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.

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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 »

guy hamilton dead

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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Legendary Musician Prince Has Died at 57

Prince Dead

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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »