Former The Brady Bunch star Ann B. Davis has died, aged 88. The actress, best known for her role as lovable housekeeper Alice Nelson on the classic TV series, passed away on Sunday (01Jun14) at her home in Los Angeles.
A family friend tells CNN she suffered a subdural haematoma (a collection of blood on the surface of the brain) after slipping and hitting her head in the bathroom, and never regained consciousness. Davis starred in The Brady Bunch until the end of its five-year run in 1974, and went on to reprise her role in a number of spin-off series, including The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Brides and The Bradys.
She also made a cameo as a truck driver in the 1995 feature film The Brady Bunch Movie. Prior to her role as Alice, Davis starred on U.S. sitcom The Bob Cummings Show, for which she won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also appeared in other programmes including The John Forsythe Show and Love American Style.
Davis earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
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Going back to the earliest days of both movies and television, producers have been enamored with putting sports celebrities on screen. They're some of the most recognizable people in the country and bring along a built-in audience of fans from their athletic exploits.
Of course, there is one issue that's a little hard to get around… most of the athletes that have been tapped to appear in movies can't act. We're taking a look at the most awesomely bad performances by athletes in movies… from ones that are just laughably amateurish to the truly unwatchable; the work by this group would make Lee Strasberg cry.
Shaquille O'Neal, Kazaam
In interviews, O'Neal can be utterly charming and he frequently looks like he's having a good time. Absolutely none of that translates to the big screen, however. The 7-foot-1 basketball player is a genie who emerges from a boombox and tries to help a kid (Francis Capra) who's got father issues. You'd think that a movie with a genie would be at least fun, but it has way too many dark moments and O'Neal's mugging doesn't help any. The movie was so bad that director Paul Michael Glaser hasn't got behind the camera since.
Charles Barkley, Space Jam
It's easy to point out that Michael Jordan is bad in the 1996 mix of animation and live action since he was the star of the show (along with Bugs Bunny, of course), but really, what did we expect? Jordan acted about as well as he ever did in his commercials and the rest of the NBA players, from Larry Bird to Patrick Ewing are equally awful. Barkley, however, as we've now learned from his work as a studio host for TNT has enough personality that he could’ve done better than the stiff performance that he gave.
Dan Marino, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
It's always amazing when athletes can't even play themselves convincingly. In Jim Carrey's breakout hit, Marino — along with a dolphin — is the subject of a kidnapping scheme. Marino's a good looking guy, but that's about the best thing that we can say about his abilities as an actor. When you're outdone by a sea mammal, things are pretty bad. Of course, as much as we don't like his acting, we still like him better than the movie's Mrs. Finkle, the character who famously said, "Dan Marino should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell."
O.J. Simpson, Capricorn One
Back before the Juice had his troubles with the law, he had quite the acting career. Most people remember his turn as Leslie Nielsen's partner in the Naked Gun series, but at one point, Simpson was legitimately trying to act. That's what puts his turn in Capricorn on the list. Playing a duped astronaut, along with James Brolin and Sam Waterston, who is unwittingly part of a fake mission to Mars, Simpson is all caged fury at the outrage of it all. At least the movie has some pretty rad late '70s hairdos going for it.
Wilt Chamberlain, Conan the Destroyer
At least there was logic to Chamberlain's casting in the rushed sequel to Conan the Barbarian… if you're looking for someone even more physically imposing than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt certainly fits the bill. The towering Chamberlain plays a guard named Bombaata who is supposed to help Conan on a quest before killing him. Let's just say that doesn't work out too well for The Stilt. Considering his claims of prodigious sexual conquests, we're sure that Chamberlain had fun shooting the movie… and, really, he doesn’t look any more ridiculous than Grace Jones.
Dennis Rodman, Double Team
How many people can say that they were in a movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme and they were the worst actor on set? Rodman, at the height of his fame for his outrageous behavior, made the Muscles from Brussels look like Robert De Niro in comparison. The plot of the movie runs along the lines of most other JCVD flicks, with Rodman playing an arms dealer. The Worm is tasked with saying such classic lines as, "You look like trouble. I like trouble." There are a lot of explosions and Van Damme does his requisite butt-kicking, even taking on a tiger, but Rodman spends the movie seemingly smirking at the thought that someone's paying him to do… well, whatever it was he was doing.
Mike Tyson, The Hangover
Yes, The Hangover is a very funny movie and, yes, the scenes with Tyson are hysterical. Those two facts do not make Iron Mike a good actor. The former heavyweight champion just plays a slightly less scary version of himself and you get the impression that the mixture of awe and fear on Bradley Cooper's face wasn't a stretch with the real Tyson standing in front of him. As comical as it was to watch — due largely to Tyson's public persona — his reaction at the video of Zack Galifianakis peeing in his pool is on the level of a third grade school play. Just, um, maybe don't tell him we said so.
