4 items from 2017
Abel Ferrara, who is both the director and subject of “Alive in France,” deserves to be at the center of a documentary. He’s a filmmaker who has given us one extraordinary film — “Bad Lieutenant” (1992) — along with a few good ones (like his 1981 midnight movie “Ms. 45,” which first put the gun-toting badass heroine on screen) and a whole lot of squalidly semi-interesting and “dangerous” downtown art trash. Ferrara hasn’t had a hit, even a micro-indie cult hit, in decades. Yet there’s a reason that he’s been toiling away on his own debauched wavelength of devoted squalor for nearly 40 years. As an artist, he left the loop of influence long ago, but as an underground celebrity beatnik who drags his mystique around with him like a ratty ball and chain, he’s irreplaceable.
The first time I ever went to Rome, I was strolling, on my first day, »
- Owen Gleiberman
The Notorious B.I.G. was shot to death 20 years ago on March 9, 1997. The rapper’s murder will be forever linked with that of his peer Tupac Shakur, though the pair are just in a long line of musicians who’ve shuffled off the mortal coil under less-than-clear circumstances. Even if the ink has dried on the official paperwork, rumors still abound about …
Sam Cooke (1964)
Possibly the greatest “pure” soul singer in American history, Cooke’s career was on the rise after a string of hits when he was shot to death in a seedy L.A. motel, allegedly by the hotel’s manager in self-defense. »
- Alex Heigl
Judy Garland is returning to Hollywood … well, sort of.
People has learned Garland’s remains have been removed from her burial place in New York and are currently en route to John F. Kennedy Airport to be flown to Los Angeles where she will be re-interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
The move is being made because her previous burial place did not have room for plots for her children (including Liza Minnelli) and grandchildren to be buried with her, People confirms.
The Wizard of Oz icon died tragically from an accidental barbiturate overdose in London in 1969 at age 47.
Among those »
- Patrick Gomez
It's creepy and it's kooky, not really mysterious but spooky ... 2 years after his death, Ken Weatherwax, aka the Og Pugsley on "The Addams Family" TV show, is closer to getting a proper Hollywood burial. Ken's family friend, Scott Michaels, has launched a fundraiser to cover the cost of making Ken's final resting place the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Ken's ashes have been with his nephew since he was cremated after his fatal 2014 heart attack. They already »
- TMZ Staff
4 items from 2017
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