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Curt Lowens, Holocaust Survivor and Wartime Hero Turned Actor, Dies at 91

Curt Lowens, a Holocaust survivor and World War II hero who came to Hollywood and portrayed German officers in such films as Tobruk and Torn Curtain and on television in Wonder Woman and Hogan's Heroes, has died. He was 91.

Lowens fell recently and died Monday night at a rehabilitation center of Beverly Hills, according to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. "Curt was a beloved member of our community," it said in a statement.

A native of East Prussia (later Poland) who was held in a concentration camp, Lowens worked for directors Alfred Hitchcock in Torn Curtain (1966)...
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Fanatic Feed: Bewitched Star Dies, Lyndsy Fonseca Returns to TV & More

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If you watched Bewitched, you called upon Dr. Bombay every time you cut your knee. You just did. Bernard Fox passed away this week.

Starz has the return of an acclaimed series, a fan favorite Nikita actress is staging her series comeback, and Star Trek: Discovery found it's lead. 

Read on.

The Missing Season 2 from Starz has received a premiere date and some key art.

The second season is completely fresh, with a new case, a new cast in a new location.

The tagline is "The search ends. The mystery begins." The key art depicts the return of Alice Webster. Her return is a mystery in itself, but will also hold the secrets about another missing girl.

This eight-episode limited series will follow the parents of Alice, who went missing in 2003, Sam and Gemma Webster (David Morrissey and Keeley Hawes).

When, 11 years later, a girl claiming to be Alice Webster reappears,
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Bernard Fox, Who Played Dr. Bombay on 'Bewitched,' Dies at 89

Bernard Fox, the character actor with a European flair who is perhaps best known for playing the womanizing witch doctor Dr. Bombay on the ABC series Bewitched, died Wednesday. He was 89.

The Welshman, who portrayed the bumbling Colonel Crittendon on another popular 1960s sitcom, CBS' Hogan's Heroes, died of heart failure at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., publicist Harlan Boll announced.

Fox appeared in an uncredited role in A Night to Remember (1958), about the Titanic disaster, and then played Colonel Archibald Gracie IV in James Cameron's 1997 film about the doomed ocean liner. In the first one, his...
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'Hogan's Heroes' Star Bob Crane -- Murderer to Be Revealed on Live TV (Photos)

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The man who viciously murdered Bob Crane, the star of the iconic TV show "Hogan's Heroes," may be exposed on TV after a 38 year unsolved mystery. Crane was bludgeoned to death with a camera tripod in his Scottsdale apartment back in 1978. He and his good friend, John Carpenter, were deep into kinky sex ... secretly filming various sexual configurations involving numerous women. Carpenter's rent-a-car was seized by cops just days after Crane's murder, and they found blood inside.
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Case Closed with Aj Benza: New Reelz Docu-Series Debuts in April

The new, original Case Closed with Aj Benza TV series premieres on Reelz, Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00pm Et and 7:00pm Pt. Benza examines celebrity mysteries and tragedies, to find answers to long-standing questions.

The first season of Case Closed with Aj Benza will feature the deaths of Princess Diana, Brittany Murphy, Tupac and Biggie, Hogan's Heroes' Bob Crane, Marilyn Monroe, and more.

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Hogan's Heroes: Star Recounts Surviving the Holocaust

The Hollywood Reporter has published an important feature on Hollywood's last Holocaust Survivors. The subjects are Bill Harvey, Ruth Posner, Dario Gabbai, Celina Biniaz, Leon Prochnik, Meyer Gottlieb, Branko Lustig, Curt Lowens, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Robert Clary.

The 89 year old Clary rose to fame on the CBS sitcom, Hogan's Heroes, a long-running show starring Bob Crane, that featured life in a WWII P.O.W. camp. Born in France to an Orthodox Jewish family, in real life, Clary was the only one of 14 family members to survive until the liberation.

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Cinema Retro Hosts Book Event For Authors Robert Crane And Christopher Fryer

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Cinema Retro Lee Pfeiffer recently moderated a book signing event for authors Robert Crane and Christopher Fryer in relation to their new release "Bob Crane: Sex, Celebrity and My Father's Unsolved Murder", which has been published by the University Press of Kentucky. The event was held at The Coffee House Club, a legendary 100 year-old private venue for the arts in New York that has boasted such illustrious members as Sir Winston Churchill, Robert Benchley, Basil Rathbone and Henry Fonda. The book details the impact that the murder of "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane had on his family, specifically his son Robert, who was in his early twenties when the grisly crime occurred in 1979. Bob Crane had risen to fame playing avuncular, sharp-witted "guy next door" types. He was also a highly talented musician who enjoyed moonlighting as an acclaimed drummer. In private life, he was a very complex man.
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Community season 4: is it worth watching?

