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David Hedison Dies: ‘Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea’ Actor Was 92

David Hedison Dies: ‘Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea’ Actor Was 92
David Hedison, an actor who appeared in Off Broadway productions by Clifford Odets and in the original version of horror sci-fi classic The Fly but is best known for his starring role in the popular ’60s adventure series Voyage To The Bottom of The Sea, died July 18 in Los Angeles. He was 92.

His death was announced by his daughters Alexandra and Serena, who were at his side when he “passed away peacefully,” the family reports.

Hedison, who began his career using his given name Al Hedison, was a native of Providence, Rhode Island, and discovered his passion for theater at Brown University. He studied under Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse and Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio, and was soon performing Off Broadway alongside Uta Hagen and Michael Redgrave (Hedison performed Off Broadway in 1956’s A Month in the Country under Redgrave’s direction).

In 1958, Hedison appeared, with Vincent Price,
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Friends, Batwoman, Pretty Little Liars: HBO Max Streaming Service Teases Programming and 2020 Launch

A new streaming giant is joining the scene. WarnerMedia just announced the programming lineup for their upcoming Svod platform, HBO Max.

The streaming service will feature TV shows and films from HBO, The CW, Cartoon Network, TNT, and more. Series include Friends, Pretty Little Liars, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and the upcoming series Perry Mason, Batwoman, and The Flight Attendant.

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HBO Adds John Lithgow to ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series

HBO Adds John Lithgow to ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series
John Lithgow has joined HBO’s upcoming “Perry Mason” limited series.

Lithgow joins a cast that includes “The Americans” star Matthew Rhys as the title character and “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany as Sister Alice. “Boardwalk Empire” alum Tim Van Patten will direct and executive produce the project.

Lithgow will play Elias Birchard “E.B.” Jonathan. HBO describes the character as “a personal attorney at the nadir of his career and a semi-regular employer of private investigator, Perry Mason. A mentor and a father figure to Mason, E.B. is handed the kind of case he hasn’t seen in years: a high-profile parallel investigation to the Lapd involving a case of child kidnapping.”

Also Read: Tatiana Maslany Joins Matthew Rhys on HBO's 'Perry Mason' Limited Series

Here’s the official logline for the series: 1932, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming!
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HBO's 'Perry Mason' Reboot Adds John Lithgow

HBO's Perry Mason limited series has added another big name to its cast.

Multiple Emmy winner John Lithgow will star opposite Matthew Rhys, who's playing the title character, and Tatiana Maslany. Perry Mason will be Lithgow's first series role since he played Winston Churchill in Netflix's The Crown.

Lithgow will play attorney Elias Birchard "E.B." Jonathan, a semiregular employer of private investigator Mason (Rhys) who's at the nadir of his legal career. He's a mentor and father figure to Perry and gets handed the kind of case he hasn't seen in years: a ...
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Tatiana Maslany Joins Matthew Rhys on HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series

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Tatiana Maslany Joins Matthew Rhys on HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series
Tatiana Maslany has joined Matthew Rhys on HBO’s upcoming “Perry Mason” limited series from Team Downey, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Boardwalk Empire” alum Tim Van Patten will direct and executive produce the project.

Maslany, who starred for five seasons on BBC America’s “Orphan Black,” will play as Sister Alice. The character is described as “a rare sight – the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, preaching three sermons a day (21 a week!) to a hungry congregation and a radio audience that spans the country. Entertainer, politician, God’s conduit to the City of Angels, Sister Alice wields great power when she speaks, and plans to use it in ways only she can know.”

Also Read: HBO's 'Perry Mason' Limited Series Gets Greenlight, Tim Van Patten to Direct and Executive Produce

Rhys stars as Perry Mason “at a time in his life when he
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Tatiana Maslany Joins Matthew Rhys in HBO's 'Perry Mason'

HBO's Perry Mason remake has cast a key role opposite Matthew Rhys.

Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany will join Rhys in the limited series, a new take on Erle Stanley Gardner's crusading defense attorney.

The series is set in 1932 Los Angeles, a boomtown despite the Great Depression, with oil, the Olympics, talking pictures and evangelical fervor all animating the city — along with a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong. The series will tell an origin story for Mason (Rhys), who when the story begins is not a lawyer but a down-on-his-luck private investigator.

When the case of the ...
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‘Sopranos’ & ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Director Hired To Helm HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Series Starring Matthew Rhys

After a long development process that saw original star Robert Downey, Jr. step away, the reimagined “Perry Mason” TV series is officially ready to go and has the green light from HBO to begin production. The go-ahead came just after it was announced that director Tim Van Patten has come aboard to helm the limited series that will now star Matthew Rhys in the title role.

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Matthew Rhys is coming for another Emmy as HBO orders ‘Perry Mason’ limited series

Matthew Rhys is coming for another Emmy as HBO orders ‘Perry Mason’ limited series
Should Matthew Rhys make room for another Emmy? HBO has picked up its limited series version of “Perry Mason,” starring the “Americans” alum in the titular role.

