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    Stanley Kallis, TV Producer of ‘Hawaii Five-O,’ ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Dies at 88

    Television producer and writer Stanley Kallis, who worked on shows including “Hawaii Five-O” and “Mission: Impossible,” died at his home in Laguna Beach, Calif. on Jan. 28.

    He helped develop the concept for “Hawaii 5-0” for CBS with writer Leonard Freeman, then moved to producing “Mission: Impossible” with Peter Graves and Martin Landau before returning to “Hawaii 5-0” as executive producer.

    His next show as producer was “Police Story,” created by Joseph Wambaugh, which won the Emmy for drama series in 1976. In the late 70s, Kallis produced “Washington Behind Closed Doors,” a mini-series for ABC that won seven Emmy nominations.

    During the 1980s, he produced projects including “The Manions of America,” “Amber Waves,” “Two of a Kind,” “Columbo” and “The Glitter Dome,” also based on a Wambaugh novel.

    Kallis moved to Hollywood when his father Mischa Kallis became art director for Paramount Studios. After graduating UCLA, he became an assistant film editor.

    With backing from his father and brother, he wrote and produced three B-movies that led to a TV series, “The Law and Mr. Jones,” starring James Whitmore. His first TV writing credit came on “Wagon Train” in 1959. He wrote and produced for the “Dick Powell Anthology” as well as “The Danny Thomas Hour.”
     
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    Hal Moore - Wikipedia

    Lt. General Hal Moore, author of We Were Soldiers Once, And Young (filmed in 2002 as We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson as Moore), detailing the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley (the United States' first large-unit battle of the Vietnam War), has died, two days short of his 95th birthday.
     
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    I grew up seeing his name on TV credits, but never knew he and Angela were related

    Bruce Lansbury, TV Producer and Brother of Angela Lansbury, Dies at 87

    Bruce Lansbury, the veteran TV producer and writer known for his work on The Wild Wild West, Wonder Woman and Murder, She Wrote, which starred his older sister, Angela Lansbury, has died. He was 87.

    The London-born Lansbury died Monday in La Quinta, Calif., after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter, Felicia Lansbury Meyer, told The Hollywood Reporter.

    His survivors also include his twin brother, Edgar Lansbury; he produced the popular 1970s Broadway revival of Gypsy that starred their sister and worked on films including The Wild Party (1975), directed by James Ivory.

    Lansbury also served as vp creative affairs for Paramount Television starting in the late 1960s, supervising such series as The Brady Bunch; Happy Days; The Odd Couple; Love, American Style; and Petrocelli.

    Lansbury demonstrated a flair for sci-fi and fantasy at points during his career, especially early on.

    He joined CBS' The Wild Wild West before its second season and assumed control of the futuristic Western in the summer of 1966 when the show's creator, Michael Garrison, died from injuries suffered in a fall in his home. Lansbury went on to produce 69 episodes of Wild Wild West before it was canceled in 1969 amid an outcry over violence on television.

    Lansbury then guided 43 installments of CBS' Mission: Impossible (1969-72), 38 episodes of ABC-CBS' Wonder Woman (1977-79), 20 of NBC's Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-80) and 21 of NBC's Knight Rider (1985-86).

    He also created the short-lived 1973-74 CBS series The Magician, starring Bill Bixby; wrote for NBC's The Powers of Matthew Star; and produced the 1987 telefilm The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and episodes of the 1977 NBC drama The Fantastic J

    Lansbury joined CBS' Murder, She Wrote at the start of the series' ninth season in 1992 and served as supervising producer on 88 episodes over four years, through the show's conclusion in May 1996. He also wrote 15 episodes.

    Lansbury was the son of Irish-born stage actress Moyna Macgill and Edgar Lansbury, a politician and timber merchant. His grandfather was George Lansbury, a former Labor Party leader in England and a member of Parliament.

    With the outbreak of World War II, he came to New York with his sister, brother and mother. The family then settled in Los Angeles in the mid-1940s, and he served in the U.S. Army and graduated from UCLA.

    Lansbury began his career in the business at WABC-TV in Los Angeles and then worked in program development at CBS in Los Angeles and New York.

    He married Mary Hassalevris in 1951 and remained with her until her 1996 death. In 1998, he married Gail England, and she survives him.

