Collin Wilcox (actress)
Collin Wilcox was an American film and television actress. Over her career, she was credited as Collin Wilcox-Horne or Collin Wilcox-Paxton. Wilcox may be best known for her role in To Kill a Mockingbird, in which she played Mayella Violet Ewell, whose accusation, of rape, warrants the trial at the center of the film. Wilcox was born in Cincinnati and moved with her family to Highlands, North Carolina, as a baby, her interest in theater was sparked by her parents, Jack H. and Virginia Wilcox, who founded the Highlands Community Theater in 1939. She attended the University of Tennessee. Wilcox made her professional debut in Chicago as part of the improvisational group, The Compass Players, which included Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Shelley Berman. Playing opposite Richard Basehart, Kevin McCarthy, William Hansen, Wilcox won the Clarence Derwent Award for her performance in The Day The Money Stopped by Maxwell Anderson and Brendan Gill, which lasted only three nights on Broadway in 1958, she starred in the 1961 play Look, We've Come Through with Burt Reynolds on Broadway.
She replaced another actress in the 1963 revival of Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude and went on to do the 1965 play The Family Way, both on Broadway. A life member of The Actors Studio, Wilcox is best known for her role in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, in which she played Mayella Violet Ewell, who falsely accuses Tom Robinson of raping her. Following that cinematic acting success, she performed two memorable roles for television in 1964: The Twilight Zone episode "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode "The Jar", based on the Ray Bradbury short story, she appeared as Bess Frye in a 1972 episode of "Gunsmoke" titled "Jubilee". In 1974, she co-starred with Peter Falk and Robert Conrad in the Columbo episode An Exercise in Fatality as Ruth Stafford, she remained active performing both in films. Her final role was that of Mrs. Kline in the movie A Touch of Fate, released in 2003, six years before her death, she recalled receiving "unfriendly looks" when she showed up at an NAACP conference in Monterey, where an official had to remind participants: "Collin is here at this conference because she believes in the cause.
She is not the character in the film." This was due to the fact that, in the film To Kill a Mockingbird, she played a white woman who accused a black man of raping her. On October 14, 2009, Wilcox died from brain cancer, aged 74, at her home in Highlands, North Carolina; the Untouchables: Season 3, Episode 77 - Takeover Route 66: Season 4 episode 15 - "Is it True There Are Poxies At The Bottom Of Landfair Lake?" The Twilight Zone: "Number 12 Looks Just Like You": Season 5, Episode 17 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: "Coyote Moon": "The Monkey's Paw: A Retelling": "The Jar" The Fugitive: episodes "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys" and "Approach with Care" The F. B. I.: Season 2, Episode 16 - "Passage Into Fear" Death Valley Days: Season 17 Episode 4 "The Sage Hen" Columbo: Season 4, Episode 26 - "An Exercise in Fatality" The Streets of San Francisco (episode "Betrayed".
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is an American media company, involved in the production and distribution of feature films and television programs. One of the world's oldest film studios, MGM's headquarters are located at 245 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, California. MGM was founded in 1924 when the entertainment entrepreneur Marcus Loew gained control of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, Louis B. Mayer Pictures. In 1971, it was announced that MGM was to merge with 20th Century Fox, but the plan never came to fruition. Over the next 39 years, the studio was bought and sold at various points in its history until, on November 3, 2010, MGM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. MGM emerged from bankruptcy on December 20, 2010, at which time the executives of Spyglass Entertainment, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, became co-chairmen and co-CEOs of the holding company of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; as of 2017, MGM co-produces, co-finances, co-distributes a majority of its films with Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros.
