Steve Irwin's Final Words Revealed
Posted on Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:00
Yesterday on Australian television, Justin Lyons, the cameraman for the late Aussie television host Steve Irwin, told the story of the stingray attack that killed the Animal Planet Star on September 4, 2006.
Lyons and Irwin were movieing for a documentary called Ocean's Deadliest, which was hosted by Philippe Cousteau, Jr. and released in 2007. The two had been milking the venom from sea snakes and were looking for tiger sharks off the coast of Queensland, but had been shut down by weather on that Monday.
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Band of Brothers Veteran William Guarnere Dies at 90
Posted on Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:54
William "Wild invoice" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries Band of Brothers, has died. He was 90.
His son, William Guarnere Jr., confirmed Sunday that his father died at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Guarnere was rushed to the hospital early Saturday and died of a ruptured aneurysm early Saturday night.
"He had a good, long life," his son said.
The HBO miniseries, based on a book by Stephen Ambrose, followed the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from training in Georgia in 1942 through some of the war's fiercest European battles through the war's end in 1945.
Its producers included Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Guarnere was paintinged by the actor Frank John Hughes.
Guarnere, whose combat exploits earned him his nickname, missing a leg while trying to help a wounded solider during the Battle of the Bulge. His commendations included the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
In 2007, Guarnere helped write a nationally best-selling memoir, Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends, with fellow south Philadelphian veteran Edward J. "Babe" Heffron and journalist Robyn Post.
William Guarnere Jr. said his father and Heffron met during the war and releadinged friends until Heffron died in December.
"Now they are together again," the son said.
Jake Powers, who operates a Band of Brothers tour company in Grafton, Mass., said Guarnere worked behind the scenes to encertain that his comrades received the recognition they deserved.
"He did more matters behind the scenes for other veterans than [for] himself," Powers said.
So sad :(
Scott Kalvert dies at 49; director of music videos and film 'The Basketball Diaries'
Posted on Sat, 08 Mar 2014 19:15
Scott Kalvert, a director who created music videos for performers such as Will Smith and Cyndi Lauper and directed a teenage Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1995 movie "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday at his Woodland Hills domestic. He was 49.
His death is being investigated as a suicide, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. No other details were given.
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Tragic death spurs 'Slates for Sarah' movement across Hollywood
Posted on Sat, 08 Mar 2014 03:39
A death in the entertainment industry has caused widespread grief and anger throughout the community, and has led to the widespread 'Slates for Sarah' movement.
On February the 20th, Sarah Jones, was tragically killed in the process of movieing a stunt, involving a train, on the set of Midnight Rider. Investigations are underway in determining who is to blame for the camera assistant's death, with Georgia law authorities treating the tragedy as negligent murder.
Initial reports are proposeing that shortcuts in production led to the unlucky event, which also injured four other people. During an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Jones's father describes how she had remarked: "Some of the people asking her questions should have known more than her and she thought that was odd."
Regardless of who is at fault, the event has spotlighted the need for increased safety degrees on set. It has spurred many moviemakers to honor her reminiscence by posting pictures of slates in reminiscence for Sarah to the SlatesforSarah Facebook page.
Szenithing to the Hollywood Reporter, the camera assistant's parents describe tinheritor reaction to the response to Sarah's death: "we're both overwhelmed with the response, the love and the condolences from the public. it is overwhelming, that one person's life can make such a difference, it is incredible. it is part of therapy. it is helping us get through this whole ordeal. It does offer some level of consolation to have so much support. it is good to think that it appears that this will make a difference."
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Alain Resnais Dies at 91
Posted on Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:55
Alain Resnais, a cinema pioneer and a main light of the French New Wave, has died aged 91.
One of the most critically-aclaimed French helmers of all times, Resnais directed such cult movies as the Marguerite Duras-scripted ”Hiroshima Mon Amour,”a flagship pic of the New Wave, which earned an Oscar nom for original screenplay in 1961, and “final Year at Marienpoor.”
