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Actor Ann B. Davis has died. Davis got her start in television on The Bob Cummings Show (1955-9) was best known for her role Alice on The Brady Bunch (1969-74). Mark Hinson shares his memories of Davis and her twin sister, Harriet, at the Tallahassee Democrat. The Los Angeles Times, Variety and The New York Times have obituaries. Here’s Davis’ cameo in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) and Davis in Lo…
NBC-Universal is closing Television Without Pity and the archives of episode recaps from the 1990s on will no longer be available. At The Vulture, Margaret Lyons writes, “How Television Without Pity Shaped Pop Culture.” Caitlin Kelly writes about being “Raised on Television Without Pity” at The New Yorker. At USA Today, Jayme Deerwester writes a “Requiem for Television Without Pity.”And at…
RIP, Ida Pollock
Author Ida Pollock has died. Writing under multiple noms de plume, Pollock published 120 books and…
James Gandolfini interview & B-roll for The Coen Brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There. With a short clip of Joel Coen directing Gandolfini and Frances McDormand.
When we finally up and bust off the beach we found Arnie Bragg, kid missing on recon; the Japs had *eaten* the sonofabitch, if you’ll pardon the, uh… And this was a scrawny, pimply kid too, nothin’ to write home about. I mean, I never would’ve, ya know, so what do I say, honey? When I don’t like dinner, what do I say? I say, Jesus, honey, Arnie Bragg— *again*?!
Big Dave is a smaller part but key to the plot of The Man Who Wasn’t There, and played with panache. Gandolfini says that he appreciates the way the Coen brothers, like the people behind The Sopranos, know what tone they want and how to get it. He cracks up remembering the first time he saw Thornton transformed into a forties character, with waxy brows and shellacked, sculptural hair. “He looked like a young Frank Sinatra,” he says. And he mischievously implies that a crucial fight scene between them was fun to do because Thornton is so thin. As he praises the Coens, one can hear his concern that future movie collaborations drawn up by Hollywood committee might not be so confident and smart and fun. “I’ve been spoiled,” he says again and again. Maybe so. Still, to meet him is to conclude that he hasn’t, and won’t, let it go to his head. —James Gandolfini: Not Just Another Wise Guy
In my mind, James Gandolfini didn’t die. We just cut to black.
With thanks to LoSceicco1976
RIP, Ray Harryhausen. We have a collection of interviews, tributes and obituaries here.
'Mr. Durning was also remembered for his combat service, which he avoided discussing publicly until later in life. He spoke at memorial ceremonies in Washington, and in 2008 France awarded him the National Order of the Legion of Honor.
In the Parade interview, he recalled the hand-to-hand combat. “I was crossing a field somewhere in Belgium,” he said. “A German soldier ran toward me carrying a bayonet. He couldn’t have been more than 14 or 15. I didn’t see a soldier. I saw a boy. Even though he was coming at me, I couldn’t shoot.”
They grappled, he recounted later — he was stabbed seven or eight times — until finally he grasped a rock and made it a weapon. After killing the youth, he said, he held him in his arms and wept.’
From The New York Times obituary for Charles Durning.