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    Obit: Indie Veteran Bingham Ray Was a Champion of Indie Cinema UPDATED

    The news that indie veteran Bingham Ray, recently appointed executive director of the San Francisco Film Society and Festival, had suffered a stroke hit the Sundance Film Festival Saturday morning. Sadly, Ray died from complications of the massive stroke on Monday.

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    Christopher Hitchens Obits

    Controversial author and essayist Christopher Hitchens, 62, has finally lost his battle with cancer, which he documented with brio, as was his wont.

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    Obit: Philadelphia Inquirer Critic Desmond Ryan

    Longtime Philadelphia Inquirer critic Desmond Ryan is dead. He was 68. He had fought carcinoma of the tongue.

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    Weekend Media Watch: Andy Rooney Dies at 92, Pandora Seeks More Ad Revenue, Facebook Adds Ads

    The consistent thing about Facebook’s constant changes: the levels of frustration they cause. Today, TechCrunch reports that the social media site will begin placing advertisements in the real-time updates portion of the homepage. Events, ticker, and birthday announcements have been placed bel...

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    Obit: Oscar Producer Gil Cates Has Died; Industry Reaction UPDATED

    Long time Oscar producer Gil Cates has died. He was 77.

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    KCET To Air Corwin Doc

    KCET is airing a special broadcast of Les Guthman's must-see 1996 feature docu, Corwin on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., followed by a show about the 1938 radio drama The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, in tribute to the late great radio pioneer Norman Corwin, who passed away last week at 101. Corwin lef...

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    Media Watch: Isaacson's Steve Jobs Biography, Reviews, 60 Minutes Profile

    Clearly, we can't learn enough about the late Steve Jobs, so his official biographer Walter Isaacson's new book Steve Jobs--over 600 pages--which is published today, two and half weeks after his death, should help to feed our hunger for more details about the fascinating co-founder of Apple. Here's ...

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    River Phoenix May Return to Screen Via Re-edited Version of George Sluizer's Unfinished Dark Blood

    It's been eighteen years since his death, but that's not stopping River Phoenix's last film, Dark Blood, from being released next year. Director George Sluizer has re-edited footage from the film shoot, which was not completed (Phoenix died at age 23 of a drug-induced heard attack, 11 days before it was meant to wrap), and thinks a final cut can be achieved if Joaquin Phoenix provides voiceover for River's character, Boy, a young hermit who lives on a nuclear test site awaiting the end of the world. "The voices of both brothers are very much alike," Sluizer tells THR, but the director has yet to ask Phoenix if he is willing to do it. The film...

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    Obit: Pioneer Sue Mengers Was Hollywood's Most Powerful Woman Agent

    The minute I learned that legendary ICM agent Sue Mengers had died, I contacted Elaine Dutka, who had memorably profiled the uber-agent for the LA Times. Here's Dutka's obit. Sue Mengers, the first female agent to penetrate the Hollywood boy's club, died Saturday at her Beverly Hills home. Flamboyan...

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    RIP Steve Jobs, Who Deserves the Word Visionary: Obits, Links, Clips

    I once had lunch with Jobs at an excellent Japanese restaurant in Beverly Hills. He wore his trademark black turtleneck and jeans; he was serious, accessible. We talked about Pixar, which he also deserves credit for. Sadly, Jobs has died at age 56 of pancreatic cancer, which he had been fighting sin...

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