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A tribute to one of the great songwriters and his passing earlier today.
Poet Piri Thomas who was born and grew up in Spanish Harlem before it became romanticized in a song has died at the age of 83. Born Juan Pedro Tomás in 1928, Thomas rose to acclaim with his 1967 memoir, Down These Mean Streets. The book told the tale of how the son of Puerto Rican and Cuban parents not only survived the mean streets of Spanish Harlem and seven years of hard labor at Sing-Sing but how those events inspired him to become the man, the poet that he would become.Poet Piri Thomas who was born and grew up in Spanish Harlem before it became... more
Doctor Who fans everywhere are mourning after Elisabeth Sladen (who plays Sarah Jane Smith) has died after battling with cancer, she was 63.
Sladen famously appeared in the popular BBC sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' between 1973 and 1976 as the Doctor's assistant, as well as brief appearences, she was also been given her own spin-off series 'The Sarah Jane Aventures' for CBBC between 2007 and 2010. Sladen survives with her husband/actor Brian Miller and her daughter.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13137674Doctor Who fans everywhere are mourning after Elisabeth Sladen (who plays Sarah Jane... more
In honor of Trish Keenan of the group Broadcast, whose passing to complications of pneumonia earlier today at the age of 42 left the music world stunned.In honor of Trish Keenan of the group Broadcast, whose passing to complications of... more
British actor Pete Postlewaite OBE, has died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer, he was 64.
Pete appeared in various TV shows which includes an episode of 'Coronation Street', most of the episodes of 'Horse in the House' and credited in three episodes of 'Criminal Justice'. Pete's movie career includes 'The Dressmaker', 'Alien 3', 'The Name of the Father', 'Romeo + Juliet', 'Brassed Off', 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', 'Clash of the Titans', 'Inception' and 'The Town' as well as the climate change film 'The Age of Stupid'. His final film will be 'Killing Bono'. He survived with his wife, son and daughter.
Source: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2011/01/03/pete-postlethwaite-dies-at-64/British actor Pete Postlewaite OBE, has died on Sunday after a long battle with... more
Denise Borino-Quinn, the actress who found fame in the HBO drama "The Sopranos", has died of liver cancer, she was 46.
Denise, who also worked in a law firm, played Ginny Sacrimoni in the TV series in 2002 when she first appeared in the episode "The Weight", when the show finished in 2007, she lost 12.5 stone from surgery. Denise leaves two brothers.
Source: http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101030/UPDATES01/101030030/1005/NEWS01/+Sopranos++actress+dies+in+MorristownDenise Borino-Quinn, the actress who found fame in the HBO drama "The... more
Desinging Women Star Dixie Carter Dead: Actress Dies At 70
LOS ANGELES — “Designing Women” star Dixie Carter, whose Southern charm and natural beauty won her a host of television roles, has died at age 70.
“Designing Women” Star Dixie Carter Cause Of Death…Hal Holbrook’s Wife had Cancer?…VIDEO...http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/designing-women-star-dixie-carter-cause-of-death-hal-holbrooks-wife-had-cancer-video/
Carter died Saturday morning, according to publicist Steve Rohr, who represents Carter and her husband, actor Hal Holbrook. He declined to disclose the cause of death or where she died. Carter lived with Holbrook in the Los Angeles area.Desinging Women Star Dixie Carter Dead: Actress Dies At 70 Huffingtonpost.com... more
Brittany Murphy was not one of the world's great actors. Nor, in recent years, was she even especially visible. But she was a performer of immense charm, with a knockout smile and a chuckling, bee-bop voice it was difficult not to be won over by.
For a spell in the early 90s, Murphy established herself as one of Hollywood's freshest, most engaging mainstream leads – a doll-eyed ditz with a hint of vaguely filthy goofiness. She was Scarlett Johansson a half-generation older: she shared that actor's old-school Hollywood glamour, the big curves on a little frame, and the brains behind the fluff. Both even had singing careers. But while Johansson teamed up with some solid mentors, and got films of real credibility under her belt, Murphy struggled to cement a career that, for some years, looked so promising.
