Neglectful Parent, Toy Company Executive John Heard Dies At 71

John Heard

John Heard, left, met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, early in his career on the set of C.H.U.D. where DiMaio played the role of a C.H.U.D.

Palo Alto, CA— Actor John Heard, best known as the dad who left Macauley Culkin home alone in the film “Home Alone” died Friday. He was 71.

Besides being a textbook horrible parent in “Home Alone” as well as “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” he also appeared in such films as “Big,” as a cheating racquetball playing toy company executive “Cat People,” “RECOiL” and “My Fellow Americans.”

On TV, he appeared in such shows as “Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster,” “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town” and “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.”

He was married and divorced three times, and has two surviving children. His son, Max, died last December. 

Toy Company Executive, Football Coach, Drug Lord Robert Loggia Dies

Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia, left, met RCOIiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right in a screen test for a film that was never completed called “Small”. The movie was retooled and later released as the film “Big” with Tom Hanks playing DiMaio’s role.

Los Angeles—Prolific TV and film star and winner of the Saturn Award for his role in “Big,” Robert Loggia died Friday from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 85.

Loggia appeared on TV in “Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8,” for which he was nominated for a Cable Ace Award, “Malcom in the Middle,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, “Mancuso, FBI,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.

On the “Big” screen (see what we did there?), he was in “Unnecessary Roughness.” “Scarface,” “Jagged Edge,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar, “RECOiL,” for which he was not and like three or four “Pink Panther” movies.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Audrey; three children, Tracy, John and Kristina, and a stepdaughter, Cynthia.

Tom Hanks Gets Walt Disney Thawed Out To Research Upcoming Role

Tom Hanks goes over his questions for Walt Disney as he waits for him to thaw in an undisclosed location.  (Our guess is in or around the Epcot golf ball.)

Tom Hanks goes over his questions for Walt Disney as he waits for him to thaw in an undisclosed location. (Our guess is in or around the Epcot golf ball.)

Los Angeles—A source close to the Disney Corporation has confirmed that two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks used his considerable Hollywood influence to have Walt Disney unfrozen so he could study the cartoonist for his role as Disney in an upcoming film.

Hanks recently began working on “Saving Mr. Banks,” a film about the making of the children’s classic “Mary Poppins.” Hanks plays Walt Disney in the film, and knew the best way he could capture the essence of the Mickey Mouse creator was to actually meet him face to face and study him up close and personal.

The source told TDQ, “That’s the sort of actor he is, you know. He formed a terrific relationship with Jim Lovell while doing research for ‘Apollo 13.’ He met with dozens of World War II veterans while prepping for ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ and he even researched kids who had been turned into grownups by some magic wish-granting machine before he did ‘Big.’ He’s always taken roles like this very, very seriously.”
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Woman Out Of Her Mind With Rage Over Tom Hanks Cursing On Live TV

Boise, ID—A woman is terribly disturbed and heartbroken over Tom Hanks’ recent language snafu on “Good Morning America,” wherein the two-time Academy Award winner accidentally said the F-word on live television while speaking in the voice of one of his characters from his upcoming film, “Cloud Atlas.” In fact, the woman said she is so upset over the incident that she is calling for Hanks to give back his Oscars and leave the country immediately.

Candy Stephenson, 43, who described herself as a “huge former Hanks fan,” is petitioning for Hanks to be stripped of his two Oscars, and said no matter what else he’s done in his career to this point, it’s his language on “Good Morning America” he will be most remembered for, as it should be.

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