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Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82

Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82
Joseph Bologna, an actor, writer, and director known for his role in 1982’s “My Favorite Year” and for his long collaboration on stage and screen with wife Renée Taylor, has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. Just last month, Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year” in Los Angeles. Bologna played the explosive TV star King Kaiser in the backstage comedy inspired by Mel Brooks’ experiences as a young TV writer on Sid Caesar’s legendary “Your Show of Shows.”

Taylor said Bologna had “a beautiful life and a beautiful death.” Bologna died just two days after the couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

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Bologna and Taylor co-wrote and starred in the Broadway show “Lovers and Others Strangers” in 1968. The pair then earned Oscar nominations for their screenplay adaptation for the 1970 film starring Gig Young
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Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82

Joseph Bologna, Actor and Playwright Known for ‘My Favorite Year,’ Dies at 82
Joseph Bologna, an actor, writer, and director known for his role in 1982’s “My Favorite Year” and for his long collaboration on stage and screen with wife Renée Taylor, has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. Just last month, Bologna attended a 35th anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year” in Los Angeles. Bologna played the explosive TV star King Kaiser in the backstage comedy inspired by Mel Brooks’ experiences as a young TV writer on Sid Caesar’s legendary “Your Show of Shows.”

Taylor said Bologna had “a beautiful life and a beautiful death.” Bologna died just two days after the couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

Bologna and Taylor co-wrote and starred in the Broadway show “Lovers and Others Strangers” in 1968. The pair then earned Oscar nominations for their screenplay adaptation for the 1970 film starring Gig Young and Bea Arthur. Taylor
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DVD Release: Arthur Hailey’s The Moneychangers

DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014

Price: DVD $19.99

Studio: CBS/Paramount

Money is power in the 1976 television mini-series Arthur Hailey’s The Moneychangers, an adaptation of Hailey’s 1975 bestselling novel.

The tale of corruption and greed in the banking business stars Christopher Plummer (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) in his Emmy-winning role as the suave, hypocritical and skilled Roscoe Heyward and Kirk Douglas (Paths of Glory) as the honest, hard-charging and focused Alex Vandervoort, both of whom are vying for the top position in one of the nation’s largest banks. Along they way, they have run-ins with such supporting cast members as Anne Baxter (The Ten Commandments), Robert Loggia (Scarface), Lorne Greene (Earthquake) , Helen Hayes (Airport) and a seductive-as-ever Joan Collins (Sins).

Yes, it’s a very dated piece as far as the banking industry goes, with the storylines including bits on such problems as credit card fraud, embezzlement, inflation,
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'Toy Story Of Terror!': Timothy Dalton celebrates Halloween as a 'hedgehog in lederhosen'

Timothy Dalton has been a part of many stories, but none quite like "Toy Story."

That's why the former James Bond is happy to reprise his "Toy Story 3" voice role as overtly theatrical hedgehog Mr. Pricklepants in ABC's new, animated Disney/Pixar special "Toy Story Of Terror!" Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The Halloween-season tale - setting the other toys on a search after one of their own vanishes during a road trip - also restores Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as cowboy Woody and spaceman Buzz Lightyear, with Don Rickles, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Michael Keaton and Wallace Shawn among other returnees. Carl Weathers ("Rocky") is a voice-cast newcomer.

Dalton has many stage classics in his background, encompassing works by William Shakespeare and Noel Coward, so he admits he has great fun with Mr. Hedgehog's taking-himself-too-seriously mode.

"I'm still figuring out how to play him," the Welsh-born actor allows to Zap2it,
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James Farentino Dead at 73: Dynasty, Sandra Dee/Patty Duke Leading Man

James Farentino, best remembered for his roles in the television series The Bold Ones: The Lawyers and Dynasty, died of heart failure earlier today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 73. A Brooklyn native (born on Feb. 24, 1938), Farentino made his Broadway debut in the 1961 production of Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana, starring Bette Davis, Margaret Leighton, and Patrick O'Neal. The following year, he began guesting on various television series, among them The Defenders, Route 66, and 77 Sunset Strip. Despite a Golden Globe as Most Promising Newcomer – Male for Brian G. Hutton's 1967 comedy The Pad and How to Use It, Farentino's film career was a minor one. He did, however, play one of the leads in a more important comedy that same year, David Lowell Rich's Rosie!, based on a play co-written by Ruth Gordon, and starring Rosalind Russell, Sandra Dee, and Brian Aherne. Additionally,
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New Release: Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven DVD

Release Date: Nov. 22, 2011

Price: DVD $24.95

Studio: First Run Features

Sirio Maccioni gives viewers an inside look at his legendary restaurant in Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven.

Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven is a 2007 documentary film about the founder of New York’s legendary restaurant Le Cirque, Sirio Maccioni, and his three sons — Marco, Mauro and Mario — to whom he will one day leave his formidable cultural and culinary legacy.

For the movie, director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times) gained access to the colorful family at the time of a dramatic transition: the closing of Le Cirque in 2004 and its celebrated re-opening two years later, followed by the nerve-wracking wait for New York’s restaurant critics to weigh in on the new incarnation.

Featuring appearances by such noted Le Cirque patrons as New York City Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani and celebrities Joan Collins (TV’s Sins), Tony Bennett,
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Two trashy treats from Joan Collins hit home video

Two trashy treats from Joan Collins hit home video
Thanks to her role as the vindictive, diamond-festooned jackal Alexis Carrington on the decade-defining TV series Dynasty, Joan Collins was the face of Reagan-era opulence. Like Elizabeth Taylor, she seemed to have a knack for playing gorgeous man-eaters who could reduce rivals to dust with a single bitchy quip. At the height of Dynasty’s prime-time run, Collins leveraged her stardom into a pair of lavish made-for-tv CBS movies that are a hoot for aficionados of ’80s camp.

First up is Monte Carlo (1986, Not Rated, 3 hrs., 5 mins.), a giddy cocktail that’s one part Casablanca and one part Hart to Hart.
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New Release: Joan Collins 1986 TV mini-series Sins DVD

Olive Films will release the deliciously trashy 1986 television mini-series Sins, starring Dynasty queen Joan Collins, on DVD on June 21.

Joan Collins stars in the 1986 TV mini-series Sins.

Sins tells the long-winded story of Helene Junot (Collins), a woman who survives the horrors of the Nazi occupation of France and suffers a succession of challenges as she rises in the world of fashion, ultimately building her own couture house. Of course, there’s lots of love, lust and betrayal along the way.

Based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Judith Gould, Sins was executive produced by Collins (then at the height of her TV popularity) and her then-husband Peter Holm. The 6½ hour TV “event” was renowned for containing some 85 costume changes for Collins (reportedly a record for a single production). Many of her costumes were designed by Valentino.

Directed by Douglas Hickox, Sins also stars Timothy Dalton (The Tourist
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Sundance 2010 Film Lineup *Updated*

Sundance released their slate for 2010. It includes:43 documentaries on the Middle East12 films about friends who 'discover' something33 movies about people you've never heard about1 comedyHopefully the lineup this year is strong but it doesn't look that way compared to last year. Last year we had Push (Precious), that Lil Wayne documentary that never went anywhere, Mystery Team which might make my top ten, Moon, Mike Tyson documentary, Cold Souls. Just so much last January that was excellent. I hope I don't go out therer and freeze my tail off just to see...I don't know, a documentary about a former Pakistani prime minister or something silly like that.Here's the lineup so far: Premieres To showcase the diversity to contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors as well as world premieres of highly anticipated films. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.
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