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Rutger Hauer Has Died: ‘Blade Runner’ Actor Was 75
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Rutger Hauer Blade Runner

Rutger Hauer, the Dutch wunderkind of an actor whose steely intensity made his presence unforgettable in films like Blade Runner, Nighthawks, and other challenging projects, died on July 19 2019 at his home in the Netherlands after a short illness, per Variety. He was 75.

The blond-haired actor with piercing blue eyes was a force majure on screens big and small. There was always an expected nervousness he gave the viewer when playing characters, there was always a wonderful unsettling feeling he gave to the energy of whatever might have been going on in a picture, and his magnetism went toe to toe with screen stalwarts like Harrison Ford in Blade Runner and Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams in the underrated crime yarn Nighthawks.

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‘Boyz N The Hood’ Director John Singleton Passes Away At Age 51
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John Singleton

John Singleton, the filmmaker behind Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, and Higher Learning, as well as films like 2 Fast 2 Furious and a handful of TV episodes, has passed away at the age of 51. The director was taken off life support after he suffered a stroke earlier this month.

Singleton was just fresh out of USC Cinematic Arts when he directed Boyz n the Hood. The film would eventually earn him an Oscar nomination for Best Director, which made him the first black person to be nominated for directing.

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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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