For television, an actor's death presents a variety of problems. Writers face a difficult choice: Should they recast, or end the actor's role prematurely? Here are some times when the deaths of actors meant the deaths of their TV characters, for better or for worse.
The departure of Frank Fritz, confirmed by the History Channel in late July of 2021, will leave a substantial hole in "American Pickers" when it returns for its 23rd season. The program has benefited from its stars' unique chemistry for more than a decade, and it's hard to imagine anyone stepping up to the plate that could match Fritz's contributions to the show.
Over the course of his nearly 40-year onscreen career, Williams was frequently at the top of casting lists for a variety of projects. (A 2011 Vulture piece reminds us Williams was considered to play Jack Torrance in "The Shining" and Joe Miller in "Philadelphia," parts that eventually went to Jack Nicholson and Denzel Washington, respectively.) Rarely, though, do we see instances of Williams actually signing on for a role before eventually quitting the project.
For a full decade, Scarlett Johansson has been among the most visible stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Widow's presence in so many MCU entries made her synonymous with the biggest film franchise of a generation. So it goes without saying that it came as a shock when, on July 29, 2021, Johansson filed a lawsuit against her former employers at Disney...
For Liu, "Charlie's Angels" was a breakout role and helped launch her career, which has since been incredibly successful. She's gone on to star in films such as 2003's "Kill Bill: Volume 1" and 2018's "Set it Up," as well as the 2003 sequel to "Charlie's Angels." Most recently, she starred in the first season of "Why Women Kill." However, it turns out that Liu's experience working on "Charlie's Angels" was not all good, as she had to deal with some "inexcusable" behavior from Murray...
It's been decades since little Bastian Bux dove into The NeverEnding Story and watched on as the tale within a tale's heroes battled back against the Nothing to save the Childlike Empress and her kingdom from certain doom, but the movie still resonates. The 1984 fantasy family film showcased the power of imagination, courage, and perseverance, and presented an array of unforgettable characters. What's become of the cast members? Here's what the cast of The NeverEnding Story looks like today.
Immaculately rendered, beautifully acted, and horrifying in ways words cannot convey, "The Shining" has rightfully served as the gold standard for horror cinema since its release, with many genre purists believing only one movie bests it in terms of scares. As such, much has been said of Stanley Kubrick's twisted tale of supernatural psychosis, with neophytes and elitists alike seeking to crack the film's sinister cinematic code.
The mythical man Steven Seagal ruled the box office for years with huge hits like Hard to Kill, Above the Law, and Under Siege. But while you have to give the people what they want, what they want isn't always the same thing. Tastes change, and eventually, Seagal faded from movie star prominence. Here's a look at what he's been up to since receding from the spotlight.
John Daniel Matuszak was once a scrawny, awkward kid from the Midwest. Then he grew into a physical colossus, became a big-time California football star, and eventually, an out-and-out movie star. His life was fully lived, but way too short. We're here to examine it, from his famous role in The Goonies to his time passing the pigskin.
If you've watched even just one episode of the quirky cult-adventure series Xena: Warrior Princess, then there's a strong likelihood that you became immediately and irrevocably obsessed with the charismatic star of the show, Lucy Lawless. So much so that you may have found yourself wondering, probably out loud and at inappropriate moments, whatever happened to the actress who played Xena?
Until recently, the History Channel and the crew behind "American Pickers" hadn't said anything about Fritz's disappearance from the show, leading fans on a Facebook fan page to ask, demand, and wonder about what was going on behind the scenes...
The 1997 sci-fi/horror hybrid Event Horizon is a singularly odd film. It's permeated by an atmosphere of dread, and it features some great performances, as well as some genuinely shocking violence. But one gets the feeling that it isn't quite the film that its director, future Resident Evil series mastermind Paul W.S. Anderson, intended.
Despite the genius of a film like Jaws — a straightforward plot with an unthinking, unfeeling villain that plays on our most primal fears — there are quite a few mistakes in the movie. References to historical events don't always check out, and some of the characters' claims about sharks would leave a marine biologist shaking their head. The next time you watch Jaws, keep an eye out for these silly screw-ups that everyone just ignored...