MGM Resorts International, a Las Vegas-based hotel and casino company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "MGM", was created in 1973 as a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The company was spun out in 1979, with the studio's owner Kirk Kerkorian maintaining a large share, but it ended all affiliation with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1986. MGM was the last studio to convert to sound pictures, but in spite of this fact, from the end of the silent film era through the late 1950s, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the dominant motion picture studio in Hollywood. Always slow to respond to the changing legal and demographic nature of the motion picture industry during the 1950s and 1960s, although at times its films did well at the box office, the studio lost significant amounts of money throughout the 1960s. In 1966, MGM was sold to Canadian investor Edgar Bronfman Sr. whose son Edgar Jr. would buy Universal Studios. Three years an unprofitable MGM was bought by Kirk Kerkorian, who slashed staff and production costs, forced the studio to produce low-budget fare, shut down theatrical distribution in 1973.
The studio continued to produce five to six films a year that were released through other studios United Artists. Kerkorian did, commit to increased production and an expanded film library when he bought United Artists in 1981. MGM ramped up internal production, as well as keeping production going at UA, which included the lucrative James Bond film franchise, it incurred significant amounts of debt to increase production. The studio took on additional debt as a series of owners took charge in early 1990s. In 1986, Ted Turner bought MGM, but a few months sold the company back to Kerkorian to recoup massive debt, while keeping the library assets for himself; the series of deals left MGM more in debt. MGM was bought by Pathé Communications in 1990, but Parretti lost control of Pathé and defaulted on the loans used to purchase the studio; the French banking conglomerate Crédit Lyonnais, the studio's major creditor took control of MGM. More in debt, MGM was purchased by a joint venture between Kerkorian, producer Frank Mancuso, Australia's Seven Network in 1996.
The debt load from these and subsequent business deals negatively affected MGM's ability to survive as a separate motion picture studio. After a bidding war which included Time Warner and General Electric, MGM was acquired on September 23, 2004, by a partnership consisting of Sony Corporation of America, Texas Pacific Group, Providence Equity Partners, other investors. In 1924, movie theater magnate Marcus Loew had a problem, he had bought Metro Pictures Corporation in 1919 for a steady supply of films for his large Loew's Theatres chain. With Loew's lackluster assortment of Metro films, Loew purchased Goldwyn Pictures in 1924 to improve the quality. However, these purchases created a need for someone to oversee his new Hollywood operations, since longtime assistant Nicholas Schenck was needed in New York headquarters to oversee the 150 theaters. Approached by Louis B. Mayer, Loew addressed the situation by buying Louis B. Mayer Pictures on April 17, 1924. Mayer became head of the renamed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with Irving Thalberg as head of production.
MGM produced more than 100 feature films in its first two years. In 1925, MGM released the extravagant and successful Ben-Hur, taking a $4.7 million profit that year, its first full year. In 1925, MGM, Paramount Pictures and UFA formed a joint German distributor, Parufamet; when Samuel Goldwyn left he sued over the use of his name. Marcus Loew died in 1927, control of Loew's passed to Nicholas Schenck. In 1929, William Fox of Fox Film Corporation bought the Loew family's holdings with Schenck's assent. Mayer and Thalberg disagreed with the decision. Mayer was active in the California Republican Party and used his political connections to persuade the Justice Department to delay final approval of the deal on antitrust grounds. During this time, in the summer of 1929, Fox was badly hurt in an automobile accident. By the time he recovered, the stock market crash in the fall of 1929 had nearly wiped Fox out and ended any chance of the Loew's merger going through. Schenck and Mayer had never gotten along, the abortive Fox merger increased the animosity between the two men.
From the outset, MGM tapped into the audience's need for sophistication. Having inherited few big names from their predecessor companies and Thalberg began at once
Oh! Heavenly Dog
Oh! Heavenly Dog is a 1980 American comedy film written by Rod Browning and stars Benjean, billed here as Benji, Chevy Chase, Jane Seymour and Omar Sharif; the film was released by 20th Century Fox. On a rainy day in London, private investigator Benjamin Browning accepts a ride from his gay friend, an erratic driver; as Freddie drops Benjamin near his office, the investigator collides on the street with writer Jackie Howard. When Benjamin asks her for a date, she tells him to contact her upon her return from France. Back at his office, Benjamin's secretary, leaves for lunch, a stranger named Quimby Charles, claiming to be a member of Parliament, proposes to hire Benjamin as a bodyguard for a friend, Mrs. Patricia Elliot. Benjamin is reluctant. Benjamin accepts the assignment and goes to visit Patricia at her flat, where he discovers the door unlocked; as he searches the residence, decorated with artwork, he discovers Patricia dead on the bedroom floor, bleeding from a knife wound. An intruder fatally stabs Benjamin, steals Patricia's gold pendant and leaves.
