FORMER US SENATOR FRED THOMPSON HAS PASSED AWAY.
Former U.S. Senator from Tennessee Fred Dalton Thompson has passed away at the age of 73 in Nashville, TN. The former Senator, Republican presidential candidate, and actor who starred in the TV series “Law and Order,” and movies “The Hunt for Red October,” “In the Line of Fire,” “Die Hard II” and “Secretariat” passed away on Sunday in Nashville, TN from lymphoma. According to accounts Thompson died peacefully surrounded by his family.
As Hot Air remembers Fred Thompson, in 1994, Thompson parlayed that familiarity to a seat in the US Senate, taking Al Gore’s seat in a special election. He won again in 1996 for a full term, but retired from the Senate in 2002 to return to his acting career. In 2007, though, with the Republican presidential field wide open, Thompson decided to run for the nomination, only to find that he’d gotten in too late to have an impact.
Fred Thompson – 1942 – 2015, Rest in Peace
Fred Thompson, a former U.S. senator from Tennessee, GOP presidential candidate, Watergate attorney and actor who starred on the television drama “Law and Order,” died on Sunday in Nashville. He was 73.
Mr. Thompson died after a recurrence of lymphoma, according to a prepared statement issued by the Thompson family. Mr Thompson, who had recently purchased a house in Nashville to return to Tennessee, was first diagnosed with cancer in 2004.
“It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, husband, father, and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville surrounded by his family,” the Thompson family’s statement reads.
“Fred once said that the experiences he had growing up in small-town Tennessee formed the prism through which he viewed the world and shaped the way he dealt with life,” his family said. “Fred stood on principle and common sense, and had a deep love for and connection with the people across Tennessee whom he had the privilege to serve in the United States Senate. He enjoyed a hearty laugh, a strong handshake, a good cigar, and a healthy dose of humility. Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of Lawrenceburg, his home.”
Fred Thompson Talks about the Reagan Revolution in 2008 and the battle for the hearts and minds of the GOP
Thompson was also a GOP presidential candidate in 2008, as well as a Watergate attorney. He played D.A. Arthur Branch on “Law & Order” for five years, and also appeared on the show’s spinoffs “Special Victims Unit” and “Trial by Jury” as the character.
Thompson, who was born in Sheffield, Ala., shifted between politics and acting frequently throughout his life, but he gained a degree of visibility in 1973, when he served as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, after having managed the reelection campaign of Sen. Howard Baker (R-Tenn.), the top Republican on the committee.
At one hearing, he asked former White House aide Alexander Butterfield, “Mr. Butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the president?” Butterfield’s confirmation of a secret recording system was a key turning point in the scandal that eventually led to President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation.
Four years later, when Thompson was working in private practice in Tennessee, Thompson represented Marie Ragghianti, former chair of the Tennessee Parole Board, in a wrongful termination case against the state’s governor. The trial exposed a scandal in which cash payments were being given to state officials in exchange for clemency.
The case was the subject of a book and a 1985 movie, “Marie,” and started Thompson’s acting career when he was offered the part of playing himself.
After enjoying a number of character parts, Thompson ran for Senate in a 1994 special election, in a campaign in which he drove around in a red pickup truck to try to show his populist appeal. He was reelected in 1996, but declined to run for reelection in 2002.
In 2007, he was viewed as a leading contender for the GOP presidential nomination in the months before he officially announced his candidacy on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” But his campaign sputtered, and he dropped out after just a few primaries.
One of my Favorite Fred Thompson moments … Thompson responds to Michael Moore
WE HAVE LOST ANOTHER GIANT FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD …
It is a sad day for those of us who love classic movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood and movies actually worth watching. Irish born actress Maureen O’Hara has passed away at age 95. One of my all-time favorite actresses and a classic beauty that represents Hollywood gone by, Maureen O’Hara, died on Saturday at her home in Boise, Idaho. Her family confirmed in a statement that she passed away from natural causes peacefully in her sleep at her on home Saturday morning surrounded by family. Maureen O’Hara is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA next to her husband, US Navy pilot General Charles Blair who died in a plane crash in 1978.
She was born Maureen FitzSimons on August 17, 1920, in Ranelagh, Ireland, on the outskirts of Dublin and was the second of six children of Charles FitzSimons. But we knew her best for her tremendous acting roles in movies like “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939), “How Green Was My Valley” (1941), “The Black Swan” (1942), “This Land Is Mine” (1943),”The Quiet Man” (1952) and “McLintock!” (1963). However, my favorite is the timeless holiday classic, “A Miracle on 34th Street” (1947).
