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Barbara Hale, ‘Perry Mason’ Actress, Dies at 94

Barbara Hale, ‘Perry Mason’ Actress, Dies at 94
Barbara Hale, who played secretary Della Street in the “Perry Mason” television series and movies, died Thursday. She was 94.

According to a Facebook post by her son William Katt, Hale passed away at her home on Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Lost my beautiful wonderful mom Barbara Hale yesterday afternoon,” Katt, star of the television series “The Greatest American Hero,” wrote Friday. “She left peacefully at her home in Sherman Oaks Ca surrounded by close family and dear friends. We’ve all been so lucky to have her for so long. She was gracious and kind and silly and always fun to be with. A wonderful actress and smart business woman she was most of all a treasure as a friend and mother! We’re all a little lost without her but we have extraordinary stories and memories to take with us for the rest of our lives.

Hale played Street, assistant to Raymond Burr’s titular lawyer, in
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Gary Busey on Making His Professional Stage Debut at Age 72 (Q&A)

Gary Busey on Making His Professional Stage Debut at Age 72 (Q&A)
Gary Busey has appeared in more than 150 movies, garnering an Oscar nomination for his starring turn in 1978's The Buddy Holly Story. His films include Lethal Weapon, Under Siege, The Firm, Lost Highway, the cult surf classics Big Wednesday and Point Break, and in recent years, the likes of Bikini Model Academy and Piranha 3Dd.

His television credits are equally extensive; he was the last actor to be killed in an episode of Gunsmoke, and more recently he has become a reality TV fixture thanks to appearances on such shows as Celebrity Apprentice (two seasons, making him a Donald...
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Gary Busey on Making His Professional Stage Debut at Age 72 (Q&A)

Gary Busey has appeared in more than 150 movies, garnering an Oscar nomination for his starring turn in 1978's The Buddy Holly Story. His films include Lethal Weapon, Under Siege, The Firm, Lost Highway, the cult surf classics Big Wednesday and Point Break, and in recent years, the likes of Bikini Model Academy and Piranha 3Dd.

His television credits are equally extensive; he was the last actor to be killed in an episode of Gunsmoke, and more recently he has become a reality TV fixture thanks to appearances on such shows as Celebrity Apprentice (two seasons, making him a Donald...
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Amanda Milius Honors Her Father John’s Legacy With Post-Apocalyptic Western ‘The Lotus Gun’ – Watch

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Amanda Milius Honors Her Father John’s Legacy With Post-Apocalyptic Western ‘The Lotus Gun’ – Watch
Amanda Milius says the sweeping wide-angle shot of the blazing sun in “The Lotus Gun,” her thesis film from USC, is not an homage to “Apocalypse Now,” for which her father, John Milius, penned the script. “The director of photography came up with that shot, it’s his signature,” the filmmaker recently told IndieWire.

Milius’ intimate knowledge of film – classic and cult – can be seen in every gorgeous shot of “The Lotus Gun,” which she directed and co-wrote. (She shares writing credit with Johnathan Eisenman). Set in a post-apocalyptic desert landscape, “The Lotus Gun” follows Nora (Lauren Avery) – a gun-toting, pot-smoking, anti-hero – and her love, Daphine (Dasha Nekrasova) as they survive alone in the wilderness. When a male intruder from a drug-addled commune absconds with Daphine, Nora must save the day and take revenge.

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“I naturally fantasize about
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'Dancing with the Stars' Season 21 Cast Includes Gary Busey and Paula Deen

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'Dancing with the Stars' Season 21 Cast Includes Gary Busey and Paula Deen
ABC has just announced it's cast line-up for Dancing with the Stars, and it's a celebrity hootenanny you're not going to believe. Maybe you want to be sitting down before you hear who'll be introduced when Dancing with the Stars Season 21 kicks off with a 2-night live premiere on Monday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 15. There are truly some big surprises. And you'll wonder, 'Can they really dance at all?' It may end up being one of this fall TV season's biggest mysteries.

The celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars is lacing up their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance in just under two weeks on the ABC Television Network. This 21st season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes three platinum-certified music super stars, an Academy Award nominee, a Triple Crown winner, an American Hero, and our first ever married couple, to name a few. As announced
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'Goonies', 'Lethal Weapon' Star Mary Ellen Trainor Dies at 62

Mary Ellen Trainor, best known for her performances as Stephanie Woods in the Lethal Weapon movies and Mrs. Walsh in The Goonies, died on May 20 in her Montecito, California home, The New York Times reported yesterday. She was 62. The case of death was due to complications with pancreatic cancer, as confirmed by Trainor's friend Kathleen Kennedy on Monday. In addition to her roles in the movies mentioned above, the actress is also remembered for her acting turns in Die Hard, The Monster Squad, Scrooged, Ghostbusters II. She also had a recurring role in the TV series "Roswell," which ran from 1999-2002. Before her acting career, Trainor served as a producer's assistant, on films such as Big Wednesday, Hardcore and Steven Spielberg's 1941, where she met her future husband Robert Zemeckis. She would go on to have small roles-to-cameos in a number of her husband's movie, including Romancing the Stone, Back to the Future Part II,
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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s
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Edward Aiona, Clint Eastwood’s Prop Master, Dies at 83

Edward Aiona, Clint Eastwood’s Prop Master, Dies at 83
Edward Aiona, the prop master for 31 feature films, including three that won Academy Awards for best picture, “Ordinary People” (1980), “Rain Man” (1988) and “Unforgiven” (1992), as well as 28 episodes of network series television, died March 31 at Tarzana Hospital of lung cancer compounded by chronic heart trouble. He was 83.

Aiona was closely associated with Clint Eastwood: Aiona made his debut as property master on Dirty Harry film “Magnum Force” in 1973 and then worked on every Eastwood film until Aiona’s retirement in 1996.

Between films with Eastwood, Aiona also collaborated as prop master with directors including Martin Scorsese (“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”), John Milius (“Big Wednesday”), Sydney Pollack (“The Electric Horseman” and “Absence of Malice”), Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) and John Carpenter (“Memoirs of an Invisible Man”).

“He was extreme in getting what was required for the screenplay,” said Mike Sexton, Aiona’s assistant before becoming prop master at Eastwood’s
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From Buddy Holly to Big Brother: 14 fun Gary Busey life & career pictures

A slightly confused Gary Busey entered the Celebrity Big Brother house last night (August 18), and we couldn't be more excited that he's in there.

Digital Spy celebrates the Hollywood actor's big entrance with 14 pictures of the star's life and colourful career below:

1. Gary Busey began his foray into show business as a drummer in a band called The Rubber Band, and also played guitar for Carp.

2. Gary Busey plays a blonde Californian surfer dude in 1978 comedy drama Big Wednesday along with Jan-Michael Vincent and William Katt.

3. Busey played Buddy Holly in the Oscar-winning The Buddy Holly Story, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Lead Actor.

4. Busey attends the 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards with first wife Judy in 1979.

5. If there's anything scarier than a clown, then it's Gary Busey's face painted as a clown. Busey stars in creepy 1980 drama Carny.

6. Gary Busey prepares his hair
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DVD Review: 'Milius'

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★★★★☆ The outrageous exploits and antics of Hollywood filmmaker John Milius has been the stuff of Hollywood legend for years now, creating an almost mythical-like impression of the Apocalypse Now scribe and Big Wednesday director (The Big Lebowski's mentally-unstable Vietnam vet Walter Sobchak was said to be loosely based on him.) An in-depth portrait of the self-proclaimed "Zen anarchist" now arrives in the form of Milius (2013), Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson's hugely entertaining and fittingly reverential documentary of this larger-than-life, somewhat contradictory figure - "a teddy bear with an AK47".
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Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson interview: Milius

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Interview Luke Savage 1 Nov 2013 - 06:22

A chat with the directors of a new documentary charting the career of filmmaker John Milius...

"Are you ready for your round-table with Joey and Zak?"

