Veteran comic actor Leslie Nielsen, star of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, has died at the age of 84.
He died in hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was being treated for pneumonia, his agent John S Kelly said.
Canadian-born Nielsen started out as a serious actor but in 1980, his role as a hapless doctor in the disaster spoof film Airplane! made him a comic star.
In all, he appeared in more than 100 films and had a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
“With his friends and his wife by his side, he just fell asleep and passed away,” his nephew Doug Nielsen told the AFP news agency.
‘Don’t call me Shirley’
Born in the Canadian city of Regina in 1926, Leslie Nielsen enjoyed an acting career which spanned six decades.
He started as a television actor in New York in 1950, performing in about 150 live dramas.
Moving to Hollywood in the mid-1950s, he initially carved out a film career as a leading man, capitalising on his craggy good looks and 6ft 2in (187cm) height.
In 1980, however, his deadpan delivery in comedy disaster movie Airplane! marked him out as a gifted clown.
It was in this role that he became known for the line: “Don’t call me Shirley.”
The success of Airplane! led to another TV role in spoof crime show Police Squad, where he first played accident-prone detective Frank Drebin.
He went on to make three films as the character in the Naked Gun series, starring opposite Priscilla Presley.
Nearly two weeks ago - at the age of 84 - Nielsen was taken into hospital in Florida where he lived, suffering from pneumonia.
His condition worsened over the last two days and relatives said he passed away peacefully.
This is the Ameican heartland. These are the people our politicians say are the real Americans. These people represent values, strength, determination and the true American spirit.
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Creative Screenwriting Magazine Podcasts -
1. Edward Burns - Nice Guy Johnny Q&A
2. Jay and Mark Duplass - Cyrus Q&A
I deleted the Shitledger Fan Page on Facebook just a second ago. I was the main admin, and it wouldn’t let me relinquish the position unless I deleted the page permanently from my account. I wanted out because I’m still trying to trim away my imprint on the social networking site (I’m still wavering on whether or not to leave the service in the near future).
Anyways, the torch is passed to anyone who wants to perform weekly updates, add fans and all that huzzah. All you need to do is start one up…from scratch.
a little local art selection from DXB
“Save Manhattan 3”
Moroccan artist Mounir Fatmi, originally arranged this in 2007. The speakers played an hour long loop of Manhattan sounds and are meant to be sounds from all areas of the city 15 minutes before the September 11th, 2001 attacks.
as usual I’ll leave you with some music as well -
I’m gonna be in Berlin, Germany from December 2nd till the 6th … if anyone is near by lets link! Hope everyone is kicking ass at everything!
should get a theatrical release and tv run… check it out!
Commence violent retching.
well, i guess this is the end…
from the l magazine:
Word has been making its way around the internet that the legendary Technics SL-1200 turntable has been discontinued by parent company Panasonic. It’s the most widely-used turntable among professional DJs, and every venue/club worth its salt has a pair of ‘em on hand. With sales reportedly down 95% over the past ten years, Panasonic had no choice but to pull the plug. We reached out to Bret Winans of Brooklyn-based DJ equipment source Turntable Lab, who was kind enough to answer some questions about the whole thing.
First, could you just talk a little about the role these tables have played in the industry since their arrival?
The 1200 has been the go-to turntable for DJs, and nothing has really come along that can replace it. Its reliability, the feel of the direct drive motor and design aesthetic has not been matched. They have been central to the idea of DJing; other turntables have come and gone, but the 1200 remains the standard by which all other turntables are judged (at least from a DJ’s perspective).
An article on Gizmodo states that annual sales of the turntables are currently 5% of what they were ten years ago. This number is surprising, given the extent to which vinyl has been said to be experiencing a resurgence in the past few years. In your experience, has that resurgence not been reflected in the DJ world, where people are increasingly relying on computers and iPods?
It seems like more people are DJing than ever these days. However, as you stated, more and more DJs are using computers and iPods. Obviously, this means less and less aspiring DJs are going out and purchasing a pair of turntables. The Achilles’ heel of Technics may be their durability and lack of any built in obsolesce. While most people are replacing their computers every few years, it’s rare that a DJ will need to purchase anything beyond their first pair of Technics. That being said, at least from our perspective, if Technics continue to stay on the market, there will always be someone out there looking for a pair.
These obviously aren’t inexpensive items, selling new for nearly $900, so there’s always been a demand for them in the used market — could you speculate about the effect this news will have in that area?
The rumor that Technics are going to be discontinued has been circulating for sometime; at least since the beginning of this year. It has definitely helped keep sales of new turntables fairly consistent even as we’ve seen the price rise exponentially. At the moment, if you look around on sites like Craigslist, you will see that there is a wide range in price for used Technics. My assumption is that we’ll most likely see a leveling out of the price for used Technics, as well as an increase depending on what condition they are in.
What will this means for sales of new professional-grade turntables? Is there another turntable ready to step in and take its place? Or at least one that people will settle for?
I’m curious to see what will happen. The main competitors of Technics have been Stanton, Numark and Vestax. They have all made turntables to compete with Technics, and I think that Vestax was the most successful in creating a product that really took into account what DJs wanted. But their turntables never really caught on with a wider market like bars and clubs. Stanton and Numark continue to make DJ turntables that are aimed more at hitting a lower price point than trying to match Technics performance-wise as well as aesthetically. So I guess we’re left to see what the future holds. Maybe
Technics will become more like boutique audio gear rather than the standard that you see everywhere.
They were obviously meant, first and foremost, for professional DJs, but a lot of people used them for listening at home, too. Could you offer some recommendations for people who are looking for something with the 1200’s reputation as a solid performer that’s built like a tank?
You’d be surprised, but Technics were originally intended as a high-fidelity consumer record player. At the moment there are a lot of great listening turntables out there. Some are not going to be as heavy as a Technics, but a lot of them will provide a better listening experience. We carry two brands that we are really satisfied with: Music Hall and Pro-Ject. They both make fantastic audiophile turntables and are available in a variety of different models.
for all you die hard dre fans, check out the first released track from detox, “kush”
i think it sucks.
“This is for you.”
I took Hemingway and Belano with me, one man I trust and one I’ve been told to. I know so many eyes here, by name at least or faded memory, but not by blood or brother or sister. She sang ‘Like A Virgin,’ I sang ‘It’s All Over Now’ then I butchered Gwen Stefani’s words and she returned her to justice. A room full of darlings singing together, in celebration of so many things, primarily of awe and mystery. I am all over the place and am proud to be anything. And there are two women here tonight that I want to take, take by hand, or be led by her hand into darkness, warm, comfortable darkness, give our eyes a rest, let our blood pool and flow and pump and lead, and let our hands and fingers and lips and tongues trace lines and lungs and melt into one moment, rhythm, motion, one or two or three to infinity, the type that shows on clocks – they’re circles for a reason. No arrival or departure, just hands and warmth in the dark.
NASA has called a press conference to announce the discovery of an exceptional object in our cosmic neighborhood. Recently, the Chandra X-ray Observatory detected a massive (50-light-year across massive) gamma ray emission coming from the center of our galaxy. Picture below:
Today’s news conference will begin at 12:30 eastern from NASA Headquarters’ television studio. You can catch the Live Feed if you don’t have access to a TV.
Should be interesting…
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