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    Obituary: Harold Ramis Was a Serious Filmmaker Who Made Us Laugh

    It’s appropriate that Harold Ramis played the straight-faced, data-crunching member of the Ghostbusters, because he had all the big ideas. More than just the nice guy from the Second City class that defined American movie comedy post-1980 both behind and in front of the camera, Ramis was a serious f...

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    Critic's Notebook: How Philip Seymour Hoffman Rescued American Movies

    Nobody could mess with a Philip Seymour Hoffman performance.

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    Ned Vizzini, Author of 'It's Kind of a Funny Story' and TV Writer, Has Died at 32

    Bestselling author, television writer and essayist Ned Vizzini died Thursday, The Los Angeles Times reports. The cause of death was suicide.

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    Richard D. Heffner, 'Least-Known Most Powerful Person in Hollywood,' Dies at 88

    Historian, educator and broadcaster Richard D. Heffner, who, for two decades was in charge of the film industry's ratings board and was the creator and host of "The Open Mind" on public television, died at 88, The New York Times reports.

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    R.I.P. Peter O'Toole, Star of 'Lawrence of Arabia'

    Peter O'Toole, star of "Lawrence of Arabia" died Saturday at age 81.

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    'Queen Margot' Filmmaker Patrice Chéreau Dies at 68

    Patrice Chéreau, the French filmmaker best known for the female fronted period dramas "Queen Margot" and "Gabrielle," has passed away today in Paris after succumbing to cancer. He was 68.

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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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    'Zodiac,' 'Milk' and 'American Gangster' Cinematographer Harris Savides Has Died at Age 55

    Cinematographer Harris Savides, who worked with directors David Fincher, Gus Van Sant, Woody Allen and Noah Baumbach, has passed away. The cause of death is not yet known. He was 55 years old.

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    'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner 'Lucky' to Have Worked With the Late Frank Pierson in WGAW Statement About His Passing

    Award-winning writer-director and former Writers Guild of America, West President Frank Pierson, who received both an Academy Award and Writers Guild Award for his Dog Day Afternoon screenplay, died on Sunday, July 22, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 87.

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    Patron of the Arts Herb Vogel, Star of Doc 'Herb & Dorothy,' Dies at 89

    Herbert Vogel, who developed a stunning collection of contemporary and minimalist art with his wife Dorothy and was the subject of Megumi Sasaki's documentaries "Herb & Dorothy" and "Herb & Dorothy 50x50," passed away Sunday at age 89.

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