Andrew Sarris, the man who brought auteur theory to American shores and who ably reviewed films for The Observer, has died at 83, the Times reports. Mr. Sarris’s passion for film bled into his prose at The Observer years after he’d already become one of America’s most prominent champions of innovative directors at The Village Voice. To the end of his writing career here, Mr. Sarris sang the praises of directors like Bunuel, rather than focusing solely on Oscar bait or big-budget fiascos. Read More
Henry Hill, whom Martin Scorsese based the protagonist in his 1990 crime film Goodfellas on, died Tuesday after battling alcoholism and a prolonged illness. He was 69. Read More
Ms. Summer, whose classics included “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls,” “On the Radio,” and “Love To Love You Baby” had spent her last days living in Florida. Though no official cause of death has been announced, the five-time Grammy winner had been battling with lung cancer for the past 10 years. Read More
Donna Summer, a singer who rose to fame on the disco craze of the 1980s, has reportedly died of cancer at 63. Ms. Summer’s breakthrough hit in the U.S., “Love to Love You Baby,” was an over-15-minute-long club smash, featuring the singer’s then-scandalous moans. Other hits included club favorites like “Last Dance” and Read More
Famed hairstylist Vidal Sassoon has died at 84 after an illness. Mr. Sassoon, the subject of a 2010 documentary, grew up in poverty in London and came to prominence as the engineer of geometric, shiny cuts and for his licensing his name to a line of shampoos. If you didn’t look good, the slogan went, Read More
Adam Yauch, better known to some as MCA of the Brooklyn rap group The Beastie Boys, passed away today after a long battle with cancer, reports RollingStone.com. Mr. Yauch was a founding member of the group, along with Mike D (Michael Diamond), Mix Master Mike (Michael Schwartz), and Ad Roc(Adam Horovitz). Read More
The Times reports that Ben Gazzara, famed for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and the films of John Cassavetes, has died at 81. In the video, Gazzara discussed his role in the Cassavetes film Husbands. Read More
The costume designer Eiko Ishioka, most recently known for the costumes in Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, has died at 73. Ms. Ishioka won an Oscar for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and designed the costumes for the 2008 Olympics opening ceremonies in Beijing. The producers of Spider-Man have issued a statement reading in part: “Her Read More
Wm. “Bill” Polk Carey, founder and chairman of investment management firm W.P. Carey & Co. that specialized in the acquisition and management of single-tenanted commercial real estate, died yesterday of natural causes at a Florida hospital, his company announced.
He was 81.
In 2009, W.P. Carey & Co. paid $225 million for 21 floors at the New York Times Building at 620 Eighth Avenue under a sale-leaseback arrangement, with the newspaper agreeing to lease out space in the building for up to 15 years. Read More