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Hallmark on film 'March' with acquisitions

Hallmark on film 'March' with acquisitions
Hallmark Channel said Monday that it has acquired a slate of 39 feature films, including the network TV premiere of the Oscar-winning documentary March of the Penguins, from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution. The acquisition deal, which Hallmark called its most ambitious ever, gives the channel a group of more contemporary titles to air alongside such acquired series as Walker, Texas Ranger, M*A*S*H and Diagnosis Murder and original movies including the Mystery Movie franchises. In addition to Penguins, the deal includes the network television premieres of Troy and The Phantom of the Opera as well as rights to Miss Congeniality, The In-Laws, Hearts in Atlantis, Kangaroo Jack, New York Minute, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure and Samantha: An American Girl Holiday. Other titles in the package include The Bridges of Madison County, Michael, Jack Frost, City Slickers, Forever Young, Little Giants and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

'Murphy Brown' Actor Robert Pastorelli Found Dead

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News outlets reported today that actor Robert Pastorelli, best known for his role as Eldin the Housepainter on Murphy Brown, was found dead from a possible drug-related death; he was 49. Pastorelli was discovered at 3 p.m. on Monday in the bathroom of his Los Angeles home alongside drug paraphernalia, and an autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death; initial police reports cited it as a "possible accidental death." Starting his career in the mid-80s, Pastorelli immediately found fame on the Candice Bergen sitcom Murphy Brown, where he played irasicble housepainter Eldin, whose neverending work on Bergen's home made him an integral part of the show. Staying with the show from 1988 through 1994, Pastorelli moved on to a number of small parts and TV guest appearances, appearing most notably in the films Sister Act 2, Eraser, Michael and Heist; he also appeared in the 2001 TV adaptation of South Pacific and played the lead in the short-lived but well-received Americanized version of Brit TV hit Cracker. Pastorelli had just completed work on the Get Shorty sequel Be Cool, scheduled for release later this year. He is survived by his daughter with Charemon Jonovich, who died in 1999 in what was determined an accidental shotgun death. --Prepared by IMDb staff

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