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« Reply #375 on: July 27, 2019, 12:20:01 PM »
Jeremy Kemp, 1935-2019

The actor who played Robert Picard, Captain Picard's brother, has passed away.

The veteran British actor Jeremy Kemp, who played Robert Picard in the fourth-season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "Family," has passed away at the age of 84. Robert was Jean-Luc Picard's estranged older brother, with whom he had a mud-covered reconciliation soon after Jean-Luc's assimilation by the Borg. Kemp, who was born Edmund Jeremy James Walker near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, died on July 19, according to The Guardian newspaper.

Kemp's acting credits spanned six decades, from the 1960s to the 1990s. Among his dozens of films and television projects were Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Z Cars, The Blue Max, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Space: 1999, The Winds of War, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Top Secret!, The Greatest American Hero, War and Remembrance, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the series version of Conan the Adventurer, in which he portrayed Hissah Zul. Early in his career, Kemp acted on stage at the Old Vic and later he appeared in such plays as The Caretaker and Richard III.

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« Reply #376 on: August 07, 2019, 10:31:16 AM »
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« Reply #377 on: August 14, 2019, 05:32:41 PM »
Remembering 'Trek' Favorite, Barbara March, 1953-2019
The Lursa actress passed away this week at age 65.

   
StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of Barbara March, the stage, TV and film actress who made her mark on the Star Trek franchise with her memorable performances as the fierce Klingon, Lursa, sister of B'Etor (Gwynyth Walsh), in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Redemption," "Redemption, Part II," and "Firstborn," the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine entry “Past Prologue,” and the TNG feature Star Trek Generations. March also provided Lursa's voice for the video game Star Trek: The Next Generation — Klingon Honor Guard, and, frequently alongside Walsh, was a fan favorite at Trek conventions worldwide. March's husband, Alan Scarfe — himself a three-time Trek guest star — confirmed on Facebook that she passed away on August 11 at the age of 65.

"My beloved Barbara, my partner in all things for more than forty years, passed through eternity's gate yesterday evening after a cruel battle with cancer," Scarfe wrote in his post. "She was wise and compassionate and beautiful and her brilliance, kindness and perspicacity touched many." 

Born in Toronto, Canada, March attended the University of Windsor and was classically trained. She acted in productions at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis as well as Canada’s prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival, with further credits in New York and Los Angeles. Her non-Trek film and TV credits included Night Heat, The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, L.A. Law, The Portrait, and Total Security. Also an author and playwright, March was married since 1979 to Scarfe, and together they had a daughter, Tosia, both of whom survive her, along with her stepson, Jonathan.

March was best known for her Trek work, and she relished both the Lursa role and the fan base's enduring embrace of her character. "It's amazing," she told Ian Spelling in 1994, during an interview for the official Star Trek Generations magazine. "We were really surprised by how popular Lursa and B'Etor are. I think it's because, in one sense, these women have a great deal of power. They're very emotional, almost a bad Laurel and Hardy team. They're rebellious, strong, and can kick butt, and there just aren't that many female characters on television who control things like the Duras sisters try to do. I think all of these aspects, and the chemistry between Gwynyth and I, have helped the characters really catch on. It was wonderful to create a character on Star Trek because she wasn't a stereotypical cardboard cutout."

Please join StarTrek.com in offering our condolences to March's family, friends, colleagues and many fans.

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« Reply #378 on: August 19, 2019, 09:58:07 AM »
AMERICAN GODS: SEASON 2 "Inside the House on the Rock" Special Feature


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« Reply #379 on: September 17, 2019, 07:58:17 PM »
AMERICAN GODS Adds Marilyn Manson for Season 3

American Gods is gearing up for season three, and according to Deadline, they’ve added a major musical icon to the cast. It seems rocker Marilyn Manson is joining the series as Johan Wengren, the lead singer of the “Viking death metal band” known as Blood Death. It appears that Wengren and Blood Death are going to be a source of power for Mr. Wednesday/Odin (Ian McShane) in his war with the so-called New Gods of the modern world. But fans of Neil Gaiman’s original novel shouldn’t go pouring over its pages looking for a reference to Manson’s character—he’s an entirely new creation for the series.

Marilyn Manson is no stranger to acting, even going back to his ’90s MTV heyday. He first appeared in a “blink and ya miss it” role in David Lynch’s Lost Highway, a movie for which he contributed music to. Not a bad way to start one’s acting career though. He has since appeared in several movies and television series, most recently having played a part in Sons of Anarchy. Of course, having Manson play the lead singer of a death metal band is maybe the height of typecasting, but you’re probably not going to cast Marilyn Manson as a local preschool teacher.

American Gods has had a lot of behind-the-scenes turmoil since first airing in 2017. Original developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for the Starz network, both creators left the show due to creative differences at the end of season one. Jesse Alexander then took over as showrunner for the second season, but has also departed the show. For season three, Charles “Chic” Eglee from The Walking Dead has become the new showrunner. However, original American Gods writer Neil Gaiman has remained a part of the series since its inception.

American Gods’ third season is set to premiere on Starz sometime in early 2020.

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« Reply #380 on: September 20, 2019, 08:47:03 PM »
Filming for Picard was completed this week. There is still no date for release other than early 2020.


Patrick Stewart Shares New Details on Star Trek: Picard!


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« Reply #381 on: December 16, 2019, 09:50:23 PM »
‘Star Trek: Picard’ Renewed for Season 2 at CBS All Access

Patrick Stewart’s return as Captain Picard isn’t going to be a one-season affair.

CBS All Access has renewed “Star Trek: Picard” for a second season, over a month before its first season debuts.

The new show stars Stewart as he reprises his iconic, titular role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway and Evan Evagora also star. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.

Stewart and CBS’s “Star Trek” universe chief Alex Kurtzman executive produce alongside Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Aaron Baiers serves as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer is a supervising producer.

Chabon had previously been named as the showrunner back in June, but the prolific author recently set an adaptation of his “Kavalier and Clay” novels at Showtime as part of an overall deal with CBS TV Studios, meaning that he is slated to step away from “Picard” to run that other project sometime in 2020.

Season 1 of “Picard” will premiere on Jan. 23, 2020. CBS All Access declined to comment.

News of the renewal became evident when the California Film Commission announced which shows would be receiving tax credits in the upcoming year on Monday morning. A season 2 of “Star Trek: Picard” was on the list alongside four new shows including  “Nine Perfect Strangers” starring and executive produced by Nicole Kidman, and the “Untitled Showtime Lakers Project” at HBO which hails from executive producer Adam McKay.

“Picard” is the latest in a growing line of series that CBS is rolling out to build up its “Star Trek” TV universe. In addition to “Star Trek: Discovery,” which finished airing its second season on All Access back in April, upcoming shows include the animated comedy “Star Trek: Lower Decks” and a Nickelodeon animated series as well. A drama series centered on Michelle Yeoh’s character from “Discovery” is also currently in development at All Access.

https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/star-trek-picard-renewed-season-2-at-cbs-all-access-1203439601/

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« Reply #382 on: January 04, 2020, 05:40:34 PM »
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« Reply #383 on: January 22, 2020, 10:27:43 AM »
Netflix Announces The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf


The world of Netflix's The Witcher is about to get even bigger! Netflix today has announced a new anime film set in the world of the Witcher called The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. Very few details have been revealed at this point, but the showrunner from the live-action series, Lauren S. Hissrich, is attached.

In addition to Hissrich, Netflix announced that Beau DeMayo, who penned an episode of the live-action series for Netflix, is also working on the project. As for who, exactly, will animate the film, that's the legendary animation studio Studio Mir. Studio Mir, if you're not familiar, is known for work on The Legend of Korra in addition to Voltron: Legendary Defender for Netflix.

Here's the logline for the new anime film, according to Netflix: "The world of The Witcher expands in this anime film that explores a powerful new threat facing the Continent."

What do you think of Netflix's The Witcher? Were you familiar with the books -- or maybe the games -- prior to the show? Let us know in the comments, or hit me up directly on Twitter @rollinbishop to talk all things gaming!

Here's how Netflix describes the series:

"Based on the best-selling fantasy series, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together."

The first eight-episode season of Netflix's The Witcher is available to stream on the platform now. It has already been renewed for a second season. Lauren S. Hissrich serves as showrunner. It stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, and Freya Allan as Ciri.

https://comicbook.com/gaming/2020/01/22/netflix-announces-the-witcher-nightmare-of-the-wolf/

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« Reply #384 on: January 22, 2020, 11:01:41 AM »
Terry Jones, 'Monty Python' Co-Founder and British Comedy Icon, Dies at 77

The beloved actor, screenwriter, director, author and historian was known as the famed troupe's underrated but passionate heart.
Terry Jones, a founding member of Monty Python and a beloved comedian, screenwriter, film director, poet, historian and author, has died. He was 77.

