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Film Review: ‘Escapes’

20 June 2016 12:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anyone who’s spent an idle hour clicking around the Internet Movie Database knows that the average substantial yet less-than-a-list filmography is serpentine, and full of unpredictable digressions. An idiosyncratic collage-style look at one such career, Michael Almereyda’s “Escapes” examines the films of Hampton Fancher, whose moderately successful acting career over nearly 20 years would ultimately be eclipsed by his first foray into screenwriting: He wrote the original drafts adapting Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” into what became “Blade Runner,” sharing credit in the end with David Webb Peoples. (Fancher was also an executive producer on the film, and his involvement in its forthcoming long-awaited sequel should help expand the audience for”Escapes.”)

The tale of how Fancher came to play a key role developing one of the great sci-fi movie classics emerges almost as an afterthought late in his voiceover narration, which has the »

- Dennis Harvey

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Michael Dann, CBS Programming Chief in 1960s, Dies at 94

31 May 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Michael Dann, the longtime CBS executive who steered the network’s winning primetime strategy in the 1960s with hokey and hip shows ranging from “The Beverly Hillbillies” to “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” has died. He was 94.

Dann died May 27 at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., according to the New York Times.

Dann held the role of CBS programming chief from 1963 until 1970, when he was replaced by his protege, Fred Silverman. Hits delivered on Dann’s watch included “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Mannix” and the venerable “60 Minutes.”

Dann’s long run at CBS was credited in part to his “uncanny ability to gauge (CBS chief) William Paley’s probable reaction to most program ideas,” according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Dann brought the Smothers Brothers to CBS, but then battled with the brothers and producers over the show’s liberal political bent. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Hail, Caesar!

27 May 2016 10:32 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Not funny enough, or too hip for the house? I found the Coen Bros.' send-up of old-fashioned movie madness good fun, with some great new actors. If you like droll comedy combined with spot-on recreations of old movie genres, this show can't lose. And there has to be somebody out there who wants to see George Clooney in a skirt. Hail, Caesar! Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Universal Pictures Home Entertainment 2016 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date June 7, 2016 / 34.98 Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Veronica Osorio, Heather Goldenhersh, Max Baker, Clancy Brown, Fisher Stevens, Patick Fischler, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lambert, Robert Trebor, Michael Gambon (voice), Dolph Lundgren. Cinematography Roger Deakins Film Editors Ethan and Joel Coen Original Music Carter Burwell Produced by Tim Bevan, Ethan and Joel Coen, Eric Fellner Written and Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen »

- Glenn Erickson

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Richard Davalos, ‘East of Eden’ Actor, Dies at 85

9 March 2016 10:10 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actor Richard Davalos, who played James Dean’s brother Aron in Elia Kazan’s 1955 film “East of Eden,” died Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. He was 85.

Davalos approached stardom in the ’50s and ’60s with roles in “East of Eden” and as convict Blind Dick in 1967 classic “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman. While working on “East of Eden,” Davalos and Dean roomed together in a Burbank apartment. His other credits include “I Died a Thousand Times” (1955), “All the Young Men” (1960), “The Cabinet of Caligari” (1962), “Pit Stop” (1969), “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), “Brother, Cry for Me” (also 1970), “Hot Stuff” (1979), “Death Hunt” (1981), “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983) and his final screen credit, 2008’s “Ninja Cheerleaders.”

The actor also had an active career in television. He starred with Darryl Hickman in NBC’s brief series “The Americans” in 1961 and guested on shows including “Bonanza,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Perry Mason, »

- Jacob Bryant

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George Gaynes, ‘Punky Brewster’ and ‘Police Academy’ Star, Dies at 98

16 February 2016 6:52 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

George Gaynes, who portrayed an irritable foster parent on the ’80s sitcom “Punky Brewster,” the bewildered commandant in seven “Police Academy” films and a soap opera star with a crush on Dorothy Michaels, whom he doesn’t know is Dustin Hoffman’s character in drag, in the hit feature comedy “Tootsie,” died on Monday in North Bend, Wash. He was 98.

Gaynes, who was not only a character actor but a baritone singer, made hundreds of appearances both on TV comedies and dramas, as well as 35 films (counting both features and and made-for-tv movies) and many plays, musical comedies and even operas in the U.S. and Europe.

While Gaynes became immediately recognizable to TV viewers and filmgoers, he never achieved name recognition, let alone stardom.

On “Punky Brewster,” Gaynes played building manager Henry Warnimont, who finds an abandoned girl (Soleil Moon Frye) and becomes her foster parent and eventually her adoptive father. »

- Variety Staff

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George Gaynes, ‘Punky Brewster’ and ‘Police Academy’ Star, Dies at 98

16 February 2016 6:52 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

George Gaynes, who portrayed an irritable foster parent on the ’80s sitcom “Punky Brewster,” the bewildered commandant in seven “Police Academy” films and a soap opera star with a crush on Dorothy Michaels, whom he doesn’t know is Dustin Hoffman’s character in drag, in the hit feature comedy “Tootsie,” died on Monday in North Bend, Wash. He was 98.

Gaynes, who was not only a character actor but a baritone singer, made hundreds of appearances both on TV comedies and dramas, as well as 35 films (counting both features and and made-for-tv movies) and many plays, musical comedies and even operas in the U.S. and Europe.

While Gaynes became immediately recognizable to TV viewers and filmgoers, he never achieved name recognition, let alone stardom.

On “Punky Brewster,” Gaynes played building manager Henry Warnimont, who finds an abandoned girl (Soleil Moon Frye) and becomes her foster parent and eventually her adoptive father. »

- Variety Staff

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Ed Lauter Exemplified Versatility, Authenticity in Character Actor’s Craft

28 January 2016 11:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Being one of the top character actors of American film and television must be the ultimate double-edged career sword.

On the one hand, if you’re good — and the late Ed Lauter was one of American cinema’s great character actors — you work all the time. On the other hand, as Lauter told Shock Cinema magazine back in 2010, “Sometimes people don’t know my name. They’ll say, ‘Oh, yeah! There’s that guy! You were in … Jesus Christ … you were in … in …’ So, in a way it’s good — and in a way it’s bad.”

Lauter was not alone in his plight. He and his fellow character actors who consistently deliver the goods have been a mainstay of American cinema since the days of the Hollywood’s “stock players,” a moniker that devalues the work of great performers from Hattie McDaniel to Peter Lorre, from Sidney Greenstreet to »

- Steven Gaydos

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'Godfather' Traitor Dead at 94 – More Than Three Decades After His (Exaggerated) Obit Came Out

26 January 2016 2:58 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Godfather' actor Abe Vigoda. 'The Godfather' actor Abe Vigoda dead at 94; reports of his death in the early 1980s were greatly exaggerated Actor Abe Vigoda, little-known internationally – despite a supporting role in The Godfather – but popular in the U.S. as a result of the 1970s television series Barney Miller and of an erroneous 1982 People magazine obit, died in his sleep at his daughter's home in Woodland Park, New Jersey, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, '15. The cause of death seems to have been old age. Vigoda (born on Feb. 24, 1921, in New York City) was 94. 'The Godfather' Following a long stint on the stage – on Broadway (The Man in the Glass Booth, Marat/Sade) and elsewhere – Vigoda landed the role of Don Corleone (Marlon Brando) ally-turned-traitor Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's multiple Oscar-winning 1972 adaptation of Mario Puzo's bestseller The Godfather. “I'm really not a Mafia person, »

- Andre Soares

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