rourke. Interestingly, the film version of Whiplash is actually a composite of two Iron Man villains. In the comics, there is indeed a member of Iron Man's rogues gallery named Whiplash (a.k.a. Blacklash), originally created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan in 1968’s
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R.I.P. Peter Graves

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Oveur and out. Television and film actor Peter Graves died of a heart attack yesterday at the age of 83. He would have turned 84 this Thursday, and he was in fact celebrating his upcoming birthday with a special family brunch just prior to his death.

Reportedly, Graves collapsed in his driveway upon arriving home, and one of his daughters unsuccessfully attempted to revive him using CPR.

Graves will always be best remembered as the star of TV’s Mission: Impossible, long before Tom Cruise took over the franchise on the big screen. But for me — and many of my generation — the actor is first and foremost Clarence Oveur, captain of the troubled flight in the classic comedy Airplane! He also reprised his role for Airplane 2, but it’s the original film that gave us his most oft-quoted lines, such as the famous query to young Joey, “Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?
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Peter Graves, "Mission:impossible" Star, Dead At Age 84

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Peter Graves, who became an icon of 1960s TV as the star of Mission:Impossible, collapsed and died at his house from an apparent heart attack yesterday. He was 83 years old. Graves toiled for years as a supporting actor in feature films, having made an impression as a German.spy among American Pows in the 1953 classic Stalag 17. Graves was the star of the popular 1950s TV western series Fury. Both he and his younger brother James Arness, who starred in Gunsmoke, found major success on CBS. Graves played agent Jim Phelps in the hit 1960s spy show Mission: Impossible and the opening of every episode, in which a tape self-destructs after reading him his assignment, remains an iconic aspect of TV history.The role won him a Golden Globe award.  Graves was generally cast as stalwart heroic types, but in the 1980 big screen comedy Airplane! he displayed a deft flair
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Mission: Impossible star Peter Graves dies

Veteran actor also known for roles in Airplane! and a string of other movies believed to have had heart attack at the age of 83

Peter Graves, best known for his role in the 60s TV spy drama Mission: Impossible as well as the Airplane! films, has died.

Graves passed away on Sunday, just a few days before his 84th birthday, outside his home in Los Angeles, his publicist, Sandy Brokaw, said. Graves was returning from brunch with his wife of nearly 60 years and his family when he had what Graves's doctor believed was a heart attack, Brokaw said.

Graves first gained attention with the 1950s TV series Fury, but remained best known for the role of Jim Phelps, leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators in TV's Mission: Impossible.

Graves appeared in dozens of films and a handful of television shows in a career of nearly 60 years.
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Mission: Impossible star Peter Graves dies

Mission: Impossible star Peter Graves dies
Peter Graves, best known for his role in the 60s TV spy drama Mission: Impossible as well as the Airplane! films, has died.

Graves passed away on Sunday, just a few days before his 84th birthday, outside his home in Los Angeles, his publicist, Sandy Brokaw, said. Graves was returning from brunch with his wife of nearly 60 years and his family when he had what Graves's doctor believed was a heart attack, Brokaw said.

Graves first gained attention with the 1950s TV series Fury, but remained best known for the role of Jim Phelps, leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators in TV's Mission: Impossible.

Graves appeared in dozens of films and a handful of television shows in a career of nearly 60 years.
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R.I.P. Peter Graves, 1926-2010

R.I.P. Peter Graves, 1926-2010
Sad news out of Hollywood. Actor Peter Graves, star of TV's "Mission: Impossible," died yesterday in his Pacific Palisades home at the age of 83. Graves; first credited role was 1951's "Rogue River." He went on to log more than 100 film, television and video game performances, including high-profile gigs like Imf team leader Jim Phelps on "Mission: Impossible" (which earned him a Golden Globe), cowboy Jim Newton on NBC's '50s Western series "Fury," turncoat Price in Billy Wilder's "Stalag 17" and, of course, the comically perverse airline pilot Capt. Clarence Oveur in "Airplane!" and "Airplane II: The Sequel."

"Airplane!" and its sequel were one of those staples for anyone who grew up during the '80s. Along with Leslie Neilsen, Graves' scenes are among the most memorable. Such as the Abbott & Costello-inspired Oveur/Unger/Dunne crew introductions and Oveur's played-for-comedy fascination with gladiators, Turkish prisons and naked men. Graves
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'Mission Impossible's' Peter Graves Passes Away

As we all know, so many of the films coming out of Hollywood these days are based on established properties, often classic television series of the '60s and '70s. So in a sense, the Hollywood of today owes a debt of gratitude to the Hollywood of that bygone era, filled as it often was with fresh, groundbreaking concepts that today's baby boomers hold dear to their hearts. From the creators and producers, to the writers and actors, these individuals made lasting impressions on popular culture.

And so it was with actor Peter Graves, who's starring performance in one of Hollywood's most famous TV shows, Mission Impossible (1966-73) helped catapult creator/producer Bruce Gellar's CBS series into the upper echelons of television popularity. Sadly, Graves died yesterday of an apparent heart attack outside his Los Angeles home, a week away from his 84th birthday.

Of course, Graves' career consisted
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'Mission: Impossible' star Peter Graves dies

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'Mission: Impossible' star Peter Graves dies
Peter Graves, the star of the "Mission: Impossible" TV series, died on Sunday (March 14). He was 83.

Graves was found dead at his home Sunday at his home in Pacific Palisades, the L.A. Times reports. The paper says he appears to have died of natural causes.

Graves is probably best known for playing secret agent Jim Phelps in "Mission: Impossible," which ran on CBS from 1966-73 (Graves joined the show in 1967). His other TV credits include the 1950s show "Fury," "The Winds of War" and more recently, a recurring part on "7th Heaven" and guest spots on "House" and "Cold Case."

In the movies, he brilliantly spoofed his straight-arrow image in "Airplane!," delivering outrageous lines like "Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?" in perfect deadpan.

He's survived by his wife, Joan Endress, and three daughters.

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Mission: Impossible' star Peter Graves dies in La

eter Graves, the tall, stalwart actor likely best known for his portrayal of Jim Phelps, leader of a gang of special agents who battled evil conspirators in the long-running television series "Mission: Impossible," died Sunday.Graves died of an apparent heart attack outside his Los Angeles home, publicist Sandy Brokaw said. He would have been 84 this week.Graves had just returned from brunch with his wife and kids and collapsed before he made it into the house, Brokaw said. One of his daughters administered CPR but was unable to revive him. Graves' family doctor visited the house and believed he had a heart attack, Brokaw said.Although Graves never achieved the stardom his older brother, James Arness, enjoyed as Marshal Matt Dillon on TV's "Gunsmoke," he had a number of memorable roles in both films and television.Normally cast as a hero, he turned in an
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