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    Randy Ostrow Speaks On The Passing of Filmmaker, Producer and Friend Stuart Kleinman

    Filmmaker and lawyer Stuart Kleinman passed away this Monday at the age of 57 of a heart attack in his New York home. After going to law school in the wake of a brief career in graphic design, Kleinman became Vice President of ICM and President of Jodie Foster's Egg Pictures, where his love of film ...

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    'Saturday Night Live' Writer Tom Davis, Al Franken's Comedy Partner, Passes Away at Age 59

    Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian Tom Davis passed away today from throat and neck cancer in his home in Hudson, NY.

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    Peter Bogdanovich Talks About Ben Gazzara: "I don't think they make actors like Ben anymore."

    Ben Gazzara died today at 81, of pancreatic cancer. As an actor, he's one of the last of a generation: trained at the Actors Studio, he went on to create a 60-year career. After success on Broadway, Gazzara starred in films like Otto Preminger's "Anatomy of a Murder" and as the ter...

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    'Reality is a dirty word': A Eulogy for Ken Russell

    Shade Rupe first met Ken Russell at the Seattle International Film Festival premiere of Russell's 1988 film, "Salome's Last Dance." Per Rupe, "[My] hand went unwashed for a full year."

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    Spout About: Bin Laden Killed; Thor Covers Usher; "Inception" and "Scott Pilgrim" Parodies Continue

    Obviously the big news this morning is the death of Osama Bin Laden. And people are likely still making movie-related jokes that I could round up and recap, such as references to Morgan Spurlock's "Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden" and "The Wizard of Oz" as well as "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact...

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    Spout About: Will "Thor" Inspire Neopaganism? Death to Body Swap Movies! Death of a "2001" Influence

    Above is a cropped section of a "Thor" bus stop ad posted to BuzzFeed. You can see that someone has taped a religious flyer to it. Intentional? Is there a minor protest going on against the polytheistic themes of the upcoming comic book movie? Does "Thor" have a soundtrack consisting of Varg Vikerne...

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    New Yorkers Ought to Appreciate Sidney Lumet's "The Wiz"

    Three years ago I was very upset with NYC's Film Forum for excluding "The Wiz" from an otherwise decent Sidney Lumet retrospective. I mean, they didn't include much more than the hits and classics. It too lacked his sole, Oscar-nominated, under-seen documentary "King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis" (which I spotlighted over at Nothing But the Doc yesterday as something I need to see) as well as most of his lesser works. But while "The Wiz" is not one of the favored classics, having been a box office failure and still critically disregarded, it is both historically and fantastically important to the Big Apple. If anyone, New Yorkers ...

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    See Len Lesser ('Uncle Leo') as the Original Winklevi in "Baadasssss!"

    It's fine that Len Lesser, who died yesterday of cancer-related pneumonia, is being primarily remembered now for "Seinfeld," on which he played Jerry's Uncle Leo. It was a good, memorable role. But I prefer to think of him as the cinema owning twins Manny and Mort Goldberg from Mario Van Peebles' "B...

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    Justin Bieber for "Logan's Run," Another "Black Swan" Parody and More Discussion Fodder

    - The favorite shot from the "X-Men: First Class" trailer (watch it after the jump) seems to be this "Twin Peaks"-like one.

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    Watch Pete Postlethewaite in the Sci-Fi Documentary "The Age of Stupid"

    Oscar-nominated British character actor Pete Postlethwaite has passed away at the age of 64 from cancer. You may have seen him last year in "Clash of the Titans," "Inception" and/or "The Town," but he was also in a very interesting work that SnagFilms showcased in their 2010 SummerFest: "The Age of Stupid." Postlethwaite seemed to be dabbling in documentary in recent years, narrating the afterlife portrait of Brian Clough, simply titled "Clough," and appearing in "Tattoos: A Scarred History, in which he displays his own body art. He does something a little different for "The Age of Stupid," though, functioning as sort of an onscreen narrator ...

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