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Jan Merlin Dead at 94

Former Another World writer Jan Merlin died on September 20 in Los Angeles. He was 94.

Born on April 3, 1925, Merlin was a torpedo man aboard U.S. Navy destroyers during World War II. He studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and appeared in the ensemble in the original 1948 Broadway production of "Mister Roberts," starring Henry Fonda.

From 1950-54, Merlin starred as Roger Manning on the kids TV program Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, based on a comic strip.

He moved to Hollywood for a role in Six Bridges to Cross (1955), starring Curtis, then appeared with Mamie Van Doren in Running Wild (1955), with Dale Robertson in A Day of Fury (1956), with Tom Tryon in Screaming Eagles (1956) and with Ann Sheridan in Woman and the Hunter (1957).

In 1958-59, Merlin portrayed Lt. Colin Kirby on The Rough Riders, an ABC series set in the aftermath of the Civil War.

His credits also included the
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"Fonzo" - Tom Hardy Is 'Al Capone'

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Sneak Peek actor Tom Hardy ("Venom") as iconic gangster 'Al Capone', from director Josh Trank's new feature, chronicling the life of the ruthless Chicago mob boss, prior to his death:

The cast of "Fonzo" (aka "Cicero") also includes Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathrine Narducci and Linda Cardellini.

Hardy said he has been working closely with Warner Bros, "watching their gangster films — the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson...it’s interesting to get them, and a bit of 'Capone', into the bloodstream…

"The idea isn’t to remake those films but to get a flavor of them as we explore Capone’s career as a racketeer."

A post shared by Tom Hardy (@tomhardy) on Mar 24, 2018 at 7:02pm Pdt

The "Cicero" screenplay was originally written by Walon Green, noted for writing director Sam Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actors
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"Fonzo" - Tom Hardy Is 'Al Capone'

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Sneak Peek actor Tom Hardy ("Mad Max: Fury Road") as gangster 'Alphonse "Scarface" Capone', from director Josh Trank's "Fonzo" chronicling the life of the ruthless, former Chicago mob boss, prior to his death:

Cast of "Fonzo" also includes Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathrine Narducci and Linda Cardellini.

Hardy said he had been working closely with Warner Bros, "watching their gangster films — the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson...

"...it’s interesting to get them, and a bit of 'Capone', into the bloodstream…

"The idea isn’t to remake those films...

"...but to get a flavor of them as we explore Capone’s career as a racketeer."

The "Cicero" screenplay was originally written by Walon Green, noted for writing director Sam Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actors previously playing Capone in film include Rod Steiger, "Al Capone" (1959), Neville Brand, "The George Raft Story (1961), Jason Robards,
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Tom Hardy Is 'Al Capone'

Sneak Peek actor Tom Hardy ("Mad Max: Fury Road") as iconic gangster 'Al Capone', from director Josh Trank's new feature, chronicling the life of the former Chicago mob boss, prior to his death:

The cast of "Fonzo" (aka "Cicero") also includes Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathrine Narducci and Linda Cardellini.

Hardy said he has been working closely with Warner Bros, "watching their gangster films — the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson...it’s interesting to get them, and a bit of 'Capone', into the bloodstream… The idea isn’t to remake those films but to get a flavour of them as we explore Capone’s career as a racketeer."

The "Cicero" screenplay was originally written by Walon Green, noted for writing director Sam Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actors previously playing Capone in film include Rod Steiger in "Al Capone" (1959), Neville Brand,
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Wild in the Streets

Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones and Diane Varsi star in American-International's most successful 'youth rebellion' epic -- a political sci-fi satire about a rock star whose opportunistic political movement overthrows the government and puts everyone over 35 into concentration camps... to be force-fed LSD. Wild in the Streets Blu-ray Olive Films 1968 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones, Diane Varsi, Hal Holbrook, Millie Perkins, Richard Pryor, Bert Freed, Kevin Coughlin, Larry Bishop, Michael Margotta, Ed Begley, May Ishihara. Cinematography Richard Moore Film Editor Fred Feitshans Jr., Eve Newman Original Music Les Baxter Written by Robert Thom from his short story "The Day it All Happened, Baby" Produced by Burt Topper Directed by Barry Shear

