TIME remembrance

Watch an Earsplitting Eulogy for Wes Craven

Be warned, turn down your speakers

Wes Craven fans found a fitting way to lament the director’s death — a montage of screams from his most memorable movies. The master of horror died from brain cancer on Sunday, but his films survive in the hearts and nightmares of people everywhere. Relive some louder moments in the aptly titled video Screams from YouTube channel ScreenCrush.


TIME celebrity

Read Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Sweet Tribute to Robin Williams

Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in the CBS sitcom "The Crazy Ones."
Richard Cartwright—CBS via Getty Images Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in the CBS sitcom "The Crazy Ones."

Williams played Gellar’s father in the sitcom The Crazy Ones

On the one-year anniversary of Robin Williams’ death, Sarah Michelle Gellar paid tribute to her former costar on Instagram.

Gellar posted a photo of the bench from Good Will Hunting, accompanied by a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.”

“You succeeded RW,” she added.

Williams played Gellar’s father in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, which ended in 2014. He died one year ago today at the age of 63.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME India

India Pays Tribute to ‘People’s President’ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Kalam died on Monday aged 83

India continued to mourn one of its most beloved Presidents and iconic leaders on Tuesday, as tributes and condolences poured in for A.P.J. Abdul Kalam following his sudden passing Monday evening.

The Indian government declared a seven-day state mourning until Aug. 2 during which national flags across the country will be flown at half-mast, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Kalam, 83, collapsed from an apparent cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to a group of students in India’s northeastern city of Shillong and was declared dead at the hospital about two hours later. His body was flown to the country’s capital, New Delhi, on Tuesday afternoon, where it was received by the chiefs of all three military branches as well as several politicians including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and current President Pranab Mukherjee. It will then be taken to his residence in the city in order for people to pay their respects before being flown to his hometown Rameshwaram, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, for the last rites, Indian broadcaster NDTV reported.

Modi earlier mourned Kalam’s loss on Twitter, calling him “a great scientist, a wonderful President and above all an inspiring individual.”

Mukherjee, who took office after Kalam’s successor Pratibha Patil, also tweeted a heartfelt tribute before announcing that he would make an unscheduled return to New Delhi from his tour of the country’s south.

International leaders like former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also added their condolences via social media.

Although the office of the President in India is a largely ceremonial one, with the Prime Minister as the de facto head of state, Kalam used his tenure to reach out to the masses — India’s youth in particular — which earned him the moniker the People’s President.

He is also commonly referred to as the Missile Man of India, a reference to his role in shaping India’s missile program during his tenures at India’s space and defense-research agencies respectively from the 1960s to the 1990s. He was also a key player in India’s emergence as a nuclear power, playing an integral part in the country’s infamous nuclear tests of 1998.

Few Indian leaders in the 21st century enjoyed the kind of popular support experienced by Kalam, evidenced by the near-unanimous backing of his election as India’s 11th President in 2002 among all the parties across India’s fractious political spectrum, as well as the overwhelming outpouring of grief at his death.

Born in a small town in Tamil Nadu in 1931 to a boatman father, Kalam always encouraged young people to follow their dreams and genuinely believed India could be the next superpower. He advocated as much through his best-selling books like India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium and Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India, as well as his iconic autobiography Wings of Fire.

“My message, especially to young people, is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed,” he once said. “These are the great qualities that they must work towards.”

TIME Music

Watch an Awesome Indian Classical Rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’

Get your raga on

June 25 marked the sixth anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson — who died in 2009 at age 50 — and the tributes have been pouring in, many of them, of course, musical.

Among them is a tribute from a group of students from the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India.

This isn’t the first time the music academy, founded by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, has paid tribute to Jackson — they also covered another of his immortal songs “Slave to the Rhythm” on his birthday last year.

This year, their rendition of Jackson’s much loved song “Xscape” sees their Indian classical style blend seamlessly with the King of Pop’s trademark rendition (and dance moves). Enjoy.

TIME In Memoriam

Photographers, Writers and Friends Remember Mary Ellen Mark

"You could not be around Mary Ellen and not learn how to see things as she saw them," said American novelist John Irving

Mary Ellen Mark — a documentary photographer who, through her incredible enthusiasm, competitiveness and determination, influenced many of her contemporaries — had been sick for months. Yet, in typical fashion and as she’d always vowed, she worked until her last breath, completing her 19th book and putting the finishing touches on a project in time for this year’s 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Less than 24 hours after the announcement of her passing – she died at home on Monday, aged 75 – tributes from her friends, colleagues and collaborators are pouring in:

“Mary Ellen lived hungrily, fully, and had this extraordinary will and determination,” said Melissa Harris of Aperture Foundation, which was working on Mark’s new book Tiny: Streetwise Revisited. “She wanted to work — she loved being a photographer. She was great with her subjects — working so intuitively — and was able to get at the essence of the people she was photographing, to tell their stories. It mattered to her to represent them faithfully and truly, and not just in the documentary visual sense, but distinguishing each individual for who he or she really was in the world. Her work is humane, all heart.”

