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Twin Peaks Actor Warren Frost Dies at 91

Twin Peaks Actor Warren Frost Dies at 91
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Warren Frost, the actor best known for his role in the original and upcoming Twin Peaks, died Friday in Middlebury, Virginia after a lengthy illness. He was 91.

The actor, who served in the Navy during World War 2, originated the role of Dr. Will Hayward in the 1990 ABC drama Twin Peaks and came out of retirement last year to reprise the part on Showtime. The new version, which was co-created by Frost’s son Mark, will premiere in May.

“We’re saddened today to announce the passing of our dear old dad,
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Warren Frost, Character Actor Known for ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 91

Warren Frost, Character Actor Known for ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 91
Warren Frost, the character actor best known for his role as Dr. Will Hayward on “Twin Peaks,” died Friday after a long illness at his home in Middlebury, Vt. He was 91.

Frost had recently come out of retirement to reprise his “Twin Peaks” role for the sequel to the ABC series that is set to debut on Showtime in May. Frost was the father of Mark Frost, the co-creator with filmmaker David Lynch of the revered mystery-fantasy franchise.

Warren Frost had a long career before and after the original “Twin Peaks.” He logged a memorable guest role on “Seinfeld,” playing the father of George Constanza’s fiancee in five episodes. He also limned a recurring character on the Andy Griffith legal drama “Matlock” and had guest shots on series including “The Larry Sanders Show,” “L.A. Law” and “Murphy Brown.”

“We’re saddened today to announce the passing of our dear old dad, Warren Frost
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'Rings' Begins Shooting; Will Be a Sequel to 'The Ring'

'Rings' Begins Shooting; Will Be a Sequel to 'The Ring'
Earlier this month, a report surfaced that Paramount's Rings is actually a prequel, set several years before the 2002 thriller The Ring, exploring the origins of Samara Morgan's reign of terror and how the deadly VHS tape was first created. Over the weekend, Rings director F. Javier Guti&#233rrez took to his Twitter account to confirm that his project is actually a sequel, set 13 years after the events of The Ring. The filmmaker also confirmed earlier today on his Twitter page that principal photography is starting today in Atlanta.

It's possible that Rings still may examine both Samara and the VHS tape's origins, but no story details have been confirmed, aside from where the movie is set within The Ring franchise timeline. The director has been posting several images to his Instagram account over the past few days, which confirm Samara Morgan's presence in the thriller, although we don't quite know
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'Rings' Will Be a Prequel to 'The Ring'

'Rings' Will Be a Prequel to 'The Ring'
Back in January, we reported that Paramount Pictures is moving forward with Rings, a continuation of The Ring franchise starring Italian actress Matilda Lutz. That report revealed that Rings will follow the same timeline established in the 2002 hit The Ring and its 2005 sequel The Ring Two, but with an all new cast. Today, a new report from Bloody-Disgusting reveals that Rings is actually a prequel, set several years before The Ring.

The Ring starred Naomi Watts as a woman trying to uncover the truth about a mysterious VHS video tape. Anyone who watches the tape turns up dead just seven days later. According to this report Rings will examine how the tape was created and delve into the origins of Samara's reign of terror. The site also reports that casting is currently under way, although it isn't known when production may begin. Back in January, Paramount handed out a November 13, 2015 release date,
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Battle Royale Remake Won't Happen Because of The Hunger Games

Battle Royale Remake Won't Happen Because of The Hunger Games
I recently visited the set of CBS Films' upcoming thriller 7500, which is working towards an August 28, 2012 release date. While on the set in Los Angeles, we were able to speak with producer Roy Lee, who gave us updates on a slew of his upcoming productions, including the Oldboy remake. Here's what he had to say about Oldboy, which is gearing up to start shooting in March.

"We are planning to shoot Oldboy in March and that should start preproduction in late January. This is a completely new version written by Mark Protosevich."

Chan-wook Park's original Oldboy is based on the manga by Nobuaki Minegishi. Roy Lee said that screenwriter Mark Protosevich has come up with new elements that don't stem from the original movie or manga. He also revealed the ending will be much different, and there is a new take on the famous hallway scene from the original.
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Today in Soap Opera History

On this date in...

2001: Port Charles "Tainted Love" debuted.

Celebrating a birthday today are:

Michelle Phillips (ex-Anne, Knots Landing; ex-Ruby, Search For Tomorrow) - 67

Thom Racina (Writer for Aw, Y&R, Gh and many more) - 65

Parker Stevenson (ex-Joel, Falcon Crest; ex-Steve, Melrose Place) 59

Lindsay Frost (ex-Betsy, As The World Turns) - 49

Katie Ryder Richardson (ex-Sara, Doctors; ex-Eve, Holby City) - 42
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Former Playboy Model Laurie Bembenek Is Dead

The headline-grabbing Playboy model portrayed by Tatum O'Neal in TV movie "Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story" has died at the age of 52. Laurie Bembenek passed away on Saturday, November 20 due to complications from hepatitis C and kidney failure, according to the New York Post.

