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Title: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on June 15, 2014, 04:20:05 PM
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6106420/casey-kasem-dies-radio-host-voice-actor-dead-82

http://www.at40.com/caseykasem/index.html

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-casey-kasem-memorial-page-classic-clips-20140615-story.html

For introducing many of us to Billboard Magazine, for enlightening many an eighties weekend (Saturdays, America's Top 10 and Sundays, American Top 40) with terrific music that you made sure we got to relive via the ingenious American Top 40 Flashback shows, for all those long distance dedications (even the dying dog rant one), for the voice acting, for sharing your gifts with us: thank you sir, and enjoy a well-earned peaceful rest.

Long Distance Dedication:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb5S_-USqOs
Title: In Memoriam
Post by: iramcon on June 17, 2014, 05:29:59 AM
Gwynn died Monday of oral cancer. He saw 54... I never met him in person, but when I stayed in San Diego in the eighties I did see him play. He played his whole career with the San Diego Padres.. A career .338 batting average and won eight batting titles.  Gwynn was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007 with 97% of the vote. His number 19 jersey was retired by the Padres.
Title: Re: RIP Tony Gwynn
Post by: Miss Kitty on June 17, 2014, 08:05:09 AM
The town of San Diego is in a state of mourning. Well, at least yesterday. It was very somber and like a ghost town.
Title: Re: RIP Tony Gwynn
Post by: AzT on June 18, 2014, 01:05:05 PM
Keith Olbermann got it exactly right:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11095435

RIP, Mr. Padre.  O:-)

Title: Re: Casey Kasem, RIP
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 20, 2014, 05:46:27 AM
This was very sad for me since Casey was a big part of my childhood. He voiced the lead character in my favorite TV show, which pretty much ruled my life for a few years... and has shaped my current online presences now.
Title: In Memoriam
Post by: lauranna on August 11, 2014, 04:11:43 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/actor-robin-williams-found-dead-apparent-suicide-sheriff-230233692.html
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: Yzrfan on August 11, 2014, 04:12:48 PM
So freaking sad.
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: semigeekgirl on August 11, 2014, 04:17:31 PM
I just stared at the headline in disbelief for a moment when I saw it. RIP, indeed.
  :'(
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: DaveG on August 11, 2014, 04:20:47 PM
Very sad news.   :(

Prayers are with his family.
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: lauranna on August 11, 2014, 04:21:52 PM
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I just stared at the headline in disbelief for a moment when I saw it. RIP, indeed.
  :'(

Same here. Wish it had been one of those many death hoaxes.
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: Transmute Jun on August 11, 2014, 04:22:25 PM
Wow... still not sure how to react...
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: alyssa on August 11, 2014, 04:23:17 PM
ukdeejay posted this on twiter

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuyxUaeCIAAXDGS.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: TardisMom on August 11, 2014, 04:23:43 PM
Very very sad.  An incredibly talented guy.
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: Chris on August 11, 2014, 04:52:49 PM
I was really hoping this was an internet rumor.

On the 'Inside the Actors Studio' he did, he made an audience member laugh so hard she tore muscles and had to go the hospital.

So sad to hear this.
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: dolphina on August 11, 2014, 06:20:16 PM
"O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells, Rise up-for you the flag is flung-for you the bugle trills;"

I remember watching Dead Poets Society and when he was leaving the class and they stood on their desks and started reciting the poem, I cried, that was the kind of actor he was, he could make you laugh and he could make you cry and you loved him for it.
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: DRWHO42 on August 11, 2014, 06:59:33 PM
Shocked! Total shock.
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: Zero on August 11, 2014, 08:42:39 PM
It still sounds unbelievable.  An amazing actor and comedian!  My condolences to his family and friends.  He'll definitely be missed.

Some of his characters are my favorites to this day, including the Genie (ha ha, I'm a kid at heart), Peter Pan/Panning from Hook, and Dr. Maguire from Good Will Hunting.
Title: Re: Robin Williams RIP
Post by: Louie_rob_m on August 11, 2014, 09:44:41 PM
He brought so many smiles to me while growing up. What Dreams May Come is still one of the most moving and beautiful films I have ever seen. Very sad news
Title: In Memoriam
Post by: Devorah on February 27, 2015, 09:24:33 AM
Leonard Nimoy has passed away...  :-[

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html?_r=1 (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html?_r=1)

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, which he attributed to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

His artistic pursuits - poetry, photography and music in addition to acting - ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).

Mr. Nimoy, who was teaching Method acting at his own studio when he was cast in the original “Star Trek” television series in the mid-1960s, relished playing outsiders, and he developed what he later admitted was a mystical identification with Spock, the lone alien on the starship’s bridge.

Yet he also acknowledged ambivalence about being tethered to the character, expressing it most plainly in the titles of two autobiographies: “I Am Not Spock,” published in 1977, and “I Am Spock,” published in 1995.

In the first, he wrote, “In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character.”

“Star Trek,” which had its premiere on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, made Mr. Nimoy a star. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the franchise, called him “the conscience of ‘Star Trek’ ” - an often earnest, sometimes campy show that employed the distant future (as well as some primitive special effects by today’s standards) to take on social issues of the 1960s.

His stardom would endure. Though the series was canceled after three seasons because of low ratings, a cultlike following - the conference-holding, costume-wearing Trekkies, or Trekkers (the designation Mr. Nimoy preferred) - coalesced soon after “Star Trek” went into syndication.

The fans’ devotion only deepened when “Star Trek” was spun off into an animated show, various new series and an uneven parade of movies starring much of the original television cast, including - besides Mr. Nimoy - William Shatner (as Capt. James T. Kirk), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), George Takei (the helmsman, Sulu), James Doohan (the chief engineer, Scott), Nichelle Nichols (the chief communications officer, Uhura) and Walter Koenig (the navigator, Chekov).

When the director J. J. Abrams revived the “Star Trek” film franchise in 2009, with an all-new cast - including Zachary Quinto as Spock - he included a cameo part for Mr. Nimoy, as an older version of the same character. Mr. Nimoy also appeared in the 2013 follow-up, “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

His zeal to entertain and enlighten reached beyond “Star Trek” and crossed genres. He had a starring role in the dramatic television series “Mission: Impossible” and frequently performed onstage, notably as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” His poetry was voluminous, and he published books of his photography.

He also directed movies, including two from the “Star Trek” franchise, and television shows. And he made records, on which he sang pop songs, as well as original songs about “Star Trek,” and gave spoken-word performances - to the delight of his fans and the bewilderment of critics.

But all that was subsidiary to Mr. Spock, the most complex member of the Enterprise crew: both a colleague and a creature apart, who sometimes struggled with his warring racial halves.

In one of his most memorable “Star Trek” episodes, Mr. Nimoy tried to follow in the tradition of two actors he admired, Charles Laughton and Boris Karloff, who each played a monstrous character - Quasimodo and the Frankenstein monster - who is transformed by love.

In Episode 24, which was first shown on March 2, 1967, Mr. Spock is indeed transformed. Under the influence of aphrodisiacal spores he discovers on the planet Omicron Ceti III, he lets free his human side and announces his love for Leila Kalomi (Jill Ireland), a woman he had once known on Earth. In this episode, Mr. Nimoy brought to Spock’s metamorphosis not only warmth and compassion, but also a rarefied concept of alienation.

“I am what I am, Leila,” Mr. Spock declared. “And if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them. Mine can be no worse than someone else’s.”

Born in Boston on March 26, 1931, Leonard Simon Nimoy was the second son of Max and Dora Nimoy, Ukrainian immigrants and Orthodox Jews. His father worked as a barber.

From the age of 8, Leonard acted in local productions, winning parts at a community college, where he performed through his high school years. In 1949, after taking a summer course at Boston College, he traveled to Hollywood, though it wasn’t until 1951 that he landed small parts in two movies, “Queen for a Day” and “Rhubarb.”

He continued to be cast in little-known movies, although he did presciently play an alien invader in a cult serial called “Zombies of the Stratosphere,” and in 1961 he had a minor role on an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” His first starring movie role came in 1952 with “Kid Monk Baroni,” in which he played a disfigured Italian street-gang leader who becomes a boxer.

Mr. Nimoy served in the Army for two years, rising to sergeant and spending 18 months at Fort McPherson in Georgia, where he presided over shows for the Army’s Special Services branch. He also directed and starred as Stanley in the Atlanta Theater Guild’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” before receiving his final discharge in November 1955.

He then returned to California, where he worked as a soda jerk, movie usher and cabdriver while studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. He achieved wide visibility in the late 1950s and early 1960s on television shows like “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide” and “Perry Mason.” Then came “Star Trek.”

Mr. Nimoy returned to college in his 40s and earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Antioch University Austin, an affiliate of Antioch College in Ohio, in 1978. Antioch College later awarded Mr. Nimoy an honorary doctorate.

Mr. Nimoy directed two of the Star Trek movies, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984) and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986), which he helped write. In 1991, the same year that he resurrected Mr. Spock on two episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Mr. Nimoy was also the executive producer and a writer of the movie “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”

He then directed the hugely successful comedy “Three Men and a Baby” (1987), a far cry from his science-fiction work, and appeared in made-for-television movies. He received an Emmy nomination for the 1982 movie “A Woman Called Golda,” in which he portrayed the husband of Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel, who was played by Ingrid Bergman. It was the fourth Emmy nomination of his career - the other three were for his “Star Trek” work - although he never won.

Mr. Nimoy’s marriage to the actress Sandi Zober ended in divorce. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Adam and Julie Nimoy; a stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck; and six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and an older brother, Melvin.

Though his speaking voice was among his chief assets as an actor, the critical consensus was that his music was mortifying. Mr. Nimoy, however, was undaunted, and his fans seemed to enjoy the camp of his covers of songs like “If I Had a Hammer.” (His first album was called “Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space.”)

From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Nimoy narrated the “Ancient Mysteries” series on the History Channel. He also appeared in commercials, including two with Mr. Shatner for Priceline.com. He provided the voice for animated characters in “Transformers: The Movie,” in 1986, and “The Pagemaster,” in 1994.

In 2001 he voiced the king of Atlantis in the Disney animated movie “Atlantis: The Lost Empire,” and in 2005 he furnished voice-overs for the computer game Civilization IV. More recently, he had a recurring role on the science-fiction series “Fringe” and was heard, as the voice of Spock, in an episode of the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

Mr. Nimoy was an active supporter of the arts as well. The Thalia, a venerable movie theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, now a multi-use hall that is part of Symphony Space, was renamed the Leonard Nimoy Thalia in 2002.

He also found his voice as a writer. Besides his autobiographies, he published “A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life” in 2002. Typical of Mr. Nimoy’s simple free verse are these lines: “In my heart/Is the seed of the tree/Which will be me.”

In later years, he rediscovered his Jewish heritage, and in 1991 he produced and starred in “Never Forget,” a television movie based on the story of a Holocaust survivor who sued a neo-Nazi organization of Holocaust deniers.

In 2002, having illustrated his books of poetry with his photographs, Mr. Nimoy published “Shekhina,” a book devoted to photography with a Jewish theme, that of the feminine aspect of God. His black-and-white photographs of nude and seminude women struck some Orthodox Jewish leaders as heretical, but Mr. Nimoy asserted that his work was consistent with the teaching of the kabbalah.

His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.

“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended.

But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: semigeekgirl on February 27, 2015, 09:27:43 AM
Yes, RIP indeed.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 27, 2015, 09:27:55 AM
Just coming to post this. So sad....
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Mel on February 27, 2015, 09:28:52 AM
My heart is heavy. When Spock died in Wrath of Khan, I was a kid and it seriously wrecked me. I wish this was just a movie.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: DaveG on February 27, 2015, 09:36:42 AM
Just saw this.  Wow, just sad.  He will be missed.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Mel on February 27, 2015, 09:43:02 AM
My friend just pointed out that he died of a smoker's disease and the best way to pay tribute to him would be to quit smoking if you smoke. I like that idea. (I don't smoke, but did in the past. Several years smoke-free now)
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 27, 2015, 09:47:11 AM
My daughter just said that Sheldon (on BBT) will be sad that Leonard Nimoy died, but it's okay, because he has Nimoy's DNA and can make a new Spock.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: AzT on February 27, 2015, 09:47:30 AM
May it indeed be a far, far better rest that he goes to than he has ever known.  O:-)

 :'( :'( :'( (for Spock / Galvatron / Sentinel Prime / early childhood memories of "In Search Of...")
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: DaveG on February 27, 2015, 09:47:41 AM
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My friend just pointed out that he died of a smoker's disease and the best way to pay tribute to him would be to quit smoking if you smoke. I like that idea. (I don't smoke, but did in the past. Several years smoke-free now)

Agree and congrats!!! 

I can't speak personally to how difficult it is (having never smoked), but unfortunately I have son who picked it up in high school and we've been trying to convince him to stop ever since.  I REALLY encourage everyone who smokes to continue to search for a way to quit.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: AzT on February 27, 2015, 09:50:37 AM
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Agree and congrats!!! 

I can't speak personally to how difficult it is (having never smoked), but unfortunately I have son who picked it up in high school and we've been trying to convince him to stop ever since.  I REALLY encourage everyone who smokes to continue to search for a way to quit.

As did Nimoy:

https://twitter.com/TheRealNimoy/status/554102742084370432

Don't smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP

6:29 PM - 10 Jan 2015
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Chris on February 27, 2015, 09:54:07 AM
Very sad.   There will be a lot of tributes this year.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: alyssa on February 27, 2015, 10:00:54 AM
#llap

the geek world is crying today

Mr Nimoy has been and will forever be an icon to me.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: dolphina on February 27, 2015, 10:05:49 AM
Just so sad, I'm glad I'm off work today, I just want some time to grieve and years ago for Christmas my son bought me the original Star Trek episodes on dvd, I think I'm going to do some binge watching this weekend.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: kohyuta on February 27, 2015, 11:39:39 AM
Between Mission: Impossible, In Search Of..., and Star Trek, Mr. Nimoy was a big part of my childhood. Not only was he a great actor & director, he was a great human being, too. I miss him already :( Nathan Fillion said it well: "I have been, and shall always be... your fan. RIP Leonard Nimoy."
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Michael M on February 27, 2015, 12:02:19 PM
Like many folks here, this feels like the loss of a close friend, if not family.  Many of us grew up on Star Trek and having him weekly into our homes made us all feel closer.  Such a sad loss today.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: jimy on February 27, 2015, 12:12:09 PM
So sad to hear this news, glad that we got to meet with him at SDCC a few years back.

Lived long and prospered.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Zero on February 27, 2015, 12:15:00 PM
A bright star has gone out.  This is truly tragic news!  He inspired many.  Leonard Nimoy will be sincerely and greatly missed.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Mel on February 27, 2015, 12:26:27 PM
91X in San Diego just played the entire TOS theme in his honor. Choked me up.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: admiral-lira on February 27, 2015, 01:54:12 PM
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: alyssa on February 27, 2015, 06:54:03 PM
(https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11021281_10153178252579669_2408214245839348963_n.jpg?oh=49dbced0239519de21ee50a96037a048&oe=558AE591)
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Kay on February 27, 2015, 08:01:54 PM
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(https://scontent-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11021281_10153178252579669_2408214245839348963_n.jpg?oh=49dbced0239519de21ee50a96037a048&oe=558AE591)

Wow, thats so true Alyssa....
I really loved him as a kid, i looked forward to seeing him in star trek on those late night reruns and would plead with my mother to let me stay up.
She told me once about an old trekkie (trekker ;) ) convention and how she just walked up to them all and got photos signed by the whole cast. 

He was awesome and i just got to say....Go Bilbo!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPkByAkAdZs
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: angel_k on February 27, 2015, 09:46:21 PM
I was a TOS girl and Spock was always my favorite.  I'm shattered.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: admiral-lira on February 28, 2015, 06:05:44 PM
(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Ftapatalk.imageshack.com%2Fv2%2F15%2F02%2F28%2F0ddfa20da3540ff161ffab8b0903333d.jpg&hash=2da252f55284c8ff7778dd3f10378627a06258bd)

A cartoon from todays newspaper
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Angology on March 01, 2015, 07:40:45 AM
They had a nice segment on CBS Sunday Morning, and closed the show with the TOS theme. Syfy is showing the TNG episodes with Nimoy, and then Star Trek VI.
So sad.


Ang,
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Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: alyssa on March 01, 2015, 08:27:55 AM
thx for the update, i've got it stacked on the tivo-  i'll make sure to watch it
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Michael M on March 01, 2015, 08:35:42 AM
How many folks grew up on this?

(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Ftas.trekcore.com%2Fgallery%2Falbums%2Fwallpapers%2Fspock_anim_1024.jpg&hash=c6e4c12d708614fb7517b68db8c3ec58013a28e3)
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Michael M on March 01, 2015, 09:33:23 AM
And this is really cool

http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2015/02/28/memorial-to-leonard-nimoy-coming-to-star-trek-online/ (http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2015/02/28/memorial-to-leonard-nimoy-coming-to-star-trek-online/)
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: AzT on March 02, 2015, 05:41:35 PM
From:

http://www.reformjudaism.org/blog/2015/03/01/remembering-leonard-nimoy-rabbis-eulogy

[Author's note: What follows is a portion of my eulogy at Leonard’s funeral on Sunday morning, March 1. He was married to my dear first cousin, Susan.]

Leonard shared with me after he and Susan married 26 years ago that he had never met a woman like her, never had he loved anyone so dearly and passionately, that she’d saved his life and lifted him from darkness and unhappiness in ways he never thought possible. His love, appreciation, respect, and gratitude for her transformed him and enabled him to begin his life anew.

Susan — you were a stellar, loving and brilliant life-partner for your Leib. He knew it and in loving you he learned how to love his own children and grandchildren more deeply, and he came to recognize that his family was his greatest treasure and gift.

At the moment Leonard’s soul left him on Friday morning, his family had gathered around him in a ring of love. Leonard smiled, and then he was gone. It was gentle passing, as easy as a “hair being lifted from a cup of milk,” as the Talmud describes the moment of death. What did Leonard see? We can’t know, but Susan imagines that he beheld his beloved cocker spaniel Molly, an angelic presence in life and now in death.

My wife Barbara and I shared much with Susan and Leonard over the years, in LA and in so many spectacular places around the world — so many joys and not a few challenges, and through it all we grew to love Leonard as a dear member of our family and were honored that he felt towards us as members of his own family. 

At his 80th birthday celebration three years ago, I publicly thanked him for all he’d meant to my family and me, for being the love of Susan’s life, and for bringing her so much happiness.

Kind-hearted, gentle, patient, refined, and keenly intelligent was he.

As I listened to NPR’s story of his passing on Friday, I was struck by how uniquely recognizable to the world was his voice, not only because of its innate resonance and gentle tone, but because it emanated who he was as a man and as a mensch.

He was unflappably honest and warm-hearted. He embodied integrity and decency. He was humble and a gentleman. His keen sensitivity and intuition connected him with the world and offered him keen insight into the human condition. Whatever he said and did was compelling, inspiring and provocative. He strove always for excellence.

Leonard’s Hebrew name was Yehudah Lev, meaning “a Jew with a heart.” His interests and concerns were founded upon his faith and belief in the inherent dignity of every human being, and he treated everyone regardless of station, friend or stranger, with kindness and respect. His world view was enriched by his Jewish spirit and experience.

Leonard was nurtured in the Yiddish-speaking culture of his childhood on the West End of Boston, yet he transcended the particular categories with which he was raised. He cared about the Jews of the former Soviet Union, about Jews everywhere, and he was concerned for all people as well.

Because he grew up as a minority in his neighborhood, even sensing at times that he was an outcast living on the margins (which is what his Spock character was all about), Leonard adventured out from the conservative home and culture of his youth, courageously at a very young age, into the world where he sought greater truth and understanding. He was curious about everything and was a life-long learner.

Leonard appreciated his success, never taking his fame and good fortune for granted. He was generous with family, friends and so many good causes often contributing without being asked, quietly and under the radar, to individuals and causes selflessly, without need of acknowledgment or credit. In his later years, he learned that by fixing his name to some gifts, he could inspire others to give as well.

Over the years, from the time he performed in the Yiddish theater as a young actor, Leonard was particularly drawn to Jewish roles in film, television, stage, and radio. Most enduringly he brought the gesture of the Biblical High Priest to the world’s attention as an iconic symbol of blessing. He was amused that his fans unsuspectingly blessed each other as they held up their hands and said, “Live long and prosper!”

Most recently, Leonard created magnificent mystical images of feminine Godliness in his Shekhina photographs, one of which he gave to me as a gift graces my synagogue study and adds a spiritual dimension for me of everything I do in my life as a rabbi.

One year Leonard asked me what I thought of his accepting an invitation from Germany to speak before thousands of Star Trek fans. He told me that he’d been asked before but always turned the invitation down due to his own discomfort about setting in a country that had murdered six million Jews. I told him that I thought it was time that he went, and that he take the opportunity to inform a new generation of Germans about who he was as a Jew and about the Jewish dimension of Spock’s personality and outlook. He liked the idea, and so on that basis accepted the invitation.

When he returned he told me that he had shared with the audience his own Jewish story and that Spock’s hand gesture was that of the Jewish High Priest blessing the Jewish community, an image he remembered from his early childhood attending shul with his grandfather in West Boston on Shabbes morning and peeking out from under his grandfather’s tallis at the Kohanim-priests as they raised their hands in blessing over the congregation.

He told me that when he finished his talk he received a sustained standing ovation, an experience that was among the most moving in his public life.

There’s another incident worth recalling.

The Soviet Film Institute had invited Leonard in the mid 1980s to come to Moscow to speak about Star Trek IV, which he had directed. Leonard agreed to come on the condition that he be granted free passage to Zaslov, Ukraine to visit Nimoy relatives he’d never met. The Soviet officials refused, so Leonard declined. Then they had a change of heart and caved, and he and Susan visited the Ukrainian Nimoys thus reuniting two branches of his family tree divided eighty years earlier. Who else but Leonard Nimoy could stare down the former Soviet Union and win!?

Over time, Leonard became one of the most positive Jewish role models in the world. He cared about all the right things, about promoting the Jewish arts, about peace and reconciliation between people and nations, and about greater justice in our own society.

He and I talked frequently about our love for Israel and its need for peace. He understood that a democratic Jewish state could survive only alongside a peaceful Palestinian state. He was disgusted by terrorism and war, disheartened by Israeli and Palestinian inability and recalcitrance to find compromise and a way forward towards a two-state solution and peace, and he was infuriated by continuing Israeli West Bank settlement construction and by both Islamic and Jewish fundamentalist extremism.

Though keenly aware of, knowledgeable about and savvy when it came to national and world politics and history, Leonard was at his core a humanitarian and an artist, and that was the lens through which he viewed the world.

Among his favorite quotations was that spoken by the 19th century actor Edwin Booth who claimed to have heard the solemn whisper of the god of all arts:

“I shall give you hunger and pain and sleepless nights, also beauty and satisfaction known to few, and glimpses of the heavenly life. None of these shall you have continually, and of their coming and going you shall not be foretold.”

Leonard did indeed glimpse the heavenly life in his artistic pursuits and in his love for his family and friends.

In thinking of him, I am reminded of Shakespeare’s words:

“Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
"Romeo and Juliet," Act III, Scene 2

I’ve never known anyone like Leonard — he was utterly unique. I loved him and will cherish his memory always.

Zicharon tzaddik livracha — May the memory of this righteous man be a blessing.
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 05, 2015, 01:43:39 PM
I love this!! Makes me wish I still lived in Canada so I could do it too.

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/bank_of_canada_urges_star_trek_fans_to_stop_spocking_their_fivers (http://dangerousminds.net/comments/bank_of_canada_urges_star_trek_fans_to_stop_spocking_their_fivers)
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: admiral-lira on March 05, 2015, 03:33:26 PM


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Makes me wish I still lived in Canada so I could do it too.

You could go to a exchange post and ask for a hand of canadian fives
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 05, 2015, 03:41:49 PM
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You could go to a exchange post and ask for a hand of canadian fives

I have a couple in an 'emergency stash' I keep in case I have to make an unexpected visit to see my parents. It's not the same when I can't 'distribute' them, though. ;)
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: AzT on March 05, 2015, 08:06:33 PM
Harve Bennett passed away Wednesday:

http://variety.com/2015/film/news/star-trek-harve-bennett-dead-1201447374/

And the BBT tribute to Nimoy:

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/the-big-bang-theory-pays-tribute-to-leonard-nimoy-1201447321/
Title: Re: RIP Spock
Post by: Angology on March 06, 2015, 02:23:35 PM
For some reason-I noticed Star Trek items on the set in last week's BBT episode-I don't if there were more  than usual, or if I was just more aware. The ones I remember were-at the pet store, there were Star Trek pet clothes near where they were standing by the turtle and the Spock live long and prosper oven mitt in their kitchen. The tribute at the end was very nice.

Jon Stewart also mentioned Leonard Nimoy in his moment of Zen on Monday night's show.
Title: In Memoriam
Post by: semigeekgirl on March 12, 2015, 03:20:07 PM
I kept thinking someone would post this, but I guess it will have to be me:

http://io9.com/rip-sir-terry-pratchett-1948-2015-1691042794

My grandfather died from Alzheimer's in January so it's making me particularly sad today.
Title: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on June 11, 2015, 01:26:25 PM
http://www.starwars.com/news/sir-christopher-lee-passes-away

Legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee, who played the evil Sith Lord Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), died on Sunday in London at age 93. With a commanding voice, towering height, and powerful presence that combined nobility with a menacing flair, he brought some of cinema’s most memorable antagonists to life in unique ways. This included his Shakespearean portrayal of Count Dooku, a dark-side mirror to the elder Obi-Wan Kenobi, who Lee infused with a captivating arrogance and mercilessness. Dooku has become one of Star Wars’ greatest villains; Lee returned to the role for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated movie, introducing a younger generation to the character. “Christopher was a great British actor of the old school,” George Lucas said in a statement. “A true link to cinema’s past and a real gentleman. We will miss him.”

When cast as Dooku in 2000, Lee told StarWars.com of his excitement to join a galaxy far, far away. “They created a whole new era in the cinema,” he said of the Star Wars films. “There’s no question about that. The scale of imagination and the scale of production and the impact that it had on the entire world was a first. It created an impact in the cinema that was unique. This particular series of film will be a mythic saga on a vast scale.” In Attack of the Clones, Lee’s climactic duel with a CGI Yoda would go on to be among the film’s most popular and innovative scenes. “One of the things that George Lucas said to me,” Lee said, “was, ‘We’ll have a lot fun.’ And that, believe me, is very good to hear.” It was a reunion of sorts; Lee first worked with Lucasfilm on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series, where he played Count Ottokar Graf Czernin - an obstacle to Young Indy’s secret mission to negotiate a peaceful end to World War I.

Among Lee’s biggest roles outside of the Star Wars saga were iconic turns as Dracula (first in 1958’s The Horror of Dracula) and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Despite his close association with villains, Lee was equally gifted at comedy or heroic parts: he played a mad scientist in the satirical Gremlins II (1990), Sherlock Holmes’ brother in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), and many stage roles, from Shakespeare to Coward.

But his Star Wars legacy will go on. As Lee told StarWars.com prior to production of Attack of the Clones, “It will be more than another part. It will be another ‘arrow in my quiver.’ I’m looking forward to it enormously.”

See also:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2015/06/11/christopher-lee-appreciation/71060580/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/8316999/Interview-Christopher-Lee.html


Title: Re: RIP, Sir Christopher Lee
Post by: alyssa on June 11, 2015, 01:40:28 PM
on a day of so many high's this is a shock

one of the great one's has left us
Title: Re: RIP, Sir Christopher Lee
Post by: FBS on June 11, 2015, 01:49:20 PM
An incredible actor. His best role is as Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man.
Title: Re: RIP, Sir Christopher Lee
Post by: Mel on June 11, 2015, 01:49:37 PM
A true great and a giant of cinema. Best Dracula ever, too.
Title: Re: RIP, Sir Christopher Lee
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 11, 2015, 01:57:21 PM
I still think of him as Scaramanga. Man With The Golden Gun is still one of my favorite Bond films.
Title: Re: RIP, Sir Christopher Lee
Post by: DRWHO42 on June 12, 2015, 03:40:33 AM

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I still think of him as Scaramanga. Man With The Golden Gun is still one of my favorite Bond films.
Ditto.
Title: Re: RIP, Sir Christopher Lee
Post by: AzT on June 13, 2015, 09:02:49 PM
It's Hammer Time ->

http://www.tcm.com/this-month/movie-news.html?id=1098037&name=TCM-Remembers-Christopher-Lee-1922-2015-

Turner Classic Movies Pays Tribute to Christopher Lee on Monday, June 22 with the following festival of films. This program will replace the previously scheduled movies for that day so please take note.

The new schedule for Monday, June 22 will be:

6:15 AM The Mummy (1959)

8:00 AM The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

9:30 AM Horror of Dracula (1958)

11:00 AM Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)

12:45 PM Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)

2:30 PM Horror Express (1972)

4:00 PM The Three Musketeers (1972)

6:00 PM The Four Musketeers (1975)
Title: Re: RIP, Sir Christopher Lee
Post by: alyssa on June 14, 2015, 05:39:41 AM
busy re-arranging my sched ...

wow-  gotta clear space on the tivo-  there's a lot of classics there the kiddo hasn't seen.  8)
Title: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on November 19, 2015, 07:19:11 AM
https://twitter.com/sdcomicfest/status/667238253787897856

https://www.facebook.com/139148722856535/photos/a.279883528783053.53634.139148722856535/757297197708348/?type=3&theater

"We were saddened to hear of the passing of Michael Gross, a great artist and a good friend to the San Diego Comic Fest. Michael's art direction on National Lampoon magazine in its glory days was absolutely key to its success. After leaving National Lampoon, Michael created for himself a career as a film producer, and co-produced the classic film Ghostbusters for which he also designed the famous "no ghosts" icon. Michael was a guest at all three San Diego Comic Fests and we're grateful that he got to star on a Ghostbusters 30th-anniversary panel at the last Fest, which was put together and moderated by his old high-school buddy and Cinefex publisher Don Shay. He will be missed."

O:-)

Indeed, he will be missed - a *very* funny and humble man; I'm grateful to have attended his last two (2013 + 2014) San Diego Comic Fest Ghostbusters panels.

Edit ->

http://www.michaelcgross.com/

http://news.yahoo.com/michael-gross-created-ghostbusters-logo-dies-70-001712765.html
Title: Re: RIP, Michael Gross
Post by: Transmute Jun on November 19, 2015, 03:17:55 PM
So this is *not* the actor who played Steven Keaton on Family Ties? I believe his name is Michael Gross.
Title: Re: RIP, Michael Gross
Post by: mark on November 19, 2015, 03:57:54 PM
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So this is *not* the actor who played Steven Keaton on Family Ties? I believe his name is Michael Gross.

Correct, same name but different guy. I had completely forgot about some of his National Lampoon covers, but not this one.

(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.michaelcgross.com%2Fdesign%2Fbest.jpg&hash=191ba4e89f357ca82177ebf395c4e4c5129905d1)
Title: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on January 11, 2016, 07:24:27 AM
 :'( O:-)

https://www.facebook.com/davidbowie/posts/10153176666977665

January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.

Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: NCDS on January 11, 2016, 09:23:31 AM
He influenced my life in more ways than I will ever know.

https://media.giphy.com/media/yoJC2wQqhXpm97vdeg/giphy.gif (https://media.giphy.com/media/yoJC2wQqhXpm97vdeg/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: dolphina on January 11, 2016, 09:52:11 AM
I am playing his music all day today at work, he was a true renaissance man. My all time favorite song of his was Space Oddity, it has always been one of my all time favorites.
Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: Transmute Jun on January 11, 2016, 10:21:45 AM
He was such an icon in the 80s! I like the idea of a musical tribute today.
Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: wolfgirl1272 on January 11, 2016, 11:57:35 AM
Think I'll watch Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence today; RIP David Bowie.
Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: alyssa on January 11, 2016, 12:20:51 PM
(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/734839_832838600158001_6594787142257788840_n.jpg?oh=fa868606b5959bc77ee9c48cbb299574&oe=570BCC2C)
Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: Blubutterfly505 on January 12, 2016, 10:02:51 AM
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Think I'll watch Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence today; RIP David Bowie.

I love that movie!  Its such a shame that not many people have seen it.  My other favorite Bowie movie is The Hunger RIP O:-)
Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: jclemy on January 12, 2016, 06:57:23 PM
The world will miss him

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Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: Angel_ on January 12, 2016, 09:28:17 PM
I was raised on Labyrinth.  My mom was raised on his music. Generations of people learned that they could be themselves thanks to his fearless style.  He will be missed.


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Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: Transmute Jun on January 13, 2016, 08:09:52 AM
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I was raised on Labyrinth.

Wait, so this is you? ?

(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi129.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fp206%2Ftransmutejun%2F9737af79251221a672c56208dfc04fe158bbdaeb.jpg&hash=801b7c8ff71afc30515db0707302c1a30242f315) (http://s129.photobucket.com/user/transmutejun/media/9737af79251221a672c56208dfc04fe158bbdaeb.jpg.html)

 >:D
Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: mlgagne on January 13, 2016, 09:29:16 AM
RIP David Bowie. Though I was a '90s kid and a lot of his influence came before my time, I think that he has had an affect on many of us to varying degrees! He will definitely be missed  :(
Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: AzT on January 14, 2016, 08:08:20 AM
From Bryan Adams' Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAhlldxoeAX/

"Woke up today and read the news that Bowie had been cremated in New York. How incredibly sad. My mind went to that place and imagined him there and how final it really was. It’s not easy to go through that, I’ve done it with my grandparents. My thoughts and condolences are with his wife, family and friends. Thank you David for the inspiration and the all the amazing music."
Title: Re: RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
Post by: Bert Su on January 14, 2016, 04:35:42 PM
Rest in peace, my friend
Title: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on January 18, 2016, 02:39:17 PM
 :'( O:-)

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/6844089/glenn-frey-eagles-guitarist-dies-at-67

http://eagles.com/news/266763

"It Is With The Heaviest of Hearts That We Announce… ...the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016."

Title: Re: RIP, Glenn Frey
Post by: TardisMom on January 18, 2016, 03:42:03 PM
Very sad.  Too many dying too young.
Title: Re: RIP, Glenn Frey
Post by: dolphina on January 18, 2016, 05:18:58 PM
We have lost way too many recently  :'(
Title: In Memoriam
Post by: DRWHO42 on April 16, 2016, 07:26:39 PM
I am a couple days late on this but wanted to share. Blake's 7 was one of my favorite show TV shows back in the day.

