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Noel Black, Director of Cult Hit ‘Pretty Poison,’ Dies at 77

7 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Noel Black, who directed the 1968 black comedy “Pretty Poison,” a cult hit despite a diverse critical response, died of bacterial pneumonia at a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. on July 5. He was 77.

Starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, “Pretty Poison” was adapted by Lorenzo Semple Jr. from Stephen Geller’s novel “She Let Him Continue.”

Perkins plays an arsonist who’s done his time and tries to win the affection of a pretty blond student, played by Weld. But despite a well-scrubbed facade, Weld’s character is in fact a psychopath, and soon the pair are committing a string of crimes, including homicide.

Twentieth Century Fox pulled the picture after weak box office, but when some critics championed the film, the studio re-released the movie, which began to pick up a cult following — a following that only grew with time.

It was released on DVD in 2006.

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Noel Black, Director of Cult Hit ‘Pretty Poison,’ Dies at 77

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Noel Black, who directed the 1968 black comedy “Pretty Poison,” a cult hit despite a diverse critical response, died of bacterial pneumonia at a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. on July 5. He was 77.

Starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, “Pretty Poison” was adapted by Lorenzo Semple Jr. from Stephen Geller’s novel “She Let Him Continue.”

Perkins plays an arsonist who’s done his time and tries to win the affection of a pretty blond student, played by Weld. But despite a well-scrubbed facade, Weld’s character is in fact a psychopath, and soon the pair are committing a string of crimes, including homicide.

Twentieth Century Fox pulled the picture after weak box office, but when some critics championed the film, the studio re-released the movie, which began to pick up a cult following — a following that only grew with time.

It was released on DVD in 2006.

His short about California skateboarders, »

- Variety Staff

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Noel Black, Director of 'Pretty Poison,' Dies at 77

28 July 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Noel Black, who directed the 1968 cult black comedy Pretty Poison starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, has died. He was 77. Black, who earned a Cannes Film Festival prize and an Oscar nomination for his 1966 live-action short film Skaterdater, died July 5 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, his son, director and unit production manager Marco Black, told The Hollywood Reporter. The Chicago native and UCLA film school graduate also helmed episodes of such TV series as McCloud, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Kojak, Hawaii Five-o, Quincy, M.E. and the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone.

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- Mike Barnes

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Vin Diesel Confirms His Return in 'XXX 3'

22 July 2014 3:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While doing press for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel, confirmed that the long-gestating project XXX: The Return of Xander Cage is finally happening. However, it won't materialize right away, since the actor will next move on to The Last Witch Hunter alongside Rose Leslie and Michael Caine for director Breck Eisner, and then Universal's Kojak before the XXX sequel, which will be partially shot in the Philippines.

Here's what Vin Diesel had to say about his upcoming slate of projects.

"I'm about to do a movie with Breck Eisner called The Last Witch Hunter where I play a 700-year-old New Yorker, which should be a lot of fun. Working opposite Michael Caine will be a blast. I've always wanted to work with Michael Caine so it'll be the first time I get to work with Michael Caine. Rose Leslie is also gonna be opposite me, she's amazing in Game of Thrones. »

- MovieWeb

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Vin Diesel Teases Kojak, XXX 3, And The Last Witch Hunter With Michael Caine

21 July 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Vin Diesel might not always make the best movies in the world, but he’s always very passionate and excited about the movies he does make. He managed to get Riddick made, of course, and he’s been teasing projects one after the other for quite some time. Now, he’s got a series of movies lined up, the first of which has just added none other than Michael Caine to the cast.

In speaking with Collider about his role in Guardians of the Galaxy, Diesel also touched upon his upcoming projects. The next will be The Last Witch Hunter, which will feature the actor as a “700-year-old New Yorker.” He also seems very excited about getting to work with Michael Caine:

>Working opposite Michael Caine will be a blast. I’ve always wanted to work with Michael Caine so it’ll be the first time I get to work with Michael Caine. »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Vin Diesel's Stacked Slate: xXx 3, Kojak, Hannibal, & More

21 July 2014 6:03 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Vin Diesel recently sat down with Collider to discuss his upcoming slate of movies. Notable in his plan is that he intends to return to one of his earlier franchises- similar to how he returned to Fast & Furious after bowing out of the first sequel- xXx. Just as he didn't take part in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Diesel sat out xXx: State of The Union. But now it looks like he's ready to revisit his Xander Cage character for xXx 3. 

"I am going to do the next xXx which will be filming in part in the Philippines, which I’m very, very, very excited about."

There's also Kojak, a film adaptation of the beloved 1970s TV show starring Telly Savalas. Diesel confirms that he'll be starring in that film for Universal, as soon as he wraps on his next film, The Last Witch Hunter, where he'll get to work with one of »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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R.I.P. Eli Wallach

25 June 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Legendary multi-award winning actor Eli Wallach died on Tuesday from natural causes. He was 98.

