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Nancy Sinatra Sr., First Wife of Frank Sinatra, Dead at 101

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[dropcap]N[/dropcap] ancy Sinatra, the first wife of singing legend Frank Sinatra died on Friday. She was 101.
Her daughter, Nancy Sinatra Jr., confirmed the news on social media. “My mother passed away peacefully tonight at the age of 101,” she wrote on Twitter. “She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything.”

Frank and Nancy married in February 1939, before his singing career took off. The two had three children together, Nancy, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Tina Sinatra. They separated in 1950. Frank went on to get married three more times.

Nancy remained friendly with her ex-husband.

“There is no bitterness, only great respect and affection between Sinatra and his first wife,” Gay Talese wrote in 1966. “And he has long been welcome in her home and has even been known to wander in at odd hours, stoke the fire, lie on the sofa, and fall asleep.”

Nancy Sr never remarried.

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Comic-Con 2018: movie and TV panel schedules

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Here are the movie and TV panels coming to Comic-Con International 2018. (All times are in PST.)

Wednesday, July 18
6-10 p.m.: Manifest World Premiere and Special Sneak Peek Screenings (Ballroom 20; includes pilot screening of Manifest and advanced screenings of episodes from The 100 season and Freedom Fighters: The Ray)
9:30-10:30 p.m.: New Line’s ScareDiego presentation with IT Chapter Two, The Nun, and “other surprise film announcements” (Horton Grand Theatre)
Thursday, July 19
10-11:15 a.m.: Disney Channel’s Star vs. The Forces of Evil and Big City Greens panel (Room 6DE)
10:30-11:30 a.m.: 20th Century Fox’s The Predator panel (Hall H)
11-11:50 a.m.: Freeform’s Siren panel (Indigo Ballroom)
11 a.m.-12 p.m.: National Geographic’s Mars panel (Room 7AB)
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Charmed screening and panel (Ballroom 20)
11:45 a.m.: Doctor Who panel (Hall H)
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Star Wars: The Clone Wars 10-year anniversary panel (Room 6BCF)
12-12:50 p.m.: YouTube Original series Impulse panel (Indigo Ballroom)
12-1 p.m.: Stargate Franchise: Creative Storytelling panel (Room 7AB)
12:15-12:45 p.m.: Tell Me a Story sneak peek and panel (Ballroom 20)
12:30-1:30 p.m.: 2001: A Space Odyssey 50th anniversary panel (Room 6A)
1-1:50 p.m.: YouTube Original’s Origins first look (Indigo Ballroom)
1-2 p.m.: A Discovery of Witches TV series panel (Ballroom 20)
1-2 p.m.: Larger Than the Show: The X-Files Postmortem panel (Neil Morgan Auditorium)
1-2 p.m.: The Toys That Defined Us panel (Room 5AB)
1:45-2:45 p.m.: Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panel (Room 6A)
2:15-3:15 p.m.: Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters (Ballroom 20)
2:15-3:15 p.m.: Dragon Ball Super panel (Hall H)
3-3:50 p.m.: Nightflyers panel (Indigo Ballroom)
3-4 p.m.: Niko and the Sword of Light panel (Room 7AB)
3:14-4:15 p.m.: Marvel Animation Presents: Marvel Rising (Room 6DE)
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Better Call Saul panel (Hall H)
4-5 p.m.: Van Helsing panel (Indigo Ballroom)
4:15-5:30 p.m.: Magnum P.I. screening and panel (Room 6A)
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Breaking Bad 10-year reunion panel (Hall H)
4:30-5:30 p.m.: 1984’s Supergirl movie panel (Room 6DE)
4:45-5:45 p.m.: Syfy Wire Hosts the Great Debate (Ballroom 20)
5-5:50 p.m.: Z Nation panel (Indigo Ballroom)
5-6 p.m.: Marvel Studios visual development team panel (Room 25ABC)
5:45-6:30 p.m.: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Final Curtain Call (Room 6A)
5:45-6:45 p.m.: Assassination Nation panel with Russo Brothers (Hall H)
6-6:50 p.m.: Netflix’s Black Summer (Indigo Ballroom)
6-7 p.m.: Marvel’s Iron Fist panel (Ballroom 20)
6:45-7:45 p.m.: Shooting Clerks: The Kevin Smith Biopic panel (Room 6A)
7-8 p.m.: Brooklyn Nine-Nine panel (Indigo Ballroom)
8-9 p.m.: Mr. Mercedes panel (Room 7AB)

