R.I.P. Cliff Robertson

Posted by · 11:04 pm · September 10th, 2011

Actor Cliff Robertson passed away this evening. Most younger audiences will instantly recognize him from Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” franchise. A Columbia Pictures scandal in the late-1970s saw him blacklisted for sheer honesty. He won an Oscar over 40 years ago for his work in “Charly.” I’ll always remember him as one of the many faces […]

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So we closed our eyes and said goodbye

Posted by · 9:19 am · June 19th, 2011

I remember the first time I saw Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band vividly. I was late to the party. Springsteen’s music — still one of my earliest childhood memories — had been thrilling fans for decades before I finally saddled up to what is probably the greatest live show in the business (for […]

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Tim Hetherington (1970-2011)

Posted by · 10:48 am · April 20th, 2011

This is terribly sad news. Tim Hetherington, the gifted British photojournalist who justly shared a Best Documentary Feature Oscar nomination with Sebastian Junger earlier this year for their joint debut “Restrepo,” has died on the front line in Misrata, Libya, where he was documenting the conflict. Also killed was his colleague, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Chris […]

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So, Sidney

Posted by · 12:43 pm · April 9th, 2011

I’ve had the whole of Sidney Lumet’s available DVD catalogue lined up, in chronological order, in my Netflix queue as of late. He was always a filmmaker I looked to in my own pursuits in the field as an idol, someone who seemed to stay way above the fray while consistently cranking out engaging, often […]

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R.I.P. Sidney Lumet

Posted by · 8:40 am · April 9th, 2011

It burns me up that I have to step out for most of the early part of the day right now, because I woke up to the awful news that Sidney Lumet, prolific marcher to his own drum, has left us. It’s an epic loss, I feel. Two of this man’s films have solid spots […]

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Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

Posted by · 9:01 am · March 23rd, 2011

Forgive the recent posting drought — I’m trying to get back on track. I’m also sorry that it’s taken the passing of one of history’s greatest honest-to-God movie stars to get me back on here, but there we have it — whether you first encountered her in “National Velvet” or as the voice of young […]

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R.I.P. Michael Gough

Posted by · 7:28 am · March 17th, 2011

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Peter Yates (1929-2011)

Posted by · 12:09 pm · January 10th, 2011

11 years after his last theatrical feature (and far longer since the last one anyone saw), the passing of British director Peter Yates likely won’t leave much of a dent on contemporary audiences. Not knowingly, anyway — though his innovative visual and editing schemes in the iconic 1968 Steve McQueen thriller “Bullitt” helped change the […]

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Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011)

Posted by · 3:28 am · January 3rd, 2011

Pete Postlethwaite had one of those faces — weathered, folded, kneaded, endlessly interesting — that demanded to be on camera, even as it denied him any possibility of leading man status. And yet, in the latter half of his career, Postlethwaite, who sadly passed away yesterday after a lengthy battle with cancer, made a convincing […]

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R.I.P. Irvin Kershner

Posted by · 8:23 am · November 29th, 2010

A blow to “Star Wars” fans the world over today.

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R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

Posted by · 6:52 pm · November 28th, 2010

Damn.  Surely this is bummer news to come home to…

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Goodbye Ronni

Posted by · 11:24 am · November 16th, 2010

I was driving, in between interviews this morning, when I got the tragic news of Ronni Chasen’s random, senseless death. Deadline followed up on an initial Radar Online report and the news spread from there. Ronni was a long-time publicist who worked with just about everyone in town at one point or another. She was […]

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Jill Clayburgh (1944-2010)

Posted by · 9:39 am · November 6th, 2010

It’s odd to think that younger readers may principally recognize Jill Clayburgh, the New York City-born actress who passed away yesterday after a long battle with leukemia, from her Emmy-nominated role in TV’s “Nip/Tuck” — where she played Bobbi Broderick, a vengeful victim of unsuccessful liposuction, done in the hope of securing a job ahead […]

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R.I.P. George Hickenlooper

Posted by · 9:06 pm · October 30th, 2010

I was at dinner tonight when I saw the news of George Hickenlooper’s untimely passing via Twitter, and my jaw dropped.  “Natural causes” at 47 is just difficult to process. He was in Denver campaigning for his brother, John, the city’s mayor and candidate for Governor.  He was just in Austin promoting his latest film, […]

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Tony Curtis (1925-2010)

Posted by · 7:24 pm · September 30th, 2010

This has been such a grim week for losing major industry talents — Gloria Stuart, Sally Menke, Arthur Penn and now Tony Curtis — that I’m almost loath to mention it, lest fate be tempted. But the passing of Curtis can hardly go without at least brief notice: for many, he’ll always come to mind […]

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Arthur Penn (1922-2010)

Posted by · 9:23 am · September 29th, 2010

I had a bad feeling that after Gloria Stuart and Sally Menke we were bound to get a third (as it always happens), and so we have.  Arthur Penn has passed away a day after his 88th birthday.  He’s obviously best known for helming 1968’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” which changed the face of American cinema […]

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Bye Sally

Posted by · 9:49 am · September 28th, 2010

This is just the most awful news to wake up to.  Truly tragic, a blow right from left field. Film editor Sally Menke, long-time friend and collaborator with Quentin Tarantino who helped craft his films into some of the most memorable pieces of cinema ever, has passed away today at the far-too-young age of 56.  […]

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A note on Chabrol

Posted by · 10:48 am · September 13th, 2010

I wouldn’t even know where to start writing an obituary for Claude Chabrol, the French nouvelle vague master who passed away yesterday at the age of 80. His filmography is so vast — spanning 52 years and 54 features, many of which I have yet to see — and his influence so extensive that formal […]

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