Looks like Venkman and Ray might be Ghostbusting Spengler if there's ever another Ghostbusters movie - as co-writer and star Harold Ramis has passed away, aged 69. He also directed all-time classic Groundhog Day, National Lampoon's Vacation and Caddyshack ... plus less-than-classic Multiplicity.
Shocked to hear of the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Dude, that had not occured to us.
Legendary author Elmore Leonard has died, aged 87. As well as being an author, Leonard has penned many film scripts all the way back to the 50s - including Joe Kidd and Mr. Majestyck. He saw a bit of a revival in the 90s with movies like Out of Sight, Jackie Brown and Get Shorty being made from his material. Recently he's seen a lot of success as the creator of Justified's leading character - Raylan Givens.
Do yourself a favour and read a copy of Tishomingo Blues.
Skeleton warriors will never battle stop-motion dinosaurs again. RIP Ray Harryhausen
While filming a routine stop and search of her boyfriend on the London Underground, Gemma suddenly found herself detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest.
Act of Terror tells the story of her fight to bring the police to justice and prevent this happening to anyone else, ever again.
Official Website: ActOfTerrorDocumentary.com
Merry Christmas Chimps. Let it snow.
Here's part 3 of the The Big Picture's 2012 round up.
Here's part 2 of The Big Picture's 2012 round up.
Patrick Moore has died, aged 89. One of the stalwarts of the BBC, Moore's 50 year stint as presenter of the Sky At Night remians a world record, as well as providing hours of chill-out viewing.
With the final digital switch off taking place today, Ceefax is a thing of the past.
interesting look at drugs in America, with 50 Cent, David Simon, Eminem etc
"THIS IS THE BIG ONE" as Boris keeps reminding us. More updates: @Olympics__2012
Airwolf co-pilot and Wild Bunch/Dirty Dozen cohort Ernest Borgnine has died, aged 95.
Via The Guardian
"How long have you been cutting your own hair?"
The queen of disco has died, aged 63.
Absolutely gutted to hear that MCA has passed away, and I suspect Nathaniel Hornblower might have gone with him. As an 11 year old hip hop fan, the disreputable Beastie Boys were clearly going to be a one hit wonder as far as the parents of the world were concerned, but who would have thought they would have evolved to be so endlessly influential and culturaly significant. As a director, Adam Yauch put his hand to many of the Beasties inspiring videos - and more recently through his company Oscilloscope he has become a truly influential character in the world of indie film.
A true loss that hits hard, especially when he was taken so early. RIP.
Drummer and vocalist from The Band, Levon Helm has passed away aged 71. Watch The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down in tribute.
RIP amplification pioneer Jim Marshall, who has died aged 88. Hopefully he won't be denied Stairway.
1963-2012. What a perm.
@Big_Picture has the deatils on their website.
RIP Ben Gazzara, improv acting legend from the Cassavettes era ....and better known to us as the bad guy from Roadhouse, or Jackie Treehorn from The Big Lebowski.
81. Good innings dude.
Via The Guardian.
A peek inside Burlington, the UK's secret underground nuclear bunker/town in Wiltshire built during the second world war. Comes with its own railway station, pub, BBC studio and lots of desks so you can keep up with all that post-apocalyse paper work
RIP Blockbusters presenter Bob Holness, who has died aged 83. Never was so much humour derived amongst students everywhere from lines like "I'll have an E please Bob".
Hats off to the original chimp - Cheeta. Keeping it real 1921-2011.
Fascinating account @RealTimeWWII live-tweeting World War 2 as it unfolded from 1939 and for the next 6 years.
RIP legendary british director Ken Russell. Was always thoroughly baffled by Lair Of The White Worm as a young film fan. Not sure what I would make of it now either.
RIP Heavy D, aged 44.
RIP Jimmy Saville, 1926-2011. An incomparable personality.
Not many people can claim to have been behind a genuine game changer in their career, while Apple boss Steve Jobs can be comfortably given responsibility for more than a handful. Most people didn't really understand what the iPod was when it debuted (see this of-the-time reaction to that announcement), and it's impossible to go into any phone shop without instantly seeing the impact of the iPhone on the design of 99% of the competition. No one even knew they needed an iPad when that first arrived. Check out this great set of Time photos by Diana Walker.
He even managed to leave one more thing: the authorised Steve Jobs biography was due to land in November, but a 40,000% increase in demand has seen it shoot to the top of the best seller list and get a bumped up release date of October 24th. Jobs gave his last interview for the book 4 weeks ago, at which point he knew his time would soon be up. It will no doubt make for an inspriing read, from a true innovator.
RIP Bubba Smith AKA Police Academy's Moses Hightower. You might not know he was also a Superbowl winning NFL star.
Bid farewell to the Space Shuttle program, which touched down from it's final mission today. Photo above was talken from the Intrenational Space Station, as the shuttle took off.
watch the Murdoch empire melt in Twitter-time
American artist Cy Twombly has died, aged 83.
someone needs to reboot Ed 2.0
Visit amazing site Another Earth for a double sided browser that lets you compare any area of the earth, even setting left and right to different areas of time - for example to compare the effects of the recent Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami disaster.
Jackass' Ryan Dunn has died in a non-stunt related car crash in Philadelphia. Always one of my favourites on the show, and a totem for beard appreciators everywhere.
The BBC are dumping the previous hard-copy iteration of their time-capsule "Domesday Project" for a more modern format. I have no doubt that "A Website" has about as little life-span as "A Laser Disk" - as Toby Anstis illustrates below.
OBL: not a CIA stooge after all? Like the idea of them pretending to live in caves for the cameras
BC and I are in the field over in Tokyo this week ....and have been rocked by the frequent aftershocks from last months big quake (a magnitude 7.1 and a 7.4 being the biggest). A frequent sound prior to the tremor is the ding ding of the Yurekuru App, which gives locals a quick heads-up. You can even set a minimum intensity over which you want warning, as most people here don't get out of bed for less than a 7.
Japan doesn't use the same magnitude system as the West, preferring the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale which records quakes in actual relative intensity - rating the quake bigger the closer you are to the epicentre. The ratings are also accompanied by a written description, ranging from "Hanging objects such as lamps swing slightly" through "Hanging objects swing violently. Most unstable ornaments fall. Occasionally, dishes in a cupboard and books on a bookshelf fall and furniture moves" to "Most furniture moves to a large extent and some jumps up".