His agent confirmed his death to the BBC. He had been suffering from dementia, which was revealed publicly by his son, Bill, in September 2016. It left him unable to speak.

"We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones," his family said in a statement.

"Terry passed away on the evening of 21 January 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.

"Over the past few days his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry as he gently slipped away at his home in North London. We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humour has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades."

Renowned for his depictions of middle-aged housewives, often with hysterically falsetto voices, it was Jones who would famously scream the iconic line, "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy," while playing mother to the titular not-quite-son-of-god in the 1979 comedy Monty Python's Life of Brian, which he also directed. The line twice was voted the funniest in film history in U.K. polls.

Although rarely receiving the same acclaim as Monty Python's other members, Jones as widely regarded within the group as its underrated but passionate heart, known for his good-natured enthusiasm and a deep well of intelligence across a broad range of subjects.

A biographer once commented that should you speak to Jones "on subjects as diverse as fossil fuels, or Rupert Bear, or mercenaries in the Middle Ages or Modern China … in a moment you will find yourself hopelessly out of your depth, floored by his knowledge."

Born in North Wales, Jones read English at Oxford University, where he met his long-term collaborator and friend, Michael Palin. The two would star together in the college's comedy troupe The Oxford Revue, and after graduation, they appeared in the 1967 TV sketch comedy Twice a Fortnight.

Two years later, they created The Complete and Utter History of Britain, which featured comedy sketches from history as if TV had been around at the time. It was on the show Do Not Adjust Your Set where they would be introduced to fellow comic Eric Idle, who had starred alongside John Cleese and Graham Chapman in productions mounted by the Cambridge University theatrical club the Footlights. 

The five — together with Terry Gilliam, whom Cleese had met in New York — would quickly pool their talents for a new show. Monty Python's Flying Circus was born and ran on the BBC for four seasons between 1969 and 1974, with Jones driving much of the show's early innovation.

Among his most famous performances in the series were Jones as an inept, bumbling cardinal in the Spanish Inquisition (seen wearing a leather WWI pilot's hat and goggles); a member of the Hell's Grannies, a marauding group of old women terrorizing the streets of London; an overly apologetic French waiter in a sketch involving a dirty fork; a Yorkshireman who had to "get up out of the shoebox in the middle of the night and lick the road clean with our tongues"; and a nude piano player with an erratic face in scenes often used to break up sketches.

After the TV show ended, Jones co-directed with Gilliam the troupe's first big-screen outing, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), in which Jones also played, among other roles, Sir Bedevere the Wise, Prince Herbert ("Father, I just want to sing!") and a member of the dreaded Knights who say "Ni."

For Life of Brian (1979) and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983), Jones took on sole directing duties, having amicably agreed with Gilliam that his approach was better suited to the group's performing style.

Away from the Pythons, Jones would keep directing, helming the comedy Personal Services (1987), the all-star comedy-fantasy Erik the Viking (1989) and The Wind in the Willows (1996) while turning back to TV for episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles on ABC and the British comedy series Ripping Yarns, which he created with Palin.

Meanwhile, Jones was becoming a prolific children's author. Between 1981 and 2002, he published 20 fiction novels, including Fairy Tales — selected by Children's Laureate Michael Rosen as one of his five best children's stories of all time — and The Saga of Erik the Viking, from which the film Erik the Viking was loosely based. Jones also wrote the first draft of the early script for Jim Henson's David Bowie-starring cult adventure fantasy Labyrinth (1986), and despite the screenplay going through several rewrites, received the film's sole screenwriting credit.

Adding to an already hugely impressive repertoire, Jones became known as a noted scholar of medieval and ancient history, writing several nonfiction books and presenting shows on British television that often offered an alternative view of historical periods. He was Emmy-nominated in 2004 for Terry Jones' Medieval Lives, which argued that the Middle Age was a far more sophisticated period than commonly believed.

A vocal opponent of the Iraq War, Jones contributed editorials to British newspapers The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Observer condemning the conflict and the U.K.'s involvement in it. Many of his articles were published in the 2004 book Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror.

