Horror legend (although that word almost doesn’t feel big enough) George A. Romero has died at the age of 77 on Sunday night. His longtime producing partner confirmed the news to The Los Angeles Times on behalf of George’s family that he died after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.”
Tall drink of water and eyebrow legend Martin Landau has died at the age of 89. The versatile and acclaimed actor passed away on Saturday of “unexpected complications” at ULCA Medical center after a brief stay, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Martin took a circuitous route to stardom having begun his career in New York City as a newspaper cartoonist in the 1950’s, a job he quit in order to pursue acting. In 1955, he auditioned for Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio and was accepted along with Steve McQueen (the only two to make it in that year). And if that’s not enough cool for you, he also became close friends with James Dean and briefly dated Marilyn Monroe. Martin was also a highly respected acting teacher, one of his most famous students being Jack Nicholson.
TMZ says that the police in Palm Beach Gardens, FL are pointing fingers at Venus Williams, tennis star and soon-to-be aunt to a tennis-playing Reddit baby, for causing a car crash that sent a 78-year-old man to the ICU where he later died. The crash is still under investigation and so far Venus hasn’t been charged with anything and she hasn’t been issued any kind of traffic violations.
That picture of Gary Fisher gazing at his human soulmate was supposed to be a tiny bit of happiness in this field of sadness of a post, but looking at it has really brought the sads. Damn me for that.
J. Harvey posted over the weekend about how The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office ruled that Carrie Fisher’s death happened because of a mixture of things including sleep apnea, atherosclerotic heart disease and possibly drugs that were taken before she died. Her death was ultimately ruled “undetermined.” We didn’t know exactly what drugs were in Carrie’s system at the time, but today, the full report was released to public eyes.
For some people, Michael Keaton is the Batman of their childhood. For others, Christian Bale might be the Batman of their childhood (and to those I say, “The fuck is wrong with you? Why are you reading this? Tell your parents to put parental controls on your phone!“) But to many, many of us, the Batman of our childhoods, and the one true Batman, is Adam West. Many, many hours were spent on the carpet in my living room taking in massive amounts of perfect 60s campiness and technicolor glamour while watching reruns of the Batman TV show. And now, Adam West is charming the angels and BAM! POW!-ing any of them who mess with him.
A rep for the West family tells The Hollywood Reporter that Adam West died at his home in Los Angeles last night after a short battle with leukemia. His family was with him when he died peacefully. He was 88. His family released this statement:
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero.”
Back in the days when the studios had contract players, Adam was one for Warner Bros. and he was in many movies (like The Young Philadelphians) and TV shows before he shimmied into Batman’s hot leotard and Spandex chonies. He played the title role in the Batman TV show for all three seasons (120 episodes) from 1966 to 1968. Once Batman ended, Adam was hit with typecasting and it was hard for him to get roles that weren’t Batman-esque. So to earn a living, he continued to make appearances as Batman in PSAs and events. Throughout years, he also did voice work in a few Batman animated series.
But Adam’s resume is so much more than Batman. He was in Drop Dead Gorgeous! The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood! Family Guy! The Simpsons! 30 Rock! And The Drew Carey Show, where he played one half of a gay couple with Wojo from Barney Miller.
THR says that Adam is survived by his wife of 46 years Marcelle Tagand Lear, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Rest in peace, Adam West. You know he surfed into the afterworld like this:
WARNING: This is the saddest Open Post since that time I actually made a full-on post out of a 43-second video of a kitten playing with a cigarette. But this is a different kind of sad.