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The all-purpose Corrierino thread for those looking to eulogize the recently deceased.

I don't have any recent passings to report at the moment. although I'll mention that in 2017 (movie director-wise) we lost Seijun Suzuki, Jonathan Demme, John G. Avildsen, George A. Romero, Jerry Lewis, and Tobe Hooper.

(and feel free to mention any other passings from 2017 you feel were significant)


Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:47 pm
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Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:13 pm
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Peggy Cummins just died: http://deadline.com/2018/01/peggy-cummi ... 202234761/

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Gun Crazy is highly recommended viewing.

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Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:29 am
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This isn't his best film, by any stretch, but has to be one of my favorite scenes of the great late actor.

This ain't just dogshit he's doing here, this is a man you love laying it on the line.




Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:00 pm
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He'll always be Curly Bill to me.


Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:33 pm
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Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, dead at 46.

She was found dead in her hotel room in Westminster today. She had been in London for a recording session. Cause of death is currently unknown.

O'Riordan had been married to Duran Duran's former tour manager and they had three children together. After a twenty year marriage they divorced.



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Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:38 am
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That sucks. Really good singer. Love The Cranberries, and I liked her solo stuff as well.

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Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:40 am
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R.I.P. It's so depressing how many '90s musicians we've lost already.

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Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:16 am
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Apparently, former RT poster Reaver just died of complications from a liver transplant...

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Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:52 am
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Yeah I saw that, Stu. Too bad.

Also The Cranberries are awesome. 46 is really young.

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Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:54 am
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Ursula Le Guin is not the most commonly known science fiction writer, but she was an influential one, and well worth celebrating or discovering.


Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:37 pm
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Mark E. Smith.

Nooooo!

RIP


Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:33 am
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Jinnistan wrote:
Ursula Le Guin is not the most commonly known science fiction writer, but she was an influential one, and well worth celebrating or discovering.


I saw that today and was super sad about it. She's an author I discovered in college with The Left Hand of Darkness during a female sci-fi writers kick that I was on.


Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:08 pm
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Mark E. Smith.

Nooooo!

RIP


FUCK!


Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:13 pm
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I saw that today and was super sad about it. She's an author I discovered in college with The Left Hand of Darkness during a female sci-fi writers kick that I was on.

Yup, that's her classic. I also really like The Lathe of Heaven. I hadn't seen the PBS version mentioned in the article, so I looked it up and found it on Youtube, from 1980 with a very young Bruce Davison. Pretty damn good find actually.



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Mark E. Smith.

Nooooo!

RIP

Well, shit.

Since it's been my go to Fall jam, and my previous links have been wiped clean, I will repeat the indefatigable BBC version of "Words of Expectation".


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Aw :(

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Aw, he was really good on TW :( RIP...

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Reg Cathey to me will always be the guy who sang "9, 9, 9" on Square One, the show that got me interested in math when I was very young. He was one of the first actors whose voice I could recognize when he wasn't on screen.


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Reg E. Cathey will always be this smooth-as-silk motherfucker to me.

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Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:52 am
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that Johannsson news really, really sucks. so much lost potential.....


Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:31 am
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David Ogden Stiers has died at the age of 75.

Stiers started out appearing in 70's television such as Kojack, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda but distinguished himself as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on MASH, replacing the character of Frank Burns. His later television work included North and South, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wings, and Frazier. He had recurring roles on The Dead Zone, Two Guys and a Girl and Stargate Atlantis.

Stiers provided voiceover work for dozens of film and television projects, including THX 1138, the Ric Burns projects New York: A Documentary Film and Ansel Adams. He voiced charactersin eight Disney animated films including Beauty and the Beast (as Cogsworth - a character he would reprise in the Kingdom Hearts games), Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Lilo and Stitch. He voiced several characters on Justice League of America and other DC animated films including The Penguin, Solovar, and the Martian Manhunter. Other video games Stiers lent his voice to included Icewind Dale, Uru and Myst V.

Stiers was the associate conductor for the Newport (Oregon) Symphony Orchestra and guest-conducted over 70 orchestras around the world.

Some of Stiers film work included Oh God!, Magic, Creator, The Accidental Tourist, Doc Hollywood, Shadows and Fog, Lady in the Water and Better Off Dead.

Stiers died at the age of 75 at his home in Newport, Oregon. Although he had a son from a relationship in the 60's, Stiers came out as gay in 2009.



I wish I could find a clip from the episode of MASH where Charles comes to the defense of a stuttering soldier being bullied by others in his platoon, then you find out Winchester's sister has a stutter in the audio tapes she mails to him in Korea. It was my favorite episode of the show.

Here's Better off Dead, which is one of my favorite 80's comedies. He plays John Cusack's hapless father:


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Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:29 am
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Found the scenes from MASH I was looking for, regarding Major Winchester helping a young man with a stutter.



Some of David Ogden Stiers finest work.

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Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:15 am
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I liked Craig Mack.


