Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Three dead dudes.

They say "deaths always come in threes."

In the last week or so, we lost Tim Russert, one of the brightest American newsmen in television history. We also lost comedy legend George Carlin, who - along with visionaries like Richard Pryor and Sam Kinison - forever changed the face of stand-up comedy from safe and cute to dangerous and hilarious. (I know I'll remember him most of all for his role as Rufus in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).)

And, although he wasn't a huge celebrity to most people, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that the third in this Trilogy of Death is cinematic special effects guru, Stan Winston, who died on June 15th after a lengthy battle with multiple myeloma. For those of you who may not be familiar with Winston's work, let's just say that without his brilliance and creativity, we probably wouldn't have many of the iconic images seen in the following films over the past quarter of a century...

The Thing (1982)
The Terminator (1984)
Aliens (1986)
Predator (1987)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Batman Returns (1992)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
A.I. (2001)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Big Fish (2003)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
and yes, even...
Iron Man (2008)

Rest in peace, guys.

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