Bill (1981 film)
Bill is a 1981 American made-for-television biographical drama film starring Mickey Rooney and Dennis Quaid based on the life of Bill Sackter. The film was broadcast on CBS on December 22, 1981. A sequel, Bill: On His Own, was released in 1983. Bill is a man with an intellectual disability in his 60s, he ventures out into the world for the first time after spending most of his life at Grandville, a dreary inner city institution in Minneapolis, since age seven. Bill learns what it means to love for the first time in his life. Mickey Rooney - Bill Sackter Dennis Quaid - Barry Morrow Largo Woodruff - Beverly Morrow Anna Maria Horsford - Marge Keating Harry Goz - Dr. Tom Walz Kathleen Maguire - Florence Archer The Bill Sackter Story official website Bill on IMDb
Monte Carlo (miniseries)
Monte Carlo is a 1986 CBS television miniseries starring Joan Collins. An adaptation of the 1983 novel of the same name by Stephen Sheppard, it is a spy thriller set in Monaco during World War II; the miniseries was produced by Gerald W. Abrams and her then-husband Peter Holm. Joan Collins as Katrina Petrovna George Hamilton as Harry Price Lisa Eilbacher as Maggie Egan Lauren Hutton as Evelyn MacIntyre Robert Carradine as Bobby Morgan Malcolm McDowell as Christopher Quinn Peter Vaughan as Pabst Adapted from the 1983 novel Monte Carlo by Stephen Sheppard, the teleplay was written by Peter Lefcourt; the miniseries was produced by Gerald W. Abrams and her then-husband Peter Holm. Directed by Anthony Page, it was reported to have cost $9 million; the four-hour miniseries was broadcast in two parts on CBS starting on November 9, 1986. John J. O'Connor of The New York Times wrote that "Monte Carlo gives us the beginnings of World War II as they might have been conceived and executed by a couturier."
He noted that Collins has "more than three dozen costume changes", that she "is convinced that her fans want only romantic adventures and beautiful people in gorgeous clothes". Collins produced and starred in the CBS miniseries Sins earlier the same year. Monte Carlo on IMDb
For the American ice hockey player, see Jeff Corey. Jeff Corey was an American stage and screen actor and director who became a well-respected acting teacher after being blacklisted in the 1950s. Corey was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Mary, a Russian Jewish immigrant, Nathan Zwerling, an Austrian Jewish immigrant, he was active in the school's Dramatic Society. He took part in the New York Federal Theatre Project. In the mid-1930s, he acted with the Clare Tree Major Children's Theater of New York; when Corey began making films, his agent suggested that he change his name from Arthur Zwerling, he did so. He worked with Jules Dassin, Elia Kazan, John Randolph and other politically liberal theatrical personalities. Although he attended some meetings of the Communist Party, Corey never joined. A World War II veteran, Corey served in the United States Navy, his memoir, Improvising Out Loud: My Life Teaching Hollywood How To Act, which he wrote with his daughter, Emily Corey, is published by the University Press of Kentucky.
His longtime friend and former student, Leonard Nimoy, wrote the foreword for the book. Corey moved to Hollywood in 1940 and became a respected character actor. One of his film roles was in Superman and the Mole Men, edited to a two-part episode of the television series The Adventures of Superman, retitled "The Unknown People", his portrayal of a xenophobic vigilante coincidentally reflected. Prior to that, Corey appeared in Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman, as one of the men who discover the body of the vagrant Freddy Jolly. Corey's career was halted in the early 1950s, when he was summoned before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Corey refused to give names of alleged Communists and subversives in the entertainment industry and went so far as to ridicule the panel by offering critiques of the testimony of the previous witnesses; this behavior led to his being blacklisted for 12 years. "Most of us were retired Reds. We had left it, at least I had, years before," Corey told Patrick McGilligan, the co-author of Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist, who teaches film at Marquette University.
"The only issue was, did you want to just give them their token names so you could continue your career, or not? I had no impulse to defend a political point of view that no longer interested me particularly... They just wanted two new names so they could hand out more subpoenas." During his blacklisting, Corey drew upon his experience in various actors' workshops by seeking work as an acting teacher. He soon became one of the most influential teachers in Hollywood, his students, at various times, included Robert Blake, James Coburn, Richard Chamberlain, James Dean, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Michael Forest, James Hong, Sally Kellerman, Shirley Knight, Bruce Lee,Penny Marshall, Jack Nicholson, Darrell M. Smith, Diane Varsi, Sharon Tate, Rita Moreno, Leonard Nimoy, Sally Forrest, Anthony Perkins, Rob Reiner, Robert Towne, Barbra Streisand, Robin Williams. In 1962, Corey began working in films again, remained active into the 1990s, he played Hoban in The Cincinnati Kid, Tom Chaney, the principal villain in True Grit, Sheriff Bledsoe in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, who warned Butch and Sundance that no good would come of their breaking the law.
