‘L.A. Confidential’ Director Curtis Hanson Dead at 71

curtis hanson dead

Academy Award winning filmmaker Curtis Hanson, whose credits include masterpieces like L.A. Confidential, hits like 8 Mile, and under-seen gems like Wonder Boys, passed away yesterday from natural causes in his Los Angeles home. He was 71 years old.

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jon polito dead

Character actor Jon Polito, the instantly recognizable character actor who lent his unique presence to countless films and television shows, has passed away at the age of 65. While he was never a household name, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone with a passing interest in popular culture who hasn’t seen him in half a dozen different projects.

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Gene Wilder Conan O'Brien Interview - Late Night

Yesterday brought the sad news that comedy legend Gene Wilder had passed away. The star of films such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein has inspired countless talents who we watch on the big screen and flickering box today. While many have remembered and honored Wilder in their own way since his passing was reported yesterday, comedian and late night host Conan O’Brien paid his respects by posting his interview with the legendary actor from NBC’s Late Night back in 2005.

At first glance, it’s just a regular late night interview with Gene Wilder promoting his autobiography that was published that year. But this is actually the final appearance the actor would make on any late night talk show, which makes it rather bittersweet. They have a fantastic eight-minute discussion ranging from Willy Wonka to Young Frankenstein and more. Watch it below Read More »

Gene Wilder Dead at 83

gene wilder dead

Gene Wilder, the legendary star of Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and other beloved classics, has passed away following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83 years old.

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Kenny Baker, The Man Inside R2-D2, Has Died at 81

Kenny Baker Dead

This weekend brings some sad news for Star Wars fans. One of the most beloved characters in the entire sci-fi saga is R2-D2, the astromech droid who has been the longtime counterpart of C-3PO. Though the character is a droid who can easily be brought to life with the magic of visual effects today, in the days of the original Star Wars trilogy, he was controlled by the 3 foot 8 inch tall actor Kenny Baker. Sadly, the actor has died at age 81. Read More »

david huddleston dead

David Huddleston, the prolific character actor whose credits include The Big Lebowski and Blazing Saddles, has passed away from from heart and kidney disease at the age of 85. Even if you didn’t know his name, you almost certainly recognized his face – as a far as reliable “that guys” go, Huddleston was top notch, never failing to improve any scene in which he took part.

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Garry Marshall Dead

There aren’t too many talents consistently working in Hollywood today who have been around for over 50 years, but Garry Marshall was one of them. As the creator of classic TV shows like Happy Days and director of influential romantic comedies such as Pretty Woman, Marshall is an important part of entertainment history. But today, his contributions to film and television have come to an end as Garry Marshall has died at age 81.

We remember Garry Marshall’s long and decorated career below. Read More »

Michael Cimino Dead

This weekend brings sad news of an Academy Award-winning filmmaker passing away as The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate director Michael Cimino has died at 77 years old. Police discovered Michael Cimino dead in his home Saturday after friends had attempted to reach him with no response. Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux posted (in French) that Cimino died in peace surround by those close to him and the two women who loved him. We remember the career of Michael Cimino after the jump. Read More »

Anton Yelchin dead

Actor Anton Yelchin, probably best known for his roles in the J.J. Abrams-produced Star Trek movies, was tragically killed early Sunday morning in a car crash.

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Billy Crystal Muhammad Ali Eulogy

Last weekend brought the sad news that boxing icon Muhammad Ali had passed away at 74 years old. Yesterday the memorial service, which was open to the public, was held in Louisville, Kentucky and lasted hours. Speakers such as President Bill Clinton and sports reporter Bryant Gumbel spoke at the event along with a statement from President Barack Obama read by White House adviser Valeria Jarrett.

However, if you’re only going to watch one eulogy from the memorial, it should be the tribute from comedian Billy Crystal. For those who don’t know, the City Slickers star and sports fan got his big television break while appearing at an event in 1974 honoring Muhammad Ali. During his speech, Crystal did an impression of Ali being interviewed by ABC sportscaster Howard Cosell, and after that, the comedian and boxer became friends who were close for the rest of their lives.

Watch the Billy Crystal Muhammad Ali eulogy below. Read More »