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Remembering Harry Dean Stanton, Jake Lamotta and More Reel-Important People We Lost in September

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Mehmet Aksoy (1985-2017) - Documentary Filmmaker. He died covering the battle to retake Raqqa from Isis on September 26. (BBC) Xavier Atencio (1919-2017) - Animator, Imagineer. As a Disney animator, he worked on Fantasia and Pinocchio, sequences in Babes in Toyland and Mary Poppins and the titles for The Shaggy Dog and The Parent Trap. As one of the creators of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, he also wrote the lyrics to "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)." He...

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Old Yeller Actor, Sons of Anarchy Producer Kevin Corcoran Dead at the Age of 66 From Cancer

Old Yeller Actor, Sons of Anarchy Producer Kevin Corcoran Dead at the Age of 66 From Cancer
Kevin Corcoran, the actor who played the youngest brother in the 1957 classic Old Yeller, has passed away at the age of 66. Corcoran’s wife, Laura, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he died on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., after losing his five-year battle with colorectal cancer. The child actor, who was a Santa Monica, Calif., native, played Arliss Coates in the famed Disney flick. Corcoran also starred in The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, and Bon Voyage. Following his [...]
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Old Yeller star Kevin Corcoran dies, aged 66

Old Yeller star Kevin Corcoran dies, aged 66
Old Yeller star Kevin Corcoran has died, aged 66.

Corcoran passed away at his family home, his family has confirmed to Deadline.

The former child actor is perhaps best known for starring as the youngest Coates brother Arliss in Disney's classic adaptation of Old Yeller.

Corcoran would later have memorable roles in family films Pollyanna, The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson and Babes in Toyland during his childhood.

After leaving acting behind to attend college, Corcoran worked behind the scenes with Disney on Pete's Dragon and The New Mickey Mouse Club.

In later years, he worked as both a producer and director on the long-running thriller series Murder She Wrote.

He was given the prestigious Disney Legend award back in 2006.
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Annette Funicello obituary

Mickey Mouse Club favourite who appeared with Frankie Avalon in 60s Beach Party musicals

Annette Funicello, who has died of complications from multiple sclerosis aged 70, was instantly associated with two names: Mickey Mouse and Frankie Avalon, both of whom were squeaky clean. As a child, Funicello was one of the first Mouseketeers on the original Mickey Mouse Club, the hugely popular Walt Disney children's television programme. In her early 20s, Funicello co-starred with the pop singer Avalon in five "Beach Party" musicals, in which they played wholesome "teenage" sweethearts called Dee Dee and Frankie, always testing each other's fidelity.

Born in Utica, New York, Funicello took ballet dancing lessons as a child to overcome shyness. In 1955, some years after her family had moved to southern California, the 12-year-old was chosen by Disney himself from 200 children auditioning for the first season of the Mickey Mouse Club. From 1955 to 1957, she danced, sang
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Annette Funicello Passes Away at Age 70

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Annette Funicello Passes Away at Age 70
Annette Funicello, who starred in a series of beach movies with Frankie Avalon in the 1960s, passed away at the age of 70. The actress had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and soon thereafter became a spokesperson for the treatment of this disease that attacks the central nervous system.

The actress was first discovered by Walt Disney at the age of 12 during a Burbank dance recital in 1955. Later that year, she joined the cast of Disney's new TV show The Mickey Mouse Club, where she became the biggest star of that cast. After the show ended in 1958, she remained under contract at Disney and starred in her first feature, The Shaggy Dog, in 1959. This lead to a string of Disney films such as Babes in Toyland and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones.

In 1963, she starred in her first "beach" movie with Frankie Avalon entitled Beach Party, which lead to 1964's
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Mouseketeer Annette Funicello dies at 70 of complications from Ms

Former child star was hand-picked by Walt Disney and spoke openly about the degenerative effects of multiple sclerosis

Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a perky, cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s, then teamed up with Frankie Avalon on a string of 1960s fun-in-the-sun movies with names like Beach Blanket Bingo and Bikini Beach, died Monday. She was 70.

She died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California, of complications from multiple sclerosis, the Walt Disney Co said.

Funicello stunned fans and friends in 1992 with the announcement about her ailment. Yet she was cheerful and upbeat, grappling with the disease with a courage that contrasted with her lightweight teen image of old.

