October 21, 2014

Vale – Gerard Parkes

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 4:53 pm
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Gerard Parkes (in The Boondock Saints) – 1924-2014

Gerard Parkes, a Canadian actor best known for his appearances in Fraggle Rock and the Boondock Saints franchise, has passed away.

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October 18, 2014

Cinematic Universes: How Many Do We Really Need?

Filed under: Opinion — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:00 pm

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Marvel has a lot to answer for.

In many ways, Hollywood has always taken advantage of the Next Big Thing, what with the glut of war films, romance films, heady dramatic films and all manner of pulp-inspired dreck flooding cinemas since the industry came into being over a century ago. Today, there’s a larger problem rife within Hollywood’s dollar-sign-lovin’ suit-brigade. In the last decade, the rise of Marvel Studio’s enormously successful Cinematic Universe, inhabited by easily identifiable heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, et al, has bloated the coffers of the industry’s main players, the fallout being that the flow on effect – to Sony’s Spider-Man franchise (which is ailing badly, creatively speaking) and Fox’s X-Men franchise (which isn’t) – has been to boost the profile of these “tentpole” releases, as well as the swollen budgets and box-office receipts.

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October 16, 2014

Vale -Elizabeth Pena

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 2:43 pm
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Elizabeth Pena – 1955-2014

American actress Elizabeth Pena, who appeared in films such as Jacob’s Ladder and Rush Hour, has passed away.

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October 9, 2014

Vale – Geoffrey Holder

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 7:23 pm
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Geoffrey Holder – 1930-2014

Trinidad-born stage and screen legend, Geoffrey Holder, has passed away.

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Vale – Marian Seldes

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 7:07 pm
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Marian Seldes – 1928-2014

American actress Marian Seldes, whose career spanned nearly 7 decades, has passed away.

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September 22, 2014

Vale – Polly Bergen

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 9:52 am
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Polly Bergen (aged 23) – 1930-2014

Tony Award and Golden Globe nominated actress Polly Bergen has passed away.

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September 15, 2014

Vale – Sir Donald Sinden

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 10:14 am
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Sir Donald Sinden – 1923-2014
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Acclaimed British stage, radio, television and film actor, Sir Donald Sinden, has passed away.

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September 11, 2014

Vale – Richard Kiel

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 10:32 am
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Richard Kiel – 1939-2014

Iconic James Bond Villain, Richard Kiel, has passed away.

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September 5, 2014

Vale – Joan Rivers

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:00 am
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Joan Rivers – 1933-2014

Comedienne, actress, producer, writer and commentator Joan Rivers has passed away.

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September 4, 2014

Vale – Gottfried John

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 12:13 pm
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Gottfried John – 1942-2014

German actor, and noted James Bond villain during the Pierce Brosnan era, Gottfried John, as passed away.

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August 25, 2014

Vale – Richard Attenborough

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 8:32 am
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Richard Attenborough – 1923-2014

The man who bade us welcome to Jurassic Park in 1993, Lord Richard Attenborough, has passed away.

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August 21, 2014

Vale – Brian G Hutton

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 10:12 am
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Brian G Hutton – 1935-2014

Film director and actor Brian G Hutton has passed away.

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August 13, 2014

Vale – Lauren Bacall

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 10:31 am
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Lauren Bacall – 1924-2014

Legendary screen actress, and Academy Award nominee, Lauren Bacall, has passed away.

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August 12, 2014

Vale – Joe Viskocil

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 1:03 pm
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Joe Viskocil – 1952-2014

Academy Award winning Hollywood special effects artist, Joe Viskocil, has passed away.

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Vale – Robin Williams

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 9:02 am
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Robin Williams – 1951-2014

Academy Award winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has passed away.

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