Murphy didn't begin in the Marilyn mould though. She came to most people's attention on Clueless, that perky high school-set Emma update, with Alicia Silverstone as the alpha female matchmaker, Cher, who make over Murphy's gawky out-of-towner, Tai (the Harriet Smith part) – with mixed results. Murphy is beguiling: endlessly sweet, sort of stupid, a little lispy, even ("Wow, you guys talk like grown-ups.") But she could pull of sexy, as well as simple – and the role gave her a chance to prove it.
Click the link to see more clips.Brittany Murphy was not one of the world's great actors. Nor, in recent years,... more
Let's all put a right hand in and a left hand in, now put them together for a round of applause for Mr. Robert Degen.Let's all put a right hand in and a left hand in, now put them together for a... more
LES Paul dies and the Celebrity Death Watch business thrives. Anorak’s Man in LA looks at the man who made so much possible:
Les was the innovator, and a part if the New York City music scene over the years. He pioneered multitrack recording; he invented the solid body guitar; when he shattered his right arm in a car crash, rendering it immobile, he had it set at an angle so he could play continue to guitar; they named the Les Paul after him!
But it’s thirty-third week of 2009 and Les Paul’s is the thirty-eighth celebrity death we’ve highlighted since January 3rd.
Get a load of this list of the people whose passings we’ve mentioned in 2009– so far:
Glenn Goldman of Book Soup
Ray Dennis Steckler, movie auteur
Jon Hager of the Hager Twins
John Updike, author
James Brady, newspaperman
Leroy Cooper, musician
David Fathead Newman, saxman
Hank Crawford, musician
Dewey Martin of Buffalo Springfield
Tom Brumley of Rick Nelson’s band
Lux Interior of The Cramps
Orlando Cachaito López, Buena Vista Social Club bassist
Wendy Richard, Carry On actress
Alan Landers, Winston Man
Altovise Davis, Sammy Davis Jr.’s widow
Dorothea Holt Redmond, production designer
Peter Rogers, Carry On producer
Wayne Allwine, voice of Mickey Mouse
David Carradine, actor,
Sam Butera, musician Ed McMahon
Steve Brennan, reporter
Gidget, Taco Bell pup
Alexis Cohen, American idol Glitter Girl
Sidney Zion, journo
Billy Lee Riley, rockabilly legend
Les PaulLES Paul dies and the Celebrity Death Watch business thrives. Anorak’s Man in LA... more
Nostalgia for John Hughes films can work in a number of ways – we can feel regret at getting older, we can romanticise the past (let’s not forget that the reason we liked his films was rooted in how much we didn’t like being kids), we can smile a wry smile at the memories of stupid things we did, or courageous. For me, I think of Cameron Frye. Not, himself, the coolest guy in the class; but the friend. Not, himself, the sports hero; but the fan. Not, himself, the king; but just happy to be in the palace grounds. So used to being terrified of what the authorities might do to him when he makes a mistake that his only possible response to complete screw-uppery is to decide he’s going to take it like a man, and in the process, become one.Nostalgia for John Hughes films can work in a number of ways – we can feel... more
Demise of Dash Snow, notorious in New York's downtown art scene, marks the end of an era.
Dash Snow died this past Monday of a heroin overdose, and obituaries all over the world have established him, already, as "iconic," a kind of cipher for the Downtown New York art scene of the past 10 years. They usually begin by identifying him as an artist but nobody really wants to talk about his art. He was a fascinating muse for other artists, but his lifestyle is the most interesting thing about him, involving as it did a devotion to every kind of hedonism possible when a person has no respect for taboos and pots and pots of money. The style of his death also represents the end of a particular moment in the life of American art, the logical conclusion of its utter submission to the glut of money fuelled by fraudulent financial instruments pumping through the world's major cities before the crash. He was an icon of a nasty and empty art so cynical it amounted nearly to nihilism.
Snow was also, in a very direct way, one of the most influential forces on popular culture. Gavin McInnes, the founder of the hipster bible Vice magazine, literally used to follow Snow around recording the smallest detail of his life. The fact is you've seen Dash Snow. You can see him on Ossington tonight if you want. He's the trucker-hat-donning, skinny-jeans-wearing, Pabst-Blue-Ribbon-drinking, Converse-shoe-stepping trustafarian hipster of the past decade who thinks that the good life is staying up until eight in the morning snorting blow in the toilet stalls at after-hours clubs. Snow was the source that Vice magazine used to develop that template.
