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A few years ago, the Hollywood biopic finally seemed to be coming of age. It was the fall of 2004 -- a season that gave us not one but two of the most thrilling biographical dramas ever made, the jumpin' and impassioned Ray and the bold and brilliant Kinsey. (No, that's not Kinsey at left -- it's Woody Harrelson as Larry Flynt -- though it's probably a ménage he would have approved of.) The fact that these two movies came out within one month of each other was a coincidence, yet I marveled, at the time, at what they had in »
- Owen Gleiberman
Pro-wrestler, Christopher Daniels, featured weekly on Tna's Impact on Spike TV, will appear on "Bound For Glory" Pay-Per-View Sunday, October 18, their biggest PPV of the year taking place in the Los Angeles area. Coming up in Chicago, Chris now lives in Southern California and looks forward to his exhibition in the ring in front of a home crowd. Besides Tna Wrestling, Chris has worked for every major pro-wrestling organization including WWE, WCW, Ecw, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Tna Wrestling will stream the 30-minute live PPV pre-show plus a live post-show press conference on Sunday night. Both live online events will be available via MyContent.com/Tna To send questions to Tna Wrestlers, email to »
- April MacIntyre
The ‘80s were a lost decade for many titans of ‘70s cinema, but few fell harder or steeper than Oscar-winning editor turned director Hal Ashby. In the ‘70s, Ashby logged an astonishing run of classics that included Harold & Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Bound For Glory, Coming Home, and Being There. Ashby’s winning streak ended abruptly with 1981’s long-shelved Second-Hand Hearts and continued until his early death. So while the release of an extended version of a Hal Ashby film with never-before-seen footage should be a cause for celebration, viewers would be wise to view the extended cut »
The Cult and Genre movie community is in shock today to learn of the death of movie icon, David Carradine. Carradine, who was 72, was found dead in his hotel suite on Wednesday, in Bangkok, Thailand. According to what Thai police told the BBC, Carradine was found was found by a hotel maid with a rope around his neck. This rumor has yet to be confirmed pending an in depth investigation. Most of the World remembers Carradine for his performance as the star of Kung Fu, which aired from 1972 to 75. Carradine played the character of Kwai Chang Caine, a shaolin monk who wonders through the American Old West searching for his long-lost brother. The series had a very-brief, second incarnation during the 70’s, co-starring Carradine’s son, Keith. Recently, Carradine has recently been exposed to the general masses playing the title roll of Bill in Tarantino’s Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2. Even »
David Carradine, best known as the star of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu who also had a wide-ranging career in the movies, has been found dead in the Thai capital, Bangkok. News reports said he was found hanged in his hotel room and was believed to have committed suicide. He was 72.
Since every other obituary is going to mention his role as as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu and the 1990s spinoff Kung Fu: The Legend Continues as the grandson of his original character, and every other genre site is going to mention his role as Frankenstein in the original Death Race and his role as Bill in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, we'd like to take a moment and remember him for a different role-- as Woody Guthrie in the Hal Ashby film Bound For Glory:
- Glenn Hauman
David Carradine, best known for his leading role of Kwai Chang Caine on TV's Kung Fu in the 1970s, died Wednesday in Bangkok, where he was shooting a film, his manager confirmed Thursday. The star was 72.
According to manager Chuck Binder, the movie's producer went to Carradine's hotel room and found that he had passed away. Binder told Fox News the death is "shocking and sad. He was full of life, always wanting to work ... a great person."
Married five times and divorced four - he is survived by his widow, Annie Bierman, whom he married in 2004 - Carradine starred as folk singer Woody Guthrie in the 1976 Best Picture Oscar nominee Bound for Glory. Among his later screen roles was in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, in which he played Bill.
Varied and Long Career
As profiled in People in 1992, Carradine was born in Hollywood to the actor John Carradine and his first wife, Ardanelle, and was just 7 when his parents divorced.
Shuttled between the two, he grew up in boarding schools on both coasts. Although he was orphaned emotionally, he did become close to the seven stepbrothers and half brothers he would accumulate during Dad's four marriages: Ardanelle's older son, Bruce; Chris, Keith and Bobby (whose mother was actress Sonia Sorel); Mike Bowen (Sonia's son from an earlier marriage); and Mike and Dale Grimshaw (John's stepsons by third wife Doris Rich).
By 1970, Carradine says, "I had a house in the Hollywood Hills that virtually every brother has lived in. It was like this safe harbor. We all took care of each other."
David's acting breakthrough - as an Inca king on Broadway in 1965's The Royal Hunt of the Sun when he was 29 - came only after lean years of studying music and ballet at San Francisco State, a brief Army hitch and a life-support gig as a prune picker. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
6 items from 2009
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