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    Remembering Prolific Merchant-Ivory Screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 1927-2013

    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the prodigiously gifted novelist and prolific screenwriter, Oscar winner for her adapted screenplays "Room with a View" and "Howard's End," has died in Manhattan after a long illness. She was 85.

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    Fay Kanin, An Appreciation

    Fay Kanin died yesterday at the age of 95, and I suspect that her accomplishments have long since faded from the memory of most people. But, beyond her career as a movie and television writer and playwright, she was a remarkable woman – graceful, gracious, and determined that women should steer the...

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    Obit: Author Donald Richie Boosted Japanese Cinema

    Donald Richie, who spent more than 60 of his 88 years in Japan and introduced the English-speaking world to post-World War II Japanese cinema, died February 19 in Tokyo. He is best known for his writings on the great Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.

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    Obit: 'Night Moves' Screenwriter Alan Sharp, Memorial Planned

    I had the pleasure of talking by phone to novelist/screenwriter Alan Sharp while preparing the production notes for the 1983 Sam Peckinpah movie "The Osterman Weekend," which was to be the director's last. While that film did not mark either man's finest hour, Sharp was one of Hollywood's most respe...

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    RIP Film Critic Elliott Stein

    When I worked at my first journalism gig as associate editor at Film Comment Magazine back in the 80s, Elliott Stein was one of my favorite regular contributors. He was erudite about world cinema, an omnivorous global cinephile and historian who knew more about Asian cinema than anyone I knew.

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    RIP PR Pioneer Lois Smith: Tributes from Kingsley, Siegal, O'Donnell

    Lois Smith, who died last weekend from complications due to a fall, helped to define modern PR. Back in 1971, she founded, along with Pat Kingsley (who handled Tom Cruise for years), New York's Pickwick Public Relations, and went on to pursue production at Marble Arch and United Artists before retur...

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    The Web Remembers Andy Williams (1927-2012), 'Moon River' Crooner, Grammy & Emmy Winner

    '60s crooner and TV host Andy Williams died Tuesday night after a yearlong battle with bladder cancer. A major music star contemporary with Elvis and Sinatra, Williams had 18 gold records, with three going platinum, and was nominated for five Grammys, along with hosting the show a number of times. H...

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    RIP Director Tony Scott

    RIP "Top Gun" director Tony Scott, who jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro to his death around 12:30 PM on Sunday. The police identified the body they pulled from the water as the 68-year-old British filmmaker ("Unstoppable," "The Taking of Pelham 123"). H...

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    Obit: Publicist Dale Olson Repped the Stars, from MacLaine to Hudson

    Dale Olson, the veteran Hollywood publicist who convinced Rock Hudson to admit that he was dying of AIDS, died Thursday, August 9 at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer. Because the first victims of AIDS were homosexuals, AIDS was an unmentionable disease in 1985 when Olson persuaded the ...

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    Obit: New York Film Critic Judith Crist

    Judith Crist, the tough, witty, and often caustic film critic who combined a passionate love for movies with an equally passionate distaste for movie rubbish, died Tuesday, August 7 at the age of 90.  According to her son, Steven Crist, she died at her Manhattan home after a long illness. ...

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