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Harvey Pekar dies at 70

Beloved comic-book author Harvey Pekar has died at age 70, the Associated Press reports. Police found Pekar dead after being called by his wife to their Cleveland home. Details on the cause of death have not been announced pending an autopsy. He was reportedly ailing, with conditions including prostate cancer, asthma, high blood pressure, and depression.

Beginning in the 1970s, Pekar’s autobiographical American Splendor series attracted a growing cult following, ultimately helping change the way comic books were perceived. They were adapted into the 2003 film American Splendor, starring Paul Giamatti as Pekar.

Agent Ed Limato dies

 

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Ed Limato, one of the most powerful and successful Hollywood agents of a generation, died today of natural causes at age 73 at his home in Beverly Hills, EW.com has confirmed. Limato, most recently a senior agent at William Morris Endeavor, helped guide the careers of such heavyweights as Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson, Steve Martin, and Claire Danes. He also became known for throwing a huge A-list bash at his home during Academy Awards weekend. “I became friends with Ed because of his Oscar party,” Elton John, one of his closest friends, tells EW.com. “He hardly ever traveled outside of America, but he used to come every summer to stay with us in France. He was the gentleman agent and the last of a dying breed. He was such a wonderful man. I don’t think we’ll see the likes of him again.” Limato had been battling lung problems for the last several years.

Michael Jackson's glove sells for $190,000 at auction

Fans of Michael Jackson snapped up some high-profile King of Pop memorabilia at a Las Vegas auction this weekend, including the iconic Swarovski crystal-studded glove from his 1984 Victory Tour, which sold for an eye-popping $190,000. According to E!, many pieces on the block brought in much more than was anticipated; the glove, for example, was only expected to fetch $20,000-$30,000. Other items sold at the auction, which took place in honor of the one-year anniversary of Jackson’s death, included a “Beat It” jacket that went for $132,000 and a pair of loafers worn on stage by the pop superstar that went for $90,000, about 30-45 times the price at which they were appraised.

Michael Jackson's death is mother's fault, says Joe Jackson

Less than two weeks before the June 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, Joe Jackson alleges that his son’s death was a result of his wife Katherine’s inaction, according to a blockbuster video interview with England’s News of the World newspaper. According to the interview, the 80-year-old paterfamilias of the musical family says he begged his wife to get their son Michael into rehab for his alleged addiction to prescription pills. He says the final straw came when the couple saw their son lying on the mortuary table. “I said, ‘If you had listened to me, Michael would be living now!’ I kept thinking about the times I had stood in front of her saying something was wrong,” Jackson says in the News of the World interview. “Katherine didn’t say a word. I had to get away from her. If she’d done what I asked, Michael would be here today. I am incensed with her. She could have made a difference.” Jackson died last June after going into cardiac arrest. His mother was named in the King of Pop’s will as the legal guardian to his three children. His father was shut out from the settlement.

Michael Jackson's father renews hometown museum plans

Joe Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, announced that he will renew efforts to build a $300 million museum and performing arts center in honor of his son in the family’s hometown of Gary, Ind., reports the Associated Press. According to Jackson, the project, dubbed the Jackson Family Museum and Hotel and the Michael Jackson Performing Arts and Cultural Center and Theaters, will be funded by the Jackson Family Foundation and the city of Gary. However, a lack of financial details has made some locals skeptical that the idea will ever get off the ground. Michael Jackson originally announced plans for the center in 2003 but made no real progress toward creating it before his death and left no provisions for it in his will. “The Estate of Michael Jackson was never consulted about, nor is it involved in, the Jackson Family museum being proposed in Gary, Indiana,” Jackson’s lawyer said in a statement to the AP. Neither Joe Jackson nor Gary Mayor Rudy Clay provided specifics on how much money the city of Gary and the Jackson Family Foundation would be able to put into the project.

Dennis Hopper dies at 74

Dennis-HopperImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosDennis Hopper, who died Saturday at age 74 after a battle with prostate cancer, was always a fighter. Early in his career, the Dodge City, Kan., native fought tooth-and-nail against onscreen phoniness with a Method intensity he learned at the Actors Studio. In his second act, he revolutionized Hollywood with his 1969 directing debut Easy Rider – an existential road movie whose Harleys, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll message struck gold with an underserved counterculture audience. But Hopper, the newly minted hippie icon who was no stranger to career ups and down, burned out and faded away in a swirl of drugs and alcohol. The third act of Hopper’s life was one of repentance, recovery, and career rehabilitation, as the actor got clean and sober in the mid-1980s and spent the next three decades turning in a handful of brilliant performances, including his Oscar-nominated turn as an alcoholic basketball coach in 1986’s Hoosiers. But the fighter ultimately lost his toughest battle when he passed away from cancer.

Whether playing leading men or supporting parts, oddballs or villains, Hopper was always a welcome presence on film. He gave every movie he graced a spark of unpredictability — you never knew what he might do next. Hopper learned his raw, naturalistic technique with the best, sharing the screen with his idol James Dean in both 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause and 1956’s Giant. In the late ’60s, in the wake of the summer of love, Hopper and pals Peter Fonda, author Terry Southern, and an unknown actor named Jack Nicholson teamed up to make Easy Rider. They raised the $400,000 budget independently, shot the movie on the fly, and watched in amazement as the receipts rolled in. Easy Rider grossed $60 million and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The film’s success also opened the studio doors to a new generation of long-haired young film brats who would go on to re-energize American cinema in the ’70s. But Hopper will be remembered as much for what he accomplished onscreen as behind the camera. He leaves behind a string of indelible and daring performances in such films as Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, True Romance, and Speed.

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