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RIP Michael Glawogger, Radical Director Who Died a Workingman's Death at Age 54

Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger, who worked under-the-radar and pushed himself to the brink as a documentary and feature filmmaker, has passed away at age 54 in Africa. He died from Malaria while working on his latest film.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2014 12:16 PM
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RIP Danny Anker: Oscar-Nominated Documentary Filmmaker was 50

Sad to share the news that documentary filmmaker Danny Anker died Monday morning of lymphoma, at the age of 50. He was an Oscar-nominated director (Best Documentary Feature) for "Scottsboro: An American Tragedy" (2000), which was a selection of the Sundance Film Festival and won a Primetime Emmy in 2001.
  • By Annette Insdorf
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  • April 21, 2014 10:22 PM
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R.I.P Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014

In the wake of Mickey Rooney's death Sunday at age 93, much will be written -- and should be written -- about his glory days at MGM, his multiple co-star pairings with Judy Garland, and his lengthy run in the once-popular Andy Hardy franchise. But, truth to tell, I will continue to remember Rooney best for two of his finest achievements as a character actor.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • April 7, 2014 8:27 AM
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RIP Screenwriter and Reel Geezer Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (VIDEOS)

Remembering screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr., who has died at 91. He wrote "Three Days of the Condor," "Flash Gordon," "Pretty Poison," "Never Say Never Again," "King Kong," "The Parallax View," "The Super Cops," "Fathom" and the "Batman" TV series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 30, 2014 2:51 PM
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RIP Harold Ramis, 'Groundhog Day' Director Dead at Age 69 (TRAILERS)

Formidably smart Hollywood comedy triple threat Harold Ramis has died at age 69 after struggling for four years with a rare autoimmune disorder. Anarchic comedy classics that will be remembered include his "Groundhog Day" (1993) and "Ghostbusters" (1984), among the all-time highest-grossing comedies, which Ramis wrote and co-starred in with Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2014 2:16 PM
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Remembering Shirley Temple Black, Cinema's Most Iconic Child Star (MOVIE CLIPS)

Shirley Temple Black, the most iconic child star of film history who was a box office sensation throughout the 1930s, has died at age 85. Known for her dimples and perfectly-ringleted head of curls (56 ringlets, to be exact), Temple broke into the movies at only three years old, and went on to star in a series of vehicles (many of which were the VHS staples of my childhood) like "Bright Eyes," "Little Miss Marker," "Stand Up and Cheer," "The Little Colonel," "Baby Take a Bow," "Heidi," "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" and "The Little Princess," to name only a few.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 11, 2014 12:22 PM
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RIP Christopher Jones, '60s Screen Icon and Star of 'The Legend of Jesse James'

This is kinda-sorta embarrassing for me to admit, but the death of actor Christopher Jones at age 72 last Friday slipped right under my radar. Maybe it was because his passing was overshadowed by the weekend deaths of Maximilian Schell and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Or maybe his demise simply didn't get much publicity because, unfortunately, it had been a long time since many people gave much thought to what Jones did while he was alive.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • February 4, 2014 12:23 PM
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RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman, Found Dead of a Likely Heroin Overdose at 46 (UPDATED)

Sadly, Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose Sunday afternoon in his West Village New York apartment. The Oscar-winning actor (2005's "Capote") was 46.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2014 1:55 PM
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Saying Good-Bye to Two Hollywood Good Guys

It has not been an easy week, saying goodbye to two old Hollywood friends, Hollywood producer Jim Jacks and studio executive Tom Sherak, who shared something in common; they were both good guys. They were generous and giving to their friends; they were adored by the people who worked for them. At the Academy Board of Governors meeting on Monday night, the governors gave former AMPAS president Sherak a moment of silence, and talked about how much he had done to help shepherd the organization through a challenging time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 30, 2014 7:40 PM
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Tom Sherak Has Died at Age 68

Longtime film industry executive Tom Sherak, who rose to chairman of Twentieth Century Fox domestic film group over 17 years and served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences from 2009 to 2012, has succumbed at his Calabasas home after a 12-year fight against prostate cancer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2014 9:42 PM
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