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Herman Wouk obituary

Author of The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of War who championed traditional Jewish values and American patriotism

At the beach and poolside in the Catskills holiday resorts popular with Jewish New Yorkers in the 1950s, along with the straw hats, suntan lotion and one-piece bathing suits, the novels of Herman Wouk reigned supreme. Saul Bellow and Bernard Malamud may have received lavish praise from critics in the New York Times, but Wouk’s bestsellers easily outsold the work of every other Jewish writer in the Us.

Wouk, who has died aged 103, was an award-winning novelist whose books were made into Hollywood movies, a playwright and an author of screenplays. He wrote books about Judaism and modern belief. Throughout, he voiced a conservative view of ethics and morality that remained largely unamended in the course of a writing career of more than six decades.
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Herman Wouk, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of ‘The Caine Mutiny,’ Dies at 103

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Herman Wouk, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of ‘The Caine Mutiny,’ Dies at 103
Herman Wouk, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and author of novels including “The Caine Mutiny” and “The Winds of War,” has died. He was 103.

According to the Associated Press, he was just 10 days away from his 104th birthday. His literary agent, Amy Rennert, has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment, but she told the AP that he died in his sleep in Palm Springs, California.

The Caine Mutiny,” which was released in 1951 won Wouk the Pulitzer Prize and was then adapted into the 1954 film starring Humphrey Bogart. The film, directed by Edward Dmytryk, scored seven Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture. It was also adapted into a stage play which first played on Broadway in 1954.

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His later novels include “The Winds of War” (1971) and “War and Remembrance” (1978), which were adapted
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Herman Wouk Dies: ‘The Winds Of War’ & ‘The Caine Mutiny’ Author Was 103

Herman Wouk Dies: ‘The Winds Of War’ & ‘The Caine Mutiny’ Author Was 103
Herman Wouk, who authored books that became legendary films and TV programs including The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of War, died today in his sleep in Palm Springs, the Associated Press reports. He was 103.

Wouk published about a dozen novels and a handful of plays and nonfiction books during a 70-year career, and many became landmark screen adaptations. His World War II novel The Winds of War hit bookstores in 1971 and was followed by the 1978 sequel War and Remembrance. Both were turned into smash ABC miniseries — with Winds of War airing in 1983 and War and Remembrance in 1988. Both starred Robert Mitchum as Capt. Victor “Pug” Henry and earned multiple Emmys.

Born on May 27, 1915 in the Bronx, Wouk — like so many other young Americans — join the Armed Forces after Pearl Harbor, serving in the Navy. He began writing while off watch aboard ship. And his best-known works chronicled seaman during
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Herman Wouk, Author of ‘Caine Mutiny,’ ‘Winds of War,’ Dies at 103

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Herman Wouk, Author of ‘Caine Mutiny,’ ‘Winds of War,’ Dies at 103
Herman Wouk, the author of novels adapted to the big and small screen, including “The Caine Mutiny,” “Marjorie Morningstar,” “The Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance,” has died. He was 103.

The Caine Mutiny,” a 1951 bestseller that won Wouk the Pulitzer Prize, was memorably adapted into the 1954 film starring Humphrey Bogart, who played the paranoid, mentally unstable captain of a Navy minesweeper whose actions drive his subordinates to mutiny. That pic, directed by Edward Dmytryk and also starring Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurray, drew seven Oscar nominations, including those for best picture and screenplay for Stanley Roberts.

Wouk relied upon his wartime experiences not only for “The Caine Mutiny,” but for his later novels “The Winds of War” (1971) and “War and Remembrance” (1978). These expansive works, which followed one character, Navy Commander Victor “Pug” Henry, through seemingly every important moment in WWII, were adapted into the highly successful ABC miniseries of the same name.
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April 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Master Of Dark Shadows, Glass, Grave Of The Vampire, The Manitou

April 16th’s home media releases feature a small but eclectic array of titles, including Glass, the latest from M. Night Shyamalan, Replicas featuring Keanu Reeves, the Master of Dark Shadows documentary, and a trio of genre classics from Scream Factory: The Manitou, Grave of the Vampire, and Superstition. Other titles headed to Blu-ray and DVD this week include Cynthia and Close Calls.

Glass

Night Shyamalan brings together two of his standout original films—Unbreakable and Split— in this explosive comic book thriller. Elijah Price, also known as Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), finds David Dunn (Bruce Willis) pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb's superhuman figure, The Beast (James McAvoy), in a series of escalating encounters. Price, armed with secrets critical to both men, emerges as a shadowy orchestrator.

Alternate Opening Deleted Scenes The Collection of Main Characters A Conversation with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan Bringing the Team Back Together David Dunn vs.
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Jan-Michael Vincent obituary

American actor who found fame in Big Wednesday, Airwolf and The Winds of War

The actor Jan-Michael Vincent, who has died aged 73 of cardiac arrest, had the formidable, sun-bleached good looks and strapping physique to be a successful leading man, but only some of the talent required and precious little of the wisdom or luck.

His most notable work was as one of a trio of blond Malibu surfer buddies in John Milius’s mythic and highly regarded coming-of-age drama Big Wednesday (1978). The film follows its characters from the start of the 1960s to the mid-70s as they variously confront maturity, fatherhood, Vietnam and the eternal allure of the Pacific ocean. Vincent, a passionate surfer himself, came to Milius’s attention after the film’s co-writer Dennis Aaberg saw him catching waves at Topanga. Though stunt doubles were involved in the filming, he and his co-stars, Gary Busey and William Katt,
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Jan-Michael Vincent, Star of Airwolf and The Mechanic, Dies at 73

Joseph Baxter Mar 8, 2019

Former Hollywood heartthrob Jan-Michael Vincent, star the hit TV series, Airwolf, is revealed to have died last month.

Jan-Michael Vincent, former star of the smash 1980s TV series, Airwolf, has died, reportedly at the age of 73. It’s an occurrence that, in actuality, took place nearly a month ago – on February 10 – and we only just now learned.

According to Vincent’s death certificate, as obtained by THR, the actor passed away as a result of cardiac arrest at Mission Hospital's Memorial Campus in Asheville, North Carolina. His death caps off widely-reported struggles with drugs and alcohol, which led to a tumultuous personal life rife with permanent-injury-inducing accidents and shameful legal issues, notably connected to domestic violence. However, his downfall contrasts sharply with an auspicious early career.

Indeed, Vincent was essentially the Brad Pitt of the 1970s, bearing a name and chiseled-jawed countenance that was synonymous with the
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Jan-Michael Vincent Dies: ‘Airwolf’ Star & Golden Globe Nominee Was 73

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Jan-Michael Vincent Dies: ‘Airwolf’ Star & Golden Globe Nominee Was 73
Jan-Michael Vincent, who briefly rose to prominence as a young leading man in films in the 1970s and 1980s then became a TV star with CBS’ action series Airwolf in the mid-’80s, died February 10 in North Carolina. He was 73.

A death certificate obtained by TMZ noted Vincent died of cardiac arrest while a patient at an Asheville hospital. His death had not been previously reported.

Vincent started his career in the late 1960s with guest roles in TV series including Dragnet, Lassie, Bonanza and Gunsmoke before his first feature film, 1971’s Going Home opposite Robert Mitchum and Brenda Vaccaro. That led to a co-starring role opposite Charles Bronson in Michael Winner’s 1972 movie The Mechanic. He starred in several movies in rapid succession in the mid-’70s including trucker drama White Line Fever, World War II-set Baby Blue Marine, John Millius’ surfing pic Big Wednesday with Gary Busey and
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Jan-Michael Vincent, Titular Star of '80s Military Drama Airwolf, Dead at 74

Jan-Michael Vincent, Titular Star of '80s Military Drama Airwolf, Dead at 74
Golden Globe-nominated actor Jan-Michael Vincent, who starred in the 1980s series Airwolf, has died at the age of 74. Per TMZ, he passed away on Feb. 10 of cardiac arrest.

