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Sep 26 2016
6-PACK — Hillary's Polling Slide + Moody's: Hillary's Plan = 10 Million New Jobs + Trump Didn't Lie About Lester (Exactly) + Trump Lies About Everything (EXACTLY!) + Curse Of The Brainiac + Arnold Palmer RIP Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureSTATE OF THE RACE: Hillary has a razor-thin advantage, trendlines looking dire. For now.

*widget boy cultureNon-partisan Moody's analyzes Hillary's plan, declares it would create 10 million jobs.

*widget boy cultureTrump didn't lie about Lester Holt, he simply spoke without knowing what he was talking about.

*widget boy cultureNewspaper study: Trump lies constantly. Will it matter?

*widget boy culturePeople who swear are smarter, not dumber, asshole.

*widget boy cultureGolfer Arnold Palmer dies @ 87.

Sep 24 2016
Bill Nunn, Actor From SISTER ACT & SCHOOL DAZE, Dies @ 62 Comments (0)

Director Spike Lee took to Instagram to mourn the loss of actor Bill Nunn, who made his debut in Lee's controversial School Daze (1988) and also appeared in such films as Sister Act (1992).

Nunn died at 62 on Saturday.

Sep 21 2016
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, 8 MILE Director Curtis Hanson Dead @ 71 Comments (0)

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Curtis Hanson, who produced, director and co-write the acclaimed film L.A. Confidential (1997)—which won Kim Basinger an Oscar—has died at 71 after battling Alzheimer's disease.

Hanson won the Oscar for his writing duties on that neo-noir thriller.

Hanson directed a wide variety of mainstream films, including the semi-classic teen-exploitation flick Losin' It (1983), the Rob Lowe career-flipper Bad Influence (1990), the Hitchcockian The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), the Meryl Streep-powered The River Wild (1994), a turgid adaptation of Wonder Boys (2000) and his biggest smash, Eminem's vehicle 8 Mile (2002).

'60s Western Star James Stacy Dies @ 79 Comments (0)

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Handsome James Stacy, famous as the title character in the '60s series Lancer has died at 79. 6867148_orig

Stacy, who was married to starlets Connie Stevens and Kim Darby, was severely injured by a drunk driver in 1973. The crash killed his girlfriend and cost him his left arm and leg. He received a settlement from the bar that served the driver drinks.

Later in life, he was jailed for child molestation, and when he got out frequented autograph shows.

He died as the result of a bad reaction to medication.

Sep 18 2016
Andrew Harpending, Actor In Indelible POISON Scene, Reportedly Dies Comments (0)

Legendary LGBTQ film producer Christine Vachon has announced the death of Andrew Harpending on Saturday.

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Harpending played Young Bolton in Todd Haynes's utterly amazing, Vachon-produced film Poison (1991), appearing in a scene that has never left my memory, and that I refer to often:

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Charmian Carr, THE SOUND OF MUSIC's Liesl, Dies Of Dementia @ 73 Comments (0)

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Charmian Carr, whose only film was The Sound of Music (1965), has died of a rare form of dementia at the age of 73.

Steve Hughes, who worked with Carr, posted the following on her site:

My name is Steve Hughes, and my Company has been managing Charmian Carr's website for many, many years. Me and my family are so sad to have to post this message and will miss her dearly... We had the gracious opportunity to stay at Charmian Carr's house several times while we worked on different projects for her. And we traveled to New York with her on another occasion. She was such a nice, cheerful person. We always LOVED, The Sound of Music, and still do. PLEASE read on...

'Liesl' from the Sound of Music, Charmian Carr, has died of complications from a rare form of dementia at the age of 73.

Carr was best known for her role as the eldest Von Trapp daughter, Liesl, in the academy award winning movie, "The Sound of Music." Carr was 21 at the time the movie was filmed, and is famous for singing the beloved song "I Am Sixteen Going on Seventeen." After The Sound of Music, Carr also starred opposite Anthony Perkins in the Stephen Sondheim television musical "Evening Primrose."

Carr was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1942. Her family moved to the San Fernando Valley when she was 13. She is the daughter of Rita Oehmen, a vaudeville actress, and Brian Farnon, a musician and orchestra leader.

Carr was best known for acting, but much of her life revolved around her family and her interior design business. After acting in the Sound of Music, she married and then decided to leave the movie business and raise her two children, Jennifer & Emily. It was a decision she never regretted. Once her children were older, Carr started her design business, Charmian Carr Design. Her most famous client was Michael Jackson, who was a huge fan of "The Sound of Music." It was his favorite film and they shared a special friendship.

Carr co-wrote 2 books - In 2000 she released "Forever Liesl" which details her experiences making the movie and living her life as "Liesl". In 2001 she released her second book, "Letters to Liesl" which was inspired by mail she'd received from thousands of her fans. She also participated in "the Sound of Music Family Scrapbook" which contains personal photographs, home movies, and memorabilia from all of the actors who played the children in film. Through the years the actors who played the children in the movie all kept in touch and communicated often. Carr considered them her second family.

In 2000, Carr started co-hosting Sound of Music Sing a Longs. She attended the gala performance of the first one which was held at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City and attended almost all of the shows at the Hollywood Bowl until 2012. She appeared at various sing a longs throughout the U.S. over the years. She loved meeting fans and hearing stories about how "The Sound of Music" touched their lives.

Carr is survived by her sisters & brothers: Sharon, Darleen, Michael & Brian, her children, her niece Julie, and her four grandchildren: Emma, Derek, William and Tucker. 

Keep reading for a wonderful b-t-s piece on Carr when she was filming the movie ...

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Sep 17 2016
America's Greatest Living Playwright, Edward Albee Of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Fame, Dies @ 88 Comments (0)

Edward Albee, probably America's most esteemed living playwright, died Friday at 88 at his home on Long Island. 878a0658e652765c4979dba411787e43_500x735

Albee's greatest works included the Pulitzer Prize winners A Delicate Balance (1966), Seascape (1975) and Three Tall Women (1991), and of course his pop cultural atom bomb Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the 1962 Broadway masterpiece turned into an equally impressive film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Woolf? was criticized at the time for its crude language, and at least one critic sniffed that its central couple—male and female—were stand-ins for a bitchy gay couple. 

Albee apparently wanted this statement made public at the time of his passing:

To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful, so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love.

His partner died in 2005.

Sep 15 2016
Kim McGuire Of Hatchet-Face Fame Dies @ 60 Comments (0)

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Kim McGuire, 60, best known for her role as Hatchet-Face in the John Waters flick Cry-Baby (1990), has died.

No cause of death is circulating, but friends have set up a GoFundMe to help out her widower.

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