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Menashe – Review

As the Summer season winds down, a new independent flick enters the box office arena concerning the challenges of single parenting. Oh, and this is from a male viewpoint, but it’s not a heart-tugging comedy that will make moviegoers recall The Courtship Of Eddie’S Father (the flick with Glenn Ford or the TV version with Bill Bixby), which helped inspire several sitcoms like “Bachelor Father” and “My Three Sons”. Yes, it’s about a widower, thought its main concern isn’t the search for a new mate (it does factor in a bit). The film is set in New York, but its language gives the story a decided foreign feel. Most of the dialogue (about 95%) is in Yiddish, as the world of Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community is the home of a man (well, almost a Mensch) named Menashe.

The story begins in the bustling early morning hours
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Bachelor Father: Noreen Corcoran Dies at 72

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, actress Noreen Corcoran has died of cardiopulmonary disease, at 72. Corcoran starred in Bachelor Father as Kelly Gregg, niece of John Forsythe's character, Bentley Gregg. Corcoran died Friday, January 15, 2016, in Van Nuys, California.

The Bachelor Father TV series premiered on CBS in 1957. NBC picked it up in 1959, and the show ran on that network through 1961. ABC picked up Bachelor Father for its final season, concluding in the spring of 1962. Reportedly, Ronald Reagan suggested Corcoran for the role.

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In Cold Blood

More than one feature film looks at the making of this picture, focusing on its author, Truman Capote. Criterion's disc returns the discussion to Richard Brooks, the director that dared adapt an unfilmable novel of lurid, unthinkable crime on the Kansas prairie. It's also a last gasp of artistic B&W cinematography from Hollywood, thanks to the indelible images of Conrad Hall. In Cold Blood Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 781 1967 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date November 20, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Jeff Corey, John Gallaudet, James Flavin, John Collins, Charles McGraw, Will Geer. Cinematography Conrad L. Hall Production Designer Robert F. Boyle Film Editor Peter Zinner Original Music Quincy Jones Written by Richard Brooks from the novel by Truman Capote Produced and Directed by Richard Brooks

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Some directors just want to work. Others
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R.I.P. Shirley Mitchell

Shirley Mitchell, who played Lucy Ricardo’s friend Marion Strong on the classic CBS sitcom I Love Lucy, died Monday. She was 94. Remembered as Lucy’s friend with the funny laugh, Mitchell appeared in three episodes of I Love Lucy after joining the cast in 1953. She was believed to be the last recurring adult cast member following the deaths of Doris Singleton in 2012 and Peggy Rea in 2011. Mitchell appeared on numerous TV shows in the 1950s and ’60s including Bachelor Father starring John Forsythe, Please Don’t Eat The Daisies as neighbor Marge Thornton, Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies. She also appeared as Clara Appleby, the wife of henpecked husband George Appleby (Red Skelton) on The Red Skelton Hour. In 1972, she voiced Laurie Holiday on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Roman Holidays and last year voiced Betty White in Betty White & The Huntsman. On the film side, Mitchell appeared
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Shirley Mitchell Dead -- Last Surviving 'I Love Lucy' Castmember Dies at 94

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Shirley Mitchell, the actress who played Marion Strong, Lucy Ricardo's cackling friend on "I Love Lucy" has died.Mitchell is the last-surviving adult castmember.  She died at age 94 of heart failure in her Westwood condo.Marion Strong has this distinction -- she set up Lucy and Ricky on their first date.Mitchell was no stranger to sitcoms.  She also appeared on the hit show, "Bachelor Father," playing John Forsythe's secretary.Mitchell also played Opal Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies.
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'Friends' Joey, 'How I Met Your Mother's' Barney and more great TV bachelors

Bentley Gregg (John Forsythe, "Bachelor Father," 1957-62, CBS/NBC/ABC): Though he had plenty of female friends, attorney Gregg also was responsible enough to raise his niece.

Bill Davis (Brian Keith, "Family Affair," CBS, 1966-71): Bringing up his orphaned nieces and nephew usually didn't cramp the romantic life of civil engineer Davis.

