RIP to the brightest star of the Creative World

I was very saddened to hear this morning that David Bowie passed away yesterday. I had been aware of his battle with cancer, but I thought he would pull through. We all hold on to hope. It was not only because I had always wished to see him perform live, but it was also because he would have given us so much more boundary-breaking, beautiful pieces of creation. He was one of my biggest inspirations! 

But of course he did not just leave us, but he left us with one last album "Black Star" It is of course exceptional! 

Thank you for shining so bright and sharing your genius with us! You inspirited so many of us! You will be missed. Rest in peace, David Bowie!

Here are some of his best and also his new music videos for Blackstar:

Legendary Singer David Bowie Dead At 69

"Blackstar," his 25th studio album, was released this month.

01/11/2016 01:56 am ET | Stephanie Marcus Entertainment Editor, Huffington Post

British singer David Bowie died Sunday at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. The news was posted on the artist's official social media accounts; Bowie's rep also confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter. He died two days after his birthday.

Bowie, who was born David Robert Jones in Brixton, south London, scored his first hit in 1969 with the song "Space Oddity" and secured an enduring fanbase with his early albums "The Man Who Sold the World" and "Hunky Dory."

But the singer's breakthrough didn't happen until 1972, when he unveiled his androgynous alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, which catapulted him from "cult figure to rock icon." He leveraged that glam-rock persona and popularity to produce albums for Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, before retiring the Stardust character in 1973. Bowie made his last appearance as his alter ego at a London show on July 3 of that year. At one point during the 18-song set, he told the audience, "Of all the shows on the tour, this particular show will remain with us the longest, because not only is it the last show of the tour, it’s the last show we’ll ever do.”

David Bowie performing as Ziggy Stardust in 1973.

In 1975, he achieved his first No. 1 hit in the U.S. with the song "Fame," co-written by John Lennon. 

Though best known for his music, Bowie also had a notable career on the silver screen, appearing in films such as "The Man Who Fell To Earth," "Basquiat," "The Prestige" and the cult-classic "Labyrinth," in which he starred as Jareth the Goblin King.

Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 1997, he celebrated his 50th birthday, playing a sold-out show at Madison Square Gardens alongside the Foo Fighters, Billy Corgan, Lou Reed, Robert Smith and Frank Black. 

In 2004, the musician suffered chest pains while performing at a festival in Germany and collapsed backstage. While Bowie initially thought he pinched a nerve in his shoulder, the pain was later diagnosed as a clogged coronary artery and required emergency heart surgery. Rumors of his failing health persisted after the incident and his appearance was apparently cause for concern in 2012, when he was spotted in New York City looking like a "pale shadow of his former self," according to The Telegraph. 

David Bowie - Let's Dance (Official Video)

Rumors he was not well continued as Bowie went on to release his first single in 10 years, "Where Are We Now" in January 2013, prompting his close friend, producer Tony Visconti, to deny that the singer had Alzheimer's disease

Bowie released his 25th album, "Blackstar," on Jan. 8. Additionally, the musical "Lazarus," which he co-wrote with playwright Enda Walsh and features old and new Bowie songs, opened in December to positive reviews. It earned bragging rights as the fastest-selling Off Broadway show ever, according to The New York Times. 

Bowie is survived by his model wife, Iman, their daughter Alexandria Zahra Jones, and his filmmaker son Duncan Jones, from his first marriage to Mary Angela Bowie (née Barnett).

RIP Chantal Akerman

Such sad news about Chantal Akerman! It especially touches me, because I can relate to the pain of loosing a parent even later in life. My dad passed away 4 years ago and it was one of the hardest things! My thoughts go out to her family! Go catch her film at New York Film Festival this week if you can!

Chantal Akerman at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard in 1998. Credit: Evan Richman for The New York Times

Chantal Akerman at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard in 1998. Credit: Evan Richman for The New York Times

PARIS — Chantal Akerman, the Belgian director whose ruminative, meticulous observation of women’s inner lives, often using long takes, made her a pioneer in feminist and experimental filmmaking, died here on Monday. She was 65.

Sylviane Akerman, her sister and only immediate survivor, confirmed her death, saying the cause was not immediately known.

Friends said that Ms. Akerman had been in a dark emotional state after the death of her mother last year, and that she had had breakdowns. She had recently been hospitalized for depression, returning home to Paris 10 days ago, her sister said.

Ms. Akerman’s latest film, “No Home Movie,” is currently showing at the New York Film Festival, which she had been expected to attend. Her most commercial film, “A Couch in New York,” about an apartment swap between a New York psychologist and a young Parisian woman, starring William Hurt and Juliette Binoche, was released in 1996.

Born in Brussels on June 6, 1950, to Holocaust survivors from Poland, Ms. Akerman was inspired to begin making films as a teenager after seeing Jean-Luc Godard’s “Pierrot le Fou” (1965), a genre-crossing depiction of alienation and romantic abandon.

Juliette Binoche, William Hurt and Edgar the dog in "A Couch in New York," a 1996 film directed by Chantal Akerman. Credit: BMG Independents

Juliette Binoche, William Hurt and Edgar the dog in "A Couch in New York," a 1996 film directed by Chantal Akerman. Credit: BMG Independents

he was 25 when she made her groundbreaking “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” (1975). That film, which runs more than three hours, follows a widowed housewife as she prepares food, does chores and receives a gentleman who pays her for sex. The minimalist repetition builds quietly to a traumatic climax.

“ ‘Jeanne Dielman’ is a film that created, overnight, a new way of making films, a new way of telling stories, a new way of telling time,” said Nicola Mazzanti, the director of the Royal Belgian Film Archive. “There are filmmakers who are good, filmmakers who are great, filmmakers who are in film history. And then there are a few filmmakers who change film history.”

Directors like Todd Haynes, Sally Potter and Michael Haneke have credited Ms. Akerman as a major influence. J. Hoberman, a former film critic for The Village Voice, likened her to Mr. Godard and to the German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, calling her “arguably the most important European director of her generation.”

From the outset, Ms. Akerman was captivated by the violence that can erupt from the quotidian. Her first film, “Saute Ma Ville” (“Blow Up My City”), was a 13-minute black-and-white short that she made at 18 after dropping out of film school in Belgium. With a voice-over of cheerful humming and singing, the film shows her dancing about her kitchen, then leaning her head on gaslit burners before the screen goes dark and the room explodes.

Angst and alienation permeate Ms. Akerman’s films, which numbered more than 40. She sought to break free of linear narratives and direct explication in both her cinematic essays and her documentary work, preferring instead to leave essential things unsaid. The generational trauma of the Holocaust was a continuing theme, though below the surface. In recent decades she explored her own Jewish identity.

“No Home Movie” captures long conversations between Ms. Akerman and her ailing mother, Natalia, an Auschwitz survivor who died in 2014.

Making the film, which circles around her mother’s inability to talk about her experience at the death camp, took a heavy emotional toll on Ms. Akerman. “I think if I knew I was going to do this, I wouldn’t have dared to do it,” she told The New York Times in a recent interview.

Delphine Seyrig in the 1975 film “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.” Credit: Paradise Films

Delphine Seyrig in the 1975 film “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.” Credit: Paradise Films