Pete Postlethwaite

Ubiquitous British actor Pete Postlethwaite passed away yesterday from cancer. He was 64. An extremely versatile performer, he was a well-loved star of screen and stage, including roles in Romeo + Juliet, Jurassic Park and The Usual Suspects. In 2010, he was in the panned Clash of the Titans and the lauded Inception.

IMDB has 94 entries, including roles in Killing Bono (2011), The Town, The Constant Gardener, Casualty (TV series), Dark Water, James and the Giant Peach, Lovejoy (TV series), In The Name of the Father, Minder (TV series), Last of the Mohicans, Alien 3, Coronation Street (TV series), and Hamlet.

Here he is in Brassed Off.

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Disney’s Fantasia – the best bits

I was just flicking through clips on YouTube and really enjoying some of the sounds of my childhood, courtesy of a cartoon mouse with a really f***ed up idea of what ‘toons should go with which tune.

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was a literal riot when it came out: apparently it spawned the first mosh pit or something *cough*. Anyway, it kicks so much ass that a number of my favourite rock acts have been sampling the s*** out of it ever since.

So what does the House of Mouse do? Stick this 1913 slab of badassery to a visual of dinosaurs – because nothing is as cool as dinosaurs, right? Dinosaurs … um … dying in agony.

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