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Chicago – Two notable character actors held court at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in Aug. 2010. Richard Anderson (best known for his role as Oscar Goldman on TV’s “The Six Million Dollar Man”) and John Savage (unforgettable in “The Deer Hunter” and “Hair”) were there to meet admirers, sign autographs and take pictures.
HollywoodChicago.com was also there and scored interviews with both actors. Photographer Joe Arce also captured their very distinct images.
Richard Anderson took a leap into TV lore in the 1970s by portraying the iconic associate, Oscar Goldman, to both Steve Austin and Jamie Sommers, who were also known as the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman. But the character actor had been around for quite some time before that, establishing himself as supporting player with the MGM studios starting in the early 1940s. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Some comments on my review of the Doctor Who Christmas Special 'A Christmas Carol' got me thinking about how it came to be that everyone's favourite Time Lord can never seem to get any 'action', romantically speaking. It's not been for want of attention or admirers; even back in the William Hartnell days, The Doctor was capable of flirting and even having a matrimonial 'near-miss' in the 1964 Who outing 'The Aztecs', so Matt Smith's Doctor is breaking no new ground in running away from connubial bliss with the 1957 version of Marilyn Monroe in 'A Christmas Carol'.
Can 47 years of sexual tension ever be released without killing the fundamental dynamic of the show? I've come to believe that it probably can't - which, if true, puts the Gallifreyan rogue at least neck-and-neck with Star Trek's Mr. Spock in terms of 'attractive unavailability'.
When the show »
#Gift There's nothing like leaving it to the last minute to finish your Christmas shopping and in that spirit CinemaSpy has waited until Christmas Eve to give you its recommendations of the eight Bd releases you should buy this side of 2011. If you are still looking for that gift to fill someone's stocking, maybe we can help relieve the sense of panic that accompanies the realization that there is only one—yes, that's one—shopping day until December 25th.
What follows is a selection of some of the best Blu-ray releases of the year (although not necessarily the best films). Feel free to add your own recommendations (for those Boxing Week shopping trips) or just tell us what you got in the comments section below. Here goes, Santa baby…
The Alien Anthology
Without doubt this is my choice for Number One Blu-ray release of the year. »
It’s that time of year when film pundits present their readers with the Christmas gift of their end-of-year choices: 10 Best lists, 10 Worst lists, 10 This and 10 That lists.
I can’t do that kind of list. Having two small children, I rarely get to see a movie that isn’t animated or involves talking animals, and more often incorporates both.
So, my Christmas gift to you is a rather different kind of list, but it needs a bit of explanation.
For some time, it has been my ambition to share my passion for movies with others by teaching some sort course in film appreciation. This fall, I got my wish. However, the scenario didn’t quite play out as I had envisioned.
The setting was a for-profit university generally organized as something akin to a white collar trade school. Curriculums were very profession-focused, lacking much of the broad cultural base »
Festive greetings once more! It gives me great pleasure to present the second part of our inaugural Obsessed With Film Christmas Gift Guide for your consideration, which once again is a sizeable article, but a veritable feast of recommendations it is too!
Again we must proffer our hearty thanks to all of the PR contacts and the retailers (this time in the shape of Forbidden Planet, Truffle Shuffle, Last Exit To Nowhere and Shot Dead In The Head) who helped us secure some of their choice products to give away to our lucky readers.
The list is made up of Simon and myself’s personal geek interests and love of things we hope our girlfriend’s or extended families might have bought us, and most of the time they are things we own and have consumed at first hand. The majority of the links will be directed to the U. »
- Matt Holmes
Julie Taymor is no stranger to bring the works of William Shakespeare to the big screen. Her 1999 adaptation of Titus Andronicus (called, simply, Titus ) remains the definitive cinematic version. This Friday sees the release of her latest foray in the work of the Bard with a unique look at his final play, The Tempest . With versions dating back very nearly to the birth of film, The Tempest has come to the screen in wildly different interpretations, including the cult 1980 Derek Jarman version and 1956's science fiction take, Forbidden Planet . Though the chief deviation from the original play is the reimagining of the magician Prospero as a woman (Helen Mirren starring as Prospera), Taymor's version delivers a good portion of the original text with an all-star cast, »
Directed by Roger Vadim
What many people don’t realize is that Barbarella is a French science fiction comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest for serialisation in the French magazine V-Magazine in spring 1962. In 1964 Eric Losfeld later published these strips as a stand-alone book, under the title Barbarella. The stand-alone version caused a scandal and became known as the first “adult” comic-book, despite its eroticism being slight. The original comic book version of Barbarella was modelled on Brigitte Bardot. Interesting enough the actress was once married to the director of the 1968 film, Roger Vadim. Barbarella is also mentioned in Serge Gainsbourg’s song “Qui est In Qui est Out”. Bardot at one point in her life also had a romantic relationship with the French singer.