Amos Burke (Gene Barry, "Burke's Law" and "Amos Burke, Secret Agent," ABC, 1963-66): Crime solver Burke lived the high life very visibly, which was of natural appeal to many women. ("Burke's Law," with Barry again, had a mid-'90s revival on CBS.)

Tom Corbett (Bill Bixby, "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," ABC, 1969-72): With much input from his young son, widower Corbett often played the game of love.

Remington Steele (Pierce Brosnan, "Remington Steele," NBC, 1982-87): Even if in the end he was a one-woman man -- that woman being detective agency boss
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Prolific TV Comedy Writer Myles Wilder Dies

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The prolific Myles Wilder, whose resume includes scores of classic '60s TV comedies and Hanna-Barbera shows in the '70s, died April 20 of complications of diverticulitis in Temecula, Calif., according to Variety. He was 77.

Wilder was the nephew of famed director Billy Wilder and the son of director W. Lee Wilder. He was nominated for an Emmy two times for his work on the Ernest Borgnine comedy 'McHale's Navy' from '63 to '66 and also wrote for 'Wagon Train,' 'Bachelor Father,' 'The Lucy Show,' 'The Doris Day Show,' 'Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,' 'My Three Sons' and 'Get Smart' in the decade.

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Charlie’s Angels’ John Forsythe Dies

John Forsythe was a leading actor on stage, screen and television from the late 1940s, but was never seen in one of his best known roles. He lent his distinctive voice to the role of Charles Townsend, who sent an array of lovely agents on various cases by speaker phone in the Charlie’s Angels television series from 1976 to 1981. The Angels originally included Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith, and were later joined by Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts. He reprised his role for feature film adaptations twenty years later, Charlie’s Angels (2000) and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu as a new generation of beautiful detectives. Forsythe became a silver-haired sex symbol in his sixties, when he starred as ruthless oil tycoon Blake Carrington in the ABC prime-time soap opera Dynasty from 1981 to 1989. He frequently found himself at the
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Dynasty's John Forsythe Dies at 92

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... Small-screen legend John Forsythe has passed away at the age of 92 due to complications from cancer. Forsythe is best known as Blake Carrington from Dynasty, but he also provided the voice of Charlie in Charlie's Angels and starred in the late '50s/early '60s comedy Bachelor Father. [NY Times]

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John Forsythe obituary

American TV actor famous for his role as Dynasty's Blake Carrington and being the voice of Charlie in Charlie's Angels

If the name of the American actor John Forsythe, who has died aged 92, is not immediately recognisable, then that of his character Blake Carrington – the tanned and handsome silver-haired billionaire oil magnate in the long-running television series Dynasty – certainly is. The show, known for its opulent atmosphere, lavish sets and costumes, and preoccupation with the problems of the wealthy, ran alongside Ronald Reagan's years as Us president, 1981-89. It made Forsythe internationally famous and rich. During the second year of the run, Forsythe remarked: "I can't afford to bulge. Being a 64-year-old sex symbol is a hell of a weight to carry."

With his earnest demeanour, Forsythe, as the patriarch plagued by a scheming ex-wife (Joan Collins), a bisexual son, and other tribulations ranging from murder and greed to lust and incest,
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John Forsythe obituary

American TV actor famous for his role as Dynasty's Blake Carrington and being the voice of Charlie in Charlie's Angels

If the name of the American actor John Forsythe, who has died aged 92, is not immediately recognisable, then that of his character Blake Carrington – the tanned and handsome silver-haired billionaire oil magnate in the long-running television series Dynasty – certainly is. The show, known for its opulent atmosphere, lavish sets and costumes, and preoccupation with the problems of the wealthy, ran alongside Ronald Reagan's years as Us president, 1981-89. It made Forsythe internationally famous and rich. During the second year of the run, Forsythe remarked: "I can't afford to bulge. Being a 64-year-old sex symbol is a hell of a weight to carry."

