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Highlander Star Stan Kirsch Dead at 51

Highlander Star Stan Kirsch Dead at 51
Actor Stan Kirsch, best known for his role as Richie Ryan in Highlander: The Series, has died of an apparent suicide. He was 51.

According to TMZ, Kirsch’s body was discovered over the weekend by his wife, Kristyn Green.

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Kirsch starred in Highlander from its 1992 launch through Season 5, at which point he left the series.
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Stan Kirsch, ‘Highlander: The Series’ Star, Dies at 51

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Stan Kirsch, ‘Highlander: The Series’ Star, Dies at 51
Stan Kirsch, one of the stars of the syndicated fantasy drama “Highlander: The Series,” has died at the age of 51.

The news was announced on the Facebook page for the acting studio that Kirsch founded with his wife. “Dear friends,” the post read. “We tragically lost our beloved Stan Kirsch on January 11th. We will be closed for the next 2 weeks as we process and grieve. He was so loved and we are all just devastated. Thank you for your understanding and respecting our privacy during this incredibly difficult time.”

The Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office ruled the actor’s death a suicide.

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Kirsch starred on “Highlander: The Series,” a syndicated TV follow-up to the 1986 film of the same name, for five seasons. He played Richie Ryan, a fast-talking petty thief turned Immortal. The character was killed off the show
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Stan Kirsch Dies: ‘Highlander: The Series’ Actor Was 51

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Stan Kirsch Dies: ‘Highlander: The Series’ Actor Was 51
Stan Kirsch, an actor who played the Immortal Richie Ryan for five seasons on the 1990s syndicated hit fantasy drama Highlander: The Series, died Jan. 11 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 51.

The cause of death was suicide, according to the L.A. County Medical Examiner’s Office.

His death was announced on the Facebook page of Stan Kirsch Studios, the Los Angeles acting studio he founded with his wife Kristyn Green in 2008. Green subsequently confirmed Kirsch’s death in a Facebook post thanking well-wishers

In addition to his five-season role Highlander role (he later returned for a series finale appearance), Kirsch made appearances on Jag, Invincible, Family Law and, in perhaps his most memorable guest starring role, Friends.

In the 1995 Friends episode “The One With The Ick Factor,” Kirsch played Ethan,
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A General Hospital Main Star Is Leaving Temporarily

Happy Tuesday, "General Hospital" fans. Unfortunately, we have some bad news for you guys in this article. According to a new report from and other news outlets, Monica Quartermaine portrayer Leslie Charleson recently suffered a pretty bad leg injury while walking her dog. The injury is so bad that she actually has to step down from her General Hospital role temporarily! The official General Hospital Twitter page ran a tweet about this back on April 17, 2018. They wrote, "@lesliecharleson's beloved dog, Riley Rose, was a little too eager for her morning walk and tripped Leslie - injuring her leg. Unfortunately, she will need to be replaced in shows already written. Cont'd... (1/2)." You guys can view that tweet on General Hospital's Twitter page by Clicking Here. Shortly after that, General Hospital wished Leslie a quick recovery, and confirmed that she will be back as soon as she gets better.
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Meredith Eaton Joins Cast of MacGyver As New Boss

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There’s a new boss at the Phoenix Foundation.

After the latest departure and sudden arrest of Director Patricia Thornton (Sandrine Holt), Phoenix Foundation has recruited needed a new director.

CBS announced actress Meredith Eaton will fill in those shoes as a series regular on MacGyver. She will play Matt Webber, the new director of operations and boss to Mac.

According to the press announcement, Matty Webber is a legend in the covert ops world. She was Jack’s (George Eads) superior for 18 months while on assignment in South America.

There’s also a little hint that Jack may not be happy to having her as a boss again.

“Matty Webber is a tough cookie and despite her history with Jack, she’ll have no problem finding her place in the Phoenix team. She may even teach Mac a few new tricks,” said executive producer and showrunner Peter Lenkov.
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Tony Danza Eyes Sitcom Comeback With Greg Garcia's NBC Pilot Sebastian

Tony Danza Eyes Sitcom Comeback With Greg Garcia's NBC Pilot Sebastian
Four-time Golden Globe nominee Tony Danza is poised for a return to sitcoms, playing pop to comic Sebastian Maniscalco in an NBC pilot.