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Stephen Hawking


Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:53 pm
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Stephen Hawking



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He was a funny guy.


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My favorite Stephen Hawking trivia is about his cameo in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Descent:"

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Stephen Hawking was on the Paramount lot for the video release of his film A Brief History of Time (1991). He asked the staff "Could you take me out of my chair and put me in the captain's chair?" His request was granted.

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My favorite Hawking anecdote comes from "gentlemen's club" owner Peter Stringfellow:

“I went and introduced myself and said, ‘Mr. Hawking, it's an honor to meet you. If you could spare a minute or two, I'd love to chat with you about the universe,’” Stringfellow once told the Mirror.

“Then I paused for a bit and joked, ‘Or would you rather look at the girls?’”

“There was silence for a moment, and then he answered: ‘The girls.’”

There's something very human about that. Sometimes the universe can wait.

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Actress and stuntwoman Debbie Lee Carrington has died at the age of 58.

Carrington was a little person, standing 3'10. She earned a degree in child psychology from the University of California-Davis just after beginning her career in cinema.

She appeared in dozens of television shows and films, albeit mostly in costume. Some of her more well know appearances include Return of the Jedi, the made-for-TV Star Wars Ewok movies, Amazing Stories, Monsters, Batman Returns, Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, Men in Black and two of the Chucky movies. Perhaps Carrington's most memorable role was a prostitute in Total Recall (1990) who stabs one of Michael Ironside's cronies in the crotch.

Carrington's career ran from 1981 to 2018. Her cause of death is unknown at this time.

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Aw, I loved her as "Thumbelina" :( Rest in peace, Debbie!

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Isao Takahata :(


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Isao Takahata :(



Came here to post this. I haven't seen all of his work but Grave of the Fireflies is both haunting and beautiful.

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Cecil Taylor

I haven't listened to him nearly enough, but what I've heard has been mind-boggling.

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/news/stand-up-comedy-matriarch-mitzi-shore-has-died/ar-AAvLONc?ocid=ientp

The Comedy Store is legendary. RIP Mitzi Moore :heart:


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Juraj Herz died a few days ago. I bought The Cremator a couple months back, I guess I should finally sit down and watch it.

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Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:39 am
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Juraj Herz died a few days ago. I bought The Cremator a couple months back, I guess I should finally sit down and watch it.

His version of Beauty and the Beast, Panna a netvor, is fantastic.

Unfortunately, these are the only two films I've seen of his.


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His version of Beauty and the Beast, Panna a netvor, is fantastic.

Unfortunately, these are the only two films I've seen of his.


Morgiana and Vampire Ferat should be up for consideration.


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LOS ANGELES — Milos Forman, a filmmaker who challenged Hollywood with his subversive touch, and twice directed movies that won the Oscar for best picture, died on Friday. He was 86.

His death was confirmed by Vlastislav Malek, a representative of his hometown, Caslav, in the Czech Republic, and by his wife, Martina Formanova, who told the Czech News Agency that he had died after a short illness in the Connecticut town of Hartford.

A native of what was then Czechoslovakia, Mr. Forman came to the United States in the late 1960s as a rebellious young filmmaker whose satirical bent was little welcomed at home in the wake of the 1968 Soviet invasion.

Just a few years later, Mr. Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” — a tragicomic story of revolt and repression in a mental institution — won five Oscars, including those for best director and best picture.

The film put Mr. Forman in the front rank of those who struggled to make big, commercial films with countercultural sensibilities. His sympathy for the odd man out was always apparent, even as his movies grew in scope.

“Amadeus,” a 1984 adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s stage play, presented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a genius who undermined authority with his art. Again, Oscars for best director and best picture were among its many honors.

Still, Mr. Forman, by then a United States citizen, said one of his greatest pleasures from the film — which was shot in the Czech Republic — was the chance to return in triumph to his homeland.

“I’ve always done everything in my life to win,” Mr. Forman said of himself in a 1994 biography, which was entitled “Turnaround: A Memoir,” and was written with Jan Novak.

Mr. Forman was caught up in the turmoil of German occupation not many years after his birth, in Caslav, on Feb. 18, 1932. Both his mother, born Anna Suabova, and the man he believed to be his father, a teacher named Rudolf Forman, had been separately seized by the Germans and killed in death camps.

For years, Mr. Forman vaguely told interviewers that he believed himself to be half-Jewish, though both parents attended a Protestant church. It was Mr. Novak, in researching “Turnaround,” who ended the mystery.

After the 1964 release of his first feature film, “Black Peter” — about the misadventures of a teenager beginning his work life — Mr. Forman was contacted by a woman who had been with his mother in Auschwitz, Mr. Novak learned and eventually reported. The woman explained that Mr. Forman was actually the son of a Jewish architect with whom Mr. Forman’s mother had an affair. In time, Mr. Forman found his biological father, who survived the war and was living in Peru.

