Actor Robert Hastings has lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 89.
The McHale's Navy star passed away on Monday (30Jun14) in Burbank, California. Hastings began his career in radio at the age of 11 on shows like The Daily Mirror Radio Gang and Adventures in King Arthurland and he became the voice of popular comic book character Archie Andrews in the 1950s.
In 1949, Hastings moved into TV acting and appeared in several shows, including Sergeant Bilko, The Dukes of Hazzard, All in the Family, General Hospital and Ironside, but his most famous role was that of Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy.
Hastings served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Paying tribute to the beloved actor, his younger brother Don, who stars in U.S. soap As The World Turns, says, "I miss him. He was a great guy. He was a good father and a good husband."
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Robert Redford is set to produce a film about a World War II American ski troop.
The Captain America: The Winter Soldier star is looking to team up with 300 screenwriter Kurt Johnstad to adapt Peter Shelton's Climb to Conquer for the big screen, according to Variety.com.
The movie will centre on the 10th Mountain Division, a group of Army soldiers made up of professional athletes and college scholars trained to rock climb and ski.
Among the members of the division, which scaled the walls of Riva Ridge and helped conquer a German stronghold in the 1930s, were Sierra Club's David Brower, Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman and Aspen Skiing Corps founder Friedl Pfeifer.
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Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are reprising their characters from Snow White & The Huntsman for a spin-off movie.
The two stars will be back as hero and villain without Snow White, who was portrayed by Kristen Stewart in the 2012 film. Moviemaker Frank Darabont is in talks to direct the new movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The original grabbed the headlines when Stewart was caught smooching with director Rupert Sanders. The fling ended his marriage and her romance with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson.
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In what might be the first bit of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice casting news that won’t send fans into a tailspin, DC and Warner Bros. are reportedly adding Scoot McNairy to the cast of the upcoming blockbuster. However, though Deadline revealed the news, the character that McNairy will be playing is being kept securely under wraps, along with whether or not his role is a Zack Snyder original or if he’s someone comic book fans are already familiar with. Since he’s joined the cast this late into production, it seems unlikely that McNairy’s character will play a large role in Dawn of Justice, but we have to imagine (considering his cult acclaim) it will be one of thematic sigificance. All of this leads us to believe that even though McNairy might not have a lot of screen time in this film, he’s most likely going to play a larger role in one of the other films that the studio has lined up. In other words, his Batman V Superman cameo might be the inception of McNairy's role as a member of the Justice League.
Since DC has the Justice League film slated for release immediately afterwards, it would be a good way to introduce fans to McNairy without throwing him immediately into a major superhero role. Many fans seem to be speculating that he will bring The Flash to the big screen, which is most likely due to his appearance and previous roles, as well as to the fact that DC hasn’t revealed whether they plan to recast Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern... but of course they won't.
Casting McNairy as The Flash – or any major superhero, for that matter – would be a change of pace for Warner Bros' DC series, a company that has thus far stuck to actors who are already household names for this film, between Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, and Jeremy Irons. Even Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill, who were unknowns when they were chosen to help fill out the Justice League, are blockbuster stalwarts (Gadot broke through to the mainstream in the Fast and Furious movies, while Cavill had roles in everything from Immortals to Red Riding Hood). McNairy, by contrast, is a character actor, one who is well-respected amongst critics and cinephiles, but not particularly well-known by the average moviegoer.
McNairy brings something of an edge to a cast that is already packed with A-List actors and respected talents. Affleck might have more awards, by McNairy is far more "hip"; he’s still an underground celebrity, which appeals to a different kind of audience than his co-stars might. It’s an avant-garde choice for DC, a step away from the standard big-name approach that they’ve been taking recently to turn an acclaimed indie actor into a major superhero. In fact, it seems much more like the kind of casting decision that Marvel would make. This is their equivalent of casting Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man or Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Or just about anybody in Guardians of the Galaxy.
If McNairy does join the cast, it would be the closest that DC has gotten to following in Marvel’s footsteps. It doesn’t matter how quickly you can churn out blockbusters, or how much money they make, or even how heavily intertwined your universe is if you don’t have the right actors on board to inhabit the heroes. Sometimes, that means casting the best actor you can find instead of the most famous or the best looking one. McNairy would be a step in the right direction for DC in terms of building a solid cinematic universe, and depending on how fans respond to his character, it could be the model that the studio should follow when casting other roles. McNairy would give them a talented, well-liked actor with plenty of indie cred who could probably play any role they asked him to, and it would definitely benefit DC to have someone like that on their roster.
And it would benefit the rest of the world to finally see McNairy become a household name, rather than just “that guy who was in that thing.”
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Director Roman Polanski has reportedly appealed to Polish authorities to grant him permission to return to his native country to make a movie without the threat of extradition to the U.S., where he remains a fugitive on sex charges dating back to the 1970s.
The reclusive Chinatown filmmaker fled America for Europe more than 30 years ago on the eve of his sentencing for having unlawful sex with a minor, to which he had pleaded guilty. He has lived in France for the past few decades, but his freedom was threatened in 2009 when he was arrested in Switzerland and threatened with extradition back to the U.S. He was eventually released and allowed to return to France.
