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    Rather ungracious... red in the mail.
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    My favorite Heston flicks

    One of the all time "film noir" greats where he played opposite Orson Wells.A Touch of Evil
    And a weird old scifi thriller Soylent Green

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    BTW... Heston was one of the early supporters of the Civil Rights movement, and reportedly was part of a Martin Luther King, Jr. march in 1963. Bet you Nattering Nabobs (& you know who you are) didn't know that, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallalai View Post
    Can you figure that once upon in a time firearms did'nt exist
    Sure, clubs and machetes work just as well. Or bash kids' heads against a tree. Look at them rebel armies that saved bullets and just hacked or bashed their victims to death. Or buried them alive.
    I don't need a gun in the city, but if I lived back on the farm, dam right I'd have a gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    BTW... Heston was one of the early supporters of the Civil Rights movement, and reportedly was part of a Martin Luther King, Jr. march in 1963. Bet you Nattering Nabobs (& you know who you are) didn't know that, eh?
    So what turned him into a gun fascist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    BTW... Heston was one of the early supporters of the Civil Rights movement, and reportedly was part of a Martin Luther King, Jr. march in 1963. Bet you Nattering Nabobs (& you know who you are) didn't know that, eh?
    So what turned him into a gun fascist?

    Belief in the right to bear arms and the belief in the civil rights movement are not mutually exclusive.

    If one believes in the right to bear arms does not mean they believe you have to use them to seek out other rights you believe in.
    "Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion" - Steven Weinberg

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    TV’s ‘Laugh-In’ Comic Dick Martin Dies At 86
    May 25, 2008



    Dan Rowan, left, and Dick Martin on Laugh-In
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    LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Dick Martin, the zany half of the comedy team whose “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” took television by storm in the 1960s, making stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and creating such national catch-phrases as “Sock it to me!” has died. He was 86.

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    RIP.

    At that time, the Laugh-in-Show made my day.

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    Goldie Hawn gave me some of my first erections

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    Every time Goldie said, "I don't get it!", didn't you want to respond with, "It's okay, baby"?

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    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack, who achieved commercial and critical success with the gender-bending comedy "Tootsie" and the period drama "Out of Africa, has died. He was 73.

    Sydney Pollack's notable films include "Out of Africa," "Tootsie" and "The Way We Were."

    Pollack died of cancer Monday afternoon at his home in Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, said agent Leslee Dart.

    Pollack, who occasionally appeared on the screen himself, worked with and gained the respect of Hollywood's best actors in a long career that reached prominence in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Last fall, he played Marty Bach opposite George Clooney in "Michael Clayton," which Pollack also co-produced. The film received seven Oscar nominations, including best picture and a best actor nod for Clooney.

    In recent years, Pollack produced many independent films with filmmaker Anthony Minghella and a production company Mirage Enterprises.

    Pollack's biggest success was the 1985 film "Out of Africa" starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, which won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.

    Pollack's other notable films include the comedy "Tootsie" starring Dustin Hoffman and the romantic film "The Way We Were," which paired Redford and Barbra Streisand.

    The Lafayette, Indiana, native was born to first-generation Russian-Americans.
    In high school, he fell in love with theater, a passion that prompted him forgo college and move to New York and enroll in the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater.

    Studying under Sanford Meisner, Pollack spent several years cutting his teeth in various areas of theater, eventually becoming Meisner's assistant.After appearing in a handful of Broadway productions in the 1950s, Pollack turned his eye to directing.

    Pollack is survived by his wife, Claire; two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel; his brother Bernie; and six grandchildren.
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    Fashion king Saint Laurent dies


    Yves Saint Laurent was a major name in 20th Century fashion


    Yves Saint Laurent, considered by many as the greatest fashion designer of the 20th Century, has died in Paris at the age of 71.
    Saint Laurent changed the face of the fashion industry when he became chief designer of the House of Dior at 21.
    He designed clothes that reflected women's changing role in society: more confident personally, sexually and in the work-place.
    He retired from haute couture in 2002 and had been ill for some time. Saint Laurent died on Sunday evening in the French capital, the Pierre-Berge-Saint Laurent Foundation announced. Pierre Berge, the designer's former business and personal partner, said he had died at his home after a long illness. He did not give details.

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    Rock pioneer Bo Diddley dies at age 79

    By RON WORD – 2 hours ago
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll whose distinctive "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79.
    Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla., spokeswoman Susan Clary said. He had suffered a heart attack in August, three months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa. Doctors said the stroke affected his ability to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.



    The Associated Press: Rock pioneer Bo Diddley dies at age 79


    An inspiration to many other living legends who followed in his footsteps

    RIP

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    DeBakey dies at 99

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    -- Dr. Michael DeBakey, the world-famous cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered such now-common procedures as bypass surgery and invented a host of devices to help heart patients, died Friday night at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, officials announced. He was 99.

