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Brothers Ron and Clint Howard Reflect on Their Late Father's Legacy in Heartfelt Obituary

Brothers Ron and Clint Howard Reflect on Their Late Father's Legacy in Heartfelt Obituary
Rance Howard died Nov. 25 at the age of 89. In a statement posted on Twitter, his son, director Ron Howard, announced his father’s death: “Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89,” Ron, 63, tweeted, referring to his brother Clint Howard, who is also an actor. “He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.” In the days following his passing, brothers Ron and Clint reflected on their father’s life in an obituary,
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Ron and Clint Howard Remember Dad Rance’s ‘Enthusiasm, Dignity and Fearlessness’ (Guest Column)

Ron and Clint Howard Remember Dad Rance’s ‘Enthusiasm, Dignity and Fearlessness’ (Guest Column)
“Having Opie sass back to Andy might get a few laughs, but it’s like every other sitcom and it hurts the father/son relationship.”

Aaron Ruben, Sheldon Leonard, and Andy Griffith were surprised. Where did this 32-year-old father of child actor Ronny Howard find the nerve to chime in and pitch changes to their new CBS sitcom? Where did this guy come from?

Our Dad, Rance Howard, born Harold Beckenholdt (11-17-28), was an Oklahoma farm boy who caught the acting bug at age 12, performing in a Christmas pageant in the town’s one-room schoolhouse.

A brief stint at the University of Oklahoma was highlighted when he met his first wife, Jean, at a scene study class. They married in Kentucky while touring as actors in a children’s theater company and ultimately landed in New York. Dad’s big break came when he was cast as Lindstrom in the original Broadway hit “Mister Roberts.”

Dad
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Flipper Season One

Back in 1964 a lot of people still thought dolphins were fish, but by the time this TV show was finished, we all knew that our happy undersea friend was smarter than the average bear and lives in a world full of wonder. Ivan Tors’ grandly successful Florida-shot family show kept a lot of seagoing movie veterans in green seaweed, including both original ‘Creature’ Gill Men.

Flipper, Season One

Blu-ray

Olive Films

1964-65 / Color / 1:33 flat TV / 780 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 39.95

Starring: Brian Kelly, Luke Halpin, Tommy Norden.

Cinematography: Clifford H. Poland Jr., Lamar Boren

Original Music: Henry Vars, song by

Written by: Jack Cowden, Ricou Browning, Peter L. Dixon, Laird Koenig, Stanley H. Silverman, Orville H. Hampton, Lee Erwin, Art Arthur, Jess Carneol, Key Lenard, Ivan Tors, Alan Caillou, Arthur Richards, Robert Sabaroff.

Produced by Ivan Tors, Ricou Browning, Leon Benson, Andrew Marton

Directed by: Ricou Browning,
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Clint Howard Will Appear in Han Solo Movie

Clint Howard Will Appear in Han Solo Movie
Ron Howard is coming through for his brother one more time.

It appears Clint Howard will have at least a cameo in the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo spin-off, according to the director.

"Please tell me you have a role for Clint," Twitter user Andylove said, replying to one of Ron's tease photos from the Han Solo set.

"You won't be disappointed," the director responded Wednesday.

Clint — who like his older brother was a child actor appearing in such shows as Gentle Ben and Star Trek — has had a cameo or role in a number of Ron's films. One of his...
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Spooky and magical 80s kids' TV dramas: 1980-84

Alex Westthorp Sep 14, 2016

Did fantasy dramas Chocky, The Box Of Delights and Dramarama leave an impression on you as a kid? Revisit those nightmares here...

Spooky, always magical and occasionally downright scary dramas are the bedrock of kids' television. For me, the pinnacle of this sort of programme was reached in the 1980s. The decade saw a new approach to both traditional and contemporary drama by both UK broadcasters: ITV committed itself to regular seasons of children's plays with Dramarama (1983-89), a kind of youth version of the venerable BBC Play For Today (1970-84), which saw the 1988 television debut of one David Tennant. The BBC, building upon an impressive body of work from the early 70s onwards, produced some of its very best family drama in this era, embracing cutting edge technology to bring treats like The Box Of Delights (1984) and The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (1988) to the screen.
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Earl Hamner Jr., Creator of ‘The Waltons,’ Dies at 92

Earl Hamner Jr., Creator of ‘The Waltons,’ Dies at 92
Earl Hamner Jr., the creator and narrator of CBS’ beloved, long-running family drama “The Waltons,” died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 92 and had been diagnosed with cancer in June 2014, according to a Facebook post by his daughter.