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Back around 1965 - 1966 we endured this stupid buzzword concept called The Generation Gap, a notion that there was a natural divide between old people and their kids.
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The Gallant Hours

Director Robert Montgomery's last is a war movie like no other, a study in leadership and command with no combat scenes. James Cagney uses none of his standard personality mannerisms; the result is something very affecting. And that music! You'll think the whole show is the memory of a soul in heaven. The Gallant Hours Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1960 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date April 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring James Cagney, Dennis Weaver, Ward Costello, Vaughn Taylor, Richard Jaeckel, Les Tremayne, Walter Sande, Karl Swenson, Leon Lontoc, Robert Burton, Carleton Young, Raymond Bailey, Harry Landers, Richard Carlyle, James Yagi, James T. Goto, Carl Benton Reid, Selmer Jackson, Frank Latimore, Nelson Leigh, Herbert Lytton, Stuart Randall, William Schallert, Arthur Tovey, John Zaremba. Cinematography Joseph MacDonald Art Director Wiard Ihnen Original Music Roger Wagner Written by Beirne Lay Jr., Frank D. Gilroy Produced and Directed by Robert Montgomery
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Battles Without Honor and Humanity – The Complete Collection

Bloody havoc reigns! Kinji Fukasaku's no-holds-barred vision of ugly violence and uglier politics on the streets of Hiroshima is a five-film Yakuza epic that spans generations. The film amounts to an alternate history of postwar Japan, that puts an end to the glorification of the Yakuza code. The enormous cast includes Bunta Sugawara, Tetsuro Tanba, Sonny Chiba and Jo Shishido. Battles without Honor and Humanity Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video 1973-74 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 760 min. / Limited Edition Boxed Set Street Date December 8, 2015 / 149.95 Starring Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Tetsuro Tanba, Kunie Tanaka, Eiko Nakamura, Sonny Chiba, Meiko Kaji, Akira Kobayashi, Tsunehiko Watase, Reiko Ike, Jo Shishido Cinematography Sadaji Yoshida Production Designer Takatoshi Suzuki Original Music Toshiaki Tsushima Written by Koichi Iiboshi, Kazuo Kasahara Directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In the 1990s the American Cinematheque was headquartered in various places, but settled for a few years in a large
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Alex Rocco, Star of 'The Godfather,' Dies at 79

Alex Rocco, a veteran character actor most famous for starring in Hollywood classic "The Godfather," has died. He was 79.

Rocco's daughter, Jennifer Rocco, revealed the actor's passing in a series of Facebook posts, writing that her father passed away on July 18 after a long, private battle with cancer. Jennifer Rocco thanked his fans for their support, writing, "I know he is watching over us."

Alex Rocco's prolific career spanned decades, but the actor became synonymous with "The Godfather," the 1972 Oscar-winning film in which he played casino owner Moe Greene. In a 2012 interview with The A.V. Club, Rocco said that that role was "without a doubt, my biggest ticket anywhere. I mean that literally."

Rocco parlayed that fame into a lengthy, eclectic resume in both film and television. He starred most recently on Starz series "Magic City," "Episodes," and "Maron," and also appeared on shows including "The Simpsons," "The Facts of Life,
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Al Capone In "Cicero"

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Development continues on "Cicero" starring actor Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises") as ruthless 1920's gangster 'Al Capone'.

Hardy said he has been working closely with Warner Bros, "watching their gangster films — the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson...it’s interesting to get them, and a bit of Capone, into the bloodstream… The idea isn’t to remake those films but to get a flavour of them as we explore Capone’s career as a racketeer."

The "Cicero" screenplay is by Walon Green, noted for writing director 'Bloody Sam' Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actors previously playing Capone in film include Rod Steiger, "Al Capone" (1959), Neville Brand, "The George Raft Story (1961), Jason Robards, "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" (1967), Buddy Lester, "Poor Devil" (1973), Ben Gazzara, "Capone" (1975), Robert De Niro, "The Untouchables" (1987), Eric Roberts, "The Lost Capone" (1990), Anthony Lapaglia, "Road to Perdition" (2002), Jon Bernthal,
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Hardy Targets Capone In "Cicero"

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According to actor Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises"), he will play ruthless 1920's gangster 'Al Capone' in the feature "Cicero", to be directed by David Yates, following reshoots of director George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road".

