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'Rockford Files' Reboot Shelved

January 13th, 2011 11:31am EST
Rockford Files
Plans to reboot 1970s TV drama "The Rockford Files" have been shelved for a second time after producer David Shore was forced to return to writing duties on his hit medical drama "House."

Shore had planned to script and produce a rejuvenated "Rockford Files," which originally starred James Garner as private investigator Jim Rockford, and was rumored to be in talks to sign up "Lost" hunk Josh Holloway for the lead role.

However, after a huge section of the new "House" series was scrapped at the last minute, creator Shore had to return to help re-structure the season, leaving his new projec...

Prolific TV Producer Stephen Cannell Dies

October 2nd, 2010 5:15pm EDT
The A-Team
Hollywood screenwriter and "The A-Team" producer Stephen Cannell has lost his battle with skin cancer at the age of 69.

The star died on Thursday at his home in California, with his wife of 46 years, Marcia, by his side.

A statement released by the producer's family reads: "Stephen J. Cannell passed away at his home in Pasadena on Thursday evening due to complications associated with melanoma. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones.

"Stephen was the pillar of strength within his family and he touched everyone he met. He will be most deeply missed."

Cannell worked on a number of ...

NBC Will Not Drastically Change The New 'Jim Rockford' Character

January 12th, 2010 9:15am EST
Rockford Files
NBC is planning a new series of The Rockford Files, based on the '70s P.I. show starring James Garner. This won't be just your average remake though. David Shore, creator of TV's House, is developing the new Rockford.

"It's just that great character and there isn't that PI character on television right now," said NBC and Universal Media Studios president of primetime entertainment Angela Bromstad at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "So if we do a creative reinvention of that, with that title, and I don't think there's anyone better to do it than David Shore who creat...

'Battle For Terra' Comes To DVD & Blu-ray Sept. 22

September 21st, 2009 9:59pm EDT
Battle for Terra on DVD
Battle for Terra is a thrilling sci-fi animated film featuring the voices of Luke Wilson, Evan Rachel Wood, Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, and James Garner, blasting its way onto DVD and Blu-ray September 22nd.

A visually stunning, action-packed tale for animation fans of all ages, this theatrical wide release received rave reviews from critics. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times hailed it as "bewitchingly animated, nicely stylized" USA Today called it "captivating" and "ambitious" and San Francisco Chronicle deemed it "as thrilling as any original Star Wars trek." In addition, "Battle...

Eight World War II Movies To Watch Before 'Inglourious Basterds'

August 18th, 2009 10:40am EDT
The Thin Red Line
With the release of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds Friday, we're excited about what this often-perverse, slightly deranged and mostly genius mind will do with a movie about World War 2's Nazi-occupied France.

Looking back at the movies that Hollywood tackled on the same subject, most have been re-creations of bloody battles or stories of specific personalities involved, but very few ever added the comic punch that Tarantino's flick will surely carry out.

In anticipation of the film, here is a list of World War II films to watch before the release of "Inglorious Basterds" o...

NBC To Remake 'Rockford Files'

July 30th, 2009 9:31am EDT
James Garner
"House" creator David Shore will helm a remake of the 1970s detective show "The Rockford Files," which starred James Garner, according to Variety.com.

Garner played an ex-con private eye who lived in a trailer in Malibu. Rockford dedicated himself to re-opening "closed cases," digging up new evidence to prove that the authorities had been wrong with the original verdict. Rockford was nearly always broke due to his occasional willingness to accept a case free of charge or because of duplicitous clients or heavy fines for "bending" the law.

Shore was a fan of the show and understands th...

Slideshow: Native American Actors

August 7th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Adam Beach
There are several well-known celebrities that are proud to call themselves part Native American. Click through our slideshow of stars who trace their roots to American soil. A few may surprise you:

Benjamin Bratt

Stars in A&E's "The Cleaner"

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Adam Beach

Starred in "Comanche Moon," "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" and "Flags of our Fathers"

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Lou Diamond Phillips

Known for his role in "La Bamba"

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Angie Harmo...

Fears For James Garner's Health

August 2nd, 2008 6:15pm EDT
James Garner
Concerns are growing for the health of James Garner, after the actor was photographed visiting a Beverly Hills, California hospital, looking frail and distant. A nurse and driver struggled to carry the 80-year-old Space Cowboys star from his car into a wheelchair outside the medical center, before he was strapped in and pushed inside.

Garner - clutching a cane and wearing the colors of his favourite college football team, the University of Oklahoma, appeared vacant and oblivious to the photographers snapping away at him.

Garner suffered a stroke in May, and spent three weeks in th...

James Garner Recovering From Stroke

June 7th, 2008 5:30pm EDT
James Garner
Movie veteran James Garner is on the road to recovery after suffering a stroke last month. The Maverick star was hospitalized in May after collapsing and undergoing surgery.

The National Enquirer reports the 80-year-old was kept in intensive care for three weeks, and only released on May 30.

Sources claim Garner is now regaining the power of speech, and making signs of recovery.

The insider tells the Enquirer, "He's pulling through, but he has a long recovery ahead of him. But he's improved steadily. Jim will definitely need intensive physical and speech therapy. Fortunate...