Vincent’s early television career included roles on Lassie, Bonanza and the one-season drama The Survivors, among other series. In 1983, he starred as Byron Henry in the ABC miniseries The Winds of War, a role that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

On the small screen, though, Vincent was best known as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the CBS action-adventure series Airwolf,
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Mpi announce release date for Dan Curtis doc ‘Master of Dark Shadows’

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Mpi Media Group has officially released the trailer and announced the release date for it the highly anticipated Master of Dark Shadows, a comprehensive celebration of the legendary Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis. The film will be available across digital platforms and on DVD April 16th 2019. The feature documentary, which was shot in New York, La and London, includes interviews with key actors and filmmakers involved in the undyingly popular story of vampire Barnabas Collins and all the eerie goings-on at the gloomy Maine mansion Collinwood. The documentary was directed by David Gregoryand is set to be released this spring.

Narrated by Ian McShane (Deadwood), Master of Dark Shadows offers insights from Curtis himself in addition to Oscar-winning writer-producer Alan Ball (True Blood), screenwriter William F. Nolan (Trilogy of Terror), author Herman Wouk (The Winds Of War), veteran actors Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Barbara Steele
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Master Of Dark Shadows Gets Official Trailer and April 16th Release Date

Through its initial airings and reruns of Dark Shadows, generations of horror fans spent afternoons in the formative years at the Collinwood mansion, where the vampire Barnabas Collins crossed paths with devious humans and all manner of monsters. In 2016, Dark Shadows celebrated its 50th anniversary, and now Mpi Media Group has wrapped production on Master of Dark Shadows, a new documentary featuring interviews with fans of the series and the cast members themselves. Along with announcing a release date of April 16th, Mpi Media Group has shared with us the official trailer for the upcoming documentary:

Mpi Media Group has officially released the trailer and announced the release date for it the highly anticipated Master Of Dark Shadows, a comprehensive celebration of the legendary Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis. The film will be available across digital platforms and on DVD April 16, 2019. The feature documentary,
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Flying Burrito Brothers’ ‘The Gilded Palace of Sin’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

The Flying Burrito Brothers’ 1969 debut never made it higher than 164 on the Billboard 200. But the album’s country-rock sound cast a shadow almost from day one, influencing artists ranging from the Rolling Stones to Tom Petty, Beck, Uncle Tupelo and entire generations of future Americana luminaries. The Burrito Brothers weren’t the first artists to hybridize country and rock. Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, for one, got there first, on songs like “Act Naturally.” But The Gilded Palace of Sin was druggier, sexier and more youthful — as much about the
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Master of Dark Shadows Release Date and Trailer Drop

Tony Sokol Mar 4, 2019

Collinwood casts a long shadow in upcoming doc on Dan Curtis' supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows.

"The Collins blood always had a rather-persistant strength," Barnabas Collins said in the iconic sixties daytime drama Dark Shadows. The series will get an infusion in the upcoming documentary Master Of Dark Shadows, which celebrates of the legendary Gothic series and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis. The Master of Dark Shadows release date is April 16, 2019, when the film will be available across digital platforms and on DVD. In Mpi Media Group's first Master of Dark Shadows trailer we learn the creator of the legendary Gothic soap opera was more than his horror he wrought on daytime and nighttime TV. 

Curtis has always been slightly hidden behind the dark shadows of Dark Shadows. Yes, each episode proclaimed the daytime series was a Dan Curtis production, but that was just because he was good at it.
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Mpi Media Group Wraps Production on Dark Shadows Documentary

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Through its initial airings and reruns of Dark Shadows, generations of horror fans spent afternoons in the formative years at the Collinwood mansion, where the vampire Barnabas Collins crossed paths with devious humans and all manner of monsters. In 2016, Dark Shadows celebrated its 50th anniversary, and now Mpi Media Group has wrapped production on Master of Dark Shadows, a new documentary featuring interviews with fans of the series and the cast members themselves.

Masters of Dark Shadows is slated for release this spring, and we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime, we have the official press release with more details:

Press Release: Mpi Media Group today announced it has completed production on the highly anticipated Master Of Dark Shadows, a comprehensive celebration of the legendary Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows and its visionary creator, Dan Curtis. The feature documentary, which was shot in New York,
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How 'Game of Thrones' Has Changed TV For the Better

