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June 25, 2010

Michael Jackson -- One Year Later

Michael-jackson  One year ago today I was sitting in a terrible college summer dinner theater performance, killing my iPhone battery from relentless under-the-table Googling and scrolling through a deluge of "Michael Jackson is dead" updates on Tweetie. 

My mind was blown. It was a weird day. Farrah died. Michael died. Scroll scroll scroll. 

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June 24, 2010

Tupac and R.E.M. are Officially History

Tupac-afeni-shakur  You may know you're getting up in years when the music that had a major impact on your generation and your own little life is deemed historically significant. 

That's what the Library of Congress is saying about Tupac and R.E.M. So thanks, Library of Congress. Because you know this is really all about my mortality. 

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June 23, 2010

Edith Shain,The Nurse from WWII's Famous Times Square Kiss Photograph, Dies

Times-square-kiss-200x300Who doesn't know this famous photograph of an American soldier kissing a nurse in New York's Times Square? The photo, V-J Day in Times Square (aka VJ Day, among other names), was taken on Victory Over Japan Day on August 14, 1945 and grew to iconic proportions after being published in LIFE Magazine.

Edith Shain, the nurse in the photo, passed away on Sunday, June 20 in Los Angeles at the age of 92.

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June 22, 2010

Crazy Ladies With Money - What Happens When They Die?

Old-lady-378x500 You know that crazy old lady at the end of the block? You know who I am talking about. The one that owns ten dogs and feeds all the neighborhood's feral cats. The one that has chased you out of her yard with a broken broom and a can of mace. Yeah, that one. 

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June 18, 2010

Jose Saramago Dead at 87

Josesaramago Nobel-Prize winning novelist Jose Saramago is dead after a long illness. He was 87.

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June 08, 2010

Jonathan Brandis, Dead of Suicide at 27 [Celebrity Kids Gone Bad]

Jonathan-brandis-100x100  We knew him as Bastian in The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter or from a number of movies and television guest appearances, but unfortunately we didn't know him long.  Talented actor, screenwriter and director Jonathan Brandis hanged himself at age 27.

Having left no suicide note, the reasons for his suicide are left to speculation.

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May 31, 2010

Remembering Arnold Jackson

Gary-coleman Gary Coleman is dead and I'm left wondering about the relative substance of fictitious characters that people our pop culture memory.


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May 28, 2010

Celebrity Kids Gone Bad: Brad Renfro, Dead by Heroin and Methodone Overdose [1982-2008]

Brad-renfro-thumbDiscovered by a casting agent of Joel Schumacher when he was only ten and continuing for years proving himself to have great promise as an actor, Brad Renfro had his entire life in front of him.

So, what happened?

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May 19, 2010

A Love Letter to "Law And Order"

Law-and-order-logo  Dear Law and Order: The Original

When I was 21, I moved to NYC to be an actress. What I really wanted to do was appear on Law And Order.

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May 10, 2010

RIP Lena Horne

Lena-horne Singer and actress Lena Horne passed away last night in a New York hospital. She was 92.

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April 22, 2010

Please Bow Your Head For A Minute of Mayhem

Malcolm-mclaren Any good fan of the Sex Pistols felt a little bit saddened when they heard the news earlier this month of Malcolm McLaren's passing. McLaren's family has come up with an idea of what we can all do with our grief.

Malcolm McLaren's son has asked that at midday today, we all observe a moment of mayhem.

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April 08, 2010

Malcolm McLaren, Dead at 64

Malcom-mclaren How many people can claim the dubious pleasure of being sued by The Sex Pistols?  Malcolm McLaren, former manager of the Pistols and Bow Wow Wow, is dead.  Impresario, entertainer, schlock meister, pioneer: McLaren was one of those rare souls who managed to confound all expectations and get away with it.

Except cancer. He couldn't get away with cancer.

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March 24, 2010

American Idol Should Go To Prison.

Prison This is the space that used to be sacred. This is the space that was built on love. I used to reminisce here about my favorite pass time. This used to be American Idol Recap. Not anymore. I am turning my back on you American Idol for deceiving me. You have committed a crime and now you must stand before a jury. Your actions will not come without consequences. This is America and we still have a choice and a remote control.

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March 17, 2010

Corey Feldman Says Goodbye to Corey Haim On His Blog and Breaks This 80s Kid's Heart Even More

Feldman_haimCorey Haim's funeral took place in Toronto yesterday after his completely unfair and untimely and unjust death due to a prescription drug overdose, and, out of respect for Haim's "...mother and her wishes to minimize the media attention as much as possible", Corey Feldman chose not to attend.

When one brother-of-the-heart cannot go to another brother-of-the-heart's funeral because of media attention, that's when fame really and truly sucks big, hairy elephant balls.

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March 16, 2010

Corey Haim's Family Sells His Stuff on E-Bay

Haim_shirtless_corey As if the fact that Corey Haim died at 38 while battling drug addiction wasn't sad enough - now his family is raising the money for his funeral by selling the cuter of the two Corey's belongings on eBay.

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So you know, you have about a day and a half left if you want to buy Corey Haim's used toothbrush.

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