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Postby Macc » Fri May 20, 2016 3:35 pm


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Original Beastie Boys Member John Berry Dead at 52

John Berry, an original member of hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts. He was 52.

John Berry III, Berry’s father, confirmed his death Thursday afternoon to Rolling Stone. He said his son suffered from frontal lobe dementia, which had worsened in recent months.

Berry is credited with coming up with the name Beastie Boys when they were teenagers. He attended the Walden School in New York with Mike Diamond. The group formed in July 1981, with Berry and Diamond joined by Adam Yauch and Kate Schellenbach. The first Beastie Boys shows took place at Berry's old loft at the corner of West 100th Street and Broadway in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where a small crowd gathered to hear the fledgling hardcore/punk band.

Berry played on the Beastie Boys' first seven-inch EP Polly Wog Stew, which was recorded at 171A studios in November 1982. He left the group shortly after, followed by Schellenbach in 1983. Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) replaced both members. Berry was a member of several other bands, including Even Worse, Big Fat Love, Highway Stars and Bourbon Deluxe.

The Beastie Boys did not neglect Berry’s role in the band. When they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012,Horovitz read a speech by Adam Yauch, who died later that year at age 47 of cancer. Yauch’s speech mentioned John as a formative member of the band’s early years.


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Postby Macc » Wed May 25, 2016 10:45 am


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Burt Kwouk, Pink Panther star, dies aged 85

Burt Kwouk, who was best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato in the Pink Panther films, has died aged 85.

He appeared in seven Pink Panther films opposite Peter Sellers as Clouseau's servant who regularly attacked his employer to keep him alert.

The actor, who was born in Warrington but raised in Shanghai, was awarded an OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List.

A statement issued by his agent said: "Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away. The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date."

n the big screen Kwouk also appeared in three James Bond films including Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.

Kwouk had a long TV career, appearing in numerous TV shows including The Avengers and Doctor Who. He also played Major Yamauchi in the 1980s wartime television drama Tenko.

He joined long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine as electrician Entwistle - a part that was written with him in mind.

The actor appeared in Harry Hill's comedy series in the 1990s and also gained a cult following when he presented Channel 4's interactive gambling show Banzai from 2001-2004.

wouk started acting when he returned to England in 1954 after his family's wealth was wiped out in the 1949 revolution.

His big break came 10 years later when director Blake Edwards offered him the part of Cato Fong, opposite Peter Sellers's Inspector Clouseau.

His double act with Sellers was hugely popular with fans and he continued in the role of Cato after Sellers died in 1980, appearing opposite Roger Moore and Roberto Benigni when they took on the role of the bumbling French detective.

Kwouk said he never expected the part to continue for such a long time, starring in his first Pink Panther film in 1974 and the last in 1992.

Talking about his career after being awarded an OBE for services to drama, the actor said working on the James Bond movies was a special experience.

"Bond movies are always great fun because everything about them is big, expansive, huge - the sets are big, the amounts of money that is spent is huge as well, and the whole thing has a big atmosphere about it. And actors like doing that kind of thing."

But if he had to pick a favourite role, the star said it would be the first time he "had a featured role in a good movie".

"You always remember your first of anything - your first house, your first car, your first child, your first woman - you always remember those things and this was a picture made in 1958.

"It was The Inn of the Sixth Happiness which starred a great lady called Ingrid Bergman, I remember that very fondly."

He is survived by his wife Caroline Tebbs, who he married in 1961 and a son.


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Postby phunkyfeelone » Sun May 29, 2016 2:20 pm


Macc wrote:
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Original Beastie Boys Member John Berry Dead at 52

John Berry, an original member of hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts. He was 52.



Was going to post this myself, i'm a huge BBoys fan, so sad that 2 have now gone from health related issues, not from drugs, alcohol etc. :sad:


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Postby atefooterz » Sun May 29, 2016 7:19 pm


phunkyfeelone wrote:
Macc wrote:
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Original Beastie Boys Member John Berry Dead at 52

John Berry, an original member of hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts. He was 52.