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In Sebastian, which is inspired by Maniscalco’s life and is being exec-produced by Greg Garcia’s (My Name Is Earl) shingle, the Who’s the Boss? alum will play the opinionated, old-school Italian father of the title character.

Austen Earl (The Millers) will pen the project and also serve as an Ep alongside Maniscalco.

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'Show Me a Hero' director Paul Haggis on Oscars, TV, and his love of 'The Wire'

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'Show Me a Hero' director Paul Haggis on Oscars, TV, and his love of 'The Wire'
The very first pilot I watched on this job was for a CBS drama called "Ez Streets." Created by Paul Haggis — then best known for creating "Due South," but most commercially successful for having helped develop the "Walker, Texas Ranger" pilot — it was essentially an HBO drama before such a thing existed: dark, dense, ambitious, heartbreaking, and addictive. It even featured Joe Pantoliano playing a sociopath gangster years before he won an Emmy for it on "The Sopranos" (and was, to my mind, better as Jimmy Murtha than as Ralphie Ciffaretto). It was also the first time I got my heart broken in this job. Despite rave reviews from me and my more established colleagues across the country, "Ez Streets" was Doa: CBS pulled it off the air after only two episodes had aired, and though most of the remaining episodes would air the following winter, it was just running out the string.
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Amazon After Cranston & Shore's "Pete"

Amazon is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV to pick up the scrapped CBS drama pilot "Sneaky Pete" which they plan to put on their Amazon Prime Instant Video platform where they will invite viewers to weigh on its merits as a potential series.

"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston and legendary "House" and "Family Law" producer David Shore serve as co-writers and executive producers on the project which follows a conman (Giovanni Ribisi) who assumes his former cellmate’s identity when he gets out of prison. He winds up working for the bail bond business run by his newly adopted family.

Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale, Libe Barer, Peter Gerety and Shane McRae co-star. The deal has not been finalized, but if it works it means producers of failed pilots may have an alternate option if commissioning networks decide against picking up their shows to series.

Source: Variety
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Screen Australia funds 11 projects

Screen Australia announced today it will invest nearly $10.7 million in 11 television and film projects which will trigger production worth almost $59 million.

In one of the most hotly contested funding rounds, six features succeeded. They include Wayne Blair.s romantic comedy Ali.s Wedding; Joe Cinque.s Consolation, a thriller about a troubled law student who tries to kill her boyfriend, from director Sotiris Dounoukos, whose A Single Body won best short at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron and Colin Cairnes. horror movie Scare Campaign.

The other three are Taboo, the narrative feature debut of documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler; Rachel Perkins. murder mystery Jasper Jones, based on the novel and play by Craig Silvey, adapted by Shaun Grant;. and Greg Mclean.s true-life thriller Jungle.

The TV projects are Shine Australia.s Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door for the Seven Network; a Jack
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Interview: Writer/Director Paul Haggis Creates ‘Third Person’

Chicago – Not many Oscar winning screeenwriters change the course of their professional lives because of a dream (story below), but Paul Haggis is an exceptionally brilliant writer whose credits include “Crash” (2005) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) – which both won Best Picture – and his new film, “Third Person.”

Third Person” is about the life a writer, portrayed by Liam Neeson, and it is about the circumstances surrounding his life. The ensemble cast includes Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, James Franco and Kim Basinger, all surrounding and inspiring Neeson’s character. This is the fourth film Paul Haggis has directed, among his many creations as a TV and film writer.

Paul Haggis directs Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in ‘Third Person

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Paul Haggis was born in London, Ontario, and bounced around in his early years as a artist and photographer, and studied cinematography at Fanshawe College in Canada.
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Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize Awarded to I Origins at 2014 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Institute announced I Origins as the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Lab Fellowship, which is presented through the Institute’s Feature Film Program.

