Oscars In Memoriam: Annual Omission List Includes Adam West, Tobe Hooper

As per usual the Oscars ceremony last night at the Dolby Theatre included an In Memoriam segment put together by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and as usual some weren’t happy about a few names that failed to make the cut.
This year, a total of 51 names and photos were flashed across the screen as Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder sung a cover of Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top” while playing solo guitar. But among the notables left off: actor Adam West

As per usual the Oscars ceremony last night at the Dolby Theatre included an In Memoriam segment put together by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and as usual some weren’t happy about a few names that failed to make the cut. This year, a total of 51 names and photos were flashed across the screen as Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder sung a cover of Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top” while playing solo guitar. But among the notables left off: actor Adam West

Bill Paxton’s Family Sues Los Angeles Hospital for Wrongful Death of Late Actor

Paxton passed away from a stroke just over a week after undergoing heart surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Bill Paxton’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, claiming the late actor’s death almost one year ago could’ve been prevented. Paxton died on February 25, 2017 of a stroke. The 61-year-old actor had undergone heart surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center just 11 days before his death.

According to legal documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight, Paxton’s family believes the surgeon used “a high risk and unconventional surgical approach with which he lacked experience” while operating on the actor. The document also claims that post-surgery complications were the result of the surgeon “misrepresenting and/or concealing information relating to the risks of surgery.”

The family’s attorney, Bruce Broillet, made the following statement to Entertainment Tonight: “Bill Paxton and his family trusted the physicians and staff at this medical facility but instead Cedars-Sinai betrayed their trust. The surgeon’s actions resulted in this tragic and preventable death.”

Cedars-Sinai responded to the lawsuit in a statement released to CNN. The hospital notes that by law it is not allowed to comment on “patient care without written authorization.”

“Nothing is more important to Cedars-Sinai than the health and safety of our patients,” the statement reads. “These remain our top priorities. One of the reasons for our high quality is that we thoroughly review concerns about any patient’s medical care. This process ensures that we can continue to provide the highest quality care.”

Bill Paxton’s Family Files Wrongful-Death Suit Over “Concealed” Risk Of Heart Surgery

The family of Bill Paxton says the Titanic actor’s death a year ago following heart surgery was unnecessary and preventable, and has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the surgeon who operated on him.
Paxton, one of Hollywood’s most popular actors with such credits as Twister and Big Love, was 61 when he died following a stroke last February 25, 11 days after the heart surgery to replace an aortic valve and repair an aortic aneurysm.
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The family of Bill Paxton says the Titanic actor’s death a year ago following heart surgery was unnecessary and preventable, and has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the surgeon who operated on him. Paxton, one of Hollywood’s most popular actors with such credits as Twister and Big Love, was 61 when he died following a stroke last February 25, 11 days after the heart surgery to replace an aortic valve and repair an aortic aneurysm. In…

Bill Paxton’s family sues Cedars-Sinai hospital for wrongful death

It’s been almost exactly one year since the February 2017 death of actor Bill Paxton, who died of a stroke that was attributed to complications from a recent heart surgery. Now, his family is suing Cedars-Sinai hospital for wrongful death, alleging that the procedure in question was “unconventional,” and that doctors…

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It’s been almost exactly one year since the February 2017 death of actor Bill Paxton, who died of a stroke that was attributed to complications from a recent heart surgery. Now, his family is suing Cedars-Sinai hospital for wrongful death, alleging that the procedure in question was “unconventional,” and that doctors…

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Bill Paxton’s Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Hospital

The wife and children of deceased actor Bill Paxton have filed a lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, alleging that the hospital was negligent in treating the “Aliens” actor prior to his death last year

According to the suit, filed by Paxton’s wife Louise and children James and Lydia, the actor consulted the defendants over his cardiac conditions, including bicuspid aortic valve and aortic aneurysm, and was counseled to undergo heart surgery.

However, the suit contends, prior to Paxton’s Feb. 14, 2017 surgery, the defendants “misrepresented and/or concealed information relating to the risks of surgery and care that would be provided and/or failed to adequately explain the proposed treatment or procedure and/or failed to disclose that Defendant Ali Khoynnezhad, M.D., was going to use a high risk and unconventional surgical approach with which he lacked experience and which was, based on information and belief, beyond the scope of his privileges.”

