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Documentary Filmmaker Les Blank Dies at 77

The great documentary filmmaker Les Blank, who no doubt visited many of your theaters to show films and waft garlic through the air, passed away peacefully Sunday morning after a battle with cancer that didn't keep him from holding on. (Here's the New York Times obit.) See film clips below.
  • By Gary Meyer
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  • April 7, 2013 4:05 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Goodbye to Legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert, Interviews, Reviews, TV and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • April 7, 2013 12:41 PM
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Indie Producer Raphael D. Silver Dies After Skiing Accident

Indie producer Raphael D. Silver died March 4 in Salt Lake City, two days after a skiing accident in Deer Valley. He was 83.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2013 5:05 PM
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Why Roger Ebert was Unique; The Web Says Goodbye to Our Most Famous Critic: Memories, Writing and Video

The reaction to Roger Ebert's death has been overwhelming and gratifying. The major news networks, CNN, Frontline, you name it, they covered it. Every single movie site or reviewer or blogger or anyone who cared about movies weighed in.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 3:03 PM
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Deadlines Approaching for 2013 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

Deadlines to submit entries to the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition are coming up: the regular deadline is Wednesday, April 10, and the final deadline is Wednesday, May 1.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 2:22 PM
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In the Works: Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mikhail Gorbachev Teaming for HBO's 'Gorbachev'

Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev will be collaborating on HBO film "Gorbachev," chronicling the last years before the Soviet Union's fall. Hanks and DiCaprio will both be taking on executive producing roles.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 12:30 PM
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In the Works: Jason Clarke and Omar Sy Set to Star in 'Syriana' Writer/Director Stephen Gaghan's 'Candy Store'

Good Universe and Lionsgate announced today that actors Jason Clarke and Omar Sy are set to star in the new film by Oscar-winning writer/director Stephen Gaghan, "Candy Store."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2013 8:48 PM
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HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Season Premiere Breaks Online Piracy Records

The third season premiere of HBO's fantasy television series "Game of Thrones," which was just renewed for a fourth season, has broken yet another record after a wildly successful broadcast on the premium network last Sunday, March 31st.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2013 4:58 PM
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Obit: Roger Ebert was a Superman

Sad news. Roger Ebert has died of complications of cancer. The legendary and indefatigable Pulitzer-prize-winning film critic had announced Tuesday that he was taking a "leave of presence," per his journal on the Chicago Sun-Times. Since December he had been recovering in a Chicago rehab facility from a hip fracture. It turned out that the cancer he had been fighting since 2002 had returned. He is survived by his loving wife Chaz.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 4, 2013 4:01 PM
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Disney Shuts Down LucasArts and Star Wars 1313, Lays Off 150 Employees

After buying Lucasfilm 154 days ago, Disney has closed LucasArts, laying off 150 employees. This is on the heels of cancelling The Clone Wars animated TV series on Cartoon Network and laying off animators at Lucasfilm. This means we will not be seeing the darker and edgier next-gen shooter game, Star Wars 1313, featuring higher quality performance-captured animation from Lucasfilm Animation and VFX from Industrial Light & Magic.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 4, 2013 12:36 PM
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