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'Midnight Express' Editor Gerry Hambling Dead at 86
Published: February 11, 2013 @ 10:45 am
By Tim Kenneally

Gerry Hambling, the British film editor whose credits include "Midnight Express," "Pink Floyd: The Wall" and "Mississippi Burning," died Feb. 5 in England. He was 86.


Hambling, who entered the film industry at 16 as an editor's apprentice, was a longtime collaborator of director Alan Parker, editing 14 of his films.

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“He was undoubtedly one of the finest film editors that the British film industry has produced," Parker remembered.

John Grover, vice chairman of the Guild of British Film Editors, which Hambling helped found in 1966, remembered Hambling as a man of "warmth and understanding."

“He was a hard working technician who loved loud music and fast action sequences; he was rather hard on equipment but never got used to editing electronically as he preferred to handle film, something he could ‘see and feel,'" Grover said. “He will be missed by friends and colleagues for his warmth and understanding. It was an honor to have known him.”

Hambling won three BAFTA Awards, and received the Career Achievement Award from the  American Cinema Editors in 1998. He had also been nominated for six Oscars.

Hambling's last editing job was on the 2003 Parker drama "The Life of David Gale," starring Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey.

Hambling died in Burwell, Cambridgeshire.


Hambling já estava aposentado, mas trabalhou em alguns grandes filmes. Que descanse em paz.

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At age 31, Bonnie Franklin became the mother of two teenage daughters—and millions of TV viewers.

Franklin, who played mom to Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips in the 1975-84 hit sitcom One Day at a Time died Friday at her home in Los Angeles after her family disclosed in September the actress was battling pancreatic cancer. She was 69.

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For its time, the Norman Lear-produced comedy was considered notable for its showcase of feminism and the Midwestern Romano's insistence on being called "Ms."

Born Jan. 6, 1944, Franklin first appeared in prime time as a child. Later, the Southern California native moved to New York and Broadway, rating a Tony nomination forApplause, the musical version of All About Eve, withLauren Bacall.

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As for Bertinelli, she thought Franklin was "like a hip, younger complement to [her] real mom," the actress wrote in her own memoir, Losing It.

Franklin said she preferred TV and theater to film and, other than TV movies, didn't do much of the latter.

Outside of occasional guest spots, including a 2011 appearance on the Bertinelli sitcom Hot in Cleveland, Franklin didn't do much TV, either, after One Day at a Time ended.


Interessante que a carreira dela foi quase toda na TV, mas bem no começo ela teve um pequeno papel trabalhando com ninguém menos que Hitchcock, em O Homem Errado.

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O vocalista da banda Charlie Brown Jr, Alexandre Magno Abrão, o Chorão, foi encontrado morto em seu apartamento na Rua Morás, em Pinheiros, na Zona Oeste de Sao paulo, na madrugada desta quarta-feira (6). Ele tinha 42 anos.


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"James Herbert obituary

Author and master of the horror genre whose trademark was fear

James Herbert: his early novels were literary nasties but later stories were more character-driven. Photograph: Ben Smith/Rex Features

When James Herbert published his first novel, The Rats (1974), at the age of 30, it was an immediate bestseller. Copies of the book – produced cheaply in paperback with a vicious-looking rodent on the cover, its jaws open and eyes bloodshot – flew off the shelves, the initial print run of 100,000 selling out in three weeks. Behind its cover star, the title was printed in bold, red type. Edition after edition came out and changes were subtly made. The rat remained but eventually it was the name of Herbert, who has died aged 69, that dominated the cover.

Herbert's early novels were literary nasties. The Rats opens with a tramp being devoured alive. Soon afterwards, a baby is killed and partly eaten before her mother can rescue the mutilated body. The Fog (1975) continued his uncompromisingly explicit, visceral exploration of horror. Innocent villagers and schoolchildren turn psychotic under the influence of a mysterious fog, and torture and murder each other. The gruesome and depraved events seem all the more horrific for taking place in rural, respectable England.

These novels of catastrophe were compared by Stephen King to the music of the Sex Pistols: "If The Rats, with its scenes of gruesome horror and its blasted East End landscape, is not a literary version of Anarchy in the UK, what is?" But just as a host of brutal horror novels was unleashed in bookshops in the wake of Herbert's success, its progenitor changed tack and took his readers into other fearful territories, while the paperback horror genre collapsed under the weight of Rats rip-offs and sub-Herbert savagery.

Herbert's 23 novels have sold 54m copies worldwide. He was published in 34 languages, including Russian and Chinese. In 2010 he was made an OBE and received the Grand Master award at the World Horror Convention.

He was born in the East End of London, the third son of Herbert Herbert and his wife, Kitty. His parents sold fruit and veg from stalls at Brick Lane and Bethnal Green. Growing up in Whitechapel, which was damaged by bombing during the second world war, Herbert attended a local Catholic school and earned a scholarship to St Aloysius' college in Highgate, north London.

As a boy, Herbert was inspired by the American comic book Casey Ruggles, which he found on the market stalls in Petticoat Lane. "That's where I learned to write," he said. "For a cowboy comic, it was incredible. The only time I wrote a fan letter in my life was to [its writer and artist] Warren Tufts and that was when I was 30. I rang up Hanna-Barbera because somebody told me he was working there as an animator and got his address, wrote a letter and got a cautious reply back." His next letter – 11 pages explaining his appreciation of Ruggles – led to Herbert and Tufts becoming penpals.

He also grew up on ghost stories and American horror comics that his brother Peter brought home. There were the additional real-life horrors of the Whitechapel area: one of Jack the Ripper's victims had been murdered close to Herbert's home, and a more immediate menace could be found in the stables where his parents' stock of fruit and vegetables attracted hordes of rats.

From the age of 16, Herbert attended Hornsey College of Art, where he spent four years studying graphic design, print and photography. He worked as a paste-up artist and a typographer at one advertising agency, and then became art director and subsequently group head at Charles Barker Advertising.

Herbert had no burning desire to become an author but found himself surrounded by copywriters who were working on novels in order to get out of advertising. Looking for a challenge, he decided to write a novel himself. Inspired by an image he saw during a late-night showing of Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi – a scene in which Renfield has a vision of thousands of rats – Herbert poured his energies into The Rats for 10 months and sent out six copies of his finished manuscript to publishers. Three weeks later, he had three replies: two rejections and, from New English Library (NEL), an acceptance.

