Veteran actress Eileen Brennan, best known for her roles in Private Benjamin, The Sting and The Last Picture Show, has died. Brennan passed away Sunday of bladder cancer according to reports. She was 80.
Brennan received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role as the tough Captain Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin opposite Goldie Hawn. She also reprised the role for the CBS TV adaptation, winning an Emmy and Golden Globe for her performance. Brennan made her feature film debut in 1967′s Divorce American Style.
Her most memorable film roles include brothel madam Billie in George Roy Hill’s Oscar-winning 1973 film The Sting and Mrs. Peacock in 1985′s Clue.
She has always been one of the funniest women around. Private Benjamin, Clue, and Murder By Death (which also has Maggie Smith in it) are my favorite comedic roles of hers and they make me howl every time I see them.
If you haven't seen all three of these movies...you must!
Here is one of my all-time favorite clips of hers from Clue....
She will definitely be missed, but very fondly remembered.
FStoppers recently featured this really interesting series of photographs by Tom Hussey called "Reflections" that shows a variety of elderly subjects looking into a mirror and seeing their younger selves looking back.
They are really beautifully shot and make me feel simultaneously happy and sad...
Todrick Hall, the mastermind behind viral videos such as Mean Gurlz and Beauty and the Beat, is back again. And this time he's created an a cappella pop medley video inspired by the famous 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The a cappella group Pentatonix collaborated on the video. Their inimitable style — five-part harmonies layered over group member Kevin Olusola's beatboxing — helped the group win first place in the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off.
But "The Wizard of Ahhhs" doesn't simply cover the movie's iconic tunes like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Instead, Hall features songs from Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You" to Miley Cyrus's "Can't Be Tamed." Even viral hit "Shoes" (Lyrics: "Shoes. Let's get some shoes.") makes an appearance. And keep an eye out for Hall, who makes a cameo as Oz himself.
Any video that references the video "Shoes" is okay in my book.
For those of you who haven't seen it before...enjoy.
Cory Monteith, who played heart throb Finn Hudson in the Fox hit "Glee," was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday, police said. He was 31. Monteith spent time in rehab this year, checking into a drug addiction treatment facility in late March.
He had been frank about his struggles with substance abuse, telling Parade magazine in 2011 that he began using drugs at 13, and by 19 went into rehab after his mother and friends intervened.
It's always sad when someone passes, but especially a shame when someone so young and at the height of their career is suddenly taken by, most likely, their addiction to drugs.
Someone made a great compilation of every reference to "coffee" and "pie" that Agent Cooper made during the series Twin Peaks.
It's oddly entertaining.
God, I miss that show.
Also, for fans of the show, here is a great half-hour interview that David Lynch put together for the DVD that reunited him with two of the cast members (including Kyle MacLachlin) and his associate producer in a diner to discuss their experiences on the series.
I would likely consider this a relationship-ender....
Just for the Hell of it, prankster James Williams says he wanted to see what would happen if he convinced his girlfriend that the creepy little girl from "The Ring" was crawling out of their television set. So Williams spent weeks designing and constructing a believable puppet replica of Samara which had working arms that could be manipulated from afar.
He then waited for his much better half to fall asleep in front of the TV, and attached his masterpiece to the screen.
She should have throat-punched her BF and then beat him senseless with that thing he put on the TV.