15 items from 2011
Also: child actor John Howard Davies (David Lean's Oliver Twist), Charles Chaplin discovery Marilyn Nash (Monsieur Verdoux), director and Oscar ceremony producer Gilbert Cates (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, I Never Sang for My Father), veteran Japanese actress Hideko Takamine (House of Many Pleasures), Jeff Conaway of Grease and the television series Taxi, and Tura Satana of the cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.
More: Neva Patterson, who loses Cary Grant to Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember; Ingmar Bergman cinematographer Gunnar Fischer (Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries); Marlon Brando's The Wild One leading lady Mary Murphy; and two actresses featured in controversial, epoch-making films: Lena Nyman, the star of the Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), labeled as pornography by prudish American authorities back in the late '60s, »
- Andre Soares
According to his family, the veteran actor died at his Los Angeles home after suffering from pneumonia, the BBC reported.
Morgan began his TV career in the 1950s. »
- Rahul Kapoor
Harry Morgan, who portrayed Colonel Sherman Potter in the television version of M*A*S*H, died Wednesday at his Los Angeles home. He had been suffering from pneumonia.
His role as Col. Potter won Morgan an Emmy in 1980, but he was also well-known as Officer Bill Gannon in Dragnet, the 1967 television series.
- Blaine Kyllo
Actor best known for roles on the TV shows Dragnet and M*A*S*H dies aged 96 after suffering from pneumonia
Harry Morgan, the actor best known for playing Colonel Sherman Potter in the Us television comedy M*A*S*H, has died at his Los Angeles home aged 96.
Morgan died after suffering from pneumonia, his son Christopher confirmed late on Wednesday.
The Emmy award-winning actor appeared in more than 100 films in a prolific career on the big screen but was best known as Colonel Potter in M*A*S*H.
Mike Farrell, who played Bj Hunnicutt in the series, said of his co-star: "There was not an unadorable bone in the man's body."
His ability to play a variety of roles, dramatic and comedic, made him an actor in demand for half a century. »
- Josh Halliday
Harry Morgan, who was best known for his long-running portrayal of Colonel Potter on "Mash," died at his Los Angeles home Wednesday morning at 96 years old. Morgan won an Emmy in 1980 for his performance as the unflappable medic. A veteran of more than 50 years in films and TV, Morgan starred in 11 TV series. His other most recognized role was on the TV series "Dragnet" (1967-70), in which he played Jack Webb's businesslike partner Bill Gannon. He reprised the role of Gannon in the 1987 movie remake. Asked in 2004 how he'd like to be remembered, Morgan said: "For being a fairly pleasant person and for having gotten along for the most part with a lot of the people I've worked with. And for having a wonderful life and for having enjoyed practically every minute of it, especially in the picture business and on the stage. I think I'm one of the luckiest people in the world. »
7 December 2011 10:11 AM, PST | IMDb News
Harry Morgan, the actor best known for his role as the well-respected, sometimes irascible Colonel Sherman T. Potter in the long-running series "M*A*S*H", died Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 96.
He was born Harry Bratsberg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, to Henry and Anna Bratsberg, where his father worked for war hero and car designer Eddie Rickenbacker. The family soon moved to Muskegon, Michigan, where Harry, hoping to be a lawyer, became heavily involved debate and speech classes; his junior year in high school he won a debate championship at the University of Michigan. He attended the University of Chicago for a few years, before leaving school and finding employment with an office equipment maker who eventually sent him to Washington D.C. It was during his time in Washington D.C. that Harry got his start on the stage, joining the Civic Theater in Ben Hecht’s "Front Page". Eventually, he moved on to a Mt. Kisco summer stock theater company, where he met and acted regularly with actress Frances Farmer. Ms. Farmer had quite an impact of his life; she promoted his career by involving him to acting classes with Elia Kazan, and also introduced him to her University of Washington classmate Eileen Detchon. He married Detchon in 1940 and they would have four children, sons Christopher, Charles, Paul and Daniel. Harry's stage career continued to grow, as he joined New York's Group Theater, whose members included Kazan, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb. When Hollywood agent Charlie Feldman saw him perform on Broadway, he signed the young actor and had him quickly under studio contract with Twentieth Century Fox, where he changed his name to Henry Morgan.
Harry and Eileen made the move to Hollywood in the early 1942 and his first billed appearance (as Henry Morgan) came that year in To the Shores of Tripoli. To avoid confusion with a popular comedian of the time, another name change soon followed, and he became Harry Morgan. Morgan’s film career prospered, and in the next 5 decades he appeared in many now-legendary dramatic films, including The Ox-Bow Incident, All My Sons, Madame Bovary, High Noon, The Glenn Miller Story, Inherit the Wind, Cimarron, How the West Was Won, Frankie and Johnny, The Apple Dumpling Gang and The Shootist.
