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Jan-Michael Vincent, Star of Airwolf and The Mechanic, Dies at 73

Joseph Baxter Mar 8, 2019

Former Hollywood heartthrob Jan-Michael Vincent, star the hit TV series, Airwolf, is revealed to have died last month.

Jan-Michael Vincent, former star of the smash 1980s TV series, Airwolf, has died, reportedly at the age of 73. It’s an occurrence that, in actuality, took place nearly a month ago – on February 10 – and we only just now learned.

According to Vincent’s death certificate, as obtained by THR, the actor passed away as a result of cardiac arrest at Mission Hospital's Memorial Campus in Asheville, North Carolina. His death caps off widely-reported struggles with drugs and alcohol, which led to a tumultuous personal life rife with permanent-injury-inducing accidents and shameful legal issues, notably connected to domestic violence. However, his downfall contrasts sharply with an auspicious early career.

Indeed, Vincent was essentially the Brad Pitt of the 1970s, bearing a name and chiseled-jawed countenance that was synonymous with the
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Jan-Michael Vincent Dies: ‘Airwolf’ Star & Golden Globe Nominee Was 73

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Jan-Michael Vincent Dies: ‘Airwolf’ Star & Golden Globe Nominee Was 73
Jan-Michael Vincent, who briefly rose to prominence as a young leading man in films in the 1970s and 1980s then became a TV star with CBS’ action series Airwolf in the mid-’80s, died February 10 in North Carolina. He was 73.

A death certificate obtained by TMZ noted Vincent died of cardiac arrest while a patient at an Asheville hospital. His death had not been previously reported.

Vincent started his career in the late 1960s with guest roles in TV series including Dragnet, Lassie, Bonanza and Gunsmoke before his first feature film, 1971’s Going Home opposite Robert Mitchum and Brenda Vaccaro. That led to a co-starring role opposite Charles Bronson in Michael Winner’s 1972 movie The Mechanic. He starred in several movies in rapid succession in the mid-’70s including trucker drama White Line Fever, World War II-set Baby Blue Marine, John Millius’ surfing pic Big Wednesday with Gary Busey and
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‘New York Undercover’ Reboot Pilot Ordered By ABC From Dick Wolf & Ben Watkins; Anthony Hemingway To Direct

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ABC has given a formal pilot order to New York Undercover, a contemporary reboot of Dick Wolf’s 1990s series, from Wolf and Hand of God creator Ben Watkins. Anthony Hemingway has come on board to direct the pilot, produced by Wolf Films, Universal TV where the company is based, and ABC Studios.

New York Undercover, which had a pilot production commitment, joins another ABC pilot that reboots a 1990s New York cop drama in present day, NYPD Blue. Also like NYPD Blue, which is bringing back original cast members Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup, the new New York Undercover too is expected to feature cast members from the original series reprising their roles.

Written by Watkins based on a story by Wolf and him, New York Undercover picks up 20 years after the end of the original series that changed the face of TV cop dramas.
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Dick Miller Dies: ‘Bucket Of Blood’ Star Who Worked Regularly With Roger Corman & Joe Dante Was 90

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Dick Miller Dies: ‘Bucket Of Blood’ Star Who Worked Regularly With Roger Corman & Joe Dante Was 90
Dick Miller, a character actor who starred in Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood and whose six-decade career included all of Joe Dante’s movies, died today in Toluca Lake, CA. He was 90.

His résumé includes more than 150 film and TV credits ranging from 1950s westerns to 2000s features including Dante’s Looney Tunes: Back in Action and Burying the Ex. Along the way he appeared in films by such acclaimed directors as Martin Scorsese, James Cameron (The Terminator), Ernest Dickerson, Jonathan Demme, Allan Arkush, Jonathan Kaplan, John Sayles along with such popular Dante-helmed pics as Innerspace, Gremlins and The Howling.

Born on Christmas Day 1928, the Bronx native and Army veteran likely is best remembered for starring as Walter Paisley, the dimwitted busboy-turned-cause célèbre sculptor in Corman’s 1959 graphic cult-classic Beat satire A Bucket of Blood. After accidentally killing his landlady’s cat, Walter casts
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Dick Wolf’s ‘New York Undercover’ Reboot Gets a Pilot Commitment at ABC

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Dick Wolf’s ‘New York Undercover’ Reboot Gets a Pilot Commitment at ABC
A reboot of Dick Wolf’s 1990s-era cop drama “New York Undercover” has been a given pilot production commitment at ABC.