    DeBakey died from "natural causes," according to a written statement issued early Saturday by spokesmen for Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital.

    DeBakey underwent surgery in February 2006 for a damaged aorta -- a procedure he had developed.

    DeBakey counted world leaders among his patients and helped turn Baylor College of Medicine in Houston from a provincial school into one of the nation's great medical institutions.

    "Dr. DeBakey's reputation brought many people into this institution, and he treated them all: heads of state, entertainers, businessmen and presidents, as well as people with no titles and no means," said Ron Girotto, president of The Methodist Hospital System.


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    Tony Snow, R.I.P.




    After a long bout with colon cancer, Tony passed away at age 53.
    One of the best political commentators in recent memory and a fine gentleman too.

    Michelle Malkin Tony Snow, R.I.P.

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    Actor, comedian and exasperated dad Mac dies at 50
    By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer Sat Aug 9, 4:25 PM ET


    Bernie Mac blended style, authority and a touch of self-aware bluster to make audiences laugh as well as connect with him. For Mac, who died Saturday at age 50, it was a winning mix, delivering him from a poor childhood to stardom as a standup comedian, in films including the casino heist caper "Ocean's Eleven" and his acclaimed sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show."
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    Though his comedy drew on tough experiences as a black man, he had mainstream appeal — befitting inspiration he found in a wide range of humorists: Harpo Marx as well as Moms Mabley; squeaky-clean Red Skelton, but also the raw Redd Foxx.
    Mac died Saturday morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital, his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles. She said no other details were available.
    "The world just got a little less funny," said "Oceans" co-star George Clooney.
    Don Cheadle, another member of the "Oceans" gang, concurred: "This is a very sad day for many of us who knew and loved Bernie. He brought so much joy to so many. He will be missed, but heaven just got funnier."
    Mac suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease.
    Recently, Mac's brand of comedy caught him flack when he was heckled during a surprise appearance at a July fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate and fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama.
    Toward the end of a 10-minute standup routine, Mac joked about menopause, sexual infidelity and promiscuity, and used occasional crude language. Obama took the stage about 15 minutes later, implored Mac to "clean up your act next time," then let him off the hook, adding: "By the way, I'm just messing with you, man."
    Even so, Obama's campaign later issued a rebuke, saying the senator "doesn't condone these statements and believes what was said was inappropriate."
    But despite controversy or difficulties, in his words, Mac was always a performer.
    "Wherever I am, I have to play," he said in 2002. "I have to put on a good show."
    Mac worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago's South Side. He began doing standup as a child, telling jokes for spare change on subways, and his film career started with a small role as a club doorman in the Damon Wayans comedy "Mo' Money" in 1992. In 1996, he appeared in the Spike Lee drama "Get on the Bus."
    He was one of "The Original Kings of Comedy" in the 2000 documentary of that title that brought a new generation of black standup comedy stars to a wider audience.
    "The majority of his core fan base will remember that when they paid their money to see Bernie Mac ... he gave them their money's worth," Steve Harvey, one of his co-stars in "Original Kings," told CNN on Saturday.
    Mac went on to star in the hugely popular "Ocean's Eleven" franchise with Brad Pitt and George Clooney, playing a gaming-table dealer who was in on the heist. Carl Reiner, who also appeared in the "Ocean's" films, said Saturday he was "in utter shock" because he thought Mac's health was improving.
    "He was just so alive," Reiner said. "I can't believe he's gone."
    Mac and Ashton Kutcher topped the box office in 2005's "Guess Who," a comedy remake of the classic Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn drama "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" Mac played the dad who's shocked that his daughter is marrying a white man.

