John Hughes, 1950-2009

One of the people who made the 1980s such a great decade (at least for me) passed away suddenly on August 6. This loss is tragic, but we actually lost Hughes cinematically more than two decades ago. Beginning with National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) (which he wrote), John Hughes wrote, directed, or produced some of the […]

Paul Newman, 1925-2008

The first modern movie star and one of the last surviving Hollywood legends, Paul Newman, died today of cancer at the age of 83. Aside from his awesome talent, matinee idol looks, and renowned philanthropy, Newman’s greatest legacy is the longevity of his career. The fact that he is as familiar to moviegoers from the […]

Cyd Charisse (1921-2008)

Unfortunately, actress-dancer Cyd Charisse, the last survivor of the golden age of the Hollywood musical died yesterday at the age of 86.¬† Charisse added her own brand of class and sex to such classics as Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon, and Silk Stockings, paired in each film either with Fred Astaire or Gene […]