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Idaho Teen Takes Dead Aim at Hollywood

For the moment, the most famous showbiz connection involving the small town of Eagle, Idaho is a resident by the name of George Kennedy. The actor, who turns 86 next month, won an Academy Award for Cool Hand Luke and was a willing, onscreen foil for the late Leslie Nielsen.

Hoping to soon follow in those footsteps is 13-year-old local Connor Williams (pictured), originally from Folsom, California. Williams is showcasing himself with full confidence via the URL ImGoingtoHollywood.com, where his biography informs that he directed his first short film at age ten and collected his inaugural festival prize soon thereafter.

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Mark Kriski Released from the Hospital After a Nearly Two-Month Stay

KTLA’s Mark Kriski has been released from Northridge Hospital and is back home recuperating from a more than two-month battle with viral pneumonia. “It looks like I’m out of the woods,” Kriski tells Fishbowl LA by phone, his voice strong but by no means fully recovered. “Hopefully third time is the charm.”

Kriski, who’s been in and out of the hospital a couple of times since before Thanksgiving,  says he had no ordinary case of viral pneumonia–it was an anti-biotic resistant strain, a Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) infection. What began with him catching an office-wide flu, soon morphed into something much worse. “One day [doctors] were trying Penicillin, the next day something else, the next day something else. Leslie Nielsen and Jack LaLanne just died of pneumonia. Thankfully I’m younger than both those guys, but this was quite a fight.”

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A Tale of Two Leslie Nielsen Trailers

Even though he was 84, the late beloved Canadian-born actor Leslie Nielsen maintained a busy schedule before he became sick. In the wake of his death last month, two films featuring the performer are looking at very different scenarios.

The first, Stonerville, a low-brow live action comedy co-starring Pauly Shore, snagged an immediate DVD deal with Screen Media Films and is scheduled for release in January. The other, animated work-in-progress The Waterman Movie, has got a Paypal link up at its website soliciting donations.

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Leslie Nielsen, RIP

Famed comic actor Leslie Nielsen died Sunday at a Florida hospital from complications from pneumonia. He was 84.

The Canadian-born actor is best known for his roles in the films Airplane! and The Naked Gun trilogy. The part in Airplane! proved to be pivotal for Nielsen, who had at that time built his career on dramatic roles. Airplane! provided an introduction for Nielsen as a comic force, as well as one of the most famous movie quotes of all time:

Robert Hays: “Surely you can’t be serious?”
Nielsen: “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”



Nielsen’s career stretched over six decades. He got his start performing on live television in New York. He came to Hollywood in the mid-1950s and began working in film. His early work included Forbidden Planet, Tammy and the Bachelor with Debbie Reynolds, and most notably a role as ship captain in The Poseidon Adventure.

Nielsen’s more recent films include Spy Hard, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, and Mr. Magoo.