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James Franco shows interest in ‘Sal Mineo’

9 December 2010 3:19 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: James Franco, the recently named Oscar host, has purchased rights to the new biography, “Sal Mineo,” by writer Michael Gregg Michaud with plans to write and direct the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mineo is best known for starring with James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Franco won a Golden Globe Award for playing Dean in a 2001 TV film and is getting strong Oscar buzz for his current film “127 Hours.”

Mineo, who was reported to be bisexual or gay, found it hard to find roles after appearing in such films as Rebel and Exodus which both earned him Academy Award nominations. He also starred in The Gene Krupa Story.

He once said: “One minute it seemed I had more movie offers than I could handle, the next, no one wanted me.”

His last movie role was in 1971′s Escape From the Planet of the Apes »

- Greg Hernandez

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Tributes pour in for Leslie Nielsen and Irvin Kershner

29 November 2010 11:00 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Tributes are today being paid to two veterans of the entertainment industry.

Canadian-born actor Leslie Nielsen died yesterday (Sunday, November 28) at the age of 84 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

His credits include playing Commander Jj Adams in the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet (pictured above) and the Captain in 1972's The Poseidon Adventure.

In later years he became master of the spoof genre with such movies as Airplane! (1980) and The Naked Gun film franchise, which spun off from TV show Police Squad!

Among his countless other TV credits are appearances in The Man from Uncle, The Streets of San Francisco, Hawaii Five-o, Columbo, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

Hollywood is also mourning the loss of movie director Irvin Kershner, who passed away on Saturday (November 27), aged 87, in Los Angeles, California, it was confirmed today.

Kershner (pictured right) is best known as director of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back »

- David Bentley

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Don't Call Me Shirley: Leslie Nielsen Dead At 84

29 November 2010 6:28 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Montreal Alouettes may have won the Grey Cup yesterday, but the news on the lips of every Canadian--and everyone around Hollywood--was that Leslie Nielsen had passed away at the age of 84. The actor, who boasted over one hundred television and movie credits, began his career as a serious dramatic actor starring in the likes of "The Forbidden Planet" and "The Poseidon Adventure" as well as appearing in programs such as "Columbo," "Kojak," "M.A.S.H.," "Hawaii Five-o" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (and yes, he even made an appearance on the cult Canadian program "The Littlest Hobo"). Essentially, if you… »

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R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

29 November 2010 2:30 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The passing away yesterday of the late great Leslie Nielsen has led to an outpouring of love and fond memories in print and online. The actor was battling pneumonia in a Fort Lauderdale hospital when he passed away in his sleep on Sunday.

It seemed many in the Twitter and Facebook universes spent most of late Sunday quoting lines from the brilliant scripts for "The Naked Gun" and its progenitor "Police Squad", or Nielsen's work in 1980 comedy spoof "Airplane" (aka. "Flying High").

With over a hundred film and TV credits to his name since his earliest work in 1950, Nielsen's trademark was his delivery of lines with a voice of authority. This commanding presence suited him well in dramatic roles in the likes of "Forbidden Planet," "Prom Night," "CIty on Fire" and "The Poseidon Adventure", but it was applying that same deadpan skill to comedy which lead to a career renaissance »

- Garth Franklin

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Top 10 mindf*** TV episodes

7 November 2010 1:46 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Fare such as Smallville's 'Labyrinth' episode and pretty much anything in either the UK or Us version of Life On Mars - even 'Life Is A Rock', the outrageous 'space finale' of ABC's 2008 remake of the original UK BBC series - is not admissable here. We knew that Smallville would continue after Labyrinth's attempts to persuade Clark that his Kryptonian heritage was invented, and since we knew ABC's Life On Mars was heading for the trash anyway, the final episode had no parameters left to respect. Also excluded are episodes of anthologies such as The Twilight Zone, which set out on a weekly basis to mess with our minds. And sorry, Lost definitely also falls into that category.

Here, instead, are the season episodes which 'got us' fair and square without committing canonical suicide...

This is chock-full of spoilers, so be warned...