One of my favorite stories of Maureen O’Hara was the one where John Wayne, The Duke, paid her one of his highest complaints. John Wayne said, “I’ve had many friends, and I prefer the company of men, except for Maureen O’Hara,” he said. “She is a great guy.”
Maureen O’Hara, Rest in Peace
Maureen O’Hara, the spirited Irish-born actress who played strong-willed, tempestuous beauties opposite all manner of adventurers in escapist movies of the 1940s and ’50s, died on Saturday at her home in Boise, Idaho. She was 95.
Johnny Nicoletti, her longtime manager, confirmed her death.
Ms. O’Hara was called the Queen of Technicolor, because when that film process first came into use, nothing seemed to show off its splendor better than her rich red hair, bright green eyes and flawless peaches-and-cream complexion. One critic praised her in an otherwise negative review of the 1950 film “Comanche Territory” with the sentiment “Framed in Technicolor, Miss O’Hara somehow seems more significant than a setting sun.” Even the creators of the process claimed her as its best advertisement.
Miracle of 34th Street, (Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn and a young Natalie Wood)
Yet many of the films that made the young Ms. O’Hara a star were in black and white. They included her first Hollywood movie, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939), in which she played the haunted Gypsy girl Esmeralda to Charles Laughton’s Quasimodo; the Oscar-winning “How Green Was My Valley” (1941), in which she was memorable as a Welsh mining family’s beautiful daughter who marries the wrong man; “This Land Is Mine” (1943), a war drama in which she was directed by Jean Renoir; and “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), the holiday classic in which she played a cynical, modern Macy’s executive who tries to prevent her daughter from believing in Santa Claus.
The Quiet Man (Maureen O’Hara & John Wayne) – The Kiss scene
I am in 100% agreement with the PJ Tatler, in they just don’t make movies like this anymore like the ones that Maureen O’Hara acted in. Imagine a movie with a plot, movies that set up the dramatic scenes, rather than just using special HD effects. Imagine a movie where the sexual tension is set up between a man and a woman rather than they just jump each others bones in two seconds and leaving a woman’s beauty to the imagination rather than a gratuitous nude scene. If you have never seen any of Maureen O’Hara’s movies, take this moment and do so.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Irish Times: Actor Maureen O’Hara dies aged 95.
“It is with a sad heart that we share the news that Maureen O’Hara passed away today in her sleep of natural causes,” a statement from the Fitzsimons family read.
“Maureen was our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favourite movie, The Quiet Man.”
“While we mourn the loss of a very wonderful woman, we also celebrate her remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world, especially in Ireland, to work hard to make their dreams come true and to always have the courage to stand up for themselves.
“For those who may ask what they can do to honour Maureen, we have a simple request: visit Ireland one day and think of her.”
Her manager said that Ms O’Hara had “a wicked sense of humour and never took her good fortunes for granted.”
“She was a classy, warm, feisty, funny woman and she was always so proudly Irish,” he said.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Kim Richards Arrested at Beverly Hills Hotel After Going on a Drunken Rampage & Kicking a Police Officer
REAL ARREST IN BEVERLY HILLS …
Kim Richards was arrested by police after she was asked to leave the Polo Lounge inside the Beverly Hills Hotel and instead became unruly. Instead of leaving, she locked herself in a bathroom. The police has to be called where the cops had to drag the housewife out of the bathroom. Richards, who has struggled with substance abuse, was reportedly belligerent, slurring her speech and reeked of booze. Richards was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest, batter of a police officer and being drunk in public.
Kim Richards was arrested early Thursday morning after the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star went on a drunken rampage and locked herself inside a hotel bathroom. TMZ reports, Richards was asked to leave the Polo Lounge inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel after she got drunk and was “unruly,” but instead of doing so she locked herself inside a bathroom and refused to leave. The hotel then called the cops. Cops had to drag the housewife out of the bathroom.
Heir to the Getty Oil Fortune, Andrew Getty, Found Dead in His Hollywood Hills, CA Estate … Police Determining Whether Foul Play Involved or an Accident
HEIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW …
As reported at the LA Times, 47 year old Andrew Getty, the grandson of oil baron J. Paul Getty and part of the Getty trust, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills, California home. According to police, Getty appeared to have suffered from some type of blunt force trauma: however, it is unknown at this time whether the injury was caused by a fall or foul play. The Getty heirs death is still under investigation; however, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a department spokesman, said that based on initial observations, “this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act.”