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2016/04/gareth-thomas-1945-2016.html

Title: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on April 21, 2016, 10:13:46 AM
O:-)

http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/celebrity/legendary-artist-prince-found-dead-at-57-report/ar-BBs4G6y

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7341522/prince-dead
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: NCDS on April 21, 2016, 10:27:35 AM
:(  I'll be I hope they release all the music and documentaries he has vaulted up so we will have more to remember him.
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: rando on April 21, 2016, 10:43:05 AM
Man...this is a tough one...
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: alyssa on April 21, 2016, 11:09:29 AM
i thought he was one of the clean ones.....

Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: tt7777 on April 21, 2016, 11:13:53 AM
Do they have any ideas of what happened? Or is it still too early?


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Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: NCDS on April 21, 2016, 11:21:56 AM
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Do they have any ideas of what happened? Or is it still too early?


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Too early, he was ill last week and in the hospital.
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: tt7777 on April 21, 2016, 11:22:47 AM
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Too early, he was ill last week and in the hospital.
Was looking at a recent picture of him and he looked really thin. I'm wondering if it was something like cancer or something was going on medically.
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: alyssa on April 21, 2016, 11:23:12 AM
all i'm seeing is that he had flu symptoms last week- 
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: tt7777 on April 21, 2016, 11:26:04 AM
That could be the start of anything.


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Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: FBS on April 21, 2016, 11:26:42 AM
Saw him play in London two years. Sensational. One of the greatest gigs I've ever been to.

Absolutely gutted about this.
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: rando on April 21, 2016, 11:51:02 AM
I keep replaying "Sometimes It Snows In April" seems so appropriate to me...
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: Angology on April 21, 2016, 11:53:20 AM
So very sad-this one is indeed a tough one as someone mentioned before. Such a great talent and a wonderful performer. I am very glad that I had the chance to see him perform live. It was such a great concert.
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: Keyframegirl on April 21, 2016, 01:44:50 PM
First Bowie and now Prince. I'm very sad.  (Especially for their families.)

Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: Zero on April 21, 2016, 01:50:39 PM
Such terrible news.  I heard about this on the radio this morning, and then they started playing Prince songs.  ;__;

Another great entertainer and artist gone too soon.
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: marcia29 on April 21, 2016, 02:36:22 PM
Prince was so unique.  He had a mysterious side, too.  His eyes always looked like he was keeping secrets that his inner self would not allow us to see.  Hope he had a close circle of loved ones.  His music is now crowding my brain. Prince...unique...forever.
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: newbie12 on April 21, 2016, 03:48:12 PM
 :'(
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: AzT on April 21, 2016, 05:19:35 PM
Probably among many stations doing the same this weekend -> "Purple" 92.5, in progress

http://www.magic925.com/

http://player.listenlive.co/36261
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: Angology on April 21, 2016, 05:27:07 PM
MTV was actually playing videos today. It really took me back (and made me even sadder).
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: AzT on April 21, 2016, 05:54:42 PM
Bono:

https://twitter.com/U2/status/723306012749373441

I never met Mozart, I never met Duke Ellington or Charlie Parker
I never met Elvis
But I met Prince - Bono


Sheena:

https://twitter.com/Easton_Sheena/status/723208898572869633

No Words 
RIP My Dear Prince

Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: CptMyCpt24 on April 22, 2016, 11:36:27 AM
Prince used an image of Dave Chappelle dressed as him on the cover of his 2013 single, "Breakfast Can Wait." When asked about it Chappelle said, "What am I going to do - sue him for using a picture of me dressed up like him? ... That's checkmate right there."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tonight-show-dave-chappelle-explains-711896
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: AzT on April 22, 2016, 09:16:40 PM
‘Purple Rain’ Returning to U.S. Theaters This Weekend

http://variety.com/2016/film/news/purple-rain-returning-to-amc-theaters-this-weekend-1201759183/
Title: Re: RIP, Prince
Post by: NCDS on April 22, 2016, 09:22:32 PM
May 12th Purple Rain at Red Rocks, Best place to see it!

http://www.westword.com/arts/film-on-the-rocks-adds-tribute-to-prince-closes-with-star-wars-the-force-awakens-7832702
Title: In Memoriam
Post by: mark on May 14, 2016, 09:05:16 AM
From http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/darwyn-cooke-celebrated-comics-artist-and-writer-passes-away (http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/darwyn-cooke-celebrated-comics-artist-and-writer-passes-away)

"Darwyn Cooke, the award-winning writer, artist and animator known for such celebrated works as "DC: The New Frontier," "Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter" and "Catwoman," passed away overnight. He was 53. Earlier Friday, his wife Marsha Cooke announced he was receiving palliative care following an aggressive bout with cancer. "

"Cooke's family has specified that donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society and The Hero Initiative. "
http://www.cancer.ca/en/region-selector-page/?url=%2fen%2f (http://www.cancer.ca/en/region-selector-page/?url=%2fen%2f)
http://www.heroinitiative.org/ (http://www.heroinitiative.org/)

He was one of my favorite writer/artists.  If you ever get hold of a copy of DC's Solo (lots of short stories by a variety of people) one of his contributions is a very sweet bit of autobiography.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Darwyn Cooke
Post by: brand4d2 on May 14, 2016, 08:02:27 PM
The New Frontier was one of the first things I read when I was getting back into comics.   I too will miss his work tremendously and now wish I would have bought more of his variant covers during last year's Darwyn Cooke month.   
Title: Re: R.I.P. Darwyn Cooke
Post by: alyssa on May 15, 2016, 07:11:19 AM
i will second the **great work** Hero's initiative does.  it is a worth wild organization which helps the creators of the ideas we all enjoy
http://www.heroinitiative.org/
Title: Re: R.I.P. Darwyn Cooke
Post by: perc2100 on May 16, 2016, 09:57:17 AM
Great guy, and one of many CONSTANT reminders that cancer is an a-hole  :-[
Title: Re: R.I.P. Darwyn Cooke
Post by: Keyframegirl on May 16, 2016, 12:28:40 PM
This tribute said it all:

https://twitter.com/chris_ryall/status/731568952833245184

Another sad loss for the Comic community & Canada!

My heart goes out to his family.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Darwyn Cooke
Post by: perc2100 on May 16, 2016, 03:16:31 PM
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This tribute said it all:

https://twitter.com/chris_ryall/status/731568952833245184

Another sad loss for the Comic community & Canada!

My heart goes out to his family.

That's great!  I've been enjoying reading the stories from industry folks about interacting, meeting, or working with him.  Gail Simone, naturally, had a good story of meeting him after gushing about his work non-stop online
Title: In Memoriam
Post by: mark on October 22, 2016, 09:39:58 AM
Steve Dillon has passed away.

http://comicbook.com/2016/10/22/steve-dillon-iconic-preacher-and-punisher-artist-has-died/ (http://comicbook.com/2016/10/22/steve-dillon-iconic-preacher-and-punisher-artist-has-died/)

Title: Re: R.I.P. Steve Dillon
Post by: Mario Wario on October 22, 2016, 11:33:12 AM
2016 continues to take away the good ones. RIP Dillon.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Steve Dillon
Post by: Chris on October 22, 2016, 12:22:13 PM
Sad to hear this.  I literally started watching Preacher this morning.
Title: Re: R.I.P. Steve Dillon
Post by: mlgagne on October 25, 2016, 09:15:08 AM
So sad. I just watched Preacher back in August, and I binged through all of the comics shortly after. RIP  :(
Title: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on December 23, 2016, 02:29:22 PM
They say she had a "massive" heart attack, she's in cardiac arrest and is in critical condition.  This is bad.  And I just had my pic taken with her at New York Comic Com this past October.

http://www.tmz.com/2016/12/23/carrie-fisher-heart-attack-plane/
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: NCDS on December 23, 2016, 03:08:53 PM
:(
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: alyssa on December 24, 2016, 03:53:01 AM
somebody reported that she was on a ventilator in LA.... i do not know if this is true, it's just a rumor as far as i can tell
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: AzT on December 24, 2016, 09:06:43 AM
Gary's Twitter feed:

https://twitter.com/Gary_TheDog/status/812682668655738881

The latest on Mommy.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/12/23/carrie-fisher-heart-attack/95806310/
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: AzT on December 25, 2016, 02:09:41 PM
https://twitter.com/DebbieReynolds1/status/813112672002723841

Carrie is in stable condition. If there is a change, we will share it. For all her fans & friends. I thank you for your prayers & good wishes.
Title: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: NCDS on December 25, 2016, 03:41:20 PM
"Grammy-winning recording artist George Michael on Sunday “passed away peacefully at [his] home” in Goring in Oxfordshire, his publicist told the BBC. He was 53.
“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time,” the rep’s statement continued. “There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, London, Michael rose to fame at age 18 as half of the singing duo Wham!, partnering with longtime friend Andrew Ridgeley to sell more than 25 million albums worldwide from 1982 to 1986; their first single to to top the charts was “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” followed soon after by “Careless Whisper.”
Following the break-up of Wham! in spring of 1986, Michael’s debut solo album, 1987’s Faith, sold more than 20 million copies.
Michael’s two Grammy wins came via his duet with Aretha Franklin, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (named Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance, Duo or Group), and Faith, which was named Album of the Year in 1989.
Michael’s music has been part of several TV series, including Eli Stone (where his songs served as an ersatz soundtrack during Season 1) and most recently Scream Queens and the British Strictly Come Dancing. He played himself in a 2007 episode of HBO’s Extras, and appeared in The Catherine Tate Show‘s Christmas special in England that same year."

http://tvline.com/2016/12/25/george-michael-dead-at-53-singer-wham/
Title: Re: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: AzT on December 25, 2016, 03:44:30 PM
 :'( :'( :'( O:-)

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7633292/george-michael-dies-at-53

https://youtu.be/i3Q6nNmF1LM
Title: Re: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: Chris on December 25, 2016, 06:45:34 PM
53 is young.  Very sad.
Title: Re: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: Angology on December 25, 2016, 06:47:49 PM
Father Figure is my favorite George Michael song. So beautiful. 53 is very young (considering I am pretty close to that age...) He will be missed. 2016 will just not let up.
Title: Re: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: Transmute Jun on December 25, 2016, 08:15:41 PM
Wow, this hits me hard. His music was such a big part of my life for over a decade. And 53 is very young.
Title: Re: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: FBS on December 25, 2016, 11:43:37 PM
Always ahead of the music curve. His albums were nothing short of sensational. Even his covers album was brilliant.
The guy had his personal demons but when he made music it was as if he was running free.
I was lucky enough to see him twice live over the past decade. Didn't disappoint.
Title: Re: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: AzT on December 26, 2016, 08:26:19 AM
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7633313/george-michael-carpool-karaoke-video

Watch George Michael Do 'Carpool Karaoke' Before It Even Came to Be

 :'( but also hella ;D; RIP George and thank you so much for a ton of epic tunes.

Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: AzT on December 27, 2016, 10:07:20 AM
http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/celebrity/iconic-star-wars-actress-carrie-fisher-dies-at-60/ar-BBxCEWv

Iconic Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher Dies at 60
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: Mario Wario on December 27, 2016, 10:12:20 AM
:(

2016 just won't stop. RIP Carrie Fisher. :(
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: BadWolf on December 27, 2016, 10:32:28 AM
She is one with the force and the force is with her. Safe travels, Princess.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: NCDS on December 27, 2016, 10:53:14 AM
2016 has officially found a way to break my heart! 
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: Boukenred on December 27, 2016, 10:54:34 AM
So sad to hear that she have passed away. Now I'm glad I'd decided to do her photo ops at NYCC this year.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: brand4d2 on December 27, 2016, 11:06:13 AM
I really thought she was going to fight her way back and recover and tell jokes about this at SW Celebration and D23 Expo and SDCC and whereever else.   

MTFBWY Carrie!   thank you for being you!
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: FBS on December 27, 2016, 12:14:29 PM
A true pioneer, on and off screen.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on December 27, 2016, 12:34:53 PM
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Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: takit0 on December 27, 2016, 03:36:50 PM
And to think, I was just starting to appreciate this incredible woman and role model. Makes me wish I got into Star Wars and Carrie Fisher much sooner than I did.

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:(

2016 just won't stop. RIP Carrie Fisher. :(

Thankfully 2016 will be over in less than a week, and with that its madness too.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: mark on December 27, 2016, 04:18:40 PM
We caught her "Wishful Drinking" show some years back. It wasn't until seeing that show and reading her books that I realized how much life threw at her and how incredibly amazing she was.

My wife had surprised me with front row seats and before the show they went through the front row to let us know that Carrie would be smoking throughout the show and that she might interact with some of us. This last bit terrified my wife who spent much of the show worried that Carrie would make her do something. As it turned out, she had me come up on stage to mess with. ("What's your name?" ... "Mark" ... turns to the audience and says "OF COURSE it is!")  I got to wear the Leia buns, read some lines from the teleprompter, and then I was supposed to take her in my arms and dip her as the curtain closed for intermission. (I kind of missed my cue on this and nearly dropped her.)

I got to spend a few minutes with her afterwards, and left with one of my favorite photos, an autographed set of x-rated cookie molds (?) and a wonderful memory to keep. Here's us wearing the buns

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Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: AzT on December 27, 2016, 04:33:59 PM
http://jediinsider.com//news.php?itemid=18132

Sources have confirmed that Carrie Fisher's work on the next Star Wars movie was completed before her untimely death.

The eighth film in the series wrapped shooting in July and is now in post-production. That means that Disney and LucasFilm, the producers of the Star Wars series, will not have to address Fisher’s death until the ninth film begins shooting in 2018. Fisher appears as Leia Organa and was originally slated to appear in that production.

Source: Variety


http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/12/carrie-fisher-dies-strangled-by-bra-wishful-drinking
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: epicaz on December 28, 2016, 03:08:04 PM
I usually don't feel a personal impact when a celebrity dies, but this one is really hurting for me :( The preliminary reports that came back didn't sound good at all for her, but for some reason "stable condition" always gets my hopes up. Heart attacks, strokes, and cardiac arrest are all such terrifying concepts. The final leg of a plane? That must have been horrifying :(

I hate to wonder what will happen to her role in Star Wars. If Leia hasn't already been phased out during the filming of episode 8, now they have to work something in. It's an awful thing to think about, I know.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: epicaz on December 28, 2016, 04:30:26 PM
Debbie Reynolds, her mother, has just been hospitalized after a possible stroke :(
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: Chris on December 28, 2016, 05:05:48 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, her mother, has just been hospitalized after a possible stroke :(

Aw, geez.  Probably was the stress.  2016 seriously needs to end.  :(

I love her as Grace's mom.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: AzT on December 28, 2016, 05:56:12 PM
#ICant

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-me-debbie-reynolds-20161228-story.html
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: NCDS on December 28, 2016, 08:30:55 PM
My heart goes out to the family.  I can't even imagine.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: Chris on December 28, 2016, 09:43:39 PM
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My heart goes out to the family.  I can't even imagine.

I was thinking the same thing.  So sad.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: AzT on December 28, 2016, 09:48:21 PM
https://youtu.be/GMGdNiblQTg

Debbie Reynolds / SAG Awards Acceptance Speech 2015 / TNT

 O:-) O:-)
Title: Re: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: CptMyCpt24 on December 29, 2016, 11:05:29 AM
I would love too see WHAM cosplay's. 
Title: Re: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: Transmute Jun on December 29, 2016, 12:15:49 PM
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I would love too see WHAM cosplay's.

I think I still have my old CHOOSE LIFE sweatshirt from the 80s. I bought it because of the Wake Me Up video. I had no idea what it actually meant.
Title: Re: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: AzT on December 29, 2016, 12:25:13 PM
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I would love too see WHAM cosplay's.

Adele's done a George cosplay:

https://twitter.com/georgemichael/status/595908396668350465
Title: Re: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: Mel on December 29, 2016, 07:02:44 PM
George Michael was a huge loss to any of us in our 40s-50s. He was the soundtrack of our adolescence. You never forget that music.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: AzT on December 30, 2016, 08:56:24 AM
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-bright-lights-documentary-moved-up-20161230-story.html

HBO moves up debut of Debbie Reynolds-Carrie Fisher documentary 'Bright Lights' to Jan. 7
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: NCDS on December 30, 2016, 11:22:20 AM
My friends went to the Denver Art Museum this week and they had added a memorial to the exhibit where people can write their goodbyes to Carrie Fisher.  I think that was a really great idea.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: Mel on December 31, 2016, 11:02:04 AM
Both Carrie and Debbie's deaths have hit me hard. I was a big fan of both and have a couple of Debbie's memoirs....we even traveled from Indiana to Las Vegas when I was 21 to spend NYE at her Hotel and Casino before it closed down.

This is such a rough time. Hard to find joy this holiday season and hard to look forward to much in 2017 as it feels like it is just going to get considerably worse under the new Govt. I just feel sick.
Title: Re: R.I.P. George Michael
Post by: Zero on December 31, 2016, 12:36:25 PM
So many great songs!  My mom also loved his music, so she would put his albums on when I was younger and we would listen to him together.  Great memories. 

My condolences to his friends and family.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: Zero on December 31, 2016, 12:50:11 PM
Such heartbreaking news when I heard of both Carrie Fisher and then her mother Debbie Reynolds!  They are and will always be legends.

My heart goes out to their family and friends.
Title: Re: Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
Post by: mark on December 31, 2016, 01:13:01 PM
Such a sad year with all of the deaths of people that weren't just famous or culturally important, but who had a personal significance and had been an inspiration to so many people. Carrie Fisher, Prince, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, George Michael, Muhammad Ali, Gene Wilder ... authors like Harper Lee, Elie Wiesel, Gloria Naylor, Umberto Eco.

I guess a, I won't call it a bright side but rather another gift they have given, has been getting to know friends better as they share how these people had affected their lives.
Title: RIP, Miguel Ferrer
Post by: AzT on January 19, 2017, 02:17:23 PM
https://www.yahoo.com/tv/miguel-ferrer-dies-ncis-los-211527976.html

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/miguel-ferrer-dead-ncis-los-angeles-actor-was-61-966080

https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/822230006218641408

Miguel Ferrer will be remembered for many things, including being a passionate fan of comics and pop culture. He will be greatly missed.
Title: Re: RIP, Miguel Ferrer
Post by: alyssa on January 19, 2017, 05:43:36 PM
I had thought something was up.  His voice on NCIS LA was odd for the past half season of shows.

full disclosure, I cycle in & out of odd sleep patterns & find procedural shows to be distracting enough to help get back to sleep
Title: Re: RIP, Miguel Ferrer
Post by: mark on January 19, 2017, 09:57:12 PM
So sad, RIP. Loved him in Twin Peaks, I guess he had already finished filming for the new episodes?

In my dream series, Agent Rosenfield and Malcolm Tucker get to face off.
Title: RIP John Hurt
Post by: DRWHO42 on January 27, 2017, 05:36:46 PM
Iconic actor with many memorable roles.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/john-hurt-dead-elephant-man-809521?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%20Breaking%20News_now_2017-01-27%2017:22:32_MJang&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_breakingnews
Title: Re: RIP John Hurt
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on January 27, 2017, 06:05:05 PM
I remember him from "Midnight Express," "Alien," "The Shout," "The Elephant Man," "Partners," "1984" and "V for Vendetta."  Most recently, he was in "Jackie."
Title: Re: RIP John Hurt
Post by: Angology on January 27, 2017, 08:06:27 PM
Saw him at Gallifrey One last year. Was so honored that he had agreed to attend. His panel was wonderful. RIP  :(
Title: Re: RIP John Hurt
Post by: mark on January 27, 2017, 08:17:34 PM
It says something that, except for Alien (and Spaceballs of course :) ), the first roles that came to mind for me were completely different from Andrew's, Hellboy, Tinker Tailor, Contact, I Claudius. So much amazing work.

R.I.P War Doctor.
Title: Re: RIP John Hurt
Post by: AzT on January 27, 2017, 08:33:23 PM
RIP

https://youtu.be/SQP5NkGiufQ
Title: Re: RIP John Hurt
Post by: Zero on January 27, 2017, 09:30:00 PM
A wonderful actor and contributor to film and TV!  John Hurt will be missed.  May he rest in peace.  My condolences to his family and friends.
Title: Re: RIP John Hurt
Post by: Zero on January 28, 2017, 12:12:41 AM
Forum Housekeeping:

After going through all of the threads within this "Off-Topic Chat" section and with some careful thought and discussion with our forum moderating team, I have decided to merge the "R.I.P." threads into one to house all of our remembrances of famous people we admire.  (Each of the threads are far enough apart in date that the merges will not affect the post order or natural flow of discussion for each individual.)

The list of threads merged are as follows:

RIP John Hurt
Carrie Fisher suffered heart attack on way from London to Los Angeles.
RIP, Miguel Ferrer
R.I.P. Darwyn Cooke
R.I.P. Steve Dillon
R.I.P. George Michael
RIP, Prince
RIP Gareth Thomas
RIP, Glenn Frey
RIP, David Bowie (1947-2016)
RIP, Michael C. Gross
RIP, Sir Christopher Lee
RIP Sir Terry Pratchett
RIP Spock
Robin Williams RIP
RIP Tony Gwynn
Casey Kasem, RIP


This new thread is called "In Memoriam."

Please use this from now on to post your thoughts and condolences about individuals who have passed away and left a mark in history or entertainment in some way.

I have also stickied this "In Memoriam" thread, here in the Off-Topic Chat, for access and remembrance.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  ^__^
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on January 29, 2017, 07:06:23 AM
https://twitter.com/UniversalORL/status/825407252425273344

A touching moment at #HPCelebration to remember actor John Hurt.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on February 07, 2017, 06:37:59 PM
https://www.facebook.com/Axanarfilm/posts/1205642346216953

It is with great sadness that I report to all Axanar fans that Richard Hatch has passed away. 3 weeks ago I found out he had stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. We knew he had little time left, but this is quite more sudden than we thought. Richard was in good spirits when I visited him 2 weeks ago. He knew his time was short, but was comforted by the fact that his son would be taken care of. Richard was a dear friend and a staunch supporter of Axanar. Kharn was literally one of his favorite roles from his 50+ year acting career. We will all miss him a great deal.

Alec

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/02/07/richard-hatch-battlestar-galactica-dies-71/
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 07, 2017, 07:22:32 PM
Wow, he was such a con staple! Things won't be the same without him.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on February 08, 2017, 10:17:05 AM
https://www.facebook.com/comiccon/photos/a.327485762374.151178.255364922374/10155068210392375/?type=3&theater

We are so sad to hear of the passing of Richard Hatch. Richard has been a welcome and familiar face at both our conventions for many years. We watched him as Captain Apollo and then as Tom Zarek. He was kind, considerate, and generous in his interactions with his fans. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. He will be sorely missed. #SoSayWeAll
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: LibertyRoxx on February 20, 2017, 08:31:02 AM
2017 is already off to a rough start for Pop Culture fans. Coming on the heels of the devastating losses of 2016, among others we've lost genre staples like John Hurt and Richard Hatch.

I work in the film/tv industry in NYC. My very first intern job was working on a film called "An Englishman in New York", which starred John Hurt. The film was a much-belated follow-up to one of his early breakout roles in "The Naked Civil Servant". One of my first days on the job I was assigned the task of being on hand while Mr. Hurt did his makeup test both to take photos for the producers and in case he needed anything. I was overwhelmed at the thought.

Turns out I needn't be. Mr. Hurt was incredibly kind and gracious. We just chatted. About life, love, the world, and cinema. He was incredibly down to Earth and it was just like chatting with anyone else you might randomly sit next to at a bar. I was there for nearly 3 hours, just Joh Hurt, the makeup artist, and I. I was already a huge fan of his cinematic work, but came away with a much more profound respect for the man. That afternoon is something I'll never forget. Thank you, Mr. Hurt, for your kindness that day. May he r.i.p.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: marcia29 on February 21, 2017, 12:28:07 PM
[member=2335]LibertyRoxx[/member]  what a supercool memory to treasure forever!
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: DRWHO42 on February 26, 2017, 07:52:34 AM
Bill Paxton has passed. In total shock.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bill-paxton-aliens-titanic-actor-dies-at-61-980169?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%20Breaking%20News_now_2017-02-26%2007:41:12_awashington&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_breakingnews
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: marcia29 on February 26, 2017, 08:07:27 AM
What? Absolutely shocked. So young...Bill Paxton was a charming actor and part of some of my favorite movies:  Titanic and of course Aliens...wow. 
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: dolphina on February 26, 2017, 08:08:44 AM
Yes, I just woke up to the news, I really loved him in Twister.


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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: LibertyRoxx on February 26, 2017, 08:26:59 AM
What a terrible loss. Haven't seen any details of what the surgery was for or what the complication was but in total shock. Game over man. :(

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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Mario Wario on February 26, 2017, 08:39:01 AM
:(

R.I.P. Bill Paxton.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on February 26, 2017, 09:05:55 AM
RIP  :'(

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLxt4ItxcTU
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: marcia29 on February 26, 2017, 09:24:57 AM
[member=2163]AzT[/member] - Thanks for this clip.  It is really wonderful to see people like Bill Paxton in front of fans, sharing, and having a great time while fans had a great time.  I had forgotten he was in the movie NIGHTCRAWLER.  Very different movie..I liked it a lot.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: mark on February 26, 2017, 10:22:02 AM
He was just on Maron's podcast a few weeks ago   :(

http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-783-bill-paxton-dylan-brody (http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-783-bill-paxton-dylan-brody)

Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Jim Watari on February 26, 2017, 02:55:17 PM
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[member=2163]AzT[/member] - Thanks for this clip.  It is really wonderful to see people like Bill Paxton in front of fans, sharing, and having a great time while fans had a great time.  I had forgotten he was in the movie NIGHTCRAWLER.  Very different movie..I liked it a lot.

I was at that panel, he was great and gave a "Hail Hydra" before leaving
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: mark on February 26, 2017, 03:09:36 PM
What a creative tribute! storm chasers are using GPS check-ins to spell "BP" on the map.

http://gizmodo.com/storm-chasers-unite-to-give-bill-paxton-an-epic-tribute-1792765560 (http://gizmodo.com/storm-chasers-unite-to-give-bill-paxton-an-epic-tribute-1792765560)
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: retired on February 26, 2017, 03:13:08 PM
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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on February 26, 2017, 11:25:08 PM
Got this picture of Bill Paxton at last July's "Aliens" panel.  Click to enlarge.

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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: marcia29 on February 27, 2017, 04:07:55 AM
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What a creative tribute! storm chasers are using GPS check-ins to spell "BP" on the map.

http://gizmodo.com/storm-chasers-unite-to-give-bill-paxton-an-epic-tribute-1792765560 (http://gizmodo.com/storm-chasers-unite-to-give-bill-paxton-an-epic-tribute-1792765560)

Now that is an awesome tribute! Very special indeed.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: marcia29 on February 27, 2017, 04:09:44 AM
We watched ALIENS last night in tribute to Bill Paxton.  "Game over man!  Game Over!"

Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on February 27, 2017, 09:26:54 PM
https://news.marvel.com/tv/60449/marvel-remembers-bill-paxton/

marvel Marvel is deeply saddened by the loss of Bill Paxton; his contributions to the Marvel Universe will be remembered fondly.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ_JnzjDAjq/?taken-by=marvel
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on March 06, 2017, 01:39:17 PM
https://twitter.com/tcm/status/838827035095097346

Today we say good-bye to a dear member of our TCM family. Our thoughts are with all who love, as we do, Robert Osborne. #TCMRemembers

Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Angology on March 06, 2017, 02:12:33 PM
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https://twitter.com/tcm/status/838827035095097346

Today we say good-bye to a dear member of our TCM family. Our thoughts are with all who love, as we do, Robert Osborne. #TCMRemembers
How sad-I always loved seeing him between movies on TCM, and the shows he used to do with a younger person where they discussed movies and screened them (I can't remember  the name of the show).
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on March 06, 2017, 02:53:25 PM
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How sad-I always loved seeing him between movies on TCM, and the shows he used to do with a younger person where they discussed movies and screened them (I can't remember  the name of the show).

The Essentials; great programming (he and Alec Baldwin were priceless together).

http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/355265%7C286260/Alec-Baldwin-Robert-Osborne-Hosts-of-The-Essentials-2011.html
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Angology on March 06, 2017, 03:50:37 PM
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The Essentials; great programming (he and Alec Baldwin were priceless together).

http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/355265%7C286260/Alec-Baldwin-Robert-Osborne-Hosts-of-The-Essentials-2011.html
Yes-I looked it up. And it was not necessarily always a much younger person, as I was thinking (Alec Baldwin is, technically younger). I just happened to watch when it was with Rose McGowan. I see that one co-host was Carrie Fisher. I bet those were great episodes too.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on March 15, 2017, 01:49:24 AM
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 2:22pm PDT

JACK HARRIS, WHO PRODUCED HORROR FILM "THE BLOB," DIES AT 98

By LINDSAY BAHR, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jack Harris, who cemented his place in Hollywood history by producing the 1958 horror film "The Blob," has died.  He was 98.

Harris died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills surrounded by family, according to his daughter, Lynda Resnick.

Born in Philadelphia and a vaudeville performer from a young age, Harris was a decorated WWII veteran before getting into the movie business.  He worked in marketing, publicity, distribution and production across his long career.

His first film, the B-movie "The Blob," which starred Steve McQueen in his first leading role, became an enormous hit, grossing more than $3 million on a $110,000 budget and spawning a sequel and a remake.

While the critical reception was lukewarm upon its release, "The Blob" remains a cult favorite today.  There's even a Blobfest held in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, at the town's Colonial Theater - a prominent location in the film. The festival kicks off its 18th event in July.

Harris' other producing credits include John Carpenter's "Dark Star," John Landis' "Schlock" and the Irvin Kershner thriller "Eyes of Laura Mars," starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones.

Harris also wrote and directed one film, "Unkissed Bride," from 1966, about newlyweds who go to a psychiatrist to deal with the groom's obsession with Mother Goose.

In 2014, Harris, at 95, became the oldest person to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The Hollywood Historic Trust said Tuesday that the organization laid a memorial wreath on his star.

"He was movie-star handsome, a brilliant and creative filmmaker, and a loving father and grandfather," Resnick said.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Harris;  his daughter; his son,  Anthony Harris;  nine grandchildren;  and four great-grandchildren.

Copyright © 2017 The Associated Press.  All rights reserved.

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(The Wonderful Company/Rich Prugh)  Jack Harris in Los Angeles in 2014.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on March 19, 2017, 12:12:53 AM
http://www.newsarama.com/33638-bernie-wrightson-passes-away.html

http://berniewrightson.com/

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It is with great sorrow that I must announce the passing of my beloved husband, Bernie. We thank you for all the years of love and support. His obituary is below:

After a long battle with brain cancer, legendary artist Bernie Wrightson has passed away.

Bernie “Berni” Wrightson (born October 27, 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, USA) was an American artist known for his horror illustrations and comic books. He received training in art from reading comics, particularly those of EC, as well as through a correspondence course from the Famous Artists School. In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. The following year, after meeting artist Frank Frazetta at a comic-book convention in New York City, he was inspired to produce his own stories. In 1968, he showed copies of his sequential art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and was given a freelance assignment. Wrightson began spelling his name “Berni” in his professional work to distinguish himself from an Olympic diver named Bernie Wrightson, but later restored the final E to his name.

His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968. He continued to work on a variety of mystery and anthology titles for both DC and its principal rival, Marvel Comics. In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created the muck creature Swamp Thing for DC. He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil Gaiman. By 1974 he had left DC to work at Warren Publishing who were publishing black-and-white horror-comics magazines. There he produced a series of original work as well as adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. In 1975, Wrightson joined with fellow artists Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta, and Barry Windsor-Smith to form “The Studio,” a shared loft in Manhattan where the group would pursue creative products outside the constraints of comic book commercialism. Though he continued to produce sequential art, Wrightson at this time began producing artwork for numerous posters, prints, calendars, and coloring books.

Wrightson spent seven years drawing approximately 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations to accompany an edition of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, which the artist considers among his most personal work. Wrightson drew the poster for the Stephen King-penned horror film Creepshow, as well as illustrating the comic book adaptation of the film. This led to several other collaborations with King, including illustrations for the novella “Cycle of the Werewolf,” the restored edition of King’s apocalyptic horror epic, “The Stand,” and art for the hardcover editions of “From a Buick 8” and “Dark Tower V.” Wrightson has contributed album covers for a number of bands, including Meat Loaf. The “Captain Sternn” segment of the animated film Heavy Metal is based on the character created by Wrightson for his award-winning short comic series of the same name.

Characters he worked on included Spiderman, Batman and The Punisher, and he provided painted covers for the DC comics Nevermore and Toe Tags, among many others. Recent works include Frankenstein Alive Alive, Dead She Said , the Ghoul and Doc Macabre (IDW Publishing) all co-created with esteemed horror author Steve Niles, and several print/poster/sketchbooks series produced by Nakatomi.

As a conceptual artist, Bernie worked on many movies, particularly in the horror genre: well-known films include Ghostbusters, The Faculty, Galaxy Quest, Spiderman, and George Romero’s Land of the Dead, and Frank Darabont’s Stephen King film The Mist.

Bernie lived in Austin, Texas with his wife Liz and two corgis — Mortimer and Maximillian. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John and Jeffrey, one stepson, Thomas Adamson, and countless friends and fans. A celebration of his life is planned for later this year.
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Post by: Michael M on March 19, 2017, 06:51:08 AM
Oh crap...I loved his stuff...his Batman and Swamp Thing were some of the best.
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Post by: mark on March 19, 2017, 01:39:47 PM
I think I've posted this before, but I was lucky to be chatting with him at SDCC 2015 when he was handed his 2014 Eisner Hall of Fame award. (And some cookies!)

(https://comiccondad.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/20150712_130931.jpg)

It took me a while to realize how much of his work I had enjoyed as a kid, not only comics but also the illustrations he had done for things like Stephen King books and Frankenstein. Especially Frankenstein.

And for any Heavy Metal fans I'll just add "STERRRNNNNN!!!"
 
R.I.P.
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Post by: AzT on April 09, 2017, 09:55:00 AM
RIP :'(

https://www.facebook.com/TSO/posts/10154193317561626

The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness. He was our friend and our leader -- a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all. We ask that you respect Paul’s family’s privacy now. We will make additional announcements shortly.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-paul-oneill-trans-siberian-orchestra-20170406-story.html

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On paper, Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s career arc sounds like a Spinal Tap story line: Looking for a second act after achieving some success in the 1980s, a former heavy-metal guitarist decides to adapt age-old Christmas carols by injecting them with wailing electric guitars, gymnastic, classically inspired arrangements and a stage show as big as Las Vegas. That the band’s founder, Paul O’Neill, whose death was announced on Wednesday, would turn that idea into a multimillion-dollar enterprise is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. Across two decades, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra toured seasonally, playing to packed arenas across the country and selling millions of records.