In the afterlife, Benjamin awakens at an "intermediate destination evaluation facility", where a counselor named Mr. Higgins informs Benjamin of his death. Before Benjamin can enter heaven or hell, he must complete an assessment assignment that requires him to return to life to solve his own murder. Seeing a front-page newspaper story about the crime, Benjamin realizes that a man impersonated Quimby. Benjamin soon learns, much to his chagrin; as Browning the dog, Benjamin lands in hitches a ride in Jackie's car. In London, he searches for his killer, is thrown out of Carlton Court, the building where he was murdered. Behind the hotel, Benjamin converses with Freddie, reincarnated as a cat after being killed in a car accident. Freddie directs him to Patricia's flat, where he wanders around, searching for clues, while Malcolm Bart, the man who pretended to be Quimby, watches from a closet. Browning notices a telephone number in Patricia's calendar, marked on the day. Using a pencil to dial a rotary phone, Browning discovers.
Soon, Browning sees Jackie in a conversation with the building manager. When the manager threatens to notify Scotland Yard about the dog, Browning disappears; as Margaret cleans out Benjamin's office, Browning appears. Jackie arrives. Margaret shows Jackie a photograph of Benjamin. Meanwhile, Jackie mentions that she lives at the Stanley Towers, Browning follows her there. Still Jackie interviews Quimby at Scotland Yard, who insists on access to her research, which he hopes will clear his name as a suspect. Jackie soon visits the Needham Gallery, leaves Browning in her parked car. There, she meets Montanero, an artist whose work Patricia used in her interior design work, Jackie invites him to her flat for dinner. Jackie is introduced to Alistair Becket, an up-and-coming candidate for prime minister, who shows great interest in her book. Browning searches the gallery, soon sees Jackie talking to Bart, the killer. At the sight of the dog on Jackie's lap, Bart leaves. Browning follows Bart. Jackie asks for Patricia's client list, but her building manager refuses.
Still, Jackie interviews Becket, asks his help to gain access to Patricia's flat. He summons Bart, his assistant. While the men talk with Jackie, a painting of the Swiss Alps hanging in Becket's office reminds Browning that Patricia vacationed there, he suspects a connection. In Patricia's flat, Browning sees Bart remove evidence. Mr. Higgins appears, temporarily switches the dog back to his human form to warn him that a mistake was made, his dog body will expire sooner than expected, he will have to leave before he solves his murder. Benjamin protests, says he will not leave before the crime is solved. Meanwhile, Becket alerts Jackie that her dog was found by building security, is being held in Bart's office. Browning sees a calendar entry on Bart's desk, noting a street address; when Jackie notices the entry, she wishes Becket a happy birthday. However, he says that his birthday is 3 March not October, casually invites her to lunch. Browning soon investigates the address, a post office, decides to search postal box no. thirty-three, based on the numerals of Becket's birthday.
