Post by ❄Lebowskidoo❄ on Jan 12, 2020 13:12:17 GMT
Neil Peart (1952-2020) 🍁
Legendary and beloved drummer for the rock band Rush, he passed away on January 7th. He leaves a huge hole behind from the musical legacy he forged with his work with Rush and will be missed considerably. 😭🥁💔
American actor, screenwriter, director, and acting coach Stan Kirsch has left us at the age of 51, on January 11th.
He appeared in the short-lived Saturday morning TV series Riders in the Sky 1991 and on the soap opera General Hospital in 1992. He has made guest appearances in some TV shows including JAG, Family Law, and Friends. His most notable role began in 1992 on Highlander: The Series as Richie Ryan. He left the show as a regular cast member in the fifth season finale in 1997, but he made one last guest appearance in the series finale episode.
Christopher Tolkien died at age 95 in the early morning hours of January 16, 2020 (or late night of the 15th) at a hospital near his home in Provence, South Eastern France. He was the son of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, author of the fantasy epic masterpiece The Lord Of The Rings. Christopher became his father’s executor and as such edited and published many volumes of his father’s heretofore unpublished writings about the history and lore of Middle-Earth which may never have seen the light of day otherwise. He had been retired for many years and lived quietly with his wife in a small village.
By becoming the literary executor of his father John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973), Christopher Tolkien had to expose himself many times. Notably when Peter Jackson's two trilogies came out, which he had little taste for.
Just last year, the heir came out of his reserve in concert with the very pernickety Tolkien Estate, a legal structure based around the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, to condemn the Hollywood biopic devoted to his father's youth and distributed on the screens on June 15 by Disney.
This denial of "Tolkien" - the film - was a new rift dug between Middle-earth, imagined by his father, and that built by a commercial posterity in which he did not recognize himself.
Personally, I didn’t like “Tolkien” either. Christopher Tolkien was briefly portrayed as a child in that film. Additionally, “In a 2012 interview with Le Monde he criticized the [LOTR] films saying: ‘They gutted the book, making an action film for 15 to 25-year-olds.’” – which is what I always said about Jackson's trilogy. I think Christopher and I would have got along.
German composer and jazz pianist Wolfgang Dauner has left us at the age of 84, on January 10th.
He composed for radio, television, film, and wrote two chamber operas. He is regarded as an innovative pianist and a father of jazz in Germany. He composed a new soundtrack to F.W. Murnau's Faust from 1926.
Filmmaker Jaime Humberto Hermosillo has died at the age of 77. A teacher and an author himself, Hermosillo worked with writers Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Elena Poniatowska on film projects. Sadly, I've not seen any of the films he directed, but I'd like to.
"Movies are the enemy of the novel because they are replacing novels. Novelists shouldn’t write for the movies, unless, of course, they discover they’re no good at writing novels." - John Irving