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'Godfather' Star Alex Rocco Passes Away at Age 79

20 July 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actor Alex Rocco, best known for playing mobster Moe Green in the 1972 classic The Godfather, passed away on Saturday in his Studio City, California home at the age of 79. The actor's stepson, Sean Doyle, confirmed to The Los Angeles Times that the actor passed away after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. The actor's long career spanned 50 years, with over 150 TV and film credits.

Alex Rocco was born Alessandro Federico Petricone Jr. in Boston, who caught the acting bug at the age of 30, when he took an acting class to meet women. After moving to Los Angeles, he took a class taught by Leonard Nimoy, who promptly kicked him out because he couldn't understand his thick Boston accent. He then enrolled in a speech class which transformed his Boston accent with a New York accent, which Leonard Nimoy said he could work with. He made his acting debut with the 1965 Russ Meyer film Motorpsycho! »

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Alex Rocco, Character Actor in ‘Godfather,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ Dies at 79

19 July 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Character actor Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Greene in “The Godfather” and appeared in dozens of other movies and TV shows, died Saturday of cancer in Studio City, Calif. He was 79.

Often appearing as a heavy, hood or cop, in “The Godfather,” he had the famous line, “Do you know who I am?” Recently he had a recurring role in Starz’s “Magic City” and appeared on “Episodes” and “Maron.” His daughter Jennifer Rocco reported his death on her Facebook page.

He appeared in several episodes of 1980s TV show “The Facts of Life” as Charlie Polniaczek, and had recurring roles on other shows including “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Famous Teddy Z,” for which he won a supporting actor Emmy in 1990. He did voices for animated shows including “The Simpsons,” for which he voiced the executive who made Itchy and Scratchy cartoons, and “Family Guy.”

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- Pat Saperstein

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Alex Rocco, Character Actor in ‘Godfather,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ Dies at 79

19 July 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Character actor Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Greene in “The Godfather” and appeared in dozens of other movies and TV shows, died Saturday of cancer in Studio City, Calif. He was 79.

Often appearing as a heavy, hood or cop, in “The Godfather,” he had the famous line, “Do you know who I am?” Recently he had a recurring role in Starz’s “Magic City” and appeared on “Episodes” and “Maron.” His daughter Jennifer Rocco reported his death on her Facebook page.

He appeared in several episodes of 1980s TV show “The Facts of Life” as Charlie Polniaczek, and had recurring roles on other shows including “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Famous Teddy Z,” for which he won a supporting actor Emmy in 1990. He did voices for animated shows including “The Simpsons,” for which he voiced the executive who made Itchy and Scratchy cartoons, and “Family Guy.”

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- Pat Saperstein

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Nerd Alert: True Detective 70s Reboot, Darth Vader Attacks and More

14 July 2015 12:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? A Star Wars Darth Vader cosplayer is seen "choking" people at Comic-Con, Season 2 of True Detective is recut as a 1970s cop show and Andy Richter delivers a fantasy weather report. Plus, a tournament-style breakdown of the best summer movie ever. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

True Detective Season 2 70s Reboot

Last week, we showed you a remix of Ant-Man as a 1950s horror movie, and today Vulture is back with a new remix, which mashes up Season 2 of HBO's True Detective with the hit 1970s cop show Starsky and Hutch. Given the rather chilly response to this new season, many may think this remix is »

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What’s the Downside to Marathon-Viewing?

14 July 2015 9:13 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Ready yourself: It's time for another episode of “The Vulture TV Podcast”! This week, Margaret and Matt discuss the best — and worst — kinds of shows to binge-watch; the dreamy, atmosphere-driven beauty of Rectify; the almost-great aspects of Masters of Sex; and, of course, this frustrating season of True Detective.This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions: Rectify, "Hoorah" (10:58–23:55) Masters of Sex, "Parliament of Owls" (25:33–37:16) True Detective, "Down Will Come" (37:16–47:47) Further reading: Rectify Is Among the Most Radical Storytelling on TV, our Masters of Sex recap, and True Detective Is Way Better Mashed Up With Starsky and Hutch. Tune in to "The Vulture TV Podcast," produced by the Slate Group’s Panoply, every Tuesday, on iTunes or SoundCloud. And please send us your burning TV questions! Tweet us @Vulture or email tvquestions@vulture.com. »

- Margaret Lyons,Matt Zoller Seitz

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True Detective Is Way Better Mashed Up With Starsky and Hutch

