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Why 1974 was the best year in film history

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Why 1974 was the best year in film history
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. I was one of the first to select years for this particular exercise, which probably allowed me to select the correct year. The answer is, of course, 1974 and all other answers are wrong. No matter what your criteria happens to be, 1974 is going to come out on top. Again, this is not ambiguous or open to debate. We have to start, of course, with the best of the best. "Chinatown" is one of the greatest movies ever made. You can't structure a thriller better than Robert Towne and Roman Polanski do, nor shoot a Los Angeles movie better than John Alonzo has done. Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway give the best performances of their careers, which is no small achievement. If you ask
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Richard Kiel, Towering Villain from James Bond Films, Dies at 74

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Richard Kiel, Towering Villain from James Bond Films, Dies at 74
Richard Kiel, the 7'2" actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. A spokesperson at Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details. Kiel famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore's Bond in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker. Bond quipped of the silent baddie: "His name's Jaws. He kills people." Despite his appearance in several other films and TV shows,
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Richard Kiel, Towering Villain from James Bond Films, Dies at 74

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Richard Kiel, Towering Villain from James Bond Films, Dies at 74
Richard Kiel, the 7'2" actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. A spokesperson at Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details. Kiel famously played the cable-chomping henchman who tussled with Roger Moore's Bond in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker. Bond quipped of the silent baddie: "His name's Jaws. He kills people." Despite appearing in several other films and TV shows,
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R.I.P. Richard Kiel (1939 – 2014)

American actor Richard Kiel – best known for his role as the towering steel-toothed henchman Jaws in the James Bond movie series – has passed away yesterday, aged 74. No cause of death has been released.

Born in Detroit in 1939, Kiel began his career in 1960 with a role in an episode of Laramie, before breaking into films in the early 60s with big screen appearances in the likes of House of the Damned, The Nutty Professor, Lassie’s Great Adventure and The Longest Yard alongside TV shows such as The Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

In 1977, Kiel made his first appearance as Jaws alongside Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me, and became one of a handful of Bond villains to return for a subsequent movie, reprising the role for 1979’s Moonraker, as well as the 2004 video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.
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R.I.P. Richard Kiel (Jaws from James Bond)

Actor Richard Kiel has died at the age of 74. The 7'2 tall, Detroit-born actor had been admitted to a hospital in Fresno after breaking his leg last week.

Kiel starred in numerous films and TV shows over the years including "Happy Gilmore," "Tangled," "Force 10 from Navarone," "The Longest Yard," "The Nutty Professor," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "The Greatest American Hero," "Starsky and Hutch," "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," "The Wild Wild West," "The Twilight Zone," "I Dream of Jeanie," "I Spy," "Daniel Boone," "Simon and Simon" and more.

At one point he and Arnold Schwarzenegger were the original choices to play the title character in the 1977 TV series "The Incredible Hulk". Kiel was cast and shot the pilot, but was ultimately replaced by Lou Ferrigno.

It is, however, one role in two films that Kiel will always be remembered for - the iconic steel-toothed henchman Jaws in the Roger Moore-era
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Famed James Bond villain Richard Kiel dies at 74: Report

Famed James Bond villain Richard Kiel dies at 74: Report
Richard Kiel, whose towering height and distinctive baritone voice defined his nearly 50-year career in television and films, most notably as the steely toothed James Bond villain Jaws, died Wednesday afternoon in Fresno, Calif. at the age of 74, TMZ reports. The actor had been hospitalized after breaking his leg earlier in the week, but it is still unclear if that was related to his death.

Kiel’s rep did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

The Detroit-born Kiel, who grew to be 7 feet 1.5 inches, worked various odd jobs, including cemetery plot salesman and nightclub bouncer, before making
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Monsterpalooza 2014 Hits Marriott Burbank Convention Center March 28-30

One of the most beloved art/horror fests on the West Coast is Monsterpalooza, which celebrates the "Art of Monsters." The fest will hit Burbank once again on March 28-30. Save the date!

As usual, Monsterpalooza will feature award-winning F/X artists, special presentations, a walk-thru monster museum, and monster-related artwork on display and for sale. The list of celebrity guests is large and impressive. Take a look at whom you can expect to see at this year’s Monsterpalooza.

Special Celebrity Guests From The Genre And Beyond!

Kenji Sahara – War Of The Gargantuas, Destroy All Monsters, Rodan, Godzilla vs The Thing, The Mysterians, King Kong vs Godzilla

Harou Nakajima – Godzilla, Rodan, Destroy All Monsters

Russ Tamblyn – “Twin Peaks”, War Of The Gargantuas

Rutger HauerBlade Runner, The Hitcher, “True Blood

Dee SniderTwisted Sister, Strangeland, Van Helsing’s Curse

Tippi HedrenThe Birds, Marnie, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Nancy Allen – Blow Out,
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Bettye McCartt, Agent for Tom Selleck, Dies at 81

Bettye McCartt, the longtime agent-manager for actor Tom Selleck and TV director Tony Wharmby, died of heart failure on Friday, Aug. 16, in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 81.

McCartt was owner of Agency for Artists and a partner in McCartt, Oreck & Barrett Talent Agency; her former clients included George Clooney, Billy D. Williams, Brian Austin Green, Louis L’Amour, Henry Miller, Maureen O. Hara and Anthony Quinn.

In the 1960s, Bettye moved from Oklahoma to Los Angeles, where she started a long career in the entertainment business, first as a publicist at 20th Century Fox. She was also associated with the production of “The Godfather” and “The Longest Yard,” among other films.

