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Mister.Weirdo 07-24-2012 11:33 PM

Mister.Weirdo's Memorial Thread For Those Who Will NOT Be Down For Breakfast
RIP, Mr. Jefferson.

Mister.Weirdo 07-30-2012 04:04 PM

Acclaim director Chris Marker dies

PARIS — France’s Culture Ministry has confirmed that award-winning French filmmaker Chris Marker has died, one day after his 91st birthday.

Many critics count Marker, with his experimental documentary style, as among the most influential French filmmakers of the post-war era.

His 1962 classic “La Jetee” — a 28-minute post-apocalyptic movie comprised almost entirely of stills — is often ranked among the best time-travel films ever made.

It was the inspiration for Hollywood’s “Twelve Monkeys,” which Marker co-wrote.

Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob called Marker an “indefatigable filmmaker,” paying homage to a director who was still active into his 80s.

Tazer 07-30-2012 10:11 PM


I rather like that movie; my condolences........


Mister.Weirdo 08-07-2012 05:41 PM

Marvin Hamlisch famous composer, dead at 68,1

Marvin Hamlisch, the composer and conductor best known for the torch song "The Way We Were," died in Los Angeles Monday. He was 68 years old.

Hamlisch collapsed after a brief illness, his family announced.

In a career that spanned over four decades, Hamlisch won virtually every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globes.

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Hamlisch composed music for more than 40 motion picture, including his Oscar-winning score and song for “The Way We Were,” and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s ragtime music for “The Sting,” for which he received a third Oscar.

His musical scores, though intricately conceived, never drew attention to themselves. They served to complement the on-screen action, not overwhelm it -- enhancing each gesture, each glance, each moment of drama. That subtle approach allowed him to be something of a musical chameleon, easily gliding from searing dramas to off-beat comedies and making him a close collaborator to a diverse group of directors, such as Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh and Alan J. Pakula.

Perhaps his greatest collaboration was with Barbra Streisand, for whom he penned the signature love anthem "The Way We Were." He wrote the score for her 1996 film, "The Mirror Has Two Faces." He also served as musical director and arranger of Streisand’s 1994 concert tour and the television special, "Barbra Streisand: The Concert," for which he won two Emmys.

In a 2010 interview with Broadway World, Hamlisch said he drew on the lovelorn masterpiece "My Funny Valentine" to write the theme song to "The Way We Were" because he wanted to capture the highs and lows of romance.

"It was all almost like a very yin-yang sort of movie," Hamlisch said. "I wanted to write something that was uplifting and positive. On the other hand, there is a tremendous amount of bitter-sweetness to that film -- and bittersweet romance -- so, it's a real duality. And that's why I think the song -- though it's in the major mode -- is quite sad."

Hamlisch's deft touch can be felt in the scores for such diverse films as “Sophie’s Choice,” “Ordinary People,” “Three Men and a Baby,” “Ice Castles,” “Take the Money and Run,” "Bananas,” “Save the Tiger,” “The Informant!” and his latest effort, “Behind the Candelabra,” an upcoming HBO film about the life of Liberace.

On Broadway, Hamlisch had a smash hit with 1975's long-running “A Chorus Line,” which received the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award. Other works such as “The Goodbye Girl” and “Sweet Smell of Success," garnered some critical praise, but were never fully embraced by audiences. But he remained busy in the theater scene, and a statement from his publicist said Hamlisch was supposed to fly to Nashville, Tenn. this week to see a production of his musical, “The Nutty Professor.”

Something of a musical prodigy, Hamlisch was the youngest student to be admitted by the prestigious Julliard School of Music.

He was hired by "Lawrence of Arabia," producer Sam Spiegel to play piano at his parties, which in turn led to his first film job scoring the 1968 film "The Swimmer," an adaptation of John Cheever's short story.

At the time of his death, Hamlisch held the position of Principal Pops Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Seattle Symphony, and San Diego Symphony.

Next week, he was to be announced as the Principal Pops Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Hamlisch was also due to conduct the New York Philharmonic in its upcoming New Year’s Eve concert.

He is survived by Terre, his wife of 25 years.

Tazer 08-08-2012 03:28 PM


my condolences go out to his wife.......