Was going to post this myself, i'm a huge BBoys fan, so sad that 2 have now gone from health related issues, not from drugs, alcohol etc. :sad:

Most studies show an elevated risk from high sugar & alcohol consumption with frontal lobe dementia.


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Postby phunkyfeelone » Sun May 29, 2016 8:26 pm


atefooterz wrote:
Most studies show an elevated risk from high sugar & alcohol consumption with frontal lobe dementia.


Maybe, I have a different view on things - if alcohol sugar\consumption causes it, when why doesn't everyone get it then? There has to be an alternative, or unique combination of things, to cause such issues.

Perhaps humans are pre-programmed with certain vulnerabilities.

Whatever the cause, not the place for the discussion I guess.


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Postby Macc » Sat Jun 04, 2016 2:51 pm


Muhammad Ali dies aged 74

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-04/m ... 74/7477564


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Postby critic » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:53 am


Garry Marshall dies at 81

Garry Marshall, the creator and producer of some of television's most iconic comedies, including Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy and The Odd Couple has died.


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Postby atefooterz » Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:59 am


Midget Farrelly, Australia's first world surfing champion, dies aged 71 :sad:

Bernard "Midget" Farrelly was our first Australian world surfing champion. the 1963 championships in Makaha, Hawaii.


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Postby Macc » Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:13 pm


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R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker dies aged 81

British actor Kenny Baker, who starred as R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, has died aged 81 after a long illness.

Baker made his name as the robot in the first Star Wars film in 1977 alongside Anthony Daniels's C-3PO character.

Star Wars creator George Lucas paid tribute to a "real gentleman" and Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker in the films - said he had lost "a lifelong friend".

Born in Birmingham, Baker's other films include Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.

After starring in the original Star Wars film he went on to appear in the sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and the three prequels between 1999 and 2005.

He later appeared at Star Wars fan conventions across the world.

Lucas said: "Kenny Baker was a real gentleman as well as an incredible trooper who always worked hard under difficult circumstances.

"A talented vaudevillian who could always make everybody laugh, Kenny was truly the heart and soul of R2-D2 and will be missed by all his fans and everyone who knew him."

Writing on Twitter, Hamill said: "Goodbye #KennyBaker A lifelong loyal friend-I loved his optimism & determination He WAS the droid I was looking for!"

Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the three Star Wars prequels, tweeted: "So sorry to hear about this. It was lovely working with Kenny."

Writing on Twitter, Hamill said: "Goodbye #KennyBaker A lifelong loyal friend-I loved his optimism & determination He WAS the droid I was looking for!"

Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the three Star Wars prequels, tweeted: "So sorry to hear about this. It was lovely working with Kenny."


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Postby Macc » Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:10 pm


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Gene Wilder dead: Star of Willy Wonka and Blazing Saddles dies aged 83

Hollywood star Gene Wilder, who delighted audiences with his comic turns in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and several Mel Brooks classics including Blazing Saddles and The Producers, has died age 83.

Wilder died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, his family said, adding the actor had "co-existed" with the disease for the past three years.

From Willy Wonka to Young Frankenstein and Silver Streak, look back at some of his most famous film roles.
"It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the life lived that I announce the passing of husband, parent and universal artist Gene Wilder," read the statement, penned by nephew Jordan Walker-Pearman.

"The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn't vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him 'there's Willy Wonka' would not have to be exposed to an adult referencing illness."

Wilder's barely contained hysteria made him a go-to lead for director-writer Brooks, who cast him in Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and The Producers in the 1960s and '70s.

"Gene Wilder - one of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship," Brooks said on Twitter.

Besides his classic collaborations with Brooks, the two-time Oscar nominated Wilder paired memorably with comedian Richard Pryor in hits Silver Streak and Stir Crazy.

But his most cherished role would come in 1971, as the title character in the timeless musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

The film would transcend generations, and Wilder's trademark physical comedy and expressive blue eyes would bring the character first introduced in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to life.

"It wasn't a success when it came out. And I heard some talk about mothers who thought it was cruel to the children," Wilder said of the original Willy Wonka film.

"What they and everyone else found out later on was that maybe some mothers felt that way, but the children didn't feel that way. The children understood the movie very well."


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