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More awful news continues to roll in as actress and Gemini Award winner Shirley Douglas has passed away at the age of 86. The news was revealed by her son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, with a heartbreaking post on his Twitter account. 'Early this morning, my mother, Shirley Douglas, passed away due to complications surrounding pneumonia,' Sutherland writes. He also adds: My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite some time and we, as a family, knew this day was coming.'
Born in Saskatchewan in 1934, Douglas celebrated her 86th birthday just days ago. She is the daughter of former Saskatchewan Premier Tommy Douglas, though Shirley was drawn to performing as a young girl. She officially began working as an actress in 1950 with a role in the Dominion Drama Festival, managing to win a best actress award with her debut performance. She'd further hone her craft at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London where she graduated in 1952, going on to appear in several television and stage shows in England with her early career.googletag.cmd.pushfunction ;
In 1962, Douglas took on one of her most memorable early roles when she appeared in the famous Stanley Kubrick movie Lolita. In the movie, she played the piano teacher Mrs. Starch. She also had a starring role as the family matriarch in the comedy series Wind at My Back, which ran between 1996 and 2001. Some of her other well-known roles include playing the titular feminist in the TV movie Nellie McClung, Mayor Riley in the Canadian legal drama Street Legal, and Grandma in the children's movie Barney's Great Adventure. Douglas would also provide voices for the animated shows Flash Gordon and Silver Surfer, and narrated the children's TV series Franklin. In 2000, she won the Gemini Award for her role in the TV movie Shadow Lake.
Douglas is also famous for her activism dating back several decades, following her move to Los Angeles in the late '60s. She was an early champion for the American Civil Rights Movement and notably spoke out against the Vietnam War. She is known for her work with the Black Panthers, leading to an arrest in 1969 for allegedly attempting to buy hand grenades for use by the group. Though Douglas professed her innocence and said she was framed, the United States government denied her work permit, essentially forcing her to leave the country and head back home to Canada with her children. More recently, Douglas had vocalized her support for Canada's universal healthcare system, which was fitting as her late father had been the one to bring Medicare to Canada.
Douglas' survivors include sons Thomas Sicks and Kiefer Sutherland; daughter Rachel Sutherland; and granddaughter Sarah Sutherland. We send condolences their way at this difficult time. Clearly a talented woman with a good heart, her passing brings about...
A slew of TV casting happened this week, and we’re here to tell you all about it. Clarice, a Silence of the Lambs spin-off series that isn’t Hannibal, has found its lead, and so has the Kung Fu reboot. Meanwhile, the new pilot for The Lost Boys TV series has added a bunch of names as well. This will actually be the second attempt at a Lost Boys pilot – Warner Bros. TV fired the entire cast of their original pilot, save for two actors.Clarice Casting
Rebecca Breeds has been cast as Clarice Starling in Clarice, a new TV spin-off of The Silence of the Lambs on CBS. Per THR, the show is set in 1993, and “takes a deep dive into the untold personal story of Clarice Starling whom Jodie Foster played in the 1991 film as she returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high-stakes political world of Washington…Clarice is brilliant and vulnerable, a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Virginia. Her bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. Her complex psychological makeup comes from a challenging childhood, and her drive comes from her need to escape the burden of family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life.”
Hannibal Lecter is unlikely to appear as a character on the show, since the rights issues are a bit of a mess this is the same reason Clarice Starling never appeared as a character on Hannibal. My knee-jerk reaction to Clarice is that this is a bad idea. But I also thought the same thing as Hannibal, and that turned out to be one of my all-time favorite shows. That said, Hannibal was so great because it was so risky, creative, and unlike anything else on network TV. Will Clarice do the same?Kung Fu Casting
Kung Fu, the 1970s series starring David Carradine, is getting a gender-flipped reboot. Per The Wrap, Olivia Liang has landed the lead on the CW series, which has the following synopsis:
A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Chen, to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, Nicky uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice — all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her.
The original series ran from 1972 and 1975. There was also a reboot of sorts, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, which aired from 1993 to 1997.The Lost Boys Casting
Last summer, it was reported that CW’s The Lost Boys TV series was going through a major overhaul. A pilot had already been filmed for the series, but the network was unhappy with the results, and proceeded to let the entire cast – save for two...