Browning escapes. At Jackie's apartment, Browning rips open the envelope to find Patricia's pendant with the word "ALP" stamped on the back. Upon realizing the letters stand for "Alistair loves Patricia", Browning searches Jackie's police photographs and notices that Patricia was no longer wearing the pendent, he deduces that Patricia became a political liability for the married Becket once he intended to run for prime minister, she became engaged to his rival, Quimby. Therefore and Bart schemed to get rid of her. Browning heads to Jackie's lunch. However, Bart chases him. There, Browning transforms into human form, Mr. Higgins appears, saying Benjamin's time on Earth is over. Bart is shaken to see Benjamin, leaves after the dog is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Benjamin will not cooperate w
Padre Pio: Miracle Man
Padre Pio: Miracle Man is a 2000 Italian television movie directed by Carlo Carlei. The film is based on the book Padre Pio: Man of Hope by Renzo Allegri and it depicts real life events of Roman Catholic friar and Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. 1968: in San Giovanni Rotondo, the old Padre Pio is dying ill. During the night, there comes a mysterious Cardinal, who seems to come just to disturb Padre Pio and taunt him with all the shortcomings of the monk during his lifetime. Padre Pio captures the moment to tell all his secrets, starting from childhood; the young Francesco, was born in a small town in Campania, underwent talks with God, but he was besieged and tormented by the Devil, who manifested himself in the shape of a black dog. After a few miracles, Francesco became a novice and went first to Molise to Pietrelcina, to San Giovanni Rotondo, he received the stigmata from God for his faithfulness, in a convent in Apulia he decided to stay for life. His fame grows throughout Italy, but the Vatican thinks that the stigmata are false, condemns Padre Pio.
But the crowd of faithful is growing, at the end of the story the Pope decides to change his mind. Sergio Castellitto as Pio Jürgen Prochnow as The Apostolic Visitator Lorenza Indovina as Cleonice Pierfrancesco Favino as Emanuele Brunatto Flavio Insinna as Father Paolino Raffaele Castria as Father Agostino of San Marco in Lamis Anita Zagaria as Pio's Mother Adolfo Lastretti as Father Raffaele Andrea Buscemi as The Superior Franco Trevisi as Bishop of Manfredonia Renato Marchetti as Father Pellegrino Pietro Biondi as Senior Prelate Gianni Bonagura as Father Benedetto Roberto Chevalier as Father Agostino Gemelli Elio Germano as 16 Years Old Pio Loris Pazienza as Pio as a child Rosa Pianeta as Carmela Morcaldi Tosca D'Aquino as Lea Padovani Mario Erpichini as Monsignor Macchi Camillo Milli as Monsignor Pannullo Andrea Tidona as Doctor Padre Pio: Miracle Man on IMDb
James John Herbert, OBE was an English horror writer. A full-time writer, he designed his own book covers and publicity, his books have sold 54 million copies worldwide, have been translated into 34 languages, including Chinese and Russian. Born in London, Herbert was the son of Herbert Herbert, a stall-holder at London's Brick Lane Market, he attended a Catholic school in Bethnal Green called Our Lady of the Assumption aged 11 won a scholarship to St Aloysius Grammar School in Highgate. He left school at 15 and studied at Hornsey College of Art, joining the art department of John Collings, a small advertising agency, he left the agency to join Charles Barker Advertising where he worked as art director and group head. Herbert lived near Henfield in West Sussex, he had two brothers: a retired market trader and John, an insurance broker. Herbert would write his drafts in longhand on "jumbo pads". In 1979 Herbert had to pay damages when it was ruled that he had based part of his novel The Spear on the work of another writer, The Spear of Destiny by Trevor Ravenscroft.
In 2010 Herbert was honoured with the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award, presented to him by Stephen King. The same year he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 Birthday Honours, presented by Prince Charles. On 20 March 2013, Herbert died at his home in Sussex at the age of 69. No cause of death was given but a spokeswoman for the publisher said he had not been ill, he is survived by his wife and three daughters. His estate was valued at £8.3 million. His first two books, The Rats and The Fog, were disaster novels with man-eating giant black rats in the first and an accidentally released chemical weapon in the second; the first print run of The Rats sold out in three weeks. Herbert wrote three sequels to The Rats: Lair, which deals with a second outbreak of the mutants, this time in the countryside around Epping Forest rather than in the first book's London slums. With his third novel, the ghost story The Survivor, Herbert used supernatural horror rather than the science fiction horror of his first two books.
