Variety Staff

Euro Presence Is On The Rise

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With talks of a four-channel commercial network currently the buzz of the Dutch media scene, and Veronica – the largest and wealthiest of Holland’s state broadcasters – set to relaunch as a…

Woody Strode

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Woody Strode, 80, muscular character actor who appeared in many action films and several John Ford pictures, died in his sleep Dec. 31 in Los Angeles. He was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. Born in…

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Nora Dunfee

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Actress and vocal coach Nora Dunfee, who played the Southern lady at the bus stop who sympathetically advised Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump,” died Dec. 23 in Manhattan after a brief illness. She was 78…

Cantonese Take Out

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It was bad enough when “Jurassic Park’s” dinosaurs trampled over Hong Kong stalwarts to become the all-time box office champ of the territory in 1993. But when Keanu Reeves outdistanced Jackie Chan…

Sometimes On Sunday

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The longest-running show in town – excluding, of course, “The Mousetrap” – must be the ongoing issue of Sunday matinees, which raises its head every so often only to go underground for another few…

H’wood Tries To Think Small

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The new corporate mantra among studio executives these days is that austerity begins at home. Studios are looking for ways to fight soaring costs on film sets while indies are realizing big profits…

Kathleen Tynan

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Kathleen Tynan, who gained widespread acclaim for a biography of her late husband, drama critic Kenneth Tynan, died Jan. 10 of cancer. She was 57. Her husband, who died in 1980, was London’s most…

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