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Key Grip Charlie Saldana Recalls His Long Career With Film/TV Greats

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Key Grip Charlie Saldana Recalls His Long Career With Film/TV Greats
Interviewing Charlie Saldana in the quiet of his North Hollywood home, the 79-year-old working key grip still exudes the cool confidence of someone who’s spent a lifetime in partnership with one of Hollywood’s great directors: Clint Eastwood.

Saldana still possesses an actor’s looks, with a salt-white mustache and a full silver mane. He began his career building scaffolding for Disney’s “Pollyanna” in 1960, following military service in the 101st Airborne Division. Joining the grip union, he was employed by Hollywood’s blossoming TV industry on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Gomer Pyle, Usmc” “Hogan’s Heroes” and “The Mod Squad.” The neophyte grip learned his craft well.

Born in 1939 to Charles and Josephine Saldana, Charlie was raised with a strong work ethic that drove his rise in the industry. “Gaining grip skill was a layered, educative process,” he says.

Five years on the series “The Rookies” produced
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Frank Parker Dead at 79

Longtime Days of our Lives actor Frank Parker died September 16 in Vacaville, California, from complications of Parkinson's disease and dementia. He was 79.

Parker played Grandpa Shawn Brady on the NBC soap Days of our Lives from 1983 until he retired in 2008. He was given a hero's exit from the show: His character was on a sabotaged airplane and gave up his oxygen mask to save his son, Bo (Peter Reckell). He also had smaller roles on the daytime dramas General Hospital (as Paddy Kelly), The Young and the Restless and Never Too Young.

Born on July 1, 1939 in Darby, Pennsylvania, Frank Russell Parker earned an acting degree from Carnegie Tech in 1962 and moved to Culver City to pursue his career. By the mid-1960s, he was guesting on such TV series as Gomer Pyle: Usmc, Lost in Space, Daktari and Hogan's Heroes. He went on to work steadily in the 1970s and into the mid-1980s,
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Frank Parker Dies; Days of Our Lives Actor Was 79

Beloved Days of Our Lives actor, Frank Parker, has died from complications of Parkinson's disease and dementia, according to Deadline.

He was 79.

The report goes on to state that he passed away on September 26 in Vacaville, CA.

Parker is best known for starring on NBC soap, Days of Our Lives as Shawn Brady. He starred on the show on and off between 1983 to 2008.

His final storyline on the daytime TV series found Shawn giving up his oxygen mask to his son, Bo following an airplane disaster.

It was one of the most shocking storylines to rock the show and a dramatic exit for someone who appeared on it for almost 25 years.

Parker also appeared on other TV shows throughout his time in the spotlight, including:

Gomer Pyle: Usmc, Daktari and Hogan’s Heroes, Mission: Impossible, Mod Squad, Little House on the Prairie, S.W.A.T., Wonder Woman, Lost in Space,
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Frank Parker Dies: Veteran Actor Who Played Grandpa Brady On ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Was 79

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Frank Parker, a veteran TV character actor who recurred on the soap opera Days of Our Lives for a quarter-century, has died. He was 79. Legacy.com said he died September 16 in Vacaville, CA, from complications of Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

Parker played Grandpa Shawn Brady on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives from 1983 until he retired in 2008. He was given a hero’s exit from the show: His character was on a sabotaged airplane and gave up his oxygen mask to save his son, Bo (Peter Reckell). He also had smaller roles on the daytime dramas General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and Never Too Young.

Born on July 1, 1939 in Darby, Pa, Parker earned an acting degree from Carnegie Tech in 1962 and moved to Culver City to pursue his career. By mid-decade, he was guesting on such TV series as Gomer Pyle: Usmc, Lost in Space, Daktari and Hogan’s Heroes.
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Netflix Lands Quincy Jones Docu, Sets Sept. 21 Release With Limited Theatrical

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Exclusive: Netflix has acquired Quincy, the documentary about legendary composer/producer Quincy Jones that was directed by his daughter Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks. Netflix has set a global release for September 21, and will give the film a limited theatrical release as well. The film is produced by Paula DuPré Pesmen and executive produced by Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh from Tribeca Productions and Adam Fell from Quincy Jones Productions.

The docu is an intimate look into the life of an icon who has been a force in music and pop culture for decades, transcending racial and cultural boundaries. He started as a trumpeter, pianist and arranger for bandleader Lionel Hampton, and right out of college was arranging songs for artists including Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa, and Ray Charles. He has been a mentor to artists from Michael Jackson to Lesley Gore, Oprah Winfrey
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Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86

Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86
Della Reese, the vocal powerhouse who later starred as heaven-sent Tess on the television series Touched By an Angel, died Sunday evening at age 86.

She leaves behind children James, Franklin, and Dominique, as well as husband Franklin Lett. She was predeceased by daughter Deloreese.

“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through
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Bad Girls Of "Batman" And Legendary Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum To Appear At Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Con

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Convention presents Classic Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum, Jean Hale (In Like Flint), Sharyn Wynters (The Female Bunch), and Donna Loren (Bikini Beach) at the August 20, 2017 Show.

