Albert Maysles, the documentary filmmaker who made films such as Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens, has passed away at the age of 88. Maysles was a master; a true auteur in the documentary form. As a brilliant observer and cinematographer, Maysles not only differentiated his films from the work of other documentarians, he set the standard for what all documentaries could be. He pioneered a movement. Read More »
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Leonard Nimoy, the actor of resolutely compelling voice whose performance as the Vulcan officer Spock gave him a decades-long career on Star Trek, died this morning in Bel Air at age 83. His death was confirmed by his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, who said the cause was was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had been hospitalized on Monday. Read More »
You may not know the name Richard Bonehill, but you know some of his most iconic roles. He played not only a Stormtrooper, Rebel Soldier, TIE Pilot, a Tauntaun wrangler and more in the Star Wars films; he co-starred as Nien Nunb, co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon during the attack on the second Death Star.
Beyond that, the actor had roles or performed stunts in other films such as Flash Gordon, Highlander, Rob Roy and Doctor Who, among others. Bonehill was a master fencer, and it connections from that community announced the sad news Thursday that Richard Bonehill had passed away at the age of 67.
Though Bonehill was usually behind the scenes or behind a mask on film, his characters will never be forgotten. [THR]
Kan Bonfils, an actor who appeared in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins and Skyfall, died earlier this week while rehearsing for his latest play. He was prepping a show called Dante’s Inferno in London when he collapsed and was unable to be revived. The cause of death was unknown.
Bonfils appeared as Jedi Master Saesee Tiin in The Phantom Menace, as well as a member of the League of Shadows in Batman Begins (above) and a henchman in Skyfall. He was 42 years old. [BBC]
The world lost one of its favorite fathers today. Edward Herrmann, the long-time character actor best known for his role as Richard Gilmore on the Gilmore Girls, lost a battle with brain cancer Wednesday at the age of 71.
To a generation of fans, Herrmann was the loving, astute patriarch on the hit TV show but his career spanned much wider than that. On TV he appeared regularly on The Good Wife, St. Elsewhere, The Practice, and Oz. In movies, he’s probably best known for his pivotal role in The Lost Boys, but he appeared in Nixon, The Aviator, Richie Rich, Intolerable Cruelty, Annie, The Great Gatsby, The Purple Rose of Cairo and many others. He worked with the best of the best.
Whenever Herrmann appeared on screen, he quickly and quietly lent a commanding presence to his characters. His physical stature and ability to instantly generate sympathy served him well on many fronts. It’s a sad day. [TMZ]
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Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81, as confirmed today by her daughter Melissa Rivers. The razor-tongued comedian and red carpet critic had recently been in the hospital after she stopped breathing during a surgical procedure at her doctor’s office. Read Melissa’s official statement and relive some of Rivers’ career highlights after the jump.
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The 2014 Emmy Awards were full of emotional moments for TV makers and their fans alike, but the part that had everyone blinking back tears was when Billy Crystal took the stage to honor his departed friend Robin Williams.
“He made us laugh. Hard,” Crystal began. He then launched into a somber reflection on what made Williams “the brightest star in a comedy galaxy,” sharing a couple of funny anecdotes along the way. Watch Crystal’s full Robin Williams Emmys tribute after the jump.
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