Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CBS's '48 Hours' To Investigate Wood's Death

CBS's '48 Hours' to investigate Natalie Wood's death. Link to article.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

It Takes a Thief Finally Coming to DVD October 11, 2011

It Takes a Thief - eOne Announces 'The Complete Series' of the 1968 Robert Wagner Show
18-DVD set with all 3 seasons and bonus material will ship in October

Alexander Mundy is the world's greatest cat burglar...until the day he gets caught. But thievery skills are an asset in the world of espionage, so Mundy is pardoned when he agrees to use his wily ways to help steal for the U.S. Government. 6-time Golden Globe Nominee Robert Wagner (Austin Powers, "Hart to Hart") stars in his TV debut. Star-studded guests include Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Peter Sellers and many more.

We've told you in the past that eOne Entertainment was working on a DVD release of Robert Wagner in It Takes a Thief - The Complete Series. Our most recent update was last Christmas Eve, with the expectation that we'd see the show come home in the Summer 2011 timeframe. That obviously moved, and now eOne has informed retailers that the 18-DVD collectible set will be available at last on October 11th.

Priced at $199.98 SRP, you will get all 3 seasons of the classic TV show from the late '60s, presented in the original full screen video format with English mono audio. There are English subtitles on board, too. Also included you'll find extras such as a Retrospective Featurette, a New Robert Wagner interview, the "Magnificent Thief" version of the Pilot Episode, "A Matter of Larceny" Interview with Glen A. Larson, and a Collectible Photo Book. Finalized package art hasn't been provided yet, but here's an early graphic that suggests which direction they're heading in. There's also a link to an listing for the title, but the big e-tailer isn't accepting pre-orders as of this writing. Check back, though!

Click below to pre-order.

It Takes a Thief - The Complete Series

Wagner drops out of TV series

Robert Wagner has dropped out of the new Charlie's Angels television series due to a scheduling conflict.

Wagner had taken over for John Forsythe as the voice of Charlie in the ABC remake, which will air later this year.

A statement from a production spokesman reads, "Due to his scheduling conflicts, Robert Wagner will need to step away from his duties as Charlie on Charlie's Angels."

Producers are now looking for another well-known TV personality to play crime agency boss Charles Townsend.

Annie Ilonzeh, Rachael Taylor and Minka Kelly will play the Angels on the new show.

Friday, July 15, 2011

It takes a movie star: Robert Wagner enjoying Turner Classic Movies guest stint

Robert Wagner appreciates spending some time in Robert Osborne's shoes.

As the primetime host of Turner Classic Movies begins a three-month break for what the network calls "minor surgery" and a subsequent vacation, veteran actor Wagner is the first of several guest hosts enlisted. Friday (July 15), he'll introduce several films made by Western star Tex Ritter -- father of John, grandfather of Jason -- and the next night, he'll present Clark Gable movies ("Mogambo," "Band of Angels").

"They are absolutely first-rate, top-of-the-line people," Wagner tells Zap2it of the TCM staff. "They run that organization so well, and they create such a tremendous atmosphere. They're wonderful, and so is Bob [Osborne]. We've been friends for years. We were both under contract to the Fox studio, so I go back a long time with him, and he's just one of the nicest people I've ever known. When they called me about this, I was thrilled and touched and flattered."

Still, for the vast Hollywood history that has seen him cast in everything from the 1953 "Titanic" to the "Austin Powers" spy spoofs, Wagner has no illusions about being another Robert Osborne.

"He is a master at that. It's kind of an interesting situation, because I think I'm the first person who's ever come in there (as a primetime stand-in, though Ben Mankiewicz is a daytime TCM host). I don't think he's ever missed an introduction in 17 years, and he's so highly respected by everyone."

MGM-musical veteran Jane Powell ("Royal Wedding") will be on TCM hosting duty next week, with Tippi Hedren ("The Birds") slated for the week of July 25. They're likely to draw on their own showbiz memories as Wagner has; he recalled being in the Broadway audience watching Robert Preston in "The Music Man" when he introduced the 1962 screen version Wednesday (July 13).