These activities, as well as a panel at the Festival and the Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant, are part of the Sundance Institute Science-in-Film Initiative, which is made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The initiative supports the development and exhibition of new independent film projects that explore science and technology themes or that depict scientists, engineers and mathematicians in engaging and innovative ways.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Sundance Institute for the 11th year in a row and to recognize Mike Cahill’s original and compelling I Origins as the winner of this year’s Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize,” said Doron Weber, Vice President, Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “With Academy Award-nominated films like this year’s Gravity and Her, I Origins—as well as new scripts we are developing with Sundance Institute Labs such as The Buried Life and Prodigal Summer—demonstrates that not only are science and technology central to understanding, engaging with and dramatizing modern life, but they also make for cracking good films that draw large audiences.”

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “Independent filmmakers offer unique perspectives on the role math, science and technology play in our world and culture. The Sundance Institute Science-in-Film Initiative, with critical support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes and encourages these projects as they make their way to audiences.”

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

I Origins, directed and written by Mike Cahill, has been awarded the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and will receive a $20,000 cash award by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The Prize is selected by a jury of film and science professionals and presented to outstanding feature films focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character.

In I Origins, a molecular biologist and his lab partner uncover startling evidence that could fundamentally change society as we know it and cause them to question their once-certain beliefs in science and spirituality. The cast includes Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi. The jury presented the award to the film for its “intelligent and nuanced portrayal of molecular biologists as central characters, and for dramatizing the power of the scientific process to explore fundamental questions about the human condition.”

Previous Alfred P. Sloan Prize Winners include: Andrew Bujalski, Computer Chess (2013); Jake Schreier, Christopher Ford, Robot & Frank (2012); Musa Syeed, Valley of Saints (2012); Mike Cahill and Brit Marling, Another Earth (2011); Diane Bell, Obselidia (2010); Max Mayer, Adam (2009); Alex Rivera, Sleep Dealer (2008); Shi-Zheng Chen, Dark Matter (2007); Andrucha Waddington, The House of Sand (2006); Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man (2005), Shane Carruth, Primer (2004) and Marc Decena, Dopamine (2003). Several past winners have also been awarded Jury Awards at the Festival, including the Grand Jury Prize for Primer, the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for Sleep Dealer and the Excellence in Cinematography Award for Obselidia.

This year’s Alfred P. Sloan jury members are:

Dr. Kevin Hand Dr. Kevin Hand is deputy chief scientist for Solar System Exploration at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research focuses on the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the solar system. His fieldwork involves exploring some of Earth’s most extreme environments from the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, to the depths of the Earth’s oceans, to the glaciers of Kilimanjaro.

Flora Lichtman Flora Lichtman is a science journalist living in New York. She has worked as a video journalist for the New York Times and National Public Radio’s Science Friday and writes regularly for Popular Science magazine. She is the coauthor of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us.

Max Mayer Max Mayer is a founder and producing director of New York Stage and Film and has directed over 50 new plays by writers such as John Patrick Shanley, Lee Blessing, and Eric Overmyer. In addition to writing and directing Better Living and Adam, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the Sloan Prize, Mayer has directed As Cool as I Am and episodes of The West Wing, Alias, and Family Law and written three produced plays.

Jon Spaihts Jon Spaihts is the screenwriter of The Darkest Hour, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and the upcoming Passengers and The Mummy. The one-time physics student and science writer continues to specialize in science fiction.

Jill Tarter Astronomer Jill Tarter, the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for the Seti Institute, has devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere. The lead for Project Phoenix, a decade-long Seti scrutiny of about 750 nearby star systems, she now leads Seti’s efforts to build and operate the Allen Telescope Array. A 2009 Ted prize recipient, she is also the real-life researcher upon whom the Jodie Foster character in Contact is largely based.

Sundance Institute / Alfred P. Sloan Lab Fellowship

The Buried Life (U.S.A.) Joan Stein Schimke and Averie Storck (co-writers/co-directors) An archaeologist risks her reputation for the dig of her career, but when her rock 'n' roll sister and overbearing father follow her to the excavation, she discovers her biggest challenge is facing what's above ground.

Joan Stein Schimke and Averie Storck have just attended the Institute’s January Screenwriters Lab with The Buried Life.

