September 3, 2013 |
Bill Murray and screenwriter Mitch Glazer have known each other for decades -- since Murray played the lead in Glazer's "Scrooged" in 1988. And now the two are partnering again on a project Barry Levinson will direct. Glazer's screenplay, called "Rock the Kasbah" and which QED International will finance and produce with Venture Forth and Shangri-La Entertainment, centers on a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the USO tour with his last remaining client, according to Deadline.com, which published the news earlier Tuesday.
April 18, 2013 |
Ironically, the only thing that makes much sense about the DIY effort "Oconomowoc" is its baffling title. Too bad it takes until the closing credits to learn that moniker simply refers to the Wisconsin berg where the film was shot. But that's how this would-be comedy rolls. Writer-director Andy Gillies' shaggy underachiever alternates between the pointless and the elliptical as the movie sputters out its nominal story of Lonnie Washington (Brendan Marshall-Rashid), a 29-year-old man-child who returns to his hometown without a life plan or, it seems, much of a personality.
January 25, 2013 |
"Game of Thrones" actor Wilko Johnson says his pancreatic cancer is giving him a new appreciation for life. The 65-year-old actor, who plays mute knight and executioner Ser Ilyn Payne on the hit HBO series, announced via his manager on his Facebook page in early January that he'd been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. But now, the diagnosis has given him "an elation of spirit," he told BBC's Radio 4's "Front Row . " "You're walking along and suddenly you're vividly alive.
February 18, 2011 |
Patrick Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi Swayze, spoke in Washington this week about a bill that would make pancreatic cancer a federal research priority, according to a CNN report. Swayze died nearly a year and a half ago from the disease, nearly 22 months after being diagnosed. This was actually an uncommonly long amount of time to survive; as the National Center for Biotechnology Information points out, average survival is usually less than a year. That may be in part because pancreatic cancer doesn't manifest symptoms at first and is generally caught at a later stage, according to the center -- and perhaps why it's the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the United States.
November 28, 2009
Swayze scholarship founded The Arabian Horse Foundation has established a scholarship in honor of the late actor Patrick Swayze and his wife, who both owned Arabian horses and competed in shows for several years. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Denver-based Arabian Horse Assn. The scholarship will be awarded each spring to a youth involved with Arabian horses who seeks a performing arts career. It was launched with a pledge from Iron Horse Farms in Canton, Ga. Swayze died in September of pancreatic cancer at age 57. He is survived by Lisa Niemi, his wife of 34 years.
September 24, 2009
Swayze obituary: The obituary of actor Patrick Swayze in Section A on Sept. 15 said he played Prince Charming in a touring "Disney on Parade" ice show. The "Disney on Parade" shows, performed from 1969 to 1973, took place on wooden floors at arenas.