When you picture a western stand-off on the big screen, it’s very likely that you can’t help but hear the opening notes of the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The sound of a flute and ocarina resemble the howl of a coyote before you hear that famous three-note melody from a harmonica. It’s one of the most recognizable themes in cinematic history, and sadly, the man who created it has died.
Ennio Morricone, the famed Italian composer known for spaghetti westerns such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the crime thriller The Untouchables, the sci-fi horror classic The Thing, and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, has passed away at 91. Read More »
“Every morning, I pick up my newspaper, get the obituary section, and see if I’m listed. If I’m not, I’ll have my breakfast.” This is the morning routine of comedy legend Carl Reiner as detailed in the HBO documentary film If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast. Unfortunately, the creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, director of The Jerk, and co-star of the Ocean’s 11 franchise has passed away at 98. Read More »
Joel Schumacher, the director of movies like A Time to Kill, The Lost Boys, and more, has died at the age of 80. He’s probably best known for making Batman Forever and Batman & Robin in the 1990s (and putting the Batman franchise on ice for a while in the process), but he had a long, incredibly varied, and fascinating career beyond those two films. Schumacher began his career as a costume designer before making the jump behind the camera, and when you look at his filmography, you may be surprised at some of the projects he was associated with. Read More »
Before the weekend, veteran actor Ian Holm sadly passed away at age 88. Best known for his turn as the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, an outpouring of love, memories and tributes poured out onto the web in honor of the late actor who also starred in Alien, The Fifth Element, Chariots of Fired, Time Bandits, Garden State and more. But one of the most moving tributes came from Lord of the Rings trilogy director Peter Jackson, who shared several fond memories of working with the actor. Jackson called Holm a “delightful, generous man” who was “quiet, but cheeky, with a lovely twinkle in his eye.” Read Peter Jackson’s tribute to Ian Holm below. Read More »
Ian Holm, a classically trained Shakespearean actor with an intimidating list of credits, has died. Holm’s agent issued a statement saying the actor “died peacefully in the hospital in the company of his family and caregiver,” adding, “Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.” Holm was 88. The actor became an established member of the Royal Shakespeare Company before moving into television and film.
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Many notable names have passed away due to complications from coronavirus, but today brings the shocking and unexpected news of indie film and television director Lynn Shelton dying at 54 years old from other complications. The filmmaker worked on everything from mumblecore indie movies like Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister to hit television shows like Mad Men and GLOW, and sadly she unexpectedly died yesterday from a previously unidentified blood disorder. Read More »
Following the passing of Jerry Stiller this past week, the world has unfortunately lost another brilliant comedic talent.
Fred Willard, a longtime comedy star with entertainment roots going all the way back to 1960 and best known for his roles in Christopher Guest mockumentary movies such as A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, and For Your Consideration, has passed away at 86 years old. Read More »
The world is a little less funny today as veteran comedian Jerry Stiller has passed away at 92 years old. Best known for playing Frank Costanza, father of Jason Alexander’s character George Costanza on the classic comedy series Seinfeld, the comedian is forever associated with the creation of Festivus, a holiday created in response to the crass commercialization of Christmas. But Stiller had a long career before joining Seinfeld, not to mention fathering one of today’s biggest comedy stars. Read More »
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Legendary actor Irrfan Khan had been battling cancer these last few years. He died in Mumbai earlier today, after being admitted to intensive care on Tuesday. He lost his mother on Saturday. He was 53.
Khan’s most recent film, Angrezi Medium (sequel to the 2017 comedy Hindi Medium) hit streaming platforms in April, after being forced off its theatrical course by the recent pandemic. While a presence like his undoubtedly belongs on the big screen, the more people who have access to his films, the better. He was one of Hindi cinema’s most magnetic actors.
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Allen Daviau, a cinematographer whose work includes E.T., Empire of the Sun, Bugsy, and more, has died at the age of 77 due to complications from the coronavirus. Daviau had a long-standing relationship with Steven Spielberg, having worked with the director on his short films, including 1968’s Amblin’. He would go on to shoot four feature films for Spielberg. Read More »