In Shrine, he explored his Roman Catholic heritage with the story of an apparent miracle which turns out to be something much more sinister. Haunted, the story of a sceptical paranormal investigator taunted by malicious ghosts, began life as a screenplay for the BBC, though this was not the screenplay used in the eventual film version, its sequels were The Ghosts of Ash. Others of Herbert's books, such as Moon and Portent, are structured as thrillers and include espionage and detective story elements along with the supernatural; the Jonah is in large part the story of a police investigation, albeit by a policeman whose life is overshadowed by a supernatural presence. The Spear deals with a neo-Nazi cult in Britain and an international conspiracy which includes a right-wing US general and an arms dealer.'48 is an alternative history novel set in 1948 in which the Second World War ended with the release of a devastating plague by the defeated Hitler and, like The Spear, features British characters who sympathise with the Nazis.
Others narrates the story of a physically deformed private detective. Herbert had tackled the theme of reincarnation in his fourth novel, the story of a dog who somehow remembers his previous life as a human being. Rumbo, one of the characters from Fluke turns up in The Magic Cottage. Once... includes another reference to the character of Rumbo. Nobody True continues the theme of life after death, being narrated by a ghost whose investigation of his own death results in the destruction of his illusions about his life. Herbert described Creed as his Costello Meet Frankenstein; the character Joe Creed is a cynical, sleazy paparazzo, drawn into a plot involving fed-up and underappreciated monsters. The novel The Secret of Crickley Hall scheduled for release in April 2006, was released in October. A long novel about a haunted country house in England, it examined the relationship between religious zealotry and child abuse. One of the characters in this novel is named after a real person, who won the honour by having the winning bid in the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Children in Need Auction.
Various biographical and critical pieces by and about Herbert have been collected in James Herbert: By Horror Haunted, edited by Stephen Jones, in James Herbert – Devil in the Dark, written by Craig Cabell. Herbert released a new novel every year from 1974 to 1988, wrote six novels during the 1990s and released three new works in the 2000s. "I am insecure about being a writer", he stated in the book Faces of Fear. "I don't understand. And the longer I stay that way, the better it's going to be, because that's what keeps me on the edge, striving if you like." Herbert's final novel has an eerie political edge. Ash imagines Princess Diana and her secret son as well as Lord Lucan, Colonel Gaddafi and Robert Maxwell living together in a Scottish castle. "Herbert was by no means literary, but his work had a raw urgency," said Stephen King. "His best novels, The Rats and The Fog, had the effect of Mike Tyson in his championship days: no finesse, all crude power. Those books were best sellers because many readers were too horrified to put them down.""There are few things I would like to do less than lie under a c
Eric Stoltz is an American actor and film producer. He is best known for playing the role of Rocky Dennis in the biographical drama film Mask, which earned him the nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, has appeared in a wide variety of films from mainstream fare like Some Kind of Wonderful to independent films like Pulp Fiction, Killing Zoe, Kicking and Screaming. In 1985, Stoltz was picked to portray Marty McFly in the movie Back to the Future. Five weeks after filming had begun, Stoltz was replaced by Michael J. Fox. Scenes, filmed were shot again featuring Fox. In 2010, he portrayed Daniel Graystone in the science fiction television series Caprica, became a regular director on the television series Glee. Stoltz was born in Whittier, the son of Evelyn B. a violinist and schoolteacher, Jack Stoltz, an elementary school teacher. He has two sisters, Catherine, an opera singer, Susan, a writer. Stoltz was raised in both American Samoa and Santa Barbara, where as a child he once earned money playing piano for local musical theatre productions.
He dropped out after his junior year. He studied with Stella Adler and Peggy Feury. In the 1970s, Stoltz joined a repertory company, he returned to the United States in 1979, when he entered USC as a drama student, but subsequently dropped out to pursue film and TV roles. In 1978, he was cast as Steve Benson in the TV adaptation of Erma Bombeck's The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank. Director Cameron Crowe and Stoltz became friends while making Stoltz's first feature film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which Crowe wrote and in which Stoltz had a minor role. According to Stoltz, Crowe promised Stoltz a role in all of his future films, he appeared in each of Crowe's next four films, The Wild Life, Say Anything... Singles, Jerry Maguire. Cast as Marty McFly for Back to the Future in late 1984, he was replaced after about a month of filming when Michael J. Fox agreed to divide time between the movie and his television sitcom Family Ties; the director, Robert Zemeckis, said that while Stoltz provided an admirable performance, it lacked the precise comedic sense that Zemeckis was seeking.