The reboot will be written by “Hand of God” creator Ben Watkins and will be a co-production between Universal TV, where Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment is based, and ABC Studios. Wolf and Watkins will executive produce with Wolf Entertainment’s Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.

The original version, created by Wolf and Kevin Arkadie, aired on Fox for four seasons from 1994 to 1998. It starred Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo as a pair of undercover detectives in New York City’s 4th Precinct and was the first police drama on U.S. TV to feature two people of color in the lead roles.

Also Read: 'Law and Order': NBC Orders Spinoff Based on Hate Crimes Unit

If picked up, “New York Undercover” would be Wolf’s first ABC series since 2003’s “Dragnet.
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‘New York Undercover’ Reboot From Dick Wolf & Ben Watkins Gets Pilot Production Commitment At ABC

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ABC has closed a deal for a pilot production commitment to New York Undercover, a new incarnation of Dick Wolf’s 1994 cop drama series, which will be written by Hand of God creator Ben Watkins. The project from Wolf Entertainment is a co-production between Universal TV, where the company is based, and ABC Studios.

This matches the pilot production commitment commitment ABC recently made to a reboot of another 1990s New York cop drama, NYPD Blue, which is currently casting a pilot.

Wolf and Watkins executive produce the new New York Undercover with Wolf Entertainment’s Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski.

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Created by Wolf and Kevin Arkadie, New York Undercover aired on Fox for four seasons, between 1994-98. It starred Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo as two undercover detectives in New York City’s Fourth Precinct. It was the first police drama on American television to
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‘New York Undercover’ Reboot Eyed By ABC From Dick Wolf & Ben Watkins

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Exclusive: ABC, which is rebooting its iconic series NYPD Blue, also is looking to bring back another 1990s New York cop drama, Dick Wolf’s New York Undercover. I hear ABC is in talks for a new incarnation of New York Undercover, which will be written by Hand of God creator Ben Watkins. The project from Wolf Entertainment is expected to be a co-production between Universal TV, where the company is based, and ABC Studios.

Wolf would executive produce with Watkins and Wolf Entertainment’s Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski.

Created by Wolf and Kevin Arkadie, New York Undercover aired on Fox for four seasons, between 1994-98. It starred Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo as two undercover detectives in New York City’s Fourth Precinct. It was the first police drama on American television to feature two people of color in the starring roles.

Wolf’s agent, Wme’s Rick Rosen,
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Dragnet Collector's Edition 4K HD Blu-ray Is Coming This October

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Dragnet Collector's Edition 4K HD Blu-ray Is Coming This October
Dragnet arrived in 1987 to become one of the biggest hits of that year. It paired Dan Aykroyd doing a spot on impersonation of Joe Friday with comedy golden boy Tom Hanks, and it turned out to be one of the 80s most beloved movies. Now, it comes home on Blu-ray this October.

The Shout! Select Blu-Ray features a new 4K HD scan, and arresting bonus features including a new interview with co-star Alexandra Paul and audio commentary; consumers ordering directly from shoutfactory.com will receive a free 18x24 poster featuring brand new artwork that is deliciously 80s.

This is the city ... and only Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks can save it in Dragnet, a hilarious box-office blockbuster paying homage to the famed original police dramas of the '50s and '60s. A contemporary and uproarious update of one of the best-known police procedurals of all time, Dragnet: Collector's Edition from Shout!
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‘Dragnet’ Gets Collector’s Edition Blu-ray in October

Shout! Factory is bringing the big screen version of Dragnet starring Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks and Christopher Plummer to Blu-ray on October 30th.

Dragnet is being released as a collector's edition title withing the Shout Select line. We expect a solid selection of bonus features with this designation, but those extras are still being worked out and finalized by Shout! Factory at this time.

Shout Select titles typically have newly commissioned extras so be on the lookout for those.

We'll share the complete Dragnet Blu-ray bonus features as soon as they are finalized and announced.

