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War of the Worlds star Gene Barry Dies

19 December 2009 1:52 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Gene Barry was a suave leading man in films and television from the 1950s.  He was best known for his starring role as Dr. Clayton Forrester in George Pal’s 1953 film adaptation of H.G. WellsThe War of the Worlds.  Several years later he again faced alien invaders in the underrated sci-fi film The 27th Day (1956).

He was born Eugene Klass in New York City on June 14, 1919.  He began his career as a singer in nightclubs and variety shows, and was appearing on the Broadway stage in the early 1940s.  He made his film debut in the 1952 sci-fi/spy thriller The Atomic City.

Barry was also a familiar face on television from the early 1950s.  He starred as the dapper western lawman William Barclay `Bat’ Masterson in the Bat Masterson series from 1958 to 1961.  Barry also starred as Captain Amos Burke, the suave Los Angeles Chief of Detectives who would arrive »

- Harris Lentz

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Us actor Gene Barry dies aged 90

11 December 2009 1:08 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Los Angeles - The Us film, television and stage actor Gene Barry has died aged 90. His family said he died in California, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. After appearing on Broadway in the 1940s, including with Mae West, he went to Hollywood. He took the lead role in the science-fiction film The War of the Worlds in 1953. Steven Spielberg used him for a remake of the Hg Wells classic in 2005 alongside Tom Cruise. He also appeared in the piloto of the popular TV series Columbo, Prescription: Murder in 1968. By that point he was already a »

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Albert Elms obituary

10 December 2009 10:34 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Composer best known for TV's The Prisoner

The talents of the composer and arranger Albert Elms, who has died aged 89, could be heard on television shows from the 1950s to the 70s, perhaps most memorably on the admired espionage series The Prisoner (1967-68).

As musical director and composer, Elms shared the desire of the show's star and creative force, Patrick McGoohan, to confound viewers expecting the conventional. The Prisoner's incidental music featured sly quotations from the nursery rhyme Pop! Goes the Weasel and the Eton Boating Song, accompanying scenes of McGoohan's enigmatic former secret agent, Number Six, prowling around Portmeirion, on the north Wales coast.

Elms supplied incidental music for several other series made by Itc (Incorporated Television Company), the film-making subsidiary of Sir Lew Grade's ITV franchise holder Atv. Beginning his association with the company during its monochrome, swashbuckling period, he eventually adapted to its involvement with 1960s psychedelia. »

- Gavin Gaughan

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How Can You Use Improvisation in Preparing for a Role?

17 November 2009 5:01 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Tom ArdavanyLos Angeles; The Ardavany Approach, www.theapproach.netImprovisation is the art of finding your freedom within a moment. Acting in film is about creating and shaping moments for the camera. One cannot create and shape moments without freedom. So where do we get some of this freedom stuff? It's right here in the present. The present is what people who have presence command. They have cultivated their moment-to-moment existence into an energy that makes them magnetic.This improvisational condition in an artist opens the magic door to unrestricted, unabashed intercourse with the "now," allowing attention, feelings, and thoughts to naturally progress, eventually giving way to fully expressed actions and words. At that instant, life attains continuity and rhythm, leaving your audience lost in your performance.Film at its best is improvisation with an outline. The words in the script are not the limitation for your action. They serve as »

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Making Tracks

11 November 2009 8:18 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

It's no secret that Katey Sagal has range. The actor played the big-haired Peggy Bundy on Fox's "Married With Children" for 11 years before segueing effortlessly into the role of one-eyed alien Leela on "Futurama." She's also made a few heartbreaking appearances on the ABC drama "Lost" as the woman who got away from John Locke. Still, even her biggest admirers were likely unprepared for her Machiavellian turn in the FX hit "Sons of Anarchy" as Gemma, a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang in Northern California. Manipulating her son and husband with moves that would make Lady Macbeth blush, Sagal makes for one bad mother.The actor had an edge in landing the job; the show was created by Kurt Sutter, a former writer-producer on "The Shield" and Sagal's husband of five years. But the part wasn't just handed to her. "It wasn't as easy as my husband saying, 'I've »

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Blu-ray Review: Wings of Desire (Criterion Collection)

3 November 2009 3:42 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire is able to capture your attention despite its sparing plot for the main reason you know its about something even if that something takes its sweet time in fully revealing itself. The film follows two guardian angels, Damiel (Bruno Ganz) and Cassiel (Otto Sander), as they watch over humanity from up high above the streets of Berlin, and, more often than not, at street level.

