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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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    Jonathan Frid, Barnabas Collins in TV series 'Dark Shadows', Has Died

    What timing. On the verge of the opening of the Tim Burton 'Dark Shadows' movie--which looks like an all-out campy take led by Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, the actor who originated the role in the long-running afternoon soap opera, Jonathan Frid, has died. He was 87. He had been active i...

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    Mike Wallace Obits (Video)

    When someone like Mike Wallace dies, you feel the loss. That's because the CBS "60 Minutes" newsman, who died at 93 after a long illness, fearlessly practiced a level of rigorous stand-up journalism that rarely exists anymore.

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    Obit: Screenwriter Tonino Guerra, Three-Time Oscar-Nominee, Has Died

    One of cinema's greatest writers, three-time Oscar nominee Tonino Guerra, has died. The poet/screenwriter from Northern Italy had just turned 92 on March 16. Guerra wrote over 100 screenplays, including "L'avventura," "La notte," "L'eclisse," "Red Desert," "Blow-Up," and "Zabriskie Point" for Antoni...

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    Bingham Ray Memorial, UPDATED Clips: Jarmusch, Turturro, Clarkson, Platt

    The Bingham Ray memorial in New York last Friday was an extraordinary event. Sure, the Paris Theatre was packed with a generation of people who care deeply about independent film, but it was more than that.

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