Academy Has Bullshit Reason for Not Including Joan Rivers in Tribute

Remember how Joan Rivers was left out of the In Memoriam tribute at the Oscars last night? Surprisingly, that made a lot of people angry. Even more surprisingly, the Academy has responded with a lame attempt to explain themselves. » 2/23/15 10:31pm 2/23/15 10:31pm

Let's Remember Lauren Bacall With One of Her Most Famous Movie Scenes

Today at her home, Lauren Bacall, a screen legend and one of the greatest actress in cinema history, died at the age of 89. This scene from the 1944 film To Have and Have Not is absolutely one her best performances in her long, illustrious career and it's a fitting way to remember her legendary life and career. » 8/12/14 11:30pm 8/12/14 11:30pm

All the Terrible Responses to Robin Williams' Death

In the wake of the death of Robin Williams, there has been an outpouring of grief, disbelief and just general feels about the loss of a man who was truly a national treasure. While the passing of any great figure is terrible, this tragedy has been compounded by the news that Williams committed suicide. » 8/12/14 5:00pm 8/12/14 5:00pm

Watch Conan Break News of Robin Williams's Death to His Audience

"This is unusual and upsetting," Conan O'Brien said to his audience on Monday night. "But we got some news during the show." » 8/12/14 10:50am 8/12/14 10:50am

Oscars Half-Assed 'In Memoriam' Move Placates Angry Fans of Dead Woman

Some of those watching the Oscars on Sunday night had complaints about the In Memoriam segment, which commemorates the lives of those who worked in the industry who died the previous year. There were those who were upset that Cory Monteith wasn't included, and others who remarked that Harold Ramis didn't have a long… » 3/03/14 11:30am 3/03/14 11:30am

Everything I Know About Life I Learned From Groundhog Day

Harold Ramis, who died Monday at age 69, was a comedy supergenius. He made movies for everyone, but I was drawn to them for their absurdity and wit via a very specific breed of person they highlighted: Smart people with bad attitudes, the people you might describe as too clever for their own good, AKA wiseasses.… » 2/25/14 11:00am 2/25/14 11:00am

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman's Best Performances

"For me, acting is torturous, and it's torturous because you know it's a beautiful thing. I was young once, and I said, That's beautiful and I want that. Wanting it is easy, but trying to be great — well, that's absolutely torturous." » 2/02/14 3:55pm 2/02/14 3:55pm

Memories of Dear Abby

When I was a kiddo, my favorite writers were the folks I could always read at my grandparents' house: political satirist Art Buchwald, proto-mommyblogger and humorist Erma Bombeck, and the great, sensible, kind Dear Abby. Her writing was as interesting when I was 6 as it was when I was 26, and her advice was always… » 1/17/13 7:00pm 1/17/13 7:00pm

Isabelle Caro, Anorexic Model, Dead At 28

In 2007, French model Isabelle Caro famously posed for an anti-anorexia billboard plastered in Milan during fashion week. Today, various media outlets are reporting that Caro has died. » 12/29/10 3:45pm 12/29/10 3:45pm

RIP Teena Marie

The singer was found dead yesterday at the age of 54. Known as the "Ivory Queen of Soul," she was one of the very few white artists to sign with Motown records. Additional track below. » 12/27/10 9:52am 12/27/10 9:52am

Actress Jill Clayburgh Dies At 66

After fighting chronic lymphocytic leukemia for more than 21 years, two-time Oscar nominee Jill Clayburgh has died. Her final film, the upcoming Bridesmaids, hits theaters in 2011, but it's her work during the 1970s that made her so legendary. » 11/06/10 11:10am 11/06/10 11:10am

RIP Billie Mae Richards Of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Richards, grandmother of 12, was the voice of Rudolph in the 1964 TV special. She was often credited as "Billy" Richards, to obscure her gender. Although the specials aired for decades, she only earned residuals for three years. » 9/16/10 10:21am 9/16/10 10:21am

RIP Kathryn Grayson

Star of '40s/'50s MGM movie musicals like Show Boat and Kiss Me Kate, the actress died in Los Angeles yesterday at the age of 88. Great quote about why she never wrote a memoir, at the link. [Death Beeper] » 2/18/10 7:20pm 2/18/10 7:20pm

McQueen Is Dead: Long Live McQueen

The man whose name was often followed by the words "enfant terrible" was found dead today in London. While he may be remembered as a bad boy, it's more likely that he will be called a visionary. » 2/11/10 12:30pm 2/11/10 12:30pm

Alaina Reed Hall, Olivia From Sesame Street, Dies At 63

Alaina Reed Hall, who played Olivia for 12 years on the PBS kids' show, died on December 17 in Los Angeles. You may not know this, but Alaina Reed had an impressive career: » 12/21/09 1:20pm 12/21/09 1:20pm

Remembering Patrick Swayze, The "Cowboy With The Tender Heart"

In the Times' Patrick Swayze obituary, Anita Gates writes that though he was diagnosed with cancer in January 2008, six months later he'd already outlived his prognosis and was filmed at an airport, smiling and calling himself "a miracle dude." » 9/15/09 11:00am 9/15/09 11:00am

John Hughes 1950 — 2009

The director, producer and writer responsible for hugely popular movies like National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink died today in New York. More to come. [TMZ, Wikipedia] » 8/06/09 5:20pm 8/06/09 5:20pm