    His other survivors include his other daughter Christiane; grandchildren Alexandra, Michael, Audrey and William; great-grandsons Theo and Luc; and his wife's children Danielle and Jordan and her grandsons Robert and Jake.

    Still going strong, Angela Lansbury, 91, solved 12 seasons' worth of crimes as the novelist/amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. She also has won five Tony Awards and was nominated for three Academy Awards during her illustrious career.​
     
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    'One of the fathers of American film criticism': Time critic Richard Schickel dies at 84

    Richard Schickel, whose erudite prose and piercing critiques made him one of America’s most important film critics in an era when ciinema became increasingly ingrained in the cultural consciousness, died Saturday in Los Angeles from complications after a series of strokes, his family said. He was 84.

    In a career spanning five decades, thousands of reviews and dozens of books, Schickel chronicled Hollywood’s changing landscape, from the days when studios reigned with stars such as Katharine Hepburn to the rise of independent directors who summoned a new wave of realism that distilled the yearnings of a turbulent nation. A reviewer for Time magazine, Schickel had a legion of followers; he could be incisive and at times bruising in praising or panning a film.

    “He was one of the fathers of American film criticism,” said his daughter Erika Schickel, a writer. “He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on the page and in life.”

    In his 2015 memoir “Keepers: The Greatest Films — and Personal Favorites — of a Moviegoing Lifetime,” Richard Schickel wrote: “I just like to be there in the dark watching something — almost anything, if truth be known. In this habit — I don’t know if it is amiable or a mild, chronic illness — I have been indulged by wives, girlfriends, just plain friends and children. Of course, a lot of the time I’m alone, unashamedly killing an evening, no questions asked.”

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    Born in Milwaukee in 1933, Schickel estimated that he had seen 22,590 movies in his lifetime. The first was Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1938. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1964 and lectured at USC and Yale University.

    He is survived by daughters Erika and Jessica; step-daughter Ali Rubinstein; and grandchildren. ​
     
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    IMDb Message Boards - IMDb

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    The IMDb Message Boards passed away Sunday night, February 19, 2017. The forum had learned of its terminal condition a few weeks earlier.

    The IMDb MB had enjoyed a mostly well-behaved childhood, but became far more difficult to handle around 20o7 after being introduced to video games and the subgroup that plays them. A later interest in political matters would unfortunately develop into a pathological obsession, ultimately contributing to its premature demise.

    The forum is survived by thousands of devoted users.

    The IMDb MB asked that it be remembered as a place where movie lovers were able to exchange information and ideas, and that memorials in its name NOT be posted on Facebook or Twitter.
     
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    Miriam Colon, Latina Film and Theater Pioneer Known for ‘Scarface,’ Dies at 80

    Puerto Rican actress Miriam Colon, best known for playing Al Pacino’s mother in the 1983 film “Scarface,” has died. She as 80.

    Her husband told the AP that Colon died on Friday following medical complications from a pulmonary infection.

    While perhaps best known for appearing in Brian De Palma and Oliver Stone star-studded remake of the 1932 gangster film, Colon made her mark on the entertainment community through various film and television roles, as well as founding the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York.

    Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Colon began acting in high school and local plays until 1953 when she became the first Puerto Rican to enroll in the famed Actors Studio, founded by Elia Kazan.

    During her early career, Colon appeared in television shows including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and westerns such as “Gunsmoke,” and “Bonanza.” With several Broadway credits to her name, in the late 1960s she founded the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in Manhattan. Over the course of her decades-long career, Colon collected over 100 acting credits in film and television.​

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    Jack H. Harris, Producer of Cult Horror Classic 'The Blob,' Dies at 98

    Jack H. Harris, who produced the low-budget 1958 horror classic The Blob, died Tuesday. He was 98.

    Harris died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, his daughter, Lynda Resnick, announced.

    Paramount's The Blob, directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., starred Steve McQueen in his big-screen debut. In the film, an oozing, amoeba-like alien crashes on Earth in a meteorite, then expands as it sucks up people and menaces a small town in Pennsylvania.

    The movie, made for just $110,000, caught on with audiences and grossed more than $3 million.​
     
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    Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies at age of 87

    The author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, a Pulitzer prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker, died on Sunday. He was 87.

