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American Cinema Editors to honour trio

American Cinema Editors to honour trio
The American Cinema Editors (Ace) will honour Diane Adler and Jerry Greenberg as well as journalist Carolyn Giardina at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards on January 30 in Los Angeles.

Greenberg and Adler will receive the Lifetime Career Achievement Awards while Giardina will receive the 50th annual Robert Wise Award.

Adler is best known for her editing work on the television series The Rockford Files and Spenser: For Hire and Kojak and served as an assistant editor at Warner Bros. She is currently on the board of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and is actively involved in Ace.

As for Greenberg, the three-time Oscar nominee is known for his work with directors such as Arthur Penn, Francis Ford Coppola and Sidney Lumet. He won the editing Oscar for The French Connection in 1972 and was nominated for two Academy Awards in 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer and Apocalypse Now.

Specialising in editing and post-production, Giardina is an award-winning
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Bold TV Detective Portraits Are on the Case

I don’t know if your dad was super into detective shows, but mine was. Is. Also, he was a teacher, so all summer if I wanted to watch TV it was reruns of Mike Hammer. I honestly cried tears of joy when he discovered Homocide, because at least that was good. (Mike Hammer was so bad that my dad actually denies having ever watched it, but I was there. I remember it all too well.) Now that I’m a grown-ass woman with her own TV (and various other show-watching devices) I’m a little nostalgic for the many, many hours of my childhood spent watching every detective show that ever aired. Which is why I love this art series so so much.

Olivier Fritsch Gomez made these simple, fun illustrations of TV detectives, and they are pretty great. My favorite is Colombo, because the posing is so perfect.
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'Children of a Lesser God' star Phyllis Frelich dies at 70

'Children of a Lesser God' star Phyllis Frelich dies at 70
Washington, April 12: Phyllis Frelich has passed away at the age of 70.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deaf actress, who won the best actress Tony Award in 1980 for her performance in the best play winner 'Children of a Lesser God', had been struggling with progressive supranuclear palsy, which is a rare degenerative neurological disease for which there are no treatments.

Frelich also appeared on such TV series as Barney Miller, Gimme a Break!, Spenser: For Hire, Hunter, L.A. Law, Pacific Blue, ER, Diagnosis Murder and, most recently, in a 2011 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as the mother of Gil.
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'Wolverine' Director Takes Travis McGee Tale 'The Deep Blue Good-by'

'Wolverine' Director Takes Travis McGee Tale 'The Deep Blue Good-by'
James Mangold is in negotiations to direct an adaptation of John D. MacDonald's 1964 novel The Deep Blue Good-by, which was the first in a long-running series of books that centered on Travis McGee.

Travis McGee lives on a houseboat in Fort Lauderdale dubbed The Busted Flush, taking on "salvage consultant" jobs whenever he is running low on money, recovering lost items for clients for half of the profits. When he meets the battered Lois, he tries to track down her abusive boyfriend, a journey which becomes far more violent and complicated than he imagined. The character, who appeared in 21 of John D. MacDonald's books, is seen as the precursor to other popular literary heroes such as Jack Reacher and Spenser: For Hire, who has a penchant of helping out damsels in distress during his adventures.

Leonardo DiCaprio was previously attached to play Travis McGee back in May, but he is no longer starring.
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86th Academy Awards Get Another Potential Contender

Latest McQueen directorial effort gets a North American release date Twelve Years a Slave, Steve McQueen's drama based on real-life events, will open in North America on December 27, 2013, Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced. In addition to directing the film, McQueen also co-wrote the screenplay with John Ridley (whose All Is by My Side, about Jimi Hendrix's early years, may also come out this year). (Pictured above: Chiwetel Ejiofor, this year's Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, and Kelsey Scott in TYaS. Please scroll down to check out the film's late-year competition.) Based on the autobiography of a man forced into slavery in the mid-19th century, Solomon Northup, Twelve Years follows the story free man Northup, kidnapped in Washington in 1841, only to be sold as a slave at a Louisiana cotton plantation where he was kept for twelve years. (Hence the film's and autobiography's title.) The film reportedly
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'Homeland's' Secret Weapons: Inside the 30-Year Friendship That Stuck Together

'Homeland's' Secret Weapons: Inside the 30-Year Friendship That Stuck Together
This story first appeared in the Oct. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. [Warning: This feature contains spoilers from Homeland's second season.] In the fall of 1984, Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon packed up Gordon's Datsun B-210 and drove from New York to Los Angeles to "make it" as writing partners. Having met a year earlier at Princeton, the two men moved in together in Santa Monica, launched an Sat prep company to support themselves and caught their first break on ABC's detective series Spenser: For Hire. Photos: 'Homeland': Portraits of the Emmy-Winning Cast and Creators

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The Case Of The Disappearing Private Eye

I looked for him, but he was gone. I checked the boozy dives and the greasy spoons and the street corners where the not-nice girls hang out.


He was gone.

Tall guy, fedora, trench coat. You must’ve seen him. Usually smoking. He was always hanging around, poking his nose where it didn’t belong and usually getting it punched.

