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Carol Lynley, The Poseidon Adventure & Blue Denim Star, Dies at 77

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Carol Lynley, The Poseidon Adventure & Blue Denim Star, Dies at 77
Veteran actress Carol Lynley, known for her work across many decades in commercials, movies, and television, has passed away. As a performer, Lynley had been active since the mid '50s, acting and modeling for over five decades by the end of her career. Perhaps her most well-known role is that of The Poseidon Adventure, which saw her performing the Oscar-winning song "The Morning After." Reportedly, Lynley died on Tuesday at her Pacific Palisades, California home following a heart attack. She was 77 years old.

Born in 1942, Lynley's given name is Carole Ann Jones. For theatrical purposes, she used the stage name Carolyn Lee when she began child modeling in the 1950's. Upon her transition into acting, she learned the name Carolyn Lee had already been registered by another child actress, so Lynley simply combined the two names in a creative new way to come up with her new name. As Carol Lynley,
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Carol Lynley Dies: ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ Actress Was 77

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Carol Lynley Dies: ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ Actress Was 77
Actress Carol Lynley, whose popularity in the 1960s and ’70s grew with films Return to Peyton Place, Under the Yum Yum Tree and Bunny Lake is Missing, as well as TV appearances in some of the most watched series of the era while peaking with 1972’s disaster film classic The Poseidon Adventure, died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack at her home in Pacific Palisades, CA. She was 77.

Her death was announced by her friend, the actor Trent Dolan.

With a modeling background, Lynley had a few small credits (she was Rapunzel in 1958 on TV’s Shirley Temple’s Storybook) before really making a name for herself that year in James Leo Herlihy’s controversial Broadway play Blue Denim, in which she portrayed a pregnant teenager seeking an illegal abortion. She starred in the feature film adaptation the following year, scoring a
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Carol Lynley, ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ Star, Dies at 77

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Carol Lynley, ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ Star, Dies at 77
Actress Carol Lynley, best known for her role in the 1972 film “The Poseidon Adventure,” died at her Pacific Palisades home Tuesday after suffering a heart attack, according to her friend, actor Trent Dolan. She was 77.

Lynley began her career as a child model, appearing on the cover of Life magazine at the age of 15, before starring in Disney’s “The Light in the Forest” and the independent film “Holiday for Lovers.” Shortly after, she secured a breakout role in the 1958 Broadway play “Blue Denim” and its subsequent film adaptation, in which she played 15-year-old Janet Willard tasked with figuring out how to undergo an illegal abortion.

The play, written by James Leo Herlihy, received immediate criticism for its laissez-faire attitude toward abortion, leading to a revised ending in the film that sees Janet go through with her pregnancy. Despite the controversy, the role earned Lynley a nomination for a Golden
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Donnie Darko Director Richard Kelly Reportedly Developing Biopic of Twilight Zone Creator Rod Serling

As a longtime hardcore fan of The Twilight Zone, I’ve been wondering when Hollywood would finally get around to telling the story of the man who created the iconic series... Rod Serling.

Well, Production Weekly is reporting that Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly will write and direct a biopic that will tell the life story of Rod Serling. There’s no word on how much of Serling’s life that film will cover, but I imagine a good chunk of it will focus on his time developing The Twilight Zone. There’s a lot to cover in Serling’s life, though!

He served in WWII and wrote, directed, and acted in radio shows during college while at the same time testing parachutes for the Air Force. As he started to build a reputation and explore more controversial topics in his projects, he found himself facing off with corporate sponsors who wanted to censor him.
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Donnie Darko’s Richard Kelly to direct Rod Serling biopic

It seems that Donnie Darko and Southland Tales director Richard Kelly is set to get back behind the camera for the first time in a decade, with The Gww reporting that he is set to direct a biopic of The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling.

Serling certainly had an interesting life, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II (his experiences leading him to becoming an outspoken antiwar activist) before embarking on a career in radio and television which included creating the beloved The Twilight Zone anthology series and its horror successor Night Gallery.

Kelly, who broke onto the scene with his acclaimed 2001 debut Donnie Darko, was last in the director’s chair for 2009’s The Box, which was based on the Richard Matheson short story Button, Button, which had previously been adapted as an episode of the 80s version of The Twilight Zone.