Robert Tanenbaum is a Movie Poster Artist with an over 50 year career illustrating every film genre such as Science Fiction, Horror, Comedy, War, Drama and Martial Arts. Robert has illustrated such Classic Movie Posters as A Christmas Story, Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, Cujo, Five Fingers Of Death, Black Christmas, Super Fly, The Color Of Money, My Bodyguard, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, The Iron Cross, The Eagle Has Landed, Ransom, Cleopatra Jones And The Casino Of Gold, Hot Potato, Mel Brooks High Anxiety and Silent Night, Evil Night. Robert’s art is featured on the first announcement that Jaws was being made into a Movie.
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Slideshow: The Hollywood Show in Chicagoland on Mar. 24-26, 2017

Previous | Image 1 of 23 | NextMariel Hemingway of ‘Manhattan’ and ‘Star 80.’

Chicago – “The Hollywood Show” is an exciting gathering of celebrities and memorabilia for movies, TV and pop culture fans. The latest edition is coming up – March 24th-26th, 2017 – at the Hyatt Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Among the TV and film stars scheduled to appear is Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”), Stefanie Powers (“Hart to Hart”), Angie Dickinson (“Police Woman,” original “Ocean’s 11’), Dawn Wells (“Gilligan’s Island”), Charlene Tilton (“Dallas”) and Richard Chamberlain (“Dr. Kildare,” “Slipper and the Rose”). Detail link below the Slideshow.

To give you an example of the celebrities that appear at The Hollywood Show, photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took Exclusive Portraits at last year’s Fall show in September. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below.
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Rashida Jones Spends a Sweet Afternoon With Her Famous Mom, Peggy Lipton

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Rashida Jones Spends a Sweet Afternoon With Her Famous Mom, Peggy Lipton
Rashida Jones made the most of the sunny Southern California weather while attending Revlon's annual philanthropic luncheon in La on Tuesday. The Angie Tribeca star was joined by her mom, Peggy Lipton, for the event, which was held in support of the Revlon women's health mission and also brought out Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, and Melanie Griffith. Peggy, who is best known for her role as Julie Barnes in the '60s crime drama The Mod Squad, is the mother of Rashida and her sister Kidada from a previous marriage to music producer Quincy Jones. Just last week, Rashida spent an equally memorable day with her dad as they visited the newly opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC; she shared photos from the exhibit, including a section dedicated to the legalization of interracial marriage, writing, "Thank you Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter for
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Rashida Jones and 10 Other Second-Generation Celeb Success Stories

Rashida Jones and 10 Other Second-Generation Celeb Success Stories
This week, the comedy series Angie Tribeca premiered on TBS. And while the show is the brainchild of a comedy power couple, Steve Carell and Nancy Walls Carell, star Rashida Jones is herself the daughter of two famous people: music producer Quincy Jones and Mod Squad actress Peggy Lipton. (They shot a scene together!)

In the past decade, Rashida Jones has made a name for herself in comedy, having acted in The Office and Parks and Recreation as well as films such as I Love You, Man and Celeste and Jesse Forever to the point that she gets a pass
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Rashida Jones and 10 Other Second-Generation Celeb Success Stories

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Rashida Jones and 10 Other Second-Generation Celeb Success Stories
This week, the comedy series Angie Tribeca premiered on TBS. And while the show is the brainchild of a comedy power couple, Steve Carell and Nancy Walls Carell, star Rashida Jones is herself the daughter of two famous people: music producer Quincy Jones and Mod Squad actress Peggy Lipton. (They shot a scene together!) In the past decade, Rashida Jones has made a name for herself in comedy, having acted in The Office and Parks and Recreation as well as films such as I Love You, Man and Celeste and Jesse Forever to the point that she gets a pass
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Rashida Jones and 10 Other Second-Generation Celeb Success Stories

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Rashida Jones and 10 Other Second-Generation Celeb Success Stories
This week, the comedy series Angie Tribeca premiered on TBS. And while the show is the brainchild of a comedy power couple, Steve Carell and Nancy Walls Carell, star Rashida Jones is herself the daughter of two famous people: music producer Quincy Jones and Mod Squad actress Peggy Lipton. (They shot a scene together!) In the past decade, Rashida Jones has made a name for herself in comedy, having acted in The Office and Parks and Recreation as well as films such as I Love You, Man and Celeste and Jesse Forever to the point that she gets a pass
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Captive movie review: prisoner of boredom

So inept a film, so bland and monotonous, that it fails even to serve as the blatant ad for the certain Christian motivational book it would appear to be. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): I don’t need a deity to have a purpose-driven life

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

True story: In 2005, recovering drug addict Ashley Smith was held hostage in her own Atlanta apartment for seven hours by Brian Nichols, who had earlier escaped from the courthouse where he was on trial for rape; in the course of his escape, he murdered several people, including the judge presiding in his case. Afterward, once Nichols had been recaptured, Smith’s story went viral because she said she’d read to her abductor from the Christian motivational book The Purpose Driven Life,
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Rashida Jones Shares the Ultimate #Tbt In Honor of The Wiz Live