Few actors get pigeonholed more than sci-fi actors. Comedic actors often turn to drama, action stars will make slower paced movies — but once someone is labeled a "sci-fi star," that's often their lot in life. Leonard Nimoy famously had a hard time finding roles outside Spock, so much so that his first autobiography was titled I Am Not Spock. This, in part, explains why so many just disappear — which we're going to be looking at here.
If nothing else, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan is a man who knows how to end a movie. Sure, sometimes his endings are baffling to a fault, but even when every other element in his films fails to move the needle with the viewer, they're guaranteed to be gobsmacked by his twisty conclusions. Shyamalan's latest film "Old" is no different, delivering a stunner of a third act paradigm shift that leaves the audience with plenty to unpack.
Mackenzie Rosman plays Ruthie, the youngest daughter at the outset, who is just five years old in the first season. Rosman was just a 17-year-old when her big-break series ended over a decade ago, meaning she's now long past her teen years and well into adulthood, making her barely recognizable to fans of 7th Heaven.
It's all well and good to watch young singles look for love on a bizarre reality TV show, but let's be honest: You really want to see what each of these "Sexy Beasts" participants looks like underneath all those prosthetics and makeup. Lucky for you, we've rounded up photos of each contestant in their made-up and regular selves, so you can see them in all their "Sexy Beasts" glory.
Vin Diesel, of course, has played Dominic Toretto in the Fast and Furious franchise from the very beginning and continues to star in the franchise's films, including the latest installment, "F9." Dwayne Johnson did not appear in "F9," and now, he has something big to say about both that and whether or not he'll appear in any other films within the franchise going forward. Here's what Dwayne Johnson said about appearing in any future "Fast and Furious" films.
Not only is Margera absent from the teases for "Jackass Forever" itself, but he's also not prominently featured in any of the archival footage that appears in the trailer. If you grew up watching him on "Jackass" or his spin-off series "Viva La Bam," you're likely curious about his absence. Here's why Bam Margera isn't in the trailer for "Jackass Forever."
Audiences have received "Cosmic Sin" more warmly than critics, giving it a respectable 66% Audience Score on the aggregate rating site. Now, the film is heating up on Netflix, and we can certainly see why — though it might not be for the reasons that you would think, or that critics would appreciate. Strap in and we'll explain why this astronomically awful film is worth your time and popcorn.
Khal Drogo takes what he wants and he does what he feels like, without restraint or consequence. If anything, Drogo might be considered a stepping stone on Dany's path to greatness, but he shouldn't be credited with making her who she is. Drogo has done a lot of really messed up things — but one of them stands out above the rest as the absolute worst.
From the second Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) waltzes in to recruit John Walker (Wyatt Russell) for mysterious purposes, it's clear that her hard-to-walk stilettos are filled by a character with far more knowledge than anyone else around her. Marvel Studios bigshot Kevin Feige himself has stepped in to discuss the good (?) Contessa ... and it turns out he's happy to confirm what we've been suspecting about Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
"American Horror Stories" may be a new experiment in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's television universe — one-off tales of terror as opposed to season-long narratives — but many of the hallmarks of their style are still there. There was even one scene that had commenters on Reddit up in arms, but it's likely not the one you think.
The actress behind Olivia, Mariska Hargitay, has seen her star rise as well, as her portrayal has become an immediately recognizable aspect of television, even among those who aren't regular viewers of the show. However, Hargitay was an established performer even before the show began, and her path to the role of Olivia Benson has had many twists and turns along the way. Here's a look at the transformation of Mariska Hargitay from her childhood to her iconic run on "Law & Order: SVU."
"The Office" didn't just pick from Hollywood for its cameos — it also opened an invite to Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The NFL athlete might be known for his arm, but he also shows off his judging skills in a special episode of "The Office."
Nolan's opinions about superhero movies carry more weight than most. Not only was "The Dark Knight" trilogy one of the most successful superhero trilogies ever — combined, all three films took in almost $2.5 billion (via The Numbers) — but his distinctive grimdark sensibility arguably set the template for most superhero movies in the 2010s. But Nolan wasn't as impressed with another DC title that followed his trilogy. Here's what he considers to be the worst superhero movie.