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Edwards Pt 2: The Pink Panther Sequels and Famous Silent Film Era Step-grandfather Director

'The Pink Panther' with Peter Sellers: Blake Edwards' 1963 comedy hit and its many sequels revolve around one of the most iconic film characters of the 20th century: clueless, thick-accented Inspector Clouseau – in some quarters surely deemed politically incorrect, or 'insensitive,' despite the lack of brown face make-up à la Sellers' clueless Indian guest in Edwards' 'The Party.' 'The Pink Panther' movies [1] There were a total of eight big-screen Pink Panther movies co-written and directed by Blake Edwards, most of them starring Peter Sellers – even after his death in 1980. Edwards was also one of the producers of every (direct) Pink Panther sequel, from A Shot in the Dark to Curse of the Pink Panther. Despite its iconic lead character, the last three movies in the Pink Panther franchise were box office bombs. Two of these, The Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, were co-written by Edwards' son,
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Roger Moore, Seven-Time James Bond, Dead at 89

Roger Moore, Seven-Time James Bond, Dead at 89
Sir Roger Moore, who became an international star as the third actor to officially play James Bond, has died at age 89.

Moore's family confirmed the news on Twitter. "It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer," the statement read. "The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone."

Sir Paul McCartney said that he felt "lucky
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Burt Kwouk, Who Played Cato in ‘Pink Panther’ Movies, Dies at 85

Burt Kwouk, Who Played Cato in ‘Pink Panther’ Movies, Dies at 85
London — Burt Kwouk, who played Inspector Clouseau’s manservant Cato Fong in Blake Edwards’ “Pink Panther” movies, has died at the age of 85.

Kwouk featured in seven “Pink Panther” pics, starting with 1964’s “A Shot in the Dark” through to “Curse of the Pink Panther” in 1983. He played Cato, which was initially spelled Kato, a martial arts specialist who regularly attacked Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers, to keep him alert.

Other movie appearances included James Bond films “Goldfinger” and “You Only Live Twice,” as well as Fred Schepisi’s “Plenty,” Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” and Roger Spottiswoode’s “Air America.”

TV series credits included “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” “Doctor Who,” “Hart to Hart” and “Tenko,” in which he played Major Yamauchi. One of his last dramatic roles was in BBC sitcom “Last of the Summer Wine,” in which he played Entwistle from 2002 to 2010.

Kwouk received an award from Prince Charles,
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Oscar-Nominated Actor Robert Loggia Dies at 85

Oscar-Nominated Actor Robert Loggia Dies at 85
Robert Loggia, a durable and versatile tough guy actor in movies and TV shows including Brian De Palma’s 1983 drama “Scarface” and “Big,” died Friday at his home in Los Angeles, his widow Audrey confirmed to Variety. He was 85.

Loggia had been battling Alzheimer’s Disease for the past five years, according to his widow. They had been married for 33 years.

He was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award for “Jagged Edge” in 1986 for his portrayal of blunt private detective Sam Ransom.

Loggia’s most notable film credits included “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Independence Day,” David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” and “Big,” in which he played a toy company owner and performed a memorable duet on a giant foot-operated piano with Tom Hanks. He played Miami drug lord Frank Lopez in “Scarface.”

Loggia was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent
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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2

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We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.

2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best.
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DVD Deal: The Pink Panther Ultimate Collection

Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Pink Panther Ultimate Collection for $34.99 (which is 83% off!).  Like all Gold Box Deals, it's only good for today.  Remember, if you spend over $25 you get free shipping.  Details on the box set after the jump. Disc 1: The Pink Panther Collector's Edition '64 Feature Film Disc 2: A Shot in The Dark Feature Film Disc 3: Inspector Clouseau Disc 4: The Pink Panther Stikes Again Feature Film Disc 5: Revenge of The Pink Panther Feature Film Disc 6: Trail of The Pink Panther Feature Film Disc 7: Curse of The Pink Panther Feature Film Disc 8: Son of The Pink Panther Feature Film Disc 9: Pink Panther 2006 (Sony) Disc 10: The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Volume 1 Disc 11: The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Volume 2 Disc 12: The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Volume 3 Disc 13: The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Volume 4 Disc
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Geek Deal: Pink Panther 18-Disc Ultimate Collection for Only $34.99

Geek Deal: Pink Panther 18-Disc Ultimate Collection for Only $34.99
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Deay today (Sunday, July 17th 2011) is The Pink Panther Ultimate Collection on DVD for only $34.99, a whopping 83% off the $200 retail price. The deal is only valid until midnight tonight, so act fast. The set includes 18 discs: Disc 1: The Pink Panther Collector's Edition '64 Feature Film Disc 2: A Shot in The Dark Feature Film Disc 3: Inspector Clouseau Disc 4: The Pink Panther Stikes Again Feature Film Disc 5: Revenge of The Pink Panther Feature Film Disc 6: Trail of The Pink Panther Feature Film Disc 7: Curse of The Pink Panther Feature Film Disc 8: Son of The Pink Panther Feature Film Disc 9: Pink Panther 2006 (Sony) Disc 10: The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Volume 1 Disc 11: The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Volume 2 Disc 12: The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Volume 3 Disc 13: The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection Volume 4 Disc 14: The Pink Panther
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Retro Review 1981: The Private Eyes

The Private Eyes (Original Release Date: 10 April 1981)

Nostalgia bulletproofs some movies to criticism. That's how it is for me, at least. I apologize in advance for the inevitably positive review I will be writing for Legend of the Lone Ranger in May. It is roundly hated by casual moviegoers and Lone Ranger fans alike, and there is little chance of your liking it if you weren't indoctrinated into liking it as a child.

