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Dennis Donovan

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July 14, 2024

Does anyone know if there's any plans for DU "dark mode"

It's easier to find your cursor with dark mode.

June 13, 2023

Treat Williams killed in Vermont motorcycle accident at 71


Treat Williams, Star of 'Everwood' and 'Hair,' Dead at 71 Following Motorcycle Accident
"He was the nicest guy. He was so talented," Treat Williams' agent, Barry McPherson, tells PEOPLE

By Ingrid Vasquez and JP Mangalindan
Updated on June 12, 2023 10:03PM EDT

Treat Williams, the star of Everwood and Hair, has died after being involved in a motorcycle accident. He was 71.

The actor's death was confirmed to PEOPLE on Monday evening by his agent of 15 years, Barry McPherson.

"He was killed this afternoon. He was making a left or a right [and] a car cut him off," McPherson says. "I'm just devastated. He was the nicest guy. He was so talented."

"He was an actor's actor. Filmmakers loved him. He's been the heart of the Hollywood since the late 1970s," McPherson continues. "He was really proud of his performance this year. He's been so happy with the work that I got him. He's had a balanced career."

Cross gently, Treat

His last tweet, only a few hours ago.
May 14, 2023

Justine Bateman. actress, SAG/WGA/DGA and coder on the misuse of AI in Hollywood


Justine Bateman

May 13 • 14 tweets • 3 min read

I want to talk about AI and how it will affect you.
I’m a former SAG Board Member and former SAG Negotiating Committee member.
I’m also WGA and DGA. 1/

As a coder and someone with a computer science degree I want to tell you where I believe AI is going. 2/

1. AI-written scrips & digitally-scanned actors (image and/or voice). Both already exist. Some talent agencies are actively recruiting their clients to be scanned. You choose the projects and get 75 cents on the dollar. 3/

Your digital image can be triple and quadruple booked, so that bodes well for a 10 percenter. 4/

2. Films customized for a viewer, based on their viewing history, which has been collected for many years. Actors will have the option to have their image “bought out” to be used in anything at all. 5/

3. Films “ordered up“ by the viewer. For example, “I want a film about a panda and a unicorn who save the world in a rocket ship. And put Bill Murray in it.” 6/

4. Viewers getting digitally scanned themselves, and paying extra to have themselves inserted in these custom films. 7/

5. Licensing deals made with studios so that viewers can order up older films like STAR WARS and put their face on Luke Skywalker‘s body and their ex-wife‘s face on Darth Vader‘s body, etc. 8/

6. Training an AI program on an older hits TV series, and creating an additional season. FAMILY TIES, for example, has 167 episodes. An AI program could easily be trained on this, and create an eighth season. We only shot seven. 9/

AI has to be addresses now or never. I believe this is the last time any labor action will be effective in our business. If we don’t make strong rules now, they simply won’t notice if we strike in three years, because at that point they won’t need us. 10/end

Addendum: Actors, you must have iron-clad protection against the AI use of your image and voice in the SAG MBA or your profession is finished. Demand it from @sagaftra and do not accept any AMPTP proposal that does not have it.

Needless to say, no @IATSE crew members, no @Teamster drivers, and no #DGA directors will be needed. At first these efforts will be run by software project managers, and eventually even they won’t be needed.

Here are some visual aids (and they are probably outdated):

May 14, 2023

My father would be 100 years old on Thursday. Original Antifa.

(Dad is closest to the camera, in profile).
October 26, 2021

Mort Sahl, Whose Biting Commentary Redefined Stand-Up, Dies at 94


The comedian Mort Sahl early in his career. An inveterate contrarian and a wide-ranging skeptic, he was known to ask audiences, “Are there any groups I haven’t offended?”Credit...Leo Friedman

By Bruce Weber
Oct. 26, 2021
Updated 6:09 p.m. ET

Mort Sahl, who confronted Eisenhower-era cultural complacency with acid stage monologues, delivering biting social commentary in the guise of a stand-up comedian and thus changing the nature of both stand-up comedy and social commentary, died on Tuesday at his home in Mill Valley, Calif., near San Francisco. He was 94.

