Posts Tagged ‘RIP’

Trailer Voiceover Legend Hal Douglas Dies at 89

Thursday, March 13th, 2014


Hal Douglas, the gravelly voiceover of famous trailers such as Forrest Gump, Philadelphia and Lethal Weapon, has died. He was 89.  Douglas’s daughter Sarah told the New York Times her father passed away following complications from pancreatic cancer.

Hal’s only known on-screen role was in the trailer for the 2002 documentary Comedian from Jerry Seinfeld, it’s funny so you should watch the clip below.  Douglas’s story is told in the 2013 short film A Great Voice, “I never thought of it as a great voice,” he says in the movie, suggesting it was “throaty, chesty, a voice in need of clearing”.

Douglas died on March 7th at his home in Lovettsville, north Virginia. He leaves behind his wife Ruth, a daughter and two sons from a previous marriage, Jeremy and Jon.

Watch the Comedian trailer and short film A Great Voice below:


R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014


Shirley Temple Black died Monday of natural causes surrounded by family, she was 85.  A family statement read: “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black”.

She is best known as a child start of the ’30s in movies like Curly Top and Bright Eyes.  She began performing at age 3 if you can believe it, one of the very first child stars, she was the number one box-office draw in America and Britain from 1935-1938.

Read more about her illustrious career below:


R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014


Phillip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead this morning in a New York City apartment reportedly of a drug overdose reports TMZ and The WSJ.  Details are unclear but as many know the actor has struggled with drug problems and recently checked himself into a rehab facility for heroin back in May.  Many news outlets will continue to report on this as the story develops.

The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

This sucks a lot.  Hoffman was one of our best actors, so many roles, so many classic moments.  The Master, Doubt, Capote, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, and Punch-Drunk Love are just a few of his greatest movies visible on my movie shelf from where I sit now trying to wrap my head around this loss.  He won an Oscar for Capote for his portrayal of Truman Capote, he was 46 years old and leaves behind one son and two daughters.

R.I.P. Paul Walker

Saturday, November 30th, 2013


Sad news tonight as it has been reported that Paul Walker has died, he was 40. According to Walker’s official Facebook page, he was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives in a tragic accident. Walker was attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

The actor/producer starred in a lot of movies (check out Running Scared) but was best known as Brian O’Conner in the Fast & Furious franchise.  I never saw the guy in an ugly spotlight like a lot of young celebrities growing up in movies.  He came across as a down to earth actor, this is a real loss for the community where that’s hard to find.  We will provide updates on his current ongoing productions as they are reported.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Walker’s family and friends.

Here’s the post from Walker’s Facebook page:

It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. – ‪#‎TeamPW‬

And here’s the statement from Universal Pictures, the studio behind the Fast & Furious series:

“All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the FAST AND FURIOUS films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”

R.I.P. James Gandolfini

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013


Sad news today as you may have heard, James Gandolfini died of a reported heart attack, he was 51. Gandolfini will be forever known for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano on the seminal HBO series The Sopranos, which won him 3 Emmy Awards and 6 nominations. He was an actor, producer, and father. Gandolfini is survived by his wife Deborah Lin, daughter and son.

There is a lot that will be said in the coming days about how great of an actor he was. He was without a doubt one of the best character actors working today. His recent roles in Killing Them Softly and Zero Dark Thirty garnered a lot of acclaim. I urge you to Seek out his earlier work as well; as Virgil in 1993’s True Romance or his performance as Colonel Winter in Last Castle especially.

My girlfriend and I are currently on season five of The Sopranos. This would be round five for me re-watching the series and the first for her. It’s hypnotic television and is regarded as one of the best dramas of all time; I would never argue with that. When James Gandolfini is on screen I can’t look away; his presence is scary. He’s at times a thug, a boss, a loving father or a vulnerable head case. His range as an actor is proven time and time again throughout his career, but nothing can compare to his work on The Sopranos. The show changed television forever and built the house of HBO.

In recent years, he used his celebrity to bring attention to issues concerning wounded American soldiers, particularly those returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), producing the documentaries Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq and Wartorn: 1861-2010 for HBO.

We will put our heads together in the coming days and do something to remember one of our favorites. Our condolences go out to Gandolfini’s family, friends, and colleagues. You will be missed boss.

Gandolfini appeared on Inside the Actors Studio in 2004, Lipton as always asks questions from the questionnaire he reads to all of his guests, the final one being, “If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?” Gandolfini’s answer is embedded below.

R.I.P. Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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Roger Ebert, one of the most famous movie critics of all time died today after a long battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.  For those who have been following Ebert over the years you know that he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002. Four years later, doctors removed part of his lower jaw, preventing him from speaking and eating.  That didn’t stop the man; Ebert continued to write movie reviews and often did interviews using a speech system on his computer.

The “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down” ratings system will always be contributed to Ebert as a fun way to grab people’s attention when he reviewed movies.  He was a fantastic writer, putting most of us to shame who will be writing posts like this today, sorry for that sir.  He was enthusiastic on TV and his The Great Movies selection of books is something to check out chronicling all his reviews of his favorite films.  There is a lengthy obituary at suntimes you should read for more on this man’s life.

I’ve been a fan of his writing and thoughts on film as far back as I can remember.  Watching him review movies I wasn’t even old enough to see yet, and when I eventually did I would go back and read what he had to say again.  Goodfellas (in the video below) is one of those movies.  It’s my favorite movie of all time and just seeing how excited Ebert gets when talking about it brings back the feeling of seeing the movie for the first time.

On his blog recently and on twitter, he chronicled his struggle with cancer and just two days ago, he penned a post saying he was taking a “leave of presence”.

“At this point in my life, in addition to writing about movies, I may write about what it’s like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you,” he wrote. “It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness.  So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.”

RIP: Michael Clarke Duncan

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has passed away at the age of 54. News of his health has been going around since he suffered a heart attack in July and has been receiving treatment for the past two months.

Duncan was a larger than life actor, if you remember his Oscar nominated role in Frank Darabont’s 1999 drama The Green Mile then you know exactly what I mean.  I loved to watch him making the late night talk show rounds too; he was one of the happiest actors it always seemed, he would put a smile on your face with his energy and humble attitude.

Our condolences go out to Duncan’s family and friends.  He will be missed.


Director Tony Scott Dead of Apparent Suicide

Sunday, August 19th, 2012


Director Tony Scott fatally jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro on Sunday afternoon, according to Los Angeles police sources. Investigators found a suicide note in his car, which was parked on the bridge.

Law enforcement sources said several witnesses saw Scott, the brother of director Ridley Scott, climb over a fence on the bridge and jump off.

Tony Scott directed such works as Top Gun, True Romance, and Crimson Tide.  He was 68.

[Sources: LA Times, Huffington]

RIP: Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012


Screenwriter and director Nora Ephron [IMDB, WIKI], who wrote such hits as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia has died at the age of 71 of complications relating to acute myeloid leukaemia.

She was nominated for an Oscar three times, but never won the award.  Ephron is survived by her husband and two sons.  She was the oldest of four sisters, all of whom became writers.

RIP: Henry Hill (1943-2012)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012


Henry Hill, the former mobster whose life story we all know from my favorite movie GOODFELLAS died today at the age of 69.  Hill passed away in an L.A. hospital Tuesday after a long battle with an undisclosed illness. [TMZ]

Check out his wiki page, this awesome documentary, and a great clip from Goodfellas below below: