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John Hillerman obituary

Actor who was best known as Higgins, the supercilious English estate manager, in the TV series Magnum Pi

The actor John Hillerman, who has died aged 84, was best known for his role in the television series Magnum Pi, playing Jonathan Quayle Higgins III, the English caretaker of the Hawaiian complex in which Tom Selleck’s eponymous private investigator was based. It was the culmination of a series of supporting parts in TV series in which he played characters who displayed officious arrogance or a stuffed shirt’s cold superciliousness. He was a conniving radio detective competing with Jim Hutton in the title role of Ellery Queen (1975-76), Bonnie Franklin’s cold boss in One Day at a Time (1976-80) and Betty White’s ex-husband, “old pickle puss”, who winds up directing her in a TV series in The Betty White Show (1977-78).

But his eight seasons on Magnum from 1980-
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John Hillerman, Higgins on 'Magnum, P.I.,' Dies at 84

John Hillerman, Higgins on 'Magnum, P.I.,' Dies at 84
John Hillerman, the actor who made a career out of playing snooty types, including Tom Selleck's fastidious estate caretaker Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on Magnum, P.I., died Thursday. He was 84.

Hillerman, who received four Emmy nominations in consecutive years for portraying Higgins and won in 1987, died at his home in Houston, family spokeswoman Lori De Waal told the Associated Press. She said the cause of death had not been determined.

His Higgins character was a natural extension of a part he played on the TV detective show Ellery Queen: Simon Brimmer, a radio personality and affected gent who fancied...
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John Hillerman, Higgins on 'Magnum, P.I.,' Dies at 84

John Hillerman, the actor who made a career out of playing snooty types, including Tom Selleck's fastidious estate caretaker Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on Magnum, P.I., died Thursday. He was 84.

Hillerman, who received four Emmy nominations in consecutive years for portraying Higgins and won in 1987, died at his home in Houston, family spokeswoman Lori De Waal told the Associated Press. She said the cause of death had not been determined.

His Higgins character was a natural extension of a part he played on the TV detective show Ellery Queen: Simon Brimmer, a radio personality and affected gent who fancied...
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John Larroquette of TNT’s ‘The Librarians’ Didn’t Start Out as an Actor

John Larroquette of TNT’s ‘The Librarians’ Didn’t Start Out as an Actor
Actor John Larroquette didn’t start out in the acting business . In fact, he was a DJ in New Orleans in the 1960s, then worked at a San Diego record label, and it was there that acting drew his passion. He moved to Los Angeles in 1974 and has been steadily employed by the theater, TV, and films ever since. He’s won Emmys, and a Tony for “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Larroquette can be seen in TNT’s action adventure series “The Librarians.” But in 1974, Larroquette had just arrived in L.A., didn’t have an agent, but landed a role in “The Crucible” at the Odyssey Theater, which launched his own Hollywood odyssey.

What was it like in L.A. in 1974 for an aspiring actor?

There was a casting of “The Crucible” at a theater at Santa Monica and Bundy. Late summer in ’74. It was an open audition and I had just
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Author Max Allan Collins Discusses Seduction of the Innocent, Horror-themed Comics and Much More!

Seduction of the Innocent will release on February 19, 2013. New York Times bestselling author Max Allan Collins, known for his book Road to Perdition, once again has outdone himself with Seduction of the Innocent, which blends fact and fiction in a true-thriller fashion!

Amanda Dyar: Seduction of the Innocent is an upcoming novel from yourself that focuses on the real life story of 1950s proposed ban of violent and horror-filled comic books. How did you become involved in this project, and how did you prepare for the beginning of your work?

Max Allan Collins: Seduction of the Innocent takes a fairly lighthearted approach to a serious subject, and I hope it doesn't stint on either one. The format is a Golden Age mystery -- that's the era of Rex Stout, Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Erle Stanley Gardner -- since the '50s setting of the novel is appropriate to that kind of story.
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Amazon's Black Friday 2012 Blu-ray and DVD Deals

Amazon has released their early Black Friday Deals Week schedule beginning Monday, November 19 and running through Monday, November 26 and I have added the entire list in its state below and will be updating as more and more titles are added it to it and considering the limited number of Blu-ray titles included I have to assume this thing is going to get beefed up. There are some notable titles beginning with the Gold Box Deal on Saturday, November 24 where the Blu-ray edition of the recently released amazon asin="B006U1J5ZY" text="Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection" will be on sale. The price has not yet been announced, but as of right now it sits at $149.99 and I wouldn't be surprised if it drops under $100 on that day so stay tuned. Additional titles on sale throughout the eight day sale include X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand,
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Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Mickey Spillane, Mike Hammer, and the Private Eye on Screen and on the Page

Mickey Spillane grabbed his position in the pop culture pantheon much like his iconic creation, private eye Mike Hammer, made his way through a case: through a sort of literary brute force, blasting away with heavy doses of graphic violence, steamy sex, and a style which reviewers often considered the prose version of a blunt object.

