On this day in 1980, the world was shocked to hear that musician and former Beatle, JOHN LENNON, was shot to death while entering his residence in New York City’s famed Dakota Building by a deranged, obsessed fan.
On this day in 1982, Universal Pictures released witer/director ALAN J. PAKULA’S epic romance SOPHIE’S CHOICE. MERYL STREEP, KEVIN KLINE and PETER McNICOL starred in this deeply moving story that managed to tear the hearts out of most viewers and won STREEP her second Academy Award.
On this day in 1982, Paramount Pictures released 48 HOURS. An old school ‘buddy movie’ directed by WALTER HILL and starring NICK NOLTE and EDDIE MURPHY as a tough cop and a cool conman who team up to catch a killer.
The odd-ball pairing of NOLTE and MURPHY was an absolute audience pleaser.
Summit Entertainment has wasted no time moving ahead with the next installment in Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling “Twilight” series, “New Moon.” But in an unusual move after the successful launch of a franchise that has already generated $138.6 million, the upstart distrib is not bringing director Catherine Hardwicke back to direct the picture. Summit and Hardwicke cite Summit’s wish to rush the movie into production as one reason for their split. Summit wants to release the picture, which will demand substantial CGI work, by the end of 2009 or the start of 2010. A former production designer, Hardwicke wanted more prep time.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Beverly Garland, the B-movie actress who starred in 1950s cult hits like “Swamp Women” and “Not of This Earth” and who went on to play Fred MacMurray’s TV wife on “My Three Sons,” has died. She was 82.
Garland died Friday at her Hollywood Hills home after a lengthy illness, her son-in-law Packy Smith told the Los Angeles Times.
Garland made her film debut in the 1950 noir classic “D.O.A.,” launching a 50-year career that included 40 movies and dozens of television shows.
She gained cult status for playing gutsy women in low-budget exploitation films such as “The Alligator People” and a number of Roger Corman movies including “Gunslinger,”"It Conquered the World” and “Naked Paradise.”
“I never considered myself very much of a passive kind of actress,” she said in a 1985 interview with Fangoria magazine. “I was never very comfortable in love scenes, never comfortable playing a sweet, lovable lady.”
Garland showed her comedic chops as Bing Crosby’s wife in the short-lived sitcom “The Bing Crosby Show” in the mid-’60s.
She went on to be cast in “My Three Sons” as the second wife of MacMurray’s widower Steve Douglas during the last three seasons of the popular series that aired from 1960 to 1972.
Her television credits also include “Remington Steele,”"Scarecrow and Mrs. King,”"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,”"Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and “7th Heaven.”
Garland was born Beverly Fessenden in Santa Cruz, Calif., in 1926, and grew up in Glendale. She became Beverly Garland when she married actor Richard Garland. They were divorced in 1953 after less than four years of marriage.
In 1960, she married real estate developer Fillmore Crank, and the couple built a mission-style hotel in North Hollywood, now called Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn. Garland, whose husband died in 1999, remained involved in running the North Hollywood hotel.
She was the honorary mayor of North Hollywood and served on the boards of the California Tourism Corp. and the Greater Los Angeles Visitors and Convention Bureau.
The man who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term “sci-fi” was 92.
Kevin Burns, head of Prometheus Entertainment and a trustee of Ackerman’s estate, says Ackerman died Thursday of heart failure at his Los Angeles home.
MILK screenwriter DUSTIN LANCE BLACK is not unaware that there are some who feel that, if the film had been released two or three months earlier, it may have had a more positive effect on the outcome of California’s Proposition 8 campaign.
BLACK talked about this at a recent MILK press conference. Listen in below:
Notes of Interest
Freshman Series Update:
Here is an updated status report of the freshman 2008 entries:
Life on Mars: moving to Wednesday at 10 p.m. out of Lost in January
Opportunity Knocks: pulled from the schedule and not expected back
The Ex List: canceled; Canadian drama Flashpoint will fill the Friday 9 p.m. hour in January
Eleventh Hour: five additional episodes ordered, bringing the total to 18
Gary Unmarried: renewed for seven additional episodes, plus two more scripts
The Mentalist: full season pick-up; the new hit of the season
Worst Week: three additional episodes ordered, bringing the total to 16NBC
America’s Toughest Jobs: gone and quickly forgotten
Crusoe: moving to Saturday to burn off the final episodes
Kath & Kim: full season pick-up despite anemic ratings
Knight Rider: episode order trimmed from 22 to 17
My Own Worst Enemy: canceled; final episode scheduled for Dec. 15
Do Not Disturb: first freshman cancellation of the season
Fringe: full season pick-up; airing out of American Idol in first quarter 2009 will give it a boost
Hole in the Wall: moving into the Sunday 7 p.m. hour on Jan. 18
Easy Money (MRC): canceled and replaced with a repeat of Jericho
In Harm’s Way (MRC): canceled and replaced with a Sunday movie
90210: full season pick-up
Privileged: five more episodes ordered, bringing total to 18
Stylista: no chance of surviving past season one
Valentine (MRC): canceled and replaced with a Sunday movie
Showtime has renewed David Duchovny sitcom Californication for a third season, with an order for 12 additional episodes. Production will begin next spring.
Brady Bunch Marathon on TV Land:
TV Land will ring in the New Year with The Jan First Brady Marathon, a six-hour (12-episode) block of episodes from classic The Brady Bunch focused on troubled middle daughter Jan (Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!). In other TV Land news, the new season of non-scripted High School Reunion will return on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 10 p.m. ET.
On a Sad Note:
Paul Benedict, the actor who played wacky neighbor Harry Bentley on sitcom The Jeffersons has passed away. He was 70 years-old. Benedict began his acting career in the 1960s in the Theatre Company of Boston and was most recently seen in 2008 comedy Side by Each.
It’s a big season for actress KATE WINSLET. She’s starring in the big screen adaptation of the best selling novel THE READER and reteaming with her TITANIC co-star, LEONARDO DiCAPRIO, in SAM MENDES’ epic period piece, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD. Both films are being marketed as Academy Award contenders with WINSLET being mentioned in two categories (Best Actress and Supporting Actress).
We spoke with KATE WINSLET at the recent REVOLUTIONARY ROAD press conference and she talked about her unique situation. Listen in below:
Academy Award winner ADRIAN BRODY takes on the role of real life music mogul LEONARD CHESS in the musical biopic CADILLAC RECORDS. Surrounded by some of the most famous actors in the world playing some of the most famous musicians in the world, BRODY tells us that shooting the film was an amazing experience. Listen in below: