News Nuggets: Emmy champ James Garner (‘The Rockford Files,’ ‘Maverick’) dies at age 86

Pete Hammond offers a special appreciation of actor James Garner, who died on Saturday at age 86. He was a two-time Emmy Award winner for his leading role in “The Rockford Files” (1977) and for producing the telefilm “Promise” (1987) among his 15 career nominations. He was first known for his starring role in the western “Maverick.” The Television Academy inducted him into the TV Hall of Fame in 1990. He starrred in over 50 films and earned an Oscar nomination as Best Actor for “Murphy’s Romance” (1985). The Screen Actors Guild presented their life achievement award to Garner in 2005. Hammond says, “I can hardly think of any other actor who so successfully could bounce from major TV stardom to major movie stardom and back again without missing a beat. A lot of stars were afraid of television, but not Garner, who showed you could do series TV and commercials and not have it harm your status as a movie star.  And a movie star he was, even if he didn’t do the kind of theatrical motion picture roles that win Oscars, or even nominations, or even, apparently, Honorary Oscars.” Deadline.

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Tina Fey remembers actress Elaine Stritch, who died at her Michigan home on Thursday at age 89. Stritch appeared as a guest star on Fey’s series “30 Rock” several times, receiving five Emmy nominations and winning in 2007. Fey said, “Elaine was a ‘tough old bird,’ but I suspect she may have been a ‘tough old bird’ since birth. I loved her voice, her timing, her stories and her natural elegance.” She played the elderly mother of Alec Baldwin‘s character Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy. Baldwin said on Twitter, “I’m sure that even God is a bit nervous right now. I love you, Elaine.” Elaine also earned two other Emmys for guesting on “Law and Order” (1993) and the variety special “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” (2004). That program also brought Stritch her only Tony Award in 2002 although she had a lengthy Broadway career. People.

The summer box office continues its downward spiral this weekend, with just $130 million combined compared to $174 this same time last year. Sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” drops 50% from last weekend but still holds the top spot with $36 million. Newcomer “The Purge: Anarchy” is in second place with $28.3 million, followed by the debut of “Planes: Fire and Rescue” with $18 million. The big bomb of the week is “Sex Tape” starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel with just $15 million for its debut. Thompson on Hollywood.

 Actress Annette Bening holds onto her seat as a governor for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each branch of the film academy has three governors on staggered terms, so one of them is up for election every year. In election results announced Friday, Bening pushed back challenges by Geena Davis, Amy Madigan, and Kerry Washington. The other two acting branch governors — Ed Begley, Jr. and Tom Hanks — were not up for reelection this year. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current Academy president overseeing the Oscars, also won her seat again. Producers branch governor Gale Ann Hurd was defeated by Albert Berger. Directors branch governor Lisa Cholodenko was knocked out by Edward Zwick. L.A. Times.

The Paul Thomas Anderson film “Inherent Vice” is chosen as the centerpiece of the next New York Film Festival. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Benicio Del Toro, it will make its debut on October 4, two months before its wide release on December 12. The David Fincher film “Gone Girl” with Ben Affleck has already been anounced as the opening night selection of that film festival. Variety.

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Fox TV producers, executives, and stars discuss the upcoming fall season with television critics. Former “Saturday Night Live” writer John Mulaney chats about “copying” the similar show “Seinfeld” while his co-star Nasim Pedrad talks about her recent “SNL” departure. “Gotham” producers say they will not “break the canonical iron truths” of the Batman mythology. “Bones” producers hope their show will continue beyond next season. TV Guide.

Actor Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf“) is set to host the Teen Choice Awards August 10 on Fox. Fans ages 13-19 can vote for their favorites through the day before the ceremony. Stars scheduled to appear include Keegan Allen, Jake T. Austin, Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale, Kellan Lutz, Chloe Grace Moretz, Cody Simpson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Bella Thorne. TV by the Numbers.

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