In Seconds, a science-fiction drama film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Rock Hudson, Corey with Will Geer and John Randolph played wealthy executives who opt to restart their lives with new identities, an ironic parallel to the real life of Corey and the other principal actors, proscribed from Hollywood films during the "blacklist" years of the 1950s. Corey played a police detective in the psychological thriller The Premonition and he reprised the role of Sheriff Bledsoe in the prequel Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, he played Wild Bill Hickok in Little Big Man. Corey directed some of the screen tests for Superman, which can be seen in the DVD extras, played Lex Luthor in several try-outs. Corey made guest appearances on many television series, he appeared as murder victim Carl Bascom in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Reckless Rockhound". He featured on science-fiction series, including an episode of The Outer Limits in which he played Byron Lomax, he was the voice of the villain Silvermane in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
He appeared in the short-lived Paper Moon, a comedy about a father and his presumed daughter roaming through the American Midwest during the Great Depression based on the film. Corey had a memorable role in a third-season episode of Night Court as a burned-out judge who had lost his grip on reality, he played Dr. Miles Talmadge on Night Gallery season-one episode one, "The Dead Man", on December 16, 1970. Corey detailed his television work on Rod Serling's Night Gallery in an interview in February 1973 aboard the SS Universe Campus of Chapman College, he was proudest of this work. In the era of old-time radio, Corey portrayed Lieutenant Abar on the crime drama The Adventures of Philip Marlowe on NBC and CBS. Corey died on August 16, 2002, aged 88, from complications from a fall
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (film)
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is a 1977 American fantasy drama film based on the Joanne Greenberg novel of the same name. Mel Gibson makes his film debut in a small uncredited role as a baseball player, the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo appear as residents of Deborah's secret kingdom. Pretty and privileged Deborah is, at the age of 16, a borderline schizophrenic who spends most of her waking hours in a bizarre fantasy realm. After a suicide attempt, she lands in a mental institution, where the hostile environment threatens to destabilize her condition further. It's only through the focused attention of the sympathetic Dr. Fried that Deborah is able to distinguish between dreams and reality again. Kathleen Quinlan as Deborah Blake Bibi Andersson as Dr. Fried Ben Piazza as Jay Blake Lorraine Gary as Esther Blake Martine Bartlett as Secret Wife Margo Ann Berdeshevsky as Drawing Patient Darlene Craviotto as Carla Reni Santoni as Hobbs Susan Tyrrell as Lee Signe Hasso as Helene Norman Alden as McPherson Sylvia Sidney as Miss Coral Dennis Quaid as Shark, Baseball Pitcher Karin de la Penha as Nurse Robert Viharo as Anterrabae Jeff Conaway as Lactamaeon Carol Worthington as patient with cerebral palsy Mel Gibson as Baseball Player In the wake of the success of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Roger Corman was able to get funding for a movie version of Rose Garden.
Bibi Andersson played Dr. Fried. All references to Judaism were removed, including the storyline of the vicious cruelty Deborah suffered from anti-Semitic peers, so that her childhood bout with urethral cancer becomes the sole reason for Deborah's "retreat from reality". In an interview, Greenberg stated that the references to Judaism were removed because the producers were "terrified." The author added that the characterizations of mental illness in the film "stank on ice."Deborah's name is changed from Blau to Blake. Another major theme of the book, Deborah's artistic talent which flourished in spite of her illness, was reduced to a scene in which she scribbles childishly on a drawing pad; the Kingdom Of Yr is portrayed on-screen, as are some of its gods, but never seen in its original ethereal beauty, only the wasteland that it became much later. The background music for the Yr sequences is a recording of a Balinese Kecak, the ceremonial chant of the sacred monkeys from the Ramayana; the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, headed by Danny Elfman, appear as extras in the Yr sequences.