The Survivor (1976), his third novel, concerned the sole survivor of a plane crash who begins to experience visions of the afterlife. Fluke (1977) was an even greater departure, in which a murdered man, reincarnated as a dog, tracks down his family and solves the mystery surrounding his death. In the thriller The Spear (1978), a private eye finds himself involved with a neo-Nazi cult that plans to use the power of the spear that pierced the side of Christ to take over the world. The book's brief, historical prefaces led to problems, when Herbert and NEL were sued for plagiarism. These sections were removed for the paperback edition which, thanks to the notoriety of the case, returned Herbert to the bestseller charts.

With his next novel, Lair (1979), Herbert regaled readers with the return of the rats, and he completed the trilogy with Domain (1984), set in a future where rats are now dominant following a nuclear war that has devastated civilisation. Herbert's The City (1994), a graphic novel illustrated by Ian Miller, was set in the same post-apocalypse world in which only a handful of people have survived.

An ancient force is at the centre of The Dark (1980), which was reminiscent of The Fog, and the bane of bad luck dogs a policeman in The Jonah (1981). In Shrine (1983), a deaf-mute girl blessed with the power of healing discovers that it is actually a curse, and in Moon (1985) a man finds himself telepathically linked to a serial killer.

With The Magic Cottage (1986), Herbert created one of his best novels, an unconventional haunted house yarn that is part fairytale, part ghost story. Haunted (1988), originally plotted as a BBC TV movie, is also a ghost story, the first of three novels featuring David Ash, a sceptical parapsychologist and psychic investigator who returned in The Ghosts of Sleath (1994) and Ash (2012).

The best of Herbert's later books were more character-driven. Creed (1990) features a sleazy paparazzo who can photograph things invisible to the naked eye; Others (1999) introduces Nicholas Dismas, a private investigator with physical defects; and The Secret of Crickley Hall (2006) relates how a couple move to the West Country to try to recover from the disappearance of their son. It was adapted for BBC TV in 2012.

The film and TV versions of Herbert's other novels were not always successful: The Survivor (1981), directed by David Hemmings and starring Robert Powell, was shot in Australia and heavily cut for UK release. Rats (1982), released in the US as Deadly Eyes, featured dachshunds in rodent costumes. Haunted and Fluke (both 1995) received mixed reviews.

Calling upon his background in typography and design, Herbert saw his books all the way through from the first draft, written in longhand in jumbo pads, to the finished product. He was actively involved in the presentation and promotion of his work.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen, whom he married in 1967, and their daughters, Kerry, Emma and Casey.

• James Herbert, author, born 8 April 1943; died 20 March 2013"


Vi dois filmes adaptados da obra dele: Fluke e Ilusões Perigosas. Nenhum dos dois é bom, apesar de o segundo contar com a Kate Beckinsale muito "à vontade", hehehe. Li o livro A Invasão dos Ratos, que é bastante bom dentro do gênero; sei que ele foi adaptado para o cinema, então talvez o veja em homenagem.

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Fay Kanin, roteirista premiada e segunda mulher a ser presidente da Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, faleceu.



Fay Kanin, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter and Academy President, Dies at 95
Published: March 28, 2013 @ 6:58 am
By Brent Lang

Fay Kanin, an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning screenwriter, died Wednesday of natural causes. She was 95.

In addition to her award-winning work, Kanin served as the second female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, the nonprofit organization behind the Academy Awards, from 1979 to 1983.


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"She was committed to the Academy's preservation work and instrumental in expanding our public programming," the Academy said in a statement. "A tireless mentor and inspiration to countless filmmakers, Fay's passion for film continues to inspire us daily."


Kanin's credits bridged the small and big screen, and she often specialized in romantic comedies that explored the age-old theme of the battle of the sexes. She received her Oscar nomination for penning the 1958 romantic comedy "Teacher's Pet," which served as a vehicle for Doris Day. Other film credits included "My Pal Gus," a 1952 comedy with Richard Widmark; "The Opposite Sex," a 1956 musical remake of "The Women"; and "Rhapsody," a 1954 musical romance starring Elizabeth Taylor.

On TV, Kanin won three Emmys -- two for writing  "Tell Me Where It Hurts" (1974), which followed a disenchanted housewife who forms a discussion group, and another for producing "Friendly Fire" (1979), which starred Carole Burnett and dramatized a family's discovery that their son had been killed by accidently by U.S. troops.

Kanin's career was briefly derailed after she and her husband, screenwriter Michael Kanin, ran afoul of the House Un-American Activities Committee and were blacklisted in the early '50s for their alleged Communist sympathies.  The couple was unable to work for two years until director Charles Vidor asked them to write the screenplay for "Rhapsody."

In addition to her work with the Academy, Kanin served as the president of the Screen Branch of the Writers Guild of America and as chair of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, and was involved in other film industry organizations.

Although she worked regularly and was in demand at a time in which screenwriting remained closed to all but a handful of women, she shied away from making too much of her glass ceiling shattering legacy.

“I don’t think you think of yourself as a pioneer," Kanin said. "I just felt very fortunate.”

Kanin remained married to her husband for five decades. The couple got married in 1940 and Michael Kanin died of lung cancer in 1993. They had two sons, Joel and Josh, and two grandchildren. Josh died at age 13 of lung cancer.

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Faleceu o ator Richard Griffiths, que interpretou o tio Vernon na série Harry Potter. A carreira dele inclui dezenas de filmes e aparições na TV ao longo de cerca de quatro décadas. Ele esteve, por exemplo, em A Invenção de Hugo Cabret, O Guia do Mochileiro das Galáxias, Sleepy Hollow, Ghandi e Carruagens de Fogo.



'Harry Potter' actor Richard Griffiths dies at 65

Richard Griffiths, the versatile British actor who played the boy wizard’s unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter movies, has died. He was 65.

Agent Simon Beresford announced Friday that Griffiths died a day earlier of complications following heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England.

He paid tribute to Griffiths as “a remarkable man and one of our greatest and best-loved actors.”

Griffiths appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, but will be most widely remembered as a pair of contrasting uncles — the hero’s grudging Muggle guardian in the Harry Potterseries, and flamboyant Uncle Monty in 1980s cult classic Withnail and I.

