Glee Future Up In Air As Show Prepares for Cory Monteith Tribute

by Shannonn Kelly
09:42AM, EST, August 02, 2013

Glee's Cory Monteith and Lea Michele in 'Happier Times'...
Glee’s Cory Monteith and Lea Michele in ‘Happier Times’…

With Twitter still alight with news about Cory Monteith’s death, fan support and condolences, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly announced at the Television Critics Association 2013 Summer Press Tour that “GLEE” plans to write the “Finn Hudson” character out of the show by episode 3 in the upcoming 5th season.

Episode 3 plans to directly deal with the circumstances around actor Cory Monteith’s death but Reilly didn’t specifically say that the character dies of an overdose.

“The third episode will deal with the Finn Hudson character being written out of the show. That episode will deal directly with the incidents surrounding his death and drug addiction … Ryan Murphy is going to film PSAs with the cast, as cast members, as friends of his, they’re going to speak directly to the audience.

The episode may feature old footage of Monteith:

“It’s a possibility because we do have some of that footage, but I can’t speak to it because Ryan and the guys are working through it right now.” Continue reading “Glee Future Up In Air As Show Prepares for Cory Monteith Tribute”

Chicago Cop Turned Actor – Dennis Farina – Dead at 69…

by Shannonn Kelly
04:45PM, EST July 22, 2013

Today I’m sad to report we have lost another wonderful character actor.

Chicago Cop turned Actor Dennis Farina... (Photo by Frederick M. Brown)
Chicago Cop turned Actor Dennis Farina… (Photo by Frederick M. Brown)

Best known for playing tough guy roles in films such as Midnight Run, Snatch, Get Shorty and as TV’s Detective Joe Fontana on Law & Order, Chicago cop turned actor, Dennis Farina is dead at the age of 69.

It’s reported that Farina died in a Scottsdale, Arizona hospital after suffering a pulmonary embolism.

I first saw Dennis Farina in a short-lived TV series I personally believe was ahead of its time called “Crime Story” (1986-1988).

Director Michael Mann, who actually left the hot Miami Vice to helm Crime Story, produced it. The premise was a young made mobster from Chicago was sent to Las Vegas to expand the Chicago mob’s casino interests.

Dennis Farina played Lieutenant Mike Torello. His antagonist in the series was Ray Luca, a mobster played by Anthony Denison. They both were obsessed with bringing each other down on the mean and dirty mobbed up streets of early 1960’s Las Vegas.

The series also brought to the front more character actors such as complexly talented yet, under-rated Hollywood work-horse Bill Smitrovich who played Torello’s right-hand Detective Danny Krychek. Stephen Lang, now every movie’s bad guy or power-mad megalomaniac, played the sensitive, nerd-hot ginger haired bespectacled attorney David Abrams. Continue reading “Chicago Cop Turned Actor – Dennis Farina – Dead at 69…”

One of Canada’s Bright Lights Goes Dark – Actor Cory Monteith Dies of Heroin and Alcohol…

by Shannonn Kelly
02:44AM, EST, July 16, 2013

One of Canada's Bright Lights Goes Out... Actor Cory Monteith
One of Canada’s Bright Lights Goes Out… Actor Cory Monteith

It’s always sad when anyone dies. When it’s a young, good looking celebrity, it’s felt around the world.

Canadian born actor Cory Monteith was found dead this past Saturday sadly, at the age of 31. Monteith was found dead by cleaning staff who came to his room when he missed check-out at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Cause of Death: An autopsy and toxicological analysis show the actor died on from a “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.” A lethal combination of Alcohol and Heroin.

Best known as ‘Finn Hudson’ on the Fox television series “GLEE“, Monteith was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and then raised in Victoria only 43 miles from Vancouver.