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“Upon information and belief, during and after the heart surgery … Defendants provided negligent diagnosis, management and treatment of decedent William Paxton. Due to Defendants’ acts and omissions, Decedent William Paxton suffered multiple complications, including but not limited to, excessive bleeding, cardiogenic shock, right ventricle dysfunction, ventricular tachycardia, right ventricular ischemia and a compromised right coronary artery,” the complaint adds.

The suit goes on to say that Khoynezhad wasn’t in the operating room when Paxton began suffering complications and didn’t arrange for continuous care and coverage before leaving the operating room.

Paxton died on Feb. 25, 2017, the suit says. He was 61.

Also Read: Bill Paxton Cause of Death Revealed

Alleging wrongful death, negligence, hospital negligence and battery, among other counts, the suit seeks unspecified damages

“State and federal privacy laws prevent us from commenting about patient care without written authorization. But we can share the following: Nothing is more important to Cedars-Sinai than the health and safety of our patients,” a spokeswoman for Cedars-Sinai told TheWrap in a statement. “These remain our top priorities. One of the reasons for our high quality is that we thoroughly review concerns about any patient’s medical care. This process ensures that we can continue to provide the highest quality care.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Bill Paxton Cause of Death Revealed

The wife and children of deceased actor Bill Paxton have filed a lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, alleging that the hospital was negligent in treating the “Aliens” actor prior to his death last year

According to the suit, filed by Paxton’s wife Louise and children James and Lydia, the actor consulted the defendants over his cardiac conditions, including bicuspid aortic valve and aortic aneurysm, and was counseled to undergo heart surgery.

However, the suit contends, prior to Paxton’s Feb. 14, 2017 surgery, the defendants “misrepresented and/or concealed information relating to the risks of surgery and care that would be provided and/or failed to adequately explain the proposed treatment or procedure and/or failed to disclose that Defendant Ali Khoynnezhad, M.D., was going to use a high risk and unconventional surgical approach with which he lacked experience and which was, based on information and belief, beyond the scope of his privileges.”

“Upon information and belief, during and after the heart surgery … Defendants provided negligent diagnosis, management and treatment of decedent William Paxton. Due to Defendants’ acts and omissions, Decedent William Paxton suffered multiple complications, including but not limited to, excessive bleeding, cardiogenic shock, right ventricle dysfunction, ventricular tachycardia, right ventricular ischemia and a compromised right coronary artery,” the complaint adds.

The suit goes on to say that Khoynezhad wasn’t in the operating room when Paxton began suffering complications and didn’t arrange for continuous care and coverage before leaving the operating room.

Paxton died on Feb. 25, 2017, the suit says. He was 61.

Alleging wrongful death, negligence, hospital negligence and battery, among other counts, the suit seeks unspecified damages

“State and federal privacy laws prevent us from commenting about patient care without written authorization. But we can share the following: Nothing is more important to Cedars-Sinai than the health and safety of our patients,” a spokeswoman for Cedars-Sinai told TheWrap in a statement. “These remain our top priorities. One of the reasons for our high quality is that we thoroughly review concerns about any patient’s medical care. This process ensures that we can continue to provide the highest quality care.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2017

The past year saw the loss of some renowned character actors, including John Hurt, Bill Paxton and Harry Dean Stanton. We were both shaken and stirred by the death of Roger Moore, who played James Bond more than any other actor. On the other side of the camera, directors Jonathan Demme as well as horror […]

The past year saw the loss of some renowned character actors, including John Hurt, Bill Paxton and Harry Dean Stanton. We were both shaken and stirred by the death of Roger Moore, who played James Bond more than any other actor. On the other side of the camera, directors Jonathan Demme as well as horror […]

Val Kilmer: Kurt Russell Didn’t Direct ‘Tombstone’ but Was ‘Solely Responsible’ for Film’s Success

Did Kurt Russell actually direct the 1993 Western classic “Tombstone” instead of credited director George Cosmatos? That story has followed the film around since its release in 1993, and even Russell himself pretty much said it was true in a 2006 interview.

But according to Russell’s “Tombstone” costar Val Kilmer, it’s not quite true. Cosmatos actually did direct it, Kilmer says in a post to his personal blog. But it was Russell who did the lion’s share of behind-the-scenes work that made the film’s completion possible, and he is “solely responsible” for its success.

“I’ll be clear,” Kilmer said. “Kurt is solely responsible for Tombstone’s success, no question.”

