8 items from 2016
Forty years ago today, Charlie's Angels hit nationwide TV screens and "put three women in the forefront," according to former star Jaclyn Smith. In an exclusive interview excerpted from People's special issue Celebrate the '70s: 1976 Edition, Smith, who played Kelly Garrett on the 1970s series and was the only Angel to star on all five seasons, reflected on how the show changed her - and audiences across America. "It was groundbreaking. It was about three emotionally and financially independent women. We shot at beautiful locations with fancy fast cars, and they cared about each other, so there was a heart to the show, »
- Patrick Gomez and Natalie Stone
Hollywood has lost one of its own. David Huddleston, the character actor renowned for his longtime career in television and film, has died. The actor passed away on Tuesday from advanced heart and kidney disease, his wife Sarah C. Koeppe confirmed to the New York Times. Huddleston was 85 years old. Born in Virginia in 1930, he first served in the United States Air Force before attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. The Emmy nominee ultimately got his start on the small screen in the 1960s with roles on Bewitched, Bonanza, Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files and countless more. He worked up until 2014 with guest appearances on The Wonder Years, The West »
Auburn’s play “Proof” won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for drama and he co-wrote the script for the 2005 film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis and Jake Gyllenhaal. Auburn also wrote “The Lake House,” starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, and directed and wrote “The Girl in the Park” with Sigourney Weaver and Kate Bosworth.
Elizabeth Banks came on board to direct the rebooted film in September. Banks will also produce via her Universal-based Brownstone production company with her husband and producing partner Max Handelman.
The show “Charlie's Angels” launched in 1976 on ABC and lasted five seasons with Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith portraying private detectives working for a benefactor named Charlie. Cheryl Ladd replaced Fawcett, with Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts joining the series in later years. »
- Dave McNary
When Jaclyn Smith covered People in October 1981, she had a secret - she was expecting! Smith reveals on the next episode of People's List that she had just found out that she was pregnant with first child, son Gaston Richmond, when she posed for the cover in glam '80s sparkles. "This was the best time of my life," she shares while revisiting the issue. She adds, "Everything was bigger than life, including my hair."Of the 1980s, the now-70-year-old - who also has a daughter, Spencer Margaret - explains, "everything was bigger than big." When Smith appeared in the issue, »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
what TVs looked like in the 90s (history of sets here)Here's a must read for the day. Over at HitFix, Alan Sepinwall has reached his 20th anniversary as a TV journalist/critic . It's a fascinating piece on 20 years of writing about TV and how much has changed in that medium since 1996. It's a fun history and nostalgia ride, particularly if you're interested in serialized TV (the best assett of TV but it took decades for TV to get there). I love most of the article and I'll save the highlights for your reading there.
But I do want to vehemently disagree with this statement I've bolded below even though the general idea now that "everything is better with TV" is totally true.
I can appreciate nostalgia for those days, if for no other reason than that the beat was easier to cover when there weren't 400+ original scripted series airing every year. »
- NATHANIEL R
Today is the Centennial of one of the most singular character actresses of the 1950s, Mercedes McCambridge, born in Joliet Illinois on this very day in 1916. We hope you've enjoyed our mini retrospective. We previousy discussed her sensational debut in All The King's Men (1949) her final Oscar nomination for the Texas epic Giant (1956) and her sorry fate in a teensy part in the Airport disaster series. (In the past, Icymi, we've amply discussed The Exorcist in which she did truly legendary voice work as well as the fiery abandon of must-see western Johnny Guitar.)
In The Concorde... Airport '79 article, Tim talked about the disaster genre's often ...um... disastrous treatment of aged film stars in cameos. But discarded stars of Old Hollywood also frequently collected paychecks through TV guest spots. On the small screen there was the same roulette wheel chances at success. In fact McCambridge was more frequently spotted on TV than in film, »
- NATHANIEL R
Dan Haggerty, who brought to life the titular frontiersman in the 1974 film and subsequent TV series "Grizzly Adams," died after battling cancer at the age of 74.
In "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams," Haggerty's woodsman flees into the wilderness to escape a wrongful murder charge. He befriends and cares for a bear cub, who remains Grizzly's best friend, even after maturing into full size.
Before starring in the show, Haggerty worked as an animal handler and stuntman in Hollywood. He guest starred in shows including "CHiPs," "Charlie's Angels," and "The Love Boat." His last movie credit was a cameo in the 2013 movie "Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan."
Haggerty suffered from cancer of the spine, which was discovered by doctors during surgery for back pain. He is survived by five children.
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- Kelly Woo
Dan Haggerty, best known for playing mountain man Grizzly Adams in both a TV series and on film, died Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 74. The actor's manager, Terry Bomar, confirmed his passing to ABC News.
Haggerty first starred as James Capen "Grizzly" Adams in the 1974 film The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, which was based on the life of a real outdoorsman and grizzly bear trainer who resided in California in the 1800s. The movie finds the protagonist heading into the mountains and bonding with animals »
8 items from 2016
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