15 items from 2014
By Lee Pfeiffer
Seven years after his blockbuster success producing the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure, Irwin Allen revisited the same story for a sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure. The 1979 film represents all the reasons that sequels to most hit films are generally disdained. Yes, there was The Godfather trilogy to buck the trend, but there were also those God-awful sequels to Jaws. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure opens the morning after the capsizing of the cruise ship. Michael Caine is Mike Turner, the financially destitute captain of a small vessel who is facing bankruptcy after losing his cargo in the same violent storm that destroyed The Poseidon. On board his boat are his first mate Wilbur (Karl Malden) and Celeste Whitman (Sally Field), a perky but klutzy young drifter the men have befriended. They stumble upon the capsized wreck of the Poseidon and Turner immediately smells financial opportunity in the tragedy. »
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Elliot R. Wax, a former television agent at William Morris and the leader of his own agency, died on May 4 from complications of kidney disease at his home in Lake Sherwood, Calif. He was 84.
Wax packaged many hit variety and comedy shows while at Wma and found success running his own firm, Elliot Wax & Associates, as well.
While in the television variety show department at William Morris, he was involved in the packaging and selling of numerous variety specials with stars including Danny Thomas, Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Jackson 5, Andy Williams, the Osmonds and Dionne Warwick. While representing writers and producers, Wax packaged variety series that included “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” “The Sonny & Cher Show,” “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” “The Redd Foxx Show” and “The Glen Campbell Show.”
While a VP at William Morris, Wax made the move into the business of packaging half-hour television. »
- Carmel Dagan
Michael Travis, the costume designer who created the outlandish and flamboyant outfits for Liberace's stage extravaganzas, died Thursday at his home in Studio City. He was 86. Travis recently had been hospitalized with heart problems and other ailments, his nephew, George Lavdas, told the Los Angeles Times. Travis, who was awarded a Costume Designers Guild Career Achievement Award in 2010, was responsible for the costumes on the 1960s loopy NBC comedy show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, where he created up to 400 costumes per week. He also served as the costume designer for the Academy Awards for six years,
- Mike Barnes
He had been hospitalized last month due to serious ailments including heart problems.
Though Travis designed for several other performers, he will likely be best remembered for his work for 16 years with Liberace before the performer’s death in 1987, creating the over-the-top stage outfits that would become Liberace’s signature. The two began working together in the early 1970s. The outfits incorporated jewels, sequins, feathers, fur and other adornments, causing some to weigh more than 100 pounds.
One outfit that Travis designed for Liberace in 1979, widely known as the “flame” costume, included 1,600 tiny lights. Some of the costumes, inspired designs for royalty, we’re less flashy and featured meticulous detailing. Many of the memorable costumes Travis designed are on display at the Liberace Museum.
- Alex Stedman
Ed Hookstratten, an attorney who represented a galaxy of entertainment and sports stars including Johnny Carson and Vin Scully during a career of more than 50 years, died Wednesday of complications from congestive heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83.
“The Hook was a one-man force in the agency business, the last of the great and effective lone operators who knew everyone on both sides of the table,” Brokaw said in a statement. “I remember the first time I hired him. I was up for a big job at NBC, and when I told the executive in charge Ed would represent me, he clutched his heart and said, ‘Oh, »
- Associated Press
Madden's death was confirmed by his niece, who said he passed away at a hospice near his Jacksonville area home, according to The New York Daily News.
Dave Madden Dies
As Reuben Kinkaid on The Partridge Family, Madden managed the group of sibling singers, despite the fact he wasn’t much of a fan of children. His biggest comic scuffles were with boisterous bassist Danny Partridge, played by Danny Bonaduce.
“His relationship with Danny Bonaduce is what made the show work – this strange, mad little boy and the grown man who was even worse as a father figure,” Shirley Jones, who played the Partridge matriarch, told The New York Times. She also added that despite his character's rough edges, Madden actually “loved kids.”
Jones, in addition to starring as his TV mother, »
Madden, 82, died Thursday (Jan. 16) after a long illness, TMZ reports.
Madden played the harried manager of the Partridge Family on the ABC series, which ran from 1970-74. Prior to that, he was a regular performer on "Laugh-In," and he followed his "Partridge" stint with a semi-regular role on "Alice" and a host of TV guest appearances.
Below, watch the first half of the "Partridge Family" pilot episode; Madden's first appearance comes around the 9-minute mark. Also, take a listen to "The Ballad of Reuben Kincaid" by indie band The Moses Gun.
