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R. I. P. (2017)
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- 26-04-17, 05:03 PM #51
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Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs, dies at 73
Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs, dies at 73 - BBC News
Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, has died in New York at the age of 73.
His publicist confirmed he died from complications from esophageal cancer.
Born in 1944, Demme's other features included Philadelphia, Something Wild and the Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense.
British actress Thandie Newton, who worked with him on Beloved and The Truth About Charlie, said she was "deeply saddened" by his passing.
The director's publicist said: "Sadly, I can confirm that Jonathan passed away early this morning in his Manhattan apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanne Howard, and three children.
"He died from complications from esophageal cancer and is survived by his children Ramona, age 29, and her husband James Molloy, Brooklyn, age 26, and Jos, age 21.
"There will be a private family funeral. Any possible further plans will be announce later.
"In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Americans For Immigrant Justice in Miami, FL [Florida]."
The Silence of the Lambs, the second film to feature serial killer Hannibal Lecter, is one of only three films to win the so-called "big five" Oscars.
As well as best director, the 1991 film was named best picture, won a screenplay prize and saw both of its lead actors honoured.
Demme also steered Tom Hanks to an Oscar in Philadelphia, while Mary Steenburgen won a supporting actress Oscar for his 1980 film Melvin and Howard.
In recent years he worked with Anne Hathaway on Rachel Getting Married and directed Meryl Streep in both Ricki and the Flash and his 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.
His most recent film, Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids, showed Timberlake in concert in 2015.
Born Robert Jonathan Demme on New York's Long Island, Demme began his directing career working for famed producer Roger Corman.
His earliest credits included Caged Heat, a thriller set in a women's prison, and Crazy Mama, a road movie starring Cloris Leachman.
Elijah Wood, star of the Lord of the Rings films, tweeted that he was "sad to hear" of the director's death, while Edgar Wright said he had "admired" all his work.
"He could do anything," tweeted the British director of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead.
- 26-04-17, 05:07 PM #52
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Oh my, fancy him dying of a cancer of the throat and stomach. Hope that has no meaning with his work on Silence of the Lambs...
Did not recognise the name, but some great work there.
- 27-04-17, 03:57 PM #53
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Leo Baxendale: Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx comic legend dies
Leo Baxendale: Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx comic legend dies - BBC News
Comic artist Leo Baxendale, whose characters like the Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx entertained generations of young readers, has died.
With his sense of anarchy and humour, Baxendale and his creations became a big part of the appeal of comics like The Beano from the 1950s.
He was regarded by aficionados as one of Britain's greatest and most influential cartoonists.
His creations also included The Three Bears, Little Plum and the comic Wham!.
Baxendale's son Martin, also a cartoonist, said his father died at the age of 86 after a long fight with cancer.
Hailing from Preston, Lancashire, Leo Baxendale helped the Beano appeal to children in an otherwise austere post-war Britain - first with Little Plum then Minnie the Minx, a female answer to Dennis the Menace.
Cuthbert, Smiffy, Fatty, Plug and the rest of the Bash Street Kids came next. Like Minnie, they revelled in running riot across the comic panels and outwitting grown-up authority figures like their teacher, named Teacher.
Martin Baxendale said: "The humour in Leo's work for children's comics and his later newspaper cartoons and books was always anarchic, anti the established order and pro fairness and justice in a generally unfair and unjust world, championing the underdog against the forces of oppression; a reflection of his strongly held left-wing, progressive political views.
"In his comics' pages he saw the child characters he created as the underdogs long controlled and oppressed by the adult world around them and he gave them a voice and actions with which to fight back in hilariously anarchic fashion, allowed them to step into the limelight and control their own destinies.
"Children of the time responded to that, writing fan letters of glee and appreciation that truly delighted him. The fan letters also came from grown-up children, reading his pages with as much enjoyment as their offspring."
Cartoonist Lew Stringer told the Downthetubes comic blog that Baxendale was "quite simply the most influential artist in UK humour comics".
He said: "The impact of his work on British humour comics is incredible, as other artists were encouraged by editors to mimic Leo's style.
"The Beano simply wouldn't look like The Beano without Leo's influence, and it's debatable whether The Beano would even still be around if it had never featured The Bash Street Kids or Minnie the Minx."
Comic archivist, author and publisher Paul Gravett wrote on Facebook: "He did so much more than revolutionise British comics. He inspired in his readers, young and old, an anarchic, free-thinking spirit to challenge authority and be yourself."
Baxendale left The Beano to create the comic Wham! in 1963. It featured characters like Eagle Eye Junior Spy, his arch enemy Grimly Feendish and The Barmy Army.