O’Neill’s death at 61 was confirmed on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s official Facebook page: “The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness. He was our friend and our leader - a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all.”

Live, TSO was something to behold. The performances were somewhere between an opera and a concert, with narratives that carried fans on a journey and expert musicians who wrangled O’Neill’s structurally complex works with seeming ease. The first, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories,” was a rock opera released by Lava Records in 1996. It featured what would become one the group’s most successful songs, “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24.” Originally recorded by O’Neill’s former band Savatage, it uses as its foundation the carols “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Carol of the Bells.” A sequel, “The Christmas Attic,” used as its conceit a child’s experience in a dusty attic. “Beethoven’s Last Night” involved the devil and Ludwig van Beethoven in a fight for the composer’s soul. Were parts of these works cheesy and overwrought? Most certainly. At its climactic moments, a performance could be as ridiculous as the famed musical adaptation of “A Streetcar Named Desire” on the “The Simpsons.”

But they struck a chord, and by the mid-2000s, Trans-Siberian Orchestra was regularly landing near the top of concert industry trade publication Pollstar’s annual charts - despite TSO mainly touring during the holiday season. Embracing TSO’s success as a student of history, O’Neill understood the legacy of holiday-themed events. In one interview O’Neill cited Charles Dickens’ struggles with the success of “A Christmas Carol.” Said O’Neill: “Dickens made a lot of money by reading his stories at theaters, and during the Christmas season he always wanted to do ‘The Cricket on the Hearth,’ which he had an affinity for. But the promoters would say, ‘No. “The Christmas Carol.’” And he was never able to break out of that self-imposed cage.” O’Neill added that he was inspired by Oscar Wilde to use iambic pentameter during narrated parts. “It’s not as direct as prose. It doesn’t have a melody like lyrics. It’s right in between. It’s the perfect way to keep the concert flow going but adds a more dramatic element of dialogue.”

One measure of O’Neill and the TSO’s success? At its peak, there were a number of productions touring simultaneously, and each would do two shows a day. O’Neill could perform much of an afternoon show in, say, Omaha. He’d discreetly exit while the rest of the group continued, hop on a private jet and race to another gig with a second iteration of the ensemble just in time. To perform a New Year’s Eve show in 2013 in Brandenburg Gate in Berlin following a show in America a day earlier, O’Neill described a hectic schedule: “[T]he only way to make it work was to get a plane that could fly faster than commercial, that had an extra big belly tank so we wouldn’t have to land,” he said. “Anything that delayed us more than 90 minutes, we wouldn’t make the show.”

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s recordings, many of which have gone platinum, have gone on to soundtrack another complex endeavor: the art of holiday Christmas light decoration. With their complicated time signatures and inherent drama, the music has inspired amateur enthusiasts to time their seasonal lighting to dance along, securing TSO’s legacy for years to come.

https://youtu.be/MHioIlbnS_A
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Post by: AzT on April 22, 2017, 06:53:17 PM
RIP, Joanie

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/erin-moran-dead-happy-days-star-dies-at-56-996584

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The actress was best known for her role as Ron Howard's little sister on the '70s sitcom.

Erin Moran, best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on the sitcoms Happy Days and its spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi, has died. Moran was found by Harrison County dispatch officers in Indiana responding to an "unresponsive female" report. Upon arriving at the scene, officers identified Moran and she pronounced dead at the scene, a Harrison County Sheriff official confirmed. Moran rose to stardom on the 1970s sitcom Happy Days, in which she played the younger sister to Ron Howard's Richie Cunningham. She later went on to star in her own spinoff show centered around her character's relationship with Chachi Arcola (Scott Baio). Other credits on Moran's resume include a series regular role on the '80s romantic series The Love Boat, as well as appearances on Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis Murder.
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Post by: AzT on April 26, 2017, 07:44:30 PM
RIP

http://ew.com/movies/jonathan-demme-best-movies/jonathan-demmes-best-work

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The single Oscar Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday at age 73, won across his storied career doesn't come close to doing justice to the contributions he made to Hollywood over the last 40 years. From Philadelphia to his music documentaries, remember the late director's best directorial efforts ahead.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-demme-music-20170426-story.html
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Post by: Chris on April 26, 2017, 07:47:18 PM
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We watched ALIENS last night in tribute to Bill Paxton.  "Game over man!  Game Over!"

Watching Edge of Tomorrow right now.  :)
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Post by: AzT on May 08, 2017, 06:32:55 PM
RIP

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/stanley-weston-gi-joe-inventor-dies-at-84-1001332

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Stanley Weston, inventor of the G.I. Joe action figure and a pioneer of the licensing business, died May 1 in Los Angeles, his daughter, Cindy Winebaum, announced. He was 84.

Weston was born in Brooklyn in 1933 and served in the Army shortly after the Korean War ended. When he returned home to New York, he found a job with the advertising agency McCann Erickson and enrolled in night courses for an MBA at New York University, where he had studied as an undergraduate.

Weston soon discovered a talent for the up-and-coming licensing and merchandising industry, and he struck out on his own to found Weston Merchandising.

When Mattel's Barbie dolls were introduced in 1960, Weston realized boys were an untapped market for the doll industry after noting that many of them played with Ken dolls. He conceived of the idea of a military action figure and in 1963 sold what would become G.I. Joe to Hasbro. The runaway hit would go on to be one of the most enduring toy lines in history, spawning hit TV shows and films as well.

Weston later renamed his company Leisure Concepts, which would represent clients such as Charlie's Angels-era Farrah Fawcett, Nintendo and the World Wrestling Federation, as well as TV shows including Alf and Welcome Back, Kotter. His other notable achievements include helping create the 1980s animated phenomenon ThunderCats.

In 1989, he was among the inaugural class for the Licensing Industry Hall of Fame, which includes notables Walt Disney, George Lucas and Jim Henson.

Weston is survived by his brother, his three children and five grandchildren.
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Post by: AzT on May 09, 2017, 08:48:32 AM
Another legend, RIP

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/37466/r-i-p-jay-disbrow

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Pre-Code master Jay Disbrow passed away on May 2 at the age of 91. Disbrow worked initially for Iger Studios, drawing Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, Kanga, and other jungle titles, before becoming a freelancer with Star Publications. He worked extensively in pre-Code horror comics, drawing spooky tales and weird creatures for Dark Mysteries, Ghostly Weird Stories, Spook, Startling Terror Tales, Eerie Tales, and more. Some of Disbrow’s pre-Code horror work was recently collected by Craig Yoe in IDW’s Jay Disbrow’s Monster Invasion (see “Pre-Code Horror Rears Its Head”).

Disbrow resurfaced with new material in 1979 in Fantagarphics’ The Flames of Gyro; and in 2000, Disbrow took to the Internet to share Aroc of Zenith, a weekly adventure comic in the vein of Flash Gordon. Disbrow completed 312 strips for Aroc, which wrapped in December 2005.

Disbrow is survived by his wife Amelia Stumpf Disbrow, son Alex Disbrow, daughter Valerie Trigili and her husband Michael, brother Warren Disbrow, niece Eleanor Prevete, and nephew Warren Disbrow Jr.
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Post by: marcia29 on May 09, 2017, 02:13:52 PM
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RIP

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/stanley-weston-gi-joe-inventor-dies-at-84-1001332

My son loved GI Joe figures...this was a marvelous idea and has fostered a great love of action figures that will carry through many, many years to come.  Thank you Mr. Weston!
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Post by: AzT on May 14, 2017, 08:17:39 PM
RIP, Colonel

http://www.tvguide.com/news/powers-boothe-dead-68/

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Emmy-winning actor Powers Boothe has died at the age of 68.

Boothe, who was born in Texas and grew up on a farm, was a character actor who had memorable roles on Nashville, Deadwood, 24 and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in recent years, as well as in movies including Sin City, Nixon and Tombstone.

He won an Emmy Award in 1980 for playing cult leader Jim Jones in CBS' TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. Boothe famously crossed the picket line during an actors' strike that year to accept the award.

On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Boothe played Gideon Malick, a role he debuted in The Avengers.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Pam, and their two children.

News of Boothe's death was first reported by his friend and fellow actor Beau Bridges, who paid tribute to Boothe on Twitter Sunday night.

It's with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my friend Powers Boothe. A dear friend, great actor, devoted father & husband.
    - Beau Bridges (@MrBeauBridges) May 14, 2017

(many of us are remembering this role right now)

https://youtu.be/UnZQ_Gv7MzA
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on May 18, 2017, 07:11:18 AM
O:-) :'( :'(

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7800264/chris-cornell-obit

https://youtu.be/vVXIK1xCRpY
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: superkatchick on May 18, 2017, 07:17:24 AM
His voice was amazing, great talent gone too soon, So sad I never got to see him in concert  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on May 23, 2017, 07:07:15 AM
RIP, 007

http://nerdist.com/roger-moore-an-unforgettable-james-bond-has-died-at-89/

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When Sean Connery bowed out as James Bond after 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever, there was doubt that anyone could ever uphold the glory of the character to the degree of the Scotsman who had first brought him to the big screen. What the viewing public didn’t anticipate were the grace, bravado, and impeccable sophistication of one Roger Moore. After an astounding seven decades working on the big screen, Moore has died from cancer at age 89.

Certainly, Moore will always be best known for his work as Agent 007, a character he has played more than any other actor to date, turning out seven Bond films between 1973 and 1985. Under the direction of the likes of Guy Hamilton (Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun), Lewis Gilbert (The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker), and John Glen (For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to Kill), Moore brought a terrific new edge to the character, injecting the once roguish agent with a new flare of debonair poise.

But of course, there is more to the endlessly accomplished actor than his work with MI6. Fans of Moore will recall glimpsing his wackier side in the cult classic The Cannonball Run, ditto small screen exploits like The Saint, Maverick, and The Persuaders!. On the former series, which lasted from 1962 through 1969, Moore reinvented the literary figure Simon Templar, an adventurous melding of cop and criminal who’d solve mysteries and help the less fortunate. The Western Maverick brought Moore in to replace star James Garner, bringing new pizzazz to yet another established favorite.

Though more recent years kept Moore working largely in small parts and comic cameos, he maintained an attachment to charitable  organizations like UNICEF and PETA. Moore is survived by his wife Kristina Tholstrup and his three children—sons Christian and Geoffrey and daughter Deborah. Moore’s children revealed the news of their father’s passing via a public message, in which they wrote, “Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so special to so many people.”

To reiterate, we may always remember Moore first and foremost for his beloved twist on Agent 007, and so we should. As the man himself once said, “Being eternally known as James Bond has no downside.”
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Post by: DRWHO42 on May 23, 2017, 07:45:02 AM
While not unexpected this is saddening to read. Moore was the Bond I grew up with. Also loved him in Cannonball Run
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Post by: Transmute Jun on May 23, 2017, 09:04:14 AM
I even loved him in the Spice Girls movie!

He was my first Bond, and I will miss him.
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Post by: LibertyRoxx on May 23, 2017, 02:38:25 PM
Growing up one of the things my father, sister, and I bonded over were the adventures of 007. In fact, "A View to a Kill" was mine and my sister's first Bond experience and also happened to be Moore's last outing as the iconic British spy. I know he was hardly most people's favorite Bond, after all, the "cheesy" tech and witty one-liners were staples of his tenure in the role.

"A View to a Kill" especially will always hold a special place in my heart. From Grace Jones as the equal parts sexy and terrifying May Day, to Christopher Walken's turn as villain Max Zorin, to arguably the greatest Bond theme song ever written, Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill" this film was very much a product of its time. But to me, that's part of its charm.

RIP Sir Roger, you will always be my Bond.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on May 23, 2017, 03:23:58 PM
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I know he was hardly most people's favorite Bond, after all, the "cheesy" tech and witty one-liners were staples of his tenure in the role.

Actually, he was my favorite Bond until Pierce Brosnan took a turn. Now he's my close second. When my husband and I met, one of the questions we asked each other was 'Connery or Moore?' and when we were both Roger Moore people, we knew it was destiny... ;) 

Well, that and our mutual love of Star Trek TNG.... 
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Post by: Chris on May 23, 2017, 05:18:28 PM
Zack Snyder's daughter apparently committed suicide.  Very sad to hear this.
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Post by: marcia29 on May 24, 2017, 08:52:08 AM
The last movie I saw Roger Moore in was "A Princess for Christmas", where he played Sam Heughan's father.  I watch that movie every holiday season...and in between.   :(
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: DRWHO42 on May 26, 2017, 08:32:54 PM
Jared Martin.


Starred in the War of the Worlds TV series and other credits.

http://ew.com/tv/2017/05/26/dallas-jared-martin-dead-75/
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on May 27, 2017, 01:17:38 PM
RIP

https://www.facebook.com/GreggAllman/posts/10154703945555698

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Gregory LeNoir Allman
December 8, 1947 — May 27, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.

Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, “I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.”

Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family. The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time.
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Post by: Miss Kitty on June 05, 2017, 03:45:32 PM
Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace, from Wallace and Gromit passed away today. He was 96!

Love Wallace and Gromit!!
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Post by: alyssa on June 05, 2017, 03:57:13 PM
that's a blow- i remember him from the pink panther movies.. inspector cluso (sp horribly wrong)
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Miss Kitty on June 05, 2017, 04:24:35 PM
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that's a blow- i remember him from the pink panther movies.. inspector cluso (sp horribly wrong)

You are thinking Peter Sellers, he died in 1980. Yes....1980!!

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Post by: Michael M on June 10, 2017, 08:39:14 AM
Adam West :(
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adam-west-dead-batman-star-832264 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adam-west-dead-batman-star-832264)
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Post by: Mario Wario on June 10, 2017, 08:55:10 AM
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Adam West :(
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adam-west-dead-batman-star-832264 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adam-west-dead-batman-star-832264)
:(

Thank goodness I met him during this year's SVCC. Did the photo-op too.

RIP, Adam West. We will miss you.  :(
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Post by: Transmute Jun on June 10, 2017, 08:59:14 AM
He was older, and you knew this would happen eventually, but it's still very sad...
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Post by: jimy on June 10, 2017, 09:37:43 AM
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:(

Thank goodness I met him during this year's SVCC. Did the photo-op too.

RIP, Adam West. We will miss you.  :(

Best Batman ever! I grew up with him being my Batman.
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Post by: rando on June 10, 2017, 10:05:48 AM
Aw man...rest in peace Mr. West.  The Batman of my childhood.
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Post by: Michael M on June 10, 2017, 10:13:43 AM
Same...I remember coming home from school to watch this...prolly one of my first experiences with the character...he will be missed.
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Post by: Zero on June 10, 2017, 10:18:35 AM
May he rest in peace.  He will be missed!  Such an iconic voice and actor.
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Post by: DRWHO42 on June 10, 2017, 10:25:25 AM
I am still processing this.

Someone called him The Light Knight in one of the articles I read today and I think that is a good description.

Class act and I will miss him.
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Post by: AzT on June 10, 2017, 11:24:47 AM
https://www.instagram.com/p/BVKzmZBlM1T/?taken-by=mondotees
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: hikanteki on June 12, 2017, 02:31:17 PM
RIP Adam West. :(

At first I was kind of peeved about West/Ward appearing at SVCC but not having a panel, but now I feel guilty for being peeved. Sounds like hardly anyone knew he was sick (and it was absolutely his right to not make that public) and he probably would not have had the strength to do a panel, but at least with photo-ops he was able to meet many more of his fans.

This one is my favorite:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DB-525eXsAA33lm.jpg)
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Post by: AzT on June 14, 2017, 08:46:16 PM
http://deadline.com/2017/06/bat-signal-adam-west-tribute-los-angeles-city-hall-1202113794/

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck will light a ceremonial bat-signal tomorrow night to honor Adam West, the star of the Batman TV series who died Friday at age 88. The signal will be projected via spotlight onto the tower of Los Angeles City Hall at 200 N. Spring Street downtown in an event that will start around 9 PM PT. West brought deadpan comedy and a hero’s jutting jaw to the title character of the landmark TV series featuring Batman, Robin and an over-the-top list of villains. It ran for 120 episodes from January 1966-March 1968 on ABC. “Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives,” West’s family said in a statement Saturday. “He was and always will be our hero.” The family also requests that donations can be made to the Adam West Memorial Fund for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Camp Rainbow Gold, an Idaho-based charity for children diagnosed with cancer and their families.
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Post by: Chris on June 14, 2017, 09:18:54 PM
I have to see this thread gives ma a small degree of dread in that I think, "Oh no, who passed now?" since there have been so many lately.

It makes me a bit sad.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 14, 2017, 09:30:25 PM
Thanks for posting that, [member=2163]AzT[/member] . That seems like a fitting tribute for Adam.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: SamTurtledove on June 16, 2017, 07:15:26 PM
https://twitter.com/DCComics/status/875805082734002180

@DCComics 6h6 hours ago

In honor of our old chum, see a never-aired episode of #Powerless featuring @therealadamwest, only on #DCAllAccess. http://bit.ly/2s9W4Cg

https://youtu.be/XUJ8vNugi6c
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Transmute Jun on June 16, 2017, 09:39:22 PM
I watched the entire Powerless series (at  least, the ones aired) and that was the funniest episode they did.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: DRWHO42 on June 17, 2017, 05:17:43 PM
RIP Stephen Furst

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/stephen-furst-dead-animal-house-st-actor-was-81-1014483?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%20Breaking%20News_now_2017-06-17%2016:49:14_jkonerman&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_breakingnews
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Post by: AzT on June 18, 2017, 03:14:37 PM
"I, state your name..."

https://youtu.be/FMENQeCbxfI
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: jimy on June 19, 2017, 06:36:53 AM
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RIP Stephen Furst

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/stephen-furst-dead-animal-house-st-actor-was-81-1014483?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%20Breaking%20News_now_2017-06-17%2016:49:14_jkonerman&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_breakingnews

Vir was such a great character on Babylon 5, so sad to hear this news.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: dcuodust on June 20, 2017, 03:03:10 PM
Prodigy, rapper of Mobb Deep fame, dies at 42

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jun/20/prodigy-mobb-deep-dead-42

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NUX4tW5pps
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Post by: AzT on June 21, 2017, 11:03:39 PM
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Prodigy, rapper of Mobb Deep fame, dies at 42

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jun/20/prodigy-mobb-deep-dead-42

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NUX4tW5pps

A very well played tribute:

https://youtu.be/mnUSmaMfeqA
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Post by: Michael M on June 24, 2017, 11:47:58 AM
This sucks, nothing else to say.  Great artist.

Tommy Castillo - https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/06/23/comic-artist-tommy-castillo-has-passed-away/ (https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/06/23/comic-artist-tommy-castillo-has-passed-away/)
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on July 06, 2017, 07:54:24 PM
https://www.facebook.com/comiccon/posts/10155551058202375

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Stan Lee and his family at the passing of his beloved wife Joan Lee.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/joan-lee-dead-wife-marvel-comics-legend-stan-lee-was-93-1018951

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Joan Lee, the wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 93.

"I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family," a spokesperson for Stan Lee and his family said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time."

Joan Lee suffered a stroke earlier in the week and was hospitalized, according to sources.

The former British hat model and Lee were married on Dec. 5, 1947, and were by all accounts hopelessly devoted to each other. They had two children: J.C. (Joan Celia), who was born in 1950, and Jan, who died three days after her birth in 1953.

Marvel paid tribute to her in a statement on Thursday: "We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee. We lost a member of the Marvel family today and our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time."

Last year, Lee recounted how he met his wife in a story for THR that celebrated his 75th anniversary in comics. After a childhood sweetheart wed another woman, Joan Clayton impulsively married an American soldier during World War II and moved to New York, where she was extremely unhappy. Meanwhile, a cousin of Lee's wanted to set up the struggling writer with a hat model. Lee tells what happened next:

"When I was young, there was one girl I drew; one body and face and hair. It was my idea of what a girl should be. The perfect woman. And when I got out of the Army, somebody, a cousin of mine, knew a model, a hat model at a place called Laden Hats. He said, 'Stan, there's this really pretty girl named Betty. I think you’d like her. She might like you. Why don’t you go over and ask her to lunch.' Blah, blah, blah.

"So I went up to this place. Betty didn’t answer the door. But Joan answered, and she was the head model. I took one look at her - and she was the girl I had been drawing all my life. And then I heard the English accent. And I’m a nut for English accents! She said, 'May I help you?' And I took a look at her, and I think I said something crazy like, 'I love you.' I don’t remember exactly. But anyway, I took her to lunch. I never met Betty, the other girl. I think I proposed to [Joan] at lunch.”

In those days, the quickest way to get divorced was to move to Nevada and stay for six weeks to establish residency. Soon after Joan arrived in Reno, Stan received a letter from her addressed to "Jack," and that worried him.

“Now I’m not the smartest guy in world,” recalled Lee. “I know my name isn’t 'Jack.' And so why did she write 'Dear Jack?' Maybe I better go to Reno and see what’s going on. I got there and she was waiting for me. And there’s three guys with her. They all look like John Wayne. Big Western guys! Rugged! And I get off the plane fresh from New York with my little pork pie hat and a little scarf and my gloves. And she’s with me. I thought, 'I don’t have a chance.' Luckily, I had a chance.”

A judge granted Joan her divorce and about an hour later, he married her and Lee in a room next door.

The couple returned to New York, where Lee worked at Marvel Comics forerunner Timely/Atlas Comics, a job he initially landed because his cousin Martin Goodman owned the company. Comics were a middling enterprise until Lee and Jack Kirby co-created The Fantastic Four in 1961 (followed by the Hulk, Avengers, Iron Man, X-Men and other characters) and turned the company, renamed Marvel Comics, into a pop culture powerhouse.

In some versions of the origin of the Fantastic Four, Lee credits Joan with inspiring him. He was depressed about his career (Lee had dreams of becoming a serious novelist) and the state of comics (the industry in the 1950s was dominated by stories of war, science fiction and romance, genres he didn’t like) and contemplated leaving the business.

"Before you quit," Joan told him, "why don’t you write one comic you are proud of?" And thus was born the Fantastic Four.

In 1981, the Lees moved from New York City to California so Stan could work on developing Marvel TV and film projects. Joan did voice work on two 1990s animated Marvel shows, Fantastic Four (as Miss Forbes) and Spider-Man (as Madame Web). She also made a cameo in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. 

Joan Lee also wrote a 1987 novel, The Pleasure Palace, about a man striving to build the most luxurious ocean liner ever while romancing several women at once. According to her daughter, she had three more unpublished but finished novels at home.

marvel We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee. We lost a member of the Marvel family today and our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time.

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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Chris on July 06, 2017, 07:56:22 PM
I hate to post this, but Stan Lee's wife Joan passed away.

I saw a documentary that centered more on him than his comic creations which she was in quite a bit and she was a character with just the type of personality you would picture being married to Stan.  I didn't know she was British until I saw this documentary.

I am genuinely saddened by this.  Please send good thoughts to Stan and his family as he has directly or indirectly given all of us here a lot to be grateful for.

Update:  We have Joan to thank for Spider-Man.  From the documentary, Stan was sick of not being able to write the stories he wanted and was going to quit comics if you can believe it. Joan told him (paraphrased) "If you're going to quit anyway, why don't you write one book the way you want to?  They can't fire you if you're going to quit anyway."

And the rest is history.

The positive influence that Joan, Stan, and Peter Parker have had on writers, artists, comic enthusiasts, movie fans, the creation of other heroes to admire, and on and on is incalculable.

Please think of this when you see Spider-Man this weekend.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on July 08, 2017, 01:50:48 AM
therealstanlee On behalf of Stan Lee, we would like to thank the global community of friends, family, fans and supporters for all the heartfelt condolences. Stan is doing well, and truly appreciates the outpouring of love for Joan, with whom he was lucky enough to spend seven amazing decades. Theirs was a story more fantastic and incredible than even Stan himself could devise. Thank you again for your generosity of spirit in this troubled time. -POW! Entertainment (Art by @guy_kinnear )

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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: DRWHO42 on July 08, 2017, 12:05:16 PM
Nelsan Ellis of True Blood fame has passed.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/true-blood-star-nelsan-ellis-dies-at-39-1019540?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%20Breaking%20News_now_2017-07-08%2011:54:27_rparker&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_breakingnews
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Mel on July 08, 2017, 12:19:42 PM
Wow, that's shocking.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on July 16, 2017, 02:34:18 PM
Los Angeles Times, Sunday, July 16, 2017, 2:05pm PDT

GEORGE A. ROMERO, "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD" CREATOR, DIES AT 77

By TRE'VELL ANDERSON, Los Angeles Times

Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, father of the modern movie zombie and creator of the groundbreaking “Night of the Living Dead” franchise, has died at 77, his family said.

Romero died Sunday in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to a statement to The Times provided by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. Romero died while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952’s “The Quiet Man,” with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, the family said.

Romero jump-started the zombie genre as the co-writer (with John A. Russo) and director of the 1968 movie “Night of the Living Dead,” which went to show future generations of filmmakers such as Tobe Hooper and John Carpenter that generating big scares didn’t require big budgets. “Living Dead” spawned an entire school of zombie knockoffs, and Romero’s sequels included 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead,” 1985’s “Day of the Dead,” 2005’s “Land of the Dead,” 2007’s “Diary of the Dead” and 2009’s “George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead.”

The original film, since colorized, has become a Halloween TV staple. It also has earned socio-political points for the casting of a black actor in the lead role.

Romero wrote or directed projects outside of the “Living Dead” franchise too, including 1973’s “The Crazies,” 1981’s “Knightriders” and episodes of the 1970s TV documentary “The Winners.” His last credit as a writer was for his characters’ appearance in 2017’s “Day of the Dead” from director Hèctor Hernández Vicens.

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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on July 16, 2017, 06:19:47 PM
Los Angeles Times, Sunday, July 16, 2017, 5:45pm PDT

OSCAR-WINNER MARTIN LANDAU, WHO STARRED IN "ED WOOD," "NORTH BY NORTHWEST" AND "ENTOURAGE," DIES AT 89

By NARDINE SAAD, Los Angeles Times

Martin Landau, the Oscar-winning veteran who appeared in classic films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest” and starred in the “Mission: Impossible” television series in the 1960s, has died. He was 89.

Landau died Saturday at UCLA Medical Center where he experienced “unexpected complications” during a short hospitalization, his publicist confirmed.

"We are overcome with sadness to report the death of iconic actor Martin Landau," a statement said.

He won his Academy Award for his portrayal of washed-up Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood.”

Throughout his prolific career, the tall, lean actor remained enthusiastic about his craft, which saw him inhabit roles that included a master spy, space commander, former Hollywood heavyweights, the prophet Abraham and a wheelchair-bound Holocaust survivor. Landau’s dedication was apparent during his tenure as co-artistic director for Actors Studio West with Oscar-nominated director Mark Rydell. He recently starred in the CBS police procedural “Without a Trace,” playing Jack’s father with Alzheimer’s disease, and HBO’s "Entourage,” playing bumbling film producer Bob Ryan.

Born in Brooklyn in 1928, Landau began his career as a newspaperman at age 17, working for five years at the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator while studying at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. After five years at the News, Landau suddenly quit to try his hand at acting.

“I told the picture editor I was going into the theater. I think he thought I was going to be an usher,” he said in a 1989 interview with The Times.

Landau had few job prospects and lived on $5 a week from his savings as he made the rounds. He was hired for a summer stock company on an island off Portland, Me., did 12 shows - including musicals - in 13 weeks and had a swell time.

While living in New York in the 1950s, he hung out with pal James Dean and competed for roles with the likes of Sydney Pollack and John Cassavetes.

“I would meet them in offices and waiting rooms before readings,” he told The Times.

Shifting to theater, Landau auditioned with 2,000 other actors for Lee Strasberg’s prestigious Actors Studio in 1955. Only he and a young Steve McQueen were accepted.

"Steve and I got in the same night," Landau said in a 2016 interview with The Times. "Lee Strasberg was gentle with Steve because he was rough with Jimmy [Dean]. Jimmy stopped working at the studio. He didn't want that to happen to Steve."

That wasn’t the case for Landau. Strasberg berated him for an hour in front of famed studio members Kim Stanley, Geraldine Page, Marilyn Monroe and Patricia Neal regarding acting choices he had made in a recent TV production.

"Retrospectively, it was good for me," Landau said, because Strasberg taught him that a "certain actor's arrogance is needed. Play the truth. Actors need to trust themselves. If you trust yourself, you can trust others and leave the director outside."

He made his film debut in “Pork Chop Hill” (1959), but few can forget his breakout role as Leonard, the villainous henchman stalking Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s classic thriller “North by Northwest” (1959).

“I had tea with Mr. Hitchcock one afternoon and asked him how he could have cast me in that part, because what I was playing in [the play] ‘Middle of the Night’ was so different,” Landau recalled. “‘My dear Mahtin,’” he said impersonating the legendary filmmaker, “‘you have a circus going on inside you. If you can do that part in the play, you can do this little trinket of mine.’”

But Landau became wildly popular for his role as Rollin Hand, the “Man of a Million Faces” sleuth on the 1960s hit series “Mission: Impossible” with then-wife Barbara Bain. The actor was not meant to be a regular on the show but became so popular that he went on to receive Emmy nominations for each of the three seasons in which he appeared, and in 1968 won a Golden Globe for male TV star. He quit the show in a contract dispute and went on to costar with Bain in Britain’s short-lived sci-fi drama "Space: 1999.” The couple had two daughters together - actress and ballerina Juliet Landau and producer Susan Landau - before they divorced in 1993.

While the small screen provided the kind of the indelible success some actors dream about, Landau said “it was a nightmare too.”

“If a show is a hit, it's the kiss of death as far as doing anything else is concerned,” he said.

In the early, “golden years” of television, Landau told The Times in 1992, “no one knew who was in charge yet. There weren’t that many sets and ad agencies didn’t butt in.” As time went by, however, television lost its ability to be original, he said. “It copycats itself so much. The sense of adventure and risk-taking is much less.”

“I'd worked for the giants at the beginning - George Stevens, Hitchcock,” Landau said. “And then it all stopped because I was a television actor.”

He spent a year working on Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1963 epic “Cleopatra,” playing the loyal right-hand man to Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and Marc Antony (Richard Burton). When the film marked its 50th anniversary in 2013, Landau recalled the monumentally mediocre movie’s other headlining scandal: Elizabeth Taylor’s adulterous affair with Burton.

On a day that only he and Burton were scheduled to work, Landau was shocked to see Taylor when he showed up to have his makeup applied.

“I am sitting there looking in the mirror and Burton comes in in a half-tunic, goes to Elizabeth and kisses her on the forehead and then says ‘good morning’ to me. I said to myself, ‘Oh, my God.’ They had not gone to their respective homes that night. Around 11 a.m., [Taylor’s husband] Eddie Fisher shows up,” Landau said. Thirty minutes later, Burton’s wife Sybil Burton arrived: “They came to see what happened to their spouses. Mankiewicz and I were rolling our eyeballs a little bit.”

TV curse aside, Landau went on to play numerous roles in film, including the wheeler-dealer Abe Karatz in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” (1988), for which he was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for supporting actor. On “Tucker,” he put his old illustrating skills to work, drawing a sketch for makeup man Richard Dean of how he thought Abe ought to look. Dean and Coppola agreed.

The next year, he was lauded for his role as the philandering Judah Rosenthal, the doctor who has his mistress murdered and gets away with it, in Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors” (1989) and was nominated for his second consecutive supporting actor Oscar.

“In any age range, there are some limitations in terms of good, good parts,” Landau said in 1992. But after the Oscar nods, the “good, good parts" for late fifties and early sixtysomething actors came his way. However, many of his paychecks came from cheap, direct-to-video movies and overseas television. Which, coincidentally, was one of the reasons why director Tim Burton wanted him to play morphine-addicted “Dracula” star Lugosi in 1994’s “Ed Wood,” starring Johnny Depp as the memorably inept, low-budget filmmaker Edward D. Wood Jr. (Landau’s daughter Juliet also appeared in the film.)

“It’s weird,’ Landau told The Times of Lugosi in 1994. “Tim called me out of the blue. He said, ‘You’ve worked with everybody, you’ve done very good movies with major directors, you’ve done tacky, rotten movies with awful directors. You have a presence and there are a lot of things that coincide [with Bela].’ That’s how he came to me. I was shocked. He said, ‘You popped into my head and I couldn’t get you out.’”

The 63-year-old Landau played the aging 1930s star as a colorful, feisty old man crippled by a profound sadness.

Despite the fact that Bela Lugosi Jr. decried the film's portrayal of his father, Landau said: “I don’t ridicule him. If anything, it’s almost a love letter to him. I never talked to his son, and from what I hear, he did not approve of some of the language. But that’s not the point. I don’t think I demean him at all. I salute him.”

For the role, Landau finally won the supporting actor Oscar and his third Golden Globe Award. During his Oscar speech, he hit the podium and shouted “No!” when the orchestra attempted to truncate his speech. He also received top honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for his performance.

He followed up his Oscar win playing woodcarver Gepetto in 1995’s “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” which landed a sequel in 1999. He also voiced Woodrow Wilson in the mini-series “1914-1918,” Scorpion in the animated “Spider-Man,” #2 in the animated “9” and reunited with Burton in 2012 to voice science teacher Mr. Rzykruski in “Frankenweenie.”

In 1998, he starred in “Rounders,” playing poker hustler Matt Damon's professor-mentor, mirroring his real-life role with young film talent -- “Ed Wood” also laid the foundation for his friendships with Depp and Burton.

In 2000, Landau, who is of Jewish descent, played Abraham, father of the Israelites, in “In the Beginning,” which chronicled the biblical books of Genesis and Exodus. Jacqueline Bisset played his wife, Sarah.

“I'll tell you something interesting: I haven't been directed by anybody in probably 30 or 35 years, whether it be Francis Ford Coppola or Tim Burton," Landau said in 2016. "I come in with stuff, and I have ideas. I think if they don't like what I'm doing, they'll say something. They don't say anything. So I hit the mark, say the words and get the hell out of there."

After a few TV movies, he took on meatier small screen roles in the quickly canceled “The Evidence.” In “Without a Trace” he played Frank Malone, Jack’s (Anthony LaPaglia) Alzheimer’s-riddled father from 2004 to 2009. He also found a new audience playing the memorably out of touch producer Bob Ryan, a parody of legendary “Chinatown” and “Godfather” producer Robert Evans, in HBO’s “Entourage” series and subsequent film.

In 2008, he produced and costarred with fellow Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn in the December-December romance “Lovely, Still.” He did a short stint as on ABC’s 2011 series “Have a Little Faith” playing beloved rabbi to writer Mitch Albom. In 2015, he costarred with Christopher Plummer in the thriller “Remember” playing an Auschwitz survivor out to take down the man responsible for killing his family.

