While civilians die in numberless anonymity or in tragic handfuls, it's a well-known fact that celebrities die in threes. While I was overseas, that Rule of Three played out in full effect with what is quite possibly the strangest Trinity of Death ever assembled with James "The Hardest Working Man In Show Business" Brown, Gerald "The Least Elected President In History" Ford and Saddam "Co-Star of 'The Big Lebowski'" Hussein. It's the semi-unexpectedness of Hussein's execution (does that tamper with Death Pool rules?) that pushes this week's Deceased Trifecta ahead of the month's earlier odd menage a trois of Augusto "Where Have All The Dictators Gone?" Pinochet, Peter "Puttin' On the Ritz" Boyle, and Joseph "Ugly Animation" Barbera.
Really, though, I'm only posting about these dearly departed celebrities as an excuse to start the new year with the posting of my favorite YouTube clip from last year, Chiranjeevi's celebration of Michael Jackson's thriller. Forgive me for wasting quality blog space on recirculated clips, but this still makes me giggle and what better way to start the New Year than with a giggle? [I also like to periodically break up the litany of "MovieWatch" posts.]