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Tom Towles, Actor in Horror Movies, Dies at 65

6 April 2015 1:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Towles, a character actor who appeared in horror movies and had a recurring role on “NYPD Blue,” died April 2 after suffering a stroke. He was 65.

Though he did have a small role in 1975’s “Dog Day Afternoon,” Towles was more associated with the films of Rob Zombie, appearing in “House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects,” Zombie’s 2007 reboot of “Halloween” and the fake Zombie-shot trailer for “Werewolf Women of the S.S.” included in the 2007 film “Grindhouse.”

Towles memorably played the repugnant Otis in 1986 indie “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” and the obnoxious Harry Cooper in the 1990 remake of “Night of the Living Dead.”

Zombie remembered Towles on his Instagram page Monday, saying “He was a nice funny guy.”

 

Non-horror credits include “Mad Dog and Glory” (1993), “The Rock” (1996), “Doctor Dolittle” (1998) and 2006’s “Miami Vice.” His most recent film was 2008 horror comedy “Blood on the Highway.”

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- Carmel Dagan

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Kevin Nealon & Jane Kaczmarek Join Tommy Johnagin CBS Comedy Pilot

20 March 2015 7:57 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Weeds alum Kevin Nealon and Malcolm In the Middle‘s Jane Kaczmarek are set to co-star opposite comedian Tommy Johnagin and JoAnna Garcia Swisher in CBS' untitled CBS comedy pilot inspired by Johnagin's life. The pilot, from writers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, Wbtv and Bill Lawrence's studio-based Doozer, stars Johnagin as Tommy, a stand-up comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Nealon plays Tommy’s dad Jack, a charming but manipulative loose cannon… »

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Fresno’

18 March 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The titular burg will probably not be throwing a parade for “Fresno,” a mean-spirited farce whose strenuous bad taste seldom translates into actual laughs. A cast of familiar faces and funny people — though they’ve all had much, much better material — will make this a viable ancillary item, though it’s unlikely to accrue the modest cult following attached to helmer Jamie Babbit’s 1999 debut feature, “But I’m a Cheerleader.”

Babbit and her scenarist Karey Dornetto have each worked on a number of good TV comedy shows; between them, they include “Girls,” “Arrested Development,” “Community,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Portlandia,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” and “South Park.” But the feature format is apparently not their friend, together or separately. “Cheerleader” was awfully broad, 2007’s “Itty Bitty Titty Committee” painfully so; for its part, “Fresno” provides pain and lots of broads (this is a lady-free zone), and is pretty awful. »

- Dennis Harvey

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

4 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs, »

- Carmel Dagan

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

4 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Daniel von Bargen, a prolific character actor best known for his role as George’s lazy boss Mr. Kruger on “Seinfeld,” as Commandant Edwin Spangler, the military veteran who oversees the cadets at Marlin Academy, on TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for his role in a two-part episode of “The West Wing” in which he played Air Force General Ken Shannon, died March 1 in Montgomery, Ohio, after a long illness. He was 64 and had been dealing with health issues for the last five years.

Von Bargen was known for roles as irate or defiant cops, district attorneys, judges, and other authority figures. But he also spent a good deal of his time onstage.

The actor had most recently appeared in Thomas Edward Seymour’s 2009 feature “London Betty,” in which he starred.

But mostly von Bargen was relegated to small but frequently memorable supporting roles.

His film credits include “The Silence of the Lambs, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Daniel Von Bargen Dies: ‘Seinfeld’ Actor Was 64

4 March 2015 1:42 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Daniel Von Bargen, a character actor who played George’s apathetic boss on Seinfeld among numerous other roles, has died. Von Bargen died Sunday after a long illness, according to Cincinnati TV station Wlwt. He was 64. A Cincinnati, Oh, native,Von Bargen appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies over a decades-long career, including the memorable role of Commandant Edwin Spangler on TV’s Malcolm In The Middle, but he is perhaps best known as Mr. Kruger, George Costanza’s… »

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Daniel Von Bargen Dies: ‘Seinfeld’ Actor Was 64

4 March 2015 1:42 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Daniel Von Bargen, a character actor who played George’s apathetic boss on Seinfeld among numerous other roles, has died. Von Bargen died Sunday after a long illness, according to Cincinnati TV station Wlwt. He was 64. A Cincinnati, Oh, native,Von Bargen appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies over a decades-long career, including the memorable role of Commandant Edwin Spangler on TV’s Malcolm In The Middle, but he is perhaps best known as Mr. Kruger, George Costanza’s… »

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TVLine Items: New Svu Troublemaker, Tosh.0's Syndication Deal and More

4 March 2015 12:24 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Rob Morrow (EntourageNumb3rs) is about to make serious trouble for the Law & Order: Svu gang.