How 'Game of Thrones' Has Changed TV For the Better
"Bad people is what I'm good at," Tyrion Lannister once boasted, and the man wasn't kidding. Over the past six years, Game of Thrones has introduced us to more outrageously bad people than any drama on television: killers, liars, tyrants and thieves. It's brought Westeros alive as a fantasy world where a conscience is a luxury nobody can afford – not even kings. HBO's epic fantasy blockbuster is gearing up for the seventh season, with the eighth and last chapter already on the horizon. That means we've got just 13 more episodes to spend in Westeros,
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History Like You’ve Never Seen It Before In ‘Time Traveling Bong’ – Tribeca Studio

When we say the word miniseries, such programs as Roots, The Winds of War or even The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story come to mind. Along comes Comedy Central’s Time Traveling Bong, which will not only put a huge twist on the genre, man, but leave viewers quite hungry. The show was co-created by the Broad City team of Ep/star Ilana Glazer, director/scribe Lucia Aniello and star/writer Paul Downs and follows cousins Jeff and Sharee (Downs and Glazer), who come…
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How Ryan Murphy Pioneered the Anthology Series

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How Ryan Murphy Pioneered the Anthology Series
Growing up in the 1970s, Ryan Murphy didn’t just watch the great TV mini-series of the day, epics such as Roots and The Winds of War: He was a superfan. “I had viewing parties for them when I was a child, which is insane, but I did,” the megaproducer told Vulture recently via telephone, chuckling at the memory. “I really, really loved them. To me they felt very exciting, like movie stars were coming to the small screen. It was like a jolt of adrenaline.” It seems appropriate, then, that while mini-series as they were once known have largely gone away, their spirit has been resurrected thanks to a programming form pioneered by Murphy with the 2011 launch of FX’s American Horror Story: the season-long anthology series. Rather than serving up story lines that continue for years, Ahs and a flood of similar projects (True Detective, Fargo,
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A Rare Conversation With Pulitzer Prize.Winning Writer Herman Wouk

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A Rare Conversation With Pulitzer Prize.Winning Writer Herman Wouk
Herman Wouk has never been one for half-measures. His two-volume World War II saga, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, ran to nearly 2,000 pages and was adapted into a corresponding pair of TV miniseries. His third novel, The Caine Mutiny, won a Pulitzer, spawned a Broadway play, and gave Humphrey Bogart a defining role of his career. Wouk’s meaty, breezy fiction (on the Navy, the Holocaust, Israel, Nixon, a starry-eyed Jewish girl who called herself Marjorie Morningstar) earned him millions of readers but precious few glowing reviews. Still, even as he aged out of both the cultural center and the typical human lifespan, the strict Orthodox Jew kept on writing. Last week, at the age of 100, he finally published a memoir — of sorts. Sailor and Fiddler skims his life story in two parts: “Sailor,” devoted to work and show business, and “Fiddler,” on Israel and
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Brandon Stoddard, Former ABC Entertainment President, Dead at 77

Brandon Stoddard, the former president of ABC Entertainment, who oversaw the groundbreaking mini-series “Roots,” died at his home in Bel-Air Monday following a long battle with cancer, a close friend of Stoddard’s told TheWrap. He was 77 years old.

Stoddard was inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Known as the “father of the miniseries,” Stoddard oversaw the production of “Roots,” “The Winds of War,” “The Thorn Birds,” “Rich Man, Poor Man,” “Masada,” “East of Eden” and “North and South.”

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In 1970, Stoddard joined ABC as director of daytime programs.
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Desperate Housewives Emmy-Nominated Actress Lost Her Fortune Following Stock-Market Crash

Polly Bergen: 'Desperate Housewives' Emmy nominee; winner for 'The Helen Morgan Story' (photo: Felicity Huffman, Doug Savant, and Polly Bergen in 'Desperate Housewives') (See previous article: "Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List'.") Polly Bergen began her lengthy — and to some extent prestigious — television career in 1950, making sporadic appearances in anthology series. She won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Single Performance – Lead or Supporting — beating Julie Andrews, Helen Hayes, Teresa Wright, and Piper Laurie — for playing troubled torch singer Helen Morgan (Show Boat) in the 1957 Playhouse 90 episode "The Helen Morgan Story," featuring veteran Sylvia Sidney as Morgan's mother. Curiously, Bergen's retelling of Helen Morgan's story was broadcast the same year that Ann Blyth starred in Michael Curtiz's Morgan biopic. Also titled The Helen Morgan Story, the film focused on the relationship between the singer and a
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