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Influential Cult Classic Filmmaker Black Dead at 77: Worked with Perkins, Redgrave, Mitchum

9 August 2014 7:09 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Cult movie classic ‘Pretty Poison’ filmmaker Noel Black dead at 77 (photo: Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins in ‘Pretty Poison’) Noel Black, best remembered for the 1968 cult movie classic Pretty Poison, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on July 5, 2014. Black (born on June 30, 1937, in Chicago) was 77. Prior to Pretty Poison, Noel Black earned praise for the 18-minute short film Skaterdater (1965), the tale of a boy skateboarder who falls for a girl bike rider. Shot on the beaches of Los Angeles County, the dialogue-less Skaterdater went on to win the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film and tied with Orson WellesFalstaff - Chimes at Midnight for the Technical Grand Prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. Besides, Skaterdater received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Short Subject, Live Action category. (The Oscar winner that year was Claude Berri’s Le Poulet.) ‘Pretty Poison’: Fun and games and »

- Andre Soares

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‘Mothers and Sons’ Theater Review: Tyne Daly and Frederick Weller Slug It Out on Central Park West

24 March 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After her debut in 1990 on PBS's “American Playhouse,” the gorgon mother known as Katharine Gerard is not a character most people would care to revisit, least of all in a full-length Broadway play. But there she is on stage at the Golden Theatre, where Terrence McNally's “Mothers and Sons” opened Monday, now inhabited by Tyne Daly and acting every bit the human refrigerator that the late Sada Thompson presented in that 1990 episode titled “Andre's Mother.” Did McNally bring Katharine back just to beat her up again? Maybe. Whatever, this public trashing is a riveting show. Of course, by play's end Katharine. »

- Robert Hofler

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The Warriors star Roger Hill dies, aged 65

26 February 2014 12:45 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Warriors star Roger Hill has died, aged 65

Hill passed away in New York City last Thursday (February 20), but Variety reports that a cause of death has not been disclosed.

He is survived by his son Chris W Hill, a film editor.

The actor is best known for playing the bombastic gang leader Cyrus in director Walter Hill's cult 1979 action thriller The Warriors.

He later appeared in the soap opera One Life to Live from 1983 to 1984.

Roger also appeared in The Leatherstocking Tales, American Playhouse and The Education of Sonny Carson. »

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Actor Bob L. Harris, Father of Ed Harris, Dies at 91

16 February 2014 7:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bob L. Harris, an actor who appeared on stage and screen and was the father of actor Ed Harris, died February 14 in Walters, Oklahoma. He was 91.

Bob Harris appeared in a number of Ed Harris’ films, most recently “Pollock” in 2000 and “Appaloosa” in 2008. Others included “A Flash of Green,” which was presented on PBS’ “American Playhouse” in 1983; HBO telepic “The Last Innocent Man” in 1987; and TNT Western telepic “Riders of the Purple Sage” in 1996.

In 1985, while working in the bookstore of the Chicago Art Institute, Bob Harris sent Jeffrey Potter’s biography of Jackson Pollock “To a Violent Grave” to actor son Ed and suggested he make a film about Pollock. Fourteen years later, Ed directed and starred in the acclaimed film “Pollock.”

Decades earlier, Bob Harris had worked in early television, appearing on “The Fred Waring Show” (1950-1954) as a member of Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians; on “The Perry Como Show »

- Carmel Dagan

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Actor Bob L. Harris, Father of Ed Harris, Dies at 91

16 February 2014 7:58 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bob L. Harris, an actor who appeared on stage and screen and was the father of actor Ed Harris, died February 14 in Walters, Oklahoma. He was 91.

Bob Harris appeared in a number of Ed Harris’ films, most recently “Pollock” in 2000 and “Appaloosa” in 2008. Others included “A Flash of Green,” which was presented on PBS’ “American Playhouse” in 1983; HBO telepic “The Last Innocent Man” in 1987; and TNT Western telepic “Riders of the Purple Sage” in 1996.

In 1985, while working in the bookstore of the Chicago Art Institute, Bob Harris sent Jeffrey Potter’s biography of Jackson Pollock “To a Violent Grave” to actor son Ed and suggested he make a film about Pollock. Fourteen years later, Ed directed and starred in the acclaimed film “Pollock.”

Decades earlier, Bob Harris had worked in early television, appearing on “The Fred Waring Show” (1950-1954) as a member of Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians; on “The Perry Como Show »

- Carmel Dagan

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“Looking” Back At “Tales Of The City”

10 January 2014 9:22 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

With the premiere of HBO’s Looking still over a week away, this is the perfect time to remember another TV series about a group of gay (and straight) friends in San Francisco. It was 20 years ago today that Tales Of the City made its American television debut.

Based on the newspaper column–later book series–by Armistead Maupin, Tales centers around a found family living together in a boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane. Tenants include Mary Anne Singleton, a naive girl fresh off the bus from Cleveland, Michael “Mouse” Tolliver, a gay emigré from Florida, his best friend Mona Ramsey, a frustrated feminist copywriter, and Brian Hawkins, a leftie lawyer who dropped out and became a waiter. They all live under the eye of enigmatic landlady Anna Madrigal. Tales stars Laura Linney as Mary Anne, Marcus D’Amico as Mouse, Chloe Webb as Mona, Paul Gross as Brian and Olympia Dukakis as Mrs. »

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