River Phoenix fascination continues 20 years after death

His acting credits add up to a measly 24. But River Phoenix, who died 20 years ago Thursday of a drug overdose at age 23, has a legacy more meaningful than the sum of its relatively few parts. He arrived on the heels of the wayward Brat Pack, a glossy group of actors with shiny teeth and pretty faces, and blazed a trail for today’s cause-oriented stars by publicly embracing veganism and environmentalism. Keep reading @ freep.com

How River Phoenix Inspired a Generation

Twenty years ago in the early hours of October 31, River Phoenix, the brooding, talented actor who seemed more interested in creating great art than scoring a box office blockbuster, died at the age of 23. When I heard the news about his death in 1993, I was angry, shocked, and sad, although I never knew him. Continue reading @ blogs.laweekly.com

Book revisits tragic life of actor River Phoenix

“Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind” (It Books), by Gavin Edwards. Everything in life seemed to come to actor River Phoenix before he was ready for it. Death, too. Continue reading @ huffingtonpost.com

River Phoenix’s Eccentric Upbringing, Tragic Death

The young actor died of a drug overdose outside the Hollywood night club 20 years ago this Halloween. Host Rachel Martin talks with Gavin Edwards about his biography of River Phoenix, Last Night at the Viper Room. Continue reading @ npr.org

Small Hiatus

There will be fewer updates over the next month as it is the Rugby League World Cup and some of my weekend will be spent at games! News will be updated on a regular basis and I do have lots to add to the galleries through Dec and the holiday period. (Come on England!)

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River Phoenix’s Life in Photos

Today, Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind hits book stores. The book was written by Rolling Stone contributor Gavin Edwards, and gives new insights into the young actor’s life, the club scene that catered to so much of the young Hollywood talent and, of course, Phoenix’s career — including time spent on one of the most iconic films of the Eighties, Stand by Me, and of the film that would be both his crowning achievement and his personal downfall, My Own Private Idaho. Check out these photos of his life in film and family. Read more @ rollingstone.com

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After nearly two decades, George Sluizer’s thriller DARK BLOOD has finally been completed and will have its Los Angeles Premiere at our very own Aero Theatre on Tuesday, October 29th. This is an added event that was not previously on our print calendar. The film stars the late River Phoenix as Boy, a damaged young widower with Native American roots living in the desert when a married couple with car trouble enter his life – and find he’s in no hurry to return them to civilization. Continue @ americancinematheque.blogspot.co.uk

The book ‘Last Night at the Viper Room’ tells of River Phoenix’s life before it was cut short at 22

‘Last Night at the Viper Room’ by Gavin Edwards reveals how River Phoenix, the Oscar-nominated star of ‘Stand by Me,’ was planning on quitting the film industry and had a tremendous heroin problem before he died at the age of 22 from a Drug overdose. Keep reading @ nydailynews.com