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Posted 14 January 2017 - 11:07 AM

https://en.wikipedia...wiki/Magic_Alex

 

Yanni (later John) Alexis Mardas (2 May 1942 – 13 January 2017) was better known as Magic Alex, the nickname given to him by The Beatles when he was involved with the group between 1965 and 1969, including being head of Apple Electronics.

 

Mardas arrived in England in 1965, exhibiting his Kinetic Light Sculptures at the Indica Gallery. He impressed John Lennon with the Nothing Box; a small plastic box with randomly blinking lights, and allegedly said that he could build a 72-track tape machine. Mardas was then given the job of designing the new Apple Studio in Savile Row, and was in India with The Beatles at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in India.

 

In the 1970s, the anti-terrorism industry offered bullet-proof vehicles, bugging devices and security hardware, so Mardas set up various companies offering these products to royalty and VIPs. King Hussein of Jordan bought a fleet of cars that Mardas had customised. In 1987, Mardas was a managing director of Alcom Ltd, which specialised in electronic communications and security. He later lived back in Greece.

 

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 09:23 AM

https://en.wikipedia.../Philip_Saville

 

I have belatedly learned of the death of British director Philip Saville. Most of his work (almost entirely for TV) is unfamiliar to this Yank, however he made a celebrated Hamlet on location at Elsinore Castle in Denmark for the quadricentennial (is that a word?) in 1964. Christopher Plummer played the title role; I believe this remains Michael's Caine's only performance in Shakespeare.

 

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Saville also played a curious but notable role in popular music of the '60s. In 1963 he produced a TV drama called Madhouse on Castle Street, and cast a little-known American folksinger named Bob Dylan, flying him over especially for the broadcast. This was Dylan's first acting appearance; unfortunately it is now lost.

 

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 11:34 AM

William Peter Blatty, who won an Oscar for adapting his novel The Exorcist​ to the big screen in 1973, died on January 12, 2017. He was 89.

 

 

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 11:14 AM

William Peter Blatty, who won an Oscar for adapting his novel The Exorcist​ to the big screen in 1973, died on January 12, 2017. He was 89.

 

Blatty also wrote screenplays for other films, including the Warren Beatty-Leslie Caron vehicle PROMISE HER ANYTHING (1965), THE NINTH CONFIGURATION (1980) and THE EXORCIST III (1990), the latter two of which he also directed. Blatty is also noted for his three collaborations with writer-director Blake Edwards, on A SHOT IN THE DARK (1964), GUNN (1967) and DARLING LILI (1970).


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 08:56 PM

https://www.thestar....dead-at-62.html

 

Toronto comic actor Tony Rosato, veteran of SCTV, Saturday Night Live and more, has died.

 

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The 62-year-old’s death on the evening of Jan. 10 was confirmed Tuesday by his longtime agent Larry Goldhar, who said that an autopsy is planned, but the death apparently resulted from a heart attack.

 

“It’s heartbreaking,” Goldhar told the Star. “He is truly one of the gentlest people I have ever met. He was just such a kind person.”

 

Rosato was best known for his regular performances on stage at Second City, SCTV, Saturday NightLive, Street Legal and had a recurring character on Night Heat. He would later become a lead on the series Diamonds and was “busy all the time,” Goldhar recalled.

 

The Naples-born actor joined Second City’s Toronto cast in 1979, and came to be recognized for his zany characters — in his youth, he was once pegged to be the next John Belushi.

 

Movie stardom never came, but he was working steadily on locally filmed TV projects through the 1980s. Occasional TV roles and voice-over work in animation followed in the 1990s and beyond but his career stalled when, in 2005, the actor suffered a serious bout of mental illness and ended up languishing in the maximum-security Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee.

 

The Star later reported that Rosato had been in jail for two years awaiting trial on a harassment charge when he was, in fact, suffering from Capgras syndrome, a rare condition in which the sufferer believes those close to him have been replaced by substitutes.

 

He believed that his ex-wife Leah and their infant daughter had been replaced by impostors in the spring of 2005, and he began to frantically call the police, who charged him with harassing Leah.

 

The actor’s lawyer, Dan Brodsky, blamed mistakes by prosecutors, judges and others in the justice system for the long wait behind bars, telling the Star that Rosato spent more time in custody pending trial “than any other convicted prisoner in Canada has ever spent on the same charges.”

 

Fellow actor Dan Aykroyd and a band of Second City performers came to Rosato’s trial. He was not convicted; instead he was handed a conditional discharge and ordered to reside at a psychiatric facility until deemed fit to leave. He was out on probation by early 2009.

 

His demons vanquished by antipsychotic medication, Rosato spoke to the Star later that year of his gratitude for the “miracle” of being free and having “the privilege . . . to start over again.”