While building this impressive film resume, Morgan was simultaneously working regularly in radio and television, with brief roles in "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "Cavalcade of America" and "The Twentieth Century Fox Hour" before landing the role of comedic neighbor Pete Porter in "December Bride", which eventually lead to the spin-off series "Pete and Gladys". In 1963, his TV career took a turn toward more serious projects, as part of the ensemble in "The Richard Boone Show" and an iconic role as Officer Bill Gannon in 1967’s "Dragnet". The series, and his performance in it, was not only a precursor to modern police and detective series, but would also inform the 1987 film Dragnet, a comedic reimagination of the show starring Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks; Morgan appeared in this film as Captain Bill Gannon.
Despite decades spent working in film and TV, it would be his work in the TV series "M*A*S*H" that made him instantly recognizable around the world. After a memorable, Emmy-nominated guest turn as loony Major General Steele at the beginning of the third season in 1974, Morgan was invited back to join the cast a year later as Colonel Sherman T. Potter, the late-career Army man sent to run the eccentric medical unit after the loss of their previous commanding officer. Morgan's nuanced performance as dedicated leader and surgeon with an unwavering sense of right and wrong combined with a father-like protectiveness of his staff, allowed Potter to grow organically through the long run of the series. The small touches he brought to the role – Potter's paintings were done by Morgan himself, and the picture of Mildred Potter on Potter’s desk was actually Morgan's wife Eileen – only added to the authentic humanity of his portrayal, and in 1980 Morgan won an Emmy for his performance. After the series came to an end in 1983, Morgan continued the role in the short-lived spin-off "AfterMASH".
After the death of his wife Eileen in 1985, he kept himself busy making guest appearances in series such as "The Love Boat" and took a regular role in the single season run of "Blacke's Magic". In December of 1986, he married Barbara Bushman, the granddaughter of silent film star Francis X. Bushman. His work as a TV guest star continued through the late 1990s in "The Simpsons," "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Grace Under Fire", and his final movie work included Family Plan and the short film Crosswalk.
He is survived by Barbara, his sons Christopher, Charles and Paul, and grandchildren Spencer, Rosemary and Jeremy.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Eileen in 1985 and his son Daniel in 1989. »
- Heather Campbell
Release Date: Dec. 6, 2011
Price: DVD $27.87, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Warner Home Video
This movie takes place two years after the boys’ original crazy bachelor party in Las Vegas. This time around, Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug head to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Shenanigans occur again, and a planned subdued pre-wedding brunch ends up horribly awry.
Rated R, the comedy grossed a tasty $254.46 million in theaters, and put a third film into development.
Ken Jeong (Zookeeper), Justin Bartha (National Treasure) and Jeffrey Tambor (Win Win) return in this sequel, and Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version) and boxer Mike Tyson join the cast. And Todd Phillips directed this as well as the original movie.
The Blu-ray, a Blu-ray/DVD combo comes with these special »
Lainie Kazan, Elliott Gould, Richard Kind, Ian Alda, Keith Robinson, and Andrea Bowen join Jonathan Bennett, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Nadia Bjorlinto round out the cast of the romantic comedy Divorce Invitation. This project will mark critically acclaimed Indian director S.V. Krishna Reddy's U.S. directorial debut. Krishna Reddy, Bala Rajasekharuni, and Robert Naturman wrote the screenplay. Venkat will produce with Ram serving as an executive producer. M.S.P. Srinivas Reddy is co-producer. Shooting will commence this month in Los Angeles.
Divorce Invitation centers on happily married Mike Christian, who runs into his high school sweetheart Alex and sparks fly. Mike is convinced she is his soul mate. But he has one huge problem - he signed an iron-clad pre-nup, and his wife Dylan will not let him out of the marriage.
The Big C focused on life and death this week. Or, to be more accurate, life Versus death.
Sure, it's a been transparent to set up a pregnancy storyline with terminal cancer - the show doesn't exactly need to reach for its metaphors and dichotomies - but it worked on "Musical Chairs". How can it not when Laura Linney, John Benjamin Hickey and Cynthia Nixon are featured on most scenes?
The latter is adding a fun energy to the season, as I wish I could say Rebecca was a caricature, but people such as her really do exist. And they don't even mean any harm. Notice how excitedly Rebecca celebrated Cathy's admission into the clinical trial?
She really does want her friend to get better. She really did think naming her daughter "Cathy" would be a touching homage. She's self-centered, but she's not selfish. There's a difference.
