It’s easy to take the James Bond movies and the iconography that accompanies them for granted. This character and his film series have been a part of pop culture for long that it’s easy to think that Agent 007 and his world arrived fully formed, to forget the many artists who contributed to his creation. Director Guy Hamilton, who directed four James Bond movies (including the iconic Goldfinger) has passed away at the age of 93. His death is sobering reminder that the men and women responsible for so many of our great movie moments are still among us and deserve to be treasured.
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This is what it sounds like when doves cry. This year has already been a tough one for music fans with the passing of David Bowie, and now another iconic musician with ties to the world of cinema has left this world. Prince, the man who starred in and composed Oscar-winning music for Purple Rain, not to mention created tracks for Tim Burton’s Batman soundtrack, has died at 57 years old.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Last night brought sad news from Hollywood as veteran actress Doris Roberts, the matriarch of the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, passed away at 90 years old. While the cause of death is not immediately known, Roberts passed away peacefully overnight in her sleep at her home in Los Angeles. The actress has been seen on screen since the 1950s, winning five Emmys and nominated for six more. We remember the long legacy of her work on the big and small screen after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Plenty of ancillary and extraneous characters in the Star Wars universe end up getting some kind of fan following, no matter how little screentime they get in the movies. But few minor characters were more beloved than Admiral Ackbar, the Rebel officer best known for shouting “It’s a trap!” in Return of the Jedi, a line that would become one of the most popular memes on the web.
Unfortunately, we have some sad news for Admiral Ackbar fans as the man behind his familiar voice has passed away. Erik Bauersfeld, a voice actor and radio drama producer, died yesterday in his California home at the age of 93 due to natural causes. We remember the man and his work below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Sadly, last week brought news that iconic comedian Garry Shandling had passed away suddenly at 66 years old. The longtime stand-up comedian and creator/star of The Larry Sanders Show has influenced some of the top comedians working today, and he counts among his friends some of the best in the business.
As a way of saying goodbye, over three dozen of them gathered as Shandling’s house for one last game of pick-up basketball on the comedian’s home court, something he was very fond of doing while he was alive and well. See a photo of everyone gathered for the honorary Garry Shandling basketball game after the jump. Read More »
Some sad news comes out of nowhere today as influential comedian and writer Garry Shandling, star of The Larry Sanders Show, has passed away at 66 years old. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that Garry Shandling died at a Los Angeles hospital but the exact cause of death has not been revealed at this time, though it is known he had some sort of medical emergency today which led to his death.
We remember the work of Garry Shandling below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Douglas Slocombe, the legendary cinematographer best known for shooting the Indiana Jones trilogy for director Steven Spielberg, has passed away at 103. Although his most well-known films came at the end of his career, Slocombe’s filmography is a masterclass in film craft, showcasing an artist and a technician who knew his way around all genres and made it look easy.
Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Jack Giroux
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.
Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
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.