Tonight! Star Trek Online Ships in Picard, Darth Maul sent to the dumpster, Blue Beetle gets new characters, Kraven the Hunter hunts down some new cast, Bender comes back, award winners, we remember Alan Lad Jr., Farrah Forke, Mitchell Ryan, Laurel Goodwin and William Hurt. Plus an interview with author Sarah Humpherys. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!Support the show (https://ko-fi.com/multiverse)
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Tonight! New Ships, New Characters, New Release Dates, New Characters, New In Memoriams and a new interview, All that and more on a brand new edition of Multiverse Tonight!
Welcome to episode 159
Thoughts on Star Trek Picard, Our Flag Means Death and the new MST3k.
Star Trek Picard's season premiere was a plus for fans of Star Trek Online. As several ships from the game were featured on screen, transferring them from soft cannon to hard cannon. The episode's big armada scene featured Star Trek Online's Gagarin Miracle Worker Battlecruiser, Legendary Ross Command Exploration Cruiser, Sutherland Advanced Research Vessel, and Reliant Advanced Light Cruiser. In addition to the Star Trek Online ship models making their canon debut, Star Trek Online associate art director Thomas Marrone and senior concept artist Hector Ortiz collaborated with Picard's production team on the design of the U.S.S. Stargazer, a new ship that debuted in the episode.
Thomas Marrone, Associate Art Director for STO said quote "As a childhood fan of Star Trek and Star Trek ships, I have spent my life fascinated with the incredible machines that boldly took our heroes into the final frontier," "Now, thanks to our collaboration with Picard, I can say that starships my team has created for Star Trek Online are now a part of the larger Star Trek canon. It was an incredible honor for us to contribute to the larger Star Trek Universe and we were thrilled to see them in action on Picard last night."
At the Art Directors Guild Awards, Star Trek artists Michael and Denise Okuda were bestowed with Lifetime Achievement Awards. They were introduced at the Los Angeles ceremony by their former boss (and fellow ADG Lifetime Achievement Award recipient) production designer Herman Zimmerman. The ceremony also included a video tribute (made by Roger Lay) of the work the Okudas did on Star Trek and on behalf of NASA. Mike Okuda began his career as a scenic artist in 1986 on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and he worked on pretty much every Star Trek film and television production from that time until Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air in 2005. Over that period he was nominated for an Emmy four times. He returned to the world of Trek to work on the remastering of Star Trek: The Original Series in 2006 and again for the remastering of The Next Generation in 2012.
Denise Okuda’s first connection to Star Trek was as an uncredited extra in 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture (when she was still Denise Tathwell). She and Mike married in 1993, and Denise’s Trek career was soon on a similar trajectory as Mike’s. In addition to their work on Star Trek productions, they have also co-authored several Trek reference books, including the Star Trek Encyclopedia, Star Trek Chronology, and Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual.
The 1997 documentary Trekkies by TNG’s Denise Crosby is being restored for a 25th-anniversary edition. Shout! Factory has announced Trekkies: 25th Anniversary Edition, releasing the 1997 doc on Blu-ray for the first time. The Blu-ray release is based on a new 4k scan restoration and it includes a new documentary featurette, “A Trek Back,” with the film’s narrator Denise Crosby and director Roger Nygard. The Blu-ray will be released on May 24, 2022. Trekkies features interviews with hundreds of fans, along with some notable Star Trek veterans including James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, Kate Mulgrew, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner, and George Takei.
Trekkies: 25th Anniversary Edition can be preordered for $18.98 at ShoutFactory.com, or for $17.99 at Amazon.
Obi-Wan Kenobi will include plenty of familiar faces when it debuts May 25, but one Star Wars fan favorite will be noticeably absent.
Darth Maul, a chief antagonist of Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi who first appeared in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, is not expected to appear in the series. But, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, not only was the Sith Lord initially slated to return to the live-action Disney+ series as a key villain, actor Ray Park was in active prep to reprise Maul.
That, however, was before those scenes were scrapped amid a creative overhaul that ultimately saw other antagonists, including Darth Vader, added to the show.
Sources note that Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau were concerned about Obi-Wan covering similar ground as Mandalorian — the Lone Wolf and Cub-like story of Kenobi coming out of hiding to protect a child-aged Luke Skywalker.