In a 2006 interview, Greenberg recalled that she was not consulted on any aspect of the film, was contacted only by Bibi Andersson. She recalled Andersson telling her that the producers had said Greenberg could not be consulted as she was "hopelessly insane"; the studio is listed as "Imorh" Productions. The movie was one of the most expensive made from New World Pictures; the film received mixed reviews, but was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 50th Academy Awards. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden I Never Promised You a Rose Garden I Never Promised You A Rose Garden on IMDb I Never Promised You a Rose Garden at Rotten Tomatoes
Chernobyl: The Final Warning
Chernobyl: The Final Warning is a 1991 American made-for-television disaster drama film starring Jon Voight, Jason Robardsand Sammi Davis. The film chronicles the Chernobyl disaster. Based on a true account of events, the plot interweaves the stories of a fireman at the nuclear power plant, his pregnant wife, the government officials whose policies helped and hindered rescue efforts and America's Dr. Robert Gale, who led the international medical team that helped treat survivors of the disaster. Robert Gale published the original account of his experiences under the same title in 1988 with Thomas Hauser. Chernobyl: The Final Warning on IMDb
CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network, a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles. CBS is sometimes referred to as the Eye Network, in reference to the company's iconic symbol, in use since 1951, it has been called the "Tiffany Network", alluding to the perceived high quality of CBS programming during the tenure of William S. Paley, it can refer to some of CBS's first demonstrations of color television, which were held in a former Tiffany & Co. building in New York City in 1950. The network has its origins in United Independent Broadcasters Inc. a collection of 16 radio stations, purchased by Paley in 1928 and renamed the Columbia Broadcasting System. Under Paley's guidance, CBS would first become one of the largest radio networks in the United States, one of the Big Three American broadcast television networks.
In 1974, CBS dropped its former full name and became known as CBS, Inc. The Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired the network in 1995, renamed its corporate entity to the current CBS Broadcasting, Inc. in 1997, adopted the name of the company it had acquired to become CBS Corporation. In 2000, CBS came under the control of Viacom, formed as a spin-off of CBS in 1971. In late 2005, Viacom split itself into two separate companies and re-established CBS Corporation – through the spin-off of its broadcast television and select cable television and non-broadcasting assets – with the CBS television network at its core. CBS Corporation is controlled by Sumner Redstone through National Amusements, which controls the current Viacom. CBS operated the CBS Radio network until 2017, when it merged its radio division with Entercom. Prior to CBS Radio provided news and features content for its portfolio owned-and-operated radio stations in large and mid-sized markets, affiliated radio stations in various other markets.
While CBS Corporation owns a 72% stake in Entercom, it no longer owns or operates any radio stations directly, though CBS still provides radio news broadcasts to its radio affiliates and the new owners of its former radio stations. The television network has more than 240 owned-and-operated and affiliated television stations throughout the United States; the company ranked 197th on the 2018 Fortune 500 of the largest United States corporations by revenue. The origins of CBS date back to January 27, 1927, with the creation of the "United Independent Broadcasters" network in Chicago by New York City talent-agent Arthur Judson; the fledgling network soon needed additional investors though, the Columbia Phonograph Company, manufacturers of Columbia Records, rescued it in April 1927. Columbia Phonographic went on the air on September 18, 1927, with a presentation by the Howard L. Barlow Orchestra from flagship station WOR in Newark, New Jersey, fifteen affiliates. Operational costs were steep the payments to AT&T for use of its land lines, by the end of 1927, Columbia Phonograph wanted out.
In early 1928 Judson sold the network to brothers Isaac and Leon Levy, owners of the network's Philadelphia affiliate WCAU, their partner Jerome Louchheim. None of the three were interested in assuming day-to-day management of the network, so they installed wealthy 26-year-old William S. Paley, son of a Philadelphia cigar family and in-law of the Levys, as president. With the record company out of the picture, Paley streamlined the corporate name to "Columbia Broadcasting System", he believed in the power of radio advertising since his family's "La Palina" cigars had doubled their sales after young William convinced his elders to advertise on radio. By September 1928, Paley bought out the Louchhheim share of CBS and became its majority owner with 51% of the business. During Louchheim's brief regime, Columbia paid $410,000 to A. H. Grebe's Atlantic Broadcasting Company for a small Brooklyn station, WABC, which would become the network's flagship station. WABC was upgraded, the signal relocated to 860 kHz.
The physical plant was relocated – to Steinway Hall on West 57th Street in Manhattan, where much of CBS's programming would originate. By the turn of 1929, the network could boast to sponsors of having 47 affiliates. Paley moved right away to put his network on a firmer financial footing. In the fall of 1928, he entered into talks with Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures, who planned to move into radio in response to RCA's forays into motion pictures with the advent of talkies; the deal came to fruition in September 1929: Paramount acquired 49% of CBS in return for a block of its stock worth $3.8 million at the time. The agreement specified that Paramount would buy that same stock back by March 1, 1932 for a flat $5 million, provided CBS had earned $2 million during 1931 and 1932. For a brief time there was talk that the network might be renamed "Paramount Radio", but it only lasted a month – the 1929 stock market crash sent all stock value tumbling, it galvanized Paley and his troops, who "had no alternative but to turn the network around and earn the $2,000,000 in two years....
