Category Archives: RIP

R.I.P. Jimmy Buffett

I met Jimmy Buffett in 2017 in the theatre lobby after a performance of Escape to Margaritaville, the Broadway musical centered around Jimmy Buffett songs, then in preview. (The script was written by Greg Garcia and my cousin Mike O’Malley!) … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robbie Robertson

We’re saying goodbye to so many legends. This one’s hard. I immediately thought of the interview Robbie Roberson gave at the very beginning of the documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. The documentary starts with Link Wray, and … Continue reading

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R.I.P. William Friedkin

William Friedkin was “there” in my life before I even really put together that movies were a thing made by humans. As a kid, they were just full-immersion stories beyond my wildest dreams. I’m sure that’s true for most people. … Continue reading

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Pee Wee

Mitchell and I, juniors in college, sat at Bickford’s diner one night in Cranston, Rhode Island. We had been to the movies, I think. Our regular ritual. I’d go and pick him up, we’d drive to the movies, then we’d … Continue reading

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I normally have words in times like this. Pouring out the words is my way of dealing with the sadness of losing an artist who meant a lot to me. Like with Dean Stockwell. I had to (yes, had to) … Continue reading

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Music and my aunt Anne.

We said farewell to Anne yesterday, four generations gathered together, to mourn and celebrate our mother, aunt, sister, wife, friend. I wrote about Anne and my family, and music.

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R.I.P. Alan Arkin

Deaths come in clusters. In the past couple weeks we have lost Treat Williams, Frederic Forrest (Valley Girl!), and now Alan Arkin. A constant theme in my life: My adventures with afternoon television where I watched whatever the hell was … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Treat Williams

This is devastating news. In Sydney Lumet’s Making Movies, he talked about the choice to cast Treat Williams in Prince of the City: I wasn’t sure whether we were in drama or tragedy territory [with Prince of the City]. knew … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Tina Turner

When John Lennon was 24 years old, he was in the midst of the Beatles’ meteoric rise, and he was not handling it well. He wasn’t a particularly nice person, and – of all the Beatles – his childhood was … Continue reading

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Rest with Satan, Kenneth Anger

Kenneth Anger, experimental filmmaker and notorious figure – his trajectory emblematic of ’60s chaos, but influential far beyond the local time/place – author of the vicious Hollywood Babylon, a book referenced as though it’s the gospel truth, has died. He … Continue reading

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