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"It Takes A Thief" Complete Series Released In Germany

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By Dean Brierly

It Takes a Thief,” the iconic adventure/espionage series that many consider Robert Wagner’s defining role, has had an interesting if somewhat checkered DVD release history. As reported in Cinema Retro back in 2010, the first digital presentation of Alexander Mundy’s nefarious exploits appeared in July of that year courtesy of the German company Polyband, which released all 16 season one episodes in a pair of three-disc sets, followed up with a four-disc set featuring 12 of the 26 season two episodes, but then inexplicably ended its release program. These Region 2 sets, which have English as well as German audio options, are still available at Amazon Germany.

In October 2010, Australia’s Madman Entertainment jumped into the fray, putting out the complete first season in a five-disc set, and subsequently issuing seasons two and three as seven-disc sets. These Region 4 sets are now out of print.

Meanwhile, American fans clamoring
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"Femme Fatales: Women In Espionage Films & Television, 1962-1973" By Tom Lisanti And Louis Paul, Revised And Updated Edition Now Available

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Cinema Retro columnist Tom Lisanti co-authored (with Louis Paul) the book "Femme Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973" for McFarland publishers. The book has just been issued in a softcover edition, revised and updated. Here is Tom Lisanti's story behind the creation of the book.

It was a long time coming, fifteen years in fact, but McFarland and Company finally released a soft cover edition of the very popular and well-received Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Film & Television, 1962-1973 by Louis Paul and myself. The book profiles 107 dazzling women (Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, Dahlia Lavi, Carol Lynley, Elke Sommer, and Sharon Tate, among them) who worked in the swinging sixties spy genre on the big and small screens. Some include interviews with these sexy spy gals. This new edition contains some profile revisions and updates and a few new photos.

The idea for this book was all Louis Paul’s.
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William Bast, Writer for TV Who Penned James Dean Bios, Dies at 84

William Bast, Writer for TV Who Penned James Dean Bios, Dies at 84
William Bast, who wrote extensively for both film and TV and was also known for his two biographies of James Dean, died of complications from Alzheimer’s on May 4. He was 84.

Bast wrote scripts for episodes of series including “Combat!,” “Perry Mason,” “Ben Casey,” “The Outer Limits,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Honey West,” “Dr. Kildare,” “The Mod Squad” and “It Takes a Thief.” He also wrote scripts for the BBC and British Independent Television, adapted Jean Giradoux’s play “Tiger at the Gates” for Granada Television and wrote episodes for classic series “The Prisoner.”

In 1976 he received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for his telepic “The Legend of Lizzie Borden,” starring Elizabeth Montgomery. His 1977 adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Man in the Iron Mask,” with Richard Chamberlain in the dual role, was nominated for an Emmy, and in 1982 his script for “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen,
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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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'Battlestar Galactica' Creator Glen A. Larson Dead at 77

'Battlestar Galactica' Creator Glen A. Larson Dead at 77
Glen A. Larson, the television writer-producer who created Battlestar Galactica, among many other hits series, died on Friday at the age of 77. Larson's son told The Hollywood Reporter that he died of esophageal cancer at UCLA Medical Center.

Larson's incredibly fruitful television career came after a stint in the 1950s pop group the Four Preps. After working as a story editor and producer on It Takes a Thief, he created his first show with the western Alias Smith and Jones, followed by The Six Million Dollar Man. In 1976, Larson introduced Quincy,
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Glen A. Larson, Creator of TV’s 'Quincy M.E.,' 'Magnum, P.I.' and 'Battlestar Galactica,' Dies at 77

Glen A. Larson, Creator of TV’s 'Quincy M.E.,' 'Magnum, P.I.' and 'Battlestar Galactica,' Dies at 77
Glen A. Larson, the wildly successful television writer-producer whose enviable track record includes Quincy M.E., Magnum, P.I., Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and The Fall Guy, has died. He was 77. Larson, a singer in the 1950s clean-cut pop group The Four Preps who went on to compose many of the theme songs for his TV shows, died Friday night of esophageal cancer at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, his son, James, told The Hollywood Reporter. Larson also wrote and produced for such noteworthy series as ABC’s It Takes a Thief, starring his fellow Hollywood High

