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Dean Jones, who starred in some of the most memorable live-action Disney flicks of the 1960s and '70s, died in Los Angeles on Monday of Parkinson's disease. He was 84.
Jones rose to stardom thanks to a handful of roles in successful Disney family films like "That Darn Cat!" and "The Love Bug," the latter of which introduced the world to Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with human-like tendencies. Jones was offered the lead role in 1965's "That Darn Cat!," opposite Hayley Mills, by Walt Disney himself, after impressing the studio head with his part on NBC sitcom "Ensign O'Toole."
He starred in many more Disney films, including "Monkeys, Go Home," "Million Dollar Duck," and "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo." Jones also had a small part in Elvis Presley's 1957 classic "Jail House Rock," and appeared in "Clear and Present Danger," ''Beethoven," and "Other People's Money," among others, including a »
- Katie Roberts
Anyone who saw a lot of kid’s movies in the ‘60s and ‘70s remembers Dean Jones. He was always a likable presence and a welcome sight, especially in the Disney family-friendly sort of films he excelled in such as The Ugly Dachshund, Blackbeard’S Ghost , The Love Bug, Snowball Express, The Million Dollar Duck, That Darn Cat! The list goes on and on and it’s hard to believe he was 84! He was always so young-looking, sort of the Dick Clark of the movies! Dean Jones was 84 and had Parkinson’s disease.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“Dean Jones, the affable actor who starred in such classic Disney family comedies as That Darn Cat!, The Love Bug and The Shaggy D.A., has died. He was 84. Jones died Tuesday of complications from Parkinson’s disease in Los Angeles, publicist Richard Hoffman announced. Jones’ film grosses exceeded $960 million, Hoffman noted. The actor »
- Tom Stockman
Disney favourite Dean Jones has died at the age of 84.
The actor, best known for playing racecar driver Jim Douglas in Disney's Love Bug films, passed away earlier today (September 2).
Jones had been battling Parkinson's disease prior to his passing.
He would play racer Jim Douglas in Disney's Love Bug films throughout the 1970s, and even reprise the role for a short-lived '80s television spinoff.
He also stayed busy on the big screen in later years, playing the villain in '90s children's movie Beethoven as well as having supporting »
Dean Jones: Actor in Disney movies. Dean Jones dead at 84: Actor in Disney movies 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1, '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama) was 84. Dean Jones movies Dean Jones began his Hollywood career in the mid-'50s, when he was featured in bit parts – at times uncredited – in a handful of films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer In 2009 interview for Christianity Today, Jones recalled playing his first scene (in These Wilder Years) with veteran James Cagney, who told him “Walk to your mark and remember your lines” – supposedly a lesson he would take to heart. At MGM, bit player Jones would also be featured in Robert Wise's »
- Andre Soares
The actor, who succumbed to complications from Parkinson’s disease, also had guest roles on such series as Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat, and Nowhere Man — and did voiceover work on the animated Beethoven series.
Jones, whose acting career spanned more than 50 years, was best known for playing Jim Douglas, driver of a sentient Volkswagen racing Beetle, in Disney’s 1968 family comedy The Love Bug, which spawned several sequels and was »
In addition to his appearances in films like “Under the Yum-Yum Tree,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “The Million Dollar Duck,” “Snowball Express,” “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” and “Beethoven,” Jones also had roles in five Broadway shows and appeared in numerous television series and specials. Overall, he appeared in 46 films over the course of his career.
Jones was born in Decatur, Ala., and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He attended Asbury University in Kentucky, which awarded him with an honorary degree in 2002.
- Alex Stedman
Legendary Disney classic film actor Dean Jones has died of Parkinson's disease at the age of 84.
Jones is best remembered for his work in three bonafide family film classics - the original "That Darn Cat," "Blackbeard's Ghost" and the start of the "Herbie" franchise "The Love Bug". Jones starred in around 46 films along with appearing in numerous television series and on Broadway.
Amongst his work were the likes of "The Shaggy D.A.," "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo," "Clear and Present Danger," "Other People's Money," "Beethoven," "Under the Yum-Yum Tree," "Any Wednesday" and "The Million Dollar Duck" along with guest roles on "Murder She Wrote," "The Love Boat," "Bonanza" and the animated "Superman" series.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
“Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix and “Beethoven” scribe Amy Holden Jones have landed a put pilot commitment from CBS for a new crime drama, TheWrap has learned. The show will follow a female detective who plays by her own rules. She is forced to team up with a brilliant scientist who studies the biology of evil to solve crimes for the L.A. Violent Crimes Unit. Jones is writing the series in addition to executive producing alongside Nix. The show is part of an overall deal that Nix has with 20th Century Fox Television, where Jones also has a premium blind deal. »
- Joe Otterson
Black Box creator Amy Holden Jones has teamed with Burn Notice and Complications creator Matt Nix for a crime drama, which has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment backed by a large penalty. The untitled project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, where Nix is under an overall deal and Jones had a premium blind deal. Written by Mystic Pizza and Beethoven scribe Jones, the drama centers on an explosive, rule-breaking, fearless female detective with no filter who enlists… »
"That'll do, pig. That'll do."