Joan Stein Schimke was nominated for an Academy Award® for her short film One Day Crossing, which won several other awards including the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Best Woman Student Filmmaker, Best Director, National Board of Review and the Student Academy Award® Gold Medal. Other directing credits include Law and Order and the short film Solidarity, which screened at over a dozen festivals including the New York Film Festival. Stein Schimke is an Mfa graduate of Columbia University’s Film Program and is currently an Associate Professor at Adelphi University in New York.

Averie Storck is an Mfa graduate of Columbia University’s Film Program. Her award-winning short films include Live at Five , which won the New Line Cinema Development Award and screened at more than 30 international film festivals. Prior to filmmaking, Storck worked for People and Vogue magazines, was a writer for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. She currently teaches and directs at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Founded in 1934, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a non-profit philanthropy that makes grants in science, technology and economic performance. This Sloan-Sundance partnership forms part of a broader national program by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to stimulate leading artists in film, television, and theater; to create more realistic and compelling stories about science and technology; and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in the popular imagination. Over the past decade, the Foundation has partnered with some of the top film schools in the country – including AFI, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Nyu, UCLA, and USC – and established annual awards in screenwriting and film production and an annual first-feature award for alumni. The Foundation has also started an annual Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival and initiated new screenwriting and film production workshops at the Hamptons and Tribeca Film Festival and with Film Independent. As more finished films emerge from this developmental pipeline—four features were completed in 2013, with half a dozen more on deck—the foundation has also partnered with the Coolidge Corner Theater and the Arthouse Convergence to screen science films in up to 40 theaters nationwide. The Foundation also has an active theater program and commissions over a dozen science plays each year from the Ensemble Studio Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwright Horizons.
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Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries

Bryan Singer headlines Sundance Film Festival juries
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump.
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Orla Brady interview: 'It turns out my mother is a huge Doctor Who fan'

The actress on her starring role in the Christmas Day episode of Doctor Who, working on Mistresses and her forthcoming Eileen Gray film

"It was exhausting to be young," Irish actress Orla Brady, 52, tells me frankly. "There was this critical voice going, 'Hopeless.' And now I like life to be a little bit easier, so I consciously switch it off."

It's hard to believe Brady was once a chubby convent girl with self-esteem issues. In the flesh, she's radiant.

On Christmas Day, she stars in Doctor Who – The Time of the Doctor, playing Tasha Lem, a "galactic nun", an old ally of the Doctor's.

She applauds Steven Moffat for casting actresses over the age of 40. "He's not looking for that babelicious thing you see on TV, where you start to think stories aren't relevant to those of us our age."

Brady has been based in La for the past decade,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Don Jon

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 31, 2013

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) graduates from writing and directing short films to his first feature with Don Jon.

The movie follows Jon Martello (Gordon-Levitt), a good-looking womanizer who loves sex with real women but loves porn even more. When he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson, Hitchcock), he falls hard and quickly becomes a one woman man.

Barbara, however, thinks real life should be like romantic movies, and when she discovers Jon’s love of internet women, she gives him an ultimatum. Trying to be the man Barbara wants him to be proves challenging, and soon, Jon’s re-thinking everything he knows about love and sex.

Rated R, the 90-minute movie also stars Julianne Moore (The Big Lebowski), Tony Danza (TV’s Family Law), Glenne Headly (The Joneses), Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now) and Rob Brown
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Point Break Remake Has A Director

Point Break Remake Has A Director
Perhaps mindful that Fast & Furious 6 is almost with us, and with some news about Fast 7 breaking just this morning, Alcon Entertainment have piped up with some information to remind the world that their Point Break remake is still happening. In development for years, we already knew it had a screenplay by Salt's Kurt Wimmer, but the new version of the most bodacious surfing, skydiving, foot-chasing heist movie now has a director, in the form of the awesomely-named Ericson Core.Core is a cinematographer, with credits on - here's that name again - The Fast And The Furious, Payback and Daredevil. As a director, he's helmed episodes of Family Law, and decent American football feature Invincible with Mark Wahlberg.Core's currently attached to a mafia action thriller called Fair Trade, but its status is unclear (the IMDb lists it in pre-production, but there's no cast yet). If that one isn't moving ahead,
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The Return Of Tony Danza

The Return Of Tony Danza
"Don Jon," Joseph Gordon-Levitt's debut as a writer and director, includes many shocking moments, but perhaps none more than the reemergence of Tony Danza. In a story about the way men and women objectify each other through the cultural lens of pornography and romantic comedies, it's the 62-year-old Brooklyn native -- playing Gordon-Levitt's brusque, onscreen father -- who steals his scenes with the fervor of a New Jersey dad devouring a plate of ziti and gravy.