Filoni and Favreau pushed director Deborah Chow and the show to “go bigger,” according to several sources. In any case, those concerns made their way to Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, who pressed the pause button. (Joby Harold was eventually hired as the show’s new writer.)In the overhaul, Maul was written out. One source says it was Filoni that conceptually keyed in on a way for Vader to be brought back as the big bad, with the Grand Inquisitor, a character made popular by Filoni in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, also put into the story.
A Lucasfilm source contradicted the account, saying Maul was never intended to return for the series.
Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga is getting Downloadable COntent from THe Mandalorian and Rogue One. Nintendo Everything reports that the game is getting seven DLC packs in total based on films and series outside of the main saga, available for purchase individually or collectively in the Character Collection season pass.
Two packs will be available to everyone when The Skywalker Saga launches on April 5, including characters from the first season of The Mandalorian including the Mandalorian himself who comes with a non-playable Grogu, plus Greef Karga, Cara Dune, IG-11, and Kuiil and Solo: A Star Wars Story includes young Han Solo, young Chewbacca, young Lando Calrissian, Qi’ra, Tobias Beckett, and Enfys Nest.
The Blue Beetle movie has added Bruna Marquezine and Belissa Escobedo to the cast. Bruna will be playing the part of Jamie Reyes’ love interest Penny while Belissa will play Jamie’s sister. There are also reports that What We Do IN The Shadows star Harvey Gullen is also in talks for a role in the movie. The movie was originally going to be an HBO Max project, but it’s moved over to being a full theatrical release with an August 18, 2023, expected release date.
Black Adam star Dwayne The Rock Johnson announced via Instagram the following. https://www.instagram.com/therock/
BIG & EXCITING NEWS coming out of our movie industry 🎥🍿🌍
Our @SevenBucksProd & @DCComics movies are shifting dates.
SUPER PETS🐕 WILL BE RELEASED JULY 29th!
One HOT summer 🔥
BLACK ADAM⚡️ WILL BE RELEASED OCT 21st!
Right before Halloween and playing thru Thanksgiving and Christmas 🎃🦃🎅🏾🔥🥃
Wanted you guys to hear the news directly from me first.
CAN'T WAIT for you and your families around the world to see our movies!!!
Love U guys and enjoy!
The hierarchy of power in the DC is about to change…
#SUPERPETS 🐕 7-29-2022
Also being shifted around, The Flash moves from November 4 to June 23, 2023.
Aquaman moves from December 16 to March 17, 2023.
Wonka moves from March 17, 2023, to December 15, 2023.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods moves up from June 2, 2023, to December 16, 2022
Meg 2: The Trench has been set for August 4, 2023.
With the success of The Batman, HBO MAx has given a straight to series order for a spinoff series The Penguin starring Collin Farrell. Director Matt Reeves told Deadlines Hero Nation Podcast that the Penguin will pick up where the movie left the character. In addition, the original Batman spinoff series that Reeves conceived centering around a corrupt cop in events preceding the movie; is no longer moving forward at HBO Max.
Discovery has announced that its stockholders have approved the merger with WarnerMedia to create Warner Bros Discovery putting the merger one step closer to closing.
We have some casting news for Sony’s Kraven The Hunter pic, first off Catch-22’s Christopher Abbot has been possibly cast as the film’s main villain The Foreigner. The Foreigner played a major part in the Spider-Man comics over the years. While he had no superhuman abilities, the mercenary/assassin is one of the more trained martial artists in all of Marvel comics. While he had rare run-ins with Kraven, he would cross paths with everyone from Spidey himself to Silver Sable (who he would later marry) to Kraven’s brother, the Chameleon.
Also, cast as an unknown villain is The Many Saints of Newark’s Alessandro Nivola. They will join Ariana DeBose who will play the voodoo priestess Calypso, who in the comics was an adversary of Spiderman and an occasional partner and lover of Kraven.
Kraven the Hunter starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson is among Marvel’s most iconic and notorious antiheroes. He has encountered Venom, Black Panther, and many others as well as being one of Spider-Man’s best-known and most-formidable enemies. The film will be released theatrically on January 13.