Raised by foster parents, Mr. Forman attended film school in Prague, and first made his mark with his work on a film and theater presentation at the 1958 Brussels World Exhibition. An early feature, “The Loves of a Blonde,” won attention on the international festival circuit in 1965. Another, “The Firemen’s Ball,” two years later, rubbed Czech officials the wrong way with its spoof of the firefighting bureaucracy, though Mr. Forman was already turning his attention to opportunities abroad.

When the Soviets invaded in August of 1968, Mr. Forman was in Paris negotiating to make a Hollywood film. His first American feature, a youth comedy called “Taking Off,” was released by Universal Pictures in 1971. It did so poorly, Mr. Forman later said, that he wound up owing the studio $500.

Through the early 1970s, Mr. Forman — a hearty bon vivant without means for the good life — went through a period of self-described depression. For much of that time, he holed up in New York’s Chelsea Hotel, sleeping through the days and communicating with émigré friends.

By then, he had been married twice, first to an actress, Jana Brejchova, then to another performer, Vera Kresadlova, who had remained in Czechoslovakia with their two sons, Petr and Matej.

In addition to Ms. Formanova and Petr and Matej, he is survived by his twin sons, James and Andrew, with Ms. Formanova, his third wife.

In his memoir, Mr. Forman said the producers of “Cuckoo’s Nest,” Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz, sought him out because “I seemed to be in their price range.” In fact, they had made a perfect match between filmmaker and material, in this case a cult novel by Ken Kesey.

Jack Nicholson was the movie’s star. But Mr. Forman — who liked to coax star performances out of lesser-known actors — did exactly that with Louise Fletcher, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of the dictatorial Nurse Ratched.

“Hair” and “Ragtime,” which came next, left less impression, but kept Mr. Forman on the list of directors whom executives were willing to trust with their more sophisticated projects. In 1978, meanwhile, Mr. Forman joined Frantisek Daniel, another Czech, as co-director of the film program at Columbia University’s school of the arts.

It was for Mr. Zaentz that Mr. Forman next struck gold, with “Amadeus.” The film won eight Oscars, and Mr. Forman later wrote, left him with a bittersweet, and ultimately correct, sense that his career had peaked.

“Valmont,” based on an 18th-century novel by Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos, was overshadowed in 1989 by the previous year’s release of “Dangerous Liaisons,” a film by the director Stephen Frears, which used the same underlying material.

Mr. Forman next made a series of films each of which pushed Hollywood out of its comfort zone.

“The People vs. Larry Flynt” pressed the limits of tolerance for an antihero with its sympathetic portrait of the Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt. Released by Columbia Pictures in 1996, it was a box-office bust, with domestic ticket sales of only about $20 million.

In 1999, “Man on the Moon,” Mr. Forman’s complex portrait of the comic Andy Kaufman and his alter-ego Tony Clifton, did only a little better for Universal Pictures. Yet the film left a mark on Mr. Forman’s personal life. Shortly before its release, he married Martina Zborilova, who had worked with him earlier as a production assistant. He became the father of twin sons, whom the couple named Andrew, for Mr. Kaufman, and James, for Jim Carrey, the movie’s star.

Mr. Forman’s next film, “Goya’s Ghosts,” for Samuel Goldwyn Films, was an intricate examination of persecution in Spain in the era of religious persecution and Napoleonic conquest. The film found a minuscule audience when it was released on American screens in 2007.

But it appeared to play out themes from Mr. Forman’s life, as its heroine, an artist’s model, was imprisoned and tortured because of what were claimed to be her hidden Jewish habits and roots.

In an interview with a writer for The Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Mr. Forman talked of Goya’s vacillation between unfettered expression and a desire to please in terms that recalled a tension between his own artistic urges and the lure of success.

“Torn between protest and preservation,” Mr. Forman said of Goya, “he is the most courageous coward.”


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R.I.P. Amadeus is my favorite movie while Cuckoo's Nest and Firemen's Ball are favorites as well. I'd probably be half the film geek I am today if I hadn't discovered his work. If anything, he's one of the best actors' directors who ever lived.

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*cue sad saw*


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I didn't see the obituaries thread. This is already posted in YMCA but Vittorio Taviani (he has a brother who made films with him) winner of the Golden Bear and coveted Palme d'Or died at age 88. Reported at IMDB.


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Aww man... I loved that guy. He really seemed to have a lot of fun in some of his more irreverent roles like in Willard and Saving Silverman. But his role in Full Metal Jacket is legendary.

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Aww man... I loved that guy. He really seemed to have a lot of fun in some of his more irreverent roles like in Willard and Saving Silverman. But his role in Full Metal Jacket is legendary.


I really liked his role as the mayor in "Mississippi Burning".


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I really liked his role as the mayor in "Mississippi Burning".



I still need to see that. Somehow I've never gotten around to seeing it.

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Harry Anderson.
Loved him on Cheers and Night Court. The man was born to perform.

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