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Ron Glass: 1945-2016

26 November 2016 4:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Nov 27, 2016

Such sad news: Ron Glass, Firefly’s guru, has died at the age of 71.

Such sad news for you. The brilliant Ron Glass died on November 25th 2016 at the age of 71, it was announced by his representative through Variety. 

Glass was initially best known for playing Detective Ron Harris, who moonlit as the author of such true crime books as Blood On The Badge, in the classic 70s Us sitcom Barney Miller. But for those of us of the nerdy persuasion, he was Shepherd Derrial Book, the spiritual centre of Joss Whedon’s  Firefly. Glass, of course, reprised the role in the 2005 movie Serenity.

Video of Barney Miller - The Harris Incident - Season 5 - Ep 9

Ron Glass was one of the greatest actors to work with. His laugh was beyond infectious and his generosity was ever present. #ripronglass,” actor Alan Tudyk  wrote on Twitter.

"I've had »

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Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. And Firefly Star Ron Glass Passes Away Aged 71

26 November 2016 1:26 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

It's been revealed this evening that prolific television actor Ron Glass has passed away, aged 71. A cause of death has not been divulged as of right now, but multiple outlets are reporting that the actor's rep has confirmed his death. In 1982, he earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for his work in Barney Miller, but in more recent years, he's perhaps become best known for different sorts of properties. Chief among them was Joss Whedon's Firefly. There, he starred as the mysterious Shepherd Derrial Book, and he later reprised the role in Serenity. He would later reteam with Whedon for the pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and returned in a later instalment when we finally learned about Agent Coulson's resurrection. Other acting credits include Friends, The Twilight Zone, and Rugrats. As always, our thoughts go out to Glass' family at what is sure to be a very hard time for them. »

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Ron Glass, Emmy-Nominated Actor Known for ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Firefly,’ Dies at 71

26 November 2016 1:08 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ron Glass, a prolific TV actor known for playing Ron Harris in the sitcom “Barney Miller” and Shepherd Derrial Book in “Firefly,” has died. He was 71.

The actor’s rep confirmed the death to Variety, but had no further details regarding the cause or location.

Glass was born in Evansville, Ind. and went on to study drama and literature at the University of Evansville. He began his career in Hollywood in episodes of “Sanford and Son,” “Hawaii Five-o” and “All in the Family” in the early ’70s.

In 1975 Glass found his breakout role in “Barney Miller,” set in an NYPD station. His character was a dapper and ambitious intellectual, obsessed with launching his career as a writer. The role earned Glass a Primetime Emmy nomination in 1982 in the supporting actor category.

After “Barney Miller,” Glass would go on to star in 18 episodes of the 1982 “The Odd Couple” remake “The New Odd Couple” as well as making guest »

- Seth Kelley

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Shelley Duvall: From Her Shining Movie Moments to Her Life Away from the Spotlight

17 November 2016 12:35 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Shelley Duvall’s blood-curdling screams of terror in the climax of The Shining are an indelible part of film history, and the leading lady of the 1980 horror classic went on to work in everything from comedies to children’s television shows in the decades that followed.

The actress, now 67, has stepped away from the spotlight in recent years, but that hasn’t diminished the imprint she’s left — those curious wide eyes, that high-pitched voice, her signature slender frame — in films like Popeye and Annie Hall, and in her collaborations with auteur Robert Altman (Nashville, McCabe & Ms. Miller, 3 Women).

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- Stephanie Petit

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How 'Black Mirror' Became the Technology Era's 'Twilight Zone'

31 October 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Welcome to the machine: Black Mirror is finally blowing American brains in its excellent third season, after years as a word-of-mouth cult hit. Charlie Brooker's English anthology horror series does for computer screens what Dark Shadows did for vampires, tapping into the terror of technology as it zooms past the point where our minds can keep up. Are our smartphones an innovation like electricity or fluoride, something that will quickly get taken for granted as a fact of life? Or are they more like angel dust or Quaaludes, an »

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October 11th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Thing, Ghostbusters (2016), Carrie (1976)

10 October 2016 6:38 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

On October 11th, horror and sci-fi fans have many reasons to rejoice, as we have two stellar Collector’s Edition releases from Scream Factory coming our way this week, The Thing and Carrie. Arrow Video is also keeping busy this Tuesday with two Special Edition releases of their own—The Hills Have Eyes and Dark Water (2002)—and the most recent Ghostbusters comes home this week on Blu-ray and DVD as well.

