Harry Dean Stanton’s Unmistakable Humanity Grounded Some of Film’s Best Moments

Carl Rodd, the owner of the Fat Trout Trailer Park in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, has a sign on his door. It reads: Do not wake before 9am under any circumstances. When two FBI agents defy those instructions, he’s understandably dazed and angry. In a movie full of surreal terror, it’s a perfect moment precisely because it’s so mundane. Read More >>

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Director Tobe Hooper Dies at 74

Tobe Hooper, the pioneering director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, died Saturday in Sherman Oaks, California. The circumstances of his death are not known at this time. Read More >>

Apple Just Killed iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle

Two more members of the Apple family just got put in the ground. On Thursday, a company spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that it has “officially discontinued” the iPod Shuffle and the iPod Nano. Read More >>

RIP Deborah Watling, Doctor Who’s Victorian Heroine

Deborah Watling, best known to scifi fans as the second Doctor’s companion Victoria Waterfield in classic Doctor Who, has died at the age of 69 after a brief battle with cancer. Read More >>

RIP George Romero, the Man Behind the Modern Zombie

George Romero, the legendary filmmaker who changed the horror world forever with Night of the Living Dead and its sequels, has died of lung cancer at the age of 77. Read More >>

Marvel Honours The Late Joan Lee In Video Tribute

Earlier this week, Joan Lee (wife of comic legend Stan) passed away aged 95. Born in Gosforth near Newcastle, she moved to the States shortly after WWII, promptly meeting (and marrying) Stan Lee. Read More >>

Rocky Director John G. Avildsen Dies Aged 81

John G. Avildsen, the Hollywood director best known for helming such classics as Rocky and The Karate Kid, has died. Variety reports the 81-year-old filmmaker succumbed to a battle with pancreatic cancer. Read More >>

RIP Peter Sallis, the Voice Behind Wallace & Gromit’s Lovable Inventor

Beloved British actor Peter Sallis, best known as the bumbling, cheese-loving inventor Wallace in Aardman’s whimsical claymation series Wallace & Gromit, has passed away at the age of 96. Read More >>

Monopoly Is Being Gentrified, One Game Piece at a Time

On Thursday, Hasbro announced that the humble thimble, Monopoly’s least beloved game piece, would be getting the boot from “an upcoming version of the game.” Cynically, the toy company framed the eviction as a simple reflection of the people’s will, the result of a recent online contest to modernise the board game. Read More >>

RIP Richard Hatch, the Original Apollo and a Tireless Battlestar Galactica Advocate

Richard Hatch, who managed to star in two Battlestar Galacticas, has passed away. He was 71. Read More >>

Eugene Cernan, the Last Human on the Moon, Has Passed Away

Former astronaut Gene Cernan has died at the age of 82. He holds the distinction of being the most recent man to walk on the Moon and his legacy as one of humanity’s greatest explorers will live on. Read More >>

After More Than 100 Years, California’s Iconic Tunnel Tree Is No More

The Pioneer Cabin Tree, a giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park that was tunnelled through in the 1880s, has fallen due to severe winter weather. It was believed to be hundreds of years old. Read More >>

Does Anyone Still Work at Twitter?

Another day, another top executive leaves Twitter.

Ron Glass, Firefly’s Shepherd Book, Dies at 71

Ron Glass, known for playing Shepherd Book on the acclaimed Joss Whedon show Firefly and its follow-up film Serenity, has passed away at the age of 71. No other details have been released at this time. Read More >>

End of an Era: Goodbye Mac Startup Sound

Anyone who’s ever owned a Mac probably remembers the first time they booted it up and heard that sound. It announced that you were about to begin a relationship with your computer that would probably last for many years. With the new MacBook Pro, Apple is replacing the iconic chime with cold, unforgiving silence. Read More >>