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Michael Douglas' Mother, Diana Douglas Webster, Dies at 92

Michael Douglas' Mother, Diana Douglas Webster, Dies at 92
Diana Douglas Webster has died at the age of 92, Variety reports. The mother of Oscar winner Michael Douglas passed away from cancer on Saturday, July 4. The Devonshire, Bermuda, native got her acting start in the late 1940s, and appeared in shows such as The Cowboys, N.Y.P.D., Days of Our Lives, The Waltons, Dynasty, The West Wing, and The Paper Chase. The stage actress also appeared in over 20 films throughout her career. She's perhaps best known for her work in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and It [...]
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Pitt Former TV Co-Star Kallsen Dead at 48, Emmy Nominee Meadows dead at 95, Oscar nominee Mankiewicz dead at 93

Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen Brad Pitt 'Glory Days' costar Nicholas Kallsen dead at 48 Nicholas Kallsen, who was featured opposite Brad Pitt in the short-lived television series Glory Days, has died at age 48 in Thailand according to online reports. Their source is one of Rupert Murdoch's rags, citing a Facebook posting by one of the actor's friends. The cause of death was purportedly – no specific source was provided – a drug overdose.* Aired on Fox in July 1990, Glory Days told the story of four high-school friends whose paths take different directions after graduation. Besides Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt, the show also featured Spike Alexander and Evan Mirand. Glory Days lasted a mere six episodes – two of which directed by former Happy Days actor Anson Williams – before its cancellation. Roommates Nicholas Kallsen and Brad Pitt vying for same 'Thelma & Louise' role? The Murdoch tabloid also
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R.I.P. Game Show Host Geoff Edwards

The veteran TV game show host, actor and radio personality died today of pneumonia at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Geoff Edwards was 83. He hosted a series of game shows from the 1970s into the early ’90s, including Jackpot!, The New Treasure Hunt, a later version called Treasure Hunt, Shoot For The Stars, Play It By Ear and Chain Reaction. He might be best known to viewers in the Golden State as the longtime host of The Big Spin, the California Lottery’s TV show. He also appeared on a number of TV series ranging from Petticoat Junction and I Dream Of Jeannie to The Paper Chase, Diff’rent Strokes and Trapper John, M.D. and was the straight man to the star on NBC’s short-lived variety series The Bobby Darin Show in 1973. Edwards was a regular on Southern California radio for decades, starting in San
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R.I.P. TV Writer Mann Rubin

The prolific scribe wrote and/or scripted episodes for dozens of network series. Mann Rubin died during the weekend in West Hills, CA, after a long illness. He was 86. After a stint in the Army, the Brooklyn native started his career writing for comic books and penned several short stories for Alfred Hitchcock Magazine. His first TV writing gig was for Studio One in Hollywood, and he went on to such 1950s shows as Tales Of Tomorrow, Justice and Climax! During the next three decades he penned episodes of such popular series as Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Mission: Impossible, The Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man, Starsky and Hutch, Quincy, M.E., Barnaby Jones, The Rockford Files Dynasty, Knots Landing and The Paper Chase. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1959 Hope Lange-Stephen Boyd drama The Best Of Everything. More recently, Rubin taught screenwriting at
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R.I.P. William Froug

Emmy winner William Froug, a TV writer, producer and executive who also taught, authored books and was active in the WGA, died August 25 of natural causes in a Sarasota, Fl hospice. He was 91. After a Navy stint in the Pacific during World War II, the NYC native sold his first novella to True Detective magazine in 1946. He transitioned to writing, directing and producing for radio, rising to VP Programs at CBS Radio in Hollywood by 1956. Froug followed the business to TV, contributing as a writer-producer to such series as The Twilight Zone, Playhouse 90 and Gilligan’s Island. He won an Emmy and PGA Award in 1958 for the telefilm Eddie, starring Mickey Rooney, and shared an Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy nom for Bewitched in 1967. His other small-screen credits include Bonanza, Charlie’s Angels, Quincy, M.E. and The Paper Chase. In 1987, he received the WGA’s Valentine Davies Award for
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Corey Allen obituary

Actor who co-starred with James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, he went on to become a TV director

Corey Allen, who has died aged 75, belonged to that category of film actors who became famous by association. Allen played Buzz Gunderson, the motorcycle gang leader in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), opposite James Dean as Jim Stark. Since the recent death of his one-time room-mate Dennis Hopper, Allen was the last survivor among the leading performers in the film. Dean died in a car crash shortly before its release, and Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo also died prematurely.

Buzz was a relatively small role, but an extremely significant and memorable one. Wearing a leather jacket and white T-shirt, which clashes with Jim's bright red jacket, Buzz challenges him to a "chicken run" – driving two stolen cars towards the edge of a seaside bluff at high speed, with the first one to
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The Exterminator Dead At 60

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The Exterminator Dead At 60
The actor who played The Exterminator has lost his battle with cancer.

Robert Ginty, 60, had a varied career as an actor and director in TV, film and on stage but he was best known as the star of 1980 film The Exterminator.

He appeared in TV shows The Paper Chase and Falcon Crest and 1980s films like Warrior of the Lost World, The Alchemist and the Exterminator sequel. He also appeared in classic 1978 movie Coming Home

Ginty wrote, directed and appeared in The Bounty Hunter in 1989 and produced, directed and acted in Vietnam, Texas a year later.

Actor Robert Ginty dies

Los Angeles - Actor Robert Ginty, who starred in the movie The Exterminator, has died aged 60 in Los Angeles from cancer, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1948, Ginty started his showbiz career as a rock drummer who played with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, but switched to acting after his band appeared in a film. Ginty's TV acting career included roles in hits like The Paper Chase, Falcon Crest and Hawaiian Heat. On the big screen he was most famous for his roles in action movies like The Exterminator, Warrior of the Lost World and Exterminator 2. He
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Broadway Actor Manning Dies

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Broadway, television and film star Jack Manning has died, aged 93.

Manning died on 31 August at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

The star made his Broadway debut in the 1941 hit comedy Junior Miss, before opening in Broadway's Harriet in 1943 and later taking on roles as Roderigo in Othello and as Tweedledee in Eva Le Gallienne’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

Manning also appeared in the original Broadway cast of the 1965 musical Do I Hear a Waltz? by Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents.

He enjoyed small screen success performing in a critically acclaimed TV adaptation of Hamlet and with a starring role in The Paper Chase.

He also racked up a number of guest appearances on TV programmes Studio One, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Here’s Lucy, Kojak and The Waltons, among others.

His film credits include Walk East on Beacon, Where’s Poppa?, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid and The Great Waldo Pepper.

Manning went on to teach acting at his own studios in New York and Los Angeles.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Ann Smith, a son, two daughters, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

DVD Playhouse--March 2009

DVD Playhouse—March 2009

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Allen Gardner

Let The Right One In (Magnolia) An awkward 12 year-old boy, ignored by his mother and the target of bullies, finds himself drawn to his new neighbor: a girl his own age who only appears at night, and seems herself to be as lonely an outcast as he. Haunting film from Sweden is best described as The 400 Blows meets Nosferatu, and contains some of the most haunting imagery of any film in recent memory. Truly a unique and memorable work. Bonuses: Deleted scenes; Featurette; Photo and poster gallery. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.

Paramount Centennial Collection Paramount offers two more classic titles, restored, remastered and loaded with extras. Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief stars Cary Grant as a retired jewel thief trying to enjoy his sunset years on the French Riviera with a minimum of drama, until he catches the eye of a high-maintenance heiress (Grace Kelly,
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