The comparison with Basquiat, another New York artist who died from consuming massive quantities of drugs, has already begun and it is not flattering to Snow. I caught the Basquiat retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2005, and it was a revelation of his searing originality and consistent growth right up to the point of his death. Basquiat's life was about the work. Even his drug use was about the work. He would snort coke all night to paint and then shoot up in the morning to fall asleep. He poured his demiurge energies into self-education and the mastery of technique, steeping himself in the traditions of Symbolism and Expressionism, which he then melded with street art.
Snow's work is the stuff teenage kids do at parties. His most famous pieces are a photograph of himself snorting coke off a semi-erect penis, and a collection of newspaper pages covered with his sperm. Basquiat's hedonism fuelled his creativity, but for Snow hedonism was the creativity. Ariel Levy's profile of Snow in New York magazine in 2007, which made him famous beyond his immediate circle of friends, began with a description of a game he played semi-regularly with the sculptor Dan Colen called "The Hamster's Nest." "To make a Hamster's Nest, Snow and Colen shred up 30 to 50 phone books, yank around all the blankets and drapes, turn on the taps, take off their clothes, and do drugs – mushrooms, coke, ecstasy – until they feel like hamsters." This is what Snow was good at. His art grew out of running around at night, doing graffiti and stealing. He was proud of being a thief; he believed it gave him authenticity. He paid bums to let him tag their backs. He thought it was cool.
Even the hedonism seems joyless and cynical, fuelled by only the shallowest spirit of rebellion. Because, of course, Dash Snow was rich. He was a de Menil, a member of a family regularly featured on Forbes' list of the richest families in America and one of the greatest art collecting dynasties in history. How else could he have maintained his lifestyle if he were not a scion of one of America's great fortunes? How could he have called himself an artist if he were not a descendant of some of the greatest patrons the world has ever known? His brother has dated Mary-Kate Olsen. His grandmother commissioned the Rothko chapel in Houston. His family sponsoreDemise of Dash Snow, notorious in New York's downtown art scene, marks the end of... more
Walter Cronkite, an iconic CBS News journalist who defined the role of anchorman for a generation of television viewers, died Friday at the age of 92, his family said.
Mr. Cronkite anchored the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981, at a time when television became the dominant medium of the United States. He figuratively held the hand of the American public during the civil rights movement, the space race, the Vietnam war, and the impeachment of Richard Nixon. During his tenure, network newscasts were expanded to 30 minutes from 15.
“It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite,” said Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, in a statement. “More than just the best and most trusted anchor in history, he guided America through our crises, tragedies and also our victories and greatest moments.”
Mr. McManus added: “No matter what the news event was, Walter was always the consummate professional with an un-paralleled sense of compassion, integrity, humanity, warmth, and occasionally even humor. There will never be another figure in American history who will hold the position Walter held in our minds, our hearts and on the television. We were blessed to have this man in our lives and words cannot describe how much he will be missed by those of us at CBS News and by all of America.”
In a review of Mr. Cronkite’s autobiography in 1997, the former New York Times columnist Tom Wicker wrote:
When John F. Kennedy was murdered in Dallas in 1963, Walter Cronkite stayed on the air for the Columbia Broadcasting System for countless hours. His performance that weekend helped pull together a nation stricken with grief and was a signal event in television’s evolution into the national nervous system.
When Mr. Cronkite came back from Vietnam after the Tet offensive of 1968, he concluded on national television that the war had become no better than a stalemate. Hearing that, President Lyndon Johnson told associates, ”If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.” And he had. When Mr. Cronkite asked Robert Kennedy, then a senator from New York, whether he would run for President in 1968, Kennedy turned the tables: he proposed that Mr. Cronkite should run for the Senate. Mr. Cronkite refused, but the idea reflected polls showing that a journalist — a television journalist at that — had become the most trusted man in America.