Authorities investigating the death of Andrew Getty, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, said a preliminary investigation suggests foul play was not involved.
The death appeared to be natural or an accident, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Investigators have not determined a time of death, Winter said.
A law enforcement source told The Times that Getty was found naked from the waist down in the bathroom of his Hollywood Hills estate Tuesday and appeared to have suffered from some type of blunt-force trauma. It’s unclear whether the injury was caused by a fall or something else.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a department spokesman, cautioned that it was still “very, very early in the investigation” but said that based on initial observations, “this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act.”
In San Francisco, Ann and Gordon Getty confirmed their son’s death in a statement in which they asked for privacy during an “extremely difficult time.”
The L.A. County Coroner says Getty was “not feeling well” over the last couple of months, and had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for Wednesday. The Coroner would not elaborate on what, if anything, was bothering Getty.
He added … prescription meds were found on scene, but it was unclear if Getty had taken any of them.
UPDATE I: No foul play suspected in Andrew Getty death.
The cause of death is under investigation, but, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office, there didn’t appear to be any foul play involved. It was not immediately clear when Getty died.
RUT-ROH, look for the LGBT Nazi’s to bash Billy Crystal for having an opinion against theirs …
Long time actor Billy Crystal told the Television Critics Association that gay scenes aren’t “to his taste”. Billy Crystal stated,I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face to the point where it feels like an every-day kind of thing.” Crystal’s basic point, which is most likely the same opinion as many people, V writers are “pushing it” when it comes to gay story-lines, and is wary of seeing same sex relationships shoved “in our face.” Crystal just touched the third rail of PC society and came out with an pinion that was not pro-Gay. Look for him to now be branded a “homophobe” by the oh so tolerant LGBT community
SOAP: When we were younger, there were no such things as homosexuals
Billy Crystal, who played one of the first openly gay characters on TV in the Seventies, told the Television Critics Association that gay scenes aren’t “to his taste”.
Speaking during a panel interview in Pasadena, the actor said: “Sometimes I think: ‘Ah that’s too much for me’.
“Sometimes, it’s just pushing it a little too far for my taste and I’m not going to reveal to you which ones they are. I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face to the point where it feels like an every-day kind of thing,” Crystal added.
Of course Billy Crystal, now persona now ‘persona non grata’ with the LGBT, as well as mocked and cursed. However but it was actually Crystal who was a trend setter for the same haters during the 1970′s when he played an openly gay character, Jodie Dallas, during one of my favorite shows of all times. ‘Soap’.
And here comes tweets from those tolerant folks that ask everyone else to be tolerant, but themselves.
Race-Hustler & Charlatan Al Sharpton Calls for Emergency Meeting to Address ‘All-White’ Oscar Award Nominations and ‘Selma’ Snub
AND IN THE CATEGORY FOR BEST RACE HUSTLER AND SHAKE DOWN ARTIST … AND THE OSCAR GOES TO AL SHARPTON!!!
Now that Ferguson, MO has faded from the media and so has Al Sharpton, chief race hustler and Charlton is on to his next shake down and attention seeking effort. Al Sharpton is criticizing the Oscars for their lack of diversity in selecting nominees and stated the following, “I have called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with the task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards.” (VIDEO) HUH? Sharpton stated, “The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets.” Um, could this guy be any more racist in his own comments? I was actually waiting for the obligatory Jew comment, but I guess Sharpton refrained. Just curious, why is it that everything has to be about race with this guy, other than the obvious? Sharpton was peeved because the Academy Awards only nominated the movie ‘Selma’ once. Honestly, who cares. But of course Sharpton has little to support his ridiculous “racist” claims as Selma was nominated for best picture, the top Oscar award.
Wasn’t ‘Hustle and Flow’ already a movie?
The Rev. Al Sharpton was left fuming mad after the Oscars revealed its all-white list of nominees for this year’s Oscar awards on Thursday.
“The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets,” Sharpton quipped in a statement released later in the afternoon.
Sharpton, a critic of the lack of diversity in Hollywood, also announced he was holding an “emergency meeting” next week to address the issue.
“I have called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with the task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards,” he said.