The filmmaker has been attached
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‘Criminal Minds’ Creator Jeff Davis Inks Overall Deal With Fox Entertainment

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Jeff Davis has signed an exclusive broadcast-only overall deal with Fox Entertainment. This marks the first such deal for Fox since the broadcaster became a standalone entity following the 21st Century Fox-Disney merger.

“Jeff is a singular talent with a unique voice. His ability to create an incredibly wide range of shows – from character-driven procedurals like ‘Criminal Minds’ to pop culture-piercing coming-of-age stories like ‘Teen Wolf’ – is what makes this deal so significant,” said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment. “As the company’s first direct overall deal, it has even greater significance because it underscores our commitment to being in business with the industry’s best creators – and offering them flexibility and backend, both rare commodities in today’s marketplace.”

Under the terms of the deal, Davis will develop scripted dramas for Fox. Davis created CBS’ hit series, “Criminal Minds,” which is set to wrap
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‘Criminal Minds’ & ‘Teen Wolf’ Creator Jeff Davis Inks Broadcast-Only Overall Deal With Fox

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Jeff Davis has signed a direct, exclusive, broadcast-only overall deal with Fox. Under the agreement, the Criminal Minds and Teen Wolf creator will develop scripted dramas for the Fox network in what marks Fox Entertainment’s first direct, overall term deal.

The pact, announced today during Fox’s presentation at the TCA summer press tour, marks the first talent deal signed by the Fox broadcast network since its split from studio 20th Century Fox TV earlier this year following the completion of the Disney-Fox acquisition.

Signing overall and development/script deals directly with writers and develop projects internally before laying them off at outside studios was a key part of the strategy laid out by Fox brass last summer as it prepared for a future as an independent.

“Jeff is a singular talent with a unique voice. His ability to create an incredibly wide range of shows – from character-driven
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Fox Signs ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Teen Wolf’ Creator Jeff Davis to Overall Deal

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Fox Signs ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Teen Wolf’ Creator Jeff Davis to Overall Deal
“Criminal Minds” and “Teen Wolf” creator Jeff Davis has signed an exclusive, broadcast-only overall deal with Fox Entertainment, the network announced on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Davis will develop scripted dramas for the Fox network. The agreement marks Fox Entertainment’s first direct, overall term deal.

“Jeff is a singular talent with a unique voice. His ability to create an incredibly wide range of shows – from character-driven procedurals like ‘Criminal Minds’ to pop culture-piercing coming-of-age stories like ‘Teen Wolf’ – is what makes this deal so significant,” Michael Thorn, entertainment president of Fox, said. “As the company’s first direct overall deal, it has even greater significance because it underscores our commitment to being in business with the industry’s best creators – and offering them flexibility and backend, both rare commodities in today’s marketplace.”

Also Read: Fox Acquires 'Bob's Burgers' Animation Studio Bento Box Entertainment
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Creepshow Returns to Pulpy Roots

David Crow Jul 24, 2019

We chat with The Walking Dead's Greg Nicotero and Giancarlo Esposito about bringing Creepshow back for a new generation.

If it wasn’t for Creepshow, Greg Nicotero might’ve been a doctor. That’s at least one way of looking at it, which Nicotero seems more than open to consider when he sits down for a whirlwind of interviews at San Diego Comic-Con. Once medical school bound, and in the footsteps of his father, Nicotero instead had a chance meeting at the age of 15 with George A. Romero, the beloved cult auteur of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead. Granted the latter two hadn’t been made when Nicotero met the filmmaker, but The Crazies had, which Nicotero’s uncle had starred in. And when the young man bumped into Romero at a restaurant, the director happened to
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Arte Johnson Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Laugh-In’ Standout Was 90

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Arte Johnson Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘Laugh-In’ Standout Was 90
Arte Johnson, who won an Emmy for his memorable work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and worked in TV and film for nearly half a century, died early Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, his family said announced. He was 90 and had battled bladder and prostate cancer for the past three years.

Johnson earned three consecutive Emmy noms for Laugh-In from 1969-71, winning the first year. He was part of the politically tinged NBC sketch series’ main cast from its launch in January 1968 until 1971, playing myriad characters in the show that launched the careers of such stars as Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Henry Gibson, Jo Anne Worley and many others.

Among his most popular characters was Wolfgang, a cigarette-smoking German soldier who believed that World War II was still ongoing, as he scouted the show while hidden behind bushes. He would then invariably comment on the preceding sketch
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‘Krypton’ Spinoff Featuring DC’s Lobo in Development at Syfy

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Comics’ “ultimate bastich” is coming to TV.

