Miroslav Ondříček Dies: Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer Of ‘Amadeus’ Was 80
Miroslav Ondříček, a leading member of the Czech New Wave and Oscar-nominated cinematographer behind the camera on Amadeus, Silkwood, and A League of Their Own, has died at age 80.
Born in Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, in 1934, Ondříček was a graduate of the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He began his career in film shooting documentaries and newsreel footage, before joining the Barrandov Studios training school in the late 1950s. It was at… Read
Gene Saks Is Dead At 93; Directed Neil Simon’s ‘Barefoot In The Park,’ ‘Odd Couple’ Films
UPDATE, Sunday noon with more information throughout.
Gene Saks, an actor-turned-director whose long kinship with Neil Simon led to the film versions of two of the most successful comedies of their time, Barefoot in The Park (1967) and The Odd Couple, and whose screen performances include playing Chuckles The Chipmunk host Leo in the Jason Robards film of Herb Gardner’s A Thousand Clowns, died Saturday of pneumonia at his home in East Hampton, Long Island. He’s survived… Read
Roger Mayer Dies; Longtime MPTF Chairman Was 89
Roger Mayer, a philanthropist and former studio executive who served as the chairman of the Motion Picture and Television Fund for eight years, died Tuesday, the MPTF said today. He was 89.
A Yale Law School grad and WWII Army vet, Mayer started his entertainment industry career as an attorney for Columbia Pictures in 1952. After nine years with the studio, during which time he became a general studio executive, he moved to MGM, where he spent 25 years in a variety of… Read
‘Dr. George’ Fischbeck Dies: Longtime L.A. Weatherman Was 92
George Fischbeck, the passionate TV weatherman on KABC’s dominant Eyewitness News in the 1970s and ’80s, died today at at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills. The local icon known as “Dr. George” was 92.
Fischbeck joined KABC in 1972 and became an instant favorite with his quirky enthusiasm, huge smile and signature bowtie. In the era before super-flashy graphics dominated TV news weather segments, the former schoolteacher sought to… Read
Danny Schechter, Emmy-Winning Conscience Of Human-Rights Journalism, Dies At 72
Danny Schechter, an unabashed advocacy journalist and media critic who moved in and out of mainstream television and wore his legend as “Danny Schechter, the News Dissector” like an escutcheon, died on March 19 of pancreatic cancer in Manhattan, the New York Times reports. The phrase dated from his early work in the 1970s as a pundit on WBCN, a Boston prog-rock radio station where his sign-off was, “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.”
John Litvack Dies: TV Executive & Producer Was 69
John Litvack, one of the top TV current executives of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, died March 21 from respiratory failure, a complication from a cardiac surgery he had undergone earlier in the year. He was 69. Often referred to as the dean of current programming, Litvack had a rare career path where he frequently switched back and forth between being an executive and working as a director and producer.
Born in Newton, MA, Litvack graduated from Columbia University and… Read
Alberta Watson Dies: ’24’ Actress Was 60
Canadian actress Alberta Watson, perhaps best known for her recurring role as Erin Driscoll on Fox’s drama 24, has died. Watson died Saturday in Toronto after a long battle with cancer, said her agent Pam Winter. She was 60.
Over a nearly 40-year career, Watson appeared in dozens of TV shows and feature films, including TV series King Of Kensington, Hill Street Blues, The Equalizer, Law & Order, and hit cable series La Femme Nikita. But it was her role on the fourth… Read
Lia Van Leer, Israeli Film Pioneer, Dies Aged 91; Simon West Crowdfunds ‘Salty’ & More- Global Briefs
Lia Van Leer, who for so many years championed and came to symbolise Israeli cinema at home and abroad, has died at the age 0f 91. The founder of both the Haifa and Jerusalem Cinematheques, as well as the Israeli Film Archive and the Jerusalem Film Festival, Van Leer was a pioneer, doing more than perhaps any other individual in Israel to support the growth of a film industry. Losing both parents to the Nazis (she was born in the town of Balti of what was Romania and is… Read
Joe McDonnell Dies: Longtime L.A. Sports Radio Host Was 58
Joe McDonnell, the gentle-giant sports talk personality who entertained and informed L.A. radio audiences for nearly four decades, died today at a Los Angeles hospital after a brief illness. He was 58. No cause of death was reported.
Heartbroken to learn of death of LA Radio legend, my friend, Joe McDonnell. He leaves us having never held a grudge: http://t.co/yA77HPqyMQ
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 14, 2015
Popular among fans, players and colleagues for… Read
Bob Philpott Dies; Veteran Business Manager Was 66
Bob Philpott, a longtime Hollywood business manager whose clients included Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer and Dick Wolf, died yesterday in Los Angeles of complications from a recent stroke. He was 66. Steve Bills, his longtime colleague at Philpott Bills Stoll & Meeks, where Philpott was managing partner, confirmed his passing to Deadline.
After a two-year stint in the Marines, Philpott started his business management career in 1978 at LA’s Traubner & Flynn, where he… Read
Terry Pratchett Dies: Legendary Fantasy Author Was 66
Terry Pratchett, whose Discworld series of fantasy novels sold over 80 million copies worldwide, has died following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 66. He was one of Britain’s most beloved authors and was the UK’s bestselling author throughout the 1990s. Pratchett, who was knighted by the Queen in 2009, saw a number of his works adapted for film and TV, including Hogfather in 2006 and Going Postal in 2008.
“In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet… Read
Wash Westmoreland On Richard Glatzer’s Death: “My Best Friend And My Life”
Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer were life partners for 20 years, and the past four Glatzer was battling ALS. The filmmaker, with whom Westmoreland wrote and directed Still Alice, died Tuesday. They also wrote and directed The Last Of Robin Hood (2013) and double Sundance award winner Quinceañera (2006). Here is his tribute to Glatzer:
I am devastated. Rich was my soul mate, my collaborator, my best friend and my life. Seeing him battle ALS for four years with such… Read