Joel Schumacher, director of films like “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Client” and “A Time to Kill,” has died from a year-long battle with cancer, his spokesperson told TheWrap. He was 80.His films “Falling Down” (1993) and “8mm” (1999) competed for Palme d’Or and Golden Bear, respectively. His other credits include “Flatliners,” “The Lost Boys,” “Tigerland,” “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin,” as well as “Phone Booth,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Number 23” and, most recently, two episodes of “House of Cards.”Schumacher developed a reputation for spotting young talent, casting stars like Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Matthew McConaughey and Brad Renfro in their first major screen roles. He also often cast the same actors in different films, collaborating with stars like Farrell, Sutherland, Nicole Kidman, Jim Carrey and Nicolas Cage.Also Read: Iconic 'Batman' Writer Denny O'Neil Dies at 81Schumacher was born in New York City on Aug. 29, 1939. He first studied at Parsons School for Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, but after working in the fashion industry, he realized he loved filmmaking. He moved to Los Angeles, where he began his career working as a costume designer in films like Woody Allen’s “Sleeper” and “Interiors.”His first screenplay was 1976’s musical drama “Sparkle,” which he developed with Howard Rosenman. His other screenwriting credits include 1976’s “Car Wash” and 1979’s “The Wiz.” His directorial debut was “The Incredible Shrinking Woman” in 1981 starring Lily Tomlin.Also Read: Brooke McCarter, Star of 'The Lost Boys,' Dead at 52Schumacher directed two adaptations of John Grisham novels: “The Client” and “A Time to Kill.” He then replaced Tim Burton as the director of the “Batman” film franchise, and “Batman Forever” scored the highest-grossing opening weekend of 1995. Its sequel, “Batman & Robin,” was panned by critics and didn’t perform as well at the box office at its predecessor.The director apologized for the film once in 2006 and again in 2017. “Look, I apologize,” Schumacher had said in 2017. of “Batman & Robin.” “I want to apologize to every fan that was disappointed because I think I owe them that.”Schumacher also directed several music videos including “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal and “The End Is the Beginning Is the End” by The Smashing Pumpkins.Read original story Joel Schumacher, Director of ‘St Elmo’s Fire’ and ‘The Lost Boys,’ Dies at 80 At TheWrap
James Drury, who starred in one of the longest running Westerns in TV history, “The Virginian,” has died. He was 85.His assistant, Karen Lindsey, shared the news on Facebook Monday, writing that he “passed away this morning of natural causes.” TheWrap reached out to his agent for additional comment.While his most famous role was “The Virginian,” Drury also starred in Westerns on the big screen, including 1959’s “Good Day for Hanging,” 1960’s “Ten Who Dares” and “Ride the High Country.” His other credits include “Love Me Tender,” alongside Elvis Presley, and “Bernardine,” opposite Pat Boone.Also Read: Shirley Douglas, Mother of Kiefer Sutherland, Dies at 86“The Virginian” was based on Owen Wister’s 1902 novel of the same name and ran on NBC for nine seasons, from 1962 to 1971. It was launched by executive producer Roy Huggins (“Maverick,” “The Fugitive”) and his father-in-law Frank Price, who would go on to run Columbia and Universal Pictures. Drury, along with co-star Doug McClure, was the only cast member to appear on all 249 episodes.Drury was born on April 18 in New York City and, at the age of 10, contracted polio. Just two years later, he began his professional acting career in a tour company of “Life With Father.” He then signed a contract with MGM in 1954, where he had roles in “The Tender Trap” with Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds and the sci-fi classic “The Forbidden Planet.”Also Read: Honor Blackman, Who Played Pussy Galore in 'Goldfinger,' Dies at 94Additional TV credits include the series “Richard Diamon, Private Detective,” “Black Saddle,” “Death Valley Days,” “The Rebel,” “Wagon Train,” “Bourbon Street Beat” and “Perry Mason.”In 1991, Drury was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.See the Facebook post below.Read original story James Drury, ‘The Virginian’ Star, Dies at 85 At TheWrap
Shirley Douglas, a Canadian actor and activist, died on Sunday of complications from pneumonia. She was 86. Her son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, announced the sad news of her death on Twitter and specified that it was unrelated to coronavirus. "Early this morning my mother, Shirley Douglas, passed away due to complications surrounding pneumonia (not related […]
At TCA last week, Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn hinted that a new incarnation of 24 may e in the works. As Deadline reported at the time, the new concept, that has been gaining momentum, is being developed by The Resident showrunner Todd Harthan with 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV. Following the TCA […]
Jimmy Kimmel, David Schwimmer, Michael Bolton, Kiefer Sutherland, Kristen Bell, Rupaul, and Method Man join John Oliver for funny PSA against corrupt compounding pharmacies.
Kiefer Sutherland's next case will likely take him more than 24 hours to crack. The small-screen action hero has been tapped to star in Quibi's reboot of The Fugitive, TVLine has confirmed. The reboot's official logline is as follows: "When a bomb rips through the Los Angeles subway train he’s riding on, blue-collar Mike Ferro […]
In the letter, posted on social media, the 53-year-old actor highlighted some of his grandfather’s accomplishments.
"I lost a lot of friends when I was younger. ...I've been really fortunate, and I've tried to learn as much as I can from that."
The actress won’t be appearing on “The Good Wife” spinoff “The Good Fight,” and she says it’s because CBS lowballed her in negotiations for a three-episode arc.
It appears there has been a recount! As foreshadowed by our August 13 Blind Item, the Kiefer Sutherland drama Designated Survivor — cancelled last May at ABC — has been resurrected by Netflix, with the streamer ordering a 10-episode Season 3. Netflix confirmed the news late Wednesday, while also announcing that Neal Baer (Law & Order: SVU, […]
“24” could once again live another day. Sources confirmed to Variety that showrunner Howard Gordon and original series co-creators Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran are working on a new iteration of the series, with this one set to focus on a young Jack Bauer. The project is in the early phases of development with no word yet on […]
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Even with Ellen Page and Diego Luna as sexy idiot doctors, this new version of a 1990 Joel Schumacher thriller is still a generic slog.
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Kiefer Sutherland is back in the spotlight as the star of ABC’s new show, The Designated Survivor, in which he plays the president of the United States. With that comes renewed interest in Sutherland — as well as some scrutiny of the 49-year-old actor. He met it head on in a New York Times article published today, which touched on his troubled history with alcohol.
The fall 2016 TV season is an eclectic list of by-the-numbers sitcoms, dramas with eccentric premises, and, of course, a heaping helping of remakes and reboots. Several of these new series feature longtime TV stars, including a few making the jump from supporting character to lead role. Click through this slideshow to check out 16 actors returning to TV for the upcoming fall season. Related: One Woman Guesses the Plots of 16 New Fall Shows From Just Their Titles
Virginia Madsen has been tapped for a major recurring role on 'Designated Survivor,' ABC’s upcoming drama series starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Billy the Kid, the path to infamy began with the railroad system. Previewed in the clip above from AMC’s miniseries The American West, the railroad provided exciting new opportunities for both budding cattle barons and cattle thieves. Cattle in Texas sold for $10 a head, but on the East Coast, $40 a head was the going price, and the railroad advancements of the 1870s provided the method for transporting them there.