Friday, July 20
10-11 a.m.: Young Justice: Outsiders Special Video Presentation and Q&A (Room 6DE)
10-11:15 a.m.: Adventure Time panel (Indigo Ballroom)
10:15–11:15 a.m.: Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room (Ballroom 20)
10:15 a.m.: Voltron: Legendary Defender panel (Room 6BCF)
10:30-11:30 a.m.: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony Equestria Girls panel (Room 6A)
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Fear the Walking Dead panel (Hall H)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.: HISTORY’s Vikings panel (Ballroom 20)
12-1 p.m.: Marvel’s Black Panther costume designer panel (Room 9)
12-2 p.m.: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies screening (Horton Grand Theatre)
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: The Walking Dead panel (Hall H)
12:30-1:30 p.m.: DC Super Hero Girls Special Video Presentation and Q&A (Room 6DE)
12:30-1:15 p.m.: Adult Swim’s Dream Corp, LLC. panel (Indigo Ballroom)
12:45-2 p.m.: World Premiere of Hulu’s Castle Rock (Ballroom 20)
1-2 p.m.: Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus! panel (Room 6A)
1:30-2:15 p.m.: Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros. panel (Indigo Ballroom)
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Star Trek: Discovery panel (Hall H)
2-4 p.m.: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies screening (Horton Grand Theatre)
2:15-3:15 p.m.: EW’s Brave Warriors panel with Benedict Wong, Dylan Bruce, Santiago Cabrera, Jay Hernandez, and more (Ballroom 20)
2:30-3:15 p.m.: Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken panel (Indigo Ballroom)
3:30-4:10 p.m.: TBS’ Final Space panel (Indigo Ballroom)
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Disney Channel’s DuckTales panel (Room 6A)
3:30-5:30 p.m.: Amazon Studios panel with Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Tick, Good Omens, Lore, and The Expanse (Ballroom 20)
3:45-4:45 p.m.: Universal Pictures’ Glass and Halloween (Hall H)
4:15 – 5:10 p.m.: Bob’s Burgers Panel Discussion (Indigo Ballroom)
5-6 p.m.: Bumblebee panel (Hall H)
5-6:30 p.m.: Wynonna Earp season 3 premiere screening with cast (Horton Grand Theatre)
5:15-6:15 p.m.: Archer Panel Discussion (Indigo Ballroom)
5:45-6:45 p.m.: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger panel (Ballroom 20)
6-7 p.m.: The Passage World Premiere Screening (Room 6A)
6:15-7:15 p.m.: Sony Pictures panel with Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse (Hall H)
6:45-7:45 p.m.: Catching Up with Adam Savage panel (Room 6DE)
7-8 p.m.: The Last Sharkando: It’s About Time panel (6BCF)
7-10 p.m.: Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas 25th anniversary screening (Horton Grand Theatre)
7:15-9:15 p.m.: The Twilight Zone marathon screening (Room 6A)
7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Preacher panel (Hall H)
Saturday, July 21
10-10:50 a.m.: Steven Universe panel (Indigo Ballroom)
10-11 a.m.: Unikitty! New Episode Premiere and Q&A (Room: 6DE)
10-11 a.m.: Avatar: The Last Airbender Legend and Legacy panel (Room 25ABC)
10:30- a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Warner Bros. Theatrical panel (Hall H)
11–11:45 a.m.: Black Lightning Special Video Presentation and Q&A (Ballroom 20)
11-11:50 a.m.: NBC’s The Good Place panel (Indigo Ballroom)
11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Netflix’s The Dragon Prince panel (Room 25ABC)
12–12:45 p.m.: The Simpsons panel (Ballroom 20)
12–12:50 p.m.: SYFY Panel: Krypton Special Video Presentation and Q&A (Indigo Ballroom)
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Disney Channel’s Big Hero 6 The Series panel (Room 6A)
1-2 p.m.: Manifest Pilot Screening and Q&A (Indigo Ballroom)
1-2:15 p.m.: American Dad! and Family Guy panels (Ballroom 20)
1 p.m.: Stan Against Evil panel (Room 7AB)
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Super Troopers 2 with Broken Lizards (Horton Grand Theatre)
2–2:50 p.m.: Legacies Exclusive Video Presentation and Q&A (Indigo Ballroom)
2:30-3:15 p.m.: The Gifted panel (Ballroom 20)
2:45-3:45 p.m.: Midnight Texas panel (Room 6BCF)
2:45-3:45 p.m.: RZA: Movies, Music, and Martial Arts (Hall H)
3-4 p.m.: 20th Century Fox’s The Darkest Minds panel (Room 25ABC)
3:30–4:15 p.m.: Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A (Ballroom 20)
4-4:50 p.m.: The Orville panel (Indigo Ballroom)
4-5 p.m.: EW’s Women Who Kick Ass panel (Hall H)
4:15–5 p.m.: Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A (Ballroom 20)
4:15-5:15p.m.: The Man in the High Castle panel (Room 6A)
4:15-5:15 p.m.: Batman: The Animated Series panel (Room 6DE)
5–5:45 p.m.: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A (Ballroom 20)
5:15-6:15 p.m.: Deadpool 2 panel (Hall H)
5:15-6:15 p.m.: The Purge: From Film to Television (Room 6BCF)
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Netflix’s Disenchantment panel with Matt Groening (Room 6A)
5:45–6:30 p.m.: The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A (Ballroom 20)
6-6:50 p.m.: Deadly Class panel (Indigo Ballroom)
6:45-7:45 p.m.: Wynonna Earp panel (6DE)
6:45-7:45 p.m.: HISTORY’s Project Blue Book panel (Room 6A)
7-8 p.m.: The Magicians panel (Indigo Ballroom)
7-9:15 p.m.: My Neighbor Totoro screening (Horton Grand Theatre)
7:30 p.m.: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Live (Balboa Theatre)
8-8:50 p.m.: Twin Peaks and the Revival of a Cult Classic (Indigo Ballroom)
10 p.m.-12 a.m.: Deadpool 2: Uncut screening (Horton Grand Theatre)
Sunday, July 22
10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost world premiere (Room 6BCF)
10:30–11:30 a.m.: Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A (Hall H)
10:30-11:30 a.m.: LEGO Ninjago panel (Room 6A)
11:45a.m.–12:45p.m.: Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A (Hall H)
12:15-1:30 p.m.: DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis world premiere (Room 6BCF)
1–2 p.m.: Mayans, M.C. Panel Discussion (Hall H)
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Marvel Animation Presents (Room 6A)
1:45-3:30 p.m.: LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis world premiere (Room 6BCF)
2:15–3:15 p.m.: Legion Panel Discussion (Hall H)
3-4 p.m.: X-Men: The Animated Series 25th anniversary panel (Room 7AB)
3:45-5 p.m.: Buffy the Vampire Slayer interactive screening of “Once More With Feeling” (Room 6BCF)

