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  • RIP: Bruce Brown, 1937-2017: Iconic California surf filmmaker passes away (The Endless Summer)

    12/11/2017 8:08:25 AM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Surfline ^ | December 11, 2017 | Drew Kampion
    Bruce Brown, longtime surf filmmaker and director of the seminal “Endless Summer” just passed at 80 years old. Drew Kampion wrote the following for our Surfing A-Z entry on Brown: Prior to 1964, the media saw surfers as rebellious thugs, and Hollywood made them out to be a bunch of idiots. Filmmaker Bruce Brown single-handedly changed that with The Endless Summer. It portrayed the wave as a kind of Holy Grail and surfers as knights on a quest. In one stroke, he replaced Hollywood's buffoonery with the popular mythology that endures today.
  • Ken Shapiro, Whose ‘Groove Tube’ Satirized TV, Dies at 75

    12/09/2017 10:56:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 29, 2017 | Richard Sandomir
    Ken Shapiro, a former child television actor whose hit 1974 film, “The Groove Tube,” anticipated “Saturday Night Live” by a year with sketches that wickedly satirized TV, died on Nov. 18 at his home in Las Cruces, N.M. He was 75. His daughter, Rosy Rosenkrantz, said the cause was cancer. Mr. Shapiro’s film, with a cast that included Chevy Chase, a future “S.N.L.” star, and the comedian Richard Belzer, was simultaneously inspired by Sid Caesar and Ernie Kovacs’s TV comedy shows of the 1950s and invigorated by the nudity, profanity and raunchiness commonplace in 1970s movies.
  • Illinois Republican John Anderson, third-party candidate for president in 1980, dies at 95

    12/04/2017 12:41:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.chicagotribune.com ^ | 12/04/2017 | Anne Kenderdine
    John B. Anderson, an Illinois Republican who cultivated a free-thinking reputation during his 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and who mounted a serious third-party bid for the White House in 1980, died Dec. 3 in Washington. He was 95. His family announced the death in a statement. Additional details were not immediately available. After entering Congress in 1961, Anderson spent many years in lock step with Republican Party orthodoxy and was a supporter of ultraconservative Sen. Barry Goldwater's presidential bid in 1964.
  • Jim Nabors Dies: ‘Gomer Pyle’ Star Was 87

    11/30/2017 11:22:42 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 71 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 30/11/17 | Greg Evans
    Jim Nabors, who gave popular culture its most enduring image of a wide-eyed, good-natured if none too bright hayseed in a character whose very name – Gomer Pyle – would become synonymous with lovable rube, died Thursday in Hawaii. He was 87. Nabors’ husband, Stan Cadwallader... With catchphrases “Shazam!” and “Gollllly!” (the latter drawn out to four or five lilting syllables), Nabors debuted his downhome, gas station attendant character in 1962 on The Andy Griffith Show, where the slow-going, dim-witted Gomer was a constant irritation to Don Knotts’ officious, high-strung Deputy Barney Fife. The Gomer character, and Nabors’ odd-couple chemistry...
  • Jim Nabors, TV's the lovably naive Gomer Pyle, dies at 87

    11/30/2017 11:41:18 AM PST · by Morgana · 55 replies
    la times ^ | Nov. 30, 2017 | Dennis McLellan
    Jim Nabors, the singer and actor who became a TV icon in the 1960s playing the lovably naïve Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and the spinoff series “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” has died. He was 87. Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant after contracting hepatitis B in 1994, died Thursday at his home in Hawaii, his website announced. “Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him,” said Stan Cadwallader, who had been Nabors’ partner for 38 years before the couple married in 2013. “He’s going to be dearly missed.” A tall and...
  • Julio Oscar Mechoso, character actor known for 'Seinfeld,' 'Miami Vice' roles dead at 62

    11/28/2017 5:13:04 AM PST · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Fox ^ | 11/27/2027
    Veteran character actor Julio Oscar Mechoso died Nov. 25 of a heart attack. He was 62. The Miami native, whose death was reported by the Miami Herald, made his screen acting debut in 1979 on the sitcom "¿Qué pasa, U.S.A.?" Mechoso’s extensive resume also includes guest stints on "Coach," "Miami Vice," "Seinfeld," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Ghost Whisperer," "Without a Trace," "Nip/Tuck," "CSI," "The Big Bang Theory" and most recently, "Madam Secretary" and "Life In Pieces."
  • Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky dead at 55

    11/27/2017 11:18:43 AM PST · by left that other site · 27 replies
    Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the Russian baritone known for his velvety voice, dashing looks and shock of flowing white hair, died Wednesday at a hospice near his home in London, a few years after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was 55...
  • Harry Pregerson, one of the most liberal federal appeals court judges in the nation, dies at 94

    11/26/2017 4:56:07 PM PST · by fwdude · 62 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Nov 26, 2017 | Maura DolanMaura Dolan
    U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Harry Pregerson, a Los Angeles-based jurist who embraced the underdog and let his conscience inform his rulings, has died. He was 94. (snip) Pregerson, born in Los Angeles on October 13, 1923, was one of the most liberal federal appeals court judges in the nation. (snip) Pregerson, born in Los Angeles on October 13, 1923, was one of the most liberal federal appeals court judges in the nation.
  • David Cassidy, Keith On 'Partridge Family,' Dies At 67

    11/21/2017 7:45:12 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    THV11 CBS ^ | 11/21/17
    <p>The musician and actor, 67, who starred in TV's The Partridge Family (1970 to 1974), has died in Florida after being hospitalized with organ failure, according to a statement sent to USA TODAY by his representative Jo-Ann Geffen.</p> <p>"On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy," the statement said. "David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years."</p>
  • Charles Manson Obituary