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Rashida Jones Shares the Ultimate #Tbt In Honor of The Wiz Live
Rashida Jones joined the legion of social media users live-tweeting about The Wiz Live on Thursday night when she shared an adorable throwback photo. The actress, who is the daughter of The Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton and music producer Quincy Jones, posted a snap of herself holding up a tiny satin jacket and wrote, "Pulled out my crew jacket in honor of tonight. I was 2 months old when my dad started filming!! #TheWiz #loveit." Rashida's father was the musical supervisor for the original 1978 film and also produced the soundtrack. The Wiz marked the first time that Quincy worked with Michael Jackson, who played The Scarecrow - he went on to produce three of Michael's hit albums: Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. How cool is it that Rashida still has that cute souvenir from decades ago? Pulled out my crew jacket in honor of tonight. I was 2 months old when my dad started filming!
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‘Empire’ Casts Clarence Williams III as Lucious Lyon’s Mentor (Exclusive)

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‘Empire’ Casts Clarence Williams III as Lucious Lyon’s Mentor (Exclusive)
“Empire” has cast Clarence Williams III in a guest-starring role for season two, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Williams will play Huey Jarvis, a legendary music mogul and mentor to Lucious Lyon. Jarvis hosts a prestigious series of weekly “Living Room” shows, an appearance on which greatly boosts an artist’s chances of winning music’s top awards. Williams is a well-known character actor with a career dating back to the 1960’s. He famously played Linc Hayes on the 1970’s TV series “The Mod Squad.” He also previously collaborated with “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels on the 2013 movie “The Butler.” See video:
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Yvonne Craig, TV's Batgirl, Passes Away at Age 78

Yvonne Craig, TV's Batgirl, Passes Away at Age 78
Sad news for comic book and vintage TV fans today. Yvonne Craig, who played Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl) on the original 1966 Batman TV series, passed away on Monday night at the age of 78. Her family confirmed the actress' death on her official website, YvonneCraig.com. Fans were so stricken with grief, that they actually caused the website to crash shortly after news began to spread. Hopefully it will be back up and running later in the day.

Yvonne Craig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, surrounded by her immediate family and comforted by Hospice yesterday night. She died from complications brought about from breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson. A private service is being planned with no date set at the present time. In lieu of flowers, fans
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Yvonne Craig, TV’s Batgirl, Dead at 78

Yvonne Craig, best known for playing Batgirl in the 1960s’ Batman television series, passed away Monday at her home in California after a long battle with cancer. Reportedly, Craig had been suffering from breast cancer, which had recently spread to her liver. She was 78. Craig joined the cast of Batman, which premiered in 1966, in its third season, portraying the character of Batgirl (and her alter ego, librarian Barbara Gordon) in all 26 episodes of Season 3. In the series, Craig’s Barbara never knew Batman and Robin’s true identities, and hers also remained unknown to them, with Alfred being the only aware that Barbara was actually Batgirl. In addition to her iconic role on Batman, Craig’s other television credits include notable guest appearances on Love, American Style, Star Trek, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis, The Mod Squad, Starksy and Hutch, and Fantasy Island. Most recently,
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TV's Batgirl Yvonne Craig Passes Away At 78

Yvonne Craig, an actress best known for portraying Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl on the 1966 television series Batman, has passed away at the age of 78. She was at her home in Pacific Palisades at the time of her passing and had been battling breast cancer, which had metastasized to her liver. In addition to Batman, she also appeared on Star TrekThe Man From U.N.C.L.E., Fantasy Island, The Mod Squad, and The Many Lives Of Dobie Gillis. Her movie appearances included It Happened At The World's Fair and Kissin' Cousins, which were both opposite Elvis Presley.  Craig is survived by her husband, her sister, and two nephews. 
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Yvonne Craig, TV's Batgirl, Dead at 78

Yvonne Craig, TV's Batgirl, Dead at 78
Yvonne Craig, best known as Batgirl in the 1960s’ Batman series, died Monday at her home in California. She was 78.

According to reports, Craig was battling breast cancer that recently spread to her liver.

The actress played Batgirl (and her alter ego Barbara Gordon) in nearly 30 episodes of Batman. “I used to think the reason they hired me was because they knew I could ride my own motorcycle,” Craig said in Les Daniels’ Batman: The Complete History. “I realized they hired me because I had a cartoon voice.”

Her additional credits included a Season 3 Star Trek stint as an
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Actress Yvonne Craig Dead at 78 – TV’s Batgirl

Rip our beloved Bat Beauty! A punch in the gut to Batfans. A first crush for men of a certain age, the beautiful Yvonne Craig has died at the age of 78.

Yvonne was born on the 16th of May 1937. In her early life before her television career she trained to be a ballet teacher. She gradually moved into acting during the 1950s. Before appearing on television she starred in a few films including; The Young Land, The Gene Krupa Story, Ski Party, and High Time. She even played alongside Elvis Presley in Kissin’ Cousins and briefly dated the King. During the mid-1960s Yvonne moved from film into television, where she appeared in many shows including Man With a Camera, Wagon Train, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. More famously she played “Marta” (a green skinned Orion) in the third series Star Trek episode entitled “Whom Gods Destroy” in 1968.

1967 she was
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