James Garner Hospitalized After Stroke

May 14th, 2008 8:14am EDT
James Garner
LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Garner, who was hospitalized late last week after suffering a minor stroke, is doing well and should be going home shortly, the veteran television and film star's publicist said Tuesday.

The star of such TV shows as ''Maverick'' and ''The Rockford Files'' went to the hospital after becoming ill at home Friday, said his publicist, Jennifer Allen.

''He's still in the hospital but my understanding is he is doing well and will be going home soon. When, exactly, we have not been told yet,'' Allen told The Associated Press.

Garner, who turned 80 last month,...

Burt Reynolds To Present Pal With SAG Honor

January 18th, 2008 12:20pm EST
Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds will present the Life Achievement Award to Charles Durning at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27 in Los Angeles. Beloved TV and film actor Durning will be honored for his career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments.

Past recipients of SAG's Life Achievement Award include Julie Andrews, James Garner, Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Redford.

Reynolds was chosen to honor Durning because he is a longtime friend of the actor's, and frequent collaborator.

The two starred together in TV comedy seri...

Classic Tearjerking Movies

December 26th, 2007 3:55pm EST
The Notebook
The classic tearjerker movie. Many of us watch them with a diet coke in one hand and a box of Kleenex in the other. Whether it's a sappy Lifetime movie or an old classic romance, we enjoy watching them even though they make us weep like little babies. Some won't admit to tearing up, while others put the blame on "allergies" or use other excuses.

It's pretty hard to keep this list short, or maybe it's just because here at Starpulse we get a little sappy when it comes to this type of film. We somehow managed. Get out the box of Kleenex because you may need them.

My Girl (1991)


James Garner, Brian Dennehy, And Abigail Breslin Star In 'The Ultimate Gift' On DVD August 21; Win A Copy

August 2nd, 2007 3:29pm EDT
The  Ultimate  Gift
CENTURY CITY, Calif. - Upon his wealthy grandfather's death, a young man is presented with an unlikely inheritance taking him on a journey of self-discovery that will change him forever in the heartwarming family drama The Ultimate Gift, debuting on DVD August 21 from Fox Home Entertainment.

Based on the inspirational novel by best-selling author Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift is a moving story following a spoiled young man's crash course on life with twelve tasks - or "gifts" - devised by his grandfather to ultimately lead him to determine what's most important in life...

Mel Gibson Is Planning A 'Maverick' Sequel

April 30th, 2007 4:02pm EDT
Mel Gibson and movie veteran James Garner are plotting a sequel for western comedy Maverick. The odd couple teamed up with Jodie Foster for the 1994 movie and now they're thinking about reteaming.

Gibson says, "There's talk of doing another Maverick. Garner and I have been looking at that for a while. It'd be fun to play that character again. I think audiences would probably like to see him again too. We really cooked the first time. We've got some great ideas - I think audiences will enjoy what we've got in mind. It won't be happening immediately, but I dare say, it'll happen."


Celebrity Birthdays, April 7

April 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
Happy Birthday to NFL twins Tiki (RB, New York Giants) and Ronde (CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Barber (1975), actor/comedian Bill Bellamy (1965), "Cinderella Man" Russell Crowe (1964), Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett (1954), Honk Kong action star Jackie Chan (1954), singer/songwriter Janis Ian (1951), musician John Oates (1949), "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola (1939), "Maverick" star James Garner (1928), Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji (1927; d. 2003), Indian musician Ravi Shankar (1920), jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915; d. 1959), and Canadian composer Percy Faith (1908...

Hometown Honors James Garner With Bronze Statue

April 24th, 2006 10:38am EDT
James Garner
A bronze statue of veteran actor James Garner was unveiled in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, on Friday. The 77-year-old Rockford Files star, who attended the unveiling ceremony with his wife Lois and their two daughters, already has a street and a corner of the Main Street named after him.

He told local citizens in the town of Norman how he used to watch films at the Sooner Theater but never imagined he would one day appear there himself. He said, "That was the silver screen. I thought it was far beyond my reach."

Garner began acting in the 1950s and has appeared in over 100 ...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 7

April 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
Happy Birthday to NFL twins Tiki (RB, New York Giants) and Ronde (CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Barber (1975), actor/comedian Bill Bellamy (1965), "Cinderella Man" Russell Crowe (1964), Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett (1954), Honk Kong action star Jackie Chan (1954), singer/songwriter Janis Ian (1951), musician John Oates (1949), "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola (1939), "Maverick" star James Garner (1928), Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji (1927; d. 2003), Indian musician Ravi Shankar (1920), jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915; d. 1959), and Canadian composer Percy Faith (1908...

'Columbo's' Peter Falk is America's Favorite TV Detective

February 20th, 2006 10:08am EST
Peter Falk
Peter Falk's famous turn as Lieutenant Columbo is still America's favorite TV detective, according to a new TV Guide poll. The quirky crime solver, which Falk played on TV throughout the 1970s and again recently in a one-off special, beat obsessive compulsive detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) and Twin Peaks' resident snoop Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan) to claim the top spot on the new list.

The full list of favorite TV detectives, according to TV Guide, is:

1. Lt. Columbo in Columbo (Peter Falk)

2. Adrian Monk in Monk (Tony Shalhoub)

3. Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks (...

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