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Days Of Our Lives and Dallas Actor Morgan Woodward Dead at 93

Veteran actor Morgan Woodward has passed away at the age of 93. A star of the Western genre, the actor appeared in Gunsmoke and Wagon Train, but would be best known to soap fans for his roles on Dallas and Days Of Our Lives. He also appeared as the memorable Boss Godfrey opposite Paul Newman in the classic film, Cool Hand Luke. Woodward’s career began back in the ‘50s with roles on various Western TV shows like Cheyenne and Buckskin, and from 1958-61 he starred as “Shotgun” Gibbs on The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp. In 1980, he joined the cast of primetime sudser Dallas as Marvin “Punk” Anderson, a longtime friend of Miss Ellie and Jock Ewing. As the series progressed, he became an advisor to their sons, J.R. and Bobby Ewing. With Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing in an episode of Dallas. (Photo Credit: CBS) Longtime
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Rebel Wilson Called Out for Blocking Black Critics Over Plus-Size Rom-Com Comment

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Rebel Wilson Called Out for Blocking Black Critics Over Plus-Size Rom-Com Comment
Updated: Rebel Wilson stirred up controversy last week when she claimed she was the first plus-sized actress to star in a romantic comedy film, and now she’s apparently blocked so many critics over the questionable comment to spawn a #RebelWilsonBlockedMe hashtag.

The “Bridesmaids” star appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Oct. 31 to discuss her new film, “Isn’t It Romantic.” She claimed that she was the “first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy.” In a tweet that has since received 16,000 likes, a Twitter user corrected her, referencing both Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique. Queen Latifah starred in 2006’s “The Last Holiday” and 2010’s “Just Wright,” while the Mo’Nique vehicle, “Phat Girlz,“ came out in 2006.

I love @RebelWilson as much as the next girl, but she isn’t the first plus sized woman to play the lead in a romantic comedy. Queen Latifah and Mo
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Review: Pistol Annies Deliver Urgent Stories With Heart, Humor on ‘Interstate Gospel’

Review: Pistol Annies Deliver Urgent Stories With Heart, Humor on ‘Interstate Gospel’
Pistol Annies — the trio of singer-songwriters Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe — won huge critical praise for their 2013 LP Annie Up, a wry collection of songs about drinking and divorce.

But the album was released during a critical shift in country jump-started by the record-breaking success of Florida Georgia Line and Nelly’s “Cruise,” which hit radio just a few weeks before Annie Up. In the ensuing five years, mainstream country has mostly embraced the template that “Cruise” offered: male voices singing about partying and women over slick, pop-savvy production.
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Clint Walker, ‘Cheyenne’ Star, Dies At 91

Clint Walker, a singer and actor best known for portraying the titular character in the ABC television series Cheyenne, died on May 21. He was 91 years old. Clint Walker Dies At 91 Valerie Walker, his daughter, informed reporters that his father passed away as a result of congestive heart failure while at a hospital in his […]

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Clint Walker Dead At Age 90

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Clint Walker as Cheyenne.

By Lee Pfeiffer

Clint Walker, the towering, rugged-looking leading man who specialized in playing gentle giants, has passed away at age 90. Walker had a diverse career including serving as a deputy sheriff providing security to the Sands casino in Las Vegas prior to entering show business. His first big break came during the craze for western TV series in the 1950s when he was cast in the title role of "Cheyenne", the first network series produced by Warner Brothers. The show proved to be a major hit, with Walker playing a solitary loner who came to the rescue of those being menaced by various villains. The show ran from 1955 to 1962. Walker had less success on the big screen, though he did land top billing in modest productions such as "Gold of the Seven Saints" which teamed him with Roger Moore, the India-based "Maya" and "Night of the Grizzly", a 1966 western adventure.
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Clint Walker, Star of TV Western ‘Cheyenne,’ Dies at 90

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Clint Walker, Star of TV Western ‘Cheyenne,’ Dies at 90
Clint Walker, who starred in the television Western “Cheyenne” and had a key supporting role in the WWII film “The Dirty Dozen,” died on Monday in Northern California, according to the New York Times. He was 90.

For seven seasons from 1955-61, he played Cheyenne Bodie, a rambunctious wanderer in the post-Civil War West, on the ABC series “Cheyenne.” (He also guested as the character on “Maverick.”)

The actor’s seriocomic confrontation with star Lee Marvin was one of the highlights of the classic 1967 war picture “The Dirty Dozen.”

After “Cheyenne” ended, Walker made some guest appearances on TV — “77 Sunset Strip,” “Kraft Suspense Theatre” and “The Lucy Show,” in an episode called “Lucy and Clint Walker.”

