Ned Beatty, 83, passed away in sleep this morning from natural causes. Mr. Beatty who was equally adept in both comedic and dramatic roles, alternated between feature films and television roles making whatever production he was in better.
Ned Beatty began his career in John Boorman’s highly regarded adaptation of James Dickey’s novel Deliverance starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ronny Cox. Mr. Beatty then went on to have a career in feature films and television that lasted over 40 years and packed his resume with 166 acting credits. He was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Network.
Ned Beatty was one of this character actors who was good in any role he took on and that kept him in demand. Mr. Beatty’s feature film highlights include six films with Burt Reynolds, Superman and Superman II with Christopher Reeve, as well as Nashville, Network, 1941 and Back to School. His television credits include: Gunsmoke. The Execution of Private Slovik, MASH, Hawaii 5-0, The Rockford Files and so many more.
Ned Beatty was always a welcome addition whenever he appeared on screen. The enormity of his resume would make any actor proud. What a career!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ned Beatty’s family, friends and fans.
An artist called 12sketches created the faux Columbo comic book cover. He/she even created the distressed look, the logo and the comic box with the price and Comics Code Authority approval. Well done, 12sketches!
If you’d like to see faux covers for Matlock and X-Files plus more 12sketches art, you can by clicking here.
I love these Snyder Film School insights. More directors should do this.
In ‘Snyder School,’ Zack Snyder takes us on a four episode journey into his creative process as a filmmaker. In Episode 3, Zack explains his philosophy on color, how he finds the final cut with his editor, and how music and sound design complete the emotional experience of watching his films.
Screenplay: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (story: James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick; based on characters created by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes)
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook and John Noble.
Tagline: The Demonic Case That Shocked America
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a change of pace in that the Warrens are working to save a man from death row by using the “he was possessed by the devil” defense. Talk about a Hail, Mary!
So, there’s a lot of courtroom action? No, just two brief scenes. But you have to understand this isn’t about that. It’s about finding out why the man was possessed and curing that. But, we know why he was possessed, he asked the devil to take him instead of the boy. Yes, but as we learn, he wasn’t possessed by the devil, he was cursed by a Satanist! But, the title is “The Devil Made Me Do It”? Yes, but it wasn’t through the Devil directly. But, the movie is scary and full of tension like the other “Conjuring” movies, right? Well… not really.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is all over the place. There are exorcisms, a cold case murder mystery, a story of young love, old love, a possession, a curse, a demonic/satanic controlled murder, there’s ESP, raising the dead, a hospital drama, and keeping a man off death row. For me, it was a bit too much.
I like the chemistry between Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. The nod to the original Exorcist when the priest arrives for the exorcism of the little boy is a nice touch. The set-up with the little boy and the waterbed was creepy. John Noble was a nice addition but needed more to do.
Nits to pick: It wasn’t as scary or filled with tense scenes as past Conjuring films. The lighting in every indoor scene was as if to remind us “this is a horror movie” and something scary could be in the shadows.
The set-up of Patrick Wilson’s heart problems were well done but then for the rest of the film the threat of a heart attack looms despite his constant running, straining to lift his wife as she goes over a cliff, etc. I didn’t think that the whole “Here’s Johnny” with a sledge hammer instead of an axe scene worked. We know he’s not whacking his wife with it.
I didn’t buy at all that a man in jail for murder and who is using the devil made me do it defense would be allowed out of a cell to mop floors in a semi-dark (spooky, huh?) room. That he would be come possessed, levitate off the floor, windows would be blown out and not a single cop or orderly shows up?
Overall, I found The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It to be an okay viewing experience. So it gets 2 of 5 stars.
Clarence Williams III, the actor best known for his role as Linc Hayes on The Mod Squad, died on Friday, June 4th from colon cancer.
Mr. Williams began his acting career in 1959 with an uncredited role in Pork Chop Hill. The following year he appeared on Broadway in The Long Dream. Clarence Williams III then alternated between stage and television roles until he was cast in his signature role, as Linc Hayes on The Mod Squad. When the series ended after five seasons, Mr. Williams alternated between movie and television roles.
