, best known for writing the 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally
, has died
at 71 from pneumonia as a complication of acute myeloid leukemia
. [more inside]
Arthur Laurents (wiki)
, writer of the libretti for West Side Story
, among many other things, has died at the age of 93. [more inside]
, the director of Bonnie and Clyde
, Little Big Man
, The Miracle Worker
, and Night Moves
, has died of congestive heart failure one day after his 88th birthday.
Back in 1972, there was a fellow who had a novel idea for a porno flick. But when his producer objected to the movie's title, fearing no one would understand it, Gerard Damiano reassured him: "Don't worry, "Deep Throat
will become a household word." And indeed it did. Now, 36 years after the infamous and influential film's release, director Gerard Damiano
, aka Jerry Gerard
, has gone on to that deep, deep throat in the sky. [more inside]
"Porky's was about anti-Semitism, about racism, it's not just about boys with erections," claims Clark. He then adds, pun intended, "It was a seminal film." Bob Clark
, Director of two iconic
1980's films that profoundly impacted some of your childhoods (no doubt in decidedly different ways), and his 22 year-old son were in a fatal car crash
on PCH this morning. This was set to be a promising year
for the man who brought Ralphie and his bunny suit
to the world. R.I.P.
Influential experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage
died in hospital today after an operation for a long illness. If he is known at all, he is known as the director
of short films like "Dog Star Man"
and the controversial "Window Water Baby Moving", whose graphic portrayal of his first son's birth incited feminist ire and inspired the spoof "Misconception"
. Those who have no exposure to his work should mourn the loss of a filmmaker whose collagist, primarily non-camera
work was colorful and revelatory
. (more inside)
Hollywood loses another giant.
Billy Wilder passes on at 95. Just the quick list of movies at the top of the article gives me pause..Stalag 17, Some Like it Hot, The Seven-Year Itch
. Damn, this is definitely a sad week in the entertainment business.