For his exhaustive and enthusiastic coverage of NASA, Mr. Cronkite was sometimes called “the eighth astronaut.” During the first moon landing in 1969, Mr. Cronkite “was on the air for 27 of the 30 hours that Apollo 11 took to complete its mission,” The Museum of Broadcast Communications notes.Walter Cronkite, an iconic CBS News journalist who defined the role of anchorman for a... more
His mission was to use his photography to build the reputation of architects who were bringing innovative design to the West. His clients included Frank Lloyd Wright and Rudolf M. Schindler.
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Julius Shulman, whose luminous photographs of homes and buildings brought fame to a number of mid-20th century modernist architects and made him a household name in the architectural world, has died. He was 98.
Shulman, who had been in declining health, died Wednesday night at his home in Los Angeles, according to his daughter Judy McKee.
Starting with Richard Neutra in 1936, Shulman's roster of clients read like a who's who of pioneering contemporary architecture: Rudolf M. Schindler, Gregory Ain, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Eames, Raphael S. Soriano, John Lautner, Eero Saarinen, Albert Frey, Pierre Koenig, Harwell Harris and many others. His work was contained in virtually every book published on modernist architects.
"He has a sense of visual bravura of composition," wrote the late Robert Sobieszek, photography curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "so that he can take a rather mundane house and make it look exciting, and take a spectacular house and make it look triply spectacular."
MORE @ LinkHis mission was to use his photography to build the reputation of architects who were... more
Gale Storm, whose wholesome appearance and perky personality made her one of early television's biggest stars, has died at age 87.
The actress died Saturday at a convalescent hospital in Danville, said her son, Peter Bonnell. He says she died of natural causes.
Storm was a Texas high schooler named Josephine Owaissa Cottle when she won a talent contest for a radio show called "Gateway to Hollywood" on New Year's Day 1940.
Soon she was in Los Angeles, making movies with Jackie Cooper, Eddie Albert and Audie Murphy.
In 1952 she landed the starring role in "My Little Margie," which quickly became an audience favorite and ran until 1955.Gale Storm, whose wholesome appearance and perky personality made her one of early... more
Ed McMahon, perhaps the most famous sidekick in television history, has died at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 86.
For 30 years, he sat cheerfully on the couch next to Johnny Carson on the set of NBC's "Tonight Show," and it was his trademark phrase that opened the broadcast every evening: "H-e-e-e-e-e-ere's Johnny!"
His publicist, Howard Bragman, did not give a cause of death, saying only that McMahon had a "multitude of health problems the last few months." He had been hospitalized in February, reportedly with bone cancer, and had also suffered a broken neck in a fall in 2007.
He died early Tuesday morning at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, surrounded by his family, said Bragman.
"It takes a lot more time to not be nice than to be nice," McMahon once said. Audiences will remember him laughing at Carson's jokes, moving aside on the set to make room for the show's featured guests, and smiling through commercial pitches.Ed McMahon, perhaps the most famous sidekick in television history, has died at a Los... more
Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, the master Indian musician and composer who was a pivotal figure in introducing the music of his homeland to the West, has died. He was 87.
The legendary sarod player and teacher died of kidney failure Thursday night at his home in the Bay Area city of San Anselmo, according to an announcement on the website of the Ali Akbar College of Music, Khan's teaching facility in northern California. The announcement said Khan had been a dialysis patient since 2004 but was still teaching at the college until just two weeks ago.
Considered a "National Living Treasure" in India, Khan was the first Indian musician to be honored by the MacArthur Foundation with its so-called genius grant, which he received in 1991.
He was also awarded the National Endowment for the Arts' prestigious National Heritage Fellowship, the highest U.S. honor in traditional arts, in 1997.
He recorded more than 95 albums, was nominated for five Grammy Awards and composed scores for both Indian and Western movies, including the 1963 Merchant-Ivory film "The Householder" and the 1993 Bernardo Bertolucci film "Little Buddha."
But to many, his influence was in expanding the appeal of Indian music.
"He was instrumental in transforming Indian music into an international tradition in a way that was unprecedented," said David Trasoff of Los Angeles, a senior student of Khan's who has studied north Indian classical music and sarod performance for the last 36 years.
"What he attempted to do and, I believe, succeeded in doing was to transplant this very deep musical tradition by committing himself to a level of teaching that resulted in a number of proteges who have gone on to present this music throughout the world," Trasoff said.Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, the master Indian musician and composer who was a pivotal... more