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Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016
It's famously one of the worst sequels ever, but why did Jaws The Revenge go so wrong? Ryan looks at its disastrous nine-month production...
It's an oft-repeated adage that nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but Jaws The Revenge is so legendarily, comically bad that it almost looks like an inside job. The fishy sequel, released in 1987 to scathing reviews, famously stars a rubbery shark that growls when its head rears out of the water, Michael Caine spouting bizarre dialogue and some of the most glaring continuity errors this side of an Ed Wood movie.
What separates Jaws The Revenge from the usual bad-movie crowd is its otherwise decent pedigree. It was the product of a major Hollywood studio. The budget was generous. The director, Joseph Sargent, was far from a hack - a veteran of TV and film, he'd previously made the classic thriller »
By Lee Pfeiffer
Oscar winning actor George Kennedy has died at age 91, five months after the passing of his wife Joan. Kennedy's popularity as a character actor led to eventual leading man roles in major films. Born in New York City, he experienced stage life early, working with his parents in Vaudeville. During WWII he served under General Patton and was decorated for bravery. He drifted into acting on television in the 1950s. With his imposing physical presence (he was 6'4"), Kennedy immediately found work, generally playing heavies who squared off against the series' heroes. Among the shows he guest-starred on were such hits as "Have Gun, Will Travel", "Rawhide", "Gunsmoke" and "The Untouchables". He crossed into feature films in the early 1960s and first made a splash in Stanley Donen's 1963 comedy thriller "Charade" in which he played a crook with a hook hand who attempts to kill Cary Grant in a rooftop fight. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Wingreen appeared in films including 1980’s “Airplane!” and was a busy character actor on TV, guesting on series such as “Twilight Zone” (three episodes, including 1960’s “A Stop at Willoughby,” in which he played the train conductor); “The Untouchables” (a Chicago police captain); multiple episodes of “The Fugitive,” “The FBI” and “Ironside”; “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”; the original “Star Trek” (Dr. Linke on the episode “The Empath”); “Seinfeld”; and “Matlock” (a judge). He played Harry the Bartender on “All in the Family” and “Archie Bunker’s Place” for a total of 117 episodes.
- Carmel Dagan
Sad news for TV fans and the Star Wars family as prolific character actor Jason Wingreen has passed away. Known for his roles in All in the Family, The Twilight Zone and Seinfeld, Wingreen is perhaps best known as the voice of iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett in the Star Wars franchise. Jason Wingreen died on Christmas Day at his home in Los Angeles. He was 95.
Jason Wingreen was a prominent fixture on television from 1955 until he retired in the mid-1990s. Along with voicing Boba Fett, the actor gained worldwide notoriety on the hit 70s sitcom All in the Family, playing Harry the bartender. The role also carried over into the spinoff sitcom Archie Bunker's Place. Jason's son Ned confirmed the news of his father's passing last week. The man has over 200 TV credits to his name.
Jason Wingreen, known for his numerous television roles, including playing the bartender in All in the Family and appearances in The Twilight Zone, and for voicing Boba Fett in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, died at his home in Los Angeles on Christmas Day. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news through his son, Ned. Wingreen was 95. Born in Brooklyn, Wingreen spent much of his career as a character actor, accumulating nearly 200 credits in small roles in everything from The Twilight Zone (as a train conductor in 1960’s “A Stop at Willoughby”) to The Untouchables, Matlock, The Fugitive, and Star Trek. Wingreen had a small part in Airplane, as a doctor from the Mayo Clinic, seen talking on his phone as a heart beats on his desk. And, in his longest-running role, Wingreen appeared on 117 episodes of All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place as bartender »
- Jackson McHenry
Actor Jason Wingreen, who was perhaps best known for his work as the original, pre-Special Edition voice of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back, has passed away aged 95, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Wingreen was a prolific character actor with over 200 credits to his name; he played Harry the bartender in seven seasons of the sitcoms All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, and also had notable appearances in the likes of The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables and Star Trek.
With regards to Star Wars, Wingreen initially auditioned for the role of Yoda, but lost out to Frank Oz and was instead given four lines as the bounty hunter Boba Fett, who would go on to become one of the most iconic characters of the franchise.
- Gary Collinson
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