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RIP: Walter Seltzer, Hollywood producer

RIP: Walter Seltzer, Hollywood producer

Walter Seltzer, a Hollywood producer who made seven films with Charlton Heston, has died. He was 96. Seltzer died Friday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s retirement home in Woodland Hills, said Jennifer Fagen, a spokeswoman for the fund. Seltzer began his career as a publicity agent for actors such as Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable and Joan Crawford while working for MGM. He became a producer with Marlon Brando’s independent film company, making films […]

RIP: David F. Friedman, Horror Film Pioneer, Dies at 87

RIP: David F. Friedman, Horror Film Pioneer, Dies at 87

David F. Friedman, a film producer who cheerfully and cheesily exploited an audience’s hunger for bare-breasted women and blood-dripping corpses in lucrative low-budget films like “Blood Feast” and “Ilsa: She-Wolf of the S.S.,” died on Monday in Anniston, Ala. He was 87. The cause was heart failure, said Mica Brook Everett, a relative who was also his caretaker. Mr. Friedman had lost his hearing and his eyesight about 10 years ago, she said. Part carnival […]

RIP: German film producer Bernd Eichinger

RIP: German film producer Bernd Eichinger

German film producer Bernd Eichinger, best known for movies such as “The Neverending Story,” “The Name of the Rose” and “Downfall,” has died, his production company told CNN. He was 61. Eichinger died of a heart attack Monday night in Los Angeles while dining with family and friends, his production company, Constantin Film, said in a statement. Read more …

RIP: Oscar-nominated British actress Susannah York

RIP: Oscar-nominated British actress Susannah York

British actress Susannah York, one of the leading stars of British and Hollywood films in the late 1960s and early 1970s, has died in London at the age of 72.  York reportedly died of cancer Saturday at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. York was nominated for an Oscar for the 1969 classic “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and also starred in “A Man for All Seasons” and other classic films from that era. In […]

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Does Cameo for Indie Film “Deep in the Heart”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Does Cameo for Indie Film “Deep in the Heart”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently filmed a cameo in the independent film “Deep in the Heart”, a filmed based on the life of Richard  Wallrath. Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a little time away from official state business this week to shoot a cameo for an upcoming independent film. The Republican governor made the cameo Thursday for “Deep in the Heart.” The producers said the governor was so instrumental in bringing the film to Texas […]

Oscar-Winning Director Oliver Stone to be Honored at 2011 Boulder International Film Festival

Oscar-Winning Director Oliver Stone to be Honored at 2011 Boulder International Film Festival

The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) announced yesterday that Oliver Stone, Academy Award-winning film director, producer and screenwriter, will be honored with a “Master of Cinema Award” on Closing Night of the 2011 festival on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colo. “We are honored to have Stone attending the 2011 Boulder International Film Festival,” said Kathy Beeck, festival co-founder and director. “He’s a brilliant writer, director, and producer who is a […]

Robert De Niro, President Of The Jury Of The 64th Cannes Film Festival

Robert De Niro, President Of The Jury Of The 64th Cannes Film Festival

Actor, director and producer Robert De Niro will be the President of the Jury of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, due to take place from May 11th to 22th 2011. Robert De Niro said “The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world.” Inviting Robert De Niro as President of the Jury of Cannes, the organizers want to pay […]

Swedish actor Per Oscarsson and His Wife Feared Dead in House Fire

Swedish actor Per Oscarsson and His Wife Feared Dead in House Fire

Swedish actor Per Oscarsson and his wife were feared dead after human remains were discovered among the ashes of their burned home. Oscarsson, 83, and his wife, 67, were both believed to have been home when their house near the small town of Skara, Sweden, burned to the ground overnight Thursday. He won Best Actor at the 1966 Cannes film festival for playing the lead role as Pontus in Henning Carlsen’s “Hunger”, and most recently […]

RIP: Israeli actor Josef Shiloach

RIP: Israeli actor Josef Shiloach

Israeli actor Josef Shiloach died Monday at the age of 69. Shiloach, who starred is such Israeli cult classics as Alex Hole Ahava, Sapiches and Hagiga B’Snuker passed away following a long battle with cancer. Shiloach who also had parts in Rambo 3, the Mummy Lives, alongside Tony Curtis, and Not Without My Daughter received the lifetime achievement award at the 2009 Jerusalem Film Festival. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.  

RIP: Actor Pete Postlethwaite

RIP: Actor Pete Postlethwaite

Oscar nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite, known recently for his role in the film “The Age of Stupid” has died at the age of 64. He reportedly passed away in a British hospital on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. Postlethwaite received an Oscar nomination for his performance as Guiseppe Conlon in the 1993 film In The Name Of The Father.  He was reportedly described by the film director Steven Spielberg as “probably the best […]

RIP: Bud Greenspan, Olympic Filmmaker

RIP: Bud Greenspan, Olympic Filmmaker

Bud Greenspan, the pioneering Olympic documentary filmmaker, died Saturday night. He was 84. His companion, Nancy Beffa, said the cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Greenspan was renowned for producing, directing and writing films about individual Winter and Summer Games, focusing on the uplifting stories of athletes facing triumph and tragedy. Read more … image source:DGA  

R.I.P.: Writer, Director Blake Edwards

R.I.P.: Writer, Director Blake Edwards

Blake Edwards, a writer and director behind such hits like “Victor/Victoria” (1982) “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) “The Pink Panther” (1963) and “Pink Panther” movies, died Wednesday night in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 88. His publicist, Gene Schwam, said the cause was complications of pneumonia. Mr. Edwards’s wife, the actress Julie Andrews, and other family members were at his side at St. John’s Health Center, Mr. Schwam said. Read more …

RIP: Documentary Filmmaker J. Michael Hagopian

RIP: Documentary Filmmaker J. Michael Hagopian

Armenian-American documentary filmmaker J. Michael Hagopian, whose 70 educational and documentary films have won more than 160 national and international awards, including two Emmy nominations, died Dec. 10 in his Thousand Oaks, Calif., home. He was 97. Click here to read more..

