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    Remembering Ernest Borgnine: The Unconventional Oscar-Winning Star of 'Marty' Dies at 96

    Ernest Borgnine, best known for his Oscar-winning turn as the lonely butcher title character in "Marty," died July 8 at age 96. A selection of what the web is saying below...

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    Best of the Week: 'Amazing' Box Office, Comic-Con Preview, Karlovy Vary, Mark Wahlberg's Career & More

    This week on TOH, Spidey proves his staying power even as general tentpole malaise sets in, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival offers a cinephile's dream lineup, Comic-Con's on the horizon and more!

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    Andy Griffith, Star of 'The Andy Griffith Show' and Kazan's Brilliant 'A Face in the Crowd,' Dies at 86

    Most folks know Andy Griffith as the star of long-running television hit shows "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock." But the actor, who died at home in Dare County, North Carolina on July 3, gave several superb dramatic performances as well...

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    Writer-Director Nora Ephron Dies at 71 of Leukemia

    Hollywood doesn't have enough sophisticated witty writers, much less writer-directors like Nora Ephron. She died after battling leukemia at age 71. Ephron was funny as hell. She was one of the few filmmakers who could craft believable, endearing and funny romantic comedies, a dying art.

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    OBIT: Pioneer Film Critic Andrew Sarris is Dead at 83; He Changed How We See Movies

    The great critic Andrew Sarris, who wrote for The Village Voice and more recently, The New York Observer, is dead at age 83. According to his wife Molly Haskell in The NYTimes, he died from an infection after a fall. My best wishes go to Haskell ("From Reverence to Rape"), who was as erudite and pas...

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    Obit: Broadcaster Chris Stanley is Dead at 65

    When I was invited to a friend's memorial via Facebook, I thought, "No, I just heard Chris Stanley on KUSC." In fact the same day that I heard him on Arts Alive, he died of a heart attack. He had just moved back to Los Angeles from working as Fox News Radio's night anchor in New York.

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    Production Designer J. Michael Riva Died After a Stroke UPDATE

    J. Michael Riva had great legs. "I come by them honestly," he would say to admirers. That's because the respected Hollywood production designer, who worked with everyone from Steven Spielberg (he was Oscar-nominated for "The Color Purple") and Rob Reiner ("A Few Good Men...

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    Ray Bradbury's Impact on Movies, from Huston and Truffaut to Spielberg

    I have a signed copy of Ray Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine," complete with a drawn flower. Bradbury sent it to me after I told him at a party that it was my favorite of his books. He was that kind of guy.

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    Webby Awards: Steve Jobs Tribute, Best of the Five-Word Acceptance Speeches

    The Webby Awards honored the best of the web (Indiewire included!), and shared a tribute video for Steve Jobs. Keeping with their acceptance-speech rule, the video features thanks from the likes of President Obama, President Clinton, Al Gore, George Lucas, Jon Stewart and Bono - all in five words or...

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    Oscilloscope Founder and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Dies of Cancer: David Fenkel to Stay On UPDATE

    Adam Yauch, best-known as a member of the hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at age 47, reports Rolling Stone. Yauch, also a founder of indie distribution label Oscilloscope Laboratories ("Wendy and Lucy," "We Need to Talk About Kevin") was diagnosed with cancer after discovering a salivary gl...

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