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The Dead Thread
Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2011-01-03 09:45 am   Permalink

R. I. P. Pete Postlethwaite

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Pete Postlethwaite has passed on.

The acclaimed British actor, best known for indelible roles in such films as In the Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects and Amistad, among many others, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

Andrew Richardson, a journalist and close friend of Postlethwaite, announced his death today to U.K. media, saying he had died peacefully at a hospital in Shropshire, England, surrounded by his family.

MORE: Blake Edwards dies

With his rough-hewn face and booming voice, Postlethwaite was a commanding presence on the big screen.

After playing small parts on the British stage and TV, Postlethwaite made his first appearance in a Hollywood film in Alien 3. He then went on to costar opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in two films, The Last of the Mohicans and In the Name of the Father, the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for playing Day-Lewis' dying father.

After gaining a slew of new fans as well as praise for his performance as Mr. Kobayashi in Bryan Singer's thriller The Usual Suspects, Tinseltown's hottest directors came calling.

Postlethwaite subsequently appeared in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, directed by Baz Luhrmann, and two films for Steven Spielberg, Amistad and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Spielberg was so impressed by the grizzled thesp that he once hailed him as "the best actor in the world." Postlethwaite was said to have replied, "I'm sure what Spielberg actually said was, 'The thing about Pete is that he thinks he's the best actor in the world.' "

Postlethwaite originally hoped to be a priest, but he turned to teaching before becoming an actor. He was eventually made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.).

Other notable credits include his 1988 breakthrough, Distance Voices, Still Lives; 1996's When Saturday Comes, Dragonheart, and James and the Giant Peach; 2001's The Shipping News; 2005's The Constant Gardner; and 2009's The Age of Stupid.

Despite his illness, he also managed to appear in four films this year: Ironclad, Clash of the Titans, Inception and The Town.

Postlethwaite is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, as well as son William and daughter Mary.





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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2011-01-07 10:43 am   Permalink

Theme park ride designer and builder Wendell “Bud” Hurlbut
died at the age of 93 on Jan 5, 2011

Orange County Register: Bud Hurlbut

At Knott's Berry Farm, he designed and built the Calico Mine Ride and the Timber Mountain Log Ride.


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Big Kahuna
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2011-01-12 10:54 am   Permalink

R.I.P David Nelson. The family's together again.

 
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talo ka
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From: tampa, fla
Posted: 2011-01-18 9:13 pm   Permalink

CNN) -- Music producer and promoter Don Kirshner, who found songs for The Monkees to sing and whose live TV rock show helped wean 1970s audiences off lip-synched programming, died Monday in Boca Raton, Florida, his publicist confirmed Tuesday.

Kirshner, 76, died of heart failure, according to Sharon Ellman of the public relations firm Dash Media.

A renowned song publisher and rock producer, Kirshner is best known for managing the songwriting talent behind the successful pop music television series "The Monkees," and for his signature TV program, "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert."



 
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talo ka
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Posted: 2011-01-18 9:14 pm   Permalink

R. Sargent Shriver, who was responsible for launching the U.S. Peace Corps after marrying into the Kennedy family and joining John F. Kennedy's White House, has died, according to his family.

Shriver, whose full name was Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., was 95. He had suffered for years from Alzheimer's disease.

The family released a statement, saying Shriver died Tuesday "surrounded by his five children, five children in-law, and his 19 grandchildren."



 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2011-01-20 2:33 pm   Permalink

Alex Kirst, drummer for The Nymphs and Iggy Pop's band, died following a hit-and-run accident in Cathedral City, Calif. He was 47.

New York Daily News: Alex Kirst


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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2011-01-23 8:32 pm   Permalink

Bummer. Jack laLanne passed.

 
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naugatiki
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From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2011-01-25 9:13 pm   Permalink


BERLIN - German movie producer, director and screenplay writer Bernd Eichinger, who produced well-known films "The Neverending Story" and "Downfall," has died. He was 61.

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/movies.ap.org/german-movie-producer-bernd-eichinger-dead-ap


But for me his greatest legacy are those crazy Hitler parodies that have mushroomed on Youtube.


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2011-01-26 11:45 pm   Permalink

Jan. 16, 2011: Ant Farm co-inventor Milton Levine dies at 97

Mercury News: Milton Levine


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VampiressRN
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From: Sin City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2011-01-31 08:20 am   Permalink

JOHN BARRY (famed James Bond composer) passes away...

Famed film and stage composer John Barry passed away yesterday, January 30, of a sudden heart attack at the age of 77. He was best known for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks and helping to brand the 007 series' distinctive style. In a career spanning almost 50 years, Barry received four Grammy Awards and five Academy Awards; two for Born Free, and one each for The Lion in Winter (also won a BAFTA), Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves. Addition films include Midnight Cowboy, Born Free, and Somewhere in Time.

Barry was known for his distinct style which concentrates on strings and use of brass. He was one of the first to employ synthesizers in a film score (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), and to make wide use of pop artists and songs in Midnight Cowboy. Because Barry provided not just the main title theme but the complete soundtrack score, his music often enhanced the critical reception of a film, notably in Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa, and Dances with Wolves.

One of Barry's best known compositions is the theme for the 1971 TV series The Persuaders!, also known as "The Unlucky Heroes", in which Tony Curtis and Roger Moore were paired as rich playboys solving crimes. The score for the series was composed by Ken Thorne. The theme went on to be a hit single in some European countries and has been re-released on collections of 1970s disco hits. The instrumental recording features Moog synthesizers. Barry also wrote the scores to a number of musicals, including Passion Flower Hotel (lyrics by Trevor Peacock), the successful West End show Billy (lyrics by Don Black) and two Broadway's, The Little Prince and the Aviator and Lolita, My Love, the latter with Alan Jay Lerner as lyricist.

During 2006, Barry was the executive producer on an album entitled Here's to the Heroes by the Australian ensemble The Ten Tenors. The album features a number of songs Barry wrote in collaboration with his lyricist friend, Don Black. Barry and Black also composed one of the songs on Shirley Bassey's 2009 comeback album, The Performance. The song entitled, "Our Time is Now", is the first written by the duo for Bassey since "Diamonds Are Forever".

In November 2008, a 300-page biography, John Barry - The Man With The Midas Touch, by Geoff Leonard, Pete Walker & Gareth Bramley, was published by Redcliffe Press, Bristol.



 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2011-02-03 09:53 am   Permalink

Maria Schneider
The French actress who was Marlon Brando's co-star in the 1972 film "Last Tango in Paris,"
Mar 27, 1952 - 2011

Huffington Post: Maria Schneider


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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2011-02-05 1:04 pm   Permalink

Surf Photographer LeRoy Grannis | 1917-2011

Daily News: LeRoy Grannis







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Zeta
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Joined: Feb 13, 2007
Posts: 2049
From: Atlantis/Basque Country/Spain/Mexico
Posted: 2011-02-05 1:45 pm   Permalink

Tura Satana R.I.P.
Because heaven need Supervixens too!


 
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VampiressRN
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From: Sin City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2011-02-05 1:55 pm   Permalink

That is true Zeta. Sad loss...she looked like she was a hoot!!!

 
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Baron von Tiki
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Posted: 2011-02-06 01:06 am   Permalink



Queen of Psychotronic film Tura Satana (1938-2011)

Although best known as Varla from the film "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!", Satana also once had a guest spot on Tiki ohana TV favorite "Hawaiian Eye."

Here's the New York Times notice:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/05/tura-satana-cult-actress-is-dead/
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