Abin Surly 08-09-2012 07:51 PM

I had no idea that he was that old.

Rest in Peace, M. Marker.

Fearless 08-11-2012 09:24 PM

I just heard about this today... I am ashamed. :( Rest in peace, Mr. Hemsley, and move on up.

Mister.Weirdo 08-13-2012 11:03 PM

Helen Gurley Brown, Groundbreaking Cosmopolitan Editor, Dead at 90,1

Helen Gurley Brown, a pioneering journalist who helped reshape the image of American women during her 32 years as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, died Monday.

Brown passed away at the McKeen Pavilion at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia after a brief hospitalization. She was 90.

She catapulted into the editor job at Cosmopolitan in 1965, three years after her best-selling book “Sex and the Single Girl” was published.

Brown reversed the fortunes of the failing magazine by turning it into a guide for the modern woman whom she urged to embrace sexual freedom.

Her contention that women could have it all --“love, sex and money” -- became a lightning rod for followers and conservative opponents, who saw her mag’s racy “how to” articles as undermining marriage and family.

Comments like "Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere" became water cooler fodder, and she drew occasional fire from feminists, who saw her as more libertine than liberator.

Brown crystallized her philosophy simply: "So you're single. You can still have sex. You can have a great life. And if you marry, don't just sponge off a man or be the gold-medal-winning mother. Don't use men to get what you want in life -- get it for yourself."

She created the independent, fashion-focused “Cosmo Girl” and became a major voice in what came to be known as the “sexual revolution.” She also coined the term "mouseburger," which she used to describe herself and other ordinary woman who had to work relentlessly to make themselves desirable and successful.

Cultural impact aside, she was a successful editor from a business standpoint. Cosmopolitan's circulation was below 800,000 when she took over; by the time she left it was at 2.5 million and selling for $2.95 a copy.

Brown was replaced as the U.S. editor of Cosmopolitan by Bonnie Fuller in 1997, but remained editor of Cosmopolitan's international editions.

For all the advice she gave to single women, she remained married to her husband, David Brown, for more than 50 years. Brown, a former Cosmopolitan managing editor, was a successful movie producer, whose credits included "The Sting." "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Jaws." He died at age 93 in 2010.

Together they established the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation. They made a $30 million donation to Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford's Engineering School designed to develop journalism in the context of new technologies.

Brown was born on February 18, 1922, in Green Forest, Ark. Her family moved to Los Angeles following the death of her father, who at one point headed the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission.

She graduated as valedictorian of Sun Valley's John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in 1939 and from Woodbury Business College in 1941. Over the next few years she worked at the Daily News newspaper, the William Morris Agency and the Foote, Cone & Belding ad agency.

Her work there landed her a job at Kenyon and Eckhardt, where she was among the highest paid women in the advertising industry.

The news of her death was delivered to her colleagues Monday morning in an internal memo from Hearst chief executive officer Frank A. Bennack, Jr:

Dear Hearst Colleague:

I know you will join me in feelings of great sadness upon learning of the loss of our dear friend and colleague Helen Gurley Brown. Helen passed away this morning at the McKeen Pavilion at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia after a brief hospitalization. She was 90.

It would be hard to overstate the importance to Hearst of her success with Cosmopolitan, or the value of the friendship many of us enjoyed with her. Helen was one of the world’s most recognized magazine editors and book authors, and a true pioneer for women in journalism—and beyond.

Life here will somehow not seem the same without her near-daily arrival at 300 West 57th Street.

Donations may be made to The Pussycat Foundation, c/o Karen Sanborn, Hearst Corp., 300 W. 57th Street, New York, NY 10019, to fund media innovation at Columbia and Stanford Universities. A fall memorial will be announced at a later date.

Tarmode 08-18-2012 05:15 PM

Never knew he was ill.At least he got away from the crap that's Hollyweird.Wonder if he was really gay, though.

Mister.Weirdo 08-20-2012 05:12 AM

Director Tony Scott dies, cause of death suicide

Famed director Tony Scott -- who directed "Top Gun" among many other major films -- jumped to his death today off an L.A. bridge ... this according to the L.A. County Coroner.