Other notable releases for October 11th include Hannibal: The Complete Series, 2 Jennifer, Astro-Zombies, Killer Ink, a holiday art version of Krampus, the entire run of Kolchak: The Night Stalker on DVD, A Werewolf in the Amazon collection, and an assortment of Blu-ray and DVD re-releases of The Twilight Zone.

Carrie: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, this "absolutely spellbinding horror movie", (Roger Ebert) has become a pervasive, pop-culture touchstone »

- Heather Wixson

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Joe Dante wanted John Lithgow to play The Joker in his Batman movie

16 September 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Before Tim Burton signed on to bring The Dark Knight to the big screen with 1989’s Batman, Warner Bros. spent several years trying to get the project off the ground, with numerous directors in contention for the coveted gig. One of those was Joe Dante (Gremlins), who has now been speaking to Psychotronic Blog about being approached to direct the Batman movie, and how he would have handled the material – including casting John Lithgow as the Clown Prince of Crime.

“Well, the Batman that I was going to do would have been completely different from what they ended up making,” said Dante. “This was right after Gremlins, and Tom Mankiewicz, who had written a lot of James Bond movies, had done this take on Batman which was certainly not Chris Nolan-dark, was certainly darker than the TV version. It started with his parents being killed, and it was a revenge story. »

- Gary Collinson

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Tom Atkins to Attend Halloween 35mm Film Festival at Syracuse’s Palace Theatre

16 September 2016 8:43 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

"The third commercial, it's still on, please, take off the third channel, the third channel, it's still running, stop it, please, for God's sake, please stop it..." This October, The Palace Theatre in Syracuse, New York will host a 35mm marathon of the first five Halloween movies, including a special Q&A with Halloween III: Season of the Witch actors Tom Atkins and Stacey Nelkin.

In addition to the Halloween 35mm Film Festival on October 15th, horror fans also have the annual Halloween Bash to look forward to at the Palace Theatre on October 28th. To learn more about both events, we have official details below:

VIP Party with Tom Atkins & Stacey Nelkin of Halloween III: Season of the Witch: "Saturday October 15th

Only 30 guests will have the opportunity to attend a very special VIP Party and meet and greet with Tom Atkins and Stacey Nelkin from Halloween III: Season of the Witch. »

- Derek Anderson

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John Lithgow Was Almost the Joker in Joe Dante's Canceled Batman Movie

14 September 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There are many stories in Hollywood of potentially great superhero movies that never got made, and now we have yet another one to add to that list. Gremlins director Joe Dante, as it turns out, had been approached prior to Tim Burton to direct a Batman movie for Warner Bros. Not only that, but he revealed that he had plans to make John Lithgow The Joker in what would have been his version.

Joe Dante recently talked a bit about the project in an interview with Psychotronic Cinema. The screenplay for this Batman movie that never was would have been based on a screenplay written by Tom Mankiewicz, who wrote the Roger Moore Bond movie Live and Let Die. In terms of tone, the movie would have been darker than the 1960s Batman TV series, but not as gritty as the Christopher Nolan movies. Here is what the director had to say about it. »

- MovieWeb

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Batman: Joe Dante turned movie down in 1980s

13 September 2016 2:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mike Cecchini Sep 14, 2016

The 1980s Batman movie you never saw could have had Joe Dante in the director's chair - and John Lithgow as The Joker...

Tom Mankiewicz's Batman sceenplay is one of the more interesting unmade superhero movies of all time. The man who gave Superman: The Movie's legendarily difficult early drafts the polish that helped make it the timeless classic that it is (and who also wrote, co-wrote, or re-wrote the screenplays for James Bond adventures like Live And Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, and The Spy Who Loved Me) took a pass at Batman in the early 1980s, and one of the possibilities to direct it? That'd be Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, Innerspace and more films that we love).

Dante passed on the movie, and it took several more years to actually get Batman to the big screen, by which point the project had »

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TV Horror Comes Home When Friday The 13th: The Complete TV Series and Tales From The Darkside: The Complete Series Arrives This September!

28 June 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

September 6th looks to be quite the day for classic TV horror. Thanks to the crew over at CBS DVD and Paramount, both Friday The 13th: The Complete Series and Tales From The Darkside: The Complete Series are hitting DVD in interesting new packing. Personally, I’m a fan of both, and with last year’s Awesome Curious Goods: Behind the Scenes of Friday The 13th: The Series book by Alyse Wax being such an in depth refresher, it’ll be cool to revisit the episodes that stood out in that great read.