Designer Yolanda Cuomo, who worked with Mark and Harris on the late photographer’s last book, was honored when the photographer called her last year with the job offer. “Mary Ellen was so enthusiastic and giving throughout our collaboration,” Cuomo told TIME. “This was a tough subject, but her ever powerful, soulful eye made the project a joy. I am so happy she saw and blessed every detail of our book. She had a rage to live right to the end.”

Mark’s uncompromising style and ethics influenced many of her contemporaries across the entire photographic spectrum. Documentary photographer Eugene Richards was stunned when he heard of Mark’s passing. “Coming as a grave disappointment, as a shock, the death of Mary Ellen has left me with little to say,” he wrote in an email. “The words that do come to me to, in part, describe her are: elegant, intense, curious, and unstoppable.”

Portrait photographer Martin Schoeller admired Mark’s boundless energy and curiosity. “At times, I felt like talking to an excited little girl, so full of life and passion, especially when it came to photography,” he said. “She was so young at heart. She was also the most courageous photographer, never taking no for an answer, always trying to achieve her vision at all costs.”

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For Mark Seliger, “Mary Ellen was one of the most passionate and compassionate artists I have ever met,” he said. “Her commitment to photography was like no other. From her relentless recording of the human condition to her purist commitment to the craft of photography, her images will always be an indelible reminder of just how precious life is. She was my teacher and my friend, and I will miss her pointing her finger at me and saying ‘you’re still using film, right?’”

For Donna Ferrato, Mark was the queen of the black and white frame – one that didn’t compromise. “She made impossibly strong photographs without gimmicks,” Ferrato told TIME. “She wasn’t a phony, and she didn’t capitalize on people’s fame or suffering to win prizes. In other words she didn’t sell out and she never traded her core values. She worked hard every day aspiring to capture a single truth in a lasting image.”

Mark’s influence spanned entire generations of photographers. From Jeff Jacobson, with whom she co-founded the Archives photo agency in 1981, who remembered her passion – “she loved photography,” he said, “she did not suffer fools, or artifice, at all.” – to Gillian Laub, who discovered her work while in high school. “She was a huge inspiration,” Laub told TIME. “The inimitable Streetwise was one of the reasons I wanted to become a photographer.”

For documentary photographer Louie Palu, Mark was more than a mentor. “In 1991, Mary Ellen gave me my first real photography experience as her intern when nobody else would take me on after graduating from school,” he said. “I was confused about what I was supposed to do or learn to become a photojournalist, then Mary Ellen made it clear to me. She explained that being a photojournalist is about believing in something. She taught me that honesty, compassion and empathy are the most important things I could learn to become a photojournalist.”

Teaching photography was, undeniably, one of Mark’s passions. “Mary Ellen visited Oaxaca twice a year during the last 19 years,” said Daniel Brena, the director of the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo. “Here, she taught a workshop in documentary photography. She was always full of energy, even after a whole day teaching.”

Mark’s printer, Chuck Kelton, agreed. “She was an enormously gifted teacher,” he said. “She filled her workshops with a spirit of excitement. She shared her knowledge and ideas with photographers of any skill level. She had the ability to critically analyze the work of photographers and provide them with a constructive foundation to continue the development of their ideas.”

Her influence was not limited to photography either; the writers with whom she worked also took something away from the experience. ” You could not be around Mary Ellen and not learn how to see things as she saw them,” noted the novelist John Irving, who wrote the introduction for Mark’s book Streetwise. “No one could see how things looked as clearly as she saw them.”

“Working with Mary Ellen always moved me because she was so intensely interested in the people she photographed,” says former LIFE writer Anne Fadiman. “In the story we did for LIFE about a homeless family, their expressions are unguarded because she wasn’t standing on the outside looking in. She was always inside their world with them, asking them genuinely curious questions, listening with concern to their answers, turning her lens into a bridge rather than a wall.”

