Tuesday, May 31, 2016

RIP Andrew Gosling

Andrew Gosling obituary

The Guardian
By Ian Keill
May 31, 2016

Director and producer involved in many successful television ventures, including The End of the Pier Show and Late Night Line-Up

Andrew Gosling, who has died aged 71, was a television pioneer. In 1974, he was one of the first to use blue screen, a by-product of colour television, while he was directing (and I was producing) the musical comedy series The End of the Pier Show for BBC2.

The show featured John Wells, John Fortune, Madeline Smith and the composer and conductor Carl Davis, with three new songs and a couple of guests each week. Wells once described it as “a programme for dirty-minded insomniacs”. Andrew had heard that if a particular colour were isolated, he could make our microscopic studio look bigger by inlaying artwork behind (and sometimes in front) of the performers, and give perspective by “drawing” the scenery. The illustrator Bob Gale agreed to create dozens of artwork captions for each programme. But the studio size restricted our efforts, and an infuriating blue halo would keep appearing round the performers.

So when we did The Snow Queen (1976), an hour-long fairy tale with live actors and animated cartoon animals in the same shot, we graduated to a larger studio. Until that moment there had been an edict that “the BBC does not do fairy tales”. They were considered too difficult. But bolstered by sheer ignorance, and the new possibilities of blue screen, Andrew and I ignored the rule and went for it. The Snow Queen certainly had plenty of rough edges but, as noone had seen anything quite like it before on television, we got away with it. The programme, shown on BBC2 on Christmas Day, sold all over the world.

Andrew was born in West Tytherley, Hampshire, one of four children of Robin, a farmer, and his wife, Angela. The success of his Eton production of Murder in the Cathedral resulted in Andrew being selected for a job with the Oxford Playhouse. He then worked as an “ASM and small parts” at the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, Yorkshire, followed by a stint with the Century travelling theatre. He became a trainee at Associated Redifussion television in the 1960s, and learned film editing. At the Gordon Bradley production company he edited early pop promos, including Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields by the Beatles.

Joining BBC2 in the late 1960s, Andrew edited films for arts features. Then he worked on the long-running Late Night Line-Up and a film celebrating Wordsworth’s bicentenary (1970), which was our first collaboration. Andrew switched to studio directing for LNLU and its spin-off Up Sunday (1972-73), with Willie Rushton, Clive James, James Cameron (“the conscience of Fleet Street”) and Kenny Everett. There was something of “the Fringe” about it; we were certainly strapped for cash.

After the Snow Queen came an “experimental musical”, with artwork by Graham McCallum, In the Looking Glass (1977). The Light Princess (1978) and The Mystery of the Disappearing Schoolgirls (1980) both featured artwork by the children’s illustrator Errol le Cain. Andrew directed them with a reassuring calmness that he did not necessarily feel.

The Ghost Downstairs (1982) received a Design and Art Direction award for the best use of graphics in a drama – and caught the eye of the animation director Richard Williams, celebrated for his Oscar-winning film of A Christmas Carol (1971). He suggested we make a Hollywood feature using the new techniques, but the BBC was not into that sort of thing – so Williams did it himself, as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

Andrew worked with blue (and green) screen for the TV movies Moving Pictures (1980), with Alison Steadman and Wells, and The Pyrates (1986), an adaptation of George Macdonald Fraser’s book. He and I also made rather more conventional programmes, including two series of the sketch show Rutland Weekend Television (1975-76) with Eric Idle and The Innes Book of Records (1978-81) with Neil Innes.

Then Andrew saw a copy of the Mirror’s “Jane” strip cartoons in a Soho bookshop and in 1982 we did two series featuring Glynis Barber as the accident-prone glamour girl. The programme won a Royal Television Society original programme award, two Baftas for McCallum’s wonderful artwork, and featured on a Radio Times cover.

Together Andrew and I made an assortment of gardening programmes for Catalyst TV, including Geoff Hamilton’s Gardener’s World. Andrew directed a Canadian musical, The King of Friday Night (1985) and a musical documentary in Australia, Song of the Outback (2010). He was a prime mover in several TV development projects in Kenya (1995) and Uganda (1998-99), including soap operas that promoted important underlying messages on health and education. Our April fool spoof A Question of Fact (1986), which suggested that Hitler had visited the UK at the invitation of Unity Mitford, featured in a retrospective screening at the National Film Theatre on 1 April 2014.

