Lynn Redgrave. Farewell at 67…

“Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven year journey with breast cancer,” Redgrave’s children said in a statement Monday. “She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before. The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives. OurContinue reading “Lynn Redgrave. Farewell at 67…”

Condolences: Writer/Producer David Mills Dies

I just wanted to take a moment to mention that writer/producer David Mills, who brought us such amazing TV as NYPD BLUE, HOMICIDE, PICKET FENCES, ER and, quite possibly the best television show ever written, THE WIRE, passed away yesterday of a brain aneurysm. He was 48. Mills’ newest show, TREME, which takes place inContinue reading “Condolences: Writer/Producer David Mills Dies”

Novelist/Screenwriter Budd Schulberg Dies

Author and screenwriter Budd Schulberg, son of B.P. Schulberg, who was partners with Louis B. Mayer and later ran Paramount, died yesterday at age 95. A successful and respected writer, he testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1951. Schulberg went on to name people he had known in the Communist Party, includingContinue reading “Novelist/Screenwriter Budd Schulberg Dies”

New Rider “Marmaduke” Dies at 64

Sad news indeed. New Riders Of The Purple Sage founder/singer/songwriter John “Marmaduke” Dawson died yesterday in Mexico of stomach cancer. NRPS was part of the S.F. music scene back in its heyday. They opened for the Grateful Dead more than any other band and Dead members Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart were actually NRPS originals.Continue reading “New Rider “Marmaduke” Dies at 64″

Walter Cronkite Dead At 92

Iconic News Anchorman Walter Cronkite died today at the age of 92. Cronkite anchored the “CBS EVENING NEWS” from 1962-1981. He was with us through the space race, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Civil Rights Movement, the Kennedy assassination… Mr. Cronkite, like those events themselves, was and is part of our American History. According toContinue reading “Walter Cronkite Dead At 92”

Versatile Actor Karl Malden Dies

Karl Malden, the award winning actor best known for his roles in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, ON THE WATERFRONT, PATTON and the hit TV series THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, has died earlier today at the age of 97.  His body of work is well represented on DVD and I highly recommend checking out anyContinue reading “Versatile Actor Karl Malden Dies”

David Carradine Dies In Bangkok

Sad news today as reports surface of the apparent suicide of actor David Carradine. According to the Huffington Post: The Web site of the Thai newspaper The Nation cited unidentified police sources as saying Carradine was found Thursday hanged in his luxury hotel room. It said Carradine was in Bangkok to shoot a movie andContinue reading “David Carradine Dies In Bangkok”

Brilliant Cinematographer Jack Cardiff Dies

One of my heroes, the supremely talented and illustrious cinematographer Jack Cardiff has passed away at the age of 94. Cardiff was known for such films as THE AFRICAN QUEEN, THE RED SHOES, A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA, WAR AND PEACE, THE VIKINGS, and one of my favorite films of allContinue reading “Brilliant Cinematographer Jack Cardiff Dies”