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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 17, 2011 1:22 AM
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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 big-screen.

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2011 2:24 AM
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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, or the Academy Awards, or a series of giant charity telethons, or become the head of a major studio sub-division. Laura Ziskin did all of this, and we're sad to report that the producer and executive passed away yesterday, at the age of 61.

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 17, 2011 6:35 AM
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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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