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Gerard Parkes, the Dublin-born actor best known for playing the sole human character, Doc, on Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock, died on Oct. 19 in his retirement home in Toronto, Canada. He was 90 years old. Parkes was born in Ireland in 1924, and he moved to Canada after World War II, starting his acting career in theater in 1948. Aside from Fraggle Rock, Parkes also acted in children's fare like A Muppet Family Christmas and Shining Time Station. Parkes won best actor at the 1968 Canadian Film Awards for his role as Uncle Matthew in the film Isabel, but it was the role of Doc »
Gerard Parkes, best known for playing Doc on the Jim Henson children series “Fraggle Rock” died of natural causes on Sunday. He was 90. Born in Dublin, the actor relocated to Canada after World War II and launched his career on CBC Radio in the 1950s. He began acting in television with a 1960 appearance on the series, “The Encounter.” See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Parkes is also known for his role in 1999's “The Boondock Saints,” playing a bar owner (also named Doc) with Tourette syndrome. He was also seen in “The Littlest Hobo,” “Shining Time Station,” and “A Muppet. »
- Ryan O'Connell
Muppet site Tough Pigs reports that actor Gerry Parkes (sometimes credited as Gerard Parkes) has died at the age of 90. Parkes was best known as the beloved human character Doc from the Fraggle Rock TV show. He also had a recurring role in the Shining Time Station series from the 1990s.
Here's are clips from the final episode of Fraggle Rock. Doc and Sprocket are moving away but still have a connection to the underground creatures.
What do you think? Do you remember Parkes' work on Fraggle Rock or on other TV and movie projects? Have any favorite memories? »
Every week, Shelf Life sees Tom White select and talk about a movie that lives on his DVD shelf, one he thinks we should all see. Released in 1999, The Boondock Saints is a movie more known for its problems than anything else. The script, written by first timer Troy Duffy, was regarded as the hottest script in Hollywood, and when it was picked up by Miramax, Duffy was attached to direct, even though he had zero experience in the field. What followed, as captured in the documentary Overnight, will live on in infamy as Duffy's ego took control. He burnt every bridge he could in Hollywood, insulting and alienating producer and actor alike, resulting in the first time director becoming blacklisted in the industry. This ill will spilled over into the films release, receiving only one week in five theaters, and garnering poor reviews. But despite all these problems, The Boondock Saints »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
*Editor’s note- Noam Little was nice enough to write this very thought provoking article regarding the state of horror and how a combination of marketing, dumping films to VOD and horror fandom might be incredibly detrimental to the genre. Give it a read, it’s a good one!-Jerry
The year is 1931. Although the American Public at large is greatly affected by The Great Depression, a line of people stand outside New York’s Roxy Theatre with cash in hand. None of these people knew they were contributing to American Cinematic History, but by the end of the decade, an entire film studio would become a box office tyrannosaur thanks to several refined, masterful depictions of the horror genre. And yet staring at that line of people is a man of supposed high social standing, uninterested by the fascinating in immoral and undignified cinema as he makes his way to his local library. »
- Jerry Smith
It took 10 years for The Boondock Saints to get a sequel from director Troy Duffy, and The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day wasn't really worth the wait (and didn't make much money either). In fact, the cult classic was probably just better left alone being the film that high school and college students loved, plastering posters on their walls and tattoos on their hands. But if Duffy has his way, he wants to make The Boondock Saints 3 happen, at least that's what he told some fans during a Q&A on Facebook (via Flickering Myth). The film would be called The Boondock Saints 3: Legion, referring to legions of people taking the law into their own hands and following in the footsteps of the now famous brothers from Ireland. In addition, the film will also go back in time to show the McManus brothers very first crime. Both of »
- Ethan Anderton
Ten years after The Boondock Saints was released, a sequel to the cult classic hit theaters. Despite that sequel not being received nearly as well as the original, director Troy Duffy decided to press on and make a third film, and he’s got dedicated fans pretty excited about the possibilities. Today, during a Facebook Q & A, Duffy revealed not only the new films’ title, but some details about the plot of The Boondock Saints 3: Legion.