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R.I.P. Actor Richard Kiel — James Bond Villain & ‘Twilight Zone’ Kanamit

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R.I.P. Actor Richard Kiel — James Bond Villain & ‘Twilight Zone’ Kanamit
The towering actor who played the mercenary assassin Jaws in a pair of Roger Moore-era 007 movies and the enigmatic alien in one of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone died today. Richard Kiel would have turned 75 on Saturday. His agent of 35 years, Steven Stevens Sr, told Deadline that Kiel died this afternoon at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA. The 7-foot-2 actor with the crooked smile got his start in early-1060s TV, appearing in such series as Laramie, Thriller and The Rifleman. He appeared in the 1962 sci-fi feature The Phantom Planet before landing the chilling Twilight Zone role. In “To Serve Man,” he played a representative of an advanced, giant alien race called the Kanamits, who alight on Earth amid what seems to be peace and good will. Kiel delivers a mysterious encrypted book to a meeting of the United Nations, and the episode soars from there.
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Davina McCall's Sport Relief challenge amazes 3.6 million on BBC One

Davina McCall's Sport Relief documentary attracted 3.65 million on Thursday evening, overnight data reveals.

BBC One's Beyond Breaking Point achieved an audience share of 17.3% at 9pm on a quiet Thursday night.

The One Show was the most-watched programme outside of news and soaps with 4.44m (21.8%) at 7pm. Later, Holiday Hit Squad brought in 3.10m (14.6%), and Question Time was seen by 2.35m (21.8%) at 10.35pm.

On BBC Two, The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure cooked with 2.14m (10.1%) at 8pm, while the second part of The Worricker Trilogy - Turks & Caicos - starring Bill Nighy appealed to 2.29m (11.5%) at 9pm.

On ITV, Ade Edmondson's new series Ade at Sea interested 2.63m (12.4%) at 8.30pm, followed by documentary Dangerous Dogs with 1.97m (9.3%) at 9pm (269,000/1.7% on +1).

Channel 4's Hoarder Next Door fascinated 1.47m (6.9%) at 8pm (166k/0.8%). Inside Rolls-Royce gathered 2.13m (10.1%) at 9pm (361k/2.3%) and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown amused 982k (6.1%) at 10pm (221k
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Celebrity Juice returns with 1.1 million on ITV2

Celebrity Juice returned for its new series with over a million viewers on Thursday night, according to early data.

ITV2's comedy panel show brought in 1.14 million viewers (7.1%) at 10pm, following the recent Ant & Dec special (135,000/1.6% on +1).

Earlier, The Big Reunion continued with 331k (1.6%) at 9pm.

BBC One's Holiday Hit Squad jointly topped the ratings overall outside of soaps with 3.44m (16.7%) at 8pm, along with Famous, Rich & Hungry at 9pm, also with 3.44m (16.6%). Question Time interested 2.34m (22.1%) at 10.35pm.

On BBC Two, the Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure brought in 2.15m (10.4%) at 8pm, followed by the film My Week With Marilyn with 1.37m (7.0%) at 9pm.

ITV's coverage of Tottenham's Europa League loss to Benfica scored 3.13m (15.3%) at 7.45pm.

On Channel 4, The Hoarder Next Door gathered 1.66m (8.0%) at 8pm (163k/6.8% on +1), while Live From Space entertained 1.40m (6.8%) at 9pm (178k/1.2%). How To Be a Billionaire was seen by 618k (4.2%) at
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Birds of a Feather drops but still top for finale on ITV

Birds of a Feather came out on top for its current series finale on Thursday outside of soaps, according to overnight figures.

The recently-renewed ITV sitcom dropped over 500,000 viewers from its last episode in mid-February, amusing 4.81 million (12.9%) at 8.30pm (116k/0.5% on +1).

On BBC One, Holiday Hit Squad returned with 3.18m (14.3%) at 8pm, followed by Diy Sos with 4.26m (19.1%) at 9pm. Question Time interested 2.61m (23.5%) at 10.35pm.

BBC Two's Permission Impossible gathered 1.25m (6.1%) at 7pm, while the Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure cooked with 2.10m (9.4%) at 8pm. New period drama 37 Days appealed to 2.21m (9.9%) at 9pm.

