Tag: Movie (21-30 of 1972)
Whitney Houston talked about her role in the forthcoming movie Sparkle and the death of Aaliyah in the course of an interview with Essence magazine, just weeks before Houston herself passed away. Houston and her Sparkle co-producer Debra Martin Chase originally intended to make Sparkle 11 years with Aaliyah but then the R&B singer was killed in an August 2001 plane crash. “God needed her more,” Houston told Essence. “We were so, so saddened by it. And then 10 years later, to the date, Debra calls me and said, ‘Whitney, you won’t believe this but they want Sparkle.’” Houston, who died Saturday afternoon at the age of 48, appears in the film alongside Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps.
Clive Barker is recovering from a near fatal case of toxic shock syndrome. The British author, film director, and artist detailed his recent brush with death in a series of tweets earlier today. “My friends, Clive here,” Barker wrote. “I’m at home now after a while in hospital, thanks to a nearly fatal case of Toxic Shock brought on by a visit to my dentist. Apparently this is not uncommon. In my case the dental work unloaded such a spillage of poisonous bacteria into my blood that my whole system crashed, putting me into a coma. I spent several days in Intensive Care,with a machine breathing for me. Later, my Doctors said that they had not anticipated a happy ending until I started to fight, repeatedly pulling out the tubes that I was constantly gagging on. After a few days of nightmarish delusions I woke up to my life again, tired, twenty pounds lighter but happy to be back from a very dark place. And here in the world I intend to stay.”
The prolific Barker’s works include Books of Blood — a six volume set of short stories — and the films Hellraiser and Lord of Illusions. Barker concluded by tweeting, “I’ve books to write, films to make and paintings to paint. I seem to have come home with my sight clearer somehow, and my sense of purpose intensified. Thank you all for your messages.”
Award-winning American cinematographer Mike deGruy and Australian television writer-producer Andrew Wight have died in a helicopter crash in eastern Australia, their employer National Geographic said. Police said two people — an Australian pilot and an American passenger — died Saturday when their helicopter crashed soon after takeoff from an airstrip near Nowra, 97 miles (156 kilometers) south of Sydney, but did not immediately release the victims’ identities. Australia’s ABC News reported that Wight was piloting the helicopter when it crashed.
National Geographic and Titanic director James Cameron confirmed the victims’ identities in a joint statement Sunday that said “the deep-sea community lost two of its finest” with the deaths of the two underwater documentary specialists. David Bennett, president of Australia’s South Coast Recreational Flying Club, said the pair had set off to film a documentary when they crashed. READ FULL STORY
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced the nominees for its 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards this morning, bestowing honors on everything from J. Edgar and Albert Nobbs in movies; to Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, and Modern Family (pictured) in television; and Lady Gaga and The Voice contestant Beverly McClellan in music.
Nominees were announced in several other categories, including reality television, talk shows, daily dramas, newsmagazines, blogs, theater, comic books, newspapers, and magazines, where Entertainment Weekly was once again nominated in the category for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage. The awards “recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.”
“This year’s nominees enlighten and entertain, while spotlighting the diversity of our community,” said GLAAD’s acting president Mike Thompson, in a statement. “Audiences expect to see their own worlds reflected in media, and today more than ever, those include the lives of LGBT people. Viewers know that LGBT characters and stories are simply natural extensions of, and glimpses into, their own experiences from across America.”
The 2012 GLAAD Media Awards will be handed out during three different ceremonies, in New York City on March 24, in Los Angeles on April 21, and in San Francisco on June 2. Special honorees for each city will be announced in the coming weeks. Read the full list of nominees here:
Katy Perry is in the popular clique now.
The singer-actress won the most People’s Choice Awards at Wednesday’s 38th annual fan-favorite extravaganza, but viewers wouldn’t have known it from watching the ceremony. An absentee Perry was honored in five categories, including favorite female artist, tour headliner, song of the year for “E.T.” with Kanye West, music video for “Last Friday Night,” and TV guest star for How I Met Your Mother. READ FULL STORY
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s say no new evidence has been uncovered in the death of Natalie Wood and that her death is still considered an accident.
The Los Angeles Times reports that several weeks of interviews and other investigative work have not uncovered any evidence the death was a homicide.
Sheriff’s chief of detectives William McSweeney says cold cases like Wood’s are never really closed and detectives are looking at some aspects of the case.
Natalie Wood died on the evening of Nov. 28, 1981, when the 43-year-old actress was boating off Catalina Island with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.
The investigation was reopened in November, when detectives say several sources came forward with new information.
Denise Darcel, the French-born actress known for vampy roles in such films as “Vera Cruz” and “Thunder in the Pines,” has died. She was 87.
Darcel’s son, Craig, said Monday that she died Dec. 23 at a Los Angeles hospital from complications from an emergency surgery to repair a ruptured aneurysm.
After coming to the U.S. in 1947, Darcel starred opposite several leading men in a string of films in the ’50s, including “Battleground” with Van Johnson, “Tarzan and the Slave Girl” with Lex Barker, “Westward the Women” with Robert Taylor and “Young Man with Ideas” with Glenn Ford.
She most famously played a vivacious double-crossing countess in 1954′s “Vera Cruz” opposite Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper.
Darcel is also survived by another son, Chris.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have gotten engaged, People is reporting. The news comes after a small storm of have-they-or-haven’t-they speculation of the impossibly attractive couple, who had announced that they’d ended their four-year relationship last March. By September, however, they had reportedly reconciled. A source told People that Timberlake, 30, proposed to Biel, 29, with a custom-designed ring while the two were vacationing in Montana.
TV director Alan Taylor, best known for his work on Game of Thrones, has been hired to direct Thor 2, Deadline reports. Thrones fans know his work from the brilliant “Baelor” episode (ranked by EW as one of the year’s best), which was so strong it landed him four more episodes to direct.
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