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Richard Attenborough passed away yesterday, at the age of 90, due to health issues stemming from a stroke he suffered several years ago. His 91st birthday would have been the 29th. May he rest in peace. I only saw Jurassic Park for the first time within the last couple years, courtesy of Encore. I didn’t know that he directed Magic (1978), and have always meant to watch it—-so I’ll track that down soon.
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Rest in peace, Robin Williams. He died yesterday at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide. When I was around the ages of 9-13, I loved him so much. Hook and Jumanji were a tie for my favorite of his movies at one point, and I watched so much Mork and Mindy on Nick At Nite when I was younger than that. I enjoyed him as the Genie from Aladdin, and may be one of the few to remember him as a frog in Faerie Tale Theater. He will be deeply missed by everyone he brought even a modicum of laughter to.

People keep bringing up Dead Poets Society and Good Morning Vietnam as better movies of his—I’ll have to watch them sometime. He was great in The Birdcage. I also remember this little cameo that he and Billy Crystal had in an episode of Friends.

You can read reactions from the White House (they issued a fantastic statement), Pam Dawber, and several others over here and (if you’re interested in one from Sarah Michelle Gellar in this next link) here and here.


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Skye McCole Bartusiak has passed away at the age of 21. As of now, there are reports that she died in her sleep, and that the fact she suffered from epileptic seizures may have been a contributing factor. May she rest in peace. I remember her as the actress that played young Charlie McGee in Firestarter 2: Rekindled. And thanks to the Sundance Channel airing it at one point, I also remember her as the little girl that was kidnapped by Sean Bean’s character in Don’t Say A Word.

John Fasano has passed away at the age of 52—as of now, while no official cause of death has been released, they do know that he died in his sleep. May he rest in peace. He was one of the many writers for Alien 3, and directed several horror films. I recall a few of the VHS covers for some of them, from back in the 80’s. I had been meaning to watch The Jitters (1989), so I’ll track that down shortly.

James Garner passed away Saturday night at the age of 86. May he, too, rest in peace. While he was most famous for his roles in Maverick and The Rockford Files, MST3K fans may also remember him from the episode where they riffed a movie called City Limits. As I have never seen an episode of The Rockford Files, I’ll have to catch an episode when it airs on Me-TV later today. Sound On Sight made a list of his top ten films.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Meshach Taylor has passed away, at the age of 67, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I will always remember and love his role as Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women…and, to a lesser degree, Hollywood Montrose in the Mannequin movies. Until I checked IMDB, I wasn’t aware that he appeared in The Howling and Damien: Omen II.

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Casey Kasem has passed away, at the age of 82, following a long battle with Lewy Body Disease—a form of dementia. May he rest in peace. He may be most famous for being the host of American Top 40, and as the voice of Shaggy in various incarnations of Scooby Doo over the decades. He was also the voice of Robin in various Super Friends shows. Ghostbusters fans should recall his cameo (voice only) in the first film.

I also remember him hosting a Classic TV Countdown (like this and this) on Nick At Nite every year, in the 80’s and 90’s, and that he appeared as himself on Saved By The Bell. He will be missed.
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Kirsten Bishop has passed away, at the age of 50, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. I primarily know her from the 1975 English dubbed anime version of The Little Mermaid. I watched that version numerous times in the early 80’s, around the age of 2. (I always preferred that original, unhappy ending over the Disney version.)

I don’t believe that I have ever watched anything else she voiced or appeared in.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Bob Hoskins has passed away, at the age of 71, after being hospitalized as a result of pneumonia. May he rest in peace. After a quick check of IMDB, I realized that I’ve only seen him in three movies: Hook—where he was great as Smee, The Super Mario Brothers, and Snow White And The Huntsman. I don’t believe I ever made it through Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
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Harold Ramis has passed away, at the age of 69, as a result of “complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis,” which he had been battling since 2010. May he rest in peace. He will best be remembered by his fans as Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters, as well as being the co-writer of both that, as well as Groundhog Day, in addition to many other great films which I now realize I haven't had the good fortune to see.

