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2016 saw the unexpected and untimely deaths of a slew of beloved icons and screen legends, which means viewers can expect one monumental In Memoriam segment at the 88th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday.
It was announced on Thursday that Sara Bareilles will be performing during the emotional tribute. "Sara’s unique artistry will honor those we’ve lost in our community including familiar faces and those behind the scenes who have enriched the art of moviemaking," producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd said in a statement.
The tribute will no doubt have everyone in tears, especially when you consider just how many icons have passed away since last year's awards show.
Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years
Looking back over the past year, here are just a few of the late stars who will likely be honored at this year's Oscars ceremony.
Comedian and actor Garry Shandling, who died on »
Gleaming as ever like some kind of well armed brushed-metal action figure, Paul Verhoeven's 1987 RoboCop continues to reflect striking truths amid daft action. Although now considered a sci-fi classic, one can be forgiven for initially assuming a certain b-movie disposability about it. The premise sounds as hokey as it's title: Straight arrow police officer Murphy (a note-perfect Peter Weller), after transferring in to crime-ridden near-future Detroit, is promptly killed, then resurrected as RoboCop. "Part man, part machine, all cop!," as the famous tag line goes. There is, of course, far more to it than that. Ideas of changing corporate culture, corporate takeover, media consumption, and humanity’s continuing intermingling with technology are thematically forefront. These notions are played with a dark humor and a smart...
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Villordsutch reviews The Spectrum Works by Allister Brimble…
If you asked most classic gamers if they would like to sit down and listen to the tunes of a Zx Spectrum for just under an hour, they’d probably look at you like you’re a fool. Expecting to be blasted in the ear with the migraine inducing screech which has been deemed as “method of torture” is sixteen countries; or possibly numerous Beep’s rising and falling in different tones. Yet what most people forget is that – thanks to people like Dave Rogers, Jonathan Dunn, Rob Hubbard and Tim Follin – this small black machine actually sang. And now thanks to the excellent technical skills of Allister Brimble some classics from days gone by are singing once again.
The Spectrum Works was initially conceived for Bitmap Books as a Kickstarter Backer reward for their Spectrum Visual Compendium Book, with it being »
Those who aren’t familiar with anything but the cute Teen Titans series are in for quite a surprise as the heroes return to their darker roots in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, which is one of the most incredible efforts from the comics. The feature-length film is inspired by a story arc from the 1984 DC comic, and has an incredible voice cast backing the supremely gritty arc.
In The Judas Contract, the Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin, and Nightwing – are led by Starfire, but their newest teammate, Terra, is throwing the groups dynamic out of whack, and the team comes up against Brother Blood, an ancient evil, and Deathstroke is waiting in the wings to cause problems as well.
The “normal” plotline of »
- Marc Eastman
Burbank, CA (February 16, 2016) — Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment bring one of the most momentous Teen Titans plotlines in comics history to animated life with the all-new, feature-length film Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. Inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on April 18, 2017.
The landmark Teen Titans story will be available on Blu-ray™ Deluxe Giftset ($39.99 Srp), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 Srp) and DVD ($19.98 Srp) starting April 18, 2017. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes the movie in high definition on Blu-ray Disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet*. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include all components of the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, along with an exclusive figurine of Blue Beetle in a numbered, limited edition gift set. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will »
- ComicMix Staff
Opening the Berlinale Talents panel discussion series on Sunday, festival jury president Paul Verhoeven and jury member Maggie Gyllenhaal took part in a candid and humorous conversation with film historian Peter Cowie spanning politics, religion, music, astronomy, art and, unsurprisingly, sex and violence. Asked about the role of politics in film, Verhoeven, director of the Golden Globes-winning “Elle” as well as earlier hits like “Basic Instinct” and “Total Recall,” rejected the notion that politics need to be part of film while noting that time and distance offer better opportunities to tackle political subject matter. “It’s very difficult for an artist to react immediately to what’s happening. You need distance to transcend. Reacting now to the crisis we face with this Mr. Trump from a film point of view would be extremely difficult because there is so much happening. The politics of the moment will ultimately be important in the next 10 or 15 years. »
- Ed Meza
Yesterday, Donald Trump signed three new executive orders designed to take a hard stance on crime. While they contained very little in the way of substantive new policy, they were couched in what has become his standard postapocalyptic rhetoric about our country’s rising crime rates, which is, itself, a classic Trumpian lie—crime rates have been declining for decades.
