Farewell to Bruno Kirby

"In my heart I know I'm funny."That's the line that will always come to mind when I hear the name Bruno Kirby.I loved him in Good Morning Vietnam, although I'm sure others will think of him in connection with This is Spinal Tap, City Slickers, When Harry Met Sally, or The Godfather, Part 2. … [Read more...]

Wednesday specials: The Natvity! Chris Penn. Matthewes-Green on "Paradise Now." Da Vinci Decoded. Pixar. Amber Alert. X3 posers.

Wednesday's specials:REMEMBER WHEN I ASKED WHO WILL MAKE A MOVIE OF THE NATIVITY? This just popped up at Done Deal, the script sales site: Title: Nativity Log line: Centers on the two-year period of Mary and Joseph's life, culminating in their leaving Nazareth and journeying 100 miles to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Key characters and events such as King Herod, John the Baptist's parents (Zachariah and Elizabeth), the shepherds who were witness to Jesus' birth; and the arrival of the … [Read more...]

Shelley Winters, 1920 – 2006

The world bids farewell to Shelley Winters. … [Read more...]

Farewell to John Spencer of "The West Wing"

A powerful actor, John Spencer, is dead of a heart attack at a young 58 years old. Spencer won an Emmy in 2002 for his role as McGarry, who was the right-hand man to President Jeb Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen. Ironically, his character had suffered a heart attack that forced him to give up his White House job. This season, McGarry was running for vice president....Before "The West Wing," Spencer was best known for playing quirky attorney Tommy Mullaney on the hit drama "L.A. … [Read more...]

Specials: We’ve lost Porkins. Foreign Oscar-hopefuls. Magdelena.

Today's specials:HE STAYED ON TARGET. Star Wars fans, it is a day to mourn. We've lost Porkins.┬áHe also had memorable roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark and A River Runs Through It.ONLY ONE FILM PER COUNTRY GETS TO PLAY The annually-screwed Foreign Language Oscar category has named its list of qualifying films for the year. As usual, each country only gets to submit one film for consideration. So, if the ten best films of the year were all made in France, it wouldn't matter... only one … [Read more...]

Brock Peters, 1927 – 2005

Brock Peters (front right) with Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird.Details here, at CNN. LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Actor Brock Peters, best known for his heartbreaking performance as the black man falsely accused of rape in "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Tuesday at his home after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 78.Peters was diagnosed with the disease in January and had been receiving chemotherapy treatment, according to Marilyn Darby, his longtime companion. His condition … [Read more...]

A tragic loss: Head of Pixar story department dies in crash.

The single most distinguishing strength of Pixar is its unparalleled storytelling.For all of its breakthroughs in digital animation, each and every one of Pixar's films is exemplary in character development, plotting, comedy, drama, and note-perfect climaxes. The stories are rich with moral lessons without being preachy. These strengths shine all the more by the inability of competing studios to match their achievements.I am sorry to say that the movie world has suffered a grievous … [Read more...]

The Dilithium Crystals have Shattered. Mr. Scott is dead.

James Doohan is dead. Long live Scotty. … [Read more...]

In memory of Ismail Merchant ("A Room with a View")

Ismail Merchant of the famous Merchant/Ivory films (A Room with a View, Howards End, The Remains of the Day) is dead at 68. … [Read more...]

Marlon Brando is dead.

He made moviegoers so many offers they could never refuse. … [Read more...]