What non-fans of Glee, might not know is that Monteith had issues with drugs and substance abuse since he was in junior high. Continue reading “One of Canada’s Bright Lights Goes Dark – Actor Cory Monteith Dies of Heroin and Alcohol…”

Beloved Stage and TV Actress Bonnie Franklin – Dead at 69…

by Shannonn Kelly
05:03AM, EST, March 02, 2013

Bonnie Franklin with TV Daughters Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli
Bonnie Franklin with TV Daughters Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli

Beloved TV actress Bonnie Franklin who’s been suffering complications from pancreatic cancer is dead. She passed away yesterday at the age of  69.

In junior high, Franklin had two un-credited film roles – The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) and The Wrong Man (1961) by famed director Alfred Hitchcock. She eventually graduated from Beverly Hills High School that produced other famous movie alumni such as Nicolas Cage, Betty White, Gina Gershon, and Crispin Glover to name a few.

A long standing advocate for Women’s Rights especially in the story lines for her famous sitcom “One Day At A Time” (1975-1984), Franklin also starred in stage productions, most notably in “Applause” oppsite the great Lauren Bacall. Here’s a clip of Franklin’s Tony Award nominated performance.

Franklin’s TV daughter from “One Day At A Time”, Valerie Bertinelli wrote on her website yesterday:

My heart is breaking.  Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me.  The years on “One Day At A Time” were some of the happiest of my life, and along with Pat and Mackenzie  we were a family in every way.  She taught me how to navigate this business and life itself with grace and humor, and to always be true to yourself.  I will miss her terribly. Continue reading “Beloved Stage and TV Actress Bonnie Franklin – Dead at 69…”

Golden Globe® Winning – Multitalented Actor – Charles Durning – Dead at 89…

by Shannonn Kelly
10:20AM, EST December 26, 2012

Actor Charles Durning – Dead at 89…

Christmas eve angels were on double duty as another terrific character actor, Charles Durning died. He was 89 years-old.

In 2003, I worked on the set of a fairly forgettable MOW called “A Very Married Christmas” that starred Joe Mantegna, Jean Smart and Charles Durning who played a “a volunteer Santa”that helped the two lead characters get together.

I remember at one of the first evening meals, I kept watching Mr. Durning hoping he would be the wonderful person I thought he was. He did not disappoint. Warm. Genuine. Accessible. Continue reading “Golden Globe® Winning – Multitalented Actor – Charles Durning – Dead at 89…”

Versatile Character Actor – Jack Klugman – Dead at 90…

by Shannonn Kelly
5:02PM, EST, December 24, 2012

With so many unexpected celebrity deaths this year we sadly report versatile character actor Jack Klugman (best known as Oscar Madison on TV’s The Odd Couple) passed away earlier today in his home in Woodland Hills, a district of Los Angeles, California.

Recently, I just started watching the “Odd Couple” (1970-1975) in syndication and really enjoyed the chemistry Klugman had with his co-star Tony Randall. Off screen, they were the best of friends, who Klugman gleefully indulged improvising with for the TV series.

Often leading TV actors have to wait a bit before moving onto another series, but a year after The Odd Couple wrapped, Klugman successfully starred in another series Quincy Jones M.E. which ran from 1976 to 1983.

Continue reading “Versatile Character Actor – Jack Klugman – Dead at 90…”

Dutch Actress of “Emmanuelle” – Sylvia Kristel – Dead at 60…

by Shannonn Kelly
12:23PM, EST, October 18, 2012

Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel Now and Then…

Even though she appeared in over 50 movies, her iconic role became that of “Emmanuelle” in the 1974 film of the same name. Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel is dead at age 60.

