8 items from 2015
Equally as legendary onscreen as he was in the ring, we're saddened by the news that "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has passed away at the age of 61.
According to Variety, Piper died from a heart attack last night at his home in Hollywood. A formidable force in the wrestling ring since the late 1970s, Piper cemented his star status within the horror and sci-fi genres by playing the lead role of Nada in John Carpenter's They Live (1988).
Piper also had memorable roles in Hell Comes to Frogtown, The Outer Limits TV revival series, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies, to name a few. Our thoughts go out to Roddy Piper's family and friends and we'll continue to update this post with comments from those that knew him.
John Carpenter's remembrance from Twitter:
I'm devastated by the passing of my friend Roddy Piper. Great wrestler, underrated actor, »
- Derek Anderson
It is with much sadness that I share the news of Christopher Lee's passing. According to reports, the legendary actor was recently hospitalized in London for respiratory problems and passed away due to heart failure on Sunday morning. News of his passing only came down today because his wife wanted to wait until family and friends had been notified.
There has never been and will never be another actor like Sir Christopher Lee. Born on May 27, 1922, he started acting in the 40s, but it wasn't until The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957 where his career (and lifelong friendship with Peter Cushing) would really take off.
Christopher Lee has nearly 300 film & TV credits. While it's no surprise that he's best known for his villainous roles, the amazing part of his extensive career is how different generations and types of fans view him. Maybe you were first introduced to Christopher Lee and »
- Jonathan James
More synonymous with Camp Crystal Lake than even Jason Voorhees to many horror movie fans is Betsy Palmer, who unfortunately passed away last Friday at the age of 88.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Palmer died of natural causes in a Connecticut hospice center. In addition to playing Mrs. Voorhees in Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part 2, Palmer appeared in Knots Landing, Murder She Wrote, The United States Steel Hour, and numerous other TV shows. Her film credits include Death Tide, The Long Gray Line, and Mister Roberts.
Friday the 13th fans will forever remember Palmer for her all-in portrayal of a grieving mother standing on the moon-splashed shore of Crystal Lake. Our thoughts go out to Betsy Palmer's family and friends.
- Derek Anderson
“Parks and Recreation” actor Aziz Ansari is toplining a new comedy series on Netflix, where he will reunite with some familiar faces. Co-creator Mike Schur and co-executive producer Alan Yang are reteaming with the NBC star for the 10-episode straight-to-series order. Along with Ansari, the cast of the untitled comedy includes Jon Benjamin, Lena Waithe, Eric Wareheim, Noel Wells and Kelvin Yu. Ansari is a co-creator of the show, which is reportedly based on his life, and production is already under way in New York. Also Read: Aziz Ansari Pens Touching Tribute to Harris Wittels: 'My Friend, Colleague and »
- Debbie Emery
Pretty much your standard Tuesday podcast, except it's Not! Instead of new DVD and Blu-rays, we review Focus since we didn't have an episode last Friday and along with that we get to your questions, Leonard Nimoy's passing, "SNL's" so-called offensive Isis sketch, a list of some of the better movies of 2015 so far, books, games and, yes, a little sports talk... don't get mad. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
We’re sad to report that Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83.
The New York Times reports via Susan Bay Nimoy, Leonard's wife, that the prolific actor passed away this morning of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Nimoy is best remembered for playing Spock on Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek TV series from 1966 – 1969, reprising the role in Star Trek: The Animated Series and eight Star Trek movies, most recently in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness. His acting career touched seven decades, beginning in 1951 and including roles in many memorable shows and films, including Mission: Impossible, Fringe, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, The Brain Eaters, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Gunsmoke, and The Twilight Zone.
- Derek Anderson
We’re sad to report that Rod Taylor has passed away at the age of 84.
Variety revealed the somber news that Rod Taylor died from a heart attack yesterday in Los Angeles. Horror and science fiction fans remember Taylor from his lead role as Mitch Brenner in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, his turn as author H. George Wells in The Time Machine (based on the novel of the same name), his portrayal of Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes in the “And When the Sky Was Opened” episode of The Twilight Zone, and his co-starring credit in 1956’s World Without End. In 2007, Taylor played “Doc” in the Sci Fi Channel’s Kaw, another film about deadly birds.
Taylor also led an all-star cast in Young Cassidy, had key roles in the Doris Day films Do Not Disturb and The Glass Bottom Boat, and played Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds »
- Derek Anderson
Oh no! Justin Bieber shared some bad news with fans on Monday, tweeting, “Messed up my damn foot. Smh”
Messed up my damn foot. Smh
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 5, 2015
The newly blonde 'Boyfriend' singer also shared a slightly gruesome pic of the injury on his Shots account, captioning it “Broke my damn foot” along with a series of emojis.
While a broken bone isn’t the best way to kick off the new year, the Biebs was seemingly on fire on the field. Brinkley posted a celebratory shot of Justin on Instagram, writing, “Our Team Scores! High Five!!!!”
The former supermodel also shared a photo of the whole team dressed in uniform.
Justin, Hailey, and their »
8 items from 2015
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