Landau received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was honored with the Israel Film Festival's Career Achievement Award in 2013.

As artistic director Actors Studio West, his students have included Jack Nicholson and Oliver Stone.

"I take the Friday session every week," he said. "The people whom I teach are teachers. What I am really doing is igniting something that's going to stay."

Landau is survived by daughters Juliet Landau and Susan Landau Finch.

Times staff writer Tre’vell Anderson contributed to this report.

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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: chocolateshake on July 17, 2017, 10:00:04 PM
George Romero died tonight.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: FBS on July 18, 2017, 09:30:53 AM
Romero was a true pioneer of horror.

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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on July 20, 2017, 07:44:12 PM
 :'( :'( :'(

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7873783/linkin-park-chester-bennington-suicide

https://youtu.be/dxytyRy-O1k

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWySXXTlAyN/?taken-by=linkinpark

Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on August 20, 2017, 11:04:17 AM
https://twitter.com/johnnykats/status/899321306448932864

Very sad to report entertainment legend #JerryLewis has died today at 9:15 a.m. at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jerry-lewis-dead-nutty-professor-bellboy-star-was-91-721408
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: rando on August 20, 2017, 04:11:09 PM
man this is another tough one...R.I.P. Mr. Lewis.   :(
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: alyssa on September 10, 2017, 03:51:09 PM
i am heartbroken

len Wein has passed away suddenly this morning

i've seen a tremendous outpouring of grief on the twitter by Walter & louise Simonson, Gerry Conway, Neil Gamin,
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on September 10, 2017, 04:07:08 PM
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i am heartbroken

len Wein has passed away suddenly this morning

i've seen a tremendous outpouring of grief on the twitter by Walter & louise Simonson, Gerry Conway, Neil Gamin,

http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2017/09/10/len-wein-1948-2017

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It is with deep sorrow that DC Entertainment mourns the passing of writer and editor Len Wein, a dear friend and longtime contributor to the company. "Len Wein was one of the most welcoming people and legends in comics from the moment I joined DC eight years ago. He wrote or edited almost every major DC character - there’s hardly a facet of DC’s world that Len didn’t touch," said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment. "I, DC and the industry will miss him and his talent very much. Our love and prayers go out to Christine, his family and his fans." Len Wein was born on June 12, 1948. His connection to DC Comics goes back to the early 1960s when he and his friend (and future collaborator) Marv Wolfman would take a tour of the DC offices that was offered once a week. The pair soon published their own fanzines and then sold their first scripts to DC in 1968. Len’s success in comics arrived quickly. He won praise for his work on The Teen Titans, and in 1970 he co-created one of DC’s most iconic characters, Swamp Thing. In the 1980s he edited some of DC’s most innovative titles, including Watchmen, New Teen Titans, and Saga of the Swamp Thing. “Not every writer can be a good editor,” said Geoff Johns, President & Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. “But Len deserves equal credit for both talents. He helped to revitalize the entire DC Universe.” "Saddened to hear of the passing of my long time friend and colleague Len Wein," said DC Entertainment Publisher Dan DiDio. "He was a constant source of inspiration and his spirit and creativity was something every professional should aspire to. He will be missed by many but his work will continue to entertain for generations."  “What we are doing in comics today is based on the trailblazing work of people like Len,” said DC Entertainment Publisher Jim Lee. “We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to him.” Today we celebrate Len’s life and his many achievements. We offer our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.
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Post by: Chris on September 10, 2017, 08:05:17 PM
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i am heartbroken

len Wein has passed away suddenly this morning

i've seen a tremendous outpouring of grief on the twitter by Walter & louise Simonson, Gerry Conway, Neil Gamin,

For those on the forum that aren't familiar with his work, Len Wein co created Wolverine--we owe him a big debt.  He had a cameo or two in the X-Men movies.  I saw a picture of him in a hospital bed for some reason and he had a huge smile on his face-- I think it was when he missed a local con due to illness.

Very sad.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: alyssa on September 10, 2017, 08:43:49 PM
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For those on the forum that aren't familiar with his work, Len Wein co created Wolverine--we owe him a big debt.  He had a cameo or two in the X-Men movies.  I saw a picture of him in a hospital bed for some reason and he had a huge smile on his face-- I think it was when he missed a local con due to illness.

Very sad.
i think he has been battling for a while- i don't know from what specifically but from what people tweeted it seemed to have been a long illness.

I also heard Dr. Jerry Pournelle passed away this weekend. Author of The Mote in God's Eye and Lucifer's Hammer.
its a rough weekend for sci-fi icon's /sad/
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: TheOtherMel on September 11, 2017, 09:39:06 AM
I remember one SDCC in Hall H Hugh Jackman came out for a surprise appearance to show a small clip of X-men Origins Wolverine.  One of the first things he mentioned was he knew Len Wein was in the audience and wanted to find him, personally shake his hand and thank him for helping co-create Wolverine.  It was a really, really nice moment.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Chris on September 11, 2017, 06:27:32 PM
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I remember one SDCC in Hall H Hugh Jackman came out for a surprise appearance to show a small clip of X-men Origins Wolverine.  One of the first things he mentioned was he knew Len Wein was in the audience and wanted to find him, personally shake his hand and thank him for helping co-create Wolverine.  It was a really, really nice moment.

Very cool story and thanks for sharing.

Hugh Jackman appears to be very cool about this kind of thing and understands and is appreciative of the fact that wolvie made his career.  Showing appreciation to wolvies creator is very nice as the comic book creators of that generation honestly did not make very much money.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on September 12, 2017, 10:38:39 PM
Mark Evanier shared a great Len Wein memory: http://www.newsfromme.com/2017/09/11/len-wein-story/
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: semigeekgirl on October 02, 2017, 01:10:47 PM
Tom Petty, legendary rocker, is dead at 66

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tom-petty-legendary-rocker-is-dead-at-66/

I am so, so sad right now. I saw him play last Friday at the Hollywood Bowl, and he finished with my favorite song.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: jamiesugah on October 02, 2017, 01:29:11 PM
Today sucks.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on January 15, 2018, 09:20:57 AM
:'(  :'(  :'(

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42696376

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The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan has died in London at the age of 46, her publicist says.

The Irish musician, originally from Limerick, led the band to international success in the 90s with singles including Linger and Zombie.

A statement from her publicist said: "The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session.

"No further details are available at this time."

It added: "Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

Irish rock band Kodaline were among the first to pay tribute on social media.

https://youtu.be/RUmdWdEgHgk
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: cabler30 on January 15, 2018, 10:30:21 AM
I have heard of them but not sure what songs off hand but sux how so many people over time have passed away for one reason or another.  :(
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on March 13, 2018, 10:36:16 PM
https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/973773793817751553

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Breaking News: The physicist Stephen Hawking has died at 76. He roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, making discoveries that changed how we see the universe.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/14/obituaries/stephen-hawking-dead.html
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Zero on March 13, 2018, 11:07:00 PM
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Breaking News: The physicist Stephen Hawking has died at 76. He roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, making discoveries that changed how we see the universe.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/14/obituaries/stephen-hawking-dead.html

No way!  What a terrible loss to the scientific community. 

Thanks for sharing that article, [member=2163]AzT[/member].  It was a really nice read and summary of his life and achievements.  :]
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Post by: ocwankenobi on March 14, 2018, 08:34:18 AM
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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/14/obituaries/stephen-hawking-dead.html


No way!  What a terrible loss to the scientific community. 

Thanks for sharing that article, [member=2163]AzT[/member].  It was a really nice read and summary of his life and achievements.  :]

I learned a lot of scientific topics from this man.  But my favorite memory of him was just how hilarious or vulnerable he was being on Big Bang Theory.  Rest in peace sir.
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Post by: AzT on March 16, 2018, 12:07:29 PM
http://imagination.ucsd.edu/_wp/podcast/bonus-remembering-stephen-hawking/

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In 2007, Erik Viirre, Associate Director of the Clarke Center, was fortunate to share a unique experience with the great Stephen Hawking: taking him into zero gravity. He shares his remembrance of the intellectual giant with Brian Keating here, in honor of Hawking's passing on March 14, 2018.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BgTtkL2g0Go/?hl=en&taken-by=gozerog
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Post by: Lord Bacon on April 20, 2018, 12:19:32 PM
Sad day in the world of EDM today. Famous Swedish DJ Avicii died today at the age of 28. Sad to hear that such a talented artist died at such a young age :(

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/8358389/avicii-dead-tim-bergling
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Post by: DRWHO42 on April 20, 2018, 12:25:49 PM
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Sad day in the world of EDM today. Famous Swedish DJ Avicii died today at the age of 28. Sad to hear that such a talented artist died at such a young age :(

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/8358389/avicii-dead-tim-bergling
I’m shocked about this.
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Post by: Lord Bacon on April 20, 2018, 12:54:03 PM
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I’m shocked about this.

Yea, it caught me by surprise as well. Really enjoyed his music especially the song 'Seek Bromance'.
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Post by: DRWHO42 on April 21, 2018, 02:28:33 PM
Verne Troyer aka Mini-me from the Austin Powers franchise passed away today at the age of 49.
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Post by: Michael M on April 21, 2018, 03:01:38 PM
Say what?  No f'n way!  49??
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on April 22, 2018, 07:48:46 AM
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fanxsaltlake We are saddened to hear of the passing of con alum Verne Troyer. Our team is very grateful that we had a chance to meet him at FanX 2017. He was such a fun and interesting guy. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Verne, you will be missed. #RIPvernetroyer #vernetroyer

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh2M4MdnVoR/
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Post by: AzT on May 14, 2018, 10:28:48 AM
 :'(

https://www.newsarama.com/39917-margot-kidder-passes-away-at-68-superman-lois-lane.html
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Margot Kidder died Sunday, May 13, 2018 at her home in Livingston, Montana the age of 69, according to People. The reported cause of death has not been released.

Kidder was born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada on October 17, 1948. She began acting in 1968 with The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar, but rose to fame with roles in 1970's Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx, 1973's Sisters, and 1975's The Great Waldo Pepper.

In 1976, Kidder was cast for what would become her most iconic role - Lois Lane in 1978's Superman: The Movie. Starring opposite Christopher Reeve's Superman, Kidder won a Saturn Award for her role and subsequently reprised it in three sequels.

Kidder is survived by one daughter and two grandchildren.
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Post by: Zero on May 14, 2018, 09:07:12 PM
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:'(

https://www.newsarama.com/39917-margot-kidder-passes-away-at-68-superman-lois-lane.html
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Margot Kidder died Sunday, May 13, 2018 at her home in Livingston, Montana the age of 69, according to People. The reported cause of death has not been released.

Kidder was born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada on October 17, 1948. She began acting in 1968 with The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar, but rose to fame with roles in 1970's Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx, 1973's Sisters, and 1975's The Great Waldo Pepper.

In 1976, Kidder was cast for what would become her most iconic role - Lois Lane in 1978's Superman: The Movie. Starring opposite Christopher Reeve's Superman, Kidder won a Saturn Award for her role and subsequently reprised it in three sequels.

Kidder is survived by one daughter and two grandchildren.

Awww, what terrible news.

While I loved her in The Amityville Horror, I think her portrayal of Lois Lane really helped define the character's courage, determination, and independence for a generation or two or three (ha ha).  She was always my favorite Lois Lane.  ^__^  My dad is a big fan of Superman (which I think was how I got my first exposure to the superhero genre in general), so he and I used to watch those movies together when I was a kid.

Also found this tidbit on NBC's website:

https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/celebrity/margot-kidder-actress-best-known-superman-movies-dead-69-n873951

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In 2009, Kidder correctly predicted that she would be remembered most for playing Lois Lane as she reflected on a career that included more than 60 movies and dozens of TV appearances in an interview with the A.V. Club.

"I’ll have that inscribed on my damn grave," she said. "I still get stopped for being Lois Lane, and I’m 60 and have two grandchildren. So it’s kind of weird."

XD Ha ha. 
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Post by: AzT on June 08, 2018, 07:55:09 AM
 :'(

From https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/08/us/anthony-bourdain-obit/index.html

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New York (CNN) - Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller and writer who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for nearly two decades, has died. He was 61. CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide. Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, "Parts Unknown." His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

https://youtu.be/ECiMOQMGG2I
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Post by: TardisMom on June 08, 2018, 08:01:42 AM
It's been a sad week, both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are gone.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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Post by: chocolateshake on June 08, 2018, 10:21:20 AM
What?  I heard about Kate Spade but I didn't know about Bourdain until this second.  That is sad news.
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Post by: Angel_ on June 08, 2018, 03:11:21 PM
I wrote a piece about my feelings regarding Bourdain's loss.  I have a lot of emotions about it.  What Anthony Bourdain meant to me (http://angelponders.com/what-anthony-bourdain-meant-to-me/703).
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Post by: jimy on June 09, 2018, 11:55:58 AM
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I wrote a piece about my feelings regarding Bourdain's loss.  I have a lot of emotions about it.  What Anthony Bourdain meant to me (http://angelponders.com/what-anthony-bourdain-meant-to-me/703).

So sad, I remember seeing and speaking with him years ago at Comic-con on a Preview Night.
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Post by: AzT on June 10, 2018, 07:30:28 PM
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darkhorsecomics We are deeply saddened by the news of Anthony Bourdain’s passing. He was a kind man, fantastic chef, and enthralling storyteller. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends. We are honored to have worked with him. (Photos from New York Comic Con 2017, with Frank Miller and Joel Rose, respectively)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjxf1_XBu7F/?taken-by=darkhorsecomics
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Post by: mark on June 28, 2018, 01:07:36 PM
Harlan Ellison, R.I.P.

https://www.cbr.com/harlan-ellison-dies-84/ (https://www.cbr.com/harlan-ellison-dies-84/)
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Post by: janray on June 28, 2018, 01:16:26 PM
Sad to hear.  One of my favorite writers and, yes, he did matter...still does.
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Post by: AzT on June 28, 2018, 02:31:02 PM
https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1012443996961038337

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Calling Harlan Ellison a titan of SciFi doesn't seem to do him justice. His work on comics, film, & novels, including Twilight Zone, Star Trek and Babylon 5, an architect of our imaginations. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his friends & family, he will be sorely missed.
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Post by: perc2100 on June 28, 2018, 03:09:09 PM
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https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1012443996961038337
Also a titan of the ol piss & vinegar approach to life!  He was MY kind of writer/human being (his civil rights writing in the 1960s is uber prescient
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Post by: AzT on July 01, 2018, 12:58:54 PM
Ellison tribute panel in the works:

https://twitter.com/chris_ryall/status/1013509866558640128

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If you're a comic pro (or other such pro) attending #SDCC and have a history with or good stories about Harlan Ellison you'd like to share on a panel celebrating his life and works, please DM me or otherwise hit me up for details, thanks.
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Post by: AzT on July 06, 2018, 04:33:04 PM
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/steve-ditko-dead-spider-man-creator-was-90-1125489

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Artist Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, has died at age 90.

The New York Police Department confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was announced. Ditko was found dead in his apartment on June 29 and it is believed he died about two days earlier.

In 1961, Ditko and Lee created Spider-Man. Lee, the editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, gave Ditko the assignment after he wasn't satisfied with Jack Kirby's take on the idea of a teen superhero with spider powers. The look of Spider-Man — the costume, the web shooters, the red and blue design — all came from Ditko. Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy No. 15. The comic was an unexpected hit and the character was spun off into The Amazing Spider-Man. Ditko helped create such classic Spider-Man characters as Doctor Octopus, Sandman, the Lizard, and Green Goblin. Starting with issue No. 25 Ditko received a plot credit in addition to his artist credit. Ditko's run ended with issue No. 38.

In 1963, Ditko created the surreal and psychedelic hero Doctor Strange. The character debuted in Strange Tales No. 110 and Ditko continued on the comic through issue No. 146, cover dated July 1966.

After that Ditko, left Marvel Comics over a fight with Lee that has never been fully understood. The pair had not been on speaking terms for several years. Ditko never explained his side and Lee claimed not to really know what motivated Ditko's exit. The best explanation suggests Ditko was frustrated at Lee's oversight and his failure to properly share credit for Ditko's contributions to Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

Ditko went on to work for Charlton, DC Comics and other small independent publishers. He returned to Marvel in 1979, where he worked on Machine Man and the Micronatus and he continued working for them as a freelancer in the 1990s. Among his last creations was Squirrel Girl in 1992, who has become a cult favorite in recent years.

After his work at Marvel, Ditko is probably best known for creating Mr. A in 1967. The character embodied Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy, which Ditko was an ardent believer in.

The reclusive Ditko was known as the "J.D. Salinger" of comics. From the 1970s on, he rarely spoke on the record, declining almost every interview request. He sat out the publicity booms that accompanied the Spider-Man films and the Doctor Strange movie.

“We didn’t approach him. He’s like J.D. Salinger. He is private and has intentionally stayed out of the spotlight like J.D. Salinger," Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson told THR in 2016. "I hope he goes to see the movie wherever he is, because I think we paid homage to his work."

Ditko maintained a Manhattan studio until his death, where he continued to write and draw, though how much and what unpublished material remain is unknown.

Stephen J. Ditko was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Nov. 2, 1927. His father worked at a steel mill and his mother was a homemaker. He developed an interest in comics from his father (who loved Prince Valiant) and from Batman and the Spirit, which both debuted as he entered his teens.

After graduating high school, Ditko served in the army in post-war Germany, drawing for a military paper. After being discharged, he moved to New York City in 1950 and studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (later the school of Visual Arts).

By 1953, Ditko was getting work as a professional comics artist, including at the studio of Captain America creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Ditko came down with tuberculosis in 1954 and spent the next year recovering in Johnststonw. He began drawing for Marvel Comics forerunner Atlas Comics in 1955. He had a successful collaboration with Stan Lee at first, as the pair worked on a number of science fiction stories together.

Ditko has no known survivors. He is believed never to have married. 
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Post by: Chris on July 06, 2018, 04:34:05 PM
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https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/steve-ditko-dead-spider-man-creator-was-90-1125489

No!   So sad.
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Post by: Michael M on July 06, 2018, 09:15:56 PM
This is a gut-punch...a phenomenal creative talent that contributed so much to the comics that have been around *forever*.
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Post by: mark on July 07, 2018, 10:08:34 AM
I was going through some Ditko books last night. One that stood out was a collection of the stories he illustrated for Eerie and Creepy. It's all recognizable as Ditko art but every story had it's own unique style to fit the story, he was just at a whole other level.
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Post by: Old Man Grey on July 07, 2018, 11:12:58 AM
Lee, Kirby and Ditko made Marvel . Sad day.
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Post by: AzT on July 08, 2018, 03:22:12 AM
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Ellison tribute panel in the works:

https://twitter.com/chris_ryall/status/1013509866558640128

https://comiccon2018.sched.com/event/FU4l?iframe=no

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Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm Room 6DE

The world recently lost a titan writer/fantasist, Harlan Ellison. But the stories he left behind are legendary. Attend this loose and likely profane celebration of the man and his writing as moderator Chris Ryall welcomes Josh Olson, Bill Sienkiewicz, William Stout, Erik Nelson, Steve Barnes, Nat Segaloff, Jude Meyers, Scott Tipton, J. K. Woodward, Christine Valada, Jason Davis, and as many other friends of Harlan that can fit on and around the dais. As a bonus, Dreams with Sharp Teeth director Nelson will also feature some never-before-seen documentary footage of Harlan, and all in attendance will get complimentary print, too.

https://twitter.com/TomHolland1996/status/1015767076793921538

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We all want to leave our mark on the world - this guy crushed it. He made so many people so happy and changed lives - most of all, mine! Thank you Steve - your life lives on man, thank you

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marvel Thank you, Steve. Rest in peace.

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Post by: rabbitwarren on July 19, 2018, 06:40:21 AM
Olympic Bronze medallist Denis Ten, on whom the Yuri On Ice character of Oltabek Altin was based, died from injuries after an altercation

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/winter-sports/44887051
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Post by: AzT on July 23, 2018, 11:56:53 PM
http://collider.com/jon-schnepp-tribute-movie-talk/

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On today’s very special episode of #ColliderMovieTalk, we celebrate the life and legacy of our dear friend Jon Schnepp with Collider personalities far and wide paying tribute.

Collider personality, comic book writer, director, producer, and animated series creator Jon Schnepp passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 19th. As the host of Collider Heroes and frequent panelist on Collider Movie Talk and other Collider shows, videos, and panels, Jon was a vital and irreplaceable part of the Collider family, and we are all deeply upset by his passing. He was a key creative force in the animated series Metalocalypse, worked on the animated series The Venture Bros. and the Black Panther animated series. And recently, Jon made his feature film debut by directing the terrific 2015 documentary The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? with his partner Holly Payne producing it. Schnepp’s passion for art was infectious, and his knowledge—especially when it came to comic books—was legendary. He was a fan first and foremost, and the excitement with which he discussed film, comics, stories, and storytellers was palpable.

On this video, family, friends, and co-workers stop by to offer their tributes to the King of the Sweaties. They talk about their experiences with Jon, their memories of him, and the unique impact he left on all their lives. His smile was infectious and his passionate takes on the things he loved or were disappointed in were always delivered with intelligence, thought, and an incredible amount of humor. He was also a very giving, caring, and affectionate person who spent extra time with the fans and with the people in his life. Jon leaves behind a legacy of love and passion that will never be forgotten.

We also ask that you please consider donating to the immense medical costs on Holly’s official GoFundMe page. One more time…Sweaties, unite.

https://youtu.be/5VZiEZDm4hA
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Post by: AzT on July 26, 2018, 12:18:48 AM
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sdcomicfest Last week we were saddened to hear the news that our friend Jon Schnepp passed away. He was a kind man who always shared his passion for comics, animation and film.

We were fortunate enough to have his presence at San Diego Comic Fest where welcomed with open our arms by the fans. He spoke with such enthusiasm during panels about science and comics, Metalocalypse and to a packed room for a preview screening of The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?

We adored his work and we adored the man even more. A guy who saw regularly at conventions and was always friendly as can be.

Our hearts go out to your loved ones and fiance Holly. We will miss you, Jon.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlrfXYrn21L/?taken-by=sdcomicfest
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Post by: AzT on August 16, 2018, 12:52:17 PM
From https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/7318784/aretha-franklin-dead

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Aretha Franklin, whose legendary voice inaugurated her enduring reign as the Queen of Soul, has died at 76, Franklin's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirms in a statement on Thursday (Aug. 16). The icon had been battling pancreatic cancer.

"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul," the statement reads. "Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s Oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI." 

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," the statement continues. “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/xnTLs5EFLI/?hl=en&taken-by=arethasings
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Post by: marcia29 on August 16, 2018, 02:29:28 PM
Sadness, and joy at having her with us for so long.   Aretha Franklin...pure legend!
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on August 24, 2018, 12:20:52 PM
https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1033071137696231424

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We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of comic artist Russ Heath. He will be greatly missed, our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

https://www.newsarama.com/41535-russ-heath-passes-away.html
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Post by: Xircuits on August 29, 2018, 08:47:19 AM
It's not comic book related, but just comic related. Neil Simon passed away a few days ago. I remember the joy of watching The Odd Couple and Brighton Beach Memoirs just to name two. I thought it belonged here.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/26/obituaries/neil-simon-dead.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/26/obituaries/neil-simon-dead.html)
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: alyssa on September 01, 2018, 10:40:08 AM
I don't like displaying my politics, in general i'm too right for the left & too left for the right.
and
i'm not one to watch large public events but McCain's service Saturday morning was one of a true patriot -

I am reminded of JFK words, 'Ask not what your country can do for u but what you can do for your country." and "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism"
As the speakers all in essence said, i did not agree with him on most things but respected his opinions and convictions. I am proud to have voted for him in a republican primary.

i highly recommend watching a replay.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: janray on September 02, 2018, 08:20:14 AM
All politics aside, he was a man of courage and honor and a great American.
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Post by: jamiesugah on September 06, 2018, 12:31:45 PM
Burt Reynolds has died at the age of 82.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/burt-reynolds-dead-deliverance-boogie-nights-star-was-82-831093
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Post by: AzT on September 21, 2018, 12:35:23 PM
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cryptozoicentertainment It is with heavy hearts today that we are reporting the loss of our friend and colleague George Nadeau. George has been a part of the Cryptozoic team for over eight years and, during that time, became one of the preeminent experts in the trading card industry. George oversaw the release of all our major trading card releases and always strived for the highest quality products for our fans. He took his work personally and did it professionally. His passing is a shock and we are still coming to terms with it. He will be missed by us all. We ask that you please share your stories about him with us so we can put together a loving memorial of all lives he affected. Even the tiniest of stories will be appreciated.

Sincerely,

The Cryptozoic Team

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Post by: AzT on September 24, 2018, 09:18:27 AM
https://www.facebook.com/ElstreeStudios/photos/a.288730567843335/1887445397971836

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#StarWars producer Gary Kurtz has sadly passed away. Gary Kurtz was an American film producer whose list of credits include Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal and Return to Oz all #MadeAtElstree
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Post by: Angology on October 06, 2018, 07:21:17 PM
RIP, Scott Wilson. This is very sad news. I may not watch TWD any more, but Scott and Hershel were always special to me. :(

https://twitter.com/TheWalkingDead/status/1048757225714581505

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We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you!
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on October 06, 2018, 08:25:44 PM
This is very sad.  Sorry to hear this.
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Post by: AzT on October 06, 2018, 09:26:19 PM
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amcthewalkingdead Scott will be remembered as a great actor and an even better person. The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BoneeyjnEYs/?hl=en&taken-by=amcthewalkingdead
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Post by: Michael M on November 10, 2018, 01:33:22 PM
Holy Crap: John Rogers, President of Comic-Con (via their twitter at https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1061369617900298240 (https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1061369617900298240))
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Transmute Jun on November 10, 2018, 01:42:25 PM
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Holy Crap: John Rogers, President of Comic-Con (via their twitter at https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1061369617900298240 (https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1061369617900298240))

Wow, and on the morning of open registration for SDCC 50....  :-[
Title: John Rogers has passed away.
Post by: rabbitwarren on November 10, 2018, 01:43:52 PM
Very sad news. It seems he had a very aggressive form of cancer. This is a huge loss

https://instagram.com/p/BqA8qKVBRKh/
Title: Re: John Rogers has passed away.
Post by: Zero on November 10, 2018, 02:39:45 PM
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Very sad news. It seems he had a very aggressive form of cancer. This is a huge loss

https://instagram.com/p/BqA8qKVBRKh/

Forum Housekeeping:
I'm going to merge this newer topic into the "In Memoriam" thread, since we have a few posts for this news going on in there.

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A terrible loss to the San Diego Comic-Con community.  My condolences to his family and friends.

I've actually met him and spoke to him about Comic-Con in the past.  He was always very nice!  You could really tell he cared deeply about Comic-Con and its community of fans, staff, volunteers, employees, and everyone else in between.



A few more posts from the official SDCC twitter page:

https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1061370220902866951

"As our longest serving president, first elected in 1986 and re-elected every year since, John’s tenure saw Comic-Con grow from a select gathering of fans to the largest and most prestigious convention of its kind in the world."

https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1061370419045896194

"John Rogers is survived by his wife Janet Tait, sister Barbara, and his brother David. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to The American Brain Tumor Association or the American Civil Liberties Union."
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Post by: debster on November 10, 2018, 02:52:11 PM
Oh, that's so sad. I went to the Talk Back panels every year and thought he was very patient with everyone who spoke. RIP John.
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Post by: AzT on November 10, 2018, 03:08:59 PM
https://www.facebook.com/SDcomicfest/photos/a.387297448041660/1664427013662024/

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We regret to inform you that Comic-Con International President John Rogers passed away last night after a struggle with cancer.

John began working with San Diego Comic-Con in 1978 and became President in 1986. For over 30 years he brought his passion for San Diego Comic-Con, spearheading its growth into the major media event that it is today.

He was a kind and approachable man, giving his time to help cultivate the fandom.

Goodbye John, you will be missed. We will never forget your contributions to help create the event that brings us all together.

Rest in peace.

https://www.sdcomicfest.org/john-rogers/

Full obit: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/obituaries/sd-me-comiccon-obit-20181110-story.html

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John Rogers, San Diego Comic-Con International’s low-profile but influential president, died Saturday after a brief battle with brain cancer. He was 57.

“He was never the one who was before the camera, never the one who took the credit,” said his wife, Janet Tait, a fantasy and adventure writer. “He made sure it was the team that got the credit.”

After being elected Comic-Con’s president in 1986, Rogers was credited with creating a solid financial base for the show and transforming it from an amateurish event with a small following to a world-renowned celebration of all things pop culture.

“More than anyone else,” said Mike Towry, part of the crew who founded this show in 1970, “he made Comic-Con durable, giving it a solid business foundation so it could grow.”

Rogers worked behind the scenes, routinely ignoring interview requests from TV networks and international media outlets. He stepped into the limelight just once a year, on the final day of Comic-Con, taking fans’ questions and complaints in the annual “talk back” session.

“That was doing the honorable thing,” said Heidi MacDonald, founder of editor in chief of The Beat, an online publication that focuses on comics. “You face the music, even if you stay quiet the rest of the year.”

Those sessions could be bruising, and Tait was never comfortable seeing her husband field brickbats and the occasional bouquet.

“John always felt that people deserved to be heard and deserved to be heard venting, if that’s what it was,” she said. “And they deserved to be heard from the person at the top.”

John Geoffrey Rogers was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He was an 18-month-old toddler when his parents moved to San Diego County, settling on Mount Helix. The family later moved to Del Cerro, where John attended Patrick Henry High School.

At UC San Diego, he studied computer science and began volunteering at Comic-Con, running the film program and later becoming technical coordinator. He met another undergraduate volunteer, Tait, and they started dating in 1986.

That same year he was elected president of Comic-Con, a position he held until his death. Although he was passionate about movies and science fiction novels, as president, Rogers left most programming decisions to others and focused on the show’s finances.

“In the late ’70s and early ’80s there were a lot of touch-and-go years, a lot of financial problems,” Towry said. Then Rogers became president: “After that, it wasn’t long before Comic-Con started having such huge growth. I don’t think that would have been possible without John.”

Since 1982, the show has been based at the San Diego Convention Center. In meetings with the staff there, Rogers impressed many with his institutional memory and grasp of all aspect of the massive show.

“He knew just about everything about Comic-Con,” said Gil Cabrera, president of the Convention Center Corporation board. “He had just an encyclopedic knowledge of the event and its history, and he always knew what was going on.”

He was determined to improve the show, Tait said. “At the time a lot of fan conventions were very amateurishly run,” she said. “It was, ‘Give us your money and come see William Shatner.’ But he felt the fans are there and they deserve to get a really great experience for what they are paying.”

In fact, tickets went on sale Saturday, a few hours after Rogers’ death at 2:44 a.m.

On Sept. 10, Rogers was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. A private person who loved movies, theater, travel and being in his University Heights home with Tait and their mixed-breed dog, Parker, Rogers did not widely share the news of his illness.

He is survived by his wife Janet Tait; a sister, Barbara, of Northern California; and a brother, David, of San Diego. The family suggested donations to the American Brain Tumor Association or the American Civil Liberties Union in lieu of flowers.

A memorial service is being planned.
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Post by: Michael M on November 11, 2018, 06:44:59 AM
I've been hitting the Talk Back panel for a couple years, and throughout all the folks lined up to ask questions, vent frustrations, and just let it out, John Rogers was, no lie, a calm in the storm.  He'd listen, respond, would never brush people off, and no matter the topic, made sure that the individual knew that he listened.  His presence will be missed.

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Post by: alyssa on November 11, 2018, 08:21:13 AM
this is devastating news

i can not begin to imagine the pain and anxiety he, his family & his larger work family have/are going through- he was only 57 and diagnosed almost exactly one month ago. I am in shock.

eta: the forum needs a crying icon in addition to the luv- /sad/
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Post by: AzT on November 12, 2018, 10:54:47 AM
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/stan-lee-marvel-comics-legend-721450

https://twitter.com/THR/status/1062056283036102656

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Stan Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Ant-Man and others, died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center http://thr.cm/mmZrvs
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Post by: alyssa on November 12, 2018, 11:03:18 AM
what a week of highs & lows

John now stan Plus gen reg & reconnecting with a bff- this week is a roller coster   
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Post by: debster on November 12, 2018, 11:04:03 AM
Rest In Peace, Stan.
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Post by: Michael M on November 12, 2018, 11:20:09 AM
This is a punch to the gut...sheesh...

Rest in peace Stan.
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Post by: Chris on November 12, 2018, 11:21:24 AM
Dear god, no.
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Post by: rando on November 12, 2018, 11:25:58 AM
this is another tough one...rest in peace Stan Lee.
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Post by: alyssa on November 12, 2018, 11:25:58 AM
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Dear god, no.
yep, those were my words too

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this is another tough one...rest in peace Stan Lee.
john then stan- abosolutly devistarted
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Post by: Transmute Jun on November 12, 2018, 11:30:27 AM
Stan lived a long and successful life. He was living to the fullest right up until the end. It's the way I want to go.
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Post by: Angel_ on November 12, 2018, 11:41:54 AM
heartbroken  :'(
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Post by: AzT on November 12, 2018, 11:44:16 AM
https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1062068147245637632

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We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Stan Lee, a legend in our industry. Our thoughts go out to his many fans, his friends, and family. Excelsior.

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Post by: Angology on November 12, 2018, 11:50:38 AM
Rest in Peace, Mr. Lee. This is heartbreaking news.

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Stan lived a long and successful life. He was living to the fullest right up until the end. It's the way I want to go.
I thought this, too. What a life he lived, and doing what he loved.
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Post by: Applescruff on November 12, 2018, 11:52:49 AM
Such a blow to the sci-fi community with the loss of John & Stan.  Can't fathom right now.  My sincerest condolences to both families. May John & Stan rest in peace...
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Post by: rabbitwarren on November 12, 2018, 01:03:35 PM
His work was a big part of my childhood.  I remember after my first con, my brother was showing off some of his pics to my dad and even my dad knew who Stan Lee was. 
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Post by: AzT on November 12, 2018, 04:26:07 PM
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Post by: chocolateshake on November 12, 2018, 05:45:13 PM
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Such a blow to the sci-fi community with the loss of John & Stan.

The sci-fi community also lost Doug Rain yesterday.  He was the actor who voiced HAL in 2001 and made it iconic.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on November 12, 2018, 07:31:49 PM
First John, now Stan.

I wish there was a sad icon attached to this site.
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Post by: AzT on November 12, 2018, 08:32:35 PM
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First John, now Stan.