Howie Long, Firestorm
The longtime Los Angeles Raiders defensive lineman did a credible job as one of John Travolta's henchmen in the John Woo actioner Broken Arrow. That's where Long's acting career should've ended. Instead, he signed on to play the lead in a movie about the leader of a team of wild firefighters who has to rescue people trapped in a fire started by an escaped killer played by William Forsythe. The fact that someone actually bought that pitch is irrelevant and it's hard to fault Long for taking the payday, but the preposterousness of the plot is matched only by the football star's terrible line delivery. The best part of the movie is that it's mercifully short, clocking in at just 89 minutes.
Terry Bradshaw, Failure to Launch
Let's forget for a second the stretch of casting Bradshaw and Kathy Bates as Matthew McConaughey's parents. Let's even put aside the fact that the movie's awfulness has more to do with the nonexistent chemistry between McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker than anything the four-time Super Bowl winner did. The question that truly needs to be addressed is who the heck thought the idea of having Bradshaw naked in the movie was a good idea? God love him for being down for it, but the image of the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback's naked rear-end is one of those things that you can't unsee. Bradshaw got his start in acting doing cameos in his buddy Burt Reynolds' films and luckily, he doesn't go too far out of his way to get parts. Why people feel the need to occasionally give him one is a whole other question.
Actor Victor Garber was hired to replace first choice Robert Wagner as the voice of detective agency owner Charles Townsend at the beginning of the week (beg19Sep11).
He jokes, "They (producers) were in a panic. I think my agent was negotiating with someone in the Emmys audience (on Sunday)."
But Garber is thrilled to be playing the role which was originated by the late John Forsythe.
He tells TV Guide magazine, "This is an out-of-the-blue, out-of-body experience. I'm just happy they settled on me... I was really walking in off the street.
"They showed me the opening title sequence, where I introduce the Angels and tell the story of how it all happened, which is sort of the most important thing."
And he insists he's very excited about developing the new Charlie: "There will be implications that he is more involved than in the original series. He's an interesting, complicated guy and it will be fun to explore that as the series goes on."
Wagner was originally tipped to play the unseen character but the deal fell through.
Garber will make his debut as Charlie when the new show debuts in the U.S. on Thursday (22Sep11), according to TV Guide magazine.
Dynasty star John Forsythe gave the original Charlie a voice in the TV series, which ran from 1976 to 1981 series. He reprised the role in the big screen remakes of 2000 and 2003.
The Hart to Hart star had taken over from John Forsythe as the voice of Charlie in the ABC remake, which will air later this year (11).
A statement from a production spokesman reads, "Due to his scheduling conflicts, Robert Wagner will need to step away from his duties as Charlie on Charlie's Angels."
Producers are now looking for another well-known TV personality to play crime agency boss Charles Townsend.
Annie Ilonzeh, Rachael Taylor and Minka Kelly will play the Angels on the new show.
Losing the title character of a show is usually a big deal, but not so much, in this case. Robert Wagner, TV veteran, dropped out of the new remake of Charlie's Angels as the voice of Charlie. The actor was reportedly "excited" to follow in the footsteps of original Charlie, John Forsythe, but cited scheduling conflicts as his reason for leaving the project. Fortunately for ABC, because Wagner's role is completely in voice over, he should be simple to replace. Odds are the network will go with another older white man, but this could be an opportunity to bring a new interpretation to the role. Well, as much as it's possible to interpret a voice on an answering machine.
Charlie's Angels stars Minka Kelly (Parenthood), Rachael Taylor (Grey's Anatomy), and Annie Ilonzeh (Entourage) as the Angels, and Ramon Rodriguez (Battle Los Angeles) as Bosley.
Take Me Home Tonight opens in theaters this week. The film takes place in the year 1988 and has already generated more interest in Eddie Money than anyone's had since the late 80s. I was recently a guest on the Golden Briefcase podcast over at First Showing and we discussed our favorite films from that glorious year. Were I given the technology to travel back in time, hopefully in a DeLorean, the first thing I would do would be to head to 1988 and feast my eyes on the first runs of some of its cinematic fare. Woefully, I was four years old in 1988 and therefore ill-equipped to appreciate what have since become some of my favorite films. Below is a list of the titles I would seek out. Are they the best of 1988? Not necessarily, but most assuredly the ones I would most want to see with a virgin crowd.
