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Dick Van Dyke to receive Britannia award

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Dick Van Dyke to receive Britannia award
Comedian ‘apologises’ for Cockney accent in Mary Poppins.

Dick Van Dyke will receive the Britannia Award For Excellence In Television from BAFTA La in October.

The celebrated actor and comedian will collect his honour at the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards on October 27 in Beverly Hills.

The 91-year-old entertainer has earned five Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into in Television Hall of Fame in a career spanning more than seven decades.

Television credits include The Dick Van Dyke Show, Jake And The Fatman, and Diagnosis Murder. In film he famously appeared in Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as Dick Tracy, and more recently the Night At The Museum films. He won a Tony for Bye Bye Birdie.

“I appreciate this opportunity to apologise to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema,” Van Dyke said
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Dick Van Dyke to Receive Britannia Award From BAFTA Los Angeles

Dick Van Dyke to Receive Britannia Award From BAFTA Los Angeles
Dick Van Dyke will receive this year’s Britannia Award for excellence in television from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.

This year’s event will take place on Oct. 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Referring to his role in “Mary Poppins,” Van Dyke said, “I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to honor the iconic Dick Van Dyke at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards,” said Chantal Rickards, CEO of BAFTA Los Angeles. “We truly are in a golden age of television and we couldn’t think of a better way to recognize this than by celebrating someone who was at the forefront of making it the global medium that it has become. We look forward to his acceptance speech in whatever accent he chooses
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Bloody Birthday (1981)

Blame The Bad Seed (1956) for every murderous moppet that has skipped across the screen in subsequent years. Village of the Damned, The Omen, The Good Son, The Children, and many more have explored the taboo of killer kiddies. One of the oddest of the bunch is Ed Hunt’s Bloody Birthday (1981), a ridiculously fun turn with not just one, but three mini-Mansons on hand to clean up the schoolyard.

Well, that’s a bit of a misnomer, as our rascally trio tends to focus on grown ups, what with their stupid rules against homicide and premature burial. (Don’t worry – one of the protagonists is a classmate who is put in mortal danger. All’s fair.) Bloody Birthday was rolled out twice; first in limited release in April of ’81, and then in ’86 (also limited release). The film made its money back but didn’t earn any good grace from critics
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The Weekend Read: How Our Minds Got Big Enough to Handle the TV Anthology

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The Weekend Read: How Our Minds Got Big Enough to Handle the TV Anthology
A few years ago, when I was a fledgling screenwriter, I pitched a TV show. It was an idea cooked up with legendary producer Warren Littlefield, so I had the opportunity to tour the networks and cable channels with our project. The show was called Coup. The idea was simple: a young Los Angeles club promoter gets in over his head when he decides to overthrow a foreign country in order to save his mother, who had been captured by that country. Okay, it wasn’t that simple. It was quite complicated, in fact, and I wrote a precise outline that I had memorized and could say in about 8 minutes if my nerves remained steady and I didn’t throw up all over myself. As part of the outline, I had a list of 12 things a person would need in order to overthrow a country, (an army, an inside man,
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Revisiting Buck Rogers In The 25th Century

Andrew time travels 35 years back to revisit the theatrical release of the Buck Rogers In The 25th Century film...

Once synonymous with science fiction, the phrase ‘That Buck Rogers Stuff’ once called to mind everything the average person thought about Science Fiction - ray guns, rocket ships and robots. Certainly in the 1928, when the then-christened Anthony Rogers made his debut, he was something pretty unique in Sci-Fi - the space adventurer as swash-buckler. Given the nickname ‘Buck’ by John F. Dille, the novel, Armageddon, was adapted into the comic strips in 1929 and then in 1932, Buck Rogers became the first major Science Fiction radio drama. 1939 saw Larry ‘Buster’ Crabbe take on the role for a 12-part serial. All of this is to say that Buck Rogers was around for quite a while before many people of my generation discovered him.

Buck Rogers In The 25th Century arrived on UK shores via the medium of cinema.
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'Murder, She Wrote' remake? Why not 'Diagnosis Murder' and 'Jake and the Fatman' too?