It's been 20 years since the world fell in love with the sheep-herding pig at the center of the film "Babe," which opened August 4, 1995. The movie was hailed as a kids' movie that delighted viewers of all ages -- it was the rare children's film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar -- as well as an advance in effects magic that launched a wave of live-action, talking-animal flicks.
It's hard to imagine that the G-rated classic came from George Miller, the same filmmaker behind the ultra-violent, hard-r "Mad Max" franchise. That's one of many things you may not know about "Babe," here are 19 more:
1. In 1986, producer/co-screenwriter Miller became interested in the story during a long plane flight from Sydney to London, where the woman seated next to him was laughing uproariously at Dick King-Smith's book, "The Sheep-Pig." Upon landing, he found the book in »
- Gary Susman
The wave of 90s nostalgia shows now signs of slowing down, and if you feel like you're in need of more anthropomorphic animals in your life, you're in luck! It's been almost a decade since we last saw everyone's fourth favorite talking mouse in Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild. After his ten year absence, Sony and Red Wagon Entertainment finally feel the time is right for a Stuart Little remake.
News of the reboot comes from Tracking Board. They claim that this new Stuart Little will follow in the footsteps of the 1999 original. It will blend CG animation with live action. It will also once again follow the biplane flying mouse and his adoptive family The Littles.
The new movie will more closely follow E.B. White's 1945 children's book of the same name. It is being looked at as a more accurate adaptation than merely a remake of the existing films, »
Yesterday, in 18 countries around the globe, The Hunger Games iconic ‘3-Finger salute’ was unveiled on high profile buildings, billboards and locations, including Times Square in New York, Westfield Centre in London, Colonne di San Lorenzo in Milan and Novy Arbat Avenue in Moscow.
The hands used in the synchronized global outdoor advertising campaign were created from 6 images of people ranging from ages 8 to 80, both men and women and from all nationalities.
Lionsgate encourages people and fans from around the Globe to come together, discover and #Unite.
#Unite at the following locations:
Australia – Sydney & Melbourne – Various Buildings around Sydney & Melbourne Brazil – Rio de Janeiro – Leblon Canada – Toronto – Eaton Centre & Montreal – Métro Berri Columbia – Bogota – Wild Postings & ComicCon El Salvador – San Salvador – Fuentes Beethoven & Calle La Mascota Finland – Helsinki – Narinkkatori Square France – Paris – The docks of the Seine & Building rooftop at the center of the city Germany – Munich – Airport Center Italy – Milan »
- Melissa Thompson
Kate’s Classical Corner: Hannibal, Ep. 3.03, “Secondo”
As a classical musician, I can’t help but be influenced in my interpretation of Hannibal by its amazing score and soundtrack, composed and compiled by music supervisor Brian Reitzell. This is not intended to be a definitive reading of Reitzell or showrunner Bryan Fuller’s intentions in regards to the music, but rather an exploration of how these choices affect my appreciation of the given episode. Read my review of “Secondo” here.
Classical pieces featured:
While this is a lovely piece, it is a fairly straightforward choice for Hannibal’s dinner with Sogliato. The only thematic ties I note in its selection are that it was the first piano concerto composed by Beethoven (though it was published after Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. »
- Kate Kulzick
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today unveiled the Fox primetime slate for the 2015-2016 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre. Here's what the CEO's had to say in a joint statement.
"Building on the phenomenal momentum created by Gotham, The Last Man on Earth and, of course, Empire, we're infusing next season's schedule with new ambitious dramas, smart comedies, aspirational unscripted series and big live events and specials - all from the best creators in the business. And our strategy with these bold creative swings is simple: schedule them strategically, market them relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform."
Tuesdays are all-new this fall on Fox, with new comedies Grandfathered and The Grinder, followed by killer comedy-horror series Scream Queens. The new comedies kicking off an all-new Tuesday are Grandfathered and The Grinder. »
Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
Before becoming the big star that he is today, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a child actor, and he had roles in films geared towards younger audiences, such as Beethoven (a bit part), Angels in the Outfield, and 10 Things I Hate About You. And now he's heading back to more family friendly fare as Variety reports Gordon-Levitt will produce and star in the new film adaptation of Jim Henson's classic puppet series Fraggle Rock set up at New Regency. This is a project that has been stuck in development hell for nearly 10 years, but with someone like Gordon-Levitt attached, this could finally come together and get made. Gordon-Levitt sounds pretty excited about the project saying: "The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on ‘Sesame Street,’ and then on ‘Fraggle Rock.' Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. »
- Ethan Anderton
Chicago – It may prove hard to recall an era of talking creatures in live-action movies before the napalm hellfire of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” or “The Smurfs.” But, lest we forget, “Babe” has more Academy Awards than “The Master.” Arriving at the coy and wise time of the film year where expectations are either golden or underneath the barrel, talking bear Paddington arrives stateside as a well-behaved throwback to brighter days for a simple genre, with an efficient sense of humor and a few globs of vision, too.
Voiced with clear-eyed wonder by Ben Whishaw, cheery children’s book icon Paddington is a Peruvian bear with both a refined English vernacular and ravenousness for orange marmalade, attributes learned from British artifacts left by visiting explorer Montgomery Clyde. When Paddington’s home is destroyed in an earthquake, the young bear stows away to foggy London to meet the revered adventurer. »
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