With Community season 6 around the corner & all 5 seasons now on UK Netflix, should you skip or watch the Dan Harmon-less "gas leak year"?

If you're enjoying watching Community for the first time, since it arrived on UK Netflix last week, the anomaly of the fourth season might be a little bewildering. Where the rest of the show is witty, enjoyable and well-versed in pop culture without being obnoxious about it, season four is almost like an exaggeration of what came before, and yet if you can get through it, it becomes great again in season five.

For those of us more acclimatised to the volatile behind-the-scenes situation on the NBC show, you might remember that there was a season there where series creator and showrunner Dan Harmon was fired, only to be re-hired the following year in an unprecedented turnaround by the network.

With Harmon reinstated, season four looks even more like a blip.
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Last surviving star of 'Hogan's Heroes' Cynthia Lynn dies at 76

Last surviving star of 'Hogan's Heroes' Cynthia Lynn dies at 76
Washington, March 13: Cynthia Lynn, the last surviving cast member of the popular 1960s comedy show 'Hogan's Heroes' has passed away. She was 76.

The veteran actress died due to sudden multiple organ failure in Panorama City, California, Us Magazine reported.

Lisa Brando, Lynn's only daughter with late legendary actor Marlon Brando, mourned her mum's death on Facebook and thanked fans for their prayers.

Lynn played Fraulein Helga, Colonel Klink's secretary on the comedy show. (Ani)
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Cynthia Lynn, Hogan's Heroes Actress, Dies

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Cynthia Lynn, Hogan's Heroes Actress, Dies
Cynthia Lynn, one of the last surviving cast members of the 1965-71 sitcom Hogan's Heroes, died Monday in Los Angeles after suffering from hepatitis, reports Variety. She was 76. Born Zinta Valda Zimilis, in Riga, Latvia - she came to the U.S. with her family after World War II - the attractive blonde played Colonel Klink’s secretary Fraulein Helga, with the braided hair, during the first season before making appearances later in the series' run. Other shows on which she appeared included Surfside 6, Dr. Kildare, Mission: Impossible, The Odd Couple and The Six Million Dollar Man. Her last
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Hogan's Heroes' Cynthia Lynn Dies at 76, One of the Show's Last Surviving Stars

Hogan's Heroes' Cynthia Lynn Dies at 76, One of the Show's Last Surviving Stars
It's a sad day for fans of Hogan's Heroes. The popular '60s comedy lost one of its last surviving cast members, Cynthia Lynn, on Monday, March 10, her daughter, Lisa Brando, wrote on Facebook. Lynn, who was 76 at the time of her death, played Colonel Klink's secretary Fraulein Helga, the pretty blonde with braided hair, during the show's first season. She also appeared throughout the series' six seasons. Born in Riga, Latvia with the name Zinta Valda Zimilis, the actress later moved to the U.S. Lynn [...]
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Cynthia Lynn Dead -- One of the Last Surviving 'Hogan's Heroes' Star Dies

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Cynthia Lynn -- the actress who played Helga on "Hogan's Heroes" is dead, and it's believed she was one of only two surviving members of the cast.Family members tell TMZ Lynn had been in good health but was taken to the hospital Friday because her leg was swelling up.  Doctors told her she had Hepatitis. On Monday night, her organs started shutting down. She died Monday night.Lynn played Helga -- Klink's secretary --
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Amazon's Cyber Monday 2013 Blu-ray and DVD Deals: Monday, December 2

Well folks, the last chance to get major deals during Amazon's 2013 Black Friday deals week has led to this, today is Cyber Monday 2013 and I have the schedule of DVD and Blu-ray deals that will be going live throughout the day below along with the other deals that have been featured throughout the week. The deals today include some James Bond Blu-rays in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, a Blu-ray of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and the deals close out with the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set Blu-ray collection. Other than that there are some television items, such as "The Tudors" complete series set, "Sherlock Holmes" complete collection, "Twin Peaks", "The Good Wife" and "Rome". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping.
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Amazon's Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2013 Blu-ray and DVD Deals Calendar

Update! Click here for all of today's (Sunday, December 1) deals, updated throughout the day. Amazon got started with their 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals early this year, but the bigger deals are just around the corner, beginning Sunday, November 24 in fact and I've already started collecting some of the best deals that are available now as well as those that will be available throughout the week and when they will be available. That said, keep visiting, because this article will be updated as more and more deals are made available. I will also be posting daily updates all week with that day's deals, but there are some deals available right now that you may be interested in. All Week! The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Blu-ray ($44.99) 54% Off Homeland: The Complete First Season ($21.49) Homeland: The Complete Second Season ($21.99) Mission: Impossible - The Complete Series ($124.99) Harry Potter
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'Casting By': John Travolta, John Lithgow thank 'beloved' Lynn Stalmaster

John Travolta certainly knows the value of a having a casting director in his corner.