“I was proud to say I knew him,” said Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.

A large man and a huge stage presence, Griffiths was one of Britain’s leading theater actors, creating roles including the charismatic teacher Hector at the emotional heart of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys — a part he took to Broadway, winning a Tony Award, and repeated for the film adaptation.

National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner, who directed The History Boys, called Griffiths’ performance in that play “a masterpiece of wit, delicacy, mischief and desolation, often simultaneously.”

Griffiths also played poet W.H. Auden in Bennett’s “The Habit of Art,” a hugely persuasive performance despite the lack of physical resemblance between the two men.

Known for his sense of humor, large store of theatrical anecdotes and occasional bursts of temper, Griffiths was renowned for shaming audience members whose cell phones rang during plays by stopping the performance and ordering the offender to leave.

Griffiths’ last major stage role was in a West End production of Neil Simon’s comedy The Sunshine Boys last year opposite Danny DeVito.

In 2007 he appeared in a London production of Equus alongside the then 17-year-old Radcliffe.

“Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career,” Radcliffe said Friday.

“In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys’, which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease.

”Seven years later, we embarked on Equus together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humor made it a joy.

“In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence.”

Griffiths is survived by his wife, Heather Gibson.

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Candidato, desde já, a maior perda do ano para o cinema:



Roger Ebert Dies at 70
rogerebert.jpg?w=490&h=276&crop=1 04.04.13 | 12:36PM PT Legendary film critic died Thursday after battle with cancer

Film critic Roger Ebert was not only the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, but one of the only critics known to the general public, thanks to his long-running movie review shows such as “Sneak Previews” and  his thumbs-up or down movie reviews. He died Thursday in Chiccago of complications from cancer, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He was 70.

The avuncular champion of movies big and small had been fighting thyroid cancer since 2002, and in the past few years spoke with a voice machine. The latest show to bear his name is the PBS series “Roger Ebert Presents at the Movies,” in which he briefly appears on camera with a prosthetic chin though other critics shoulder reviewing duties.

He apperared on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2010, speaking with a machine that tailored his speech more closely to his natural voice.

He continued reviewing films and kept in the public eye writing on his popular website and tweeting frequently.

Ebert is generally seen as a champion of filmmakers and underappreciated films, a fair reviewer with a dry wit and occasional quirks who wouldn’t hesitate to sock it to films he considers below par, but never in a mean or vindictive way. At times he reviewed films in the form of stories, poems or songs, just to mix it up.

Ebert became the Chicago-Sun Times film critic in 1967, just a year after he joined the paper as a features writer. He wrote in Variety in 2007, “Film criticism in those days was moving from the age of (Bosley) Crowther to the age of (Pauline) Kael. Junkets and sound bites and protective publicists were not so universal, and I was able to spend a lot of time with interview subjects, who would, in such cases as Lee Marvin, John Wayne, Groucho Marx and Robert Altman, say anything, literally anything, and not care if you quoted them.”

When Ebert and Gene Siskel helped launch “Sneak Previews” in 1975, it was the first TV show offering film reviews. The various incarnations of the program would go to be Emmy nommed seven times. His Pulitzer Prize came in 1975 for his Sun-Times reviews during 1974.

Born in Urbana, Ill., he started writing sports for the local paper and articles for sci fi fanzines while still in high school. He graduated the U. of Ill. at Urbana-Champaign, where he was editor of the paper and contributed reviews for films including “La Dolce Vita” and “Bonnie and Clyde,” which he called “a milestone in the history of American movies, a work of truth and brilliance.”

Ebert also knew about the inside of the movie business, having teamed with sexploitation helmer Russ Meyer to write “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” and “Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens.”

“Sneak Previews” started out on Chicago public broadcasting station WTTW and went national in 1978. In 1982, the pair moved to a syndicated commercial show called “At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert,” and then created “Siskel & Ebert & the Movies” in 1986 with Buena Vista Television. After Siskel died in 1999, the show was renamed “Roger Ebert & the Movies,” and then “At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper” when fellow Chicago Sun-times columnist Richard Roeper joined as co-host. Ebert last appeared on “Ebert & Roeper & the Movies” in 2006, when complications from his operations left him unable to speak.

A range of guest hosts filled in, from the New York Times’ A.O. Scott and New York Magazine’s David Edelstein to director Kevin Smith and blogger Kim Morgan.

But Ebert and Disney-ABC wrangled over the value of the “thumbs up, thumbs down” feature, which is a registered trademark owned by Ebert and the estate of the late Gene Siskel.

Though Ebert bemoaned the loss of local newspaper film critics, he was quick to embrace the Internet, finding his website the ideal place to communicate with fellow film geeks, and even more empowering once he lost his voice and amassed nearly a million Twitter followers. “Moviegoers these days know so much more about the movies, in every respect, than they did years ago,” he wrote Variety.

After growing up with Fellini and Welles (he named “Citizen Kane” the most important film ever made, if not “the best”), he ignited controversy when he said videogames would never equal film with their storytelling or artistry.

“I am prepared to believe that video games can be elegant, subtle, sophisticated, challenging and visually wonderful. But I believe the nature of the medium prevents it from moving beyond craftsmanship to the stature of art,” he wrote on his site after the release of the videogame film “Doom.”

A critic of the film ratings system, he objected to an R rating for the violent “Passion of the Christ” and misuse of the NC-17 rating.

He wrote more than 15 books on subjects from Martin Scorsese to London and rice cookers, including “Awake in the Dark” and “Your Movie Sucks,” a collection of his negative reviews. Since 1999 he has hosted Ebertfest, featuring overlooked films, in Champaign, Ill.

Ebert married the former Chaz Hammelsmith in 1992. The former attorney took over his business operations, served as a producer on his TV show and traveled to the Cannes Film Fest in 2011 to take over Ebert’s tradition of filing interviews with festival filmmakers.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a step-daughter and two step-grandchildren.

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Morre o quadrinista Carmine Infantino, criador de Batgirl e do Flash moderno Desenhista foi publisher da DC numa das piores épocas da editora
Érico Assis
04 de Abril de 2013

Carmine Infantino, o desenhista que colaborou na criação de Batgirl, do Flash contemporâneo, de Canário Negro e Alvo Humano, e que chegou a ter o maior cargo editorial na DC Comics, faleceu hoje segundo informações da própria DC. Tinha 87 anos.

