Leonardo DiCaprio's estranged stepbrother, former actor Adam Star Farrar, has been arrested on drug and harassment charges in Texas. The 43 year old, who appeared in the movie Pups and '80s TV series Galactica 1980, was busted by police in Collin County as he visited his jailed girlfriend, Charity Fae Moore.
He was taken into custody on outstanding warrants for misdemeanour counts of possession of a dangerous drug, harassment by phone and theft of stolen property - all of which relate to incidents which allegedly took place in Los Angeles.
Farrar, who has a history of run-ins with the law, is currently being held in custody and is awaiting to be transferred to California to face the charges, reports RadarOnline.com.
He and DiCaprio grew up together after the Titanic star's father, George, wed Farrar's mother Peggy Anne in the 1970s, but the siblings have been estranged for years.
Earning a reputation as a prolific actor doesn't necessary demand a performer to become a leading man. A great character actor can carve a career from supporting roles, becoming just as recognizable as any A-Lister, albeit as a chameleon rather than a larger-than-life persona. That's the mark actor Richard Lynch, best known for villainous appearances in countless TV shows and movies, leaves on Hollywood. According to Deadline, the actor passed away yesterday at the age of 76.
Lynch's distinct look made him the perfect bad guy and Hollywood utilized him in genre television and film for over 40 years. The actor consistently found work after breaking out in the 1973 Gene Hackman film Scarecrow. He won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Sword and the Sorcerer, appeared in both the 1976 and 1980 incarnations of Battlestar Galactica, and was courted by Rob Zombie to appear in the musician-turned-director's 2007 remake of Halloween and the upcoming Lords of Salem. Roles on The A-Team, Six Feet Under, and Star Trek: The Next Generation turned Lynch into a TV-buff favorite.
Lynch is survived by his wife Lily and his brother Barry Lynch, who acted alongside his brother in 1987's Nightforce and 1997's Total Force. At the time of his death, Lynch had over 150 credits to his name.
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HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 22, 2001 - One of the '70s' most influential spectaculars is coming back in a big way.
Reuters has revealed that Bryan Singer, who scored a hit as the director of last year’s blockbuster “X-Men,” is going to be bringing the fan favorite series “Battlestar Galactica” back to television. Singer, who recently signed on to direct “X-Men 2,” will executive produce the pilot for the new series along with Tom DeSanto, and if the shooting schedule for “X-Men 2” permits, he’ll direct the series pilot, as well. As of yet, no network has been picked to air the pilot.
“Battlestar Galactica,” which called on "Star Wars” for inspiration, aired on ABC from 1978-1980. While never a big hit, the series has become a cult favorite and a sci-fi convention regular.
David Kissinger, the president of USA Television Production Group, which is producing the new series, told Reuters: “I never dreamed a filmmaker of Bryan's stature would be enough of a hard-core fan that he saw this as a franchise that could be reinvented. In the initial meeting, I was wary that he might be just another feature guy looking to slap his name on a TV project, but it was immediately clear this wasn't so. He's got a whole mythology and arc for the series already worked out.”
The original series, which was budgeted at $1 million per episode, was the highest budgeted drama of its time. As to the production of the new series, Kissinger says: “We'll shop it right away with the goal of having it in a prime-time slot on a network, but it's possible that we might be able to do a dual window scenario with the SciFi Channel."
He went on to say: "With Bryan's vision and a brand name which has international appeal, we're optimistic we'll be able to make it on the grand scale he imagines. The visual imagery he's talking about is unprecedented in its effects and scope.”
Director Singer says of “Battlestar”: “The lesson I learned on ‘X-Men’ is to have a healthy respect for the fan base of sci-fi fantasy franchises, and I'm confident that the ‘Galactica’ brand is a sleeping giant. It was a show I watched during its initial run, from the pilot to the final episode. The essence and the brand name is quite potent in a climate where there's a great deficit of sci-fi programming.”
As for “X-Men 2,” Singer is aiming for a potential holiday 2002 premiere.
Studios USA has received its battle orders from Fox: produce a two-hour Battlestar Galactica movie based on the popular 1970s series, with a possible series to follow. The Hollywood Reporter asserts that Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) will direct the TV movie, and then stay on to executive produce the series, which is slated to begin in the fall of 2002. The new series is expected to be set just subsequent to where the original series (1978-1980) left off, somewhere in the seventh millennium.
The continuation of the 1978 series, "Battlestar Galactica." After many years in space, the starship Galactica reaches Earth in the year 1980. The Galacticans, however, are unable to land on the planet, fearing they will bring with them their enemies, the warring Cylons, and destruction.
The series focuses on the Galacticans' attempts to advance Earth's technology to a point where it can fend off aliens. Galacticans Troy and Dillon and a group of children are sent to Earth as scouts to pave the way for other humans of the space colony to settle on the planet.