Zack Snyder was in charge of directing and co-writing Justice League, the upcoming all-the-superheroes follow-up to the not-so-great Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Principal photography has finished filming on Justice League, and it’s currently in post-production. However, Zack Snyder isn’t able to finish it and he told The Hollywood Reporter that he and his wife Deborah Snyder, who is a producer on the film, are leaving it to deal with the death of their daughter.
Heaven got its first James Bond today. Sir Roger Moore died in Switzerland at the age of 89. Sir Roger’s children issued a statement saying that he died after a short battle with that horrible piece of shit called cancer. He was surrounded by his family during his last days. They say he wanted a private funeral in Monaco and that’s what they’re going to give him.
Before Sir Roger became the third actor to play James Bond in the main movie series, he was in several TV shows and movies including The Last Time I Saw Paris, The Saint, Maverick, Ivanhoe and The Persuaders. After George Lazenby didn’t work out as Bond and Sir Sean Connery decided he was finally done with sipping martinis and humping on Bond Girls, Sir Roger made his debut as James Bond in 1973’s Live And Let Die. He played Bond in six more movies (many of which are arguably the best Bond movies) and is the longest-serving 007. Sir Roger handed Bond’s tux over to Timothy Dalton after 1985’s A View To A Kill.
Sir Roger took a short break from the screen acting game after Bond, but when he came back, he came back big. I’m sure he would tell you that the movie credit he’s most proud of is the role of “Chief” in the underrated classic Spice World! Surprisingly, Sir Roger Moore didn’t get his knighthood for his work in Spice World. He got it for his charity work. Sir Roger worked with UNICEF and became a goodwill ambassador in 1991. His children say in their statement that the work he did with UNICEF was his greatest achievement.
Rest in peace, Sir Roger Moore. The angels are definitely not ready for these sweet moves:
Pic: United Artists via Wenn.com
Shortly after, the world found out that Chris Cornell joined the ultimate grunge band in the sky with Kurt Cobain, Scott Weiland and Layne Staley, the medical examiner ruled his death a suicide and said that he hung himself. Chris’ wife Vicky Karayiannis and his family don’t believe that he wanted to end his life and are waiting to see what the toxicology results show.
If you woke up to the news that Chris Cornell died last night, then you probably also woke up to the feeling of your teenage heart shriveling up and turning to dust. Your teenage self who spent many a night painting your nails black as Chris’ powerful voice hit you hard just broke in two. Chris Cornell, the frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave, was found dead in his hotel room in Detroit last night. The police believe he committed suicide. He was 52. (Update: The Associated Press says that the Medical Examiner determined that Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging himself.)
WDIV says that earlier in the night, Chris performed at a sold out show with Soundgarden at the Fox Theater. He (or someone from his team) tweeted about the show just hours before he died. Chris’ wife, Vicky Karayiannis, reportedly called a family friend and asked them to check up on him at his hotel. The friend had to force his hotel room door open and apparently found Chris on the bathroom floor.
Chris Cornell was born in the epicenter of grunge, Seattle, Washington, and in the early-1980s, he formed a cover band called The Shemps with his friend Hiro Yamamoto, and later Kim Thayil joined after Hiro left. Once The Shemps broke up, Chris, Hiro and Kim gave birth to Soundgarden and the band helped to define the sound that is now known as grunge. Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign with a major record label and they went on to sell millions of records and win two Grammys, including one for Black Hole Sun, the song that to many is the theme song of the mid-90s.
Soundgarden broke up in 1997 and afterward, Chris went solo and released the album Euphoria Morning in 1999. A couple of years later, Chris got together with former members of Rage Against the Machine and created the band Audioslave. Chris was dealing with booze and drug problems at the time and went to rehab. Audioslave made three albums before breaking up in 2007. They reunited this year when they performed at the Anti-Inaugural Ball in DC.
After Audioslave broke up, Chris went back to doing solo stuff before Soundgarden reunited in 2010. They released their reunion album King Animal in 2012 and were working on another one.
Chris had three children, 16-year-old Lillian, 12-year-old Toni and 11-year-old Christopher.
If you really want to get punched in the soul, you can click here to watch Soundgarden do Black Hole Sun in Detroit last night, but below is the video.
Rest in peace, Chris Cornell.
Indie Wire says that filmmaker Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for directing Silence of the Lambs, died this morning in New York. This sad news gets the Fuck Cancer tag, because Jonathan Demme reportedly died of esophagus cancer and complications from heart disease. He was 73.
Jonathan Demme’s 45+ year career started in the world of B-movie exploitation films when he worked for Roger Corman. Jonathan made his directorial debut with the 1974 women-in-prison classic Caged Heat. Many would’ve retired after that, because there’s no topping Caged Heat. But he went on to direct Melvin and Howard, Swing Shift, Something Wild, and the Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense. If Jonathan Demme stopped right there, he still would’ve had an impressive resume, but he went to a new levels of success in the late 1980s.
He directed 1988’s Married to the Mob (aka the movie that gave us the fourth greatest Michelle Pfeiffer performance after Grease 2, Scarface and Batman Returns), and he followed that up with Silence of the Lambs, and he followed that up with Philadelphia, and he followed that up with Beloved. In the aughts, he did Rachel Getting Married and two Neil Young concert documentaries. The last scripted movie he directed was Ricki and the Flash and the last concert movie he did was Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids.
One of his last works was directing an episode of Fox’s Shots Fired. That episode airs tonight and Fox plans to pay tribute to him. Oh, and another important fact I learned while reading his Wikipedia page: he dated Belinda Carlisle for a second in the 80s after working with her on Swing Shift.
He’s survived by his wife Joanne Howard and their three children.
Rest in peace, Jonathan Demme.
On Saturday, Erin Moran, traveled up to the afterworld and slid into a booth next to Tom Bosley in the great big Arnold’s drive-in in the sky. Erin was found dead at her home in New Salisbury, Indiana. The Harrison County Coroner’s Officer released a statement today saying that Erin had stage 4 cancer. Erin was reportedly being treated at home and was fed through a GI tube. They still have to wait for toxicology results, but they believe she died from complications of cancer.