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James Dahl Dies: Filmmaker For ‘The End Of The Tour’ Was 40

James Andrews Dahl, a filmmaker whose Modern Man Films produced the critically acclaimed biopic The End of the Tour about David Foster Wallace, died Feb. 13 at age 40 in West Hollywood. A memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 18 at 1 PM at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary, 1218 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dahl’s honor to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of… Read

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Bruno Ganz Dies: Swiss Actor In ‘Downfall’ Was 77

Bruno Ganz, whose best-known roles were portraying the extremes of an angel and Adolph Hitler, died in Zurich at age 77 on Friday. His cause of death was colon cancer, according to representatives. His memorable portrayal of German dictator Adolph Hitler in 2004’s Downfall was considered Ganz’s biggest role. But his appearance as an angel in the 1987 Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire also drew accolades. He later reprised that role in the 1993 follow, Faraway, So… Read

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Dave Smith Dies: Walt Disney Archives Founder Was 78

Walt Disney Archives founder and Disney Legend Dave Smith died today in Burbank, California at age 78. His four-decade career at The Walt Disney Company was dedicated to preserving Disney's treasures from film, television, theme parks, and beyond. Named a Disney Legend in 2007, Smith shared his wide knowledge of the company's rich history in books and through his popular magazine column, "Ask Dave." "I'm deeply saddened to learn of Dave Smith's passing," said Bob Iger… Read

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Christopher Knopf Dies: Former President Of The Writers Guild Of America West Was 91

Christopher Knopf, the former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died on Wednesday at age 91 of congestive heart failure. The Emmy nominated writer also served as president of the International Writers Guild and national chairman of the WGA. He received 10 Writers Guild nominations, winning three. Knopf's credits included "Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime," "Mrs. Sundance,"  "Baby Girl Scott," "Peter and Paul," and the pilot for "The Big Valley." His Emmy… Read

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Larry Brand Dies: Filmmaker And ‘Halloween: Resurrection’ Writer Was 69

Larry Brand, a writer-director whose credits include Halloween: Resurrection and several Roger Corman films, died peacefully February 9 at his home in Hollywood. He was 69. Brand was born in New York City on December 16, 1949. He grew up in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens and attended City College in New York before making his way to Los Angeles in 1974. His first job in the film industry was as driver and production assistant to the legendary Orson Welles. Brand… Read

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Carmen Argenziano Dies: ‘Stargate SG-1’, ‘Godfather 2’ Actor Was 75

Carmen Argenziano, an actor familiar from hundreds of episodic TV guest spots, a recurring Stargate SG-1 role, an appearance in The Godfather Part 2 and, most recently, a TV commercial for AARP that cast him as the epitome of an helpful husband who takes the trash out before being asked, died Sunday. He was 75. His death was announced by his personal appearance agency Event Horizon Talent. A cause of death was not disclosed. With more than 200 credits lists on his IMdB… Read

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Ron Miller Dies: Former Disney CEO & Walt Disney’s Son-In-Law Was 85

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Ron Miller, the USC football star who met his future wife Walt Disney’s daughter Diane on a blind date and later became CEO and president of what is now the The Walt Disney Company, has died at age 85. The Walt Disney Co. confirmed Sunday that he passed away Napa Valley, CA. After stints in the Army and with the Los Angeles Rams, Walt Disney hired his son-in-law to work at The Walt Disney Studios. He became Disney’s sixth employee at the original Disneyland, serving as… Read

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Albert Finney Remembered By Co-Stars & Colleagues: ‘Skyfall’ Director Sam Mendes Recalls “One Of The Greats”

Refresh for updates Albert Finney, who died yesterday, is being remembered by co-stars and colleagues from Hollywood to London today as an actor who all but defined versatility. From the intimate kitchen-sink dramas that started his career to the big, broad musicals like Scrooge (pictured) and Annie that became family fare traditions, Finney was, as Rufus Sewell, his A Man of No Importance co-star, “effortlessly great.” Sam Mendes, director of Finney in Skyfall, said, “It… Read

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Albert Finney Dies: ‘Tom Jones’, ‘Skyfall’ Actor Was 82

Oscar-nominated actor Albert Finney, one of the great British actors of his generation who made a worldwide name for himself in 1963’s Tom Jones and maintained a strong career through 2012’s Skyfall, died Thursday in London. He was 82. The cause of death, according to The New York Times, was a chest infection. He died at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London Thursday afternoon. In 2011 Finney disclosed he was undergoing treatment for kidney cancer. Among his… Read

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Ken Welch Dies: Longtime Composer For Carol Burnett Was 92

Ken Welch, a composer and musician who, with his wife and co-writer Marilyn “Mitzie” Welch composed music for The Carol Burnett Show and wrote or produced material for TV specials starring Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton and Olivia Newton-John, among many others, died Jan. 26 at his home in Encino, CA. He was 92. Mitzie Welch died in 2014. His death was announced today by his family, daughters Julie Welch and Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter Gillian Welch… Read

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Kristoff St. John Dies: ‘The Young & The Restless’ Actor Was 52

Kristoff St. John, best known for his role as Neil Winters on CBS’ long-running soap The Young and the Restless, has died. He was 52. The cause of death is not immediately known. The Daytime Emmy Awards shared news of his passing on its Twitter account. "It is with unbelievable sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, #DaytimeEmmys winner @kristoffstjohn1. @YandR_CBS RIP." St. John won two Daytime Emmy awards out of nine nominations, along with ten NAACP Image… Read

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Julie Adams Dies: ‘Creature From The Black Lagoon’ Actress Was 92

Creature From the Black Lagoon star Julie Adams, an actress who, like Fay Wray and Evelyn Ankers before her won the hearts of classic Hollywood monsters and then generations of devoted fans, died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 92. Adams’ death was confirmed on her official website. Where Wray perched atop the Empire State Building with King Kong and Ankers ran through fog-shrouded forests pursued by The Wolf Man, Adams secured her place in horror iconography underwater… Read