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Character Actor Eddie Barth is Dead

21 June 2010 6:54 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Eddie Barth was a veteran character actor who was a familiar face on television from the early 1960s, guest-starring in episodes of such series as The Twilight Zone, The Invaders, The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Whiz Kids, Mike Hammer, and Scarecrow and Mrs. King.

Barth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 29, 1931.  He co-starred as Lt. Al Rossi in the short-lived 1973 television version of Shaft starring Richard Roundtree, and appeared in the recurring role of Myron Fowler, a rival private detective, in the series Simon & Simon from 1981 to 1988.  He was also seen in the tele-films The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979) and The Murder of Sherlock Holmes (1984), and the feature films The Amityville Horror (1979) and Killing Obsession (1994).

He was also noted as a voice actor in such films as Rover Dangerfield (1991), Babe: Pig in the City (1998), and Osmosis Jones (2001), and in the animated television series Challenge of the GoBots, »

- Harris Lentz

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Arthouse Audit: 'Raajneeti' Continues Bollywood Blitz

7 June 2010 4:19 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Following My Name is Khan and Kites, Raajneeti became the third Bollywood movie this year to lead all limited releases in its first weekend. Arthouse mainstays The Secret in Their Eyes, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and City Island continued to find audiences, while a handful of new movies had relatively insignificant openings. Raajneeti grossed $850,244 at 124 locations, which was good for first among limited releases and 11th place on the overall weekend chart. While its opening fell short of other 2010 Bollywood movies My Name is Khan, Kites and Housefull, it was solid in its own right. These movies do tend to be extremely front-loaded, though, so look for a steep fall from Raajneeti next weekend. The Secret in Their Eyes fared best among limited holdovers, down 13 percent to $397,705. Through its eighth weekend, the Best Foreign Language Oscar winner has grossed just under $4 million. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also held well, »

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Poltergeist’s Diminutive Psychic Zelda Rubinstein Dies

12 February 2010 11:17 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Character actress Zelda Rubinstein was best known for her role in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist. She starred as psychic Tangina Barrons, who’s small stature and childlike voice added more chills to the 1982 horror film about demonic forces at a suburban home. She reprised her role in the two sequels Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) and Poltergeist III (1988).

Rubinstein was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 28, 1933. She worked as a medical technician, before embarking upon an acting career in the early 1980s. the 4′3″ actress was cast in the 1981 film Under the Rainbow, and she became an outspoken critic of the way little people portraying Munchkins in the film were depicted. She soon formed the Michael Dunn Memorial Repertory Theater Company in Los Angeles to give acting opportunities to other little people.

Though of small size, she also made a large impression in the films Anguish (1987), Teen Witch (1989), Guilty as Charged »

- Harris Lentz

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