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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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Francis Xavier ‘X’ Atencio, Disney Animator and Imagineer, Dies at 98

Francis Xavier ‘X’ Atencio, Disney Animator and Imagineer, Dies at 98
Francis Xavier “X” Atencio, a longtime Disney animator and Imagineer, died Sunday, Disney confirmed. He was 98.

Atencio helped bring to life such attractions as the Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion to the Disney Parks and early in his career worked on the 1940 animated classics Fantasia and Pinocchio.

He also did animation for Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (1953), the Oscar-nominated films Noah's Ark (1959), A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962) and Jack and Old Mac (1956) and provided the stop-motion sequences for The Parent Trap (1961), Babes in Toyland (1961) and Mary Poppins (1964).

Walt Disney asked...
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X Atencio, Disney Animator and Imagineer, Dies at 98

X Atencio, Disney Animator and Imagineer, Dies at 98
X Atencio, the legendary Disney animator and Imagineer who worked on “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia” and helped bring the Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion attractions to life at Disneyland, died on Sept. 10. He was 98.

Atencio worked for Disney from 1938 through 1984. He left the studio temporarily during World War II to join the Army Air Corps. He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1996.

Atencio was a favorite of Walt Disney’s for his versatility as an animator, tunesmith, writer, and innovator who brought indelible touches to some of Disneyland’s best-loved attractions.

“X was an enormous talent who helped define so many of our best experiences around the world,” said Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering. “Some may not know that when he wrote the lyrics for ‘Yo Ho’ he had never actually written a song before. He simply proposed the idea of a tune for Pirates of the Caribbean, and
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Why Comedic ‘SNL’ and ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Dominate the Original Music and Lyrics Emmy Race

Why Comedic ‘SNL’ and ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Dominate the Original Music and Lyrics Emmy Race
The mood got decidedly funnier and edgier in this year’s Emmy race for Original Music and Lyrics. It was a badly needed tonic for the country. Most notably, Tina Fey joined the musical fray for the first time, looking for her 10th Emmy with the hilarious “Hell No,” a tribute to Beyonce’s “Lemonade” (featuring an enraged Tituss Burgess) from “Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt.”

But, given the current zeitgeist, it’s not surprising that Chance the Rapper was nominated for his Run-d.M.C.–inspired rap tribute to Obama, “Last Christmas,” from “Saturday Night Live,” or that Rachel Bloom was back again with the raunchy “We Tapped That Ass” from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” There was even room for the excruciatingly uncomfortable “The Ballad of Claus Jorstad (Devil Stool)” from “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and and the animated burlesque of “Jing-a-Ling-a-Ling” from “Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special.”

Apart from comedy, there’s
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Annette Funicello's Mickey Mouse Club Ears and $1 Million in Other Rare Disney Memorabilia to Sell at Auction – See the Items

Annette Funicello's Mickey Mouse Club Ears and $1 Million in Other Rare Disney Memorabilia to Sell at Auction – See the Items
Disneyland is auctioning off an estimated $1 million worth of rare and vintage memorabilia from the park's early days.

From the first-ever Mickey Mouse wristwatch to Annette Funicello's bronzed Mickey Mouse Club ears, superfans from all over the world will bid to own a piece of Disney's beginnings at Collecting Disney, hosted by Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California.

One of the auction items literally outlines the beginning of the amusement park. Discovered by the widow of the man who helped build the Disneyland railroad, one of the first blueprints of Disneyland is now up for auction. The blueprint
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Annette Funicello's Mickey Mouse Club Ears and $1 Million in Other Rare Disney Memorabilia to Sell at Auction - See the Items

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Annette Funicello's Mickey Mouse Club Ears and $1 Million in Other Rare Disney Memorabilia to Sell at Auction - See the Items
Disneyland is gearing up for its 60th anniversary celebrations by auctioning off an estimated $1 million worth of rare and vintage memorabilia from the park's early days. From the first-ever Mickey Mouse wristwatch to Annette Funicello's bronzed Mickey Mouse Club ears, superfans from all over the world will bid to own a piece of Disney's beginnings at Collecting Disney, hosted by Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California. One of the auction items literally outlines the beginning of the amusement park. Discovered by the widow of the man who helped build the Disneyland railroad, one of the first blueprints of
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Annette Funicello's Mickey Mouse Club Ears and $1 Million in Other Rare Disney Memorabilia to Sell at Auction - See the Items

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Annette Funicello's Mickey Mouse Club Ears and $1 Million in Other Rare Disney Memorabilia to Sell at Auction - See the Items
Disneyland is gearing up for its 60th anniversary celebrations by auctioning off an estimated $1 million worth of rare and vintage memorabilia from the park's early days. From the first-ever Mickey Mouse wristwatch to Annette Funicello's bronzed Mickey Mouse Club ears, superfans from all over the world will bid to own a piece of Disney's beginnings at Collecting Disney, hosted by Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California. One of the auction items literally outlines the beginning of the amusement park. Discovered by the widow of the man who helped build the Disneyland railroad, one of the first blueprints of
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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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Gremlins 30th Anniversary Reunion Photo and Interview

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Gremlins 30th Anniversary Reunion Photo and Interview
Believe it or not, Gremlins celebrated its 30th anniversary this month. Empire Magazine has pulled together a mini reunion with Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer), Dick Miller (Murray Futterman), Joe Dante (Director), Rick Baker (SFX Gremlins 2), and Chris Walas (creator).

Here is an image from the photo shoot they did in connection to the reunion and below is a taste of the interview.

The Gremlins movies were famously hard to make. Has the pain faded?

Joe Dante: There was no pain making the second one. Warners wanted it, so they let us do whatever we wanted. But the first one... Let's just say the studio was unconvinced that this was a great idea for a movie. They did it mainly to make (executive producer) Steven Spielberg happy. So we were a little over-extended.

Chris Walas: I pulled out the first draft the other day and read it. And I
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The Walt Years

When the work of the Walt Disney Company is referenced in popular culture, it is often generalized and boiled down to princesses, Mickey Mouse, and fireworks over Cinderella’s castle as music swells. (“Get your Disney World vacation planning DVD today!”) Unfortunately, this is an extremely simplified image of the company and its legacy in feature films. In the 77 years since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Walt Disney Company’s feature films have gone through distinctive eras. There was the rise of Disney live-action, the decade following Walt Disney’s death, the era of acquisition (Marvel, LucasFilm), and the first and second animation renaissance periods, to name a few.

To give a broader view of the Walt Disney feature film, it is easiest to look at some of these specific eras and pick out the good, the best, and the worst representations of that era. This is by
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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

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

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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Former 'Mickey Mouse Club' Star Dies At Age 70

Former 'Mickey Mouse Club' Star Dies At Age 70
Former child star Annette Funicello has died at the age of 70, reports "Extra."

The actress, who is best remembered for her time as a Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" from 1955 to 1957, died from complications related to multiple sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with more than 20 years ago.

Funicello first lost the ability to walk in 2004, and later lost the ability to speak in 2009. Family members told "Extra" that they were by her side when she was taken off life support, after being in a Ms coma for years.

The former actress was the original Disney star, getting her start as a Mouseketeer and staring in Disney films including, "The Shaggy Dog" and "Babes in Toyland," before transitioning into a teen idol. In the early 1960s Funicello starred in a series of "Beach Party" movies co-starring Frankie Avalon, that included "Beach Party," "Muscle Beach Party," "Pajama Beach Party," "Beach Blanket
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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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