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Meet James Scott & Ryan Paevey in Montreal for a charity fundraiser.

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Join  actors Ryan Paevey ( Nathan “Hot Cop” West ) & James Scott (EJ “Bad Boy” Dimera) in Montreal this September 29 for a charity fundraiser. The pair will team up to raise funds for  Cedars Cansupport. 

The event will be hosted by the hilarious Neil Janna!

The event will be held on Saturday September 29 , 2018 at Buffet II Gabbiano, 1550, rue Lapierre LaSalle, QC.

There are different packages on offer:

BRONZE PACKAGE: $150 1PM to 4 PM – Q&A, photo ops and autographs. Cash Bar
SILVER PACKAGE $150 .8Pm to 11 PM – Cocktail party , DJ music and photo ops. Cash bar
GOLD PACKAGE $200 1PM to 4 PM -. Q&A, photo ops and autographs &

8Pm to 11 PM – Cocktail party ,DJ music and photo ops, Cssh Bar

ULTIMATE VIP PACKAGE – $350 (Only 25 available)

1PM to 4 PM – Q&A, photo ops and autographs,

5PM to 7PM Dinner with Ryan & James (25 fans only)

8PM- 11 PM Cocktail party , DJ music and photo ops.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite

Looking for accommodations? Aloft Montreal Airport

500 McMillan Ave., Montreal, QC, H9P 0A2, Canada

514-633-0900 OR 866-716-8143

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Mike Farrell – Actor & Activist

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Terre Haute starred Mike Farrell and Jim Parrack (best known for the television series, True Blood).

In Terre Haute, I was amazed by Mike Farrell’s outstanding performance as the writer James (a character based on Gore Vidal). I met Mike after the play, and he introduced me to actors, – Noah Wyle and Terre Haute co-star Jim Parrack. It was after sundown when Mike and I walked to a café nearby, a quaint little establishment with a musician playing in the background. We sat chatting over coffee, while I learned more about Mike’s remarkable life. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, Mike has owned quite a few different bikes and taken many cross-country road trips.

Jim Parrack (left) & Mike Farrell in the play Terre Haute

For years, Mike’s been an activist for peace, justice, and human rights. He contributes to making this world a better place. Mike uses his celebrity status for a worthwhile purpose. He is proactive in wanting to make a contribution and is the recipient of numerous humanitarian and activism awards. Since 1979, he has been the spokesperson for Concern / America, an international refugee aid and development organization. In this capacity he has visited refugee camps in Asia and Central America and disseminated information about Concern / America’s work worldwide.

Mike served as Co-Chair of Human Rights Watch in California from 1994 to 2004 and is now the Co-Chair Emeritus. He has travelled to many areas ravaged by famine, human rights violations, and war. Here are only a few of the trips Mike has made.