Pre-order Dragnet on Blu-ray at Shout! Factory.
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The Young & The Restless Alum Eva Longoria Honored With Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

Congratulations to daytime alum Eva Longoria on receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! The actress-turned-producer got her start in soaps with an uncredited role as a Brenda look-alike on General Hospital and a two-year stint as Isabella on The Young & The Restless. “What a dream come true today!” she tweeted. “Receiving my star on the Walk of Fame is an honor I can’t even believe I’m going to experience! Can’t wait to join all the legends, and even more so, can’t wait for all of y’all to go and visit it!” (Photo Credit: Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com) After leaving daytime, Longoria landed roles on Dragnet, Desperate Housewives, Mother Up!, Telenovela, and Empire. She’s also branched out behind the camera, working as an executive producer on Mother Up!, Telenovela, and Devious Maids. Her current project is an English-language adaptation of the popular telenovela Gran Hotel.
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Five Classic Neo-Noirs You Can Watch Right Now on FilmStruck

Five Classic Neo-Noirs You Can Watch Right Now on FilmStruck
In his 1972 essay “Notes on Film Noir”, film critic-turned-screenwriter/director Paul Schrader wrote on how the genre was “not defined…by conventions of setting and conflict, but rather by the more subtle qualities of tone and mood.” It’s a mood best described as ‘you’re screwed, pal.’

Cynicism has always been at the heart of film noir, a genre full of desperate characters clinging to the shadows of world that’s forgotten them. It’s a cynicism born out of post-War disillusionment and anxiety that spawned the genre’s heyday from the early-40s all the way through the mid-1950s when suddenly “Dragnet” and “Leave it To Beaver” were reaffirming America’s squeaky-clean Eisenhower-era view of itself.

But with the post-Watergate 70s and Cold War 80s came a new slew of anxieties as the genre evolved, this time with less Hollywood restrictions. That meant more sex, more violence,
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Highway Dragnet

Here’s something odd: the formative feature in Roger Corman’s proto- career. Roger gets credits for Story and Associate Producer, and learned what he needed to learn to produce two movies of his own in the same year. The modest crime thriller sees Richard Conte involved with three women during a chase on dusty desert roads: noir star Joan Bennett and young Wanda Hendrix are a suspicious pair, but special guest Hot Number Mary Beth Hughes all but steals the show.

Highway Dragnet

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1954 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 70 min. / Street Date March 20, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Richard Conte, Joan Bennett, Wanda Hendrix, Mary Beth Hughes, Reed Hadley, Iris Adrian.

Cinematography: John Martin

Film Editor: Ace Herman

Written by Herb Meadow, Jerome Oldlum from a story by U.S. Andersen, Roger Corman

Produced by Jack Jungmeyer, William F. Broidy (executive), A. Robert Nunes & Roger Corman (associates)

Directed by
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Jane Documentary, I, Tonya And Dunkirk Win Ace Eddie Awards

Jane Goodall in Jane. Photo by Hugo van Lawick. © National Geographic

Dunkirk” (edited by Lee Smith, Ace) and “I, Tonya” (edited by Tatiana S. Riegel, Ace) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy) respectively at the 68thAnnual Ace Eddie Awards Friday where trophies were handed out recognizing the best editing of 2017 in ten categories of film, television and documentaries.

Coco” (edited by Steve Bloom) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and “Jane” (edited by Joe Beshenkovsky, Ace, Will Znidaric and Brett Morgen) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).

Television winners included “Black-ish — Lemons” (edited by John Peter Bernardo and Jamie Pedroza) for Best Edited Comedy Series for Commercial Television, “Curb Your Enthusiasm — The Shucker” (edited by Jonathan Corn, Ace) for Best Edited Comedy Series for Non-Commercial Television, “Fargo — Who Rules The Land of Denial” (edited by Andrew Seklir, Ace) for Best Edited Drama Series for Commercial Television,
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Everlasting Love! Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Still Cute on the Red Carpet 30 Years Later

Everlasting Love! Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Still Cute on the Red Carpet 30 Years Later
In a town where relationships never seem to last, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have managed to buck the trend, emerging as one of the cutest couples on the red carpet for 30 years.

The duo were spotted together at the European premiere of Hanks’ new film The Post in London, England on Wednesday. The actor looked dashing in a dark suit and overcoat, while Wilson kept warm in a black leather jacket.

Their styles might have changed over the years, but the couple looked just as happy and in love as they did 30 years ago at the Hollywood premiere of
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17 TV Cop Partnerships For the Ages

Joe Friday made television history by focusing on the facts when investigating crimes.

But for most viewers, the facts -- and sometimes even the case of the hour -- are not as entertaining as the relationships between cops.

Whether played for laughs or part of a serious crime drama, cop partnerships are central to almost every crime drama.

Check out our picks for the 17 best partnerships and share your own.