Basically, Legion is going to involve the legions of followers who have copied the lead of the Saints. Clever, eh? Also, the film picks up with the boys behind bars, just like they were when the second film ended. The movie will look into their past, going all the way back to the very first crime they committed.
I actually really enjoyed The Boondock Saints II. While it wasn’t nearly as good as the original, »
- Alexander Lowe
Filmmaker Troy Duffy is a prime example of the kind of story Hollywood loves . a rags to riches tale that featured phenomenal success, crashing failure, and if not redemption, then at least resurrection. The Boondock Saints filmmaker is hard at work penning the next chapter in his personal autobiography, while also promising that a third film in his beloved cult action franchise is in the works. If that doesn.t make you smile, we don.t know what will. We first got wind of a new story featuring fraternal twin vigilantes Connor and Murphy McManus (Sean Patrick Flanery and The Walking Dead.s Norman Reedus) back in 2012, then more when Duffy showed off the first page of the new script earlier this year. Now, website FlickeringMyth reveals that the new feature has a subtitle and the vaguest hint of a plot. Apparently, the new feature will pick up sometime after »
Regardless of the terrible reviews and poor box office performance, Troy Duffy's 1999 film The Boondock Saints became a cult classic. It was a fun movie that even spawned a sequel called The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. Unfortunately, the sequel didn't hit the same level of popularity as the first film, mostly because it was an inferior movie. That hasn't stopped hardcore fans from wanting to see a third film, though!
During a fan Q&A on Facebook, the director talked about his plans for a third movie, revealing the title and the plot of the film. The new movie is currently titled The Boondock Saints 3: Legion.
If you watched the sequel, then you already know that it ended with the McManus brothers, played by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus, in prison. The Boondock Saints 3: Legion will show that while in prison they’ve gained notoriety. »
- Joey Paur
If you’re an avid movie watcher and consider yourself a film buff, then you’ve heard of The Boondock Saints, a film about two Irish brothers on a holy vigilante mission to end the lives of the worst kinds of criminals. An unexpected cult megahit, despite its failure to be a box office success due to a variety of problems with the production, the Saints have lived on successfully for 15 years since debuting in 1999 through re-releases on home video, online merchandise sales and a dedication by the film’s creator and stars to interact with the community.
The home video success through word-of-mouth helped a sequel (The Boondock ...
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- Rob Keyes
Let’s hope that Troy Duffy keeps taking his time with his signature franchise since I could easily go the rest of my life without another Boondock Saints film. I almost get the appeal of these movies in the sense that they position themselves as very much outside the PC Hollywood Pov, but I think they’re garbage and I don’t think their misogynist immature hearts are in the right place at all. But we could… could… be getting another one if Duffy has his way. The title that he’s kicking around is The Boondock Saints 3: Legion, which apparently focusses on the McManus boys behind bars along with a cult of obtuse people outside the prison walls who take on their crime fighting mantle. It’s also promised that the film will look at the origins of the McManii, showing us their “very first crime.” We’ll »
- Evan Dickson
1999′s The Boondock Saints overcame bad reviews and an even worse box office performance to become a cult hit anyway, but The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day never achieved quite the same popularity as its predecessor. Put it this way: I’ve never heard a college kid declare the second Boondock Saints to be his […]
The post ‘Boondock Saints 3′ Has a Plot and a Title appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
We have some more details flowing in regarding The Boondock Saints 3, including a title and details about the story.
One of the coolest parts of being a Boondock Saints fan is that the crew behind the movie are some of the most fan friendly people ever. The actors, director Troy Duffy, everybody is very friendly and open to the fans. They really showcase this through social media, interacting with fans, and even announcing certain things. That's how we brought you the last news update, telling you that The Boondock Saints 3 is indeed happening.
Now things got rather quiet regarding the movie itself since then, but then news started to flow out again today. According to comicbook.com, the title of the movie will be The Boondock Saints 3 : Legion.