The combination of his policy-light executive orders and his fact-free claims of a crime-riddled dystopian hellscape left some shaking their heads. However, Buzzfeed’s Jesse McLaren has a hypothesis that would explain everything:
I Edited Robocop Into Trump’S Speech And It Actually Makes Sense Now pic.twitter.com/jGACG9jlJQ
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) February 9, 2017
- Clayton Purdom
Scream Factory is spotlighting the further adventures of Alex Murphy with their Collector’s Edition Blu-rays of RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3, and ahead of their respective releases this March, we have a look at their lists of special features that are filled with new audio commentaries, including one with RoboCop 3 director Fred Dekker.
Press Release: Back online. Back on duty. Scream Factory™ proudly presents the ultimate presentations of the action-packed second and third entries in the RoboCop series on March 21, 2017. Part of the worldwide known franchise, RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3 now come to Blu-ray in Scream Factory Collector’s Editions, complete with a new 2K scan of Robocop 2, hours of new bonus content featuring commentaries and interviews with cast and crew, and limited-edition collectible slipcover packaging with newly commissioned artwork.
Robocop returns to fight his toughest opponent yet: his replacement!
RoboCop 2 pits two unstoppable cyborgs against each other in a battle to the death! »
- Derek Anderson
Witness Paul Verhoeven’s (Total Recall, Robocop, Starship Troopers) direction and writing, along with Isabelle Huppert’s Golden Globe-winning performance, for yourself in Elle, set to be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on March 14th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Press Release: Culver City, Calif. (January 31, 2017) – The Golden Globe® winner for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language and Certified Fresh (89% on Rotten Tomatoes), Sony Pictures Classics’ Elle debuts on Blu-ray™, DVD and digital March 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Acclaimed international actress Isabelle Huppert also won a Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama) for her role in the film, one of the best of her career. Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Basic Instinct), Elle is the compelling story of Michèle (Huppert), a woman who brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to her business. After an unknown assailant attacks her in her home, »
- Tamika Jones
The March 5 episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles” will feature a version of the Bob Dylan song “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” performed by Ferrer’s band the Jenerators and sung by Ferrer. A title card remembering Ferrer will be displayed at the episode’s end.
In a statement last month following Ferrer’s death, “NCIS: Los Angeles” showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said, “Today, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ lost a beloved family member. Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart.”
Ferrer’s other live-action TV roles included “Twin Peaks,” “Shannon »
- Daniel Holloway
The 67th Berlin Film Festival has revealed its jury, homage subject and Golden Camera recipients.
Joining jury president, Paul Verhoeven, will be actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diego Luna, and Julia Jentsch, producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, artist Olafur Eliasson and director-screenwriter Wang Quan’an.
Eighteen films are vying in this year’s competition for the Golden Bear. The winners will be announced at the Berlinale Palast on February 18.
Gyllenhaal is best known for her Oscar-nominated role in Crazy Heart, breakthrough performances in Donnie Darko and Secretary, The Dark Knight and TV series The Honourable Woman, for which she garnered a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination.
The full international jury for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been announced.
It was previously announced that Paul Verhoeven would head up the jury this year, and now the organizers have released the rest of the jury to judge the films in-competition. They are producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia), artist Olafur Eliasson (Iceland), actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (USA), actress Julia Jentsch (Germany), actor and director Diego Luna (Mexico), and director and screenwriter Wang Quan’an (People’s Republic of China).
This year’s Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festical, kicks off in Germany on February 9th through to the 19th. Keep it Thn for full coverage.
Paul Verhoeven, Jury President, Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands)
The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven began his directing career in 1969 with the successful Dutch television series Floris. After his feature film debut Business is Business in 1971, came the erotic thriller Turkish Delight in 1973, a »
- Paul Heath
Veteran character actor Miguel Ferrer passed away last week. While he's perhaps best known for roles in Robocop, Twin Peaks and other films, I'll always remember him as the bad guy in. Blank Check (1994) Director: Rupert Wainwright Stars: Brian Bonsall, Miguel Ferrer, Karen Duffy, Tone Loc A child learns that crime literally pays. Blank Check is like porn for kids.a fantasy where a... Read More »
- Jason Adams
Miguel Ferrer, who has died aged 61 after suffering from throat cancer, was an engaging character actor adept at portraying over-the-top, obsessive villains, often flamboyantly likable, as typified by his breakthrough film role in RoboCop (1987), as Bob Morton, the coke-snorting designer of the automated policeman. He was even better cast as a hero’s abrasive, acerbic and difficult boss or colleague, as in the hit television show Twin Peaks, with Ferrer as the FBI forensic expert Albert Rosenfield.
