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The tough guy starred in the sci-fi classic "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" and played Det. Al Corassa on TV's "Cagney & Lacey."
A longtime resident of Malibu who wrote columns for the local newspaper, Mantee played the health inspector on a 1994 episode of Seinfeld, "The Pie;" had a recurring role as Commander Clayton on Hunter, the police drama that starred Fred Dryer; and appeared as Cornell, a henchman for Catwoman who disguises himself as Batman to frame the Caped Crusader for a robbery in a 1967 storyline that saw the villainess go back to college.
Mantee died Nov. 7, The Malibu Times reported.
- Mike Barnes
The veteran television and film actor Ed Lauter has passed away at his home in West Hollywood following a battle with a rare form of cancer. He as 74 years-old. His four decade-long career began with classic television shows like The Streets Of San Francisco and Ironside before moving on to memorable big-screen roles in The Longest Yard (1974) and Magic (1978).
The 1980/90s brought him even more attention in Charles Bronson thriller Death Hunt (1981), Youngblood (1986), Born On The Fourth Of July (1989), My Blue Heaven (1990) and The Rocketeer (1991). All the while continuing as a permanent fixture on a number of hit television shows like The Equalizer and The A-Team.
Through the naughties and beyond, Lauter continued his trend for imposing and authoritative figures on the big and small screen, appearing in a significant recurring role in ER, Gary Ross’ horse racing biopic Seabiscuit and a role in Adam Sandler’s remake of the »
- Craig Hunter
“Breaking Bad” was the one who knocked.
The night that its penultimate episode was airing on AMC, the show of the moment won the drama series Emmy.
“Holy crap,” exec producer Vince Gilligan said. “I did not see this coming. I thought this was gonna be ‘House of Cards,’ or it could have been ‘Homeland,’ or ‘Mad Men,’ or ‘Downton Abbey’ or ‘Game of Thrones’ or any number of other shows that could have been nominated.”
Despite speculation that there would be a fresh face in the laffer scene, “Modern Family” won the comedy series Emmy for a fourth consecutive year. It joins “All in the Family,” “Cheers” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in the four-Emmy club, one behind all-time comedy champion “Frasier.”
Emmys: Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)
- Jon Weisman
44 years after first appearing on television, Michael Douglas won his first career Emmy Award at the 65th annual ceremony Sunday night. He won as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor for his portrayal as flamboyant pianist Liberace in the HBO telefilm "Behind the Candelabra." Son of legendary actor Kirk Douglas, his first TV role was on "CBS Playhouse" in 1969. After a few more guest roles, he then had a long-running supporting role on the ABC police drama "The Streets of San Francisco," which brought him three Emmy nominations 1974-76. During that same timeframe, he produced the film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," which earned him a Best Picture Oscar in 1975. Douglas enjoyed great success as a film actor over the next few decades and won another Academy Award as Best Actor for "Wall Street" (1987). His only other Emmy nod was as Best Comedy Guest Actor for "Will and Grace" (2002). -Break- In win. »
“Behind the Candelabra” stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will present trophies at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, the first presenters confirmed for the September telecast. Another first: Neither has been a presenter at the television awards show in the past. Both Douglas and Damon are nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries of Movie category for the HBO film. The evening marks the fifth Emmy nomination for each. Douglas was previously nominated in 2002 for Outstanding Guest Star in a Comedy Series (“Will & Grace”) as well as for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama (“The Streets of San Francisco »
- Tony Maglio
By Alex Simon
John Badham cut his directorial teeth on ‘70s-era television shows like The Bold Ones, The Streets of San Francisco and Kung-Fu in the early ‘70s, before attaining A-list status with his second feature, Saturday Night Fever, in 1977. Films as diverse as WarGames, Blue Thunder, Nick of Time and Bird on a Wire kept John Badham one of the busiest directors in the biz, having literally not stopped working since 1971. His 2006 book I’ll Be in My Trailer (co-written with Craig Moderno) has become required reading for virtually every neophyte film director in the business.
