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."
Veteran U.S. TV and stage actress Jean Stapleton has died, aged 90. The actress passed away on Friday (31May13) of natural causes at her home in New York City, according to multiple reports.
Stapleton will best be remembered as Archie Bunker's long-suffering wife Edith in hit 1970s sitcom All in the Family. She won three Emmy Awards for the role.
She also portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1982 film Eleanor, First Lady of the World and appeared in You've Got Mail, opposite Tom Hanks, and Michael, starring John Travolta.
She famously turned down the chance to take the lead in Murder, She Wrote, which became a TV hit for Angela Lansbury.
The historical epic will go head-to-head for Best Motion Picture (Drama) with Argo, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty and Life of Pi.
Meanwhile, Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrays former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in the movie, scored a mention for Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture (Drama), while Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones picked up nods for their supporting roles and Steven Spielberg landed a nomination for Best Director.
Lincoln is also nominated in categories for Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score, taking the tally to seven, while Ben Affleck's thriller Argo and Quentin Tarantino's drama Django Unchained trail with five nominations each.
In the TV categories, some of the small screen's biggest names are going head-to-head for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama. Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi will take on Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Homeland star Damian Lewis, Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Jeff Daniels of The Newsroom.
All the actors' shows will also do battle in the category for Best Television Series - Drama, while there are also nods for Lewis' Homeland co-stars Claire Danes (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama) and Mandy Patinkin (Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series).
Hit British period drama Downton Abbey has two nominations, for Dame Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery, while singer Adele is nominated for her hit James Bond track Skyfall, which will compete in the Best Original Song category.
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, co-hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will take place on 13 January (13) in Los Angeles.
The nominations were announced by actors Ed Helms, Megan Fox, and Jessica Alba in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday (13Dec12) and the complete list is as follows:
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard - Rust And Bone
Helen Mirren - Hitchcock
Naomi Watts - The Impossible
Rachel Weisz - The Deep Blue Sea
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Richard Gere - Arbitrage
John Hawkes - The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix -The Master
Denzel Washington - Flight
Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Emily Blunt - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith - Quartet
Meryl Streep - Hope Springs
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Jack Black - Bernie
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Ewan McGregor - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray - Hyde Park on Hudson
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Amy Adams - The Master
Sally Field - Lincoln
Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Nicole Kidman - The Paperboy
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Alan Arkin - Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio - Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Best Director - Motion Picture
Ben Affleck - Argo
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Mark Boal - Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner - Lincoln
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Chris Terrio - Argo
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
For You - Act of Valor
Not Running Anymore - Stand Up Guys
Safe and Sounds - The Hunger Games
Skyfall - Skyfall
Suddenly - Les Miserables
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Life of Pi
Best Animated Film
Rise of Guardians
Best Foreign Language Film
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone
Best Television Series - Drama
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hatfields & McCoys
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Damian Lewis - Homeland
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Connie Britton - Nashville
Glenn Close - Damages
Claire Danes - Homeland
Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes
Louis C.K. - Louie
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Zooey Deschanel - The New Girl
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
Lena Dunham - Girls
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Kevin Costner - Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock
Woody Harrelson - Game Change
Toby Jones - The Girl
Clive Owen - Hemingway & Gellhorn
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Nicole Kidman - Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story
Sienna Miller - The Girl
Julianne Moore - Game Change
Sigourney Weaver - Political Animals
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Max Greenfield - New Girl
Ed Harris - Game Change
Danny Huston - Magic City
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Hayden Panettiere - Nashville
Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family
Sarah Paulson - Game Change
Writer/artist Dan Parent recently met Takei at a fan convention and approached him about the possibility of starring in an issue, and the actor happily agreed.
Takei signed up for the appearance in the publication, about a gay teenager in the fictional town of Riverdale, to assist young fans who may be struggling with their sexuality like he once did.
He tells the Associated Press, "I remember as a preteen and a teenager, I used to read Archie Comics. I was so flattered... With Archie Comics, it's a fun way and a natural way and an ideal way of advocating happily."
The equal rights advocate's No. 6 issue is set to hit U.S. news stands on Wednesday (05Dec12).
The popular family sitcom debuted in 1996 and lasted for a total of seven seasons before going off the air, and now the series is set for a movie reboot under the direction of Real Steel producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford.
The live action project will centre around a teenager struggling to come to terms with her magical powers and her relationship with a prince, named Salem, who was originally played in the TV series by a talking black cat.
Writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have been commissioned to write the script for the project by Sony bosses, according to Deadline.com.
Main character Sabrina Spellman was first introduced in a 1960s Archie Comics book series.
The Emmy Award-winning Brit, who emigrated to the U.S. for her role in the hit drama, fell in love with acting after being drawn to longrunning U.K. soap EastEnders because it was the only primetime British TV series to feature an Indian family.
Panjabi wrote to the show's star Berry asking for acting advice and he told her to find herself an agent, and she admits she'd love to meet the actor and thank him in person.
She tells Britain's S magazine, "I was drawn to EastEnders because they had the first Indian family, so I thought, 'OK, I can make it in TV.' Then Nick Berry turned up and I went through a phase of writing to him. I said that I really wanted to make it as an actor and asked how to do it. He said to buy (industry magazine) The Stage and get an agent from that, so that's exactly what I did. He was a huge influence on me - I'd love to meet him one day."
The actress had key supporting roles in TV series like The Archie Bunker Show, I Spy and Cagney and Lacey.
She died on 11 October (10) after suffering a "cardiovascular incident".
MacLachlan also had film roles in Sounder, tick… tick… tick and The Man.
