Gunnar Hansen who played Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s iconic splatterpunk film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) has died at age 68. Inspired by serial killer Ed Gein, Leatherface wore a mask of human skin.
The Icelandic-born actor was an unknown graduate student in Texas when director Tobe Hooper cast him in the low-budget horror film, which became a cult hit and spawned three sequels, two remakes and a prequel.
Hansen died Saturday evening of pancreatic cancer at his home in Northeast Harbor, Maine, according to his agent, Mike Eisenstadt, who described Hansen’s “Chainsaw” character as “one of the most iconic evil figures in the history of cinema.”
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Gunnar Hansen in 2004 at his home in Northeast Harbor, Maine. (CNN)
Paul Anthony Young (born 17 January 1956) is an English singer and musician most known for his cover version of a Hall & Oates song “Everytime you go away.” Young’s version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 27, 1985. It remains his only number-one hit and was one of two top 10 hits he had on the U.S. pop singles chart. It also topped the U.S. adult contemporary chart for two weeks. At the end of the 1987 film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, the song is performed by Blue Room.
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(The Hollywood Reporter) Mark Hamill and John Boyega retweeted the hashtag #ForceForDaniel to show their support for Daniel Fleetwood, a 32-year-old “Star Wars” fan terminally ill with cancer.
The hashtag is being used on Twitter to gain the attention of Walt Disney Studios. Supporters of “ForceForDaniel,” hope the studio will allow Fleetwood to watch the film before its December 18 release.
Fleetwood has spindle cell sarcoma, a rare form of connective tissue cancer. Doctors informed him in July that he had just two months to live.
Fleetwood told Houston’s KPRC-TV that he has been a fan of “Star Wars” since he was 8 or 9 years old.
“Judging by how progressive the disease has gotten in the past two months I really don’t think that I’ll be able to make it,” Fleetwood said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Fleetwood’s wife, Ashley, to raise money for medical bills. The page features photos of Fleetwood in “Star Wars” attire, including a Yoda hat and Darth Vader zip-up jacket.
Ashley tweeted a picture last week of her husband in more “Star Wars” attire:
The voice of Darth Vader, provided by James Earl Jones, is one of the most iconic aspects of Star Wars. But James Earl Jones wasn’t in that outfit—it was British actor David Prowse, who was cast in part because he was huge (reportedly 6’5″ and a former body-building champion).
George Lucas always intended to replace Prowse’s voice, but it’s a bit of a shock to hear a muffled British voice coming out of Darth Vader’s helmet. Here’s video showing what Darth Vader sounded like on the set before James Earl Jones re-recorded the dialogue:
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In the movie, Saving Private Ryan, all main actors went through army “Boot Camp” training except Matt Damon. This was done so that the other actors would show genuine resentment towards Damon’s character.
THE BOY is a frightening, original horror-thriller directed by William Brent Bell (THE DEVIL INSIDE) starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”). Check out the trailer below. THE BOY opens on January 22nd.
Celebration Day Press Conference at The Museum of Modern Art
Featuring: Jason Bonham
Where: New York City, United States
When: 09 Oct 2012
Bonham is perhaps best known for being the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. However, in 1989, Bonham appeared as a special guest at the Moscow Music Peace Festival, performing the song “Rock and Roll” with many major rock stars of the day. That same year, he formed his own band, Bonham, whose Zeppelin-inflected first release The Disregard of Timekeeping had a hit single, “Wait for You” and the music video for the subsequent single “Guilty” did get some play; however, after a lukewarm reception for their 1992 release, Mad Hatter, the band was dissolved, and Bonham concentrated on session work and guest appearances.
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Michael J. Fox with his photo double Kevin Holloway, stand-in Robert Bennett and stunt double Charlie Croughwell on the set of Back to the Future Part II, 1989.