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Steve Jobs in 2005: 'Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.'

As we mourn the loss of Steve Jobs, let’s look back at the wit and wisdom from his June 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. “I never graduated from college,” Jobs acknowledged from the outset, “and this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation.”

Through three stories in 15 minutes, he explained the twists and turns of his amazing life, contemplated the hand of fate in it all, considered his own mortality, and even got in a jab at Windows. “No one wants to die,” Jobs conceded while discussing about his pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2004. “And yet… death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” He also advised the graduates, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life … Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Watch Jobs’ eloquent speech after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Celebrities tweet reactions to Steve Jobs' death

The world lost one of its most iconic innovators today when Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc. and former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, died at the age of 56. Word of his passing spread like wildfire after it was posted on Apple’s website, and celebrities en masse have taken to Twitter to commemorate his genius. We’ll be adding to this post as the night goes on, as more celebrities use their iPads and iPhones to tweet messages of fond remembrance.

Jon Favreau: “We lost a man of true vision today. Condolences to the whole Apple family.”

Ashton Kutcher: “I never thought I could be so busted up about the loss of someone I never met. #stevejobs” READ FULL STORY

Barack Obama, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates and others remember Apple legend Steve Jobs

As news of Steve Jobs’ death hit Silicon Valley, Hollywood and everywhere else today, friends, colleagues, and admirers of the Apple co-founder, former CEO of Pixar, and all-around visionary (who passed away Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56) shared their memories and tributes.

President Barack Obama:Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.  READ FULL STORY

Why is Hollywood obsessed with remaking Patrick Swayze movies?

When a musician dies, sales of their albums experience an immediate “death bump.” If the bump proves especially lucrative, then the necromancers are called in to coax new music out of the dear departed from beyond the grave. Remix albums, greatest hits collections, basement tapes, random conversations filtered through auto-tune and set to Swedish beats: There are always new ways to make money off dead musicians.

Right now, Patrick Swayze is experiencing something like a “death bump.” Swayze died of pancreatic cancer almost exactly two years ago, but in just the last month, three of his most iconic projects have been rejuvenated. Kenny Ortega has taken the reins of a Dirty Dancing remake; the Ghost musical is coming to Broadway after a successful run in London; and yesterday came the announcement that Alcon Entertainment will craft a remake of Point Break, the film which cemented Swayze’s Blond-Jesus persona for a generation of filmgoers. Throw in the long-delayed Red Dawn remake, which is surely going to be released any year now, and you’ve got a veritable smorgasboard of reheated Swayze-dom coming our way. What gives? READ FULL STORY

Back in an 'Empire State of Mind'

Spike Lee has made me love “Empire State of Mind” again. I was so over the Jay Z-Alicia Keys song two years ago when the New York Yankees co-opted it for their run at (and subsequent win) the 2009 World Series. While it was the perfect anthem for the time, you just couldn’t escape the song. But I have to tell you, Spike Lee’s State Farm commercial, which used children singing the song and paying tribute to NYC firemen, has made me smile and tear up just about every time I saw/heard it this weekend.  And now I can’t get enough. Take a look:


Broadway commemorates 9/11 with performance of 'New York, New York'

Just as Broadway stars did 10 years ago, theater legends Joel Grey, Bebe Neuwirth and others gathered this afternoon in Times Square to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and perform once again the Kander and Ebb song, “New York, New York.”

Introduced by Grey, the performance featured the casts of Book of Mormon and Billy Elliott, as well as celebs such as former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. Gavin Lodge, a performer with Priscilla: Queen of the Desert said, “It’s an honor to be here today. Singing ‘New York, New York’ in Times Square — it’s iconic.”  READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel honors his Uncle Frank -- VIDEO

Fans of Jimmy Kimmel and his beloved Uncle Frank, who passed away two weeks ago after battling cancer, didn’t have to wait until the end of last night’s show for the host’s emotional tribute. Kimmel opened the show with a 20-minute “who-logy” — as Uncle Frank said — that captured all the colors of this crazy, loving, endearing man who became an uncle to everyone involved with the underdog late-night show. “Listen, I’m going to try to do this without crying,” Kimmel began, before instantly shedding some tears. “He was very excited about his funeral. He would have loved this. I almost think he died intentionally just to get a tribute show.” Take a brief look at Kimmel’s touching speech below. READ FULL STORY

Remembering the Twin Towers: See the many movie cameos -- VIDEO

It’s difficult to be comfortable with the sight of the World Trade Center in any old motion picture — the image itself has become synonymous with mass pain and suffering in our still-fragile nation — but a filmmaker named Dan Meth has compiled a lovely tribute to the Twin Towers on film since they opened in 1973. Check out the video below of the Towers’ cameos in films like King Kong, Superman, Working Girl, Home Alone 2, Men In Black, and, as seen left, Escape From New York. [Gawker] READ FULL STORY

Today marks what would have been River Phoenix's 41st birthday: A sad reminder of a lost talent

For those lucky few who had the opportunity to watch River Phoenix’s film career blossom right in front of their eyes, there’s no doubt it’s the sort of bragging rights they wish they didn’t have. Because for all those who had the chance to experience the young actor’s star-making turns in films like Running on Empty, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, My Own Private Idaho, and of course, Stand By Me, they also had to watch it all come to a sudden end when Phoenix, the eldest brother of Joaquin, passed away at the age of 23 from a drug overdose on October 31, 1993.

Today, August 23, marks what would have been Phoenix’s 41st birthday, and much like the tragic legacy of fallen stars like Heath Ledger and James Dean, he left us far too soon, with a looming, overwhelming sense of what could have been. READ FULL STORY

On anniversary of Elvis' death, the King lives on: What's your fave Elvis impersonator story?

Today marks the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. As we all know, the King remains with us in spirit — the spirit of Elvis impersonators world over. So, I ask: What’s your favorite Elvis impersonator encounter? I’ve enjoyed seeing Thai Elvis at Palms Thai Restaurant in L.A., and I’ve caught El Vez, the Mexican Elvis, on tour. But it’s the Little Elvis I stumbled upon playing the Monks Lounge at the Friar Tuck Inn in the Catskills in 2003, when I was staying there for a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan convention, that I remember best. He wasn’t so much little as he was rotund, and though he sang, what I really recall is my friend Karen thinking a plate of cheese was for the whole bar and not just Little Elvis. “I didn’t mean to steal Little Elvis’ cheese,” she kept saying. I love sentences like that — ones no one has said before or since.

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