She quit modeling and became a police officer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but hit headlines again when she was convicted of murdering her then-husband, Milwaukee Police Department detective Elfred 'Fred' Schultz's ex-wife, Christine Schultz, in 1981. Bembenek escaped prison in 1990 with the help of an incarcerated boyfriend and was on the run for three months until she was captured in Canada. She was nicknamed 'Bambi' by the media during the chase.

Her sensational story was documented in the 1993 TV movie, with O'Neal in the starring role. Actress Lindsay Frost also played her in 1992 film "Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story".

Bembenek always maintained she
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Former Fugitive Model 'Bambi' Bembenek Dies

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The headline-grabbing Playboy model portrayed by Tatum O'Neal in TV movie Woman On Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story has died at the age of 52.

Laurie Bembenek passed away on Saturday due to complications from hepatitis C and kidney failure, according to the New York Post.

She quit modeling and became a police officer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but hit headlines again when she was convicted of murdering her then-husband, Milwaukee Police Department detective Elfred 'Fred' Schultz's ex-wife, Christine Schultz, in 1981.

Bembenek escaped prison in 1990 with the help of an incarcerated boyfriend and was on the run for three months until she was captured in Canada. She was nicknamed 'Bambi' by the media during the chase.

Her sensational story was documented in the 1993 TV movie, with O'Neal in the starring role. Actress Lindsay Frost also played her in 1992 film Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story.

Bembenek always maintained she had been framed by the Milwaukee Police Department, allegedly so that her ex would no longer have to pay alimony.

Following her prison release, she wrote a book about the ordeal, entitled Woman on Trial.

In 2002, the story took a bizarre turn when TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw agreed to conduct a DNA test on evidence from the case.

She was holed up in an apartment to prevent her from talking to other press, but Bembenek suffered a panic attack while in hiding and tried to escape by climbing out of a window. She fell and injured her foot so badly it had to be amputated.

Bembenek is survived by two sisters, Melanie and Colette.

The Victorian Farm Christmas | The Unit | Mr Eleven | Comedy Showcase: Gunatanamo Phil | Watch this

The Victorian Farm Christmas | The Unit | Mr Eleven | Comedy Showcase: Gunatanamo Phil

The Victorian Farm Christmas 

9pm, BBC2

Victorians in London, as we know, spent their time skating on the Thames and being haunted by ghosts. But, what of their rural cousins? Can it all have been lame foals and TB? At Acton Scott Farm in Shropshire, time has conveniently stopped so that we can find out. Over three programmes, we watch as the team repair the blacksmiths' forge and make everything from hay to mince pies to Christmas pudding. How resourceful folk were, in those days of child labour and workhouse! 

 

The Unit

9pm, Five USA

In this second series, Jonas (Dennis Haysbert) is on a double mission, assigned to protect a Senator Webb (Lindsay Frost) on a humanitarian  mission to a small Asian country where she will meet a General Raja, who is planning an overthrow. However, unbeknownst to the senator,
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Three dramas build arcs for Brady, Rose

Three dramas build arcs for Brady, Rose
Orla Brady has been tapped to play James Woods' ex-wife on CBS' Shark, while Emily Rose has landed arcs on ABC's Brothers & Sisters and CBS' Jericho.

Brady will have a multiepisode arc on Shark, playing the ex-wife of defense attorney-turned-prosecutor Sebastian Stark (Woods).

Lindsay Frost originated the ex-wife role in the pilot episode, which aired last season. Shark, from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV, kicks off its sophomore year at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Brady's credits include the CBS telefilm Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise along with the films 32A and How About You.

On "Brothers & Sisters," Rose has been tapped for an eight-episode arc, playing a friend of Rebecca's (Emily VanCamp) who has a fling with Thomas Walker (Balthazar Getty). Brothers, from ABC Studios, has its second-season premiere at 10 p.m. Sept. 30.

On Jericho, she is set to portray Trish Merrick, a smart and ambitious aid worker who arrives in Jericho to help with the reconstruction of the town, in five episodes. The series, from CBS Paramount Network TV, returns for its sophomore year at midseason.