Now Polanski is seeking a special pardon from Polish officials, who have an extradition treaty in place with the U.S., to protect him from any legal action so that he can shoot a prospective new film about 19th century French army officer Alfred Dreyfus in the country.
His Polish lawyer, Jerzy Stachowicz, tells Reuters, "Roman Polanski is considering filming in Poland about (sic) the Dreyfus Affair."
His producer pal Robert Benmussa reveals an official decision about the project has yet to be made, adding, "We have to be sure that filming will not be interrupted for legal reasons."
Dreyfus, an artillery officer of Jewish heritage, was convicted of treason in 1894, but his case caused an uproar among members of the French society amid allegations of anti-Semitism, and he was subsequently exonerated.
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Production on Robert De Niro's new movie The Intern ground to a halt on Thursday (26Jun14) when the Hollywood veteran opted to join a group of strangers at a New York viewing party to cheer on the U.S. soccer team in the World Cup.
The Meet The Parents star was filming the new comedy in the Cobble Hill neighbourhood of Brooklyn, and producers attempted to run a cable feed from the roof of a nearby residential building to the street, so the actor could enjoy the match in his trailer.
People in the area were happy to grant the request, but they went one step further and actually invited De Niro to attend a viewing party at a house instead. One local tells BusinessInsider.com, "We got... (an) email from a neighbour saying he talked to the crew and apparently he (De Niro) found a house of people watching it (the game) and joined them."
Filming on The Intern was paused for two hours as De Niro turned in to the World Cup match, which Germany won 1-0. However, the U.S. players' efforts weren't in vain - they still made it through to the knock-out round.
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The Godfather has been named Hollywood's top movie of all-time following an extensive survey of Tinseltown's top studio bosses, Oscar winners and players.
The 1972 crime drama has beaten out The Wizard of Oz and Citizen Kane to top the new Hollywood Reporter list, while The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction round out the top five.
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Casablanca, The Godfather: Part II, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Schindler's List make the top 10.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, directors Gary Ross, John Singleton and Michael Bay, Disney boss Alan Horn, producer Frank Marshall and top agent Robert Newman were among those who took part in the survey.
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If you're on Berkeley Pl in Brooklyn today you just might see Robert De Niro running errands for Anne Hathaway.
The legendary actor has just started filming his next movie The Intern in which he plays a 70-year-old intern working for a much younger woman (Hathaway) who, over time, learns to appreciate his experience and all he has to offer.
Meanwhile, in Alabama, the movie Selma is filming a more solemn scene this afternoon. This week, the Oprah Winfrey-produced film is recreating the events of Bloody Sunday, when the historic Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights March (which led to the Voting Rights Act) was met with violence. Filming is taking place on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL where the real-life events took place in 1965.
Both movies will hit theaters next year.
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Ten years after the civilized world bites the dust, making way instead for a criminal wasteland run on greed, violence, sex trafficking, and any number of other unthinkable vices, we meet a man who just wants to take back what was stolen from him. The terrific thing about The Rover is its simplicity. The vast contrivances of its post-apocalyptic world and the dozens of questions that arise as a result of its many mysteries aside, the film never strays from its focus on the bones of grisly Guy Pearce, a man on a mission who just happens to live on a surreal new version of the planet Earth.
Pearce chauffers the audience through the nooks and cranies of a tattered Australian outback, giving us a look at the dingy yet colorful customs of the dark era while sticking with promise to his revenge-and-retrieval journey. The script doesn't give Pearce a lot of breathing room, resigning the hot-heated, closed-mouthed character to his mission without much room for exploration. While we celebrate the simplicity of his quest, the simplicity of Pearce's character — and more importantly, his performance — does keep from instilling The Rover with the nuance that would afford it true flavor.
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Beside him is Robert Pattinson, playing a young man of questionable mental capacity, roped along for the ride thanks to his tenuous knowledge of where Pearce's desired possession has been taken. Pattinson impresses as the far more vibrant of the duo, his performance abetted by the stark contrast to anything we've seen of him to date — even the stellar Cosmopolis kept the actor moreover subdued. But here, he's given free range to be vulnerable, menacing, and funny.
Ultimately, Rover delivers on everything it offers up, but nonetheless lands short of what feels like a complete and compelling feature. Though the brevity of its intent is one of its strengths, you almost wonder if the story wouldn't have been better served as a short film instead. But we aren't likely to see Robert Pattinson break free from routine in a short film, so I guess that's reason alone for the 102-minute runtime.
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Robert Downey, Jr. is hoping to bring his real-life experiences with drugs to the small screen in a new TV drama about a rehab facility in California.
The Iron Man star and his wife Susan Downey are set to produce an as-yet-untitled drama for U.S. network Showtime, which will follow a rehab/therapeutic community in Venice Beach in 1983, according to Deadline.com.
Downey Jr. famously battled the issues with drugs and alcohol 20 years ago, when he was in-and-out of rehab facilities and jail.