Obituary

Sam Shepard was know by many as an Oscar-nominated Hollywood actor. But Shepard was also a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, director, and actor.

"One of the most important and influential early writers in the Off Broadway movement, Mr. Shepard captured and chronicled the darker sides of American family life...He was widely regarded as one of the most original voices of his generation, winning praise from critics for his searing portraits of spouses, siblings and lovers struggling with issues of identity, failure and the fleeting nature of the American dream." - New York Times

 

The story of how seven cocky pilots became the astronauts of Project Mercury and pioneered America's launch into the space race.

"Sir Roger Moore, who has died aged 89, brought a lighter touch to the role of James Bond, the role for which he was most famous. Out went the harder, crueler edge of Sean Connery's 007 to be succeeded by sardonic humour and the inevitable raised eyebrow. He eventually became the longest-serving actor in the role, his seven Bond films becoming the most commercially successful of the franchise." (BBC Obituary

Take a look at our collection of DVDs and books featuring the talents of Moore.

Even if you don't know the name Jonathan Demme, you've likely seen some of his handiwork. Demme will be remembered as a classic American director, the kind that can make you laugh and cry in the same breath. From "Silence of the Lambs" to "Beloved" to working with musicians like Neil Young and The Talking Heads. Check out the eclectic list of modern classic works by Demme.

Story of two competing lawyers who join together to sue a prestigious Philadelphia law firm when the firm fires one of them because he has AIDS.

After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe & Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen.

Known as the Father, the Godfather, and the Prime Minister of Rock n' Roll, Chuck Berry's signature style of guitar play inspired musicians worldwide into the 21st Century.

"[Berry's] music was bright and clear, a hard-swinging amalgam of country and blues. More than 60 years later, it still sounds reckless and audacious." 

- Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90 

Good rockin' tonight: Recounts the glory days of rock's first golden age. Dick Clark recalls the origins of American Bandstand and for a spell, rock was dominated by teen idols and countless dance crazes like the Twist.

Below we offer a variety of materials highlighting the life and career of one of the most iconic and influential American women of the 20th Century. "[Her] witty and graceful performances on two top-rated television shows in the 1960s and ’70s helped define a new vision of American womanhood." http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/arts/television/mary-tyler-moore-dead.html

 

 

Mary Tyler Moore, actress and activist, relates the highs and lows of living with type 1 diabetes for the past forty years. With inspired, well-crafted prose, she drills down to the most heartfelt, yet universal truths about life—including the lives of those with diabetes. She unflinchingly chronicles her struggle with diabetes, as well as her successful rehabilitation from alcohol dependence, all while deriving gratification from her roles as an actress, mother, businesswoman, campaigner, and fund-raiser. Her revealing tales of both her successes and failures in coping with diabetes offer others with the disease guidance and inspiration through example. In the book, stories include her rebounding from a low-blood-sugar episode during a Mary Tyler Moore Show script reading after the director poured orange juice down her throat, to misadventures caused by diabetes-related vision impairment at a dimly lit party for John Travolta.

She "turned the world on with her smile" on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and countless movie roles. This special features dozens of classic clips-plus comments from Betty White, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, and Mary Tyler Moore herself. Plus, Oprah Winfrey recounts Mary Tyler Moore's critical role in inspiring Oprah and millions of others as TV's first independent career woman..

Over the past year Carrie Fisher published her 8th book and reprised the role that propelled her to fame. While best know as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" universe, Fisher wrote numerous novels and memoirs, starred in dozens of films and television shows, and toured her one-woman stage shows around the country. The child of Hollywood royalty Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, she struggled with drug and alcohol addiction much of her adult life. This struggle fueled Fisher's solo pursuits on stage and in print. She became known in her own right as a survivor, an independent spirit, and an inspiration to people worldwide. It speaks to her tough character that Carrie Fisher will long be remembered with a gun in her hand and a smile on her face.

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Debbie Reynolds passed on a day after her daughter. Reynolds was best known for her career as an actress and singer but was also involved in business and humanitarian pursuits.

The princess diarist by Carrie Fisher

The passing of Leonard Cohen, much like his music, leaves us with a heavy heart. We offer a variety of music and knowledge from and about Laughing Len, the Prince of Pessimism, the Godfather of Gloom, the Maestro of Melancholy, the Montreal Mensch, the Poet Laureate of Despair...

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/leonard-cohen-dead-at-82-w449792

Leonard Cohen, one of the most admired performers of the last half century, has had a stranger-than-fiction, roller-coaster ride of a life. Now, for the first time, he tells his story in his own words, via more than 50 interviews conducted worldwide between 1966 and 2012. In Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen, which includes a foreword by singer Suzanne Vega and eight pages of rarely, seen photos the artist talks about Bird on the Wire, Hallelujah, and his other classic songs. He candidly discusses his famous romances, his years in a Zen monastery, and his ill-fated collaboration with producer Phil Spector, his long battle with depression, and much more. You will find interviews that first appeared in the New York Times and Rolling Stone, but also conversations that have not previously been printed in English. Some of the material here has not been available until now in any format, including the many illuminating reminiscences that contributors supplied specifically for this definitive anthology.

Dillon's striking images were essential to the rise of the DC Vertigo name plate. 
Steve Dillon, Comic Artist Who Helped Create ‘Preacher,’ Dies at 54

Follows the adventures of a Texas preacher whose body is inhabited by a mysterious entity that gives him supernatural powers.

Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of "The Word," an ability to make people do whatever he says, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.

"Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as 'The Producers,' 'Blazing Saddles,' 'Young Frankenstein,' 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' and 'Stir Crazy,' died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83." (Variety http://variety.com/2016/film/news/gene-wilder-dead-dies-willie-wonka-young-frankenstein-1201846745)

Please check our collection for works by this heart-warming performer. He will be missed.

A spoof of every cliché in the western film genre, telling the story of an African American sheriff who is sent to clean up a frontier town, with unpredictable results.

"Howe shattered records, threw elbows and helped the Detroit Red Wings win four Stanley Cups, becoming an idol to Wayne Gretzky and countless other Canadians while also helping the sport attract American fans." (ESPN) Locally, Gordie Howe was known as an inspiration to the community, interacting with the public and participating in charity work. It is undeniable that Howe helped Detroit earn the moniker of Hockeytown and, as a testament to his popularity in the US and his home country of Canada,  Howe will be immortalized as the namesake for the Gordie Howe International Bridge to be built adjacent to the Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River. This great athlete and hero to many will not be soon forgotten. If you would like to know more about his legacy, please check out the following materials.

Mr. Hockey : my story by Gordie Howe

A personal account by the hockey Hall of Famer traces his Depression-era childhood, record-setting career, and enduring relationships with his wife and children.

Hockey great Gordie Howe retired after 25 winning seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. But he realized that retirement just didn't work for him. When his sons were drafted to the Houston Aeros he came out of retirement to join the team! He was written off by many, who thought he was too old to be playing competitively. Through hard work, perseverance, and the loving support of his wife and family, he and his sons managed to prove the critics wrong by winning several championships for the team.

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