In the 1970s, Baxendale moved on to Willy the Kid and Baby Basil, the latter of which also featured in The Guardian in the 1990s.
In the 1980s, he fought a seven-year battle for the copyright to his Beano creations with publisher DC Thomson. They settled out of court before a three-week trial began.
- 03-05-17, 08:18 PM #54
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Bruce Hampton, jam music pioneer, dies after collapsing on stage at 70th birthday concert
Bruce Hampton, jam music pioneer, dies after collapsing on stage at 70th birthday concert - News 5 Cleveland
Bruce Hampton apparently died doing what he loved most.
The musician, called the "granddaddy of the jam scene" by the New York Times, collapsed on stage while performing at a tribute concert celebrating his 70th birthday.
The show, held at Atlanta's Fox Theater, was billed as "Hampton 70: A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton." It featured performances by members of Phish, R.E.M., Blues Traveler and other rock acts, as well as actor-musician Billy Bob Thornton.
In addition to music, Hampton acted in a few movies and TV shows, including "Tombstone" and Thornton's "Sling Blade," according to IMDB.
Comment: In searching for some music by Bruce Hamilton I found footage of his 70th birthday bash showing him collapsing. I wouldn't recommend searching it for yourself.
- 11-05-17, 05:04 PM #55
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Geoffrey Bayldon: Catweazle actor dies aged 93
British actor Geoffrey Bayldon has died at the age of 93, his agency has confirmed.
He was best known for playing the lead role in TV series Catweazle, and the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge.
The actor's film credits include To Sir With Love and The Pink Panther Strikes Again, as well as big-screen versions of Porridge and Steptoe and Son.
He famously turned down the lead role in Doctor Who twice, but did eventually make an appearance on the show in 1979.
Bayldon was born in Leeds on 7 January 1924.
After studying at the Hull College of Architecture, he began acting and trained at the Old Vic Theatre School.
He went on to star in a whole host of films and TV shows - including playing Q in 1967's Casino Royale, which was loosely based on Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel.
But it was his roles in Catweazle, which ran for two years from 1970, and Worzel Gummidge, which ran from 1979-81, that were his most famous.
Bayldon also made appearances in TV series including Z-Cars, The Avengers and The Tomorrow People and, more recently, Heartbeat, Casualty and My Family.
- 18-05-17, 10:49 AM #56
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Chris Cornell: Audioslave and Soundgarden singer dies aged 52
Chris Cornell: Audioslave and Soundgarden singer dies aged 52 - BBC News
Chris Cornell has died at the age of 52, his representatives have confirmed.
He was best known as the lead singer in Soundgarden and Audioslave, and also performed the theme song to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.
In a statement, Cornell's representative Brian Bumbery said his death was "sudden and unexpected".
It also said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.
Cornell died shortly after playing a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit on Wednesday evening.
The show was part of a wider tour and the group had a number of live dates scheduled for later this month.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page led tributes to Cornell singer on Twitter, writing: "RIP Chris Cornell. Incredibly talented, incredibly young, incredibly missed."
Cornell was born on 20 July, 1964.
As a solo artist, he released four studio albums - most recently 2015's Higher Truth.
His biggest single in the UK was 2006's You Know My Name, which was the theme song to Casino Royale, which starred Daniel Craig.
The track made him the first male American artist to write and perform the theme song for a James Bond movie.
But he was perhaps most famous as the lead singer of Seattle band Soundgarden, which formed in 1984 and went on to release six studio albums.
Last year, the band confirmed they were returning to the studio to record new material and a tour was announced for this year.
On Wednesday evening, the Fox Theatre in Detroit tweeted pictures of the band while they were live on stage.
Cornell himself tweeted about the show on Wednesday evening, writing: "Finally back to Rock City!"
Soundgarden's most successful album in the UK was 1994's Superunknown, which reached number four in the singles chart.
In 2001, he joined rock supergroup Audioslave, which consisted of Cornell on lead vocals, together with Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk (drums).
The group released three albums - all of which reached the top 20 in the UK - but disbanded in 2007.
- 18-05-17, 11:20 AM #57
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Powers Boothe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Sin City actor, dies at 68
Powers Boothe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Sin City actor, dies at 68 - BBC News
Actor Powers Boothe, who was known for his roles in Sin City, Deadwood, and most recently Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, has died aged 68.
His publicist said the Emmy award-winner died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Boothe, who played Gideon Malick in S.H.I.E.L.D after appearing in The Avengers on the big screen, also appeared in TV shows Nashville and 24.
He won an Emmy in 1980 for his role in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.
Actor friend Beau Bridges paid tribute to Boothe on Twitter, calling him a "great actor, devoted father & husband".