"Yes, I am, lovely PR person", is my instant reply. Yes, I am. Although that second half is me adding poetic license here. I'm too British to go full-out on the compliments this early into a relationship.

That exchange of pleasantries heralds a welcome interview with directors Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson. They're in town to talk about their documentary Milius, charting the incredible life and career of filmmaker John Milius. It's a very good documentary. So good that I'm not concerned at having to share them with three other interviewers.

And it's so good that I don't mind being a little deflated when I finally get into my first round-table interview. Because there's no table. Nothing. Just
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'Milius' review: "Fascinating documentary about volatile genius"

'Milius' review:
Directors: Joey Figueroa, Zak Knutson; Starring: John Milius, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, George Hamilton, Paul Schrader, Sam Elliott, Francis Ford Coppola, Richard Dreyfuss; Running time: 103 mins; Certificate: 15

"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning..."

With a ferocious demeanor as sharp as the iconic movie lines he wrote, John Milius became an 'enfant terrible' amongst studio executives despite his credits including Apocalypse Now, Dirty Harry, Jaws and Conan The Barbarian. The rise and fall of the legendary scribe and script doctor is a narrative worthy of Hollywood itself, laden with potent twists and superbly conveyed in this fascinating documentary.

Milius unfolds chronologically and fuses classic footage from movies alongside archival and newly-recorded interviews with key players, interspersed with candid behind-the-scenes audio and visual recordings. These all combine
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Film Review: ‘Drift’

Film Review: ‘Drift’
The story of the enterprising Kelly brothers and how they ignited an Australian surfing and surfwear revolution is such an irresistible underdog story that, if it weren’t true, someone would have to make it up. Which is effectively what the makers of “Drift” have done, cobbling together bits and pieces of the humble origins of surf brands like Quiksilver and Rip Curl into a mostly fictional narrative that manages to get a fair bit right about early 1970s surf culture when it isn’t trafficking in the hoariest of David-vs.-Goliath cliches. After wiping out at the Oz box office in May, the pic gets a token theatrical release Stateside Aug. 2, but looks to catch most of its waves on the VOD pipeline.

A passion project for producer-star Myles Pollard and co-star Sam Worthington (who was key in securing the pic’s $9.9 million budget), “Drift” opens with a black-and-white prologue set in 1960 Sydney,
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Content secures Milius rights; StudioCanal takes UK

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Content secures Milius rights; StudioCanal takes UK
Content Film has snapped up international sales rights (excluding Spain) to a documentary about John Milius, the director of Conan the Barbarian and screenwriter behind Apocalypse Now.

Milius, which tells the life story of the Us film-maker and premiered at SXSW, has also been bought by StudioCanal for the UK.

Zak Knutson and Joey Figueroa make their feature debut, having previously made behind the scenes documentaries for companies such as Miramax and Disney through their company Chop Shop Entertainment.

The film was produced by Matthew Perniciaro and Kevin Mann of Haven Entertainment, Scott Mosier of Ogb, Inc. and Kenneth Plume.

The deal was negotiated by Toby Melling of Content and Wme Global on behalf of the producers.

The documentary follows Milius’s childhood aspirations from joining the military to his formative years at the USC Film School, his scriptwriting on films such as Dirty Harry, Jeremiah Johnson and Apocalypse Now and his work as director on films
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Giveaway - Win The New Twilight Zone: The Complete Collection

One of television's all-time greatest sci-fi series has finally arrived on 13-disc DVD boxset - the truly breathtaking The New Twilight Zone: The Complete Collection - and to celebrate the release we have a copy to give away to one lucky winner! Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition:

Featuring an unbelievably stellar line-up of creative talent right across the board – from the stars to the writers and directors involved – the highly-acclaimed 1980s incarnation of “The Twilight Zone” comes to DVD as a digitally remastered 13-disc collection featuring all three seasons of the series that redefined the fantasy/anthology genre and raised the bar for quality television in general.