He will be greatly missed. And with that news, I’m off to rewatch the first Ghostbusters movie, in his memory. Egon was always my favorite of the team.
calliopes_pen: (redscharlach care for some tea Dalek)
Arthur Rankin, Jr. has passed away at the age of 89. May he rest in peace. He was consulting and executive producer on the 80’s version of Thundercats, producer and director for The Last Unicorn, as well as half of Rankin and Bass. Lord of the Rings fans may remember that he produced The Hobbit and The Return of the King in the 70’s.

Maximilian Schell has passed away at the age of 83, as a result of “a sudden and serious illness.” May he rest in peace. I mostly remember him from The Black Hole (1979), and his role of Hamlet--since the latter aired on MST3K.

John Cacavas has passed away at the age of 83. May he rest in peace. He was a film and tv composer. Among his work was the theme for Kojak, which I’ve been watching every Sunday evening lately, courtesy of Me-TV. I haven’t seen the movies he did that MST3K showed. The only films he did composition for which I have seen appear to be The Satanic Rites of Dracula, and Horror Express.
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Russell Johnson passed away yesterday, at the age of 89, as a result of kidney failure. May he rest in peace. He will be best remembered by most as the Professor on Gilligan’s Island. MST3K fans will also remember him from This Island Earth, which featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.

Hal Sutherland has passed away. As of the post I link to, there’s no word as to his age, when he died, or how. He was the director of almost every episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and was the co-founder of Filmation Studios. May he rest in peace.
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Roger Lloyd-Pack has passed away, at the age of 69, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. May he rest in peace. I’ve only seen him in the Doctor Who two-parter The Age of Steel and Rise of the Cybermen, where he played John Lumic.

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James Avery has passed away at the age of 65. May he rest in peace. He was reportedly in the hospital “for surgery to treat an undisclosed illness, but his condition took a turn for the worse.” While he is best known for his role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I also remember him as the voice of Shredder in the 80’s version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also provided voice work for Real Ghostbusters, and many other shows.

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Peter O’Toole has passed away at the age of 81, after suffering a long illness. May he rest in peace. I loved watching him whenever he popped up. A short list of what I loved him in: Stardust (2007), High Spirits (1988), Casanova (2005), Supergirl (1984), and Svengali (1983). High Spirits was one of my favorite movies when I was little, and I watched Stardust for the first time this year, before sign-ups closed for Yuletide.  He will be greatly missed.
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Danny Wells passed away on November 28th, at the age of 72.  May he rest in peace. I only ever knew him as Luigi on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show--the only episode I really remember (which Kotaku links to) is where Luigi was possessed, and Ernie Hudson is dragged in to help.

Also, a quick note about the weather headed here:  I'll be riding out the ice and snow storm (which begins sooner than expected, around 3 PM, and ends tomorrow night) combination at the other house, which has limited dial-up.  When I get back over here, I'll update everyone on anything that transpired.   Paducah appears to be in the area listed as having a chance for "isolated power outages." Rather than the notch we hit (according to a chart the local weatherman has) in 2009, of "complete and total collapse of basic infrastructure." So, there's that.

Despite rumors to the contrary, which apparently panicked a reporter, Jim Cantore is not currently in the area. (Which means I must link--again--to this little song a local radio station played in the aftermath of the ice storm back then.)

 

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Nigel Davenport has passed away at the age of 85. May he rest in peace. I remember him best in the role of Van Helsing in Dan Curtis’ 1974 version of Bram Stoker's Dracula (the Jack Palance version). According to IMDB, he also appeared in Without A Clue, as Lord Smithwick. MST3K fans may remember him from Phase IV.
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Marcia Wallace has passed away at the age of 70. May she rest in peace. She may be most famous for her role as Carol on The Bob Newhart Show, as well as voicing Mrs. Krabappel on The Simpsons.

