Movies are fixed. Their meanings are not.
As with most unfortunate news, this one comes to us abruptly with no warning. The great Wes Craven, the legendary horror filmmaker who brought us films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, has died at 76. Craven had been battling brain cancer and passed away in his home in Los Angeles.
The Artist was never an easy sell. A black-and-white silent film made in 2011? With a cast of French actors unknown in America? A big part of what helped this unique project crossover with U.S. audiences, connect with viewers all over the world, and even win an Oscar for Best Picture was Uggie, the adorable Jack Russell Terrier owned by the film’s main character.
This is a pretty huge blow to fans of wrestling, but also to fans of awesome humans in general. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the legendary wrestling star and actor, has passed away at the age of 61. Piper had previously been struggling with cancer, but according to early reports, his death was the result of a cardiac arrest.
A sad day for fans of George Coe and his extensive body of work, as the Oscar-nominated 86-year old actor and activist has passed away. The lifelong star was recently known for his work as Archer’s ever-faithful servant Woodhouse, and also dates back to the original cast of SNL.
Omar Sharif, the legendary actor best known for key roles in classic movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, has passed away. He was 83 years old. The BBC has a statement from Sharif’s agent, who reports that the Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe winning performer suffered a heart attack in Cairo. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease earlier this year. Beyond that, details are unknown.
Prolific producer Jerry Weintraub has passed away today at the age of 77, as confirmed by various trades as well as some of his close associates, including director William Friedkin. Weintraub is best known for producing classics such as The Karate Kid and Diner, as well as contemporary favorites like Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11 trilogy.
A sad day for fans of Eight is Enough and the world at large, as representatives of actor Dick Van Patten have confirmed news that the 86-year old passed away of unknown causes. The lifelong star was also known for his work in such Mel Brooks movies as Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
In what may surely turn out to be horrifically tragic news, acclaimed composer James Horner’s plane has crashed in Santa Barbara resulting in the death of the pilot, whose identity has yet to be confirmed. The plan is registered in Horner’s name, and the composer has yet to be accounted for, although reports are trickling in online that Horner was the pilot of the plane.
After a staggering career that spanned more than sixty years actor, Christopher Lee has died. He was 93 years old. The BBC reports he passed away on Sunday “at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, after being hospitalized for respiratory problems and heart failure.” The legendary actor appeared in over 240 movies.