    Mac also had starring roles in "Bad Santa," "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" and "Transformers."
    But his career and comic identity were forged in television.
    In the late 1990s, he had a recurring role in "Moesha," the UPN network comedy starring pop star Brandy. The critical and popular acclaim came after he landed his own Fox television series "The Bernie Mac Show," about a child-averse couple who suddenly are saddled with three children.
    Mac mined laughs from the universal frustrations of parenting, often breaking the "fourth wall" to address the camera throughout the series that aired from 2001 to 2006. "C'mon, America," implored Mac, in character as the put-upon dad. "When I say I wanna kill those kids, YOU know what I mean."
    The series won a Peabody Award in 2002, and Mac was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy. In real life, he was "the king of his household" — very much like his character on that series, his daughter, Je'niece Childress, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
    "But television handcuffs you, man," he said in a 2001 Associated Press interview before the show had premiered. "Now everyone telling me what I CAN'T do, what I CAN say, what I SHOULD do, and asking, `Are blacks gonna be mad at you? Are whites gonna accept you?'"
    He also was nominated for a Grammy award for best comedy album in 2001 along with his "The Original Kings of Comedy" co-stars Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric The Entertainer.
    Chicago music producer Carolyn Albritton said she was Bernie Mac's first manager, having met him in 1991 at Chicago's Cotton Club where she hosted an open-mike night. He was an immediate hit, Albritton said Saturday, and he asked her to help guide his career.
    "From very early on I thought he was destined for success," Albritton said. "He never lost track of where he came from, and he'd often use real life experiences, his family, his friends, in his routine. After he made it, he stayed a very humble man. His family was the most important thing in the world to him."
    In 2007, Mac told David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" that he planned to retire soon.
    "I'm going to still do my producing, my films, but I want to enjoy my life a little bit," Mac told Letterman. "I missed a lot of things, you know. I was a street performer for two years. I went into clubs in 1977."
    Mac was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough on Oct. 5, 1957, in Chicago. He grew up on the city's South Side, living with his mother and grandparents. His grandfather was the deacon of a Baptist church.
    In his 2004 memoir, "Maybe You Never Cry Again," Mac wrote about having a poor childhood — eating bologna for dinner — and a strict, no-nonsense upbringing.
    "I came from a place where there wasn't a lot of joy," Mac told the AP in 2001. "I decided to try to make other people laugh when there wasn't a lot of things to laugh about."
    Mac's mother died of cancer when he was 16. In his book, Mac said she was a support for him and told him he would surprise everyone when he grew up.
    "Woman believed in me," he wrote. "She believed in me long before I believed."
    Mac's death Saturday coincided with the annual Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago, a major event in the predominantly black South Side that the comedian had previously attended.
    "It's truly the passing of one of our favorite sons," said Paula Robinson, president of the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area. "He was extremely innovative in putting his life experiences in comedic form and doing it without vulgarity.
    "He was an ambassador of Chicago's black community, and the national black community at large."
    ___ Associated Press writers F.N. D'Alessio, Daniel J. Yovich, Caryn Rousseau and Carla K. Johnson in Chicago contributed to this report

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    Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who exposed Stalin's prison system in his novels and spent 20 years in exile, has died near Moscow at the age of 89.

    The author of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, who returned to Russia in 1994, died of either a stroke or heart failure.
    The Nobel laureate had suffered from high blood pressure in recent years. After returning to Russia, Solzhenitsyn wrote several polemics on Russian history and identity...


    Solzhenitsyn served as a Soviet artillery officer in World War II and was decorated for his courage but in 1945 was denounced for criticising Stalin in a letter. He spent the next eight years in the Soviet prison system, or Gulag, before being internally exiled to Kazakhstan, where he was successfully treated for stomach cancer.
    Publication in 1962 of the novella Denisovich, an account of a day in a Gulag prisoner's life, made him a celebrity during the post-Stalin political thaw.

    However, within a decade, the writer awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize for Literature was out of favour again for his work, and was being harassed by the KGB secret police.
    In 1973, the first of the three volumes of Archipelago, a detailed account of the systematic Soviet abuses from 1918 to 1956 in the vast network of its prison and labour camps, was published in the West.
    Its publication sparked a furious backlash in the Soviet press, which denounced him as a traitor. Early in 1974, the Soviet authorities stripped him of his citizenship and expelled him from the country.
    BBC NEWS | Europe | Alexander Solzhenitsyn dies at 89