David Van Biema, an author and former chief religion writer at TIME, remembered the lessons he learned while working with Mark in 1991. “I went to Goa, in India, with Mary Ellen, as part of her ongoing series on Indian circuses,” he said. “I was working for LIFE Magazine, and I left mistakenly thinking of myself as her partner on the story. I was fairly quickly disabused of that. The circus series was her story: the people who funded her trips just rented it. The circus was incredibly intense to me — the bone-bending training of the tiny child acrobats; the taste, rather than smell, of a lion’s breath — but in the end, I tried to fit my text to her vision. She was the boss; she got to call the reality. Now I have my own topic, my own part of the universe to clarify, over years. I’m not sure I would have gotten there if she hadn’t provided me with a model.”

Elisabeth Biondi, who worked with Mark when at The New Yorker, praised the photographer’s unparalleled attention to details. “She left nothing to chance,” Biondi said. “She was fierce in her commitment. She wouldn’t take no for an answer. And she was also incredibly loyal to her subjects.”

Mark was also uncompromising in her practice, Biondi added. “She was committed to doing the pictures as she saw fit to do them, which means she stayed with film and didn’t move over to digital. And if people didn’t want it, that’s how it had to be.”

“Mary Ellen Mark was a fascinating woman and an uncompromising artist,” said Susan White, Vanity Fair‘s director of photography. “I will always remember the amusement in her eyes and her unwavering determination when she went for a story. She was an unforgettable person who had a spirit that matched her unique, bold and beautiful style. Mary Ellen had such a strong presence. It seems impossible she’s not here now.”

As an entire industry now mourns Mark’s death, come winter her absence will, for many, take on another form. Every year, she would invite friends and strangers alike with their dogs for her legendary canine Christmas parties. “People lined up to have her photograph their dogs and to witness her enthusiasm behind the lens,” said Laub. “She loved dogs the way she loved the people she photographed. She brought out the humanity in all.”

Written by Olivier Laurent, with reporting by Lucia De Stefani, Alice Gabriner, Myles Little, Natalie Matutschovsky, Ye Ming, Paul Moakley, Michelle Molloy and Kira Pollack. Photo editing by Myles Little.

TIME Kenya

Kenyans Are Using the #147NotJustaNumber Hashtag to Honor Those Killed at Garissa

Kenyans attend a candle lit vigil late Tuesday at Uhuru park in capital Nairobi in memory of the people killed in last week's deadly attack on northern Kenya's Garissa University College, on April 7, 2015.
Recep Canik—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Kenyans attend a candle lit vigil late Tuesday at Uhuru park in capital Nairobi in memory of the people killed in last week's deadly attack on Kenya's Garissa University College, on April 7, 2015.

The powerful campaign aims to "humanize the victims of terror"

Kenyans have launched a social media campaign to remember those who died at last week’s massacre at Garissa University College in eastern Kenya, where terrorist al-Shabaab gunmen killed 148 people, most of them students aged between 19 and 23.

Using the hashtag #147notjustanumber, people are posting pictures of loved ones to Twitter and often sharing biographical details to give faces to the people behind the grim, anonymous death toll.

Among the many heartbreaking stories of loss is 22-year-old Gideon Kirui, whose whole village had raised money for him to go to university. There is Selpher Wandia, 21, who dreamed of becoming a teacher, and Peter Masinde, 32, an officer who was shot as he entered the campus. He leaves behind a pregnant wife.

Ory Okolloh Mwangi started the campaign on Sunday, when the number of victims was still being counted. She told the Wall Street Journal that the hashtag was “an effort to humanize the victims of terror.”

On Wednesday, hundreds of people held a candle-lit vigil in the capital, Nairobi to remember those who died, the BBC reports. Ahead of the vigil, about 2,500 people marched in Garissa and several hundred in Nairobi, demanding tighter security at colleges and campuses and answers for how the attacks could happen.

TIME Appreciation

Watch The Matrix Lobby-Fight Scene Re-Enacted With Legos

A Redditor spent at least 160 hours re-creating this scene

Matrix franchise aficionados and Lego geeks can revel in a new YouTube re-enactment of the famous lobby-fight sequence from the original 1999 sci-fi action film. Shot scene-for-scene with Legos plastic toys, Reddit user Snooperking animated every minute detail from Trinity running up walls and Neo cartwheeling while volleys of plastic bullets knock cubic chunks out of the walls.

On Reddit, Snooperking said he toiled for approximately 160 hours to re-enact the iconic scene over three months. “I could only do like up to two hours a day before I got sick of it and had to play Battlefield,” Snooperking said. He selected the complex fight sequence to challenge himself to improve his animation skills, after creating a Star Wars Lego video in 2014.

To get a sense of the sheer patience required to reconstruct the Matrix scene with plastic Legos, Snooperking also offers a behind-the-scene video.