With his earnest demeanour, Forsythe, as the patriarch plagued by a scheming ex-wife (Joan Collins), a bisexual son, and other tribulations ranging from murder and greed to lust and incest,
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Friends Remember John Forsythe, Star of Dynasty and Charlie's Angels

Actor John Forsythe passed away on Thursday. In a statement, his family said, "The family of John Forsythe sadly announces his passing on April 1, 2010. He was 92 years old and, thankfully, he died as he lived his life... with dignity and grace, after a years-long struggle with cancer."

Forsythe had a long and impressive career on television and starred in several series over the years. He was best known for his role on dramas Dynasty and Charlie's Angels but also starred in several comedies -- Bachelor Father, The Powers That Be, and To Rome With Love. The John Forsythe Show began as a comedy but switched to become a spy show midseason.

It seemed that most who'd worked with Forsythe spoke about him with great affection and respect. It's no surprise that many of them are expressing their love following his death.
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John Forsythe Passes Away at 92

John Forsythe Dies at 92 John Forsythe, the handsome, smooth-voiced actor who made his fortune as the scheming oil tycoon in TV's Dynasty and the voice of the leader of Charlie's Angels has died after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 92.

Forsythe died late Thursday at his home in Santa Ynez from complications of pneumonia, publicist Harlan Boll said Friday.

"He died as he lived his life, with dignity and grace," daughter Brooke Forsythe said.

Despite his distinguished work in theater and films, Forsythe's greatest fame came from his role as Blake Carrington in the 1981-89 primetime soap opera Dynasty. Forsythe lent dignity to the tale of murder, deceit, adultery and high finance, which often brought Carrington into conflict with his flashy, vengeful former wife, Alexis Colby, played to the hilt by Joan Collins.

Collins released the following statement through her spokesmen Andrew Freedman:

"He was one of the
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R.I.P. John Forsythe (1918-2010)

Actor John Forsythe has passed away yesterday April 1st from pneumonia after a long battle with cancer. He was 92 years old. Forsythe began his career in the early 1940s working as a bit player for Warner Bros. before military service in World War II. After the war he joined the prestigious Actors Studio, which led to a number of Broadway roles and parts in films such as Escape From Fort Bravo (1953) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry (1955).

Forsythe would go on to star in a number of features including In Cold Blood (1967), Topaz (1969), and Scrooged (1988), although he was best known for his work on the small screen. He took the lead in the sitcom Bachelor Father (1957-1962) and provided the voice of millionaire Charles Townsend in Charlie's Angels (1976-1981), a role he reprised for McG's big-screen adaptations in 2000 and 2003. Forsythe would also gain acclaim as ruthless oil
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Dynasty and Charlie's Angels: John Forsythe dies at 92

"A vastly usable, not wildly talented actor" has passed away. Not many in the acting world considered John Forsythe anything but talented, but that's essentially how he saw himself. Of course, he wasn't your average guy. While in his 60's, he became a sex symbol to millions of women across the country. Best known for his voice on Charlie's Angels and his strong screen presence on Dynasty, Forsythe's life has come to an end at the age of 92.

Forsythe had a series of roles on Broadway and successful films -- including a starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry -- before finding success on TV as the star of Bachelor Father. The show ended up airing on all three networks during its five year run.

He returned to film to make Madame X, In Cold Blood, and And Justice for
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'Charlie's Angels' Star John Forsythe Died of Complications From Pneumonia at 92

"Dynasty" and "Charlie's Angels" star John Forsythe has died, aged 92. The actor, who played Blake Carrington in the hit 1980s soap and provided the voice of the mysterious Charles Townsend in TV crime series "Charlie's Angels", died of complications from pneumonia in Santa Ynez, California on Thursday, April 1.

Born in New Jersey, Forsythe started out as a baseball announcer and drama teacher. He began his acting career on Broadway and signed a deal with Warner Bros, just before World War Two. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After the war, he co-founded the Actors Studio, where his students included a young Joan Collins, who was to become his "Dynasty" co-star, and appeared in a series of TV plays.

