When I was younger, so much younger than today, my cousins and I stumbled upon a comedy album in my aunt's record collection. It was called Eat Out More Often. We thought it was about going to McDonald's. We were quite wrong. The comedy routine described -- well, never mind, but it was my introduction to Rudy Ray Moore, who died on October 19th of this year. Moore entertained two generations of 'hood rats with his incredibly blue humor and unfortunate penchant for being middle-aged, paunchy and consistently naked both in movies and on his album covers. Rappers like Snoop Dogg credit RRM's "rappin' and tappin'" delivery as an inspiration. While Moore wasn't as well known as his contemporary, Redd Foxx, he was most remembered as the character he played in movies and on record, Dolemite. Mack Daddy Dolemite was so tough not even death could touch him. Life doesn't always imitate art.
Poor Aaron Eckhart. Just over a month ago, and only five days after The Dark Knight opened to huge numbers, he told the world he was ready to jump back in the saddle for the The Dark Knight's sequel, saying that to work with the cast again would be "phenomenal." It didn't take long for the actor to get a reminder that his character had, in fact, died at the end of the previous movie and wouldn't be making an appearance in any sequels.
The man who birthed a thousand creatures is gone. Hollywood visual effects master Stan Winston passed away on Sunday from multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the blood cells he had been dealing with for seven years, at the age of 62. He is survived by a wife, son, daughter, brother, four grandchildren and an army of dinosaurs, aliens, robots and mutants that he has helped bring to life over the years.