According to the Coroner, 68-year-old Scott -- Ridley Scott's brother -- jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge spanning San Pedro and Terminal Island around 12:30pm.

U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn said a suicide note was found in Scott's Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge.

Scott directed such films as "Top Gun," "Beverly Hills Cop II," "Enemy of the State," and "The Taking of Pelham 123."

Authorities used sonar equipment to find Scott's body in the port's murky waters. His body was recovered at approximately 4:30pm ... four hours after he jumped.

His body has since been turned over to coroner officials.

I wonder how Ridley is feeling right now?

Big Daddy Dave Skywalker 08-20-2012 05:31 AM

What the hell? Kind of late in life for that kind of action isn't it? Very sad.

Mister.Weirdo 08-20-2012 05:35 AM

I know. He directed some very good movies, so it's very sad.

I wonder what was depressing him so much that he decided to take his own life?

Maverick_GL 08-20-2012 05:35 AM


Originally Posted by Big Daddy Dave (Post 732890)
What the hell? Kind of late in life for that kind of action isn't it? Very sad.

Nah, 68 is a good age to die. I know I don't want to live much past 70 myself.

Still, he could have done something break his neck as he ejected from a fighter jet over the ocean.

Robinson 08-20-2012 06:06 AM


Originally Posted by Mister.Weirdo (Post 732893)
I know. He directed some very good movies, so it's very sad.

I wonder what was depressing him so much that he decided to take his own life?

That ridley still didn't make Prometheus into a direct prequel.

Fearless 08-20-2012 06:37 AM


Originally Posted by Maverick_GL (Post 732894)
Nah, 68 is a good age to die. I know I don't want to live much past 70 myself.

Still, he could have done something break his neck as he ejected from a fighter jet over the ocean.

I'd wait until 69 (;)) and then leave a note saying "I'm taking sexy with me." Then do something over-dramatic... maybe load-up a boat full of explosives and set it off at the beach or something...

W.West 08-20-2012 01:07 PM

A bit too soon people...

I'll miss his movies. I enjoyed most of them. Especially all the Denzel Washington movies.

Deadpool 08-20-2012 02:52 PM

Well he probably ended it because he wanted to be renemberd as a young man, not an old one.

The thing that bugs me is that all these rich people which could have almost anything they wanted kill themselves, but the really poor people in places in Africa, or even middle class citizens like me or you keep on going.

Then again, it may have been the fame itself that drove him to it. I'd probably kill myself at about 60 if it were not for my religeous views (I still think suicide should be legal though).

Lex Luthor 08-20-2012 02:54 PM

That's fucked up.

Love True Romance.

Robinson 08-20-2012 02:54 PM

I think ............nah, I can't do it.

myuserid 08-20-2012 03:15 PM

Can't say I've ever heard his name before this.

Like the movies though. Just never have been one to care who directed a movie.

Razorgod 08-20-2012 03:23 PM


Originally Posted by Deadpool (Post 732930)
The thing that bugs me is that all these rich people which could have almost anything they wanted kill themselves, but the really poor people in places in Africa, or even middle class citizens like me or you keep on going.

Not all depression is fueled by environmental factors. He may have had clinical depression, or he may even have found out that he was about to die from something horrible to die from, like some form of late stage cancer.

Don't simplify suicide, because it's not a simple matter.

Tazer 08-20-2012 03:45 PM


this guy did Last Boy Scout & Top Gun? damn...........



Frank Castle 08-20-2012 04:20 PM


Originally Posted by Razorgod (Post 732940)
Don't simplify suicide, because it's not a simple matter.


Nobody really knows how someone else is feeling, they might be all smiles and cool when you see them, but deep inside they are hurting, I'm sure most of us have felt like shit and dont show it.

Thats why suicide always surprises people, just because you have all the money in the world dont mean you're happy, a poor man can live a happy fore-filling life, money has nothing to do with it.

Robinson beat me to a Prometheus joke but atleast I wont be going to hell for it :P got to save it for a Scott Hall joke.

Seriously though sad news for his family, had no idea myself he directed so many movies I like.

Sylent_Asassin 08-20-2012 05:17 PM

I haven't thoroughly read the story, just glossed over it. There's no foul play suspected here? He just woke up one morning and lept off a bridge? Depression or not, there's got to be more to this story.