Legend of the Lone Ranger was one of my most frequent babysitters growing up, and I developed a good deal of affection for it. Another sitter was The Private Eyes, though like the sitter who continues to baby talk at you when you feel you’ve outgrown baby talk, The Private Eyes has dimmed in my estimation with time. That old affection is hard to access, even if watching it does produce constant flutters of recognition and memories from childhood.
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'Pink Panther' Prize Pack Giveaway!

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Calling all Pink Panther fans! MGM HD is having a Pink Panther marathon featuring all five actors who have played the legendary role of Inspector Clouseau and we have a special Prize Pack Giveaway for five lucky winners! Each winner will get a set of five DVD's: the original Pink Panther starring Peter Sellers, Inspector Clouseau starring Alan Arkin, The Curse of the Pink Panther starring Roger Moore, Son of the Pink Panther starring Roberto Benigni and The Pink Panther starring Steve Martin. (Unfortunately, this has been changed to four DVD's. Sorry, no Son of the Pink Panther DVD with Roberto Benigni. Poor Roberto!)    How to enter? All you have to do is post a comment to this blog post [one comment per entrant, please] with your answer to the following...

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Blake Edwards obituary

Film director best known for the Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany's and 10

The film-maker Blake Edwards, who has died aged 88, will be best remembered as the creator of the Pink Panther films, and as the husband of the entertainer Julie Andrews. But Edwards was a third-generation show-business figure whose complex and controversial career spanned more than 50 years, initially as an actor and writer and subsequently as one of America's most prolific producer-directors, primarily concerned with the popular genres of comedy and musicals and with creating television series.

Despite working in mainstream cinema, his maverick spirit and ego made him an uneasy partner with Hollywood studios. He famously savaged the hand that had fed him so well with S.O.B. (1981), a raucous, vitriolic attack on Tinseltown. His sophisticated work drew strongly on his love of early cinema (his stepgrandfather had directed silent films), and on his own life and psychological problems (he
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'Breakfast At Tiffany's' Director Dies

'Breakfast At Tiffany's' Director Dies
Los Angeles — Blake Edwards, the director and writer known for clever dialogue, poignance and occasional belly-laugh sight gags in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "10" and the "Pink Panther" farces, is dead at age 88.

Edwards died from complications of pneumonia late Wednesday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, said publicist Gene Schwam. Blake's wife, Julie Andrews, and other family members were at his side. He had been hospitalized for about two weeks.

Edwards had knee problems, had undergone unsuccessful procedures and was "pretty much confined to a wheelchair for the last year-and-a-half or two," Schwam said. That may have contributed to his condition, he added.

At the time of his death, Edwards was working on two Broadway musicals, one based on the "Pink Panther" movies. The other, "Big Rosemary," was to be an original comedy set during Prohibition, Schwam said.

"His heart was as big as his talent. He was an
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The 10 best movie cameos

From Abba to Hitchcock, Philip French picks his favourite fleeting 'blink and you'll miss them' moments

Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca, 1940)

Hitchcock, the brilliant self-publicist who probably devised his own sobriquet "Master of Suspense", virtually invented the movie cameo en route to becoming the world's most recognisable director. His first screen appearance was in a newsroom sequence in The Lodger (1926). Initially, the signature walk-ons were spasmodic, before becoming a feature of each picture after his move to the Us, beginning with Rebecca (1940), where he is seen outside a telephone kiosk being used by George Sanders. Each reflects wittily on the movie.

Walter Huston (The Maltese Falcon, 1941)

The great character actor Walter Huston appeared in son John's directorial debut as Captain Jacoby, the merchant mariner in league with Kasper Gutman and co. He staggers into Sam Spade's office clutching a parcel containing a replica of the eponymous statuette, "the stuff that dreams are made of" [sic]. He says,
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James Bond Stuntman Martin Grace Dies

British stuntman Martin Grace was Roger Moore’s stunt double throughout his run as Ian Fleming’s British superspy James Bond. He also doubled the actor in many of his non-Bond film outings.

Grace was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1942. He began working in films in the mid-1960s, playing a Thal in the 1965 feature Dr. Who and the Daleks with Peter Cushing. He first became involved with the Bond film franchise as a stuntman on 1967’s You Only Live Twice starring Sean Connery. He also worked on the 007 films Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and began serving as Roger Moore’s stunt double with The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Grace also doubled Moore on the Bond films Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) which left him badly injured while filming an action sequence aboard a train, and A View to Kill (1985), and the
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A conversation with actor Joe Morton

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Jason Anders/Starlog: So let's talk about your childhood and what it was like to grow up with your father serving as a U.S. army intelligence officer; what was it like for you to spend parts of your childhood in West Germany and Okinawa, how did that impact your life, and do you remember at what point you considered acting a pursuable passion?

Joe Morton: First off, my father was not an intelligence officer. He was a captain in the artillery but, essentially, his job was to integrate the arm forces overseas. We are speaking about the years between 1951 to 1958. That means my father showed up, with my mother and I in tow, to what ever post he was assigned to ... racially unannounced. That time of my life was fiercely strange and difficult. My father was constantly battling his white superior officers as well as the white enlisted
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