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    The Late Great John Calley: Businessman with Soul of Artist, Life Saver

    Longtime Hollywood producer and studio executive John Calley has died after a long illness. He was 81. While at Warner Bros. in the 1970s (as production chief, president, and vice chairman), the controversial and groundbreaking movies Calley supervised included Alan Pakula's All the President's Men,...

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    Remembering Cliff Robertson: from Kennedy and Charly to David Begelman

    Cliff Robertson passed of natural causes on September 10. The actor, whose credits span over fifty years, is known most recently for his role as Ben Parker in the Spider-Man franchise, and will be remembered most for his Oscar-winning role in 1968's Charly and 1963's PT 109, in which he played John ...

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    RIP Polly Platt, Production Designer and Producer, Driving Force for Directors

    I first met producer/production designer Polly Platt on the set of Terms of Endearment, which went on to earn five Oscars including best picture. Truth is, the movie might not have turned out as well without her. It was TV executive producer/writer James L. Brooks' debut as a film director, and feat...

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    In Memory of Robert Sklar, NYU Cinema Studies Scholar

    NYU Cinema Studies professor and one-time department chairman Robert Sklar died June 26 in a bicycling accident at age 74. While I earned my degree in Cinema Studies from NYU and respected Sklar, I never took one of his classes. Here's his NYT obit; current Cinema Studies chair Richard Allen's tribute is below. IN MEMORY OF ROBERT SKLAR 1936-2011It is with great sadness that I must report to you the death of our beloved colleague, Robert Sklar. On Sunday, June 26, Bob had an accident while bicycling in Barcelona with his wife, Adrienne Harris. He lost control of his bike, fell and hit his head. He was removed to a Barcelona hospital with head...

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    Columbo Star Peter Falk is Dead: Wings of Desire, Husbands, Princess Bride Are Must-See Films

    Tony-winning New Yorker Peter Falk, who has died at age 83 after suffering from Alzheimers, was beloved for his long-running Emmy-winning TV role as Columbo. But he also memorably starred in Wim Wenders' exquisite Wings of Desire, long-time collaborator John Cassavetes' 1970 drama Husbands and such ...

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    Ebert's Tweet Was Right: Crashed Jackass Star's Blood Level More Than Twice Legal Limit

    Given that Jackass Ryan Dunn tweeted a picture of himself and pals drinking hours before he crashed to his fiery death early Monday, killing his passenger, it was not a huge stretch for Roger Ebert to tweet that afternoon: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." It seems uncontroversial to me...

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    Laura Ziskin, Who Produced More Than Spider-Man, is Dead at 61 UPDATED

    Laura Ziskin has succumbed to cancer, which she had fought valiantly for seven years. She produced Spider-Man and To Die For, and one of the best Oscar shows ever, and launched Fox 2000. She was a class act who will be missed.

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    Maverick Distributor Marty Zeidman Changed Face of Indie Cinema

    Inside the independent film community, Marty Zeidman was known as an innovator who changed the way independent movies were released. The distributor who worked at Miramax, Polygram, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fine Line, Lionsgate, Paramount Classics and Columbia Pictures died at age 63 in Los Ange...

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    Remembering Richard Leacock, Clips, Louise Brooks Interview

    L.M. Kit Carson remembers documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock, who died March 23 at age 89. (Video interview and film clips below).Ricky Leacock means a lot of good to a lot of film-people. Many showed up starting at 9:30 AM June 5 at Lincoln Center’s nearby Walter Reade Theater at the unique Lea...

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    Sebastian Junger Gives Up Front-Line Reporting: "I don't want to risk my life covering a mistake"

    Sebastian Junger has been doing the book circuit for the paperback release of his book, War. The LA Times reports that the author and documentarian (who co-directed Oscar-nominated Restrepo with the tragically killed photojournalist Tim Heatherington) is through with covering the front lines:"I'm no...

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