Character actor Kumar Pallana, a regular in Wes Anderson's movies, passed away yesterday at the age of 94. Pallana appeared in scene stealing roles in four of Anderson's movies: as Kumar the safecracker in Bottle Rocket, excited janitor Mr. LittleJeans in Rushmore, Gene Hackman's sidekick/valet Pagoda in The Royal Tenenbaums, and in a less memorable part as an old man on a train in The Darjeeling Limited. Pallana transitioned into acting at the age of 76 when he met Wes Anderson and co-writer Owen Wilson at a coffee shop owned by his son, and they insisted on casting him in a small part in their first movie, Bottle Rocket. [...]
Beloved comedian Jonathan Winters has passed away at the age of 87. TMZ reports that Winters died in Montecito, California, yesterday evening, surrounded by friends and family. Winters, renowned for his stand-up act that showcased his brilliant, rapid-fire improvisational abilities and knack for character work, inspired a ton of comedians who followed in his footsteps, including Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Johnny Carson, Lily Tomlin, Andy Kaufman, Amy Sedaris, and countless others. In addition to releasing a string of popular albums, two of which won him Grammys, the late comedian had an impressive resume of movie and TV credits. Although he amassed hundreds of TV and movie credits, Winters is perhaps best [...]
It made me sad looking over the list of all the great people we lost in 2010, and I really don’t want to have to do it again. Here’s an agreement, me and you: if you promise not to kill anyone else funny between now and the New Year, which would mean this post would be out-of-date and would require me to feel bad for not paying more respect to said funny person’s life while they were still alive, I promise to only listen to songs by Grim Reaper for all of January, including “Lord of Darkness (Your Living Hell).” Kapeesh?
On a personal note: you’re doing [...]