The original Pete's Dragon, which debuted in 1977, was a live-action/animated hybrid that followed a young boy and his pet dragon, as they run away to escape his abusive adoptive parents. This new version, written by David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks, will reinvent the core of the original, removing all of the musical elements.
David Lowery made his feature debut with 2009's St. Nick, about a group of runaway children who learn to fend for themselves in the wild. Last year, his indie Ain't Them Bodies Saints debuted at Sundance before it was picked up by IFC Films and released in August. The filmmaker also produced Listen Up Philip, which debuted at Sundance this year and stars Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter and Elisabeth Moss.
Mary Grace Canfield died in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Feb. 15, according to her daughter Phoebe Alexiades. The actress starred on shows like: General Hospital, The Hathaways, and Bewitched.
Mary Grace Canfield Dead — Actress Dies Of Lung Cancer
The actress was best known for starring on the hit show Green Acres from 1965 to 1971. On the show she played Ralph Monroe, who was working with her brother Alf, on their newly acquired farm.
But that’s truly not what she wanted to be remembered for.
“To be remembered for Ralph kind of upsets me,” she told the Bangor Daily News. “Only in the sense that it was so easy and undemanding. It’s being known for something easy to do instead of something you worked hard to achieve.
Sid Caesar, who has been hailed as a pioneer of live television sketch comedy, has died at the age of 91 at his home in Los Angeles, according to his friend and former comedy partner Carl Reiner.
Sid Caesar Dead — Comedy Legend Dies At 91
Sid died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. after a brief illness, according to his biographer and friend Eddy Friedfeld, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Jerry Lewis On Sid Caesar’s Death Sid Caesar Dies At 91
The two-time Emmy Award-winning actor was featured in dozens of television and film roles over six decades, but he was best known for his work with comedienne Imogene Coca on the classic comedy-variety series Your Show of Shows, which aired on NBC from February, 1950 to June, 1954.
Sid will also be remembered for
Shirley Temple Black, one of the most famous child actresses, died on Feb. 10, surrounded by her family and friends. The actress, famous for her adorable smile and strawberry curls, began acting at the age of three. She starred in films during the Great Depression and made almost 30 between 1932 and 1939.
Shirley Temple Black Dead — Actress Dies
The actress carried a nation during a time when they needed laughter the most. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once famously said: “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.”
Shirley, who starred in films like Heidi, The Little Princess, and Curly Top, didn’t just stick to acting. Although she was even awarded her own mini-Oscar when she was just seven, she stopped acting at the age of 22.
On Jan. 31, we said goodbye to yet another iconic actor. Maximilian Schell, who won an Academy Award in 1961 for his performance in Judgment at Nuremburg, died in a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria after coming down with a sudden illness. He was 83 years old.
Maximilian Schell Dies At 83
The actor’s sad death was confirmed by his agent, Patricia Baumbauer, according to the Associated Press. Maximilian leaves an illustrious life behind him, and not just because of his acting achievements.
The son of a Swiss playwright and an Austrian stage actress, Maximilian grew up in Vienna and lived there until his family was forced to flee when Hitler’s German army wrestled control of the country. After that, he followed in his
Rest in peace, Uncle Phil. James Avery passed away on Dec. 31 in a Los Angeles hospital. Unfortunately, after undergoing open heart surgery, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor suffered complications, according to TMZ. He was 65 years old.
James Avery Dies At 65
Alfonso Ribeiro, who played James’ son on Fresh Prince, confirmed the actor’s death in a sad tweet:
I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO
— Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014
James’ wife had reportedly been with him throughout the surgery and in recovery. However, she stepped away from his hospital bed for a brief moment,
The world lost a fair share of legends in 2013, in the entertainment industry and outside of it. But with every star, like Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker, the amazing outpouring of support and love that followed their deaths proved how much they meant to the world. As we turn the page on 2013, let’s remember the stars we lost this year.
2013 In Memoriam
The South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary leader — a ubiquitous sign of hope and freedom — passed away from a lung infection on Dec. 5.
