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So sad. Legendary TV actor Jack Klugman died on Mon. Dec. 24 with his wife by his side.
Jack won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe at the height of his career, when he played Oscar Madison, the brash, hard-living, slovenly man who, recently divorced, shares an NYC apartment with his polar opposite: also-divorced Felix Unger (Tony Randall), a fussy, intellectual neat-freak. The hit series was based off of a successful play and film.
Jack reunited with Tony in 1997 for a revival of The Sunshine Boys, however, Jack had to be convinced to return to the stage because he had lost a vocal chord to cancer in 1989.
“My career was over,” Jack told USA Today in 1997. “I couldn’t even swallow: I had to lay on my side. I lived alone, »
- Christopher Rogers
So sad. Famed journalist Larry L. King passed away on Thursday Dec. 20 — he was 83-years-old.
Larry L. King, known for being a journalist, essayist and playwright, lost a battle with emphysema, his wife Barbara Blaine said.
During his lifetime, Larry produced profiles of politicians, articles on the flaws and foibles of American culture, searched autobiographical essays and, most famously, the book for the Broadway musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” according to The New York Times.
He wrote for Texas Monthly, Harpers’ Bazaar and Playboy over his lifetime, showcasing a big personality filled with humor.
“There are ‘good’ people, yes, who might properly answer to the appellation ‘redneck,’ ” Larry wrote in Texas Monthly in 1974, “people who »
- Christopher Rogers
Zac Efron ("High School Musical") will play the doctor who pronounced President John F. Kennedy dead following his assasination in the Tom Hanks produced movie Parkland. Efron will play Dr. Charles Carrico, a surgeon who was working in the emergency room at Parkland Memorial Hospital where JFK was brought after being shot. Marcia Gay Harden (Bad News Bears) will play an ER nurse. Also on board is Billy Bob Thornton (Puss in Boots), Paul Giammati (Fred Claus) and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook). The movie is based on the book by Vincent Bugliosi, "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy." Hanks production company, Playtone, is behind the movies Where the Wild Things Are, City of Ember and Mamma Mia!
Peter Landesman wrote the screenplay and will make his directorial debut with the indie drama.
Source: Variety »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
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Someone is pulling a Walter White and cooking meth. Look, everyone has to make a living somehow. No, wait. That doesn’t look like meth. That looks like, grains? Are they making cereal? Oh, well, too late, because the cooker gets cooked when an unknown assailant runs him through with a spear.
Speaking of spears, Det. Jane Rizzoli feels one through her brain as she sees her mother primping in the café to attract male attention. Jane calls it weird watching her mother try to rebound and Dr. Maura Isles’ eyes wander down, secure in the thought that she doesn’t have to rebound from anything. All she wants is right in front of her.
Maura unleashes one of her legendary fun facts and tells Jane the average woman ingests seven pounds of lip stick in her lifetime. Now, is that the average lipstick lesbian or the average tomboy homicide detective? »
- dorothy snarker
Playing for Keeps is the bargain of the season. No matter what kind of drab, derivative fluff you prefer, this exceptionally toothless comedy has something to offer! Do you like forgettable movies about a charming but mildly irresponsible man who has it all, loses everything, and learns What's Really Important? Do you prefer a Bad News Bears-style story about a raggedy sports team whose fortunes are changed by an unorthodox new leader? Or would you rather see a tacky comedy about suburban soccer moms being overprotective of their precious snowflakes and throwing themselves sexually at the hunky coach? Playing for Keeps is all of these things -- and more! And less. So much more, and so much less. Gerard Butler gives a typical Gerard »
Director Wes Anderson's latest film, "Moonrise Kingdom," hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Starring newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayworth as two teenage runaways in 1960s New England, the film also gathers several members of Anderson's familiar troupe of performers (Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and many more).
Anderson spoke to Zap2it ahead of the DVD release about finding his phenomenal child actors, recruiting new members for his gang of performers (including Frances McDormand and Edward Norton) and dispelling the rumors that Johnny Depp is in his new movie.
How did you end up finding the kids in "Moonrise Kingdom"?