But the actor became more interested in movies both theatrical and for TV. In 1964, he had a supporting role in the Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedy “Send Me No Flowers.” His acting was not distinguished,
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Clint Walker Dies: TV’s ‘Cheyenne’ Star & One Of The Dirty Dozen Was 90

Clint Walker Dies: TV’s ‘Cheyenne’ Star & One Of The Dirty Dozen Was 90
Clint Walker, the hulking star of TV’s Cheyenne who also appeared in such classic films as The Ten Commandment and The Dirty Dozen, died Monday. He was 90. Walker’s daughter Valerie told TMZ that the family believes he died from a heart problem.

Walker was best known for playing Cheyenne Bodie, the strapping, brooding, mean title drifter in the 1955-63 ABC Western Cheyenne. Roaming from town to town and job to job in the post-Civil War West. The series did a slow build, breaking into the year-end Primetime Top 25 at No. 12 in its third season, where it peaked amid the crush of Western fare.

Around then, a contract beef with producer Warner Bros led Walker to quit the show. The studio replaced him with an unknown actor — Ty Hardin, who would go on to star in Bronco — but Walker returned in early 1959 and finished out the series’ seven-season run.
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'Cheyenne' Star Clint Walker Dead at 90

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'Cheyenne' Star Clint Walker Dead at 90
11:15 Am Pt -- Clint's daughter, Valerie, tells us Walker died from congestive heart failure.Clint Walker -- best known for playing a TV cowboy on the hit western series "Cheyenne" -- has died ... TMZ has learned. Clint died suddenly Monday in the company of his wife and daughter ... according to a source close to the family. It's still unclear what caused his death, but a family member says they believed it was a heart issue.
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Battlestar Galactica & The Flash Actor Donnelly Rhodes Passes Away

Donnelly Rhodes, the actor perhaps best remembered for his role as the gruff Doctor Cottle on the Battlestar Galactica reboot, passed away Jan. 8 at age 80. A representative said he passed away after a battle with cancer at Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

A Winnipeg native, Rhodes began his acting career in the mid-1950s, and appeared in guest roles on such classic television series as Maverick, Cheyenne, Wagon Train, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Wild Wild West and Mission: Impossible. He went on to land starring roles on Soap and on the Canadian family-adventure series Danger Bay and the drama Da Vinci’s Inquest.
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Mike Tyson and Jean-Claude Van Damme Train a Fighter to Battle a Beast in Kickboxer: Retaliation Trailer

"The strongest man doesn't always win, but the smartest one does."

The first trailer has been released for Kickboxer: Retaliation, which is a sequel to Kickboxer: Vengeance. If you enjoy these kinds of low-budget action films, this one actually looks like it might be worth checking out. If you don't enjoy these kinds of movies, then it's probably not going to look very good to you. It features Mike Tyson and Jean-Claude Van Damme training a fighter, who is forced to battle a 6'8" 400 lbs monster. Here's the synopsis:

One year after the events of Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, while gearing up for a Mma title shot, he finds himself sedated and forced back into Thailand, this time in prison. He is there because the ones responsible want him to face a 6'8" 400 lbs. beast named Mongkut and in return for the fight,
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Ty Hardin, Star of Early TV Western ‘Bronco,’ Dies at 87

Ty Hardin, Star of Early TV Western ‘Bronco,’ Dies at 87
Ty Hardin, who starred in early TV Westerns Cheyenne and its spinoff, Bronco, has died. He was 87, and his widow Carolyn Pampu Hardin told the Associated Press he had been in failing health. According to a biography on his personal website, Hardin was born Orison Whipple Hungerford Jr.on New Year’s Day, 1930, in New York City. The name Whipple was given to him in honor of an ancestor on his father’s side, William Whipple of New Hampshire, one of the signers of the…
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Ty Hardin, Star of Early TV Western ‘Bronco,’ Dies at 87

Ty Hardin, who starred in early TV Westerns Cheyenne and its spinoff, Bronco, has died. He was 87, and his widow Carolyn Pampu Hardin told the Associated Press he had been in failing health. According to a biography on his personal website, Hardin was born Orison Whipple Hungerford Jr.on New Year’s Day, 1930, in New York City. The name Whipple was given to him in honor of an ancestor on his father’s side, William Whipple of New Hampshire, one of the signers of the…
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Tough-Guy Actor George Kennedy Dead at 91

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By Lindsey Bahr, AP Film Writer

Los Angeles (AP) -- George Kennedy, the hulking, tough-guy character actor who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a savage chain-gang convict in the 1960s classic "Cool Hand Luke," has died.

His grandson Cory Schenkel says Kennedy died on Sunday morning of old age in Boise, Idaho. He was 91.

He had undergone emergency triple bypass surgery in 2002. That same year, he and his late wife moved to Idaho to be closer to their daughter and her family, though he still was involved in occasional film projects.

