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Stuntman Hal Needham Dies of Cancer at 82

Legendary stuntman Hal Needham has died at age 82 from complications from cancer. He cried at all the warm tributes he received at the at last year's Governors Awards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2013 7:09 PM
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Obit: Veteran Character Actor Ed Lauter (1938-2013), from Hitchcock's 'Family Plot' to 'The Artist' (VIDEO)

Among the most pleasant experiences I have enjoyed in recent years was a long, leisurely lunch with Ed Lauter, one of my all-time-favorite character actors, last November at the Starz Denver Film Festival.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • October 17, 2013 1:02 PM
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New Republic Film Critic Stanley Kauffmann Dies at 97, Critics Write Tributes

It's easy to say that it's sad news that critic Stanley Kauffmann is gone. But the man was 97 years old. We should all be so lucky to last so long--he filed his last column in August, reviewing “Our Nixon,” “Israel: A Home Movie” and “Museum Hours.” What is sad is that the older critics in Gerald Peary's 2009 documentary “For the Love of Movies” are dropping, one by one, from Roger Ebert to Andrew Sarris.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2013 4:32 PM
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Obit: Tom Clancy, Author of Jack Ryan Thrillers 'Hunt for Red October,' 'Patriot Games' and More, Has Died at 66 (FILM CLIPS)

Tom Clancy, bestselling author of many a thriller that would find an even wider audience with the help of Hollywood adaptations, has died at age 66. Check out clips below from his four books turned into films, "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger" and "The Sum of All Fears."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 2, 2013 12:52 PM
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Obit: Paramount Stalwart A.C. Lyles Bows Out at Age 95

A.C. Lyles – producer, publicist and one of the last links to Hollywood’s early years – has died at the age of 95. He was 10 years old in 1928 when he handed out fliers at a Paramount owned theater in Jacksonville, Florida and 20 when he had saved enough money working as an usher to take the train to California and arrive at the Paramount gate expecting to get a job. He got one in the Paramount mailroom.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • September 30, 2013 9:50 PM
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R.I.P. Elmore Leonard: 1925-2013

When the late Elmore Leonard began writing fiction in the early Nineteen-Fifties, Westerns ruled the roost, so most of his early heroes wore cowboy hats. When this great American writer, who died today at 87, went with the flow in 1969, and switched to writing urban thrillers (with the twice-filmed "The Big Bounce"), the change wasn't a wrenching one. He didn't ask his characteristically watchful and laconic heroes to change much more than their hats when they relocated from the deserts of the Southwest to the mean streets of Detroit and Miami.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 20, 2013 2:04 PM
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R.I.P. Karen Black (1939-2013), New Hollywood Screen Queen of 'Easy Rider,' 'Nashville,' 'Five Easy Pieces' and More

Karen Black was in the right movies at the right time to guarantee herself at least a footnote in film history. But wait: There was more.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • August 9, 2013 11:28 AM
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Obit: Dennis Farina, Chicago Cop Turned Character Actor, Dies at Age 69 (1988 INTERVIEW)

Between his early career as a Chicago cop and his recent gig as Xfinity Internet pitchman, Dennis Farina, character actor par excellence, amassed an impressive resume of distinctive performances in movies (including "Get Shorty," "Out of Sight" and the under-appreciated "Sidewalks of New York") and TV dramas (including "Law & Order," the cult-fave "Crime Story" and last year's undeservedly short-lived "Luck").
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • July 22, 2013 3:53 PM
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Obit: Elias Querejeta Was Spain's Producer of Producers

The death of Elias Querejeta, “producer of producers” according to the leading lights of Spanish cinema, did not cause a Gandolfini-size wake in the world of film. But film lovers should note the accomplishments of a man who, as much as anyone, moved his country’s cinema into a post-Franco landscape –a state-of-the-cinema where the likes of Pedro Almodovar are even imaginable.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 29, 2013 4:26 PM
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OBIT: Martial Master Lau Kar-leung (1936 - 2013) (TRAILER)

The pioneering martial arts choreographer and director Lau Kar-leung, who died this week at age 77, was a kung fu purist. Lau had a vivid imagination and great skill when it came to devising and staging fight sequences. In fact, Lau was a key figure in every phase of Hong Kong martial arts movie making.
  • By David Chute
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  • June 28, 2013 1:25 AM
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