A real wisenheimer, too, always cracking wise.

You see him, you call. And if I find out you’ve been holding back…

If you don’t miss that kind of patois, you’re either too young to remember it, or you’ve got a tin ear. God knows, I miss it.

Back in May, some of you might remember I interviewed Road to Perdition author Max Allan Collins (http://www.soundonsight.org/max-allan-collins-road-to-perdition-on-carrying-on-mickey-spillanes-legacy/). A lot of the discussion had to do with his connection with one of the giants of private eye fiction,
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Star Trek Captain Avery Brooks Arrested for DUI

Star Trek Captain Avery Brooks Arrested for DUI
This isn't the way to put one over on the Dominion. Avery Brooks, best known for playing Commander-turned-Captain Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, was arrested last night in Connecticut on suspicion of driving under the influence. The 63-year-old actor was picked up after police received a complaint of a person driving erratically nera the intersection of Belden Hill and Seir Hill Road, the Wilton Police Department confirms to E! News. So, was Brooks beamed right into custody? Yes, but he was released after being booked and a court date was set for Feb. 9. Before starring on Deep Space Nine for all of its seven seasons, Brooks played Hawk on Spenser: For Hire and in...
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Patricia Clarkson Cast as Tammy 1 on Parks & Rec

Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April, The Green Mile) has been cast in a major guest role on NBC's Emmy nominated Parks and Recreation, according to TV Line. The veteran actress, last seen in the Mila Kunis/Justin Timberlake comedy Friends with Benefits, will be portraying Ron Swanson's feared first wife, Tammy 1, in two episodes of the show. Clarkson's first appearance on the critical darling will be the September 22nd premiere.

Patricia Clarkson's last TV work came in 2005, when her Emmy winning role as Sarah on Six Feet Under came to an end. Though she hasn't done a lot of TV, she's previously guested on Frasier (as Claire French), Law & Order, and Spenser: For Hire.

What do you think about the idea of Patricia Clarkson as Tammy 1? Was she who you had in mind for the role? Just how insane are you wanting Tammy 1 to be?
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Robert B. Parker's 'Spenser' To Continue Solving Mysteries

Robert B. Parker's 'Spenser' To Continue Solving Mysteries
Late author Robert B. Parker's estate has announced that his signature Spenser and Jesse Stone mystery novel series will continue. Parker died at his home in Cambridge, Mass on January 18, 2010 at age 77. Michael Brandman, who has co-written and produced the CBS TV movies that feature Tom Selleck as the tortured alcoholic detective Stone, will write the first Stone novel. Titled  Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues, it will be published September 13, 2011. Brandman goes way back with Parker, and aside from the Stone telepics, he also produced three Spenser novel adaptations for A&E.  Parker's earlier Spenser novels  formed the basis for the Spenser For Hire series that starred Robert Urich, and his Western series was turned into the Ed Harris-Viggo Mortensen pic Appaloosa. The new Spenser novels will be written by Ace Atkins, who has written such novels as White Shadow, Infamous and Wicked City. His
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The Sound of Music Cast Reunites after 45 Years

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Here’s the thing about Oprah Winfrey. She knows how to suckpeople in. Clearly she’s been building her army of followers for decades—wooingthem with free cars and trips to Australia, tugging at their heartstrings withhuman tragedy, and luring them into her book club.

We admit, we’ve been holdouts—never willing to put her on our daily DVR list.But Oprah rises above the other hosts for one reason—tenacity. Slowly butsurely she captures the stragglers who have managed to elude her net.

So, how is Op finally converting the Passionistas to herfold? How else? Musicals. Today, Lady O is reuniting the cast of The Sound of Music, bringing themtogether for the first time in 45 years.

It may not be surprising that the Von Trapp children willall be present and accounted for (answering to each personalized whistle sound wehope). After all, Oprah doesn’t call
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Cheers & Jeers: Is Rizzoli & Isles Full of Beantown?

Jeers to Rizzoli & Isles for committing the biggest crimes against Boston since Bill Buckner and "Bucky F---ing Dent."

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TNT's hit summer drama is ostensibly set in Beantown, but most of the stock L.A. locales where the show is actually shot look more like Malibu than Massachusetts. It's too bad R&I couldn't shoot on location, like the vastly superior mystery adaptation Spenser: For Hire did back in the '80s, but apparently it's cheaper to fake it on a backlot.

Even worse, Angie Harmon's Texas twang keeps slipping through her stab at a Boston brogue....

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Fishy Business: The behind-the-scenes story of the 'Piranha' movies (Part I)

Fishy Business: The behind-the-scenes story of the 'Piranha' movies (Part I)
Do you enjoy complex plotting? Subtle subtexts? Movies in which scantily clad people don’t get bitten to pieces by fish? Then you should think twice—actually, make it thrice—before seeing Piranha 3D, which opens this Friday.

