You may have missed the news, but this is the 50th anniversary of a cheap, scrappy British science fiction series called Doctor Who. Like a fair number of folk my age, I first stumbled across Doctor Who one Saturday afternoon on PBS, back when PBS was able to air things like Doctor Who, The Avengers, The Prisoner, and it being cultural and all, Benny Hill. Unlike many, however, I seem to be one of the few people who came into the show not during an airing of the iconic Tom Baker years, but rather during the tenure of the man with the velvet smoking jackets and Venusian aikido. The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, was my introduction to Doctor Who, and he remains my favorite. Continue reading…
Author Ida Pollock has died. Writing under multiple noms de plume, Pollock published 120 books and was a founder of the Romantic Novelists Association. The Mary-Sue has an obituary. NPR talks with her daughter, Rosemary Pollock. The Telegraph has an overview of her career.
Director and producer Antonia Bird has died. Bird is probably best known for her films Ravenous (1999) and Priest (1994), but she also directed UK television series, episodes and tv movies such as, The Village, Cracker, MI-5, Inspector Morse and EastEnders. The BBC has an obituary. The Guardian has collected tributes to Bird. The Guardian […]
Producer Lou Scheimer has died. Lou Scheimer, Hal Sutherland and Norm Prescott founded Filmation in 1962 and produced cartoons including, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Star Trek, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, The Archie Show, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and the live action […]
Author Tom Clancy has died. Clancy is best known for The Hunt for Red October and his Jack Ryan series, but he also worked on videogames like Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell. The New York Times has an obituary. Dean Takahashi remembers Clancy at Venture Beat and Lynn Neary remembers Clancy at NPR.
Author and Science Fiction Grandmaster Frederick Pohl has died. The Guardian has an obituary. Pohl’s blog has posted a short notice. The Library of Congress has a speech Pohl gave at Bookfest 2004. Frederick Pohl reads his story, “Day Million.”
Actress Julie Harris has died. The Los Angeles Times remembers her. The Hollywood Reporter has an obituary. She appeared in countless film, television and stage roles. Here she is as Eleanor in The Haunting (1963) and as Betty in Harper (1966).
Writer Elmore Leonard has died. The Detroit News remembers Leonard and reprints his “Squad 7: Impressions of Murder.” The Detroit Free Press also remembers Leonard. The Onion offers their own tribute. Here is a three-part interview Leonard did at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference. Cinemablend shares their favorite film adaptations of Leonard’s work.
Actress Karen Black has died. She’s best known to genre fans for her work in Trilogy Of Terror, but she also starred in Burnt Offerings, Airport 1975, Nashville, and Five Easy Pieces. The Vault of Horror remembers Black. The LA Times and New York Times have obituaries. And here is an interview with Black, conducted by […]
Actor Michael Ansara has died. While Ansara had countless television and movie roles, he is probably best known now for his roles as Kang in Star Trek and the Technomage Elric in Babylon 5, the voice of Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series and Cochise in the 1950s tv series Broken Arrow. The Texas […]
Actor Dennis Farina has died. The Chicago Tribune and WGN TV remember Farina. The New York Times and The Guardian have obituaries. Here’s Farina as Jimmy Serrano in Midnight Run, as Henry DeSalvo in Big Trouble and as Mike Torello in Crime Story.
The Ferroni Brigade considers how Lau Kar-Leung brought comedy to kung fu as well as scrutinized the kung fu film tradition that had come before him. David Bordwell writes about Lau and how sometimes stylized action captures the real better than “realism.”
Actor, Karate Grandmaster and tennis player Jim Kelly has died. Kelly starred alongside Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon and in action/Blaxploitation classics such as Black Belt Jones, Three The Hard Way and Black Samurai. Our friends at Daily Grindhouse have an obituary as does The Los Angeles Times. Salon interviewed Kelly in 2010. Here’s […]
Actor, director, writer and action choreographer Lau Kar-Leung has died. Most widely known as the director of 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Lau has an extensive filmography. He collaborated with director Chang Cheh and, in his own work, brought humor to and a singular action choreography to his own films, Dirty Ho, Mad Monkey Kung Fu, […]
Writer Richard Matheson has died. Matheson’s influence on horror, television and film was incredible–from, “I Am Legend” to episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Night Stalker, The Martian Chronicles to writing Roger Corman’s Poe films to films based on his stories like The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man, I Am Legend, The Incredible […]
Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson has died. The Seattle Times, Comics Alliance, and The AV Club have obituaries. Fantagraphics’ Gary Groth wrote the obituary for the Fantagraphics blog.
Actor James Gandolfini has died. Gandolifini was probably best known as Tony Soprano in the tv series The Sopranos, but he performed on Broadway, was nominated for a Tony Award in The God of Carnage, and performed in films like True Romance, Get Shorty, The Mexican, The Man Who Wasn’t There and Where The Wild […]
Writer Iain Banks has died. The Guardian has an obituary. Neil Gaiman remembers Banks and the BBC gathers remembrances. Here, Banks talks with University Lecturer in Creative Writing Derek Neale.
Actress, singer and swimming champion, Esther Williams has died. Williams starred in elaborate mid-Twentieth Century MGM musicals with water set-pieces. The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter have obituaries. Here’s Williams’ segment in That’s Entertainment! (1974).
Actress Jean Stapleton has died. Stapleton was probably best known as Edith Bunker in the television series, All In The Family. but she also had a long career on television, film, and the stage. The Los Angeles Times has an obituary. Here Stapleton is interviewed by the Archive of American Television.
Author Jack Vance died. He is probably best known for his collection of linked stories, The Dying Earth., and he was a tremendous influence on contemporary fantasy and science fiction authors. The Los Angeles Times and The Guardian have obituaries. Here Jack Vance talks about censorship on TV Ontario’s Prisoners of Gravity in 1990.keep looking »