As a mystery writer, Spillane wasn’t as clever as Evan Hunter, nor as introspective as late career Ross MacDonald, nor did he have the insider’s street savvy of George V. Higgins, or the prose command of Raymond Chandler. Read today, some of his stuff seems so familiar and stale and excessive it borders on camp. But, whatever one’s qualitative judgment on Spillane and his canon, there’s no doubt his impact on the mystery genre – and the private eye tale in particular – was both massive and indelible, reaching beyond the printed
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Obsessive, Compulsive, Procedural #1: ‘Unforgettable’

Unforgettable

Created by John Bellucci and Ed Redlich

Based on J. Robert Lennon’s short story The Rememberer

imdb, CBS, Tuesdays at 10 Pm

1.01 Pilot

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev

Written by John Bellucci and Ed Redlich

Based on J. Robert Lennon’s short story “The Rememberer

1.02 Heroes

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev

Written by Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin

1.03 Check Out Time

Directed by John David Coles

Written by Joan Binder Weiss

1.04 Up in Flames

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev

Written by Michael Foley and Erik Oleson

*****

Launching a new police procedural is tricky. On one hand, you have to stand out from all the competition – especially visually. At the same time, you have to be familiar enough not to alienate viewers. You have to be old, but in a new way.

Unforgettable has an interesting twist on the Sherlock Holmes formula that it is able to express in a visual way,
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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Lincoln Center Premiere Pics And Video

This last Monday, August 8, maestro and auteur Guillermo Del Toro rolled into The Walter Read Theater at Lincoln Center in NYC with the cast and director of the new fright film Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, for the premiere of the movie he has been trying get made since 1998!John Wildman, from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, was kind enough to send these pictures of the event, to share with those tragic geeks (me) who are dying to see the film, but can't travel across country just to see one movie...yet.The film, a remake of a truly creepy 1973 television horror film of the same name,  starring Kim Darby (the original True Grit)and Jim Hutton (television's Ellery Queen), finally gets released...
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B-Movie Actress' Body Found Mummified

B-Movie Actress' Body Found Mummified
The remains of '50s B-movie actress and former Playboy model Yvette Vickers were found in her L.A. home. She was 82.

A neighbor noticed cobwebs on Vickers' mailbox, and when she entered the dilapidated house, she found the actress' decomposing body. Vickers had long been a recluse -- and could have been dead for as long as a year, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"She kept to herself, had friends and seemed like a very independent spirit,
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Farley Granger obituary

Actor who rose to fame in Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers On a Train, but refused to conform to Hollywood pressures

Early on in his career, the actor Farley Granger, who has died aged 85, worked with several of the world's greatest directors, including Alfred Hitchcock on Rope (1948) and Strangers On a Train (1951), Nicholas Ray on They Live By Night (1949) and Luchino Visconti on Senso (1953). Yet Granger failed to sustain the momentum of those years, meandering into television, some stage work and often indifferent European and American movies.

The reasons were complicated, owing much to his sexuality and an unwillingness to conform to Hollywood pressures, notably from his contract studio, MGM, and Samuel Goldwyn. Granger refused to play the publicity or marrying game common among gay and bisexual stars and turned down roles he considered unsuitable, earning a reputation – in his own words – for being "a naughty boy".

He was also the victim of bad luck,
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Farley Granger obituary

Actor who rose to fame in Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers On a Train, but refused to conform to Hollywood pressures

Early on in his career, the actor Farley Granger, who has died aged 85, worked with several of the world's greatest directors, including Alfred Hitchcock on Rope (1948) and Strangers On a Train (1951), Nicholas Ray on They Live By Night (1949) and Luchino Visconti on Senso (1953). Yet Granger failed to sustain the momentum of those years, meandering into television, some stage work and often indifferent European and American movies.

The reasons were complicated, owing much to his sexuality and an unwillingness to conform to Hollywood pressures, notably from his contract studio, MGM, and Samuel Goldwyn. Granger refused to play the publicity or marrying game common among gay and bisexual stars and turned down roles he considered unsuitable, earning a reputation – in his own words – for being "a naughty boy".

