David Bowie couldn’t have asked for a grander entrance in Christopher Nolan‘s finest film, The Prestige. Walking through a field of electricity, Bowie’s Nikola Tesla greets Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman), conducts and produces electricity with his body, and then offers the magician a meal. Even though the real Tesla, a famous germaphobe, probably wouldn’t have shaken Angier’s hand, it’s still a wonderful exchange between the two characters.
Below, Christopher Nolan remembers David Bowie and the time they spent together.
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This week we lost two great artists far too soon. On Sunday night, we were saddened by the loss of actor and musician David Bowie. Today, we heard about Alan Rickman‘s passing. The two men were beloved, and so far we’ve seen nothing but an outpouring of passionate responses to the legacies they leave behind.
Ahead you can read directors Martin Scorsese and Cameron Crowe remember David Bowie and the time they spent with him.
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Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
British actor Alan Rickman, known for his roles in films like Die Hard, Galaxy Quest, and the Harry Potter series, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Read More »
This morning we woke up to the sad news that legendary musician and the definition of cool, David Bowie, had passed away after a battle with the dirty bastard that is cancer. All over social media, fans are lamenting his passing, and James Gunn did the same by offering up another reason, in addition to countless others, to be bummed that Bowie is no longer with us.
Following learning the tragic news, Gunn revealed that he and Marvel’s Kevin Feige were trying to lock down David Bowie to cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. And despite his illness at the time, there was apparently hope that it would actually work out. Gunn also offers up his own touching tribute to a man who not only had a huge impact on rock, but also sci-fi and fantasy. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
It is 2004 and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars has just convinced a depressed, confused and impossibly lonely high school student to not take his own life. It is 2015 and “Heroes” blasts through the speakers as the same man, now older and happier and glad to be alive, joins the love of his life on the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.
The soundtrack to the decade between these two events in my life is defined by David Bowie, the most remarkable performer of the 20th century and an icon who cannot be summed with any kind of ease. He was a musician and an actor, an artist and an entertainer, a sinner and a saint, otherworldly but knowable. By listening to his music and watching him on screen, I couldn’t help but feel like I knew him. Like so many others, I felt I could see through his mystique and this alien, this seemingly mystical presence, was the friend I needed. I listened to him and couldn’t help but feel like he was listening back.
David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69, leaving behind a couple dozen incredible albums, enough amazing stories to fill a few thick books, and a surprising film career that was just as malleable and unpredictable as his discography. There’s no way of knowing how many lives he saved, but I can count at least one. The least I can do in return is pay tribute to his contributions to the world of film, of which there are more than you may realize.
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
David Bowie — rock star, movie star, all-around legend — has passed away at the age of 69, following an 18-month battle with cancer. The news arrives two days after he released his final album, Blackstar. He is survived by his wife, Iman, and his children, 15-year-old Alexandria Jones and Moon and Warcraft director Duncan Jones. Read More »
Robert Altman. Brian De Palma. Steven Spielberg. Woody Allen. Michael Cimino. George Miller. John Boorman. Legendary filmmakers, each and every one of them, but they’re all united by more than a shared mastery of the cinematic form. They all worked with legendary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, a crucial figure of the American New Wave of the 1970s whose work informed the visual style of Hollywood’s finest decade and whose contributions can still be felt today.
Zsigmond passed away on January 1, 2016 at the age of 85. His filmography, which contains more than a few masterpiece and features its fair share of the most iconic images in movie history, speaks for itself.
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Actor Jason Wingreen, a veteran character actor with nearly 200 credits to his name across a 40-year career, has passed away at the age of 95. Although the bulk of his credits can be found in the dozens upon dozens of TV shows that cast him as doctors and bartenders and cab drivers, he has a unique attachment to the biggest movie franchise of all time. Wingreen was also the original voice of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back.
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The weekend brings some sad news out of Hollywood with word from The New York Times of Robert Loggia dead at age 85 after a five year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Loggia appeared in dozens of TV shows such as Mancuso FBI, The Sopranos and Malcolm in the Middle as well as a wide variety of films including Independence Day, Big and Scarface. Read More »