Wallach has appeared in more than eighty films since his first starring role in 1956's "Baby Doll," though is perhaps best remembered for his key roles in two of the most famous westerns of all time - "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" and "The Magnificent Seven".

Other films in which he often played a memorable role included his turns as Guido in "The Misfits, " The General in "Lord Jim," Napoleon in "The Adventures of Gerard", Don Altobello in "The Godfather Part III," Adam Coffin in "The Deep," Cotton Weinberger in "The Two Jakes," Donald Fallon in "The Associate," and small but key roles in more recent fare like "Mystique River," "The Ghost Writer," "The Holiday" and his final film "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps".

He has also guest starred on countless TV shows from "ER, »

- Garth Franklin

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Eli Wallach dies at 98

24 June 2014 11:09 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Eli Wallach, the actor best known for his roles in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and The Godfather franchise, has died. He was 98.

Wallach’s daughter Katherine confirmed his death to the New York Times. 

The New York City-born actor appeared in scores of films over his 60-plus year career alongside the likes of Clark Gable (The Misfits), Omar Sharif (Ghenghis Khan), Dean Martin (How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life), Yul Brunner (The Magnificent Seven) and Robert Shaw (The Deep).

Wallach’s storied run in Hollywood also extended into TV, where he had roles in Playhouse 90, »

- Lynette Rice

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The Karate Kid is 30 years old: What happened to the cast?

22 June 2014 1:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bona fide '80s classic The Karate Kid celebrates its 30th anniversary today (June 22), but what ever happened to the cast of this uplifting martial arts film? Digital Spy goes then and now with the film's lead stars to find out what they did after starring in the original and best Karate Kid.

Ralph Macchio

Ralph Macchio became an instant '80s icon thanks to his role as The Karate Kid's fresh-faced Daniel Larusso. Prior to The Karate Kid's release, he starred in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders alongside Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise. After that, he played Danny again in two Karate Kid sequels. He also starred in My Cousin Vinny (yes, the film that won Marisa Tomei an Oscar) and more recently appeared in Entourage, Ugly Betty and Dancing with the Stars.

Pat Morita

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Actor Doug Hale Dies at 73

14 May 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73.

In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films including 1975′s “The Brass Ring,” directed by Martin Beck; 1975′s “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s,” directed by Peter Kares; Claude Lelouche’s “Another Man Another Chance”; Tony Richardson’s 1982 film “The Border”; “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; and “The Cable Guy,” directed by Ben Stiller.

Hale appeared on a number of TV series, recurring on “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel” and guesting on “Kojak,” ”The Bionic Woman”, “Simon & Simon,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Max Headroom,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “The Misfits of Science”, “Night Court,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Babylon 5,” “Seinfeld,” “Arliss,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Actor Doug Hale Dies at 73

14 May 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73.

In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films including 1975′s “The Brass Ring,” directed by Martin Beck; 1975′s “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s,” directed by Peter Kares; Claude Lelouche’s “Another Man Another Chance”; Tony Richardson’s 1982 film “The Border”; “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; and “The Cable Guy,” directed by Ben Stiller.

Hale appeared on a number of TV series, recurring on “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel” and guesting on “Kojak,” ”The Bionic Woman”, “Simon & Simon,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Max Headroom,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “The Misfits of Science”, “Night Court,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Babylon 5,” “Seinfeld,” “Arliss,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men. »

- Carmel Dagan

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Watch TV One’s Fascinating & Informative ‘Unsung Hollywood’ Episode On Actor/Director Bill Duke

12 April 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Has anyone been watching Unsung Hollywood on TV One? It’s a pretty solid show that aims to, as it says, "highlight subjects and stories that have never or rarely been told... about ground-breaking artists and entertainers who’ve  helped to elevate and transform our world."Previous episodes have focused on Pam Grier, Dick Gregory and the gone-way-too-early-before-his-time comic, the great Robin Harris. But last week’s episode on actor and director Bill Duke was pretty fascinating. The episode revealed a lot about Duke - from his hard scrabble childhood, though his early career as a stage actor (which he almost derailed due to drugs, before he found transcendental meditation) to his early acting work in television (some of them not so great, like his first TV role as pimp in the Kojak series, which must be seen to be believed), to eventually his career as a TV and film director. »

- Sergio

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Thn’s Top Five Muppets Movie Cameos

26 March 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Muppets Most Wanted will be breaking out this week (read our review here). To celebrate the hand-held heroes return to the big screen, we are having a look at those fleeting and oh so memorable appearances from special guest stars throughout the years. The most recent outing had a diverse bunch ranging from Sarah Silverman to Selena Gomez by way of Mickey Rooney, Feist and Donald Glover. Our list delves further back into the annals of Muppet movie memories to show you ones you might have missed. So grab your Fart Shoes and join us as we list the Top Five Muppets Movie Cameos.

