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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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    Sam Berns, 17, Whose Life With Progeria Was the Subject of 'Life According to Sam,' Has Died

    Sam Berns, the 17-year-old Massachusetts high school student whose life with the rare illness progeria was the subject of the documentary "Life According to Sam," died on Friday, The New York Times reports.

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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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    Paul Walker, Star of 'Fast and Furious' Series, Dead at 40

    Actor Paul Walker has died today in a fiery car crash, according to TMZ. Walker is best known for his work in the "Fast and Furious" series, which just released its sixth installment this year.

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    R.I.P. Ed Pincus, Vermont Filmmaker Who Helped to Define Personal Documentaries

    Documentary filmmaker Ed Pincus, who helped define the notion and possibilities of the personal documentary, died yesterday in Vermont, according to a Facebook post by Vermont Public Television.

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    Actor Kumar Pallana, Wes Anderson Regular, Dies at 94

    Actor Kumar Pallana, best known for being a regular in Wes Anderson's films, died yesterday at the age of 94. Pallana was a memorable presence in nearly all of Anderson's films, starting with his debut "Bottle Rocket" and continuing in "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Darjeeling Express." He ...

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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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