The synopsis is that groups (legions) of people will start to take the law into their own hands, as inspired by the two brothers. »
- email@example.com (Dustin Spino)
Fans of The Boondock Saints should have little fear that their trilogy wont' be closed out, as writer/director Troy Duffy recently dropped a title for it; Boondock Saints 3: Legion. According to Flickering Myth, the story will focus on "legions of people taking the law into their own hands and following in the footsteps of the now famous brothers from Ireland." Duffy had this to say regarding the third film: It.s my fault. It.s taken awhile.it.s cause I want to get it right. »
- Sean Wist
The phrase cult movie will forever be tied to 1999′s The Boondock Saints thanks in large part to its strange path to success. After the script and writer/director Troy Duffy were plucked from obscurity and labeled the next Hollywood “it” thing, the film and Duffy were dumped and left to fend for themselves. The movie – about a couple hard-drinking Irish brothers who are one day called upon by God to exact bloody revenge and justice upon the criminals of Boston, Mass. – barely got made and was completely ignored when first released. Over the course of the following years, Duffy and the Saints rose to stardom as fans bought endless DVDs of the film and passed them around to friends and family. A sequel was made, an online store opened up and the cast and Duffy have toured the country meeting with fans ever since.
- Gary Collinson
Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and fan favorite genre director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth) have come together to develop a new installment of the popular horror video game series Silent Hill that will star Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints). Konami announced the game in an unusual way via an interactive teaser downloadable on the PlayStation Store (which you can see below captured by an excited, screaming fan). The last Silent Hill game to be released was 'Book of Memories' in 2012 which was available only on PlayStation Vita. »
- Pietro Filipponi
In Hollywood, there’s always a battle for attention. The legends and icons are forced to fend off the pretty young things that pop up every year. But sometimes, a generation of starlets and studs are more than just pretty faces — they are the new Hollywood. They transform into talented, award-winning actors who take over both the big and small screen. They include the likes of Jonah Hill, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson and Shailene Woodley, all of who have been featured in Vanity Fair’s Young Hollywood series.
While there have been a number of hits featured in the magazine of the years, there have also been a number of misses — Vinessa Shaw and Sarah Wynter anyone? Like them, we want to know where they are all now.
Starting with 1999 — the unofficial “Young Hollywood” issue — we look back on the hottest, youngest, brightest, freshest faces of the past 15 years.
- Stacy Lambe
Tyrion Lannister, Daryl Dixon, John Diggle... These are the TV characters we couldn't bear to lose...
Following the rumour that a monster-ratings show about to go into its fifth season has killed off yet another character, we at Den Of Geek thought we'd do our bit to protect our TV loved ones. It may well be dramatically expedient or a narrative necessity for a few cast-members to be sent their P45s from time to time, but there are some characters we simply can't let them take away.
To this end, we've harnessed the power of the desperate, snivelling beg. Below, our writers have chosen the vulnerable TV characters from currently-airing shows that they'd be lost without, and in unison we ask, please please don't kill them off.
So TV gods, if you're listening, hear our prayers...
Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead
Those of us who have more »
After many rumors that it was happening only to be told it wasn't, it turns out it is finally happening!
According to the official Boondock Saints page, a new movie is in the works. The page posted a few pages from a script and notes that The Boondock Saints 3 is in production. The post reads as follows:
"Troy has been working on the script for Boondock Saints III, I snagged a couple of pages for everyone. It Is going to happen."
According to the leaked script both main characters (Connor and Murphy) will be returning. Which as fans will know means that both Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus will be coming back! The movie could easily get a huge boost thanks to the popularity Reedus has gained from The Walking Dead.
Of course it is still in the screenwriting stage so anything could happen beyond this point, but it »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dustin Spino)
Set to visit 16 cities in 2014, Wizard World’s plethora of comic book booths, clothing vendors, and impressive line-up of celebrities are always enough to sate the appetite of any pop culture enthusiast, but prior to their visit to Minneapolis May 2nd–4th, I was wondering how much horror would be had in the aisles within the Convention Center’s cavernous confines.
As it turns out, Wizard World had more than enough entertainment for horror fans to dig into, and they picked the perfect horror headliner for Wizard World Minneapolis: Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger, the living legend of our nightmares and realities.
One of my first destinations upon entering Wizard World Minneapolis was Robert Englund’s booth. I weaved my way through a crowd of eye-grabbing cosplayers—Hellboy, Darth Maul, and a perfectly matched Spider-Man and Black Cat couple were of particular notice—before stepping in line to »
- Derek Anderson
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