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11 items from 2008

The Departed: Those We Lost in 2008

21 December 2008 11:00 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

(from left) Paul Newman, Bernie Mac, George Carlin, Estelle Getty, Roy Scheider and Heath Ledger For the past two years I have started doing a recap of a select group of notable names we lost from the entertainment world (and a few others) over the past year. This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but I think it's a pretty good representation of the cream of the crop when it comes to the people that left us in 2008, and I must say, we lost A Lot of big names this year... A Lot! Brad Renfro (Died January 15, 2008) - Former child star who began his career aged 12, playing the boy at the centre of 1994 mafia drama The Client. He died of a reported accidental heroin overdose. Bobby Fischer (Died January 17, 2008) - Reclusive chess champion who died of kidney failure who became as well known for his chess as he was »

- Brad Brevet

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Apocalypse Now Star Dies

19 December 2008 10:26 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Sam Bottoms, of the 1970s classics Apocalypse Now and The Last Picture Show, died Tuesday of brain cancer in his Los Angeles home, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 53.

In Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic, Bottoms played pro surfer-turned-soldier Lance B. Johnson, faced with the insane orders of Robert Duvall's Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore.

"He was a handsome, tall young man and very sweet-natured and seemed to be right for that part," Coppola said Wednesday. "Sam was a good actor. Of course, he comes from a family that had a lot of theatrical activity." ...

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- Gina DiNunno

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Actor Sam Bottoms Dead At Age 53; "Apocalypse Now" And "The Outlaw Josey Wales" Among His Credits

19 December 2008 4:54 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Bottoms with Francis Ford Coppola several years ago at the Cannes Film Festival for the director's release of Apocalypse Now Redux, the director's cut of the 1979 masterpiece. Actor Sam Bottoms has died of brain cancer at age 53. Bottoms made his feature film debut opposite his brother Joseph in director Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 hit The Last Picture Show. Bottoms also had a prominent role in Clint Eastwood's hit 1976 western The Outlaw Josey Wales.  In 1979, Bottoms made a memorable impression as Lance, the drugged-out, surfing-obesses  hippie soldier who finds himself on a bizarre and seemingly suicidal mission in Vietnam and Cambodia in Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece Apocalypse Now. For more click here »

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TV/Film Actor Bottoms Dies

18 December 2008 8:12 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American TV/film actor Sam Bottoms has died of a brain tumour, aged 53.

He passed away on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, California.

Bottoms, with his older brothers Timothy and Joseph, and younger brother, Ben, made regular appearances in both movies and TV shows during the 1970s - notably Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now.

His first film credit was in 1971's The Last Picture Show, prompting a long line of commercial and TV stints including a role in 1981 mini-series East of Eden.

Bottoms' later film credits include Bronco Billy, directed by Clint Eastwood, Gardens of Stone, directed by Coppola, and most recently, 2003's Seabiscuit, alongside Tobey Maguire, in which he played an assistant trainer.

In addition to his three brothers, Bottoms is survived by his parents, James and Elizabeth Chapman Bottoms, his second wife, Laura Conde Bickford, a film producer; and two daughters from his first marriage, Clara and Io. »

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The Mellow Pros of Texas

4 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Recently, Drew Barrymore directed and starred in a feature called Whip It!, set in Austin, Texas, and based on a novel by a former Austinite, Shauna Cross. The film was shot in...Ann Arbor, Mich. Say what? Why would a town with a rich film culture and at least two major favorite-son film directors — Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater — miss out on hosting a project that's such an obvious fit? As usual, it's a money thing. Michigan — along with such states as New Mexico, Massachusetts, and Louisiana — currently offers producers hefty incentive packages to shoot on its soil. As Gary Bond, director of the Austin Film Commission, points out, the 8.25 percent sales-tax exemption and other incentives that Texas offers to filmmakers don't add up to the same breaks available elsewhere. Nevertheless, last January, Austin was named the No. 1 American movie city by MovieMaker magazine, beating out such incentives-rich locales as Albuquerque, »

- Mark Dundas Wood

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Leachman Is 'Totally Fine', Says Publicist

17 November 2008 11:01 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning actress Cloris Leachman's representative has dismissed reports the star was hospitalised with pneumonia last week (ends14Nov08) - insisting she is "totally fine".