She wrote: “I want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers, good wishes and kind thoughts – I can assure you that they sustained Dad and helped him to recover enough to proudly witness the final production of ‘Earl Hamner: Storyteller’, become the honored recipient of the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Humanitarian Award, and accept Media Heritage Founder’s Award. There is not a doubt in my mind that he would not have made it this far without you — and we had the good fortune to keep him in our lives a bit longer despite the odds against him. He never got enough of this great gift of
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Earl Hamner Jr., Creator of ‘The Waltons,’ Dies at 92

Earl Hamner Jr., Creator of ‘The Waltons,’ Dies at 92
Earl Hamner Jr., the creator and narrator of CBS’ beloved, long-running family drama “The Waltons,” died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 92 and had been diagnosed with cancer in June 2014, according to a Facebook post by his daughter.

She wrote: “I want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers, good wishes and kind thoughts – I can assure you that they sustained Dad and helped him to recover enough to proudly witness the final production of ‘Earl Hamner: Storyteller’, become the honored recipient of the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Humanitarian Award, and accept Media Heritage Founder’s Award. There is not a doubt in my mind that he would not have made it this far without you — and we had the good fortune to keep him in our lives a bit longer despite the odds against him. He never got enough of this great gift of
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Born Free

Do you love movies about cute animals? The original pet-lion-in-Africa romp is actually a well balanced nature film about the separation between wild animals and those raised by humans. Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers winningly play the Adamsons, game wardens that dedicate themselves to the well-being of Elsa, the lioness they raise from infancy. Born Free Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 96 min. / Ship Date December 8, 2015 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Lukoye, Omar Chambati Cinematography Kenneth Talbot Film Editor Don Decon Original Music John Barry Written by Lester Cole from the novel by Joy Adamson Produced by Sam Jaffe, Paul B. Radin Directed by James Hill

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Savant normally becomes sullen and anti-social around overly committed animal lovers, I suppose because I think the world gets a little out of balance when people seriously consider their domestic
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Willard

“I was good to you, Ben!” Well, that’s true, Willard, up to a point. Daniel Mann’s Willard (1971) makes a few good and satirical points, one being don’t bite the hand that feeds you, especially as that “hand” might bite you right back. Willard kicked off the 70’s Critters Done Wrong By (trademark pending) subgenre, leading to such memorable fodder as Frogs (1972), Food of the Gods (1976), and Day of the Animals (1977). However, Willard stands out from the (rat) pack by keeping it thrills low key and scurrying on the ground.

Produced by Bing Crosby Productions (yes, that Bing) and distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation (they also put out The Beast Must Die and Seizure), Willard received good notices, and more importantly to the genre, pulled in over $14 million Us when it was released in June of ’71. Propelled by top notch performances, Willard delivers the vermin to your doorstep.
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Men, Motors & Meltdowns: A ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Feature

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you stick cars and explosions in a movie, men will go and see it. The Fast & Furious franchise has clocked up a ridiculous number of miles at the box office and now another series is about to join the fun, set in the future but resurrected from a seemingly-dormant past.

Mad Max: Fury Road takes us back to the dusty, post-apocalyptic world of Max Rockatansky, a man as burned by tragedy as by the relentless Outback sun. Originally played by Mel Gibson, this time round rising Brit Tom Hardy adopts the mantle (and indeed the accent) for a blistering thrill ride of machine-based mayhem that has had even the most genteel critics foaming at the mouth.

Though Charlize Theron provides equal star power as Imperator Furiosa, it’s safe to say this film is largely one for the boys. So with that in mind,
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Ann Marcus, Emmy-Winning Writer and WGA Activist, Dies at 93

Ann Marcus, who won an Emmy for “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” and worked on “Days of Our Lives,” “Knots Landing” and “Peyton Place,” died Wednesday at her home in Sherman Oaks. She was 93.