13 July 2015 6:28 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Boy, howdy, there really isn't anything to smile about in this season of True Detective, eh? Its vision of Southern California is pretty much wall-to-wall darkness. But as the saying goes, it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness — so we lit a candle by throwing a bunch of True Detective footage in a blender. This week's installment of Vulture Remix reimagines the show as a cheesy, buoyant '70s cop show. Specifically, ABC's iconic Starsky and Hutch. Consider it the world we deserve. Be sure to also check out our last Vulture Remix: Ant-Man as a 1950's horror movie. »

- Abraham Riesman

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The "CHiPS" Movie To Be R-Rated

5 July 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

These days when old 'light entertainment' style 1970s and 1980s TV shows come to the big screen, we're used to them being parodies (ala "Starsky and Hutch," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "21 Jump Street"). When the big screen adaptation of "CHiPs" was announced, many widely assumed it would adopt a similar tone.

Turns out that's not the case. Michael Pena, who will take on Erik Estrada's role of Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello from the original series, tells Collider that the new film will play things serious:

It's more like a Lethal Weapon where there's a lot of action and what we wanted to do is if there's any comedy that we do, it's not like one-liners here and there, like we're the guys always being stand-up comedians. It's almost like you lose a little bit of the plotline whenever you're off doing your own comedy thing, so we're focusing a little more on the plot, »

- Garth Franklin

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Oscar-Nominated Actor Biggest Professional Regret: Turning Down 'Doctor Who'

19 June 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them:[1] David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »

- Andre Soares

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Norman Horowitz, Syndication Executive at MGM and Columbia, Dies at 82

18 June 2015 10:56 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Norman Horowitz, a colorful and outspoken syndication executive who headed that area at MGM/UA, Columbia Pictures Television and Polygram, died Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills after a heart attack. He was 82.

Horowitz served as president-ceo of MGM/UA Telecommunications, following stints at Columbia, CBS/Viacom and founding the TV unit at Polygram. He was responsible for selling numerous shows into syndication, from firstrun offerings to lucrative reruns of programs like “Barney Miller,” “Starsky and Hutch” and “Soap.”

In one of his favorite anecdotes, Horowitz saw the pilot to “Barney Miller” after producer Danny Arnold had sold it to ABC, acquiring the distribution rights for about $100,000. The project returned millions over the years to the studio.

Known for his outspokenness and sense of humor, Horowitz would often pitch a show to stations by saying he was confident it would be a huge hit, “unless it isn’t.”

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- Brian Lowry

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‘Oliver!’ Star Ron Moody Dies at 91

11 June 2015 3:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The actor Ron Moody, who played Fagin in the movie “Oliver!,” has died at the age of 91.

“He brought joy to his family and to the hearts of many and will be greatly missed. He was singing until the end,” Moody’s widow Therese Blackbourn Moody told the BBC.

Moody is best known for the role of the criminal Fagin in the Charles Dickens adaptation “Oliver!,” a role that earned him Oscar and BAFTA nominations, as well as a Golden Globe win in 1969. The film received 11 Oscar nomination and took home six statuettes, including for film and director for Carol Reed.

Moody first appeared as Fagin in Lionel Bart’s West End stage adaptation in 1960, and won a Tony when he returned to the role for a Broadway revival in 1984.

“Fate destined me to play Fagin. It was the part of a lifetime,” he said.

The depiction of Fagin in the source novel, »

- Leo Barraclough

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The Interceptor: Is BBC One's new thiller a blockbuster or a misfire?

10 June 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tonight (June 9), BBC One launched The Interceptor - its new action thriller following the maverick Ash (Ot Fagbenle) as he and his team work to bring down a complex criminal network.

Fagbenle has compared the show to vintage TV classics like Starsky & Hutch and Kojak - comments echoed by writer Tony Saint, who also named The Professionals as an inspiration.

"It's got action in it, it's got an element of humour in it - and it's got a double-act at the heart, so there's a buddy element to it, which harks back to classics like The Professionals and Starsky and Hutch," said Saint.

"Kojak is another one - I think the balance between action and peril and fun, that's one of the big things [we tried to emulate]."

But was The Interceptor a modern classic, or a failed attempt to recapture past glories? Digital Spy wants your thoughts on the series.

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BBC One's new series The Interceptor: The Professionals for 2015?

3 June 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Interceptor is BBC One's attempt to emulate classic shows like The Professionals, says creator Tony Saint.

Saint revealed at a recent press screening that his new crime thriller was inspired by the '70s shows he'd enjoyed as a boy.