Jones' most recent work included the 2012 film A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman, which was co-directed by his son Bill and in which he, naturally, played Chapman's mother. He also returned to the director's chair for the sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything (2014), featuring the voices of Palin, Gilliam, Cleese, Idle and, in his final movie role, Robin Williams. (It was the first film to feature all living Python members since The Meaning of Life.)

Jones also reunited with his fellow comics one final time on stage in 2014 for Monty Python Live (Mostly), held in London's O2 arena and intended as a one-off until popular demand saw nine extra dates added.

Jones is survived by Soderstrom and their daughter, Siri, who was born in 2009, alongside his two children from his first marriage.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/terry-jones-dead-monty-python-founder-british-comedy-icon-was-77-963478

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« Reply #385 on: January 26, 2020, 02:28:17 PM »
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THE KIDS IN THE HALL Return in New Amazon Prime Series

In today’s edition of “everything you loved from the past is inevitably coming back,” Deadline is reporting that the Canadian sketch comedy series The Kids in the Hall will make a return some 25 years after it left the airwaves. Only this time, the Kids are coming back via Amazon Prime. And this reunion will include all the original cast members from the 1989-95 series; Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson have all signed on to return for an eight-episode run. Producing this revival, as he did the original show, is SNL‘s Lorne Michaels.

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« Reply #388 on: March 16, 2020, 06:01:17 PM »
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« Reply #389 on: April 05, 2020, 09:51:57 AM »
HBO Has Almost 500 Hours Of Free Content Available Right Now


What a time to have so many streaming services at our fingertips! The nationwide push to #StayAtHome during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a high spike in people turning to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and other options to keep them entertained for the foreseeable future. HBO is never one to be outdone, so the network is opening up almost 500 hours of content on HBO Now and HBO GO to non-subscribers.

Starting April 3, anyone can tune in for a solid roster of free programming including iconic shows like The Wire, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Veep, True Blood, Ballers, and Succession. If you have been wanting to re-watch these shows or finally get into them, then you should do it right now.

Documentary fans will be able to check out McMillions, The Inventor, and United Skates among others. And movies like Pokémon Detective Pikachu, The LEGO Movie 2, and Isn’t It Romantic are also available for those who may not have the time to dive into yet another series.

It’s all a part of their #StayHomeBoxOffice campaign to encourage people to 1) stay at home and flatten the curve and 2) find a reprieve by diving into some cool entertainment options. 500 hours may seem like a lot but when you are in the house for the foreseeable future, it’s really not that long at all.

Viewers can download the HBO GO or HBO Now apps to get access to this content. The company will also make these selections available for free through their distributing partners’ platforms soon, too. It’s not clear how long this offering will be available, so get to it people.

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« Reply #390 on: April 07, 2020, 04:49:47 PM »
Looking for your next isolation binge? How about riding out the remainder of quarantine with every single episode of Battlestar Galactica and Xena: Warrior Princess? Come on, you know you want to...

SYFY announced today that it would be airing marathons of each series throughout the month of April. Not only that, but they'll be hosted by Tricia Helfer (Number Six) and Lucy Lawless (Xena herself), respectively. And make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a slew of custom content and a number of surprise guest appearances.

Starting Monday, April 20, the network will commence a nonstop, three-day marathon of Battlestar Galactica. That includes the two-part miniseries, all four seasons (76 episodes), and the two movies Razor and The Plan. Should you wish to stream all of this, the complete series is available for digital access through SYFY.com or NBCU’s OneApp.

For even more supplemental content, you can turn to SYFY WIRE's official BSG podcast hosted by Helfer and Marc Bernardin. A bonus episode of the podcast will drop on the 20th and feature a cast reunion that includes Edward James Olmos, James Callis, Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackhoff, Michael Trucco, Rekha Sharma, and more. It'll also feature a live-reading of the pilot episode, "33."

Over in ancient Greece, the Xena marathon will mark the first time that SYFY has ever aired the iconic fantasy series. We'll be throwing it back to the mid-'90s starting Thursday, April 16.

Episodes are set to air in the mornings and afternoons of every #ThrowbackThursday, as Lawless provides wrap-ups (presented by SYFY Fangrrls) for all six seasons. Should you wish to get a head start, you can now stream the full series through SYFY.com or NBCU’s OneApp.

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SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD Returning to Theaters


Many directors will never make a movie half as good as Shaun of the Dead. And that might not even be Edgar Wright‘s best movie. That title might belong to his 2010 video game/superhero genre-twisting classic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Even a decade after its release, the story of a slacker musician facing a gauntlet of his new girlfriend’s evil exes feels as fresh and innovative as it did when it premiered. It’s also one of the most re-watchable movies of the 21st century. And now a whole new generation of fans—along with all the old ones—are going to get a chance to see it on the big screen once more. It’s returning to theaters for a 10th anniversary celebration.

Wright announced that his cult classic movie starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead will be returning to cinemas during a live watchalong on Twitter where he offered insights into the making of the film. The anniversary screenings were initially planned for August, which is when the movie originally debuted in the U.S.

However, with public gatherings banned and movie theater re-openings still in flux due to COVID-19, it’s not exactly clear when a re-release will be possible. But Wright promises it will be “soon.”

We’d go see Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in theaters every few months if we could. It’s the best way to appreciate Sex Bob-Omb’s battle with the Katayanagi twins. But if we have to wait a few more months, we have an idea for how Edgar Wright can use that delay to his advantage. Get someone to use old Chris Evans’ movies to create fake trailers for all of Lucas Lee’s imaginary action films.

:best Lucas Lee voice: We wouldn’t have to hope there’s a heaven if someone did that. Because if we got to see those trailers before watching our favorite films on the big screen again we’d know there was.

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« Reply #393 on: June 06, 2020, 10:42:15 PM »
Claude Heater, Opera Singer Who Played Jesus in 'Ben-Hur,' Dies at 92


Claude Heater, the famed opera singer who appeared with his face unseen as Jesus Christ in William Wyler's epic 1959 production of Ben-Hur, has died. He was 92.

A noted Wagnerian tenor, Heater died May 28 at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco of natural causes after a long illness, according to an announcement on his foundation website.

While performing in Rome, Heater was spotted by Ben-Hur production manager Henry Henigson, who was struck by the singer's "magnificent" voice and "beautiful spiritual face," Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons wrote in 1958.

Heater was then tested and hired to play Jesus in the MGM feature. "Now here is the strange part: They had to go to Europe to find this boy, who was born in Oakland, California," Parsons wrote.

"Mainly, they were interested in hands. They wanted strong, but sensitive, hands," Heater told the Marin Independent Journal newspaper in 1992. During production, he noted that "there were people on the set who would see me, drop to one knee and make the sign of Christ."

As filming progressed, Heater was given more time in front of the camera and a few lines, but British law at the time forbid Jesus to speak or his face to be seen if he were a "secondary character." So, Heater as Jesus appears only from behind, as when he gives water to Charlton Heston's enslaved Judah Ben-Hur.

In the 1993 documentary Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic, Heater is shown front and center in a costume test photo. And in 2003, he and Heston reunited at a screening at the Motion Picture Academy in Los Angeles, the last two remaining actors from the film, winner of 11 Academy Awards, including best picture.

Born in Oakland on Oct. 25, 1927, Heater served as a missionary and in the U.S. Marine Corps before studying voice in Los Angeles. He moved to New York in 1950, joined the American Theater Wing and appeared on Broadway as a singer and juggler in Top Banana, a comedy starring Phil Silvers and Jack Albertson.

In 1952, the 6-foot-4 Heater was the baritone member of the trio in the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, won the top prize on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts program and performed in La Traviata and Faust with the Amato Opera in New York.

After he completed his studies in Milan, Heater performed in Spain, Germany and Switzerland before being engaged at the renowned Vienna Staatsoper for three years under conductor Herbert Von Karajan. His final performances as a baritone came in 1961 with the San Francisco Opera.

Heater retrained his voice as a tenor, and in 1964 he took the title role in Hans Werner Henze's König Hirschat the Bavarian State Opera, serving as the leading dramatic tenor at that opera house through 1968. He would perform often as Tristan in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, including on Belgium television in 1967-68.

After retiring from the stage in the '70s, Heater taught opera for 30 years out of his San Francisco studio; served as general director of the Oakland Opera of California; ran for Congress as a write-in Republican candidate in 1992; and wrote a 2007 book, Fatal Flaws of the Most Correct Book on Earth, about what he felt were inconsistencies with his Mormon experience.