NBCUniversal’s Syfy network said it would develop a new series featuring the DC Comics character Lobo with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The alien bounty hunter, originally created as a spoof of ultra-violent figures from rival Marvel like Wolverine or The Punisher, makes an appearance in the second season of Syfy’s “Krypton,” which debuts Wednesday on the network. Lobo has long been portrayed as one of the strongest and most dangerous characters in the DC Universe — and one of its most foul-mouthed (“bastich” is one of the character’s favorite epithets).

Cameron Welsh, executive producer of “Krypton,” will serve as executive producer and writer of the new series. Emmett J. Scanlan plays the character in “Krypton,” and is expected to star as the character in the spin-off.

Lobo first appeared in the comics in 1983, introduced as a villain. Over time, however, he became a hero,
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Kip Niven Dies: ‘Magnum Force’ Rogue Cop & Actor In ‘Alice’, ‘The Waltons’ & Sensurround Films Was 73

Kip Niven Dies: ‘Magnum Force’ Rogue Cop & Actor In ‘Alice’, ‘The Waltons’ & Sensurround Films Was 73
Kip Niven, a veteran character actor whose career ranged from early-’70s TV and the first two Sensurround films to regional theater and starring in 2014’s Jayhawkers, has died. He was 73. Local media outlets in his native Kansas City, Mo, said Niven died Monday of a heart attack.

Born on May 27, 1945, he got his start with guest roles in such 1970s TV dramas as Night Gallery, Escape and Emergency! before landing a key role in the first Dirty Harry sequel. In 1973’s Magnum Force, Niven played “Red” Astrachan, one of the vigilante rookie cops who terrorize San Francisco’s underworld — and eventually Clint Eastwood, who eventually gets his revenge. Astrachan’s comrades were played by future stars Robert Urich, Tim Matheson and David Soul.

After that, Niven would appear in dozens of TV shows and more than a dozen features including Earthquake (1974) and Midway (1976), the first two movies released in
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Sidney Sheinberg, Universal Exec Credited With Discovering Steven Spielberg, Dies at 84

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Sidney Sheinberg, Universal Exec Credited With Discovering Steven Spielberg, Dies at 84
Sid Sheinberg, the longtime president and chief operating officer of McA and Universal Studios who is also credited for discovering Stephen Spielberg, died Thursday. He was 84.

His son, producer and director Jon Sheinberg, made the news public on Instagram. A cause of death was not disclosed.

“Sadly my dad (Sid Sheinberg) died today,” Jonathan Sheinberg wrote. “He was an amazing man and will be missed very much. We loved him tremendously and will forever miss him.”

Also Read: Marshall Brodien, Who Played Wizzo the Wizard on 'The Bozo Show,' Dies at 84

“My heart is broken at this news. For now let me just say that Sid had a big personality and a tender heart,” Spielberg said in a statement through Amblin Entertainment late Thursday. “He was the tallest most stand up guy I ever knew. He gave birth to my career and made Universal my home.

“He gave me ‘Jaws,
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Exclusive Photos: In Memoriam Character Actors Dick Miller and Julie Adams

Chicago – They often are the background people, the best friends or townspeople in various film and TV parts. Two character actors, who have over 200 roles between them, passed away recently. Dick Miller and Julie Adams were both previous subjects for the lens of photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com.

’That Guy’ Dick Miller in 2014

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Dick Miller has over 100 film credits under his belt, and was a go-to guy during the golden age (1960s and ‘70s) in many of director Roger Corman productions, the cheap and quick films that audiences loved during the era. His Corman films include “The Little Shop of Horrors” (1960), “X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes” (1963), “The Wild Angels” (1966), “Big Bad Mama” (1974) and “Capone” (1975). He also did small and larger parts in mainstream titles such as “The Dirty Dozen” (1967), “Executive Action” (1973), “New York, New York” (1977), “All the Right Moves
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Julie Adams Has Passed Away

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If you have a special place in your heart for the movies of the Universal Monsters, then you may also cherish the character of Kay Lawrence, played by Julie Adams in 1954's Creature from the Black Lagoon. Although her memory will live on forever, it is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Adams' passing at the age of 92.

The news of Julie Adams' passing comes from her official website (via Variety). According to Variety, Adams passed away in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 3rd.

