RIP: “Stepford” novelist Ira Levin

Novelist and playwright Ira Levin, 78, passed away from a heart attack on Monday, November 12, in New York City. Levin’s books ROSEMARY’S BABY and THE STEPFORD WIVES were adapted into films noted for their subtle, creepy horror. (The 2004 remake of STEPFORD was an ill-conceived black comedy.) LOOK WHAT’S HAPPENED TO ROSEMARY’S BABY was …

Charles Griffith, Roger Corman's favorite screenwriter, dies

Charles Griffith, the prolific writer of dozens of scripts for low-budget movies, including the original version of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, has died at the age of 77, from unknown causes. Griffith is most well known for his long association with producer-director Roger Corman, who churned out numerous black-and-white sci-fi flicks back in the 1950s. …

Lois Maxwell – Bond's Miss Moneypenny – dies

Lois Maxwell, known to millions of fans for playing Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films, died in a hospital in Australia on Saturday. She was 80. Maxwell was one of those busy British thespians who goes from role to role, earning a living without ever becoming a star. Her appearances as the secretary of M division, who has …

Obituary: William Tuttle

William Tuttle, one of the pioneering greats in the history of movie monster makeup, has passed away. Tuttle spent most of his long career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, a studio more known for glossy musicals than misshapen monsters, but when the opportunity arose he truly excelled at his work. One of his earliest jobs was on the …

Ingmar Bergman & Michelangelo Antonioni, R.I.P.

Within days, two of the most famous names in the world of European art house filmmaking have passed away: Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni. Both men were known for making unique, highly personal, ambitious, symbolic, even confusing films with a reputation for appealing to sophisticated audiences and critics (although both of them occasionally met with …