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John D.F. Black, Screenwriter on 'Shaft' and 'Star Trek,' Dies at 85

John D.F. Black, Screenwriter on 'Shaft' and 'Star Trek,' Dies at 85
John D.F. Black, who co-wrote the screenplay for Shaft and wrote and produced for the original Star Trek series, has died. He was 85.

Black died Nov. 29 of natural causes at home in Woodland Hills, Calif., his publisher, Jacobs Brown Press, announced.

Black penned 10 episodes of the original Hawaii Five-o, five installments of Charlie's Angels and multiple episodes of other series, including Lawman, The Untouchables, Mr. Novak, Laredo, The F.B.I., Room 222 and The Streets of San Francisco.

He also wrote and co-produced a 1974 pilot for a Wonder Woman series that starred Cathy Lee Crosby. (ABC and Warner Bros. went in a different direction a ...
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Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?

Aretha Franklin: What Was Her First Non-Singing Role?
The sad news about Aretha Franklin today had us thumbing through our old vinyl and wondering if we should rewatch her sass-serving cameo in 1980's The Blues Brothers for a 41st time. We were a little surprised, however, to learn on IMDb that her first non-singing screen role came not alongside a repurposed Mount Prospect, Ill., police car but in a 1972 episode of the TV series "Room 222."

Also notable about the race-related classroom drama/comedy, one of the first TV shows to feature a black lead: It's the first series created by James L. Brooks, before he co-created "Mary Tyler Moore," won a Best Director Oscar for Terms of Endearment, and developed "The Simpsons."

As of this writing, Season 3 of "Room 222" is not available on DVD or to stream (VHS to the rescue?). Perhaps that's worth changing?

Check out our gallery of Aretha Franklin photos through the years.

‘Charlie’s Angels’ & ‘Love Boat’ Director Sued For Sexual Harassment & Much More By Ex-Assistant

  • Deadline
Allen Baron, who helmed episodes of such TV series as Charlie’s Angels The Love Boat and The Brady Bunch, is being sued by his former personal assistant, who alleges a laundry list of misconduct ranging from sexual harassment and religious discrimination to retaliation and wrongful termination.

Among other things, Anna Dey accuses Barn, now 91, of becoming sexually aroused after taking erectile-dysfunction medication on multiple occasions and then asking her to “touch his penis.” She said it would happen “anytime that he was undressed and alone with Dey. Her suit also claims Baron once “masturbated and ejaculated into a towel and threw the towel on [her] in a belittling and disrespectful manner.”

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here) also claims Baron regularly bragged about his sexual exploits, which purportedly included sleeping with then-Charlie’s Angels star Farrah Fawcett. “Baron also claimed to have forced numerous
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It Came From The Tube: Ghost Story / Circle Of Fear (1972)

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There’s the usual stockpile when we mention horror anthology TV series. Twilight Zone sits firmly on top for most, and then follows Outer Limits, Thriller, Tales from the Crypt, Masters of Horror, Night Gallery, and on and on. (The rankings are up to you.) And sometimes, way down in the pile of yellowed TV Guides lays one that time forgot (and Nielsen killed). Witness NBC’s Ghost Story/Circle of Fear (1972), a one season and done series that provided solid stories well told over 23 episodes.

If the title seems confusing, it’s because it was known as Ghost Story for the first 13 episodes (plus pilot), and then Circle of Fear for the last 9. Low ratings prompted the name change, which proceeded when the show returned from the Christmas break. Rotund host Sebastian Cabot also didn’t survive the retooling.

So what sank the show? ABC aired Room 222/The Odd Couple opposite it,
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Round-Up: Register to Attend Las Vegas’ Nab Show 2015 & See The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman & Steven Yeun, April Horror Block Details

Want to hang out with The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman and Steven Yeun in Las Vegas? Attendees of Vegas' Nab Show can have that opportunity in the Crave Cave next week, and we have details on how you can register for a free exhibits-only pass to the show. In our latest round-up, we also look at teases for a Bates Motel item and a Ghostbusters goodie in this month's Horror Block.

Nab Show 2015: If you're looking to attend Nab Show and watch the "More of What You Crave: The World of 'The Walking Dead" session with Steven Yeun, Robert Kirkman, and AMC President Charlie Collier on April 14th, then you might be interested in registering for a free exhibits-only pass to the event, an opportunity provided to us by Nab Show. To register, visit:

http://registration.experientevent.com/ShowNAB151/default.aspx?Passcode=AD09

Press release - "Washington, D.
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Interview: 'Your Family or Mine' star Richard Dreyfuss on TV's draw - 'Money'

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Interview: 'Your Family or Mine' star Richard Dreyfuss on TV's draw - 'Money'
Richard Dreyfuss doesn't need to play any reindeer games. An Oscar winner and one of the world's biggest movie stars for two decades, Dreyfuss has only periodically popped up on the big or small screens in recent years because he's been concentrating his efforts on overhauling the way American children are taught civics and serving as Senior Associate Member of St. Anthony's College in Oxford. While his recent credits have been sparse, I've talked to Dreyfuss several times in the past few years and the key is always to find what he wants to discuss, even if it isn't necessarily the project he's promoting.  So with the 2012 A&E adaptation of "Coma," it certainly wasn't "Coma," but it could have been the shift in interactions between actors and directors over the years and whether or not TV is more actor-friendly. With this winter's Sundance debut of "Zipper," it was the political backdrop to the thriller.
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Round-Up: The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman & Steven Yeun Announced as Guests at Las Vegas’ 2015 Nab Show, The Returned, The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Want to hang out with The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman and Steven Yeun in Las Vegas? Attendees of this year's Nab show in Las Vegas can get that opportunity in the Crave Cave next month. Also included in our latest horror round-up is a look at Netflix's global rights deal with A&E's The Returned and big casting news for The Autopsy of Jane Doe.

The Walking Dead at Nab Show: Press Release - "Washington, D.C. -- Key members of "The Walking Dead" team will appear at Nab Show, which takes place in Las Vegas in April. Cast member Steven Yeun, "The Walking Dead" comic book creator and series executive producer Robert Kirkman and AMC President Charlie Collier are confirmed to participate in the general session "More of What You Crave: The World of 'The Walking Dead,'" scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 from 9:00-10:00 a.
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Legendary Pictures announces Electra Woman and Dyna Girl remake

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Legendary Digital Media and Fullscreen have partnered with YouTube phenoms Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart in an updated version of Sid & Marty Krofft‘s classic 70’s TV series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, bringing the property to a new generation of viewers. Fullscreen will debut and exhibit Electra Woman and Dyna Girl in the U.S. with Legendary Television Distribution overseeing global distribution. Sid & Marty Krofft will executive produce the project.

The reboot will start internet superstars Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart as the seventies icons (shut up, this is my article). The series, comes on the heels of Helbig’s crossover from YouTube fame to television as the host of a late night talk show for E! which premieres in April. Both Helbig and Hart have large social media followings with a combined total of over 10 million subscribers and followers over all of their YouTube and social media platforms.
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Interview: Director Rob Reiner on Latest Film ‘And So it Goes’

Chicago – Rob Reiner has lived two distinct show business lives. He played a major role in one of the most famous television shows in history, “All in the Family,” and broke out afterward as a classic American film director, with hits such as “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Princess Bride.” His latest film is “And So it Goes.”

The film stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, as an older couple discovering a connection that on the surface seems highly unlikely. This is Rob Reiner’s 15th feature film as director, after such classics as “The Sure Thing,” “Stand By Me,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Misery,” “A Few Good Men,” “The American President” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Michael Douglas last worked with Reiner when he portrayed the title character in “The American President.” Reiner himself performs a small supporting role in “And So it Goes.”

Michael Douglas (left) and Rob Reiner
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The Student Teachers

Here's another installment featuring Joe Dante's reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments! Exploitable potpourri of sex, comedy, action with high school setting has enough funny stuff to draw and amuse youth trade in ballyhoo markets and drive‑ins. Rating: R.

