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Fred Weintraub, Producer of ‘Enter the Dragon,’ Dies at 88

Fred Weintraub, Producer of ‘Enter the Dragon,’ Dies at 88
Fred Weintraub, producer of Bruce Lee’s “Enter The Dragon,” died March 5 at his Pacific Palisades home due to natural causes related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 88.

Weintraub began his career in the entertainment business in the late 1950s when he started a jazz club in Cuba shortly before Fidel Castro came to power. In the early 1960s, he opened the Bitter End coffee house in Greenwich Village and booked such notables as Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Neil Diamond, Woody Allen, Frank Zappa, Lily Tomlin, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, George Carlin, Barbara Streisand, Joan Rivers, and Cheech and Chong.

The goateed and pony-tailed Weintraub hosted a live weekly television show, “Live At The Bitter End,” with his St. Bernard dog at his feet.

Weintraub became the VP of Creative Services at Warner Bros. in the late 1960s and served on the studio’s board of directors. He was involved
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Streamfix: 4 to Celebrate Tom Selleck's 70th Birthday

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Streamfix: 4 to Celebrate Tom Selleck's 70th Birthday
The impossible has happened; the dreaded day we all knew would come is here. Tom Selleck is 70. Not that he looks or acts it, as long as they still make moustaches in this country. While we can’t turn back the clock but we can take a look back in time at the stunning career of America’s last great Pi heartthrob and honor him on his special night. Raise a glass to the man himself and enjoy these four Tom Selleck classics, available on your finer streaming services. “Magnum P.I.” (Netflix, Amazon) The series that started it all for Mr. Selleck still holds up as one of the iconic television detective show. For many it comprises the middle section of a Holy Trinity of late 70’s - early 80’s series running from “Rockford Files” to “Magnum” to “Miami Vice.” Magnum also stands out as the first series to
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Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79

Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79
Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the WWII actioners “Where Eagles Dare” (1968) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970) and also directed Elizabeth Taylor in two films, has died. He was 79.

Where Eagles Dare,” a thriller based on the Alistair MacLean novel, also starred Richard Burton, while “Kelly Heroes,” a heist film masquerading as a war film, sported a large ensemble cast that included Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.

Hutton’s 1972 drama “X, Y and Zee” starred Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine and Susannah York concerned an an architect, his mistress, and the wife intent on breaking them at all costs. Follow-up film “Night Watch,” starring Taylor and Laurence Harvey, was a thriller.

Hutton did not direct again until 1980’s Lawrence Sanders adaptation “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra as a New York police detective and Faye Dunaway his dying wife.

His final directorial effort was
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Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79

Brian G. Hutton, Director of ‘Where Eagles Dare,’ ‘Kelly’s Heroes,’ Dies at 79
Brian G. Hutton, who directed Clint Eastwood in the WWII actioners “Where Eagles Dare” (1968) and “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970) and also directed Elizabeth Taylor in two films, has died. He was 79.

Where Eagles Dare,” a thriller based on the Alistair MacLean novel, also starred Richard Burton, while “Kelly Heroes,” a heist film masquerading as a war film, sported a large ensemble cast that included Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor and Donald Sutherland.

Hutton’s 1972 drama “X, Y and Zee” starred Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine and Susannah York concerned an an architect, his mistress, and the wife intent on breaking them at all costs. Follow-up film “Night Watch,” starring Taylor and Laurence Harvey, was a thriller.

Hutton did not direct again until 1980’s Lawrence Sanders adaptation “The First Deadly Sin,” starring Frank Sinatra as a New York police detective and Faye Dunaway his dying wife.

His final directorial effort was
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Emmy-Nominated Writer-Director S. Lee Pogostin Dies at 86

Television and film writer-director S. Lee Pogostin died following a long illness on March 7, one day before his 87th birthday.

Pogostin won a Writers Guild Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his original teleplay “The Game,” for the anthology series “Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre.” Though Pogostin lost, director Sydney Pollack and actor Cliff Robertson won Emmys in 1966 for “The Game,” and actress Simone Signoret also won that year for another Pogostin-scripted Chrysler segment, “A Small Rebellion.”

Pogostin directed subsequent episodes of the “Chrysler” series and in 1969 helmed his only feature, the cult item “Hard Contract,” starring James Coburn as a hired killer.

Pogostin’s other feature credits as a writer were “Pressure Point” (based on his teleplay “Destiny’s Tot”), starring Sidney Poitier and Bobby Darin; “Synanon”; “Nightmare Honeymoon”; “Golden Needles”; and “High Road to China.” He also wrote telepics, including the acclaimed “The UFO Incident,
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Sherlock Series Blog 3.1: The Empty Hearse [Contains Spoilers]

Written By: Mark Gatiss

Director: Jeremy Lovering

The Story: Sherlock Holmes returns from the dead…

The Verdict: Two years ago, a nation was left on tenterhooks as Sherlock Holmes seemingly leapt to his death, only to turn up again on screen a few minutes later alive and well, unbeknownst to his grief stricken friend John Watson. Online fandom exploded, imploded, then exploded again, as fans debated back and forth their theories as to how the super sleuth survived. Expectation grew and grew, as the months turned into years…

Creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat clearly knew that no matter what their solution would be, it wouldn’t satisfy all of the Sherlock fanbase, no matter how audacious or clever it was. Something entirely unexpected would be required so as to lessen the weight of expectation. Their eventual decision to tease the audience with several possible, if a little crazy and highly improbable,
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Mediumrare announce 4 cult classics coming to UK DVD & Blu-ray

Mediumrare Entertainment continue their trend of releasing some of the weirdest cult films and TV shows with four films that are making their UK DVD debuts – and two are also getting the Blu-ray treatment too! Check out all the details below. I know I’ll be snapping these up, will you?

Operation Condor: Armour Of God II (1991)

Global adventurer Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) comes to Europe in search of the ‘Armour of God’, a magical relic from the Crusades. He hopes he can use it to bargain for the freedom of his girlfriend from a deadly cult. With his trusty companion (Andy Tam) by his side, his quest takes him from one perilous adventure to another. Directed by Jackie Chain himself, who performed all his own stunts, it was regarded as one of the most expensive films at the time. The third instalment of the Armour of God adventures,
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DVD Blu-Ray: 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol,' 'Shame,' 'Born to Be Wild'

The holiday hit "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" finally arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this week, and we've got an exclusive look at the making of Tom Cruise's jaw-dropping stunt on top of the world's tallest building. If you're more into cute animals than espionage and explosions, then you'll be interested in a special look at Warner Bros.' crowd-pleasing nature doc "Born to Be Wild." Whether you're DVD or Blu-ray, streaming or rental, Moviefone has the full breakdown on all the home entertainment releases this week. Moviefone's Pick Of The Week "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" What's It About? Ethan Hunt and his Imf team are framed for a crime they didn't commit, plotted by a Russian madman with nuclear capabilities. But really, it's just a set-up to some exhilarating, inventive action sequences -- including that heart-stopper on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. See It Because: At this point in the series,
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' and More

This week: Tom Cruise is back as Imf agent Ethan Hunt for the fourth and most high-stakes assignment yet in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," which takes the intense action from Moscow to Dubai.

Also out on DVD this week are Michael Fassbender and his penis in "Shame," the harrowing post-apocalyptic character study "The Divide" starring Michael Biehn and Milo Ventimiglia, and the haunted house horror film "7 Below" with Val Kilmer and Ving Rhames.

'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

Box Office: $209 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Fresh

Storyline: Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton) go underground after the Kremlin is bombed and the Imf is thought to harbor international terrorists. While trying to clear the agency's name, the rogue group discovers a plot to start a nuclear war and must use all the high-tech gadgets at their disposal to avert global catastrophe.
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Composer John Barry: 1933 - 2011

In 1962 the producers of a spy movie needed help. The man who they had hired to write the score for their movie was struggling in finding the music for it. Reaching out for assistance, they were turned to a career musician who was employed conducting the orchestras for the background music heard on singers under the Emi recording label. That man was John Barry, and the movie that went on to score became the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. And so began the history of one of modern day cinema's greatest composers of film scores.