Infantino começou a desenhar quadrinhos na década de 1940, colaborando com várias editoras e estúdios de quadrinhos da época. Sua primeira HQ saiu pela Timely(futura Marvel), mas ele ficou conhecido pelos trabalhos na DC, como a criação da personagem Canário Negro (com Robert Kanigher, em 1947) e histórias do Flash e Lanterna Verde originais, bem como da Sociedade da Justiça.

Em 1956, o editor Julius Schwartz  armou uma reformulação dos personagens clássicos da DC, e contratou Kanigher e Infantino para reformular o Flash. Foi Infantino o criador do tradicional uniforme vermelho, considerado um dos melhores já criados no mundo dos super-heróis. A chegada do novo Flash também marcou o início da Era de Prata das HQs nos EUA.

Já na década de 60, Infantino ficou encarregado de mudar o visual do Batman. Introduziu a oval amarela com o morcego ao peito do personagem, característica do uniforme que se manteve até a década de 90. Em 1966, ele recebeu a tarefa de projetar todas as capas da editora, função que acabou levando-o ao cargo de diretor de arte da DC, depois diretor editorial e por fim, em 1971, ao cargo editorial máximo, o de publisher.

O período de Infantino como publisher foi marcado por queda nas vendas, devido a más decisões de mercado e competição acirrada da Marvel (por exemplo: as duas editoras combinavam aumentar o preço; a DC aumentou, a Marvel baixou). Entre as medidas do publisher na época, estiveram a demissão de artistas que queriam royalties e outros direitos - substituídos por quadrinistas filipinos que trabalhavam por menos. Quando a Warner comprou a DC em 1976, Infantino foi retirado do cargo.

O desenhista continuou prestando serviço para DC e Marvel - desenhou o gibi de Star Wars  no auge do sucesso - até a década de 1990, quando se aposentou. Continuou participando de convenções de quadrinhos e colaborou em duas biografias, tendo entrado no Hall da Fama doPrêmio Eisner em 2000.




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Morre o cineasta espanhol Juan José Bigas Luna Diretor de Jamón, Jamón e Ovos de Ouro tinha 67 anos

Marcelo Hessel

06 de Abril de 2013


Morreu na tarde desta sexta, em sua casa na vila de Riera de Gaia, o diretor espanhol Juan José Bigas Luna, aos 67 anos. O catalão lutava contra um câncer há anos e, segundo um porta-voz, pediu que não houvesse funeral ou ato público em sua homenagem.

Com Pedro Almodóvar e depois Julio Medem, Bigas Luna integrou a geração de diretores espanhóis que ganharam repercussão internacional por seus filmes provocativos. A sensualidade era um dos elementos principais da cinematografia de Bigas Luna já nos anos 1970, em longas como Bilbao (1978) e na antologia de curtas Historias Impúdicas (1977).

Embora já tivesse trabalhado com Almodóvar, Javier Bardem se tornou conhecido depois de protagonizar Jamón, Jamón (1992), de Bigas Luna. O filme de 1992 também lançou outra estrela espanhola, a então estreante Penélope Cruz. Foi a chamada trilogia ibérica formada por Jamón, Jamón, Ovos de Ouro (1993) e A Teta e a Lua (1994) que tornou Bigas Luna conhecido mundialmente.

Além de diretor, Bigas Luna trabalhou também como pintor e designer - profissão em que se iniciou nos anos 60. Segundo a Academia de Artes e Ciências Cinematográficas da Espanha, o cineasta, que deixa mulher e filhas, trabalhava em seu novo longa quando morreu. O último filme de Bigas Luna é Di Di Hollywood, de 2010.




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eita , faleceu a Dama de Ferro.. retratada pela Meryl Streep no filme homonimo e cujja performance lhe rendeu Oscar, ano passado..






Morre a ex-primeira-ministra britânica Margaret Thatcher
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15.dez.1984 - O político russo Mikhail Gorbachev se encontra com a então primeira-ministra britânica Margaret Thatcher, em Londres, no Reino Unido AP

A ex-primeira-ministra britânica Margaret Thatcher morreu, nesta segunda-feira (8), aos 87 anos. Segundo seu porta-voz, a "Dama de Ferro", como era conhecida, sofreu um derrame.

"É com grande tristeza que Mark e Carol Thatcher anunciaram que sua mãe, a baronesa Thatcher, morreu em paz após um derrame nesta manhã", afirmou o lord Tim Bell.

Thatcher foi a primeira e até agora única mulher a ser premiê no Reino Unido. Ela liderou os conservadores a três vitórias eleitorais, governando de 1979 a 1990, o maior período contínuo no governo para um primeiro-ministro britânico desde o início do século 19.

Reformas econômicas radicais marcaram governo de Thatcher

A política se retirou da vida pública em 2002, quando já apresentava lapsos de memória e sinais de demência. Nos últimos dez anos, Thatcher sofreu vários derrames e foi hospitalizada por diversas vezes.


O atual primeiro-ministro britânico, David Cameron, afirmou que Thatcher era uma grande britânica.

"Com muita tristeza que fiquei sabendo da morte da Lady Thatcher. Nós perdemos uma grande líder, uma grande premiê e uma grande britânica", escreveu no Twitter.

Em uma breve entrevista, Cameron afirmou que Thatcher salvou o Reino Unido.

"A verdade sobre Margaret Thatcher é que ela não apenas liderou o nosso país. Ela salvou o nosso país", disse Cameron. "Ela morre como a maior primeira-ministra do Reino Unido em tempos de paz."

Cameron, que está na Espanha, cancelou uma viagem que faria à França e voltará ainda nesta segunda-feira (8) ao Reino Unido.

A rainha Elizabeth 2ª expressou seu pesar pela morte da ex-primeira-ministra britânica Margaret Thatcher e enviará uma mensagem particular à família, informou hoje o Palácio de Buckingham.

Conheça as frases mais famosas de Thatcher

"Na política, se você quer que algo seja falado, peça a um homem. Se quer que algo seja feito, peça a uma mulher" (1982)

"Gosto de estar no centro das coisas" (1984)

"A rainha está aflita por saber da morte da baronesa Thatcher e Vossa Majestade enviará uma mensagem particular de solidariedade à família", dizia um breve comunicado da residência oficial da Família Real britânica.

