Film Bits: TV’s First Golden Age Loses Two Heroes; ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Rogue One’ Release New Images

Small Screen Icon Hugh O’Brian Dies at 91

Hugh O'Brian

Hugh O’Brian, prolific television and film actor, died Monday in his Beverly Hills home. He was 91. Best known as Wyatt Earp in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, O’Brian has a career that spanned five decades and brought him several nominations and awards, including the Golden Globe for most promising newcomer in 1954 for his role in 1953’s The Man from the Alamo. In addition to starring as the titular lawman in 227 episodes of his show, O’Brian also made appearances on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Fantasy Island, Police Story, Charlie’s Angels, and Murder, She Wrote. His last appearance was in 2000’s Call of the Wild miniseries.

(Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership)

‘Batman The Movie’ Director Dies at 101

Batman the  Movie

Director Leslie Martinson, who helmed numerous episodes from TV’s first golden age, died over the weekend at the age of 101. Perhaps best known for directing the campy Adam West and Burt Ward starring Batman The Movie in between the first and second season of the 60’s television show, Martinson’s career spanned decades and included The Roy Rogers Show, Colt .45, Cheyenne, Maverick, Wonder Woman, Ironside, The Brady Bunch, Diff’rent Strokes, and Small Wonder—just to name a few. So vast was his catalogue that his stamp and contributions to television touched upon nearly all genres and leaves an impact that ripples into the present day.

(Familial Announcement)

Shocking News from ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Set


Leaked photos from the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming seem to reveal the presence of yet another villain to be faced by the webslinger when he swings into theaters next summer. Mystery has surrounded the role being played by Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), who was reportedly set to star as the third villain alongside Michael Keaton’s The Vulture and Michael Chernus’ The Tinkerer. The images released to Twitter via Marvel News appear to show Woodbine as classic Spider-Man villain The Shocker. While the actor does look good in his costume, there’s some concern that Homecoming is quickly becoming overstuffed with villains, a problem that has plagued the character since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Still, the MCU has yet to let fans down too much so perhaps it’d be best to just have faith until more information is revealed.

(Marvel News)

New Images Offer Deeper Glimpse at ‘Rogue One’

Star Wars fan site Making Star Wars released three new images from the upcoming anthology film Rogue One. While revealing nothing about the plot of the new film, they images do give us some new glimpses of several characters from the film, including a stunning look at the black clad Death Troopers seen briefly in the trailer. There’s also a look at Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso looking pensive and broody and a look at Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic. With the release of the latest Star Wars just over three months away, there’s sure to be a flood of new images and information working its way through the pipeline to satisfy all you Star Wars desires.

Jyn Erso

Director Krennic

Death Troopers

(Making Star Wars)

New Documentary Goes Inside David Lynch

David Lynch

A trailer for a new documentary about the life of director David Lynch has been released. David Lynch the Art of Life offers a rare and personal look inside the mind and the life of the Twin Peaks director, using archival footage and exclusive access to Lynch to weave its tale of the director’s early years and his fascination with art. Released with little fanfare, the trailer manages to encapsulate the director in all of his creepy cool using images from the director’s own paintings to gain insight into his mind.


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