Set in 1932, the new series finds the iconic criminal defense lawyer during some lean years, when he is living paycheck-to-paycheck as a low-rent private investigator. Mason also has Ptsd from his war experience in France and is dealing with a broken marriage.

Here is the official logline:

1932, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe,
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HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series Gets Greenlight, Tim Van Patten to Direct and Executive Produce

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HBO has given the greenlight to its long-gestating “Perry Mason” limited series, which will be directed and executive produced by “Boardwalk Empire” alum Tim Van Patten.

Matthew Rhys stars as Perry Mason “at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.” Rhys, who wrapped up his starring role in FX’s “The Americans” last year, stepped in for “Avengers” star Robert Downey Jr., who departed the project as an actor earlier this year. Downey remains on board as an executive producer.

Van Patten was a director, executive producer and writer for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and also helmed episodes for “The Sopranos” and the pilot for “Game of Thrones.”

Also Read: Matthew Rhys Takes Over Title Role From Robert Downey Jr. in HBO's 'Perry Mason'
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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93

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Richard Erdman, Actor in ‘Community,’ ‘Twilight Zone,’ Dies at 93
Character actor Richard Erdman, known to contemporary audiences as perpetual student Leonard on “Community,” who also had significant roles for more than seven decades in movies and TV shows such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Stalag 17,” has died. He was 93.

His friend, film historian Alan K. Rode, reported his death on Twitter.

On “Community,” Erdman was one of a group of elderly students, known as the “Hipsters” for their hip replacements, who was often told to “Shut up, Leonard!”

“Community” star Joel McHale paid tribute to Erdman on Twitter. “Such a good & funny man. We’ll miss you ‘Leonard,'” he said.

Fellow “Community” actor Yvette Nicole Brown also took to Twitter, writing, “I knew the day we’d have to say goodbye to this lovely man would come sooner than any of us were ready. But knowing that doesn’t make it any easier. #RichardErdman was Joy walking.
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William J. Creber, ‘Planet of the Apes’ Production Designer, Dies at 87

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William J. Creber, ‘Planet of the Apes’ Production Designer, Dies at 87
Production designer William Creber, who served as art director on the original “Planet of the Apes” movies, died in Los Angeles on March 7 from pneumonia after a prolonged illness. He was 87.

“This was the man who designed and then flipped cruise ships, burned skyscrapers, and created an entire ape culture,” said Nelson Coates, president of the Art Directors Guild. “Though his last feature was 21 years ago, Bill Creber remained a vital influence in the industry, with his institutional memory, sharing of relevant production solutions, and his amazing skills devising, executing, and teaching incredible methods of in-camera visual fx.”

His three Oscar nominations came for his art direction on George Stevens’ “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” and on Irwin Allen’s “Poseidon Adventure” and “Towering Inferno.” Other projects he worked on include ABC series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” for which he won an Emmy, ABC’s “The Time Tunnel,
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Cinema Retro Exclusive: Interview With L.Q. Jones

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By Andrew J. Rausch

Lq Jones is a legend. He’s been in some of the greatest American films ever made, and his extensive filmography (consisting of well over 100 films) features a virtual Who’s Who of American American cinema. He made his film debut in the 1955 Raoul Walsh war picture Battle Cry, credited with his birth name Justus E. McQueen. The character he played was a young private named...Lq Jones. Soon, at the behest of the studio, the young actor changed his name to that of the character, and the rest is history.

Lq Jones isn’t a household name, and that’s a shame, because it deserves to be. Among knowledgeable cineastes he’s seen as a god among men, a gifted and accomplished performer. He’s one of those character actors people instantly recognize, as he’s been in films with the likes of Elvis Presley,
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James Frawley, Emmy-Winning Director Of Monkees and Muppets, Dead At 82

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James Frawley, Emmy-Winning Director Of Monkees and Muppets, Dead At 82
James Frawley, the Emmy-winning director who brought both the Monkees and the Muppets to screen success during a prolific television and film career spanning five decades, has died. He was 82. Frawley died on Jan. 22 at his home in Indian Well, as first reported in the Palm Springs Desert Sun.

Frawley was born in Houston in September 1936 but he was an heir of Hollywood as the youngest son of I Love Lucy and My Three Sons co-star William Frawley, who Lucille Ball hailed as “one of the greatest character actors of all time.” Show biz beckoned the second-generation Frawley who became an actor himself, first on stage and then and in classic 1960s television fare such as Gunsmoke, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Perry Mason, My Favorite Martian, Dr. Kildare, The Outer Limits and I, Spy.

Frawley’s career took a major turn in 1966 when he set aside acting to step
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James Frawley, ‘The Muppet Movie’ Director, Dies at 82

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James Frawley, ‘The Muppet Movie’ Director, Dies at 82
James Frawley, the director of “The Muppet Movie” and the show “The Monkees,” died on Tuesday at his home in Indian Wells, California. He was 82.