Another TV icon has passed away. Character actor Dave Madden died earlier today of congestive heart and kidney failure. The 82-year-old actor passed away in Florida, according to TMZ.
Madden was best known for his role as band manager Reuben Kincaid on The Partridge Family. He was also recurring customer Earl Hicks at Mel's Diner on the CBS sitcom Alice and a regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In for a season.
What do you think? Did you enjoy Madden's work? »
Dave Madden, best known for playing band manager Reuben Kincaid on The Partridge Family, died Thursday at the age of 82. His niece Mary Frances Miller tells the Associated Press that he passed away at a hospice center near his home in the Jacksonville, Fla., area. Congestive heart and kidney failure was the cause, his former agent tellsTMZ. Madden's character on the hit '70s TV show shared a lot of scenes with former child star Danny Bonaduce, who paid tribute to his close friend and costar on Twitter. "Dave Madden was a great guy & like family to me," he wrote. »
- K.C. Blumm
Madden’s character was typically aggravated by the mischievous Partridge kids and tangled frequently with Danny Bonaduce’s character.
Jones said Madden “made the show, I felt.”
“His relationship with Danny Bonaduce is what made the show work: this strange, mad little boy and the grown man who was even worse as a father figure,” she said Thursday. “It was hysterical!”
Before “The Partridge Family,” Madden was part of the ensemble on the “Laugh-In” comedy series, sipping and sometimes spitting milk along with joining in the show’s zany sketches and crazy jokes. He later had »
- Pat Saperstein
Dave Madden -- who played "The Partridge Family's" aggravated band manager on the 1970s TV show -- has died after a long illness at age 82 ... TMZ has learned.Madden played Reuben Kincaid on the show ... who was often bedeviled by the antics of the Partridge kids, particularly Danny, played by Danny Bonaduce.Dave's former agent tells TMZ ... he died of congestive heart and kidney failure early this morning.Madden also appeared on another popular 70s TV show, »
- TMZ Staff
Credit: Mike Lamonica
Morgan Freeman will present the SAG 50th Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
SAG-aftra is honoring Rita Moreno for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Past recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford, and George Burns.
Credit: Mark Hill
In 1971, Freeman and Moreno were among the stars of “The Electric Company,” a comedy variety show created by the Children’s Television Workshop (Ctw) featuring live-action sketches, cartoons, and songs. Inspired by The Motown Sound, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and Broadway, the series was designed »
- Michelle McCue
August: Osage County takes two minutes to prove that Meryl Streep, still racking up Oscar nominations like Skee-Ball tickets at age 64, will brutalize herself and you for the sake of a movie. As the loopy Oklahoma grandmama Violet in the new adaptation of Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer-winning play, she stumbles around almost gratuitously, gargles profanities at Julia Roberts, and basically refuses to endear us for the movie’s entire duration. If you thought June Squibb was broad in Nebraska, you’ll be shocked at the kabuki-type insanity of Meryl’s work. She practically draws a sword and impales Margo Martindale for disgracing the emperor.
As such, August: Osage County polarizes. But who doesn’t love when Meryl gives us polarizing work? After all, her weirdest, kookiest, and potentially funniest movie of all time is also her most divisive: Death Becomes Her. The dark 1992 farce may feel like the snobbish Hollywood cousin »
- Louis Virtel
Kaley Cuoco isn’t the only star who tied the knot on New Year’s Eve! ‘Laugh-in’ star Lily Tomlin and her precious partner, Jane Wagner, also said their ‘I dos’ on Dec. 31, after spending 42 wonderful years together. How sweet!
While recapping her New Year’s Eve celebrations, Chicago Tribune gossip writer Liz Smith reported that Lily, 74, and Jane, 78, married in a low-key ceremony.
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“It Was An Eventful New Year’S Eve,” Liz wrote. “I Was Hobnobbing with the attractive Madeleine and her hubby, the gifted Andrew Lloyd Webber, in Barbados in a gorgeous mansion by the sea… »
Show-stopping actress and comedian Lily Tomlin and her partner of 42 years, Jane Wagner, were married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve, Tomlin's rep confirmed to People on Tuesday. "They're very happy," says the spokesperson, Jennifer Allen. Besides their relationship, the couple's many celebrated collaborations, written by Wagner, include Tomlin's Tony-winning one-woman show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, which played on Broadway, toured and was filmed for the screen, as well as the movie The Incredible Shrinking Woman. Wagner, 78, was born and raised in Morristown, Tennessee. Tomlin, 74, is from Detroit. It »
- Stephen M. Silverman
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