I enjoyed most of his movies. A tragic ending to a great career. RIP.

Darth_Primus 08-20-2012 05:48 PM

It was a surprise to me when I heard this news. I'm not going to speculate on his death.

Top Gun is one of my favorite movies of all times. It's actually the movie I saw most at a movie theater; 7 times.

Deadpool 08-20-2012 06:06 PM


Originally Posted by Razorgod (Post 732940)
Not all depression is fueled by environmental factors. He may have had clinical depression, or he may even have found out that he was about to die from something horrible to die from, like some form of late stage cancer.

Don't simplify suicide, because it's not a simple matter.

You know what, you don't know how right you are.

You're completely right about that. I come from a family with alot of depression in it, so I should probably know alot more than depression than some, I think I already have a bit of it already. And I live in a bigger house than most of my peers. (then again, I have a very small cirle of freinds)

Mister.Weirdo 09-02-2012 03:31 AM

Legendary Songwriter Hal David Dead at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, has died. He was 91.

David died of complications from a stroke Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to his wife Eunice David.

He had suffered a major stroke in March and was stricken again on Tuesday, she said.

"Even at the end, Hal always had a song in his head," Eunice David said. "He was always writing notes, or asking me to take a note down, so he wouldn't forget a lyric."

Bacharach and David were among the most successful teams in modern history, with top 40 hits including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," ''(They Long to Be) Close to You" and "That's What Friends Are For." Although most associated with Dionne Warwick, their music was recorded by many of the top acts of their time, from the Beatles and Barbra Streisand to Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin. They won an Oscar for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" (from the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"), Grammys and Tonys for the songs from the hit Broadway musical "Promises, Promises."

David joined the board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 1974 and served as president 1980 to 1986. He was head of the Songwriters Hall of Fame from 2001 to 2011, and was Chairman Emeritus at his death.

"As a lyric writer, Hal was simple, concise and poetic -- conveying volumes of meaning in fewest possible words and always in service to the music," ASCAP's current president, the songwriter Paul Williams, said in a statement. "It is no wonder that so many of his lyrics have become part of our everyday vocabulary and his songs... the backdrop of our lives."

In May, Bacharach and David received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a White House tribute concert attended by President Barack Obama.

Bacharach, 83, thanked Obama, saying the award for his life's work topped even the Oscars and Grammys he won for individual projects. David could not attend because he was recovering from a stroke. Eunice David accepted on his behalf.

"It was thrilling," she said. "Even though he wasn't there, Hal said it was the highest honor he had ever received."

More than 55 years after their first songs hit the airwaves, Obama said "these guys have still got it." He noted their music is still being recorded by such artists as Alicia Keys and John Legend.

"Above all, they stayed true to themselves," Obama said. "And with an unmistakable authenticity, they captured the emotions of our daily lives — the good times, the bad times, and everything in between."

David and Bacharach met when both worked in the Brill Building, New York's legendary Tin Pan Alley song factory where writers cranked out songs and attempted to sell them to music publishers. They scored their first big hit with "Magic Moments," a million-selling record for Perry Como.

In 1962 they began writing for a young singer named Dionne Warwick, whose versatile voice conveyed the emotion of David's lyrics and easily handled the changing patterns of Bacharach's melodies. Together the trio created a succession of popular songs including "Don't Make Me Over," ''Walk On By," ''I Say a Little Prayer," ''Do You Know the Way to San Jose," ''Trains and Boats and Planes," ''Anyone Who Has a Heart," ''You'll Never Get to Heaven" and "Always Something There to Remind Me," a hit in the 1980s for the synth pop band Naked Eyes.

Bacharach and David also wrote hits for numerous other singers: "This Guy's in Love with You" (trumpeter Herb Alpert in his vocal debut), "Make It Easy on Yourself" (Jerry Butler), "What the World Needs Now is Love" (Jackie DeShannon) and "Wishin' and Hopin'" (Dusty Springfield). They also turned out title songs for the movies "What's New, Pussycat" (Tom Jones), "Wives and Lovers" (Jack Jones) and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" (Gene Pitney).

