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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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RIP 'Mummy' and 'Raising Arizona' Producer James Jacks

"The Mummy" series producer James Jacks died Monday of a heart attack. He was 66. He started his producing career with Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" and three early films by the Coen brothers, and introduced Hollywood to John Woo, backing his first Hollywood production "Hard Target."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2014 10:44 AM
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Saul Zaentz, Legendary Hollywood Producer, Has Died

One of Hollywood's great movie producers has died. The winner of three Best Picture Oscars and the Academy's coveted Irving Thalberg Award, Saul Zaentz fought for quality and boasted extraordinary taste which he never compromised. Paul Zaentz confirmed that his uncle, who was 92, died Friday. He was at home in the Bay Area where he had lived most of his life.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 3, 2014 9:34 PM
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The Last Word on Film: TOH! Remembers the Writers the Film Community Lost in 2013

As the final installment in our "TOH! Remembers" series, our contributors look back at the writers the film community lost in 2013, from critic Roger Ebert, to novelists Elmore Leonard and Richard Matheson, and more.
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  • December 27, 2013 11:00 AM
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TOH! Remembers the Leading Ladies the Film Community Lost in 2013

As part of our "TOH! Remembers" series, our contributors look back at the leading ladies the film community lost in 2013, from Jean Stapleton to Joan Fontaine, Karen Black, Eileen Brennan and more.
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  • December 26, 2013 11:00 AM
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TOH! Remembers the Leading Men the Film Community Lost in 2013

As part of our "TOH! Remembers" series, our contributors look back on the leading men the film community lost this year, from Peter O'Toole to James Gandolfini, Paul Walker and more.
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  • December 24, 2013 11:00 AM
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Marilyn Monroe Publicist Julian Myers Has Died at 95

Julian Myers, one of the last of the old time movie studio publicists, died December 21 from congestive heart failure at the age of 95.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • December 23, 2013 3:59 PM
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TOH! Remembers Talent the Film Community Lost in 2013 (PART 1)

´╗┐As Part 1 in our series of "TOH! Remembers" posts, we look back at some of the talent the film community lost in 2013.
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  • December 23, 2013 11:00 AM
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Joan Fontaine Dies at Age 96 (Video Clips from 'Rebecca,' 'Suspicion,' 'Letter from an Unknown Woman' and More UPDATED)

Hollywood Golden Age star Joan Fontaine has died of natural causes at her home in Carmel, California at age 96.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2013 12:42 PM
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