If not for the faith a legendary one named Lynn Stalmaster had in his talent, the enduring star might never have won the role of "Sweathog" Vinnie Barbarino in the sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter" ... which set him on a course of fame that exploded soon afterward with the successes of such movies as "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease." Travolta is among those paying tribute to "my beloved Lynn" (as he puts it) and others in the documentary "Casting By," which has its HBO debut Monday, Aug. 5.

"I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for Lynn and his so believing in me," Travolta recalls for Zap2it. "At age 18, I was up for the movie 'The Last Detail,' in the part Randy Quaid eventually played. Lynn was just hellbent to get me cast in that,
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'Enlisted': Fox's military comedy takes war seriously

From "Mash" to "Hogan's Heroes," military comedy on TV has run the gamut from serious to silly, and Fox's fall offering "Enlisted" attempts to walk a fine line between both.

"It's really, really important to me and to Mike [Royce] and to the entire cast to make sure the show is never appearing mocking or disrespectful," co-creator Kevin Biegel ("Cougar Town") said during a panel discussion at TCA's summer press tour. "It's not what this show is."

Instead Biegel said he hopes to find a middle ground between the two dominant portrayals of soldiers in pop culture as "either a superhero 'Call of Duty' soldier with no personality, or [someone with] Ptsd who can't even function."

"Those people exist but there's also people in the middle," Biegel added. "To say all [soldiers] have to fit into these two camps didn't seem fair to the experiences of the people I know and love."

"Enlisted" is a personal show for Biegel,
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Whitney Houston, Jennie Rivera and more of 2012's Gone but Not Forgotten

As a new year dawns, a tribute to those we've lost in the year now ending is merited ... and in 2012, those sad milestones have encompassed some of the most popular personalities in television history.

Andy Griffith: The actor-producer who put Mayberry on the map forever will be remembered as one of television's most genial personalities, also extending to his run as wily lawyer Matlock.

Dick Clark: The number of music stars who owe at least part of their success to the "American Bandstand" maestro is incalculable. Thanks to him, people also enjoy "New Year's Rockin' Eve," receive American Music Awards and have a greater appreciation of bloopers. Here's a "so long" salute to you, Dick.

Larry Hagman: The truly unfortunate irony of the veteran actor's recent death is that he was just starting his second round of "Dallas" success as master schemer J.R. Ewing. He'll also
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Fantastic Fest 2012 Wrap-up

Another Fantastic Fest has come to a close. It's been a grueling week of madness, movies and mayhem...and I can't wait to do it again next year.

As I've written before, the main problem with film fests is you can never see everything you want. But that's okay because you end up being exposed to things you didn't know about — and that's usually a good thing. I missed plenty, but Kayley Viteo and I did see a lot of films at FF2012 and we've reviewed our favorites already (to find them, just plug "Fantastic Fest" into the search box). I know Kayley has some more reviews coming, but I'm going to take this opportunity to touch on some of the rest of the many things I saw this year.

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Dead Sushi: The latest flick from Noboru Iguchi just didn't do it for me, I hate to say. I usually
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Emmy memoriam sure to salute TV legends Andy Griffith, Dick Clark, Mike Wallace

Emmy memoriam sure to salute TV legends Andy Griffith, Dick Clark, Mike Wallace
The memoriam segment on this year's Emmys will be particularly poignant as many TV legends have passed away since the past ceremony. -Insertgroups:7- Television Academy Hall of Fame members Dick Clark ("American Bandstand," "New Year's Rockin' Eve"), Andy Griffith ("The Andy Griffith Show," "Matlock"), Sherman Hemsley ("The Jeffersons," "Amen"), Mike Wallace ("60 Minutes"), executive Daniel Burke (Capital Cities/ABC), and producer Bob Stewart ("Pyramid," "The Price is Right") will almost certainly be among those whose lives and careers are celebrated this Sunday. Acting stars likely to feature in this tribute include: Ernest Borgnine ("McHale's Navy," "Airwolf"), Richard Dawson ("Hogan's Heroes," "Family Feud"), Phyllis Diller ("Hollywood Squares," comedy specials), Michael Clarke Duncan ("The Finde...
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TV Review: Breaking Bad—"Live Free or Die"

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When I first decided I was going to review Breaking Bad, I knew it would be a challenge. Not because it’s hard to write about, or because I don’t have a lot of things to say about it; I could easily write thousands of words about this show, and still have a ton of things to say about it. But the problem with reviewing Breaking Bad is that, when it comes down to it, all this will be is a gigantic love fest.

But hell, I'm going to do it anyways. Because showering my love upon all of you guys is my mission in life (oddly enough, I've said that a dozen times in my life...but I don't want to talk about my weekends). Breaking Bad kicked off its penultimate episode tonight and, sure enough, it was just as fantastic as everyone assumed it would be. At this point,
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