On Channel 4, The Hoarder Next Door fascinated 1.22m (5.5%) at 8pm (221k/1.0%), and The Floods that Foiled New Years brought in 1.71m (7.7%) at 9pm (312k/2.0%).

Channel 5's It Takes a Thief To Catch a Thief intrigued 1.20m (5.4%) at 8pm (127k/0.6%). The Hotel Inspector was seen by 1.03m (4.6%) at 9pm (132k/0.8%) and 70 Stone and Almost Dead attracted 974k (6.1%) at 10pm.
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TV highlights 06/03/2014

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Golf: Wgc-Cadillac Championship | Holiday Hit Squad | The Hoarder Next Door | It Takes A Thief To Catch A Thief | 37 Days | Coronation Street – A Moving Story | The Smoke | Anna Nicole

Golf: Wgc-Cadillac Championship

6pm, Sky Sports 4

Opening day's coverage from Doral, Florida of the elite event featuring top ranking players from the Official World Golf Ranking, PGA and European tours. PGA world number one Tiger Woods was victorious here last year, and will be looking to continue an impressive run of form on this course – the 2013 championship was his seventh overall. Stiff competition should be provided by Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, who won the tournament in 2013. Gwilym Mumford

Holiday Hit Squad

8pm, BBC1

Angela Rippon, Helen Skelton and Joe Crowley return, donning their factor 40 and heading off in search of pressing consumer issues for holidaymakers. The perils of hotel balconies are given startling illustration from Lee Charie, who survived a fall in Thailand,
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2013 celebrity deaths: Paul Walker, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini

The year now ending marks another 12-month period of losing talents who have given television viewers entertainment or information ... and some of those passings, even more sadly, came as major and untimely shocks. Zap2it remembers:

Paul Walker: The actor best-known for the "Fast & Furious" movies had career roots in such TV shows as "Who's the Boss?" "Highway to Heaven" and "Touched by an Angel."

James Gandolfini: He projected so much older as mobster Tony Soprano, many were surprised to learn the three-time Emmy winner only was in his 30s and 40s when he played the part.

Cory Monteith: As Finn Hudson on "Glee," the Canadian-born performer touched fans of all ages both in life and afterward.

Jean Stapleton: Forever TV's top "dingbat," the "All in the Family" actress earned three Emmys as lovably daffy Edith Bunker.

Jonathan Winters: The improvisation genius who inspired his
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Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ ‘Star Blazers,’ ‘Chappie’ & More

This Week:

Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie adds Sigourney Weaver; a feature film based on It Takes a Thief is in the works; the Star Blazers adaptation has set Christopher McQuarrie to direct; Robert Zemeckis will direct The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane; and Victor Rasuk joins Fifty Shades of Grey as Jose.

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Chappie, the latest film from sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp (Elysium), has begun filming in Johannesburg.

This casting news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Sigourney Weaver has been added to the film’s cast. It’s unclear, however, what role the actress might take on at this time.

Weaver joins a cast that already includes Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, ...

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The Rockford Files and It Takes A Thief join their fellow old action shows in getting movie updates

Reaffirming that every old action show is destined to live again (not so fast, Street Hawk), big-screen remakes of The Rockford Files and It Takes A Thief are edging ever closer to joining the yellowing TV Guide that is the modern box office. As we first relayed last year, Vince Vaughn is both producing and starring in the Rockford update, with Vaughn taking over the James Garner role of a downtrodden P.I. who prefers talking his way out of trouble, and bringing his own talent for just talking and talking, until you surrender yourself to be arrested or killed ...
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Universal Turning 1970s Series ‘It Takes a Thief’ into Film (Exclusive)

Universal Turning 1970s Series ‘It Takes a Thief’ into Film (Exclusive)
Universal is looking to get the gears moving on a feature adaptation of “It Takes a Thief,” bringing on Greg Russo to pen the script.

Inspired by the 1970s TV show created by Roland Kibbee and starring Robert Wagner, the story follows a young CIA analyst who recruits a brilliant thief, who has managed to evade the CIA to work for him. An earlier draft was written by Joe Gazzam.

John Davis is producing through his Davis Entertainment banner as is Joseph Singer. Derek Dauchy will oversee for Davis, with Scott Bernstein overseeing it for Universal.

