Groundbreaking Japanese Filmmaker Seijun Suzuki Dies at 93

by Charles Bramesco 21 hours ago
Of course, no individual could be fairly credited with having singlehandedly invented the modern understanding of what it means to be cool, but Japanese filmmaker Seijun Suzuki is as good a place as any to start. With such films as Branded to Kill and Tokyo Drifter, he reimagined the gangster figure as an icon of bold sartorial style, unflappable stoicism, and casual Zenlike profundity. A few years later, these films would go on to inspire French New Wave classic Le Samouraï, which would later trickle down to the cinema of Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch. But to ascribe Suzuki’s importance to his influence on others would be an insult; his films map an entire engrossing world unto themselves.

William Peter Blatty, Writer of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

by Matt Singer January 13, 2017 @ 9:04 AM
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No list of the greatest horror movies ever made is complete without 1973’s The Exorcist. The film was directed by William Friedkin and based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, who adapted his own book to the screen and won an Oscar for his screenplay. Sadly, Blatty passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Friedkin himself tweeted about the news a short while ago:

Tilikum, Subject of Killer Whale Doc ‘Blackfish’, Dies in Captivity

by Britt Hayes January 6, 2017 @ 5:11 PM
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In 2010, an orca named Tilikum made headlines when he killed SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in Orlando, Florida — Brancheau wasn’t the first person killed by the park’s troubled resident; then again, Tilikum wasn’t the first (or the last) captive orca to attack a human being. Three years later, he became newsworthy again as the subject of Blackfish, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s eye-opening documentary which used the story of Tilikum to shine a light on the horrors lurking within sea parks (spoiler: it’s the humans you need to worry about). Four years later, Tilikum is making headlines again, as the now-infamous orca has passed away at the estimated age of 36.

Tyrus Wong, Unsung Inspiration Behind ‘Bambi,’ Dies at 106

by Charles Bramesco December 31, 2016 @ 11:52 AM
Walt Disney exerted an almost dictatorial command of the authorship behind the early films of the Mouse House; they were all to be Walt Disney productions, unmistakable for any other. But plenty of phenomenally talented artists went unrecognized for years, even as their handiwork became world famous and molded the childhoods of millions of viewers. Tyrus Wong was one such artist. Deadline confirms that he died at the age of 106 on Friday, leaving behind a legacy woven into the fabric of children’s entertainment.