Although The Student Teachers follows the New World "student nurse" formula almost slavishly (pretty girls, lotsa nudity, low‑comedy plotting, violent black subplot dragged in by the heels), it stacks up as a nifty little programmer by virtue of fast pacing and an engagingly breezy comic style. Where aggressively promoted, it holds strong lures for the general youth trade and should prove an especially appealing drive‑in item.

The makers of last year's Night Call Nurses have simply lifted the gags and situations from that film and transplanted them to a high school setting,
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Link o' the Morning To You

Film Society NYC's annual Asian Film Festival starts at the end of the month and will pay tribute to Jimmy Wong Yu (Taiwanese director), Lee Jung-jae (Korean actor), and Sandra Ng (Hong Kong actress) among others. Lots of interesting sounding films as usual

TMZ a few dozen images from the set of Star Wars Episode VII - mostly it's just charactor actors mulling about Tattooine sets with dark sunglasses in those earth colors heavy robes. Don't get too excited.

Mnpp Good morning Jamie Dornan. This new photoshoot seems to be taking over the web (but I am willing to predict that 50 Shades of Gray won't do justice to Dornan's smolder.

La Times Ann B Davis, "Alice" the housekeeper from The Brady Bunch has passed away. She was already a two-time Emmy winner when she started that show in 1969 but can you believe The Brady Bunch was never nominated for a single Emmy?
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The Flash & Aquaman Cameo In Unaired Electra Woman & Dyna Girl Pilot (2001)

In 1976, Sid and Marty Krofft ("H.R. Pufnstuf") created Electra Woman and Dyna Girl for their series The Krofft Supershow. There were sixteen 12-minute segments, that featured Deidre Hall ("Days of Our Lives") as Electra Woman (played by ) and Judy Strangis ("Room 222") as her sidekick Dyna Girl. For whatever reason, Warner Bros. commissioned a new version in 2001 with Markie Post ("Night Court") as Electra Woman and Anne Stedman ("That '70s Show") as Dyna Girl. Where the original version was a spoof on the 60's Batman & Robin television series, this new version was a cynical take on superheroes. Markie Post's Electra Woman is portrayed as former superhero who has become trailer park trash. She's hooked on booze, and has a mighty chip on her shoulder because her original Dyna Girl stole her husband. Watch the pilot above and be on the lookout for brief appearances by The Flash
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Mad Monster Hosts Blacula Screening and Q&A with Special Guests on February 13th

If you're going to be near the Chinese Theaters in Hollywood this week, be sure to pop in on Wednesday to enjoy Mad Monster's screening of Blacula featuring a Q&A with cast members Denise Nicholas and Bob Minor. Sounds like a blast!

You can purchase tickets for Blacula at the Chinese Theaters here, and once you do, RSVP at the official Blacula event Facebook page for a free gift. Read on for all the details.

From the Press Release

Celebrate Black History Month with Mad Monster and Blacula, Dracula's 70’s Soul Brotha’, at the Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, Wednesday, February 13th at 9:00pm! The event will include a special Q&A with cast members Denise Nicholas who played "Michelle" and Blacula's stuntman, Bob Minor, moderated by author and film historian, Pat Jankiewicz, the last person to interview Blacula himself, William Marshall!

As always, there will be prize giveaways,
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Character actor Frank Alesia dies

Character actor Frank Alesia died of natural causes in Carlsbad, California on February 27th. He was 65 years old. Alesia was born Born in Chicago, Illinois and came to Hollywood in 1964 and first appeared in Bikini Beach from Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello films and Beach Blanket Bingo as well as the 1966 comedic horror The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. Other appearances include That Girl, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Room 222, The Flying Nun and The Odd Couple. Frank Alesia also served as a director on Captain Kangaroo as well as an executive consultant on Laverne and Shirley. He is survived by his wife Sharon, two children and his sister Lucille.
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Character actor Frank Alesia dies