5. Ray Liotta - Muppets in Space (1999)

As the gang try to break into a research facility to rescue Gonzo, they must get past a scary security guard. And when it comes to unhinged, scary dudes in Hollywood, good fella Ray Liotta is your go-to (wise) guy. »

- John Sharp

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Search: The Complete Series Available From Warner Archive Collection

6 February 2014 1:01 PM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The Warner Archive Collection is really starting to put out some great DVDs that feature titles you aren’t going to find anywhere else, and the latest to be made available is Search. A massively fun show from the early 70s, Search starred Hugh O’Brian, Doug McClure, and Tony Franciosa, and was (although I’m testing my memory) a show that pulled great tech ideas into the espionage drama realm, at a point when some of the ideas were practically sci-fi.

The complete series is available now, and it’s a lost classic that deserves a look. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get a taste of it to know if you’re interested in buying, but for those who remember the series, this is a real treat.

Catch the full info below, and don’t let this one escape your notice.

 

Look no further: You can now find Search »

- Marc Eastman

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John Cacavas, Prolific TV, Film Composer, Dies at 83

30 January 2014 8:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Composer John Cacavas, who scored hundreds of television episodes, telepics and feature films – died at his home in Beverly Hills on January 28. He was 83 and had been suffering from multiple health problems. Among the TV shows for which he wrote music were “Hawaii Five-o,” “Matlock” and “Quincy.”

Cacavas was also a noted composer, arranger and conductor of orchestral music and served as a member of Ascap’s board of directors from 1993 to 2001.

Cacavas was born in Aberdeen, S.D., and began leading a touring band at 14. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Composition and Theory. He joined the Army after completing college and was chosen to be chief arranger for the U.S. Army Band. During that time, he co-wrote an oratorio with lyricist and future CBS news correspondent Charles Osgood called “The Conversion of Paul.” An NBC telecast of the oratorio was the first of many television successes for Cacavas. »

- Variety Staff

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R.I.P. TV/Film Composer John Cacavas

30 January 2014 4:10 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

TV/film composer and conductor John Cacavas, whose credits include Airport 1975 and 1970s TV series Kojak, died January 28 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83. The South Dakota native scored numerous TV series and films throughout his career beginning with the 1972 feature Horror Express. He went on to score the next two movies in the Airport franchise, Airport 1975 and Airport ’77. Cacavas had developed a strong friendship with Telly Savalas, leading to a long tenure as composer for the Kojak TV series (1973-78), including the series theme for its fifth and final season on CBS. His other TV credits include Hawaii Five-o, Matlock, Switch, Columbo, Mrs. Columbo, Quincy, Buck Rogers, Gangster Chronicles, Lady Blue, Four Seasons and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. He also composed movies-of-the-week, TV pilots, mini-series and specials such as A Time to Triumph, Eddie Capra Mysteries, She Cried Murder, Time Machine, By Reason Of Insanity, »

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Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

6 January 2014 6:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress and producer Carmen Zapata, one of the most respected Hispanic-Americans in the performing arts, died Sunday night in Van Nuys, Calif., from complications of heart failure. She was 86.

Zapata was perhaps best known to wider audiences for her roles in the film “Sister Act” and its sequel, both starring Whoopi Goldberg, and for her recurring role as Mrs. Castillo on the soap “Santa Barbara,” but she was also a champion of bilingualism, co-founding in 1973 the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a theater company dedicated to bringing the Hispanic experience and culture to the Southern California community through bilingual stage productions. And on PBS, she played the town mayor in “Villa Alegre,” a bilingual series that ran for nine seasons beginning in 1973.

The actress started on the stage, making her 1946 Broadway debut in the chorus of “Oklahoma.” She also appeared on the Rialto in 1956 in drama “The Innkeepers,” starring Geraldine Page, »

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Actress Carmen Zapata Dies at 86

6 January 2014 6:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actress and producer Carmen Zapata, one of the most respected Hispanic-Americans in the performing arts, died Sunday night in Van Nuys, Calif., from complications of heart failure. She was 86.

Zapata was perhaps best known to wider audiences for her roles in the film “Sister Act” and its sequel, both starring Whoopi Goldberg, and for her recurring role as Mrs. Castillo on the soap “Santa Barbara,” but she was also a champion of bilingualism, co-founding in 1973 the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a theater company dedicated to bringing the Hispanic experience and culture to the Southern California community through bilingual stage productions. And on PBS, she played the town mayor in “Villa Alegre,” a bilingual series that ran for nine seasons beginning in 1973.

The actress started on the stage, making her 1946 Broadway debut in the chorus of “Oklahoma.” She also appeared on the Rialto in 1956 in drama “The Innkeepers,” starring Geraldine Page, »

- Variety Staff

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