A kitsch cult classic about a 41st-century female astronaut on a mission to find Duran Duran, a scientist who »
As has been widely reported, 84-year-old actor Leslie Nielsen died Sunday due to complications from pneumonia. Though the general public may identify Nielsen with his roles in comedy classic like Airplane! and The Naked Gun, the actor also starred in his share of genre flicks, like the groundbreaking sci-fi epic Forbidden Planet. There were a few horror movies on Nielsen's resume as well. As far back as his numerous appearances on the 1950s anthology shows Tales of Tomorrow and Alfred Hitchcock Presents -- as well as Night Gallery and the premiere episode of Boris Karloff's Thriller -- Nielsen was willing to go to some pretty dark places. My generation of »
Had Leslie Nielsen never been cast in Airplane!, he still would have had a decent working career. He certainly never would have gone down as one of the great entertainers, but the man would have had work. After all, he did have a few noticeable (if not entirely notable) dramatic roles in genre fare ranging from Forbidden Planet (1956) to Prom Night (1980, the same year as Airplane!). But Nielsen did co-star in Airplane!, delivering one immortal line after another, which later catapulted his persona into legendary synonymy with contemporary cinematic parody. Jim Abrahams and the Zucker brothers may have been the minds behind what exactly the movie parody came to be, but Nielsen was undoubtedly the face and the voice. There is a reason that Leslie Nielsen happened. The Serious Business of Comedy It is of no small significance that Nielsen starred in a straightforward (and iconic) disaster film, The Poseidon Adventure (1972) before taking part in the genre »
- Landon Palmer
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Written by: Cyril Hume
So, how great is this movie? Forbidden Planet, made in 1956 and directed by Fred M. Wilcox, is still one of the best sci-fi flicks around. But why is it so great? Maybe it's the wonderful futuristic set design or the little micro-mini skirt that the forward-thinking, hotsie-totsie Anne Francis runs around in (almost 15 years before they were acceptable fashion — talk about prescient). Or perhaps it's the pitch-perfect performances from vets like Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens and Earl Holliman (they know it's a goofy sci-fi flick, but they play it straight as straight can be — possibly because it’s based on Shakespeare's The Tempest). It could well be the impressive special effects and spacey electronic score, which were light years ahead of their time. But my bet is that it's all of the above, »
Veteran actor Leslie Nielsen passed away yesterday November 28th in a hospital in Florida after suffering complications from a bout of pneumonia, aged 84. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1926, Nielsen began his career in the entertainment industry as a radio disc jockey before gaining a scholarship at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. After attending the Actors Studio Nielsen made his television debut alongside Charlton Heston in an episode of Studio One (1948), and went on to star in a range of TV productions before making his theatrical debut in the musical The Vagabond King (1956).
Nielsen's performance earned him a role in the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet (1956), the success of which opened the doors to further film and television roles with credits including Hot Summer Night (1957), Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958-1961), The Swamp Fox (1959-1961), The New Breed (1961), The Bold Ones: The Protectors (1969) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972). After appearing in the David Zucker, »
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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
The concept of 'Room 101' was tormenting readers and viewers - both viscerally and morally - many years before the phrase 'torture porn' was coined. Of all that culture has taken from George Orwell's dystopic novel, nothing has exerted so powerful a grip on the common imagination as the terrifying-yet-banal entrance to this interrogation-cell within a future fascist state - a room that holds whatever your worst nightmare may be.
But crossing the threshold of Room 101 is additionally the doorway through which oppressed office-worker Winston Smith (John Hurt) will finally believe the horrible truth that O'Brien (Richard Burton) has been espousing to him: that man is a mere animal that will choose its own self-preservation over any emotional attachment. This is no mere entrance to the gallows - it's the doorway to spiritual and emotional obliteration.
King Kong (1933)
When ingénue »
Nielsen died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on November 28 from pneumonia. He was 84. Nielsen was best known as the handsome, somber hero and pitiless villain in dramas and thrillers for the first half of his 60-year career. Then he took a role in a 1980 disaster movie parody called Airplane! The film became an overnight classic and Nielsen’s career was never the same again.
Leslie William Nielsen was born on February 11, 1926, in Regina, Saskatchewan. His father was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and his uncle was actor and esteemed humanitarian Jean Hersholt.
Nielsen began his acting career in radio before attending the Academy of Studio Arts in Toronto. He later studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, which led to a role on the live »
For those who grew up on the Airplane! and Naked Gun series – by which I mean "watched these films about 10 billion times when they were 12"– it is something of a shock to learn that Leslie Nielsen was not originally a comic actor. He was not only a straight leading man, but a very handsome one, too. It's a concept almost as bizarre as Nielsen not being funny, not because he was not a handsome older man, but because he so subsumed his good looks beneath the deadpan mask. (For the ultimate example of this, look up on YouTube the time Nielsen farted on air while being interviewed on breakfast TV. He managed to keep a gloriously straight face. Lorraine Kelly was less successful.)
