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May 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
John Kimbrough, 87, a Texas A&M football great who starred in two B-westerns in the 1940s and became a Texas state legislator, died of pneumonia Monday in Haskell, Texas. Dubbed the "Haskell Hurricane," Kimbrough was a fullback for Texas A&M's 1939 national championship team. In 1940, he finished second to the University of Michigan's Tom Harmon in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
September 27, 1987
Hollywood came to Long Beach recently to get clearance for making a movie, which would have meant a week's shooting here. That would have meant almost $20,000 for the city, and inestimable great publicity. But the City Council expected the movie company to wait around a week for clearance, and Councilman Edd Tuttle wanted assurance that the producer would give credits for the location. The producer canceled the shoot and went to Los Angeles, where the powers are not so unsophisticated about the value of a movie on their turf.
March 17, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
Are B-movies going down the drain in the home-video market? They've definitely been on the decline in the last few years. According to a recent study by the Fairfield Group, there was a 10% drop in dealer purchases of B-movies last year. Another study, by Vidmark Communications, showed dealers ordered 23% fewer B-titles last year.
June 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hubert Cornfield, 77, a director and screenwriter best known for the edgy 1962 film "Pressure Point," starring Bobby Darin and Sidney Poitier, and the 1968 crime drama "The Night of the Following Day," with Marlon Brando, died Sunday in Los Angeles of heart failure. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Cornfield moved with his family to France and then to the United States just before World War II. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
February 3, 2003 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Anthony Eisley, the tall, dark and handsome mustachioed actor best remembered as half of television's glamorous detective duo on the series "Hawaiian Eye," has died. He was 78. Eisley, who played Tracy Steele to Robert Conrad's Tom Lopaka in the show, which ran from 1959 to 1963, died Wednesday in Woodland Hills of unspecified causes.
For four years Odette Springer, an elegant classically trained musician and opera singer, was musical supervisor at Roger Corman's Concorde/New Horizons Pictures--until she discovered she was becoming turned on by the constant flow of images of sex and violence that confronted her daily in her work.
April 26, 1993 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It's ugly, it's shocking, it's terrifying, it's utterly criminal and all right-thinking citizens are praying that it will end. Nevertheless, Los Angeles television's epidemic of newsjacking continues. The latest sickening episode occurred on the 5 p.m. edition of KCBS-TV Channel 2's "Action News" last Wednesday. The catalyst was the city's headline-making rash of lethal carjackings, of which there had been two that morning. On the screen, being interviewed by new-to-KCBS, new-to-L.A.
It was "Mad Movie" night at Cinespace, the Hollywood cinema-restaurant-lounge hybrid, and the L.A. Connection comedy troupe was spoofing the 1958 immortal sci-fi/horror classic "The Blob," dubbing in its own dialogue as the movie was being played. The group has performed numerous "Blob" riffs, including a talking-Blob spoof available on DVD as "Blobbermouth." This time around, the troupe had the Blob vying with the film's star, Steve McQueen, for a gig as a standup comic on "The Tonight Show."
May 11, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nicholas Worth, 69, an imposing character actor who often played the darkest of villains in such B movies as "Don't Answer the Phone!" (1980), died of heart failure Monday at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, said his friend Jack Stern. Worth debuted in "For Pete's Sake" (1966) and appeared in almost 90 films and television productions. He was in "Swamp Thing" (1982), "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988) and "Darkman" (1990).
November 7, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Joseph Kwong's half-hour "Roger Corman: Shoot to Thrill," at 7:30 tonight on Channel 28's "California Stories" series, is a lively, solid thumbnail sketch of the producer-director often called the King of the Bs. In conversations with the patrician Corman (who holds a degree in engineering from Stanford and who studied English literature at Oxford) and with his colleagues, the documentary touches on the many facets of this complex and gifted film maker.
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