Marcus, a member of the Writers Guild of America since 1961, was a longtime activist at the guild and received the WGA West’s Morgan Cox Award for service in 2000. She served on the guild’s board of directors in 1977-1981, 1984-86, 1990-91 and 1997-2003 and was secretary-treasurer from 1991-93.

She was recognized by the Paley Center for Media in 2006 as one of the women who helped shape the history of media. Marcus also served on the steering committee of the Caucus for Writers, Producers, and Directors, and was a governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Marcus was a native of Little Falls, N.Y. After graduating from Western College in Ohio in 1943, she got
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It's Safe To Let "Gentle Ben" Walk Among Us

From 1967-1969, over the course of two seasons, America traveled to the Florida Everglades to embark on family-friendly adventures with the Wedloes. They were an All-American family led by game warden Tom (Dennis Weaver), his wife Ellen (Beth Brickell), and their son Mark (played by, yes, Ron Howard’s younger brother, Clint). While his elder sibling was keeping busy as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, Clint horsed around with his tame bear, the titular Ben.

The formula was always the same, mirrored in many shows of the time. Something was wrong or a new, always relatively harmless, foe threatened the Everglades and the Wedloes had to restore order with their furry friend. The ‘60s were a boom time for television, from Gilligan and the Brady Bunch to Dick Van Dyke and Bonanza. Somewhere between The Addams family and the Flinstones, Gentle Ben found a home with another family-centric yarn.
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TV highlights 14/02/2014

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Winter Olympics | Student Nurses: Bedpans And Bandages | Jamie And Jimmy's Friday Night Feast | An Island Parish | Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Wild | Neil Sedaka: King Of Song | Nurse Jackie | Live At The Electric

Winter Olympics

6.45am, BBC2

Day seven from Sochi, and for Great Britain a major medal hope as Shelley Rudman and Lizzy Yarnold compete in the final two runs of the women's skeleton. Britain have a strong record in this discipline, having won medals in the last three Winter Olympics, including a gold four years ago, and, in Rudman and Yarnold, boast the previous two winners of the skeleton World Cup. Elsewhere, Britain's men's and women's curling teams are in action, while in ski jumping the men's individual large hill gets underway. Gwilym Mumford

Student Nurses: Bedpans And Bandages

8pm, ITV

We're in Manchester and Birmingham for this new series following nurses in training. Helen, aged
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Gentle Ben: Season Two DVD Arrives February 18th

Gentle Ben: Season Two DVD Arrives February 18th
Starring acclaimed television and film actors Clint Howard and Dennis Weaver, relive the final season of the classic, family-friendly series when Gentle Ben: Season Two arrives on DVD February 18. Gentle Ben centers on the inspirational relationship between a boy (Howard) and his 650 lb best friend Ben.

Based on the children's novel of the same name, Gentle Ben follows the adventures in the Florida Everglades of a game warden, Tom Wedloe (Weaver), his wife Ellen (Beth Brickell), their son Mark (Howard), and Mark's tame bear Ben. Gentle Ben: Season Two also includes guest appearances from Ron Howard, Rance Howard, NFL football legend Bart Starr and Albert Salmi.

DVD Basics:

Street Date: February 18, 2014

Price: $36.00

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 11 hours, 52 minutes
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DVD Releases, Giveaway of the Week: Win White Collar Season 4!

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With all the great DVD/Blu-rays coming out lately, it looks like just about every genre is featured.

So let’s check out the top new releases that you should be picking up to watch for the first time or, in some cases, revisit!

Crime/Action: If you’re craving good guys and bad guys, check out the just-released Nikita Season 3 (starring Maggie Q and Shane West) or take a visit to New York City with the always-appealing Matt Bomer in USA’s White Collar Season 4.

In fact, we have one (1) DVD copy of White Collar Season 4 to giveaway to one (1) of our lucky readers.

Just follow any or all of the steps outlined below by Monday, October 28. We'll select one entrant at random and mail that individual a copy of this bonus-filled prize. You must be a U.S. resident and over 18 years of age. Good luck!

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Comic Review: Gentlemen Comics – Beezlebabe #1 (Nsfw)

Gentlemen Comics is a new publishing company exclusively showcasing and selling adult-themed graphic novels and at the tail-end of last year they officially launched the company’s website, releasing thirteen original titles available for online purchase: Maya, Scarlet Lady, Krystopia, Beezlebabe, F.E.R.A.L., Conquest of Semal, Sexual Tension, The Trap, Revenge of the Ravaged, Winter in India, Miss Rita, Kama & Sutra and Rooftops. And they sent us some for review!