For many years Andrew and his second wife, Imogen Halahan, and their daughter, Matilda, lived an idyllic existence on the island of Osea in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex. The island was the subject of his 1981 film Causeway’s End. Andrew enjoyed sailing, and loved cycling (10 miles every day, minimum). That interest was immortalised in Bicycle Clips (1983). His outlook on life was always cheerful. Even during his last long illness he emanated a feeling of optimism. He was a great family man, the perfect work colleague and a wonderful friend.

He is survived by Imogen, whom he married in 1977, and Matilda; by two daughters, Amanda and Catherine, from his first marriage, to Rosie, which ended in divorce; and by his sister, Annabel, and brothers, Alexander and Robert.

• Andrew Gosling, television director and producer, born 26 October 1944; died 11 May 2016

GOSLING, Andrew (Andrew Edward Gosling)
Born: 10/26/1944, West Tytherley, Hampshire, U.K.
Died: 5/11/2016, Essex, England, U.K.

Andrew Gosling’s western – film editor:
Scenes from Django Unchained - UK Winner - 2013

Monday, May 30, 2016

RIP Sieghardt Rupp

Actor Sieghardt Rupp is dead

It has only now become known that the film, TV and theater star Sieghardt Rupp died in July 2015 aged 84 years.  There had been long been rumors of his death and the German film archive confirmed it only now.

By the late-1990s, the actor Sieghardt Rupp, known for his appearances in "crime films", had completely withdrawn from the theater and film business. Most recently, he lived a very secluded life, even his death had not been revealed, according to "courier" at his request. During the preparations of the retrospective on the occasion of his 85th birthday that the film archive had now learned that the actor is no longer alive.

In fact, the actor died on July 20, 2015, at 84 years in Vienna, as well as the Vienna newspaper "Falter" reported the previous week. Sieghardt Rupp was born on June 14, 1931 in Bregenz.  He studies at the University of World Trade in Vienna (today a business university), the son of a school principal he soon and moved to the Max Reinhardt Seminar.

Appeared in "A Fistful of Dollars"

After engagements at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, the Landestheater Linz and at the Vienna Volkstheater he committed to the Josefstadt, guesting in the summer months at various outdoor stages (Bad Hersfeld, Wunsiedel, Melk, Stockerau, Perchtoldsdorf).

One of his first film roles he played in 1959 in the Showgirl thriller "Girl for the Mambo Bar" under director Wolfgang Glück ("Student Gerber", "'38 - Vienna Before the Fall"). In the 1960s they build Rupp under the name Tommy Rupp in home movies such "The Ranger Christl" for the heartthrob, lies in the stereotypes.  With the movie "Among Vultures" he appeared 1964 as the western genre in which he was  also in "A Fistful of Dollars" as the villain Esteban Rojo under the direction of Sergio Leone and became internationally known.

 Success as the customs investigator Kressin in "Tatort"

He also appeared in comedies (such as "The Last Temptation" with Louis de Funes, 1966), war movies ("Steiner - the Iron Cross" with Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger, 1977) Success and literary adaptations such as "Lulu" ( 1962) along with Hildegard Knef and Mario Adorf.  He  ruled as the villain. Definitively a star in the German-speaking countries, he finally gained stardom in the 1970s for his role as customs investigator Kressin in "Tatort".

After he exited from the "crime scene" Rupp again increased his work load on the stage and taught from 1986 also at the Reinhardt Seminar as a specialist in "role design".  For his portrayal of conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler at the theater in the Josefstadt 1997 he was awarded the Kainz Medal. The Film Archive honors the film, TV and theater star now from June 1 to 28 with a retrospective.