I also remember her from Teen Witch, My Mom’s A Werewolf, and Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College—Teen Witch coincidentally aired earlier today on ABC Family.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
Anthony Hinds has passed away at the age of 91. May he rest in peace. He was the producer (in addition to writing screenplays for several horror movies) that was in charge of Hammer Films after his father co-founded the studio, steering them more in the direction of horror.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Tom Clancy has passed away at the age of 66. May he rest in peace. All that’s known so far is that he died in a Baltimore hospital.
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Karen Black has passed away, at the age of 74, after a long battle with ampullary cancer. May she rest in peace. I mostly remember her from Trilogy of Terror, Burnt Offerings, and the 80’s remake of Invaders From Mars.
calliopes_pen: (brown_betty Bad Bat)
Michael Ansara has passed away, as a result of complications stemming from Alzheimer’s disease, at the age of 91. May he rest in peace. He is perhaps best remembered as the Klingon Kang in Star Trek, and voiced Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler Holmes Watson travel friends)
Eileen Brennan has passed away, at the age of 80, following a long battle with bladder cancer. May she rest in peace. I loved her in Clue and Murder By Death. I’ve never seen The Cheap Detective, so I’ll have to track that one down someday.

Reading through her IMDB page, I see that she was also in the 1995 remake of Freaky Friday, as well as The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Daniel Jackson knowledge)
Mel Smith has passed away, as the result of a heart attack, at the age of 60. May he rest in peace. Until I read through various sites, I wasn’t sure where I had even heard the name before.

He directed Radioland Murders (which I loved) and was in The Princess Bride as The Albino.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler Holmes Watson travel friends)
Cory Monteith has passed away, at the age of 31. The cause of death is not currently known, and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday. May he rest in peace. Not being a fan of Glee, I checked IMDB to see if I had ever actually seen him in anything. Maybe Smallville, since I watched Thirst (IMDB says he played a frat cowboy guy—sounds vaguely familiar) sometime before I quit bothering with the show.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
Annette Funicello has passed away at the age of 70, as a result of complications related to multiple sclerosis. May she rest in peace.

Also rest in peace to: Roger Ebert, Jess Franco, Bigas Luna, Carmine Infantino, George Gladir, Basil Copper, Jane Henson, Les Blank, and anyone else that died in the last 2 weeks that I’ve managed to miss due to massive real life concerns. I only just found out most of those today.
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Malachi Throne has passed away at the age of 84. May he rest in peace. Star Trek fans will remember him as Commodore Mendez in the TOS episode The Menagerie, as well as the leader of the Talosians in The Cage, and was Senator Pardek in the Star Trek: TNG two-parter Unification. He played False Face in the Adam West Batman series—I recently managed to catch an episode with him, courtesy of ME-TV. He was the narrator for the original 1977 trailer for Star Wars. A quick check of IMDB, tells me he was also the narrator of the cartoon Visionaries: Knights of the Magic Light.

Paramount Censors Torrentz’s Torrentless Homepage from Google

A Few Favorite Red Nose Day Moments.

A Global Zombie Walk Is Coming This May.

The History of TNT’s Monstervision. From back when I watched, pre-Joe Bob Briggs.

Veronica Mars Movie Budget Coming Entirely From Kickstarter, More Rewards To Be Added

Today in ‘What’s being Kickstarted?’: Maybe Pushing Daisies, definitely not Firefly.

BFI: The Second Doctor Panel.

10 Minor Doctor Who Characters That Should Have Been Companions.

The Line It Is Drawn #130—Song Lyrics Starring Comic Book Characters.

Comic Book Legends Revealed #410.

Ask Chris #145: Looking Forward To Batman’s Past.