In 2018, he co-founded the Claude Heater Foundation to "nurture, encourage and support dramatic operatic voices, classical musicians and artists through developmental, educational programs and professional level performance opportunities."

Survivors include his longtime partner, Juyeon Song, an opera singer; children Christian, Steven, Evelyn, Erika, Claudia and Michele; grandchildren Nicolas, Alexander, Lauren, Joshua, Cecilia, Zachary and Valentina; and great-grandchildren Fiamma and Priscilla.

A donation in his memory may be made to his foundation.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/guy-who-played-jesus-in-ben-hur-dies-at-92/ar-BB158iEB?ocid=spartandhp&pfr=1

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« Reply #394 on: June 07, 2020, 02:44:47 PM »
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« Reply #395 on: June 10, 2020, 06:01:51 PM »
Comic-Con Announces Free Online Event

Fans won't be able to flock to San Diego Comic-Con this year as they have in the past due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean you won't have the chance to enjoy the Comic-Con festivities virtually. Comic-Con previously teased that they would be setting up something called Comic-Con@Home, a virtual event that fans could participate in that would feature panels, giveaways, news, etc, and now they've revealed all the details on the event. Comic-Con@Home will kick off on Wednesday, July 22nd, and will include panels and presentations on comics, gaming, tv, film, and more, as well as activities like a Masquerade and gaming competitions. You'll also be able to print your badges so you can display them proudly, and the best news is that all of it is completely free, and there are no limits on who can attend.

“For the first time in our 50-year history, we are happy to welcome virtually anyone from around the globe,” said SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer. “Though stay-at-home conditions makes this a very difficult time, we see this as an opportunity to spread some joy and strengthen our sense of community.”

We're hoping to get a full rundown on what panels and presentations are in store for fans, and we'll keep you posted as we learn more. In the meantime, you can check out the full press release for the event below.

"San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual comics and pop culture convention Comic-Con, today shared details for an initiative in the works, Comic-Con@Home, an online event that will combine aspects of the convention experience with the comforts of home. Circumstances involving the COVID-19 pandemic and California’s restrictions against large gatherings have forced SDCC to cancel their 2020 international celebration that brings fans and professionals from all over the world to San Diego.

Comic-Con@Home was first teased in early May with a short video announcement and a promise of details to come. Pop culture enthusiasts will note that this initiative joins the Comic-Con Museum’s virtual endeavor, Comic-Con Museum@Home, already ongoing. Although conditions prevent celebrating in person, the show, as they say, must go on. With Comic-Con@Home, SDCC hopes to deliver the best of the Comic-Con experience and a sense of its community to anyone with an internet connection and an interest in all aspects of pop culture. Plans for Comic-Con@Home include an online Exhibit Hall complete with everyone’s favorite exhibitors offering promotions, specials, and limited-edition products unique to the celebration.

As well, Comic-Con@Home promises exclusive panels and presentations about comics, gaming, television, film, and a wide variety of topics from publishers, studios, and more. As if that weren’t enough, Comic-Con@Home will also have a Masquerade, gaming, and many other activities in which fans can participate from their own homes. Although Comic-Con@Home will provide badges for fans to print and wear proudly, all aspects of the initiative are free and there are no limits to how many can attend.

Comic-Con@Home will be held on the same dates as the previously canceled Comic-Con, July 22-26, 2020, and online attendees are encouraged to use the official #ComicConAtHome hashtag to be included in the virtual activities. Organizers and participating entities will begin providing additional details in announcements leading up to the event. Interested fans are encouraged to check Toucan, the official Comic-Con and WonderCon blog, SDCC’s website and social channels, and the official channels of their favorite pop culture creators in the weeks to come."

https://comicbook.com/comics/news/comic-con-announces-free-online-event/?fbclid=IwAR00djgL0JRrnh1cjx4ODkyWI81BQUJTgBYlcx8NshPpUveZ7AibELqMBDg

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« Reply #396 on: June 25, 2020, 06:33:30 PM »
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« Reply #398 on: June 30, 2020, 02:51:44 PM »
Rob Reiner, George Clooney, Dick Van Dyke and More Stars Pay Tribute to ‘Comedy Legend’ Carl Reiner

Hollywood dignitaries, from Rob Reiner to George Clooney, took to social media on Tuesday to pay tribute to the late Carl Reiner. Reiner, the 98-year-old whose legendary career as a comedy writer, director and producer spanned over 60 years, died Monday of natural causes.