Frawley’s wife Cynthia told the Desert Sun that he fell and had a heart attack. She also said that he did not tell friends that he suffered from a lung condition after years of smoking. Representatives for Frawley did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Frawley won an Emmy for his work directing an episode of “The Monkees” about the ’60s pop band that was the American answer to The Beatles. He would direct half of the series’ 58 episodes.

Also Read: Russell Baker, Pulitzer-Winning Author and 'Masterpiece Theatre' Host, Dies at 93

He also directed the pilot to “Ally McBeal” and the 2000 comedy, “Ed.” Some of his other TV credits include “Columbo,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Cagney and Lacey” and most recently, “Grey’s Anatomy.
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Matthew Rhys Takes Over Title Role From Robert Downey Jr. in HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series

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Matthew Rhys Takes Over Title Role From Robert Downey Jr. in HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Limited Series
Matthew Rhys will star in HBO’s long-gestating “Perry Mason” limited series.

Rhys, who last year wrapped up his starring role in FX’s “The Americans,” replaces Robert Downey Jr., who departed the project as an actor earlier this year, though he is remaining on board as an executive producer.

Rhys will star as Perry Mason “at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.”

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Sets Season 8 Premiere Date - With an Actual Teaser (Video)

The logline for the series, per HBO is: 1932, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner,
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Peggy McCay Dead at 90

Peggy McCay, who played Caroline Brady on Days of our Lives for over 30 years, died on October 7 of natural causes. She was 90.

Her Days co-star and close friend Deidre Hall made the announcement on Facebook, writing: "Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!!

I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless. And how she loved being 'Caroline'!!"

McCay studied with Lew Strasberg in New York and later assisted in setting up his west coast acting studio, which was attended by such luminaries as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Paul Newman.

From 1951 to 1955 McCay starred on CBS soap opera Love of Life as Vanessa Dale,
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Ron Satlof, Veteran TV Director, Dies at 79

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Ron Satlof, Veteran TV Director, Dies at 79
Ron Satlof, who directed many episodes of television shows and films including “Perry Mason,” “Hawaii Five-o,” “Quincy,” and died at his home in St. Petersburg, Fla., on July 2. He was 79; no cause of death was announced.

Born in New York City, Satlof worked in theatre while in school and received a bachelors’ degree from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. After starring in plays at the Vermont Shakespeare Festival and releasing an album of folk songs, he moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960s. Early in his career, he produced and directed an animated short film, “Frog Story,” that was nominated for an Oscar in 1972. In the years that followed, he also directed episodes of “The A-Team,” “McCloud,” “Dynasty,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Spiderman” and “Battlestar Galactica” in addition to the shows listed above.

As an artist in retirement in Florida, Ron continued to produce and direct films and television shows,
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Crime of Passion

Witness the ‘fifties transformation of the femme fatale, from scheming murderess to self-deluding social climber. Barbara Stanwyck redefines herself once again in Gerd Oswald’s best-directed picture, a searing portrayal of needs and anxieties in the nervous decade. With fine support from Raymond Burr, Virginia Grey and Royal Dano.

Crime of Passion

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1957 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 84 min. / Street Date September 5, 2017 /

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr, Fay Wray, Virginia Grey, Royal Dano.

Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle

Art Direction: Leslie Thomas

Original Music: Paul Dunlap

Original Story and Screenplay by Jo Eisinger

Produced by Herman Cohen, Robert Goldstein

Directed by Gerd Oswald

A key title in the development of the Film Noir, 1957’s Crime of Passion shows how much the style had departed from the dark romanticism and expressive visuals of the previous decade. The best mid-’50s noirs strike a marvelously cynical and existentially bleak attitude regarding crime and society.
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Film/TV News: Richard Anderson, Oscar Goldman in ‘The Six Million Dollar Man,’ Dies at 91

Los Angeles – We can’t rebuild him, but we can honor him. Richard Anderson, best known for portraying Oscar Goldman, the aide de camp of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) in “The Six Million Man,” died on August 31st, 2017 at age 91. The versatile character actor was one of the few remaining performers that came up through the old studio system, in this case the dream factory known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Richard Anderson in Chicago, 2010

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Richard Anderson was born in New Jersey, and was an Army veteran of World War II. He started out in the mailroom at MGM shortly after the end of the war, and became a contract player for the studio after Cary Grant took an interest in his career. His major film debut was “The Magnificent Yankee” (1950), followed by “Scaramouche” (1952) and “Forbidden Planet” (1956). He made 24 films for MGM. His
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Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Rifleman: MeTV Salutes Richard Anderson with Westerns Marathon

Oscar Goldman is getting the tribute he deserves. Recently, MeTV announced they are airing a marathon in honor of prolific TV star Richard Anderson.Anderson, who passed away this week at the age of 91, starred in several series over the course of his 60-plus years on television. Though he's probably most famous for his role as Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, Anderson also appeared on Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, Zorro, Perry Mason, and The Man from Uncle.Read More…
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