Friday The 13th: The Complete Series

Micki Foster inherits an antique store from her Uncle Lewis, but this is no ordinary antique shop. Lewis made a deal with the devil — in exchange for material wealth, he will sell cursed antiques. Micki, along with cousin Ryan and her partner, retired magician Jack, have the »

- Jerry Smith

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Impressions: Night Of The Living Dead: Revival’s #4 Issues Feature the Series’ Most Ambitious Storytelling Yet

1 June 2016 12:02 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

There’s something odd, dangerous, and fascinating going on in Evans County, Pennsylvania. The dead have risen with voracious appetites, but that’s not all. No, that’s only the half of it. A higher power is behind this zombified movement, leaving the surviving humans to try and figure out just what the hell is going on… if they can live long enough to come up with the correct answer. Progress is made, blood is spilled, and more intriguing questions are raised (along with the dead) in the #4 issues of Night of the Living Dead: Revival, out today from Double Take.

What began as a sequel of sorts to George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead has morphed into a unique creature that stands sturdily on its own two feet. For many of the ten individual-yet-intertwined series under the Night of the Living Dead: Revival label, »

- Derek Anderson

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Teaser Trailer, Poster and Premiere Date for Scream Factory’s New Horror Film Fender Bender

29 April 2016 9:11 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated with the official press release.* “It’s just a fender bender, right?” Scream Factory announced a June 3rd premiere date for Fender Bender, their first original horror film that’s written and directed by Mark Pavia (The Night Flier). Ahead of its debut on the Chiller network, a new teaser trailer and poster offers a look at the movie that might make you think twice about exchanging information after a car accident.

Press Release: New York, NY – April 29, 2016 – Chiller and Scream Factory™ announced today that original movie Fender Bender will premiere Friday, June 3 at 9 Pm Et. Written and Directed by Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier), the movie stars Makenzie Vega (The Good Wife), Dre Davis (Pretty Little Liars, Scavenger Killers), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville, Longmire) and Bill Sage (American Psycho, We Are What We Are). Evocative of the horror-thriller classics of yesteryear, Fender Bender brings you back »

- Derek Anderson

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Bill Henderson, Jazz Vocalist and Actor, Dies at 90

6 April 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bill Henderson, jazz vocalist and actor, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 90.

Henderson’s break came in 1957 when he recorded for the Vee-Jay label and recorded his first album “Bill Henderson Sings” in 1959. Henderson sang with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and the Charlie Haden Quintet. His 1963 recording “Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio” remains a classic in the jazz vernacular. He was a fixture on the Playboy circuit in the 1970s and appeared often at many jazz festivals, including Playboy Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz and the Litchfield Jazz Festival.

“Henderson’s phrasing is virtually his own copyright,” Leonard Feather observed. “He tends to space certain words as if the syllables were separated by commas, even semicolons; yet everything winds up as a perfectly constructed sentence.” Henderson’s voice was deliberate and thoughtful, »

- Variety Staff

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Bill Henderson, Jazz Vocalist and Actor, Dies at 90

6 April 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Henderson, jazz vocalist and actor, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 90.

Henderson’s break came in 1957 when he recorded for the Vee-Jay label and recorded his first album “Bill Henderson Sings” in 1959. Henderson sang with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, and the Charlie Haden Quintet. His 1963 recording “Bill Henderson with the Oscar Peterson Trio” remains a classic in the jazz vernacular. He was a fixture on the Playboy circuit in the 1970s and appeared often at many jazz festivals, including Playboy Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl, Monterey Jazz and the Litchfield Jazz Festival.

“Henderson’s phrasing is virtually his own copyright,” Leonard Feather observed. “He tends to space certain words as if the syllables were separated by commas, even semicolons; yet everything winds up as a perfectly constructed sentence.” Henderson’s voice was deliberate and thoughtful, »

- Variety Staff

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The Boy to terrify on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand

16 March 2016 10:05 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

By Seth Metoyer

MoreHorror.com

There's really something creepy about dolls. Ever since I watched The Twilight Zone episode 'Living Doll' as a kid, that damn Talky Tina has haunted me. Over the years there have been plenty of terrifying doll-in-film movies and next up on the plastic chopping block is The Boy.

The movie will debut on Digital HD on April 26, 2016 and hit Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on May 10, 2016. Check out all the details below, and hey, don't talk to creepy dolls.

The Boy stars Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans. Directed by William Brent Bell, written by Stacey Menear, Produced by Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, and Richard Wright.

