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Frank Thring Jr.

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Veteran actor Frank Thring Jr. died of cancer Dec. 29 in Melbourne, Australia. He was 68. Scion of a famous Aussie showbiz family, the actor had a public persona of flamboyance, wit and high-camp…

Bruce In Small Doses

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While actors like Marlon Brando can make millions of bucks doing cameos or supporting roles in movies, Bruce Willis winds up losing money. Willis, who got an estimated $15 million for “Die Hard With…

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Buzzings

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Last week’s item about the search for a new “Funny Girl” awarded Barbra Streisand a Tony she never actually won. Carol Channing got it that year, 1964, for “Hello, Dolly!”…

Gunter Meisner

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German character actor Gunter Meisner, best known in the U.S. as the evil Mr. Slugworth in “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” died of heart failure Dec. 5 in Berlin. He was 66. Fluent in four…

Rain Beneficiary

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The rampant rainstorms in Hollywood have threatened to turn the town into a replica of the futuristic set of Universal’s logistically troubled Kevin Costner starrer “Waterworld.” But the cloudbursts…

Ye Olde High Concept

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Who says Hollywood has no interest in the classics? Brian Daly, son of Warner Bros, topper Bob Daly, has sold a screenplay version of John Milton’s 17th-century epic poem “Paradise Lost” to WB-based…

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