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'Cooley High' Is the Most Influential Movie You've Never Seen

25 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Cooley High" ought to be remembered as a cinema milestone, and its writer and director remembered as pioneers.

Released 40 years ago this week (on June 25, 1975), it ought to be celebrated for its vast influence on movies, TV, and music. As a young-men-coming-of-age movie, it deserves to be mentioned alongside Fellini's "I Vitelloni," George Lucas's "American Graffiti," Barry Levinson's "Diner," and John Singleton's "Boyz N the Hood." And yet, the film and its creators have been largely forgotten, lost to history.

The story behind "Cooley High" is even more dramatic than the comedy-drama that unspooled on the screen. It's the story of Kenneth Williams, who, like protagonist Preach, left Chicago's Cabrini-Green projects with dreams of becoming a Hollywood screenwriter. Having dropped out of high school, he hitchhiked from the Windy City to Hollywood with $5 in his pocket and no connections, and for a while he supported himself selling drugs. »

- Gary Susman

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Rick Ducommun, ‘The ‘Burbs’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ Actor, Dies at 62

18 June 2015 11:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rick Ducommun, a Canadian actor who appeared in many popular comedies in the ’80s and ’90s, has died. He was 62.

Joe Dante, who directed Ducommun in “The 'Burbs” and also helmed such works as “Gremlins” and “Small Soldiers,” broke the news on Twitter late on Wednesday.

Rip Rick Ducommun. pic.twitter.com/52J5wKXToU

Joe Dante (@joe_dante) June 18, 2015

Ducommun’s Twitter also posted the news.

1989’s “The ‘Burbs” was one of Ducommun’s most notable appearances, playing Tom Hanks’ noisy, paranoid neighbor. The comedian also had small roles in “Groundhog Day,” “Little Monsters,” “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Last Action Hero” and “Scary Movie,” in which he played Anna Faris’ character’s father.

Dante posted several tweets honoring the late actor, noting that Ducommun, a relatively unknown stand-up comic at the time, beat out Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to take the memorable role in “The ‘Burbs, »

- Alex Stedman

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Rick Ducommun, Star of 'The 'Burbs' and 'Die Hard,' Dies at 62

18 June 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Canadian character actor Rick Ducommun, who starred in a wide range of beloved films throughout the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 62.

Ducommun had his breakout role in 1989's "The 'Burbs" opposite Tom Hanks, and director Joe Dante tweeted out his condolences on Thursday. Dante said that the late actor was a virtually unknown stand-up comic when he auditioned for the dark comedy, but "knocked it out of the park," beating out more established stars like Rick Moranis for the part.

"Lots of the funniest stuff he says was totally ad libbed," Dante wrote, adding that Ducommun was "A very funny guy" who was "Too young to go."

In addition to that cult classic, Ducommun also had small roles in many movies including "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (another collaboration with Dante), Bill Murray classic "Groundhog Day," "Die Hard," "Little Monsters," "The Hunt for Red October," "The Last Boy Scout, »

- Katie Roberts

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Reynaldo Rey, ‘Friday’ and ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ Actor, Dies at 75

28 May 2015 5:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Reynaldo Rey, a longtime actor who appeared as Red’s father in 1995 hit “Friday,” died Thursday in Los Angeles, his manager confirmed. He was 75.

The actor died from complications of a stroke he suffered late last year.

Along with his memorable role in “Friday,” Rey is also known for appearing in “Harlem Nights” (1989), “White Men Can’t Jump” (1992), “House Party 3″ (1994) and “For Da Love of Money” (2000). The comedian has more than 52 film credits to his name.

He had several TV credits, including appearances in “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Wayans Bros.,” “227,” “The Tonight Show, “Sister, Sister,” Parents in Crime” and “The Royal Family.”

Rey also had a career as a stand-up comedian, and served as a co-host on Bet’s stand-up show “Comic View.” He has recorded three comedy albums and three videos.

Rey was born in Sequoyah County, Okla., and as an adult moved to Cleveland, »

- Alex Stedman

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Reynaldo Rey, ‘Friday’ and ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ Actor, Dies at 75

28 May 2015 5:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Reynaldo Rey, a longtime actor who appeared as Red’s father in 1995 hit “Friday,” died Thursday in Los Angeles, his manager confirmed. He was 75.

The actor died from complications of a stroke he suffered late last year.

Along with his memorable role in “Friday,” Rey is also known for appearing in “Harlem Nights” (1989), “White Men Can’t Jump” (1992), “House Party 3″ (1994) and “For Da Love of Money” (2000). The comedian has more than 52 film credits to his name.

He had several TV credits, including appearances in “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Wayans Bros.,” “227,” “The Tonight Show, “Sister, Sister,” Parents in Crime” and “The Royal Family.”

Rey also had a career as a stand-up comedian, and served as a co-host on Bet’s stand-up show “Comic View.” He has recorded three comedy albums and three videos.

Rey was born in Sequoyah County, Okla., and as an adult moved to Cleveland, »

- Alex Stedman

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Dad from 'Friday' Reynaldo Rey Dead -- Dies from Stroke Complications

28 May 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Reynaldo Rey, longtime comedian and character actor, died early Thursday morning in Los Angeles ... TMZ has learned. Rey was famous for his movie roles in "Friday," "White Men Can't Jump," and "Harlem Nights." He also appeared in tons of TV shows going back to the 80s ... such as "The Bernie Mac Show," "The Wayans Bros.," "227," and "Sanford." His manager tells us Rey passed away in a hospital. He suffered a stroke last year ... and started suffering complications in January. »

- TMZ Staff

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