Monday, September 15, 2014

News, Etc.

An attempt to audition for a remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre went horribly awry.

You have to hand it to Norman, though: He's tenacious as hell.

I didn't know he and Chris Evert split over five years ago and he's since remarried.

I need to keep up on the important things.

Obituary: Director Andrew McLaglen, who among many of his assignments directed many episodes of the television classics Have Gun--Will Travel and Gunsmoke, has died at the age of 94.

He was the son of Oscar-winning actor Victor McLaglen (The Informer).

Beginning in 1956, with "Man in a Vault," MaLaglen's career as a film and television director spanned more than three decades. He directed his last major motion picture, "Return from the River Kwai," in 1989.

Following retirement from the Hollywood film industry, McLaglen relocated to San Juan Island, where he became a year-round resident, outspoken supporter of the performing arts and would frequently lend his expertise at San Juan Community Theatre, including directing the memorable 2008 production of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple."

Many milestones and highlights of McLaglen's illustrious career behind the camera are on display in San Juan Island sole movie house, The Palace Theater, which has long maintained a "Wall of Fame" in its foyer in his honor, featuring on-location and candid photographs, movie billboards and a host of cinematic memorabilia.

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