10: The Prisoner - 'The Chimes Of Big »

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Top 10 mindf*** TV episodes

7 November 2010 1:46 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Fare such as Smallville's 'Labyrinth' episode and pretty much anything in either the UK or Us version of Life On Mars  - even 'Life Is A Rock', the outrageous 'space finale' of ABC's 2008 remake of the original UK BBC series - is not admissable here. We knew that Smallville would continue after Labyrinth's attempts to persuade Clark that his Kryptonian heritage was invented, and since we knew ABC's Life On Mars was heading for the trash anyway, the final episode had no parameters left to respect. Also excluded are episodes of anthologies such as The Twilight Zone, which set out on a weekly basis to mess with our minds. And sorry, Lost definitely also falls into that category.

Here, instead, are the season episodes which 'got us' fair and square without committing canonical suicide...

This is chock-full of spoilers, so be warned...

10: The Prisoner - 'The Chimes Of Big »

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Top 10 mindf*** TV episodes

7 November 2010 1:46 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Fare such as Smallville's 'Labyrinth' episode and pretty much anything in either the UK or Us version of Life On Mars  - even 'Life Is A Rock', the outrageous 'space finale' of ABC's 2008 remake of the original UK BBC series - is not admissable here. We knew that Smallville would continue after Labyrinth's attempts to persuade Clark that his Kryptonian heritage was invented, and since we knew ABC's Life On Mars was heading for the trash anyway, the final episode had no parameters left to respect. Also excluded are episodes of anthologies such as The Twilight Zone, which set out on a weekly basis to mess with our minds. And sorry, Lost definitely also falls into that category.

Here, instead, are the season episodes which 'got us' fair and square without committing canonical suicide...

This is chock-full of spoilers, so be warned...

10: The Prisoner - 'The Chimes Of Big »

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DVD: Review: Ellery Queen Mysteries

19 October 2010 10:01 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

NBC’s Ellery Queen Mysteries only lasted one season, but it remains a favorite among fans of TV detective shows in general, and fans of writer-producers Richard Levinson and William Link in particular. Following their success with Mannix and Columbo, Levinson and Link had the clout to pursue a series based on Ellery Queen, whose stories they had bonded over in junior high. “Ellery Queen” was the pseudonym of another mystery-loving pair, Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee, two cousins who stuck the name on novels, short stories, magazine anthologies, movies, radio dramas, and the protagonist of all the above. Their »

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In Memoriam: Legendary ‘The A-Team’ Creator, TV Show Writer Stephen J. Cannell

5 October 2010 8:48 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the 1980s, you couldn’t swing a burnt-out remote without coming upon either a Stephen J. Cannell created series or an episode that he’d personally written. The amazingly prolific and populist television icon – best known for “The Rockford Files” and “The A-Team” – passed away last week at the age of 69.

On-screen, Cannell was remembered for his famous sign-off to the TV shows he produced – ripping the paper out of his typewriter and flinging it into the air until it formed a “C” logo. In the truest honor, “The Simpsons” did a parody of that sign-off in an episode featuring Itchy and Scratchy.

Stephen J. Cannell (left) on the set of ‘The Rockford Files’ with James Garner

Photo credit: Cannell.com

Stephen J. Cannell was born in Los Angeles and raised in nearby Pasadena, California. He struggled with dyslexia throughout his life, and later became a national spokesperson for the condition. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Legendary TV Show Creator Stephen J. Cannell Has Died at 69

1 October 2010 2:15 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

A prolific and legendary TV show producer, writer, and creator has died. Stephen J. Cannell passed away in Los Angeles last night from complications associated with melanoma. He was just 69 years old.

Cannell grew up in Pasadena, California, and was raised by parents who owned a chain of furniture stores. Despite struggling with dyslexia, he graduated from the University of Oregon in 1964 with a degree in journalism. He worked in the family business for four years after college, until he sold a script to Universal Studios for the It Takes a Thief series. It was the beginning of a very long association with the studio.

