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Mike Wallace Obits (Video)

When someone like Mike Wallace dies, you feel the loss. That's because the CBS "60 Minutes" newsman, who died at 93 after a long illness, fearlessly practiced a level of rigorous stand-up journalism that rarely exists anymore.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2012 11:58 AM
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Obit: Screenwriter Tonino Guerra, Three-Time Oscar-Nominee, Has Died

One of cinema's greatest writers, three-time Oscar nominee Tonino Guerra, has died. The poet/screenwriter from Northern Italy had just turned 92 on March 16. Guerra wrote over 100 screenplays, including "L'avventura," "La notte," "L'eclisse," "Red Desert," "Blow-Up," and "Zabriskie Point" for Antonioni;
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2012 1:43 PM
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Bingham Ray Memorial, UPDATED Clips: Jarmusch, Turturro, Clarkson, Platt

The Bingham Ray memorial in New York last Friday was an extraordinary event. Sure, the Paris Theatre was packed with a generation of people who care deeply about independent film, but it was more than that.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 16, 2012 4:23 PM
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'Waiting to Exhale' Moves Ahead Sans Whitney Houston: 'In Her Honor'

The "Waiting to Exhale" sequel is going forward, despite Whitney Houston's sudden death. "I don’t think she would want it to [perish]," said Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler (who just renewed her deal). Soldiering on with the project is "almost in her honor," she adds.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 4:27 PM
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Obit: Indie Veteran Bingham Ray Was a Champion of Indie Cinema UPDATED

The news that indie veteran Bingham Ray, recently appointed executive director of the San Francisco Film Society and Festival, had suffered a stroke hit the Sundance Film Festival Saturday morning. Sadly, Ray died from complications of the massive stroke on Monday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 23, 2012 3:08 PM
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Christopher Hitchens Obits

Controversial author and essayist Christopher Hitchens, 62, has finally lost his battle with cancer, which he documented with brio, as was his wont.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2011 2:15 PM
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More: Obit, Media

Obit: Philadelphia Inquirer Critic Desmond Ryan

Longtime Philadelphia Inquirer critic Desmond Ryan is dead. He was 68. He had fought carcinoma of the tongue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2011 1:31 PM
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More: Obit, Critics

Weekend Media Watch: Andy Rooney Dies at 92, Pandora Seeks More Ad Revenue, Facebook Adds Ads

The consistent thing about Facebook’s constant changes: the levels of frustration they cause. Today, TechCrunch reports that the social media site will begin placing advertisements in the real-time updates portion of the homepage. Events, ticker, and birthday announcements have been placed below these ads.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 5, 2011 10:47 AM
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Obit: Oscar Producer Gil Cates Has Died; Industry Reaction UPDATED

Obit: Oscar Producer Gil Cates Has Died; Industry Reaction UPDATED
Long time Oscar producer Gil Cates has died. He was 77.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 1, 2011 5:41 AM
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  • 1 Comment
More: Awards, Obit, Oscars

KCET To Air Corwin Doc

KCET is airing a special broadcast of Les Guthman's must-see 1996 feature docu, Corwin on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., followed by a show about the 1938 radio drama The Plot to Overthrow Christmas, in tribute to the late great radio pioneer Norman Corwin, who passed away last week at 101. Corwin left radio in 1955 during the McCarthy era and wrote Hollywood screenplays, including Lust for Life, which earned him an Oscar nomination. Thanks to documentary filmmaker Jeff Kaufman, I got to meet Corwin, who was still dazzling as he neared his centennial.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 26, 2011 1:46 AM
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