An amazing and eccentric man passed away. He made me enjoy astronomy so much with his show Sky at night which ran for a full 50 years!
I loved MAD magazine as a young adult and most of my visit back to the magazine was due to the artist Jack Davis, his glorious cover pages and use of colour. It was amazing, sorry to see you go Jack but you did bring a lot of joy to me.
From MAD magazine:
It is with great sadness that we note the passing this morning of long-time legendary MAD artist Jack Davis.
Jack was one of the founding members of MAD Magazine’s “Usual Gang of Idiots.” An enormously gifted and versatile artist, Davis’ work appeared in the very first issue of MAD and virtually every issue over the next four decades.
“There wasn’t anything Jack couldn’t do,” said MAD editor John Ficarra. “Front covers, caricatures, sports scenes, monsters — his comedic range was just incredible. His ability to put energy and motion into his drawings, his use of cross-hatching and brush work, and his bold use of color made him truly one of the greats.”
“More than any one piece, it was Jack’s immediately recognizable style that revolutionized comic illustration,” said MAD art director, Sam Viviano. “There is not a humorous illustrator in the past 50 years who hasn’t been influenced by him.”
Via Mad Magazine
and just enjoy some of his art.
Emmanuelle, which told the story of a sexually promiscuous housewife, spawned numerous sequels and played in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees for 11 years.
Released in 1974, the soft-focus French film was one of the first erotic movies to be shown in mainstream cinemas.
Kristel herself attributed its success to the changing censorship laws of the era.
“In a lot of countries the light went on, and that contributed very much to the success,” she said.
In the UK, however, the film was eventually given the restricted X-rating, having suffered heavy cuts. The unedited version did not appear in the country until 2007.
Kristel went on to star in several Emmanuelle sequels, as well as more mainstream films – many of which, like Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Mata Hari, played on her reputation as an erotic film star.
via BBC News
I’m sad to hear that Clarence ‘Big Man’ Clemons passed away tonight. I am a huge fan of his sax and music. Clemons’ solos on songs like “Jungleland” and “Born to Run” were quintessential rock ’n’ roll sax rides. He played on scores of records, including Aretha Franklin’s “Who’s Zooming Who,” Twisted Sister’s “Come Out and Play” and Roy Orbison’s comeback “King of Hearts.”
Just an amazing musician, you’ll be missed C.
“The universe is there to give you what you want,” Clemons told All Access about his multifaceted success. “You just need to be there to get it.”
Leslie Nielsen is best known for playing bumbling cop Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun series and the doctor in Airplane! who hated being called Shirley.
Yet the Canadian actor spent nearly 30 years playing it straight in hundreds of film and television productions before he became a cult comedy figure.
In 1956 he went to Hollywood to make a film, The Vagabond King, with Casablanca director Michael Curtiz.
The movie, which he dubbed “The Vagabond Turkey”, flopped. But MGM still signed him to a seven-year contract which saw him appear in sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet.
Tall and prematurely white-haired, Nielsen began a long career playing villains, cowboys, doctors and officials in films like Beau Geste, Gunfight in Abilene and The Poseidon Adventure.
In 1980, the star was cast as the doctor in Airplane!, a spoof disaster film that launched him into comedy.
His role as Dr Rumack saw him deliver inane non-sequiturs with a straight face, as well as utter his most famous phrase.
My favourite Leslie Nielsen quotes:
Rumack: You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.
Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it?
Rumack: It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.
Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
Ted Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.
Rumack: I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.
Frank: That’s the red-light district. I wonder why Savage is hanging around down there.
Ed: Sex, Frank?
Frank: Uh, no, not right now, Ed.
Mayor: Now Drebin, I don’t want any trouble like you had on the South Side last year, that’s my policy.
Frank: Well, when I see five weirdos, dressed in togas, stabbing a man in the middle of the park in full view of a hundred people, I shoot the bastards, that’s *my* policy!
Mayor: That was a Shakespeare-In-The-Park production of ‘Julius Caesar,’ you moron! You killed five actors! Good ones!
Rest in Peace Leslie Nielsen 1926-2010.
Bastard Type has a really good blog about Leslie, see below:
Probably many people who come around to this blog doesn’t know who this guy is, I am a huge fan of this kinda music. Eddie Fisher passed away at 82 on wednesday, some great songs was sung by him like "Thinking of you", "Oh my papa" etc but also it seems he was a proper chic magnet as well, married to Debbie Reynolds (2 kids, one of whom is the Princess Leia herself), Liz Taylor and Connie Stevens. All top notch gorgeous girls in their heydays…
O’Donnell’s catsuit-wearing Modesty, who fought a host of villains with her sidekick Willie Garvin, first appeared as a daily strip in the Evening Standard in 1963. The strips ran for almost 40 years, with O’Donnell also writing a series of novels starring his ass-kicking heroine, dubbed the "high priestess of pulp crime".
With fans including Neil Gaiman and Quentin Tarantino, O’Donnell revealed on his website that the proudest moment of his career was a letter he received from Kingsley Amis, in which the Lucky Jim author thanked and congratulated him for the Modesty Blaise books. "They are endlessly fascinating," wrote Amis. "I read them all for the second time recently when laid low by a very depressing bout of flu, and I’m sure they did quite as much as the doctor did to put me on my feet again."
This was my favourite comic when I was a kid and still have loads of the magazines around to read, great spy and thriller reading. Thank you so much Mr O’Donnell for all the happiness you have given me…