Pittsburgh, PA: Most noted as the first zombie of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, camera assistant turned actor Bill Hinzman passed away Sunday at his Darlington, Pa. home due to complications with cancer. He was 75. His daughter, Heidi Hinzman, recently broke the news to the public. She later explained that Hinzman wished to be cremated. “He always joked if he got buried he would come back.” Unfortunately that joke became more a reality than anyone could believe.
Kid Rock, former musical…well, pop-culture…hrm. Kid Rock, that white guy who used to yell “Bawitaba” incessantly while dirt-bikes did jumps over his head, once saved a hometown clothing line, “Made In Detroit”, from bankruptcy. Irony, however, has a crude sense of humor
Los Angeles, CA: After two month’s of separation and a month of divorce proceedings, “Death Cab for Cutie” frontman Ben Gibbard is planning to say goodbye to Zooey Deschanel the only way he knows how: playing and singing depressing songs, starting in April.
I am not a big fan of Dirty Dancing. Sure, Jennifer Grey was one of my “just turned adolescent” fantasies thanks to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I don’t know if it was her “just rolled out of bed” perm, those eternally angry facial expressions that just scream sexiness, or that slick peach trench-coat of a sweater she wore, but it worked for me. Dirty Dancing, on the other hand, turned Jennifer Grey into an oblivious upper-middle class princess that looked closer to 9 than 19. Add that to the fact that this was a dancing movie, and I wasn’t much of a dancer. Ever.
New York, NY: For 40 years, Dick Clark has been a staple of the New Year’s Eve celebration as his New Year’s Rockin Eve show played in a majority of East Coast homes in the United States as both a party backdrop and as a timer for the new year. Clark’s legacy seemed unending, almost immortal, as he survived American Bandstand, Pyramid, a lip-synch performance by Miami Sound Machine, and, finally, a stroke. Finally the truth came out during New Year’s Rockin Eve 2012, as footage of Ryan Seacrest showed that the perpetually 24 year old celebrity seemed to have aged at least 20 years since last year’s festivities.
Hollywood, CA: Heralded as one of the best dramatic horror series since HBO’s Carnivale by absolutely no-one and ABC’s Dark Shadows by co-creator Ryan Murphy, American Horror Story seemed poised to help create a solid foundation for the television genre with help from AMC’s The Walking Dead. The combination of ghost story, adultery, and Jessica Lange was a cohesive equation, which was proven by way of Golden Globe nominations. It was in the final episodes, however, that the series took a turn for the overly dramatic…
Los Angeles, CA: When it comes to Lindsay Lohan being naked, few things can surprise the masses. This is, in part, due to the many paparazzi photos that seem to catch female celebrities in just that right moment, whether it be by use of a camera’s burst mode as she leaves a car, or as she walks into a coffee house to get a vanilla latte while topless.
Los Angeles, CA: Controversial stand-up comic Patrice O’Neal, well-known for his comedy on stage as well as on the radio, was recently forced to give up on another one of his cleaner jokes when he passed away this morning due to complications of a stroke that he suffered last month.
Los Angeles, CA: Many actors and actresses engulf themselves in their characters in order to bring a certain base of believability that the audience can start from in film or television. Adrien Brody practiced the piano 4 hours a day and sold all of his possessions for The Pianist. Al Pacino pulled over truck drivers to prepare himself for Serpico. Keanu Reeves became a burnt-out air guitar-playing pop culture teenager for Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and never looked back. Recently, Ashton Kutcher began his own method of character-acting in order to replace Charlie Sheen in the television series, Two and a Half Men.
New York, NY: With the release of PEOPLE Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” cover, there seemed to be little conflict with the choice of Bradley Cooper. Handsome, successful, popular, the star of the “Hangover” movies seemed an easy choice for the general public. Unfortunately, not everyone agreed, as an overwhelming amount of Clint Howard fans took to social networking sites after Wednesday’s announcement.