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    'Dog Day Afternoon' Screenwriter and Former AMPAS President Frank Pierson Dies at 87

    Writer-director Frank Pierson died Monday at the age of 87, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to winning an Oscar for his “Dog Day Afternoon” screenplay, Pierson was very active in the industry, with stints as president of the Writers Guild of America, West, president of t...

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    George C. Stoney, the Father of Public-Access Television, Passes Away at Age 96

    Documentarian and public-access TV advocate George C. Stoney passed away in his home last night at age 96, according to the Alliance for Community Media, an organization started by interns from the Alternate Media Center, which he founded.   His impact on community media has been immortalized b...

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    Maurice Sendak, Author and Spike Jonze Muse, Dead at 83

    As he reminded us on "The Colbert Report" earlier this year, he was not a "children's book author"; he was an author, period.

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    Oscilloscope Founder and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch Has Died at 47

    Beastie Boy member Adam Yauch, who went on to found the independent film distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories, has died today, Rolling Stone has reported. 

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    R.I.P. Final 'Deathly Hallows' Trailer Marks The End Of Harry Potter Promos (2001-2011)

    Many of us will remember the first time we saw a trailer for the "Harry Potter" franchise. Settling down to the Warner Bros. family comedy, "See Spot Run," which the trailer was attached to, the first glimpse of what would become the biggest franchise of all time was sneaked out, and people left the theater with one overwhelming impression: '"See Spot Run" was a piece of shit. Since then, clips have emerged every six months or so for the eight movies in the series, and we've watched those children grow up in front of our eyes in a series of two-to-three-minute snippets, in the form of Quicktime files, YouTube videos and sometimes even on the ...

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    R.I.P. 'Spider-Man' Producer Laura Ziskin (1950-2011)

    In an industry that's still sadly male-skewed, as far as executives, producers, screenwriters and directors go, it would take quite a fight for a female producer to be behind a classic conspiracy thriller, or one of the biggest romantic-comedies of all time, or a billion-dollar superhero franchise, ...

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    R.I.P. Michael Gough (1916-2011)

    Very sad news today with the announcement that Michael Gough, the actor perhaps best known for playing Alfred, Bruce Wayne's loyal butler in the two Tim Burton and two Joel Schumacher Batman movies, has passed away at the age of 94. He's survived by his wife, Henrietta.

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