As they walk the streets, an often visited library and ride the trains we listen in on the thoughts of others as those Damiel and Cassiel encounter can be heard. However, their thoughts don't come across as a string of cohesive sentences as much as they are fragments of ideas, occasionally offering something of substance, but most often an example of the mundane. To that effect you could say Wings of Desire is about just that, an appreciation for the simpler things in life, »

- Brad Brevet

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Collin Wilcox Paxton Dies

22 October 2009 9:50 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Collin Wilcox Paxton, best known for playing Mayella Violet Ewell, the woman who accused a black man of raping her in the classic 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” died on October 14th of brain cancer. In addition to her famous role in the film adaptation of the book “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Paxton appeared in such popular TV shows as “The Waltons,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Playhouse 90,” and “Columbo.” Paxton was 74, and died at her home in Highlands, North Carolina. We here at Shockya.com extend our condolences to her loved ones. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for more celebrity and movie news. By Costa Koutsoutis (Source: The Hollywood Reporter) »

- Costa Koutsoutis

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Actress Collin Wilcox Paxton dies

21 October 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Collin Wilcox Paxton, who played the white-trash girl who accused a black man of raping her in the classic 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Oct. 14 of brain cancer at her home in Highlands, N.C. She was 74.

Wilcox Paxton studied at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio in New York and became an accomplished stage actress who appeared on Broadway starting in 1958 with "The Day the Money Stopped" opposite Richard Basehart.

She went on to work with Tallulah Bankhead in "Crazy October," Geraldine Page in "Strange Interlude" and Ruth Gordon in "La Bonne Soup" and in Tennessee Williams' off-Broadway productions of "Camino Real" and "Suddenly, Last Summer."

In "Mockingbird," her film debut, Wilcox Paxton portrayed Mayella Violet Ewell, the pressured daughter of a racist (played by James Anderson) who accused Brock Peters' character of rape. The scene in which she is cross-examined by Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch is among the film's best. »

- By Mike Barnes

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Jerry Bruckheimer has new ABC project

24 September 2009 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jerry Bruckheimer is expanding his presence at ABC with a new crime procedural.

On the heels of the premiere of Bruckheimer-produced ABC freshman drama "The Forgotten," the network has handed a pilot commitment to "Hopscotch," a high-concept police procedural from writer Chris Levinson.

Details about the project, from Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros. TV, are sketchy, but it is said to tell the stories of homicide investigations over several nonconsecutive days, with each act of an episode chronicling a different day.

Levinson is executive producing "Hopscotch" with Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed is a co-exec producer.

Crime-series writing is in Levinson's blood: Her father, writer-producer Richard Levinson, and his partner, William Link, helped establish the mystery genre on TV by creating such classics as "Columbo" and "Murder, She Wrote."

Last season, the Wme-repped Chris Levinson penned another crime-drama project, "Lost & Found," which was picked up to pilot by NBC. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Review: 'Castle' Season One on DVD

22 September 2009 12:31 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

When the three-disc DVD set of Castle season one arrived, I was thinking about the series. I was immediately thought that this series would have been a perfect fit for NBC’s old Sunday Mystery Movie, the rotating series that gave us memorable characters from Columbo to McMillan and Wife. The mysteries were usually background to the more interesting characters and the 90 minute timeslot left plenty of room for witty banter amidst the lightweight procedural process. When I heard series creator Andrew Marlowe identify McMillan and Wife as one of the inspirations during Whodunit: The Genesis of Castle, I knew he got it right.

The series debuted in the winter and was warmly received with so-so ratings, keeping it on the renewal bubble right up until the May announcements. I was pleased to see ABC keep the series, which debuted its second season in style last night. And on sale »

- Robert Greenberger

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