- Hadley Freeman
"Kersh" (by the camera) about to shoot Han, Leia and Lando.
I will forever appreciate Irvin Kershner (1923-2010), who died today, for making the best of the Star Wars films The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Yes, long before George Lucas ruined his own classic franchise, he once entrusted the directing of them (at least to a certain degree) to others. I haven't yet read many obits, but I'm hoping that some of them will recognize that it's hardly his only contribution to the movies; Star Wars has a way of gobbling up the internet oxygen, doesn't it? Though Kershner's filmography isn't exactly robust, other notable films include the thriller The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), the last (unofficial) James Bond film with Sean Connery Never Say Never Again (1983) and the underseen but by most accounts praiseworthy Barbra Streisand »
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An actor who made his career in dramas before finding even greater success as a comic performer has died. Leslie Nielsen passed away in his sleep yesterday, surrounded by his family, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was being treated for pneumonia in a hospital and was 84 years old.
A veteran of more than 150 live TV dramas, Nielsen graduated to supporting and starring roles in movies like The Poseidon Adventures and Forbidden Planet. He played many, many roles on television shows of the 50s and 60s including guest shots on The Fugitive, Peyton Place, The Wild Wild West, and the pilot of Hawaii Five-0. Later TV appearances include those on Murder, She Wrote, Who's the Boss, Kung Fu, M*A*S*H, Fantasy Island, and the finale of The Golden Girls.
A familiar face to TV viewers, Nielsen starred in a few shows of his own »
Tributes are today being paid to two veterans of the entertainment industry.
Canadian-born actor Leslie Nielsen died yesterday (Sunday, November 28) at the age of 84 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In later years he became master of the spoof genre with such movies as Airplane! (1980) and The Naked Gun film franchise, which spun off from TV show Police Squad!
Hollywood is also mourning the loss of movie director Irvin Kershner, who passed away on Saturday (November 27), aged 87, in Los Angeles, California, it was confirmed today.
- David Bentley
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1926, Leslie Nielsen discovered acting through his half-uncle, Jean Hersholt, a radio actor known for his work on the long-running series Dr. Christian. Nielsen moved to New York on a theater scholarship and made his first TV appearance in 1948 on an episode of Studio One alongside Charlton Heston. Nielsen initially acted in dramatic roles on TV, appearing in almost 50 live programs in 1950 alone, and dramas such as Ransom!, The Opposite Sex and sci-fi flick Forbidden Planet, considered the forerunner of Star Trek. Before forsaking drama to doctor the food-poisoned and save the Queen/world, Nielsen appeared in the all-star disaster epic The Poseidon Adventure, in which he played the captain of a luxurious ocean liner suddenly struck by a tsunami at sea. Though Nielsen's character gets the axe in act one, the film gained acclaim at the Oscars that year, with seven nominations and »
Canadian actor whose reputation was transformed by his deadpan comic persona in Airplane! and the Naked Gun series
Few people watching the career of the tall, husky and fair-haired Leslie Nielsen, who has died aged 84, could have predicted that the stolid actor who specialised in authority figures would become known as a comedy star after two and a half decades in show business. His reputation was transformed by playing Dr Rumack on board the threatened airliner in Airplane! (1980) and Frank Drebin, the hilariously inept plain-clothes cop, in three Naked Gun films.
What the writer-directors Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker saw in Nielsen, silvery grey and in his mid-50s, was his previously po-faced persona. "They spotted me for being what I really was, a closet comedian," he said. "And how lucky can you get? It's like they said to me, 'Leslie, come out and play.' Thank God for them. »
- Ronald Bergan
Leslie Nielsen had the sombredemeanour and stone-serious face that were just right for dramatic roles. They proved even better for comedy. "Surely you can't be serious," an airline passenger says to Nielsen in "Airplane!" the 1980 hit that turned the actor from dramatic leading man to comic star. "I am serious," Nielsen replies. "And don't call me Shirley." The line was probably his most famous — and a perfect distillation of his career. Nielsen, the dramatic lead in "Forbidden Planet" and "The Poseidon Adventure" and the bumbling detective in "The Naked Gun" comedies, died on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84. The Canada native died from complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home, surrounded by his wife, Barbaree, and friends, his agent John S. Kelly said in a statement. "We are saddened by the passing of beloved actor Leslie Nielsen, probably best remembered as Lt. Frank Drebin in 'The Naked Gun' series of pictures, »
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