The late, great Leonard Nimoy, who died earlier today at the age of 83, will always be Mr. Spock, second-in-command of the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk. For a long time, Nimoy was not okay with this. And then, over the years, he embraced the character that defined his career and inspired an entire generation of fans (many of whom became scientists, engineers, and astronauts). But Nimoy didn't just sit back and rest on his Vulcan laurels. When he wasn't wearing those pointy ears, Nimoy was acting, directing, writing, singing, and lending his likeness and distinctive voice to commercials and TV specials. He was a real Hollywood renaissance man, dabbling in high art, low art, and everything in-between.
We have very sad news to report from The New York Times: Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Mr. Spock for almost 50 years, has died. Nimoy’s wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, told the Times the cause of death was “end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.” The beloved actor and director was 83 years old.
It’s with complete shock and utter sadness that we bring you this news tonight. Comedian Harris Wittels, known best for his writing, producing and occasional acting work on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, has been found dead of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 30. Wittels has spoken openly about his struggles with drug addiction in the past, including two trips to rehab. We hoped for the best for this insanely talented writer and comedian, but tonight’s news is the worst.
You probably don’t recognize the name Richard Bonehill, but the British character actor (and swordsman!) played many uncredited roles in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise. Yesterday, he passed away at the age of 67, leaving behind a legacy of small supporting roles in ‘Star Wars,’ as well as geek-friendly properties like ‘Doctor Who’ and the British ‘Avengers’ series.
It’s great when a movie understands exactly what it is. ‘Magic Mike’ was an intelligently made Steven Soderbergh movie about life in Great Recession America. But it became a huge surprise hit in the summer of 2012—grossing $167 million worldwide against a budget of just $7 million—because it had Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, and an assortment of the finest man-candy in Hollywood bumping and grinding with their shirts off. The marketing for ‘Magic Mike XXL’ seems to have an innate sense of this. The first poster is a picture of Tatum with his shirt off, pointing at his crotch where the word “Coming” is suggestively placed. And this teaser trailer is basically Channing Tatum (and the rest of his team of shredded male strippers) dancing, stripping, and then dancing with their shirts off. I smell box-office gold. Wait, no, that’s baby oil and Muscle Milk. But those things smell a lot like box-office gold when they’re in ‘Magic Mike XXL.’
Taylor Negron, the comedian and actor best known to audiences for ‘The Last Boy Scout’ and his brief but exceptionally memorable role in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ has sadly passed away. He was just 57 years old. Negron died yesterday after succumbing to a long battle with cancer, as initially reported by his cousin and Three Dog Night band member Chuck Negron.
We’re saddened to report that Edward Herrmann, best known for roles in ‘Gilmore Girls’ and horror classic ‘The Lost Boys,’ has passed away this morning at the age of 71. Herrmann’s career spanned over 40 years, from his role in 1973's ‘The Paper Chase,’ to more recently starring in the ‘Town That Dreaded Sundown’ remake. On the last day of 2014, we’ve lost yet another great actor.
Joe Cocker, one of rock music's most distinctive performers, has died of lung cancer.
“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me...” That is one of the most famous lines from one of the most famous scenes in all of cinema: Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin trying not to be seduced by Anne Bancroft’s Mrs. Robinson, his father’s partner’s wife in 1967’s ‘The Graduate.’ The film was just the second directed by Mike Nichols, the enterprising comedian turned theater and cinema director, who died Wednesday at the age of 83.
Television producer, writer, and creator Glen A. Larson has passed away at the age of 77. Larson's contributions to television include such beloved classics as ‘Knight Rider,’ ‘Magnum P.I.,’ the original ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ and he was involved in the development of ‘The Six Million Dollar Man.’ The three-time Emmy-nominated Larson began his career in 1956 as a member of the music group The Four Preps, and transitioned into television, working on the 1966 series ‘The Fugitive.’