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In Memoriam 2018: Remembering Those We Lost In Entertainment
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In Memoriam 2018

In Memoriam 2018: Film, Television, Music, Sports, Literature, the Arts…

As we say hello to another year as 2019 still has that fresh paint on it that hasn’t dried yet, we also take the time to say one final goodbye to the luminaries of stage, screen, record, and more who touched us in many ways and will continue to till the end of eternity. A tip of the cap to the following:

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Billie Lourd’s Piano Ballad Pays Tribute To Her Late Mother Carrie Fisher
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Billie Lourd and Carrie Fisher Star Wars

It has been two years since Carrie Fisher passed away, and many fans of hers and her Star Wars legacy are still reeling after the loss. But none more than her daughter, Billie Lourd. Though Fisher is a fixture within the Star Wars universe, her daughter followed in her mother’s footsteps by joining her in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And now, to honor the memory of her mother, Lourd has released a touching tribute in the form of a video of herself singing Jackson Brown’s “These Days,” which happens to be one of her mother’s favorite songs. Check it out here below.

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Penny Marshall, Director Of ‘Big’ and ‘A League Of Their Own,’ Passes Away At 75
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Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall, one of the most prolific female directors of our time, has passed away at the age of 75 due to complications from diabetes.

From being one of the stars of Laverne & Shirley on TV to directing some of the most iconic films like Big and A League of Their Own, she blazed a trail for many of her female director successors. More on her passing below.

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NYCHFF 2018: ‘Candyman’ Actor Tony Todd Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
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NYCHFF Tony Todd Candyman NYCHFF 2018: Candyman Actor Tony Todd Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year for over a decade and half, the New York City Horror Film Festival has handed out its Lifetime Achievement Award to an icon of horror cinema. The festival was created and organized by the late Michael J. Hein back in 2002 and the first two recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award were George A. Romero and Tom Savini.

Perhaps fittingly this year’s recipient was Tony Todd, who broke into the horror genre in Savini’s 1990 remake of Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. Two years later, he became a true horror legend when he played the titular hook-handed Candyman in Bernard Rose’s film based on the Clive Barker story The Forbidden. Since then Todd has used his massive 6’5″ frame, size-16 shoe, and deep voice to leave a lasting impression on the horror industry with appearances in the Final Destination franchise, Hatchet 1 & 2, Masters of Horror, and more. Saturday night at the Cinepolis Chelsea, The Candyman showed up to a sell-out crowd (with probably 50+ others standing in the aisle) to accept his award and partake in a Q&A.

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Hollywood Legend Burt Reynolds Dies At 82
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Burt Reynolds Smokey and the Bandit

Burt Reynolds, who was one of the biggest superstars in Hollywood during the mid 1970s with theatrical hits such as Smokey and the Bandit and Deliverance, died today at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 82.

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Stars and Others Come To James Gunn’s Defense After Firing
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James Gunn director of Guardians of the Galaxy

To the shock and dismay of Marvel fans, writer and director James Gunn was fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 last weekend. The decision was made when decade-old tweets about child-rape and pedophilia were unearthed by conservative personalities Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec.

While the tweets were repulsive, they were made at a time when Gunn was a different person. Still, they were troubling enough for Disney to take quick action. Since then Guardians of the Galaxy stars and others have come to Gunn’s defense. Check out what they had to say below.

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Disney Fires ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’ Director James Gunn
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James Gunn director of Guardians of the Galaxy

Another day, another big name losing a high-profile job. Disney has decided to fire Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn, who was set to direct the next installment of the series Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for the company’s Marvel brand with production expected to begin early next year.

Disney made the decision after some vulgar tweets by Gunn from the past resurfaced. The director has since spoken about this, and you can see what he had to say below.

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‘Ash vs Evil Dead’: Bruce Campbell Retires From Playing Ash After Cancellation, Shares Farewell Message
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Ash vs Evil Dead 104-01

Though not at all surprising, the news that Starz has decided to cancel Ash vs Evil Dead after three seasons was no less devastating to fans.

And the news doesn’t get any better. For anyone who was hoping that now that the show has been canceled it might find another home or perhaps even lead to that fourth Evil Dead movie—which was whispered about here and there over the years after Army of Darkness, before the 2013 reboot and eventually the TV series arrived—that’s not going to happen, sadly. Bruce Campbell, who played Ash Williams in the original film trilogy and on Ash vs Evil Dead, has announced that he is retiring from playing that role after nearly four decades. Campbell made the announcement in a farewell message to fans, which you can read below.

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith Survives Heart Attack; Thank You For Not Dying, Kevin Smith
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NYCC 2015: Kevin Smith

Filmmaker Kevin Smith posted to his social media accounts today that he survived a “massive” heart attack last night after his stand-up performance at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.

The 47-year-old filmmaker, best known for writing and directing Clerks and Chasing Amy, as well as starring in said films as the latter part of stoner duo Jay and Silent Bob, wrote that he went to the hospital after feeling ill after the first of two planned shows for the night. After cancelling his second performance to seek medical treatment, Smith said that the doctors discovered that he had had a “massive heart attack” with 100% blockage of the LAD artery, aka “the Widow-Maker.”

See below to read Smith’s full Facebook post, where he describes his ordeal and gives his thoughts about this near-death experience.

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The Master Of Horror, John Carpenter, Turns 70… and No, He’s NOT Dead
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John Carpenter

“The report of my death was an exaggeration.” – Mark Twain, 5/31/1897

On Tuesday, January 16th the Master of Horror John Carpenter turned 70. Rotten Tomatoes was quick to wish the acclaimed director, writer, and composer a Happy Birthday, with one minor mistake… they thought he was DEAD! They penned an article at 7:30 AM titled: “John Carpenter would have been 70 years old today!” In classical Twain-like manner, Carpenter responded on Twitter, “To Rotten Tomatoes, despite how it appears, I’m actually not dead.” Carpenter directed his first feature film in 1974 at only 26, the low-budget sci-fi comedy Dark Star. Four year later, he reinvented the genre with the most successful independent film of all time, Halloween. That record stood for 21 years until 1999’s The Blair Witch Project.

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