The prestigious awards ceremony was widely criticized after its nominees for best actor, best actress, and best director were all white. In the past two decades this has happened only one other time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
No one says it better than author, attorney, former Ronald Reagan administration official, president of Landmark Legal Foundation and syndicated conservative talk show host Mark Levin when it comes to calling out Al Sharton. As Levin said in responding to Sharpton’s current Oscar shakedown, “Al Sharpton has a very sick demented mind. Everything is about race. Everything is about race. Everyone who disagrees with him is a racist. How did this happen that this man, this putrid insignificant, barely articulate, buffoon of a human being could be on the stage like this all the time? Just muscle his way in. He owes taxes, he’s had court rulings against him, he has been involved in sleazy activities and yet there he is. I’ll tell you how it is. Because he is Barack Obama’s friend. Because Barack Obama brings him into the Oval Office, because Barack Obama promotes him, because he is a Barack Obama surrogate in places like Ferguson and with the NYPD, that’s how. I SAY SCREW ALL OF THEM!!!”
Mark Levin: Al Sharpton criticizes Oscars for “lack of diversity”
When liberals attack liberals … Al Sharpton calls ‘emergency meeting’ over Hollywood’s all-white Oscar list.
Mr. Sharpton gave kudos to the judges for nominating “Selma” for best picture, but then he decried the lack of diversity in the other categories.
“The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling and while it is good that Selma was nominated for ‘Best Picture,’ it’s ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations. With all of the talent in Selma and other black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history,” he said, Business Insider reported.
Good Grief, Now Theaters Cancel Screenings of ‘Team America’ Per Paramount Pictures … Joe Scarborough Goes Off, “If We Have Gotten to the Point Now Where Ypu are Banning Puppet Movies Because You Fear North Korea, YOU SUCK”
WHO NEEDS GOVERNMENT TO SENSOR THE MEDIA WHEN YOU HAVE HOLLYWOOD …
UNREAL … Now it would appear that we are canceling screenings of ‘Team America’. Seriously, is this how gutless and cowardice we have become? The United States is turning tail to North Korea, REALLY? I do not think I could have said it better than Joe Scarborough, “If we have gotten to the point now where you are banning puppet movies because you fear North Korea, let me just say, YOU SUCK!!! I’m glad you don’t guard the Pentagon, I’m glad you weren’t there in 1944 scaling the walls of Normandy, YOU JUST SUCK.”
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and two other theaters with plans to screen “Team America: World Police” instead of Sony’s “The Interview” next week have abruptly cancelled those plans. They say Paramount Pictures, which made the “Team America” film, pulled the movie from all theaters. We’ve reached out to the movie studio for comment, and we’ll update if we hear from them.
When hackers give you lemons, you’ve got to make lemonade.
One Dallas-area movie theater refuses to take the fallout from Sony’s epic data breach sitting down. In true Texas form, it’s dialed up the patriotism to 15 and announced plans to host a screening of “Team America: World Police” instead of the embattled assassination comedy “The Interview” next week.
Must watch VIDEO, my response to Joe Scarborough, F*CK YEAH!!! (warning: language)
This is what the movie thrqatres and Paramount pictures were afraid to show, really? The damn movie came out in …. Hey, Terrorize this!
Hollywood Producer Scott Rudin Apologizes For Racially Insensitive Comments that Surfaced in Hacked E-mail Exchange With Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman Amy Pascal
LIBERAL DOUBLE STANDARD? IF THESE TWO WERE REPUBLICANS “RACIALLY INSENSITIVE” WOULD HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO “RACIST” …
Oops, Wanna get away? It would appear that the cyber-attack on Sony has left many “hacked-off” and embarrassed. Hollywood producer Scott Rudin has issued a public apology for the racially insensitive comments he made of hacked private e-mails between him and Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Amy Pascal. Just an apology, you mean the PC police and MSM did not go after their jobs? Amy Pascal apologizes for her emails as well.
Producer Scott Rudin has issued a public apology for the racially insensitive comments that surfaced last night in an exchange of hacked private e-mails between him and Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Amy Pascal. Joking references they made to black-themed films that President Barack Obama might like were not meant for public consumption, but they are hard to defend in the harsh light of a public forum, without context. Rudin made the point in this morning’s New York Times about this hacking breach was a criminal act, when he was asked about other hacked e-mails between the producer and Pascal referencing the movie on Apple’s Steve Jobs. Here, Rudin said he simply wanted to apologize.
The hacked emails in question came before Pascal attended a breakfast in November 2013 in Hollywood with Barack Obama and other big Hollywood names hosted by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“What should I ask the president at this stupid Jeffrey breakfast?” Pascal wrote.
“Would he like to finance some movies.” Rudin responded.
“I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” Pascal wrote.
Rudin replied, “12 YEARS,” before Pascal and he suggested other films created by and starring African Americans, “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic]”
“Ride-along. I bet he likes Kevin Hart,” Rudin wrote.