This is the atmosphere in which the CBS of today was born." The near-bankrupt movie studio sold its CBS shares back to CBS in 1932. In the first year of Paley's wa
Estelle Louise Fletcher, known professionally as Louise Fletcher, is an American actress. Fletcher had her acting debut in the television series Yancy Derringer in 1958, she guest starred in the television series Wagon Train in 1959 before making her film debut in A Gathering of Eagles in 1963. In 1974, after a decade-long hiatus from acting in which she raised a family, Fletcher appeared in Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us; the following year, Fletcher gained international recognition for her performance as Nurse Ratched in the drama film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She became only the third actress to win an Academy Award, BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award for a single performance, after Audrey Hepburn and Liza Minnelli. Other notable film roles include Exorcist II: The Heretic, Firestarter, Flowers in the Attic, 2 Days in the Valley, Cruel Intentions.
In her career, Fletcher returned to television, appearing as Winn Adami in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as receiving Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her guest-starring roles in the television series Picket Fences and Joan of Arcadia. In 2011–2012, she appeared in a recurring role on the Showtime television series Shameless as Frank Gallagher's foul-mouthed and hard-living mother, serving a prison sentence for manslaughter. More she portrayed the recurring role of Rosie on the Netflix series Girlboss. Fletcher was born in Birmingham, the second of four children to Estelle Caldwell and the Reverend Robert Capers Fletcher, an Episcopal missionary from Arab, Alabama. Both of her parents were worked with the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Fletcher's father founded more than forty churches for the deaf in Alabama. Fletcher and her siblings, Roberta and Georgianna, were all born without any hearing loss. After attending the University of North Carolina, she traveled to Los Angeles, where she found work as a secretary by day and received acting lessons by night.
Fletcher began appearing in several television series including Lawman and Maverick.. In 1959, she appeared in the second episode of the original Untouchables TV series, "Ma Barker and Her Boys" as Elouise. Fletcher recalled having greater success being cast in Westerns due to her height: "I was 5 feet 10 inches tall, no television producer thought a tall woman could be sexually attractive to anybody. I was able to get jobs on westerns because the actors were taller than I was."In 1960, Fletcher made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, both times as defendant Gladys Doyle in "The Case of the Mythical Monkeys," and Susan Connolly in "The Case of the Larcenous Lady." In the summer of 1960, she was cast as Roberta McConnell in the episode "The Bounty Hunter" of NBC's western television series Tate, starring David McLean. In 1974, she returned to film in Thieves Like Us, co-produced by her husband and Robert Altman, who directed; when the two had a falling out on Altman's next project, Altman decided to cast Lily Tomlin for the role of Linnea Reese created for and by Fletcher.
Meanwhile, director Miloš Forman saw Fletcher in Thieves and cast her as McMurphy's nemesis Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Fletcher gained international recognition and fame for the role, winning Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as a BAFTA Award and Golden Globe; when Fletcher accepted her Oscar, she used sign language to thank her parents. After Cuckoo's Nest, Fletcher had mixed success in film, she made several financially and critically successful films. Fletcher's film roles were in such features as Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Cheap Detective, The Lady in Red, The Magician of Lublin, Firestarter, Invaders From Mars, Flowers in the Attic, Two Moon Junction, Best of the Best, Blue Steel, High School High, Cruel Intentions. Additionally, she played the character Ruth Shorter, a supporting role, in Aurora Borealis, alongside Joshua Jackson and Donald Sutherland, appeared in the Fox Faith film The Last Sin Eater. Fletcher co-starred in such made-for-TV movies as The Karen Carpenter Story, Nightmare on the 13th Floor, The Haunting of Seacliff Inn, The Stepford Husbands.
From 1993 to 1999, she held a recurring role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the scheming Bajoran religious leader Kai Winn Adami. She earned Emmy Award nominations for her guest roles on the Tom Skerritt's CBS television series, Picket Fences, on Joan of Arcadia. In 2009, Fletcher appeared in the NBC series Heroes as the physician mother of character Emma Coolidge. In 2011, she appeared in the Showtime series Shameless as Grammy Gallagher, Frank Gallagher's foul-mouthed and hard-living mother, serving a prison sentence for manslaughter related to a meth lab explosion. Fletcher married literary agent and producer Jerry Bick in 1960, divorcing in 1977; the couple had John Dashiell Bick and Andrew Wilson Bick. Fletcher took an 11-year hiatus from acting to raise her sons. Fletcher received an honorary degree from Gallaudet University in 1982. Louise Fletcher on IMDb