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14 items from 2012

Sony Animation Plans "Manimal" Feature

17 September 2012 9:39 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures Animation has scored the movie rights to NBC's short-lived early 80's TV series "Manimal" with plans to turn it into a combination live-action/CG animated feature says Heat Vision.

Simon MacCorkindale ("Death on the Nile") starred in the campy original as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy doctor with a mysterious past, who can shape shift into any animal he chooses in order to help the police fight crime.

Melody Anderson ("Flash Gordon") and Michael D. Roberts ("Baretta") co-starred. Only eight episodes aired before the critically slammed show was cancelled, though it has since developed a cult following.

Glen A. Larson ("Magnum P.I.," "Knight Rider," "Battlestar Galactica") created the original show and will serve as producer on the film for which writers are currently being sought. The move follows Sony's announcement last month of a similar live-action/CG feature based on 80's sitcom "Alf". »

- Garth Franklin

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Clean Getaway: Running Down Cinema's Most Iconic Getaway Drivers

23 August 2012 7:44 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The classic '70s cop show Baretta opened with Sammy Davis, Jr. singing, "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time," which is great advice for all of the would-be crooks out there. Of course, most criminals wouldn't break the law at all if they thought they were going to get caught. There are more than a few ways to stay ahead of Johnny Law, but the best — at least, when it comes to high-octane celluloid action, that is — is hiring a fantastic getaway driver. Click on the video above and ride with us as we run down some of the most iconic getaway drivers in cinema, from Patrick Swayze's Ronald Reagan-mask-wearing adrenaline junkie Bodhi in Point Break to Ryan Gosling's subdued, nameless wheelman in Drive.

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- BrentJS Sprecher

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The Case Of The Disappearing Private Eye

10 August 2012 5:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I looked for him, but he was gone.  I checked the boozy dives and the greasy spoons and the street corners where the not-nice girls hang out.


He was gone.

Tall guy, fedora, trench coat.  You must’ve seen him.  Usually smoking.  He was always hanging around, poking his nose where it didn’t belong and usually getting it punched.

A real wisenheimer, too, always cracking wise.

You see him, you call.  And if I find out you’ve been holding back…

If you don’t miss that kind of patois, you’re either too young to remember it, or you’ve got a tin ear.  God knows, I miss it.

Back in May, some of you might remember I interviewed Road to Perdition author Max Allan Collins (http://www.soundonsight.org/max-allan-collins-road-to-perdition-on-carrying-on-mickey-spillanes-legacy/).  A lot of the discussion had to do with his connection with one of the giants of private eye fiction, »

- Bill Mesce

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Dennis Quaid: "I Think We All Have a Fascination With Las Vegas"

30 July 2012 4:05 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Dennis Quaid hasn't been part of a TV series since 1977's Baretta, but he's returning this fall on the CBS drama Vegas. The drama takes place in Sin City during the 1960s, the turning point when the city changed into the glitzy gambling capital. Quaid plays sheriff Ralph Lamb (based on the real-life rancher of the same name), who struggles to maintain the culture of the town as the mob rolls in (led by Michael Chiklis's Vincent Savino). Both Ralph and Vincent are are gritty, dangerous characters, which lead to questions from reporters about how both can survive if the series is picked up. Executive producer Greg Walker assured us that though the tension between them is integral to the series, they'll often both be on the same side of the law because there are characters out there who will be even worse than they are. Quaid's had a »

- Becky Kirsch

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Robert Blake Blows Up in Interview With Piers Morgan; Host Asks If He's Sane

12 July 2012 12:16 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Piers Morgan will probably never forget his bizarre interview with Robert Blake on CNN Wednesday night. The irate, defensive actor repeatedly referred to Morgan as "Charlie Potatoes." When asked if he was fully sane, Blake replied, "The truth is I think I'm sort of a mutation, or a subspecies. I think If I was born 10,000 years ago, I would have taken two or three people, run off and started another tribe." Ok, then. But it was when Morgan asked the 78-year-old Baretta star about his acquittal in the 2001 murder of his wife that things really took a turn for the worse. "I made a deal to come here and talk about anybody from the book," he snapped. He was appearing on the show to »

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Robert Blake makes a case for his unfair persecution by acting like a crazy person on Piers Morgan

12 July 2012 8:55 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It's safe to say that the public perception of Robert Blake has shifted in the last decade, away from the child actor who rose from starring in Little Rascals shorts to a role in 1967's Oscar-nominated In Cold Blood to his Emmy-winning turn on TV's Baretta, and over to "that crazy guy who probably murdered his wife." And so, Blake—who has a memoir to peddle—did what any person making the case for his wrongful ostracizing would do: He donned his best sleeveless T-shirt and cowboy hat and bitched out Piers Morgan (and pretty much the »

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Robert Blake to Piers Morgan: 'Nobody Tells Me I'm a Liar'

11 July 2012 4:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Robert Blake erupted at Piers Morgan on Wednesday when the CNN primetime host questioned whether Blake was telling the truth about the circumstances surrounding the death of his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley. Blake appeared on Morgan's program to promote his upcoming memoir, which covers his extensive acting career as well as his personal life. Also read: Amanda Knox Acquitted Of Murder, Sexual Assault Though Blake was once best known for his appearances in the TV series "Baretta" and the film "In Cold Blood," he gained new notoriety after the murder of Bakley in 2001. »