"She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney's brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent," said Bob Iger,
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Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dies at 70

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Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dies at 70
Annette Funicello, the 1950s and '60s-era Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer who went on to star in a variety of beach movies with Frankie Avalon, has died from complications related to Multiple Sclerosis. She was 70. Funicello was the biggest star to emerge from the original incarnation of the Mickey Mouse Club television series, which she joined at its inception in 1955. She continued to make movies for Disney into the 1960s, including "The Shaggy Dog," "Babes in Toyland" and "The Monkey's Uncle." Her best-known film work came in a series of beach
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Annette Funicello Dies at 70

Annette Funicello Dies at 70
Annette Funicello, who first gained fame as a 12-year-old Mousekeeter on Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s and then starred opposite Frankie Avalon in a series of musical beach party films of the early 1960s, has died. She was 70.

Funicello was taken off life support on Monday morning at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. She’d battled multiple sclerosis since 1987, first going public with the diagnosis in 1992.

Annette was and always will be a cherished member of the Disney family, synonymous with the word Mousketeer, and a true Disney Legend,” said Disney chairman-ceo Robert Iger. “She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney’s brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent. Annette was well known for being as beautiful inside as she was on the outside, and she faced her physical challenges with dignity,
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Annette Funicello dies at 70

Annette Funicello dies at 70
Annette Funicello, who first gained fame as a 12-year-old Mouseketeer on Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s and then starred opposite Frankie Avalon in a series of musical beach party films of the early 1960s, has died. She was 70.

According to a report by TV newsmag Extra, Funicello was taken off of life support on Monday morning. She’d battled multiple sclerosis since 1987, first going public with the diagnosis in 1992.

In addition to “Beach Party,” “Muscle Beach Party,” “Bikini Beach,” “Beach Blanket Bingo” and “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” (the last without Avalon), all directed by William Asher, Funicello starred in the related pic “Pajama Party.” She also starred with Avalon and Fabian in action comedy “Fireball 500” and with Fabian in the more dramatic but similarly stock car-filled “Thunder Alley.” All these films were made at American Intl. Pictures.

Despite the word “bikini” in the
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Annette Funicello Dies at 70 After Long Battle with MS

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Annette Funicello Dies at 70 After Long Battle with MS
Annette Funicello, the ultimate Girl Next Door to a generation of Baby Boomers who first fell in love with her on the original 1955-'59 incarnation of The Mickey Mouse Club - died Monday after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was 70. Her family told Extra that Funicello passed away from complications of her illness, and they were by her side when she was taken off life support. Funicello had been in an Ms coma for years, Extra reported. With her brunette curls and expressive brown eyes, "Annette," as she was simply known, grew up on the nation's TV screens
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The Misadventures of Merlin Jones on Sky Movies

Tommy Kirk, one of Disney's biggest child stars after Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog and The Swiss Family Robinson, takes the title role of a teenage boffin who bites off more than he can chew. Smarter than the average college kid, Merlin invents a machine that enables him to hear other people's thoughts. But his newfound powers land him in all sorts of trouble - with the law, his classmates and a clutch of unsavoury chimp-nappers.
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Walt Disney: The Original Master “Imagineer”

Full disclosure: when I was a kid, I didn’t like Disney cartoons. My family took me to all of them, new and the regularly re-released: Pinocchio (1940), Bambi (1942), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Lady and the Tramp (1955). And we went to see the live-action Disney flicks, too: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), The Shaggy Dog (1959), The Absent-Minded Professor (1961). I watched Disney’s short cartoons on his Sunday night showcase, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, and on reruns of The Mickey Mouse Club. Yeah, I saw it all…but I didn’t particularly like a lot of it.

Disney – the brand, not the man – was cute. It was nice. It was sweet. So much so, it made my cavities hurt.

When it came to cartoons, even as a kid I preferred the classic Warners shorts from the 1930s-1950s. They were made for less money and on shorter schedules than the Disney cartoons,
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Walt Disney: The Original Master “Imagineer”

Full disclosure: when I was a kid, I didn’t like Disney cartoons. My family took me to all of them, new and the regularly re-released: Pinocchio (1940), Bambi (1942), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Lady and the Tramp (1955). And we went to see the live-action Disney flicks, too: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), The Shaggy Dog (1959), The Absent-Minded Professor (1961). I watched Disney’s short cartoons on his Sunday night showcase, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, and on reruns of The Mickey Mouse Club. Yeah, I saw it all…but I didn’t particularly like a lot of it.

Disney – the brand, not the man – was cute. It was nice. It was sweet. So much so, it made my cavities hurt.

When it came to cartoons, even as a kid I preferred the classic Warners shorts from the 1930s-1950s. They were made for less money and on shorter schedules than the Disney cartoons,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Singin’ in the Rain

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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012

Price: Two-dvd $14.96, Blu-ray $19.98, Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo $84.99

Studio: Warner Home Video

Singin’ in the Rain didn’t win an Academy Award back when it was first released in theaters in 1952, but it still became one of the most loved musicals of all time. It’s the American Film Institute’s No. 1 Movie Musical. We’re glad to see the film get its Blu-ray debut for its 60th birthday. A gift for fans indeed.