O ex-primeiro-ministro trabalhista do Reino Unido Tony Blair disse que  Thatcher foi uma figura política "imponente" e teve um profundo "impacto global".

"Muito poucos líderes conseguiram mudar não só o panorama político de seu país, mas do mundo inteiro", afirmou Blair em um comunicado. Margaret Thatcher, que governou o Reino Unido de 1979 até 1980, era "uma verdadeira líder", acrescentou.

Blair disse que "algumas das mudanças" realizadas por Thatcher se mantiveram, "pelo menos em certos aspectos", quando ele se tornou primeiro-ministro, em 1997, e também foram imitadas por "governos de todo o mundo".

Além disso, Blair elogiou a personalidade de Thatcher: "como pessoa era amável e de espírito generoso e sempre se mostrou incrivelmente disposta a me ajudar como primeiro-ministro, apesar de sermos de pólos políticos opostos".

"Inclusive se não concordava com ela em certos aspectos, em algumas ocasiões fortemente em desacordo, não poderia deixar de respeitar sua personalidade e sua contribuição à nação britânica", disse Blair, que foi líder do Partido Trabalhista entre 1994 e 2007.

O presidente norte-americano Barack Obama afirmou que, com a morte de Thatcher, os Estados Unidos perderam uma verdadeira amiga e o mundo uma defensora da liberdade.

"Como partidária sem complexos de nossa aliança transatlântica, sabia que, com força e determinação, podíamos ganhar a Guerra Fria e estender a promessa de liberdade", afirmou Obama em um comunicado.

A chanceler alemã Angela Merkel homenageou Thatcher ao classificá-la de "líder extraordinária de nossa época".

"Soube com grande tristeza da morte de Margaret Thatcher. Primeira-ministra durante muitos anos, marcou o Reino Unido moderno como poucos o fizeram, antes ou depois dela. Foi uma líder extraordinária de nossa época", declarou Merkel citada em um comunicado.

"Margaret Thatcher era uma grande personalidade política e uma pessoa brilhante. Ela permanecerá na memória e na história", declarou, citado pela agência Interfax.

O ex-presidente polonês e histórico líder do sindicato Solidariedade, Lech Walesa, afirmou que Thatcher contribuiu para a queda do comunismo na Europa.

"Lástima. Era uma grande personalidade que fez muito pelo mundo, que contribuiu para a queda do comunismo na Polônia e na Europa do Leste, com (o presidente americano também morto) Ronald Reagan, o Papa João Paulo 2° e o sindicato Solidariedade", declarou Lech Walesa.


Thatcher terá um funeral cerimonial na catedral de St. Paul, anunciou o governo, descartando um funeral de Estado.

"Downing Street pode anunciar que, com o consentimento da Rainha, Lady Thatcher receberá um funeral cerimonial com honras militares", declarou em um comunicado, sem informar uma data.


Margaret Hilda Roberts nasceu numa família de pequenos comerciantes, em 13 de outubro de 1925, em Grantham, Lincolnshire, na Inglaterra. Boa parte de sua formação deu-se na pequena congregação metodista que sua família frequentava.

Thatcher foi figura política central do século 20

Thatcher foi uma das mais influentes figuras públicas do século 20. Seu legado teve um efeito profundo nas políticas de seus sucessores, tanto conservadores como trabalhistas, enquanto seu estilo considerado radical e agressivo definiu seus 11 anos no comando do Reino Unido

Estudou em escola pública e ganhou uma bolsa para química na Universidade de Oxford. Foi eleita presidente da associação conservadora de Oxford, onde iniciou sua vida política.

Candidata pelo partido Conservador em Dartford, sobressaiu-se pela clareza de seus discursos e conquistou eleitores. Na cidade de Dartford conheceu também seu marido, Denis Thatcher, em 1951, um empresário da indústria do petróleo. Tiveram dois filhos gêmeos, Mark e Carol.

Nos anos 1950, Margaret Thatcher especializou-se em direito tributário. Em 1959 foi eleita para a Câmara dos Comuns. Dois anos depois, tornou-se secretária de Estado para Assuntos Sociais e, no início dos anos 1970, foi nomeada ministra da Educação, durante o mandato de Edward Heath.

Em 1975, substituiu Heath na direção do partido Conservador. Implementou um projeto de redução da intervenção do Estado na economia e cortou gastos sociais, seguindo um liberalismo estrito.

Em 1979, o partido Conservador ganhou as eleições por ampla margem de votos. Margaret Thatcher tornou-se a primeira mulher a dirigir uma democracia moderna, sendo eleita primeira-ministra do Reino Unido.

Governou com pulso firme até 1990, ganhando o apelido de "Dama de Ferro", por suas posturas inflexíveis. Conseguiu bons indicadores econômicos, com o controle da inflação e a valorização da moeda. No entanto, não pôde evitar o aumento do desemprego.

Em 1982, Thatcher envolveu-se na Guerra das Malvinas, o que aumentou sua popularidade. Nesse ano foi reeleita por uma ampla margem de votos.

Novamente reeleita em 1987, porém com uma margem menor de vantagem, entrou em conflitos com seu próprio partido, renunciando em favor de John Major em 1990.




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Richard Brooker  - RIP (1954 - 2013)


Brooker ficou marcado por ter sido o primeiro a usar a famosa máscara de hóquei.




Ator interpretou Jason na terceira parte da franquia.

No dia em que os ingleses receberam a morte de Margaret Thatcher, os fãs do cinema de terror, em especial da série Sexta-feira 13, também tiveram uma grande perda. O ator Richard Brooker, famoso por ter interpretado Jason em Sexta-feira 13 – Parte 3, de 1982, faleceu no dia 08 de Abril de 2013. A causa da morte ainda não foi divulgada e a informação logo ganhou as redes sociais que tratam do gênero.

Brooker nasceu em Londres, Inglaterra em 1954. Na juventude, ele trabalhou como trapezista. Sua estreia no cinema foi justamente como o assassino psicopata Jason. Ao lado de outros nove atores que já interpretaram Jason, seja na série original, no remake ou no blockbuster Freddy Vs Jason,Brooker ficou marcado por ter sido o primeiro a usar a famosa máscara de hóquei.
Além de Sexta-feira 13 – Parte 3Brooker participou de outros dois filmes, Deathstalker – O Guerreiro Invencível, de 1983, e Deep Sea Conspiracy, de 1987. Nos últimos anos, ele participou de convenções sobre Sexta-feira 13Brooker foi um dos entrevistados do livro Crystal Lake Memories, lançado em comemoração aos 25 anos do primeiro filme da série. Recentemente, ele participou do documentário homônimo baseado no livro, atualmente em pós-produção.

