By Nick Thomas ~ The Critters are back and meaner than ever. Fortunately, Dee Wallace has also returned to take aim at the miniature alien monsters in “Critters Attack!” Released straight to Blu-ray, DVD, and digitally over the summer, the film had its television premiere on the Syfy Channel in October. Wallace starred in the
By Nick Thomas ~ Above photo: Bela Lugosi in “Dracula” ~ Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó was a veteran more than 170 stage plays and several silent films in his native Hungary when forced to flee to Germany in 1919 for political reasons. Known under the stage name Arisztid Olt, the 6’ 1” actor with piercing
By Nick Thomas ~ Known for his gentle satire, basset-hound eyes, and witty routines, former Chicago accountant-turned-comedian Bob Newhart turned 90 this month, on September 5 (see www.bobnewhartofficial.com site). Newhart suspected he lacked the temperament to remain in the accounting profession back in the mid-1950s when his attitude towards taxation arithmetic could be summed up
By Nick Thomas ~ Photo courtesy of Josh Mills. Opening last summer in Jamestown, New York, the National Comedy Center will launch an exhibition honoring comedian Ernie Kovacs beginning with a Festival on August 7-11 (see www.comedycenter.org). “It’s the centennial of Ernie’s birth this year, so a great time to recognize this influential comedian,” said
By Nick Thomas ~ When veteran comedian and impressionist Rich Little appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom during the swearing-in ceremony for his U.S. citizenship in 2010, the Canadian native granted the presiding judge an unusual request. “He wanted me to say the Pledge of Allegiance as John Wayne, so I did!” recalled Little from
By Nick Thomas ~ Since her first film role in 1940, Terry Moore has appeared on the Big Screen in each of the subsequent eight decades. Recently celebrating her 90th birthday, the actress plays a lead role in the Vladislav Kozlov-directed period drama about silent film superstar Rudolph Valentino – Hollywood’s first male sex symbol.
By Nick Thomas ~ As one of the most popular television shows in the late 70s to early 80s, “Happy Days” helped propel many cast regulars into the production side of show business. Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Don Most, and Anson Williams all achieved recognition behind the camera as producers, directors, and/or writers. Williams played
By Nick Thomas ~ Whether singing her own words or those of others, the sublime vocal talent of pop/folk singer Judy Collins has been drawing audiences for over 50 years. But it almost never happened. “I contracted polio as a child and later tuberculosis when I was in my early 20s,” recalled Collins from her