His biggest acting achievement came in "Cool Hand Luke," a 1967 film about a rebellious war hero played by Paul Newman who is bent on bucking the system as a prisoner on a Southern chain gang. Its theme of rebelling against authority and the establishment helped make it one of the most important films of the tumultuous 1960s.
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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: February 22-28

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Spotlight"

Not-so-bold prediction: "Spotlight" will win Best Picture at the Oscars this Sunday. Maybe. Maybe not. The story of the Boston Globe reporters who exposed widespread child abuse by Catholic priests is a frontrunner to win the top honor. Whether it does win or not, it's out on Blu-ray and DVD on February 23. The discs include "Uncovering the Truth: A Spotlight Team Roundtable," with the real-life Spotlight team reuniting 14 years later for a roundtable discussion about the challenges they faced, and how the shocking story continues to impact the world. You can also watch the bonus featurettes "Spotlight: A Look Inside" and "The State of Journalism."

"The Good Dinosaur"

What if dinosaurs never became extinct and lived at the same time as humans?
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George Gaynes Dies; ‘Police Academy’ & ‘Punky Brewster’ Regular Was 98

George Gaynes, a character actor whose six-decade career included Tootsie, all seven Police Academy films and more than 85 episodes of Punky Brewster, died Monday in North Bend, Wa.. He was 98. Born George Jongejans on May 16, 1917, in Helsinki as raised in various Europeans countries, Gaynes got his start in the mid-1950s, guesting on TV series including from The Defenders and Cheyenne. He continued to work through the ’60s and ’70s on such small-screen classics as Alfre…
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George Gaynes Dies; ‘Police Academy’ & ‘Punky Brewster’ Regular Was 98

George Gaynes Dies; ‘Police Academy’ & ‘Punky Brewster’ Regular Was 98
George Gaynes, a character actor whose six-decade career included Tootsie, all seven Police Academy films and more than 85 episodes of Punky Brewster, died Monday in North Bend, Wa.. He was 98. Born George Jongejans on May 16, 1917, in Helsinki as raised in various Europeans countries, Gaynes got his start in the mid-1950s, guesting on TV series including from The Defenders and Cheyenne. He continued to work through the ’60s and ’70s on such small-screen classics as Alfre…
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"If It's Not Right, Don't Do It": A Tribute To Western Icon Clint Walker

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By Joe Elliott

Long-time Grass Valley, California resident (Norman Eugene) Clint Walker starred in the iconic television western Cheyenne from 1955-1963. This was the golden era of TV westerns, with dozens of similar shows airing around the same time.

Like their big screen counterparts, TV cowboys were usually handsome, brave, resourceful and of course good with a gun. However, there was something a bit different about the Cheyenne Bodie character as Walker portrayed him. He fit the genre all right. A big, handsome man built like an oak tree (6’6”, 48-inch chest, 32-inch waist), he rode easy in the saddle and looked better than almost anybody in a Stetson and boots. Men who doubted his resolve always ended up regretting it. Ladies looked his way. Still, despite never violating the conventions of the formula, Walker somehow managed to make the sum of his character add up to more than its parts.
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James Garner Passes Away at Age 86

James Garner Passes Away at Age 86
Actor James Garner, who starred in hit TV shows such as Maverick and The Rockford Files, passed away on Saturday at the age of 86 in his Brentwood area Los Angeles home.

Born James Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, James Garner became a merchant seaman before moving to Los Angeles to work at his father's carpeting business, before serving in the Korean War, where he earned the Purple Heart before his discharge in 1952. After studying business administration at the University of Oklahoma for a semester, he returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.

After landing small roles in the TV series Cheyenne, James Garner landed a contract at Warner Bros. at $200 a week, where he had a number of supporting roles before his breakout performance in Sayonara alongside Marlon Brando. That lead to his first starring role in Darby's Rangers after Charlton Heston walked off of the production.

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Actor James Garner Dead at 86

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Oscar-nominated actor James Garner has passed away at the age of 86.

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Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. Pdt and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.

Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his low-key, wisecracking style, especially with his hit TV series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files.
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James Garner Of ‘The Rockford Files’, ‘Maverick’ & ‘The Notebook’ Passes Away At 86

We’re sad to report that the prolific and legendary television and movie actor James Garner has died, aged 86.

Although starring in many films over the last seven decades, he’s undoubtedly best known for the huge success and his part in the TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, the latter of which he won an Emmy for in 1977.

His career initially kicked off in 1955 in La, after securing a few parts in the TV series Cheyenne Warner Bros signed him up and his upward trajectory began. We then saw him as a friend to Marlon Brando’s character in Sayonara, which in turn led to his first lead role in Darby’S Rangers – a part originally intended for Charlton Heston but he’d walked off the film.

The big role was yet to come though and in 1957, ABC launched the comedic Western and Bret Maverick was born and Garner was a perfect fit.
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