2013 finds Badham releasing a follow-up volume, John Badham on Directing: Notes From the Set of Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, and More. The book offers an engaging look at the psychological, technical, and managerial elements that go into helming a film or TV show. A veteran of over 30 films and 45 TV episodes, Badham supports »
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Douglas was previously nominated in 2002 for Outstanding Guest Star in a Comedy Series (Will & Grace) as well as for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama (The Streets of San Francisco) in 1974 and Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor (The Streets of San Francisco) in 1975 and 1976. Damon was previously nominated in 2011 for Outstanding Guest Star in a Comedy Series (30 Rock »
- Erin Strecker
FoxCrime Channel Infiltrates South Africa Fox International Channels announced the South African launch of its global crime and investigation entertainment network, FoxCrime. The launch adds 1.6 million subscribers to the brand’s 25 million existing global households. The South African FoxCrime schedule combines Fic original co-productions such as The Bridge with franchise acquisitions including Criminal Minds, CSI and Blue Bloods. The channel also boasts a Classic Crime block that launches with NYPD Blue, Remington Steele, CHiPs and The Streets of San Francisco and includes an African-focused slot entitled Case Files: Africa, covering infamous crime stories from across the Continent. News Corp Secures Exclusive Mobile, Internet Soccer Rights News Corp said Monday that it has secured exclusive mobile and Internet clip rights for England’s Barclays Premier League and several additional major leagues in Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia beginning this month. In addition, mobile and Internet rights have been secured in those territories »
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Actor Paul Jenkins, best remembered as Professor Parks on The Waltons and Eddie on Dynasty died after a short illness yesterday. He was 74. Jenkins made his film debut in 1968 in Rosemary’s Baby. He also appeared in Chinatown, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden and Primary Colors, but it was in television that he spent of his decades-long career. His small screen credits include Mash, The Rockford Files, The Streets Of San Francisco, Barney Miller, Law And Order, Starsky And Hutch, Lou Grant and most recently The West Wing and Cold Case. Jenkins also toured with Brock Peters in The Great White Hope and starred in the 1970 San Francisco revival of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
On the cliffs outside Cannes sits a row of green cabanas, a resting place for the millionaire guests at a five-star resort. The cabanas are open-fronted, rickety, at the mercy of the elements. In mild weather they must be heaven, but when the wind is up and the waves are lashing, a berth in the cabana becomes an ongoing purgatory. Michael Douglas has his hair in his face, and the collar of his jacket has turned inside-out. He is clutching at the table like Captain Ahab at the rail of his ship. It is a wonder he hasn't already been blown out to sea.
In August 2010 Douglas walked on to the David Letterman show to confirm that he was suffering from throat cancer, that the disease was at stage »
- Xan Brooks
Steve Buscemi is a Golden Globe-winning thespian responsible for such indelible characters as Nucky Thompson on "Boardwalk Empire," Carl Showalter in "Fargo" and Mr. Pink in "Reservoir Dogs." He's a serious man who makes serious films. And so it's only natural that this week he's about to co-star in his latest gritty drama: "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"?
Okay, so Buscemi isn't exactly a complete stranger to comedy, either. After all, he was one of the main characters in the legendary 1998 cult classic "The Big Lebowski." But it's still jarring to see someone like Buscemi get dolled up as a Vegas magician and go toe to toe with the likes of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in an all-out farce.
And that got us thinking: What other "serious" actors have taken a stab at comedy? Sure, funny folks like Carrey and Bill Murray have long transitioned to serious roles, but it's »
- Scott Harris
John Kerr has died, aged 81.
The American actor was best known on screen for his role as Lieutenant Joseph Cable in the 1958 musical film South Pacific.
His son Michael confirmed that he died of heart failure on Saturday (February 9) at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.
Kerr won plaudits for his turn as a struggling school boy who was bullied over his suspected homosexuality in the Broadway run of Tea and Sympathy.
He reprised the role in the 1956 film version opposite Deborah Kerr (no relation), who also starred in the Broadway production.
Actor who starred as the troubled pupil in Tea and Sympathy on stage and screen
The actor John Kerr, who has died aged 81, won a Tony award in his first starring role on the Broadway stage, as Tom in Tea and Sympathy in 1953, and subsequently appeared in the 1956 film version directed by Vincente Minnelli. Robert Anderson's play, in which a schoolboy "confesses" to his housemaster's wife that he might be homosexual – only to be seduced out of the notion by the sympathetic listener – was considered so controversial that it was restricted to a "members only" theatrical run in London, and Minnelli's film received an X certificate, despite modification, notably in the suggestion that the housemaster was gay.
- Brian Baxter
Kerr in the 1958 box-office blockbuster musical South Pacific (seen above with love interest France Nuyen) and his (few) other post-Tea and Sympathy efforts [Please check out the previous article: "The Two Kerrs in the stage and film versions of Tea and Sympathy."] Director Curtis Bernhardt's Gaby (1956) was a generally disliked remake of Waterloo Bridge, with Kerr and leading lady Leslie Caron in the old Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh roles (1940 movie version -- and even older Douglass Montgomery and Mae Clarke roles in the 1931 film version). Jeffrey Hayden's The Vintage (1957), starring Kerr and Mel Ferrer absurdly cast as Italian brothers, also failed to generate much box-office or critical interest. MGM leading lady Pier Angeli played Ferrer's love interest in the film, while the more mature and married French star Michèle Morgan (a plot element similar to that found in Tea and Sympathy) is Kerr's object of desire. (Pictured above: South Pacific cast members John Kerr and France Nuyen embracing.) Also in the mid-'50s, John Kerr »
- Andre Soares
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