Barry went on to record the next 11 Bond movies, ending his relationship with the secret agent on the first Timothy Dalton picture, The Living Daylights. Although Barry was never credited on-screen for the James Bond Theme (Monty Norman is given that distinction), there has always been a question of doubt about how much both
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Starblog: Liner Notes: Help Me! I’m a Prisoner in a Chain Bookstore!

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I almost did it. I almost got out of a bookstore Without buying something. You see, as my family and friends know, I love going to bookstores—so much the better if they also, as the Borders and Barnes & Noble chains do, stock DVDs and CDs and feature coffee shops. Why, that means they have Everything I might need to survive the day (except for Dr. Pepper, pepperoni pizza and action figures). Any bookstore that might add those items to its merchandise mix would have my eternal gratitude. Shrimp cocktails would be nice, too. And BBQ potato chips.

Anyhow, the thing is once I enter a bookstore, I find myself compelled, psychologically speaking, to buy something to exit. Now, this isn’t really a problem in some ways—there are Always the latest volumes of the mystery series I follow to acquire, new history books, graphic novels, magazines, DVDs, movie soundtracks; in short,
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Starblog: Liner Notes: On the Eve of All-Hallow’s Eve

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Holy cow, tomorrow is Halloween! Time to dress up as something you aren’t now but maybe could be, to go out into the night in search of free candy or party fun, to get scared by movie monsters and whatever lurks there in the darkness. Good times.

Halloween has become America’s fastest growing holiday (Christmas better watch its back, as Jack Skellington knows), thanks to ever-increasing candy, costume and paraphernalia revenues. Halloween means discount sales for horror books and DVDs, local haunted houses and hayrides, special radio (“Monster Mash”) and TV programming (The Simpsons’ Treehouse Of Horror). It’s your complete genre holiday.

Now, twice this week, I’ve addressed the all-dressed-up aspect of All Hallow’s Eve—from my past as a kid trick or treating while disguised as Count Dracula and the Jolly Green Giant and from the present as a consumer touring the seasonal Halloween
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Starblog: Liner Notes: The Foxes That Got Away

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Just because we Wanted something on the cover doesn’t mean it got there. For many reasons over the years, certain movies Didn’T get a Starlog cover—even though we sure hoped to give them one. Let’s start with three 20th Century Fox movies.

The first of these Fox films that got away is Cocoon in 1985, a contender for issue #98’s cover. Although released in June, Ron Howard’s Cocoon looked good for that August on-sale issue If we could find something special in the way of art (i.e. photos). At the time, we Were willing to use a movie on the cover two or so months after its premiere; this rule later changed. We still had Cocoon articles to run—like Kim Howard Johnson’s Steve Guttenberg chat and Ian Spelling’s first-ever-interview for Starlog (with Tahnee Welch). The problem? Fox couldn’t provide new Cocoon pix that worked for us.
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Medialog: Primeval! Doctor Who! True Blood!

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Established 1974! Our news column is larger-than-life!

Anna Paquin is back, serving up more sexy Southern fried vampire fun in the second season of True Blood, debuting June 14.

Sci-fi TV

This weekend’s TV viewing includes Three significant new shows, all on Saturday night. (Everything else is a rerun!) BBC America airs the fourth third season episode (previously unseen in the U.S.A.) of Primeval in which the team takes on a G. rex, a rampaging Giganotosaurus (9 p.m.). In the very same time slot, CBS offers another first-run episode of its cancelled Harper’S Island. And at 10 p.m., ABC premieres the second of three unaired Pushing Daisies segments, “Water & Power.” Don’t worry about missing it, though! Pushing Daisies: The Complete Second Season will be out on DVD July 21.

Due to faltering ratings for its new animated sitcom The Goode Family, ABC has bounced it out of Wednesday evenings,
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