His son Rob Reiner wrote, “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”

Clooney, who collaborated with Reiner on the “Ocean’s Eleven” movies, told Variety, “Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder. It all seemed so effortless. What an incredible gift he gave us all. His was a life well lived and we’re all the better for it. Rest in peace my friend.”

Reiner’s longtime friend Alan Alda said, “His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts. We love you, Carl.”

Steve Martin — the star of several films directed by Reiner, including “The Jerk,” “All of Me” with Lily Tomlin, “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” and “The Man With Two Brains” — tweeted on Tuesday, “Goodbye to my greatest mentor in movies and in life. Thank you, dear Carl.”

Dick Van Dyke, star of Reiner’s classic sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” offered his condolences. “My idol, Carl Reiner, wrote about the human comedy,” Van Dyke wrote on Twitter. “He had a deeper understanding of the human condition, than I think even he was aware of. Kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise. His scripts were never just funny, they always had something to say about us.”

Bernadette Peters, who starred in Reiner’s 1979 screwball comedy “The Jerk” with Martin, said, “Dearest Carl this was your last tweet always always caring til the end. We shall miss you very much.”

Jerry Seinfeld said, “Anyone in comedy who got to know or even just meet Carl Reiner felt that they had been given a great gift.”

Bette Midler, who played Lilly Leonard in Reiner’s romantic comedy “That Old Feeling,” wrote, “I worked with him, loved him, and consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to have once attended lunch with his hilarious, guarrulous gang…”

Actress Amber Tamblyn, who briefly worked with Reiner on “Two and a Half Men,” shared a photo from set with Holland Taylor. She captioned the picture, “We will miss you, Carl. You were a gift to this world.”


Three days before he died, Reiner, who was prolific on Twitter, reflected on his own life. “Nothing pleases me more than knowing that I have lived the best life possible by having met & marrying the gifted Estelle (Stella) Lebost—who partnered with me in bringing Rob, Annie & Lucas Reiner into to this needy & evolving world,” he wrote.

https://variety.com/2020/film/news/carl-reiner-dead-hollywood-tributes-rob-reiner-1234694238/?fbclid=IwAR0eBWXEGxFcAE1Ffc1M-NgZYcAuhzH1Uh_3IS050f2NfGZ7ryk451ThigY

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« Reply #399 on: July 11, 2020, 06:42:35 PM »
Gary Larson Releases First New FAR SIDE Comics in 25 Years

Even under normal circumstances this would qualify as amazing news, but in 2020 when everything is being cancelled it feels like a downright miracle: The Far Side is back. Gary Larson has released original strips of the iconic comic for the first time in 25 years.

While Larson might be using modern technology to draw the comics, it’s like he never left.

Last year, without warning, The Far Side‘s official received an update. It featured an image of an explorer melting a block of ice with a blowtorch. That image unveiled some of Larson’s most iconic characters. The caption below read, “Uncommon, unreal, and (soon-to-be) unfrozen. A new online era of The Far Side is coming!” That new era officially began this week with three original comics, listed under “New Stuff.”

Larson wrote about why, after all these years, he’s finally excited about drawing again. He still drew the personal Christmas card he and his wife sent out every holiday. But each time he went for his trusty old pen he’d find that he’d forgotten to unclog it the year before. That led him to try a digital tablet for the first time, and it rekindled his passion for drawing.

“I got one, fired it up, and lo and behold, something totally unexpected happened: within moments, I was having fun drawing again. I was stunned at all the tools the thing offered, all the creative potential it contained. “
He ended his syndicated strip on January 1, 1995, so these are his first new releases. And while he says he’s “just exploring, experimenting, and trying stuff,” and this is decidedly not a “resurrection” of his daily strip, it’s only going to make fans crave even more new work.

It’s as funny, silly, sharp, and twisted as ever.

This news is also one of the best things about 2020 so far. So while we know Larson isn’t planning on bringing back his daily comic strip, maybe he could do it every other day? We’ve never wanted to see a woman with a beehive hairdo more.

https://nerdist.com/article/the-far-side-comic-strip-returns-gary-larson/?fbclid=IwAR2Dmx1Adiu48viPkryNqVUI4x0MkGshR35_ohQsGb_i9yNVeJh7cyDUWw4

https://www.thefarside.com/new-stuff