Family Circus creator Bil Keane made a lot of people’s mornings brighter with his low-key observations, subtle eye for humor, and appreciation for the innocence of children. Back in 1990, our own Ken Tucker called Family Circus “the most underrated comic strip in the country.” In light of his sad passing Tuesday, I looked through the cartoonist’s archives and picked out some of my favorites. See them below. READ FULL STORY
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Johnny Depp remembers the day he first met Hunter S. Thompson. He was waiting at the back of a tavern when the author and journalist burst in, ordering people out of his way. “I just saw sparks, literally sparks,” Depp said of their first encounter. “In his left hand he had a three-foot cattle prod, and in his right hand a tazer.”
The memory was one of many shared Monday night by Johnny Depp and director Bruce Robinson at a Columbia University panel honoring the life and legacy of Thompson before a special screening of Depp’s upcoming film, The Rum Diary. In the film — adapted from a novel by Thompson — Depp plays Paul Kemp, a semi-autobiographical stand-in for Thompson who works as a young freelance journalist in Puerto Rico.
Rum Diary marks the second time Depp has portrayed Thompson — he first played the author in 1998′s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. At Monday’s panel, Depp spoke of the time he spent living in Thompson’s basement preparing for the Fear and Loathing role and the close bond that formed between the two men. Depp, who Thompson referred to as “Colonel,” said from that first bar room encounter until the writer’s death in 2005, the pair were almost inseparable. READ FULL STORY
Appreciating Dan Wheldon: An interview with David Letterman shows why the driver was a crossover star
Fans of the race world were devastated to hear about the passing of two-time Indy 500 champ Dan Wheldon, who died as a result of a multi-car crash during a race on Sunday in Las Vegas. But you didn’t have to be a fan of the sport to appreciate Wheldon or feel sadness looking back at his impressive, but all too-short, life.
The driver stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman this past June for a chat with the Indy enthusiast host, and it’s easy to see why Wheldon was beloved by those in his industry and elsewhere. The interview proved he was humble (he effortlessly joked around with Letterman, zinging back at the host during the interview, “As you pointed out, I’m not employed”), and simply loved what he did. It’s especially sad to hear Wheldon talk about upcoming races, now knowing that his life would end tragically because of one, but it’s nice to see him as the smiling, likable crossover star that fans remember. Watch the bittersweet clip below. READ FULL STORY
On Sunday, two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon tragically passed away at the age of 33 from a fatal accident during a race in Las Vegas. Wheldon, who is survived by his wife Susie and their two children, was remembered on Twitter in the hours since his passing by sports and Hollywood stars. Actress Ashley Judd, who is married to driver Dario Franchitti, posted lines from John Donne’s poem “Death, Be Not Proud” and then tweeted, “Hardest parts, Thinking about Susie, Sebastian, Oliver. Seeing my husband grieve. Nights are so awful at first. Poor woman. Such pain.” Danica Patrick, one of the many in the racing community who reacted to Wheldon’s death on Twitter, wrote on her page, “There are no words for today. Myself and so many others are devastated. I pray for suzi and the kids that god will give them strength.”
Here are how some other stars paid tribute to the English-born Wheldon on Twitter: READ FULL STORY
In the coming days and weeks, there will be so many moving tributes dedicated to the great American innovator and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who sadly passed away on Oct. 5 at the age of 56, after battling pancreatic cancer.
Stephen Colbert included. During Thursday night’s installment of The Colbert Report, the host paid honor to Jobs, who he described as, “a visionary who changed the way we use computers, listen to music, communicate, and stay awake in meetings.” But, Jobs was more than just that to Colbert — he was the man who gave him the chance to be cooler than Jay-Z. (According to his Are You Cooler Than Jay-Z iPod app, though, he’s not.) While there countless words of gratitude and praise for Jobs, Colbert may have summed up it best when he read an email that the Apple co-founder wrote to him after debuting the iPad at the 52nd Annual Grammys: “Sweet! Thanks!” To which Colbert replied, perhaps on behalf of all of us, “Right back ‘atcha!”
Watch the entire funny and moving clip below: READ FULL STORY
The Fifth Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan, famously capped with a massive glass cube, is currently covered a white shroud, as if in mourning for the passing of the company’s co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs. The cube is actually undergoing renovations, swapping out dozens of smaller glass panels that make up its surface for just 15 larger ones, described with Jobs-ian panache as “seamless” by signs out front. In a way, it serves as a perfect tribute to Jobs’ famously relentless pursuit of elegance, quality, and thoughtful precision.
The other tribute to Jobs growing outside the Fifth Ave. Apple Store is neither elegant nor precise, but I imagine Jobs would still be deeply moved by the spontaneous shrine of flowers, written tributes, and lots and lots of McIntosh apples. (A few even had a bite taken out of them.) READ FULL STORY
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