Recent Posts by Matthew Rettenmund

Past & Curious: ‘Twilight’s’ Latest Gleaming & More!

Links to the past with relevance today: Rod-like (Image via CBS) NYT: Why Twilight Zone (1959-1964) still works. Mime examples (Image via video still) KENNETH IN THE (212): Shields (b. 1951 & Yarnell (1944-2010) really are difficult to explain to millennials. I mean yeah, mimes, but ... how'd they land so many prime-time gigs? It…
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Agnès Varda, New Wave Cinema Icon, Dies @ 90

Agnès Varda, a Belgian-born French filmmaker whose work prefigured and came to epitomize the French New Wave, died Thursday, March 28, at her home after a battle with cancer, the BBC reports. Cléo from 5 to 7 (Image via movie still) She was 90. A commercial photographer early on, Varda was drawn to fine-arts photography…
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Ranking Roger of General Public, the Beat Dies at 56

Ranking Rogers, lead singer of the Beat (aka the English Beat in North America) and a founding member of General Public, died at home in England Tuesday, March 26. Roger, second from right in black hat (Image via Arista) His death was confirmed by a post on the Beat's Facebook page, which read: “'He fought…
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‘Day of the Dead’ Actor Dies @ 70

Joseph Pilato has died at 70. Joseph Pilato: March 16, 1949-March 24, 2019 (Image via UPI) Best-remembered for his scene-stealing performance in Day of the Dead (1985) as Captain Rhodes, the actor reportedly died in his sleep Sunday evening, March 25. No cause is yet known. Pilato was born March 16, 1949, in Boston, where…
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Diana Ross Turns 75: Her 20 Best Solo Singles

Diana Ross is 75 today, March 26, and as she said herself recently, "Happy birthday to me!" Isn't it always her turns?! (Image via RCA) In honor of the momentous occasion. a list of some of her best solo singles — only including singles with no other featured artists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbgklDcuqC4&frags=pl%2Cwn "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's…
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Denise DuBarry Hay of ‘Black Sheep Squadron’ Dies @ 63

Read Full Obit Here: Denise DuBarry Hay, described by NBC Palm Springs as a "local icon" for her philanthrophy, as a co-founder of the global direct response company Thane International, and for founding Palm Springs Women in Film and Television, died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center after battling a fungus.  DuBarry Hay, center (Image via NBC) She…
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A Look Back at Joan Crawford’s Last Good Role

In honor of Joan Crawford's birthday — she was born on March 23, but the year could have been 1904, 1906, 1908 or 1909 — please enjoy this loving tribute to her performance on the Night Gallery episode "Eyes" (November 8, 1969), directed by 22-year-old Steven Spielberg (b. 1946). She wants to SEE! (Image via…
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Charo’s Emotional Thank-You Video to Fans

A month after the shocking suicide of her husband, singer Charo, 68 or 78 (depending on source), has taken to Facebook to emotionally thank her fans for all the support they've offered. The enduring icon is hurting, but soldiering on! (Image via head shot) "Hola, amigos," she says, dressed in a cute, short, yellow dress…
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Past & Curious: ‘9 to 5’ Reunion, Mr. Rogers Returns & More!

Links to the past with relevance today ... This would be her 2nd time at the rodeo. (GIF via GIPHY) EXTRATV: Time's running out for a proper 9 to 5 (1980) sequel (What would the characters be doing in their seventies and eighties? Fighting mandatory retirement?), but the cast of that gem just might be…
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