The Grim Reaper claimed a twofer today, taking the lives of cult horror director George A. Romero and sci-fi legend Martin Landau. Romero’s obituary can be read here, while Landau’s can be accessed here.
Yankee Doodle Dandy was a 1942 film starring James Cagney. It was a bio-pic based on the life of George M. Cohan, known as “The Man Who Owned Broadway.”
John Hurt, whose devastating performances in movies like The Elephant Man, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Alien and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone showcased a craftsmanship rare in Hollywood today, died at the age of 77 due to complications caused by pancreatic cancer. The Daily Mail presents the story here.
After launching with Bing and David Bowie, here’s the King of the Crooners singing traditional Christmas tunes.
Sunday’s listening was good enough with Robert Görl of DAF, but add to this a gorgeous, floating, dancing Anna Karina, and you have the visual stimulation for a delightful evening’s viewing, too.
On December 9, Kirk Douglas becomes a centenarian. The UCLA Film & Television Archive will be doing a retrospective of his work this year. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times writes on the event here.
This has bad week for the arts. Well, two if you count the departure of Lemmy. Now, on top of Ziggy Stardust, we lose Severus Snape, or better yet, Hans Grüber, super-villain. Rest in peace, Alan Rickman.
Featuring the talents of actor George C. Scott, this is by far my favorite secular Christmas film.
Absolutely apropos for Halloween. Before there was “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” or me, for that matter, there was Christopher Lee. He could do everything well – even cowboy songs for Halloween.
My friend Gummi from Iceland had posted that the legendary James Last, King of Easy Listening, had passed away. Of course many mourn his loss, but things got progressively worse of the past 24 hours. Next was the loss of Christopher Lee, the best Dracula to ever appear on celluloid, and a man not to …