Adams is perhaps best known as the aforementioned Kay Lawrence, who becomes the target of the Gill-man's unrequited love in Creature from the Black Lagoon (in which Adams was credited as "Julia Adams"). In addition to the classic Universal Monsters movie, Adams has over 140 screen credits (according to IMDb) in a career that spanned seven decades.

Adams appeared in a wide range of
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DeWanda Wise and Jessica Williams head to The Twilight Zone

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It) and Jessica Williams (2 Dope Queens) have signed on to appear in an episode of the Jordan Peele-produced reboot of The Twilight Zone.

Details on the specific episode are being kept under wraps, but Wise and Williams will appear alongside Lucinda Dryzek (Holby City), Jefferson White (Yellowstone), and Jonathan Whitesell (Once Upon a Time).

Other actors set to appear in the revival of the classic Rod Serling anthology series include Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), John Cho (Searching), Allison Tolman (Fargo), Jacob Tremblay (The Predator), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Sanaa Lathan (The Affair).

See Also: Syfy rebooting Rod Serling’s Night Gallery

The Twilight Zone is expected to premiere on CBS All Access at some point later in the year.

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Donald Moffat, Prolific Broadway, Film and TV Actor, Dies at 87

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Donald Moffat, Prolific Broadway, Film and TV Actor, Dies at 87
Donald Moffat, a prolific character actor with over 200 credits who appeared on Broaday, film and television during a career spanning nearly fifty years, died Thursday in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The actor suffered a recent stroke, his daughter told the New York Times.

Born in England in 1930, Moffat studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and began his career at the Old Vic Theatre company in London before briefly quitting acting to move to the United States in 1956 with his American-born first wife. After several months working odd jobs, Moffat returned to acting, eventually making the jump to a successful career on Broadway. He was nominated for Tony for Best Actor in a Play in 1967 for roles in “The Wild Duck” and “Right You Are If You Think You Are.”

Moffat
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Sondra Locke Dies: Oscar Nominee & Clint Eastwood Co-Star/Ex Was 74

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Sondra Locke Dies: Oscar Nominee & Clint Eastwood Co-Star/Ex Was 74
Sondra Locke, who earned an Oscar nomination for her first film and went on to co-star with then-boyfriend — and later nemesis — Clint Eastwood in a half-dozen films, has died. She was 74.

Locke died November 3, but her death has just been reported. Radar Online first reported the news, saying she died of complications from breast and bone cancer.

Locke scored a Supporting Actress Oscar nom for 1968’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, her screen debut. She also picked a pair of Golden Globes noms for the film as Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer.

She continued to work in film and television into the mid-1970s, when Eastwood cast her in his 1976 Western The Outlaw Josey Wales. They would go on to star together in The Gauntlet (1977), Bronco Billy (1980) and the Dirty Harry film Sudden Impact (1983) — all of which Eastwood also directed — along with the streetfighter romp Every Which Way but Loose
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Steven Yeun and Greg Kinnear join The Twilight Zone

As filming continues on CBS All Access’ relaunch of The Twilight Zone, it has been announced that Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Greg Kinnear (House of Cards) have both signed on to appear in episodes.

Collider reports that Yeun is set to play the title role in an episode called ‘The Traveler’, which revolves around a mysterious traveler and two police officers. Kinnear will also appear in the same episode, but his role is unconfirmed.

The new take on the classic Rod Serling anthology series is being executive produced by Jordan Peele, who is also serving as host. Previously announced cast members include John Cho, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Allison Tolman and Jacob Tremblay.

See Also: Syfy rebooting Rod Serling’s Night Gallery

The Twilight Zone is expected to premiere on CBS All Access at some point during 2019.

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Syfy rebooting Rod Serling’s Night Gallery

With a new iteration of The Twilight Zone incoming from CBS All Access and executive producer Jordan Peele, Deadline is reporting that Syfy is looking to revive another of Rod Serling’s classic anthology series with a reboot of Night Gallery.

The new project is being developed by Jeff Davis (Teen Wolf) and David Janollari and will reportedly update the series for the digital age, featuring “dark and twisted morality tales [which] will explore and exploit every modern nightmare imaginable, mining our fears of the dangers of social media.”

Serling’s follow-up to The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery ran from 1969 to 1973 on NBC and featured stories with a supernatural twist. It’s notable for giving Steven Spielberg his first professional directing credit, with the legendary filmmaker directing a segment in the pilot episode as well as another in the first season.

Via Deadline

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