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Kickstarter Project Hopes To Launch A Brand New Episode Of "Columbo"

9 December 2013 8:46 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has received the following announcement:

UK-based filmmakers are using Kickstarter to raise the small budget needed to make a brand new episode of classic TV detective show Columbo, in tribute to the late Peter Falk.

Depending on the amount of money they raise, the film may or may not get the rights to use the name Columbo from Universal, but at the very least they want to make a show in that 1970s American TV-style that fans of the genre will enjoy.

They have various levels of funding options available with some great rewards, and are appealing to the public to get behind the project. What could be a better Christmas gift for the Columbo fan in your life than a piece of branded memorabilia, a signed script or even a name in the credits?

For more information and the opportunity to become a backer of the project »

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Danny Wells, Luigi on ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Show, Dies at 72

4 December 2013 5:28 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Danny Wells, an actor with dozens of TV credits dating back to “Love, American Style” but best known for playing Luigi on “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!,” died Nov. 28 in Toronto. He was 72.

The syndicated “Super Mario Bros.” show, based on the popular Nintendo videogame franchise, aired from 1989-91. Lou Albano played Mario and Wells his brother Luigi.

Wells recurred on “The Jeffersons” as Charlie the bartender, and he played studio boss Jack L. Warner in the 2002 telepic “Gleason,” which starred Brad Garrett as the comedian.

His vast number of television credits also included appearances on “Rhoda,” “Columbo,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Kojak,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Fantasy Island,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Lou Grant,” “Happy Days,” “The A-Team” and “Murder She Wrote.”

He also appeared in feature films including “Magnolia,” “Gus,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “Private Benjamin,” “Body and Soul” and “Protection.”

Wells also did a number of TV »

- Variety Staff

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‘Breaking Bad’s’ Vince Gilligan Thinks Jesse Pinkman Is in Prison for Murdering 2 Feds

26 November 2013 4:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Now that “Breaking Bad” is off the air, Vince Gilligan is watching a slightly different kind of TV: lots of “Columbo,” he admitted in a recent interview. GQ spoke with the “tired” new Peter Falk fan roughly a week-and-a-half after the finale of his AMC drama roared through cable set-top boxes. Gilligan told the men’s mag that he is feeling “at peace” with the end of an era — one that he created. (Even if he’s totally exhausted.) But is fan favorite Jesse Pinkman — last seen escaping into the night, maniacally celebrating his new-found freedom — experiencing the same peace? »

- Tony Maglio

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Costume Stories, This Week: Edith Head and Ender’s Game

2 November 2013 6:46 AM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Costume news you may have missed.

Edith Head

Google’s delightful doodle to celebrate the birth of Edith Head on 28th October 1897, showcasing illustrations of her work from A Place in the Sun, White Christmas, Sex and the Single Girl, To Catch a Thief, The Birds and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Costume preview via Trish Summerville and The New York Times – no spoilers. Look out for our own coverage soon.

Julien’s Auctions

The estate of William Travilla. Get your credit card(s) ready.

Columbo

New costume Tumblr by Nicolas Magand. Mark this as essential reading forever.

Duck Dynasty

Well what did You wear for Halloween..?

Christine Bieselin Clark

Long time assistant and then co-costume designer with Michael Wilkinson discusses her career so far with Tyranny of Style, and in Part 2 her new solo project Ender’s Game.

Ender’s Game

CBC explains those »

- Christopher Laverty

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Marcia Wallace Dies

27 October 2013 9:11 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Death has been particularly busy this weekend, and we must bring the sad news that veteran actress and voice-over stalwart Marcia Wallace died at the age of 70 on Saturday.Though she had become almost more known for her voice than her face, Wallace was a beloved actress who had enjoyed a long career in front of the camera. Born in Iowa in 1942, she endured a troubled childhood to follow her acting dreams in New York. She initially found small roles in the theatre while substitute teaching in the Bronx, but discovered that her weight limited the types of acting jobs she scored. She broke through that barrier with improv training and was soon working regularly in TV guest spots for shows including Bewitched, Columbo and Love, American Style.One of her most famous and long-running parts was as chatty secretary Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show, a gig that »

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'Simpsons' Actress Marcia Wallace Dead at 70

26 October 2013 9:53 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Marcia Wallace, who provided the voice for schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, died on Friday at the age of 70. According to Entertainment Weekly, representatives for the long-running animated series said that Wallace had been gravely ill, but the cause of death has not been revealed.