But she'll be best known for her longtime portrayal of housekeeper Polly Swanson on The Archie Bunker Show.
Mad Men's win for best drama series marked the third consecutive time the 1960s hit took the prize, seeing off competition this year (10) from Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Good Wife, Lost and blood-sucking vampire series True Blood.
Best comedy series winner Modern Family topped Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nurse Jackie, The Office, 30 Rock and Glee for its big win. The show's Eric Stonestreet took home the night's first prize, for best supporting actor in a comedy, while the hit also won best writing in a comedy series.
Musical comedy Glee started the evening as the most-nominated series after landing an impressive 19 nods, but the show failed to make a clean sweep - supporting actress Jane Lynch and director/co-creator Ryan Murphy walked away with wins while Glee star Lea Michele lost out on the best leading actress in a comedy to Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco.
Hollywood stars took over a portion of the evening, as Claire Danes accepted the prize for best leading actress for her role in TV movie Temple Grandin, which also won the best made for television movie award and saw supporting actors Julia Ormond and David Strathairn take home prizes.
Meanwhile, Al Pacino's You Don't Know Jack scored two Emmys, for lead actor and writing, while Tom Hank's The Pacific won for best mini-series.
The Closer star Kyra Sedgwick was a winner for best leading actress in a drama series, seeing off competition from The Good Wife's leading lady Julianna Margulies. She took to the stage fresh from her defeat to present former ER co-star George Clooney with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, to honour his use of television to help good causes.
Clooney used his speech to urge the media to put the plights of disaster victims on the front pages instead of headline-grabbing celebrities, telling the star-studded crowd: "It's important to remember how much good can get done because we live in such strange times where bad behaviours suck up all the attention in the press and the people who really need the spotlight, the Haitians, the Sudanese, the people in the Gulf Coast... Pakistan, they can't get any (press)."
This year's show, hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon, was opened with a rocking performance from the Glee cast and comediennes Tina Fey and Betty White, as the group took to the stage for a song and dance rendition of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run.
Meanwhile, the spectacular ceremony was marked by an emotional in memoriam tribute by singer Jewel, who took the stage to play an acoustic version of an unrecorded song she dedicated to a friend who recently died of cancer.
The full list of the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Award winners is as follows:
Outstanding drama series: Mad Men
Outstanding comedy series: Modern Family
Outstanding mini-series: The Pacific
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Outstanding lead actor in a mini-series or movie: Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series: Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series: Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Outstanding lead actress in a mini-series or movie: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding supporting actor in a mini-series or movie: David Strathairn, Temple Grandin
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series: Jane Lynch, Glee
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series: Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Outstanding supporting actress in a mini-series or movie: Julia Ormond, Temple Grandin
Outstanding made for television movie: Temple Grandin
Outstanding variety, music or comedy series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Outstanding reality competition program: Top Chef.
Dealing with a bunch of small-time thugs shady London mobsters Russian millionaires junkie rock stars and assorted other members of the criminal underground director Guy Ritchie has thankfully returned to the beat he knows best--even if the accents are a bit thick and the action often confusing. In this version of contemporary London it’s real estate--and not drugs--that is attracting all brand of criminal with the dangling carrot of a multi-million dollar deal. Into this mix comes the scrappy One-Two (Gerard Butler) and his cohorts Mumbles (Idris Elba) and Handsome Bob (Tom Hardy) who manage to get a loan from the super-crooked old-timey crime boss Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson). He intends to nab the property for himself and demands the money owed him anyway. In order to get the money repaid One-Two hooks up with an attractive but shifty accountant (Thandie Newton) who works for a shady rich Russian dude. This is just the beginning as the plot thickens and the atmosphere gets loaded with all sorts of interweaving characters with distinct motivations of their own to get a piece of the pie in an ever-changing London. Guy Ritchie knows how to cast these things and RocknRolla is no exception--starting with Wilkinson almost recognizable as the vicious oily mob boss who knows how to work the system to get just what he wants. Wilkinson is deliciously fun to watch. So is Toby Kebbell as Lenny’s loopy and off-the-wall stepson--a junkie rock star named Johnny Quid who turns out to have the key to all the money. Butler is strong as the macho small-time thug out to conquer London real estate but gets stuck in a silly subplot when his partner (Hardy) suddenly admits he’s gay and has feelings for him. Mark Strong also impressive in this week’s Body of Lies is terrific as Lenny’s right-hand man Archie a guy who knows how these operations work. Karel Roden has nice moments as the billionaire Russian but we wished there was more to Newton’s role as she simply turns up every now and then without adding much to the proceedings. Elba (The Wire) is great as Mumbles One-Two’s best buddy and other partner in crime. And just for fun a couple of Americans get thrown into the stew: Jeremy Piven and Chris “Ludicris” Bridges playing rock promoters who are trying to make it in the London music biz. Guy Ritchie has had a rough patch lately what with the dreadful Swept Away and the mind bogglingly numbness of Revolver which sat on the shelf for two years before finally getting a nominal U.S. release. It’s no wonder the director wanted to return to the Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch turf in which he made his name. With RocknRolla he’s done just that and the results are encouraging. This flick is pure Guy Ritchie with his patented penchant for colorful low-life characters dense crime plotlines and a gang that can’t seem to shoot straight. Even though there are characters being dropped in at a steady pace and lots of stuff always going on Guy Ritchie manages to keep it all humming and visually arresting. Another big plus is the soundtrack which cranks. Overall RocknRolla really rocks and totally delivers. It’s a wild ride all the way. A promised sequel on the end credits can’t come too soon.