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R.I.P. Theodore J. Flicker, Creator of ‘Barney Miller’

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Theodore J. Flicker, the co-creator of the Emmy-winning sitcom Barney Miller, died last night in his sleep in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 84.  It was confirmed by his nephew, director Jonathan M. Flicker today. Known for its deadpan comedy banter and one act play-like structure, Barney Miller, which Flicker co-owned, took place in a fictional 12th precinct Greenwich Village police station, with the action largely occurring between two sets: the detective's squad room and… Read

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Toronto Spotlight: ‘The Forger’s John Travolta On Robin Williams, And How An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks

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EXCLUSIVE: During a long leading man career that spans films like Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Hairspray, Urban Cowboy, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty and so many others, John Travolta has mastered everything from riding a mechanical bull to singing, dancing the two-step and executing disco gyrations that could clear polyester shirted rivals off a dance floor in a fast walk of shame. Tonight, Travolta premieres his latest, the crime thriller The Forger, and you want to guess… Read

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R.I.P. Actor Richard Kiel — James Bond Villain & ‘Twilight Zone’ Kanamit

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The towering actor who played the mercenary assassin Jaws in a pair of Roger Moore-era 007 movies and the enigmatic alien in one of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone died today. Richard Kiel would have turned 75 on Saturday. His agent of 35 years, Steven Stevens Sr, told Deadline that Kiel died this afternoon at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA. The 7-foot-2 actor with the crooked smile got his start in early-1060s TV, appearing in such series as Laramie… Read

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R.I.P. ‘Chicago Fire’ Actress Molly Glynn

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Molly Glynn, a mainstay of Chicago's supercharged theater scene, died Saturday after being struck by a tree while cycling with her husband during a sudden thunderstorm, according to the Chicago Tribune. She was 46 and leaves, along with her husband, fellow thesp Joe Foust, sons Chance, 17, and Declan, 13. In addition to playing an ER nurse on Chicago Fire, Glynn also appeared on the Starz series Boss. She was a longtime regular at the city's top-tier theaters, including… Read

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R.I.P. Newsman Bruce Morton

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The Emmy- and Peabody-winning TV and radio newsman died today of cancer at his Washington D.C. home. Bruce Morton was 83. He spent nearly three decades at CBS News, where he covered the Vietnam War, the space program, presidential campaigns, the Nixon impeachment hearings, the mid-'60s urban riots and contributed to the network's reports on the assassinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr and the unrest in China's Tienanmen Square. He moved to… Read

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Joan Rivers Dies At 81

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After being taken to a hospital in cardiac arrest last week, Emmy-winning comedian Joan Rivers died today in New York. She was 81. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 PM surrounded by family and close friends.” The veteran performer loomed sufficiently large in the pop culture world that cable news networks interrupted programming to report news of her death… Read

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R.I.P. Music Executive & Producer David Anderle

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The veteran record producer and music industry executive died September 1 of cancer at his Los Angeles home. David Anderle was 77. During a 35-year career, he worked with such storied acts as the Doors, Frank Zappa, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge and Delaney & Bonnie and served as music supervisor for numerous films including Good Morning, Vietnam, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Scrooged and Soul Man. His friendship with the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson led to the… Read

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R.I.P. Character Actor Stephen Lee

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The man who played the annoying but thorough cabinet installer/nap-desk modifier on Seinfeld has died. Stephen Lee died August 14 of a heart attack in his Los Angeles home, police said. He was 58. The veteran character actor racked up scores of credits, mostly TV shows but also on the big screen. The Englewood, NJ, native began his career in the early 1980s, appearing on such TV dramas as Hart To Hart, Remington Steele, Scarecrow And Mrs. King and Hill Street Blues. He… Read

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Voltage Sets John Moore And William Wisher For Pierce Brosnan-Starrer ‘I.T.’

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EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Films has set John Moore to direct and William Wisher Jr. to rewrite I.T., the thriller that will star November Man's Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan will play a successful publisher whose relationship with a young I.T. consultant sours. He soon finds the former friend is using technology to threaten his family, business, and life. Wisher's credits include Terminator 2 and Live Free Or Die Hard; Moore most recently helmed A Good Day To Die Hard. The film will… Read

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Richard Attenborough Appreciation: A True Filmmaking Giant On Both Sides Of The Camera

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Lord Richard Attenborough was an Oscar winner. In fact he had two Oscars for both producing and directing 1982's elegant epic biopic, Gandhi. But considering the breadth of his career not only in those capacities, but particularly as an actor, it is astounding to me that the Gandhi wins represented his only nominations in a six-decade career that memorably started with the British World War II classic In Which We Serve in 1942. As an actor, Attenborough deserved far… Read

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R.I.P. ‘Saturday Night Live’ Announcer Don Pardo

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The NBC announcer who introduced Saturday Night Live died today. Don Pardo's daughter Paula confirmed his death to CBS Radio News. He was 96. Pardo was NBC's staff announcer for more than 60 years. His exuberant, booming voice was familiar to generations of Americans on radio and TV, commercials and game shows, news and sports: His was the voice that announced, in November, 1963, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On the original version of Jeopardy!, host… Read

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R.I.P. Producer Peter McAlevey

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The man who teamed with Michael Douglas to launch Columbia-based production outfit Stonebridge Entertainment died today of cancer in L.A. Peter McAlevey was 58. The Suffern, NY, native was working as a Newsweek entertainment writer when Jeffrey Katzenberg recruited him to the new Disney team. During McAlevey's tenure there, he partnered with Michael Douglas on Stonebridge, where they produced such films as Flatliners (1990), Double Impact (1991), and Radio Flyer (1992)… Read

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