The movie’s story is reminiscent of the 2012 Best Picture winner The Artist. Set in 1927 Hollywood, Singin’ in the Rain stars Gene Kelly (Cover Girl) as Don Lockwood, a silent movie star with Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen, The Shaggy Dog). When the talkies are introduced and Don and Lina’s film is changed into a musical, Don’s voice is perfect for the new medium, but Lina gets left behind.
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DGA Awards vs. Academy Awards: Odd Men Out Jack Clayton, David Lean, Stanley Donen

Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi in Oscar nominee (but not DGA nominee) David Lean's Summertime DGA Awards vs. Academy Awards 1948-1952: Odd Men Out George Cukor, John Huston, Vincente Minnelli 1953 DGA (12) Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, Above and Beyond Walter Lang, Call Me Madam Daniel Mann, Come Back, Little Sheba Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Julius Caesar Henry Koster, The Robe Jean Negulesco, Titanic George Sidney, Young Bess DGA/AMPAS George Stevens, Shane Charles Walters, Lili Billy Wilder, Stalag 17 William Wyler, Roman Holiday Fred Zinnemann, From Here to Eternity   1954 DGA (16) Edward Dmytryk, The Caine Mutiny Alfred Hitchcock, Dial M for Murder Robert Wise, Executive Suite Anthony Mann, The Glenn Miller Story Samuel Fuller, Hell and High Water Henry King, King of Khyber Rifles Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, Knock on Wood Don Siegel, Riot in Cell Block 11 Stanley Donen, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers George Cukor, A Star Is Born Jean Negulesco,
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Bill Justice obituary

Veteran animator who contributed to every aspect of Disney's output for 42 years

When the veteran animator Bill Justice, who has died aged 97, applied for a job at the Disney studio in 1937, it was on the basis of a 30-day "try-out"; he remained there for the next 42 years, contributing to every facet of Disney's output, from feature films and short cartoons to TV shows and theme park attractions.

Justice was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he attended the John Herron Art Institute (now a school of Indiana University) to study portrait painting. In 1937, in the midst of the Great Depression, he responded to a Disney recruiting advertisement in Esquire magazine and gave up the weekly income of $65 he was then earning in order to work at Hollywood's most famous cartoon studio, for $12 a week. He began as an "in-betweener" on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Bill Justice obituary

Veteran animator who contributed to every aspect of Disney's output for 42 years

When the veteran animator Bill Justice, who has died aged 97, applied for a job at the Disney studio in 1937, it was on the basis of a 30-day "try-out"; he remained there for the next 42 years, contributing to every facet of Disney's output, from feature films and short cartoons to TV shows and theme park attractions.

Justice was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he attended the John Herron Art Institute (now a school of Indiana University) to study portrait painting. In 1937, in the midst of the Great Depression, he responded to a Disney recruiting advertisement in Esquire magazine and gave up the weekly income of $65 he was then earning in order to work at Hollywood's most famous cartoon studio, for $12 a week. He began as an "in-betweener" on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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D23 Anniversary Party At Disneyland

It's Disney news, which means I usually post it. Especially if there is something happening at Disneyland. D23 members can purchase tickets for a cool event going on after hours in the park on the 10th of March.Here are the details:a very limited number of tickets are still available at www.disney.com/D23 for this incredible evening. The party will take place in Fantasyland after Disneyland’s normal operating hours — and all Fantasyland rides will be open. (Yes, this means no huge waits to enjoy Dumbo and Peter Pan’s Flight, among others!)There will also be some very special Disney guests on hand, and I wanted to let you know who’s planning to attend. In addition to D23 Members, of course, the party will play host to a number of VIPs who have contributed to Disney’s legacy, including: Imagineers Bob Gurr and Tony Baxter Actor Kevin Corcoran,
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Ask the Flying Monkey! (September 7, 2009)

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Q: Do you know if any of the contestants on Survivor: Samoa are going to be Glbt? I just checked out their profiles and at least three of the guys list things like "womanizer", "never been rejected", and "a woman's dream." Is CBS trying to overly heteroize the show that has been strategically won by at least two openly gay men (Todd and Hatch)? – Topher, Toronto, Canada

A: There are no gay male contestants that we know of (although it’s always possible someone hasn’t yet come out to the network).

Is CBS trying to “heteroize” the show? Although I love your coining of a new term, I’d strenuously argue that they’re not. In fact, we recently talked with Jeff Probst, and I’m convinced he doesn’t see the show in those terms at all.

“When you look at the long-term of the show, you hopefully have some diversity,
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