Stan Winston, Designer of the Terminator, Dead at 62.

Did you flinch when Edward Scissorhands reached out? That was Stan Winston. Did your stomach turn when The Thing tore apart its victims? That was Stan Winston. … [Read more...]

Tim Russert of NBC News Dead at 58

What sad, shocking news today...Russert, NBC News' Washington bureau chief and the moderator of Meet the Press, has been as busy as anyone in offering thoughtful coverage of the campaign primary circus of 2008. I'm stunned and saddened by this. … [Read more...]

Brian Volck Remembers Paul Scofield

Among my friends, the man with the most impressive voice for reading and public speaking is probably Brian Volck, a pediatrician, coauthor of Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (Brazos Press, 2006), and a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific's MFA in Creative Writing program.Thus it seemed only fitting that Image journal would publish something of Brian's in remembrance of an actor with an unforgettable voice: Paul Scofield.It's the second reflection on … [Read more...]

Charlton Heston dead at 84

"Charlton Heston might be said to achieve his apotheosis as Moses ... unless one decides that it's Moses who's achieving his apotheosis as Heston." - Jonathan RosenbaumHere's the MSNBC story. LOS ANGELES - Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died. He was 84. The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife … [Read more...]

Farewell to Paul Scofield

The great Paul Scofield, one of my favorite actors, has died.Here's a glimpse of his Oscar-winning turn in A Man for All Seasons:Watch for Scofield opposite Mel Gibson in Zefferlli's version of Hamlet, which I've always liked:Tributes are being collected at GreenCine Daily. … [Read more...]

Larry Norman is Dead. Long Live Larry Norman.

"The father of Christian rock" -- Larry Norman -- is dead. And as you might expect, Andy Whitman has written something appropriate to this solemn event.UPDATE: CT on Larry Norman. … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Heath Ledger Found Dead in His Apartment.

The New York Times has the developing story.Heath Ledger was found dead in his apartment, apparently of a drug overdose. He was 28. … [Read more...]

Mr. Lazarescu is Dead

You might have seen The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, one of the most unforgettable films I saw last year. It follows the last hours of an old man who needs urgent medical care. … [Read more...]

SuperFastReader on Madeleine L’Engle

Following up my earlier post on Madeleine L'Engle's passing, here's the super SuperFastReader remembering her, in two posts. … [Read more...]

Madeleine L’Engle: 1918-2007

Madeleine L'Engle is one of the artists whose views and work have inspired me the most. As I was writing Auralia's Colors, I frequently revisited her thoughts on the power of art. She referred to great artmaking as "collaboration with God."On Thursday night, at the age of 88, Madeleine L'Engle made her journey through a wrinkle in time and space.And I feel that I lost a grandmother and a mentor. Most of that guidance came through her nonfiction work -- Walking on Water, The Rock That is … [Read more...]