‘Alien’ actor Peter O’Toole’s death linked to an unknown toxin

  • September 2, 2021

A veteran actor who appeared in “Alien” and “The Mummy” has died after being hospitalized in Japan.

Peter O’Loghairn, 78, was hospitalized Friday in Fukuoka, near Tokyo, his agent, Kevin Luskin, said.

He was in good spirits and said he was in the best of spirits, Luskins said.

O’Loaghairn had appeared in several films including “Alien,” “The Lost City of Z,” “Blade Runner” and the 2001 film “Blade of the Immortal.”

He had been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1976 and had won an Academy Award for his performance as the villain in the 2001 “Blade Of The Immortal” movie.

O’,Loghairen had played a villain in several movies, including “The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy and “Lord Of The Dead,” among others.

In 2004, he received an honorary doctorate of music from UCLA.

He has also been active in charity work, serving as a board member for the International Society of Pain Management.

His death is being treated as a “mixed bag,” according to Luskein.

Older people are at increased risk of infection from toxins, he said.

The actor died at a hospital in Fukujō prefecture, according to the Fukuokan-based Tokyo Public Health Agency.

Ouch.

That sounds like the stuff of horror films, says Peter O’.

Loghairs’ agent, on the news that the actor’s death was related to an unidentified toxin.

Peter’s friend and former “Alien”, James Wong, also tweeted a photo of a note posted on O’ Loghair’s Twitter account, saying the actor had passed away in his sleep at home in Fukui, in the southwestern Japanese city of Fuku, about an hour’s drive from Tokyo.

Ologhair was known for his trademark accent, which he used to draw attention to his characters and to the stories he told.

He was one of the first actors to portray a woman in “Star Trek,” as Captain Uhura in the 1993 film “The Wrath Of Khan.”

Film festival opens in Korea after film industry crisis

  • July 3, 2021

KOREA’S film industry is reeling from a crisis in its financial health that has seen its stock drop by as much as 70 per cent in the past few months.

More than two million Koreans had their livelihoods threatened by the crisis.

The government and the industry have been locked in an impasse since the start of this year.

The International Federation of the Korean Film Industry (IFKF) said last week that it had asked the government to allow it to begin taking loans to cover its financial needs for the next six months, including the costs of paying off creditors and the debt owed to foreign investors.

The situation is the worst in 20 years, it said.

It is now working with the Korean Association of Cinematographers (KAC) to begin an orderly restructuring of its finances.

The IFFKF has warned that its financial condition has been dire for years, and has suffered cuts in funding due to the crisis, as well as other threats.

The crisis was sparked when the government failed to pay off debt, which was owed by foreign investors, and which had led to a collapse in demand for film.

It also forced KAC to cut its membership to one-third.

It has been forced to shut down the main film production facility in its southern city of Gyeonggi and to sell the film industry to a private company, KAC said in a statement.

The decision to shut the film production and export industries was not made lightly, said Kim Joon-sung, president of the IFFG, adding that it was a “difficult decision”.

“We are very, very sad to see this film industry collapse and our country is in deep financial crisis,” he told reporters.

“We need a fresh approach.”

Kim said he would hold a meeting with representatives of the industry to try to resolve the crisis and to get some of the money it needs to keep its operations running.

The industry has been a major driver of the economy, producing more than 100,000 films annually.

Its annual turnover is estimated at $3.8bn.