From The Press Release:

A young American woman uncovers the menacing nature of the English family she cares for in The Boy, a terrifying thriller debuting on Digital HD on April 26, 2016 and on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand »

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10 Cloverfield Lane – Dan Trachtenberg Interview

15 March 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Last weekend Flickering Myth was given the opportunity to view a press screening of 10 Cloverfield Lane and interview stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and director Dan Trachtenberg in a roundtable discussion with other journalists. His first time directing a full length feature film, Dan Trachtenberg nevertheless brings a great amount of knowledge and skill from his experiences shooting short films such as Portal: No Escape and Kickin’ to 10 Cloverfield Lane. We spoke about how he chose his cast, the film’s amazing sound design and his partnership with J.J. Abrams. You can read our review of the film here and our interviews with Mary Elizabeth Winstead here and John Goodman here.

Mild spoilers follow for 10 Cloverfield Lane so if you want to avoid any other information (which I strongly recommend) check back after you’ve seen the movie.

Q: You said last night that you finished the movie the night before? »

- Ricky Church

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2015 Was an Outstanding Year for Co-Productions and Foreign Films Shooting in Poland

4 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

2015 was a successful year regarding the quantity and quality of foreign productions shot in Poland. At the beginning of the year, Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel,” “Perfect Mothers”) filmed a French-Polish co-production “Agnus Dei” in Warmia, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film features Polish and French actresses among others Lou de Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek and Joanna Kulig.

In the spring, the crew of a Polish-German-French-Belgian co-production about the life of Maria Sklodowska-Curie (dir. Marie Noelle) spent 20 days on the set in among others Lodz, Leba and Krakow. The cast is international, and the film is made in French. The Polish Nobelist is portrayed by Karolina Gruszka (“Oxygen”).

The summer brought about increased activity of German producers. A Zdf TV show, “Ein Sommer in…” was filmed in two resort towns in the north-eastern Poland – Mikolajki and Mragowo. Ard and Tvp collaborated on the set of "Polizeiruf 110" ("Police Call 110"), which was filmed in July and August among others in a Polish border-town – Swiecko. Also in July began the shooting of a new part of detective TV series "Der Usedom-Krimi" filmed on both the Polish and German side of the Usedom island.

However, a true influx of foreign productions took place in the autumn. American-Polish thriller “Chronology” was filmed in Poznan. The cast includes William Baldwin (TV series "Gossip Girl," "Adrift in Manhattan") and Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk till Dawn”).

The Goetz Palace in Brzesk, in Malopolska hosted filmmakers from India who for six days were shooting “Fitoor,” an Indian adaptation of Dickens's “Great Expectations.” The crew consisted of over 40 Indians and almost 80 Poles. Another crew from India – this time from the so-called Kollywood in the south of the country – spent twenty days on the set in various Polish locations (among others Zakopane, Walbrzych, Krakow, Leba). The film titled “24” features Surya, a Tamil superstar, in the main role.

The autumn months were also very intensive in Lodz with three simultaneous big film sets. Andrzej Wajda (“The Promised Land,” “Walesa. Man of Hope”) worked on his new film “Powidoki”; Opus Film, the producer of “Ida”, organized for an Israeli partner eleven-day shoot to a film set in 1970s – “Past Life,” directed by Avi Nesher; and American director Martha Coolidge (“The Prince and Me,” TV shows “Sex and the City,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Weeds”) filmed her project “Music, War and Love,” whose producer is among others Fred Roos known from such films as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Godfather” or “Lost in Translation.” The picture features Adelaide Clemens (“The Great Gatsby”), Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”), Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”).

The end of the year was also very successful for Malopolska and Krakow. Two movies were filmed in the region – an American-British biography of Martin Luther commissioned by PBS with Padraic Delaney (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “The Tudors”) in the main role; and a feature titled “True Crimes” starring two-time winner of a Golden Globe – Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Mask”) as the protagonist. The crew spent 32 days on the set in Krakow. The picture was directed by Greek Alexandros Avranas (“Miss Violence”), written by Jeremy Brock (“Brideshead Revisited,” “The Last King of Scotland”), and produced by Brett Ratner (“X-Men 3: the Last Stand,” TV series “Rush Hour”). Accompanying Jim Carrey were Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac,” “Antichrist”); Marton Csokas (“The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Polish actors Agata Kulesza (“Ida”) and Robert Wieckiewicz (“Walesa. Man of Hope”).

The first information about productions planned for 2016 has already been released. In January, Krakow will host the crew of French black comedy “Grand Froid,” Gérard Pautonnier's debut featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others,” “Let It Rain”), Olivier Gourmet (“Rosetta,” “The Son”) and Arthur Dupond (“Bus Palladium”). The project won the first edition of the Krakow International Film Fund. »

- Sydney Levine

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