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#9326 Post by MichaelB » Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:15 am

Libuše Šafránková, prolific Czech actress who was the female lead in the Oscar-winning Kolya and worked with Jiří Menzel several times, but she’d be immortal in the Czech public consciousness even if she’d only ever played her most famous role, the title character in the local megablockbuster Three Wishes for Cinderella.

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#9327 Post by Aunt Peg » Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:31 am

Producer and director of one feature film Jerome Hellman https://variety.com/2021/film/news/jero ... 234984197/

Small but great line up of producer credits: The World of Henry Orient, A Fine Madness, Midnight Cowboy, The Day of the Locust, Coming Home, Promises in the Dark (which he also directed) and The Mosquito Coast.

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#9328 Post by britcom68 » Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:14 pm

The Rev. Dr. Kay Slocum

https://www.cedarmemorial.com/Obituary/ ... um-Dillon/

For those who missed my earlier post in the Some Like it Hot thread, this woman was an incredible pastor for the Lutheran church I attended in my hometown for several decades and was one of just a mere handful of cast members left standing of Some Like it Hot, as well as The Ten Commandments (1956).

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#9329 Post by Never Cursed » Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:23 pm


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#9330 Post by knives » Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:50 pm

How is Lex Luthor ever going to defeat Superman? (Also the single best thing about Network)
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#9331 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Sun Jun 13, 2021 7:53 pm

I’ll always remember him for Network and as the semi-incompetent hit man in Mikey and Nicky. A great actor and a nice example of the unusual looking characters that used to populate cinema.

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#9332 Post by esl » Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:12 pm

Never Cursed wrote:
Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:23 pm
Ned Beatty
No report I have read says where he died. I know that he lived for the past few years in Karlstad, Minnesota. My family is from there and I would see him when I came to visit, most recently two years ago on the local golf course. I have met many celebrities but who would think of meeting one in BFE Minnesota.

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#9333 Post by therewillbeblus » Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:50 pm

Even though the film is inconsistently successful at translating the source novel's thematic layers, Beatty's performance in Wise Blood is so perfectly suited to the character that he's arguably the most 'right' thing about the adaptation

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#9334 Post by domino harvey » Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:43 pm

I still mainly associate him with Roseanne from all my years as a kid watching reruns, but real talk the fact that he didn't win Best Supporting Actor for Network is a joke, especially when his costars ran the other three categories. His role is the textbook definition of stealing a movie with one scene

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#9335 Post by Pavel » Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:53 am

Beatrice Straight winning Supporting Actress for a single scene is also weird since her perf is far, far less memorable

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#9336 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:37 am

I fully agree with therewillbeblus about Beatty's great performance in Wise Blood where his character turns up late in the film and almost threatens to steal the show, which is perfectly appropriate for causing the main character to spiral off into his crisis!

Of course it may still be impossible for Beatty to be known for more than his debut of being forced to squeal like a piggy in Deliverance, which might still be the most intense (at least the most famous) male rape scene in cinema. One of Beatty's biggest roles though was musical, as Josef Locke in Hear My Song, especially in the finale (I had forgotten that it does a 'reverse Dr Strangelove' at the end!)

He also had a good run of comedy films too with the incredulous American General giving the best line in Thunderpants (the film about a farting kid becoming an astronaut and powering the shuttle with his emissions), and in Radioland Murders.
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#9337 Post by MichaelB » Mon Jun 14, 2021 4:20 am

esl wrote:
Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:12 pm
No report I have read says where he died.
At his home in Los Angeles, apparently.

(Source: manager Deborah Miller.)

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#9338 Post by Orlac » Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:22 am

colinr0380 wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:37 am

He also had a good run of comedy films too with the incredulous American General giving the best line in Thunderpants (the film about a farting kid becoming an astronaut and powering the shuttle with his emissions),
And there was me thinking Exorcist II was the most embarassing thing he'd have on his CV.

Love him as Otis - probably the sweetest accomplice to potential mass-murder ever!

