Mickey Rooney Has Died at 93

Mickey Rooney has died

Mickey Rooney lived a hell of a life. He started working on stage in vaudeville acts when he was just over a year old. That was in 1922, and Rooney recently did a part in Night at the Museum 3. His career spanned 92 years, and he was part of just about every major era of film and television entertainment in some way in addition to work on the stage. Mickey Rooney died today at home in Los Angeles of natural causes, at the age of 93. Read More »

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Trailer Narrator Hal Douglas Has Died at 89

Hal Douglas has died

Hal Douglas was one of the most prominent voices in the movies, as his instantly-recognizable baritone provided the narration for many trailers. Douglas died recently at 89, reports the New York Times, citing complications from pancreatic cancer. After the break revisit some of his more recognizable pieces of work. Read More »

Harold Ramis Has Died at 69

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Harold Ramis, who co-wrote Meatballs, Animal House, and Ghostbusters, and who wrote and directed Caddyshack and Groundhog Day in addition to many other directorial achievements, has died at age 69, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Despite those achievements, Ramis is best known for playing Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, where he provided the essential and exaggerated straight-man character to anchor the team that also included Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Those two could be as looney as they wanted to be, and Ramis was there to anchor them, weird as Egon might have been.

Ramis died as a result of complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. He had been struggling with health issues since 2010. Read More »

Shirley Temple Has Died at 85

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple, former child star and U.S. ambassador, died Monday night in her California home at the age of 85. Her passing came about due to natural causes and she was surrounded by loved ones and caretakers at the time of her death.

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Lester Bangs Almost Famous

The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman was like a dagger through the heart of film lovers everywhere. Few have ever watched one of his movies and not instantly become a fan of Hoffman’s larger than life talent. In the day since his passing, coming to terms with the fact he’s actually gone is pretty difficult.

Some have dealt with Hoffman’s passing by paying tribute to the actor. One such tribute is a beautifully written piece by Cameron Crowe, who directed Hoffman in Almost Famous. The actor played rock critic Lester Bangs, and delivered the iconic line “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.” Crowe named his official site after the line. Today he talks about how Hoffman made that scene his own.

Read that, and watch two tribute videos, below. Read More »

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead At 46

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of finest actors of our generation, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning. He was 46 years old. The New York Post has a corroborating report.

Hoffman won an Oscar in 2006 for his role in Capote, and has appeared in, and very often elevated, a long list of films. Among them are Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Twister and even last year’s number-one film at the box office, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He was currently gearing up to direct his second film, Ezekiel Moss. Read More »

Peter O’Toole Has Passed Away

Lawrence of Arabia

One of the greatest actors of any generation, Peter O’Toole, passed away Saturday at the age of 81. The eight-time Oscar nominee had an incredibly eclectic and memorable career, with signature roles ranging from Lawrence of Arabia and The Lion in Winter, to newer work like Ratatouille and The Tutors. Even in his later years, few could blend into a role with such incredibly grace and presence.

In 2003, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally bestowed O’Toole with an honorary Oscar celebrating “remarkable talents [that] have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.” O’Toole followed that up with another decade of high caliber work, including his final nomination in 2006 for Venus.

He was truly one of the titans of the silver screen and he’ll be missed.

Fast and Furious 6 - Paul Walker

The world was rocked this weekend when actor Paul Walker died in a car crash at the age of 40. As someone who has followed his career since the very beginning, and has seen every Fast and Furious movie opening night, the news hit me much harder than I expected. Walker was such a fun person to watch. His presence and energy always burst through the screen and to see him blossom with growing franchise was continually rewarding. He was just at the beginning of a career that could have went anywhere.

That said, I couldn’t make it 50 seconds into a video Universal Pictures created as a tribute to Walker without the tears starting. It’s a beautiful, emotional piece of work. Check it out below. Read More »

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