Wallace, who grew up in Creston, Iowa, first won acclaim on The Bob Newhart show, playing Newhart's secretary Carol Kester from 1972-1978. She later reprised the role in an Emmy-nominated turn on Murphy Brown. In her early career, Wallace also played bit parts on Bewitched, »

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Marcia Wallace, actress from 'The Simpsons' and 'The Bob Newhart Show', dies at 70

26 October 2013 8:47 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

As Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, Marcia Wallace may be the only 4th-grade teacher to have the same student for 24 years. Before that, she was beloved as Carol Kester, the lovelorn, wisecracking secretary on The Bob Newhart Show.

Wallace, who was a breast cancer survivor for 28 years, has died at age 70, according to the showrunner of The Simpsons. “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” producer Al Jean said in a statement to EW. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character. »

- Anthony Breznican

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David Suchet's final Poirot episodes: the end of one of TV's great castings

23 October 2013 3:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

You could debate who was the best Bond, Doctor or Sherlock, but David Suchet is the definitive Hercule Poirot. After nearly 25 years and 70 episodes, his marathon is almost complete

Since 1989, there have been three James Bonds, six Doctors and at least five Sherlock Holmeses on screen. But there has been only one Hercule Poirot. Perhaps no other actor has claimed such ownership over a role they did not originally create as David Suchet, who tonight (8pm, ITV) starts his final quartet of adaptations of Agatha Christie's stories about the Belgian private detective.

When Curtain, the last episode, is shown - at a date undetermined, but likely to involve a major secular-religious festival - Suchet will have played Poirot in 70 episodes that cover all of the substantial fictions that were written about him. In a cleverly ominous prologue to tonight's episode - The Big Four - it seems at first »

- Mark Lawson

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Poll: What 'Breaking Bad' episode can Win Bryan Cranston an Emmy next year?

28 September 2013 6:33 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Thanks to his masterful portrayal of a chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin, "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston has been called one of the greatest actors in the history of television, and his character Walter White is sure to be a household name for decades to come. While he won Emmys for the first three seasons of the AMC hit, he lost his fourth bid to Damian Lewis ("Homeland") in 2012 and missed out last week for part one of the fifth season to Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom"). (Vote in our Jeff Daniels Emmy poll here.) Cranston's current haul ties him with recent three-time Emmy recipients James Spader ("The Practice"/"Boston Legal") and James Gandolfini ("The Sopranos") and past champs Bill Cosby ("I Spy"), Peter Falk ("Columbo") and Robert Young ("Father Knows Best"/"Marcus Welby, M.D."). »

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Julie Harris obituary

25 August 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Award-winning actor renowned for her work on Broadway and roles in classic films such as East of Eden and The Haunting

Unable to make sufficient money from her novels, the great American writer Carson McCullers took advice from Tennessee Williams and allowed one of her masterpieces to be adapted for the theatre. The resultant success of The Member of the Wedding (1950) widened her fame, and made a Broadway star of Julie Harris, who has died aged 87.

