William Bast
Author, screenwriter
William Bast
William Bast is an American screenwriter and author currently living in Los Angeles. In addition to writing scripts for motion pictures and television, he is the author of two biographies of the screen actor James Dean.
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The New Sand Castle: Dubai's Latest Luxury Towers Will Boast An Indoor Rainforest And Manmade Beach
Forbes - about 1 year
Dubai's latest luxury towers offer high-tech entertainment, a manmade beach and an indoor rainforest.
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'Wizard Cops' Will Bust Your Magic-Wielding Ass
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Wizard Cops" rule over their supernatural beat, taking down all manner of magically powered baddies. And don't even think about "hexting" while flying. But in this spell-casting send-up of the reality show "Cops," a fateful visit to a tough neighborhood may prove to be the partners' undoing. Curse those evil-doers. via GIPHY  Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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William Bast, co-creator of soap opera 'The Colbys,' dies
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — William Bast, a TV writer who co-created the 1980s "Dynasty" spin-off "The Colbys" during a four-decade career, has died. He was 84.
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Ask Matt: Will Best Buy's mall-like plans help?
USA Today - over 3 years
Best Buy looks to turn physical stores into an advantage, and source of cash.
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Here's Where Best Buy's New Price-Match Policy Falls Short
Business Insider - almost 4 years
Best Buy (BBY) recently announced a new price-match policy that will include such online competitors as Amazon.com (AMZN), but the new policy falls short in one key respect: The retailer won't match a better price you find after you've made your purchase. Both Best Buy and Target (TGT) offered to price-match online competitors during the holiday season, and last month, Target announced that it would do so year-round. Now, Best Buy is following Target's lead. But where Target's policy specifically lets you come back for a price adjustment if you find a lower price within seven days of purchase, Best Buy's price-match does not. Retroactive adjustments will only be offered if Best Buy itself offers a lower price within 15 days. The policy specifically excludes "post purchase price match requests to competitor's prices." To be fair, Best Buy doesn't need to offer retroactive price adjustments to accomplish its primary goal here. The retailer explicitly mentioned "showrooming" in its ...
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Will Best Buy's take-private start a trend?
USA Today - over 4 years
With interest rates low, and stock prices still below all-time highs, it might be logical to expect to see more take-private deals.
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Will Best Buy soon use Square card readers to decentralize checkouts?
Houston Chronicle - almost 5 years
In my Sunday Business section story about computer retailers blending high-tech and high-touch to make customers feel comfortable with cutting-edge wares, I talked with a manager at Best Buy’s Katy Freeway store. Marcus Buie runs the mobile department, and he told me something very interesting. This didn’t make it into the story, but Buie said [...]
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Amazon's Kindle Fire shipments slump in Q1: IDC - Reuters
Google News - almost 5 years
Telegraph.co.uk Amazon's Kindle Fire shipments slump in Q1: IDC Reuters By Poornima Gupta | SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's (AMZN.O) Kindle Fire was a popular gift item during the holiday season but shipments of the $199 tablet computer dropped sharply in the following months. Market share of Kindle Fire, ... Target Kicks Kindle To The Curb, Will Best Buy Be Next?Forbes Kindle Fire update password-protection for purchases, moreCNET iPad share of tablet market jumps as Kindle Fire slumpsComputerworld Android Police all 614 news articles »
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10 ’90s Anthems That Will Bust You Out Of Any Kind Of Funk
The Frisky - almost 5 years
Winona and I recently made a very important discovery: There is no foul mood that can’t be cured by a ’90s dance anthem. It’s like the music of the decade was specifically created with funk-busting in mind. Whenever you’re having a crap day, all you really need to do is find the appropriate ’90s tune [...]
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Store closing after 174 years - Kitsap Sun
Google News - almost 6 years
After his apprenticeship ended, William Bast returned to Frederick County, but the Brinings, who had taken him under their wing, invited him back to work in Boonsboro. Bast went on to become a partner in the business. A sign from that era,
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NYTimes - over 11 years
BAST--Dr. Charles William. Of Sea Island, GA died Monday, August 8, 2005 at Candler Hospital in Savannah, GA after a brief illness. Dr. Bast was an U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 15, at Christ Church Frederica, St. Simons Island, GA with the Reverend Curtis J. Mears and the Reverend William H.