I wish there was a sad icon attached to this site.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqEp5ZWnW4z/
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Post by: Chris on November 13, 2018, 01:22:46 PM
If you would like to learn about Stan Lee as a person and not so much about why he created this or that character, the "With great power-- the Stan Lee story" is an excellent documentary about him and his life.
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Post by: AzT on November 27, 2018, 09:52:43 AM
https://deadline.com/2018/11/spongebob-squarepants-creator-stephen-hillenburg-dead-at-57-1202509590/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqsT1OCFIuW/
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Post by: AzT on December 10, 2018, 12:10:16 PM
Updated John Rogers tribute: https://www.comic-con.org/frontpage/john-rogers

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John Rogers was the man behind the curtain, the wizard who worked the controls and helped make the magic happen … and what magic was made. His vision and leadership was truly the force behind Comic-Con as it is today, yet he never sought the spotlight or accolades. He was always there … observing, directing, and more importantly, helping … often completely unnoticed and unrecognized by those around him enjoying the show. The one place that he stepped into the spotlight was the convention’s Talkback panel on Sundays. At this one event, he fielded comments and questions from attendees, who often formed a long line in the aisle before the panel even started. True to his nature, he stayed until every person had their time to speak, even if it meant the panel lasted well past the slated ending time. Every opinion and voice was important to John, and he wanted to make sure everyone felt like their concerns were heard.

Born in Canada, John’s family moved to San Diego when he was 18 months old. The family first lived in the Mount Helix area, then moved to Del Cerro. John went to Patrick Henry High School, then moving on to UCSD after graduation. It was during this time that he began volunteering for Comic-Con in the Films program. He moved from the Films department to serving as the Technical Coordinator for the show. It was during this time that he met the woman who would become his wife, Janet Tait, also a volunteer for the convention. He made his last department move in 1986, when he was elected as the convention’s President. He ran uncontested for the position each year afterwards. During the majority of his tenure as President, John also worked full time in the computer sector, working at Qualcomm as a software engineer for many years prior to leaving the company in 2014 to work for the convention full time.

John’s years at the helm of Comic-Con was one of incredible growth, contributing to an increasing social acceptance of popular arts fandom and culture. The show grew from a small group of die-hard fans to a huge event that is known worldwide, the largest of its kind. He guided the show through the changes and challenges with calm strength and determination, even as the show faced obstacles such as diminishing available space for events, attendee and exhibit space caps, as well as the logistics behind managing the many lines throughout the convention. His financial savvy helped keep the organization on course through difficult economic times, establishing a strong business foundation that allowed the show to transform into the powerhouse it has become. Much of what the convention is now we owe to him, and for that we are forever grateful.

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Post by: perc2100 on December 10, 2018, 12:22:53 PM
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Updated John Rogers tribute: https://www.comic-con.org/frontpage/john-rogers
It seems crazy to me that the CCI President was only made a full-time position in 2014!  That could have been John's decision (i.e. he had a great job with a good pension waiting for him to retire so we worked at Qualcomm until his retirement from there?) but I would've though that position would've been a full time one by the mid-00s.

The new President certainly has big shoes to fill
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Post by: angoradebs on December 18, 2018, 02:30:56 PM
Actress and director Penny Marshall has passed away at age 75.

I am devastated. Laverne & Shirley has been my favorite show for 20 years, since they first put it on Nick at Nite. My username is actually a reference to the show. When I was a kid I wanted to BE Penny Marshall. I've been scrolling through Twitter and crying for about 20 minutes now and need to stop. RIP, Penny

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Post by: Zero on December 19, 2018, 01:24:43 AM
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Actress and director Penny Marshall has passed away at age 75.

I am devastated. Laverne & Shirley has been my favorite show for 20 years, since they first put it on Nick at Nite. My username is actually a reference to the show. When I was a kid I wanted to BE Penny Marshall. I've been scrolling through Twitter and crying for about 20 minutes now and need to stop. RIP, Penny

No way!  More sad news in 2018.

Wow, I used to watch Laverne & Shirley as a kid on Nick at Nite too, and I would share those moments with my mom (since she's been a huge fan of the show since it originally aired on TV back in the '70s). 

I also thought it was cool that she had a cameo in the Hocus Pocus movie.  XD

Another film/TV icon gone too soon...
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Post by: perc2100 on December 19, 2018, 01:42:50 PM
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No way!  More sad news in 2018.

Wow, I used to watch Laverne & Shirley as a kid on Nick at Nite too, and I would share those moments with my mom (since she's been a huge fan of the show since it originally aired on TV back in the '70s). 

I also thought it was cool that she had a cameo in the Hocus Pocus movie.  XD

Another film/TV icon gone too soon...
Weird trivia about that cameo:
Penny Marshall's character in HOCUS POCUS is married to Garry Marshall's character.  Garry and Penny are brother and sister.  That casting director is either fiendishly evil or devilishly cheeky!
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Post by: rabbitwarren on January 02, 2019, 11:29:29 AM
RIP Mean Gene

https://www.google.com/amp/s/comicbook.com/wwe/amp/2019/01/02/mean-gene-okerlund-dead-wwe-ric-flair/
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Post by: Zero on January 03, 2019, 02:16:03 PM
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Weird trivia about that cameo:
Penny Marshall's character in HOCUS POCUS is married to Garry Marshall's character.  Garry and Penny are brother and sister.  That casting director is either fiendishly evil or devilishly cheeky!

Ha ha!  I know!  I always thought someome had a sense of humor there... XD
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Post by: AzT on January 12, 2019, 07:38:23 PM
 :'(

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/01/12/batton-lash-creator-of-supernatural-law-dies/

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Batton Lash, creator of the Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre comic and later known as Supernatural Law,  passed away this morning at home with family and friends, after suffering from brain cancer. He was 65.

In 1979, he began writing and drawing the Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre comic strip for The Brooklyn Paper, then picked up by the The National Law Journal, running for over fifteen years, about a small firm of lawyers who represent supernatural cases. It found a wider audience and, with his wife Jackie Estrada, they then self-published it as a comic book, Supernatural Law, from 1994.

He also wrote comic book titles such as The Simpsons and Radioactive Man for Bongo Comics, as well as the famous Archie Meets The Punisher crossover and collaborated with James Hudnall on a number of political cartoons. Most recently he created The First Gentleman Of The Apocalypse for David Lloyd’s Aces Weekly digital comics publication.

He was married to Jackie Estrada, the Eisner Awards organiser, and one of the longest standing San Diego Comic-Con organisers. Their self-publishing house Exhibit A Press always has a booth at the show, which I would always visit. Batton was notable impeccable attired, full of positive energy for his public, and brought an indepth knowledge to his comic that transformed it from a one-line high concept to a thoroughly researched and fascinating procedural. I know there’s a sketch I did of his characters that ended up in the back of an issue of Supernatural Law to my great delight.

Many comics professionals are sharing their thoughts, memories and commiserations. Here are just a few.

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So very sad to hear about Batton Lash’s death. Bat was always so nice to me. He befriended me at early San Diego cons when I was just a young English writer. He made fun of me sweetly later, in Wolff & Byrd. He was gentle, funny, kind. Love to Jackie Estrada, his wife & partner.

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Many of us were devastated as word spread on Saturday that the comics world had lost cartoonist and writer Batton Lash. Batton was best known for his long-running signature work Supernatural Law (aka “Wolff & Byrd: Counselors of the Macabre”) and the quirky crossover hit Archie Meets The Punisher, but he was far more than the sum of his credits. He was a pioneer of self-publishing who stuck to his independent ways long after many of his peers had called it a day; one of the earliest established creators to move from print to digital; and one of the great ambassadors of comics to the wider world. He was also a witty and charming man, a comic art maven second to none, a beloved figure to many in our industry, and a dear friend.

My personal friendship with Bat began in 1997 when I stopped by the booth of Exhibit A Press – the publishing enterprise that he co-founded with his wife, longtime Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada – at my very first San Diego Comic-Con. Then as now, the Exhibit A booth was smack in the middle of the floor, occupying an unmissable patch of real estate on the corner of two major aisles near the Hall C door, just across from DC’s massive pavilion. Bat would do his damnedest to make sure no one coming in any direction would leave without seeing a copy of Wolff & Byrd, or at least admiring his impeccably-tailored vintage attire. I have to believe that the combination of the booth’s prime location and Bat’s extroverted, take-no-prisoners Brooklyn approach to customer service, accounted for a big chunk of Supernatural Law’s ability to endure in what became a very rough market for self-published books.

We hit it off immediately, but our friendship really solidified when Bat and Jackie met my wife Eunice, who soon became a staff assistant to Jackie at the Eisners. For 20 years, the Tuesday night before the start of SDCC was “Batton and Jackie night,” where the four of us would grab dinner, catch up, plot and gossip about the upcoming Con. In those early days, we were merely fans with aspirations to get more closely connected to the industry, starstruck by the cavalcade of legendary creators who descended on San Diego every summer. Bat and Jackie invited us into that circle, extended genuine friendship, and spent hundreds of hours over the years hanging out with us in hotel bars, exhibit halls, late-night diners and after-hours parties at cons all over the country.

From the outpouring of condolence and affection that greeted Jackie’s announcement of Batton’s passing on Facebook on Saturday, it’s clear that our experience with him was typical of hundreds, maybe thousands, of people from industry insiders to fans and friends. He was loved by many, and remembered by more than three decades’ worth of creators for being a voice of encouragement and a source of support. Sure, he had sharp elbows and non-conforming political views that rubbed some people the wrong way over the years, but I think even the people who didn’t particularly like him recognized him as a vivacious character and respected him – maybe begrudgingly – for his ability to persevere in the industry on his own terms.

Strictly on the business side, Bat was an innovator in a couple of ways. He was part of the first wave of creators who heeded Dave Sim’s rallying cry to self-publish, joining folks like Jeff Smith, Terry Moore and Carla Speed McNeil as the vanguard of a new indie comics movement in the early 1990s. In so doing, he and Jackie became entrepreneurs not just in the way that any freelancer has to hustle up work and manage their own career, but by taking on all the responsibilities of producing, distributing and publicizing their work – all before Kickstarter and social media.

Like those other self-publishing pioneers, Bat chose subject matter with broad appeal to both traditional comic readers and more casual fans who might have been intimidated by the dense, violent, continuity-heavy style of superhero comics in the 80s and 90s. Supernatural Law follows the exploits of two attorneys who defend an assortment of ghosts, monsters and creatures of the night in an endlessly inventive series of stories that combine legal concepts with elements of the occult. Drawn in a style that combines elements of Steve Ditko, Will Eisner and Archie’s Dan DeCarlo, Batton kept the mood light and the storytelling crisp, with the pages full of background gags and occasional Easter Eggs for hardcore Silver Age comics fans like himself. Maybe some people came for the monsters, but readers kept coming back for the great characterizations and subplots involving his likeable cast of characters. 

For years, Supernatural Law was the comic I’d recommend for new readers who didn’t like superheroes and didn’t want anything too arty or heavy. Unfortunately, the series was at its height during the mid- to late 1990s, when the comic industry was facing economic peril and there were few paths to market for independently published books. Today, the racks are groaning with intelligent, non-superhero genre books aiming for that same crossover audience that people like Batton risked so much to try to break through to.

He and Jackie were also among the first established creators to move their property from print to digital distribution, using the free digital comics as source material for periodic trade collections. Supernatural Law went online in 2005, and Batton’s most recent creative work, a strip called “The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse,” is distributed exclusively through David Lloyd’s digital-only anthology Aces Weekly. They were also successful early adopters of crowdfunding, using Kickstarter to publish several new collections of Supernatural Law and two volumes of Jackie’s photos of industry professionals over the years.

Most of all, Batton Lash was a presence in the comics community. He was a raconteur, a bon vivant, surely the best dressed man in any room he happened to be in, and, along with Jackie, a “king and queen,” in the apt words of comics scholar/librarian Karen Green, of a small inner circle of long-time creators, professionals, retailers, convention organizers and superfans whose efforts helped the comics industry cohere and survive through choppy business and cultural headwinds.

To old-timers who would come to SDCC and grumble about the out-of-control crowds and imposing Hollywood megabooths, seeing the familiar Exhibit A Press table at the center of the floor, and Batton holding court with fans old and new, was as encouraging as seeing a lone single-family home sandwiched between skyscrapers: a monument to the dogged persistence of individual grit in the face of corporate commercialism.

Bat lost his two-year fight with brain cancer on Saturday. In the end, that was the only thing that could still his voice. I’ll be hoisting a glass of Merlot in your honor at the Hilton Bar this summer, Bat, and I’m sure I won’t be alone.

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sdcomicfest We regret to inform you that our good friend Batton Lash has passed away at age 65 after a battle with brain cancer.

Batton Lash was a passionate cartoonist influenced by the works of Steve Ditko and Will Eisner. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York and began a prolific career as a cartoonist. He works spanned everything from Supernatural Law to his crossover classic Archie Meets the Punisher.

We were always happy to have him as a Special Guest at our show. He was always the best dressed man in the room, friendly and forthcoming to everyone he spoke with.

We are deeply saddenen by his passing. Goodbye Batton, thank you for all you have done. We will miss you.

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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on February 05, 2019, 09:45:44 PM
Julie Adams from "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" passed away today.

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-julie-adams-20190205-story.html
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Post by: NCDS on February 06, 2019, 09:01:07 AM
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Julie Adams from "The Creature From the Black Lagoon" passed away today.

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-julie-adams-20190205-story.html

I just re-watched that two weeks ago.
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Post by: AzT on February 07, 2019, 07:52:16 AM
https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/02/07/ed-cavanaugh-of-san-diego-comic-cons-artists-alley

https://www.facebook.com/clydene.nee/posts/2502056069808851

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Sad news today. Our good friend, Artists Alley volunteer, and all-around great guy Ed Cavanaugh has passed away after a long battle with colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.

I met Ed Cavanaugh 10 years ago through my friend Phil Philip Lindsten. He was a fellow photographer and feels good friend. Over the years I had gotten to know Ed and he was a remarkable man.

He started off with humble beginnings and worked as a dishwasher until he joined the Navy. While there The Navy found out ed was a genius, and he was a nuclear engineer on submarines for many years. After he retired from the Navy he went to work as a nuclear engineer for San Onofre until the plant closed a couple years ago.

Ed had a fun loving and disarmingly charming personality. He could make even the grumpiest people smile. He was very quick to make friends and he was one of the most fun loving people I’ve ever met.

We will miss him very much.

RIP Ed Cavanaugh
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Post by: AzT on March 04, 2019, 09:55:43 AM
https://variety.com/2019/tv/obituaries-people-news/luke-perry-dead-dies-90210-riverdale-1203154263/

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Actor Luke Perry, known for roles in “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Riverdale,” has died after suffering a stroke on Wednesday. He was 52.

Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Perry moved to Los Angeles after high school to pursue acting. His TV career began when he was 16, and the actor cut his teeth acting in soap operas like ABC’s “Loving” and “Another World” on NBC, and doing voice work for animated series such as “The Incredible Hulk” and “Biker Mice From Mars.”

However, in 1990 Perry became a household name for playing the brooding loner Dylan McKay on the smash hit teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” on Fox. The show became a phenomenon, catapulting Perry to full-blown teen idol status. He appeared on a racy Vanity Fair cover in July 1992.

Perry had two runs on “90210,” one from 1990 to 1995 and another from 1998 to the show’s end in 2000, during which time his character struggled with alcohol abuse and drug addiction, and went through a series of tumultuous relationships with several other main characters including Brenda (played by Shannen Doherty) and Kelly (played by Jennie Garth).

Coincidentally, the Perry was hospitalized the same day Fox announced a six-episode revival of the show, featuring returning cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling. Perry had not been announced to return.

While starring in “90210,” Perry made a brief appearance as Billy Masterson in Luc Besson’s whacky sci-fi pic “The Fifth Element” in 1997.

More recently, Perry made a successful return to the TV drama genre with a regular role on the CW show “Riverdale.” He played Fred Andrews, the conservative, old-fashioned yet soft father of the show’s lead Archie Andrews (KJ Apa).

He will appear posthumously in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” playing the real-life Canadian-American actor Wayne Maunder who starred in the CBS Western TV show “Lancer.”

Perry is survived by his daughter Sophie and his son Jack, a professional wrestler who goes by the ring name “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy.
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Post by: Virgo911 on March 04, 2019, 10:07:52 AM
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https://variety.com/2019/tv/obituaries-people-news/luke-perry-dead-dies-90210-riverdale-1203154263/

OMG! I actually just read about his stroke. That is awful! I grew up on 90210. RIP
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Post by: Transmute Jun on March 04, 2019, 10:20:43 AM
Wow... I used to watch him on 90210, and now I watch him on Riverdale.
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Post by: accelerate on March 04, 2019, 10:24:40 AM
I don't think I ever watched a full episode of 90210. My main memory of him was his bit role on The Fifth Element.
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Post by: Angel_ on March 04, 2019, 10:33:03 AM
So much love to the Riverdale fandom.  Sudden deaths of people on current shows tends to affect people pretty hard  :'(  Not my fandom, but goodness I'm sending my love to y'all.
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Post by: NCDS on March 04, 2019, 10:37:24 AM
I was really sad to hear this, I grew up watching him on 90210 and love him in Riverdale. 

This is kinda odd:

Carrie Fisher canceled on Denver comic con and had a stroke and died within a year.
Luke Perry canceled the next year and died from a stroke within a year.

I really only noticed because they were two stars I really wanted to see and now never will get a chance.
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Post by: Angel_ on March 04, 2019, 10:55:03 AM
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I was really sad to hear this, I grew up watching him on 90210 and love him in Riverdale. 

This is kinda odd:

Carrie Fisher canceled on Denver comic con and had a stroke and died within a year.
Luke Perry canceled the next year and died from a stroke within a year.

I really only noticed because they were two stars I really wanted to see and now never will get a chance.

I really reaaaally don't want to make light of this, but my brain automatically goes "that con is CURSED."
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 04, 2019, 11:08:26 AM
Luke Perry was also in the Buffy movie.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on March 04, 2019, 08:35:12 PM
This 40-second video clip of Luke Perry, which I recorded, was taken at the 2017 WonderCon in Anaheim on March 31, 2017. He was on the "Riverdale" panel talking about what fame is like in the day and age of social media which didn't exist during his "90210" days.  I was sitting with TJ.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSS9QC1HMHA
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on March 05, 2019, 12:28:45 PM
I remember during 90210's heyday in the early 1990s, my younger brother who had just graduated from high school had just broken up with his girlfriend and he found out she was going out with some guy who looked like Dylan from 90210. He was pissed! That's my memory of Luke Perry.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: mark on April 19, 2019, 05:51:18 PM
R.I.P Kazuo Koike. Among other things, he wrote Lone Wolf and Cub, hugely influential and one of my favorite books ever.  He was at SDCC several times, most recently in 2013.

He was one of those creators where, if you were waiting in line to meet him, you'll notice a lot of people who have brought old, well-read, very personal items to sign instead of the standard collectibles.  One a very minor note, I asked him to sign not only a book but a hip flask that I have someone sign every year and he was the first, and one of two ever, to unscrew the top to see what was inside. 

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/kazuo-koike-manga-obit-lone-wolf-and-cub-wolverine (https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/kazuo-koike-manga-obit-lone-wolf-and-cub-wolverine)
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on April 29, 2019, 04:34:18 AM
:'(

https://www.facebook.com/michaeldavishere/posts/10157172056982622
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It is with much sadness we're sharing this, my cousin, Michael Davis took his life early this morning. Details about services are forthcoming.

Michael was in constant pain bodily and mentally. We hope he is finally at peace.

The Family

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/04/29/michael-davis-milestone-creator-static-shock-died/

https://www.cbr.com/michael-davis-milestone-media-obituary/
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Post by: ceddyced on April 29, 2019, 05:35:54 AM
R.I.P. Michael Davis.  I’m truly heartbroken I attended every Black Panel he hosted at SDCC.  Since it was on a Saturday I chose attending his panel over Hall H or Ballroom 20 even though many of my friends and family were spending there whole day there.  His panels always had great entertainers of color who were trying to empower and improve diversity in the medium.  Sometimes his panels would go off the rails but I would gain insight and be entertained.  Thank you Michael Davis for trying to include us all. You shall be missed.


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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on April 29, 2019, 06:56:17 AM
https://fox4kc.com/2019/04/29/john-singleton-boyz-n-the-hood-director-and-writer-dies-at-age-51/
(https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/celebrity/director-john-singleton-on-life-support-after-stroke-rep-says/ar-BBWoQq2?li=BBnbfcL)

Still bawling, different kind of tears now:

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/04/29/michael-davis-is-not-dead-he-is-alive-and-well-but-hacked/

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Michael Davis is Not Dead, He is Alive and Well – But Hacked

There is a desire from some to see their own obituaries, to wonder how they will be remembered in life after they have passed on. Today Michael Davis woke up to just that.

Comic book writer, artist, editor, publisher, mentor, archivist, curator as well as media executive, co-founder or Milestone, co-creator of Static Shock, CEO of Motown Animation, host and creator of the Black Panel and so much more, Michael Davis has had his online identity thoroughly and comprehensively hacked. By someone who decided to post from Michael’s Facebook account as an unnamed cousin, stating that the day before his birthday, Michael Davis had taken his own life. The posting was followed with the outpouring of grief from hundreds of friends, family members and colleagues.

This morning Michael Davis woke up to read this on Bleeding Cool and called me to ask if this was some kind of birthday prank. I picked up the phone, after grieving for my friend since I had woken up 8 hours previously, and my knees buckled, I burst into tears and Michael has to calm me down. He’s good like that.

Michael Davis has been the subject of a sustained hacking assault in recent months and it seems that whoever it is, and he has suspicions, got into his Facebook page and waited until today to turn his birthday into hell. They also have access to his e-mail account, private videos and media, as they also posted a video of Michael singing Kareoke within the last hour.

Davis shared with me some of the attempts he has screencapped of late. Look like someone got through.

Davis is already in contact with the authorities but has no access to any of his social media or his old e-mail addresses. He’s on the phone if you want to call him. But most importantly, my friend is alive. And I have never been more grateful.

Welcome back, Michael. Man, it’s going to be one hell of a Black Panel come San Diego Comic-Con.

You can also read announcements of his death and obituary at CBR, ComicMix, Heavy, ComicsBlog, Coed, MangaForever and Graphic Policy. Look for them to be edited rather sharply.

And you can still read all his old Bleeding Cool columns here. Just without having to wipe tears from your eyes.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: mark on April 29, 2019, 08:19:30 AM
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R.I.P. Michael Davis.  I’m truly heartbroken I attended every Black Panel he hosted at SDCC.  Since it was on a Saturday I chose attending his panel over Hall H or Ballroom 20 even though many of my friends and family were spending there whole day there.  His panels always had great entertainers of color who were trying to empower and improve diversity in the medium.  Sometimes his panels would go off the rails but I would gain insight and be entertained.  Thank you Michael Davis for trying to include us all. You shall be missed.


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It appears this was a hoax and that his facebook account was hacked.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: ceddyced on April 29, 2019, 09:05:52 AM
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It appears this was a hoax and that his facebook account was hacked.

Thank you for this updated info.


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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: chaosdreamer on April 29, 2019, 09:10:16 AM
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It appears this was a hoax and that his facebook account was hacked.

Thank you for the update!
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on April 29, 2019, 02:02:02 PM
Film director John Singleton passed away early this afternoon.  He was famous for "Boyz N The Hood."

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-john-singleton-director-boyz-hood-dead-20190429-story.html
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on May 02, 2019, 03:35:44 PM
https://twitter.com/TheWookieeRoars/status/1124077256240967681

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The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw-wzzJDPaJ/
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Angel_ on May 02, 2019, 04:09:13 PM
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https://twitter.com/TheWookieeRoars/status/1124077256240967681

This is crushing </3
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Angology on May 02, 2019, 04:17:24 PM
Back in the 90s, he was signing at a collector's expo we were set up at. DH got a few opportunities to chat with him while they were taking breaks (it was kind of a funny coincidence that they kept meeting up, he wasn't sitting near us, so we didn't know when he wasn't at his table or anything). He was such a nice man, and a legend. RIP Mr. Mayhew - he will be missed.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: jamiesugah on May 03, 2019, 09:12:03 AM
Brought in my Chewbacca Pop and put it at my desk and am wearing a Star Wars shirt today. RIP Peter Mayhew.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Virgo911 on May 12, 2019, 05:25:25 AM
https://comicbook.com/powerrangers/2019/05/11/power-rangers-ninja-storm-pua-magasiva-found-dead/

RIP Pua Magasiva.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on May 13, 2019, 09:55:41 AM
From https://www.dorisdayanimalfoundation.org/news/blog/hollywood-legend-leading-singer-and-animal-welfare-advocate-doris-day-is-dead-at-97

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Carmel Valley, Calif., May 13, 2019 -- Doris Day passed away early this morning at her Carmel Valley home, having celebrated her 97th birthday on April 3 of this year. Nearly 300 fans gathered in Carmel last month to celebrate Day’s birthday. Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia , resulting in her death.  She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on May 14, 2019, 11:41:33 AM
From https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tim-conway-dead-carol-burnett-935496

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Tim Conway, the cherub-faced comedian who became a TV star for playing the bumbling Ensign Parker on McHale's Navy and for cracking up his helpless colleagues on camera on The Carol Burnett Show, has died. He was 85.

A five-time Emmy Award winner, Conway died Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. at a health care facility in Los Angeles, his rep told The Hollywood Reporter. According to recent reports, he was suffering from dementia and unable to speak after undergoing brain surgery in September.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on May 17, 2019, 10:02:27 AM
Grumpy Cat passed away.  He was seven.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/life/2019/05/17/grumpy-cat-dead-at-age-7-arizona-meme/3704842002
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on June 09, 2019, 03:03:11 AM
https://www.startrek.com/news/keith-birdsong-star-trek-artist-rip

https://www.tulsaworld.com/entertainment/acclaimed-star-trek-artist-keith-birdsong-dies/article_54434878-5585-5a8a-91e9-91ec8870a1e5.html
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: alyssa on June 27, 2019, 05:04:21 AM
condolences to our very own [member=1925]ALF[/member] on the passing of his host Dad

Max Wright Dies: Father On ’80s Sitcom ‘Alf’
https://deadline.com/2019/06/max-wright-dies-father-on-80s-sitcom-alf-was-75-1202638569/?fbclid=IwAR3y1ZT8n9WpFd_NWH8MVW8zV8EwtI7shQWOyE3vD_BERri2Gu2fiYW9-fk

Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Old Man Grey on June 28, 2019, 09:58:38 AM
If you want to see the brilliance of Max Wright watch the "Buffalo Bill" tv series. He was so funny. Of course the show was cancelled after about a season and a half.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on July 22, 2019, 03:47:40 PM
http://apnews.com/5f9b5094789044ca9f88bc9fc46402c3

Actor in original sci-fi classic ‘The Fly’ dies at 92

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Hedison, who starred in the original sci-fi classic “The Fly” and appeared in two James Bond films, has died. He was 92.

He died Thursday in Los Angeles with his daughters at his side, a representative for the family, Jennifer Allen, said in an email Monday.

Hedison portrayed Capt. Lee Crane in the long-running sci-fi television series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and Spencer Harrison on the daytime series “Another World.”

“Even in our deep sadness, we are comforted by the memory of our wonderful father,” his daughters Alexandra and Serena said in a statement. “He loved us all dearly and expressed that love every day. He was adored by so many, all of whom benefited from his warm and generous heart. Our dad brought joy and humor wherever he went and did so with great style.”

Hedison played scientist Andre Delambre who turned into an insect in the 1958 film “The Fly.” He played CIA agent Felix Leiter in Bond films “To Live and Let Die” and “License to Kill.”

The Providence, Rhode Island-native began his career under the name Al Hedison. In 1959, he took his middle name David after signing a contract with Twentieth Century Fox.

Hedison’s family said the actor entertained friends and family with a positive attitude and “wicked” sense of humor.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Angology on July 24, 2019, 11:32:03 AM
Sad news - Rutger Hauer passed away

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/rutger-hauer-dead-dies-blade-runner-co-star-1203278050/

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Rutger Hauer, the versatile Dutch leading man of the ’70s who went on star in the 1982 “Blade Runner” as Roy Batty, died July 19 at his home in the Netherlands after a short illness. He was 75.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on July 25, 2019, 10:06:32 AM
Author Paul M. Sammon, a frequent San Diego Comic Fest panelist, posted this tribute to Rutger:

https://www.facebook.com/FutureNoirTheMakingOfBladeRunner/posts/2069008073403911

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One of the joys of getting to know Rutger Hauer over the decades was my increasing awareness of shared similar interests.

One was out abiding affection/respect for the sea; both of us knew from first-hand experience that the ocean is always ready to kill you. Rutger would regale me with tales of his experiences in the dutch merchant marine - I would swap my own yarns of being a commercial hookah diver in the early 1970’s, in addition to the 7000 plus nautical mile ocean voyages I seemed to take every two years between San Francisco and the Philippines, back in the 1950s and 1960s m, when I was a Navy brat roaming Southeast Asia with my military family.

Perhaps that affinity for salt water was partly why Rutger usually invited me to formally interview, or sometimes just hang out with, him on his boat. Visits that always felt like I’d partially returned, somehow, to the seas that I still yearn for today.

We also shared a deep compassion for and understanding of the realities of Third World poverty. In that regard, Rutger quietly but consistently always put his money where his mouth was. His Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation, a non-profit whose monies went towards education about and medical treatment for AIDS sufferers (primarily women and children), did much good. It will continue to do so.

In any event, earlier this evening, still stung by his passing and wondering how to privately honor Rutger’s memory, I remembered his love for sailing and the sea-“My escape from insanity,” he once told me.

Thus my recently-completed hour long walk. Through drizzling rain and overcast skies, alongside the beautiful St. John’s River. By myself, on a solitary trail, accompanied only by my thoughts, the soft sussuration of the river’s flow, the occasional cries of Blue Herons, Ospreys and Ibises, and the melancholy memories of a unique, iconoclastic individual I wish could have walked beside me.

Sail on, sailor. Sail on.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Virgo911 on July 28, 2019, 11:15:01 AM
RIP Russi Taylor.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/27/entertainment/russi-taylor-minnie-mouse-dies/index.html
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Zero on July 30, 2019, 01:47:58 PM
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RIP Russi Taylor.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/27/entertainment/russi-taylor-minnie-mouse-dies/index.html
Oh no!  Not the voice of Minnie Mouse!  Unfortunate news for Disney fans worldwide. ;__;

Rest in peace, Russi Taylor.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Devorah on August 02, 2019, 07:43:14 AM
Grant Thompson, popular YouTuber known as the King of Random, died a few days ago at the age of 38 in a paragliding accident. So very sad. My son and I loved his videos.

https://www.ksl.com/article/46608618/remembering-grant-thompson-the-5-most-popular-videos-from-youtubes-the-king-of-random
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Virgo911 on September 22, 2019, 08:49:33 AM
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/22/entertainment/aron-eisenberg-star-trek-actor-dies/index.html

RIP Aron Eisenberg. He played Nog on Star Trek Deep Space 9.
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Post by: alyssa on September 22, 2019, 10:40:43 AM
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https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/22/entertainment/aron-eisenberg-star-trek-actor-dies/index.html

RIP Aron Eisenberg. He played Nog on Star Trek Deep Space 9.
NOG!!!
what a great character actor....
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Post by: Zero on September 22, 2019, 01:00:04 PM
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https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/22/entertainment/aron-eisenberg-star-trek-actor-dies/index.html

RIP Aron Eisenberg. He played Nog on Star Trek Deep Space 9.

Oh wow!  That's terrible news. 

Rest in peace, Aron.
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Post by: Jangos1 on September 23, 2019, 11:26:24 PM
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Oh wow!  That's terrible news. 

Rest in peace, Aron.
That is sad.  So young, too. 
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Post by: Transmute Jun on September 24, 2019, 05:53:32 AM
I know he had a number of health problems. I believe he had his kidney replaced twice.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: alyssa on November 14, 2019, 04:57:41 PM
I don't go political very much because I'm generally too right for the left and to left for the right but...
If you've ever picked your kid up from school after one of these shootings, you understand how much this hurts me.

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Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on November 14, 2019, 10:29:53 PM
https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1195119290791452672

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We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Tom Spurgeon. He was a brilliant and talented pillar of the comics community. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts go out to his family, his friends and his many fans.

https://www.newsarama.com/47865-the-comics-reporter-s-tom-spurgeon-dies-at-age-51.html
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on November 19, 2019, 11:13:35 AM
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/tom-lyle-dead-robin-spider-man-artist-was-66-1256188

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Tom Lyle, Comic Book Artist Known for 'Robin' and 'Spider-Man,' Dies at 66

The co-creator of DC's 'Starman' and designer of Marvel's Scarlet Spider had served as a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Comic book artist Tom Lyle, known for his work on the Spider-Man and Batman franchises through the 1990s, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 66. Lyle underwent surgery early last month to remove a blood clot in his brain following an aneurysm the month prior. He had fallen into a coma, with plans being made for long-term care as of mid-October, per a public update from a friend.

Lyle made his mainstream comic book debut in late 1988 as the co-creator of DC’s Starman series with writer Roger Stern, but it was his work on the 1991 Robin miniseries — and the two sequels, 1992’s Robin II: The Joker’s Wild and 1993’s Robin III: Cry of the Huntress, all three written by Chuck Dixon — that transformed him into a fan-favorite artist.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on December 04, 2019, 08:56:13 PM
https://twitter.com/chris_ryall/status/1202284985312407552 (bold = mine)

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Sad news for the San Diego comics community, and for the overall retail comics community, of which he was a big, vocal presence--Robert Scott, owner of Comickaze, passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Condolences to his family and friends.

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/12/04/robert-scott-of-san-diegos-comickaze-comics-passes/
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Post by: jamiesugah on December 08, 2019, 03:04:40 PM
https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/caroll-spinney-dead-dies-sesame-street-big-bird-oscar-the-grouch-1203428981/

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Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for 49 years at “Sesame Street,” died Sunday in Connecticut after living with dystonia. He was 85.

https://apnews.com/1c97415ab6cab1caf54a7a88fb17c37a

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René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79.

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Post by: AzT on December 10, 2019, 06:05:21 AM
 :'(

https://mailchi.mp/f61cce64dd41/marie-fredriksson-har-avlidit-5692205

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Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has died

It is with great sadness we have to announce that Marie Fredriksson of Roxette has passed away in the morning of December 9, following a 17-year long battle with cancer.

