Director Tobe Hooper, who died in Los Angeles on Saturday at age 74, created many movies and TV shows during his long career — including stepping to helm the filming of "Poltergeist" when Steven Spielberg was contractually banned from directing other films during the production of "ET: The Extra Terrestrial."
Hooper's most admired film, of course, was 1974's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." In 2014, on the occasion of the film's 40th anniversary, "The Exorcist" director William Friedkin interviewed Hooper before an overflow audience at Los Angeles' Vista theater. During the engaging conversation, Friedkin called Hooper "one of the sweetest, nicest guys I’ve ever known." And then added, "So I often wonder where this stuff comes from.”
Hooper talked about purposely pitting his actors against each other to keep the on-screen tension high, how an unlikely pair of albums — Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and Lou Reed's "Berlin" — inspired him during the writing of the screenplay, and about "how damn strong women are,” referring to the resilent character played by Marilyn Burns. “She’s just not going to die.”
Following the resignations Tuesday of two leadership figures at Cinefamily, the Los Angeles independent film venue has announced that it is temporarily suspending all activities to "allow for the investigation and necessary restructure of management and the board."
"Recently, claims were made alleging improper behavior by one of more members of the organization," reads a release posted on the organization's website and social media pages. "The Board of Directors of The Cinefamily has no tolerance for any form of behavior that does not conform to the high standards demanded by our members and staff and that of common human decency."
The letter also says that Cinefamily is bringing on "an independent third party, Giles Miller at Lynx Insights & Investigations, to conduct a thorough investigation" into the allegations.
Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally frightful vision, has died. He was 74.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office says Hooper died Saturday in Sherman Oaks. It was reported as a natural death.
Hooper and contemporaries like George Romero crafted some of the scariest nightmares that ever haunted moviegoers. He directed 1982's “Poltergeist” from a script by Steven Spielberg and was behind the 1979 miniseries “Salem's Lot,” based on the Stephen King novel.
As the potentially devastating Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas coast, major acts including Coldplay, Lady Antebellum and Mary J. Blige have canceled or rescheduled their Houston-area concerts.
Coldplay on Friday postponed a show scheduled for NRG Stadium in Houston.
"We really wanted to play tonight, but sitting here all together watching the news about the storm, we feel that we can’t ask anyone to put their safety at risk. So, sadly, we will have to postpone," the band wrote.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' legal battle with British website MailOnline has been settled.
The "Two and a Half Men" actor, the "Bad Moms" actress and the outlet "have reached a satisfactory resolution of their legal action" regarding the publication of photos of their children, their legal representatives said in a joint statement to The Times on Friday.
The couple, who starred in "That '70s Show" together years before they began dating, took the website's publisher, Associated Newspapers, to London's High Court in July 2015 over two articles featuring their daughter, who was 1 at the time.
As if there were any doubt as to the level of interest in Taylor Swift's first new music in three years, her first single from her forthcoming album, "Reputation," has been blowing up since it premiered Thursday night.
The lyric video for "Look What You Made Me Do" had logged more than 7 million views as of 9:30 a.m. Friday. Additionally, Swift tweeted that the official video for the song will premiere Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony.
For those who want to dig in and attempt to decode what and to whom the "I don't like you" references might refer, here are the full lyrics to the song: