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Joseph T. Naar, TV, Film Producer and Wma Agent, Dies at 88

Joseph T. Naar, TV, Film Producer and Wma Agent, Dies at 88
Joseph T. Naar, a former William Morris agent who went to produce blaxploitation vampire pics “Blacula” and “Scream Blacula Scream,” as well as TV series “Starsky and Hutch,” died January 17. He was 88.

At Wma, after Naar was fast-tracked through the agency’s training program in the early 1950s, his clients came to include Peter Lawford, Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Raquel Welch and Marilyn Monroe. (Monroe became a close friend and confidant.)

His creative impulses led him out of the agency business and into TV production, however.

Naar’s television career included producing the Ronald Reagan-hosted “General Electric Comedy Hour,” “Lux Playhouse” and the series “Checkmate” before producing his first movies, which include “The All American Boy,” starring Jon Voight, as well as “Blacula” and “Scream Blacula Scream,” starring William Marshall and Vonetta McGee, for Aip Productions.

Next he went back into TV under Spelling Goldberg Prods., where he produced
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Joseph T. Naar, TV, Film Producer and Wma Agent, Dies at 88

Joseph T. Naar, TV, Film Producer and Wma Agent, Dies at 88
Joseph T. Naar, a former William Morris agent who went to produce blaxploitation vampire pics “Blacula” and “Scream Blacula Scream,” as well as TV series “Starsky and Hutch,” died January 17. He was 88.

At Wma, after Naar was fast-tracked through the agency’s training program in the early 1950s, his clients came to include Peter Lawford, Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Raquel Welch and Marilyn Monroe. (Monroe became a close friend and confidant.)

His creative impulses led him out of the agency business and into TV production, however.

Naar’s television career included producing the Ronald Reagan-hosted “General Electric Comedy Hour,” “Lux Playhouse” and the series “Checkmate” before producing his first movies, which include “The All American Boy,” starring Jon Voight, as well as “Blacula” and “Scream Blacula Scream,” starring William Marshall and Vonetta McGee, for Aip Productions.

Next he went back into TV under Spelling Goldberg Prods., where he produced
See full article at Variety - TV News »

Full WonderCon 2013 Schedule Released

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A few of us here from GeekTyrant will be hitting up WonderCon 2013, which takes place from Friday, March 29th to Sunday, March 31th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. We went for the first time last year, and we had a great time, so we're all excited to be going back for more geek goodness!

WonderCon has released the full three-day schedule! There's a ton of great stuff to check out this year! Enough cool stuff to keep you more than busy! Check out the schedule and start planning out your trip! If you're going and you see us around make sure to say hi! We can talk about geek stuff! See ya there!

March 29 • Friday

12:30Pm – 1:30Pm

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35th Anniversary: BattlestarRoom 300De

Host Richard Hatch (Capt. Apollo, Tom Zarek), Kevin Grazier (science advisor, Battlestar, Caprica, Defiance),Michael Taylor (writer/producer, Battlestar, Defiance, Caprica
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Actor Robert Stack Dies at 84

Robert Stack, the stentorian voice behind TV's Unsolved Mysteries and the original Eliot Ness in the `50s TV series The Untouchables, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles of heart failure; he was 84. Starting his film career in 1939 with First Love opposite Deanna Durbin, Stack made more than 40 films, including The Tarnished Angels, The Iron Glove, To Be or Not to Be, Bwana Devil, The High and the Mighty and Written on the Wind, for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1956. Despite his prolific film career (punctuated in the `80s by a scene-stealing turn in the comedy Airplane!), Stack gained most of his fame through television, starting in 1959 with The Untouchables, where he won an won an Emmy award for his role as Chicago crimefighter Eliot Ness; other TV series included The Name of the Game, Most Wanted and Strike Force. In 1988, he began a longstanding run as the host of the syndicated series Unsolved Mysteries, which ran through the late `90s. Stack is survived by his wife Rosemarie, whom he married in 1956, and his two children, Elizabeth and Charles. --Prepared by IMDb staff

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