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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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    Actor Dennis Farina Dead at 69

    Veteran character actor Dennis Farina, best known for playing his fair share of weathered tough guys in films like "Out of Sight," "Get Shorty," "Midnight Run," has died at 69, his publicist confirmed today. A former Chicago police officer, Farina is best known to most for his portrayal of Detective...

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    Legendary Japanese Director Koji Wakamatsu Dead at 76, After Being Struck by Taxi

    Japanese director Koji Wakamatsu is dead at 76 after being struck by a taxi, it was reported today. Wakamatsu was hit while crossing a major road in Tokyo, suffering injuries to his head and lower back. He passed away today, days following his admission to a hospital. Wakamatsu was in Tokyo after wi...

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    Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter Tonino Guerra, Who Wrote 'Blow-Up' and 'Amarcord,' Dies at 92

    Italian screenwriter Tonino Guerra, the man behind Michelangelo Antonioni's "Blow-Up" and Federico Fellini's "Amarcord," has died at 92. The three-time Oscar nominee had been battling illness for several months in Rimini in central Italy, the AFP reported. Born in 19...

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    R.I.P. Steve Jobs: "How To Live Before You Die"

    On the same day I finally decided to buy an iPhone, no less... But seriously, this man was a gifted visionary who truly changed the world and everyday lives of almost everyone I know. Take the time to watch this commencement speech he gave at Stanford in 2005, which is remarkably inspiring and makes...

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    Jack Layton's Letter To Canadians

    Written two days before his death today, a poignant, inspiring letter from Jack Layton has made its way around the internet. If you haven't got a chance to read it - even if you're not Canadian and have only a vague idea of who Jack Layton is - please do so. It's a powerful message to leave to a cou...

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    R.I.P. Jack Layton

    What a sad, horrible thing to return to Canada to. Jack Layton, the leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, has died of Cancer. Just four months ago, my Canadian political interest and optimism peaked in the weeks leading up to our federal election, at which point Mr. Layton inspired a nation of cynical lefties (and the entire province of Quebec) to do something extraordinary: Give the NDP their very first official opposition and all-but-destroy the long standing centrist Liberal party. Long a strong, Canadian voice for the working class, for social programs, for minorities, for hope... Layton finally saw his efforts come to fruition that ni...

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    R.I.P. Amy Winehouse

    From a text message while wandering New York's Highline for the first time this afternoon, I heard the sad and sadly expected news that Amy Winehouse had passed away at the age of 27. Oddly enough, last night I watched as my mother (here in NYC for the first time) danced to "Rehab" at a East Village...

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    Tim Hetherington's Vanity Fair Portfolio

    Following the horribly tragic news of Tim Hetherington's death in Libya today, pay some respect by spending time looking through his photography portfolio at Vanity Fair. It's stunning.

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    Elizabeth Taylor's New York Times Obituary Written From The Grave

    Interesting fact: My indieWIRE colleague Eric Kohn pointed out that The New York Times' obituary of the late, great Elizabeth Taylor was written by movie and theater critic Mel Gussow, who himself passed away six years ago. Which says something pretty interesting about media production...

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