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Sad news for fans of writer/director Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse: actress Lisa Spoonauer, who appeared in Smith’s 1994 breakout debut film Clerks, has died at the age of 44. Read touching tributes from her Clerks co-star Brian O’Halloran and from Smith himself below.
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James Bond Actor Roger Moore Has Died at 89

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Roger Moore, best known for playing the suave secret agent James Bond in a record seven films between 1973 and 1985, has passed away at the age of 89.

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Singer Chris Cornell Has Died at 52

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When James Bond returned to the big screen with Daniel Craig in the lead role of Casino Royale in 2006, the new run of 007 movies needed a theme song to bring the franchise into the 21st century the right way. Sony Pictures and MGM called upon Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell‘s signature growling singing voice to make it happen, and he created what I think is one of the better James Bond theme songs of the entire series.

Therefore, we’re sad to report that the rock musician and singer has passed away suddenly at the young age of 52 after performing with Soundgarden in Detroit last night.  Read More »

The Great Powers Boothe Has Died at 68

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Powers Boothe, the imposing character with a gravelly voice and a penchant for playing dangerous men, has passed away at 68. He leaves behind dozens of memorable film and television roles – he played cowboys and crooks and presidents and soldiers. We brought the American west to life and lent his unique gravitas to the Marvel Cinematic Universe…and he made it look effortless.

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The Great Character Actor Michael Parks Has Died

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Michael Parks, who began his career as a prolific television actor before evolving into a secret weapon for directors like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Kevin Smith, has passed away at the age of 77. He leaves behind a filmography filled with tremendous performances – his work stands up whether it’s planted in the middle of a masterpiece or a dud.

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Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, has died at the age of 73. The filmmaker’s career spanned five decades, including Philadelphia, 2004’s The Manchurian Candidate and the Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense.

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Charlie Murphy dead at 57

Here’s some sad news: TMZ reports that Charlie Murphy, older brother of comic superstar Eddie Murphy and a beloved comedian in his own right, died this morning after losing a battle with leukemia. He was 57 years old. Read More »

Don Rickles Dead

Don Rickles has been dubbed the king of insult comedy, known the world round for being able to throw jabs at some of the biggest names in entertainment. You’d be hard pressed to find a comedian working today who wasn’t influenced by the long-running career of the comedian who turned roasting celebrities into an art form. Sadly, Don Rickles has passed away today at 90 years old.

We remember the life and career of the legendary comic after the jump. Read More »

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David D’Amato, the central “villain” of the popular 2016 documentary film Tickled, has passed away at age 55. The movie was one of David Chen’s best films of 2016 and I recently caught up with it when it hit HBO. I’m not sure Tickled is a great film, but it’s certainly compelling, weird, and a must-watch. HBO users can now watch it alongside a short film titled The Tickle King, which serves as a quasi-sequel and updates you on everything that has happened since the film originally screened.

As Tickled is structured as a mystery, complete with some strange twists, I would warn you against reading anything about the film, watching a trailer, or even delving further in this post if you have yet to see the movie.

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Robert Osborne Dead

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who loved movies as much as Robert Osborne, the primetime host of Turner Classic Movies ever since the cable network launched back in 1994. Sadly, Osborne has gone to that great movie theater in the sky as the television host and former actor has passed away at 84.

Below, we remember Robert Osborne’s dedication to cinema and some career milestones you may not have known about. Read More »