We started casting very early because I knew it was likely to take a long time to find them. Usually the first days that you're casting you see a bunch of great ones because they're the ones who've all been in something already and they have agents and that sort of thing. »
Sammi Kane Kraft, who was cast in the 2005 remake of "The Bad News Bears" in the role made famous by Tatum O'Neal, died early Tuesday (Oct. 9) in a car accident in Los Angeles at the age of 20. She is pictured above on set in 2005 with Mlb star Carlos Beltran.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Kraft was a passenger in an Audi that was in the westbound lane of the 10 Freeway that rear-ended a big rig and then was struck by another car around 1:30 a.m. local time, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The driver of the car, 21-year-old Molly Kate Adams, was treated for moderate injuries and arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving.
Kraft was cast as Amanda Whurlitzer in the "Bad News Bears" remake after throwing a 75 mph fastball at a casting call, the Los Angeles Daily News reported in 2005.
"I could never fill Tatum O'Neal's shoes, »
Los Angeles (AP) — Sammi Kane Kraft, whose baseball skills earned her the role of a youth league pitcher in the 2005 remake of "The Bad News Bears," has died in a Los Angeles car crash. She was 20. The Los Angeles Times says Kraft was a passenger in an Audi that rear-ended a big rig and was struck by another car at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 10. Her brother, Frankie Kane, tells the Times that Kane was pronounced dead at a hospital. The California Highway Patrol says the Audi's driver was treated for moderate injuries and arrested on »
- AP Staff
According to the Los Angeles Times, Kraft was in a car accident early Tuesday morning and pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. California Highway Patrol told the paper that Kraft was a passenger in an Audi that was speeding down the 10 Freeway in La at about 1:30 a.m., when it was rear-ended by a large truck and then hit by another car.
The Audi's driver, Molly Kate Adams, 21, suffered only moderate injuries and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, according to police. The driver of the big rig and the other car involved in the crash managed to escape without major injury.
According to E! News, the "Bad News Bears" remake was the only film Kraft ever appeared in, »
- Stephanie Marcus
The baseball diamond lost a player. Real-life athlete Sammi Kane Kraft, whose baseball skills and 70 mph fastball landed her a role in the 2005 remake of Bad News Bears, died in a car accident in Los Angeles Tuesday, E! News confirms. She was 20. The Los Angeles Fire Department tells us that a collision was reported at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday and involved a single vehicle and big rig. According to California Highway Patrol, Kraft was a passenger in an Audi that was "traveling at a high rate of speed" on the westbound 10 Freeway near Crenshaw Boulevard about 1:30 a.m., when it rear-ended a big rig and was then hit by another car. The driver, Molly Kate Adams, 21, »
The story goes like this: Ficarra and Requa have made a deal with Warner Bros. for a script and Ben Affleck is helming and starring in Warner Bros.’ Argo this weekend, so why not take a chance. Finally, the studio is looking to fast-track the project once they find the female lead.
As for Focus, which is said to be more comedy than a drama, it follows a vet conman (Affleck) who gets involved with a newcomer to the grifter business and they get involved romantically, but things get complicated since they both lie, »
- Nick Martin
If "The Sing-Off" didn't sell you on a cappella, "Pitch Perfect" should do the trick. A charming, often screamingly funny mix-up of "Bridesmaids" girl power and "Say Anything" romance, this is the story of a "Bad News Bears"-esque group of girls who try to take their college singing group to the top of the cutthroat world of a cappella. Best of all, there's lots of singing and dancing between the punchlines. Elizabeth Banks, who's best known as an actress ("30 Rock," "The Hunger Games") produced the film, and she clearly did more than rubber stamp the project -- what started as »
- Liane Bonin Starr
The fans are in the seats, the fields have been lined in white and the players are ready for some football action. Can’t you smell it in the air? The early days of Fall are here and we’re in the thick of the hallowed football time of year – high school, college and NFL. Wamg is counting down our 35 favorite football films you need to see before the kickoff of pigskin season. It’s never too early or too late to talk the sport loved by fans everywhere. Many of these true stories can be found on DVD, Blu-ray and Video On Demand. Let us know in the comments section below how you would have ranked your favorite football movies or if we left any on the sidelines.
