Freddie Mercury’s Sudden Death Still Shocks Fans, Even 25 Years Later

October 14, 2017

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It was recently announced that Rami Malek will be taking on the role of the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (née Farrokh Bulsara) in the new biopic titled Bohemian Rhapsody. Freddie was only 45 when he passed away on Nov. 24, 1991, and the upcoming film has revived interest in the details surrounding his death.

Freddie released a statement disclosing that he suffered from AIDS less than 24 hours before he died in his London home from bronchopneumonia resulting from the disease. “I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV-positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me,” he said. “However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease.”

The news came as a shock to Freddie’s fans, given that he was extremely private when it came to his personal life, but his longtime friend and bandmate Roger Taylor later opened up about why Freddie initially chose to keep his battle with AIDS a secret. “He didn’t want to be looked at as an object of pity and curiosity,” Roger told Entertainment Weekly. “And he didn’t want circling vultures over his head.”

While the British singer never married, Freddie carried on a relationship with a woman named Mary Austin in the early ’70s and left her his mansion, a large part of his wealth, and recording royalties after his death. Freddie was also sexually involved with his personal chef, Joe Fanelli, who was diagnosed with AIDS in the Summer of 1990 prior to dating Jim Hutton, who discovered he was HIV-positive a few weeks after Joe was diagnosed. It’s still unclear how Freddie contracted the disease.

Annie Lennox and David Bowie at the Freddie Mercury tribute. Image Source: Getty / Kevin Mazur

The Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert For AIDS Awareness was later put on at England’s Wembley Stadium in April 1992 in honor of Freddie’s memory. It featured performances by Def Leppard, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Elton John, and Metallica and was broadcast in 76 countries. All of the proceeds were donated to an AIDS organization.

Even though it’s been nearly 26 years since Freddie died, his legacy is alive and strong. Not only did Freddie help influence music genres from heavy metal to pop, but he also continues to inspire musicians like Adam Lambert, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga today. Adam, who has been fronting Queen since 2012, previously told Rolling Stone that he initially fell in love with the band because he could identify with Freddie. “Look at what Freddie pulled off! He had the balls to do so much outlandish sh*t on stage and say exactly whatever he wanted to say and wear whatever he wanted to wear.” Katy was also heavily inspired by the singer. “Freddie Mercury was – and remains – my biggest influence,” she previously told the Daily Star. “The combination of his sarcastic approach to writing lyrics and his ‘I don’t give a f*ck’ attitude really inspired my music.” Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled to start production this Fall and is expected to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.

ONTD Original: The Original Losers Club 27 Years Later

September 13, 2017

Given the success of the film adaptation, I thought it’d be interesting to look up what the child actors from the miniseries are doing now.

Again, this is just the kid actors.

1. Jonathan Brandis as Bill
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Unfortunately, Brandis took his own life back in 2003 at the age of 27.

After IT (where he was 14 at the time), Brandis went on to have bit roles here and there (like a voice acting role in the animated Aladdin series and a starring role in NeverEnding Story II) until he finally landed a recurring role in SeaQuest 2032 at the age of 17. After that was cancelled, he got the occasional movie though nothing very large (his role in Hart’s War was minor and most of it ended up on the cutting room floor).

2. Emily Perkins as Bev
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Since starring in IT at 13, Perkins has continued to appear regularly in several films/tv shows including Ginger Snaps, Da Vinci’s Inquest, She’s the Man, Juno, and Supernatural. Her last film was in 2014, but she still makes regular appearances at conventions.

She’s currently married to film professor Ernest Mathjis, who also writes books about cult films

3. Brandon Crane as Ben
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Crane’s other most notable role was as Doug Porter on The Wonder Years. Otherwise, he hasn’t really acted much which is fine since he seems to be doing quite well building websites for companies. He’s built sites for Horizon Growers Pistachios, Sandisk, and Penguin Random House among others. He’s also pretty active on twitter

He and his wife currently run the design agency Solid Fuel Creative

4. Marlon Taylor as Mike Hanlon
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Taylor was in the short lived series “You Take the Kids” and had minor roles on other shows like Sister, Sister in 1994. According to IMDB, he didn’t have any roles from then until the movie Know Thy Enemy in 2009. He still didn’t get too many roles afterwards, but his next role will be as a zombie on Z-Nation.

According to his twitter account, he lives in Seattle and is an “Actor, father, family man, creative old soul, poet, husband, lover, the good the bad and the ugly.”

5. Seth Green as Richie
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Does it really have to be said? The most well known of the child cast who is still working in Hollywood whether it’s acting or producing. His directorial debut, Changeland, is currently in post-production

6. Adam Faraizl as Eddie
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Last acting credit was in 1992 with a sequel to Where the Red Fern Grows. He went to college and graduated with a degree in Pacific & Asian Studies from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

He currently works in the restaurant service industry as a bar manager in Seattle.

7. Ben Heller as Stanley
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IT was the only thing Heller acted in. He’s participating in a documentary about IT, but otherwise, he’s off the grid.

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28 Celebrities Who Got Married Later in Life

July 15, 2017

There seems to be a newly engaged couple in Hollywood every five minutes, but not every celebrity has been in a rush to walk down the aisle. From A-list movie stars to talk-show hosts to comedians, some of the biggest names in show business made sure to sow all of their wild oats before settling down. And while some couples are no longer an item, all of these duos waited until after they turned 40 to say “I do” for the first or second time. Keep reading to see who was very patient when it came to the rest of their lives, then check out all the celebrity couples who’ve already walked down the aisle this year.

Why Grace Kelly’s “Wedding of the Century” Still Blows Our Minds 61 Years Later

June 22, 2017

When you think of an opulent royal wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton or Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s lavish London nuptials probably come to mind. Long before either of those couples tied the knot, however, a different royal pair made waves with their mind-blowing wedding celebration: Grace Kelly and Monaco’s Prince Rainier III. The couple first met at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955 and were engaged a few months later. Their glamorous wedding was held soon afterward on April 18, 1956, and remains one of the most glamorous affairs in royal history. Let’s take a look back at why it had jaws on the floor back then and still blows our minds 61 years later.

Daria: 20 Years Later

April 4, 2017

The co-creator of Daria Susie Lewis and character designer Karen Disher have imagined what Daria and her friends and family are doing twenty years after the show ended.

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