“I was there every minute and although Kurt’s version differs slightly from mine,” he explained. “The one thing he’s totally correct about is, how hard he worked the day before, for the next day’s shot list, and tremendous effort he and I both put into editing, as the studio wouldn’t give us any extra time to make up for the whole month we lost with the first director.”

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The first director, screenwriter Kevin Jarre, was fired a month into filming. His replacement, Cosmatos, came in according to Kilmer with only two days’ prep time. “I watched Kurt sacrifice his own role and energy to devote himself as a storyteller, even going so far as to draw up shot lists to help our replacement director,” Kilmer added.

Kilmer mentioned how supportive costars Powers Booth and Bill Paxton were during such a difficult shoot, then added that “Kurt did this for the film virtually every hour.”

“That’s probably how it’s become a story that Kurt directed it,” he said. “I have such admiration for Kurt as he basically sacrificed lots of energy that would have gone into his role, to save the film.

“Everyone cared, don’t get me wrong, but Kurt put his money where his mouth was, and not a lot of stars extend themselves for the cast and crew. Not like he did … Kurt was responsible for the film’s success.”

So there you have it. Russell didn’t direct it, though he did practically everything necessary to make sure the film got made right down to providing the director with direction of his own. Question answered … unless Russell weighs in, of course.

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Kilmer also had kind words for costars Paxton and Boothe, both of whom died earlier this year.

“Back to Powers for a moment, such a gracious actor and if you love acting go back and check out his early Emmy winning roles, he’s the real deal,” he said. “And Bill Paxton, like a cheerleader for all film, for all Creativity. Always happy like it was his first job. He would have been happy if you had lit him on fire and hung him upside down, as long as there was a camera running. Just like a perfect thespian. ALL THE WAY. SUPPORTIVE. Sweet.”

“We all miss them both,” Kilmer continued. “They were good men. The kind that make you proud of the ‘craft.’”

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Did Kurt Russell actually direct the 1993 Western classic “Tombstone” instead of credited director George Cosmatos? That story has followed the film around since its release in 1993, and even Russell himself pretty much said it was true in a 2006 interview.

But according to Russell’s “Tombstone” costar Val Kilmer, it’s not quite true. Cosmatos actually did direct it, Kilmer says in a post to his personal blog. But it was Russell who did the lion’s share of behind-the-scenes work that made the film’s completion possible, and he is “solely responsible” for its success.

“I’ll be clear,” Kilmer said. “Kurt is solely responsible for Tombstone’s success, no question.”

“I was there every minute and although Kurt’s version differs slightly from mine,” he explained. “The one thing he’s totally correct about is, how hard he worked the day before, for the next day’s shot list, and tremendous effort he and I both put into editing, as the studio wouldn’t give us any extra time to make up for the whole month we lost with the first director.”

The first director, screenwriter Kevin Jarre, was fired a month into filming. His replacement, Cosmatos, came in according to Kilmer with only two days’ prep time. “I watched Kurt sacrifice his own role and energy to devote himself as a storyteller, even going so far as to draw up shot lists to help our replacement director,” Kilmer added.

Kilmer mentioned how supportive costars Powers Booth and Bill Paxton were during such a difficult shoot, then added that “Kurt did this for the film virtually every hour.”

“That’s probably how it’s become a story that Kurt directed it,” he said. “I have such admiration for Kurt as he basically sacrificed lots of energy that would have gone into his role, to save the film.

“Everyone cared, don’t get me wrong, but Kurt put his money where his mouth was, and not a lot of stars extend themselves for the cast and crew. Not like he did … Kurt was responsible for the film’s success.”

So there you have it. Russell didn’t direct it, though he did practically everything necessary to make sure the film got made right down to providing the director with direction of his own. Question answered … unless Russell weighs in, of course.

Kilmer also had kind words for costars Paxton and Boothe, both of whom died earlier this year.

“Back to Powers for a moment, such a gracious actor and if you love acting go back and check out his early Emmy winning roles, he’s the real deal,” he said. “And Bill Paxton, like a cheerleader for all film, for all Creativity. Always happy like it was his first job. He would have been happy if you had lit him on fire and hung him upside down, as long as there was a camera running. Just like a perfect thespian. ALL THE WAY. SUPPORTIVE. Sweet.”

“We all miss them both,” Kilmer continued. “They were good men. The kind that make you proud of the ‘craft.'”

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