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Mary Rodgers, 'Freaky Friday' author, dies

Mary Rodgers, the author of the book Freaky Friday as well as the composer of the 1959 musical Once Upon a Mattress died Thursday, The Associated Press confirms. She was 83.

The daughter of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers, Mary found fame of her own with Once Upon a Mattress, amongst other shows. The original Once Upon a Mattress production starred Carol Burnett, and there was also a 1996 Broadway revival with Sarah Jessica Parker.

Her novel Freaky Friday was twice adapted into a film—the 1976 Jodie Foster/ Barbara Harris version, of which Rodgers also wrote the screenplay, and a 2003 remake starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.

Stuntman Terry Richards, the swordsman from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' dies at 81


Terry Richards—who battled James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, and many others onscreen—died on June 14th. He was 81.

Richards’ most famous onscreen appearance was as a swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark. In a chase through the streets of Cairo, the swordsman confronted Indiana Jones in a square and whipped out his scimitar. Jones, weary from the chase, pulled out a gun and shot him.

At a 30th anniversary screening of the movie, Ford revealed that a bigger fight scene was planned, but he was ill during the shoot. “I was no longer capable of staying out of my trailer for more than it took to expose a role of film,” he said. “Which was 10 minutes, and then I would have to flee back there for sanitary facilities.”

Richards worked on nine James Bond films with four separate actors in the title role. His last performance was opposite Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997.

In a 2012 interview, Richards reflected on how the stunt acting industry has changed. “Now it’s all CGI,” he said. “After a day’s stunting when I was doing it, you really knew you did a day’s work, you were covered in bruises.”

Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies at 56

Rik Mayall, a British comedian famous for his work in the 1980s BBC2 cult comedy The Young Ones, was pronounced dead at his home London this morning.

Mayall made a name for himself by playing loud-mouthed characters, from Rick, the poetry-writing anarchist in The Young Ones, to the lecherous Lord Flashheart in Blackadder. He starred in The Young Ones with his longtime friend Adrian Edmondson. The two went on to star in their own sitcom, Bottom. He also played the title character in the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred.

In 1998, Mayall survived a near-fatal quad bike accident that left him a coma for three days. He was married and had three children. The London police have stated that the cause of his death is not believed to be suspicious.

Maya Angelou memorial service will be live-streamed

Author, activist, and icon Dr. Maya Angelou, who died last week at age 86, will be remembered at a private memorial service Saturday at Wake Forest University. The service, reserved for invited guests only, will be held in Wait Chapel and available to view by the public via a live stream starting at 10 a.m.

Angelou served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982 after receiving an honorary degree in 1977. Though still very active around her Winston-Salem community giving lectures and speeches, Angelou taught her last class at the university in the summer of 2011. She was planning to teach a course in the fall titled “Race, Culture and Gender in the U.S. South and Beyond.” Angelou’s family has requested that in lieu of any flowers or public memorials on campus, donations be made to the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Additional celebrations of the late poet’s life in more cities throughout the country will be announced at a later date by her son Guy B. Johnson.

Singing cowboy Herb Jeffries dies at 100

Actor Herb Jeffries, known for his acting and singing careers, died of heart failure Sunday. He was 100 years old.


Cinematographer Gordon Willis, known for 'Godfather' and Woody Allen films, dies at 82

Gordon Willis, the cinematographer and director of photography best known for his shadowy work in the Godfather series and a slew of Woody Allen’s best-known films — including Annie Hall and Manhattan — has died. He was 82.

“This is a momentous loss,” American Society of Cinematographers president Richard Crudo told Deadline late Sunday night, confirming Willis’s passing. “He was one of the giants who absolutely changed the way movies looked. Up until the time of The Godfather 1 and 2, nothing previously shot looked that way. He changed the way films looked and the way people looked at films.”

We’ll be posting a full obituary later in the day. In the meantime, watch Willis discussing his unique style in this video interview from 2013:


Family confirms 'Searching for Sugar Man' director Malik Bendjelloul's cause of death

Family has confirmed the cause of death of Swedish film director Malik Bendjelloul, who was found dead Tuesday. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker committed suicide.

Malik’s brother Johar Bendjelloul confirmed the cause of death to Reuters via text message.

Malik won an Oscar in 2013 for directing the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, a film about how one would-be rock star never found success in America but became hugely popular in South Africa.

'Alien' artist H.R. Giger dies at 74

Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic Alien, has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall, his museum said Tuesday.

Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, western Switzerland, told The Associated Press that Giger died in a hospital on Monday.

Giger’s works, often showing macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for “biomechanical” tattoos. READ FULL STORY

'Videodrome' star Leslie Carlson dies at age 81

Veteran character actor Leslie Carlson has died at the age of 81. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carlson passed away at his home in Toronto on May 3.


Lee Marshall, voice of Tony the Tiger, dies at 64

Lee Marshall, one of the actors who supplied the booming voice of Tony the Tiger in commercials, has died. He was 64.

His son, Jason VanBorssum, tells the Los Angeles Times Marshall died of esophageal cancer on April 26 at a Santa Monica hospital.

Marshall began voicing the Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes mascot in 1999, filling in for the original actor, Thurl Ravenscroft.

Marshall got his first full-time radio job at the age of 14 in Phoenix. He had a prematurely deep voice and lied about his age. His career included radio newsman, rock `n’ roll disc jockey, sports broadcaster and wrestling ring interviewer.

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