Marie was born on the 30th of May 1958 in the south of Sweden, starting her musical career in nearby Halmstad where she became friends with future Roxette companion Per Gessle. Following a successful solo debut in 1984, Marie Fredriksson became one of Sweden’s most loved and successful artists. In 1986 she teamed up with Per in Roxette with the ambition to reach outside Sweden, and together they started a historical journey that in the coming years would make them one of the biggest pop acts in the world.

The debut single ”Neverending Love” followed by the album ”Pearls of Passion” in 1986 made them stars in Sweden, but international recognition would have to wait until the single ”The Look” from Roxette’s second album ”Look Sharp!” in the spring of 1989 opened the doors to a massive international breakthrough. It was their first No 1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and would be followed by ”Listen To Your Heart”, ”It Must Have Been Love” and ”Joyride”, as well as numerous worldwide radio staples like ”Dressed For Success”, ”How Do You Do!”, ”Sleeping In My Car”, ”Dangerous”, “Fading Like A Flower” and many more.

The massive success with sales of more than 80 million records paved the way for several worldwide tours, cementing Marie Fredriksson’s reputation as a sensational live performer. She owned the stage, commanded the band and had the audience in the palm of her hand. As great as she was in the studio, the stage was her natural habitat. This unique artistry and energy helped to create a lasting bond between her and millions of passionate fans around the globe.

In 2002, Marie was diagnosed with a severe brain tumor, receiving an aggressive treatment that took its toll but ultimately was successful. Thanks to her extremely strong fighting spirit, Marie by 2009 was able to start a gradual return to the world’s stages. The unlikely second coming of Roxette resulted in several new albums, and tours that again put the duo in front of screaming, smiling and crying crowds all over the world. During the comeback years Marie was an amazing trooper, overcoming the many rigors of touring in order to meet her fans on stage again and again. But by 2016, the show was finally over when Marie´s doctors advised her to stop touring and focus on her health.

Marie leaves us a grand musical legacy. Her amazing voice – both strong and sensitive – and her magical live performances will be remembered by all of us who was lucky enough to witness them. But we also remember a wonderful person with a huge appetite for life, and woman with a very big heart who cared for everybody she met.

Per Gessle comments:

“Time goes by so quickly. It’s not that long ago we spent days and nights in my tiny apartment in Halmstad, listening to music we loved, sharing impossible dreams. And what a dream we eventually got to share!

Thank you, Marie, thanks for everything. You were an outstanding musician, a master of the voice, an amazing performer. Thanks for painting my black and white songs in the most beautiful colours. You were the most wonderful friend for over 40 years. I’m proud, honoured and happy to have been able to share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humour. All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the same.

P.”

Marie Fredriksson’s husband Mikael Bolyos and her two children Josefin and Oscar kindly ask for respect in their grief.
The funeral will take place in silence with only Marie’s closest family present.

Stockholm, December 2019.
Dimberg Jernberg Management
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Post by: AzT on December 25, 2019, 01:38:39 PM
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samanthanewarkofficial Patricia Alice Albrecht https://www.instagram.com/patriciaalicealbrecht/ my beautiful friend and our beloved “Pizzazz” died this morning Christmas Day at her home in Nashville TN. Please keep her family in your prayers. In Lew of flowers it was Patricia’s wish for those that loved her to make a donation to https://freeforlifeintl.org/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6gYplyjGQI/?igshid=1wqideuy6obe4
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on December 26, 2019, 10:14:56 AM
https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1209646704175259648

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We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Alan Campbell, a member of the Comic-Con Board of Directors. Alan was not just a member of the board, he was a long time volunteer, fan and perhaps most importantly, a friend to so many. He will be sorely missed.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on December 29, 2019, 03:32:57 PM
Actress Sue Lyon, who played the title role in Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita" (1962), passed away in Los Angeles on December 26.

http://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/27/movies/sue-lyon-dead.html?searchResultPosition=1&fbclid=IwAR2ZG8w2jSWYLR6QPGYhVdsSdGpqN4IwlTB9dP5WxhbJWcKPmULc2yqjE78
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: AzT on January 10, 2020, 08:04:57 PM
https://youtu.be/5-tqtgQFcHc

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7J5lU_lHDG/
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Chris on January 11, 2020, 04:22:26 PM
Neil Pratt was an amazing drummer.  Saw Rush live a few times.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: perc2100 on January 13, 2020, 10:12:46 AM
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Neil Pratt was an amazing drummer.  Saw Rush live a few times.
This was a death of a person I have zero relations to that has hit me pretty hard.  The only other celebrity death that wrecked me was Stanley Kubrick because that also felt pretty out-of-the-blue (and Kubrick was in the process of finishing EYES WIDE SHUT so dying at the end of working on a film felt even more devastating to me - especially when there was a bit of uncertainty of what would happen with the notorious control-freak's final film still in post-production).
For reference, I'm both a music teacher and a drummer.  While Neil Peart is undoubtedly one of the greatest drummers of his generation, and maybe just as talented a song writer as drummer, it was his insane work ethic that was inspiration to me as a young drummer in my formidable years.  Peart was an incredibly intense musician: one who felt like anytime he had sticks in hand it was business time and he owed it to his bandmates and especially his fans to be impeccably perfect at all time.  Most people know Peart as a drummer of a Prog-Rock band with one of the most intricate drum sets around.  While that was his bread & butter, it was his work as a jazz drummer that blew me away.

In 1994, he was asked to play at the Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship concert: where the best drummers in the world would be asked to sit in with Buddy Rich Big Band for a couple charts, a solo, and then a trio at the end of the set with two other drummers (the concerts typically had 6 per Concert, with the Concerts happening every couple of years beginning in 1989).  Peart grew up with a dad who was into jazz music but like any good teenager he rejected the music of his parents and forged his own path.  He showed up to the gig with a fairly simplistic 4-piece set, after spending months analyzing Buddy's music.  Shortly after, he took lessons that broke down his technique and rebuilt himself back up: he essentially reinvented himself both mechanically & feel-wise.

His dedication to his craft inspired me as a music major in college, at first struggling to build skillsets I sorely lacked.  When you're a young musician, you often assume the greats have natural talent and don't have to work like us mere mortals.  When I read an interview with Neil in a 'Modern Drummer' talking about his hard work trying to bring a 'weak spot' of his world up to his incredibly high standards of Rush, it blew me away & inspired me.  Some bands have fun and are much looser live than on albums (Beastie Boys were notorious for this - note, I _LOVE_ B-boys and seeing them live is a GOAT memory for me) but Rush was almost impeccable as a live act: they knew gigs would be their bread-and-butter, and they put in the rigorous time to be great live.
That work ethic struck a chord with me, and inspired me to dig in and better hone my craft.  I was never a huge fan of Rush (though I always admired the hell out of all three musicians), but it was impossible to be a drummer in the 1990's and not cross paths with Neil Peart drum set licks to practice: his fills and solos were incredibly musical as well as technically choppy and intense!  His approach to his work, though, is what inspired me the most.

When I heard he died Friday afternoon I was almost devastated.  He was young, and he kept his brain cancer a secret from the public: this felt way out of the blue.  While Geddy Lee's voice is a turn-off for me to really love the band, their talent was impossible to ignore & I listened to a LOT of their records and charts this weekend remembering all the great things about Peart.

Here's a video of Peart looking _almost_ nervous driving the Buddy Rich Big Band in the early 1990s with a stripped-down (for him) 4-piece drums set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0gYHLkY4qA
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Post by: AzT on January 14, 2020, 07:19:49 PM
https://www.facebook.com/highlander.official/photos/a.307037585907/10158032659365908

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It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Stan Kirsch.

Without Stan Kirsch, Highlander: The Series would have been far less. He brought a sense of humor, kindness and youthful enthusiasm to the character of Richie Ryan for six seasons.

Stan was at a disadvantage compared to other actors portraying immortals on the series. He was never able to have flashbacks from the 1800's or discuss how things were ‘back in his day’. However, Stan turned this situation into an opportunity; providing one of the few portrayals on the show where a character gradually grew into a wise, skilled and self-assured individual from episode to episode. Stan even changed himself physically to show how Richie Ryan would survive in the world of the immortals.

Although Richie Ryan’s life was cut short on the show, there was little more to see; Richie Ryan had evolved into his own man, and it was Stan’s performance that made it true.

Beyond Highlander: The Series, Stan Kirsch was an accomplished acting coach. We have heard first-hand testimonials from many of his students; all of them having considered Stan an incredible teacher and a gift of a human being.

Every time we had the opportunity to catch up with Stan, he was nothing but kind, thoughtful and sincere. He was a warm presence that will be missed.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/highlander-actor-stan-kirsch-51-died-suicide-medical-examiner-192519384.html

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Post by: rabbitwarren on January 16, 2020, 01:01:51 PM
Christopher Tolkien, son of JRR Tolkien and the one who really expanded Middle Earth beyond the LOTR Trilogy/Hobbit, died at 95 years of age.  If anyone has read the Histories of Middle Earth, you will understand the amount of work he put into this. 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/16/jrr-tolkiens-son-christopher-dies-aged-95
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Post by: chaosdreamer on January 23, 2020, 06:42:37 AM
RIP Terry Jones, a very naughty boy who was the founding member of Monty Python that forever changed my understanding of the many ways of spam.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/arts/television/terry-jones-dead.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/arts/television/terry-jones-dead.html)
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Post by: perc2100 on January 23, 2020, 08:52:00 AM
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RIP Terry Jones, a very naughty boy who was the founding member of Monty Python that forever changed my understanding of the many ways of spam.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/arts/television/terry-jones-dead.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/arts/television/terry-jones-dead.html)
And 'star' of one of the all-time great 'sketches' from THE MEANING OF LIFE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxRnenQYG7I
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on January 26, 2020, 01:03:12 PM
Kobe Bryant and four others were killed in a helicopter accident in Calabasas this morning.

http://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-26/aircraft-slams-into-hillside-explodes-in-flames-near-calabasas
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Post by: Michael M on January 26, 2020, 01:48:40 PM
Unconfirmed reports are also saying his 13yo daughter was in the copter.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on February 05, 2020, 04:13:40 PM
Kirk Douglas passed away.  He was 103.

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-kirk-douglas-snap-story.html
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Post by: AzT on February 06, 2020, 09:33:39 PM
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Post by: AzT on March 04, 2020, 10:20:39 PM
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After a tough battle with lung cancer, David Wise passed away peacefully at home last night surrounded by family. Please feel free to tag this account to express your condolences.  All are welcome here, just as they were in David's life: friend, family, peer, fan, all of you.

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Post by: AzT on March 09, 2020, 05:53:30 AM
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-51803195

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Actor Max Von Sydow, who appeared in films and TV series including The Exorcist, Flash Gordon and Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 90.

His family announced "with a broken heart and infinite sadness" that the Swedish-born actor died on Sunday.

Von Sydow's other film credits included Hannah and Her Sisters, Minority Report and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

He made 11 films with Ingmar Bergman, including The Seventh Seal, in which he famously played chess with Death.

The actor also played Ming the Merciless in 1980's Flash Gordon.

He continued acting late in life, voicing a character in The Simpsons in 2014 and appearing in three episodes of Game of Thrones in 2016.

Von Sydow was nominated for two Oscars during his career - including best supporting actor for his role in 2011's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

The actor has two sons with his first wife Christina Inga Britta Olin. In 1997, he married Catherine Brelet in Provence and became a citizen of France five years later, meaning he had to relinquish his Swedish citizenship.

This is a breaking news story. Further updates to follow.
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Post by: Michael M on March 09, 2020, 07:47:35 AM
Best...role...ever

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Post by: AzT on March 09, 2020, 10:11:07 PM
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sdcomicfest We regret to inform that Allen Bellman has passed away at age 95. Last year we hosted Allen as our Golden Age Guest of Honor. He was a kind man and forthcoming to all of the fans who came by his table. He told stories of his days at Timely Comics in the 1940s working on Captain America, Young Allies, Human Torch and The Destroyer. He left his mark on the world of comics and he will be missed. He was a brilliant creator and a good friend. Rest in Peace, Allen Bellman.

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Post by: AzT on April 09, 2020, 02:08:33 PM
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nationalcartoonists The incomparable Mort Drucker passed away last night. The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor. He was recognized for his work with the National Cartoonists Society Special Features Award (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988), the Reuben Award (1987), the NCS Medal of Honor (2015), and induction into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame (2017).

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Post by: AzT on June 13, 2020, 10:44:03 AM
https://www.previewsworld.com/Article/243291-In-Memoriam-Denny-ONeil

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thenealadams Denny O’Neil has died after having filled our lives with the pleasure of his work.

Why was, and how was, Denny so special and important?

Like Hemingway, writing is a result of the life you led before setting pen to paper. Denny was a reporter on the Night Beat. His life wasn’t filled with monsters, ray-blasted cities, exploded worlds and the like.

His was a dirty underbelly of urban sprawl, domestic violence, and bloody hospital emergency rooms.

And when Denny wrote comic books he did not forget any of that for one minute. Personal violence in dark places peppered his work and made it personal to the reader. Denny O’Neil changed comics for the better. Could be it’s time to relearn some of those lessons. Lessons for which Denny O’Neil was and remains the best teacher.

Crack some of those books and give them a read. That’s pure Denny O’Neil. Share the pleasure with me.
Denny, say hello to Dick. - Neal

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Post by: perc2100 on June 13, 2020, 02:19:53 PM
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https://www.previewsworld.com/Article/243291-In-Memoriam-Denny-ONeil

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This one 'stings' for me.  I grew up as a youngin' in the 1980's, and Denny O'Neil wrote so many comics I voraciously consumed.  He wrote so many great Batman books (orchestrating "Death in the Family," the first time I ever 'officially' voted as a middle schooler - yeah, I voted to kill Jason Todd); he wrote a myriad of Green Lantern books I cherished for their awesome social issues (he wrote a 'Black Lives Matter' story almost half a century before the movement's name existed); he edited GI Joe comics; he hired a then-unknown Frank Miller (!) to take over Denny's great Daredevil run.  Heck, the man even NAMED Optimus Prime, among other things, when "adapting" the toyline for American audiences.

I hate to throw around the term 'legend,' or 'GOAT' lightly: but Denny's contribution to comics is worthy of those monikers.  The work he did with artist Neil Adams was amazing (he wrote Superman vs Ali one-shot!!), and I sincerely hope that younger comics readers look up Denny's work, seek it out & enjoy.  He wrote very much 'of-the-era,' using the comics medium as broad strokes to tell important stories.  Few people leave a mark on their industry the way he did
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Post by: AzT on June 19, 2020, 07:35:16 AM
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/jun/19/ian-holm-dies-alien-chariots-of-fire-bilbo-baggins

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Ian Holm, star of Lord of the Rings, Alien and Chariots of Fire, dies aged 88

The versatile actor went from the RSC and Harold Pinter to international movie stardom with roles as the hobbit Bilbo Baggins and an android in Alien

Ian Holm, the versatile actor who played everything from androids to hobbits via Harold Pinter and King Lear, has died in London aged 88, his agent confirmed to the Guardian.

“It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88,” they said. “He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer,” adding that his illness was Parkinson’s related. “Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.”

Holm’s final days were documented in a series of pastel portraits by his wife, Sophie de Stempel.

Holm, who won a Bafta and was nominated for an Oscar for his role as maverick athletics coach Sam Mussabini in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, may have looked destined for a career in colourful supporting roles on screen – especially after quitting the theatre in 1976 after a severe case of stage fright – but he found a new generation of admirers after being cast as Bilbo Baggins in the blockbusting Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Earlier this month, he expressed his sadness that he was unable to participate in a virtual reunion for the films, saying: “I am sorry to not see you in person, I miss you all and hope your adventures have taken you to many places, I am in lockdown in my hobbit home, or holm.”

Holm was born in 1931 in Essex, where his father was superintendent of the West Ham Corporation psychiatric hospital; he later described his childhood there as “a pretty idyllic existence”. Falling in love with acting at an early age, he went from Rada in London to the Shakespeare Memorial theatre in Stratford, staying on to become part of the Royal Shakespeare Company on its foundation in 1960.

Holm became a leading figure at the RSC, winning an Evening Standard best actor award for Henry V in 1965, part of the seminal Wars of the Roses cycle put together by Peter Hall and John Barton. He also earned plaudits for his work with Pinter, playing Lenny in the premiere production of The Homecoming (which won him a Tony award after its transfer to Broadway) and then in the 1973 film version, directed by Hall. Not least of all from Pinter himself, who is reported to have said of Holm: “He puts on my shoe, and it fits!”

Holm underwent severe stage fright, which he described as “a sort of breakdown” during a performance of The Iceman Cometh in 1976, which he described as “a scar on my memory that will never go away”. Having abandoned the theatre, Holm developed his screen-acting career, which had hitherto largely been confined to regular but sporadic parts in British films such as The Bofors Gun, Oh! What a Lovely War and Young Winston. Seen as a safe pair of hands, his casting as the android Ash in the Ridley Scott-directed Alien gave him hitherto undreamed-of international exposure. This role was followed up by his turn as Mussabini, the ostracised running coach of sprinter Harold Abrahams in Chariots of Fire.

After his best supporting actor nomination for Chariots of Fire in 1982 (which he lost to John Giegud for Arthur), Holm was now a bona fide acting grandee, though one whose eccentric-seeming, pugnacious qualities were best suited for memorable supporting parts. He played Napoleon in Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits, and hapless Mr Kurtzmann in the same director’s Brazil; other highlights included Lewis Carroll in the Dennis Potter-scripted Alice fantasy Dreamchild, Dr Willis in The Madness of King George, and Father Cornelius in Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic The Fifth Element. However, he did find a leading role in Atom Egoyan’s adaptation of Russell Banks’s The Sweet Hereafter, released in 1997, playing the smooth-talking lawyer who persuades grieving parents to launch a class-action suit after several children are killed in a bus crash.

Holm returned to Shakespeare in 1997, in the Richard Eyre-directed King Lear at the National Theatre in London, and was knighted a year later for “services to drama”. Having played Frodo Baggins in a 1981 radio adaptation of Lord of the Rings, Holm was cast as Bilbo in Peter Jackson’s mammoth three-part screen adaptation, with filming on The Fellowship of the Ring beginning in 1999. Bilbo did not appear in The Two Towers, but Holm returned for the final part, The Return of the King, as well as the first and third instalments of the Hobbit trilogy, which were released in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

In between the two sets of Tolkien adaptations, Holm developed an unexpected reputation as a lothario, after the publication of his autobiography in 2004. Hailed by the Daily Mail as “Lord of the Flings”, he candidly chronicled his serial marriages and extramarital affairs. He is survived by his fourth wife, de Stempel, and five children from previous relationships, as well as his third wife, the actor Penelope Wilton.

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Post by: perc2100 on June 20, 2020, 12:08:32 PM
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I saw ALIENS in theaters, just before I turned 10 and it blew me away.  My dad told me a little bit about ALIEN, so I could better understand some of the context/history, and a few weeks later brought home ALIEN from the library.  Ian Holm's Ash absolutely freaked me out: and I've always been the type of person that wasn't freaked out by movies (for example, I saw NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET in theaters around Thanksgiving not long after turning 8 and the special FX blew me away - the scary monster was nothing more than really cool makeup with finger knives as far as I was concerned).  He took a role that easily could've felt one-dimensional and made an even scarier villain than the actual alien creature!  I immediately had a huge admiration for Holm, and have been a fan of his most of my life.
Of course, he was Napoleon in the brilliantly perfect TIME BANDITS (one of my all-time favorites - it was a Terry Gilliam film that Beatle George Harrison produced/partially financed as a tax write-off and got a bit pissed off when it made money), and of course Holm was also great in Gilliam's legit masterpiece BRAZIL.
Holm was never afraid to be in unconventional yet artistically interesting films, such as the early 90's adaptation of William S Burroughs' bizarre novel NAKED LUNCH, or eXistenZ, or the wonderful sci-fi FIFTH ELEMENT.  Later in life he really shined in a smallish role in Scorsese's AVIATOR (as the weather expert Dr. who also had to go before the film censor board and argue the case for showing an actress' bosom on screen).

Ian Holm was an actor that elevated everything he was in, and he left a long legacy of memorable roles in great films
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Post by: Zero on June 21, 2020, 09:08:16 PM
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I saw ALIENS in theaters, just before I turned 10 and it blew me away.  My dad told me a little bit about ALIEN, so I could better understand some of the context/history, and a few weeks later brought home ALIEN from the library.  Ian Holm's Ash absolutely freaked me out: and I've always been the type of person that wasn't freaked out by movies (for example, I saw NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET in theaters around Thanksgiving not long after turning 8 and the special FX blew me away - the scary monster was nothing more than really cool makeup with finger knives as far as I was concerned).  He took a role that easily could've felt one-dimensional and made an even scarier villain than the actual alien creature!  I immediately had a huge admiration for Holm, and have been a fan of his most of my life.
Of course, he was Napoleon in the brilliantly perfect TIME BANDITS (one of my all-time favorites - it was a Terry Gilliam film that Beatle George Harrison produced/partially financed as a tax write-off and got a bit pissed off when it made money), and of course Holm was also great in Gilliam's legit masterpiece BRAZIL.
Holm was never afraid to be in unconventional yet artistically interesting films, such as the early 90's adaptation of William S Burroughs' bizarre novel NAKED LUNCH, or eXistenZ, or the wonderful sci-fi FIFTH ELEMENT.  Later in life he really shined in a smallish role in Scorsese's AVIATOR (as the weather expert Dr. who also had to go before the film censor board and argue the case for showing an actress' bosom on screen).

Ian Holm was an actor that elevated everything he was in, and he left a long legacy of memorable roles in great films
Well said about Ian Holm! He will be missed. My condolences to his friends and family.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on June 22, 2020, 01:16:32 PM
Filmmaker Joel Schumacher, who directed "St. Elmo's Fire, "The Lost Boys," "Falling Down" and the Batman movies of the 90s, passed away.
http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2020-06-22/joel-schumacher-dies
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Post by: perc2100 on June 22, 2020, 07:08:27 PM
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Filmmaker Joel Schumacher, who directed "St. Elmo's Fire, "The Lost Boys," "Falling Down" and the Batman movies of the 90s, passed away.
http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2020-06-22/joel-schumacher-dies
BRAVO for not _just_ saying "director of the most derided Batman films!" like too many publications/websites!  He also wrote CAR WASH, THE WIZ, DC CAB (which he also directed).  BLOOD CREEK is a pretty solid horror movie too: relatively recent film he directed.  Like all artists, he directed some bad & some good.
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Post by: perc2100 on June 25, 2020, 03:14:54 PM
Lots of these old school comic greats are passing away lately, it seems.  Joe Sinnott was a hall of fame comic artist/inker: if you love Kirby, Romita, George Perez, John Byrne, or some of the other legendary artists in the Marvel bullpen, Joe Sinnott was likely the inker that brought their pencil drawings to life.  I met him a few years ago at Comic-Con, sitting at a table singing book all by himself looking bored!  I didn't have anything to sign (IIRC he was signing an IDW Artist's Edition book that was way outta my price range, and I didn't have any of his comics readily available), but I chatted with him for a bit, since no one was waiting in line, about working in the famed (and most fictional, as far as Stan's stories in the back of the comics go) Marvel Bullpen BITD. 
I always felt like Kirby rightfully got the bulk of the credit for all of those amazing Marvel comics, but Joe truly embellished and brought Kirby's pencils 'to life' with his inks & shadings and whatnot.

https://www.cbr.com/joe-sinnott-dies-at-93/?fbclid=IwAR1vEMds2SQVWgofqFIkpvC0yGy8idchqyFqtH_zNyEZ6udBn7tC9RHnT3E
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Post by: AzT on June 30, 2020, 07:48:23 PM
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fien-print/critics-appreciation-tv-film-twitter-carl-reiner-was-a-master-1301131

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collider RIP Carl Reiner, creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, director of The Jerk, and performer of The 2,000 Year Old Man.

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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on July 06, 2020, 01:43:08 AM
Oscar-winning film composer Ennio Morricone passed away.  I remember first seeing his name in the credits in 1977 when I saw "Exorcist II: The Heretic."

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2020-07-06/ennio-morricone-dead
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Post by: Angology on July 14, 2020, 01:16:57 PM
Grant Imahara, Host of 'MythBusters' and 'White Rabbit Project,' Dies at 49

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/grant-imahara-dead-mythbusters-host-was-49-1303101

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Grant Imahara, an electrical engineer and roboticist who hosted the popular science show MythBusters and Netflix's White Rabbit Project, has died. He was 49.

Imahara died suddenly following a brain aneurysm, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. "We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family," a representative for Discovery said in a statement Monday.
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Post by: chocolateshake on July 14, 2020, 01:29:44 PM
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Grant Imahara, Host of 'MythBusters' and 'White Rabbit Project,' Dies at 49

I'm shocked.  I was working the desk when he checked in for the first Walking Dead Escape.  It definitely hits more when you've met them.
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Post by: perc2100 on July 14, 2020, 06:47:22 PM
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I'm shocked.  I was working the desk when he checked in for the first Walking Dead Escape.  It definitely hits more when you've met them.
I met him one year in the gaslamp; he struck me as incredibly nice, and very appreciative of fan response.  It's always a tragedy when people die, and he definitely seems like a nice guy
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Post by: AzT on July 17, 2020, 09:16:40 PM
https://www.npr.org/2020/07/17/792579944/rep-john-lewis-a-force-in-the-civil-rights-movement-dead-at-80

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speakerpelosi @RepJohnLewis was a titan of the civil rights movement whose goodness, faith and bravery transformed our nation. Every day of his life was dedicated to bringing freedom and justice to all. His memory moves us all to, in the face of injustice, make “good trouble, necessary trouble.” May it be a comfort to his son John-Miles & his entire family that so many mourn their loss at this sad time.

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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on July 25, 2020, 08:38:56 PM
Actor John Saxon, who appeared with Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon” (1973) and in the horror flick “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984), passed away.  He was 83.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/john-saxon-dead-enter-dragon-nightmare-elm-street-actor-was-83-1095778?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=THR%20Breaking%20News_now_2020-07-25%2016:41:34_tberesford&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_breakingnews
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Post by: chocolateshake on July 25, 2020, 11:14:31 PM
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Actor John Saxon, who appeared with Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon” (1973) and in the horror flick “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984), passed away.  He was 83.

I remember him well.  He was in a lot of sci-fi movies.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on July 27, 2020, 09:12:01 AM
Regis Philbin passed away. WHile I knew of him before that, he entered pop culture history by hosting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and coining the phrase, 'Is that your final answer?', among others.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/regis-philbin-beloved-longtime-tv-host-has-died-at-88-cause-of-death-natural-causes-2020-07-25/
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Post by: perc2100 on July 31, 2020, 07:00:58 PM
Director/Writer/Producer Sir Alan Parker died Friday July 31 after a lengthy illness.  Parker directed such films as:
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (for which he won a BAFTA Best Director award, the British equivalent of an Oscar)
FAME
BIRDY (for which he was the Grand Prix prize at Cannes)
ANGEL HEART (in which De Niro played The Devil)
MISSISSIPPI BURNING
THE COMMITMENTS (for which he won his second BAFTA Best Director, as well as BAFTA Best Picture)
EVITA (for which he won a Golden Globe for Best Picture)
ANGELA'S ASHES (which has a great John Williams score)

He had a diverse career, with hits and critically acclaimed films.

He was 76

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Post by: AzT on August 28, 2020, 07:24:47 PM
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chadwickboseman It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣

Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. ⁣

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. ⁣

It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. ⁣

He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣

The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. ⁣

Photo Credit: @samjonespictures

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Post by: Angology on August 28, 2020, 07:28:00 PM
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I am devastated. This one hits so hard.

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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on August 28, 2020, 08:04:20 PM
The actor who played the Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, died of colon cancer.  He was 43.
http://apnews.com/5f4352111fdead278da3651b44d311b8
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Post by: Angology on August 28, 2020, 08:12:16 PM
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He passed away on Jackie Robinson day
and Black Panther creator, Jack Kirby's birthday.
It all feels so unreal.

https://twitter.com/DanSlott/status/1299537139512811521?s=20
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Post by: AzT on August 28, 2020, 08:40:26 PM
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marvel Our hearts are broken and our thoughts are with Chadwick Boseman’s family. Your legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace.

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Post by: AzT on August 29, 2020, 11:41:35 AM
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/leslie-freas-obituary?pid=196704811

From https://www.cbr.com/terminator-stars-twin-stunt-double-leslie-hamilton-freas-dies/

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Leslie Hamilton Freas, twin sister of Terminator star Linda Hamilton, has passed away at the age of 63. An obituary about the passing of Freas was released on Thursday. The cause of Freas' death has not been made public. Freas, Hamilton's identical twin, acted as her stunt double in the 1991 sci-fi action classic Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Not only that, but Freas was also chosen to portray the cyborg version of Sarah Connor when it was required there be two of the character in the same shot. She can be seen briefly in a dramatic fight scene towards the end, wherein the real Sarah Connor must shoot T-1000, which has taken on her likeness, in order to save her son, John. She is credited in the film as "Leslie Hamilton Gearren."
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Post by: perc2100 on August 30, 2020, 02:04:09 PM
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What a tough loss.  He was only on my (and likely mainstream) radar for less than a decade, but he's made such a huge cultural impact.  The fact he was essentially dying from cancer almost his entire time in the MCU is mind boggling: the amount of training, bulking up before shooting, and all the work done post-filming to promote the movie world-wide is astounding.  I've known people with cancer that after treatments struggle to go from bed to kitchen, let alone maintain a Marvel Studios schedule of 4 films in 3 years.  Oh, on top of his other amazing work, too!

FWIW, his role in DA 5 BLOODS, Spike Lee's brilliant Viet Nam story, is small but incredible & pivotal.  His final scene in the film (FWIR, at least) was gut-wrenching when I first saw it in June when it was released on Netflix: I can't fathom being able to keep it together seeing it now (I'm almost tearing up just thinking about it).

This is a tough loss.  He changed mainstream culture, and gave Black kids worldwide a superhero they could see themselves in.  NEVER doubt the impact of representation, and props to Chadwick for making the absolute most of his incredibly, tragically short time on our floating blue rock
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Post by: AzT on September 10, 2020, 07:37:40 AM
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-rigg-idUSKBN2612BT

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abc7ny Diana Rigg, the Emmy and Tony-winning British actress who became a 1960s icon with her performance as the seductive spy Emma Peel on The Avengers, then gained a new following decades later as the cunning Lady Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones has died. She was 82.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CE9aOdYDNgP/
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Post by: perc2100 on September 10, 2020, 09:58:43 AM
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Her last film will be the Edgar Wright (SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD; BABY DRIVER; other masterpieces) film LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: a film I think he's said is a straight-up horror film of some type (as opposed to SHAUN OF THE DEAD, his brilliant horror-comedy).  She was not only a great actress, but for most of her life at least a style 'expert!'
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Post by: chocolateshake on September 18, 2020, 06:22:31 PM
Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at the age of 87.

https://time.com/5660188/ruth-bader-ginsburg-dies/
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Post by: alyssa on September 18, 2020, 07:10:17 PM
Political crazy season is exploding

can i just vote and skip to Jan 1st?
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Post by: semigeekgirl on September 19, 2020, 09:46:05 AM
January 20th.

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Post by: alyssa on September 19, 2020, 05:41:45 PM
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January 20th.

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Yes, the 20th

I just hope when this is all over, we the people are sick and tired of corporate media whipping us up to get more eye balls.
Kill your TV
Except for geeky shows of course LOL

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Post by: AzT on October 06, 2020, 01:51:52 PM
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/eddie-van-halen-dead-200051/

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wolfvanhalen I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning. He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.

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Post by: Michael M on October 06, 2020, 02:27:01 PM
This just sucks...this year can't f'n end soon enough.
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Post by: AzT on November 08, 2020, 12:17:33 PM
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jeopardy Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex.

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Post by: alyssa on November 08, 2020, 01:33:33 PM
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Post by: AzT on November 19, 2020, 08:39:00 PM
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comic_con Ann Eisner, widow of Will Eisner, was beloved by the Comic-Con family. Ann used to accompany Will to Comic-Con every year not only to attend the Eisner Awards but to participate in other Convention activities as well. She was Will’s rock and we'll miss her tremendously.

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Post by: AzT on November 28, 2020, 11:13:35 PM
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/david-prowse-dead-star-wars-man-behind-darth-vader-mask-was-85-1161826

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bowingtonmanagement It with great regret and heart - wrenching sadness for us and millions of fans around the world to announce that our dear client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. passed away yesterday at the age of 85 after a short period of illness. The iconic character of Darth Vader and The Green Cross Code Man.

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Post by: perc2100 on November 29, 2020, 04:22:57 PM
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Bummer; he was a bit older than I thought he was.  I met him years ago at Comic-Con, back when one could wander up to the Lucasfilm booth & any one of the many tables of talent to get a cheap autograph (for the price of the glossy 8x10 pic) w/zero line.  There was literally no one else around when I got his autograph, and he talked a bit about working with George Lucas as a director (Prowse wasn't a huge fan) as well as Stanley Kubrick (I really admired the director and though Prowse only had a very small role in CLOCKWORK ORANGE, he had a bit to say about the infamously meticulous director, not the least of which being, "I was glad I didn't have to worry about delivering any lines").  He said he was very proud to be Darth Vader, and while Chewie may have gotten more screen time over the course of all the films he never regretted his decision of choosing to play Vader when Lucas gave him the choice. 
I always appreciated his impeccable physical acting as Vader, and I'm glad I got to tell Mr. Prowse that in-person.  While I grew up quoting Vader lines in my best (read: poor) James Earl Jones voice, but I ALWAYS thought of David Prowse as THE Darth Vader (though by RETURN OF THE JEDI Vader was played by three different actors, with Hayden Christensen being a 4th in the Special Edition DVD/Blu-ray change).  Oddly, Vader w/a lightsaber in the OT never felt imposing to me (only the fight in EMPIRE, where he's using the Force to fling different props at Luke does Vader truly feel menacing; obviously the scene in ROGUE ONE is a different convo entirely, but I'm talking about the original trilogy), but Vader doing literally everything else does (maybe except dying at the end of JEDI).
I mean, think about it: how many actors/characters can command constant fear, respect, and a huge presence just by walking down a hallway or standing!

RIP David Prowse: actor of one of the most iconic villains in the history of cinema
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Post by: AzT on December 01, 2020, 07:47:00 PM
https://comicbook.com/news/legendary-science-fiction-author-ben-bova-has-died/

https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/1333909041895104515

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Rest in peace Ben Bova – one of the greats of science fiction, both as an author and editor. His passion for science and space exploration shined through his work and captivated so many, earning him an Inkpot in 1985 and a lifelong imprint in the hearts of all his readers.
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Post by: chocolateshake on December 08, 2020, 07:28:00 PM
Chuck Yeager, the first person to break the sound barrier, died yesterday at the age of 97.
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Post by: AzT on December 10, 2020, 12:18:39 PM
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It is with great sorrow and loss that I must share the sad news that Richard Corben died Dec 2, 2020 following heart surgery. He will be missed tremendously by his family, his friends, and his fans.

