Pioneering Hollywood casting director Lynn Stalmaster dies
FILE - In this April 10, 2014, file photo, Lynn Stalmaster arrives at the TCM Classic Film Festival's Opening Night Gala in Los Angeles. Lynn Stalmaster, the Oscar-winning casting director whose eye for talent helped launch the careers of John Travolta, Christopher Reeve, Richard Dreyfuss and many other actors, has died. Bang /Invision/AP, File)Lynn Stalmaster, the Oscar-winning casting director whose eye for talent helped launch the careers of John Travolta, Christopher Reeve, Richard Dreyfuss and many other actors, has died. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had long resisted giving special recognition to casting directors and Stalmaster was brought to tears. He was an apprentice to a pair of TV producers who made him their casting director.
'Brian's Song,' 'Roots,' 'Purple Rain' writer dies at 83
LOS ANGELES – William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song” and “Roots” and the Prince film “Purple Rain,” has died. Blinn died Thursday of natural cases at an assisting living community in Burbank, California, his daughter, Anneliese Johnson, said Saturday. He won Emmy and Peabody honors for the 1971 TV movie “Brian's Song," which dramatized the friendship of Chicago Bears players Brian Piccolo and Gayle Sayers. Last month, Hall of Fame running back Sayers died at age 77. Blinn and Albert Magnoli wrote 1984′s “Purple Rain,” which Magnoli directed.
Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77
FILE - This is a 1970 file photo showing Chicago Bears football player Gale Sayers. Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, who made his mark as one of the NFLs best all-purpose running backs and was later celebrated for his enduring friendship with a Chicago Bears teammate with cancer, has died. (AP Photo/FIle)CHICAGO – Gale Sayers, the dazzling and elusive running back who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite the briefest of careers and whose fame extended far beyond the field for decades thanks to a friendship with a dying Chicago Bears teammate, has died. Nicknamed “The Kansas Comet” and considered among the best open-field runners the game has ever seen, Sayers died Wednesday, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “I played football a long time and I never saw a better football player than Gale Sayers,” said Hall of Fame tight end Mike Ditka, Sayers’ teammate from 1965-66.
Olivia de Havilland embodied old Hollywood, and shook it up
Olivia de Havilland, Oscar-winning actress has died, aged 104 in Paris, publicist says Sunday July 26, 2020. Fans and actors alike owe much to de Havilland, the Oscar-winning performer who became, almost literally, a law unto herself. De Havilland, who died Sunday at 104, was one of the last survivors of Hollywoods so-called Golden Age. De Havilland died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Paris, publicist Lisa Goldberg said. Flynn was a compulsive womanizer even by Hollywood standards, but de Havilland insisted that her bond with the dashing actor remained, somehow, platonic.
More people are pirating movies during the coronavirus lockdown
From left, Salvatore Corsitto as Bonasera, James Caan as Santino Sonny Corleone and Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in the film The Godfather.Streaming services have seen a major surge in subscriber growth during the coronavirus pandemic, but the outbreak is also driving more people to use pirated movie websites. New data from Muso, a piracy tracking firm, found that during the last seven days of March, there was a 43% spike in Americans visiting sites that pirate movies compared with the last seven days of February. "This unprecedented increase in visits to online film piracy sites in the last week of March reveals that as more countries enforced lockdown and required citizens to self-isolate, demand for content via piracy grew exponentially," the company said in a statement. Notably, Italy, which went under lockdown orders on March 9, saw visits to piracy sites spike 66%.cnbc.com