Jacobo Zabludovzky (1928-2015)

Este Jueves, 2 de Julio, fallecio el periodista más famoso de México, Jacobo Zabludovsky a los 87 años de edad.

 

Descanse en paz, Jacobo Zabludovzky.
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Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

Christopher Lee (1922-2015).

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Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

Last Sunday, June 7th, the world of cinema lost one of its greatest legends and icons… Sir Christopher Lee. Christopher Lee passed away at age 93, just one week after his Birthday.

Christopher Lee was the only actor  who has portrayed three different Sherlock Holmes characters: Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes and Sir Henry Baskerville.

Christopher Lee held the record for number of film roles by an actor. (More of 270 films!)

Christopher Lee appeared on the cover of Paul McCartney’s 1973 album “Band on the Run”.

Christopher Lee is listed as the Center of the Hollywood Universe by the Oracle of Kevin Bacon website at the University of Virginia, because he can be linked to any one in Hollywood on average in 2.59 steps. That is less than either Charlton Heston or Kevin Bacon himself.

Christopher Lee was voted No. 31 on the recent British televised poll “The Greatest Movie Stars of All Time” above the likes of John Wayne, Michael Caine and Humphrey Bogart.

And also, he was a very cultivated man… he knew French, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Russian and Swedish. Plus he learned how to speak German by listening to Richard Wagner records. And early in his career, Christopher Lee dubbed foreign films into English and other languages including Jacques Tat’s “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday”. Sometimes he dubbed all the voices including women’s parts. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., recalled that Lee could do any kind of accent: “foreign, domestic, North, South, Middle, young, old, everything. He’s a great character actor”.

From an acting dynasty, his great-grandparents founded the first Australian opera company.

His mother was an Italian contessa, and through her Lee descended from the Emperor Charlemagne of the Holy Roman Empire.

In addition to his impossibly prolific film career, Lee was a world champion fencer, an opera singer, spoke six languages, and was a hell of a golfer.

Christopher Lee met Prince Yusupov and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, the assassins of the Russian monk Rasputin. He didn’t do this as research for his later film role as Rasputin (in the 1966 Hammer film Rasputin the Mad Monk), but just as a child in the 1920s.

At age 17, he saw the death of the murderer Eugen Weidmann in Paris, the last person in France to be publicly executed by guillotine.

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

He was awarded Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand in 2011.

He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to drama and charity. The ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace on October 30, 2009, and was carried out by HRH ‘Prince Charles’, The Prince of Wales.

He is possibly the only actor in cinematic history to have achieved a unique trifecta. He has played a Star Wars villain (Count Dooku), a James Bond villain (Francisco Scaramanga), and a classic horror movie monster (Dracula, the Mummy and Frankenstein’s Monster).

He was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007 for most screen credits, having appeared in 244 film and TV movies by that point in his career— at which point he made 14 more movies, with a 15th due later this year (titled Angels in Notting Hill). He also holds the record for the tallest leading actor — he stood 6’ 5” — but also for starring in the “most films with a sword fight” with 17.

Vincent Price and Christopher Lee were born on the same day (27th May) and Peter Cushing was born on the 26th.

Remembering Christopher Lee in images.. in his many different roles.

As Scarmanga in 007, The Man with the Golden Gun
As Dracula
As Rochefort in “The Three Musketeers”
As Count Dooku in Star Wars
As Saruman in the majestic “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy
Rest in peace, Sir Christopher Lee. We will never forget you.
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Christopher Lee and Ron Moody

Christopher Lee and Ron Moody.

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Christopher Lee and Ron Moody

This is a tribute to two, extraordinary actors of Great Britain who unfortunately passed away on June 2015. Christopher Lee and Ron Moody.

 

Christopher Lee passed away at age 93. He was an icon and a legend of cinema…He was Dracula, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, a Bond Villain, he was Death, he was Lucifer, he was Saruman, he was Count Dooku…. he had more of 200 films and roles.  Along with Peter Cushing and Vincent Price, Christopher Lee was an icon of the classic Hammer horror films.
Ron Moody passed away at age 91, he won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for best Actor in a Leading role for his magnificent performance as Fagin in 1968’s musical film version of “Oliver”!
Cinema lost two wonderful, unforgettable British actors.
Rest in Peace Christopher Lee and Ron Moody, we will never forget you.
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Jaime Almeida (1949-2015)

Este pasado 29 de Mayo, sufrimos una de las más grandes perdidas en la cultural musical de nuestro país, el inesperado fallecimiento del musicólogo Jaime Almeida.

Jaime Almeida era un verdadero especialista de la historia de la música y era un deleite ver y escuchar sus comentarios.

Uno de mis programas favoritos era en el Canal 52 donde  Jaime Almeida explicó sobre el “club de los 27″, sobre, por supuesto, de todos los famosos cantantes que fallecieron a esa edad, de Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix y Brian Jones, hasta Kurt Cobain y Amy Winehouse.

Por supuesto que también era fascinante escuchar sus comentarios sobre Los Beatles, la historia de los Boleros, la música clásica, el Rock, el Jazz y Blues.

Descanse en paz, Jaime Almeida.

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Carlos Fuentes, Third Year od his Death Anniversary

Remembering the great Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes in his third death year anniversary. Carlos Fuentes was author of many celebrated novels and essays. In his obituary, the New York Times described him as “one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world” and an important influence on the Latin American Boom, the “explosion of Latin American literature in the 1960s and ’70s”, and The Guardian called him “Mexico’s most celebrated novelist. La Región más Transparente (Where the Air Is Clear) La Muerte de Artemio Cruz (The Death of Artemio Cruz), Aura, Terra Nostra, Gringo Viejo (The Old Gringo, in which later the made a film adaptation starring Gregory Peck, Jane Fonda and Jimmy Smits) and Los años con Laura Díaz (The Years with Laura Diaz) “La Silla del Águila” (The Eagle’s Throne) in which, by the way, this was the famous book that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto confussed in his now historical “Three Books” scandal that he couldn’t answer in the International Book Fair of Guadalajara in 2011. Carlos Fuentes was a very good friend of Cellist and writer Carlos Prieto and of Nobel Prize in Literature Gabriel García Márquez. Carlos Fuentes passed away in May 15th of 2012 at age 84.
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