May 8, 2005
Now known as "the 'Bad Santa' guys," writers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra have been working together since the late '80s, including a stint writing cartoons for the Nickelodeon network. Their work on the remake of "The Bad News Bears" unites the two strands of their career: one writing family-friendly fare such as "Cats & Dogs" and the other writing much bawdier, more subversive scripts such as the notoriously foul-mouthed "Bad Santa."
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July 25, 2003 |
Carol Matthau, a former actress and writer who married famously three times -- twice to author and playwright William Saroyan and once to actor Walter Matthau -- died Sunday of a brain aneurysm at her home in Manhattan. She was 78. She was married to the celebrated comic actor for 41 years until his death in 2000 at age 79. Her first marriage to Saroyan in 1943 lasted six years; her second, in 1951, lasted six months.
August 22, 2000 |
PEOPLE Heche Returns to the Set: Actress Anne Heche reportedly flew to a film set in Canada on Monday morning after a weekend in which she was briefly hospitalized after wandering up to the door of a rural home outside Fresno, appearing shaken and confused. On Saturday, it was announced that Heche, 31, had split with Ellen DeGeneres, 43, her companion for the last 3 1/2 years.
July 16, 2000 |
The funeral for Walter Matthau was short and sweet, witnessed by immediate family and a few adoring friends. An ambulance took him to a Santa Monica hospital late on the last night of June, and the burial came a couple of sunrises later, on a Sunday, for a towering figure of the stage and screen with the posture of a question mark.
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July 7, 2000
Walter Matthau gained fame and fortune playing curmudgeons and grumpy old men (obituary, July 2), but off screen he was nothing like that, as literally thousands of his neighbors in Pacific Palisades can attest. With a history of heart problems, Matthau had been ordered by doctors to give up his compulsive gambling and three-packs-a-day cigarette habit and to get some serious exercise. He obeyed all except the first. For years, on almost any day and in any weather, when he wasn't shooting a movie, the Palisades was treated to the sight of a major Hollywood star trudging mile after mile in battered sneakers, drooping black socks and baggy shorts revealing spindly legs and knobby knees--accompanied, fittingly enough, only by a shaggy old sheep dog. Just about everybody recognized the star and the pooch and, feeling none of the awe or intimidation inspired by most celebrities, many would call out as if to an old friend, "How you doing, Walter?"
July 4, 2000 |
The strange and wondrous paradox of the star system is that we go to see stars we want to see on the screen and then pretend we don't know them. It was Cap'n Ahab, not Gregory Peck, dying in his quest for Moby Dick, and it was Cody Jarrett about to blow sky high on top of the refinery tank in "White Heat," not Jimmy Cagney; it was not even Frank Sinatra as the doomed soldier in "From Here to Eternity."