R.I.P.: Actor-Director-Producer Manish Acharya; Died After Falling Off A Horse

R.I.P.: Actor-Director-Producer Manish Acharya; Died After Falling Off A Horse

Bollywood and Hollywood is mourning the death of 40-year-old actor-director-producer Manish Acharya who passed away in Matheran in Maharashtra, India. Acharya was reportedly on a holiday with his wife and two children when he fell off a horse and hit himself on the head. He was rushed to the Ambani Hospital in Nerul but was declared dead by doctors Saturday. Acharya studied filmmaking at the New York University and did his MFA in Film Directing […]

R.I.P. – Filmmaker Irvin Kershner

R.I.P. – Filmmaker Irvin Kershner

Irvin Kershner, who directed the Star Wars sequel “The Empire Strikes Back” and the James Bond film “Never Say Never Again,” has died at age 87. Kershner died Saturday at his Los Angeles home following a 3½-year battle with lung cancer, said longtime friend and Hollywood publicist Dick Guttman. Read more.

R.I.P. – Oscar-nominated director Mario Monicelli dies at 95, jumps from Rome hospital window

R.I.P. – Oscar-nominated director Mario Monicelli dies at 95, jumps from Rome hospital window

Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Mario Monicelli, considered one of the fathers of the Italian comedy of the 1940s-1960s, died Monday after jumping from a fifth-story hospital window, the hospital said. He was 95. Monicelli was being treated at Rome’s San Giovanni hospital for pancreatic problems and leaped to his death Monday night, said Anna Scoltore, who heads the hospital’s media office. She said he had been admitted a few days ago and that it appeared […]

R.I.P. – Actor Leslie Nielsen

R.I.P. – Actor Leslie Nielsen

Actor Leslie Nielsen died Sunday of complications from pneumonia, his family said as reported on CNN. Nielsen, 84, died in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by his wife and friends.

Helena Bonham Carter And Liam Neeson Honoured At 13th Moët British Independent Film Awards

Helena Bonham Carter And Liam Neeson Honoured At 13th Moët British Independent Film Awards

Helena Bonham Carter will receive the coveted Richard Harris Award and Liam Neeson The Variety Award at the 13th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2003 in honour of Richard Harris and recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.  Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent and most recently Daniel Day-Lewis in 2009. For over a decade Helena Bonham Carter has been […]

RIP: Director Luis Garcia Berlanga

RIP: Director Luis Garcia Berlanga

Director, Luis Garcia Berlanga of Spain, passed away on Saturday at his home in Madrid,  Spain’s film academy announced via the BBC. He was 89 years. Berlanga was best known for the 1952 satirical comedy Bienvenido, Mr Marshall! (Welcome, Mr Marshall!). He was nominated three times for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or award; and his film, Placido, was nominated in 1961 for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.  

RIP: Film Producer Dino De Laurentiis

RIP: Film Producer Dino De Laurentiis

Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis died on Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 91. Mr. De Laurentiis produced more than 500 films over six decades covering a wide range of styles and genres. His long filmography includes several major titles of the early Italian New Wave, including the “Bitter Rice” (1949); two important films by Fellini (“La Strada,” 1954, and “Nights of Cabiria,” 1957); and David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet,” (1986). The […]

RIP: Actress Jill Clayburgh

RIP: Actress Jill Clayburgh

Two-time Academy Award nominated actress Jill Clayburgh, has died of leukemia, aged 66. Clayburgh’s husband, the playwright David Rabe, told the New York Times she died at her home in Lakeville, Connecticut. She was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress for the film and also for the 1979 film “Starting Over,” with Burt Reynolds and Candice Bergen.

RIP: Director George Hickenlooper

RIP: Director George Hickenlooper

George Hickenlooper, director of Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, Dogtown, Mayor of Sunset Strip and Factory Girl, died suddenly in Denver on Saturday at the age of 47. Hickenlooper was in Denver to promote his latest film, Casino Jack, at the Starz Denver Film Festival. The 33rd Starz Denver Film Festival will be devoted to director George Hickenlooper, the Denver Film Society announced Saturday night.   source: Deadbolt  

Monster’s Ball Screenwriter Injured in NY Subway Accident

Monster’s Ball Screenwriter Injured in NY Subway Accident

Screenwriter Will Rokos, who earned an Academy Award nomination for “Monster’s Ball” was in critical but stable condition after he was clipped in the head by a train while leaning over a subway platform in New York City.  The NY Post reports, that cops said Rokos was waiting for a train Saturday afternoon when he leaned over to peer down the tunnel. The train barreled into the station striking Rokos in the head. The impact […]

Kim Basinger To Narrate A Smithsonian Channel Documentary

Kim Basinger To Narrate A Smithsonian Channel Documentary

Kim Basinger will narrate a Smithsonian Channel documentary on the rare blue Hope Diamond, thought to be the world’s most valuable gem. The special marks the 50th anniversary of the diamond’s donation to the National Museum of Natural History by Harry Winston, its last private owner. “Mystery of the Hope Diamond” will premiere Nov. 21.   Read more