Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies at 46

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died earlier today in his West Village apartment. The Academy Award winner was apparently found by a friend on the bathroom floor around 11:30 am after he could not be reached and his friend grew concerned....

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James Gandolfini Dies at 51

Actor James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano in HBO's "The Sopranos", has passed away after suffering a massive heart attack in Italy. The New Jersey-bred actor brought authenticity to his role as a mob boss in the show that turned...

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Whitney Houston Dies at 48

Whitney Houston, the Queen of pop, has passed away at the age of 48. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton hotel. Her body remained there and Beverly Hills...

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Remembering James Dean, The Rebel Without a Cause [Happy Birthday]

Remembering James Dean, The Rebel Without a Cause [Happy Birthday]A friend reminded me that today is James Dean’s birthday, a bit coincidental considering I was watching The James Dean Story a few days ago on Hulu. There’s much to be learned from a young man that was only twenty-four at the time of his death. The narration of the video was written by Stewart Stern, who wrote Rebel Without a Cause and befriended Dean, and the story tells what most didn’t know. There are two sides to a book and unfortunately, the side no one outside his close circle ever saw was that of a lonely individual. It takes him from his humble beginnings on a farm in Fairmount, Indiana to his Oscar-nominated roles in East of Eden and Giant, films that propelled him to stardom. The release of Giant was shortly after Dean’s death and the stars were out. It was the biggest Hollywood premiere of its time with many stars appearing including Marilyn Monroe.

The documentary released in 1957, roughly two years after his tragic car crash on September 30, 1955. The narrator was a bit bland but I still think many would benefit from learning more about James Dean. Happy Birthday to the Rebel Without a Cause.