RUPP, Sieghardt
Born: 6/14/1931, Bregernz, Vorarlberg, Austria
Died: 7/20/2015, Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Sieghardt Rupp’s westerns – actor:
The Last Ride to Santa Cruz - 1963 (Fernando)
Fistful of Dollars - 1964 (Esteban Rojo) [as S. Rupp]
Frontier Hellcat - 1964 (Preston)
The Man Called Gringo - 1965 (Reno)
Who Killed Johnny R.? – 1965 (Captain Jason Conroy)
Blood at Sundown – 1966 (Ralph)
Tales of the Wild West (TV) – 1969

Friday, May 27, 2016

RIP Rosanna Huffman

RIP Rosanna Huffman

Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2016

August 12, 1938 - May 20, 2016 Rosanna Levinson, nee Huffman, passed away on May 20, 2016 at her home in Santa Monica, CA. After a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, she decided not to seek treatment but instead to spend her final days at home with the family she loved, her cat Happy, and Turner Classic Movies. Even through her illness Rosanna kept her wicked sense of humor.

Rosanna was born in 1938 in Timblane, a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania, to Doras and Christine Huffman, followed later by her beloved brother Joe. Despite not knowing the rules of any sport, Rosanna was her high school's head cheerleader and Homecoming Queen. She put herself through two years of teaching college before moving to New York with the dream of singing on Broadway. She promptly did, landing the lead role in "Half a Sixpence."

She met television writer Richard Levinson at a party and after multiple proposals, she finally said yes. The two were married, moved to Los Angeles, and had one daughter, Chrissy. Rosanna continued to act in Los Angeles, both on stage and screen. She played the lead role in the critically acclaimed musical "Jane Heights" and worked as a voiceover artist for nearly 30 years in both film and television.

After losing her adored husband Richard to a heart attack when she was only 47, Rosanna raised their daughter with joy, love, and endless support. No one had more fun than she did, and the friends who filled her life were equally joyful and cherished. Before she died, she made clear that she would desperately miss seeing her grandchildren, Leo and Margot, grow into adults; she would miss her nightly calls with her daughter; she would miss Christmas dinner, but she also made clear that it was her time, and that she was ready to go.

Her service will be private, but if you wish to make a donation in her name, she was a big supporter of The Humane Society. The sun will shine a little less bright without her, but Rosanna would rather have you sing than cry. So hum a little tune for her.

HUFFMAN, Rosanna
Born: August 12, 1938, Timblane, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: May 20, 2016 Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.

Rosanna Huffman’s western – actress:
The Big Valley (TV) – 1967 (Martha Dunn)

RIP Angela Paton

'Groundhog Day' Actress Angela Paton Dies at 86

The Hollywood Reporter
By The Associated Press
May 26, 2016

Paton most recently appeared in a 2012 run of 'Harvey' on Broadway.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angela Paton, an actress best known for appearing with Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, has died. She was 86.

Her nephew George Woolf says Paton died Thursday in Oakland, California, where she had been in hospice care after a recent heart attack.

Paton played Mrs. Lancaster, the kindly, elderly, small-town innkeeper who played host to Murray on his never-ending day in 1993's Groundhog Day.

She had 91 film and television credits, nearly all of them after she was in her late 50s.

Before that she had a long stage career based mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, and founded a theater in Berkeley. She most recently appeared in a 2012 run of Harvey on Broadway.

Her movie credits also include 2003's American Wedding and the 1997 Lolita.

PATON, Angela
Born: 1/11/1930, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/26/2016, Oakland, California, U.S.A.

Angela Paton’s western – actress:
The Last of His Tribe (TV) – 1992 (Mrs. Gustafson)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

RIP Nancy Dow

RIP Nancy Dow

Daily Mail
By Regina F. Graham
May 25, 2016

Actress Jennifer Aniston's estranged mother, Nancy Dow, passed away sometime on Wednesday, reports say.

The Friends star visited her 79-year-old mother for the first time in nearly five years on May 12, according to In Touch Weekly.

'Jen must have had a wake-up call and wanted to see her mother one last time before she passes,' an insider told the magazine.

Dow reportedly had suffered a series of strokes and lost the ability to speak and walk prior to her death, the magazine reported.

According to Radar Online, Dow was rushed from her apartment unit in Toluca Lake, California just after midnight on Sunday by four paramedics.

A neighbor who witnessed the emergency situation said that she 'was apparently close to death.'
'Her hands were curled up to her face and her skin was grey,' another source told Radar Online.
'She was wheeled out then very late at night at 1.30am. On Monday morning, all the lights were on in the apartment and the door was wide open.'

DOW, Nancy E.
Born: 7/22/1936, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/25/2016, Toluca Lake, California, U.S.A.

Nanvy E. Dow’s western – actress:
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (Tersa)