Richard was very appreciative of the love for his art that was shown by you, his fans. Your support over the decades meant a great deal to him. He tried to repay your support by working diligently on each piece of art going out to you. Although Richard has left us, his work will live on and his memory will live always in our hearts.

I will continue to conduct sales of Richard’s art through the Corben Studios website at corbencomicart.com. I will also be managing the ongoing process of publishing his work internationally. Please give me and my family a little time to collect ourselves and we’ll get back with you in 2021.

Dona Corben

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heavymetal Richard Corben has died at the age of 80. Corben was an artist without equal in the graphic storytelling world, and a crucial presence in Heavy Metal from our first issue up through the present day. The art of science fiction, fantasy and horror has lost a titan.

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Post by: perc2100 on December 11, 2020, 11:53:20 AM
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https://www.instagram.com/p/CIoRuXxlN2n/
Corben maybe never did iconic work on the massively popular superhero comics, but DAMN was he an amazing artist who did iconic work on stuff like Heavy Metal and album covers.  I mean, he made freaking Meatloaf look metal as HELL with his "Bat Out Of Hell" album cover!!

RIP Richard Corben
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Post by: mark on December 14, 2020, 05:04:02 PM
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Corben maybe never did iconic work on the massively popular superhero comics, but DAMN was he an amazing artist who did iconic work on stuff like Heavy Metal and album covers.  I mean, he made freaking Meatloaf look metal as HELL with his "Bat Out Of Hell" album cover!!

RIP Richard Corben

Was going back through his Creepy/Eerie work on this cold, rainy weekend. The way he did textures was amazing and so distinctive, and for a lot of his work he did everything: writing, pencils, inks and lettering. There was a Hulk miniseries he drew a while back that is worth tracking down if you can. The MCU has a few direct references to it.

Also R.I.P. Charley Pride, a frequent voice on the record player when I was a kid.
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Post by: perc2100 on December 17, 2020, 12:41:47 PM
RIP Jeremy Bulloch, original 'man behind the mask' Boba Fett.  https://www.comicbookmovie.com/sci-fi/star_wars/star-wars-original-boba-fett-and-the-empire-strikes-back-star-jeremy-bulloch-passes-away-aged-75-a181030#gs.od3gi7

I was fortunate enough to meet him many years ago at Comic-Con, again back when one could wander up to the Lucasfilm booth & any one of the many tables of talent to get a cheap autograph (for the price of the glossy 8x10 pic) w/zero line.  He was incredibly nice and gracious at my own praise of his work and he joked that at least he also got to play an Imperial officer so the world could see his face for a few moments.  Another actor who was able to command presence just by standing and walking, and at least he lived long enough to see Boba Fett become the BAMF all of us in grade school when EMPIRE first dropped imagined Fett was.
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Post by: alyssa on February 02, 2021, 12:30:32 PM
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on May 01, 2021, 01:13:07 PM
Olympia Dukakis passed away.
http://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/01/movies/olympia-dukakis-dead.html?searchResultPosition=1
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on May 08, 2021, 11:53:51 AM
Actress Tawny Kitaen was found dead at her home in Newport Beach yesterday afternoon (Friday).  Cause of death unknown. She had appeared in "Bachelor Party" (1984), "Witchboard" (1986), "Three of Hearts" (1993), was a regular on the syndicated sitcom "The New WKRP in Cincinnati" (1991-93) and had appeared in the two 80s Whitesnake rock music videos "Here I Go Again" and "Is it Love" (1987).  This is a picture of us taken at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2017.

(https://thumbs4.imagebam.com/77/e4/0d/ME3MAK_t.jpg) (https://www.imagebam.com/view/ME3MAK)

http://www.ocregister.com/2021/05/08/actress-and-video-vixen-tawny-kitaen-dead-at-59
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Post by: perc2100 on May 08, 2021, 02:01:50 PM
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Actress Tawny Kitaen was found dead at her home in Newport Beach yesterday afternoon (Friday).  Cause of death unknown. She had appeared in "Bachelor Party" (1984), "Witchboard" (1986), "Three of Hearts" (1993), was a regular on the syndicated sitcom "The New WKRP in Cincinnati" (1991-93) and had appeared in the two 80s Whitesnake rock music videos "Here I Go Again" and "Is it Love" (1987).  This is a picture of us taken at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2017.

(https://thumbs4.imagebam.com/77/e4/0d/ME3MAK_t.jpg) (https://www.imagebam.com/view/ME3MAK)

http://www.ocregister.com/2021/05/08/actress-and-video-vixen-tawny-kitaen-dead-at-59
Other trivia:
* she was married to MLB player Chuck Finley (this I knew as a life-long Cleveland Indians fan), though they divorced when Finley filed domestic assault charges against her
* she was born in San Diego
* she had an affair w/OJ Simpson while he was still married
* she's also on the album covers for Ratt's debut self-titled album as well as their "Out of the Cellar" album (she was dating the Ratt guitarist at the time)
* she guest-starred in the "Seinfeld" episode 'The Nose Job,' playing Jerry's beautiful but dim actress girlfriend
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Post by: perc2100 on May 18, 2021, 12:14:03 PM
RIP actor Charles Grodin: co-star of one of the best 1980's movies MIDNIGHT RUN, as well as (IMO) the funniest Muppet film THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (which is almost as loaded with quality jokes as "The Simpsons" monorail episode).  He was also in stuff like THE HEARTBREAK KID, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, the family film BEETHOVEN, and a myriad of others.  His deadpan humor was definitely my jam, and the way he brought out De Niro's humor in MIDNIGHT RUN is outstanding: the chemistry of those two makes MIDNIGHT RUN the CASABLANCA of buddy comedies!
Grodin died of bone marrow cancer

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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on May 18, 2021, 01:00:24 PM
Oh jeez, I just watched the Dino De Laurentiis version of “King Kong” (1976) on Blu-ray last week.
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Post by: sessionka on May 18, 2021, 01:22:46 PM
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RIP actor Charles Grodin: co-star of one of the best 1980's movies MIDNIGHT RUN, as well as (IMO) the funniest Muppet film THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (which is almost as loaded with quality jokes as "The Simpsons" monorail episode).  He was also in stuff like THE HEARTBREAK KID, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, the family film BEETHOVEN, and a myriad of others.  His deadpan humor was definitely my jam, and the way he brought out De Niro's humor in MIDNIGHT RUN is outstanding: the chemistry of those two makes MIDNIGHT RUN the CASABLANCA of buddy comedies!
Grodin died of bone marrow cancer
I saw Midnight Run in the theater (I'm an old lady).  LOVED IT!!!  Whenever I see it on network tv, I watch it, and lately they've been running it on cable.

RIP Charles Grodin!!! 
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Post by: Old Man Grey on May 18, 2021, 02:15:54 PM
The original "Heartbreak Kid" is one of the funniest movies ever made. The scene between Grodin and Eddie Albert when he tells him he's married is pure gold.
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Post by: perc2100 on May 18, 2021, 05:26:58 PM
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I saw Midnight Run in the theater (I'm an old lady).  LOVED IT!!!  Whenever I see it on network tv, I watch it, and lately they've been running it on cable.

RIP Charles Grodin!!!
That film is such a legit _great_ film: director Marin Brest went from BEVERLY HILLS COP in the early 80's to MIDNIGHT RUN in the late 80's and those two films are genre-defining R-rated action films.  And what makes both of them damned-near perfect is the casting top-to-bottom from the stars to the co-stars.  With MIDNIGHT RUN the chemistry between bounty hunter De Niro and his criminal Grodin (an accountant who embezzled money from the mob & donated a lot of it to charity while slipping bail after getting caught) is so freaking solid!  Not only do you have those to juggernauts, but the film also starred:
* Yaphet Koto (from ALIEN) as an FBI agent trying to bring Grodin's character in on Federal charges
* John Ashton (Taggert, the older cop from BEVERLY HILLS COP) as a rival bounty hunter
* Dennis Farina (from GET SHORTY, MANHUNTER, and a slew of other cop/mob movies) as the Chicago mob boss out to assassinate Grodin
* Joey Pantoliano (Cypher from THE MATRIX, Ralph from "The Sopranos" among a TON of amazing roles) as the bail bondsman who hires De Niro

It's almost a murderer's row of incredible character actors!  MIDNIGHT RUN is a film that if I see it playing somewhere (especially on cable, where the R-rated buddy comedy/action film doesn't lose its edge) I will absolutely drop what I'm doing and watch it the rest of the way, regardless of where the film is!

Sorry; I too saw MIDNIGHT RUN in theaters back when I was in middle school and I've always loved that film that brings the action set-pieces, comedy, and legit drama (for ex, De Niro coming to terms with his ex-wife and teenage daughter whom he left).  Such a great film: the type of film they don't make so much anymore
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Post by: AzT on May 20, 2021, 06:41:48 PM
https://www.cbr.com/david-a-kraft-defenders-comics-interview-obituary/

https://www.facebook.com/6883542487/posts/10159211302582488/

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Writer and former editor David Anthony Kraft shaped the Marvel Universe through his stories, bringing life to characters like She-Hulk, the Defenders and so many others with a passion for music that transcended the world of comics. Our thoughts are with his family & loved ones.
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Post by: Michael M on May 28, 2021, 06:25:34 PM
Paul Soles, Voice of Spider-Man in 1960s Animated Series, Dies at 90 (https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/paul-soles-voice-of-spider-man-in-1960s-animated-series-dies-at-90/ar-AAKuQRa)
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Post by: Jim Watari on June 07, 2021, 08:02:30 AM
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RIP actor Charles Grodin: co-star of one of the best 1980's movies MIDNIGHT RUN, as well as (IMO) the funniest Muppet film THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (which is almost as loaded with quality jokes as "The Simpsons" monorail episode).  He was also in stuff like THE HEARTBREAK KID, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, the family film BEETHOVEN, and a myriad of others.  His deadpan humor was definitely my jam, and the way he brought out De Niro's humor in MIDNIGHT RUN is outstanding: the chemistry of those two makes MIDNIGHT RUN the CASABLANCA of buddy comedies!
Grodin died of bone marrow cancer

Did you ever watch "11 Harrowhouse" , it's one of my favorite films
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Post by: Jim Watari on June 07, 2021, 08:05:24 AM
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That film is such a legit _great_ film: director Marin Brest went from BEVERLY HILLS COP in the early 80's to MIDNIGHT RUN in the late 80's and those two films are genre-defining R-rated action films.  And what makes both of them damned-near perfect is the casting top-to-bottom from the stars to the co-stars.  With MIDNIGHT RUN the chemistry between bounty hunter De Niro and his criminal Grodin (an accountant who embezzled money from the mob & donated a lot of it to charity while slipping bail after getting caught) is so freaking solid!  Not only do you have those to juggernauts, but the film also starred:
* Yaphet Koto (from ALIEN) as an FBI agent trying to bring Grodin's character in on Federal charges
* John Ashton (Taggert, the older cop from BEVERLY HILLS COP) as a rival bounty hunter
* Dennis Farina (from GET SHORTY, MANHUNTER, and a slew of other cop/mob movies) as the Chicago mob boss out to assassinate Grodin
* Joey Pantoliano (Cypher from THE MATRIX, Ralph from "The Sopranos" among a TON of amazing roles) as the bail bondsman who hires De Niro

It's almost a murderer's row of incredible character actors!  MIDNIGHT RUN is a film that if I see it playing somewhere (especially on cable, where the R-rated buddy comedy/action film doesn't lose its edge) I will absolutely drop what I'm doing and watch it the rest of the way, regardless of where the film is!

Sorry; I too saw MIDNIGHT RUN in theaters back when I was in middle school and I've always loved that film that brings the action set-pieces, comedy, and legit drama (for ex, De Niro coming to terms with his ex-wife and teenage daughter whom he left).  Such a great film: the type of film they don't make so much anymore

and a great Danny Elfman soundtrack too
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Post by: perc2100 on June 08, 2021, 09:36:19 AM
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and a great Danny Elfman soundtrack too
YES!  It really is a wonderful score: kinda atypical of what most people think of Danny Elfman style with the bluesy guitar & horns!
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Post by: AzT on June 19, 2021, 11:44:57 PM
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sdcomicfest We regret to inform you that our dear friend Gene Henderson has passed away at age 88.

Gene Henderson was one of a handful of people left in this world who had attended every single San Diego Comic-Con since the very beginning. His contributions to the world of comics were felt over the course of half a decade. Gene served on Comic-Con's Board of Directors for over 20 years. He helped create the Russ Manning Award and helped to start the Orange County Science Fiction and Fantasy Art Show.

In 2017 San Diego Comic Fest was proud to have Gene Henderson as our Fan Guest of Honor. He was a beloved member of the comic community and he will be missed.

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Post by: sessionka on June 21, 2021, 05:30:27 PM
Joanne Linville.

She played a Romulan commander in “Star Trek" (TOS)

https://twitter.com/markaaltman/status/1407096901569105921


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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on July 05, 2021, 05:23:07 PM
Film Director Richard Donner, who got his big break with "The Omen" (1976), then went on to direct Mario Puzo's "Superman" (1978) with Christopher Reeve, as well as "The Toy" (1982) with Richard Pryor, then Steven Spielberg's "The Goonies" (1985), the "Lethal Weapon" franchise (1987-98) with Mel Gibson, "Conspiracy Theory" (1997), also with Gibson and "16 Blocks" (2006) with Bruce Willis, passed away today.  He was 91.  This is a pic I took of him posing with a fan at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood in 2013 after a showing and Q&A of "The Omen."

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Post by: perc2100 on July 06, 2021, 04:19:08 PM
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Film Director Richard Donner, who got his big break with "The Omen" (1976), then went on to direct Mario Puzo's "Superman" (1978) with Christopher Reeve, as well as "The Toy" (1982) with Richard Pryor, then Steven Spielberg's "The Goonies" (1985), the "Lethal Weapon" franchise (1987-98) with Mel Gibson, "Conspiracy Theory" (1997), also with Gibson and "16 Blocks" (2006) with Bruce Willis, passed away today.  He was 91.  This is a pic I took of him posing with a fan at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood in 2013 after a showing and Q&A of "The Omen."

(https://thumbs4.imagebam.com/cc/47/8f/ME1PY1N_t.jpg) (https://www.imagebam.com/view/ME1PY1N)
Before THE OMEN he also directed _A TON_ of TV stuff in the 1960's-early 1970's, including about half a dozen original "Twilight Zone" eps (including the famous/brilliant "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"), also executive producing (and directing a handful of eps) HBO's awesome "Tales from the Crypt."  I also adore SCROOGED: one of my favorite takes on 'A Christmas Carol' (with a Miles Davis cameo as a street musician that kinda blows me away every year when I watch this around the holidays).

He was a classic, Hollywood director (and producer, along with his wife - she produced all of the X-MEN films, while he produced the first 2000 film): heck, he gave Kevin Feige his big 'break' hiring him for the Donner's Production Company and making him a producer on X-MEN, knowing that Feige had a vast knowledge of the Marvel comics.  It can easily be said that Donner invented the modern comic book film adaptation w/SUPERMAN, and then re-invented it again hiring Feige to producer X-MEN and kick-starting the unprecedented modern comic film run!

I met him one year at Comic-Con, when they made the announcement that he'd be able to supervise his own cut of SUPERMAN II (long story short: he was hired to shoot both SUPERMAN and its sequel SUPERMAN 2 concurrently and because he was incredibly meticulous w/the special effects in particular he annoyed the producers who forced him to tweak the 3rd Act of SUPERMAN, thus radically altering both its ending + much of SUPERMAN II, and then he wasn't brought back to finish SUPERMAN II.  There's The Donner Cut of the film, but since the whole "Super spins the world backwards" end to the original film was made-up on-the-fly and about 1/4-1/3rd of II was shot by director Richard Lester, including scenes featuring Lex Luthor that Gene Hackman refused to come back to shoot and thus Lester had to use a body double; if you don't know that story, I recommend reading Superman vs Hollywood to hear alll about the problems of bringing Supes to movie theaters & TV sets https://www.amazon.com/Superman-vs-Hollywood-Producers-Directors/dp/1556527314/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Superman+vs+Hollywood&qid=1625613345&sr=8-1 ).  That guy was, buy all accounts, a true professional who knew how to deliver a good movie/TV episode more often than not.  He hadn't directed a film since 15 years, but WOW did he deliver some classics!
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on July 16, 2021, 05:42:11 PM
Rapper Biz Markie, who became famous for his 1989 hit “Just a Friend,” passed away.  He was 57.  He also did another rap song with Rob Base in 1988 called “It Takes Two.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/arts/music/biz-markie-dead.html?searchResultPosition=2
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Post by: perc2100 on July 16, 2021, 05:59:08 PM
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Rapper Biz Markie, who became famous for his 1989 hit “Just a Friend,” passed away.  He was 57.  He also did another rap song with Rob Base in 1988 called “It Takes Two.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/arts/music/biz-markie-dead.html?searchResultPosition=2
He used to hang with the Beastie Boys too.  Bummer...  :(
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Post by: sessionka on July 16, 2021, 06:59:14 PM
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He used to hang with the Beastie Boys too.  Bummer...  :(

57...too young. 

And he made so many healthy decisions to lose weight.

Sad.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on August 24, 2021, 10:11:52 AM
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts passed away.  He was 80.

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/24/arts/music/charlie-watts-dead.html
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Post by: perc2100 on August 25, 2021, 09:48:26 AM
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Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts passed away.  He was 80.

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/24/arts/music/charlie-watts-dead.html
This one hits hard(ish) for me.  I'm  not a huge Rolling Stones fan, but as a life-long drummer Charlie Watts is one that I admired.  He always felt so antithetical/atypical of a "rock star" type drummer; he even admitted he'd been happily married so long because he ISN'T a 'rock star!'  But besides his impeccable dressing/grooming habits and personality, he was an incredibly unique drummer.  He somehow combined extensive jazz knowledge/styles into the Stones' rock/blues music in such a cool way.  He wasn't a basher, which is incredibly atypical of rock drummers, and he had such a great "touch" and sense of groove: like, he was always, impeccably in the 'pocket' of time!
It's hard to describe his playing style, and to 'complicate' the technical discussion, he plays with a psuedo-linear style: meaning, his left hand snare drum hits (often on counts 2 & 4 of a 4 beat measure) rarely hit at the same time of his right hand hi-hat & ride cymbal.  Meaning, his RH would play 1-and-NOTHING-and-3-and-NOTHING-and' as far as 8th not tempos, while almost making a awkward-looking motion while the 2 & 4 hi-hat counts were "resting" up in the air.  It's hard to explain, and maybe not something a non-drummer would think much about.  But when I was intensely studying/practicing drum set in HS & college, taking private lessons and attending masterclasses from some great teachers, I tried to incorporate that style a little in my playing, and it is TOUGH!

Anyway, Watts was a great drummer and by most accounts an even better humanbeing.  He was the engine of The Stones, as I think Keith Richards once said, and in a generation of incredibly iconic drummers (Ringo; Keith Moon; Ginger Baker; Bonham; etc) Watts was at the top of the echelon of greats & he will absolutely be missed.  He lived a long life, and leaves an awesome legacy on record
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on September 04, 2021, 01:50:35 PM
Willard Scott, the longtime weatherman for the Today show and WRC-TV, NBC’s station in Washington, passed away.  He was 87.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/willard-scott-dead/2021/09/04/bcb61e6c-f511-11e5-9804-537defcc3cf6_story.html
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Post by: Michael M on September 14, 2021, 11:48:14 AM
Comendian, Norm Macdonald

https://comicbook.com/irl/news/comedian-norm-macdonald-dead-at-61/ (https://comicbook.com/irl/news/comedian-norm-macdonald-dead-at-61/)
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Post by: Old Man Grey on September 14, 2021, 03:10:00 PM
R.I.P. Turd Ferguson. :'(
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on September 22, 2021, 03:47:15 PM
Melvin van Peebles, who made the cult hit “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song,” passed away in Manhattan.  He was 89.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/melvin-van-peebles-dead/2021/09/22/b0af14ca-ca9b-11ea-91f1-28aca4d833a0_story.html
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Post by: BenEatsRice on September 22, 2021, 04:22:43 PM
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Actor Willie Garson, known for his role on the "Sex and the City" series and films, has died, according to his son, Nathen Garson. He was 57.

(https://i.imgur.com/JyfZYiG.jpg)

I liked him on White Collar (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1358522/).

https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/21/entertainment/willie-garson-dead/index.html
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on November 14, 2021, 05:55:53 PM
Petra Mayer, a books editor for National Public Radio (NPR) and a self-described “resident nerd,” who did frequent reporting on San Diego Comic-Con, passed away at a hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Her family said the cause was a pulmonary embolism.  She was 46.

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/14/us/npr-petra-mayer-dead.html
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Post by: perc2100 on December 07, 2021, 09:28:59 AM
George Perez, ICONIC artist who's work for both Marvel and DC has been massively influential (Crisis on Infinite Earth; Infinity Gauntlet; Wonder Woman; New Titans; JLA/Avengers; etc), announced that he has Stage 3 pancreatic cancer with a 6-12 month life expectancy.  He's been in bad health for a few years (losing sight in one of his eyes) and formally retired 3 years ago.  He's hoping to have one last big book signing, and is in the process of refunding anyone who has paid for a commissioned art piece he won't be able to complete.

Here's a link to a tweet that quotes his announcement to his fans: https://twitter.com/BittrScrptReadr/status/1468262976838778880?s=20
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on December 18, 2021, 11:58:10 AM
Henry Orenstein, a toy maker who convinced Hasbro to start the Transformers line in 1984, passed away from Covid-19.  He was 98.

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/18/business/henry-orenstein-dead.html
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on December 25, 2021, 11:44:08 PM
Desmond Tutu, who was a leading activist against apartheid in South Africa, passed away in Cape Town.  He was 90.

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/26/obituaries/desmond-tutu-dead.html?searchResultPosition=1
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on December 28, 2021, 05:30:28 PM
Former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden passed away.  He was 85.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/raiders/former-raiders-coach-john-madden-dies-at-85-2503553
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Post by: marcia29 on December 29, 2021, 12:17:12 AM
We were just talking about him a couple of days ago...missing his singular style. Thank you Mr Madden, for some wonderful memories!
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Post by: NCDS on December 31, 2021, 11:17:47 AM
Betty White, we will miss you.
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Post by: Mario Wario on December 31, 2021, 11:46:13 AM
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Betty White, we will miss you.
Another legend passes away. :(

RIP, Betty White.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on December 31, 2021, 11:51:32 AM
Betty White passed away just two weeks shy of her 100th birthday.

http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2021-12-31/betty-white-dead
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Post by: chocolateshake on December 31, 2021, 11:55:31 AM
That's sad.  I knew she was a 100 because on TV they would say something like Betty White has seen 100 of these.
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Post by: Transmute Jun on December 31, 2021, 12:47:32 PM
Wow.... this isn't unexpected, but still sad. She was a legend, and someone whom I really enjoyed watching in many different roles. But of course, it is Rose Nylund for whom she will be remembered.
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Post by: sessionka on December 31, 2021, 01:04:04 PM
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Betty White, we will miss you.

I am heart broken.  I was so looking forward to her 100th birthday!

With her relationship to Ryan Reynolds, there was a suggestion out in the multiverse that she have a part in the next Dead Pool movie.  That would have been a scream.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1477002316196757512


God Bless you Betty White!!!🙏🏿
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Post by: chocolateshake on January 02, 2022, 06:56:28 PM
Richard Leakey, dead at the age of 77.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/02/world/richard-leakey-death/index.html
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Post by: alyssa on January 02, 2022, 07:28:06 PM
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Richard Leakey, dead at the age of 77.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/02/world/richard-leakey-death/index.html
the father of modern day paloanthro
He started the study of primates to illustrate possible early man's exist.  Fossy, Goodall
rumor had it he was a bit on the brash side
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Post by: perc2100 on January 07, 2022, 08:43:57 AM
Two Hollywood icons died within the last two days:

* Peter Bogdanovich died Thus. 1/6 - the Oscar-nominated director/writer/producer/actor directed New Hollywood classics THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, WHAT'S UP DOC, & PAPER MOON, among others.  He also directed the 80's MASK, and acted in even more projects than he directed (he directed 30+ projects, acted in 50+) including the recurring role as Dr. Melphi's psychologist in "The Sopranos"  He actually had a film in pre-production he was going to direct.

* Sidney Poitier died Fri. 1/7 - the first Black person to be nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for THE DEFIANT ONES & would be the first Black person to win again five years later for LILLIES IN THE FIELD.  He helped smash the race barrier in Hollywood in a number of great 60's films (he was great in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, for example, in the late 60's), and he was also a strong presence in the Civil Rights Movement. He won awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2002 for his outstanding body of work, and while he has been retired for most of the 2000's, the last theatrical films he had strong roles in (THE JACKAL and especially SNEAKERS) were solid, or at the very least better for his presence.

Sad week for old-school Hollywood fans
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Post by: alyssa on January 07, 2022, 09:02:44 AM
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Two Hollywood icons died within the last two days:

* Sidney Poitier died Fri. 1/7 - the first Black person to be nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for THE DEFIANT ONES & would be the first Black person to win again five years later for LILLIES IN THE FIELD.  He helped smash the race barrier in Hollywood in a number of great 60's films (he was great in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER, for example, in the late 60's), and he was also a strong presence in the Civil Rights Movement. He won awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2002 for his outstanding body of work, and while he has been retired for most of the 2000's, the last theatrical films he had strong roles in (THE JACKAL and especially SNEAKERS) were solid, or at the very least better for his presence.

This one was especially hard for me
Guess who's coming to dinner and In the heat of the night were ground breaking films for the '60's. Sidney was imho one of the best actors of the time. https://variety.com/2022/film/obituaries-people-news/sidney-poitier-dead-dies-oscar-winner-1235148871/  and https://variety.com/2022/film/news/sidney-poitier-death-hollywood-reactions-tributes-1235148882/#recipient_hashed=59d6a9951cff4285087fbc1aa35d4394ef2d02737e8a1cf3089e456a02ba4d68
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FIgkI4lVQAIGObC?format=jpg&name=small)
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Post by: sessionka on January 07, 2022, 09:12:49 AM
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This one was especially hard for me
Guess who's coming to dinner and In the heat of the night were ground breaking films for the '60's. Sidney was imho one of the best actors of the time. https://variety.com/2022/film/obituaries-people-news/sidney-poitier-dead-dies-oscar-winner-1235148871/  and https://variety.com/2022/film/news/sidney-poitier-death-hollywood-reactions-tributes-1235148882/#recipient_hashed=59d6a9951cff4285087fbc1aa35d4394ef2d02737e8a1cf3089e456a02ba4d68
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FIgkI4lVQAIGObC?format=jpg&name=small)

Lillies of the Fields is one of my favorite movies.

I saw 'In the Heat of the Night' as a kid with my parents IN A DRIVE IN THEATER!  Great Movie.

RIP Sidney Poitier!!!
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Post by: perc2100 on January 07, 2022, 11:05:36 AM
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This one was especially hard for me
Guess who's coming to dinner and In the heat of the night were ground breaking films for the '60's. Sidney was imho one of the best actors of the time. https://variety.com/2022/film/obituaries-people-news/sidney-poitier-dead-dies-oscar-winner-1235148871/  and https://variety.com/2022/film/news/sidney-poitier-death-hollywood-reactions-tributes-1235148882/#recipient_hashed=59d6a9951cff4285087fbc1aa35d4394ef2d02737e8a1cf3089e456a02ba4d68
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FIgkI4lVQAIGObC?format=jpg&name=small)

He was such a great actor, and I remember how hyped I was when he got that Pres. Medal and while I often admire those folks who are awarded that honor, Sidney was one I absolutely thought "damn: if there's someone who 100% no-doubt deserves that award for doing everything he could with the talents and interests he had..."
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on January 09, 2022, 05:35:50 PM
Comedian Bob Saget, known for “Full House,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and CBS’ short-lived “The Morning Program,” was found dead in his hotel room in Orlando.  He had just performed stand-up in Jacksonville.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-ne-bob-saget-dead-20220110-n47pzod2hfeg3fu2mb25lnzw2a-story.html
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Post by: perc2100 on January 10, 2022, 08:06:00 AM
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Comedian Bob Saget, known for “Full House,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and CBS’ short-lived “The Morning Show,” was found dead in his hotel room in Orlando.  He had just performed stand-up in Jacksonville.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-ne-bob-saget-dead-20220110-n47pzod2hfeg3fu2mb25lnzw2a-story.html
I feel like it was a Gen-X rite-of-passage to discover that the Full House/AFHV host that seemed so wholesome and square was actually one of the filthiest comedians in the field!  When I move to So CA from OH in 1999, I saw him in a comedy club with a friend; my buddy had been around, and convinced me to see Sagat, telling me his act was likely not what I was thinking it'd be.  I was floored!  He was such a great stand-up comedian with rapid-fire delivery: like, the type of comedy where there are soooo many jokes thrown out to the audience per-minute that even the ones that didn't quite land didn't matter because there were many more that did (kinda like MACGRUBER)!  Of course when the 2005 film THE ARISTOCRATS came out, about the world's dirtiest joke that is like a 'contest' for comedians to see who could tell the raunchiest version, I wasn't surprised to see Sagat as a top contender for "nastiest Aristocrat joke teller" from a film that boasted the Dean's List of incredible comics.

Bummer that he died so young at 65, an age that 20 years ago wouldn't have seemed "young" to me but now seems shocking.  By all accounts from folks who knew him he was one of the kindest and sweetest guys in the industry and he'll certainly be missed by fans & friends
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Post by: chocolateshake on January 10, 2022, 01:42:46 PM
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I feel like it was a Gen-X rite-of-passage to discover that the Full House/AFHV host that seemed so wholesome and square was actually one of the filthiest comedians in the field!

I never knew that about him.  I saw an interview with a friend of his that talked about that.  She said that back then he could tell jokes like that on set without getting in trouble.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on January 21, 2022, 01:09:36 AM
Meat Loaf, the singer famous for the “Bat Out of Hell” album passed away.  He was 74.

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/21/arts/music/meat-loaf-dead-marvin-lee-aday.html?searchResultPosition=1
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Post by: perc2100 on January 21, 2022, 09:18:49 AM
Emmy winning comedian ("Baskets") Louie Anderson died from cancer complications: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2022/01/21/louie-anderson-dies-emmy-winning-baskets-comedian/6606314001/

I saw him do standup once a loooooong time ago, and he was great!  He was also in COMING TO AMERICA, and had a hit animated series called "Life with Louie," among other things
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on January 30, 2022, 02:59:04 PM
Howard Hesseman, star of CBS’ “WKRP in Cincinnati” and ABC’s “Head of the Class” passed away.  He was 81.

http://apnews.com/article/howard-hesseman-dead-f4857117fd8278e879ed758be6bb0b66
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Post by: chocolateshake on February 09, 2022, 08:14:20 PM
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Comedian Bob Saget, known for “Full House,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and CBS’ short-lived “The Morning Show,” was found dead in his hotel room in Orlando.  He had just performed stand-up in Jacksonville.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-ne-bob-saget-dead-20220110-n47pzod2hfeg3fu2mb25lnzw2a-story.html

It was announced today that he died of head trauma.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on February 15, 2022, 09:36:11 PM
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It was announced today that he died of head trauma.

A year ago this month, my Mom hit her head on the floor after she tripped on one of our dog’s toys.  Without skipping a beat, I told her I’m taking her to the hospital.  Even though I did not panic, I had dark thoughts that I was going to lose her soon.  She didn’t want to go but I insisted.  She grudgingly agreed.  I did all I could to keep my wits as I drove her to the hospital.  I was encouraged that she did not feel dizzy or act confused.  I had to drop her off and drive back home because of Covid-19 policies.  I was told to wait for a phone call.  They called me in an hour and told me to return.  Only as soon as I saw her I was convinced she dodged a bullet with only a bump on her head.  Thankfully, she was fine.

Never take any chances when you hit your head.  Even if you’re fine at first, that does not always mean you’re OK.  She was lucky.
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Post by: alyssa on February 15, 2022, 09:45:19 PM
A manager at a local grocery store was ice skating with friends at the local rink in the center of town. She hit her head.
She died at home later on that night.
the whole town was in shock.
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Post by: Old Man Grey on February 27, 2022, 09:35:54 AM
Sally Kellerman. Star Trek, MASH, Back to School. I've had a lifelong crush on her.
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Post by: mllNY on February 28, 2022, 08:07:15 AM
Not getting as much attention but The Amazing Jonathan passed away last week. He was a magician that had one of the best comedic magic sets out there.
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Post by: perc2100 on February 28, 2022, 12:07:03 PM
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Not getting as much attention but The Amazing Jonathan passed away last week. He was a magician that had one of the best comedic magic sets out there.
Yeah his standup stuff used to really crack me up: his humor + magic was definitely my jam!
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Post by: koop1974 on March 10, 2022, 10:30:03 PM
Emilio Delgado, who played the beloved Luis on “Sesame Street” for more than four decades, has died at age 81 after a year-long battle with blood cancer.

Delgado died Thursday at his home in New York City, surrounded by family, his wife Carol Delgado told TMZ.


https://www.nydailynews.com/snyde/ny-emilio-delgado-sesame-street-luis-40-years-dead-age-81-blood-cancer-20220310-75djc7kotrhobepmcfgwn72i7e-story.html?outputType=amp

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Post by: perc2100 on March 11, 2022, 09:21:47 AM
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Emilio Delgado, who played the beloved Luis on “Sesame Street” for more than four decades, has died at age 81 after a year-long battle with blood cancer.