The death was confirmed by Lucy Mercer, a friend helping to oversee his affairs.

Gregarious and contentious — he was once described as “a very likable guy who makes ex-friends easily” — Mr. Sahl had a long, up-and-down career. He faded out of popularity in the mid-1960s, when he devoted his time to ridiculing the Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; then, over the following decades, he occasionally faded back in. But before that he was a star and a cult hero of the intelligentsia.

He had regular club dates in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, with audiences full of celebrities. He recorded what the Library of Congress has cited as “the earliest example of modern stand-up comedy on record,” the album “At Sunset.” (Though recorded in 1955, it was not released until 1958, shortly after the release of his official first album, “The Future Lies Ahead.”) By 1960, he had starred in a Broadway revue, written jokes for Kennedy’s presidential campaign, hosted the Academy Awards, appeared on the cover of Time and been cast in two movies (he would later make a handful of others).


Cross gently, Mort.
October 5, 2021

Alan Kalter, David Letterman's 'Late Show' Announcer, Dies at 78


He also performed in hilarious comic bits during his stint, which lasted from September 1995 until the host retired in May 2015.


Alan Kalter, who served as the announcer and performed hilarious comic bits for David Letterman during his two-decade run on CBS’ Late Show, has died. He was 78.

Kalter died Monday at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, his wife, Peggy, told The Hollywood Reporter.

The red-haired Kalter took over for the retired Bill Wendell as the Late Show announcer in September 1995 — about two years after Letterman moved from NBC to CBS — and remained through the host’s final program on May 20, 2015. On his first day on the job, Letterman tossed him into a pool.

With musical accompaniment from Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, Kalter announced the guests and cheekily introduced the host at the top of each show, then voiced the comic one-liner over the Worldwide Pants title card on the end credits.


Cross gently, Alan.
September 23, 2021

Tim Donnelly, Actor on 'Emergency!,' Dies at 77 (Chet Kelly)


He played firefighter Chet Kelly for six seasons on the 1972-77 NBC action series.


Tim Donnelly, who portrayed the fun-loving firefighter Chet Kelly on all six seasons of the 1970s NBC series Emergency!, has died. He was 77.

Donnelly died Friday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of complications from surgery, his older brother, director Dennis Donnelly, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Donnelly had appeared on the Jack Webb-produced shows Dragnet and Adam-12 when he was cast as Chet on the Webb-produced Emergency!, which starred Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe as firefighter/paramedics and Robert Fuller, Julie London and Bobby Troup as doctors.

Working out of Station 51 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Donnelly was on 122 episodes of the series, which ran from January 1972 until May 1977. His character was known for pulling practical jokes at the firehouse.


Aww! Cross gently, Tim...
September 10, 2021

Kali Cook, Galveston County's youngest COVID fatality, was 'beautiful', mother says


By JOHN WAYNE FERGUSON The Daily News 19 hrs ago

Kali Cook was 4 years old. She hated bows and liked to play with worms.

She lived in Bacliff with her mother, father and older siblings. She attended pre-kindergarten classes in the Dickinson Independent School District.

On Tuesday, she died of COVID-19, according to the Galveston County Health District.

About 2 a.m. Tuesday, Harwood’s [Kali's mother, Karra Harwood] mother noticed Kali had a fever, she said. They gave her medicine to combat it.

By 7 a.m., Kali was gone.

“She died in her sleep,” Harwood said.

Harwood and most of the rest of her family were quarantined because of their own COVID infections. She said she and her fiancé were out of work because of the pandemic.

Harwood said she wasn’t vaccinated.

“I was one of the people that was anti, I was against it,” she said. “Now, I wish I never was.”

She sacrificed her daughter for her stupid anti-vax views...

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