Acclaimed musical genius, pop icon, director, actor, and producer Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) has passed away.
Acclaimed British film director Guy Hamilton, who helmed four James Bond movies through his career, has passed away.
Hollywood stage and screen actress Doris Roberts, best known to audiences as the mother of Ray Romano on the long-running television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, has passed away.
In case you’ve been living under a rock the last three decades or so, you’ll know who James Cameron is. Director of such classics as Terminator 2 and True Lies, Cameron’s masterful style brought the ultimate acclaim with 1997’s Best Picture-winning Titanic, and with it an ego the size of a small Pacific nation. Following a lengthy period away from blockbuster cinema, Cameron returned in 2012 with his 3D-CGI-fest Avatar, a critically ambivalent film that divided audiences whilst simultaneously swallowing the fortunes of all along with it. Avatar remains the highest box-office earning film of all time – no small feat among the franchise tentpoles of Star Wars, Marvel and possibly the DC Extended Universe, not to mention the onslaught of Pixar and Dreamworks animated juggernauts. So when Cameron intimated early on in the aftermath of Avatar’s success that a sequel would be forthcoming, the reaction was decidedly “yeah, so?”
Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke has passed away.
Tony and dual-Emmy Award-winning American actor Ken Howard has passed away.
Emmy-award winning character actor Larry Drake, best known for his roles in LA Law, Darkman and Dr Giggles, has passed away.
Regular readers of Fernby Films™ will be aware of our ongoing commitment to spread the good word about Aussie web-series Starting From Now, now currently in its fourth broadcast season (online and on Australian terrestrial television station SBS2). You can read my thoughts on the show’s first three seasons here, as well as another follow-up article praising ourselves about being LBGTI friendly. I swear that acronym gets larger every time I turn around. To say my expectation was high for the return series of SFN is an understatement, and I followed production of the series’ fourth and fifth seasons – filmed as one – via the show’s social media accounts; to reiterate, Starting From Now is a breath of fresh, dramatic air in the often stale production value given to many locally produced “dramas”, and surrounding its lesbian-centric quartet of actresses is a rapidly increasing roster of supporting talent that brings even further breadth to writer/producer/director/genius Julie Kalceff’s small-budget production.
Dual Academy Award-winning production designer Ken Adam has passed away.
Oscar-winning American actor George Kennedy, best know for appearances in the Airport and Naked Gun franchises, has passed away.