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How 'Easy Rider' Karen Black Turned To The Public For Healthcare


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Karen Black, the Illinois-born actress who appeared in more than 100 movies including the classic 1969 road movie Easy Rider, has died at a Los Angeles clinic aged 74 following a battle with cancer, reports BBC News.

Black, who almost always played troubled characters, earned an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award for her hugely accomplished performance as a waitress who dates an upper class dropout (Jack Nicholson) in Five Easy Pieces. However, despite her impressive filmography, the actress was forced to turn to the public for help with treatment for her ampullary cancer.

An online funding appeal was set up by her husband Stephen Eckelberry in the hope of raising $60,000 for Karen to travel to Europe for treatment as part of a clinical study.

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Award Winning Actress, Karen Black, Dies After Losing Cancer Battle Aged 74


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Karen Black, the actress famous for her roles in films such as Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces and Nashville, died yesterday (Thursday 8th August). Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, made the announcement on his Facebook page. She passed away in a nursing facility in Santa Monica, CA after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 74 years old.

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Karen Black after a performance, at the Metropolitan in New York, of her How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Sing the Song.

Eckelberry wrote: "it is with great sadness that I have to report that my wife and best friend, Karen Black has just passed away, only a few minutes ago." He thanked Black's friends and fans for their "prayers and love", adding "they meant so much to her as they did to me."

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Karen Black's Cancer Crowd-Funding Smashes Goal Of $30,000!


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Karen Black's cancer fundraising scheme is taking off, pulling in $32,000 of the initial $30,000 goal. The actress, whose credits include Five Easy Pieces, Airport 1975 and the classic Easy Rider, is reaching out over the internet in a bid to raise the money for her medical treatment - she had been battling cancer on and off for over two years.

The crowd-funding campaign on GoFundMe.com is looking to raise the cash to send Black for two-months of treatment in Europe. Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, explains on the campaign's web page that Black, now 73, was first diagnosed with ampullary cancer in November 2010. She underwent surgery to remove a third of her pancreas and had extensive chemotherapy and radiation therapy and was declared clear of the disease in July 2011. However, by June 2012, the cancer had returned and spread to her lungs and lower back.

The actress now weighs just 96 pounds, down from 156 when first diagnosed with cancer. Eckleberry says the actress his living on "a modest pension" and that the couple have already used up their savings on previous treatment. "We have nothing left," Eckleberry wrote on the campaign page. "And the European treatment is not covered by insurance."

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Karen Black, Peter Fonda and Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Karen Black, Peter Fonda Friday 2nd November 2012 "Hitchcock" World Premiere - AFI FEST 2012 Presented By Audi, held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Karen Black, Peter Fonda and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
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Karen Black and Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Karen Black and Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Karen Black Friday 23rd September 2011 Universal Studios Hollywood 'Halloween Horror Nights' Eyegore Awards - Arrivals Universal City, California

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Karen Black Saturday 26th July 2008 after her performance in Karen Black's How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Sing the Song at the Metropolitan Room New York City, USA

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Karen Black Wednesday 23rd April 2008 Creative Time at Guastavino's New York City, USA

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Karen Black Sunday 6th May 2007 Los Angeles WoMen In Music honors the career achievements of Harriet Schock and also KOST 103.5 FM radio station on their 25th anniversary of broadcasting at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel Hollywood, California

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The Independent Review


Very Good
Mockumentary about the movie business? Okay, not original in any sense of the word, but putting Janeane Garofalo in a suit and spray-on tan is simply inspired.

The Independent is Jerry Stiller's show, starring him as Morty Fineman, a Roger Corman/Andy Sidaris-style filmmaker who makes lovingly crafted low-budget, borderline-exploitation films that the world largely dismisses as junk. The film follows Morty and daughter Paloma (Garofalo) as they try to revive Morty's sagging career and reflect on decades of schlocky work like Brothers Divided (about Siamese twins in Vietnam) and Foxy Chocolate Robot (about a foxy chocolate robot). The film uses present-day footage intercut with scenes ostensibly from Morty's body of work, all appropriate in graininess, streaks, and rotten acting quality. Real-world directors like Roger Corman and Ron Howard appear to offer commentary on Morty's oeuvre, all of whom declare him an underrated genius.

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Nashville Review


OK
Call me a heathen. I don't like Nashville.

Possibly the most celebrated film of the 1970s -- at least among film snob circles -- Robert Altman's sprawling case study of five days in the Tennessee city is self-absorbed, overwrought, and dismissive. Nor is it particularly well-made, with poor sound (even after being remastered for its DVD release) and washed-out photography, not to mention a running time (2:40) that's at least an hour too long.

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The Underground Comedy Movie Review


Bad
Impossible to properly describe, critique, or even relive in your mind, The Underground Comedy Movie (often seen advertised after hours on Comedy Central). A series of unrelated vignettes in the style of The Kentucky Fried Movie, The Underground Comedy Movie is a crass, disgusting, and vile re-creation of a late-1980s cable TV access show, small bits of film that cut in and out haphazardly and without any sense of pacing.

And we are all the worse for it. With scenes of shitting supermodels, a blubbering "virgin hunter," and even a Godfather spoof starring Joey Buttafuoco, terming this as "comedy" is a real stretch. At its lowest point, Underground is wholly unwatchable, most notably during a vignette in which an Arnold Schwarzenegger type has sex with a faux corpse.

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Capricorn One Review


Good
Hal Holbrook steals the show as a semi-deranged NASA exec who fakes a Mars landing in order to save the space program and his job... even if that means offing O.J. Simpson! Cute for a while, Capricorn One wears thin in its second hour, degenerating into a by-the-books chase movie with the feds after the rogue astronauts and Elliot Gould's reporter after the feds. Telly Savalas's cameo is a scream.

Men Review


Weak
Sean Young is a complete slut. If you like this idea for a movie, you're going to love Men. Loses its charm about 2/3 of the way in. If Young on her back can be considered "charm."

The Great Gatsby Review


Weak
Your high school English teacher was right: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby really is one of the best American novels of the 20th century, and if you weren't paying attention back in school, you should read it again right away. Will watching the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby serve as an acceptable shortcut? No. Sadly, the movie treats Fitzgerald's flawless novel as little more than a Jazz-age costume drama, and it goes heavy on the costumes, light on the drama.

Adapted for the screen by Francis Ford Coppola in just three weeks after Truman Capote was fired (so the story goes), Gatsby tells the story of the mysterious and elusive Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford), a superrich businessman who likes to throw wild weekend-long, gin-soaked parties at his sprawling Long Island estate. But who is he? Where did he come from? Rumors abound, but no one seems to know for sure, and as long as the band keeps playing and the booze keeps flowing, no one seems to care all that much.

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The Independent Review


OK

Remember that great Z-grade 1969 protest picture "Brothers Divided," about the conjoined twins drafted to serve in Vietnam?

No? How about the blaxploitation classics "Venus De Mofo" and "The Foxy Chocolate Robot?" Or the tree-hugging girlie biker flick "The Eco-Angels"? Or the midget Gidget movie "Teenie Weenie Bikini Beach"?

Those don't ring a bell? Surely you've seen at least one of the 427 movies directed by schlock filmmaker Morty Fineman over the last 38 years, right?

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