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RIP Federico de Zigno

download Italian film critic and author Federico Alberto de Zigno died May 19, 2016 in Firenze, Italy. He was 63. Born August 12, 1952 in Firenze, Italy. He was a specialist of genre films, and hds been a member of the editorial board of the journal Amarcord. He was the author of the book Cittadini X: serial killer dalla realtà allo schermo (1998) and collaborated on numerous publications of the publishing company Glittering Images, including the magazine Diva and volumes The Cosmical horror of HP Lovecraft (1991), Marquis De Sade antologie illustree (1993). As a passionate student of almeriense film phenomenon during the years 1960-​​70, he had written, with Antonio Bruschini, Western All'Italiana: the Wild, the Sadist and the Outsiders (2001) and Western All'Italiana 100 More Must-​​See Movies ( 2006). Similarly he had authored texts for vampire books like Il redivivo (1993), Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo di Sergio Leone (2000), Il cinema di Mel Gibson (2004), etc. He had collaborated on magazines like Night Cinema and Spanish Nosferatu and Quatermass.


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Buck Kartalian, the Keeper of the Cages in Original 'Planet of the Apes,' Dies at 93

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The veteran character actor, a former body builder, also portrayed the inmate Dynamite in Paul Newman's 'Cool Hand Luke.'
Buck Kartalian, the burly character actor who played the cigar-​​smoking gorilla Julius, the Keeper of the Cages, in the original Planet of the Apes, died Tuesday. He was 93.

Kartalian died of natural causes at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Calif., his son, Jason Kartalian, said.

Kartalian also was known for his role as Dynamite, the "champion eater" and one of Paul Newman's fellow inmates, in Cool Hand Luke (1967), and he played a shopkeeper in Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). His career lasted more than six decades.

In Planet of the Apes (1968), Kartalian is in charge of security at the Research Complex for studying humans. He enjoys tormenting George Taylor (Charlton Heston) with a water hose before the captured astronaut escapes his jail cell. His character's cigar was his idea, and he has a memorable line in the movie: "You know what they say: 'Human see, human do.'"

Kartalian later played another gorilla named Frank in the 1972 sequel Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

The 5-​​foot-​​3 Kartalian, a professional wrestler and body builder who was born in Detroit, portrayed Sampson in a 1951 production of Romeo and Juliet on Broadway (Olivia de Havilland starred as Juliet). He toured in a national production of Mister Roberts and then had a small role as a sailor in the 1955 Henry Fonda film version.

He came to Los Angeles in the 1960s.

Kartalian also appeared in such films as Sail a Crooked Ship (1961), Myra Breckinridge (1970), The Man With Bogart's Face (1980), The Rock (1996), My Favorite Martian (1999) and Tomcats (2001).

His TV résumé included the series Naked City, The Untouchables, Get Smart, McHale's Navy, Batman (as one of Catwoman's henchmen in the 1966 "Hot Off the Griddle" episode), Curb Your Enthusiasm, Just Shoot Me! and How I Met Your Mother.

He had a role in the 1959 Broadway play Golden Fleecing, directed by Abe Burrows.

Kartalian also is survived by children Julie and Aram.


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RIP John McLaughlin, the Animator Who Took Us On a Roller Coaster Ride To the Movies

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For many of us who attended movies in the mid-​​90s and early aughts, the journey to the feature presentation was only half over after finding a seat. After the trivia slideshows and trailers, we had to take a ride on a roller coaster through a zero-​​gravity fantasy land filled with floating film reels, IMAX-​​sized concessions, and (my personal favorite) a belt of enormous popping corn kernels.

John McLaughlin, the animator who created that essential piece of my youth, died this month at the age of 46. His obituary, published in The Oregonian, called the Regal roller coaster one of his “favorite personal projects.” It continued:

John worked on such films as Shark Tale, Kung Fu Panda, Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda 2, Rise of the Guardians and most recently Kung Fu Panda 3...[He] was a master chef, BBQ extraordinaire, avid movie-​​goer, obsessive reader and deep thinker. “Call John, he will know the answer,” was frequently heard throughout the McLaughlin family households when questions arose that nobody knew the answer to. John was truly a student of everything, with a brilliant sense of humor and a wicked gift of sarcasm. He was everyone’s favorite conversationalist.
Though McLaughlin’s original version of the Regal roller coaster was retired in 2004, the company released a entirely revamped 3D version in 2015. It doesn’t compare to the original.


