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 »

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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 »

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Legendary Boxer Muhammad Ali Has Died at 74

Muhammad Ali Dead

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Even people who aren’t boxing fans know that iconic taunt from legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, the self-proclaimed greatest of all time who just so happened to live up to the moniker. Sadly, the iconic athlete is no longer with us as news from his family’s spokesman Bob Gunnell has confirmed Muhammad Ali has died at 74 after being hospitalized earlier in the week with respiratory problems.

Below, we remember the boxer whose image spanned to cinema in a variety of ways, but just may have been larger than the big screen itself. Read More »

Alan Young Dead

It’s been a tough year for losses in the entertainment industry. Musicians like Prince and David Bowie left us along with comedian Garry Shandling, veteran actress Doris Roberts and the incredible Alan Rickman. Now one more name from the days of classic television and the nostalgic 80s has passed away. Mr. Ed star Alan Young, who was also the voice of Scrooge McDuck on the animated series DuckTales, passed away yesterday at age 96. Read More »

Purple Rain in Theaters

Fans around the world are still reeling from the sudden passing of international music icon Prince. The 57 year old musician was found dead in his Minnesota studio on Thursday, and plenty of tributes and memories have been hitting the web in honor of the incredible musician. Now several networks and a couple movie theater are chains are helping people mourn and celebrate Prince.

Prince’s feature film Purple Rain will be returning to select theaters in the AMC Theatres and Carmike Cinemas chains while NBC, VH1, OWN, AXS TV will be airing special tributes as well. Get all the details on where you can see Purple Rain in theaters and catch other Prince tributes after the jump. Read More »