The play's main character is Frankie Addams, a gawky 12-year-old who longs for companionship and the "we of me". Although the second juvenile role, in what is essentially a three-hander, went to a child actor, Brandon de Wilde, the complex part of Frankie fell to Harris, who was then 24. Born in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and trained at the Yale School of Drama, Harris had made her Broadway debut in It's a Gift in »

- Brian Baxter

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Julie Harris obituary

25 August 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Award-winning actor renowned for her work on Broadway and roles in classic films such as East of Eden and The Haunting

Unable to make sufficient money from her novels, the great American writer Carson McCullers took advice from Tennessee Williams and allowed one of her masterpieces to be adapted for the theatre. The resultant success of The Member of the Wedding (1950) widened her fame, and made a Broadway star of Julie Harris, who has died aged 87.

The play's main character is Frankie Addams, a gawky 12-year-old who longs for companionship and the "we of me". Although the second juvenile role, in what is essentially a three-hander, went to a child actor, Brandon de Wilde, the complex part of Frankie fell to Harris, who was then 24. Born in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and trained at the Yale School of Drama, Harris had made her Broadway debut in It's a Gift in »

- Brian Baxter

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R.I.P. Ted Post

20 August 2013 7:35 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The man who helmed Clint Eastwood in Hang ‘Em High and Magnum Force, the first Dirty Harry sequel, died Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica at 95. Ted Post also directed Beneath the Planet of the Apes, but he made his mark on the small screen. The Brooklyn native helmed dozens of TV shows, including 56 episodes of Gunsmoke, 90 of Peyton Place, 54 episodes of Waterfront, 24 of Rawhide — starring a young Eastwood — and four of The Twilight Zone. Starting his career in 1950 on the CBS anthology Danger, Post racked up TV credits including Perry Mason, Combat!, The Rifleman, Thriller, Baretta, Columbo and the 1981 Cagney & Lacey pilot. He also helmed a dozen TV movies, mostly during the 1970s, and nearly as many features. A service is planned for 1 Pm Friday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in La. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Emmys fun facts and trivia: Drama Actor

8 August 2013 6:22 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) is a three-time Drama Actor champion. One more win would tie him for the record with Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue,” 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999). It could also be said that Peter Falk is tied with four wins for his role as “Columbo,” but one of those (1975) was when the show was classified as a limited series. -Break- Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) is one of three double Oscar winners nominated in the drama acting categories this year. The others are guest contender Jane Fonda (“The Newsroom”) and reigning supporting actress champ Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”). Last year, Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) became the first Brit to ever win this category. He is nominated against fellow countryman Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) this year. Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") is one loss away from being tied for the most nominat »

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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: The Wasteland

22 July 2013 4:23 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Wasteland:

Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs;

and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.

Lee Loevinger

 

When people argue over the quality of television programming, both sides — it’s addictive crap v. underappreciated populist art — seem to forget one of the essentials about commercial TV. By definition, it is not a public service. It is not commercial TV’s job to enlighten, inform, educate, elevate, inspire, or offer insight. Frankly, it’s not even commercial TV’s job to entertain. Bottom line: its purpose is simply to deliver as many sets of eyes to advertisers as possible. As it happens, it tends to do this by offering various forms of entertainment, and occasionally by offering content that does enlighten, inform, etc., but a cynic would make the point that if TV could do the same job televising fish aimlessly swimming around an aquarium, »

- Ricky

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A history of the TV detective in 10 coats

1 July 2013 1:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Rob Smedley 2 Jul 2013 - 07:00

Rob traces the evolution of the TV detective via their choice of outerwear. Enter macs, leather jackets, and posh flappy numbers...

Luther's back tonight on BBC One, and ooh, doesn't he look cool as he stalks around London's streets like a man with a grudge against a bus? That's not just because he's played by Idris Elba, and your mind has subconsciously associated him with the cool job of piloting giant robots in Pacific Rim, oh no. It's because, like all the best detectives, he's wearing a cool coat. 

The coat has become the shorthand for the detective, not only telling you a lot about the copper wearing it, but about the era they're wearing it in. So, in a not at all blatant rip-off of the BBC's A History of the World in 100 Objects let's chart the TV detective's beat across our »

- louisamellor

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‘The Sopranos’ Leads WGA List of Top TV Series

2 June 2013 11:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).

On the other end of the list was a three-way tie between the original NBC “Late Night with David Letterman,” FX’s “Louie” and HBO’s intense prison drama “Oz.”