The 80s demonstrated such proficiency within the horror genre that a majority of the remakes we get now are from that incredible decade. Not only that, but the horror remakes produced within the 80s run circles around the current remake machine of Hollywood. Drawing from the well of 50s sci-fi horror, films like The Thing and The Fly became instant classics. Though maybe not as highly regarded, The Blob is a fantastic piece of filmmaking that utilizes incredible special effects to make audiences deathly afraid of a wad of gelatin. I'd call that a win.
You know those people who profess that Die Hard is the greatest action movie of all time? Those people are only saying that because it is accurate. Die Hard established the mold for not only the new, more vulnerable action hero, but also for the go-to action movie structure: terrorists take over unlikely target X and must be thwarted by put-upon, regular Joe hero y. Before Under Siege was “Die Hard on a boat" and Passenger 57 was “Die Hard on a plane," there was just Die Hard. I can only imagine seeing it with unsuspecting audience z.
Beetlejuice is a great film in its own right, but it is also unique among Tim Burton's cannon. Tim Burton has become well known as a director who thrives on adapting other source material. Beetlejuice is one of the few original properties that he has ever tackled and I would love to see it on the big screen. I would also love to hear people debating in the lobby after the film whether this guy should be allowed to make the Batman movie.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
I'm sure audiences were blown away by Who Framed Roger Rabbit's seamless integration of animation into a live-action film, and that in and of itself is a major enticement. But the fact that Disney and Warner Brothers characters were allowed to coexist in one feature is the major reason I would want to observe audience reaction to the initial theatrical run of the film. It'd be fun to hear the kids going crazy for their favorite characters but the heavy film noir influence would allow for a more mature appreciation of the movie as well.
John Carpenter is one of my very favorite directors and there are a number of his films that I would want to see on the big screen with a naive audience. I've actually seen They Live on the big screen, but to see with a group of people expecting a familiar John Carpenter film and instead getting a wildly absurd sci-fi movie about aliens and magic sunglasses staring professional wrestler “Rowdy" Roddy Piper? Sign me up!
As a massive fan of nearly the entire Halloween franchise, I would leap at the chance to be in the theater with a group of like-minded fans to experience the anticipated return of Michael Myers after his seven-year absence. Also, Halloween 4 is a criminally underrated film. Sure it is a slasher sequel and suffers from a few of the familiar problems there contained, but it also perfectly blends the slick conventions of 80s horror with the classically-established mythos of cinema's greatest boogeyman.
One of the best retellings of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, nothing would have put me in the holiday spirit more than being able to see this film for the first time in 35mm. Bill Murray, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Bobcat Goldthwait, John Forsythe, and Karen Allen all larger-than-life on the big screen sounds like the perfect Christmas gift to me.
William Lustig is one of my favorite exploitation filmmakers and it pains me that he doesn’t make movies anymore. His films always seem to elevate exploitation to new heights with his flair for cinematography and extracting stellar performances from his cast; this one including Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins. I’ve seen almost all of his movies in 35mm as it is, but Maniac Cop, my favorite of his, still eludes me. I would seriously jeopardize the fabric of space and time to travel back and see the first run of a William Lustig movie; especially Maniac Cop.
The stars began filming the new series in Miami Beach earlier this week (begs21Feb11), but they had to move from their suites at the Hilton Bentley Hotel after just two days because of the huge numbers of photographers camped outside, reports the New York Post's Page Six column.
Drew Barrymore, who took the Charlie's Angels franchise to the big screen, is producing the TV revamp via her Flower Films firm, while TV veteran Robert Wagner will replace the late John Forsythe as the voice of Charlie.
Ironically, the Hart To Hart star owns 50 per cent of the original Angels series.
Drew Barrymore, who took the franchise to the big screen, will produce the new series. Casting is currently underway, but U.S. soap star Annie Ilonzeh is reportedly leading the race to land an angelic role.
The actress, who plays Maya Ward in General Hospital, is billed to play a martial arts expert.
The popular show, which ran from 1981 until 1989, focused on a rich oil family in Colorado and starred late actor John Forsythe as tycoon Blake Carrington, alongside Linda Evans and Collins.
Creator Richard Shapiro recently revealed plans to bring back the show back for a big screen outing, explaining the new film will tell fans how the family came into its oil fortune.
And Collins - whose addition to the cast helped make the show a huge hit - hopes Bond girl Arterton will play a younger version of her most famous character.
She tells Britain's Daily Express, “She (Arterton) has all the qualities that Alexis needs. She’s sexy, she looks clever and she’s kind of vixenous."