10 Marvel Events That Had A Major Impact.

San Diego Comic-Con Update: convention center expansion approved; D23 may threaten Marvel’s participation

Dave Bautista will play Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Stan Lee’s Rants: Commercials

90-year-old Stan Lee is a parkour master with his own theme song, obviously

Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection Trailer

World Premiere Of ‘Teen Titans Go’ Slated For Wondercon 2013 In Anaheim

Image of the Day: Favorite Images From Knightfall #4.

Image of the Day: Favorite Images From Knightfall #5.

New Beware the Batman Promo Poster Released

Cartoon Theme Songs Sure Were Weird.

Why Sherlock Comics Should Be A Thing.

Andy Diggle, Scott Lobdell, Greg Pak and Scott Snyder Celebrate Superman, Part 1.

Wonder Woman Documentary To Air On PBS April 15th.

Jurassic Park 4’s director will be Colin Trevorrow.

Top 10 Hilarious Movie Deaths

33 Things We Learned from the ‘Psycho’ Commentary

Vintage Horror Cinema: F.W. Murnau's 'Faust'

Cosplay We Love: The most amazing Cthulhu costume you’ll ever see.

How It Should Have Ended: Portal.

MST3K Volume XXVI Trailer

Trailers From Hell: Allan Arkush on The Actress

Top 10 Unlikely Action Stars

The 10 Greatest Personality Tests In Science Fiction And Fantasy

Horror Etc Podcast, Episode 290: The Shining

The Shut Up And Watch This Podcast, Episode 87: Rock ‘n’ Rule (1983).

Mission Log Podcast #32—Episode 32: The Changeling

Smodcast #30: Christopher Drake: Music of the Knight.

Movie Issues Podcast: Josie and the Pussycats (2001).
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New Java malware protection undone by old-school attack

Toren Smith has passed away, at the age of 52. May he rest in peace. He was one of the earliest English translators of manga.

Fantagraphics’ Kim Thompson Talks About Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Uncovering Marvel’s lost ’80s cartoon pitches

Image of the Day: Best Images of the Joker #4

P:R Approved: Bobby Rubio’s Nightwing

Grace Randolph’s Stacktastic: Desperately Seeking Damian.

Green Goblin / Norman Osborn: Where Do I Start?

'Back to the Future: The Game' now available for iPhone

20 Lies Back to the Future II Told Us (Besides the Hoverboard)

Cosplay of the Day: Louis Tully Needs to Call the Ghostbusters

Mego-style Dark Shadows toys available in May

Anthony Stewart Head joins The CW’s The Selection. Whedonesque reacts to the news here.

Melissa George and Seth Gabel Join Gothica—the latter will play Roderick Usher, while the former is Fiona Hunter.

Buzzfeed interviews Martin Freeman.

The Hobbit Re-Read: Chapter 15, The Gathering of the Clouds.

Hannibal TV Series Poster

Poltergeist’ Remake Will Be Directed by ‘Monster House’ Helmer Gil Kenan

Alex Winter Explains Why We Haven’t Seen ‘Bill and Ted 3′ Yet

The trailer for Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Animation Tests For The Doctor’s First Regeneration

TARDIS Rubik’s Cube

An Old Hope: Lucas says Hamill, Fisher, and Ford set for Star Wars VII

5 Nutty Things (and One Serious) About Stephen King’s Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep.

Nightmare Before Christmas Birthday Cake.

UK Release Date Of Star Trek Into Darkness Brought Forward One Week

Monster of the Week: The Nightmare

8 Ridiculous Hooks For Sequels That Were Never Made (But Should Have Been)

29 Things We Learned from the ‘Wizard of Oz’ Commentary

Comic Issues #108: DC Then and Marvel Now.

Out of the Blue, Episode 2: Robert Picardo

Smodcast: Geoff Johns: Shazam, Batman.