  • 1979- Refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border for Concern / America.
  • 1983- El Salvador as part of a human rights delegation.
  • 1985- Peace delegation to the USSR.
  • 1988- Trips to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and the occupied territories with the Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East.
  • 1994- Member of a delegation to Cuba to investigate the need for humanitarian assistance to educational and medical programs.
  • 2004- Trip to Honduras with the former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Robert White, as part of a campaign against illegal logging.

Mike opposes the death penalty, preferring the alternative of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. His activities in the anti-death penalty movement are extensive. Mike serves as President of Death Penalty Focus and is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He has debated and spoken about the issue on many occasions and continues to work actively to gain the abolition of the death penalty.

Mike Farrell has worked on many activist campaigns.

Mike serves on the Advisory Board of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. An organization dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom. He also works to support animal rights, environmental issues, the rights of children, Immigration issues, and much more. He served his country in the Marines.
Together with partner Marvin Minoff, Mike formed Farrell/Minoff productions in 1985. One of their productions is Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams.

Mike Farrell and Shelley Fabares.

Mike is married to actress, Shelley Fabares. Shelley has a long list of acting credits, including being the star of ABC-TVs Coach. Shelley was also Elvis Presley’s co-star in three films, and she had a Number One hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1962 for “Johnny Angel,” which sold over a million copies. She was also in the Emmy winning drama, Brian’s Song (1971-72) where she played Brian Piccolo’s wife – a very famous and well-remembered role because of the awards the TV movie received – four Emmys. Piccolo was played by James Caan, and his best buddy was played by Billy Dee Williams.

Mike Farrell & Alan Alda in MASH.

Apart from being well known for playing Captain B. J. Hunnicut in the television series M*A*S*H for eight seasons, Mike wrote and directed several episodes, earning nominations for Director’s Guild and the Emmy Awards. He played Dr Jim Hansen in Providence for five seasons and has guest starred in many iconic television series, including McHale’s Navy, Lassie, The Monkees, I Dream of Jeannie, Daniel Boone, The Bill Cosby Show, Bonanza, The Six Million Dollar Man, Murder, She Wrote, Matlock, and Desperate Housewives, Supernatural, to name just a few.

Mike Farrell in a scene from Supernatural. From left: Jared Padalecki, Mike Farrell, Misha Collins & Jensen Ackles.

I consider Mike a wise and experienced man, and one of the best people to talk about how one can contribute. I asked Mike about his thoughts on contributing and making a difference:
“Making a “contribution” is a difficult concept- for some because it implies giving or putting out effort in an altruistic way. I think the important thing for people to understand is that we’re all stuck on this planet together and whether we know it or not we’re all contributing. The question becomes ‘what kind of contribution do you want to make?”
“If we choose to “stay uninvolved” with others, we contribute to the decline of some and the advance of those who want to gain and maintain power for themselves at everyone else’s expense.”

Mike Farrell attending the Hollywood Museum exhibition for former MASH co-star Loretta Swit. November 2017.

“If we choose to “stay uninvolved” with issues outside our personal circle, we contribute to the opportunity for those who want to pillage the earth’s riches, pollute its climate and trash our way of life for their own advantage.”
“So it’s important that every individual understand that she or he is responsible to some degree not only to himself or herself, but also to neighbors, to the earth, the climate, the growth or diminution of civilization, and, most of all, to the children and the future they represent.”
Mike sincerely believes we all have an obligation to get involved and do what we can even if we can only contribute a little.

“We are all contributing in one way or another. We just have to decide if we want our contribution to be a negative one or a positive one.”

“A person who makes a contribution of any kind always gets back more than she or he gives.“ Mike Farrell

I also asked Mike if he had any advice for people who were thinking of getting involved and making a difference:
“Yes. Do it. It doesn’t have to be a gigantic effort. That’s up to the individual. One can get involved with family and friends, with local efforts, with animals, with the elderly, with children, or one can do more and find ways to help out in the community, the city, state, country, or world. It’s really a matter of choice. But once a person gets involved a bit, he or she will see that it pays back in ways one might never have imagined. A person who makes a contribution of any kind always gets back more than she or he gives.”

Mike Farrell has used the power of celebrity to make a difference.

In what ways has making a contribution affected Mike Farrell’s life? He offers the following insight:
“In more ways than I can easily describe. It has introduced me to love; it has made me a bigger, brighter person, a man rich in many of the most important ways.”
So what are Mike’s proudest accomplishments and his goals for the future?
“My proudest accomplishments are my two children. My goals are continuing to work toward the creation of a world where we recognize and honor the value and dignity inherent in every human being.” Mike declared.

I encourage you to pick up a copy of Mike’s memoir: Just Call Me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist. It is a fascinating and enjoyable read and a revealing look into the life of a truly remarkable and inspirational man– Mike Farrell.

(This article was originally published November 2012. Updated July, 2018).

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