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Actor Chris Noth's Mom, Pioneering CBS Correspondent Jeanne Parr, Dies at 92: 'She Never Accepted Anything Less Than Her Dreams'

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BY NAJA RAYNE @najarayne

The Good Wife star Chris Noth has lost his mother, PEOPLE has learned.

Pioneering CBS correspondent Jeanne Parr died on Friday. She was 92.

"My mother lived fiercely with courage and love," Noth tells PEOPLE. "She never accepted anything less than her dreams. And she wanted those same qualities for her children. She lived long and died surrounded by those she loved and who loved her."

Parr began her career at a local radio and television station in Madison, Wisconsin, before eventually being spotted by a CBS producer who moved her career to New York. Once in the Big Apple, Parr worked as a weather girl on the Jim Jensen Show before becoming a full-​​time news correspondent.

Jeanne Parr was a pioneering CBS News broadcaster

Parr continued her career at CBS throughout the 60s, reporting on the Republican National Convention in San Francisco as well as the Newark/​New York riots in 1967.

In 1978, she landed her own talk show, The Jeanne Parr Show on CBS.

Following her time on television she worked behind the scenes producing documentaries and also writing the book "The Superwives" in which she discussed the spouses of superstar athletes.

Aside from her career in broadcast journalism, Parr was immortalized when she appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1948 as a 24-​​year-​​old, when she was photographed with her oldest son, Charles Noth, in the backyard of her parents home.

Parr is survived by her three sons, Charles, Michael and Chris.


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Ádám Rajhona


Ádám Rajhona was born on December 12, 1943 in Marosvásárhely, Hungary. He was an actor, known for Jakob il bugiardo (1999), Egészséges erotika (1985) and Szökés (1997). He died on May 20, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. See full bio »



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Leonorilda Ochoa Dead At 76: Mexican Actress Dies After Suffering From Alzheimer's Disease

Leonorilda Ochoa Dead At 76: Mexican Actress Dies After Suffering From Alzheimer's Disease

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The Mexican comedian and actress died at the age of 76. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Twitter/​nietito

Leonorilda Ochoa has died at the age of 76. The actress and comedianhad been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for eight years and passed away the morning hours of Sunday, May 22.
"She died at 4:25am," her surviving son Sergio Ochoa said on "Formula Dominical" TV show. "She was calm, a beautiful face, we have an angel in heave. She was at peace and accompanied by all the people that loved her. I want to thank my mother for everything that she was to us." 
Sergio Ochoa also mentioned that there would not be a public viewing and the funeral services would be private.
Leonorilda Ochoa was known for participating in comedy shows and movies. Her latest projects were in telenovela projects like "Código Postal" (2006) and "Rubí" (2004). She also took part in "Así Son Ellas" (2002), "Vivo Por Elena" (1998) and "Alcanzar Una Estrella" (1990).
The actress was especially known for her comedic acts like La Pecas character on "Los Beverly De Peralvillo" (1968).
One of her first professional jobs was as the showgirl for the Quinteto de los Hermanos Salinas. After that she appeared in the television shows like "Variedades Del Mediodía" (1954) alongside Manuel "El Loco" Valdés, and "Cómicos y Canciones" (1956), starring Viruta and Capulina. 

Her breakout role in television came in the sitcom "Chucherías" (1962), which also starred Chucho Salinas, Héctor Lechuga and Alejandro Suárez.
Descanse en paz la Gran Leonorilda Ochoa "La Pecas"
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¡Descanse en paz!
Leonorilda Ochoa.


En la línea Sergio Ochoa, hijo de la primera actriz Leonorilda Ochoa, "es lo que decidió el destino o el Dios q cada quien quiera creer." ?
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Bata Živojinović

Bata Živojinović

For the Serbian poet, see Velimir Živojinović Massuka.

Velimir "Bata" Živojinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Велимир "Бата" Живојиновић; 5 June 1933 – 22 May 2016) was a Serbian actor and politician.

Velimir "Bata" Živojinović
Велимир "Бата" Живојиновић
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Živojinović at a China trade signing in Belgrade on 14 June 2008.
Born Velimir Živojinović
5 June 1933
KoraćicaDanube Banovina,Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died 22 May 2016 (aged 82)
Belgrade, Serbia
Years active 1955–2013
Spouse(s) Lula Živojinović
(m. 1960–2016, his death)
  • Pula Film Festival of Yugoslavian Films: 1962 (silver), 1965, 1967 (gold)
  • Pula Film Festival of Yugoslavian Films: 1979 (best actor), 1997 (life-time achievement award)
  • Various: Belgrade (1972, 2006), Palić (2005), Niš (2005)...


