Got You in a Stranglehold Baby: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | April 22, 2012 | Comments ()


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5. You Know About Dick Clark; Jonathan Frid and Greg Ham Also Died.

The real Barnabas Collins (as opposed to the Tim Burtonized Johnny Depp tragicharicature), Jonathan Frid was dignified, yet scary--as any real vampire should be. Frid also starred in Oliver Stone's Seizure and has a cameo in the 2012 film version of Dark Shadows. Though word of his passing came only this past week, Frid actually died on Friday the 13th.


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Meanwhile, Men at Work musician, Greg Ham was found dead in his home this week. The 58 year old's flute and saxophone skills helped propel their 1981 debut, Business As Usual to the top of the charts. Sadly, a 2010 questionable lawsuit won against the band (for plagiarizing the flute riff in Down Under), devastated Ham; his cause of death is thus far unknown.


4. The Von Trapp Kids Put Out a Book Together.

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The seven, savvy Sound of Music singers have stayed close over the years and intend to keep raking in the big bucks with their latest collaboration: The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook. The book is filled with photos and behind-the-scenes stories and the "kids" (ranging in age from early 50s to late 60s) are out on signing tours now.


3. The Secret Service Went After Ted Nugent.

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Conservative rocker and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent piqued the feds' interest with a threatening statement he made at an NRA conference: "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year." Luckily for him, Nugent was found guilty of hyperbole rather than a serious threat.

2. Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Made a Deal to (Try to) Reuinite Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone for Focus.

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Crazy Stupid Love's Ficarra and Requa made a deal with Warner Bros for their next feature, a romantic caper-style film that follows an experienced con man falling for a newbie grifter. The directors have made it clear they want a Stone/Gosling re-teaming and let's be honest--who doesn't want to see that? The pair have already completed filming Ruben Fleischer's (Zombieland) second outing, The Gangster Squad, with predictably adorable results (as seen in photos above)...we say, keep GoStone coming.


1. Guy Pearce Joined Iron Man 3.

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BOO-effing-YAH. Pearce will reportedly play "Aldrich Killian, a geneticist who helps invent the Extremis virus, a nanotechnology serum that can boost human performance significantly and help the body rebuild from injury." But we don't really care what character he plays--just put this talented, hot Aussie in all the things.


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