Soonafter, he was writing for shows like Ironside and Columbo and became a story editor Adam-12 in its fourth season. He went on to create or co-create more than 30 TV series, script more than 450 »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Kevin McCarthy obituary

14 September 2010 10:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Elegant and charming supporting actor with more than 200 credits over a 70-year career

Kevin McCarthy, who has died aged 96, notched up more than 70 years as a working actor on stage and screen, with more than 200 film and TV credits. However mundane the material, it was usually enhanced by his lazy charm and natural elegance, his intriguing baritone voice and unconventional good looks – all attributes that might well have led him down the political path of his cousin, senator Eugene McCarthy. As it happened, he preferred to play politicians rather than be one.

He received his first screen credit in Laslo Benedek's version of Death of a Salesman (1951). McCarthy had previously played Biff, one of Willy Loman's disillusioned sons, in the London production of Arthur Miller's play, in 1949. By the time of the movie, he was a youthful-looking 37, with considerable stage experience. Resuming the role of Biff, he held »

- Brian Baxter

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Veteran actor Harold Gould dies

13 September 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Harold Gould (Getty)   Harold Gould, an easily recognizable character actor in TV, films and theater for decades, died Sept. 11 of prostate cancer in Woodland Hills. He was 86.

Gould probably is best known for playing Marty Morgenstern, father of the title character on the 1970s spinoff sitcom "Rhoda," after originating the role on CBS' "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." He also played the con man Kid Twist in the best picture Oscar winner "The Sting" (1973).

A native of Schenectady, N.Y., Gould appeared on hundreds of TV shows -- earning five Emmy nominations -- including recurring roles on "The Golden Girls," "Spencer," "Soap" and "Hawaii Five-o," on which he played the notorious Honore Vachon. He also was a regular on the 1976-77 ABC drama "The Feather and Father Gang."

Gould was equally comfortable in comedy and drama. Starting in the early '60s, he appeared in episodes of such TV classics as "The Twilight Zone, »

- By Erik Pedersen

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Idris Elba, Louis Theroux and ‘Top Gear’ Headline BBC America’s Fall

6 September 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | Deadline London | See recent Deadline London news »

The Brit actor who’s just signed to play maverick cop Alex Cross in David Twohy’s Cross, stars in the 6-part BBC mini-series Luther playing another maverick cop (think Cracker meets Prime Suspect meets Wallender). Luther uses the Columbo trick of letting the viewer discover early on who the murderer is – the suspense comes from watching how Luther will catch the murderer. Brit TV reviewers agreed Elba saved a tired formula “pitched somewhere in that territory between fantasy and cliché that commissioning editors find so irresistible,” humphed the Guardian, while the Daily Telegraph said: “Luther lets Elba down”. Poor early reviews impacted ratings. From an audience of 5.8 million (24%) for its first outing, ratings fell to 3.1 million (12.3%) by episode five. Despite falling ratings, the Beeb announced at the Edinburgh TV festival it was commissioning Luther for a couple more two-hour specials. Luther premieres October 17. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz do »

- TIM ADLER

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Encountering Spielberg: A Steven Spielberg Profile (Part 1)

31 August 2010 11:54 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the first of a five part feature...

“My childhood was bad and it was good. It was chaotic; it was noisy; it was real loud. I have a big family, with three younger sisters,” stated American filmmaker Steven Spielberg whose reserved father, Arnold, was an electrical engineer for General Electric and his doting mother, Leah, a former concert pianist. “My dad was of that World War II ethic. He brought home the bacon, and my mother cooked it, and we ate it. I went to my dad for things, but he was always analytical. I was more passionate in my approach to any question, and so we always clashed.” Leaving behind his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, the young boy found himself and his family being transplanted to New Jersey and then to Arizona. Certain rules had to be followed in the Spielberg household. »

- flickeringmyth

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TV Writer Gillis Dies

30 August 2010 9:11 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Emmy-nominated U.S. TV writer Jackson Gillis has died from pneumonia at the age of 93.

Gillis, whose career spanned more than four decades, passed away in Moscow, Idaho on 19 August, his daughter Candida tells the New York Times.

His small screen credits include episodes of Lassie, Superman, Spin and Marty, I Spy, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Lost in Space, Perry Mason, for which he was also associate producer, and Columbo, which earned him an Emmy nomination in 1972.