Film Bin Podcast: The Secret Garden (1993)

The Shut Up And Watch This Podcast, Episode 85: Fire And Ice (1983)

Mission Log Podcast #31, Episode 31: Who Mourns For Adonais?
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William Moody aka Paul Bearer has passed away at the age of 58. May he rest in peace.

Del Tenney has passed away at the age of 82. May he rest in peace. MST3K fans are likely to remember Horror of Party Beach, which he produced.

Valerie Harper has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Microsoft reverses its Office 2013 license transfer rule

EU fines Microsoft €561 million for not giving users a browser choice

The Pirate Bay Reveals North Korea Relocation Plan Was A Prank

LEGO Spill Shuts Down Highway Lane In West Virginia

SDCC and ‘The Art of War’: A 40+ Page Survival Guide

10 Tips For Surviving Con Season.

Rare Women Fic Exchange: Treating, letters, and other post-assignment concerns.

New Short From Rifftrax: Ghost Rider.

DC Histories: Sherlock Holmes. So now I have to track down the issue with an Eclipso-possessed Watson.

Analyzing Time In The New 52.

Batman: The Animated Series Rewatch: Day of the Samurai and Terror in the Sky.

Cristiano Siqueira’s posters for imaginary Batman films

Round Robin Requiem: 8 DC Writers Discuss Damian’s Death.

From College Humor: Batman Says His Goodbyes.

Image of the Day: Best Images of the Joker #3

First look at the New 52 Batman skin for Injustice.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series Producer Giancarlo Volpe Talks Finale, Looks Back At Series

Retailers Order Over 4.6 Million Free Comic Book Day 2013 Comics.

Three Decades Ago, In a Movie Theater Down the Street: Ten Favorite Science Fiction Films of the 1980s, By Dayton Ward

Ex-X: The Noble Tradition of Rage-Quitting The X-Men.

Make It So: A Conversation With Sir Patrick Stewart

Cerebro Being Rebuilt for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Everything We Know About X-Men: Days of Future Past

It’ll Be Difficult To Top This Incredible Zombie Iron Man Cosplay

10 Things Worth Noticing in the Final Iron Man 3 Trailer

Stan Lee’s Rants: Pole Dancing.

Gimmick or Good? – Marvels #1-4

The Sandman Re-Read: Death: The High Cost of Living

SoapNet To Air 50-Hour General Hospital Marathon

‘Evil Dead 4′ rumors: Bruce Campbell says remake should satisfy fans

Q&A: Sam Raimi's New Dimensions in Oz

Sam Raimi Confirms That Anne Hathaway Would Have Been His Felicia Hardy in Spider-Man 4

Sam Raimi Muses on the Evil Dead Phenomenon

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Character Portraits.

Aaron Yoo joins The Tomorrow People.

'King Kong' Musical Premieres This Summer

Rupert Wyatt Won’t Make ‘The Equalizer’ After All

Trailers From Hell: Karyn Kusama on Deep Red

Three New Teasers for NBC's Hannibal Series

17 reasons geeks worship Joss Whedon (and 3 reasons not to)

Spend the Night Alone: Notes on ‘Conversations With Dead People.’

Geek Gear: Firefly ‘Browncoat Brick’ Shirt

The 10 Greatest (Fictional) Female Scientists We Want to Be When We Grow Up

6 Filmmaking Tips From Ang Lee

'Grimm,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Psych,' 'Once Upon a Time': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Nerdist Writer’s Panel #76: Live from the Jonathan Coulton Cruise. Bill Corbett moderates the panel, which includes John Scalzi, Josh Cagan, John Roderick, Randall Munroe, Molly Lewis, Adam Bernstein, and Joseph Scrimshaw.

The Collinsport Historical Society Podcast, Episode 10: Night of Dark Shadows.

Now Playing Podcast: Constantine (2005)

Tuner Minute #230.

The Last Days of Bandai Entertainment USA

Geekfest Rants, Episode 130: Fringe Series Finale. Even if I have never seen a single episode, this is still a fascinating discussion.

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