The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.

The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:

1

The Sopranos

HBO

Created by David Chase

2

Seinfeld »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Are we really in a 'second golden age for television'?

23 May 2013 8:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Steven Soderbergh is the latest Hollywood director to praise TV over film, but this second coming of great drama, including The Sopranos, The Wire and Spooks, may already be over

Cinema has historically considered itself superior to television, with executives and critics frequently sneering that a movie or documentary has a "made-for-tv" feel. But a number of significant Hollywood film-makers – including David Lynch, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone – have moved to the junior medium for mini-series or documentaries and now Steven Soderbergh has paid a compliment, if a slightly qualified one, to home entertainment. "In terms of cultural real estate," Soderbergh said at the Cannes film festival, "TV has really taken control of the conversation that used to be the reserve of movies. It's sort of a second golden age of television, which is great for the viewers. … If you like your stories to go narrow and deep, TV is exciting. »

- Mark Lawson

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Mother’s Day 2013: 10 Movies For Guys To Watch With Their Mums

12 May 2013 12:32 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

With it being Mother’s Day in the Us I felt it was the perfect time to help you fellas out with a little something to make your mother feel special. She Did give birth to you after all so the least you could do is spend a little time with her. This, unfortunately comes with a caveat: your tastes are most definitely Not in line. Shopping for the perfect gift can be a no-win situation and flowers are so been-there-done-that, especially when all she really wants is to spend some time with her baby boy. What to do? How about watch a movie or two, her choice.

Let’s clarify: her choice from a list that you’ll be able to hand her. All movies on this list will have been vetted and approved for the two of you. She truly would like nothing better than to sit down and watch, »

- Lucas Flanagan

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Costume Designer Grady Hunt Dies at 91

11 May 2013 2:58 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nine-times Emmy nominated costume designer Grady Hunt died May 5 in Hollywood. He was 91.

Born on May 16, 1921 in Lone Oak, Texas, the costumer began his career — after  serving in the Navy during WWII — by opening a couture shop called Gradis in Dallas, Texas. After moving to Los Angeles in the 1950s, his first project was designing costumes for then-theater director Aaron Spelling.

Hunt was a costumer for Columbia Pictures for 15 years, and is most remembered for his work on “The Milton Berle Show,” “Saturday Night Review” and the “Colgate Comedy Hour” as well as styling such stars as  Anne Baxter, Joan Crawford, Eartha Kitt, Ruta Lee and Donna Wynter.

His Emmy-nominated work included “Fantasy Island,” “The Dream Merchants” (1980), “Belulah Land” (1981), “Ziegfield: The Man and His Women” (1978), “Quark” (1978), “The Quest” (1977), “The Snoop Sisters “ (1974) and “Columbo: Dagger of the Mind” (1973).

Hunt’s partner of 54 years, Emmy-award winning costume designer William L. “Bill” Jobe, »

- Michael Palumbo

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The director's cut: Oliver Stone's move from silver screen to small screen

17 April 2013 8:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Nixon director's new American history series sees him follow in the footsteps of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and Steven Spielberg

The title of Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States, the 10-part documentary series that starts its UK run this Friday (Sky Atlantic, 9pm), is carefully calculated to maximise on the celebrity of the film director, possibly surprising viewers at finding such a big-screen name in the small-screen listings.

Stone's attempt to correct what he sees as Us-centric teaching of 20th-century history in American schools is full of arresting connections – sauerkraut was renamed liberty cabbage in the Us during the first world war and french fries became freedom fries during the "war on terror" – and the British screening of his series is subject to its own intriguing connection: this week's announcement that the American drama Bates Motel has been bought for broadcast in the UK by the Universal Channel. »

- Mark Lawson

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