Hardy said he has been working with Warner Bros, "watching their gangster films — the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson...it’s interesting to get them, and a bit of Capone, into the bloodstream… The idea isn’t to remake those films but to get a flavour of them as we explore Capone’s career as a racketeer."

The "Cicero" screenplay is by Walon Green, noted for writing director 'Bloody Sam' Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actors previously playing Capone in film include Rod Steiger, "Al Capone" (1959), Neville Brand, "The George Raft Story (1961), Jason Robards, "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" (1967), Buddy Lester, "Poor Devil" (1973), Ben Gazzara,
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Not Fade Away 'Bo Diddley' Clip and Soundtrack Details

Not Fade Away 'Bo Diddley' Clip and Soundtrack Details
Paramount Pictures has debuted the first clip from Not Fade Away, the feature directorial debut of The Sopranos creator David Chase. Jack Huston, John Magaro, and Will Brill star as New Jersey teenagers who are inspired to start their own rock band after seeing The Rolling Stones on television. This scene shows the burgeoning band trying to get their sound right while playing Bo Diddley's self-titled song. Check out this scene, then read on for the official press release announcing this period drama's soundtrack details.

Not Fade Away - Bo Diddley

Not Fade Away, the widely anticipated feature film debut from The Sopranos creator David Chase, is an ode to the transformative power of rock 'n' roll. In 1964, The Rolling Stones appear on television and three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey decide to form a rock band. The film stars John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill,
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Jack Nicholson Movies: Rating The Actor's Best And Worst Films

What's Jack Nicholson's secret? Maybe it's the eyebrows, hovering like ironic quotation marks over every line reading. Maybe it's the hooded eyes, which hold the threat of danger or the promise of joviality -- you're never sure which. Same with that sharklike grin. Or maybe it's the voice, which has evolved over the years from a thin sneer to a deep rumble, but is always precisely calibrated to provoke a reaction. Put them all together, and they say: "I am a man to be reckoned with. Ignore me at your peril." Nicholson, who turns 75 on April 22, is often criticized for relying on his bag of tricks, for just showing up and doing Jack Nicholson (though indeed, he often seems to have been hired precisely for that purpose). But he's also capable of burrowing deep into a character, finding his wounded heart, and revealing the ugly truth without fear or vanity.
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Hardy Targets Capone In "Cicero"

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According to actor Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises"), he will play ruthless 1920's gangster 'Al Capone' in the feature "Cicero", to be directed by David Yates, following his role in director George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road".

Hardy said he has been working with Warner Bros, "watching their gangster films — the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson...it’s interesting to get them, and a bit of Capone, into the bloodstream… The idea isn’t to remake those films but to get a flavour of them as we explore Capone’s career as a racketeer."

The "Cicero" screenplay is by Walon Green, noted for writing director 'Bloody Sam' Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actors previously playing Capone in film include Rod Steiger, "Al Capone" (1959), Neville Brand, "The George Raft Story (1961), Jason Robards, "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" (1967), Buddy Lester, "Poor Devil" (1973), Ben Gazzara,
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Hardy Cast As 'Capone' In "Cicero"

Actor Tom Hardy ("Inception") is now attached to play 'Scarface Al Capone', the ruthless, Chicago-based, organized crime racketeer, in the developing Warners feature "Cicero".

The "Cicero" screenplay is by Walon Green, noted for writing director 'Bloody Sam' Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actors previously playing Capone in film include Rod Steiger, "Al Capone" (1959), Neville Brand, "The George Raft Story (1961), Jason Robards, "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" (1967), Buddy Lester, "Poor Devil" (1973), Ben Gazzara, "Capone" (1975), Robert De Niro, "The Untouchables" (1987), Eric Roberts, "The Lost Capone" (1990), Anthony Lapaglia, "Road to Perdition" (2002), Jon Bernthal, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (2009) and Stephen Graham,"Boardwalk Empire" (2010).

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the real "Al Capone"...
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Star Trek: Prolific TV Composer Fred Steiner Dies at 88

Fred Steiner, a veteran composer of television and movie scores has died at the age of 88. He had previously suffered a stroke and died at his home in Mexico of natural causes.

