Writer's partner chides 'Dragon Tattoo' items
The longtime partner of the late Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson said he wouldn't have approved of an H&M clothing line and other merchandising linked to today's release of a Hollywood adaptation of his hit novel, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."
Eva Gabrielsson said Monday that Larsson would have used the buzz around his work to call attention to violence and discrimination against women, not to market products. She expressed concern that the political dimension of his books, including the feminist undertones, would be overlooked in the hype.
Former 'Kojak' star Frazer dies at 90
Veteran film and television actor Dan Frazer, best known for his role as Capt. Frank McNeil on the 1970s television series "Kojak," has died in New York. He was 90.
Frazer's daughter, Susanna Frazer, said Sunday her father died of cardiac arrest Dec. 16 at his home in Manhattan.
Frazer started playing character roles in various television series and films in the 1950s. His films include "Cleopatra Jones," "Take the Money and Run," "Gideon's Trumpet" and "Deconstructing Harry." Besides "Kojak," Frazer's television appearances include "Car 54, Where Are You," "Route 66," "Barney Miller" and "Law & Order."
Penn, McDormand films join Sundance lineup
Films featuring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Paul Giamatti, Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan and Melissa Leo are among late additions to the Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah.
Organizers for Robert Redford's independent-film showcase said Monday they added four titles to the previously announced lineup of more than 100 movies.
The new films are director Paolo Sorrentino's rock-star-on-a-road-trip tale "This Must Be the Place," with Penn and McDormand; Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner's "Predisposed," with Eisenberg, Leo and Morgan in a comic romp about a piano prodigy, his troubled mom and a drug dealer; Don Coscarelli's horror comedy "John Dies at the End," featuring Giamatti; and Joachim Trier's "Oslo, August 31st," a drama about a Norwegian man in crisis.