Brian Friel, Playwright Poet Of The Irish Soul, Dies At 86
A writer whose fictional town of Ballybeg gave deep, resonant voice to generations of ordinary people living through times of deprivation, occupation and transformation, Brian Friel died on Friday at home in Greencastle, County Donegal, Ireland. Typically hypnotic in their use of language, Friel’s plays were catnip to a long roster of stage and film stars. Among his best-known works, Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Dancing At Lughnasa both were adapted for films, the first… Read
John Guillermin Dies: Directed ‘Towering Inferno’ & 1976 ‘King Kong’
John Guillermin, a prolific British filmmaker who specialized in action and adventure pics including The Towering Inferno and the 1976 version of King Kong that launched Jessica Lange’s career, has died at his Los Angeles home. He was 89. His friend Nick Redman posted the news on Facebook.
Guillermin’s long career started after a stint in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He started out as a documentarian in France and ended up making a movie nearly every year… Read
Catherine E. Coulson Dies: ‘Twin Peaks’ Log Lady Was 71
UPDATED with statement from David Lynch: Catherine E. Coulson, a camera assistant and actress best known for playing the Log Lady on Twin Peaks, died today of cancer. She was 71.
“Today I lost one of my dearest friends,” Twin Peaks creator David Lynch said in a statement. “Catherine was solid gold. She was always there for her friends. She was filled with love for all people — for her family, for her work. She was a tireless worker. She had a great sense of humor; she… Read
Erik Roner, Extreme Sports Veteran And TV Personality, Killed In Skydiving Accident
Erik Roner, an extreme sports athlete who was part of MTV’s Nitro Circus crew, appeared in Jackass 3D and hosted Locals for Outside Television, was killed today in a parachuting accident near the Squaw Valley resort at Lake Tahoe, CA. He was in his late 30s. The resort said Roner was part of a four-man jump team performing for the opening ceremony of a local celebrity golf tournament when he struck a tree while trying to land and became suspended high above the ground. He… Read
Bebe Neuwirth, Marshall Brickman, Chita Rivera Celebrate Roger Rees in Words & Song
UPDATES with more information below.
Broadway and Hollywood greats took the stage at the packed New Amsterdam Theatre today to salute the life and adventures of Roger Rees, the Broadway and television (Cheers, The West Wing) star who died in July at 71. Among those remembering the Welsh-born actor with words, song and, in one spectacular instance, dance, were Chita Rivera, Marshall Brickman, Rees’ husband Rick Elice and Bebe Neuwirth, who appeared with Rees in the musical… Read
Nancy Bernstein Dies: DreamWorks Animation Executive Who Battled Cancer Was 55
Nancy Bernstein, a ten-year DreamWorks Animation exec who served as Head of Production died on Friday following a long battle with cancer. “We are heartbroken by the loss of Nancy Bernstein, a dear family member who passed away on Friday following a long and courageous battle with illness,” DreamWorks Animation said in a statement. “One of our most beloved and respected producers and executives, Nancy spent 10 years at DWA, where she excelled as Head of Production… Read
Jack Larson Dies: Jimmy Olsen From ‘The Adventures of Superman’ Was 87
Jack Larson, an actor, playwright, producer and screenwriter best known from the classic 1950s comic book series The Adventures of Superman, died Sunday in his Brentwood home. He was 87 years old.
Born in 1928 in Los Angeles, Larson’s film debut was in the 1948 war movie “Fighter Squadron.” Intent on becoming a Broadway actor, he only reluctantly took the role as cub reporter and photographer Jimmy Olsen on The Adventures of Superman. Afraid of being typecast, he agreed… Read
Jackie Collins Dies: Best-Selling Novelist, Sister Of Actress Joan Collins Was 77
Best-selling author Jackie Collins, whose novels about the lives of the rich and famous in Hollywood were often inspired by real-life experiences, died today, her family said. Collins, who kept her illness private, died of breast cancer. She was 77.
The mid-1980s TV miniseries Hollywood Wives and 1990 Lucky Chances were based on her books. Additionally her novels The Stud and The Bitch were made into movies that starred her sister Joan Collins. She also adapted The World… Read
Stuntwoman May Boss Dies: Doubled For Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth & Others
May Boss, a legendary stuntwoman who doubled for Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day and Dorothy Malone, has died. She was 90 and had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in 2008.
Boss, whose stunt career spanned over 50 years, appeared in over 100 films and TV shows, including Mary Poppins, The Blues Brothers, Blazing Saddles, Earthquake, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Soylent Green, True Lies and Total Recall.
Widely considered one of Hollywood's best… Read
Melvin Bernhardt Dies, Broadway Director Staged Pulitzer Winner ‘Crimes Of The Heart’
Bernhardt’s Broadway credits include two Pulitzer winners: Paul Zindel’s 1970 The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, as well as the Henley play, which won the prize in 1981 but lost out on the best play Tony to The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby. He died at home in Manhattan on September 12. No cause of death was given, but his husband, Jeff Woodman, told the New York Times that Bernhardt had been in declining health and had stopped taking… Read
Jonathan Nolan, Greg Plageman Pay Tribute To Sound Editor Maciek Malish
Following the news that Emmy-winning sound editor Maciek Malish died Saturday in a bicycle accident, showunners from two series on which he worked paid tribute to their friend today.
"We were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of our friend and colleague Maciek Malish,” Jonathan Nolan of Westworld and Greg Plageman of Person Of Interest said in a joint statement. “Maciek was, first and foremost, a delightful and wise man, with a great sense of humor and grace… Read
Maciek Malish Dies: Emmy-Winning ‘X-Files’ Sound Editor Was 53
Maciek Malish, a sound editor who won two Emmys for The X-Files and earned four noms for Lost, died Saturday evening after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Moorpark, CA. He was 53. Motorcyclist Jesse Cushman, 43, of Fillmore, also was killed in the accident.
Among Malish’s many television credits are The Tick, Millennium, NCIS: Los Angeles, Undressed, Person Of Interest and The Wonder Years, among many others. He had been working on HBO’s upcoming TV series… Read