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R.I.P. Rod Taylor

Sydney-born Australian actor Rod Taylor, best known as the star of George Pal's original film adaptation of "The Time Machine" and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," died Wednesday of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 84.

Taylor made his feature debut in 'Time,' the 1960 screen version of H.G. Wells' classic. He followed that up voicing the lead dog in Disney's "101 Dalmatians" and delivered a strong performance in "The Birds".

Yet his career never really soared as high after those early successes, even though he kept working in various films such as "Sunday in New York ," "36 Hours," "Young Cassidy," "The Liquidator," "The Glass Bottom Boat," "Hotel," "Dark of the Sun," "Nobody Runs Forever," "Darker Than Amber," "The Train Robbers," "Bearcats!," "The Oregon Trail," "Masquerade," "Outlaws," "Falcon Crest," and "Welcome to Woop Woop".

His last role was that of Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds".

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Rod Taylor, ‘The Birds’ Star, Dead at 84

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Rod Taylor, ‘The Birds’ Star, Dead at 84
Actor Rod Taylor, who starred in “The Time Machine” and opposite Tippi Hedren in “The Birds,” died in Los Angeles on Wednesday of natural causes. He was 84.

The Australian-born actor’s career spanned over six decades, but his first big break came in 1960 when he starred in the George Pal-directed adaptation of “The Time Machine.” In 1961, he voiced Pongo in the animated Disney’s classic “101 Dalmatians.”

But his most iconic role was as Mitch Brenner in Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1963 horror classic “The Birds.” Taylor and Hedren spent much of the film running from menacing flocks of birds, which went
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Rod Taylor, ‘The Birds’ and ‘The Time Machine’ Star, Dies at 84

Rod Taylor, ‘The Birds’ and ‘The Time Machine’ Star, Dies at 84
Rod Taylor, the Australian-born actor who starred in George Pal’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” and in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” then decades later made a memorable swan-song appearance as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” died Wednesday of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 84.

His daughter Felicia, a former CNN correspondent, confirmed the news Thursday.

Taylor made his feature starring debut in 1960 sci-fier “The Time Machine,” portraying a fictionalized Wells, who invents a time machine in Victorian England and travels to the distant future. He also starred in a brief ABC adventure series, “Hong Kong.”

The next year he voiced the lead canine, Pongo, in Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.” Even after an impressive performance in Hitchcock’s well-received 1963 “The Birds” (in photo above), the actor never quite made it into the first rank of Hollywood actors.

He was part of the starry
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Rod Taylor, ‘The Birds’ and ‘The Time Machine’ Star, Dies at 84

Rod Taylor, ‘The Birds’ and ‘The Time Machine’ Star, Dies at 84
Rod Taylor, the Australian-born actor who starred in George Pal’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” and in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” then decades later made a memorable swan-song appearance as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” died Wednesday of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 84.

His daughter Felicia, a former CNN correspondent, confirmed the news Thursday.

Taylor made his feature starring debut in 1960 sci-fier “The Time Machine,” portraying a fictionalized Wells, who invents a time machine in Victorian England and travels to the distant future. He also starred in a brief ABC adventure series, “Hong Kong.”

The next year he voiced the lead canine, Pongo, in Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.” Even after an impressive performance in Hitchcock’s well-received 1963 “The Birds” (in photo above), the actor never quite made it into the first rank of Hollywood actors.

He was part of the starry
See full article at Variety - Film News »

AfterElton Briefs: Previewing Anderson and Kathy, "Olaf & Paul," and The Year's Worst Anti-glbt Villains

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Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"Santa and the Ho Ho Hos prep for the 2013 I-Did-Rod."

Thanks to David for this week's winning caption!

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Mad Men Season 5 Blu-ray Release Date, Details and Pre-Order

AMC's Mad Men: Season 5 took forever to make it on the air, but you won't have to worry about anywhere near as long a wait for the Blu-ray and DVD debut.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced an October 16, 2012 release date for Mad Men: Season 5 starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Kiernan Shipka, Aaron Stanton, Rich Sommer and Jared Harris on Blu-ray and DVD. All three episodes will span three discs on the Blu-ray set and be presented in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio.

Below are the Mad Men: Season 5 Blu-ray bonus features and cover art:

"Mad Men Say the Darndest Things" - Take a look at the best one-liners from the series and perhaps you will see your favorite! "The Uniform Time Act of 1966" - A pictorial time line explores the history of Daylight Savings
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Mad Men: Season Five

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012

Price: DVD $49.98, Blu-ray $49.99

Studio: Lionsgate

Jon Hamm is a little less mad when he's with wife Jessica Pare in the fifth season of Mad Men.

Don Draper and his gang of business colleagues, friends, foes and new wife (!) who whirl around the Madison Avenue advertising world of the 1960s get digitized in the TV show drama Mad Men: Season Five.

From AMC and creator Matthew Weiner (executive producer and writer of The Sopranos), the critically acclaimed television series has won a zillion awards over the course of its run. Most recently, Season Five was nominated for a colossal 17 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor (Jon Hamm, Friends With Kids) and Lead Actress (Elisabeth Moss, Get Him to the Greek) in a Drama Series.

The Mad Men: Season Five Blu-ray and DVD sets contain all 13 episodes of the season, which
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Mad Men: Season Five Blu-ray and DVD Debut October 19th

Mad Men: Season Five Blu-ray and DVD Debut October 19th
The men and women of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are back with all-new drama inside and outside of the office. From creator Matthew Weiner (HBO's The Sopranos) and featuring a stellar cast including Jon Hamm (Friends with Kids), Elisabeth Moss (TV's The West Wing), Christina Hendricks (I Don't Know How She Does It) and January Jones (X-Men: First Class), Mad Men: Season Five arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Download on October 16, 2012. The AMC premiere of Season 5 was the most watched Mad Men episode ever, up over 21% from the previous season premiere. Mad Men continues to establish itself as one of the most honored series in television history, winning its fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series last year, a milestone achieved by only three other shows in history (TV's Hill Street Blues, TV's L.A. Law, TV's The West Wing).

The hit series also stars Vincent Kartheiser (In Time
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