    11/20/2017 6:41:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    youtube / various | 11/20/2017
    Madman, murderer,songwriter. Some links below
  • Country music legend Mel Tillis dead at 85

    11/20/2017 3:47:53 AM PST · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 23 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | Katherine Lam
    Country music singer Mel Tillis, whose six-decade career included hits such as “I Ain’t Never” and “Coca Cola Cowboy” and who never let his stutter get in the way of him becoming a legend, died on Sunday, his publicist confirmed. He was 85. Tillis passed away at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., his publicist Don Murry Grubbs said. The music legend is believed to have died from respiratory failure after he never recovered from intestinal issues he has been battling since 2016. He leaves behind his longtime partner, Kathy DeMonaco, his six children and six grandchildren. Tillis recorded...
  • Charles Manson, Satanic Mastermind Behind Murder of Actress Sharon Tate, Dies at 83

    11/19/2017 9:41:25 PM PST · by CaptainK · 57 replies
    HollywoodReporter.com ^ | 11/19/2017 | Mike Barnes
    Charles Manson, the sinister ringleader behind the grisly 1969 killing spree that took the life of young actress Sharon Tate and six others, died Sunday, TMZ reported. He was 83. Manson died at Bakersfield hospital in California, Tate's sister Debra told TMZ after receiving a call from the prison where Manson was located. He had been serving multiple life sentences in Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, Calif., after being convicted in January 1971 of conspiracy to commit the murders.
  • Mass murderer Charles Manson dead at 83

    11/19/2017 10:03:17 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11-19-2017 | Chris Perez
    Notorious killer Charles Manson has died, according to a report. Citing the sister of Sharon Tate — Manson’s most famous victim —TMZ has reported that the 83-year-old passed away around 8:15 p.m Sunday.
  • Charles Manson, mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate, 6 others, dead at 83

    11/19/2017 11:09:36 PM PST · by Phil V. · 153 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 2017-11-19 | The Associated Press
    Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83. Manson died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. Sunday at Kern County hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.
  • Notorious killer cult leader Charles Manson dies aged 83 of natural causes, one week after...

    11/20/2017 1:55:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 52 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Nov. 19, 2017 | Jenny Stanton and Jessica Finn and Cheyenne Roundtree For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Notorious killer cult leader Charles Manson dies aged 83 of natural causes, one week after being rushed to hospital Notorious killer Charles Manson has died aged 83 of natural causes. The cult leader, who had been behind bars for more than 45 years, died at 8.13pm on Sunday at a hospital in Kern County, California. He was transferred from Corcoran State Prison with an undisclosed illness last week. The news of his death was confirmed by Debra Tate, the sister of his most famous victim, actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant with film director Roman Polanski's baby when...
  • "Three's Company" actress Ann Wedgeworth dead at 83

    11/19/2017 12:35:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    CBS ^ | Nov. 18, 2017 | CBS
    NEW YORK -- Actress Ann Wedgeworth, who gained fame on film and Broadway before taking on the role of a flirty divorcee on "Three's Company," has died at age 83. Wedgeworth died Thursday in the New York area after a long illness, her daughter Dianna Martin said. Wedgeworth landed her first Broadway role in the 1958 comedy "Make a Million" and continued to take on stage roles for decades. She won the 1978 Tony award for best featured actress in a play for her performance in Neil Simon's "Chapter Two."
  • Country music legend Mel Tillis dead at 85

    11/19/2017 9:59:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2017 | Katherine Lam
    Country music singer Mel Tillis, whose six-decade career included hits such as “I Ain’t Never” and “Coca Cola Cowboy” and who never let his stutter get in the way of him becoming a legend, died on Sunday, his publicist confirmed. He was 85. Tillis passed away at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., his publicist Don Murry Grubbs said. The music legend is believed to have died from respiratory failure after he never recovered from intestinal issues he has been battling since 2016. He leaves behind his longtime partner, Kathy DeMonaco, his six children and six grandchildren. Tillis recorded...
  • AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies at 64

    11/18/2017 8:42:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 38 replies
    bbc ^ | Nov. 18, 2017 | bbc
    Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after a long battle with dementia. He died peacefully on Saturday with his family nearby, a statement said. Young will be remembered for his powerful rhythm guitar riffs that were instrumental in propelling the Sydney heavy rock group to stardom. Three Young brothers have been part of AC/DC's history, including lead guitarist Angus. Producer George Young died in October.
  • AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dead at 64

    11/18/2017 8:01:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/18/2017
    Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitar player and founding member of heavy metal legends AC/DC, has died, the group announced Saturday. He was 64. Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the group from Sydney, Australia, to superstardom, Young had been suffering from dementia for the past three years, the Australian Associated Press reported. He died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, the news agency reported. Young started the band with his brother Angus Young in 1973. …
  • 'Sewing with Nancy', Nancy Zieman dies following battle with cancer

    11/16/2017 9:03:49 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Fox ^ | Nov. 14, 2017 | wsaw
    BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WSAW) -- Nancy Zieman, the host of 'Sewing with Nancy' had died following a battle with cancer. Wisconsin Public Television states 'Sewing With Nancy' is the longest-running sewing series on television. It debuted in 1982. An educator, author, pattern maker, television producer, entrepreneur and innovator, Zieman inspired millions of sewing and quilting enthusiasts throughout her career.