1. The Andy Griffith Show: Andy Taylor and Barney Fife Andy Taylor and Barney Fife were one of the funniest, and best known, cop partnerships of the early 1960s. Andy was the straight-laced, serious sheriff trying to raise his son to be an upstanding citizen, while Barney was goofy, silly, and accident-prone. This duo was so popular that ANdy Griffith and Don Knotts teamed up again seeral times during the course of Griffith's later lawyer-turned-detective show, Matlock. 2. Dragnet 1967: Joe
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He Walked by Night

Do you think older crime thrillers weren’t violent enough? This shocker from 1948 shook up America with its true story of a vicious killer who has a murderous solution to every problem, and uses special talents to evade police detection. Richard Basehart made his acting breakthrough as Roy Martin, a barely disguised version of the real life ‘Machine Gun Walker.

He Walked by Night

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1948 / B&W /1:37 flat full frame / 79 min. / Street Date November 7, 2017 / 39.99

Starring: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell, James Cardwell, Jack Webb, Dorothy Adams, Ann Doran, Byron Foulger, Reed Hadley (narrator), Thomas Browne Henry, Tommy Kelly, John McGuire, Kenneth Tobey.

Cinematography: John Alton

Art Direction: Edward Ilou

Film Editor: Alfred De Gaetano

Original Music: Leonid Raab

Written by John C. Higgins and Crane Wilbur

Produced by Bryan Foy, Robert T. Kane

Directed by Alfred L. Werker

Talk about a movie with a dynamite
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12 Actors Who Were Almost Batman

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12 Actors Who Were Almost Batman
Batman has dominated movie screens since at least 1989. An there have been some major players vying for the role ever since. Ben Affleck put it best: "Batman is the Greatest Part in the World." In the summer of 2017, the actor and Oscar winning screenwriter and director shrugged off rumors he was set to exit the Dceu, as work continued on Zack Snyder's Justice League. But what if someone else was coming in to take over the role. Who would it be?

Battfleck turned out to be the best received part of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which reintroduced the Caped Crusader to movie going audiences, following the critical and box-office success of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. There have been numerous big screen versions of Gotham City's vigilante since he made his debut in Detective Comics and even more false starts and abandoned projects. Today, we're looking
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Melville at 100: Playing through August 13 at Grauman’s Egyptian in L.A.

Melville at 100: Playing through August 13 at Grauman’s Egyptian in L.A.
Born 1917, as Jean-Pierre Grumbach, son of Alsatian Jews, Jean-Pierre adopted the name Melville as his nom de guerre in 1940 when France fell to the German Nazis and he joined the French Resistance. He kept it as his stage name when he returned to France and began making films.

Melville at 100 at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood is showcasing eight of his films made from 1949 to to 1972 to honor the 100th year since his birth.

Americn Cinemtheque’s historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood

The American Cinematheque has grown tremendously sophisticated since its early days creating the 1960 dream of “The Two Garys” (for those who remember). Still staffed by stalwarts Barbara Smith, Gwen Deglise, Margot Gerber and Tom Harris, and with a Board of Directors of Hollywood heavy hitters, it has also been renovated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which has spent more than $500,000 restoring its infrastructure and repainting its famous murals.
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Nine Actors Who Reinvented Themselves and Revitalized Their Careers

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Some actors manage to catch lightning in a bottle twice. It’s impressive enough to find your niche in Hollywood’s A-list even once. Occasionally, an actor will reinvent him/herself and begin a new phase of their careers that will be even more successful than it was before. Here are nine actors who had a cinematic rebirth.

Liam Neeson- Neeson has had a long career, and the early part of it was in dramatic roles. An intense dramatic actor, he apeared in films like The Dead Pool, Dark Man, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Les Miserables. His career rebirth came after playing Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars-Episode one: The Phantom Menace. After that, he got more offers for actions parts and recreated himself as an action hero in films like Gangs of NY, Batman Begins, Taken, Clash of the Titans, the A-Team, Unknown, the Grey, Taken 2,
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Bob Ingersoll: The Law Is A Ass #406

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Chicago Justice Justice Not Believable

Between the Law & Order franchise, the Chicago franchise, and the ill-conceived, even ill-advised, attempt to revive Dragnet without Jack Webb, Dick Wolf may be responsible for more hours of television that I haven’t watched than Susan Lucci. I know he’s created and produced some of the most popular shows on TV, but I think his collected works are oeuvre-rated. So when I watched the first episode of his new show, Chicago Justice, I wasn’t expecting much. But even I wasn’t expecting so little.

First, there was the problem that the first episode of Chicago Justice was the third part of a three-part cross-over event that started in Chicago Fire and continued in Chicago P.D., neither of which I had watched. Fortunately, television still does something comic books seem unwilling to do nowadays, give recaps. So I was able to pick up
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