May 5, 1991 |
In Blake Edwards' comedies there is pain in every pratfall. Dudley Moore, in "10," hiding amid a floral display in a church during a wedding, gets stung by a bee. Herbert Lom, Inspector Clouseau's neurotic boss in "A Shot in the Dark," stabs himself in the stomach with a letter opener. Richard Mulligan, the failed movie producer in "S.O.B.
August 22, 1993 |
It has been nearly 30 years since Peter Ustinov walked away from a role in a Blake Edwards picture and inadvertently cleared the way for one of the most successful comedy series in movie history. Ustinov had agreed to play the part of Jacques Clouseau, the bumbling French inspector Edwards and co-writer Maurice Richlin had written into their diamond caper comedy "The Pink Panther." But days before production was to begin, he changed his mind.
May 4, 1988
Producer Tony Adams, 34, who has been associated with Blake Edwards in his last 14 feature films, has been named president of Blake Edwards Co., a newly formed production firm, which will have headquarters in Culver City.
August 29, 2013
John Williams, arguably cinema's most beloved composer, returns to the Hollywood Bowl to showcase some of his most famous compositions including those for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Star Wars. " Julie Andrews is on the bill as well, and she and Williams will host a tribute to director Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini, who created hits "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "The Pink Panther," "Peter Gunn" and "Victor/Victoria. " Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. Ticket prices vary.
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August 30, 2012 |
Steve Franken, a veteran character actor whose long career included playing the spoiled young millionaire Chatsworth Osborne Jr. on the popular situation comedy "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" in the early 1960s, has died. He was 80. Franken died of cancer Friday at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Canoga Park, said his wife, Jean. In a more than 50-year career that began in New York, Franken appeared in scores of TV shows and several movies, including "The Party," "The Americanization of Emily," "The Missouri Breaks" and the Jerry Lewis comedies "Which Way to the Front?"