Quando perguntado sobre a experiência de ter participado de um filme da série, Brookerdemonstrava estar feliz por ter participado de algo com um legado tão extenso. Para ele, naquela época, seria apenas mais um filme e que logo cairia no esquecimento. Brooker completava afirmando que não imaginava que 30 anos depois da sua atuação como Jason, ainda estaria dando entrevistas e participando de convenções sobre o filme.

Boca do Inferno aproveita este momento para prestar esta justa homenagem ao ator. Além de críticos, somos fãs e, como tais, lamentamos o falecimento de Richard Brooker. E neste momento, ao pensar no personagem, fica a lembrança do Jason morto no final de Sexta-feira 13 – Parte 3. Através deste personagem, Brooker será lembrado para sempre pelos fãs.


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Aos 51 anos, morre Michael France, escritor dos filmes "GoldenEye", "Hulk" e "Quarteto Fantástico"



O escritor e roteirista Michael France morreu aos 51 anos na última sexta-feira (12) em decorrência de uma "doença de longo tempo", informou sua irmã para o jornal Tampa Bay Times.

France escreveu a história do filme de James Bond "007 Contra GoldenEye", lançado em 1995 e estrelado por Pierce Brosnan.

Ele também trabalhou em adaptações com grande orçamento do estúdio Marvel, como "Hulk", "O Justiceiro", com John Travolta no elenco, e a primeira parte da franquia "Quarteto Fantástico", de 2005.

Em 2007 ele comprou um teatro em St. Pete Beach, nos Estados Unidos, com o objetivo de exibir blockbuster durante a temporada de verão e películas mais cults ao longo do ano. Mas o cinema fechou em 2012 e, desde então, trabalhava para "reabrir o local e começar a escrever novamente", disse sua irmã, Suzanne France, para o jornal Times.



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Morre o Almirante Motti, de “Star Wars” 
Ele sentiu a força jedi no pescoço 
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  fto_ft1_23258.jpg Richard como o Almirante Motti Ele ousou questionar Darth Vader e sofreu as conseqüências ao ser estrangulado pelo poder jedi do vilão. Tudo feito à distância, do outro lado da sala. E o Almirante Motti ainda saiu vivo, porque Vader não quis matá-lo. Isso aconteceu em Star Wars: Uma Nova Esperança, em 1977, primeiro filme da saga. Foi um papel bem pequeno, mas Richard LeParmentier é lembrado até hoje pelos fãs dos longas. O ator, que nasceu nos Estados Unidos, morreu nesta terça, dia 16, aos 66 anos, na Inglaterra. A causa da morte não foi divulgada.

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O último longa do qual o ator participou foi The Berlin Conspiracy, de 1992. Ao longo da carreira fez participações em seriados de TV e atuou em pequenas participações em outros filmes como Superman 2 (de 1980), no qual interpretou um repórter. Também esteve em 007 Contra Octopussy (de 1983),Rollerball (de 1975), Uma Cilada para Roger Rabbit (de 1988), entre outros.

Sua ex-mulher, Sarah Douglas, escreveu hoje no Twitter e agradeceu aos fãs: "Obrigada a todos pelos comentários generosos sobre meu ex-marido Richard LeParmentier".
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Aos 87, morre Marcel Vercoutere, responsável pelos efeitos especiais de "O Exorcista"

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    A atriz Linda Blair durante as filmagens do filme "O Exorcista", na década de 70

Morreu aos 87 anos Marcel Vercoutere, responsável pelos efeitos especiais assustadores do clássico filme de terror "O Exorcista".

Marcel inovou os efeitos no gênero em 1973, quando fez a cabeça da atriz Linda Blair girar 360º. Ele construiu o robô usado no momento épico do cinema, assustando milhões de pessoas em todo o mundo.

Ele também foi o responsável por fazer a garota possuída por um demônio levitar, usando arames, roldanas e outros suportes no set de filmagem. Construiu, além disso, o quarto de Linda dentro de um gigantesco envoltório refrigerado.

"Se tivesse que nomear uma pessoa por trás das câmeras que contribuiu pelo sucesso do filme, seria Marcel Vercoutere", disse William Friedkin, diretor de "O Exorcista", para o Los Angeles Times.

Marcel morreu em decorrência de complicações em sua demência, no dia 13 de abril, em sua residência em Burbank. Ele deixou seus filhos Dan e Jon, a mulher Carolyn, a enteada Charlotte e o irmão Albert.


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M*A*S*H Actor Allan Arbus Dies at 95


04/23/2013 at 11:45 AM EDT

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Allan Arbus, best known for his dozen appearances as the sarcastic psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on the '70s seriesM*A*S*H, died Friday at his Los Angeles home, his daughter, photographer Amy Arbus, told The New York Times. He was 95.

In addition to numerous roles on TV and in movies, from Matlock and Curb Your Enthusiasm (in 2000) to Cinderella Libertyand Damien: Omen II, the New York City native, during his military service in the army, had been a photographer – as was, notably, his wife, Diane Arbus. 

The two met when Allan was an employee in the advertising department of her parents' Fifth Avenue department store, then married in 1941 and formed a professional partnership. 

Despite her parents' wealth, however, "she and Allan never received any financial help from her father, and throughout their marriage – particularly in the early years – they were always worried about money," author Patricia Bosworth wrote in her 1984Diane Arbus: A Biography

The Arbuses dissolved their business partnership in 1956, when Diane quit. They separated in 1959, and officially divorced a decade later, yet were said to have remained friends. And while Diane, who began her career as a fashion photographer, committed suicide in 1971, at age 48, her iconic photos of those on life's periphery continue to be shown in museums. 

She was also portrayed by Nicole Kidman in the heavily fictionalized 2006 movie Fur, in which Ty Burrell (the current Modern Family star) played Allan Arbus. 

