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  • https://see.news/spanish-actress-ver...-in-her-house/

    Spanish actress Verónica Forqué was found dead this morning at her home in Madrid, the Spanish press reported on Monday.

    The dead body of the 66-year-old actress was found by the person in charge of the domestic service at 12:45 a.m. and has notified the emergency services, who could not do anything to save her life.

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    • https://variety.com/2021/film/news/j...or-1235142740/

      Joan Didion, the author revered for her coolly dispassionate essays and novels such as “Play It as It Lays,” has died, her publisher confirmed to The New York Times on Wednesday. She was 87. Along with her late husband John Gregory Dunne, Didion co-wrote screenplays for the films “True Confessions,” “A Star Is Born,” “The Panic in Needle Park” and “Up Close and Personal.”

      It was the 1968 essay collection “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” and 1970 novel “Play It as It Lays,” which she also adapted for a 1972 film, that secured her reputation as a sharp-eyed observer of the culture and people of California and beyond.

      Another essay collection, 1979’s “The White Album,” assembled from her pieces in Esquire and other magazines, took on subjects that defined the era such as Charles Manson and the Doors, further cementing her place as one of the foremost chroniclers of the tumultuous ’60s and ’70s.

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      • Masters of the Universe Designer Mark Taylor Has Died



        A legendary figure in the creation of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe (MOTU) franchise has died.

        Designer Mark Taylor was credited with shaping much of the MOTU aesthetic and the design for countless characters that contributed to the massive success of the MOTU brand in the 1980s. While formal credits for the development of He-Man and Skeletor have often been disputed over the years, Taylor’s work, along with that of another Mattel designer — Roger Sweet — eventually became the toys that are familiar to millions.

        Some key design elements that shaped He-Man and other residents of Eternia were pulled from Taylor’s Torak: Hero of Pre-History, a barbarian-esque character that was in and out of development for many years pre-dating the launch of the MOTU brand in 1982.

        Taylor’s work at Mattel began in the 1970s as a member of the Visual Design Group working on packaging for Barbie. Following his work on the MOTU franchise, Taylor went on to become a key figure in the development of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) line at Playmates Toys in 1987. Taylor’s work has been explored in numerous documentaries, including Power of Grayskull and The Toys That Made Us.

        His Christmas Eve passing was confirmed by his wife, Rebecca Salari Taylor via Facebook.

        Mark Taylor was 80 years old.

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        • https://news.yahoo.com/desmond-tutu-...hssrp_catchall

          Desmond Tutu — the South African civil rights campaigner, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and retired Anglican archbishop — died Sunday in Cape Town at the age of 90, Reuters reports.

          No cause of death was provided, but according to The New York Times, Tutu had been fighting a long battle against prostate cancer.

          Tutu was ordained an Anglican priest in 1961, consecrated a bishop in 1975, and installed as archbishop of Cape Town in 1986. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his nonviolent activism in the anti-apartheid movement.

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          • https://news.yahoo.com/sarah-wedding...hssrp_catchall

            Sarah Weddington, a Texas lawyer who as a 26-year-old successfully argued the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Sunday. She was 76.

            Susan Hays, Weddington’s former student and colleague, said she died in her sleep early Sunday morning at her Austin home. Weddington had been in poor health for some time and it was not immediately clear what caused her death, Hays told The Associated Press.

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            • https://deadline.com/2021/12/jean-ma...ts-1234901961/

              Jean-Marc Vallée has died suddenly at age 58. The Canadian writer, director, editor and producer won Emmy Awards and a DGA Award for Big Little Lies, and was Oscar nominated for directing Dallas Buyers Club, the film that won Oscars for both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. I am still gathering details, but can divulge that he passed away at his cabin outside Quebec City, and that his family and close advisors are in shock.

              Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Vallée began making short films and soon moved into features with his 1995 debut Black List, and his breakthrough came with C.R.A.Z.Y., which won four Genie Awards in Canada, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director for Vallée. After directing The Young Victoria and Cafe de Flore, Vallée really hit his stride with Dallas Buyers Club. Based on the true life tale of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS and given a month to live. The scrappy Woodroof smuggled alternative medicine and drugs that were not approved in the U.S., to help himself and others suffering from AIDS a chance to prolong their lives. This was a worthy project that stalled before Vallée committed. Released in 2013 with McConaughey, Leto and Jennifer Garner starring, the film became a critical darling. Both McConaughey and Leto won Golden Globe Awards, and they repeated those wins at the Oscars, where the film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, with Vallée also receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing under his alias, John Mac McMurphy.

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              • Originally posted by Mister.Weirdo View Post
                https://deadline.com/2021/12/jean-ma...ts-1234901961/

                Jean-Marc Vallée has died suddenly at age 58. The Canadian writer, director, editor and producer won Emmy Awards and a DGA Award for Big Little Lies, and was Oscar nominated for directing Dallas Buyers Club, the film that won Oscars for both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. I am still gathering details, but can divulge that he passed away at his cabin outside Quebec City, and that his family and close advisors are in shock.

                Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Vallée began making short films and soon moved into features with his 1995 debut Black List, and his breakthrough came with C.R.A.Z.Y., which won four Genie Awards in Canada, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director for Vallée. After directing The Young Victoria and Cafe de Flore, Vallée really hit his stride with Dallas Buyers Club. Based on the true life tale of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS and given a month to live. The scrappy Woodroof smuggled alternative medicine and drugs that were not approved in the U.S., to help himself and others suffering from AIDS a chance to prolong their lives. This was a worthy project that stalled before Vallée committed. Released in 2013 with McConaughey, Leto and Jennifer Garner starring, the film became a critical darling. Both McConaughey and Leto won Golden Globe Awards, and they repeated those wins at the Oscars, where the film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, with Vallée also receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing under his alias, John Mac McMurphy.
                This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. If you haven't seen it, stop whatever you're doing and watch it now.
                The pandemic should have ended in the United States in March. You know why it didn't, don't you? Think about that every time you put on a mask.

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                • Originally posted by Trey Strain View Post
                  This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. If you haven't seen it, stop whatever you're doing and watch it now.

                  Dallas Buyers Club
                  (which I did really like) or one of the other five mentioned?

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                  • Originally posted by Space Cop View Post

                    Dallas Buyers Club
                    (which I did really like) or one of the other five mentioned?
                    Dallas Buyers Club. The Oscars it won were richly deserved, and it should have won even more.
                    The pandemic should have ended in the United States in March. You know why it didn't, don't you? Think about that every time you put on a mask.

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                    • Originally posted by Trey Strain View Post
                      Dallas Buyers Club. The Oscars it won were richly deserved, and it should have won even more.
                      It's very touching and made me a fan of the T Rex song "Life Is Strange," which had somehow slipped under my radar before that.

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                      • https://time.com/6131707/wayne-thieb...tist-dies-101/

                        Wayne Thiebaud, whose luscious, colorful paintings of cakes and cityscapes combined sensuousness, nostalgia and a hint of melancholy, has died. He was 101.

                        His death was confirmed in a statement Sunday by his gallery, Acquavella, which didn’t say where or when Thiebaud died.

                        “Even at 101 years old, he still spent most days in the studio, driven by, as he described with his characteristic humility, ‘this almost neurotic fixation of trying to learn to paint,’” the gallery’s statement said.

                        The dean of California painters, Thiebaud drew upon his earlier career as a Disney animator, sign painter and commercial artist.

                        While some took his hot dogs, bakery counters, gum ball machines and candy apples to be examples of pop art, Thiebaud never considered himself to be in the mold of Andy Warhol, and he did not treat his subjects with the irony the pop movement championed.

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                        • https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl-legend-...001516310.html

                          Legendary former NFL legend John Madden dies at 85. If you're into the World of Sports, which I know a lot of people are, this is a pretty big one.

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                          • https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/28/polit...ies/index.html

                            Another pretty important massive death. Former Nevada senator, and US Senate leader Harry Reid has died at 82.

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                            • Originally posted by Mister.Weirdo View Post
                              https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl-legend-...001516310.html

                              Legendary former NFL legend John Madden dies at 85. If you're into the World of Sports, which I know a lot of people are, this is a pretty big one.
                              this was really sad to hear about we even talked about this at work today (RIP)

                              Originally posted by Mister.Weirdo View Post
                              https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/28/polit...ies/index.html

                              Another pretty important massive death. Former Nevada senator, and US Senate leader Harry Reid has died at 82.
                              .......... (yeah i got nothing)

                              IonFan says

                              Ultra-MAGA then, Ultra-MAGA now, ULTRA-MAGA 4EVER (and yes i still support The Great MAGA-King)

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                              • https://www.theguardian.com/music/20...m-dies-aged-76

                                Gary Brooker, the lead singer of the rock band Procol Harum, whose 1967 hit A Whiter Shade of Pale mesmerised baby boomer fans with its psychedelic melancholy, has died at the age of 76.

                                The pianist, composer and lyricist as well as frontman for the band had been treated for cancer. He died peacefully at home at the weekend.

                                A statement on Procol Harum’s website described Brooker as “a brightly shining, irreplaceable light in the music industry”.

                                It added: “Gary exhibited and developed a highly individual talent. His first single with Procol Harum, 1967’s A Whiter Shade of Pale, is widely regarded as defining the ‘summer of love’, yet it could scarcely have been more different from the characteristic records of that era ….
                                Gary Brooker, the lead singer of the rock band Procol Harum, whose 1967 hit A Whiter Shade of Pale mesmerised baby boomer fans with its psychedelic melancholy, has died at the age of 76.

                                The pianist, composer and lyricist as well as frontman for the band had been treated for cancer. He died peacefully at home at the weekend.

                                A statement on Procol Harum’s website described Brooker as “a brightly shining, irreplaceable light in the music industry”.

                                It added: “Gary exhibited and developed a highly individual talent. His first single with Procol Harum, 1967’s A Whiter Shade of Pale, is widely regarded as defining the ‘summer of love’, yet it could scarcely have been more different from the characteristic records of that era ….

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