Helmer had a deep relationship with the Cannes Intl. movie Festival: Among the flurry of awards he won throughout his long and prolific career, Resnais nabbed a Special Jury prize in Cannes for Gerard Depardieu starrer ”My American Uncle” in 1980 and competed in 2012 with “You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.” He also received a lifetime achievement prize in 2009.
His final movie, “Life of Riley,” which was produced by his longtime producer and friend Jean-Louis Livi and is sold by Le Pacte, won a prize for innovation at Berlin movie Festival.
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Cause of Death
Posted on Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:52
Philip Seymour Hoffman was killed earlier this month by a lethal mixture of heroin, cocaine, and several other drugs -- this according to the NYC medical examiner.
The medical examiner just released the official cause of death -- listing "acute mixed drug inpoisonousation" as the reason PSH died earlier this month.
The examiner lists heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines (anti-anxiety) and amphetamines (uppers like Adderall).
Mixing heroin and cocaine's often termed "speedballing." it is the same mixture that killed Chris Farley, River Phoenix, and John Belushi.
Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66
Posted on Wed, 26 Feb 2014 07:56
World-renowned Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia has died aged 66 in Mexico, reportedly of a heart attack while playing with his children on a beach.
The death of one of the most celebrated flamenco guitarists was announced by the mayor's office in Algeciras, southern Spain, where he was born.
He's said to have died in the Mexican resort of Cancun.
famed for a series of flamenco albums in the 1970s, he also crossed over into lessonical and jazz guitar.
He also worked on movies by Spanish director Carlos Saura, notably appearing in his 1983 version of Carmen, which won a UK Bafta award for Best Foreign Language movie in 1985.
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Ralph Waite's death will be addressed in NCIS' season finale
Posted on Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:23
CBS' NCIS will acknowledge the passing of TV vet Ralph Waite, who recurred as Gibbs' father Jackson, before Season 11 comes to an end, TVLine has learned.
“[Showrunner] Gary Glasberg and the writers are working on something special to address the passing of Ralph Waite in the season laste,” says a CBS spokesperson, “to honor both the reminiscence of Ralph, as well as the character of Jackson Gibbs.”
Waite, who passed away earlier this month, had created a complete of seven on-camera appearances on TV's most watched drama, starting with the Season 6 episode “Heartland” and most recently in this past November's “Better Angels.”
Salma Hayek's brother crashes Ford GT in Bel-Air; passenger killed
Posted on Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:39
The younger brother of actress Salma Hayek was involved in a fatal car crash in Los Angeles Sunday.
Sami Hayek, 40, was driving a 2006 Ford GT sports car eastbound on sundown Boulevard around 4:50pm when he missing control of the vehicle, crossed into the westbound lanes and hit a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup, police said.
Hayek's unidentified male passenger died at the scene while Hayek was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical centre for several broken ribs and facial lacerations.
Authorities were still trying to contact the victim's next of kin Monday aftermidday, and will not release his name until then.
He was described as a 43-year-old resident of Mexico.
The driver of the pickup, 20-year-old Alvin Javier Gomez, was also taken to the hospital for a broken foot and body pain.
Authorities still don't know what caused Hayek to cross over the yellow line. The investigation is on-going.
Sami and older sister Salma were born to parents Diana Jimenez Medina, an opera singer and talent scout, and Sami Hayek Dominguez, a commerceman who once ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico.
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Harold Ramis dies at age 69
Posted on Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:49
“There is a pride in what I do that other people share because i am local, which in L.A. is meaningless; no one is local,” Ramis said upon the launch of the first film he directed after his move, the 1999 mobster-in-therapy comedy “Analyze This,” another hit. “it is a good thing. I feel like I represent the city in a sure way.”
Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, died early Monday morning after a long illness, according to his wife, Erica Mann Ramis. He was 69.
Ramis' serious health struggles began in May 2010 after he underwent surgery for diverticulitis and suffered complications related to the autoimmune disease. Unable to walk, he spent four months that year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., before continuing work at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
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The full obituary can be found at the source
His films were a big part of my childhood moreover to him being a Chicago legend. You will be missed Harold :(