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Actor George Kennedy Dies at age 91

Posted by Leah on 3/2/2016 10:11:32 AM

        Unfortunately, actor George Kennedy passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the age of 91. Kennedy, who has 183 acting credits to his name, was best known for his roles in Cool Hand Luke, The Naked Gun series, Spartacus, Charade, The Flight of the Phoenix, Dirty Dingus McGee, the Airport series, The Gambler and numerous TV shows.  
 
        According to IdahoStatesman.com, “To those who knew him, he was a family man who loved his community and always wanted to give something back. ‘He was a quiet man,’ said his grandson, Cory Schenkel, who spent the past 14 years helping Ken...

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The 88th Academy Awards are Officially in the Books

Posted by Leah on 2/29/2016 12:17:16 PM

        And thusly, we have reached the supposed end of Hollywood’s awards season this year (although really, at this point it has no end). The Academy Awards aren’t usually as rowdy as other awards shows, (such as the Golden Globes), but this year it seemed everyone had an issue to raise when they gave their acceptance speeches. There was a LOT about diversity, but also mentions of climate change, sexual abuse, support for the LGBT community, abuse within the Catholic Church, the importance of journalism, who to vote for and more. It seemed like everyone who stood at the microphone used the t...

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My 2016 Academy Award Predictions

Posted by Leah on 2/24/2016 1:33:05 PM

        Are you as surprised as I am that another year has passed already? It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was telling you about last year’s Oscar controversies and winners, and yet here we are. In a few days, on Sunday February 28, the 88th annual Academy Awards will air on ABC, and yet there’s been a slew of media attention and personal outrage since the nominees were named on January 14.                 Most of the controversy this year actually began with last year’s nominees. People are upset, again, by the seeming lack of diversity in the nominees, and the total lack of colored no...

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Why Hasn't Leo Won an Oscar Yet?

Posted by Leah on 2/24/2016 1:24:03 PM

Article first posted on FilmDebate.co.uk      

         All eyes will be on Leonardo DiCaprio on February 28 in anticipation of his first Oscar win. Yes, you read that right, his FIRST Oscar win. Everyone seems to think that this his year, and it may well be, but it got me to thinking. Why hasn’t he taken home a golden statue yet? Is there something the Academy has against him? Sure, many actors go their entire lives without winning an Oscar, but none have starred in as many hugely successful films throughout their careers and still gone home empty handed.
 
        I’ve said again...

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George Gaynes and Harper Lee, Remembered

Posted by Leah on 2/20/2016 12:39:16 PM

        Unfortunately today is another day that I need to bring you news of 2 Hollywood passings. First I’ll tell you about the life of actor George Gaynes, and then I’ll tell you about Harper Lee. (Although I realize that Harper Lee’s isn’t really a Hollywood death, in the traditional sense, I felt it pertinent to write something about her since To Kill a Mokingbird, the book and the movie, are so iconic.)
 
        Actor George Gaynes passed away at his daughter’s house in North Bend, Washington on Monday, February 15, 2016 at the age of 98.
 
        Gaynes was another, in what’...

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Abe Vigoda, aka Tessio from The Godfather, Dies at age 94

Posted by Leah on 1/27/2016 12:44:02 PM

        They often say that bad news comes in threes. With the recent deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman I have to admit that I’ve been waiting for the third. I had hoped, of course, that the saying would prove false in this case, since so many of my Hollywood favorites have passed in the past couple of years. Unfortunately though, the saying (once again) proved true. On Tuesday, January 26, 2016 the legendary Abe Vigoda passed away.
 
        Vigoda had a somewhat odd career, by Hollywood standards.  He didn’t start his life as a professional actor until 1947, at the age of 28. By 1...

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Alan Rickman, Best Villain and Best Voice, Remembered

Posted by Leah on 1/17/2016 11:10:43 AM

        The second week of January 2016 has been a difficult one in the world of pop culture. We lost not one, but two huge stars in the world of film and music, first with David Bowie on January 10, and followed by Alan Rickman on January 14.
 
         Rickman began his acting career a little late, by today’s standards, at the age of 28. He exclusively worked on stage for the first four years of his acting career, and didn’t land an on screen role until the age of 32, playing Tybalt in a made for TV version of Romeo and Juliet. It wasn’t until Rickman was 42 years old that he made his ...

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73rd Annual Golden Globes Wrap Up

Posted by Leah on 1/14/2016 9:53:21 AM

        The 73rd annual Golden Globes were held on Sunday, January 10, 2016 in Hollywood, and while many have said since that this was the worst Golden Globes ever, I disagree. Ricky Gervais, hosted for the fourth time, but for the first time in the past three years. Gervais had hosted the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Globes before Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took over for 2013, 2014 and 2015.
 
         Gervais warned on the red carpet, before the show even began, that quote “They said I could say what I want — NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press. I don’t think they know what that means.” In years ...

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David Bowie: Musician, Actor and Cultural Icon

Posted by Leah on 1/13/2016 12:46:38 PM

        On Sunday, January 10, 2016, musician, actor and all around superstar David Bowie, (also known as David Robert Jones) passed away peacefully among family and friends after an 18 month battle with liver cancer.
 
        Of my favorite “Bowie-inspired” memories, some I’ll never forget happened at work. I was a chef at a restaurant and in the kitchen was a stereo to listen to as we worked. At least twice a month the other chef, Brian, and I decided to have “Bowie Night”, during which, for our whole 8 hour shift we’d listen to nothing but Bowie tunes. This irritated the dishwasher ...

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5 Movies of 2015 I hope to Never Have to See Again

Posted by Leah on 1/9/2016 10:57:07 AM

Article originally posted on filmdebate.co.uk

Warning: this article contains some spoilers.

        It’s that time of year again. The end of one year and beginning of another that so often brings reflections of all sorts. Most people who write these sorts of things will come out (if they haven’t already) with their “Best of 2015” lists. Be it fashion, news stories, cars, food trends, movies, etc, it seems that there’s no escaping the positive spin placed on most end of the year lists. It’s because of this that (and other reasons that will shortly become more clear) that I’ve decided...

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