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Andrew Lesnie Dies at 59

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Peter Jackson’s go-to cinematographer has died of a heart attack at the very young age of 59. The brilliant cinematographer lensed all of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, but also King Kong and probably my favorite of his, The Lovely Bones – the reason it’s my favorite ...

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Richard Glatzer, Director of Still Alice Dies

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Though it’s not today’s news but it’s worth mentioning, Richard Glatzer finally lost his battle with ALS and died on Tuesday. He wrote Still Alice with his husband Wash Westmoreland. From The Huffington Post, “During the 23-day shoot, Glatzer communicated with one finger using a text-to-speech app on his iPad. ...

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David Carr repeatedly hit The Sweet Spot

A. O. Scott, in his remembrance of David Carr: “For a while, a few years ago, there was a weekly video on the New York Times website called The Sweet Spot, taped during off hours in the cafeteria on the 14th floor. The idea was that it would be an ...

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Hollywood pays tribute to Mike Nichols

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His career spanned six decades. He created some of the most iconic movie moments of the past half century. Today Hollywood paid tribute to EGOT director Mike Nichols who passed away at the age of 83. Take a look at some of the tributes. Meryl Streep who worked with Nichols ...

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Mike Nichols: 1931 – 2014

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Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning director of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Graduate, has died at the age of 83. I first saw those two movies on TV when I was in middle school. It was clear to me even then, even to a tween at the beginning of ...

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Richard Attenborough, 1923 – 2014

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Richard Attenborough, who guided Gandhi to 8 Oscars including 2 for himself, has died at the age of 90. In 1947 he played a lowlife yob in Brighton Rock, one of my favorite films noir and #15 on the BFI list of Best British films of all time.

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Robin Williams was in early stages of Parkinson’s

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Ah, as if our hearts could not break any harder for Robin Williams. Just announced via press release from his wife: “Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child ...

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In Defense of the Academy’s Aladdin Tweet

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The reactions to Robin Williams’ death have been all over the place, as one should expect under such circumstances; nobody knows how you’re “supposed” to react. We’ve only been living with the internet for roughly ten years, such as it exists now. Social media rules the day now. All of ...

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The Hidden Worlds of Robin Williams

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We all thought we knew who Robin Williams was when we first met him back in the 1970s. Funny, stream of consciousness, able to take on different voices, impersonations, scathing humor all in rapid-fire succession. The funny thing was we had no idea who he really was, what he was ...

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James Garner, 1928 – 2014

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The New York Times describes James Garner’s career and persona beautifully: “James Garner, the wry and handsome leading man who slid seamlessly between television and the movies was best known as the amiable gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950s western Maverick and the cranky sleuth Jim Rockford in the 1970s ...

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R.I.P. Louis Zamperini; Olympian and WWII Hero

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Louis Zamperini has passed away at the age of 97. Olympic athlete and World War II hero, Zamperini was the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s biography which has been adapted for the forthcoming film, Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie. Zamperini’s family released a statement saying, “Having overcome insurmountable odds at every ...

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RIP Paul Mazursky

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Watch this great interview with Paul Mazursky by David Poland over at Movie City news. Mazursky was nominated for writing Enemies: A Love Story, Harry and Tonto, Bob, Ted, Carol and Alice, and for Best Picture for An Unmarried Woman.

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RIP Eli Wallach

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and The Misfits were just two memorable roles by Eli Wallach, who passed away today at 98 years old.  His last role was in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. It was always nice to see him in a movie, even when it wasn’t ...

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Ruby Dee, RIP

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Ruby Dee died peacefully in her sleep at 91 years old. Thanks to Natasha for the news. Dee was nominated for American Gangster, though not Do the Right Thing, a major oversight.

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Maya Angelou Dies at 86

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“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas ...

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