Živojinović was born in the village of Koraćica under the Kosmaj mountain, near Mladenovac. After graduating from acting schools in Niš and Novi Sad, he enrolled at the Drama Academy in Belgrade.
Živojinović preferred acting in theatre to acting on screen, and made his screen debut in 1955 film Pesma sa Kumbare was the beginning of a prolific film career. Bata Živojinović's played both heroes and villains and switched between leading and supporting roles. The zenith of his popularity came withWW2-​​themed action films in the 1970s. One of his best known films from that period was Valter brani Sarajevo (Walter Defends Sarajevo), which gained major success in China.
He was also known for his close friendship with the Croatian actor Boris Dvornik. In 1991 Živojinović and Dvornik renounced each other in a series of open letters, which was a gesture often seen as symbolic of the breakup of Yugoslavia. In 2004 it was reported that the two men tried to reconcile. In 2006, the two men publicly reconciled on TV via a video link between Split and Belgrade. The actor said that "In the last few years there hasn't been hatred between us", and Dvornik completed the sentence "only a misunderstanding".
In 1990 he was elected for the Serbian Parliament, as a member of the Socialist Party of Serbia.[citation needed] He was a candidate in the september-​​october 2002 presidential election, receiving 3.27% of the popular vote.

Illness and death

Živojinović had a heart attack in October 2006 and suffered from gangrene in his right foot for about three years afterwards. Doctors initially wanted to amputate the limb, but he traveled to Cuba, where his daughter lives, and within the 25 days that he spent being treated there, was cured of the gangrene by Doctor Montekin, who has also treated Venezuelan PresidentHugo Chávez.
On 4 July 2012 he suffered a severe stroke and was transported to a hospital specializing in cerebrovascular diseasescalled Sveti Sava in Belgrade. He was treated in the intensive care unit and was reported to be in critical condition. Reports also stated that after the stroke he was in a coma for two days. He remained in critical condition in the hospital for about three weeks. After treatment for the stroke, he was discharged from the hospital, but reported to not be able to walk without assistance and that it was difficult for him to speak. 
On 6 May 2016, after being transferred from Sveti Sava hospital to "KBC Dedinje", he was subject of an emergency surgery which, in order to stop his gangrene, resulted in a leg amputation. He died on 22 May 2016 in Belgrade.

Awards and honours

Živojinović was awarded Golden Arena for Best Actor at the Pula Film Festival, the most prestigious film award in the SFR Yugoslavia, three times: in 1965, 1967 and 1972. He won the award for Best Actor at the 11th Moscow International Film Festival in 1979 for his role in Moment. In 1981 he was a member of the jury at the 12th Moscow International Film Festival.
He was the recipient of the October Award of the City of Belgrade in 1972, and the 7th July Award of Serbia in 1981. In August 1993, he was awarded Life Achievement Award "Slavica".

Selected filmography

See also


^ "Bata i Boris: Naša pomirba odnosi se na cjelokupni hrvatski i srpski narod" [Bata and Boris: Our reconciliation applies to all Croatian and Serbian people]Index​.hr (in Croatian). 2 November 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2010.

  1. Jump up^ "IFES Election Guide | Elections: Serbia Pres Sept 29, 2002"www​.electionguide​.org. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. Jump up^ "Velimir Bata Živojinović imao moždani udar i u kritičnom je stanju" [Velimir Bata Živojinović had a stroke, and is in a critical condition]Blic​.rs (in Serbian). 6 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  3. Jump up^ "Bata Živojinović bolje, probudio se iz kome" [Bata Živojinović is feeling better, woke up from a coma].Slobodna Dalmacija (in Serbian). 6 July 2012. Retrieved23 May 2016.
  4. Jump up^ "Bata Živojinović u kritičnom stanju" [Bata Živojinović is in a critical condition]B92​.net (in Serbian). 5 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  5. Jump up^ "Bata Živojinović i dalje kritično" [Bata Živojinović still a critical condition]Glas Srpske (in Serbian). 20 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. Jump up^ "Bata Živojinović i dalje u teškom stanju" [Bata Živojinović still in serious condition]seebiz​.eu (in Serbian). 20 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  7. Jump up^ "Bata Živojinović neće moći samostalno da hoda" [Bata Živojinović won't be able to walk on his own]Svet Plus (in Serbian). 26 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  8. Jump up^ "Bata Živojinović: Dobiću i ovu bitku" [Bata Živojinović: I'll win this battle too]Svet Plus (in Serbian). 24 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  9. Jump up^ "BATA ŽIVOJINOVIĆ U TEŠKOM STANJU: Legendarnom glumcu amputirali nogu, da bi preživeo!" [BATA ŽIVOJINOVIĆ IN SERIOUS CONDITION: The legendary actor had to have his leg amputated to save his life!].INFORMER (in Serbian). 9 May 2016. Retrieved 23 May2016.
  10. Jump up^ "Преминуо Бата Живојиновић" [Bata Živojinović passed away] (in Serbian). Novosti​.rs. 22 May 2016. Retrieved23 May 2016.
  11. Jump up^ "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)"MIFF. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  12. Jump up^ "12th Moscow International Film Festival (1981)"MIFF. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  13. Jump up^ "Umro Bata Živojinović". B92. 23 May 2016.