"It's got action in it, it's got an element of humour in it - and it's got a double-act at the heart, so there's a buddy element to it, which harks back to classics like The Professionals and Starsky and Hutch," he said.

"Kojak is another one - I think the balance between action and peril and fun, that's one of the big things [we tried to emulate]."

Saint added that The Interceptor is designed to have a "broad appeal" and target a wide range of ages.

"It'd be great to bring a younger audience to the show," he said. "By design, it's not excessively violent, the bad language is kept to »

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Scarlett Johansson on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See

3 May 2015 7:27 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Avengers: Age of Ultron star Scarlett Johansson is no stranger to the Saturday Night Live stage – after all, the actress is inching up on Five-Timers Club entrance. Give the lady one more hosting gig, and she's in, along with the likes of Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, and Justin Timberlake. For her fourth go at hosting the sketch comedy show, Johansson was saddled with a mostly mixed outing, one that frequently went for a timely joke (the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, the unrest in Baltimore) and the obvious gag (a send-up of »

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Gotham Season 1 Episode 17 Review – ‘Red Hood’

2 March 2015 8:53 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Martin Carr reviews the seventeenth episode of Gotham

David O’Hara has a face you recognise, even if the name leaves a lesser impression. Character actor familiar from Braveheart, Wanted and Scorsese’s The Departed he brings a lot of acting luggage with him. This man has spent time in good company and it shows. His part is small yet pivotal in an episode which contains bank robberies, self-mutilation and a little late night reminiscing. Like a shadow from the past O’Hara’s Reggie is rain soaked, unshaven and the bearer of ill tidings. However what plays out between himself and Pertwee is more intriguing than any amount of gorged eyeballs or Red Hoods.

There is no shame in admitting when you have upstaged, outshone and reside very much in someone’s smoke trail. There have been few opportunities for Pertwee to have his characterisation of trusted guardian convincingly challenged in this series. »

- Gary Collinson

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'The Americans' star Matthew Rhys: Philip would defect 'in a heartbeat'

4 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last week, I published the first two of the interviews I did on “The Americans” set in December, with producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields , and with actress Holly Taylor. Now it’s time for one of the show’s two leads, as charming Welshman(*) Matthew Rhys and I talked about where Philip’s head is at in season 3, the pros and cons of so much wig work, why Keri Russell is referred to on set as “The Hulk,” how “The A-Team” helped inform his performance as Philip, and more. (*) My biggest regret about this interview? That I turned off the recorder right before FX’s Lana Kim prompted Rhys to share a memory of one of his first American jobs, as the killer in the final “Columbo” movie. This involved him doing a dead-on Peter Falk impression as he recalled that Falk wanted him to play the killer as a Cockney gangster, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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6 Filmmaking Tips From Michael Mann

16 January 2015 8:13 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Michael Mann‘s films are sexy, cool, gritty, slick, angry and sometimes neon. He’s a filmmaker who is often eager to teach us the true meaning of heartache, and plenty of 80s and 90s kids owe professional directing careers to his stylistic pathfinding. Not to mention everyone who loved Drive. He’s also a frustrating director because his output is relatively infrequent (11 movies in 34 years), yet he’s greatly consistent in the kinds of stories that he reaches for. Men, usually desperate, always driven, reaching for something far beyond themselves. Exploring that ground has yielded some truly excellent cinematic experiences and killer moments over the past three decades. So here’s a bit of free film school (for filmmakers and fans alike) from a man who likes playing with shadows. It Takes a Lot to Get to Thief The Criterion’s synopsis of Mann’s debut feature (spine #691), begins, “The »

- Scott Beggs

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Danny John-Jules: 'I'd welcome Red Dwarf co-stars on Death in Paradise'

6 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Danny John-Jules has said that he would like to see his Red Dwarf co-stars appear in Death in Paradise.

The British actor - who plays Officer Dwayne Myers in the BBC crime series - told Digital Spy that he would welcome Chris Barrie, Craig Charles and Robert Llewellyn on the set if the chance came along.

"It would be really interesting," he said. "I think that providing they didn't bring them in to play a Rimmer-esque character or a Lister-esque character, I suppose anything's possible.

"We've had many other famous people performing in Death in Paradise so I don't see why not. We might."

A host of guest stars have appeared on the show during its first three series, while the likes of Hetti Bywater, Will Mellor and Tyger Drew-Honey will feature in the upcoming fourth run.

Speaking about the show's growing popularity, he said: "It's one of those shows »

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