McCartt is survived by her daughter, Shannon Alton, and son, Mark Breeding.

Plans for a memorial service in Los Angeles are pending.
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Bettye McCartt, Agent for Tom Selleck, Dies at 81

Bettye McCartt, the longtime agent-manager for actor Tom Selleck and TV director Tony Wharmby, died of heart failure on Friday, Aug. 16, in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 81.

McCartt was owner of Agency for Artists and a partner in McCartt, Oreck & Barrett Talent Agency; her former clients included George Clooney, Billy D. Williams, Brian Austin Green, Louis L’Amour, Henry Miller, Maureen O. Hara and Anthony Quinn.

In the 1960s, Bettye moved from Oklahoma to Los Angeles, where she started a long career in the entertainment business, first as a publicist at 20th Century Fox. She was also associated with the production of “The Godfather” and “The Longest Yard,” among other films.

McCartt is survived by her daughter, Shannon Alton, and son, Mark Breeding.

Plans for a memorial service in Los Angeles are pending.
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R.I.P. Bettye McCartt

Bettye McCartt, the longtime agent-manager for Tom Selleck and television director Tony Wharmby, has died. McCartt died Friday in Santa Barbara after a long illness, according to the Santa Barbara News-Press. She was 81. McCartt was owner of Agency For Artists and a partner in McCartt, Orck and Barrett Talent Agency, where she repped Selleck and Wharmby. Her other former clients included George Clooney, Billy D. Williams, Brian Austin Green, Louis L’Amour, Henry Miller, Maureen O Hara, and Anthony Quinn. McCartt began her career as a publicist at Twentieth Century Fox, then later became involved with the production of several movies including The Godfather and The Longest Yard.
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R.I.P. George Jones

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The country music superstar had been admitted to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center with high fever and irregular blood pressure, and died this morning, according to multiple reports. He was 81. George Jones‘ hits included “She Thinks I Still Care” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” In 2008, he was a Kennedy Center honoree, and last year received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. But the Texas-born singer was also known for his rocky personal life which included struggles with cocaine and alcohol addiction and four marriages — including one to country music icon Tammy Wynette. He earned the nickname “No Show Jones” after he failed to appear for several concerts. Many television shows including Nashville and The Wire featured Jones’ music. He also appeared in movies including The Longest Yard and Smokey And The Good Time Outlaws.
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Slideshow: Stars Align at ‘The Hollywood Show’ in Chicago

Chicago – One of the most unique happenings in Chicago every year is “The Hollywood Show.” This annual event presents celebrities from TV and film, both from the nostalgic past and the current scene. In September of 2012, the show included Loni Anderson (“Wkrp in Cincinnati”), Oscar Winner Martin Landau and the reunited cast of “Lost in Space,” all meeting fans and signing autographs.

HollywoodChicago.com covered the event, and photographer Joe Arce put the show’s participants in front of the lens. “The Hollywood Show” will be back in Chicago in September, 2013. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

HOLSHOW1: Loni Anderson of ‘Wkrp in Cincinnati.’ HOLSHOW2: Another view of Loni Anderson. HOLSHOW3: Oscar winner Martin Landau of ‘Ed Wood’ and ‘The Majestic.’ HOLSHOW4:
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Slideshow: Exclusive C2E2 Portraits Highlight 2012

Chicago – One of the great events in Chicago in 2012 was the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, affectionately called C2E2. A galaxy of movie and TV stars appeared at that Spring gathering, including Sean Astin, John Cusack, Val Kilmer and Steven Yuen (“The Walking Dead”). The next C2E2 is April 26-28, 2013.

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago shot these great photos, all exclusive to HollywoodChicago.com. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

C2E2-1: Sean Astin of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy and ‘Rudy.’ C2E2-2: John Barrowman of TV’s ‘Dr. Who’ and ‘Torchwood.’ C2E2-3: John Barrowman belts a tune for fans at C2E2. C2E2-4: Anthony Daniels was C-3Po in all six ‘Star Wars’ movies.
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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

The Deep comes to an end, Burn Notice season 3 starts in the UK, The Bill finishes for good and there are some cracking movies too...

We start our lead into the bank holiday weekend with news of a series start-up for a show we watch week on week, but haven't covered much in these pages. Burn Notice launches into its third season on these shores on Wednesday, September 1st with Friends And Family on FX at 10:00pm.

Michael Westen the burned special ops spy's story is a continuing saga, so to see where things left off, first watch season 2's finale, Lesser Evil, tonight, Friday August 27th at 11:00pm on FX and you'll be prepped for what's next for Michael, Mom, Fiona and Sam Axe, a classically heroically fabricated name if ever we heard one and he's played by Geek favourite, Bruce Campbell.

If The Deep hasn't given you that sinking feeling (yes,
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Vinnie's Reality Kick For Co-stars

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Vinnie's Reality Kick For Co-stars
British actor Vinnie Jones has returned to his soccer hardman roots for his latest movie - a remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds classic The Longest Yard. And the former soccer player has proved he's as tough as ever, after insisting that all the action in the soccer-based movie should be genuine. Jones, who was feared by fellow players during his sporting career, plays a former professional footballer, Danny Mehan, who winds up in prison and organises a team of inmates to take on the prison guards. Starring alongside are his co-stars from Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Vas Blackwood and Jason Statham - who've already had to endure a series of crunching tackles for the cameras. Vinnie, who's acting as adviser on the film, enthuses, "The tackles are pretty damn good. There is no moody (fake) stuff in it, what you see is proper football."

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