In a 1999 interview, David explained his success as a lyricist this way: "Try and tell a narrative. The songs should be like a little film, told in three or four minutes. Try to say things as simply as possible, which is probably the most difficult thing to do."

The writer, who lived in New York, often flew to Los Angeles, where he and Bacharach would hole up for a few weeks of intense songwriting. Sometimes they conferred by long-distance telephone; "I Say a Little Prayer" was written that way.

David would recall working on a song that seemed to go nowhere. They stuck it in a desk drawer and left it there for months.

"This was particularly disappointing to me. I had thought of the idea at least two years before showing it to Burt," David wrote in a brief essay on his Web site, "I was stuck. I kept thinking of lines like, 'Lord, we don't need planes that fly higher or faster ...' and they all seemed wrong. Why, I didn't know. But the idea stayed with me.

"Then, one day, I thought of, 'Lord, we don't need another mountain,' and all at once I knew how the lyric should be written. Things like planes and trains and cars are man-made, and things like mountains and rivers and valleys are created by someone or something we call God. There was now a oneness of idea and language instead of a conflict. It had taken me two years to put my finger on it."

And so they had another smash: "What the World Needs Now is Love"

The hit-making team broke up after the 1973 musical remake of "Lost Horizon." They had devoted two years to the movie, only to see it scorned by critics and audiences alike. Bacharach became so depressed he sequestered himself in his vacation home and refused to work.

Bacharach and David sued each other and Warwick sued them both. The cases were settled out of court in 1979 and the three went their separate ways. They reconciled in 1992 for Warwick's recording of "Sunny Weather Lover."

David, meanwhile, went on to collaborate successfully with several other composers: John Barry with the title song of the James Bond film "Moonraker;" Albert Hammond with "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," which Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson sang as a duet; and Henry Mancini with "The Greatest Gift" in "The Return of the Pink Panther."

Born in New York City, David had attended public schools before studying journalism at New York University. He served in the Army during World War II, mostly as a member of an entertainment unit in the South Pacific. After the war, he worked as a copywriter at the New York Post, but music was his passion and he had written lyrics for Sammy Kaye, Guy Lombardo and other bandleaders before hooking up with Bacharach.

He married Anne Rauchman in 1947 and the couple had two sons.

Abin Surly 09-02-2012 05:00 AM

Rest in Peace, Mr. David.

Mister.Weirdo 09-03-2012 10:56 PM

Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

LOS ANGELES — Michael Clarke Duncan's fiancee says the Oscar nominee for "The Green Mile" has died while being hospitalized following a July heart attack.

Publicist Joy Fehily released a statement from Clarke's fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, saying the 54-year-old actor died Monday morning in a Los Angeles hospital after nearly two months of treatment following the July 13 heart attack.

The 6-foot-5, 300 pound Duncan appeared in dozens of films, including such box office hits as "Armageddon," ''Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda."

Duncan had a handful of minor roles before "The Green Mile" brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. The 1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer.

All I can say is wow. He didn't live long enough. He will be missed.

I guess this means that a Green Lantern sequel is a definite no.


Abin Surly 09-03-2012 11:03 PM

That's just incredibly sad.

Rest in Peace, sir.

Tazer 09-03-2012 11:09 PM




Kuhan 09-03-2012 11:12 PM

Far too young. He will be missed .

Hybrid Lantern 09-03-2012 11:18 PM

Damn! I loved every thing he did.

Big Daddy Dave Skywalker 09-03-2012 11:22 PM

That's terrible. He was so young! I was worried when he had that scare this summer, but when I didn't hear anything for a while I wrote it off as a minor setback.

Loved him in Green Mile and some of his other films. Very sad news.

PowerRing 09-03-2012 11:44 PM

Rest in Peace POOZER!

Space Cop 09-04-2012 12:29 AM

Very sad.

IonFan 09-04-2012 12:58 AM

truly a sad day, RIP :(

Orion Pax 09-04-2012 01:12 AM

RIP Gentle Giant.

Fearless 09-04-2012 01:31 AM

No! Damn it... Rest in peace, Mr. Duncan. Gone too soon.

Agent Purple 09-04-2012 01:43 AM

This is terribly upsetting.

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