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Ned Beatty, Who Made Quite the First Impression in ‘Deliverance,’ Dies at 83 (Report)

Ned Beatty, who made an indelible first impression in Deliverance before turning in noteworthy efforts in Nashville, Network and Homicide: Life on the Street as one of the most respected character actors of his time, has died, according to TMZ. He was 83.Beatty reportedly died Sunday in his sleep at his home. Further details were […]

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Ronee Blakley Returns to Music With a Dylan Cover and a George Floyd Song Bookending New Album, ‘Atom Bomb Baby’

Ronee Blakley still remains better known to many as an actor than a singer-songwriter, thanks to screen appearances like her Oscar-nominated turn in “Nashville” and later appearance in “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” But she was releasing major-label albums in the early ’70s before a plum Robert Altman part landed her on the cover of […]

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Liesl Tommy to Direct Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures is moving ahead on its Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect,” tapping stage director Liesl Tommy to direct.MGM set the project in motion a year ago when it was announced that Jennifer Hudson — who won a supporting actor Oscar for “Dreamgirls” — had been personally selected for the role by Franklin. The […]

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