Some of the original footage, where Stoltz does not appear but was on set, was used in the film. Stoltz playing the character was referenced in the 2010 episode of Fringe titled "Peter" when, in a parallel universe, a theater marquee reads "Back to the Future starring Eric Stoltz". In 1985, Stoltz garnered attention with a Golden Globe nomination starring as Rocky Dennis in Mask. Among other roles in the 1980s, he appeared in the 1987 hit Some Kind of Wonderful and produced by John Hughes. During the 1990s, Stoltz went back and forth between stage and television, appearing in studio and independent films such as Pulp Fiction and The Waterdance, he produced the films Bodies, Rest & Motion in 1993, Sleep with Me in 1994, Mr. Jealousy in 1997, he continued to appear both on Broadway and off-Broadway. He was nominated for a Tony Award as Featured Actor for his performance as George Gibbs in the 1989 Broadway revival of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. A performance of this production was featured on Great Performances: Live from Lincoln Center, which received a 1989 Emmy nomination.
On television, he had a recurring role as Helen Hunt's character's ex-boyfriend on Mad About You, spent a year on Chicago Hope, did some TV and cable movies such as Inside and The Passion of Ayn Rand, with Helen Mirren. Stoltz received the Indie Support Award at the 1998 Los Angeles Film Festival. During the first part of the 2000s, he starred with Gillian Anderson in The House of Mirth, based on the novel by Edith Wharton. From 2001 to 2002, he had a recurring role as the English teacher-poet August Dimitri in ABC's Once and Again, wherein Julia Whelan's character, a teenager, fell in love with his character, he directed an episode of the show in 2002. In 2003, he played his first leading TV role in Out of Order, canceled after five episodes. In 2004, he appeared in The Butterfly Effect as a child molester, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his direction of the cable movie My Horrible Year!. He directed a short film entitled The Bulls as well as the highest rated episode of Law & Order in 2005, entitled "Tombstone".
He appeared in the music video of The Residents' "Give It to Someone Else", featured on The Commercial DVD. He has contributed essays to the books City Secrets—New York as well as Life Interrupted by Spalding Gray and appears on the children's CD Philadelphia Chickens. Beginning in 2007, Stoltz directed episodes of the drama series Quarterlife, which began airing as webisodes and were picked up to air on the NBC network in 2008. Stoltz played a serial killer in need of medical attention in three episodes of the fifth season of Grey's Anatomy, he has directed two episodes of Grey's Anatomy. Stoltz starred as Daniel Graystone, inventor of the Cylons, in the science fiction television series Caprica, a prequel set 58 years before the Battlestar Galactica series, he became a regular director of Glee, directing a total of 12 episodes, including "Nationals", in which the Glee club wins the championship. In
Paul Marc Maslansky is a film producer and writer best known for the Police Academy movies. Maslansky was born in Rego Park, New York on November 23, 1933, he played jazz for a living while attending law school in New York. He graduated from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 1954. Maslansky has 41 film credits as executive producer, his first production credit was for 1964's Castle of the Living Dead. Maslansky used his middle initial in his credits, though this was dropped. Maslansky worked throughout the 1960s and 1970s as producer, notable credits include Race with the Devil, Damnation Alley, Cactus Jack, Love Child. Maslansky was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for the 1978 series King. Maslansky had a breakthrough hit with Police Academy in 1984. From a budget of $4.1 million, the film grossed $155 million and spawned a movie franchise and television series Police Academy: The Series, which Maslansky wrote. He made cameo appearances in the Police Academy movies. Maslansky's notable credits following Police Academy include 1985's Return to Oz, 1990's The Russia House and Fluke in 1995.
Maslansky has the Lenfest Center for the Art's'Maslansky Rehearsal Hall' in Lexington named after him. Paul Maslansky on IMDb