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Veteran Gujarati film and stage artist P Kharsani passes away


Veteran Gujarati theater/​film comedy artist Shri P. Kharsani passed away today in Ahmedabad. He was 91. Kharsani was suffering from Kidney related ailment.
He passed away at 4.00 pm today. He was living in his residence in Sachin tower of the city.

Born in 1926 Shri Kharsani started working in films in 1958. He was also into direction of Gujarati dramas including the most successful ‘Patta ni jod’.

With his sad demise the Gujarati art world has lost second star within two days as noted folksinger Diwaliben Bhil has passed away at her Junagadh residence yesterday.

Presented below is a video from our archive from February 2015 when he was given public felicitation by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation(AMC).

– DeshGujarat


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Mel Whitley

download Warwick Mellor “Mel” Whitley II was born January 20, 1937 to Warwick Mellor ”Wick” and Audrey Willett McGuffee Whitley in Huntsville, Texas and passed away on May 20, 2016 in Burnet, Texas.

Mel the only son, was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Dorothy Albright.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine, and 5 children: Cindy Gallagher (late husband Gregg Gallagher), Keith Whitley (wife Barbara), Terri Virdell (husband Terry), Mike Whitley (wife Angela), Barbara Shaffer (husband Will), 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren, 2 sisters: Ruth Riggs (husband Ray), and Carol Barton (husband Terry). Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

As a young boy, Mel and his parents lived in several towns. But, he considered San Saba, Texas his home. He spent a short time after graduation in the oil patch of West Texas and at Arlington State College.

His adult life started when he met the love of his life, Maxine. It didn’t take Mel long to realize that Maxine was the one for him! After two years of dating, they married August 11, 1956.

In Mel’s words, “Just by chance”, he along with several other class mates applied for a job at the Lone Star Boat Company located in Grand Prairie Texas. As luck would have it, his boss was the manager in the fiberglass division, and later became the founder and president of Glastron Boat Company located in Austin, Texas. Mel was the second employee. Eventually the company became the largest pleasure boat manufacturer in the world.

After moving to Austin, Mel and Maxine started their married life and family together. Their first baby girl, Cindy came within the next year, and then Keith and Terri and Mike and Barbara! All five kids were born in the next four years.

One of his claims to fame was his design of the famous Bat Boat for the television show “BATMAN” and also several boats for James Bond movies.

As chief designer and vice president of new product development, Mel remained with Glastron for 27 years. This gained him a well-​​respected name in the boating industry.

In 1984, opportunities developed in Florida which encouraged him to go into business for himself in designing and developing new boats for other large boat companies. So, he and Maxine packed up and moved to Panama City, Florida. His company had many customers and did very well. Ready to move on, he sold his company in 1990 and accepted a position with Attwood Corporation. Attwood Corporation was the nation’s largest manufacturer of marine products. As Director of Research and Development, Mel had numerous patents credited to his name.

Ready to come home to Texas, Mel and Maxine settled in Burnet, Texas to be close to their family and friends. Mel retired in 2002.

Mel enjoyed many hobbies: He was a self-​​taught steel guitar player – played in local country bands for many years, received his pilot’s license and built numerous radio control airplanes, trains, cars, boats.

In 1992, Mel won the Top Gun Airplane Invitational Award for radio controlled airplanes. Mel was a member of the Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Control Club. He enjoyed his friendships with other local HAMM radio operators and others that he spoke with from all over the world!

He was a perfectionist and excellent craftsman in everything he did!

Mel enjoyed a full life in his career, his family and friends. His wife Maxine, was second to none, took excellent care of him as he did her. He was especially proud of all his children and his grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2:00 O’Clock P.M. Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639. An online guest registry may be signed at www​.PutnamCares​.com

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hill Country Humane Society at Christ​-Yoder​.org.

Arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639. (325)-388-0008


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