Disney Plus is reworking the parental controls with the addition of the Netflix Marvel Shows and Agents of Shield, which arrived on March sixteenth. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, THe Punisher, Iron Fist, and The Defenders and Agents will cause Disney Plus users to update their parental controls as these series, especially Daredevil and The Punisher, carry TV-MA ratings. The parental controls are already in effect in Europe and include the option to add content restrictions for each profile, as well as a PIN to lock profiles. Disney licensed its Marvel shows to Netflix as part of a 2013 pact, with its first two series, Daredevil and Jessica Jones, launching in 2015. By early 2019, the streaming service had canceled all of those series as Disney prepared to launch its competitor, Disney+.
The shows left Netflix Tuesday after Disney opted to forgo a hefty licensing fee from the streaming competitor and instead regain the rights.
Marvel Comics has announced that Alligator Loki, who appeared in the Disney Plus Loki series will get his own twelve-part story on the Marvel Unlimited App. The series will be written by Alyssa Wong with art by Robert Quinn and colors by Pete Pantazis. The first chapter of the comic, which is titled "Family Bonding", is now available. It follows Alligator Loki and Thor as they get to know one another at an Asgardian amusement park. Subsequent issues of the series will be available every other Friday.
Director Shawn Levy is now in negotiations to direct MArvel’s Deadpool 3.
Ryan Reynolds is set to star Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick are penning the script. Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin penned a previous draft.
This marks the first Deadpool film where Marvel Studios will work hand and hand with Reynolds and Team Deadpool.
Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino has been tapped to direct Marvel’s as yet titled Halloween Special which will start production this month in Atlanta. Little is known about the project, which is sometimes referred to as Werewolf By Night, although sources say that won’t be the title by the time the special airs on Disney+ later this year. Gael Garcia Bernal and Laura Donnelly are starring in the one-hour story, with sources believing that Bernal is playing a werewolf. Giacchino has written the music for The Incredibles, Up, Inside Out, Lost and JJ Abrams Star Trek, as well as Doctor Strange and the recent Spider-man trilogy.
Paramount is joining American and European companies in pulling out of Russia over its continued war in Ukraine. Its upcoming films that were scheduled to hit the country include Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (March 31) and Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock’s The Lost City (April 7). The move comes after Disney said it would pause its releases in Russia, while Warner Bros. pulled The Batman.
Paramount released the following statement Tuesday morning: “As we witness the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, we have decided to pause the theatrical release of our upcoming films in Russia, including The Lost City and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. We stand by all those impacted by the humanitarian crisis across Ukraine, Russia, and our international markets and will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds.”
Rupert Friend and Stuary Martin will join Zack Snyder’s, Rebel Moon. The sci-fi fantasy film from Netflix already has Sofia Boutella, Charlie Hunnam, and Djimon Hounsou. The story tells of a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy that is threatened by the armies of a tyrannical regent named Belisarius. Desperate, the colonists dispatch a young woman (Boutella) with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them make a stand. Friend will be the story’s main antagonist who will square off with Sofia Boutella. Martin’s character is unknown. Production is scheduled to begin this April.
Bender’s back baby! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9q70zCJYBc Negotiations with voice actor John DiMaggio were successful and the actor has officially signed on to Hulu’s revival of the Matt Greoning sci-fi series. DiMaggio said in a statement quote “I’M BACK, BABY! So damn grateful for the love and support of fans and colleagues alike during this whole time (especially my wife, Kate), and I cannot wait to get back to work with my ‘Futurama’ family,” DiMaggio said in a statement. “#Bendergate is officially over, so put it on the back of a shelf behind Xmas decorations, or maybe in that kitchen drawer with all of the other crap you put in there like old unusable crazy glue, or maybe even put it in a jar you save farts in. Whatever floats your boat, I don’t care, you get the picture. I’M BACK, BABY! BITE MY SHINY METAL ASS!”
Original series cast members Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, and David Herman are all also returning. Hulu has picked up 20 episodes of the new iteration of “Futurama,”
The Boys’ Antony Starr was arrested and given a suspended prison sentence of 12 months for assaulting a chef in Spain. According to the Spanish newspaper El País, the actor got into a bar fight at 2 a.m. Wednesday and was later arrested. He spent the night in jail.
Starr is in Alicante shooting an action thriller for director Guy Ritchie that co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal.
The other man in the fight, a 21-year-old Venezuelan cook named Bathuel Araujo, reportedly told police that Starr was “very drunk” and “bumping and pushing” others. Words, and then blows, were allegedly exchanged between the two during which time Starr supposedly hit Araujo with a glass, causing a cut above the Venezuelan’s eye that later required four stitches.
