Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead in a New York apartment earlier today, reports The New York Times. Mr. Hoffman, who had appeared in such films as Todd Solondz’s Happiness, Capote, The Master, Magnolia, The Savages and Synecdoche, New York, was also known for his dramatic stage work, notably splitting time in the lead roles for Sam Shepard’s True West with John C. Reilly, and appearing in a 2012 Broadway adaptation of Death of a Salesman. Read More
Actor Dennis Farina passed away earlier today in a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz. from complications arising from a blood clot in his lung, multiple sources report. He was 69-years-old.
Mr. Farina, known for his work as a character actor, portraying both sides of the law with equal vigor. Most will remember him for his portrayal of Detective Joe Fontana on Law & Order, a role he had spent 18 years preparing for during his stint in the Chicago Police Department from 1967 to 1985 before transferring to the NYPD. He also upheld the law as FBI Agent Jack Crawford in Manhunter, Lt. Mike Torello in Crime Story, and as Robert Stacks replacement on Unsolved Mysteries.
Mr. Farina often played a good guy. But he played a great bad guy. Read More
Several years ago, I was going through a bunch of YouTube reels from At the Movies, and noticed a funny thing: Roger Ebert’s relationship with his co-host, Gene Siskel, was way less amicable than I remember it being as a kid. Or maybe the Internet just had a fascination with the way that Mr. Ebert–the more cynical, cerebral of the pair–loved to take the piss out of his partner.
I quickly made a mashup of this phenomena, titled it “The Darker Side of Siskel and Ebert,” and sent it off into the ether of the Internet (at the time, an AOL-owned site called Urlesque.com), not really thinking much of it.
The next day, Mr. Ebert tweeted the video to his hundreds of thousands of followers, a move that showed one of the critic’s greatest qualities: the ability not to take anything, especially himself, too seriously.
Former New York Times publisher and chairman Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger, Sr., who ran the paper from 1963 to 1992, has died. The Times reports Mr. Sulzberger passed away at his Southampton home on Saturday. The senior Sulzberger piloted the paper through the rough seas of the late 1960s and early 1970s and was primarily responsible for pulling the trigger on one of the biggest exposés of the Vietnam War, the Pentagon Papers: Read More
The body of Tony Scott, the man behind the landmark queer cinema masterpiece Top Gun, was dragged from the Los Angeles Harbor Sunday evening in San Pedro, Calif. The director/producer plunged to his death after scaling the 10-foot fence surrounding Vincent Thomas Bridge. Read More
Charles “Chuck” Colson, evangelist, author and former hatchet man for President Richard M. Nixon, died today, two weeks after surgery on a blood clot in his brain. Mr. Colson was 80 years old.
As President Nixon’s special counsel, Mr. Colson played a major role in the Watergate scandal. While serving on the committee to re-elect the president he took part in the plan for White House “plumbers” like G. Gordon Liddy to steal background information from Democratic foes. Read More
Legendary creator and host of the R&B dance/variety show Soul Train Don Cornelius was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound earlier this morning in his Muholland Drive home, reports The New York Times.
Mr. Cornelius was widely credited with bringing African-American performers like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Michael Jackson to the public’s consciousness during Soul Train’s almost 35 year syndicated run: one of the longest in history. Read More
The AP reports that Joe Paterno, one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football, has died. Paterno’s condition deteriorated rapidly over the last few days from complications from chemotherapy he was receiving for lung cancer. He was 85 years old. Paterno was the all-time record holder for Division I college football, winning 409 games before he was fired in November 2011 over his handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Read More
Don Hill, the man responsible for the legendary Spring Street spot that carries his name, passed away yesterday. He was 66 years old.
Like many others, we knew him. “I don’t talk too much,” Mr. Hill said to The Observer, moments after we had met. It was a September afternoon, and in the empty hallway Read More