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Dean Jones, Star of '60s Disney Classics, Dies at 84

3 September 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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The Love Bug star and Disney favourite Dean Jones dies, aged 84

2 September 2015 3:07 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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.

In a 12-year run with the Walt Disney Company, Jones became a familiar face to audiences with roles in the films The Shaggy Da, Blackbeard's Ghost and That Darn Cat!.

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.

Away from Disney, Jones briefly starred on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's Company in 1970 and would later tour the religious one-man show St John in Exile across the Us.

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 »

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Popular Disney Actor and Broadway Performer Jones Dead at 84

2 September 2015 2:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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

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Dean Jones, ‘The Love Bug’ Star, Dies at 84

2 September 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor Dean Jones, best known for his acting work in such Disney films as “The Love Bug” and “That Darn Cat,” died of Parkinson’s disease Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

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.

The actor made his Broadway debut with “There Was A Little Girl” with Jane Fonda in 1960, and would go on to star in Broadway’s “Under the Yum-Yum Tree” that same year, before starring »

- Alex Stedman

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R.I.P. Dean Jones

2 September 2015 10:28 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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

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93 movie remakes and reboots currently in the works

19 August 2015 2:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From The Craft and The Birds to The Fugitive and She's All That, the many film reboots and remakes currently in the works...

Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.

Without further ado, here's what's coming up...

Akira

One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »

- simonbrew

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Philip Noyce And Thomas Carter Directing New Roots

22 July 2015 5:02 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With ABC's hugely lauded 1977 adaptation of Roots officially ranking as the third most-watched TV event of all time, it's a brave team that would attempt a remake. That's precisely what's about to happen, however: A&E Networks have just announced a new four-episode / eight-hour version of Alex Haley's novel, of which Philip Noyce and Thomas Carter will direct an episode each (the two further directors have yet to be announced).Haley's Roots: The Saga Of An American Family was first published in 1976, and, along with the TV version, became a cultural phenomenon. It involves the Gambian Kunta Kinte, sold into slavery in 1767, and his multiple generations of descendents throughout the following 200 years, each of whom passes on an oral history of their ancestor. Later chapters of the book became a further TV series, Roots: The Next Generation, in 1979.Noyce (Clear And Present Danger, Salt) will direct the first episode, »

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Questlove Will Create "The Authentic African Sound" as Executive Music Producer for 'Roots' Reboot

22 July 2015 3:56 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

A+E Networks announces two directors and the executive music producer of its "Roots" remake - a four-night, eight-hour scripted event series that will air in 2016.  Directors Phillip Noyce ("Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," "Salt") and Thomas Carter ("Coach Carter," "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story") are set to direct nights one and three respectively. Directors for nights two and four are to be announced. Additionally, Questlove, from the Grammy Award winning band The Roots, is set as the executive music producer. Per the press release, for "Roots," Questlove will "create the authentic African sound and themes for the characters as well as produce the overall sound as the music progresses each night." Can someone tell me what exactly the "authentic African sound" is, please? It must be something like the "authentic African accent" casting directors are sometimes...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Questlove Will Create "The Authentic African Sound" as Executive Music Producer for 'Roots' Reboot

22 July 2015 3:56 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

A+E Networks announces two directors and the executive music producer of its "Roots" remake - a four-night, eight-hour scripted event series that will air in 2016.  Directors Phillip Noyce ("Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," "Salt") and Thomas Carter ("Coach Carter," "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story") are set to direct nights one and three respectively. Directors for nights two and four are to be announced. Additionally, Questlove, from the Grammy Award winning band The Roots, is set as the executive music producer. Per the press release, for "Roots," Questlove will "create the authentic African »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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6 Times Harrison Ford Kicked All the Ass

13 July 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Whether he's punching Nazis, shooting Stormtroopers or kicking terrorists off 747's, Harrison Ford is always ready to kick ass on the big screen.

Even though Ford is getting up there in years, he has carved out considerable care space in the hearts of movie fans. And he's gearing up for a mini-action hero comeback, reprising his role as Han Solo in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" this December, as well as that of Deckard in a "Blade Runner" sequel.

In honor of his birthday on July 13, here are six of our favorite scenes where Ford action hero'd his way out of trouble.

6. Bus Crash From "The Fugitive" (1993)

Most action heroes would call it a day after making a death-defying leap from a bus -- just a split-second before it was smushed by an oncoming train.

But for Ford's Dr. Richard Kimble, that was just a prelude to a mad dash »

- Phil Pirrello

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Oscar-winning composer James Horner dies in plane crash at 61

23 June 2015 9:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Film composer James Horner died at the age of 61 on Monday (June 22) after the small airplane he was piloting crashed near Santa Barbara, Calif. Initial reports did not identify Horner as the plane's sole occupant, only that a plane registered to him was found crash-landed in Ventucopa, Calif., at 9:30am Pst, and that the pilot was dead. Agents Michael Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz and attorney Jay Cooper today (June 23) confirmed Horner was the pilot. Horner was a film composer long associated with some of cinema's most influential names, from James Cameron to Ron Howard to Roger Corman. His first score was for 1979's "The Lady in Red" but had his biggest break with 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." "Aliens" (1986) yielded his first of many Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score (and also Best Original Dramatic Score, from the '90s). The two Oscars he won »

- Katie Hasty

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James Horner: 1953-2015

22 June 2015 9:39 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The brilliant film music composer, James Horner, has died in a plane crash, at the age of 61.

