Ralph Waite, best known for playing The Waltons' beloved patriarch John, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 86.
The Best of Chappelle's Show: Uncensored, offering the Comedy Central series' 25 most memorable moments, arrives on DVD June 5.... MTV's Jackass on Sept. 24 will incarnate itself as a next-gen video game, allowing players to interact with likenesses of Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, et al.... Blade Runner, Bonnie and Clyde, Cool Hand Luke, Magnum Force and Sudden Impact have been selected for hi-def restoration, with Blade Runner set for a DVD re-release later this year, in time for its 25th anniversary.
Might the NBC sudser Passions find new life on a new channel? Check out Daniel's Soaps News for the breaking news.... What's the greatest baseball movie of all time? Cast your vote now in a poll conducted by the Tribeca Film Festival and ESPN. Finalists will be bracketed against each other March Madness-style, with the winner being shown May 5 at the ESPN Sports Festival.... Law & Order: SVU has been sold into syndication in more than 97 percent of the U.S., to begin airing in the fall.... Director Stuart Rosenberg (Cool Hand Luke, The Amityville Horror) died last Thursday of a heart attack. He was 79.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cool Hand Luke and The French Connection are among the 25 titles added this week to the National Film Registry, which was created by Congress in 1989 to preserve films of cultural, historical or artistic significance. I suspect Phoebe Cates in a bikini falls under "artistic."