Delgado died Thursday at his home in New York City, surrounded by family, his wife Carol Delgado told TMZ.


https://www.nydailynews.com/snyde/ny-emilio-delgado-sesame-street-luis-40-years-dead-age-81-blood-cancer-20220310-75djc7kotrhobepmcfgwn72i7e-story.html?outputType=amp
I didn't realize he was in his 80's; in my mind he'll always be the youngish Luis married to Maria.  My neighborhood as a little kid was really diverse, and it was truly exciting to see Sesame Street populated by all walks of life: the people of their neighborhood resembled the people of mine, even if my own school was mostly white.  I appreciated that diversity growing up, even if I didn't know I did as a little kid.  That whole cast was incredible, and Emilio was no exception.
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Post by: Michael M on March 13, 2022, 03:42:18 PM
William Hurt
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/william-hurt-star-of-broadcast-news-body-heat-dies/ar-AAV12Yf (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/william-hurt-star-of-broadcast-news-body-heat-dies/ar-AAV12Yf)
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Post by: marcia29 on March 13, 2022, 04:33:23 PM
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William Hurt
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/william-hurt-star-of-broadcast-news-body-heat-dies/ar-AAV12Yf (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/william-hurt-star-of-broadcast-news-body-heat-dies/ar-AAV12Yf)

What a wonderful actor. I remember seeing Wliiam Hurt several times in live theater in NYC.  I first discovered him while watching in the movie "Verna USO Girl", with Sissy Spacek. Utter deliciousness! 
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Post by: alyssa on March 13, 2022, 05:23:33 PM
Altered States..... I still have the dvd somewhere
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Post by: chocolateshake on March 13, 2022, 08:14:16 PM
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Altered States..... I still have the dvd somewhere

I love that movie.  He was great recently in Goliath.
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Post by: perc2100 on March 14, 2022, 09:33:38 AM
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William Hurt
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/william-hurt-star-of-broadcast-news-body-heat-dies/ar-AAV12Yf (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/william-hurt-star-of-broadcast-news-body-heat-dies/ar-AAV12Yf)
Great, always reliable actor.  And maybe now that I'm 45 and feel middle age, it feels young for him to be dead at 71.
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Post by: koop1974 on March 14, 2022, 10:46:53 AM
One of my favorite William Hurt roles is Harlan in I Love You to Death. It’s a great and unexpected change. The character is still the more serious one of two idiot cousins but still enjoyably silly.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on March 25, 2022, 08:30:06 PM
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died.  He was 50.  He was about to perform with his band in Bogota, Colombia.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-03-25/taylor-hawkins-foo-fighters-drummer-dies-at-50
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Post by: koop1974 on March 25, 2022, 09:52:27 PM
Oh my gosh! I’ve been watching a lot of their interviews lately. 50 is so young.
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Post by: Old Man Grey on April 12, 2022, 04:43:59 PM
Gilbert Gottfried. Voice actor, comedian. So un-PC and so funny.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on April 13, 2022, 12:07:03 AM
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So un-PC and so funny.

To a tee.  He made jokes about 9/11 and the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, both less than a week after they happened.  I guess nothing was “too soon” for him.  That’s what I will remember him for.

Aflac fired him after the tsunami joke.
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Post by: Hgmaddhatter on April 13, 2022, 09:10:51 PM
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Oh my gosh! I’ve been watching a lot of their interviews lately. 50 is so young.
He had a lot of friends and the way they talk about him makes it all even sadder. He seemed like a genuine person.
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Post by: perc2100 on April 14, 2022, 02:37:00 PM
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To a tee.  He made jokes about 9/11 and the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, both less than a week after they happened.  I guess nothing was “too soon” for him.  That’s what I will remember him for.

Aflac fired him after the tsunami joke.
And when the 9/11 joke backfired at Hugh Hefner's roast, he came back with one of the all-time greatest versions of The Aristocrats joke ever!

Also, from what I've heard, the guy was a legit sweetheart
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Post by: Jesse O on April 29, 2022, 11:36:45 AM
Neal Adams.

Damn it.
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Post by: perc2100 on April 29, 2022, 12:06:07 PM
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Neal Adams.

Damn it.
I _just_ saw this.  Damn this sucks.  He came to many Comic-Con over the years to sell prints of his art, and (provided you were buying something) he would always chat and was super nice.  I'm fortunate to have purchased some of his stuff over the years, including a print of the iconic Superman vs Ali cover art.  He was a juggernaut in the industry, and his work was always incredible.  His Batman run w/Denny O'Neil was off the freaking hook!  It was a little before my time, but as a kid in the 80's Batman was my jam and I read he & Denny's work A LOT.  Besides his awesome art he freaking co-created  Ra’s & Talia al Ghul + John Stewart Green Lantern!!

He was 80, and left behind a great legacy, but you're right: Damn it, indeed  :'(
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Post by: Bionic 7 on April 29, 2022, 02:25:27 PM
So heartbroken to hear about Neal Adams.  I have been reflecting on him since the news came out, and he had such a profound impact on me and my fandom.  I will always regard him as one of the best ever.  Rest in Peace Mr. Adams.  Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.
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Post by: Old Man Grey on April 29, 2022, 03:19:49 PM
Not only was Neal a great artist, but he also told the best stories. I always went to any panel he was on at the con.  Someone needs to write a book about him.
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Post by: perc2100 on April 29, 2022, 07:13:04 PM
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Not only was Neal a great artist, but he also told the best stories. I always went to any panel he was on at the con.  Someone needs to write a book about him.
As I've gotten older, that's the type of thing I really enjoy hearing: just old guys who've been there/done that telling war stories.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on April 30, 2022, 05:30:57 PM
Grammy-winning country singer Naomi Judd passed away.  She was 76.  She had teamed up with her daughter Wynnona in a duet called The Judds and is also the mother of actress Ashley Judd.

http://apnews.com/article/naomi-judd-dead-29302bc273e57c174ea9ecbea606f668
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Post by: sessionka on April 30, 2022, 07:26:29 PM
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Grammy-winning country singer Naomi Judd passed away.  She was 76.  She had teamed up with her daughter Wynnona in a duet called The Judds and is also the mother of actress Ashley Judd.

http://apnews.com/article/naomi-judd-dead-29302bc273e57c174ea9ecbea606f668

Wow!!!

That's a gut punch!!! 
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Post by: beadrbop on May 07, 2022, 10:08:05 AM
George Perez just passed away. His wife posted on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=153257710535437&id=106695695191639&m_entstream_source=timeline


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Post by: alyssa on May 07, 2022, 10:53:02 AM
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George Perez just passed away. His wife posted on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=153257710535437&id=106695695191639&m_entstream_source=timeline


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We knew it was coming but it is heartbraking #sad
He was a sweetheart of a man
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Post by: perc2100 on May 07, 2022, 11:07:59 AM
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He was a GOAT, and by all accounts one of the warmest, nicest in the industry. Another great who left an incredible legacy that will influence generations


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Post by: beadrbop on May 07, 2022, 11:28:44 AM
He will be missed. His wife wrote how much he loved free Comic Book Day so it was very fitting he passed on that day. I remember seeing him at sdcc and always had a smile. His memorial is going to be at Mega Con in Orlando later this month.


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Post by: accelerate on May 07, 2022, 12:20:01 PM
I never appreciated the art from Adams or Perez until much later in life, after I got over following just the flashy “extreme” artists. They don’t make artists like they used to.

I do hope there is some kind of memorial at SDCC. Maybe dedicate a booth space to them. Or have some huge banner or wall with their art.
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Post by: Jesse O on May 07, 2022, 12:34:27 PM
Way back in the seventies, when I was 10 years old, my dad took me to a Con (on the east coast). We went to a panel about “how to draw comics,” run by George Pérez. Almost half a century later, I still can remember how cool George was, and still have his “Accent on the first e” sketchbook he sold at that show.
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Post by: Michael M on May 07, 2022, 02:49:31 PM
It'd be cool if they do something w/the souvenir book for them.
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Post by: Old Man Grey on May 13, 2022, 03:10:31 PM
Fred Ward, 79. "Tremors " "Right Stuff" and my favorite "Miami Blues". :'(
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Post by: Michael M on May 14, 2022, 03:49:08 AM
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Fred Ward, 79. "Tremors " "Right Stuff" and my favorite "Miami Blues". :'(
Don't forget Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins...I loved this movie as a kid
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Post by: Michael M on May 26, 2022, 09:47:30 AM
Holy Crap: Ray Liotta (via Deadline) (https://deadline.com/2022/05/ray-liotta-dies-67-goodfellas-1235033521/)
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Post by: sessionka on May 26, 2022, 09:58:59 AM
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Holy Crap: Ray Liotta (via Deadline) (https://deadline.com/2022/05/ray-liotta-dies-67-goodfellas-1235033521/)

OMG!!!

Loved Him!!!

Sad!!! 
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Post by: Michael M on May 27, 2022, 04:24:12 AM
Alan White - Drummer for Yes (https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/yes-drummer-alan-white-dies/ar-AAXN7Wx)

One of my favorite bands.  Best showing was during their Union Tour, saw them in the round in Atlantic City.  The Union Tour was a tour of all the peeps that were a member of the band at any one time, and it was a hella long show.  During the intermission, White and Bruford (other drummer) did was what I swear was a 30 minute drums-only set...one of the best shows I saw.
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Post by: perc2100 on May 27, 2022, 08:43:01 AM
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Holy Crap: Ray Liotta (via Deadline) (https://deadline.com/2022/05/ray-liotta-dies-67-goodfellas-1235033521/)
As I've gotten older, my perception of age has naturally radically shifted.  Nowadays, when a celebrity dies I gauge "old"/age as 1) were they older than my father-in-law (my closest oldest relative) and 2) were they younger than my parents (relatively young at really early 70's).  Ray Liotta was younger than my parents, which in my mind feels too young to die of 'old age.'  I first saw him in FIELD OF DREAMS when it was in theaters in the late 80's, and then again very soon after in his integral role of the real-life mob associate-turned-rat Henry Hill in the masterpiece GOODFELLAS.  GOODFELLAS came out when I was a freshman in HS, and when I was a youngin' I was not exactly on the straight-and-narrow.  While I was definitely doing nothing on the scale of any crimes in GOODFELLAS, I of course pulled shenanigans at school and home, as well as minor illegalities here and there.  GOODFELLAS, through Liota's narration early on (when he got in trouble for skipping school for weeks), taught me "we all take a beating sometimes."  It was an odd enlightenment for me that was a revelation that I'll probably get away with more than I get in trouble for and that sometimes I just have to own up to consequences and take it: as I've gotten older that meaning has shifted a bit to "sometimes crappy things happen and I just have to roll with it, improve/fix what I can & push others to fix what I can't.

Ray Liota fans who mostly know GOODFELLAS and FIELD OF DREAMS should check out COP LAND, streaming on HBO Max (IIRC) right now.  REALLY brilliant Stallone-starring role about a small New Jersey sheriff (Stallone) who is the sheriff of a town populated almost exclusively by NYPD.  There is a bit of NYPD corruption involved, as well as an officer-involved shooting/murder where Stallone is caught in the middle of protecting fellow cops vs doing the right thing.  The movie also stars Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, Michael Rappaport, Robert Patrick and others.  It was written by James Mangold, kinda known around here as co-writing & directing LOGAN, WALK THE LINE, and the upcoming INDIANA JONES V (among some other really good films).  Awesome film.

Liotta's film debut, SOMETHING WILD is also really good, with a great performance that hints at a stellar career.  His recent MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK Sporanos prequel also had a real solid Liotta performance as two roles/twins.
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Post by: perc2100 on May 27, 2022, 08:45:53 AM
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Alan White - Drummer for Yes (https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/yes-drummer-alan-white-dies/ar-AAXN7Wx)

One of my favorite bands.  Best showing was during their Union Tour, saw them in the round in Atlantic City.  The Union Tour was a tour of all the peeps that were a member of the band at any one time, and it was a hella long show.  During the intermission, White and Bruford (other drummer) did was what I swear was a 30 minute drums-only set...one of the best shows I saw.
I also get a little extra bummed when a fellow drummer dies.  White was a good one.  In addition to Yes he also drummed for John Lennon in "Imagine" and "Instant Karma" as well as George Harrison's brilliant "All Things Must Pass."
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on May 30, 2022, 09:22:11 PM
Actor Bo Hopkins passed away in Van Nuys.  He was 84.  He appeared in “The Wild Bunch” (1969), “American Graffiti” (1973), “Midnight Express” (1978) and “The Fifth Floor” (1980).

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/bo-hopkins-dead-wild-bunch-american-graffiti-1235155857
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Post by: perc2100 on May 31, 2022, 09:14:26 AM
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Actor Bo Hopkins passed away in Van Nuys.  He was 84.  He appeared in “The Wild Bunch” (1969), “American Graffiti” (1973), “Midnight Express” (1978) and “The Fifth Floor” (1980).

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/bo-hopkins-dead-wild-bunch-american-graffiti-1235155857
He was a great actor: so effective as the leader of the Pharaohs in AMERICAN GRAFFITI.  In a cast of legit super-stars top-to-bottom, he really stood out to me: especially notable since he was almost always acting off of Richard Dreyfuss - those two really had a good chemistry in those scenes!
Also he was in three Sam Peckinpah films so by definition he was at least good  :P
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Post by: Jesse O on June 10, 2022, 01:58:29 PM
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-06-10/julee-cruise-twin-peaks-david-lynch-falling-dies

Loved Julee Cruise, as I'm sure most fans of David Lynch did.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on June 11, 2022, 04:45:40 PM
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https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-06-10/julee-cruise-twin-peaks-david-lynch-falling-dies

Loved Julee Cruise, as I'm sure most fans of David Lynch did.

The first time I heard of Julee Cruise was when she was a last-second replacement for Sinead O'Conner on "Saturday Night Live" who boycotted the show to protest Andrew Dice Clay hosting.  I remember her beautiful voice.  I hoped that Sinead's decision to be a no-show would work to Julee's benefit.
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Post by: Old Man Grey on June 13, 2022, 04:58:59 PM
Philip Baker Hall. Excellent character actor. "Hard Eight", "Modern Family" and unforgettably on "Seinfield" as Mr. Bookman, the library cop. "Listen up, joy boy".
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Post by: alyssa on June 16, 2022, 01:22:04 PM
Tim Sale has moved on :'(
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on July 07, 2022, 10:47:03 AM
Actor James Caan passed away.  He was 82.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-07-07/james-caan-actor-who-played-sonny-corleone-in-the-godfather-dies-at-82
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Post by: Old Man Grey on July 07, 2022, 02:08:53 PM
Sad news about Caan. "Thief" is one of greatest 8os movies ever. He was Steve Mcqueen cool. "Slither" is another little seen masterpiece from Caan.
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Post by: Old Man Grey on July 10, 2022, 09:37:16 AM
L.Q. Jones 94. Great character actor. A Sam Peckinpah regular. Made a million western movies and TV appearances. Was in that 80's weird Sci Fi movie "Time Ridder". Directed "A Boy and His Dog".
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Post by: perc2100 on July 11, 2022, 09:48:01 AM
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L.Q. Jones 94. Great character actor. A Sam Peckinpah regular. Made a million western movies and TV appearances. Was in that 80's weird Sci Fi movie "Time Ridder". Directed "A Boy and His Dog".
A BOY AND HIS DOG is an all-timer as far as weird post-apocalyptic movies go.  I first saw that film in 84/85 when "Miami Vice" was on TV and my dad 'snuck' this one in on the VCR (having checked it out at the library).  See, my dad would often take me to the movie theater to see a movie regardless of theme or ratings or whatnot, with an incredibly simplistic long line.  For example, when he took me to see RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK in theaters, he simply said it was "Han Solo beating up Nazis" and I was sold.  For BLADE RUNNER he said it was "Han Solo chasing bad guy robots and also there's flying cars" which got me really excited for a movie that never really existed (I ended up liking BLADE RUNNER just fine, albeit after coming to terms it was vastly different than what dad originally led me to believe).

For A BOY AND HIS DOG, dad said, as the VCR was firing up, "it's Sonny Crocket in the future. And he has a dog."  Needless to say my mind painted a radically different picture of what the movie would be than what it actually is.  That one took me longer to come around to, as my initial 8 year old thought was "dang that's a weird one"  :P
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on July 14, 2022, 01:16:02 PM
Ivana Trump, Donald Trump's first wife, was found dead at her apartment in Manhattan.  She was 73.  Police responded to a call of a person in cardiac arrest at 10 East 64th Street on the Upper East Side at 12:40 p.m. The death is not considered suspicious, and officials say she appears to have died of natural causes. Still, the New York City Medical Examiner's Office will investigate to determine the cause and manner of death.

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/14/nyregion/ivana-trump-dead.html
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Post by: sessionka on July 14, 2022, 01:20:31 PM
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Ivana Trump, Donald Trump's first wife, was found dead at her apartment in Manhattan.  She was 73.  Police responded to a call of a person in cardiac arrest at 10 East 64th Street on the Upper East Side at 12:40 p.m. The death is not considered suspicious, and officials say she appears to have died of natural causes. Still, the New York City Medical Examiner's Office will investigate to determine the cause and manner of death.

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/14/nyregion/ivana-trump-dead.html

Classy lady!!  My condolences to her family!!🙏🏿
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Post by: alyssa on July 14, 2022, 01:50:36 PM
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A BOY AND HIS DOG is an all-timer as far as weird post-apocalyptic movies go.  I first saw that film in 84/85 when "Miami Vice" was on TV and my dad 'snuck' this one in on the VCR (having checked it out at the library).  See, my dad would often take me to the movie theater to see a movie regardless of theme or ratings or whatnot, with an incredibly simplistic long line.  For example, when he took me to see RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK in theaters, he simply said it was "Han Solo beating up Nazis" and I was sold.  For BLADE RUNNER he said it was "Han Solo chasing bad guy robots and also there's flying cars" which got me really excited for a movie that never really existed (I ended up liking BLADE RUNNER just fine, albeit after coming to terms it was vastly different than what dad originally led me to believe).

For A BOY AND HIS DOG, dad said, as the VCR was firing up, "it's Sonny Crocket in the future. And he has a dog."  Needless to say my mind painted a radically different picture of what the movie would be than what it actually is.  That one took me longer to come around to, as my initial 8 year old thought was "dang that's a weird one"  :P
one of my all time fav movies!!
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Post by: superkatchick on July 19, 2022, 11:31:15 AM
Nice tribute to Neal Adams originally posted on Josh Adams Facebook page. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10100513134800972&id=43100757&sfnsn=mo(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220719/cf8bf1787ceb2b717c061559e5e988b9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220719/ebb72c5f68403d32555bcb2ae2f9e202.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220719/e3a38cb6262e36d0a05f076a2a7b1a21.jpg)

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Post by: AzT on July 25, 2022, 11:09:25 AM
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andrewgunndirector Very sad to hear that David Warner has passed away. RIP Sir 🖤 I had the honour and privilege of working with David for a short time 10 years ago when he joined us on my short film trilogy The Caravan, co-starring alongside his friend and colleague Ian Puleston Davies. I had virtually no budget but he came all the way from London to work all weekend in an old, smelly caravan in a remote forest for two packs of pipe tobacco. Why? Because he loved the script and wanted to work with @ipd_ian again. He was a true scholar and a gentleman. One of the finest character actors ever to emerge from Britain, appearing in such classic movies as Tron, The Omen, Titanic, two Star Trek films and Time Bandits. I’m very fortunate and grateful to count him amongst my collaborators. He will be missed, not least by his partner Lisa who was always by his side and roughed the forest too, taking photos in the rain.

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Post by: perc2100 on July 25, 2022, 12:48:19 PM
RIP Paul Sorvino: best known for his roles in "Law & Order" and, of course, as Paul (Paulie) Cicero in the masterpiece GOAT GOODFELLAS.  He was also a proud father of actress Mira Sorvino, Oscar & Golden Globe-winner for MIGHTY APHRODITE.  His portrayal of real-life mafia captain Paul Vario (renamed to Cicero for GOODFELLAS as Scorsese didn't want to explicitly name any real life mafia made men - only Henry Hill is the real life name used in the film) is a standard when discussing movie portrayals of mob bosses. 
He was 83
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Post by: sessionka on July 25, 2022, 12:50:07 PM
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RIP Paul Sorvino: best known for his roles in "Law & Order" and, of course, as Paul (Paulie) Cicero in the masterpiece GOAT GOODFELLAS.  He was also a proud father of actress Mira Sorvino, Oscar & Golden Globe-winner for MIGHTY APHRODITE.  His portrayal of real-life mafia captain Paul Vario (renamed to Cicero for GOODFELLAS as Scorsese didn't want to explicitly name any real life mafia made men - only Henry Hill is the real life name used in the film) is a standard when discussing movie portrayals of mob bosses. 
He was 83

One of the greats!!!

May he Rest In Peace!!
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: perc2100 on July 25, 2022, 01:03:42 PM
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https://www.instagram.com/p/CgcbRrPoz9k/?hl=en
Growing up as a genre-loving kid, this actor was a juggernaut!  He elevated good films, and made bad films tolerable
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Post by: alyssa on July 31, 2022, 12:21:47 PM
Nichelle Nichols, Trailblazing Star Trek Icon, Dead at 89

 :'(  :'(  :'(

https://comicbook.com/startrek/news/nichelle-nichols-dead-star-trek-uhura/

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Title: In Memoriam
Post by: accelerate on July 31, 2022, 01:23:40 PM


I never got to meet her, but I was near her when she was at SDCC for that one Star Trek offsite with a makeup brand. There was a transporter photo op you could partake in.

No disrespect to Zoe Saldana or Celia Gooding, but OG Uhura is the best Uhura.

May Nichelle be communicating with the infinite cosmos.
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: alyssa on July 31, 2022, 05:45:50 PM
the picture i have with her was from WonderCon '16 or '17.
I also have a signed picture of her on the bridge of TOS

fyi, i've been adding to the op post with new images as they come across my desktop
Title: Re: In Memoriam
Post by: perc2100 on August 01, 2022, 08:21:07 AM
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I never got to meet her, but I was near her when she was at SDCC for that one Star Trek offsite with a makeup brand. There was a transporter photo op you could partake in.

No disrespect to Zoe Saldana or Celia Gooding, but OG Uhura is the best Uhura.

May Nichelle be communicating with the infinite cosmos.
She really did seem to be a sweetheart of a human being when it came to fans.  I met her once when she was signing at a booth and it was relatively dead (she had no one waiting); a friend of mine whose dad is an uber Trek fan got excited to see her and she happily chatted and took a pic with him.  My buddy didn't have the cash to pay for an autograph and told her that upfront and she was still incredibly polite and gracious to meet a fan. 
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Post by: sessionka on August 01, 2022, 11:37:32 AM
I don't normally do autographs, but I did with her at comic - con in 2016. She was very nice.

I heard she was at the Con in 2017 and doing a panel, I think.  Hearing she was having some health issues, I skipped it. I wanted to remember as I saw her last.

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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on August 08, 2022, 12:51:46 PM
Olivia Newton-John, made famous by her role in "Grease," passed away.  She was 73.

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/08/arts/olivia-newton-john-dead.html
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Post by: Michael M on August 12, 2022, 12:28:25 PM
Official, and sad. Anne Heche (https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/actor-anne-heche-dies-at-53/ar-AA10AX7d?ocid=entnewsntp&cvid=7e568c1625eb453f92b23cfe86e86fcb)
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on August 30, 2022, 02:04:47 PM
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev died.  He was 91.

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/30/world/europe/mikhail-gorbachev-dead.html
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on August 30, 2022, 05:28:24 PM
Charlbi Dean, the actress from “Triangle of Sadness,” passed away in a New York hospital after a sudden illness.  She was 32.

http://www.nytimespost.com/charlbi-dean-triangle-of-sadness-actress-dead-at-32
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Post by: perc2100 on August 31, 2022, 09:16:41 AM
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Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev died.  He was 91.

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/30/world/europe/mikhail-gorbachev-dead.html
Boy was he a major political figure when I was growing up.  For younger generations it may be difficult to really understand how big of an impact he had on a global political stage.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on September 08, 2022, 11:47:43 AM
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has passed away. She was 96, and reigned for more than 70 years.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/08/world/europe/queen-elizabeth-dead.html
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Post by: alyssa on September 08, 2022, 12:58:32 PM
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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has passed away. She was 96, and reigned for more than 70 years.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/08/world/europe/queen-elizabeth-dead.html
she's been the reigning Queen for longer then i've been alive. 
it's just weird
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Post by: jamiesugah on September 08, 2022, 05:33:40 PM
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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has passed away. She was 96, and reigned for more than 70 years.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/08/world/europe/queen-elizabeth-dead.html

Today was my day off, got called in to work OT because they got slammed with all the feeds.
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Post by: Old Man Grey on September 19, 2022, 08:47:45 AM
Henry Silva 95. Versatile character actor with 140 credits. Voiced Bane in animated Batman/ Superman series. Was the go-to guy when Hollywood needed a "foreign" bad guy.
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Post by: perc2100 on September 19, 2022, 03:20:17 PM
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Henry Siva 95. Versatile character actor with 140 credits. Voiced Bane in animated Batman/ Superman series. Was the go-to guy when Hollywood needed a "foreign" bad guy.
I wasn't familiar with that name, but Silva has certainly been in a lot: MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, the original OCEAN'S 11, and a slew of other Rat Pack-starring films (including the dopey-but-fun CANNON BALL RUN 2 where he played a 'gangster' with his old pal Frank Sinatra).  He was even in DICK TRACY!  His last acting credit was as an extra in the OCEAN'S 11 remake, so he seemingly rode into the retirement sunset awhile ago.
What a resume: and a very solid character actor who never quite made it as huge as most of the other Rat Pack entertainers.  His first credit is from 1950, so he had a solid half century career!!
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on September 20, 2022, 03:52:43 PM
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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has passed away. She was 96, and reigned for more than 70 years.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/08/world/europe/queen-elizabeth-dead.html

That's six years longer than Queen Victoria.  She reigned from 1837-1901.  She was 81 when she passed.
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on September 23, 2022, 09:52:28 PM
Actress Louise Fletcher, famous for playing Nurse Mildred Ratched in the Oscar-winning “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” of which she also won the Oscar for Best Actress, died.  She was 88.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-23/louise-fletcher-dead-obit
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Post by: semigeekgirl on September 24, 2022, 07:50:46 AM
She was also Kai Winn on Deep Space Nine, which is the first thing I saw her in. She was fantastic.

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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on September 28, 2022, 06:28:55 PM
Grammy-winning rapper Coolio, famous for “Gangsta’s Paradise, has died.  He was 59.

http://www.tmz.com/2022/09/28/coolio-dead-dies-los-angeles
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Post by: perc2100 on September 29, 2022, 07:59:23 AM
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Grammy-winning rapper Coolio, famous for “Gangsta’s Paradise, has died.  He was 59.

http://www.tmz.com/2022/09/28/coolio-dead-dies-los-angeles
I've never been a big rap fan, but Coolio was a fun live performance I caught one year at Lollapalooza when he was on the second stage.  His music (at least at the performance) was such a great vibe: not exactly chill, but not aggressive or angry or whatnot either.  I remember his "Fantastic Voyage" being really fun live, and his interaction with a mostly white, mostly rock fan crowd was great: he really endeared himself to a bunch of folks who likely would've never gone to his concerts otherwise.
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Post by: semigeekgirl on October 11, 2022, 01:39:07 PM
Angela Lansbury has passed away at the age of 96
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/arts/angela-lansbury-dead.html
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Post by: perc2100 on October 12, 2022, 08:49:05 AM
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Angela Lansbury has passed away at the age of 96
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/11/arts/angela-lansbury-dead.html
Talk about a career:
* 4 Oscar nominations, 1 win
* 6 Tony wins, 8 noms
* 18 Emmy nominations
* 6 Golden Globes, 15 noms

And she was BFF's with Bea Arthur, as well!  To top it all off, by most accounts she was incredibly nice as well.  I marched in the 1993 Rose Parade, where she was the Grand Marshall.  To pay tribute to her, we had an arrangement of 'Be Our Guest' we played as part of our repertoire, and when we were warming up before the parade began she heard us playing it, stopped by, asked us to play it again for her, and stuck around to chat with a bunch of us.  Very sweet lady, to give a bunch of kids from OH a taste of Hollywood  :P
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Post by: marcia29 on October 12, 2022, 08:53:20 AM
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Talk about a career:
* 4 Oscar nominations, 1 win
* 6 Tony wins, 8 noms
* 18 Emmy nominations
* 6 Golden Globes, 15 noms

And she was BFF's with Bea Arthur, as well!  To top it all off, by most accounts she was incredibly nice as well.  I marched in the 1993 Rose Parade, where she was the Grand Marshall.  To pay tribute to her, we had an arrangement of 'Be Our Guest' we played as part of our repertoire, and when we were warming up before the parade began she heard us playing it, stopped by, asked us to play it again for her, and stuck around to chat with a bunch of us.  Very sweet lady, to give a bunch of kids from OH a taste of Hollywood  :P

Very cool! So nice to hear these stories.
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Post by: accelerate on November 09, 2022, 07:51:38 PM
https://www.cbr.com/carlos-pacheco-obituary-marvel-dc-passes-away-60/

Not a good year for comics, with the passing of George Perez, Neal Adams, Tim Sale, and now Carlos Pacheco.
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Post by: sessionka on November 10, 2022, 06:25:12 AM
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https://www.cbr.com/carlos-pacheco-obituary-marvel-dc-passes-away-60/

Not a good year for comics, with the passing of George Perez, Neal Adams, Tim Sale, and now Carlos Pacheco.

That is so sad.   >:(
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Post by: semigeekgirl on November 11, 2022, 08:44:28 AM
This one hit much harder than I was prepared for.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/kevin-conroy-dead-batman-voice-actor-1235260222/
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Post by: perc2100 on November 11, 2022, 09:04:24 AM
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This one hit much harder than I was prepared for.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/kevin-conroy-dead-batman-voice-actor-1235260222/
Same; really shocking to me.  In the pantheon of "Batman actors" I put Kevin Conroy up there with the best of 'em; I mean, I'd put his Batman over freaking George Clooney (which when I told him that once at Comic-Con he lol'ed, thanked me, and chuckled at the fact that in the acting world people consider him well above Clooney)!

What a loss  :(
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Post by: Michael M on November 11, 2022, 09:26:13 AM
Oh man, this one totally sucks.
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Post by: Michael M on November 11, 2022, 09:49:10 AM
Comedian Gallagher (https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/watermelon-smashing-comedian-gallagher-dead-at-76/ar-AA140GvK), known for his watermelon smashing bit.  Saw him live, was so awesome.
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Post by: sessionka on November 11, 2022, 11:22:12 AM
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Comedian Gallagher (https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/watermelon-smashing-comedian-gallagher-dead-at-76/ar-AA140GvK), known for his watermelon smashing bit.  Saw him live, was so awesome.

How far away did you sit? 

I remember seeing his performance on television.  People would actually sit all the way up front, but would have plastic drop cloths in their laps ready to pull them over their heads when he would go to smash his watermelons.  He would try to fake them out sometimes.  To see their reactions was hysterical.  He was an original.
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Post by: Michael M on November 11, 2022, 11:38:16 AM
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How far away did you sit? 

I remember seeing his performance on television.  People would actually sit all the way up front, but would have plastic drop clothes in their laps ready to pull them over their heads when he would go to smash his watermelons.  He would try to fake them out sometimes.  To see their reactions was hysterical.  He was an original.
I was one of those up front...he was something.
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Post by: accelerate on November 20, 2022, 02:47:40 PM
Greg Bear passed away due to complications with heart surgery. I’ll admit, I’ve only ever read one of his books — his Foundation book — but I do own a couple others that I’ve never got around to. I think I will make time for them soon.

https://file770.com/greg-bear-1951-2022/
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Post by: chocolateshake on November 20, 2022, 07:57:49 PM
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Greg Bear passed away due to complications with heart surgery. I’ll admit, I’ve only ever read one of his books — his Foundation book — but I do own a couple others that I’ve never got around to. I think I will make time for them soon.

https://file770.com/greg-bear-1951-2022/

That's a gut check.  He was one of my favorite authors and a mainstay at comic fest.  I didn't know him but I've talked to him enough times that I feel like I do.  He would often be hanging out and up for a chat.  The Killer Bs just won't be the same.
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Post by: AzT on November 22, 2022, 06:24:42 PM
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powerrangers Ranger Nation, we mourn together. Today, we celebrate the heart, strength, and raw talent that Jason David Frank brought to Power Rangers as Tommy Oliver. We’re inspired by all of the beautiful tributes to JDF that have been shared over the last few days. He was truly a legend among us and we will miss him. May the Power protect him, always.

https://www.instagram.com/p/ClRz2UQu5OS/
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on November 26, 2022, 11:22:57 AM
Irene Cara, made famous by the 1980 song “Fame” and the 1983 song “What a Feeling” from the movie “Flashdance,” passed away at her home in Florida.  She was 63.  Before that in the 1970s, she appeared in movies “Aaron Loves Angela” (1974) and “Sparkle” (1976).  I had a boyhood crush on her when she was a regular on PBS’ “The Electric Company” in 1971-72.  I had the pleasure of meeting her in person when The Short Circus from “The Electric Company” made an appearance at FAO Schwartz in New York in 1974.  I was in fourth grade back then.

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/26/arts/music/irene-cara-dead.html
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Post by: perc2100 on November 26, 2022, 04:43:25 PM
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Irene Cara, made famous by the 1980 song “Fame” and the 1983 song “What a Feeling” from the movie “Flashdance,” passed away at her home in Florida.  She was 63.  Before that in the 1970s, she appeared in movies “Aaron Loves Angela” (1974) and “Sparkle” (1976).  I had a boyhood crush on her when she was a regular on PBS’ “The Electric Company” in 1971-72.  I had the pleasure of meeting her in person when The Short Circus from “The Electric Company” made an appearance at FAO Schwartz in New York in 1974.  I was in fourth grade back then.

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/26/arts/music/irene-cara-dead.html
in addition to performing a few songs on the FAME soundtrack (both of its top singles that helped the OST album a big success), she was the star of the film (or at least as big of a star as one can be in the ensemble cast).  She won an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe for co-writing "What A Feeling."
I honestly didn't know most of her bio other than her movie role in FAME: a film that I really dig as a musician/music student (though not at a performing arts HS).  I've known plenty of folks who go to film or drama school with big dreams that never quite get realized for one reason or another (most reasons: breaking in as an actor is _incredibly_ difficult - hell, breaking in as any professional artist is incredibly difficult), and I always empathized with her and her classmates' struggles in FAME.  She seemed like a very talented performer, and it's always a shame to see someone die young: she was 63
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Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on November 30, 2022, 12:17:08 PM
Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac passed away.  She was 79.

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/30/arts/music/christine-mcvie-dead.html?searchResultPosition=1
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Post by: perc2100 on December 01, 2022, 09:19:22 AM
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Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac passed away.  She was 79.

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/30/arts/music/christine-mcvie-dead.html?searchResultPosition=1
What a bummer.  I love the story about the Fleetwood Mac song “You Make Loving Fun” that she wrote:
she was having martial problems, and having an affair with Fleetwood Mac's lighting designer (who was their main lighting designer through 2019!).  She wrote “You Make Loving Fun” about how happy having sex with the lighting guy made her, and when her husband asked she said the song was written about how  happy her dog makes her.  They divorced shortly after, the song was a it, and the band played it nearly every night  :P