"They write so beautifully for those pieces," Wagner says of the TCM host segments. "I just suggested to them that I had seen Robert Preston on Broadway, so we put that kind of stuff in ... which they love, because it personalizes it."

Wagner also is able to do that with Clark Gable. "I tell the story about waiting there as a kid with his golf bag on my shoulder, hoping to caddy for him. He came out and looked at me and said, 'There's that kid again!' He was wonderful; he got me into MGM and was just so great to me. It's a nice thing to be able to add that."

Also a longtime television star through such series as "It Takes a Thief" and "Hart to Hart," Wagner -- who is married to actress Jill St. John -- is maintaining a home-screen presence through his recurring role as Tony DiNozzo's (Michael Weatherly) father on CBS' Tuesday hit "NCIS." He'll also be heard as Charlie in ABC's fall reboot of "Charlie's Angels," after having a share in the production of the original version.

"NCIS" is, according to Wagner, "the icing on the cake, to work with those people. They're just the best. They all have respect for one another, the writing is great, and I love that character. And I love Michael. I'm just crazy about him, so it's not a difficult thing to do. Our chemistry seems to work pretty well."

Working on his second autobiography now, Wagner also has been seen lately as a commercial spokesman. "Sometimes," he says, "I'll be driving down the road, and a guy will beep his horn at me and I'll look over and he'll say, 'I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you.' And that's the reverse-mortgage thing. The response to me in those kinds of presentations has been very gratifying. I believe in them, and I think that helps."

Monday, July 11, 2011

Turner Classic Movies Host to Take a Break

Robert Osborne, the longtime host of the Turner Classic Movies channel, plans to take a three-month leave of absence, the channel said in a statement Monday. Mr. Osborne, 79, will be undergoing minor surgery, the channel said, without specifying for what, as well as taking a vacation.

Perhaps assuaging viewers’ concerns, the channel noted that Mr. Osborne, who has been the channel’s host since 1994, recently renewed his contract. In his place, guest hosts including Robert Wagner, Jane Powell and Tippi Hedren will step in, with others to be announced “in the coming weeks,” the statement said. In the interim, Mr. Osborne will still appear in taped features like the channel’s guest programmer series and “The Essentials,” a weekly showing of a must-see film.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Robert Wagner to Voice Charlie in ABC’s Charlie’s Angels Reboot

ABC's long-gestating reboot of Charlie's Angels is a bit closer to reality today: The network has officially given the thumbs-up to producers Sony Pictures Television and Drew Barrymore to begin filming a pilot for the revival. Smallville vets Al Gough and Miles Millar are show-runners on the new Angels, which moves the action down to Miami. Casting sessions for Angels 3.0 (we're just going to forget about the pilot for Angles '88) began last week, with producers looking at both newcomers and more established actresses. Vulture hears one key part may already be filled, however: the voice of Charlie.

We've confirmed those Internet rumors that former Hart to Hart star Robert Wagner, who turns 81 next month, is in talks to serve as the Angels' unseen boss (the late John Forsythe was the original). We had been hoping the remake might utilize a more contemporary voice for the part (think Will Smith, or maybe even Barrymore). But our spies say that Wagner's casting is related to an old deal the actor had with original Angels producer Aaron Spelling that gave Wagner a stake in the Angels TV franchise. Wagner unsuccessfully sued Sony for a share of the profits from the movie versions of Angels, but he might have been able to make trouble for Sony had the studio tried to do a new TV version without his blessing. Paying Wagner to voice Charlie seems like a clever way to avoid any future headaches.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pieces of Robert Wagner’s Heart

The ageless Robert Wagner was the guest speaker at the Westside Center for Independent Living’s Holiday Tea. He spoke about his latest book, Pieces of My Heart – A Life, and reminisced about his long show business career, while answering questions about his life and book.

The octogenarian actor, who is still one handsome hunk, is slated to portray Charlie Townsend in the new Charlie's Angels remake. He has big shoes to fill – as the late, great John Forsythe was in the original TV series. But our money is on robust Robert to thrill the ladies – as he did at the Westside Holiday Tea.