According to The Times, Allan Arbus married the actress Mariclare Costello in 1976. She survives him, as do Amy and another daughter with Diane Arbus, the writer Doon Arbus, along with another daughter (with Mariclare), Arin Arbus.
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Singer-Actress Deanna Durbin Dead at 91

durbin_deanna.jpg?w=490&h=276&crop=1 APRIL 30, 2013 | 06:53PM PT Highly-paid star exited biz at age of 26

Singer-actress Deanna Durbin, who was the highest-paid female star in Hollywood in 1947 but permanently exited the movie biz the next year at the age of 26, has died, her fan club announced Tuesday. The announcement did not give a date or cause of death. She was 91.

Durbin initially landed at MGM after a successful audition for a part in a planned biopic of opera singer Ernestine Schumann-Heink. She actually made her film debut in the 1936 MGM short “Every Sunday,” with Judy Garland (the two were only six months apart in age), and the opera film was never made. Soon thereafter Universal signed Durbin to a contract.

Her first film at U was “Three Smart Girls” (remade decades later as “The Parent Trap”). That big box office hit, in which she played the perfect teenage daughter, paved the way for many more of the same, and Durbin was credited with saving the studio from bankruptcy. The film was also Oscar nominated for best picture.

During the production of “Three Smart Girls,” Durbin began a regular gig on Eddie Cantor’s radio show that would last for two years, until she became so busy at Universal that she was unable to continue on the radio; just before “Three Smart Girls” was released, the actress, just turning 15, began recording for Decca Records.

Also in 1936, the very-busy Durbin was offered an audition with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, which she turned down because she felt she needed more training.

Durbin’s next three films were all stunning successes: “One Hundred Men and a Girl,” “That Certain Age” and “Mad About Music.” In these first, highly profitable films, Durbin worked with director Henry Koster and producer Joe Pasternak.

In a fashion that would seem all too familiar today, Durbin soon became a highly profitable property generating multiple revenue streams: There were Deanna Durbin dolls, Deanna Durbin dresses and Deanna Durbin novels in which a fictional Deanna solved mysteries in the manner of Nancy Drew.

In the 21 films she made for Universal (including two sequels to “Three Smart Girls”), she would usually sing a few songs — some new material plus some arias from operas. The era of the original soundtrack album had not quite arrived, so she would record the same material in the studio for Decca. (Interestingly, only one of her songs made the charts.)

Durbin’s lyric soprano was said to be light, sweet and unaffected.

In addition to Durbin’s talent, the key to maintaining this success was mountains of publicity, which the studio and the press happily provided, as when the latter fawned over Durbin’s first screen kiss in 1937’s “First Love.”

In a reflection of her huge success and impact on showbiz, Durbin, along with Mickey Rooney, was presented with a special Academy Juvenile Award in 1938.

Indeed, she was a success overseas as well as domestically. Anne Frank famously hung a picture of Durbin on the wall of the attic in which she and her family were hiding from the Nazis. She was also a favorite of both Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini.

A blogger on the Amazingdeanna site describes Durbin’s film career has dividable into three overlapping eras: “the adolescent years, from which comes the perky (and profitable) Durbin formula of youthful tenacity and pluck; the post-adolescence/struggle era, where the now-grownup star fights for mature material and sometimes wins; and the resignation years, when Universal’s movie veteran — weary over the struggle for challenging scripts — essentially gives in to whatever work is offered.”

Her partnership with director Koster and producer Pasternak ended with 1941’s “It Started With Eve.” Pasternak left Universal for MGM, and U suspended Durbin for several months for refusing to appear in “The Lived Alone,” which Koster was to direct. Durbin ultimately won from Universal the right to approve her directors, stories and songs.

In addition to her increasing dissatisfaction over her films, Durbin was essentially a private person never comfortable with her ultra-public role as a movie star.

Durbin became disillusioned with Hollywood by the mid-’40s, particularly after the release of 1944 film noir “Christmas Holiday,” which disappointed at the box office. This adaptation of a W. Somerset Maugham novel was her attempt to become a serious actress. Another disappointment was the 1945 whodunit “Lady on a Train,” which did not draw the kind of reception her earlier musical comedies had generated.

In 1950, she married her third husband, Charles David (who had directed “Lady on a Train”) and moved to Normandy, France, and thereafter remained out of the limelight.

She was tempted to return just once, for “My Fair Lady” on Broadway in 1956, but she resisted in the end.

Born in Winnipeg, Edna Mae Durbin moved with her British-born parents to Hollywood when she was just a year old. She began work with a singing teacher at age 10.

After decades of refusing to speak to the press, Durbin granted an interview to David Shipman in 1983.

“I did not hate show business,” she told him. Speaking in particular of her last four films, she added, “I was the highest-paid star with the poorest material —today I consider my salary as damages for having to cope with such complete lack of quality.”

Durbin married assistant director Vaughn Paul in 1941; they were divorced in 1943. She was married to film writer-producer-actor Felix Jackson from 1945-49. Third husband David died in 1999.

She is survived by two children: Jessica (from her second marriage to Jackson) and Peter (from her union with David).

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Morre Ray Harryhausen, o mestre do stop-motion 
Técnico inovador em Hollywood tinha 92 anos.





Morreu nesta terça-feira em Londres, aos 92 anos, o mestre Ray Harryhausen. A notícia foi dada em comunicado oficial e no Facebook pela família do californiano, tido como o mais importante artista de stop-motion de Hollywood.

Harryhausen decidiu trabalhar com efeitos visuais no cinema depois de ver uma das criações mais célebres em stop-motion - bonecos fotografados quadro-a-quadro para dar uma sensação de movimento - da história, o King Kong de Willis O'Brien, no filme de 1933 dirigido por Merian C. Cooper. Ao longo de meio século, a partir de 1935, Harryhausen deu vida a criaturas e monstros dos filmes de Sinbad, Fúria de Titãs, Jasão e os Argonautas e outros.

Embora tenha influenciado toda a geração que trabalha com efeitos visuais hoje, de James Cameron e George Lucas a Peter Jackson e Guillermo Del Toro, Ray Harryhausen nunca ganhou um Oscar por seus filmes. O erro histórico foi corrigido em 1992, com um troféu honorário da Academia.

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Jean Stapleton Dies at 90


06/01/2013 at 05:00 PM EDT

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Jean Stapleton, the versatile actress who will forever be remembered for her long-running role as the dim-witted but deep-hearted Edith Bunker on the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom All in the Family, died Friday at her home in New York City, her family confirms. 