In addition to contributing to such films as Time Limit (1957), First to Fight (1967), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), and The Color Purple (1985), Steiner left a big mark on classic television shows. He wrote the theme music for The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Perry Mason, and The Bullwinkle Show.

Steiner also composed the music for dozens of episodes of TV shows like Have Gun – Will Travel, The Untouchables, The Twilight Zone, Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Hogan's Heroes, Lost in Space, The Wild Wild West, Mannix, Hawaii 5-0, Dynasty, Rawhide, Tiny Toon Adventures, and many others.

As TrekMovie notes, Steiner left an indelible mark on the Star
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Will Gandolfini Do Scarface In "Cicero" ?

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Thanks to new interest in prohibition-era 'gangsters', spurred on by Martin Scorsese's upcoming HBO series "Boardwalk Empire", Warners has acquired the screenplay "Cicero", based on the rise of 'Scarface Al Capone', the ruthless, Chicago-based, organized crime racketeer.

The "Cicero" screenplay is by Walon Green, noted for writing director 'Bloody Sam' Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actor James Gandolfini, at age 49, although maybe considered 'too old' for the part, is still the top commercial/critical choice to play Capone.

Gandolfini has been looking for the right feature to showcase his considerable charm and acting skills, following his 3-time Emmy, television turn as 'Tony Soprano' on HBO's "The Sopranos".

Other actors that previously played Capone in film include Rod Steiger in "Al Capone" (1959), Neville Brand in "The George Raft Story (1961), Jason Robards in "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" (1967), Buddy Lester in "Poor Devil" (1973), Ben Gazzara in "Capone" (1975), Robert De Niro
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Holiday Preview: A Repertory Calendar

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Holiday Preview: A Repertory Calendar
Tim Burton invades New York, New Italian Cinema hits Los Angeles, Harold and Kumar spread holiday cheer in Austin and everywhere you look, they're celebrating All Tomorrow's Parties -- just some of the holiday film fun you can have this winter at your local repertory theater.

More Holiday Preview: [Theatrical Calendar]

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92YTribeca

In November, the 92YTribeca Screening Room will have some special guests in the house when it hosts the already sold out "A Conversation with Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman" on November 10th, with the two longtime collaborators discussing their latest film "Fantastic Mr. Fox." But tickets are still available for the night before (Nov. 9th), when actor Ben Foster and director Oren Moverman will screen their acclaimed new post-war drama "The Messenger". Much of the rest of the month is devoted to Cinema Tropical's Ten Years of New Argentine Cinema series with screenings of Adrián Caetano's immigration
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ABC Mourns The Loss Of Clint Ritchie Of "One Life To Live"

Actor Clint Ritchie, who starred on the soap opera "One Life To Live" for two decades, died on Saturday at the age of 70. The actor, who played Clint Buchanan on the series from 1979 to 1998, suffered a heart attack in January and died just 10 hours after having a pacemaker implanted.

Ritchie, a veteran actor, also appeared in several TV westerns and movies such as "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" and "Patton."

Frank Valentini, the executive producer of "One Life To Live" released a statement about actor's death saying, "We are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Clint Ritchie. He will always have a special place in our hearts and One Life To Live's legacy."

"With his creation of the role of Clint Buchanan, he helped to bring to life one of the most memorable families in the show's history. The Oltl family will always hold dear the
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Actor Kurt Kreuger Dies

Kurt Kreuger, a Swiss-German actor often cast as a Nazi officer in World War II movies and who later became a realtor, has died. He was 89. Kreuger died on July 12 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a stroke, according to his friend Lynne Riehman. The actor was born in Michenberg, Germany and was raised in Switzerland. In the 1950s, he appeared in more than 20 films, including Mademoiselle Fifi, his first major role. Kreuger's good looks made him 20th Century Fox's third most-requested male pin-up photo. Although he tried to break free from his stereotyped image, Kreuger was frustrated by the studio, who refused to cast him in different types of roles. He moved to Europe in the 1950s where he appeared in German films. His last film was The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, released in 1967. After acting on television through the 1960s, Kreuger became a successful realtor in Beverly Hills, California.

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