The news that NBC is planning a remake/reboot of "Murder, She Wrote" starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer unleashed waves of snark online Thursday (Oct. 24). It's the latest example of TV networks and studios turning to old properties in the hopes that a new audience will take to them.

Leaving aside the question of whether such reboots actually work -- recent history shows a lot more misses than hits -- the "Murder, She Wrote" news got us thinking: If we were profit-hungry TV executives, what other shows might be ripe for a 21st-century update? Some ideas, and the networks that would call them home:

"Diagnosis Murder" (ABC): As with the CBS original, a renowned physician moonlights as a police consultant and often ends up working with his detective son. Dick Van Dyke and his real-life son Barry starred the first time around; the reboot would reunite on-screen father and
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R.I.P. Don Medford

Prolific television director Don Medford, who is perhaps best known for the two-episode finale of the 1960s drama The Fugitive, died December 12 at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95. His family reported the death Wednesday. The 1967 conclusion of Fugitive, the popular series about a man falsely accused of murdering his wife (played by David Janssen) and relentlessly pursued around the country by a determined detective (Barry Morse), was seen by a then-record of an estimated 78 million viewers — a milestone that stood until the “Who Shot J.R.” episode of Dallas drew an estimated 83 million in 1980. Medford’s TV career stretched from the early 1950s Tales Of Tomorrow through the late ’80s Jake And The Fatman. Among the many major and varied series he worked on were the anthologies Alfred Hitchock Presents and The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables with Robert Stack, M Squad with Lee Marvin,
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Interviews: Celebrities from 1980s to Beyond at ‘The Hollywood Show’

Chicago – With roles as diverse as Screech, Little Orphan Annie, Jake (from “Jake and the Fatman”) and Angie in the film “Kick-Ass,” the era from the 1980s and beyond are nicely personified by Dustin Diamond (“Saved by the Bell”), Aileen Quinn (“Annie”) Joe Penny (Jake) and Yancy Butler (“Kick-Ass”).

They appeared last March at ‘The Hollywood Show,’ a twice-a-year event in which fans can mingle, take photographs and get autographs from the participants – like this nostalgic group of actors – who appear there. There is also a great opportunity to purchase memorabilia from a host of showbiz vendors, all in one room. The fall session of The Hollywood Show will take place at the Hilton Rosemont Hotel on River Road in Rosemont, Ill, on September 7th, 8th and 9th, 2012. For complete details click here.

HollywoodChicago.com was there to interview all the actors from TV and film. Photographer Joe Arce took
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Slideshow: 20 Celebrity Portraits at ‘The Hollywood Show,’ Returning to Chicago on Sept. 7, 2012

Chicago – “The Hollywood Show” comes back to Chicagoland next weekend, September 7th, 8th and 9th, and with it the usual fun line-up of celebrity TV and movie favorites. The autumn show appearances include Pam Grier, Loni Anderson, Robert Loggia, Connie Stevens, Lainie Kazan and June Lockhart.

“The Hollywood Show” is a twice-a-year event in which fans can mingle, take photographs and get autographs from the celebrities that appear there. There is also a great opportunity to purchase memorabilia from a host of showbiz vendors, all in one room. The Hollywood Show will take place at the Hilton Rosemont Hotel on River Road in Rosemont, Ill. For complete details click here.

HollywoodChicago attended the spring 2012 show, and captured Exclusive Portraits by photographer Joe Arce. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.
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Natalie Haynes's guide to TV detectives: #7 – Dr Mark Sloan

Diagnosis Murder's Dick Van Dyke is a roller-skating, barbershop-singing global treasure

Before we go any further, let me just explain that this blog will be longer than usual, because Diagnosis Murder is, without any trace of competition, my favourite detective show of all time, bar none, ever. I like it so much that the theme music (by the ever-excellent Dick DeBenedictis – imagine being responsible for the themes of Diagnosis Murder and Perry Mason, and not being an actual saint. Weird) is the ringtone on my phone. Even bad news sounds good when prefaced by that cheery clarinet.

