Stuart Freeborn, creator of Yoda and legendary make-up artist, has passed away at the age of 98. In the words of the great green Jedi, "death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force."
Burt Kwouk's agent issued the following statement: "Beloved actor Burt Kwouk has sadly passed peacefully away. The family will be having a private funeral but there will be a memorial at a later date." Kwouk is survived by his wife Caroline Tebbs, who he married in 1961 and his son.
Kwouk famously played Mr. Ling in Goldfinger, and Spectre 3 in You Only Live Twice, as well as a Chinese genearl in the 1967 spoof Casino Royale. But now to bring it back to one of his greatest, most acclaimed moments of all time in Pink Panther between Cato (himself) and Chief Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers):
Rest in peace Mr. Kwouk, you were a tremendous talent and a true gift to the film/television industry!
Michiyo Yasuda's terrific work with the studio spans from her earliest days with work on 'Castle in the Sky' (1986) to Hiyo Miyazaki's final film, 'The Wind Rises' (a few years ago).
(Castle in the Sky)
(The Wind Rises)
“What I like best is when I am building up the colors in my head, thinking of how to get the tone worked out,” Yasuda said during her interview with the L.A. Times. “Color has a meaning, and it makes the film more easily understood. Colors and pictures can enhance what the situation is on screen.” RIP Michiyo Yasuda, you will be missed!
Nintendo's President, Saturo Iwata, has passed away according to a statement from Nintendo. The cause of death was a bile duct tumor. Iwata had been battling the disease since 2014, when he missed a shareholder meeting to undergo surgery. Fans and colleagues alike have taken to Twitter to mourn the loss of this lifelong gamer, developer, and businessman:
Anton Yelchin died in a car accident Sunday morning. The talented young actor's colleagues, collaborators, and friends have already stepped forward to pay their respects following this truly horrendous and tragic event.