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R.I.P. Henry Colman

By | Sunday November 11, 2012 @ 3:00pm PST

Henry Colman, producer of such television series as The Love Boat and Hotel, has died. Colman passed away of natural causes on November 7 in Venice, California, according to his family. He was 89. Colman, a Pennsylvania native, began his career in live television in the early 1950s, working on Robert Montgomery Presents and Kraft Television Theater. He later worked as an an associate producer on Dr. Kildare and Peyton Place and as an executive producer with CBS supervising such shows as The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres. In the 1970s, Colman became VP of Current Programming for Paramount Television, overseeing such programs as The Odd Couple and Love American Style. He later held a similar position at Screen Gems Television. His other credits include the TV movies Who Is The Black Dahlia?, Body Of Evidence, The Rape Of Dr. Willis, and Parent Trap III.

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Mike Sitrick, Shame On You…

By | Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 5:31pm PDT

sitrick.jpgI’ve known Mike Sitrick for a long time. He’s a PR maven who prides himself on being a family man. Which is why he should be filled with self-loathing for allowing his firm to promote a torture porn pic like Captivity, much less an even more disgusting premiere party whose selling point was its political incorrectness. (Let me make it perfectly clear: I support talent’s right to make the movie, just not business people profiting from it.) Sure, I received all those inane emails announcing the bash, and I did the right thing: I trashed them. Other journalists fell all over themselves covering the event so as to diss it: really, they’re lemmings hurling themselves off the cliff. There is only one way to stop the business of these torture porn movies: by shaming the people who receive money for releasing them, publicizing them, having anything to do with them. So, Mike, how could you? (And how could you, After Dark’s  Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman?) Take that Captivity money and donate it to charity and pledge publicly right now you’ll never get involved with torture porn pics again. Until Mike does, I urge Hollywood and other companies to shun Sitrick and Company because there is such a thing as guilt by association.

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