Weaver’s daughter, Lydia Weaver, and son-in-law, Bruce Ostler, tell The Associated Press that he died at his New York City home Saturday night. No cause was given.
“I think it’s always been something that’s been swept under the rug,” said Stephen Farber, a journalist who chronicled the aftermath of the deadly 1982 “Twilight Zone” helicopter crash that killed actor Vic Morrow and two children.
“Anytime we are speaking to overseas visitors … the conversation always turns, at some point, to ‘Rocky,'” said Julie Coker Graham, president of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. “They ask, ‘Have you met Rocky?” A lot of them think it’s an actual, real-life person.”
The 53-year-old retired boxer says the movie is so true to life that watching it brought back painful memories of when a doctor had to remove a halo medical device from his skull. He’s pleased with the film, saying it accurately depicts his wild character traits, the dynamics of the home where he grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and his miraculous return to the ring.
“For me, for Christmas, that’s just the ultimate to be able to watch that movie. It’s so uplifting. That would be my gift,” she said. “It’s so beautiful, it’s such a classic and as I say, it’s really an inspiring story about family. I think it’s lovely.” The 60th Anniversary edition is available on DVD for $17.85.
Morgan Spurlock is planning a four-day, pop-up restaurant called “Holy Chicken!” beginning Saturday. He picked Columbus because it’s known for its role as a national test market.
“I’m on a mission to in-depth film interview a World War II combat veteran every single day,” the earnest 19-year-old says after a recent afternoon spent in the living room of William R. Hahn of Los Angeles, where Sharma mined the 93-year-old’s memories for hours.
“Before the Nicholl, people had no idea who I was and the script just went to the bottom of the pile — that’s just how it is out there,” she said. “The Nicholl makes a huge difference — it just makes you legitimate.”
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