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    JOHN NORMAN


    The cricketing world owes a huge debt to John Norman for his dedication to duty 40 years ago. For, despite having been told by the producers of Grandstand to shut down the cameras at the Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire county championship cricket match at St Helen's, Swansea on 31 August 1968, he kept them rolling.
    Rather than take the easy option of having a cup of tea, Norman and one of his cameramen, John Lewis, decided to focus on the great West Indies all-rounder Garry Sobers, at the crease for Notts.
    The game appeared to be going nowhere that Saturday afternoon until Sobers decided to make his mark in history. Five minutes of mayhem ensued and arguably cricket's most viewed and highly prized piece of film was captured.
    Having broadcast some of the game to BBC Wales viewers earlier in the day, one of the production team from the BBC's flagship sports programme, Grandstand, had rung Norman at 4.45pm to say the camera and commentary crew could "stand down".
    "We were told to go home by Grandstand, but John Lewis, the cameraman and a keen cricketer, asked if we could keep the camera running because he wanted to take a look at Sobers through a fixed lens," Norman recalled. "I rang Derek Griffin, the recording engineer in Cardiff, and told him to switch the tape on, just in case. It was all really a chapter of accidents."
    The rest, as they say, is history. Malcolm Nash got thrashed all over Swansea as Sobers became the first man in cricketing history to hit six sixes in an over. The final shot went out of the ground and it didn't take long for the news to travel. "Fifteen minutes after it was all over, the Grandstand producer who had told us to stand down rang back and begged me not to spill the beans," Norman said.
    The film that Norman and Lewis had shot, voiced by the commentator Wilf Wooller, made the national news and by the next day had been sold to 15 countries around the world. The bat that Sobers used that day was sold at auction in Australia for 54,257 in 2000, the ball that flew out of the ground for his sixth six raised 26,400 at Christie's in London two years ago and the current going rate to use the five-minute film at the BBC Wales archive is 18,000.
    Born in Cardiff in 1928, Norman was a real-life "Sporting Sam" who became a Nigerian rugby international in the late Fifties when sent by the BBC to work as Head of Nigerian Broadcasting. He had joined the BBC in Cardiff as an engineer shortly after leaving the RAF in 1955. He had an electrical qualification and went through every engineering department learning every facet of broadcasting.
    But sport was his great passion and he spent time in London working on Match of the Day and Grandstand, alongside the great commentators, David Coleman, Kenneth Wolstenholme and Harry Carpenter. He eventually returned to become an assistant producer within the newly created Sport Wales department in Cardiff and was responsible for bringing many sports to air, including baseball and bowls.
    A dedicated follower of the fortunes of Old Illtydians RFC in Cardiff, he retired from the BBC in the late Eighties but was always in demand for freelance work.
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    John Norman, television producer: born Cardiff 26 December 1928; married; died Groes-faen, Rhondda Cynon Taff 29 July 2008.

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    reg linsey last week [aussie country/western singer]
    isaac hayes has now passsed also..
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    Isaac Hayes is Dead

    Mr Chocolate Salty Balls is dead.
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    Pity he was a Scientologist though, but whatever, RIP.

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    British-born Australian singer Christie Allen, one of the pop sensations of the Countdown era, has died following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
    Her death, at her home in country Western Australia early on Tuesday, was announced in a statement by her former promoter, Mushroom Records founder Michael Gudinski.
    Born in Britain in 1954, Allen shifted to Perth with her family and was signed to Mushroom Records by Gudinski in the late 1970s.
    She had three top 20 singles in the Australian charts in 1979 and 1980 - Falling In Love, Goosebumps and He's My Number One - and followed up with a gold album, Magic Rhythm.


    almost famous, hot in her day though

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    Don LaFontaine voiced more than 5,000 movie trailers during his 33-year career.


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    Floyd founder Wright dies at 65


    Wright wrote songs on albums including Dark Side Of The Moon


    Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Richard Wright has died at the age of 65 from cancer.
    The group released their first record in 1967 with Wright appearing alongside lead guitarist Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason. Dave Gilmour joined the band at the start of 1968 while Barrett left the group shortly afterwards. Wright penned songs on albums including Dark Side Of The Moon as well as Wish You Were Here.

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    Movie legend Paul Newman dies.

    Hollywood movie legend Paul Newman has died at the age of 83, his spokeswoman has confirmed.
    Marni Tomljanovic said the blue-eyed star of films like Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid died on Friday of cancer. She gave no further details.
    Newman was nominated for an Oscar 10 times, winning a best actor trophy in 1987 for The Color Of Money.
    In May 2007, he said he was giving up acting because he could no longer perform to the best of his ability.
    "I'm not able to work any more... at the level that I would want to," he told US broadcaster ABC.
    "I was always a character actor - I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood


    Paul Newman

    "You start to lose your memory, you start to lose your confidence, you start to lose your invention.
    "So I think that's pretty much a closed book for me."
    Earlier this year, he pulled out of directing a stage production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in Connecticut because of unspecified health problems.
    At the time, he denied reports that he was suffering from cancer, and issued a statement that said he was "doing nicely".
    Hit films
    The star won a total of three Oscars

    Although his handsome looks and piercing blue eyes made him an ideal romantic lead, Newman often played rebels, tough guys and losers.
    "I was always a character actor," he once said. "I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood."
    He appeared in some 60 movies, including Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Hustler, The Sting and Hud.
    In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood - including Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall and Tom Hanks.
    He also appeared with his wife, Joanne Woodward, in several films including Long Hot Summer and Paris Blues. In addition, he directed her in movies such as Rachel, Rachel and The Glass Menagerie.
    But his most famous screen partner was undoubtedly Robert Redford, his sidekick in both Butch Cassidy and The Sting.
    In addition to his Academy Award for best actor, he was given an honorary Oscar in 1986 "in recognition of his many and memorable compelling screen performances and for his personal integrity and dedication to his craft."
    In 1994, he won a third Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, for his charitable work. Newman's last film role was as the voice of Doc Hudson, one of the most famous racing cars in history, in the Pixar animation Cars.

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