Araujo, who told a local paper he did not recognize the actor, contends that after the initial scuffle Starr said, “You don’t know who you’ve messed with. You won’t know who I am and what you’ve done.”
The two came to blows again outside before the police arrived and arrested Starr.
Season 3 of The Boys has wrapped, so Starr’s legal troubles won’t impact that show for now. Amazon has not yet picked up Season 4 of the series.
Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood’s graphic novel, War Bears is headed for tv. Deadline reports that WOW! Unlimited Media has optioned the comic for development into an animated series. The comic, which Atwood wrote with art from Ken Steacy, tells the story of a young comic book artist during World War II who creates a Nazi-fighting bear-human hybrid character, Oursonette. However, the real story of the comic is not about the hero character, but about the artist, Al Zurakowski, and his publisher Gloriana Topper as they work to get their comic up and running in Canada. Atwood in a statement said quote "Ken Steacy illustrated War Bears given his World War II interests and high standards of visual accuracy. We collaborated — although the main work on the script is his — and the rest is history," "Comics history. How delightful that Ken is now working with Michael Hirsh and WOW! Media to bring our beloved she-bear, Oursonette, to life."
The pilot for the Quantum Leap reboot has been busy adding to its cast. First off Raymond Lee from Top Gun Maverick and Kevin Can F*** Himself has been cast as Dr. Ben Seong, who is described as a scientist and a man of faith, who is a world-renowned physicist working on the Quantum Leap project. Also added is Caitlin Bassett as Addison, a project lead at Quantum Leap headquarters who operates state-of-the-art technology to communicate with an individual time traveling in the past, likely similar to how Al communicated with Sam via hologram in the original show, Nanrisa Lee as Jenn, head of security for Quantum Leap headquarters. Mason Alexander Park will play Ian, the chief architect of Quantum Leap’s A.I. program. Alexander is a nonbinary artist and Ghostbusters Ernie Hudson has joined as Herbert “Magic” Williams, a Vietnam veteran and the head of the Quantum Leap project. He uses his political and military know-how to keep the Pentagon at Bay while his team works to rescue Ben.
Will Smith will be returning for the sequel of 2007’s I Am Legend. Michael B Jordan is also attached to star from a script written by I am Legend co-writer Akiva Goldsman.
I Am Legend, based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel, has long been one of Smith’s proudest achievements as an actor thanks to its small moments. For most of the film, he had nothing to act opposite of, save for mannequins and a dog.
49th Annual Annie Awards
Best Feature - The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Best Indie Feature - Flee
Best Special Production - Namoo
Best Short Subject - Bestia
Best Sponsored - A Future Begins
Best TV/Media - Preschool - Ada Twist, Scientist - Episode: Twelve Angry Birds
Best TV/Media - Children - Maya and the Three-Episode: The Sun and the Moon
Best TV/Media - General Audience - Arcane - Episode: When These Walls Come Tumbling Down
Best Student Film - Night of the Living Dread
Best FX - TV/Media - Arcane - Episode: Oil and Water
Best FX - Feature -The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Best Character Animation - TV/Media - Arcane - Episode: The Monster You Created
Best Character Animation - Feature - Encanto
Best Character Animation - Live Action - Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Best Character Animation - Video Game - Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Best Character Design - TV/Media - Arcane - Episode: Some Mysteries Better Left Unsolved
Best Character Design - Feature - The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Best Direction - TV/Media - Arcane - Episode: The Monster You Created
Best Direction - Feature - The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Best Music - TV/Media - Maya and the Three - Episode: The Sun and the Moon
Best Music - Feature -Encanto
Best Production Design - TV/Media - Arcane - Episode: Happy Progress Day!
Best Production Design - Feature - The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Best Storyboarding - TV/Media - Arcane - Episode: When These Walls Come Tumbling Down
Best Storyboarding - Feature - Encanto
Best Voice Acting - TV/Media - Arcane - Episode: When These Walls Come Tumbling Down
Best Voice Acting - Feature - The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Best Writing - TV/Media - Arcane - Episode: The Monster You Created
Best Writing - Feature - The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Best Editorial - TV/Media - What If...?-Episode: What If…Ultron Won?
