James Horner Titanic composer dies in plane crash.
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Variety is reporting the death of Oscar-winning composer James Horner after a tragic airplane accident yesterday.

Composer James Horner, who won two Oscars for the music of "Titanic" and scored such other blockbusters as "Avatar," "Braveheart," "Apollo 13″ and "A Beautiful Mind," died Monday in a plane crash in Ventura County, Variety has confirmed. He was 61.

The two-seater single-engine S312 Tucano crashed north of Santa Barbara about 9:30 Monday morning and sparked a brush fire that was extinguished by country fire crews. Horner, a trained pilot, was alone in the plane, which was completely destroyed.

Horner was one of the most popular film composers of the last 30 years, and his "Titanic" soundtrack – with its hit Celine Dion song, "My Heart Will Go On," written with Will Jennings – became the biggest-selling movie-score album of all time, selling an estimated 30 million units worldwide.
Christopher Lee Dies at 93
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After respiratory problems and heart failure led to hospitalization, longtime veteran actor and delightful embodiment of wickedness, Christopher Lee died at age 93 June 7, according to The Guardian.

The veteran actor, immortalised in films from Dracula to The Wicker Man, and via James Bond villainy to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, died at 8.30am on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

His wife, the former Danish model Birgit Kroencke, decided to hold back the information for four days until all family members and friends were informed. The couple had been married for more than 50 years and had one daughter, Christina.

The actor was knighted in 2009 for services to drama and charity, and was awarded the Bafta fellowship in 2011.

Even though he began his acting career 68 years ago, he continued delivering fantastic work well on into old age. His brought the dastardly wizard Saruman to striking life in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies and appeared as Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels.

For many, though, he will always be the face of Dracula, which he played through the 1950s, 60s and 70s with the British film production company Hammer.

He was a great actor and will be missed.


Remembering Terry Pratchett with His Quotes

With the sad passing away of hilarious British novelist Terry Pratchet, we thought it would be a good idea to look back at some of his many, many quotable quotes.

He was very much the quintessential man of words. Looking back on some of his various words of wisdom and whimsy just might be the best way to remember him.

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British fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66.
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The BBC reported the death of Sir Terry Pratchet Thursday morning. He was 66 years old.

The British author had written more than 70 books. Many of these took place in DiscWorld, a joyfully ridiculuous fantasy setting full of wizards, witches, and brave detectives.

In 2007, he publicly announced his Alzheimer's diagnosis, warning that it would possibly lead to a slow down in his writing. However, only two years ago, he told The Telegraph "I thought my Alzheimers would be a lot worse than this."

His final book, The Long Mars released last summer.

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The talented Jim Rebhorn recently passed away from melanoma, and with a busy career of having more than 100 film and theater credits to his name, his still found time to write his own obituary:

His Life, According to Jim

James Robert Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia, PA. His mother, Ardell Frances Rebhorn, nee Hoch, loved him very much and supported all his dreams. She taught him the value of good manners and courtesy, and that hospitality is no small thing. His father, James Harry Rebhorn, was no less devoted to him. From him, Jim learned that there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship. A job well done rarely takes more or less time than a job poorly done. They gave him his faith and wisely encouraged him to stay in touch with God.

He is survived by his sister, Janice Barbara Galbraith, of Myrtle Beach, SC. She was his friend, his confidant, and, more often than either of them would like to admit, his bridge over troubled waters.

He is also survived by his wife, Rebecca Fulton Linn, and his two daughters, Emma Rebecca Rebhorn and Hannah Linn Rebhorn. They anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the center of his being, his life would have been little more than a vapor. Rebecca loved him with all his flaws, and in her the concept of ceaseless love could find no better example.

His children made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future. They deal with grief differently, and they should each manage it as they see fit. He hopes, however, that they will grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and they should get busy doing it. Time is flying by. His son-in-law, Ben, also survives him. Jim loved Ben, who was as a son to Jim, especially through these last months.

His aunts Jean, Dorothy and Florence, numerous cousins and their families, and many devoted friends also survive Jim. He loved them all, and he knows they loved him.

Jim received his BA at Wittenberg University and his MFA at Columbia. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Nu Zeta 624, a life-long Lutheran, and a longtime member of both the AMC and ACLU.

Jim was fortunate enough to earn his living doing what he loved. He was a professional actor. His unions were always there for him, and he will remain forever grateful for the benefits he gained as a result of the union struggle. Without his exceptional teachers and the representation of the best agents in the business, he wouldn't have had much of a career. He was a lucky man in every way.

–Jim Rebhorn, March 2014