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Tracy Scott Dies: Veteran Script Supervisor On Four Best Picture Oscar Nominees Was 46

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Tracy Scott, a script supervisor whose credits include four recent Best Picture Oscar nominees along with TV’s Happy Endings and Winfred, has died of cancer. She was 46. Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, for whom Scott worked on JoyFoxcatcher, American Hustle and Her, confirmed the news on Twitter: Rest in peace Tracy Scott. A stunning soul and talent, my prayers are with her family & loved ones. You are missed. pic.twitter.com/eYtOfEDK8m — Megan Ellison (@meganeellison) May… Read

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Ashley Sawyer Dies: MTV ‘Catfish’ Subject Was 23

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Ashley Sawyer, who appeared on Season 2 of MTV’s Catfish, has died. She was 23. The cable channel confirmed today that she died in Alabama during the weekend, but no cause of death was given. "MTV is deeply saddened to learn that Ashley Sawyer has passed away," the network said in a statement. "Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends." Sawyer appeared in the 2013 "Ashley & Mike" episode of Catfish, the docuseries that brings together couples… Read

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Wayne Crawford Dies; Actor, Writer & Producer Co-Scripted ‘Valley Girl’

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Wayne Crawford, an actor, writer, director and producer whose credits include co-scripting the 1983 comedy Valley Girl and creating the FX documentary series Okavango: The Wild Frontier, died Saturday at his home in Winston-Salem, NC. He was 69. A native of Geneva, NY, Crawford began acting off-Broadway and in touring stage productions. While working in Florida, he met Andy Lane, and they began a long partnership that resulted in numerous indie pics including Trial by Terr… Read

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Geno Havens Dies; ‘The Jerk,’ ‘Switchblade Sisters’ Casting Director Was 75

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Veteran casting director Patrick “Geno” Havens, whose credits include the Steve Martin classic The Jerk but who might most fondly be remembered for such ’70s cult classics as Switchblade Sisters, The Swinging Cheerleaders and Brian de Palma’s The Phantom of the Paradise, died Thursday at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 75 and had recently suffered a stroke. Though he had a few acting and producing credits, it was as a casting director that Havens left his mark… Read

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Prince Shreds ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ On Touching ‘Saturday Night Live’ Remembrance

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Saturday Night Live was supposed to have been a repeat, but instead the producers put together Goodnight Sweet Prince, a hasty tribute to Prince following his shocking death last week. It was worth the work they put in. Jimmy Fallon hosted a look back at multiple numbers Prince performed as musical guest over the years. Fallon was clearly working off the cuff, and it was too bad none of the songs were Prince’s biggest hits. But all of them showed his range, his outsized… Read

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Michelle McNamara Dies: Crime Writer & Wife of Patton Oswalt Was 46

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Crime writer Michelle McNamara, founder of the website True Crime Diary and wife of comedian Patton Oswalt has died in her Los Angeles home at 46. The news was made public by Oswalt’s publicist. No cause of death has been provided, but it’s been disclosed that she died in her sleep. McNamara’s True Crime Diary covered cold cases and breaking news, focusing on lesser known cases rather than more famous or infamous ones. She and Oswalt, whose credits include Ratatouille, Mag… Read

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Prince Appreciation: There Will Never Be Another Like Him

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I've seen James Brown, I saw Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury and Queen, I've heard Aretha Franklin and watched David Bowie, and none of them could lay a glove, sparkled or not, on Prince live. The passing of the Purple One today is not only a blow to music fans but to fans of excellence. Only Prince could have pulled off the extravagance of a 21-show run at the Forum like he did in 2011, with each show competing to surpass the last one as the best. I was there for the… Read

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Prince Death: Stunned Hollywood Reacts As Tributes Flood In

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Updated with statement from President Obama. Fans, friends, and peers were floored this morning as news spread that legendary music icon Prince was found dead earlier today at the age of 57 from undisclosed causes. Social media was dominated Thursday morning by a torrent of grief and celebration for the Oscar and multiple Grammy-winning musician, actor, and producer whose enormous legacy spanned 40 years. Admirers ranging from actors and television personalities to fellow… Read

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Prince Dies: Music Icon & ‘Purple Rain’ Oscar Winner Was 57

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Prince, the prolific and influential musical icon who won an Oscar for Purple Rain, died today at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, MN. He was 57. No cause of death was given, but the multiple Grammy-winning musician and filmmaker last week was reported to be suffering from the flu and was taken to a hospital. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed Prince’s death not long after police and medical staff were called to the star’s estate today. The Carver County… Read

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Guy Hamilton Dies: Four-Time James Bond Director Was 93

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Guy Hamilton, who directed four James Bond films in a long and successful career, has died on the Spanish island of Majorca, where he lived. He was 93. He directed Sean Connery and Roger Moore as Bond twice each, first becoming a part of the 007 legend with 1964’s Goldfinger. He would direct Connery again in 1971’s Diamonds are Forever, before overseeing Roger Moore’s as the martini-drinking spy in Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man With the Golden Gun (1974). Roger… Read

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Former WWE Diva & Reality Star Chyna Dies At 45

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Joanie Laurer, best known to legions of professional wrestling fans as former WWE diva Chyna, was found dead today in her Los Angeles home. No cause of death has been released for Laurer, who was 45. “It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away,” read a message posted to her Facebook page Wednesday evening. “She will live forever in the memories of her… Read