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 10:58 AM

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Nat Hentoff, music critic and social commentator, has died at the age of 91. Hentoff appeared in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown and was an interview subject in several documentaries. In addition to being perhaps America's leading jazz critic, Hentoff was also the nation's outstanding advocate of Free Speech, actively opposing speech codes, hate crime legislation, and even libel laws.

 

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 02:06 AM

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Francine York, the statuesque actress who showed off her sexuality as The Bookworm's moll on Batman and in such films as It's Only Money, Cannon for Cordoba and The Doll Squad, has died. She was 80.

 

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York died Friday morning at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif., after a battle with cancer, her friend, television producer Pepper Jay, told The Hollywood Reporter.

 

A native of Aurora, Minn., York appeared in scores of TV shows, from Rescue 8 in 1959 to The Mindy Project in 2015. She played a seductive Venus de Milo on an episode of Bewitched, a bake-off contestant on The Odd Couple and an ex-prostitute/blackmailer on Days of Our Lives. She also appeared in five different roles on Burke's Law, a series renown for featuring gorgeous guest-stars.

 

York was memorable as the willowy Lydia Limpet, the henchwoman of The Bookworm (Roddy McDowall), in a first-season installment of ABC's Batman in 1966. She uses a boring book to lure Robin to sleep and gets to ride in the Batmobile.

 

"Everybody wanted to work on Batman and ride in that car," she told Tom Lisanti in his book Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema.

 

She played a sexpot for Jerry Lewis in It's Only Money (1962), and In Cannon for Cordoba (1970), starring George Peppard, she did a nude scene and a belly dance. The Doll Squad (1973) saw her fronting a team of gorgeous female assassins aiming to stop a megalomaniac (Michael Ansara) from destroying the world. Many see that movie as the precursor to Charlie's Angels.

 

York's other notable film appearances include Bedtime Story (1964), opposite Marlon Brando and David Niven, and Elvis Presley's Tickle Me (1965). She turned in a well-received performance as Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn: Alive and Behind Bars (1992) and played Nicolas Cage's mother-in-law in The Family Man (2000).

 

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York also was known as a gourmet cook and fitness and nutrition expert who hosted lavish parties in Hollywood. She was the decade-long companion of director Vincent Sherman (The Young Philadelphians) until his death in 2006.

 

Never married, she is survived by her nieces Delinda, Gina and Ava and nephew Dominic; grandnieces Ashley, Candice, Holly, Daliss and Isabella Negrete; and grandnephew Franklin.

 

York was polishing off her autobiography at the time of her death.

 

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 02:43 AM

Om Puri (1950-2017) - East Indian actor Om Puri has died suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 66. An actor primarily working in his native India, Puri also appeared in many English-language films, including substantial roles in Gandhi (1982), the TV series The Jewel in the Crown (1984), City of Joy (1992), Wolf (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Code 46 (2003), Charlie Wilson's War (2007) and The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014).

 

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This is sad news.  Besides City of Joy (1992) I would recommend seeing My Son the Fanatic (1997) and East Is East (1999) as examples of Puri's fine film work.



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Posted 05 January 2017 - 11:29 PM

Om Puri (1950-2017) - East Indian actor Om Puri has died suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 66. An actor primarily working in his native India, Puri also appeared in many English-language films, including substantial roles in Gandhi (1982), the TV series The Jewel in the Crown (1984), City of Joy (1992), Wolf (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Code 46 (2003), Charlie Wilson's War (2007) and The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014).

 

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 04:18 PM

Kosana delivered, in my opinion, the best line in the film: "They're dead. They're all messed up."

 

You are exactly right. I love the line, I love the delivery, and, as hard as it might be to believe, I work it into my daily observations as often as possible.

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 03:09 PM

Jeffrey Hayden, variously a director of film, stage and television, died on December 24, 2016 following a year-long battle with cancer. He was 90 years old.

 

Hayden helmed episodes of numerous TV series from the 1960s through the '80s, including ​The Andy Griffith Show, Leave It to Beaver, ​IronsideAlias Smith and Jones, Quincy M.E., Knight Rider​, In the Heat of the Night and ​Magnum P.I.

 

For MGM, Hayden directed the 1957 crime drama THE VINTAGE, starring Pier Angeli and Mel Ferrer.

 

On the stage, Hayden directed regional productions of Summer and Smoke, Death of a Salesman and The Country Girl ​across the United States.

 

 

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Hayden is survived by his wife of 65 years, friend of TCM and Oscar-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, their two children and four grandchildren.

 

The Hollywood Reporter remembers Jeffrey Hayden here: http://www.hollywood...t-was-90-960369


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 10:47 PM

Actor George Kosana, known primarily for his role as the sheriff in the 1968 cult classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, died on January 2, 2017. He was 81.

 

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Kosana delivered, in my opinion, the best line in the film: "They're dead. They're all messed up."


