Glee star Harry Shum Jr., who plays Mike Chang on the Fox hit, took to his blog to mourn the loss of Apple founder Steve Jobs and reveal his interesting connection to the Apple genius: Shum Jr. was a silhouetted dancer in one of the first iPod commercials. Writes the actor, “I was asked to do a test commercial shoot for an Apple product which didn’t mean much to me at the time. Some music player that holds all your songs. Sounded cool to me and I never gave up an opportunity to work especially with the possibility of it turning into a national commercial. Coolest job I did in that time. Just for the fact that I was chosen for my dancing and just my dancing alone. It was a silhouette of me so looks and race didn’t play into it unlike most of the jobs I would audition for.” READ FULL STORY
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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
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.”
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
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
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
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
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
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