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The tough guy starred in the sci-fi classic "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" and played Det. Al Corassa on TV's "Cagney & Lacey."
A longtime resident of Malibu who wrote columns for the local newspaper, Mantee played the health inspector on a 1994 episode of Seinfeld, "The Pie;" had a recurring role as Commander Clayton on Hunter, the police drama that starred Fred Dryer; and appeared as Cornell, a henchman for Catwoman who disguises himself as Batman to frame the Caped Crusader for a robbery in a 1967 storyline that saw the villainess go back to college.
Mantee died Nov. 7, The Malibu Times reported.
- Mike Barnes
Talent Managers Assn. lifetime achievement honoree Larry Thompson has worn a plethora of different hats over a four-decade career in show business. Though best known as a talent manager, with longterm clients including William Shatner, Joan Rivers and Drew Barrymore — not to mention Richard Pryor, Merle Haggard, Tatum O’Neal, Jason Bateman, Shannon Doherty and hundreds of others — he’s also served stints as a TV and film producer, an author, an entertainment attorney, a record label counsel, and a motivational speaker.
There is one title he thoroughly rejects: brand manager.
“Managers were originally called personal managers,” Thompson relates. “Then they were just managers. Then Madison Ave. came along with brands, and suddenly we started calling ourselves brand managers, like the talent was a brand. While I understand that — if anyone understands that it should be me, since Shatner and Rivers certainly are brands — I try not to fall into »
- Andrew Barker
If a network wants to boost its "Bash," adding Heather Locklear isn't a bad way to go.
The actress, considered a good-luck charm by the late television uber-producer Aaron Spelling -- who cast her in "Dynasty," "T.J. Hooker" and arguably her biggest career success to date, "Melrose Place" -- returns to series work by joining the regular cast of TNT's law drama "Franklin & Bash" when it starts its third season Wednesday, June 19.
She plays the firm's new partner, Rachel King, a hard-charging professional who's more than a bit reminiscent of her "Melrose" character, Amanda Woodward. And that's hardly by coincidence, Locklear tells Zap2it.
"I'm so lucky," she says. "When this came, I was like, 'Oh, this should be fine.' The character was already pretty laid out for me, and I'm just adding what I would do on a daily basis in my acting.
"And though I thought it was going to be easy, »
On TV this Wednesday: Franklin & Bash are Locklear and loaded, William Shatner helps Hot in Cleveland boldly go where 30 Rock has gone before, The Exes get buzzed and Futurama launches its final missions. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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- Kimberly Roots
AIDS in New York: The First Five Years.
Grand Jury indicts Elliot Morales for Mark Carson’s murder. But his attorney says he’s not guilty. “He was sexually abused as a child by a male authority figure which led to a lifetime of alcoholism and drug abuse.” Oh, okay, then.
In ratings news, Modern Family had its lowest rated season finale.
Outsports has an interesting interview with Steelers quarterback Landry Jones about religion and gay athletes.
Good to know that when I go to Kmart to ship my pants, I can also get Big Gas Savings. And now the countdown to the screams from One Million Moms.
While most sci-fi fans are over the moon about "Star Trek Into Darkness" and the whole J.J. Abrams reboot, you may be surprised to learn that there are still quite a few "Star Trek" traditionalists who decry the new films as a monstrous blasphemy. A self-professed "Star Wars" fan turning "Star Trek" into a shoot first and ask questions later action franchise? No way.
Of course, the two versions of Gene Roddenberry's beloved creation are very different in tone and story, so it's a little like comparing apples to tribbles. But one thing they do share is the same characters. So in order to decide which version of "Star Trek" holds the edge, we've decided to match up the old and new versions, actor against actor, mano-a-mano.
Let the battle commence. »
- Scott Harris
Is anyone really surprised?
Viewers are still reeling over last week's Dallas cliffhanger, which found Pam opening her shower door to see the supposedly dead Bobby lathering up with Sue Ellen's boy toy Peter. Producers are keeping mum, but admit that this will take Bobby in a "new direction" next season.
Not to be outdone, Remington Steele will have a surprise for viewers when the show comes back next season: The title character will come out of the closet! Tptb explain, "It will be done very naturally and matter-of-factly. All these years, viewers thought Remington was British, but it turns out ... he's just gay."
Trouble seems to be brewing on the set of Growing Pains, as a potentially historic plot twist may be quashed. Producers were planning on having teen idol Kirk Cameron 's character Mike Seaver question his sexuality, leading to sexual experimentation with best friend Boner, and »
William Shatner is more than just a film icon, he's a national treasure. From "Star Trek" to "T.J. Hooker" to The Priceline Negotiator to his amazing career as a musician (seriously, check out his 2004 album "Has Been"), Shatner has pretty much done everything there is to do in show business.
Of course, it should be said that pretty much everything Shatner does is tongue-in-cheek. But with his patented deadpan delivery, it's easy for some to take him perhaps more seriously than they should. Make no mistake, though, Shatner has a twinkle in his eye — even when he's calling Abrams a "pig. »
- Scott Harris
Escape from Planet Earth arrives in theaters this weekend and features the voice work of acting legend William Shatner. the star, who voices the character General Shanker (he insists that it's not a play on his last name) sat down with Rogue Pictures to talk about his new films along with working in 3D films, his musical career and updating us on what happened with that T.J. Hooker movie we heard being rumored a few years ago. On 3D movies: 3D has gotten so that it can absolutely enhance the dramatic possibilities. I love to watch film in 3D. I love the documentaries that are in 3D, so that you're in the environment. On his Musical Career: I'm working on an album. I love the enhancement that music gives and I love the mood that is set by music without having anything...
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Was Ben jilted for good?
"Ben is no chump," George tells Zap2it hours before the show returns on ABC Thursday (Jan 10) after a month's break. "Ben is a man of action. That is why he is with her."
"If you leave him at the altar" George says. "He will find you, have that conversation."
But will the two doctors actually get hitched?
"Whether or not they get married is another conversation," he says.
Clearly. But the question is if they do. Does he know?
"I know, but I am very afraid of Shonda Rhimes," the buff actor says of the show's creator.
Since George is also starring in the summer's upcoming ABC nighttime soap, "Mistresses," could that mean an exit from the Seattle hospital? That would make a jilting, or at least a breakup, »
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