Directed by French horror auteur Alexandre Aja (Mirrors, 2006′s The Hills Have Eyes remake) the film’s cast features both an Academy Award winner in Richard Dreyfuss, who cameos as his Matt Hooper character from Jaws in all but name, and an Oscar nominee in Elisabeth Shue, who plays the movie’s sheriff-heroine. But this Arizona-shot tale of prehistoric piranhas feasting upon
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Crime Author Parker Dead

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Popular U.S. crime novelist Robert B. Parker has died at the age of 77.

The author was found dead at his home in Boston, Massachusetts by his wife Joan on Monday. The cause of death is currently unknown.

Best known for his Spenser series of detective novels, Parker penned more than 50 books. His last, The Professional, was published last year.

His tough-guy Spenser character was brought to life for the small screen in 1980s U.S. TV series, Spenser: For Hire, which starred Robert Urich as the title character. The show ran for three years.

Parker won two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and a Grand Master Edgar in 2002 for lifetime achievement. More than four million copies of his books have sold globally.

Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser novels, dead at 77

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Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser novels, dead at 77
Just last week I posted one of my favorite episodes of the 80s ABC series Spenser: For Hire, and now comes word that the author of the novels, Robert B. Parker, has died at the age of 77.

No details yet, but Parker died at his desk in his Cambridge, Ma home. When you're a writer that's probably the way to go.

If you only know Spenser from the TV series that starred Robert Urich (which was great), you should pick up the novels, too. He's been writing them since the 70s and they're quite good, very engaging first person mystery stories set in Boston. He started a new series of book based around the Jesse Stone character (who happens to live my neck of the woods), and while I've never read those novels I have seen the TV movies featuring Tom Selleck as Stone and they are very good. There's
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Novelist Robert B. Parker dies

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Robert B. Parker, a best-selling mystery novelist and the creator of the "Spenser" series of novels, has died.

Parker, 77, died Monday (Jan. 18). The cause of death isn't known yet; according to several reports, he was just "sitting at his desk" when he passed away.

Parker is probably best known for the Spenser series, which spans more than 30 books and stars a tough, worldly Boston private eye. The novels were the basis for the 1980s ABC series "Spenser: For Hire," which starred Robert Urich, and several TV movies starring Joe Mantegna.

Parker also penned the Jesse Stone novels about about a burned-out, alcoholic Lapd detective who moves to Massachusetts and becomes the chief of police in a small town. The books have been adapted for several TV movies on CBS, with Tom Selleck playing the title character. His western novel "Appaloosa" was turned into a 2008 feature film starring Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen.
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Spenser: For Hire - The Choice: Standout Episodes

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Spenser: For Hire - The Choice: Standout Episodes
(Originally aired October 4, 1985).

It's easy to forget how good a show Spenser: For Hire was. It was on for only three seasons over 20 years ago, it's not on DVD, and I don't think that it's being shown on television right now. But oh, this show was so good.

Robert Urich was the perfect Spenser and Avery Brooks was the perfect Hawk (years later, reading the books, I could only see Urich and Brooks as the characters). And on-location filming in Boston truly added a nice, realistic touch to the show (unlike the later movies, which were filmed in Toronto or some similar place). This show had smart writing, too, and the first person narration? Robert Parker was wrong when he said it was bad.

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Irish Actor Donnelly Loses Cancer Battle

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Irish actor Donal Donnelly has lost his battle with cancer. He was 78.

He passed away on Monday in Chicago, Illinois. No further details regarding the cause of death were provided.

After an accomplished theatre career in Dublin and the West End of London, Donnelly wowed American audiences in 1965 with his British film comedy, The Knack...and How to Get It.

The following year, he starred in Broadway's Philadelphia, Here I Come!, which earned him Tony Award nomination and led to a string of regular appearances on the New York stage.

He also had small roles in films The Dead, Twister and Godfather Part III, and appeared in U.S. TV series Law and Order and Spenser: For Hire.

Donnelly is survived by his wife of 45 years, Patricia, sons Jonathan and Damian, and six brothers and sisters.

New TV on DVD releases this week

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Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

If you loved The Rockford Files and you own the season sets, you'll probably want to buy Volume 1 of the movies (four in this batch) that is being released tomorrow. They weren't as good as the series, of course (sort of like the Spenser: For Hire movies that Robert Urich did after that series ended), but they're actually pretty good.

And season 6 of Kate & Allie is out. That reminds me: I still have to get season 5.

Afro Samurai - Complete Murder Sessions The Clone Wars - Season 1 Doctor Who - The War Games and The Black Guardian Trilogy Edge of Darkness - The Complete BBC Series

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New TV on DVD releases this week

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Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Every week I see tons and tons of TV DVDs released, and the only thing I can think of is "when is _______ going to be released?" Sure, I'll get The Office this week (but borrow someone else's Fringe), but I don't really see anything else that cries out "buy me for your collection!" I'm still waiting for Spenser: For Hire and Ed.

Alvin & The Chipmunks - Star Wreck The Alvin Show - The Very First Alvin Show Beany & Cecil - Special Edition: Vol. 2 Criminal Minds - Season 4 Dog The Bounty Hunter - Best of Season 5 Fringe - Season 1 Continue reading New TV on DVD releases this week


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