The star gained a reputation for playing villains after a string of roles in the 1980s and '90s including Tombstone and Sudden Death.
He went on to play a ruthless saloon owner Cy Tolliver in the TV western series Deadwood, which ran for three seasons.
His co-star Garret Dillahunt said on Facebook Boothe was "a formidable adversary, baseball lover and poser hater".
The son of a ranch owner in Snyder, Texas, Boothe was the first in his family to go to university and began acting in the 1970s.
He made his film debut in 1977 Richard Dreyfuss film The Goodbye Girl and had a number of other small roles, but his big break came in 1980 when he bagged the title role as cult leader Jim Jones in the TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story Of Jim Jones.
The part was followed by another leading role, in 1983 TV series Philip Marlowe, Private Eye.
The following year he starred in Red Dawn, which imagines a US conflict with the Soviet Union. Actress Lea Thompson, who also appeared in the film, tweeted her sadness at Boothe's death.
"I loved acting with you, you were a gentlemen and a great actor," she said.
His funeral will be a private service held in Texas and his family are considering a public memorial later in the year, his agent said.
- 23-05-17, 04:46 PM #58
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Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89
Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89 - BBC News
Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced.
He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill.
Sir Roger's family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after "a short but brave battle with cancer".
The statement, from his children, read: "Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people."
"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated," they said in a Twitter post.
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The actor took the character of James Bond in a more humorous direction than his predecessor Sean Connery.
Sir Roger's Bond was calm and suave - a smooth operator who could seemingly get himself out of a tricky situation with ease.
The veteran star, who died in Switzerland, will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes, his children said.
"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone," read the statement from Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.
"Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [Tholstrup, his wife] at this difficult time."
The statement added: "We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement.
Along with his famous Bond role, Moore was also known for TV series The Persuaders and The Saint.
Sir Roger was also well known for his humanitarian work - he was introduced to Unicef by the late Audrey Hepburn and was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991.
Stars pay tribute
Russell Crowe led the tributes to the actor on Twitter, writing simply: "Roger Moore, loved him."
Michael Ball said: "My dearest uncle Roger has passed on. What a sad, sad day this is. Loved the bones of him. Generous, funny, beautiful and kind."
Mia Farrow wrote: "Few are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore. Loving thoughts with his family & friends," while Boy George added: "RIP Sir Roger Moore. He was the king of cool."
Duran Duran, who sang the Bond theme song for A View To A Kill, simply tweeted: RIP Roger.
In a statement, fellow Unicef ambassador and actor Ewan McGregor said: "Thank you, Roger, for having championed so tirelessly the rights of all children for the last 26 years.
"You've shown that we all have the power to make a change to the lives of the most vulnerable children."
Moore's Bond movies
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
A View to a Kill (1985)
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- 28-05-17, 06:15 PM #59
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Gregg Allman, rock trailblazer, dies at 69
Gregg Allman, rock trailblazer, dies at 69 - BBC News
Rock trailblazer Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, has died age 69.
Allman died at home in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday, his official website announced.
The musician first found fame in the band he started with older brother Duane in the late 1960s.
In its heyday, the band was a staple on radio stations and released albums ranked among the best in rock history.
Allman, the band's lead singer and keyboardist, wrote several of their biggest hits, including Whipping Post, It's Not My Cross to Bear and Midnight Rider.
Among The Allman Brothers Band's best-known songs is Jessica, from 1973, which was used as the opening theme tune to Top Gear.
After news of his death was announced, singer Cher, to whom he was married in the 1970s, tweeted "words are impossible", before sharing a picture of the two together.
The band's first three albums made them stars, but then tragedy struck when Duane - whose talent as a guitarist was revered in the rock industry - died in a motorcycle accident aged 24 in 1971.
A little more than a year later, bassist Berry Oakley was also killed in a motorcycle accident.
Allman would go on to struggle with drug abuse, becoming a heroin addict in the 1970s.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, but said in his 2012 memoir My Cross to Bear he was too drunk to enjoy the ceremony.
After his death, singer Cher, who he was married to in the 1970s, tweeted "words are impossible", before sharing a picture of the two together.
Allman was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010.
The father-of-five's cause of death was not immediately revealed.
- 29-05-17, 11:11 AM #60
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Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies
Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes, who hosted show in 1960s and 70s, has died aged 83, his agent confirms
A family statement said he had "endured and suffered from" Alzheimer's disease.
"Whilst he will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends his release from continuing ill health must be counted as a blessing," they said.
"His many escapades with his faithful companion Shep, during his time with Blue Peter, will live on in many peoples memories."
The statement continued: "That is how his family would like him remembered,"