The 82-year-old, who saw a recent resurgence in her popularity after appearing on the current season of U.S. reality show Dancing with the Stars, was reportedly struck down by the nasty illness and was under the care of medics.

But Leachman's publicists insists her condition isn't serious - and that the star is at home resting in preparation to film footage for Dancing with the Stars.

A spokesperson for The Last Picture Show actress says, "(Cloris) had a slight cough and wasn't feeling totally herself, so she went and sought medical attention from her doctor. She's totally fine. She was at a family event on Saturday.

"She is currently at her home, and is expected to tape something for Dancing with the Stars later this week." »

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Leachman Hospitalised With Pneumonia

17 November 2008 5:51 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning actress Cloris Leachman has been hospitalised in Los Angeles suffering from pneumonia.

The 82-year-old, who was recently voted off the current season of reality show Dancing with the Stars, was reportedly admitted late last week (ends 14Nov08), after falling ill while in a car with her son George.

Entertainment Tonight reports that doctors quickly diagnosed her with pneumonia, and began treatment to battle the illness.

A spokesperson for the star - who won an Academy Award for 1971 movie The Last Picture Show - has yet to confirm the reports, and it's unknown if Leachman is still in hospital. »

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Jerry Lewis Live!

16 November 2008 12:18 AM, PST | | See recent New York Post news »

'This event is a cine phile's dream come true," gushes David Schwartz, dapper chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image.

He's talking about a museum-sponsored appearance Saturday at 7 p.m. by Jerry Lewis, who will chat with director-author Peter Bogdanovich ("The Last Picture Show") on the stage of the Times Center in Midtown. (The museum, in Queens, is undergoing renovations.)

"Lewis wrote a book about his art called 'The Total Filmmaker,' " Schwartz adds, "and as a director, actor, producer and writer, »


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Cloris Might Be 'Young' Again

29 October 2008 12:37 AM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

It looks like Cloris Leachman is having the last laugh.

Last year, the acting legend was told by Mel Brooks, producer of Broadway's "Young Frankenstein," that, at 81, she was too old for the role of Frau Blucher (the character she originated in his 1974 movie). Despite a stellar audition, Brooks was concerned that Leachman didn't have the "stamina" for eight shows a week.

But, after watching her hoof and ham it up on "Dancing With the Stars," Brooks has changed his mind about hiring Leachman, who won an »

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Full Clu Gulager Film Festival Details!

27 August 2008 1:55 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

What are you doing tonight? I'm recording a new Dinner for Fiends, but the rest of you in the L.A. area should be heading out to see the Clu Gulager Film Festival, which kicks off tonight at 7:30 Pm with a screening of Dan O'Bannon's punktastic Return of the Living Dead.

The film will be followed by a cast and crew Q&A with the following special guests: Clu Gulager, Dan O'Bannon, James Karen, Don Calfa,

Thom Matthews, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, John Philbin, Jewel

Shepard, Tony Gardner, Kenny Myers and Willian Stout!

The fest continues with a 9:45 Pm showing of Feast while Thursday's flicks consist of another Feast screening at 7:30 Pm with a Q&A with Clu Gulager, John Gulager, Diane Ayala Goldner, Duane Whitaker, Joel Soisson and Kevin O'Neill. This is followed by a second screening of Return.

Friday will bring The Killers showing »

- Kryten Syxx

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The Clu Gulager Film Festival!

14 July 2008 1:13 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Our man Andrew Kasch reported in this past weekend with news that the one and only Clu Gulager, father of John and actor in more roles than I care to count, is starting up his very own film festival in Los Angeles. Running August 27th-30th, the craftily titled Clu Gulager Film Festival will feature some great movies and even better guests.

The festival will go down at La’s New Beverley Cinema, the theater that has hosted programmed film festivals from the likes of Eli Roth and Edgar Wright, and will definitely be showing the two movies horror fans love Clu for; Feast and Return of the Living Dead. Other films in discussion to be showcased are Killers and The Last Picture Show because, well, Clu loves those movies!

Of course some big name guests are expected to attend, but no names have been solidified yet other than most »

- Johnny Butane

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