RIP: Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers

Dear Joan Rivers, Where do I even begin? I've been dreading writing this letter to you, yet I knew this day would come, as it comes for all of us eventually. I always swore when your number was up, I would lose my mind–which is happening but I'm trying to keep myself from becoming completely unglued because that would be a mess you certainly wouldn't want to clean up! Of course you wanted tears and you got 'em–including a week-long MORE

Joan Rivers has passed away

Joan Rivers

After a week spent comatose in the hospital (triggered by cardiac arrest during a routine surgery procedure), Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81. Joan, for those of you who didn't know, was one of the first female comedians to ever break it big. She was Johnny Carson's (first and only) permanent guest host on The Tonight Show. If you're ever able to pick up a copy and read We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy, there's an MORE

RIP: Robin Williams

Robin Williams

I'm still in a state of complete shock from hearing the tragic news of (comedian, actor and all around awesome human being) Robin Williams' sudden passing at the age of 63. His lifeless body was discovered in his Tiburon home just north of San Francisco around noon–preliminary reports have his death attributed to self-inflicted asphyxiation (suicide). We all know Robin had numerous struggles while in Hollywood's spotlight including drug and MORE

RIP: Harold Ramis dead at 69

Harold Ramis

If you've ever had a sick day and comforted yourself by watching great movies like Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Animal House, Stripes, or even SCTV, bad news: Harold Ramis, the man behind them all, just died at the age of 69. Chicago Tribune reports ... Harold Ramis was one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers when he moved his family from Los Angeles back to the Chicago area in 1996. His career was still thriving, with Groundhog MORE

RIP: Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black was arguably the first and greatest child star (making 44 movies before her 12th birthday), and still remains one of Hollywood's most identifiable icons. She also single-handedly launched the whole 'adorable children tap-dancing' movie genre, which sadly doesn't exist anymore but probably should. Unfortunately, she died yesterday at the age of 85. Via CNN ... Shirley Temple Black, who rose to fame as arguably the most MORE

RIP: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Oh my gosh, I am in shock right now ... award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead this morning in his Manhattan apartment from an apparent drug overdose, he was 46. I know he was struggling with heroin addiction (and did a stint in rehab last year) but it seemed like everything was back on track, especially after hearing he landed a new Showtime comedy series called Happyish. I've been a huge fan of his work ever since 1997's MORE

RIP: Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Oh no! There is very sad and tragic news to report tonight ... hunky actor Paul Walker (age 40) passed away in a car accident earlier this afternoon near Santa Clarita. TMZ just broke the story, it's shocking to think Paul, best known for his roles in those Fast & Furious films ended up dying in a fiery car crash. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, it's yet another reminder to live everyday like it might be your last, you MORE

RIP: Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

And now for some more sad news from over the weekend: Marcia Wallace, best known for her work on The Bob Newhart Show and her voicework as Mrs. Krabappel on The Simpsons, passed away over the weekend at the age of 70. Via The New York Times ... Marcia Wallace, the bubbly comic actress who greeted doctors and group-therapy patients on The Bob Newhart Show in the 1970s and burnished the image of jaded, substance-abusing fourth-grade teachers as MORE

RIP: Lou Reed

Lou Reed

Sad news, everyone: Lou Reed, the legendary rock artist of The Velvet Underground, is dead at the age of 71. Now's as good a time as any to start playing "I Found A Reason" for the rest of the day, so I might as well get started. Reuters reports ... Lou Reed, the pioneering musician who fronted influential rock band The Velvet Underground and won mainstream acclaim with solo songs "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Perfect Day", died on Sunday aged MORE

RIP: Karen Black

Karen Black

There is very sad news to report today, one of my favorite actresses, Karen Black, passed away earlier today from cancer at the age of 74. Although she starred in well over 100 movies (mainly in the 60s and 70s but she did work up until last year) including Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces (which scored her an Oscar nomination) and Nashville, there are two classic and campy horror movies I loved as a kid that she starred in, Burnt Offerings (1976) MORE

RIP: Talia Joy Castellano

Talia Joy Castellano

Sad news: Talia Joy Castellano, the 13-year-old Youtube makeup artist who appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show and who was featured as an honorary CoverGirl, passed away yesterday after her long battle with cancer. Via Talia's Facebook page ... It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22am. Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send your love and prayers to MORE

RIP: ‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith

Oh gosh, there's very sad and tragic news to report tonight ... Glee star Cory Monteith (who played Finn Hudson) was found dead earlier tonight possibly from an overdose (details are still sketchy right now) in a Vancouver hotel at the age of just 31. I'm completely shocked yet we all knew he had issues with substance abuse (a topic he was quite frank about) and recently completed a stint in rehab. I've been such a huge fan of Glee from the very MORE

RIP: James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

Death is very rarely, if ever, logical. No matter how much we'd like to make sense of it, the truth is death is perfectly senseless. Unfortunately, that's just the way it is. Which brings us to the tragic and sad news of Sopranos' actor James Gandolfini's sudden death at the young age of 51 from a heart attack while vacationing in Italy, which ... well, that's a very special kind of senseless. Via HuffPo ... James Gandolfini would have hated MORE

RIP Jean Stapleton (aka Edith Bunker)

Jean Stapleton and Carol O'Connor

Sad news to report, Jean Stapleton, star of stage and screen passed away at her home in NYC yesterday at the age of 90. She'll be best remembered for her iconic role as Edith Bunker from Norman Lear's now classic 1970s television show, All In The Family. Without a doubt, the ground-breaking (and controversial) show still remains my top favorite TV show of all-time, a lot of the credit for that goes to Jean, who won three Emmy awards for her MORE