Richard C. Sarafian, Hollywood Director, Dies At 83

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File)

13, the 51st New York Film Festival will feature the world premieres of Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips, Spike Jonzes Her and Ben Stillers The Secret Life of Water Mitty. By Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporters list of its 10 best stories of the week: WHATS BEHIND THE BRUTAL BLOODBATH OF BROADCAST REALITY EXECS? Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly ABCs John Saade is the third out of four unscripted chiefs out as the network franchises age and desperation sets in for a new Duck Dynasty-size hit. THE INSIDE INTEL ON WANDA GROUPS $8.2 BILLION CHINA STUDIO PLAN Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman and Harvey Weinstein joined a Hollywood contingent on hand for the unveiling, but one exec warns the Chinese are famous for wildly exaggerating what they are going to do. EMMYS: YES, THAT WAS MICK JAGGER AT ALL THOSE PARTIES The Rolling Stones frontman, about to jump into a TV series with new Emmy-winner Bobby Cannavale, drew stares at fetes thrown by CAA, Jimmy Iovine and HBO. NBCS JOHNNY CARSON MINISERIES HINGES ON FAMILYS BLESSING Fresh from controversy around the Hillary Clinton miniseries, now on hold, NBC Entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt promises: Were not going to do this without the family. SEE JON HAMMS AND AMY POEHLERS HILARIOUS INVITE FOR THEIR LOSERS-ONLY EMMY PARTY (PHOTO) Winners like Tina Fey and Ty Burrell were allowed in, but only with a charitable donation Jimmy Kimmel, Elisabeth Moss, David Spade, Fred Armisen and January Jones. INSIDE THE INTENSE CAPTAIN PHILLIPS SHOOT: TOM HANKS MENTAL STRESS, HIS CO-STARS HORRIFIC BACKSTORY AND A SCARY FIRST DAY ON SET Sonys true story about pirates wasnt without its own drama as nine weeks on an actual container ship amid fighting, hostility and seasickness took its toll; says Hanks of playing the real-life hero, (Theres) the anger that goes along with it and the desperation. . Youve got to start at 60 miles an hour. Plus: Why did director Paul Greengrass keep his Somalian actors away from his star? ALEC BALDWIN ON HIS NEW MSNBC TALK SHOW: AS LONG AS ITS NOT INDECENT, WE CAN SAY ANYTHING (Q&A) The famously touchy actor reveals why he landed on the cable channel instead of NBC, what network chief Phil Griffith has said about Twitter, and the profile of his dream guests: I want controversial people. ROBERT DE NIRO REPLACING JAMES GANDOLFINI IN HBOS CRIMINAL JUSTICE MINI The late Sopranos star will remain an executive producer posthumously after first developing the project as a series and starring vehicle. BREAKING BADS VINCE GILLIGAN NABS CBS DRAMA SERIES ORDER House creator David Shore is attached to showrun the drama, which CBS initially developed with Gilligan back in 2002. SHIELD COMICS CREATOR JIM STERANKO ON ABCS AGENTS SHOW: NO MENACE, NO TENSION In his THR debut, the comics veteran says the ABC series sorely missed the attitude of Samuel L. Jackson, asking Who in hell am I supposed to root for?

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Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas He directed numerous films and, earlier in his career, TV shows, including episodes of Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone and Batman. He also acted, appearing as a hit man named Vinnie in the Warren Beatty satire Bulworth and as gangster Jack Dragna in Beattys Bugsy. In Dr. Doolittle 2, Mr. Sarafian did a comic turn as the voice of the God Beaver, who ran the forest like a mafia don with buck teeth. But it was Vanishing Point, the story of a tough guy named Kowalski and his frenzied road trip from Denver to San Francisco, that proved to be Mr. Sarafians most enduring work. I had absolutely no idea that this thing would survive all these years, he told the Web site in 2009. We worked hard in the hot sun and we partied at night. You just hope, like everything, that you blow the audience a few kisses and try to fulfill your vision of what its about . . . freedom, an endless road and let the cards fall where they may. In Quentin Tarantinos Death Proof, the director gave Mr. Sarafian a special thanks credit, a bow to the influence of Vanishing Point. In 1997, the Scottish rock band Primal Scream paid tribute to Mr. Sarafian by naming an album Vanishing Point. Its always been a favorite of the band, leader Bobby Gillespie explained.

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In Brynners case, a book written by his son after his death corrected several “facts” used by numerous news organizations, including The Times, in his obituary. Some commonly used dates also appeared wrong on closer inspection. One example can be found in the entry for Ben Alexander , who began as a child star but was best-known as Jack Webbs first partner on “Dragnet.” Alexanders date of death is often given as July 5, 1969 but the original obituary said that while he was discovered on that date, coroners officials determined hed been dead for at least a week. When additional information was reported by the family or biographers, The Times tried as much as possible to incorporate that information into the database. Almost certainly, more changes will be made going forward as additional information is uncovered or made known. How does Graumans Chinese Theatre differ? STAR MAN: Grauman’s theater is where the stars leave a lasting impression. Ground broke for the historic Chinese Theatre in January 1926, with silent screen legend Norma Talmadge turning the dirt with a shovel presented by actress Anna May Wong . The tradition of stars making impressions in the theaters forecourt dates back to April 30, 1927 when Sid Grauman asked his friends Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks to leave their hand prints and footprints in wet concrete at the new $2-million theater. Eight days later, the theater had its star-studded grand opening. Since then a select number of big starsabout 200 in allhave been asked to participate. The vast majority of stars who can be found at Graumans also have stars on the Walk of Fame. Among the notable exceptions without Walk of Fame stars: Warren Beatty, Jim Carrey, Sean Connery, Jeanne Crain, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Michael Keaton, Ali MacGraw, Hayley Mills, Marcello Mastroianni, Al Pacino, Steven Seagal, Peter Sellers, Jean Simmons, Denzel Washington and Oskar Werner. Where did the biographies for the project come from? When available, the biographies found on the stars’ pages came from The Times’ obituaries or other Times coverage.

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