He was also the victim of bad luck,
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DVD: Review: Ellery Queen Mysteries

NBC’s Ellery Queen Mysteries only lasted one season, but it remains a favorite among fans of TV detective shows in general, and fans of writer-producers Richard Levinson and William Link in particular. Following their success with Mannix and Columbo, Levinson and Link had the clout to pursue a series based on Ellery Queen, whose stories they had bonded over in junior high. “Ellery Queen” was the pseudonym of another mystery-loving pair, Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee, two cousins who stuck the name on novels, short stories, magazine anthologies, movies, radio dramas, and the protagonist of all the above. Their ...
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Writer/Producer Rhodes Loses Cancer Battle

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American writer and producer Michael Rhodes has lost his battle with cancer, aged 74.

Rhodes died last week at a Los Angeles hospital, according to his daughter Laura. Further details regarding his illness had not been released as WENN went to press.

Rhodes was perhaps best-known for shaping 1970s U.S. TV crime dramas Ellery Queen and Delvecchio, which starred Judd Hirsch.

His other producing credits include TV shows Operation Petticoat and Mariah, and small screen films The Return of Frank Cannon and Captive.

Rhodes is survived by his mother, a son, two daughters, a stepdaughter and three grandchildren.

TV producer Michael Rhodes dies at 74

TV producer Michael Rhodes dies at 74
Michael Rhodes, a producer and writer who shaped 1970s TV crime dramas "Ellery Queen" and "Delvecchio," died Oct. 7 of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 74.

Rhodes' version of "Ellery Queen" ran on NBC from 1975-76 and starred Jim Hutton as a writer-sleuth who helps his NYPD detective father solve crimes. "Delvecchio," another Universal TV series, was written by Steven Bochco and starred Judd Hirsch as an Los Angeles detective; it ran 1976-77 on CBS.

Other producing credits for Rhodes include the series "Operation Petticoat" and "Mariah" and the telefims "The Return of Frank Cannon" and "Captive."

He is survived by his children Ross, Laura and Camila; his step-daughter Nikki; his grandchildren Ethan, Ella and Zen; and his mother Rose.

A ceremony to celebrate his life will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana. The family asks that donations be made to
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[TV] Ellery Queen Mysteries

Each episode of Ellery Queen Mysteries opens with a narration: in a few minutes, this man (or woman) will be murdered, or some variation of that, and then proceeds to list off virtually all of the potential suspects. Each listing is accompanied by a quick clip from the episode, in which the suspect says something incriminating. This is a clean and deliberate evocation of old-time radio, in which the narrator was key to holding the story together, as there were no visuals for the scriptwriters to rely upon. It sets the tone for the rest of the series, which, even though it aired in the middle of the 1970s, feels deliberately quaint even for that time period, evoking as it does not merely the days of radio, but also the long-since-gone days of the British crime novel (even though this is set in New York) . It would be a mistake,
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Win the "Ellery Queen Mysteries" on DVD

Need a fix for your Castle craving in between new episodes? Then you'd do well to enter the Ellery Queen Mysteries DVD contest, All 22 uncut and unedited episodes of the classic NBC series starring Jim Hutton as the titular writer who helps his detective father (David Wayne) solve mysteries that "baffle the New York City police force". That sounds really familiar, doesn't it Castle fans? Well, now you can win the complete set.

With methods that were arcane and intellectual, rather than action-oriented, Ellery Queen always managed to astound his father and the force by arriving at the correct solution to a crime by purely deductive reasoning. And, in keeping with this approach, the signature of this celebrated crime series was to engage the audience in figuring out whodunit. At the end of each show, just before Queen revealed his solution to the episode’s mystery, the entire slew of
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Character Actress Nan Martin is Dead

Nan Martin was a leading character actress on stage, screen and television for over fifty years. She may be best remembered by horror fans for her role as Amanda Krueger (aka Sister Mary Helena), the mother of supernatural serial killer Freddy Krueger, in 1987’s A Nightmare in Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, with Robert Englund as Freddy.

Martin was born in Decatur, Illinois, on July 15, 1927, and was raised in Santa Monica, California. She began performing on stage while attending UCLA, and worked as a fashion model in the late 1940s. She subsequently moved to New York, where she made her Broadway debut in 1950. She appeared in several other Broadway productions, and continued to perform on stage throughout her career.

She also appeared frequently on television from the mid-1950s, with roles in such series as The Twilight Zone as Laura Ford in the 1963 episode “The Incredible World of Horace Ford”, The Invaders,
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