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Colossus: The Forbin Project & The Taking Of The Pelham One Two Three Director Joseph Sargent Dead At 89

The director that epitomized the 1970’s, Joseph Sargent, has sadly passed away. (1925-2014)

With a career lasting 50 years, Sargent brought to the big screen such thrilling cinema as The Taking Of The Pelham One Two Three, MacArthur, White Lightning and Colossus: The Forbin Project.

Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay made the following statement upon learning of the passing of director Joseph Sargent:

“When it comes to directing Movies for Television, Joe’s dominance and craftsmanship was legendary – for the past 50 years. With eight DGA Awards nominations in Movies for Television, more than any other director in this category, Joe embodied directorial excellence on the small screen. He was unafraid of taking risks, believing in his heart that television audiences demanded the highest quality stories – whether chronicling uncomfortable historic events like the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study in Miss Evers’ Boys, or compelling personal stories about inspiring individuals like
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Jerry McNeely, Creator of ‘Owen Marshall,’ Dies at 86

Jerry McNeely, Emmy-nominated television writer and creator of series including “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law,” died Monday in Tarzana, Calif. He was 86 and had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for several years.

McNeely was one of TV’s busiest writers in the 1960s and ’70s, penning multiple episodes of “Dr. Kildare,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Ironside,” “The Name of the Game” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.” He also created and wrote multiple episodes of the lawyer series “Owen Marshall,” the high-school-teacher series “Lucas Tanner” and the family drama “Three for the Road.”

In the 1980s, he developed and produced the medical series “Trauma Center” and produced the family drama “Our House.” He also wrote individual scripts for such popular series as “The Twilight Zone,” “Mr. Novak,” “The Virginian,” “The Streets of San Francisco” and “McMillan and Wife.”

McNeely received Emmy and Humanitas nominations for writing the 1977 TV movie “Something for Joey,
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How TV’s Bad Boys Reap Emmy Awards

How TV’s Bad Boys Reap Emmy Awards
Rascals are in vogue these days. Just ask Emmy.

Last year’s lead actor in a drama slate featured Walter White of “Breaking Bad,” Don Draper of “Mad Men,” Frank Underwood of “House of Cards” and Damian Lewis of “Homeland.” Connivers and cheaters all; many of them killers, too.

All remain eligible this year. And if 2013’s good fellas (“Downton Abbey” patriarch Lord Grantham, and “The Newsroom” award-copping lead Will McAvoy) get snubbed, plenty of GoodFellas wait in the wings to steal their slots, from Red Reddington of “The Blacklist” and Nucky Thompson of “Boardwalk Empire,” to Rustin Cohle on “True Detective” and the psycho to top all psychos, “Hannibal.”

What is it about all these bastards? Is there something in the zeitgeist that’s being reflected here? Let’s back up a little.

Still reeling from JFK’s murder, 1964 America looked to perpetuate New Frontier idealism. So while Lbj passed progressive social legislation,
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Bonnie Franklin, 'One Day at a Time' star, dies at 69

Bonnie Franklin, 'One Day at a Time' star, dies at 69
Bonnie Franklin, the pert, redheaded actress whom millions came to identify with for her role as divorced mom Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom One Day at a Time, has died.

She died Friday at her home in Los Angeles due to complications from pancreatic cancer, family members said. She was 69. Her family had announced she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September.

Franklin was a veteran stage and television performer before One Day At a Time made her a star.

Developed by Norman Lear and co-created by Whitney Blake – herself a former sitcom star and single mother raising future
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The Scent of Cinema: A Democratized Film Experience at Motovun

Cinema huckster William Castle

I was at the 10th Motovun Film Festival, in Croatia two summers ago, mainly to see their ‘interactive cinema programme’. Motovun is renowned as a Woodstock of film festivals and often includes an interesting side programme. This year’s Motovun Film Festival began yesterday (26 July), with a side programme of Slovenian film, socially-committed topics tackling issues like human trafficking and rape, quirky “of people, cats and dogs”, and several homages to renowned directors.

When I attended the festival there were three screenings that handed over the director’s role to the audience; we were to decide the outcomes of these movies. The films screened were Czech ‘Kinoautomat’ “Man and His Home” (1966), Danish “Switching” (2003) and Canadian “Late Fragment” (2007).

Kinoautomat, the first interactive cinema and brain child of Czech director Radúz Činčera was invented in 1966. Alongside the movie projection, two moderators sitting at the stage were part of the spectacle.
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In Praise Of James Franciscus

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This Entry Was Updated On February 1On the subject of somewhat forgotten actors...   I'm writing to you today because it's January 31st and that was the birthday of the late James Franciscus, who would be 76 today.  Probably best recalled now for only Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970), Franciscus was part of a crop of handsome TV actors (he was the original star of The Naked City TV series) in the late fifties who longed for movie star status (and likely watched with burning resentment in the sixties as Steve McQueen shot past them all).  Franciscus tried for that brass ring several times (anyone remember Youngblood Hawke from 1964?) only to return again and again to series television to support his family.  Jane Fonda's "first" (according to her recent autobiography), Franciscus had a reasonably successful acting career by most standards, but was reportedly bitter that he never gained real leading
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