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Actress Martha Hyer, Oscar Nominated for ‘Some Came Running,’ Dies at 89

Actress Martha Hyer, Oscar Nominated for ‘Some Came Running,’ Dies at 89
Actress Martha Hyer, who drew an Oscar nomination for her role in 1959 for her role in Vincente Minnelli’s film “Some Came Running,” died May 31 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was 89.

In “Some Came Running,” based on a novel by James Jones, author of “Here to Eternity,” the very beautiful Hyer was in the enviable position of playing a character, schoolteacher Gwen French, adored by Frank Sinatra’s character, writer Dave Hirsh, though she did not return the feelings.

The actress (pictured above with actor Peter van Eyck) also had roles in films including “So Big,” “Sabrina,” Jerry Lewis comedy “The Delicate Delinquent,” Francis the Talking Mule entry “Francis in the Navy,” “Houseboat,” sudsy pic “The Carpetbaggers” and Western “The Sons of Katie Elder,” after debuting on the bigscreen with an uncredited role in 1946 film noir “The Locket.” Like many if not most actors, Hyer transitioned into TV roles in the 1950s,
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Stanley Rubin, Writer-Producer of TV, Film, Dies at 96

Stanley Rubin, Writer-Producer of TV, Film, Dies at 96
Writer-producer Stanley Rubin, whose wide range of credits included classic film noir “The Narrow Margin,” Marilyn Monroe-Robert Mitchum Western “River of No Return,” TV series “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” and Clint Eastwood’s 1990 feature “White Hunter Black Heart,” died Sunday at his home above the Sunset Strip. He was 96.

Rubin was also a leader at the Writers Guild and Producers Guild. He negotiated contracts for the former and served the latter as president for five years.

Rubin wrote 19 feature films and produced more than 25 in a career that spanned seven decades. But frustration with the film business also led him to television in that medium’s early stages — “The idea of getting into something on the ground floor — not just as a writer but perhaps as a producer — excited me with visions of control and ownership,” Rubin wrote in an essay much later.

He won an Emmy
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Warner Bros Will Make Clint Eastwood Fans' Day

Warner Bros Will Make Clint Eastwood Fans' Day
If you're lucky enough to be graced with cash or gift cards this Christmas, and you have a big hole on your DVD shelf where Clint Eastwood ought to be, Warner Bros will be happy to help you out. On February 16 they're releasing a massive, 19-disc collection Clint Eastwood: 35 Films, 35 Years at Warner Bros that celebrates the actor / director / producer. Included will be a booklet and a feature length documentary by Richard Schickel. The retail price will be a hefty $179.98.

Warners didn't release a complete list of those 35 films, but it spans the tender years of Where Eagles Dare all the way to 2008's Gran Torino. I imagine there will be some crossover with what you already own, like the entire Dirty Harry collection and The Outlaw Josey Wales. But most of his output from the late 1970s onward was done at Warner Bros, so all those films you've
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Leading Man Of The Voodoo Horror Film The Disembodied Dies

Paul Burke was a leading actor from the 1950s and the star of the 1957 horror film The Disembodied. He starred as Tom Maxwell, an author and adventurer who runs afoul of voodoo queen Allison Hayes when he becomes part of a romantic triangle with the queen and her older husband while on an expedition in the deep jungles of Africa.

Burke was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 21, 1926, and was the son of boxer Martin Burke. He went to Hollywood in the mid-1940s and studied acting as the Pasadena Playhouse. He began his film career in the early 1950s with small roles in several films including the talking-mule fantasies Francis Goes to West Point (1952) and Francis in the Navy (1955). He moved up to larger roles later in the decade with the voodoo horror film The Disembodied (1957).

He also became a familiar face on television from the 1950s, with
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