By the mid-1950s he was among the most in-demand TV and radio thespians, and landed a big deal in 1957 when he signed up to play Bentley Gregg in hit show
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Dynasty Star Forsythe Dead At 92

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Dynasty Star Forsythe Dead At 92
Dynasty and Charlie's Angels star John Forsythe has died, aged 92.

The actor, who played Blake Carrington in the hit 1980s soap and provided the voice of the mysterious Charles Townsend in TV crime series Charlie's Angels, died of complications from pneumonia in Santa Ynez, California on Thursday.

Born in New Jersey, Forsythe started out as a baseball announcer and drama teacher. He began his acting career on Broadway and signed a deal with Warner Bros. just before World War Two.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps.

After the war, he co-founded the Actors Studio, where his students included a young Joan Collins - who was to become his Dynasty co-star - and appeared in a series of TV plays.

By the mid-1950s he was among the most in-demand TV and radio thespians, and landed a big deal in 1957 when he signed up to play Bentley Gregg in hit show Bachelor Father.

He continued making appearances in top-rated TV theatre projects and was given his own show, The John Forysthe Show, in the mid-1960s. He also landed a long run in To Rome With Love.

But his heyday as a TV icon was yet to come - he voiced Charlie in Charlie's Angels on television from 1976 to 1981 and then became the star of soap phenomenon Dynasty throughout the 1980s after George Peppard quit as Blake Carrington.

According to imdb.com, he was the only actor to appear in all 220 episodes of Dynasty.

Forsythe had one more successful TV run in the early 1990s as Senator William Franklin Powers in The Powers That Be.

He returned to the spotlight at the beginning of the new century to reprise his Charlie voice in the Charlie's Angels movie and sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

Forsythe spent the last four years of his life battling cancer. His family has asked that fans donate cash to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Flowers will be placed on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to mark his passing.

John Forsythe, star of Dynasty, dies aged 92

Actor was also the voice of Charlie in Charlie's Angels

John Forsythe, the American actor who starred in the 1980s Us soap Dynasty and was the voice of Charlie in the TV series Charlie's Angels, has died at 92. He died of pneumonia at his home in Santa Ynez, California, after a long battle with cancer.

In a statement last night, his family said he died on Thursday, "as he lived his life … with dignity and grace". His career in film, theatre and television spanned more than five decades, but he is likely to be best remembered for playing Blake Carrington, the Denver oil tycoon in Dynasty, which ran from 1981-89. Joan Collins and Linda Evans played the women in his life and helped to make the actor a sex symbol in his 60s.

Forsythe won three Emmy nominations for his portrayal of the conniving and debonair Carrington, although he never won the award.
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AfterElton Briefs: A Huge "Ugly Betty" Spoiler, Goodbye Blake, the "Glee" yearbook, and More!

Plus the strange case of Olivia Newton-John's ex, birthday cupcakes, and ... Satan, Darling!

Following this assortment of carefully-selected news items, interested readers can find a refreshing pic of a hot man in underwear. Yes, we're serious. each Friday Briefs will also feature a pic up top that desperately needs captioning. We'll pick our fave suggestion from the comments and run it in the following week's post. Have fun! Drop your caption ideas in the comments, and check out last week's winner at the bottom of the page!

Happy Birthday to David Hyde Pierce, who turns 51 this weekend.

The Spurf at Entertainment Weekly has a huge spoiler about the series finale of Ugly Betty. *Sigh* I'm already getting verklempt. In what's gotta be a strange twist of fate, Icon Olivia Newton John's presumed dead ex-boyfriend is now presumed alive. Which I always kinda suspected. Hmm ... who could it be? Oh,
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John Forsythe Dead At Age 92; Star Of TV, Stage And Film

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John Forsythe, the handsome and distinguished star of TV, stage and movies, has died at age 92. Forsythe had a hit TV series with Bachelor Father and later starred in the long-running prime time soap opera Dynasty. He also provided the voice of Charlie in the Charlie's Angels TV series. On the big screen, Forsythe starred in two Alfred Hitchcock films: the whimsical The Trouble With Harry and the Cold War thriller Topaz. He was also heavily involved in charitable causes. For more click here
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