Some horrible, horrible news. James Horner, who composed scores for over 50 films and TV shows across his career, has died. He was 61 years old.

Horner was piloting a small aircraft that crashed just north of Santa Barbara in the Us, which hit difficulties and crashed. It has since been confirmed that he died in the accident. Our thoughts are very much with his friends and family at what must be such a distressing time.

The one bright spot is the incredible body of work that Horner leaves behind. We find ourselves regularly playing the scores to Field Of Dreams, Aliens, Sneakers, Clear And Present Danger, Krull and Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan here (and in lookbacks we've written for most of those films, Horner's music has cropped up), but so extensive »

- simonbrew

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Oscar-Winning Composer James Horner Dead At Age 61

22 June 2015 9:35 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Braveheart, Aliens, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Apollo 13, Wolfen, Legends Of The Fall, Krull, Battle Beyond The Stars, A Beautiful Mind, Titanic. The list goes on and on.

The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.

Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015

Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.

From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):

Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.

He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for »

- Michelle McCue

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James Horner, ‘Titanic’ Composer, Dies in Plane Crash

22 June 2015 9:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Composer James Horner, who won two Oscars for the music of “Titanic” and scored such other blockbusters as “Avatar,” “Braveheart,” “Apollo 13″ and “A Beautiful Mind,” has died, Variety has confirmed. He was 61.

Horner was one of the most popular film composers of the last 30 years, and his “Titanic” soundtrack – with its hit Celine Dion song, “My Heart Will Go On,” written with Will Jennings – became the biggest-selling movie-score album of all time, selling an estimated 30 million units worldwide.

He scored more than 100 films in all and was often in demand for big popcorn movies. Most recent were “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Karate Kid” remake, but he also scored “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and “Aliens.”

He was born Aug. 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, the son of production designer Harry Horner. He spent his formative years in London, »

- Jon Burlingame

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Castle season 7 episode 21 review: In Plane Sight

5 May 2015 12:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

This episode of Castle gets the mystery spot-on, even if it's missing the show's usual Beckett-Castle chemistry...

This review contains spoilers.

7.21 In Plane Sight

It’s not often that Castle goes outside its comfort zone. And still less often that it does it well. But In Plane Sight was just such an outing, and a real treat for mystery fans.

On one level, this is a surprise. After all, this episode has few of the hallmarks of what faithful viewers tend to think of as key to a good Castle tale. In Plane Sight takes place entirely during the course of a transatlantic flight on the always-tragic Oceanic Air (Oceanic Air/Airlines/Airways is the commonly used name of an airline company where bad air stuff always happens—think Lost or Executive Decision) during which Rick and Alexis are on their way to London to have a little father-daughter bonding-time. »

- louisamellor

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18 films that took their inspiration from James Bond movies

3 May 2015 4:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bourne and Mission: Impossible, right back to Harry Palmer and Danger Diabolik - meet the many pretenders to James Bond's throne...

Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.

Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.

The Ipcress File (1965)

Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »

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Celebrating bad artwork on DVD reissues

17 April 2015 5:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

When a DVD gets a reissue, its distributor tends to change the artwork. Er, not always for the better...

Movie studios love having large catalogues of older movies. They guarantee a revenue stream after all, through TV sales, streaming services, and the occasional repackaging of a DVD and/or Blu-ray edition.

But new packaging means new artwork, and a star who was hot when the film first came around may have faded since. Plus, audience trends change. Plus, there's the added bonus of luring people to buy two copies. Marvellous!

Most of the time, artwork updates go without a hitch. But in recent times, particularly with 90s movies we've noticed, some of the updates, er, 'dumb things down' slightly. Most of these exhibits are from the UK, we should note. If we broadened it more than we had into the Us - which we may do in a future piece »

- simonbrew

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Revisiting Clear And Present Danger: the best Jack Ryan film

30 March 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

An intelligent, dense political thriller in the middle of summer? We visit Harrison Ford in Tom Clancy's Clear And Present Danger...

This article contains spoilers for, er, Clear And Present Danger.

How many times have you walked out of seeing a big summer blockbuster movie, and felt like you'd been treated like a grown-up? Christopher Nolan movies, whether you like them or not, treat you with that level of respect. But when it comes to major thrillers, there's generally something about them where you feel you've been shortchanged.

It's why it puzzles me that Clear And Present Danger doesn't get a lot more love. From the day I saw it for the first time back in 1994, and on every viewing since, I've really loved this film. I love that it isn't afraid of a dense plot, isn't afraid of putting a big movie star on the poster yet finds time for supporting characters, »

- simonbrew

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Star Wars Actor Ford Injured in Plane Accident in Los Angeles Area

5 March 2015 4:43 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »

- Zac Gille

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The Sean Bean Death Quiz: How well do you know his fatalities?

2 February 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Walking spoiler Sean Bean has bitten the dust in film and television more than any other actor. But how well do you know his big-screen demises?

With Bean starring in this week's Jupiter Ascending, the film is naturally going to be loaded with tension over whether he makes it to the end credits in one piece. With that in mind, we've assembled a Sean Bean Death Quiz to test your knowledge on the many downfalls of Sheffield's favourite son.

1. Which on-screen death has Sean previously claimed is his favourite?

A) Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Correct! "It was a good, slow, heroic death," Bean told Digital Spy in a 2012 interview. Watch the entire 'Death Reel' chat below:

B) Ned Stark in Game of Thrones

Wrong!

C) Danny Bryant in Outlaw

Wrong!

2. What were the final words of Sean's Bond villain Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye? »

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