Some of his best known television appearances were in The Return of Mod Squad, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice and Twin Peaks. Clarence Williams III’s feature films include Purple Rain, I’m Gonna Git You, Sucka, The Genreral’s Daughter and Reindeer Games.
I wasn’t a big fan of The Mod Squad, but when I did watch I always thought Clarence Williams III was the best part of the show. It was always nice to see him show up in other television and movie roles.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Clarence Williams III’s family, friends and fans.
Sean Hutchinson at Mental Floss recently posted 17 Facts About Al Capone. You know the drill, before you click over, here are three of my favorites and my thoughts on each…
AL CAPONE GOT THE NICKNAME SCARFACE FROM A BARROOM FRACAS. (It’s not surprising to note that Capone hated the nickname Scarface. Even more interesting is that he preferred friends to call him Snorky. Somehow Snorky doesn’t seem as threatening as Scarface, and you can be sure if Capone was around and he wanted to be called Snorky, Snorky it would be. – Craig)
AL CAPONE’S “CHICAGO OUTFIT” MADE A LOT OF MONEY. (Reportedly Capone’s outfit made $100 million in 1920. Today the equivalent would be $13,352,700,000.00. That’s 13 Billion plus dollars! Wowzers! – Craig)
AL CAPONE RAN A SOUP KITCHEN DURING THE DEPRESSION. (You’d think that this showed that Capone had a good heart. Remember this was the same guy who beat to death three men with a baseball bat after serving them dinner, and the same guy who killed or had killed many, many people. The soup kitchen was done to win public good will for his upcoming trial! – Craig)
Tom Richmond of MAD magazine fame opened up his commission list and I jumped on with a request for Jack Carter (Sly Stallone) and John Wick (Keanu Reeves). As you can see Mr. Richmond came through with a winner, which is no surprise.
This is my second commission from Tom Richmond, the first was a Rocky (Stallone) and Clubber Lang (Mr. T.). I’ll post it once I get it scanned. It is larger than my current scanner and a photo doesn’t do it justice.
If you’re a sketch collector, I highly recommend Tom Richmond. He does great art, has wonderful communication and packages the art securely.
Billy Joe aka B.J. Thomas died yesterday at the age of 70 from lung cancer.
B.J. first came into the public eye with his million-selling cover of the Hank Williams’ classic I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry. His second gold record came two years later with the pop hit, Hooked on a Feeling.
The following year, Mr. Thomas was chosen to sing Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head which was featured in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The song earned the Academy Award as Best Original Song and and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with sales of over one million copies. This earned BJ Thomas his third gold record.
BJ Thomas had another top ten hit that year with I Just Can’t Help Believing. In 1975, BJ Thomas earned his fourth gold record with (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. From the very start of his career, Mr. Thomas dealt with alcohol and drug dependence. In 1976, BJ Thomas became a Christian and released his first (of several) gospel albums. It became the first gospel album to go platinum.
Unless you were alive in 1970, you cannot imagine how popular Keep Fallin’ on My Head was. It was all over the radio and tv. That song along with I Just Can’t Help Believing are my favorite songs by BJ Thomas. As impressive as his career was, it is equally as impressive that he was able to kick his dependency on drugs/alcohol and spoke freely about it. I’m sure he gave hope to others caught up in the same out of control spiral.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to BJ Thomas’ family, friends and fans.
Gavin MacLeod, best known to fans as either the the loveable Captain Stubing of The Love Boat, or the witty Murray Slaughter from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died yesterday at the age of 90. MacLeod, who was born Allan George See, but changed his name for show biz.
