February 26, 2019 at 5:32 pm #1202796397
Film memoriam for people passing away late February, 2019 through early February, 2020.
William J. Creber (production designer)
Stanley Donen (director)
Andre Previn (composer)
Sid Sheinberg (executive)February 26, 2019 at 5:55 pm #1202796452
Julie Adams (actress) passed away February 3rd, but was not in the In Memoriam at the Oscars.February 26, 2019 at 6:08 pm #1202796487
And she won’t be next year either, but Donen will be. They had already locked the package before the weekend when he died.February 26, 2019 at 9:35 pm #1202796785
Actress Lisa Seagram passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lisa-seagram-dead-actress-batman-beverly-hillbillies-was-82-1190950February 28, 2019 at 9:53 am #1202798952
André Previn, who was the four-time Oscar-winning conductor behind Gigi, Porgy & Bess, Irma LA Douce, and My Fair Lady, has died at the age of 89.
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2019/02/28/517960940/andre-previn-musical-polymath-has-died-at-age-89February 28, 2019 at 10:52 pm #1202799792
Two more passings:
Oscar-nominated documentarian Perry Wolff. https://deadline.com/2019/02/perry-wolff-dead-news-producer-jackie-kennedy-white-house-tour-1202566469/
Anchor Bay Entertainment executive Jay Douglas. https://deadline.com/2019/02/jay-douglas-cult-film-king-of-anchor-bay-entertainment-dead-at-65-1202567391/March 1, 2019 at 12:46 pm #1202800579
Actress Katherine Helmond passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/katherine-helmond-dead-whos-the-boss-star-89-877766March 2, 2019 at 1:33 pm #1202801467
Actor Nathaniel Taylor passed away. https://variety.com/2019/tv/obituaries-people-news/nathaniel-taylor-dead-dies-sanford-and-son-rollo-1203152644/March 2, 2019 at 1:39 pm #1202801477
I thought Stanley Donen was already dead.March 3, 2019 at 8:02 am #1202802089
He died the day before the Oscars.March 3, 2019 at 8:03 am #1202802092
Two more passings:
Director/actor/writer/producer Med Hondo. https://www.indiewire.com/2019/03/med-hondo-dead-african-cinema-1202048352/March 4, 2019 at 12:43 pm #1202803706March 5, 2019 at 5:50 pm #1202805220
The Academy finally updated their memoriam page for deceased voters since mid-October. Several names from the previous 2018-19 Film Memoriam thread can now be officially confirmed as Academy members such as Paul Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci, James Frawley, William Goldman, James Karen, Gloria Katz, Michel Legrand, Penny Marshall, Gregg Rudloff, as well as some other names I posted about in that forum that didn’t necessarily make Chris’ main list.
As for this new thread, both Stanley Donen and Andre Previn are confirmed as deceased voters on the memoriam page. There’s also plenty of other members whose deaths weren’t widely reported on by entertainment media, many of whom who died before the Oscars, such as:
Del Acevedo (makeup artist)
Hesper Anderson (Oscar-nominated writer)
David Arnold (sound editor)
Richard L. Bloch (executive)
Bernard P. Cutler (set designer)
Raymond Fielding (visual effects artist)
Walter A. Gest (sound mixer)
Jim Miller (Oscar-nominated film editor)
Leslie Pound (publicist)
Edward Rossi (sound editor)
Michael Seymour (Oscar-nominated production designer)
Terry Windell (visual effects artist)March 6, 2019 at 6:31 pm #1202806784
Marketing executive Michael Gray, who invented the electronic press kit, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-gray-dead-veteran-hollywood-marketing-executive-was-87-1192524March 8, 2019 at 12:27 pm #1202809255
Sid Sheinberg, who was the Universal executive that discovered Steven Spielberg, has died at the age of 84.
I remember him being talked about a lot on the special features/audio commentaries for the Back to the Future trilogy. He especially gave a lot of notes to Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale on the script for the first film. He had them change the title of Christopher Lloyd’s character from Professor Brown to Doc Brown because he thought the former sounded corny. He had them change Doc’s companion, Einstein, from a monkey to a dog because no movie featuring a monkey had ever been successful. Then, the filmmakers asked about the two Clint Eastwood movies, Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can, which Sheinberg responded with “that was an orangutan”. He also suggested to them that they name Lea Thompson’s character Lorraine (after his wife, actress Lorraine Gary). Though the most egregious note he gave was to change the title. He did not think audiences were going to get Back to the Future as a title. The new title he suggested was Spaceman From Pluto, whereas instead of Marty posing as Darth Vader from Planet Vulcan, he’d be Darth Vader from Planet Pluto. Neither Zemeckis nor Gale liked the suggestion at all, so they went to their executive producer, Steven Spielberg about it. Spielberg replied to Sid saying “Thanks for the joke. We all got a kick out of it”.
When the original novel of Schindler’s List was published in 1982, Sid Sheinberg sent a review of the novel from the New York Times to Steven Spielberg, who did express enough interest to the studio in buying the film rights, only to start filming in 10 years. Spielberg at the time wasn’t sure if he was mature enough to make a film about the Holocaust, even wanting to pass the project on to other directors before officially deciding to take it on himself. Spielberg had that and another project in the works at Universal when Sheinberg gave Schindler’s List the greenlit, but only on the condition that he’d make Jurassic Park first.
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