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‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Director Tobe Hooper Has Died
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Texas Chain Saw Massacre Director Tobe Hooper

Who will survive and what will be left of them? That is iconic line that graces the movie poster of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, one of the most visceral films ever created; a film that lives on in both infamy and reverence to this day. Its director, horror legend Tobe Hooper, died yesterday in Sherman Oaks, CA, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner who confirmed the news to Variety. No cause of death has been determined yet. He was 74.

Born in Austin, Texas, Hooper made his seminal masterpiece in 1974 for less than $300,000. The film, based on the serial-killing cannibal Ed Gein, tells the story of five friends on a drive through rural Texas to explore the home of the grandfather of Sally (Marilyn Burns) and wheelchair-bound Franklin (Paul A. Partain). They end up encountering a family of cannibals, including the human skin-masked, chain saw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen).

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Legendary Funnyman Jerry Lewis Has Died At 91
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Jerry Lewis

Legendary funnyman Jerry Lewis, who for over 70 years made audiences laugh with his wild, crazy humor and became an institution of American entertainment, died this morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.

There is no question that the mere mention of the name Jerry Lewis incites many different opinions in individuals spanning generations, but one thing is clear: regardless of one’s personal taste for the man and his attitude to comedy, there is no denying the sheer power and legend that he exuded, a gravitas that combined old Vaudeville with slapstick and later a slick Las Vegas style, honing elements of Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, and Jackie Gleason into an amalgam of a rubbery, limber, anything can happen comedy style that people like Jim Carrey were able to bring to a newer generation. This solidified in every way the importance of what Jerry Lewis meant to so many people.

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George A. Romero Has Died; Godfather Of The Undead Was 77
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Tonight marks the return of Games of Thrones, where the primary villains are the White Walkers, a marching army of undead. Today, the man most responsible for making the word “undead” part of the zeitgeist, the Godfather of modern zombie culture, George A. Romero, has died today at 77 after a brief fight with lung cancer.

You can’t look anywhere without seeing the impact the Bronx-born filmmaker had on the modern world. From Game of Thrones to The Walking Dead, to iZombie, television is as full of zombies as the Monroeville Mall was in 1978. In 1968, Romero along with a small band of colleagues created one of the most iconic and influential films of any genre in history, with Night of the Living Dead. In the film, a rag tag group are thrown together in a farmhouse while undead zombies gather outside hungry for human flesh. Hilariously, Romero hated the word “zombie” which he would of course become synonymous with.

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‘Batman’ Actor Adam West Has Died; Pop Culture Icon Was 88
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Adam West as Batman

Adam West, the actor best known for his role as Batman in the 1960s television series, died on Friday in Los Angeles, CA, after a short battle with leukemia. He was 88.

The West family posted the news this morning to the actor’s social media accounts, stating “Our beloved AW passed away last night. He was the greatest. We’ll miss him like crazy. We know you’ll miss him too – West Family.”

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James Bond Actor Sir Roger Moore Has Died At The Age Of 89
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Roger Moore as James Bond

Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has passed away at the age of 89. The news was shared by Moore’s family, who says the actor passed away after a battle with cancer.

The actor is one of the handful to portray Bond since the film series began in 1962, joined by Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and the most recent, Daniel Craig. Moore played Bond seven times from 1973 to 1985 in Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill. Only Connery has appeared in the role as many times, and no one has played Bond more than that.

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Soundgarden Singer Chris Cornell Has Died
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Chris Cornell of Soundgarden

Chris Cornell, who is best known as the frontman of Seattle grunge legends Soundgarden, died Wednesday night while on tour in Detroit, according to the AP. He was 52.

No cause of death is known at this time, but Cornell’s representative told the AP that the musician’s death was “sudden and unexpected.” AP News is reporting that police are investigating his death as a possible suicide, stating there were “basic things observed at the scene” to warrant this. Cornell had performed with Soundgarden in Detroit, MI, that night, and was later found dead on the bathroom floor at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel.

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‘Tombstone’ and ‘Deadwood’ Star Powers Boothe Dies At 68
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Powers Boothe

The great Powers Boothe, known for his many memorable performances in films like Tombstone and Sin City and television shows like Deadwood and 24, has passed away at the age of 68.

A spokesperson for the actor, Karen Samfilippo, confirmed the news, saying he passed away in his sleep due to natural causes.

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‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Red State’ Star Michael Parks Dies At 77
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Michael Parks

Longtime character actor Michael Parks has passed away at the age of 77, his agent has confirmed. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Parks appeared in a great number of things—over 145 credits to his name over the course of his 57-year career—but one needn’t look any further than Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill to know what kind of talent he was. In Tarantino’s two-part revenge epic, Parks played two very different characters: a Texas Ranger named Earl McGraw, and a Mexican pimp named Esteban Vihaio.

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‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Director Jonathan Demme Dies At 73
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Jonathan Demme

The Academy Award winning director behind The Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme, died today at the age of 73. A representative for the director said he passed away due to complications from esophageal cancer in his New York City apartment.

Other directorial credits include Something Wild, Married to the Mob, Philadelphia, Beloved, The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Rachel Getting Married, and more recently Ricki and the Flash in 2015.

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Legendary Comedian Don Rickles Has Passed Away At 90
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Comedian Don Rickles

One of the greatest American funnymen of all time has sadly passed away. Don Rickles, who perfected the art of being the insult comic and spanned generations with his biting yet always loving acerbic quick wit and banter, died today at his home in Los Angeles, CA, of kidney failure. He was 90. He had been battling ill health the last couple of decades, but had retained his razor-sharp mind to the very end.

For my money, he was the funniest man alive. Known sarcastically as “Mr. Warmth,” the Queens, New York native had such a talent and gift for making one laugh, many times even belly laugh, with his quickness. He wasn’t like Groucho Marx or Jack Benny in the sense of the one-liners, but he stood toe-to-toe with them and so many other comedic luminaries in that he was able to rib all of them and scores of Hollywood celebrities, in a manner which exposed a frailty or a kind of tabloid urban legend that had been foisted upon them and then exploiting that foible. Genius examples would be how he would make fun of Dean Martin’s drinking, the ethnicity of people like Desi Arnaz or Ricardo Montalban, or the color of the skin of people like Denzel Washington or Cesar Romero, not in direct terms, but playing on and then hilariously skewering the cliché and the stereotype of it, as politically incorrect as that may seem in today’s ultra-sensitive world.

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