Best Editorial - Feature - The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Art Directors Guild Awards
PERIOD FEATURE FILM
Nightmare Alley Production Designer: Tamara Deverell (WINNER)
FANTASY FEATURE FILM
Dune Production Designer: Patrice Vermette (WINNER)
CONTEMPORARY FEATURE FILM
No Time to Die Production Designer: Mark Tildesley (WINNER)
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Encanto Production Designers: Ian Gooding, Lorelay Bové (WINNER)
ONE-HOUR PERIOD OR FANTASY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
Loki: “Glorious Purpose” Production Designer: Kasra Farahani (WINNER)
ONE-HOUR CONTEMPORARY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
Squid Game: “Gganbu” Production Designer: Chae Kyoung-sun (WINNER)
TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
WandaVision: Production Designer: Mark Worthington (WINNER)
HALF-HOUR SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
What We Do in the Shadows: “The Prisoner,” “The Cloak of Duplication,” “The Siren” Production Designer: Kate Bunch (WINNER)
Apple Music: “Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever” Production Designer: François Audouy (WINNER)
VARIETY, REALITY, OR COMPETITION SERIES
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses: “Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff” Production Designer: John Janavs (WINNER)
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Facts of Life – Kids Can Be Cruel (320) & Diff’rent Strokes – Willis’ Privacy (115) Production Designer: Stephan Olson (WINNER)
The new expansion for World of Warcraft will be revealed on April 19th according to the game's official Twitter account. Also revealed in that tweet was a Warcraft Mobile Game.
The Muppets' favorite band the Electric Mayhem will be getting its own series. The Goldbergs producer Adam F Goldberg will launch a new series following characters from The Muppets Studio, Disney+ announced today. According to the streamer, The Muppets Mayhem will be a comedy series starring the Muppets and centering on The Electric Mayhem Band. Per the official description, "The series will take audiences on a music-filled journey as, at long last, The Electric Mayhem Band records its first-ever album. Lilly Singh (A Little Late with Lilly Singh, Dollface.) will play the (human) lead role of "Nora" the junior A&R executive tasked with managing and wrangling the mayhem that is The Electric Mayhem Band." THe official synopsis for the series reads quote "After 45 years of rockin' out, The Electric Mayhem goes on an epic musical journey to finally record their first studio album. With the help of a driven young music executive, Nora, the old-school Muppet band comes face to face with the current day music scene as they try to finally go platinum." unquote The series will include three new songs.
Kevin Smith is teaming up with Dark Horse Comics to produce his own publishing line. Secret Stash Press. The publishing line is named after Smith's New Jersey comic book shop and will see Smith write each title, with the eight-issue Masquerade kicking things off this fall. Next up is an anthology series titled Quick Stops, which takes place in Smith's View Askewniverse and features characters from Clerks, Mallrats and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. THe media mogul wrote on Twitter quote HEY KIDS! COMICS!@The_SecretStash is not just selling comic books anymore - now we’re MAKING COMIC BOOKS TOO!
I’m excited to announce SECRET STASH PRESS - a new line of comics we’re launching exclusively with publishing legends @DarkHorseComics!
2 new titles in stores this fall!
Florence Pugh may be journeying to the planet Arrakis.
The English actress is in talks to join the all-star ranks of Dune: Part 2, the sequel-continuation to Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-nominated sci-fi epic in the works at Legendary.
If a deal is made, Pugh would be the first franchise newcomer to join a returning cast that includes Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, and Javier Bardem, among others. The project is casting three new major parts, including Emperor Shaddam IV, the ruler who sends the Atreides family to Arrakis, and Feyd-Rautha, the cunning nephew of the baron who heads House Harkonnen.
Pugh is being courted to play Princess Irulan, the daughter of the Emperor. Dune: Part 2 on Oct. 20, 2023.
AlanLadd Jr. The producer and studio exec who saved Star WEars from being scrapped has passed away. Born in LA in 1937. He first worked in London as an independent producer making nine films.
He eventually came back to the US in 1973 becoming Vice president of creative affairs at 20th Century Fox, three years later he was promoted to president of Fox's film division.
