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Remembering Actor-Director Richard Attenborough (12 HIGHLIGHT CLIPS)

I was lucky to interview Attenborough twice, and I found him gracious and inspirational. He talked about capturing the psychopathic ventriloquist played by Sir Anthony Hopkins in the underrated "Magic"; the necessity of using star cameos for dramatic emphasis in the even more underrated "A Bridge Too Far"; and his acute understanding of the acting profession that made him more than qualified to tackle the celebrated "Chorus Line" musical. Judge the work, fair enough, but don’t judge me as being unqualified to make a musical, he lamented.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 25, 2014 1:21 PM
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Robin Williams Time Special Issue Out Friday, Packed with Tributes (VIDEO)

Time is putting out a special commemorative issue on late actor comedian Robin Williams, who succumbed to depression and took his own life on Monday. Due on Friday, August 15, the magazine is packed with tributes from Alan Alda, Patch Adams, Lewis Black, Dick Cavett, Richard Corliss, Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Nathan Lane, Bill Maher, Jim Norton, James Poniewozik, Joan Rivers, among others.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2014 4:21 PM
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RIP Lauren Bacall, Dead of a Stroke at Age 89 (CLIPS)

"Oh, maybe just whistle," said 19-year-old Lauren Bacall, giving future husband Humphrey Bogart "The Look" in "To Have and Have Not." "You know how to whistle don't you Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." 70 years later, Betty Bacall has died at age 89 in her home, her family has confirmed, of a massive stroke.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2014 8:29 PM
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RIP Robin Williams, Dead by His Own Hand at 63 (UPDATED)

Robin Williams, age 63, after having checked into a rehab center in June, was found dead by hanging himself Monday, according to police in Marin County, Calif. In a statement his publicist Mara Buxbaum said the actor had been "battling severe depression of late."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2014 8:38 PM
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Makeup Artist Dick Smith Has Died at 92

Makeup artist Rick Baker tweeted the news Thursday morning that his mentor, the legendary Dick Smith, had died, at age 92. He did makeup effects for "The Godfather" I and II, "Scanners," "The Exorcist," "Altered States," and "Little Big Man."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2014 1:26 PM
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Remembering James Garner, A Maverick On and Off Screen

It is my custom to celebrate lives, not mourn deaths. On the occasion of James Garner’s passing at age 86, I would like to recall the man and his work by sharing this interview.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • July 20, 2014 1:30 PM
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RIP Paul Mazursky, Brilliant Hollywood Writer-Director (VIDEO INTERVIEW AND CLIPS)

After battling a long illness, writer-director Paul Mazursky died in Los Angeles on June 30 of pulmonary cardiac arrest. He was 84. Luckily for me, some years ago my friend Joan Cohen pulled me into an annual dinner party held around the time of the Oscars with Paul and Betsy Mazursky and other close friends. I looked forward to it every year, as Mazursky would hold forth--hilariously-- on Hollywood, moviemaking, and the new films of the day, which he wrote about for Vanity Fair in recent years. He was an ardent cinephile and Academy voter with strongly held opinions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2014 3:45 PM
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Eli Wallach, Whose Career Spanned Six Decades, Dies at 98 (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

Eli Wallach, the veteran actor of screen and stage, died yesterday at age 98.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 25, 2014 11:39 AM
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RIP Eli Wallach, 98 (VIDEO)

It doesn't get better than this. Check out the confrontation between Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach--who just died at age 98--in Sergio Leone's must-see western "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2014 1:47 AM
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RIP Gordon Willis, Master of Cinematic Chiaroscuro (CLIPS)

Virtuoso cinematographer Gordon Willis, trailblazer of the New Hollywood who gave us everything from 1920s New York in "The Godfather" to 1970s Manhattan in the films of Woody Allen, has died. He was 82.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 19, 2014 1:24 PM
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