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 04:11 PM

Doug Raney (1956-2016), a son of guitar legend Jimmy Raney and a brilliant lyrical guitarist in his own right who lived in Denmark for much of his career, died of heart failure in Copenhagen on May 1 2016, according to his brother Jon. He was 59.



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Posted 01 January 2017 - 12:44 AM

 

"...the film’s  ("Bambi" '42) striking appearance had been created by a Chinese immigrant artist, who took as his inspiration the landscape paintings of the Song dynasty. The extent of his contribution to “Bambi,” which remains a high-water mark for film animation, would not be widely known for decades....

 

Trained as a painter, Mr. Wong was a leading figure in the Modernist movement that flourished in California between the first and second World Wars. In 1932 and again in 1934, his work was included in group shows at the Art Institute of Chicago that also featured Picasso, Matisse and Paul Klee....

 

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 10:17 PM

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William Christopher, the actor best known for playing Fr. Francis Mulcahy on the smash sitcom “MASH,” has  died, CBS Los Angeles reports. He was 84.

 

Christopher’s son confirmed his death to CBS Los Angeles.

 

The Illinois-born Christopher’s other acting credits included “Hogan’s Heroes,” “Gomer Pyle,” “That Girl” and “Columbo.”

 

But it was “MASH” that made Christopher famous. He appeared in more than 200 episodes of the acclaimed series.

 

A Methodist off-camera, he played the kindly and gentle Catholic priest on the CBS sitcom from 1972-1983. He also appeared in the spinoff “After MASH” (1983-85.) He also played Fr. Tobias on “Days of Our Lives” in 2012.

 

Christopher married his wife Barbara in 1957. They had two sons.

 

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 02:39 PM

I thought I might play this in honour of of the 64 musicians from the Russian Military choir who tragically lost their lives in a plane crash on Dec 27.  No disrespect, just good fun

 

 

I thank you very much for posting of this. I feel that your selection respects their memory well as they sought to bring humor and joy to all. I had the great joy and privilege to attend several of their concerts. To say that they were awesome and amazing is faint praise.

 

One of my favorites:

 

I am sorry to say that I can not find a: YouTube video with English subtitles of them performing this song. Here is a reasonable translation:

 

Pidmanula Pidvela (You Tricked Me)
 
You have told me that on Monday
We'll gather periwinkles together
I've come, and there you aren't,
You tricked me and let me down
 
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You tricked me,
You let me down,
You're making me, a young man,
Lose my mind.
 
You have told me that on Tuesday
You will kiss me forty times
I've come, and there you aren't,
You tricked me and let me down
 
(chorus)
 
You have told me that on Wednesday
We'll wrangle up the cattle together
I've come, and there you aren't,
You tricked me and let me down
 
(chorus)
 
You have told me that on Thursday
We'll go to the concert together
I've come, and there you aren't,
You tricked me and let me down
 
(chorus)
 
You have told me that on Friday
We'll gather strawberries together
I've come, and there you aren't,
You tricked me and let me down
 
(chorus)
 
You have told me that on Saturday
We'll go to work together
I've come, and there you aren't,
You tricked me and let me down
 
(chorus)
 
You have told me that on Sunday
We'll go to the wedding together
I've come, and there you aren't,
You tricked me and let me down
 
(chorus)
 
 
They performed many such folk songs and ballads which are widely loved. Their performances of: Katyusha and: Kalinka were exceptional. 
 
You may find many songs which are great fun by entering: "Chór Aleksandrowa" in: Search box on: YouTube.

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 10:50 AM

I thought I might play this in honour of of the 64 musicians from the Russian Military choir who tragically lost their lives in a plane crash on Dec 27.  No disrespect, just good fun

 

 


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 06:08 AM

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 04:04 AM

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 11:14 PM

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Allan Williams, The Beatles’ first manager, has died aged 86

 

In 1958 Williams leased a former watch-repair shop at 21 Slater Street, which he converted into a coffee bar. He named the venue the Jacaranda, after an exotic species of ornamental flowering tree.

The Jac opened in September 1958 and The Beatles were frequent customers, with John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe attending Liverpool Art College nearby and Paul McCartney being at Liverpool Institute.

Asking for the chance to play the club, Williams made them redecorate. Lennon and Sutcliffe had to paint a mural for the ladies room, before playing gigs there between May and August 1960.

 

Williams didn't hold onto The Beatles and saw them guided to multimillionaire fame by Brian Epstein. The story goes that when Williams signed copies of his memoirs, he would often write: "Allan Williams -- I should have known better"

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Alan Williams, wife Beryl, Liverpool entertainer Lord Woodbine, Stuart Sutcliffe, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best, 1961 (John Lennon took the picture). The inscription reads: "Their names liveth for evermore"

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