Ladd came to Fox President Gordon Stulberg to request consideration for making George Lucas's Star Wars. Stulberg approved the production, and the two men remained as Lucas's support at times when the board of directors of 20th Century Fox wished to shut down production. The production was plagued by location difficulties, story problems, and budgetary disagreements for a project that was mainly considered a risk to the studio. However, when Ladd saw the audience's rapturous appreciation of the film at its first public screening at the Northpoint Theatre in San Francisco in early May 1977, he was moved to joyful tears at seeing the unlikely production he and Stulberg had supported against all odds. Star Wars was a massive and critically hailed hit upon release, becoming, up to that point, the highest-grossing film of all time, and spawned an extensive media franchise that includes many other films as well as television, radio, video game, and print media. Also made during his tenure there was Alien. He left Fox in 1979 and founded his own production company The Ladd COmpany, which made movies like Night Shift, Blade Runner, GThe Right Stuff, Police Academy, and Chariots of Fire, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1982.
Ladd joined MGM/UA in 1985, eventually becoming Chairman and CEO of MGM-Pathé Communications. During his tenure, MGM/UA produced Moonstruck (1987), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), and Thelma & Louise (1991). He later reformed The Ladd Company with Paramount Pictures where he made The Brady Bunch movie, The Phantom and Braveheart, Braveheart won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1995. In 2007, he received a walk on the Hollywood walk of fame.
Alan Ladd Jr. died of kidney failure at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84 years old.
Actress Farrah Forke died on February 25th. THe actress is best known for the sitcom Wings and Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Forke portrayed the helicopter pilot Alex Lambert on Wings from 1990-1997 through Seasons 4-6 and was a love interest for Tim Daly's Joe Hackett and Steven Weber's Brian Hackett. Forke ultimately ended up choosing Brian. She also played attorney Mayson Drake on Season 2 of ABC's Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman from 1994-1995. She was also in a 1993 tv adaptation of Journey to the Center of the Earth, Duckman, and voiced Big Barda in Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited. Farrah Forke passed away after a long battle with cancer, she was 54 years old.
Actor Mitchell Ryan, best known for Dark Shadows, Dharma & Greg, and Lethal Weapon passed away on March fourth. Ryan was born in Cincinnati and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and served in the US Navy during the Korean War. IN 1966 he got his first big TV role in the evening horror soap opera Dark Shadows as Burke Devlin. He also acted in High Plains Drifter and Magnum Force, North and South, Lethal Weapon as General Peter Mcallister, The Star Trek THe Next Generation episode THe Icarus Factor as Kyle Riker, Will Riker’s father. LA Law, THe Golden Girls, Murder She Wrote, Hot Shots Part Deux, 1995’s Judge Dread as Vartis Hammond, Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers, Liar, Liar, Dharma, and Greg as Dharma’s dad Edward Montgomery, Grosse Pointe Blank, and many more. He also voiced HIghfather in DC’s Justice League animated series. He was also president of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. He was married twice with three children and five grandchildren. Mitchell Ryan died from heart failure at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88 years old.
Actress Laurel Goodwin has also passed away. Laurel made her big-screen debut opposite Elvis Presley in the movie Girls! Girls! Girls! And was Yeoman J.M. Colt in the original pilot of Star Trek. Goodwin was born in Wichita, KS in 1942 and grew up in California. Besides acting alongside The King and Captain Pike, Laurel acted in movies like Stage to Thunder Rock,
And tv shows like The Virginian, Get Smart, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Mannix and was a producer of Stroker Ace. Laurel Goodwin passed away on February 25th at the age of 79, the cause of death wasn’t released.
And Finally, Actor William Hurt passed away on March 13th. He studied at the Juilliard School and began acting on stage in the 1970s. Hurt made his film debut in 1980 as a troubled scientist in Ken Russell's science-fiction feature Altered States, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year. In 1981 he played a leading role, as a lawyer who succumbs to the temptations of a married woman played by Kathleen Turner, in the neo-noir Body Heat. He also played Professor John Robinson in the Lost in Space movie, Inspector Frank Bumstead in Dark City, Professor Allen Hobby in A, I, Artificial Intelligence, Edward Walker in the Village. He also showed up as General Thaddeus Ross in The Incredible Hulk, Captain America Civil War, Avengers Infinity War, Avengers Endgame, and Black Widow. The last movie role was in 2022’ THe King's Daughter.
Hurt garnered three consecutive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor, for Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), Children of a Lesser God (1986), and Broadcast News (1987), winning for the first of these. Hurt earned his fourth Academy Award nomination for his supporting performance in David Cronenberg's crime thriller A History of Violence (2005).
In MAy of 2018, Hurt announced that he had terminal prostate cancer that had metastasized to his bones. Hurt died after a long fight with the disease at the age of 71 at this home in Portland Oregon.
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