The Fast & Furious lead man tragically died in a fiery car accident on Nov. 30. at the age of 40.
Paul Walker Video Shows Actor Burned To Death
Glee fans were crushed when the actor,
Paul Walker: The actor best-known for the "Fast & Furious" movies had career roots in such TV shows as "Who's the Boss?" "Highway to Heaven" and "Touched by an Angel."
James Gandolfini: He projected so much older as mobster Tony Soprano, many were surprised to learn the three-time Emmy winner only was in his 30s and 40s when he played the part.
Cory Monteith: As Finn Hudson on "Glee," the Canadian-born performer touched fans of all ages both in life and afterward.
Jean Stapleton: Forever TV's top "dingbat," the "All in the Family" actress earned three Emmys as lovably daffy Edith Bunker.
Jonathan Winters: The improvisation genius who inspired his
Jane Kean, who gained notoriety in the 1960s for starring in the revival TV series The Honeymooners alongside Jackie Gleeson and Art Carney, died on Nov. 26 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif.
Jane Kean: Actress Dies At 90
The 90-year-old actress passed away after suffering complications from a fall, according to the Los Angeles Times. Her niece, Deidre Wolpert, confirmed her death.
Jane Kean Interview
Most will remember Jane as Trixie, the long-suffering wife of Ed Norton on The Honeymooners. “There’s something about the show — people relate to it,” she told the Los Angeles Times in 1991. “People believed the show was real, and that we really were the characters we played.”
But Jane was not a one-role actress. She played many different characters over the span of four decades,
Best known as Ed Norton's wife Trixie on the TV revival of "The Honeymooners," Kean passed away at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank where she was taken after complications from a fall. Deirdre Wolpert, her niece, confirmed the death on Thursday (Nov. 28) to The Huffington Post.
Kean enjoyed a long career in music and comedy which she began at 16, when she appeared in her first Broadway show. She worked for years in musical theater but achieved nation fame for her work on "The Honeymooners."
In addition to Wolpert, she is survived by a stepson, Joseph Hecht Jr., his family, and Wolpert's husband and two children.
Kean died Tuesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank where she was taken after a fall that led to a hemorrhagic stroke, her niece, Deirdre Wolpert, said Thursday.
Kean first started working with Gleason in the 1940s, when they were both on the vaudeville circuit.
Her big break, however, came in 1966 when Gleason moved to Miami and resurrected “Honeymooners,” expanding it to an hour and adding musical numbers.
Kean, a talented singer with a belting voice, starred on the show for five years as Ed Norton’s beleaguered wife Trixie. Joyce Randolph played the role in the classic 1955-56 “Honeymooners” segs opposite Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Gleason.
Kean often spoke about her “Honeymooners” stint and
The original 1977 movie, which featured a mixture of live-action and animation, followed a young boy and his pet dragon who run away to a new town to escape Pete's abusive adoptive parents. While it isn't known if this remake will feature the same blend of live-action and animation, the story is being completely reinvented, discarding the musical elements of the plot. No production schedule was given at this time.
David Lowery made his feature directorial debut with Ain't Them Bodies Saints, which IFC Films picked up at Sundance this year, which is set for release on August 16. The gritty drama starring Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, and Casey Affleck, centers on an outlaw who escapes from prison and goes on a quest across
Avatar (20th Century Fox) James Cameron beat his own title as box office champ, set with Titanic over a decade ago, with this eye-popping sci-fi epic about a paraplegic Marine name Sully (Sam Worthington), who takes the form of an “avatar,” or virtual being, to go undercover on the planet Pandora, attempting to infiltrate the native Na’vi to gather intelligence that will aid a joint corporate and military operation to rape the planet of its natural resources, destroying its indigenous population in the process. When Sully suddenly “goes native,” he locks horns with the company CEO (Giovanni Ribisi) and his gung-ho commanding officer (Stephen Lang, in a wonderful, scenery-chewing turn from a long-underrated actor). Thought of by many scholars and film buffs as a “game-changer” as much as the first Star Wars film was—and they may be right. While Cameron’s politically-correct
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