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Margo Chase Dies In Plane Crash: Chase Design Group Founder Created ‘Buffy’ & ‘Angel’ Logos

Margo Chase, graphic designer and founder of the Chase Design Group, died Saturday in a plane crash in Apple Valley, northeast of Los Angeles. She was 59. Also an accomplished aerobatic pilot, Chase was practicing sequence in an aircraft when the accident occurred, according to a statement from International Aerobatic Club President Mike Heuer. Patrick Dugan, Chase’s husband, watched from the ground as her plane crashed. She reportedly died upon impact. With her distinct… Read

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John Heard Dies: ‘Home Alone’ Actor Was 72

John Heard, a film and TV actor best known for his iconic role as dad Peter McCallister in the first two Home Alone movies and an Emmy-nominated role on The Sopranos, died Friday. He was 72. The Santa Clara County coroner’s office confirmed Heard’s death to Deadline. The cause is under investigation. The Washington, D.C., native’s acting career began in the mid-1970s in an off-Broadway production of Mark Medoff’s play The Wager. He then segued to television, playing the… Read

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Deborah Watling Dies: Former ‘Doctor Who’ Assistant Was 69

Deborah Watling, the English actress who played Doctor Who's assistant Victoria Waterford in the 1960s, has died after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 69. She had been diagnosed with the illness six weeks ago. On Doctor Who, Watling starred alongside Patrick Troughton, who played the second Doctor, in 40 episodes from 1967-68. She also appeared in classic serials such as The Tomb of the Cyberman and The Ice Warriors. Much of her work on the sci-fi drama didn't… Read

Film

Chester Bennington Dies In Apparent Suicide: Linkin Park Singer Was 41

UPDATED with tour cancellation: Chester Bennington, the singer for the top-selling, influential nu metal band Linkin Park who later fronted Stone Temple Pilots, was found dead today, Deadline has confirmed. He was 41. A source says he died at his home in Palos Verdes Estates near Los Angeles but did not provide details. The Associated Press reports that it was a suicide by hanging. Bennington was a close friend of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who hanged himself in… Read

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Evan Helmuth Dies: ‘The Devil Inside’ Actor Was 40

Evan Helmuth

Evan Helmuth, the film and TV actor who played a priest in William Brent Bell’s 2012 horror movie The Devil Inside, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 40.  Also among his film credits, he appeared opposite Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore in the Farrelly Brothers’ Fever Pitch, playing Fallon’s Red Sox-loving sidekick, and was in Joshua Michael Stern’s 2013 Steve Jobs biopic Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. On the TV side his credits spanned the likes of ABC’s A… Read

Film

Red West Dies: ‘Road House’ Actor, Stuntman & Songwriter Was 81

Red West, best known as an actor for his role as Red alongside Patrick Swayze in Road House, and a longtime friend and songwriting partner of Elvis Presley, has died. West died Tuesday at a Memphis, TN hospital after suffering an aortic aneurysm, his wife, Pat, told The Commercial Appeal newspaper. He was 81. The Bolivar, TN native befriended Presley in high school, and went on to appear in small roles in several of Presley’s films in the 1960s. As a songwriter, he… Read

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Harvey Atkin Dies: ‘Meatballs’ & ‘Cagney And Lacey’ Star Was 74

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Harvey Atkin, who starred in the cult comedy classic Meatballs and the ’80s female-driven cop drama Cagney And Laceydied Monday at age 74 in his hometown of Toronto after a long illness. “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved friend, husband, father and grandfather, Harvey passed away peacefully last night following his battle with cancer,” Larry Goldhar, Atkin’s agent, said in a statement today. In Ivan Reitman’s Meatballs, Atkin starred opposite… Read

TV

Bob Wolff Dies: Hall Of Fame Sports Broadcaster Was 96

Bob Wolff

Bob Wolff, along with Curt Gowdy the only sports announcer that is a member of both the baseball and basketballs halls of fame, died Saturday in South Nyack, NY at age 96. In a career that began in 1939, Wolff covered every major sporting event from World Series to Super Bowls to NBC and NHL championship series and was an institution in New York, where he broadcast for the Yankees, Knicks and Rangers. Along the way he interviewed everyone from Babe Ruth to Ty Cobb and Jim… Read

Film

Edgar Wright On “Seismic Impact” Of George A. Romero

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Edgar Wright seems a more than appropriate person to pen a tribute to George A. Romero, who died Sunday at age 77. Wright on his personal blog today began a remembrance of the iconic writer-director that “It's fair to say that without George A. Romero, I would not have the career I have now,” said Wright, who recounted the story of how Romero’s Living Dead movies were a dead-on influence of Wright and Simon Pegg’s Cornetto films Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s… Read

Film

Evzen Kolar Dies: Film Producer Of ‘Surf Ninjas’ & ‘City of Industry’ Was 67

Film producer and line producer Evzen Kolar has died in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 67. Kolar served as VP Production at Fireline Productions (a subsidiary of the Armand Hammer Company) and CEO at Crossover Films, an independent film production company based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In that time, he was a line producer on a number of features including the Sean Connery Bond film Never Say Never Again; Street Smart, which garnered Morgan Freeman his… Read

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Hollywood Remembers Martin Landau: Alec Baldwin, Patricia Arquette Honor The Oscar Winner’s Legacy

Filmmakers and actors took to Twitter to remember actor Martin Landau. From his early days of Mission: Impossible  to his Academy Award-winning performance in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, the flood of praise from Hollywood was abundant. Alec Baldwin and Joss Whedon gave love to his role Crimes and Misdemeanors while Ed Wood co-star Patricia Arquette gave her heartfelt condolences. Other celebrities who honored the actor’s work and life included Entourage star Jerry Ferrara, a… Read

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Martin Landau Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘Ed Wood’, TV’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ Actor Was 89

Martin Landau, whose role as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s 1994 film Ed Wood earned the popular player an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, died Saturday at 89 following “unexpected complications” after a brief stay at the UCLA Medical Center, his publicist Dick Guttman confirmed Sunday. In a career spanning more than half a century of roles on television and film, Landau may have been best known for his run as undercover operative Rollin Hand in the Mission: Impossib… Read