I like the show so much that I am replacing my glass of water on a Diagnosis Murder coaster in between typing sentences (yes, I have four. And they were a Valentine's gift. Envy me). I like it so much that I have a signed photo over my desk of Dick Van Dyke
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People's TV Critic Picks Conan's Top 3 Moments

People's TV Critic Picks Conan's Top 3 Moments
After all the buildup, Conan O'Brien's return to television on TBS Monday night was a modest, lowkey and slightly awkward affair - Seth Rogen, the first celebrity guest on what is now called Conan, was promoting The Green Hornet, a movie that doesn't even open until January. Both he and O'Brien seemed aware that they had committed an unstated, inexplicable breach of talk-show protocol. It was as if Rogen had been expected to bring coffee cake and instead showed up with a plate of uncooked ribs. But O'Brien is still dealing with the fallout of the past year's talk-show
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Remastered Sixties Classic Two on a Guillotine Heading to DVD

Before he became famous as the "Fatman" in TV's "Jake and the Fatman", William Conrad was a fairly prolific director, and one of his best films (to this woman anyway) was 1965's Two on a Guillotine, which is bowing on DVD for the first time on June 22nd.

Cult favorite suspense/horror film Two on a Guillotine stars Connie Stevens as the daughter of a demented magician played by the iconic Cesar Romero. It has been remastered for this release and is available exclusively via WarnerArchive.com.


Twenty years ago a little accident with a guillotine trick left magician Duke Duquesne’s wife and on-stage assistant without a head ... and their baby daughter, Cassie, without a mother. Now The Great Duquesne may have another trick up his sleeve. He dies, leaving Cassie a sizable inheritance if she’ll spend seven nights in his spooky mansion. With a fearless young reporter at her side,
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Did 24 Go Boom?

Did 24 Go Boom?
Name three shows that scored bigger series-finale audiences than 24. Name three shows that scored bigger series-finale audiences than Law & Order. And explain why you shouldn't. Rub it in, that is. The answers—and more questions—in the season's-almost-over TV ratings quiz: 1. Ok, for fun and giggles, give us three legendary shows that went out with bigger bangs than last night's 24. If you said Jake and the Fatman, Nash Bridges and The Nanny, or a combo of nearly 100 other series, you'd be correct. (Here's Wikipedia's handy list to the most-watched series finales of all time.) For the record, Jack Bauer's final escape averaged an estimated 8.9 million, below its season...
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Screenwriter Thompson Dies

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Screenwriter Franklin Thompson has died at the age of 75.

Thompson, who also worked as an agent for writers, passed away on 2 December at his home in California, according to industry trade paper Daily Variety.

He began his career in Hollywood as a junior agent at the H.N. Swanson Agency, before racking up writing credits on 1982's Forced Vengeance and several TV series including Standing Tall and Jake and the Fatman.

Thompson also served as an executive consultant on Perry Mason.

A memorial will be held in his honour on 31 January in Pasadena, California.

John Flinn to get ASC Television award

John Flinn to get ASC Television award
John C. Flinn III will receive the American Society of Cinematographers Career Achievement in Television Award at the 24th annual Asc Outstanding Achievement Awards on Feb. 27 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.

Flinn has earned seven Emmy nominations for "Magnum P.I.," "Jake and the Fatman," "The Operation," "Babylon 5" and "Hunter: Back in the Force." He was also nominated for three Asc Awards for "Jake" and took top honors for an episode of that show in 1993.

"John Flinn's consistently artful and imaginative cinematography has earned the admiration of his peers," said Asc president Michael Goi. "He has made significant contributions to compelling storytelling in a diverse range of successful and memorable dramatic television series, movies and miniseries."
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Thompson recruited for Hallmark's 'Doe'

Lea Thompson is on the case for Jane Doe. Hallmark Channel has tapped the actress to star in Jane Doe, one of three Mystery Movie franchises set to premiere on the cable network in January. In Jane Doe, Thompson will portray Cathy Davis, a soccer mom with an extraordinary ability to solve puzzles who has a secret life as an independent contractor working for the government. Hallmark also has cast Joe Penny (CBS' Jake and the Fatman) as Cathy's former partner in a top-secret government operation.

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