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Jonathan Demme, 1944 – 2017

Among great film directors, there were none whose artistry was more humane than Jonathan Demme. Other filmmakers revel in the form, spinning visual wonders and engaging in dynamic editing in restless attempts to embed their personality on the screen. Demme

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John Hurt, 1940 – 2017

“When I say that acting is just a rather more sophisticated way of playing cowboys and Indians, it’s my way of trying to quash all the pretentious crap that’s said about acting. What I mean is, if you pretend well

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Carrie Fisher, 1956 – 2016

Generationally, my appreciation for Carrie Fisher is supposed to begin with Star Wars. Only her second feature film appearance, following a sharp debut in Hal Ashby’s Shampoo, her turn as Princess Leia Organa in George Lucas’s space saga earned her

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Muhammad Ali, 1942 – 2016

“I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want to be.” –Muhammad Ali   My grandmother once told me she didn’t root for Muhammad Ali in every bout he fought, but

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Prince Rogers Nelson, 1958 – 2016

Were I to write about any other topic today, it would seem strange. Even so, I don’t feel I have anything true and proper and unique to contribute to the conversation. So I’ll defer to Prince himself, who got the

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Garry Shandling, 1949 – 2016

When I suggest that boxing, like comedy, is about rhythm, he nods. “My trainer, Dave Paul, he said, ‘G’—he calls me G—he said, ‘G, you have an unusual rhythm of your own that’s sort of, uh, no rhythm whatsoever. And

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David Bowie, 1947 – 2016

“TOMORROW BELONGS TO THOSE WHO CAN HEAR IT COMING” Fittingly, it is unreal, like an elaborate ruse. In my heart, it is simply another strange, challenging expression of restless artistry. David Bowie always had an otherworldly authority to him, even aside

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