Although he found success as a jobbing actor and voice talent, Ferrer started his career in music. He was born in Santa Monica, California, into Hollywood royalty. His father, José Ferrer, won the best-actor Oscar in 1951 for Cyrano de Bergerac; his mother was Rosemary Clooney, one of America »
- Michael Carlson
Start stockpiling popcorn and reserve a spot on your couch for a full day, because the F This Movie! podcast (hosted by Daily Dead’s Patrick Bromley) has announced the lineup for their sixth F This Movie Fest, and it’s going to pack quite the genre punch.
The communal viewing experience kicks off at noon, and fans from around the world can interact with each other from the comfort of their own homes by tweeting comments accompanied by #fthismoviefest.
You can read the full details below, and be sure to visit F This Movie! online for more information on this event as well as insightful cinematic discussions.
From F This Movie!: “The world’s only all-Twitter film festival returns!
You knew it was coming, »
- Derek Anderson
Actor Miguel Ferrer, known for a variety of distinctive roles in movies and television shows, has passed away, according to Variety. He was 61. The son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney and cousin of George Clooney began his entertainment career as a musician before turning to acting, landing his first role in 1981. He began popping up in television shows and movies, then broke through in a big way as the nasty and ambitious corporate stooge Bob Morton in RoboCop (above). Note: clip below is Nsfw due to explicit language and bloody violence. He showed a different side of his acting personality as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield on TV's Twin Peaks, a forensic analyst with a cutting sense of humor. In Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, Ferrer was...
- Peter Martin
Actor Miguel Ferrer, known for a variety of distinctive roles in movies and television shows, has passed away, according to Variety. He was 61. The son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney and cousin of George Clooney began his entertainment career as a musician before turning to acting, landing his first role in 1981. He began popping up in television shows and movies, then broke through in a big way as the nasty and ambitious corporate stooge Bob Morton in RoboCop (above). Note: clip...
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Actor Miguel Ferrer has died at the age of 61, it was announced last night. The much-loved actor, who made his breakthrough in the original RoboCop, had recently completed work on a new series of David Lynch's cult hit Twin Peaks. "Agent Rosenfield, I love you. Rip. – Coop," tweeted co-star Kyle MacLachlan.
Although he mostly played bit parts, Ferrer's charisma and dry humour won him a devoted fan following. He was the son of 1950 Oscar winner José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney. "Miguel made the world brighter and funnier and his passing is felt so deeply in our family that events of the day... pale in comparison," said George Clooney, his cousin, referring to the fact that to most Americans today will always be bout a presidential inauguration but to his family it will be about the loss of their loved one. »
- Jennie Kermode
Ryan Lambie Jan 20, 2017
We're sad to report that American actor Miguel Ferrer has died at the age of 61.
One of America's great character actors, Miguel Ferrer has died at the age of 61, we're sorry to announce. Many will remember him for his signature turn as Bob Morton in the 1987 classic RoboCop: the slick, ambitious Ocp executive who creates the film's title law enforcer and inadvertently gets on the wrong side of the villainous Dick Jones (Ronny Cox).
That film was but one stand-out in an immensely busy career: through the 1980s, brief roles in such shows as Magnum Pi and Cagney & Lacey eventually led to his recurring part as FBI agent Albert Rosenfield in David Lynch's brilliantly surreal thriller series, Twin Peaks. Ferrer reprised the role in Lynch's 1992 film spin-off Fire Walk With Me, and returned once again as Rosenfeld in the first episode of the Twin Peaks revival series. »
Miguel Ferrer, the talented character actor of over 40 films, has died of cancer at the age of 61. Ferrer appeared in the 1987 Paul Verhoeven film Robocop, and countless films and TV series since. He was cast in NCIS L.A. as assistant director Owen Granger back in 2012, opposite Chris O’Donnell and L.L. Cool J.
“Today, NCIS: Los Angeles lost a beloved family member,” showrunner R. Scott Gemmill said in a statement (via Deadline). “Miguel was a man of tremendous talent who had a powerful dramatic presence on screen, a wicked sense of humor, and a huge heart. Our thoughts go out to his wife Lori, his sons, and his entire family. He will be greatly missed.”
- Paul Heath
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