Travel into the fifth dimension once again with The Twilight Zone, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the
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SXSW: Spielberg, Lucas, and Scorsese pay tribute in trailer for 'Milius' doc -- Video

SXSW: Spielberg, Lucas, and Scorsese pay tribute in trailer for 'Milius' doc -- Video
It is a nice coincidence that the trailer for a new documentary about filmmaker John Milius should arrive as the Big Lebowski is celebrating its 15th anniversary, given the writer-director was one of the inspirations for John Goodman’s war-obsessed gun nut Walter Sobchak. But the clip for Milius also serves as a reminder that that piece of trivia is one of the less interesting things about this larger-than-life character who brought us Big Wednesday, Conan the Barbarian, Dillinger, and Red Dawn, and who also cowrote Apocalypse Now and had a hand in penning the U.S.S. Indianapolis monologue in Jaws.
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Watch: First Trailer for Oz Surfing Drama 'Drift' with Sam Worthington

"This is either the start of something cool, or the beginning of the end." Let's kick things off with an Aussie surfing drama to start out the week. Our friends at Twitch have found a trailer for another thrilling surfer movie about two brothers in the 1970s - called Drift. The film stars Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel as the brothers, along with Sam Worthington along for the ride as "traveling bohemian surf photographer and filmmaker Jb". We've seen a number of surfer films recently, with Soul Surfer and Chasing Mavericks, but none of them can really live up to Point Break or Big Wednesday. The final shot in this is kind of epic. Here's the first trailer for Morgan O'Neill & Ben Nott's Drift, found on Twitch (via The Film Stage): In the 70s, two brothers Andy & Jimmy (Myles Pollard & Xavier Samuel) battle killer waves, conservative society and
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5 Obscure Sports Films That Will Get You Wetter Than 'Chasing Mavericks'

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This weekend sees the Gerard Butler-starring, Curtis Hanson/Michael Apted-directed surfing picture "Chasing Mavericks" sneak unheralded into theaters, joining a relatively small but illustrious list of surfing movies. Not many fringe sports have been as lucky to have movies like "Big Wednesday," "Point Break" and "Riding Giants" focused on them, of the relatively few that have been made. While IMDb is littered with football, baseball, basketball and hockey movies, most sports are lucky to get one movie made about them, let alone a decent one. So, with "Chasing Mavericks" in mind, we've picked out five films that center around sports that you don't find on cinema screens all that often. Some are great, some are terrible, but all provide a side of athletics that's rarer than some inspirational football movie or goofy basketball comedy. Read on below, and let us know your own favorite obscure sports movies in the.
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5 Things You Might Not Know About John Milius' 'Conan The Barbarian'

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These days, after "Lord of the Rings" and "Game Of Thrones," fantasy isn't just big business, but a genre that's spawned critically acclaimed awards favorites, and picked up Oscars and Emmys by the handful. As such, it's easy to forget that prior to the 1980s, the genre barely existed on screen, with animated takes on Tolkein's works the only really significant blip on the radar. But in 1977, "Star Wars," a film that owed as much to high fantasy as to science-fiction, became the biggest hit in history, and that opened the door to all kinds of new fantasy worlds.

The 1980s would see many, many examples of the genre, from "Labyrinth" and "Legend" to "Krull" and "Ladyhawke," but the film that started it all -- and was probably the finest of that decade's wave in the genre, was 1982's "Conan The Barbarian." Written and directed by gonzo, gun-loving genius John Milius
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The Essentials: The Films Of John Milius

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All those who complain about the liberal domination of Hollywood have never come across John Milius. A film school pal of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Milius had tried to join the Marine Corp, but was turned away due to his asthma. Instead, he channeled his frustrations into both a life-long obsession with firearms (he was paid for "Jeremiah Johnson" in antique weaponry, and has served on the NRA Board of Directors) and making some of the most masculine, testosterone-filled movies of all time, both as an acclaimed writer and as a director. The basis for both Paul Le Mat's character in "American Graffiti" and Walter in "The Big Lebowski" -- the Coens are friends of Milius, and offered him the part of Jack Lipnick in "Barton Fink" -- he's one of film history's most singular, colorful characters.

He might not have had the overwhelming success of Lucas or Spielberg,
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