He is survived by his daughter, Candida Gillis, and a grandson. »

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Movies... For Free! Duel (1971)

28 August 2010 2:41 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Duel, 1971

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring Dennis Weaver, Carey Loftin and Jacqueline Scott

Written by I Am Legend novelist Richard Matheson and based off his own short story that had featured in Playboy, Duel is a psychological thriller about a motorist (Dennis Weaver) who is stalked by a crazed truck driver (Carey Loftin). It is notable for being the feature debut of Steven Spielberg, who had recently signed to a contract with Universal and had been honing his skills on the well-received TV pilot Night Gallery (1969) and episodes of several TV shows including Marcus Welby, M.D. (1970), Columbo (1971) and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1971).

Shot on location in 13 days for an original running time of 74 minutes, Duel enjoyed high ratings when it premiered on Us television as an ABC Movie of the Week in November 1971. This prompted Spielberg to embark on two additional days of filming, extending the movie to »

- flickeringmyth

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Jonathan Demme Is Enlightened

9 August 2010 10:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jonathan Demme will direct HBO's EnlightenedDeadline Hollywood is reporting that Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs) is going to direct two episodes of HBO's upcoming Mike White/Laura Dern comedy series titled, Enlightened.

Demme has also directed episodes of Columbo and Saturday Night Live.

Also, taking on directing duties are John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Phil Morrison (Junebug), Nicole Holofcener (Please Give) and Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) .

Mike White created this show in which Dern plays "as a self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening and decides to live an enlightened life, which creates havoc at home and work." »

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Bond, Superman writer Tom Mankiewicz dies

2 August 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tom Mankiewicz, the screenwriter who was instrumental in bringing James Bond and Superman to the big screen in the 1970s, died July 31 at his Los Angeles home after a brief illness. He was 68.

The son of writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and actress Rosa Stradner, Tom Mankiewicz also left his mark on TV, where he co-wrote and directed the pilot for the husband-and-wife mystery series "Hart to Hart," on which he served as a creative consultant for the show's five-year run.

His association with Bond began with 1971's "Diamonds Are Forever," on which he shared screen credit with Richard Maibaum. His work on a Broadway musical version of "Georgy Girl," which ran just four performances, attracted the attention of United Artists executive David Picker, who introduced Mankiewicz to Bond producer Albert Broccoli, who used the rewrite to convince Sean Connery to return to the role.

Mankiewicz went on to receive sole »

- By Gregg Kilday

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DVD Playhouse: July 2010

26 July 2010 5:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—July 2010

By

Allen Gardner

Two From Powell/Pressburger Criterion releases gorgeous new transfers of two of the greatest films to come out of post-war Britain, from that period’s greatest filmmaking team: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Black Narcissus was originally released in 1947 and caused a sensation with its explosive story about a nun (Deborah Kerr), cloistered in a remote convent in the Himalayas, who must battle elements both external (the punishing weather) and internal (temptations of the flesh over duty to the spirit). Also features stellar turns by England’s greatest actresses at the time: Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron and a young Jean Simmons. One of the most dazzling films ever made, bolstered by Oscar-winning cinematography from Jack Cardiff. Bonuses: New transfer, supervised by Cardiff, editor Thelma Schoonmaker Powell; Introduction by filmmaker Bernard Tavernier; Commentary by Powell and Martin Scorsese; Featurettes; Documentaries and interviews; Trailer. The Red Shoes, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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We're gonna need a bigger boat: Jaws at 35

23 June 2010 9:09 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Steven Spielberg's shark attack classic Jaws is 35 years old this week, and it's still a classic film with teeth...

An odd way to begin an appreciation of a classic movie, perhaps, but I'm going to put it down anyway: Steven Spielberg ruined my holiday in Skegness.

Thirty-five years old this week, 1975's Jaws propelled a little known director, who was previously best known for an episode of Columbo and the tense made-for-television thriller Duel, into the Hollywood stratosphere.

The tale of a tiny Us island terrorised by the presence of a worryingly persistent great white shark, Jaws may have had its roots in the cheesy monster B-movies of the previous decades, but the sheer quality of Spielberg's assured direction, not to mention John Williams' truly iconic score, made the film an instant and enduring classic.

One of the first films I distinctly remember watching, its gradually building tension »

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