Actor Christopher Malcolm has died at the age of 67. In the early ’70s, the Scottish-born Malcolm originated the part of Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show and co-produced a West End revival of the cult musical in 1990. But the actor was probably best known for playing the character of Zev Senesca in Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and Saffy’s father Justin in the beloved British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. His other acting credits included 1980′s mercenary action movie The Dogs of War, Warren Beatty-directed Reds (1981), and Highlander and Labyrinth (both released in 1986).
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Actress Emily Blunt and Office star John Krasinski have welcomed their first baby, a girl named Hazel.
Dylan Farrow, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, has responded to Allen’s New York Times essay, published yesterday, in which the director defended himself against sexual abuse claims.
“Once again, Woody Allen is attacking me and my family in an effort to discredit and silence me – but nothing he says or writes can change the truth. For 20 years, I have never wavered in describing what he did to me. I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life,” Dylan Farrow said in a statement Saturday, via People. “His op-ed is the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions and outright lies he has leveled at me for the past 20 years.”
In Allen’s essay yesterday, the Blue Jasmine director responded to Dylan Farrow’s Feb. 1 open letter, in which the 28-year-old recounted the alleged sexual abuse she suffered as a child and attacked Hollywood’s support of the director.
British character actor Roger Lloyd-Pack has died at the age of 69, according to The Guardian. Lloyd-Pack was much loved in his homeland for playing the dim-witted Trigger in the hugely popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses and the equally slow Owen Newitt in the similarly successful, Richard Curtis-penned show The Vicar of Dibley. But he was an incredibly versatile performer whose big screen credits included Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Interview with the Vampire, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which he played Barty Crouch Sr. In addition to his TV and film roles, Lloyd-Pack was an accomplished theater actor and recently appeared alongside Mark Rylance in London productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night. According to his agent, Lloyd-Pack was suffering from pancreatic cancer and died at home surrounded by his family.
George Clooney and Benedict Cumberbatch were honored last night at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles, according to the New York Times. Clooney received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film while Cumberbatch won the award for British Artist of the Year. Other winners included Idris Elba and Sacha Baron Cohen, who pranked the audience with a skit in which he seemed to push an old woman off the stage.
Winners of the Britannia awards are chosen by members of the Los Angeles arm of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Zoe Saldana said “I do” earlier this summer when she wed Italian artist Marco Perego in a small ceremony featuring family and friends.
People reports that Saldana and Perego, who went public with their relationship at the May Star Trek Into Darkness premiere, were friends before they became a couple and were able to keep the wedding a secret from the press. However, E! reported that the couple was spotted wearing wedding rings earlier this month while in London.
This is Saldana’s first marriage. She was previously engaged to CEO of My Fashion Database, Keith Britton.
Deadline is reporting that Gail Kobe, actress and producer, has died at the age of 82.
Kobe appeared in the famed Cecil B. DeMille 1956 film The Ten Commandments and on television in The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Bewitched, and The Fugitive, among others. She was nominated for an Emmy award playing Dr. Anne Warner in the series Dr. Kildare.
British comedian and film director Mel Smith has died at the age of 60, according to the BBC. Smith was a cast member of the groundbreaking U.K. sketch show Not the Nine O’Clock News, alongside Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, and Griff Rhys Jones, with whom Smith formed a long-lasting comedy partnership. In addition to his onscreen performances—which also included small roles in The Princess Bride and National Lampoon’s European Vacation—Smith directed several films, notably 1989′s Richard Curtis-penned The Tall Guy and 1997′s Bean, a showcase for Atkinson’s titular bumbler.
Special effects artist Marcel Vercoutere has died at the age of 87, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Detroit-born Vercoutere worked on a number of notable movies during the ’70s, including 1971′s Robert Altman-directed Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller and the following year’s Deliverance. But he was best known for his contributions to the classic 1973 horror film The Exorcist and in particular for building, with makeup artist Dick Smith, the robot replica of Linda Blair which featured in the scene where the head of her possessed character turns 360 degrees. “She would sit there and look at you in the room,” Vercoutere would later recall of the replica. “It was frightening it was so alive.” According to his son, Vercoutere died on April 13 at his home in Burbank from complications of dementia.
Australian-born, British-based animator Bob Godfrey has died at the age of 91, according to the U.K. Guardian. Godfrey won an Academy Award in 1975 for his animated short film Great, about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He received Oscar nominations on three other occasions for 1972′s Kama Sutra Rides Again, 1979′s Dream Doll, and 1994′s Small Talk. But Godfrey was best known for his work on the Richard Briers-narrated BBC TV show Roobarb, which concerned the adventures of an excitable dog named Roobarb and a mischievous cat named Custard and which delighted a generation of British children in the ’70s. Briers himself passed away last week.
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