"He said he wrote it with me in mind. That's not bad. That's pretty good," Danza, who hasn't appeared in a film since 2004's "Crash," told HuffPost Entertainment at the South By Southwest Film Festival this week. Ahead, Danza recalls why he thought Gordon-Levitt would make a good director, how being a prominent Italian shapes his career choices and why he thinks "Crash" won Best Picture.

It's great to see you in a movie.
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Salli Richardson-Whitfield Tells S&A About Playing A Stripper, TV Work, Her Lena Horne Project & More!

Salli Richardson-Whitfield has been working steadily for the past several years. Aside from big screen roles in films including A Low Down Dirty Shame, Antwoine Fisher, I Am Legend, Black Dynamite and Ava Duvernay’s indie darling I Will Follow, Whitfield-Richardson has further proven her versatility as an actor on TV in shows such as Family Law, CSI Miami, Rude Awakening, among numerous guest-starring turns. On the small screen however, she is probably best known as Dr. Allison Blake in the sci-fi hit show Eureka. Despite recent news of the cancellation of her new Lifetime series’ pilot Secret Lives of Wives, the stunning actress isn’t disheartened. “In my mind,...
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David Shore Legal Drama Gets ABC Pilot Pickup

No doubt here — House creator David Shore is on his way back to primetime. ABC has handed a pilot order to Doubt, a legal drama written and executive produced by Shore. The project, from Sony TV where Shore is under a deal, centers on a former cop who’s now a cunning, but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife. Related: Dramas From Kyle Killen, Sofia Vergara & Ben Silverman Get ABC Pilot Pickups Doubt originally landed at ABC with a pilot production commitment after heated bidding between ABC and CBS. It marks Shore’s return to his legal roots. He is a lawyer by trade and former partner at a boutique law firm in Toronto. A legal drama script, an L.A. Law spec, landed him his first writing job on Paul HaggisDue South.
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What to Watch Wednesday: Horror Story's Unholy Face-Off, Svu Is Saving Grace and More

What to Watch Wednesday: Horror Story's Unholy Face-Off, Svu Is Saving Grace and More
On TV this Wednesday: Law & Order: Svu helps a holy man, Whitney wouldn’t mind ex-ing out her man’s old flame, ABC offers a Nashville catch-up and the Devil aims to give American Horror Story: Asylum‘s Monsignor his due. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Mobbed (Fox) | Host Howie Mandel and thousands of strangers help a woman honor her firefighter father.

8 pm Whitney (NBC) | June Diane Raphael (Ntsf: Sd: SUV::) returns as Alex’s ex-fiancée Chloe, who causes contention when she crashes on the couples’ couch without Whitney’s Ok.

Related | Winter TV Spoiler-palooza!
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Sporadic movie appearances in later years: Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh biography final. Check out previous articles: Touch Of Evil / Orson Welles / The Manchurian Candidate and Psycho / marriaget to Tony Curtis. Leigh's movie career slowed down in the mid-60s. Among her sporadic movies from 1966 on were: Jack Smight’s Harper (1966), with Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, and others; Jerry Lewis Three on a Couch; Robert Gist's An American Dream, with Stuart Whitman and Eleanor Parker; Jack Arnold's Hello Down There with Tony Randall; Giuliano Montaldo's Grand Slam, with Robert Hoffman, Mel Stuart's One Is a Lonely Number / Two Is a Happy Number, with Trish Van Devere, Monte Markham, and Melvyn Douglas; William F. Claxton’s Night of the Lepus (1972), with Whitman and Rory Calhoun; Stephen Verona’s Boardwalk, with Ruth Gordon and Lee Strasberg; and John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980), with Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, and Hal Holbrook. On TV, Leigh was featured in,
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