Canada nets 'Smart' telepic

Canada nets 'Smart' telepic
TORONTO -- CBS' Elizabeth Smart telepic is to start shooting Sept. 2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Elizabeth Smart Story, based on family accounts of last year's Utah kidnapping ordeal, will star Canadian actor Amber Marshall (Super Rupert, Monk) in the lead role and will be shot at the Tour Tech East soundstage over 22 days. Frank von Zernek (Heart of a Stranger) is producing the two-hour movie, with Patricia Clifford, Jeff Morton and Robert Sertner getting the executive producer credits. The screenplay was written by Nancey Silvers (One Special Night). The biopic's cast also includes Dylan Baker (Road to Perdition), as Ed Smart, and Lindsay Frost (Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke), as Lois Smart. "Elizabeth Smart's frightening kidnapping and the search to find her captivated the nation," CBS Entertainment senior vp movie and miniseries Bela Bajaria said in a statement. "And her subsequent safe return created a collective celebration."

CBS gets Smart telefilm

CBS gets Smart telefilm
The story of Elizabeth Smart's nine-month abduction and miracle return is about to hit the small screen and the bookstores. CBS has reached an agreement with the family of the Utah teen for a telefilm about her ordeal, which was the subject of intense network interest, and is about to greenlight the project, sources said. Dylan Baker and Lindsay Frost are set to play the girl's parents, Ed and Lois Smart, and Canadian actress Amber Marshall will play Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Doubleday Books, a division of Random House, has signed a deal with the Smarts to tell their story in Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope. The book, a collaboration between the Smarts and author Laura Morton, is scheduled to be released Oct. 28. Sources said CBS' deal with the Smarts for rights to the story of their daughter's June 5, 2002, kidnapping and March 12, 2003, rescue is being finalized, and an announcement is expected to be made as early as today.

Fox has de Rossi 'Arrested'; UPN's 'Us' likes Martin

Ally McBeal alumna Portia de Rossi is returning to Fox with the comedy pilot Arrested Development, Duane Martin has been tapped as the male lead in the UPN comedy pilot All of Us, Emmy winner Peter Strauss has joined the cast of ABC's drama pilot 111 Gramercy Park, and Tate Donovan has joined the cast of Fox's drama pilot The O.C. Ted McGinley, Lindsay Frost, Brian Sites and Britt Irvin have been cast as the family in the center of the WB Network drama pilot Family Curse, while Jaime Pressly, James McDaniel and Jim Rash have joined Nathan Fillion in NBC's comedy pilot Alligator Point. In other casting news, Oscar winner Shirley Jones has joined NBC's comedy pilot Come to Papa, and Bob Odenkirk has closed a deal to play the title role in his comedy pilot for Fox The Big Wide World of Carl Laemke, with Beth Littleford (Comedy Central's The Daily Show) cast to play his wife.

Film review: 'My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story'

'Shadow' Runs but Can't Hide Faults / Truth is buried too deeply in CBS' take on the real 'Fugitive' tale

Somewhere in this ambitious and occasionally poignant CBS retelling of the true-life story that inspired the long-running "The Fugitive" series and film, there is an illuminating kernel of truth about the behavior of ordinary men and women under enormous pressure.

The story is told, first abruptly but later more softly, through the eyes of Sam Sheppard's son, using nostalgic, sepia-colored flashbacks. A fine cast includes Peter Strauss as the doctor -- first found guilty and then acquitted of the savage murder of his wife -- as well as Henry Czerny as his son; Jonathan Kroeker and Bradley Reid as the son at various ages; and John Colicos in a well-judged portrait-in-miniature of the man who might have been the actual killer.

As a journey of self-understanding and, in an odd way, repatriation, "My Father's Shadow" promises much, and it is no wonder the production team paid careful attention to detail.

Whether viewers stick around for the inevitable conclusion, however, may depend on whether they catch the tension between the terrible brutality and the innate sadness that kept Czerny's character from growing up, and whether they respond to the on-screen relationship between Czerny and Strauss. Neither finds a way into their characters until relatively late in the proceedings, perhaps in time with Adam Greenman's spare script and Peter Levin's cautious direction.

And while, in the process, there may be an important statement about the hysteria that surrounded the trial and the outbreak of public opinion that allegedly contributed to Sheppard's conviction, it is lost in its lack of convincing documentation and the drama's greater interest in telling the stories of the main characters.

-- Laurence Vittes

MY FATHER'S SHADOW: THE Sam Sheppard STORY

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Credits: Executive producers: Michael Jaffe, Howard Braunstein, Yvonne Chotzen, William Jenner; Producers: Adam Greenman, Christine Sacani; Director: Peter Levin; Screenwriter: Adam Greenman; Editor: Stephen Lawrence; Photography: Frank Tidy; Music: Louis Febre; Casting adviser: Lynn Kressel, Tina Gerussi. Cast: Peter Strauss, Henry Czerny, Bradley Reid, Jonathan Kroeker, Lindsay Frost, John Bourgeois, John Colicos, Janet-Laine Green, Ralph Small. Airdate: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9-11 p.m.

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