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    'Get Shorty,' 'Out of Sight' Author Elmore Leonard Dead at 87

    Elmore Leonard, the author best known in the film world for the feature adaptations of his works "Get Shorty," "Out of Sight," and "Rum Punch" (which was filmed as "Jackie Brown"), has passed away at 87, three weeks after suffering a stoke.

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    R.I.P. Karen Black (1939-2013), New Hollywood Screen Queen of 'Easy Rider,' 'Nashville,' 'Five Easy Pieces' and More

    Karen Black was in the right movies at the right time to guarantee herself at least a footnote in film history. But wait: There was more.

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    Obit: Dennis Farina, Chicago Cop Turned Character Actor, Dies at Age 69 (1988 INTERVIEW)

    Between his early career as a Chicago cop and his recent gig as Xfinity Internet pitchman, Dennis Farina, character actor par excellence, amassed an impressive resume of distinctive performances in movies (including "Get Shorty," "Out of Sight" and the under-appreciated "Sidewalks of New York") and ...

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    Obit: Elias Querejeta Was Spain's Producer of Producers

    The death of Elias Querejeta, “producer of producers” according to the leading lights of Spanish cinema, did not cause a Gandolfini-size wake in the world of film. But film lovers should note the accomplishments of a man who, as much as anyone, moved his country’s cinema into a post-Franco landscape...

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    OBIT: Martial Master Lau Kar-leung (1936 - 2013) (TRAILER)

    The pioneering martial arts choreographer and director Lau Kar-leung, who died this week at age 77, was a kung fu purist. Lau had a vivid imagination and great skill when it came to devising and staging fight sequences. In fact, Lau was a key figure in every phase of Hong Kong martial arts movie mak...

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    James Gandolfini the Movie Actor, Tributes and Clips

    James Gandolfini left us far too soon at age 51 on June 20; he died of cardiac arrest in an ambulance on the way to a Rome hospital after suffering a severe heart attack. The actor was scheduled to receive the City of Taormina award on Saturday during his stay in Italy; the Taormina Film Festival in...

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    Obit: Documentary Filmmaker Dennis O'Rourke (1945-2013)

    The great Australian documentary filmmaker Dennis O'Rourke has died at 67. His often controversial documentaries on the human condition and/or and decolonization include "Half Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age" (1985) "Cannibal Tours" (1988), "The Good Woman of Bangkok" (1991) and "Cunnamulla" (20...

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    OBIT: Bryan Forbes

    Bryan Forbes -- who passed away Wednesday at age 86 after a lengthy illness -- boasted a resume that included such widely admired films as "The Wrong Box," "King Rat," "Whistle Down the Wind," "Seance on a Wet Afternoon" and "The Whisperers," and one truly bizarre concoction, the kinky crime drama ...

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    Obit: VFX Master Ray Harryhausen Dies at 92

    Stop-motion and VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen passed away in London today at the age of 92, according to an announcement on the official Facebook page of The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation. The multi-award winner best-known for "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," "Jason and the Argonauts," "The Golden V...

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    Obit: Comedian Jonathan Winters Has Died (VIDEO)

    Gifted comedian Jonathan Winters has died of natural causes at age 87, reports Variety. My fondest memories of him are Stanley Kramer's antic road comedy "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" and Norman Jewison’s "The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming," but of course this under-appreciated comi...

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