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  • Film Review: 'A Hitman's Solitude Before the Shot'

    The slapstick assassin at the center of "A Hitman's Solitude Before the Shot" isn't the only one whose aim is off. German helmer Florian Mischa Boder clearly wants this silly-minded misfire, about a contract killer so out of practice he botches his first big assignment, to play like a cross between a classic Blake Edwards farce and the recent "OSS 117" spy-movie spoofs (with a soupcon of Ronald Neame's "Hopscotch" thrown in), but leading man Benno Furmann lacks either the charisma or comic timing to pull it off. It's an opportunity missed in an overplayed genre, limiting this Locarno Piazza Grande selection to mostly local play.
  • James Garner of 'Maverick,' 'Rockford Files' Dies at 86

    Amiable actor James Garner, whose moderately successful film career was eclipsed by two extraordinarily popular television series, "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files," has died, according to reports. He was 86. Like many popular leading men of Hollywood'...

    James Garner: Cowboy, soldier, detective, astronaut, race car driver

    James Garner, who died Saturday at the age of 86, was tall, handsome and athletic, all qualities that made for longevity as a leading man. Garner, a native Oklahoman, came to fame on television as the laid-back Bret Maverick in the 1950s western, went...

    Joseph T. Naar, TV, Film Producer and WMA Agent, Dies at 88

    Joseph T. Naar, a former William Morris agent who went to produce blaxploitation vampire pics "Blacula" and "Scream Blacula Scream," as well as TV series "Starsky and Hutch," died January 17. He was 88. At WMA, after Naar was fast-tracked through the...

    Gavin MacLeod captains a memoir

    Gavin MacLeod captains a memoir
    This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Gavin MacLeod was a fixture on television for years. From 1970 to 1977, he played sweet-natured news writer Murray Slaughter on CBS' "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." No sooner did "MTM"...