“You’re 5 foot nothin’, 100 and nothin’, and you have barely a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in there »
- Movie Geeks
You don't have to be court-side at Flushing Meadows to get in on the action at the U.S. Open. While you're watching the biggest stars in the sport of tennis from the comfort of your own home stadium seating, you can also watch some of your favorite movie stars volley and backhand their way to cinematic tennis glory.
While great movies that give the sport of tennis center court are few and far between, there are several that score big. Here are a few, in tennis terms, that make game, set and match.
Serve: "Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Pro"
Steve Stiffler Seann William Scott adds another sporting notch to his belt as a former-tennis-pro-cum-school-janitor who finds his calling as a coach and takes a ragtag group of high-schoolers all the way to the state championships. If you've never heard of this film, it's most »
- MTV Movies Team
Sight & Sound caused quite a stir in the film community this week when the magazine's list of the greatest movies ever -- as voted on by a panel of 846 international critics -- was published, and "Citizen Kane," the list's top film since 1962, was dethroned in favor of "Vertigo." The Alfred Hitchcock classic defeated the Orson Welles classic by 34 votes, a 39-vote swing from the last Sight & Sound poll in 2002. (As published by the British Film Institute, the magazine releases the critics' poll once per decade.)
In addition to the critics' list, Sight & Sound also polled 358 filmmakers for an additional top-ten list. Directors like Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, David O. Russell and Quentin Tarantino participated, and now -- thanks to the magic of the internet and the Indiewire blog The Playlist -- you can see their respective lists.
It should be noted that none of those aforementioned filmmakers »
- The Huffington Post
Bad Santa - directed by Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World) - followed the misadventures of Willie (Billy Bob Thornton), a drunken mall Santa who sets out to rob shopping centers around Christmastime. It was both critically and financially successful and started Thornton down a path of portraying foulmouthed authority figures (Bad News Bears, School for Scoundrels).
Pink is no stranger to raunchy and offbeat comedies, having directed – in addition to Time Machine - Accepted and episodes of New Girl and Happy Endings. However, his potential involvement in the Bad ...
- Amirose Eisenbach
Haley joins an A-list cast already boasting the aforementioned Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Hugh Laurie, Samuel L. Jackson and Abbie Cornish. Funny man Jay Baruchel‘s name has also been dropped as circling a role for the sci-fi reboot, but details on which character he could possibly play have yet to be divulged.
So, are Robocop fans excited for yet another big casting addition? »
- Matt Donato
Like The Shawshank Redemption and Tommy Boy, Bull Durham is one of those movies that always seems to be on TV. It doesn’t matter whether it’s two in the afternoon or two in the morning, somewhere in the outer reaches of cable, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon can be found bickering about baseball and who’s taking whom to bed. In my opinion, it’s probably the best sports comedy ever made, right up there with Caddyshack, and the original Bad News Bears. Still, as many hours as I’ve spent in the company of Crash Davis, »
- Chris Nashawaty
While "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" have been getting the majority of press regarding "summer indie breakouts," there's been a considerable success story flying under the radar: Richard Linklater's "Bernie," which just crossed the $7 million mark this past weekend. The film is already far and away the highest grossing film ever for distributor Millennium Entertainment (which never had a film cross the $1 million mark before), and should top "Dazed and Confused" in the next week or so to become Linklater's highest grossing independently released film (three of his studio efforts -- "The School of Rock," "Bad News Bears" and "The Newton Boys" -- have all grossed more). "Bernie" found Linklater reteaming with "School of Rock" star Jack Black, who stars as Bernie Tiede, a mortician who becomes the only friend of a wealthy widow »
- Peter Knegt
The "missing" episode of Happy Endings, with Max playing the Walter Matthau character in a Bad News Bears themed episode will see the light of day at Outfest in Los Angeles. No word on when those of us elsewhere in the world will get to see it.
In sad news, Nora Ephron has passed away at the age of 71. It wasn't until later in adulthood I connected Ephron to some of the most iconic films of my youth, but the world is a poorer place with her no longer in it.
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