British singer and TV host Joan Regan has died, aged 85. The star reportedly passed away in London on Thursday (12Sep13), but no more details about her death were available as WENN went to press.
Regan launched her singing career in the 1950s, scoring a number of hits with covers of American classics, and she moved into TV when she was given a regular singing slot on BBC series Quite Contrary. She later landed her own show, Be My Guest, which featured variety performances and ran for four seasons.
She also became a regular on the London stage, appearing alongside stars including Max Bygraves and Sir Cliff Richard, while Regan went on to appear on TV in America singing with big names such as Perry Como.
Regan suffered a major blow in 1984 when she fell in the shower and hit head her, causing a blood clot on the brain which left her paralysed and unable to speak. However, she fought back and made a complete recovery, even reviving her singing career.
Character actor Dennis Farina, best known for his stint as Det. Joe Fontana on Law & Order, has died of a blood clot in his lung, the Los Angeles Times confirms. He was 69.
Though he had made a late-career shift into TV, Farina, born in 1943, had many memorable big screen roles in movies like Midnight Run, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Saving Private Ryan. Unlike so many actors, his tough-guy persona was no act. Farina, a Chicago native, originally patrolled the Windy City as a cop before catching the acting bug in his late 30s. That experience enabled him to bring a gruff, world-weariness to characters like Lt. Mike Torello on NBC's two-season cop drama Crime Story, which has become a cult favorite since its cancellation in 1988.
Crime Story was produced by Michael Mann, who had cast Farina in his movies Thief and Manhunter and would continue to be a frequent collaborator until the end: Farina's last role was as Dustin Hoffman's chauffeur and "muscle" on HBO's Luck in 2012, a show co-created by Mann.
But it's his work on Law & Order that gained him a whole new following. In 2004, following the death of Jerry Orbach, who'd played the iconic character Lenny Briscoe for over a decade, Law & Order was in jeopardy of coming to a screeching halt. Farina stepped in and, though he couldn't match Orbach's sense of streetwise intellectualism, opting for instead a more bullish, hard-charging approach, arguably saved the show. Just check out his naturalistic, unfussy style in this scene from Law & Order:
Farina is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and his wife of 35 years, Marianne Cahill.
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Adam Sandler: To Renew His Deal With The Devil
It’s amazing that ever since Adam Sandler made the self-effacing Funny People, he’s actually starred in real movies far worse than his character’s fake absurd, satirical comedy projects. After all, could Merman really be any worse than That's My Boy? But then again, did we think anything could top (rather, sink lower than) Jack & Jill? On top of that, he continues to bankroll projects for sensationally unfunny boobs like Nick Swardson and Kevin James? Sandler resolves to perpetuate his Faustian contract in order to keep profiting from comedies that are unburdened of any actual comedy.
Joss Whedon, Sam Mendes, and Christopher Nolan: To Call Dibs On Plot Devices
If there was one thing that defined the cinematic landscape of 2012, it was super villains who weren’t playing hard to get. Thanks to movies like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and Skyfall, it seemed like every bad guy from London to Asgard worked an intentional incarceration into their devious scheme. It became something of a joke circulating the web, and the trio of prominent filmmakers who utilized the trope in 2012 are resolved to powwow before future projects to ensure no further embarrassing overlap.
The Rock: To Be The Matthew McConaughey Of 2013
This year’s breakout star, without question, was Matthew McConaughey. He appeared in several major films in 2012, thankfully none of which costarred Kate Hudson. He frightened us (at least away from ever eating friend chicken again) in Killer Joe, made us laugh (and swoon) in Magic Mike, and reteamed with his pal Richard Linklater for the darkly comedic gem Bernie. In 2013, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be appearing in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Fast and the Furious 6, Pain & Gain, and Snitch. He is shaping up to be the workhorse of the coming year and is resolved that at least one of those movies will bring him a McConaughey-like resurgence.
Peter Berg: To Only Make One Bad Movie At A Time
Battleship topped many a Worst Movies of 2012 list, and deservedly so. It’s not often a director can take the adaptation of a board game and create something that ends up…being even worse than we would expect the adaptation of a board game to look like. The most bizarre thing about Battleship is how it cobbled together elements form several other schlockbusters into one atrocious hybrid. In the future, Peter Berg will resolve to focus his efforts on making a singular subpar submarine instead of a giant carrier overrun with the numerous trappings of other people’s shipwrecks.
Bradley Cooper: To Wear Even More Trash Bags If It’ll Land Him An Oscar
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Damon Lindelof: To Proofread Scripts Before Handing Them In
Prometheus began 2012 as one of the year’s most promising movies, and ended up as one of its biggest disappointments. The return to the Alien universe was packed to the gills with plot holes that ate through our enthusiasm like xenomorph blood through the hull of the Nostromo. Not to beat a dead cartographer, but how does the character in charge of mapping the temple, who has the benefit of 3D imaging and communication with a ship full of people who can also see the layout, get himself lost? In the future, screenwriter Damon Lindelof resolves to make at least take a second glance at his scripts before sending them in to the studio.
Peter Jackson: To Make Six More Lord Of The Rings Films
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