According to Wikipedia:
Kristel was born in Utrecht, Netherlands, the elder daughter of an innkeeper, Jean-Nicholas Kristel, and his wife Piet. In her 2006 autobiography, “Nue“, she claimed to have been sexually abused by an elderly hotel guest when she was nine years old, an experience she otherwise refused to discuss. Her parents divorced when she was fourteen years old after her father abandoned the family for another woman. “It was the saddest thing that ever happened to me“, she said of the experience of her parents’ separation. Continue reading “Dutch Actress of “Emmanuelle” – Sylvia Kristel – Dead at 60…”

Actress Carole Lombard – A Feisty, Foul-Mouthed, Sexy Screwball

by Shannonn Kelly
09:36AM, EST October 06, 2012

Sexy Screwball – actress Carole Lombard


Today would have been the 104th birthday of actress Carole Lombard, a feisty, foul-mouthed, sexy screwball. She was 2nd cousin to the legendary screwball comedy director Howard Hawks, who said of Lombard, “Marvelous girl. Crazy as a bedbug” –so maybe, there’s something in the genes.

Making 78 pictures before her untimely death at 33, Lombard was known for her bawdiness – – her favorite phrase being, “I don’t give a fuck.” She was also known for starring in probably some of the best comedies ever produced during Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age‘.

Born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1908, Lombard was discovered playing baseball in the street by silent-era movie director Allan Dwan, who was actually born in Toronto, Canada, April 03, 1885.

Continue reading “Actress Carole Lombard – A Feisty, Foul-Mouthed, Sexy Screwball”

TIFF 2012 : : BlackBerry People’s Choice Midnight Madness Winner – Seven Psychopaths

by Shannonn Kelly
05:15AM, EST, September 17, 2012

Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits and Woody Harrelson are the “Seven Psychopaths”

Seven Psychopaths” by “In Bruges” screenwriter, director Martin McDonagh wins the BlackBerry® People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award at the 37th Annual International Toronto International Film Festival.

I saw all of the following films below for the 24th installment of TIFF Midnight Madness:

  1. DREDD 3D (Click for Review)
  2. SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (Review to Follow)
  3. NO ONE LIVES (Mini Review to Follow)
  4. HELLBENDERS (Mini Review to Follow)
  5. THE LORDS OF SALEM (Mini Review to Follow)
  6. AFTERSHOCK (Review to Follow)
  7. THE BAY (Review to Follow)
  8. COME OUT AND PLAY (Mini Review to Follow)
  9. THE ABCs OF DEATH (Review to Follow)
  10. JOHN DIES AT THE END (Review to Follow)

First Runner up winner was “The Bay” by Barry Levinson with “John Dies at the End” by Don Coscarelli as the Second Runner-Up.

Veteran writer, director Barry Levinson makes you fear “The Bay”…

My Tweet:

Director Barry Levinson NAILS IT! With stealthy lo-fi “eco-thriller’ of summer tourist town THE BAY at #MMadnessTIFF #TIFF12 #TIFF_Talk

Oscar Nominated Gentle Giant – Actor Michael Clark Duncan – Dead at 54…

by Shannonn Kelly
11:30AM, EST September 03, 2012

The Gentle Giant – Michael Clark Duncan

Sad to report, actor Michael Clark Duncan, standing at 6′ 5″ and often called the ‘gentle giant’ died this morning. He was 54. Best known for his portrayal of prison inmate ‘John Coffey’ with a mysterious aura, earned Duncan a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Green Mile (1999).

It appears after Duncan suffered a heart attack on July 13 of this year, he never fully recovered. Duncan’s publicist, Joy Fehily, issued a statement on August 6 that said Duncan was moved from the intensive-care unit but remained hospitalized following his heart attack.

He was engaged to fiancée Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth (Omarosa from ‘The Apprentice‘).

An interesting factoid: When Duncan worked as a bodyguard for Will Smith, he landed his first TV role as “Tiny” on the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The last film Duncan starred in was a feature called The Challenger by Director / Writer Kent Moran about a fighter who has to return to win the title. Kent Moran was also starring as the fighter “Jaden” with S. Epatha Merkerson playing his mother. At the time of this blog, that film is listed as being in  ‘post production’. Continue reading “Oscar Nominated Gentle Giant – Actor Michael Clark Duncan – Dead at 54…”