- Lucas Shaw

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R.I.P. Susan Tyrrell

20 June 2012 7:03 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Actress Susan Tyrrell, who was Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a barfly in John Huston’s 1972 boxing movie Fat City, has died. Tyrrell was 67 and died June 16 in Austin, Texas, according to her web site. Cause of death was not reported. Born Susan Jillian Creamer, she was the daughter of a William Morris agent. Her sporadic, eclectic movie and TV career included roles in Andy Warhol’s Bad, John Waters’ Cry-Baby (in which she played Johnny Depp’s grandmother), Big Top Pee-Wee, Richard Elfman’s Forbidden Zone, Powder, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden and Islands In The Stream, plus appearances in TV series such as Wings, Starsky & Hutch, Kojak, Bonanza, Baretta and The Patty Duke Show as well as several others. In 2000 she was diagnosed with the rare blood disease essential thrombocytosis and lost both legs as a result but she continued to work periodically. »


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Susan Tyrrell, Fat City Oscar Nominee, Is Dead

19 June 2012 2:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Susan Tyrrell, a Best Supporting Actress nominee in 1972 for director John Huston's Fat City, has died, her family confirms to People. According to susantyrrell.com, the actress died Sunday, and had been a resident of Austin, Texas, since 2008, it was reported by Austin360.com. In the John Huston boxing drama, which also starred Jeff Bridges and Stacy Keach, Tyrell, then 26, played Oma, a falling-down drunk. She later said that although Huston wanted to cast Faye Dunaway in the role, Tyrrell convinced the director to give her the job because a 26-year-old drunk would be more interesting than a 35-year-old one. »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Nancy Wolfe Joins Cast of Way Down In Chinatown

25 May 2012 4:42 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

By MoreHorror.com

Way Down In Chinatown Exclusive Casting Announcement

Nancy Wolfe (Susan Atkins/Sexy Sadie from Helter Skelter) joins the cast of Way Down In Chinatown

The Way Down in Chinatown production team – being independent filmmaker Eric Michael Kochmer, Angel Corbin, Maria Olsen and Jonathan Haloossim - are thrilled to welcome Nancy Wolfe of Helter Skelter fame to the cast.  Wolfe has bagged the supporting role of Lindie in Way Down in Chinatown, the utterly creepy and surprisingly intense noir horror feature that will soon be unleashed on horror fans.

Wolfe caused major waves in horror / serial killer movie circles with her eerily terrifying portrayal of Susan Atkins “Sexy Sadie” in the 1976 made-for-television movie Helter Skelter, which tells the story of the gruesome Los Angeles murders masterminded by Charles Manson.  Neither the Tate/Labianca murders nor Manson himself is ever out of public consciousness for long, nor should Wolfe’s portrayal of Atkins, »

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Andrei Rublev, My Fair Lady, The Lost World Screenings

20 April 2012 7:24 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev Andrei Tarkovsky, Audrey Hepburn, Clara Bow Movies: Packard Campus May 2012 Schedule Friday, April 27 (7:30 p.m.) Solaris (Magna, 1972) An alien intelligence infiltrates a space mission. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. With Natalya Bondarchuk and Donatas Banionis. Sci-fi psychological drama. Black & White and color, 167 min. In Russian and German with English subtitles. Saturday, April 28 (7:30 p.m.) To Kill A Mockingbird (Universal, 1962) A Southern lawyer defends a black man wrongly accused of rape, and tries to explain the proceedings to his children. Directed by Robert Mulligan. With Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Brock Peters and Robert Duvall. Drama. Black & white, 129 min. Selected for the National Film Registry in 1995. Thursday, May 3 (7:30 p.m.) The Little Giant (Warner Bros., 1933) A Chicago beer magnate about to lose his business with the repeal of Prohibition, moves to California and tries to join society's upper crust, but his gangster origins prove tough to shake. »

- Andre Soares

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Vince Vaughn To Headline ‘The Rockford Files’ Big-Screen Remake

17 April 2012 12:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Universal Pictures have announced that Brian Koppelman and David Levien will pen a screenplay for a big-screen version of the NBC series The Rockford Files. The project will be produced, as well as star, by Vince Vaughn, who will take over the great James Garner in the role of Jim Rockford, the loveable, no-nonsense private eye with a chip on his shoulder. The original show ran from 1974 to 1980 (as well as a few TV movies during the 90s) and it still beloved by fans and repeated regularly.

Only yesterday we reported Koppelman and Levien’s script for illegal gambling thriller Runner Runner had confirmed Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck it’s leads. Vaughn, meanwhile will next be seen in all-star sci-fi comedy, Neighborhood Watch.

The Rockford Files was the brainchild of the late television mastermind Stephen J. Cannell, the man responsible for hit series The A-team, 21 Jump Street, Baretta and Wiseguy. »

- Craig Hunter

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1 February 2012 10:41 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Back in the early days of cable, movies were rerun endlessly so if you liked one, you could burn their frames onto your retinas and it became a part of yourself. As a result, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for 1974’s Busting. You sit there, scratching your head, and can’t recall the film and there’s no shame in that.

Written and directed by Peter Hyams (The Star Chamber, Outland), it is a buddy cop film before that became in vogue and is very much from the era. It has a nice grainy film stock, makes the cops and the thugs slovenly and a visual shambles. While most of Hyams’ peers set their gritty tales of big city corruption and the only honest cops’ efforts to bring down the kingpin of crime in New York City, Hyams set his in Los Angeles, although you’d be hard-pressed to tell. »

- Robert Greenberger

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Top Los Angeles Cop Retires

11 January 2012 2:01 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Los Angeles cop who escorted Lindsay Lohan into court multiple times last year and once took O.J. Simpson to hospital during his murder trial has retired.

Sheriff's sergeant Steve Wheatcroft has served on the force for 24 years and handed over his badge on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sgt. Wheatcroft also led the jury to music producer Phil Spector's Alhambra mansion during his 2009 murder trial and to the car park of Studio City, California restaurant Vitello's, where actor Robert Blake's wife was killed in 2001. The Baretta star was later acquitted of the crime. »

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