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George Kaufman Dies: Chairman Of NYC’s Kaufman Astoria Studios Was 89

George Kaufman, the chairman of New York City’s Kaufman Astoria Studios – home to numerous East Coast productions past and present including Orange is the New Black, The Path, The Affair, Nurse Jackie, Blue Blood and HBO’s Angels in America, to name a very few – died February 20 at 89. His death was announced by Kaufman Astoria Studios. "George was so much more than a real estate developer,” said Hal Rosenbluth, the president and CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios, and a… Read

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Reverend Billy Graham Dies: Leading Evangelical Figure Was 99

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Billy Graham, one of 20th Century America’s towering religious figures and a pioneer in the use of television and mass communication in spreading his evangelical message, died Wednesday at 99. An advisor to presidents  – he prayed or met with leaders from Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon to Barack Obama – and comforted many Americans at times of crisis – he preached from the National Cathedral after 9/11 and to survivors of Hurricane Katrina. But among Graham’s most… Read

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Idrissa Ouedraogo Dies: Noted Director Of African Film Was 64

Director Idrissa Ouedraogo of Burkina Faso, a giant of African cinema, died Sunday. He was 64, according to his country’s national filmmakers guild. The cause of death was not revealed. The prolific Ouedraogo was best known for Tilai, a powerful drama about family honor that won the Cannes Jury Prize in 1990. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said in a statement that his country "has lost a filmmaker of immense talent," noting that the director "truly contributed to… Read

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Nazif Mujić Dies: Bosnian Actor & Berlin Award Winner

Nazif Mujić, the Bosnian actor who won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, has died. Mujić won the award for his performance in Danis Tanović's docu-drama An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, which played in competition at the festival. His death was confirmed by Mujić's cousin and member of the Council of National Minorities of FBiH Mehmed Mujić. It's not clear how he died. Mujić, who re-enacted an an episode from his own life as scrap… Read

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Sue Barton Dies: Publicist And Marketer For Major Studios Was 79

Sue Barton, who helmed the rollout of more than 50 studio films, including Academy Award-winner Ghandi and Tootsie, has died. She was 79 and passed away Jan. 5 in Monterey, California of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to her friend, producer Carolyn Pfeiffer Bradshaw. The publicity and marketing veteran worked for Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, MGM and director Robert Altman, appearing in a cameo in his film Nashville. Born November 26th, 1938 in… Read

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Edward Abroms Dies: ‘Columbo’ Emmy Winner Who Edited Spielberg’s ‘Sugarland Express’ Was 82

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Edward Abroms, an Oscar-nominated and two-time Emmy-winning editor who worked on Steven Spielberg’s debut feature Duel and also directed numerous TV shows, died Tuesday. He was 82. The American Cinema Editors confirmed the news. He was a member of the guild’s board for nearly three decades, including 17 years as treasurer, and received its Career Achievement Award in 2006. ACE’s Edgar Burcksen penned a tribute to Abroms when he received that honor; read it if full… Read

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Jill Messick Memorial Service Set

Jill Messick

2ND UPDATE, 10:25 AM: The family of Jill Messick has set a memorial service for this Friday at 11:30 AM PT. It will be held at Calamigos Ranch, at 327 Latigo Canyon Road in Malibu. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Women in Entertainment Program sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. The program offers young women who are beating the odds in the face of adversity the opportunity to work directly with some of the most influential… Read

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Marty Allen Dies: Comedian Best Known For “Hello Dere” Was 95

Bug-eyed comedian Marty Allen, who as part of the Allen & Rossi comedy team was a television staple during the 1960s and 1970s, has died in Las Vegas. He was 95 and died from complications of pneumonia, according to his wife, Karon Kate Blackwell. Allen’s bushy black hair, somewhat wild persona, and catchphrase “Hello dere” became part of American comedy lore in the days when the Rat Pack ruled Las Vegas. Allen was part of the comedy duo of Allen & Rossi, and they… Read

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Ron Scott Dies: Longtime Hollywood Publicist Was 74

Veteran publicist Ron Scott, whose client roster at one time included David Hasselhoff, Mindy Cohn and John Stamos  and who most recently managed Hollywood Medium‘s Tyler Henry, died Saturday of respiratory problems complicated by pneumonia at L.A.’s Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, Scott’s longtime friend told Deadline. He was 74. Scott began his decades-long career in the early 1970s at Capitol Records, where he was hired to do publicity for Eric Carmen and The… Read

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Vic Damone Dies: Legendary Singer, Songwriter & Actor Was 89

Legendary crooner Vic Damone, whose hits included “You’re Breaking My Heart” and “On the Street Where You Live” and who had roles in film and TV, died Sunday at a Miami Beach hospital from complications of a respiratory illness, his daughter Victoria told The Associated Press. He was 89. Inspired by his favorite singer Frank Sinatra, Damone began his more than half-century career as winner of Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Search in 1947, leading to his becoming a regular on the… Read

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Jan Maxwell Has Died; Five-Time Tony Nominee Praised ‘Law & Order’ As “The Mother Ship”

Jan Maxwell, a supremely gifted comic actress whose five Tony Award nominations included two in the same season, died today of cancer, her son, William Maxwell-Lunny, confirmed. She was 61. Maxwell was both talented and beloved, known for her professionalism and timing, whether it was for a sly patrician snarl or a bit of business put over with minimum exaggeration for maximum effect. Her notable musical comedy performances included roles in Stephen Sondheim and James… Read

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Troy Blakely Dies: Managing Partner And Head Of Music At APA Was Top Agent

Troy Blakely, the managing partner and head of music at Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), has died. No cause of death or age was given. Blakely joined APA in 1994, was named head of music in 1998, made partner in 2002, and elevated to managing partner in 2005.  During the course of a 50-year career,  Blakely's clients included some of the most successful and recognized performing artists in the world, including Fleetwood Mac, Robert Plant, Judas… Read