Beezlebabe: Issue #1

Beezlebabe is the story of a perpetually horny college student who also happens to be a demon – however she only turns into a demon on orgasm, which leads to numerous panels of a masturbating college student getting literally red-faced (and moist) with anticipation…

With a story by Tj Hunter and art by Nestor, you only have to reach the second page before you realise this tale of demons living among us isn’t like any
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See Synopsis For Billy Bob Thornton/Grizzly Bear Movie “Red Machine”

See Synopsis For Billy Bob Thornton/Grizzly Bear Movie “Red Machine”
I think most people will be sold by the mere idea of a grizzly bear thriller starring Billy Bob Thornton. In case that doesn’t, Billy Bob Thornton has set out to give Red Machine a synopsis in his own words. Check it out:

James Marsden (X Men, Enchanted) and Thomas Jane (Hung, yes, and so good in The Mist) are a pair of estranged brothers who enter the wilderness. Marsden, fresh out of jail, is the ne’er-do-well who has come home to settle somed unfinished business. Jane is the town sheriff who helps his fiancée track the local fauna. Their outing in the great white north takes off, but goes horribly south when they are attacked, then relentlessly pursued by a monstrous and seriously territorial grizzly bear. This is clearly not Yogi Bear or Gentle Ben territory because this particular specimen of Ursus arctos horribilis goes by the nickname Red Machine.
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Billy Bob Thornton Lends Insight into Grizzly Horror Flick Red Machine

Actor Billy Bob Thornton has revealed a lot of details pertaining to what to expect when his new horror flick, Red Machine, is unleashed upon the masses. Read on to find out who's on the menu.

As per Thornton's blog:

James Marsden (X-Men, Enchanted) and Thomas Jane (“Hung”, yes, and so good in The Mist) are a pair of estranged brothers who enter the wilderness. Marsden, fresh out of jail, is the ne’er-do-well who has come home to settle some unfinished business. Jane is the town sheriff who helps his fiancée track the local fauna. Their outing in the great white north takes off but goes horribly south when they are attacked, then relentlessly pursued by a monstrous and seriously territorial grizzly bear. This is clearly not Yogi Bear or Gentle Ben territory because this particular specimen of Ursus arctos horribilis goes by the nickname "Red Machine."

Billy Bob plays Douglass,
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DVD Review: "Clarence The Cross-eyed Lion" (1965) Starring Marshall Thompson

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By Lee Pfeiffer

The Warner Archive has recently been releasing films made by Ivan Tors' production company during the 1960s. Tors specialized in underwater and animal-themed adventure movies and TV series and he had a number of major successes including Sea Hunt, Flipper and Gentle Ben. Tors also had a knack for turning feature films into TV series. Flipper began as a theatrical released and morphed into a TV show. Gentle Ben began as a TV show and later inspired the feature film Gentle Giant. The Warner Archive has released another of these cross-over productions, Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion which would serve as the feature length pilot for the TV series Daktari. Marshall Thompson stars as Dr. Marsh Tracy, a veterinarian who works in the jungles of Africa to aid injured animals and help thwart poachers with the aid of local government authorities. The film's subject matter has something
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American Horror Story 1.04 "Halloween, Part 1" Recap

American Horror Story welcomes Zachary Quinto into the ghostly fold with its fourth episode "Halloween, Part 1" on FX tonight, and even if you missed out, we've got all the ghostly twists and turns to hold you over until the frightful conclusion next week! Of course, if you’re too frightened to watch the action for yourself, read on for our American Horror Story recap of "Halloween, Part 1”!

In our most recent flashback to date, American Horror Story takes us back to good old 2010 to visit the troubled partnership between the house’s last owners, Chad Warwick (Zachary Quinto) and Patrick (Teddy Sears). While Chad struggles to put things together for a perfect Halloween party to help sell the house, he lashes out at Patrick for having an affair with his personal trainer and not pulling his weight with the house.

Sometime later Chad attempts to tenderly apologize, until the rubber
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