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TELEVISION REVIEW; One Woman's Story of Goings-On in Camelot
NYTimes - over 14 years
Camelot, shmamelot. Anyone still holding the belief that John F. Kennedy's White House years were some kind of golden age may feel less starry-eyed after viewing ''Power and Beauty,'' a film offered tomorrow on Showtime that gives us J.F.K. as seen by Judith Campbell Exner. Exner's story, presented as gospel, grew over time and was greeted with
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NYTimes - about 31 years
The Man in the Iron Mask Starring Richard Chamberlain, Patrick McGoohan, Louis Jourdan, Ralph Richardson, Vivien Merchant; directed by Mike Newell, 1976 Playhouse Video 105 minutes. $59.98 This production represents one of those rather rare instances when television actually improves on an old movie favorite. The 1939 film starred Louis Hayward in
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NYTimes - almost 33 years
The ideal, or myth, of pure sportsmanship has been taking a battering in real life these days, but it lives on virtually unblemished in popular entertainment. A couple of years ago, the film ''Chariots of Fire'' snagged an Oscar with its portrait of noble athletes. And now, beginning tonight at 8 on NBC and continuing tomorrow at 8, ''The First
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NYTimes - over 33 years
Two wealthy, socially prominent families are locked in a head-on struggle for the fortune they jointly control. A manipulative financier, driven by mysterious motives, wants to topple them both. All inhabit a world of spectacular affluence, vicious power plays and enough illicit liaisons to ruffle all but the most jaded sensibility. Sound like
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NYTimes - about 34 years
The article ''Why 'Tucker's Witch' Missed'' in the Arts and Leisure section on Nov. 21 incompletely described the credits of William Bast and Paul Huson, the creators of the television series. Mr. Bast has had 30 years of experience writing for television, largely in the mystery-suspense genre. His credits include such series as ''Perry Mason,''
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Bast
  • 2006
    Age 74
    In 2006 Barricade Books (USA) published Surviving James Dean, a second, more candid book by Bast about his relationship with Dean; which featured material that Bast did not include in his earlier account due to personal trepidations and social mores of the 1950s.
    More Details Hide Details In Surviving James Dean Bast describes Dean in a compassionate light; how they met at UCLA, shared an apartment in Santa Monica, dated the same woman, and also had a sexual relationship. He also describes the events that happened to him after Dean's death, largely as a result of having written his first book. In the late 1950s, Bast adapted Jean Giraudoux's play Tiger at the Gates for Granada Television, and wrote scripts for the BBC and Independent Television, including episodes of the classic series The Prisoner. Back in the States he wrote episodes for Combat! Perry Mason, Ben Casey, The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Honey West, and Dr. Kildare, among other series.
  • 1985
    Age 53
    From 1985 through 1987 Bast wrote and produced The Colbys, a spin-off from the popular series Dynasty, with his partner Paul Huson; The Colbys won the 1986 People's Choice Award.
    More Details Hide Details He also collaborated with Huson, writing and producing a variety of television movies and series, including Tucker's Witch, The Hamptons, Pursuit, The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake, Power and Beauty, and The Fury Within. Bast's motion picture credits include the script for Ray Harryhausen's The Valley of Gwangi, Hammerhead, and an adaptation of Harold Robbins' The Betsy starring Laurence Olivier and Tommy Lee Jones.
  • 1982
    Age 50
    His script for The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen was honored with a Christopher Award in 1982, and his The First Modern Olympics won him the Writers Guild of America Outstanding Script for Television Longform Series for 1984.
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  • 1977
    Age 45
    In 1977 his adaptation of Alexandre Dumas, père's The Man in the Iron Mask starring Richard Chamberlain in a dual role picked up two Emmy nominations for Bast's script and Olga Lehmann's costume designs.
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  • 1976
    Age 44
    In 1976 he received the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Award for his television movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden with Elizabeth Montgomery in the title role.
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  • 1975
    Age 43
    In 1975 Bast produced and scripted James Dean: Portrait of a Friend for NBC, a movie for television based upon his first James Dean biography.
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  • 1955
    Age 23
    After the death of Dean in an automobile accident in 1955, Bast chronicled his five year relationship with the actor in James Dean: a Biography.
    More Details Hide Details After moving to London, Bast wrote The Myth Makers for Granada Television, a fictionalized drama inspired by Dean's funeral, which Bast perceived as grotesque and publicity-driven, with a shattering effect on Dean's rural-American family and his hometown of Fairmount, Indiana. In the United States, the script was produced again by NBC's Dupont Show of the Month and aired under the title The Movie Star.
  • 1953
    Age 21
    There, he initially worked in the Press Relations department at CBS and subsequently, in 1953, wrote his first scripts for the NBC television sitcom The Aldrich Family.
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  • 1952
    Age 20
    In 1952 he moved to New York to join Dean and pursue a career in radio and television.
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  • 1931
    Born on April 3, 1931.
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