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Bernie Mac Dies at 50

August 9, 2008

Bernie Mac died today at the age of 50, from complications arising from pneumonia.

I wouldn’t say I was a huge Bernie Mac fan, but I’d seen his show a few times and thought he was very funny. I also liked what he added to movies like the Oceans films and Transformers. He had a unique style and delivery and, in the world of entertainment, he will be missed.

Fire at Universal

June 1, 2008

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a fire broke out at Universal Studios in Burbank, burning through, among other things, Universal’s New York City outdoor set. It’s believed that the fire, fought by 200 firefighters and 2 helicopters, has also damaged or destroyed two other soundstages.

The HR story can be found here:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ie29ff31c80c6e3df68f5c465ee417b07

John Alvin Passes Away

February 8, 2008

Well, kind of a bummer of a “first post” but Wednesday, movie poster artist John Alvin passed away at the age of 59.

Movie poster artists are, like many voice actors, unsung heroes. Their work is often instantly recognizable, yet most people never know their names or faces. I myself had never heard of John Alvin’s name until I read this story, but I certainly knew his work, which included posters for films such as Blade Runner, Gremlins, Blazing Saddles, The Color Purple, Young Frankenstien, Arachnophobia, Cocoon, E.T., The Lost Boys, The Princess Bride, Willow, InnerSpace, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and many, many others.

In addition to his huge success as a movie poster artist, Alvin also created many original artworks based on popular pop culture properties such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

You can learn more about Alvin and his legacy of artwork at the following sites:

The John Alvin Fan Site
Official John Alvin Site
John Alvin’s Wikipedia Entry


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