Hours after Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement comparing her to disgraced L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal revealed in a Q&A interview with Deadline’s Mike Fleming, Jr. that she has spoken to Sharpton on the phone, saying, “I know I screwed up.”
Sharpton’s condemnation of Pascal came after an email exchange between the Sony exec and movie producer Scott Rudin leaked as part of the larger cyber-attack on Sony Pictures from a possibly-North Korean-connected group. In the conversation, Pascal and Rudin joked about the types of movies President Barack Obama likes, with clear racial overtones.
Ken Weatherwax, who played Pugsley on the 1960′s TV series ‘The Addams Family’ has passed away at the age of 59. His niece, Shanyn Vieira, confirmed on her Facebook page that Weatherwax died from a heart attack. Weatherwax was found at his home in California on Sunday.
Weatherwax died of a heart attack at his Box Canyon, California, home over the weekend, said Joey D. Vieira, his half brother. Weatherwax’s body was found on Sunday.
Pugsley, the son of Gomez and Morticia, was a member of the family of macabre oddballs in the television series, which aired on ABC from 1964 to 1966 with its familiar, finger-snapping theme song.
Besides acting on the Addams Family, which was based on the merrily macabre New Yorker cartoons by Charles Addams and ran on ABC for two seasons beginning in 1964 – Carolyn Jones and John Astin starred as Pugsley’s parents, Morticia and Gomez Addams – Weatherwax served in the Army and worked for Universal Studios as a grip, said his niece, Shanyn Vieira.
Golden Age of Hollywood Legendary Actress Lauren Bacall Dies at 89 … Together Again With Humphrey Bogart
Bogie and Bacall, together again … Lauren Bacall passes away at age 89.
Famed actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Lauren Bacall, has passed away at age 89 in New York from an apparent stroke. She was born Betty Joan Perske on September. 16, 1924 in New York City, the only child of immigrant parents. Bacall was a model turned actress when she was discovered after she modeled for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, which published a photograph of her. The rest is Show biz Hollywood history as Lauren Bacall became one of Hollywood’s leading ladies. Bacall was only 19 when Hawks cast her in her first movie, 1944′s “To Have and Have Not.” Lauren Bacall won two Tony Awards and an honorary Oscar. She was also nominated for three Emmy Awards. It is hard to believe she never won a best actress Oscar along the way. Lauren Bacall made up one half of my favorite Hollywood couple of all-time, Bogey and Bacall. The two were married from May 21, 1945 until Bogey’s death, January 14, 1957. The duo also starred together in some of the greatest films ever made, “The Big Sleep,” “Key Largo,” “Dark Passage” and “To Have and Have Not.”
Lauren Bacall, the sultry actress with the heavy-lidded eyes and husky voice who captured Humphrey Bogart’s heart both on and off the movie screen, died on Tuesday at the age of 89.
“With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” the estate of the Bogart family said on a verified Twitter account.
Bacall was married to Bogart from 1945 until his death in 1957. They had two children.
The public knew her as Lauren, the screen name hung on her by director Howard Hawks, while friends used her given name, Betty. Bogart simply called her “Baby” in a love story that ended prematurely with his cancer death in 1957.
“You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve,” her character says to Bogart’s in the movie’s most memorable scene. “You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
The film was the first of more than 40 for Ms. Bacall, among them “The Big Sleep” and “Key Largo” with Bogart, “How to Marry a Millionaire” with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, “Designing Woman” with Gregory Peck, the all-star “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974) and, later in her career, Lars von Trier’s “Dogville” (2003) and “Manderlay” (2005) and Robert Altman’s “Prêt-à-Porter” (1994).
But few if any of her movies had the impact of her first — or of that one scene. Indeed, her film career was a story of ups, downs and long periods of inactivity. Though she received an honorary Academy Award in 2009 “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures,” she was not nominated for an Oscar until 1997.
The theater was kinder to her. She won Tonys for her starring roles in two musicals adapted from classic films: “Applause” (1970), based on “All About Eve,” and “Woman of the Year” (1981), based on the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn movie of the same name. Earlier she starred on Broadway in the comedies “Goodbye, Charlie” (1959) and “Cactus Flower” (1965).
She also won a National Book Award in 1980 for the first of her two autobiographies, “Lauren Bacall: By Myself.”
Watch Bogey and Bacall below in two of their film classics. Sorry, they just don’t make movies like this anymore and it is a shame. Lauren Ball and Bogey are together again, Rest in eternal peace.
Key Largo – Movie Trailer from 1948
The Big Sleep from 1946