Gavin MacLeod began his acting career in 1957 and he alternated with smaller roles in television and movies. In 1962, he became a regular on McHale’s Navy. After two seasons he left the series and took a role in The Sand Pebbles staring Steve McQueen. MacLeod followed that role with guest appearance on many popular television shows including (but not limited to): The Munsters, Rawhide, Gomer Pyle, The Man from UNCLE, The Andy Griffith Show, The Rat Patrol, Ironside, Hawaii 5-0, Hogan’s Heroes, Love American Style. Along the way Mr. McLeod also appeared in feature films including his role in Kelly’s Heroes with Clint Eastwood.
In 1970, Gavin MacLeod began playing Murray Slaughter when The Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered After the show ended, he accepted the lead as Captain Merrill Stubing in The Love Boat. That series ran for ten years as well as a tv movie and a spin-off series: The Love Boat: The Next Wave. Gavin MacLeod continued to act until 2014.
I was a huge fan of Gavin MacLeod’s Murray Slaughter. Often he was the funniest on a show full of talented comedians. I always love when he turns up in any show or movie that I’m watching and perhaps my favorite surprise appearance is in Compulsion (an under-rated movie) where he plays an assistant to the DA.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gavin MacLeod’s family, friends and fans.
The crime noir masterpiece that has gripped audiences for decades is back in an oversized and slipcased hardcover that includes a portfolio, exclusive print, and a sketchbook of never-before-published development art.
There is no light in a place like Sin City—only misery, crime, and perversion. Amid the filth and degenerates, the hulking and unstable ex-con Marv has found an angel. Her name is Goldie—a goddess who has blessed this wretched low-life with one night of heaven. But good things never last—a few hours later, Goldie is dead—murdered at his side without a mark on her body. Who was she? And who wanted her dead? The cops are on their way—it smells like a frame job, and this time, they won’t let him live. Whoever killed Goldie . . . is going to pay.
Frank Miller returns to his comic opus with luxury editions of the graphic novel series, beginning with Volume 1 The Hard Goodbye. A combination of high-end materials, finishes, and iconic textures from the series make for an elegant package which evokes the grittiness of Sin City. Housed in a cloth covered slipcase with foil stamping and printing is an oversized hardcover featuring a soft touch matte finish with spot gloss and foil stamping. The hardcover includes an exclusive sketchbook of never-before-published development art selected by Frank. As well, this volume contains the pinup gallery created for the 2021 editions of Volume 1, featuring art from Joyce Chin, Amanda Conner, Klaus Janson, Paul Pope, Philip Tan, and Gerardo Zaffino. Also included in the slipcase is a portfolio featuring a deluxe print of new artwork by Frank Miller.
As an added bonus, each volume’s slipcase has a different letter from the logo, placed on the front cover in such a way that alone it looks like a splash of red wrapping around the slipcase. But when all seven volumes are together it is clear that the grouping spells out “Sin City.”
Discerning fans and new readers can experience this unparalleled noir masterpiece in this, the most luxurious edition to date!
I already own an original signed and numbered hardcover slipcased edition of Miller’s The Hard Goodbye, but the idea of having all the Sin City stories in the same deluxe format is tempting since other editions weren’t given the same treatment. Miller’s Sin City stories are some of my all-time favorite comics… and I do have a birthday in October…
Infinite starring Mark Wahlberg jumps in the eternal warrior pool. Will it sink or swim? I guess we’ll have to check it out to see.
For Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg), skills he has never learned and memories of places he has never visited haunt his daily life. Self-medicated and on the brink of a mental breakdown, Evan is sought by a secret group that call themselves “Infinites,” revealing to him that his memories may be real—but they are from multiple past lives.
I like the looks of The Birthday Cake. It has an interesting mystery, a crime story background and how about the cast? Shiloh Fernandez, Val Kilmer, Lorraine Bracco, Ewan McGregor, Vincent Pastore and Luis Guzmán! I plan to check it out.
On the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, Gio (Shiloh Fernandez) brings a birthday cake prepared by his mother (Lorraine Bracco) to a memorial celebration hosted by his uncle Angelo (Val Kilmer), a Brooklyn mafia boss. Gio’s life begins to change as he pieces together what really happened to his father all those years ago, coming face to face with a kind of violence he has been trying to avoid his whole life.