In Memoriam | Gene Wilder (1933-2016)

Source: Variety

Thank you, Gene, for being a bright light and making us smile. Not only did I enjoy your performances in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryYoung Frankenstein, and Blazing Saddles, but I really enjoyed your small stint on Will and Grace as Will’s boss Mr. Stein. The world will be a little less bright without you. Gene was 83 and died from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.

May you be peaceful and happy, wherever you are.

Source: Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies

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In Memoriam | Scott Weiland (1967-2015)

Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and Wildabouts Front Man Scott Weiland Dead at 48
Source: Billboard.com

On December 3, the world lost a bright rock ‘n’ roll light. Scott Weiland, famous front man for the Stone Temple Pilots (1986-2002; 2008-2013), Velvet Revolver (2002-2007), and the currently on-tour Wildabouts, was found dead, having passed in his sleep, on his tour bus just before a show in Bloomington, MN was scheduled to begin. The music world will definitely be a little more gray without him.

May you be peaceful and happy, wherever you are.

Here are two of my personal favorites from the Weiland repertoire.

With Stone Temple Pilots:

With Velvet Revolver:

Has anyone heard any of the new music from Scott and the Wildabouts? They released an album under that band name this year called Blaster. It includes a cover of T.Rex‘s “20th Century Boy”, which I find quite pleasing to the ear:

In Memoriam | Wes Craven (1939-2015)

Yesterday, the horror world lost one of the greats. Rest in peace, Mr. Craven, though your handiwork did little to pass on peace to the rest of us. It makes me too sad to know the darkest corners of your mind are now beyond quiet.

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

May you be peaceful and happy, wherever you are.

In Memoriam | Betsy Palmer (1926-2015)

Three days ago, the entertainment world lost an iconic and memorable actress: Betsy Palmer. Some may like to chuckle at her role in the 1980 campy slasher Friday the 13th, but that was just one light in a whole spectrum of work–said slasher coming 29 years after Palmer debuted on the small screen. Not only has she made several TV appearances since the 1950s, she’s also had major roles in several series, taken spots as a panelist on popular game shows, and has starred in several horror and non-horror films. She’s had a strong and prosperous career, even working up until the last eight years or so. Her most recent addition to the film world was Bell Witch: The Movie from 2007.

Source: Betsy Palmer Wikipedia Page
Source: Betsy Palmer Wikipedia Page

May you be peaceful and happy, wherever you are.

Please, feel free to read a more articulate tribute to My Lady Palmer from CNN.com.

 

In Memoriam | Riley B. “B.B.” King (1925-2015)

Four days ago, the music world lost a great talent and legend in his own right. And, like Ludacris said during the Billboard Music Awards tribute on Sunday, as long as we can listen to the music “Blues Boy” King will never truly be gone. The angels are singing with you now, B.B., while the rest of us are left singing the blues.

Source: BBKing.com
Source: BBKing.com

May you be peaceful and happy, wherever you are.

In his honor and memory, I present “Lucille” – the song I always think of when I think of Mr. King.

(From Dave Wessling)

 

Today in History | Remembering Patrick Swayze

Source: Wallpapers on FansShare.com
Source: Wallpapers on FansShare.com

Five years ago today, we lost a bright light in the entertainment world: Patrick Swayze. A winning smile, brimming with passion, and ready to face the world, Patrick brought to life a wide range of characters, from Point Break‘s lawless surfer Bodhi to creepy self-help guru Jim Cunningham in Donnie Darko. Probably his most famous role, though, is that of Johnny Castle, the sexy dance instructor, in Dirty Dancing.

That’s the role I’m most familiar with, as my mother watched that movie just about once a week, every week from the moment she bought in on VHS and then DVD–decades. I’ve still got blocks of dialogue trapped in the cobwebby parts of my brain, and I could probably lift Jennifer Grey right up over my head in that iconic last moment lift at the Kellerman’s floor show.

Two of my favorite Swayze movies are To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar and Point Break. His loving, warm, and generous Vida Boheme still makes me laugh and smile, remembering the casual smiling, “I think that’s healthy!” when Carol Ann calls her an angel. And after five years, I’m certain he’s lighting up the dance floor in heaven!

Point Break, though, has always been Patrick at his coolest, in my opinion. Full of spit and vinegar, he doesn’t let what’s supposed to be or what’s expected stop him from pursuing his one and only dream, surfing into the alleged hundred year storm. This is a major spoiler alert; so, if you haven’t seen Point Break in its entirety, you may not want to watch the video below. I included the ending sequence here because as soon as I heard about Patrick’s passing this was the scene I thought of. And I hoped that wherever he went, he bounded up on shore–drenched and thankful for air.

Missing you, Patrick.

(From noideasagain)

Today in History | John Hughes’s Death

Source: Bio.com

Five years ago today a man whose movies pretty much made up my childhood died. John Hughes was well-known for working with The Brat Pack, being part of the creative team that ultimately made Macaulay Culkin a household name, and writing more funny movies than most people might realize.

He wrote the screenplays for all eight of the films he directed, and wrote the screenplay for many others: the National Lampoons movies, Mr. Mom, the Home Alone franchise (and their video game counterparts), the Beethoven series, 101 Dalmations, and Flubber, just to name a few.

The move The Breakfast Club probably had the most impact on me and still remains one of my all-time favorite movies, easily in the Top 5. I used to have almost all the dialogue totally memorized, going along with almost every word. Claire and John were my favorite characters; though, Ally Sheedy is probably one of the sexiest women on the planet. She was beautiful in St. Elmo’s Fire, as well. But that’s a Brat Pack special for another day…

Source: FilmPosters.com

John Hughes can be proud of the legacy he left behind, not just the stories he created and shared, but the lives that he touched. Not just with his stories, but most of those who starred in his movies have gone on to great stardom. Quite the impact; thank you, John, for all you left behind.