Russo has been on a hot streak of late, and “It Takes a Thief” would be the latest in a recent string of projects to bolster his resume. He recently penned the script “Heatseekers” for Paramount, which Michael Bay and Chris Morgan are producing, and has also sold a handful of specs and pitches,
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Universal Plans It Takes a Thief

Universal Pictures has plans to bring the 1968 ABC series It Takes a Thief to the big screen, Variety reports. Hollywood newcomer Greg Russo has come aboard to provide the screenplay. Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne and Fred Astaire starred in the original show, which ran for 66 episodes and followed cat burglar Alexander Mundy (Wagner) as he agrees to work for the United States Secret Intelligence Agency in exchange for his release from prison. It's quite likely that the studio has hopes of turning the 60's spy series into a franchise, similar to what Paramount Pictures did with Mission: Impossible and what Warner Bros. is aiming for with their upcoming The Man From U.N.C.L.E. . John Davis and Joseph Singer are attached to produce.
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DVD and Blu-ray Deals Include Breaking Bad, Willy Wonka, The Walking Dead, The A-team, Dexter, and Many More

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With Amazon constantly rotating their DVD/Blu-ray deals, I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below.  Some good stuff including the awesome looking Breaking Bad complete Blu-ray set arriving later this year. Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $209.99 (30% off) Breaking Bad Seasons 1-5 on DVD up to 64% Off Breaking Bad Seasons 1-5 on DVD up to 54% Off Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Three-Disc 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) $24.99 (62% off) The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] $13.00 (72% off) The A-Team: The Complete Series $58.49 (67% off) Up to 60% off Dexter Seasons One Through Seven on Blu-ray The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series $94.99 (52% off) It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series $62.99 (58% off) Up to 69% off select TV titles on DVD/Blu-ray including The Big Bang Theory, Person Of Interest, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Smallville, and Many More Note: Collider earns a
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DVD and Blu-ray Deals Include Willy Wonka, The Walking Dead, The A-team, Dexter, and Many More

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Every Sunday Amazon rotates their weekly deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below.  If you don't yet own Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factor or Dexter on Blu-ray, you might pull the trigger today. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Three-Disc 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) $24.99 (62% off) The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] $13.00 (72% off) The A-Team: The Complete Series $58.49 (67% off) Up to 60% off Dexter Seasons One Through Seven on Blu-ray The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series $94.99 (52% off) It Takes a Thief: The Complete Series $62.99 (58% off) Up to 69% off select TV titles on DVD/Blu-ray including The Big Bang Theory, Person Of Interest, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Smallville, and Many More Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running.
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'It Takes a Thief' Star Malachi Throne Dead at 84 (Report)

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'It Takes a Thief' Star Malachi Throne Dead at 84 (Report)
Malachi Throne, who played Robert Wagner's boss Noah Bain in the 1960s series "It Takes a Thief" among many other roles during a long career, according to multiple sources. He was 84. "Supernatural" and "Justified" actor Jim Beaver, posted news of Throne's death on his Facebook page Thursday, writing, "My good friend Malachi Throne died last night. One of the finest actors and finest people I've been fortunate enough to know." Theatre West, a Los Angeles-based theater company, also noted Throne's death, writing, "Theatre West says goodbye to our good friend and
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'Batman' Actor Dies At Age 84

'Batman' Actor Dies At Age 84
Malachi Throne is dead. The character actor, most known for his memorable appearances on "Star Trek" and "Batman," died Wednesday, Mar. 13. after succumbing to cancer. He was 84.

Friend and "Justified" actor Jim Beaver appears to have been among the first to break the news to the public, via his Facebook page. "My good friend Malachi Throne died last night. One of the finest actors and finest people I've been fortunate enough to know," he wrote.

Throne's agent, Annette Robinson, confirmed the actor's passing to The Huffington Post, saying the actor had been battling cancer for some time and that he had died peacefully in his sleep.

Throne acted in more than 90 different television shows over a span of five decades; he first appeared on "The DuPont Show of the Month" in 1959. Fans will remember him as Robert Wagner's boss Noah Bain on the series "It Takes a Thief" and as False Face on "Batman,
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