Character actor Frank Alesia died of natural causes in Carlsbad, California on February 27th. He was 65 years old. Alesia was born Born in Chicago, Illinois and came to Hollywood in 1964 and first appeared in Bikini Beach from Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello films and Beach Blanket Bingo as well as the 1966 comedic horror The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. Other appearances include That Girl, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Room 222, The Flying Nun and The Odd Couple. Frank Alesia also served as a director on Captain Kangaroo as well as an executive consultant on Laverne and Shirley. He is survived by his wife Sharon, two children and his sister Lucille.
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Exclusive: Anthony Geary on New Show & Storied Career (1/2)

Six-time Emmy winner Anthony Geary was voted the Greatest Soap Actor of All-Time by a panel of 15 past and present soap critics assembled by We Love Soaps TV. While soap fans will always think of him as the bad-boy-turned-sort-of-good-turned-especially-bad-lately Luke Spencer on General Hospital, Geary has made an impact in all mediums, from the theater to daytime to primetime episodics to movies. His latest musical, "Into The Woods," opens on Friday, October 22, where Geary will be playing the Narrator / Mysterious man. In this exclusive two-part new interview with We Love Soaps TV, Geary previews the new musical and reflects on a long and storied career spanning four decades.

We Love Soaps TV: So, congratulations on your new show ("Into The Woods").

Anthony Geary: Thank you.

We Love Soaps TV: When we did our countdown of the 50 Greatest Actors, we published some classic articles on you and there was one
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Classic TV Shows are coming to you from Shout!

Great news for those who remember some classic American TV shows as Shout! delivers wonderful collections of TV history to relive or experience for the first time. Finally "Room 222," "Ironside", "Mr. Belvedere," and "My Two Dads" are available thanks to the Shout! team, who have repackaged an array of memorable catalog titles - select releases of TV-dvd and film catalog titles (Shout! Factory Exclusives), available for purchase directly from the official online store site. To order visit www.shoutfactorystore.com Here's a rundown of what terrific days of yore TV you can stock up on: Mr. Belvedere: Season Four (3-dvd Set) Featuring all 20 original episodes from the complete fourth season, Mr. Belvedere (Christopher Hewett) is back to
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Weekend Shopping Guide 1/22/10: If I’m Lying

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The weekend’s here. You’ve just been paid, and it’s burning a hole in your pocket. What’s a pop culture geek to do? In hopes of steering you in the right direction to blow some of that hard-earned cash, it’s time for the Fred Weekend Shopping Guide - your spotlight on the things you didn’t even know you wanted…

(Please support Fred by using the links below to make any impulse purchases - it helps to keep us going…)

Overlooked at the box office, I will declare here and now that Ricky Gervais’s The Invention Of Lying (Warner Bros., Rated PG-13, DVD-$28.98 Srp) is a comedy that is destined to become as beloved a cult classic as Office Space before it. Think I’m wrong? See it for yourself, as Gervais creates a world wherein the act of lying does not exist - until
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T.V. Then And Now

We were scoring a film on Newman Scoring Stage last Friday. At take 282 Rick Marvin, our composer, wondered how many takes we would accumulate by the time we finished our fifth session on the day this article posts. Vinny “Smart Water” Cirilli, our Protools Recordist, and software virtuoso of CueChronicle said, “I wonder how many takes "The Simpsons" are up to?” We found out that “The Simpsons”, which had scored mostly at Fox, was at the take thirty thousand mark.

Funny thing is, up until a couple of months ago I had no idea most T.V. shows were scored in the box - that’s how long it’s been since I worked in TV. In my day everything was scored with an orchestra of about thirty players. I started in T.V. and we scored five shows a week, every week. I’m aware of what a composer
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DVD: Review: Room 222: Season One / Rhoda: Season One

Before breaking into movies, writer-producer-director James L. Brooks earned a reputation as a television wunderkind—a sort of small-screen version of the film-school brats taking over Hollywood on the cusp of the ’70s. Only TV wasn’t as hip as cinema in 1969, when Brooks’ sitcom Room 222 debuted. True, compared to the rest of ABC’s Friday-night lineup of the time (which consisted of The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, and Love American Style), Room 222 looked downright groundbreaking for the lighthearted way it dealt with racism and the generation gap at a diverse L.A. high school. Now ...
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