RelatedPilot News: Carrie Preston Starring in NBC’s Empty-Nester Comedy

Morrow will guest-star in the NBC procedural’s April 1 episode (9/8c) as newsmagazine host Skip Peterson, whose sensationalized reporting about a campus gang rape inhibits Benson and her team from completing their investigation.

Rob gives a charismatic portrayal of a reporter whose biases and ambitions trump his need to get the story right,” says showrunner Warren Leight.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Jaleel White (Family Matters), Pauly Shore (Entourage) and »

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Seinfeld Actor Daniel von Bargen Has Died

4 March 2015 11:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Colleagues of Daniel von Bargen are mourning the death of the actor, who died over the weekend after a long illness, Cincinnati's Wlwt 5 reports. He was 64. "We are learning of this event at the same time as the rest of the industry and are deeply saddened to hear of Daniel's loss," his voice-over agents at Access Talent say in a statement released to People on Wednesday. Von Bargen - who was perhaps best known for playing Kruger on Seinfeld and Commandant Edwin Spangler on Malcolm in the Middle - was reportedly a diabetic and had been hospitalized in 2012 after a failed suicide attempt. »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Seinfeld Actor Daniel von Bargen Has Died

4 March 2015 11:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Colleagues of Daniel von Bargen are mourning the death of the actor, who died over the weekend after a long illness, Cincinnati's Wlwt 5 reports. He was 64. "We are learning of this event at the same time as the rest of the industry and are deeply saddened to hear of Daniel's loss," his voice-over agents at Access Talent say in a statement released to People on Wednesday. Von Bargen - who was perhaps best known for playing Kruger on Seinfeld and Commandant Edwin Spangler on Malcolm in the Middle - was reportedly a diabetic and had been hospitalized in 2012 after a failed suicide attempt. »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Daniel von Bargen Dead: Seinfeld Actor Dies at 64

4 March 2015 5:28 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Daniel von Bargen, an actor who had memorable roles on sitcoms including Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle, died on Sunday, March 1, The Hollywood Reporter and local news outlets reported. He was 64 years old. According to Cincinnati's NBC affiliate WLWT5, von Bargen had been suffering an undisclosed illness for some time. Further details were not immediately available. Perhaps best known as George Costanza's boss Mr. Kruger in the final season of Seinfeld from 1997 to 1998, the Cincinnati native also played Commandant Edwin Spangler on Malcolm [...] »

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‘Seinfeld’ Actor Daniel von Bargen Dead at 64 (Report)

3 March 2015 5:52 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Daniel von Bargen, who played Mr. Kruger, George Costanza’s clueless, slacker boss on “Seinfeld,” died over the weekend after suffering a long illness, Wlwt, an NBC affiliate in his native Cincinnati, reported Tuesday. He was 64. The actor, whose credits also included “O Brother, Where Art Thou” and “Super Troopers,” also had a recurring role on the sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle,” as Commandant Spangler. The 2009 comedy “London Betty” is von Bargen’s last listed credit on iMDB.com. See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 In 2012, von Bargen made news for shooting himself in the head. In a harrowing 911 call, »

- Tim Kenneally

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'Seinfeld' Actor Daniel von Bargen Dies at 64

1 March 2015 11:20 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Daniel von Bargen, the talented character actor perhaps best known for playing George Costanza’s imbecilic boss Mr. Kruger during the last season of Seinfeld, has died. He was 64. Von Bargen, who also stood out as Commandant Edwin Spangler on the ABC sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, died Sunday after a long illness, his friend, actor Bob Colonna, said. Cincinnati TV station Wlwt also reported the news. Other details of his death were not known.    In February 2012, von Bargen was seriously injured when he shot himself in the temple in an apparent suicide attempt, distraught because he

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- Mike Barnes

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‘American Idol’ Season 14’s Boys Come Out to Play

25 February 2015 10:57 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

It was boys’ night on “American Idol” on Wednesday, as the Top 12 guys battled it out for the last eight remaining spots. The hour-long episode went at roller-coaster speed with host Ryan Seacrest flying through his introductions of the aspiring stars during the live-performance phase. Also Read: ‘American Idol’ Team Talks Fighting Ratings Losses, Downsizing Live Shows One famous fan who definitely likes the new tone of the show is “Malcolm in the Middle” actor Frankie Muniz, who tweeted: “American Idol is fun again this year. Lots of great singers! Super in to it again!” American Idol is fun again this year. »

- Debbie Emery

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Amazon Studios Greenlights Second Seasons of Four Original Kids Series

23 February 2015 6:07 AM, PST | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

They’ve proven to be among the most popular kids series on Prime Instant Video, and all four of them were recently honored by the Parents’ Choice Foundation. Today Amazon announced that it has greenlit second seasons of its hit kids series: Creative Galaxy, Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and recent Annie Award winner Tumble Leaf.  

Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy, Annedroids and Gortimer have all experienced a tremendous response from our customers and we’re excited to bring them back for another season,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming for Amazon Studios. “Working with such remarkably talented and impactful creators in both the preschool and kids six to 11 space, it’s exciting to see where the storylines and characters will take us for another season.”

Annecy International Festival and Annie award-winning series Tumble Leaf was created by Drew Hodges (Saturday Night Live, Community) and executive produced »

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Pilot Spotlight: 'Salem Rogers: Model of the Year 1998'

11 February 2015 6:18 PM, PST | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

A decade in rehab has failed to tame abrasive former supermodel Salem Rogers (Leslie Bibb, About a Boy), Model of the Year 1998. Now that she’s been let loose on the world, hard-partying Salem is intent on recreating her former success and glamorous lifestyle in a new world she barely recognizes. She tracks down her browbeaten former assistant (SNL alum Rachel Dratch), who’s since built a career as an author of self-help books, and stops at nothing to enlist her in her plans to return to the spotlight – whatever it takes. 

Discovered through Amazon Studios’ open submission website, Salem Rogers was created by newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls) and executive produced by Will Graham (The Onion News Network).  In addition to Bibb and Dratch, the half-hour comedy stars Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Brad Morris (Playing House), Harry Hamlin (Mad Men), Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors »

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Better Call Saul Review: Why Everyone Should Watch the Breaking Bad Spin-Off

8 February 2015 9:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Since Breaking Bad's wrenching finale in September 2013, fans have been craving another fix from showrunner Vince Gilligan - especially after the announcement that Bob Odenkirk's character Saul Goodman would lead his own spin-off. Better Call Saul has finally arrived, and it's (dare we say it?) addictive. Rather than trying to ride a few more miles on Breaking Bad's success - as so many other spin-offs before it have - AMC's newest offering thrives as a standalone. Breaking Bad fans will of course enjoy the callbacks and cameos as we learn how James "Jimmy" McGill became Saul Goodman, »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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‘Better Call Saul’ Review: Bob Odenkirk Leads Worthy Successor to ‘Breaking Bad’

6 February 2015 7:21 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Within the first 20 minutes or so of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel series “Better Call Saul,” it quickly becomes clear that Bob Odenkirk is a worthy successor to the role of unlikely leading man in a New Mexico-based series. Just as Bryan Cranston was a revelation as Walter White in the parent series — after years making us laugh on “Malcolm in the Middle” — Odenkirk shows a depth of character unexpected in smarmy lawyer Saul Goodman. Of course, he’s not Saul Goodman yet. That fast-talking, shifty lawyer who works both sides of the law is lurking beneath the surface, but. »

- Jason Hughes

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How Malcolm in the Middle Did the Clip Show Right

4 February 2015 10:33 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Ahh, the clip show. The bane of scripted television, the clip show is often a signal of two things on a television show: creative exhaustion and/or budgetary restrictions. It often makes for lazily-framed episodes with the main cast “reflecting” on events of the past – Friends was notorious for it, airing six of them (that’s right, six) throughout their ten-season run, with only one (season nine’s “The One With Christmas in Tulsa,” which pushes Chandler into his final interesting solo arc) providing any reason for existence. Often, the best “clip show” episodes are episodes that aren’t actually clip shows; Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s third season episode “The Fire Emblem Players” allowed for the same kind of reflective tone as most clip shows, but did so by having actors play out exaggerated versions of their stories on stage, adding texture to the culture of Avatar and providing »

- Randy Dankievitch

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Fox Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Guide to Surviving Life’ from Gail Berman

2 February 2015 5:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gail Berman is back in the comedy biz at the Fox network, landing a pilot order for “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life.”

Berman is exec producing the single-camera laffer through her Jackal Group and 20th Century Fox TV. Jay Lacopo wrote the script about the “mistakes and misadventures” that people experience in the years after college and before settling down.

Lacopo fielded another comedy script at Fox this year, a project produced by Brett Ratner about a womanizer who helps a divorced woman to find the man of her dreams.

Last year Berman set up a wide-ranging production pact with Fox that calls for her to produce for a range of the studio’s networks. She was head of programming for the network from 2000-2005, and before that she headed the Regency TV shingle that birthed Fox’s hit domestic comedy “Malcolm in the Middle.”

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- Cynthia Littleton

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