It was another packed week for news, though the sad passing of Lee Thompson Young and writer Elmore Leonard dominated. One Direction premiered their new movie, directed by Morgan Spurlock, while Dick Van Dyke got himself in a bit of a pickle.
The Only Way Is Up: As if it ever needed confirming that One Direction are the biggest pop group in the world, 80,000 fans turned up at the premiere of the boys' new movie This Is Us, directed by a one Mr Morgan Spurlock. Diehard followers had jostled for position up to 48 hours in advance in central London. Check out which of the band is now an engaged man!
Lights Go Down: It was with great regret that we reported the sad news that Friday Night Lights star Lee Thompson Young had died this week, having apparently taken his own life. Tributes are predictably pouring in for the talented young actor, though colleagues are still in shock at such a devastating loss to the acting community. Read the tributes to Lee Thompson Young here.
Young did not leave a suicide note, nor was he addicted to any kind of substances, and the reason behind his death remains shrouded in mystery
Lee Thompson Young was found dead at his home on Monday (19 August) this week, having apparently taken his own life by shooting himself. As police continue their investigation into his death, the reasons behind it are becoming more and more mysterious, as revelations into his personal life do not indicate that he was suffering from any kind of depression or that he was battling any addictions. The scene where he was found was also void of any suicide note, and so far police and friends and relatives of Young are still contemplating what really happened in his last few hours.
This Tuesday (20 August), the New York Daily News reported that police investigating the scene of his death have so far found the gun that Young apparently turned on himself, but have found little else to suggest that Young decided to take his own life. A Los Angeles Police Officer told the NY Daily News that they are still looking for further indications that Young took his own life and although they are investigating his death as a suicide, they have not ruled out the possibility that his death may be more complex. He said, "It's still a mystery. Evidently he was a clean-cut kid who didn't use alcohol and had no reported drug problem."
Lee Thompson Young, the actor who starred in Disney's 'The Famous Jett Jackson' and TNT's 'Rizzoli & Isles', was found dead in his L.A. home on Monday 18th August.
Lee Thompson Young, the actor famous for his television work on Rizzoli & Isles and The Famous Jett Jackson, was found dead on Monday. The actor's cause of death and events leading to the discovery of his body on Monday (18th August) are being investigated by police and L.A. officials owing to the high-profile nature of the case.
Lee Thompson Young at a birthday celebration in L.A. in 2008.
Young's body was found on Monday at his North Hollywood home after he failed to show up for work on Rizzoli & Isles. The cast and crew grew concerned about their colleague's whereabouts and contacted Young's landlord. The police were called and forcibly entered his apartment. According to a police spokeswoman, speaking to the Washington Post, he was declared dead by the L.A. Fire Department.
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Police are yet to confirm the cause of death officially.
The 29-year-old actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment on Monday (Aug, 19). While the cause of death is yet to be confirmed by police officials, his manager Paul Baruch announced it was a suicide, saying he "tragically took his own life".
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"It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," Baruch expressed in a statement. "Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed. We ask that you please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this difficult time." (Sky News)
Continue reading: Lee Thompson Young Death, Suicide All But Confirmed
Lee Thompson Young, the actor currently starring in Rizzoli & Isles, sadly committed suicide yesterday morning, his representative has confirmed.
Lee Thompson Young, the actor best known for starring in Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson, was found dead in his L.A. home yesterday morning (18th August). When the 29-year-old failed to show up to work, on the show Rizzoli & Isles, the staff grew concerned and contacted Young's landlord who found his body.
Lee Thompson Young photographed at a birthday party in L.A., 2008.
His representative has confirmed the gunshot wound on Young's body was self-inflicted. In a statement, this representative said: "it is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning. Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed."
Continue reading: Co-Stars Mourn As Lee Thompson Young's Suicide Confirmed By Publicist
There was a sequel to the original Hills in 1985 that had race-bound bikers busing their way across the desert and ending up stranded. This far bloodier version of the sequel has National Guard trainees on a routine mission falling into the hands of our favorite deformed mutants in the same desert as the unfortunate family in the 2006 movie.
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Based on journalist H.G. Bissinger's best selling book, Friday Night Lights examines the craze surrounding the team's bumpy road to the 1988 state championship. For these players, excelling at football is the only ticket out of their dilapidated desert town. All of Odessa's residents are motivated to do their part to help get them out. Players are pushed to the breaking point on the field by driven coaches, and equally pressed off the field by their win-obsessed parents. At the local burger joint, players eat for free, heed words of advice, and pose for pictures with fans.
Continue reading: Friday Night Lights Review
"Friday Night Lights" takes place in a dismal West Texas suburb where society revolves entirely around high school football and the "winning is everything" philosophy is considered an All-American value.
Director Peter Berg ("The Rundown") vividly captures life here beginning with the opening shot -- an aerial view of sagebrush, oil pumps and dust rising to a hazy horizon as a pickup barrels down a dirt road, an AM radio sports show blaring out its windows with boorish, pejorative fans calling in for a round of Monday morning quarterbacking.
But the film seems to endorse the hardcore sports-junkie attitude that obstinately forgives arrogance, misogyny, substance abuse, narrow-mindedness and bullying in any star athlete just as long as he produces results on the field. The movie's principles are seriously out of whack, even as it angles toward a Big Life Lesson about learning to live with falling short of greatness.
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Date of birth
1st February, 1984
Date of death
19th August, 2013
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