TIME Music

Watch Alyson Stoner’s Killer Dance Tribute to Missy Elliott

She can still work it

You may remember Alyson Stoner as the little girl in the Missy Elliot videos. Well, she has paid homage to the woman who made her famous.

Stoner appeared as a backing dancer in several of Elliott’s videos in the early 2000s, including Work It and Gossip Folks and quickly became known for her attitudinal moves.

Now at age 21, the musician and actress has released a killer Missy Elliott tribute video featuring a mash-up of several of Elliot’s hits.

As Elliott put it: “They grown up!”

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TIME Cricket

Cricketer Phillip Hughes Named as Posthumous 13th Man In Australian Team

Day 1 of the first Test match between Australia and India
DAVE HUNT—EPA Tributes to the late Phillip Hughes are seen outside the Adelaide Oval on day 1 of the first Test match between Australia and India in Adelaide, Australia, 09 December 2014.

Play has ended on day 1 of the first match played by the Australian side since the death of one of its young stars in a freak accident

Cricket teams consist of eleven players plus an extra player in the side called the twelfth man, who serves as a substitute in case someone gets injured.

On Tuesday in Adelaide, however, the Australian side that faced off against India posthumously added a “thirteenth man” — Phillip Hughes.

Hughes, who died on Nov. 27, was symbolically included in an Australian side playing its first match since his untimely death, the BBC reports. Black armbands were worn by the Australian players, who also bore his cap number, 408, on their white jerseys. The spectators were also asked to stand for 63 seconds of applause, symbolizing the 63-run score he had at the moment he was fatally injured.

Hughes died two days after being struck on the neck by a quick-rising ball known in cricket jargon as a “bouncer.” The 25-year-old batsman’s sudden demise shocked and saddened the cricketing world, with 5,000 people descending on his hometown to attend his funeral and tributes pouring in from around the globe.

“It’s going to be an emotional morning,” Australian player Mitchell Johnson said, right before his side went in to bat.

The home side ended Day One of the five-day test match having scored 354 runs for the loss of six wickets. Opening batsman David Warner — one of the first players to rush onto the field to aid Hughes moments after he was struck — scored 145 of those runs, in what is sure to be a meaningful, memorable innings regardless of the result.

TIME Cricket

Australia Bids Farewell to Cricket Star Phillip Hughes in Emotional Funeral

Phillip Hughes Funeral
Cameron Spencer—Getty Images The coffin of Australian cricket star Phillip Hughes is carried by brother Jason Hughes and father Gregory Hughes in Macksville, Australia, on Dec. 3, 2014

About 5,000 people flocked to the town to pay their respects, with the ceremony also broadcast on large screens across Australia

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was laid to rest in his hometown of Macksville, New South Wales, on Wednesday in an emotional memorial service that was attended by the entire Australian cricket squad and the visiting Indian team.

Hundreds more gathered at large screens set up in various parts of Australia, with the ceremony broadcast at major cricket stadiums including the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Adelaide Oval, as well as the local school stadium in Macksville, Fox Sports reported.

“Cricket’s heart has been pierced by pain,” said Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland in his address to the gathering. “But it will never stop beating.”

Hughes died in hospital last Thursday after being hit below the left ear by a cricket ball during a domestic match two days earlier. His death renewed safety concerns for batsmen who regularly face cricket balls — which are heavier and harder than baseballs — bowled at a speed that turns them into potentially lethal projectiles.

The passing of the 25-year-old rising star sent waves of shock and sadness across the cricket world, with thousands of tributes pouring in during the days that followed.

Wednesday was no different.

The funeral opened with an acoustic rendition of the Alphaville hit “Forever Young” and concluded with the Elton John ballad “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” Hughes’ coffin was carried by family, friends and teammates including his father Greg, his brother Jason and Australian captain Michael Clarke.

“Phillip’s spirit, which is now part of our game forever, will act as a custodian of the sport we all love,” said Clarke, choking back tears during an emotional homage to his teammate and friend. “We must cherish it. We must learn from it … and we must play on,” he added. “Rest in peace my little brother, I’ll see you out in the middle.”

Clarke’s eulogy came soon after heartfelt words from Hughes’s close friends and family, all of whom spoke about his zest for life, kindness and compassion.

“Each individual in this room has different memories that involve Phillip. And that’s what we can take from this,” said Hughes’s younger sister Megan. “He had an impact on so many lives and it shows someone that always took care of himself, still had time to worry about others.”

The Australian side will take to the field against India in Adelaide next week, with the memory and legacy of Phillip Hughes still fresh in their minds.

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