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#9339 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:33 am

I presume Exorcist II is because of Beatty's connection to John Boorman after Deliverance. It may also be worth noting that Thunderpants is from the director of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and the first Garfield movie!

I had completely forgotten he was in the "Airport meets Airplane! but with a bus" disaster film parody The Big Bus too as the equivalent of the George Kennedy down to Earth blue collar engineer figure!

Oh God, and he was excellent as one of the couple obviously based on televangelists Jim and Tammy Fay Bakker in the Exorcist parody Repossessed, in which he carries on a film long murderously jealous vendetta against his wife's pampered poodle Foo Foo!

I wouldn't mind seeing in full some time that film he was in from master of the high concept made for TV disaster movie Jerry Jameson, The Deadly Tower, about the Charles Whitman shooting spree (with Kurt Russell as Whitman!)

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#9340 Post by bearcuborg » Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:02 pm

He was great in everything he was in, particularly the first couple seasons of Homicide. The book described the detective he was based on as big as a bear, and he was pretty damn heavy at that time. Kudos to him for losing a lot of weight, the next time I saw him in Cookie’s Fortune, he looked amazing.

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#9341 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Jun 16, 2021 11:05 am

Also I just found out that Ned Beatty (along with Andy Garcia!) was in the pilot of the Murder, She Wrote series!

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#9342 Post by Buttery Jeb » Thu Jun 17, 2021 5:08 pm

Frank Bonner, of Equinox and WKRP in Cincinnati fame.

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#9343 Post by Feego » Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:08 pm

John Paragon, Jambi the Genie on Pee-wee's Playhouse. By coincidence, I watched his starring turn in the Cannon Movie Tale The Frog Prince earlier this year. The film is as cheesy and low-rent as you would expect of a Golan-Globus children's production, but Paragon's performance was easily the best thing about it.

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#9344 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:54 am

Feego wrote:
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:08 pm
John Paragon, Jambi the Genie on Pee-wee's Playhouse. By coincidence, I watched his starring turn in the Cannon Movie Tale The Frog Prince earlier this year. The film is as cheesy and low-rent as you would expect of a Golan-Globus children's production, but Paragon's performance was easily the best thing about it.
Wow, no idea he was the guy on the left! (from Seinfeld)

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My appreciation for Pee-Wee has grown over the years - the films were all right, but the original children's show was really something. The Blu-ray set is exemplary, and even if it weren't for the massive technical upgrade (true HD from fresh scans of the original 16mm negative, they even re-did the VFX since they were originally done in SD video), the extras are amazing with some fond remembrances from people who got their start on the show. I only wish Phil Hartman was still around to contribute to that set.

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#9345 Post by GaryC » Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:40 pm

Jackie Lane, aged 79, best known for playing Dodo Chaplet, a Doctor Who companion, in 1966. She later left acting to become a theatre agent and one of her clients was fourth Doctor Tom Baker.

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#9346 Post by Jack Kubrick » Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:56 pm

John McAfee

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#9347 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Jun 23, 2021 5:51 pm

Jack Kubrick wrote:
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John McAfee
Has a movie been made on him? If not, given how crazy his life was, it's only a matter of time.

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#9348 Post by Professor Wagstaff » Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:10 pm

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote a script about him called King of the Jungle that keeps coming close to getting made. One iteration I think was supposed to star Michael Keaton.

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#9349 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:18 am

Not a film but Clint Basinger (of LGR) did a great little video about McAfee's history. McAfee's Twitter feed is a wild ride and there was even a conspiracy theory a couple of years back that he was the person behind the YouTube channel posting drone footage from Jeffrey Epstein's island.

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#9350 Post by Orlac » Thu Jun 24, 2021 5:33 am

GaryC wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:40 pm
Jackie Lane, aged 79, best known for playing Dodo Chaplet, a Doctor Who companion, in 1966. She later left acting to become a theatre agent and one of her clients was fourth Doctor Tom Baker.
Dodo started out as a Northern schoolgirl, then part way through her first full story, some BBC bigwig dictated she had to speak proper!

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