Stapleton, who was 90, succumbed to natural causes. 

Having already established a career during the 1950s and early '60s for playing nosy neighbor roles in such Broadway smashes as Damn Yankees, Funny Girl and Bells Are Ringing, in which she played the owner of the titular answering service, Stapleton entered the TV pantheon with her high-pitched comic voice (which was a gross exaggeration of her own), perfect timing (especially when Edith would be slow to catch on to something) and unrelenting love for her husband Archie Bunker (even while overlooking his bigotry, which she never shared). 

"The civil rights issue went right through our series ... That was marvelous stuff," Stapleton, touching upon All in the Family's timeliness, said a few years ago in an interview with the Archive of American Television. "There's nothing like humor to burst what seems to be an enormous problem. Humor reduces it to nothing and wipes it out. That's what humor does. That was a great part of that show in terms of every issue." 

With her highly quotable malapropisms – Edith thought VD stood for Veterans' Day – and dogged devotion to the impossible Archie, Edith Bunker was not only hilariously funny, but compassionate and deeply affecting – facing such (for primetime TV) breakthrough issues of her day as breast cancer, menopause and sexual assault. 

Winning three Emmys for the role, Stapleton played Edith to Carroll O'Conner's Archie from 1971-79, then asked to be written out of the show as the series continued under slightly different formats. 

Instinctive as Edith may have been, she was nothing like the well-educated, well-spoken Stapleton, who was born Jeanne Murray in New York City, the daughter of outdoor advertising salesman Joseph E. Murray and concert singer Marie Stapleton Murray. 

While attending Hunter College she made her acting debut in summer stock at age 18 before graduating to Off Broadway and Broadway (she repeated her stage roles in the movie adaptations of Damn Yankees and Bells Are Ringing) and eventually parts on early TV dramas and comedy shows. 

It was also during the stage run of Bells Are Ringing, in 1957, that Stapleton met and married William Putch, a concert promoter who also ran the 453-seat Totem Pole Playhouse summer stock theater in Pennsylvania – where, for the next quarter century, even at the height of her TV stardom, Stapleton would appear. 

Controversial ComedyAs Stapleton was shooting a character role for producer Norman Lear's 1971 movie comedyCold Turkey, about a Midwestern town whose entire population tries to give up smoking, Lear was attempting to sell his adaptation of the British sitcom Till Death Us Do Part to one of the American TV networks. The domestic version was to be set in New York City's blue-collar borough of Queens and called All in the Family

Finally, CBS put it on the air, and the one-time character actress became a leading lady – and a household name. The show's ratings shot to No. 1, though the series itself was seldom without controversy over the issues it tackled and the in-your-face manner in which they were presented. Stapleton not only embraced the controversy, but lent herself to the social issues, becoming, for instance, a vocal proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Once she left All in the Family she continued to make TV appearances, such as when in 1996, as if to counteract her trod-upon Edith persona, she played the imperious sister of Doris Roberts's character on Everybody Loves Raymond

She also appeared in the movies Michael and You've Got Mail, and returned to her stage roots, touring in a critically acclaimed one-woman show about Eleanor Roosevelt – a real-life role she had also played in the 1982 CBS movie Eleanor: First Lady of the World

Bill Putsch, with whom Stapleton had two children, Pam and John, died in 1983. While Stapleton told PEOPLE at the time that she was unable to talk about her grief, she did say, "I am going about my life one day at a time." 

And she did just that, continuing to act until her retirement and remaining, to this very day, one of everybody's favorite TV relatives. 


Jean Stapleton and Carroll O'Connor, in All in the Family


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James Gandolfini, astro de "Família Soprano", morre aos 51 anos



    Ator James Gandolfini, astro de "Família Soprano", morreu aos 51 anos nos EUA

O ator James Gandolfini morreu aos 51 anos por conta de um ataque cardíaco fulminante na Itália. O artista era conhecido por atuar como protagonista na série de TV "Família Soprano" e em filmes como "A Hora Mais Escura" e "O Homem da Máfia". A informação foi divulgada pelo canal HBO e pela revista especializada norte-americana "Variety" nesta quarta-feira (19). O ator deixa a mulher, Deborah Lin, um filho do casamento anterior, e uma bebê recém-nascida.

Segundo a emissora, Gandolfini estava em férias na cidade de Roma quando morreu. De acordo com o site TMZ, Gandolfini visitaria a Sicília por conta da realização do 59º Festival de Cinema de Taormina. A presença do ator estava confirmada para uma aula magna ao lado do diretor Gabriele Muccino no próximo fim de semana. Em comunicado, o canal afirmou lamentar a morte do ator. "Estamos todos em choque e sentindo uma tristeza imensurável por conta da perda de um membro amado de nossa família", dizia o texto.

O primeiro papel de repercussão de Gandolfini no cinema foi no filme "Amor à Queima-Roupa", de 1993, quando interpretou o criminoso Virgil. Mas a fama viria somente a partir de 1999, quando interpretou o mafioso Tony Soprano, chefe de uma família que comandava o crime em Nova Jersey.

Vencedor de três prêmios Emmy por conta do papel, Gandolfini chegou a faturar US$ 1 milhão por episódio. A atuação também rendeu ao artista quatro indicações e uma vitória no Globo de Ouro de 2000, uma das principais premiaçôes da indústria de TV e cinema.

Recentemente, a série foi eleita como a mais bem escrita da história da televisão americana pela associação de roteiristas do país (Writers Guild Of America), a frente de atrações como "Seinfeld" e "The Twilight Zone".

No cinema, o último trabalho do ator foi a participação no longa "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone", estrelado por Steve Carell e Steve Buscemi. O longa ainda não chegou ao Brasil. Ele também estava no elenco de "Animal Rescue", filme previsto para ser lançado em 2014 nos EUA com Tom Hardy.

Já na TV, Gandolfini trabalhava atualmente na série "Criminal Justice", da HBO, e no programa "Taxi 22", da CBS.

Gandolfini ainda esteve em uma peça na Broadway, no começo de sua carreira, como principal ator de uma versão teatral de "Sindicato dos Ladrões", clássico do cinema estrelado por Marlon Brando em 1954.

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