As I mentioned »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 enhanced for widescreen TVs
Running Time: 136 minutes
Rating: Not rated
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Special Features: Trailer
The DVD is offered as part of MGM's "Limited Edition Collection" on DVD, which are available from select online retailers and are manufactured only when the DVD is ordered. The DVD features a simple menu with no menu for chapters or scenes. Chapters are set every ten minutes. Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVDs will play in DVD playback units only and may not play in DVD recorders or PC drives. This DVD did not play in our laptop DVD drive but did play in our Toshiba DVD recorder.
Lucas, a medical student without a conscience (Robert Mitchum), marries a nurse for her money, but finds his life gets complicated when tragedy strikes. »
How many actors from the 1930′s are even left now? Mickey Rooney and Luise Ranier come to mind but there will soon be a time when they, like Wwi vets, are all gone. Veteran actor Jackie Cooper was the first child to be nominated for a best actor Oscar for Skippy He was all of 9 when the nominations for the 1930/1931 ceremony were announced and still remains the youngest nominee for an actor in a leading role.
The child star made good as an adult actor. He went from “Our Gang” comedies to The Champ (1931) to many later TV and movie roles including the 1974 sci-fi cult film Chosen Survivors. Cooper would go on to win two Emmy Awards as a director for such shows as “Mash” (1973-74).
Cooper’s known to contemporary audiences for playing Perry White in four “Superman” movies (1978-1987) and announced his retirement in 1989. Cooper was 88.
- Tom Stockman
Now we all have heard about the religious sects that endorse polygamy. Shoot, Tlc has created a television series out of it. Well, Raising Hope has thrown its hat into the ring of this hot topic issue... but with a little twist. When Cousin Mike returns after a 15 episode absence, he brings more back than the Chance family expected. Does this episode bring along a great deal of comedy along with its brother husbands? Give a hearty "Boo-ya" and read on to find out.
The big story this week was based around the return of Cousin Mike. When he showed up with his wife Tanya (guest Mary Lyn Rajskub) and his brother husbands (guest stars Paul F. Tompkins, Kent Avenido, and Christopher Frontiero) I expected there to be a great deal of humor between them and the rest of the Chance family. Sadly, I don't think we got the great »
- Jordan Cramer
Weekend Box Office
Just Go with It $31 millionJustin Bieber: Never Say Never $30.2 millionGnomeo and Juliet $25.5 millionThe Eagle $8.5 millionThe Roommate $8.4 millionThe King's Speech $7.4 millionNo Strings Attached $5.6 millionSanctum $5.1 millionTrue Grit $3.7 millionThe Green Hornet $3.6 million
The college based thriller The Roommate opened at number one last week earning $15.6 million in its debut. Unfortunately, with four new films opening this week including the Adam Sandler comedy Just Go with It, the documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, the animated film Gnomeo and Juliet, and the historical drama The Eagle, The Roommate was unable to hold on to the top spot for a second week in a row.
Debuting at number one this week is the new Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore) comedy Just Go with It, co-starring Jennifer Aniston (Love Happens). The incredible cast also includes Brooklyn Decker (Battleship), Minka Kelly (The Roommate), Dave Matthews (You Don't Mess with the Zohan), Nick Swardson (Bedtime Stories »
Predicted Weekend Box Office
Just Go with It $33.4 millionJustin Bieber: Never Say Never $30.2 millionGnomeo and Juliet $16.7 millionThe Eagle $11.3 millionThe Roommate $8.9 millionThe King's Speech $5.8 millionNo Strings Attached $5.6 millionSanctum $5.1 millionThe Green Hornet $3.4 millionTrue Grit $3.3 million
Last week, the college-based thriller The Roommate opened at number one, earning $15.6 million in its debut. The film knocked down Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins' new horror movie The Rite in order to take the top spot. But with four new movies hitting the box office this weekend, including the Adam Sandler comedy Just Go with It, the documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, the animated film Gnomeo and Juliet, and the historical drama The Eagle it looks likes its reign will be short lived.
Predicted to debut at number one this week is the new Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore) comedy Just Go with It, co-starring Jennifer Aniston (Love Happens). The incredible cast also includes Brooklyn Decker »
American Idol ’s two new high-profile judges debuted last night, and critics, for the most part, yawned: “Losing Simon Cowell from American Idol was like losing Alan Alda from Mash ,” moans Ken Levine on the Huffington Post . In his place, we have Jennifer Lopez, “a vacuous former movie star/former recording star,” and Steven Tyler, “a walking cautionary tale to not do drugs/alcohol/glue/mushrooms/tobacco/cannabis/electric bananas/sleep deprivation for five weeks in a row.” Between them and original judge Randy Jackson, “there wasn't one insightful comment.” The introduction of the new judges was “labored, long, and almost painfully lighthearted, like a divorced husband awkwardly »
- Evann Gastaldo
15 items from 2011
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