    Breslin died at his Manhattan home of complications from pneumonia, his stepdaughter, Emily Eldridge, said.

    Breslin was a fixture for decades in New York journalism, notably with the New York Daily News. It was Breslin, a rumpled bed of a reporter, who mounted a quixotic political campaign for citywide office in the 60s; who became the Son of Sam’s regular correspondent in the 70s; who exposed the city’s worst corruption scandal in decades in the 80s; who was pulled from a car and stripped to his underwear by Brooklyn rioters in the 90s.

    With his uncombed mop of hair and sneering Queens accent, he was like a character right out of his own work, and didn’t mind telling you.

    “I’m the best person ever to have a column in this business,” he once boasted. “There’s never been anybody in my league.”

    With typical disregard for authority, Breslin once took out a newspaper ad to “fire” ABC when it aired his short-lived TV show in a lousy time slot. The same year, he captured the 1986 Pulitzer for commentary and the George Polk award for metropolitan reporting. More than 20 years earlier, with Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe, he had helped create “New Journalism” – a more literary approach to news reporting.

    He was an acclaimed author, too, moving easily between genres. The Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight was his comic chronicle of the Brooklyn mob; Damon Runyon: A Life was an account of his spiritual predecessor; I Want to Thank My Brain for Remembering Me was a memoir.

    Breslin was to Queens Boulevard what Runyon was to Broadway – columnist, confessor and town crier, from the Pastrami King to Red McGuire’s saloon. He reveled in the borough, even as he moved far beyond it.
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    Lawrence Montaigne, 'Star Trek' Actor Who Nearly Replaced Leonard Nimoy, Dies at 86

    Lawrence Montaigne, who played a Romulan and then a Vulcan on episodes of the original Star Trek and at one point was lined up to replace Leonard Nimoy on the series, has died. He was 86.

    Montaigne, who also appeared in the Steve McQueen war classic The Great Escape (1963) and on TV's Batman as a robot controlled by the Joker, died Friday, his daughter, Jessica, reported on Facebook.

    Montaigne portrayed Decius on "Balance of Terror," the first-season, December 1966 episode that introduced the Romulan race — he has a memorable line, "Permit me the glory of the kill" — then played the Vulcan character Stonn on the second-season opener, "Amok Time," in September 1967.

    In a 2012 interview with the website StarTrek.com, the actor said that between the first and second seasons of the NBC show, Nimoy was in talks to join the CBS crime drama Mission: Impossible and producers wanted Montaigne to replace him (perhaps as Spock or as another character) if indeed he departed.

    "They did the contracts and the whole thing, but there was a stipulation in the contract that said if Leonard comes back, then the whole thing is over," he recalled. "I was going on the assumption that I was going to play Spock when my agent called and said, 'Leonard is coming back to do the show. He's in and you're out.'

    "A week or two later, they called me to do this role of Stonn, who was a Vulcan. It all boiled down to the fact that Leonard and I looked alike to a great extent. I guess that's what they were looking for with Stonn."

    In the StarTrek.com interview, Montaigne said that after Nimoy returned, "I moved on. This was the 1960s, and I was doing a whole bunch of shows and films and having the time of my life. So, when Spock didn't happen, it really didn't change my life in any way."

    In The Great Escape, directed by John Sturges, Montaigne played the Canadian P.O.W. Haynes, one of the prisoners who doesn't get out alive.

    Born in Brooklyn and raised in Rome, Montaigne early in his career appeared on Broadway, worked as a stuntman fencer in Scaramouche (1952) and danced in The Band Wagon (1953), starring Fred Astaire.

    On ABC's Batman, he played Mr. Glee, a lifelike robot who becomes a bank teller at the behest of the felonious funnyman the Joker (Cesar Romero). Montaigne appeared often on television, with roles on such shows as The Outer Limits, Burke's Law, Hogan's Heroes, Dr. Kildare, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The F.B.I. and McCloud.

    His body of film work also includes Tobruk (1967), The Power (1968), The Psycho Lover (1970) and Escape to Witch Mountain (1975).

    Montaigne wrote novels as well as an autobiography, 2006's A Vulcan Odyssey.

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