Beth Krakower, Publicist To Award-Winning Film & TV Composers, Dead At 46

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Beth Krakower who repped such composers as The Walking Dead‘s Bear McCreary, House of Cards’ Jeff Beal and Drive‘s Cliff Martinez, died Wednesday morning at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica after a long battle with breast can…

Robby Müller Dies: Cinematographer Of Classics From Wenders, Jarmusch, Von Trier Was 78

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Dutch cinematographer Robby Muller, whose credits spanned such films as Repo Man; Paris, Texas; Breaking The Waves; and To Live And Die In LA, has passed away. His family told local media in Amsterdam that he died on Tuesday after a long illness. He wa…

Pierre Rissient Dies: Influential Cinéphile, Cannes Adviser & Discoverer Of Talent Was 81

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On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival, one of the most influential fixtures on the international film circuit has died. Pierre Rissient, a critic, programmer, distributor, press attaché, assistant director, director and talent advocate, passed away ov…

Milos Forman Two-Time Oscar Winning Director Of ‘Amadeus’ & ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ Dead At 86

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Two-time Oscar winning Czech director Milos Forman has died at the age of 86 according to Reuters and reports. Forman’s wife Martina informed Czech news agency CTK that the filmmaker passed after a brief illness in the U.S.
Part of the Czech new wave, Forman graduated from the Prague Film Faculty of the Academy of Dramatic Arts, and caught global attention with such titles as Black Peter (1964), The Loves of a Blonde (1965) and The Firemen’s Ball(1967), the latter two…

Barbara Stone Dies: Founder Of London’s Iconic Gate Cinema Was 83

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U.S. industry veteran Barbara Stone, producer, distributor and founder of London’s iconic Gate Cinema, has died aged 83 in the UK capital. Stone and her late husband David worked in the film business most of their lives, both in the U.S. and in the UK, playing an important role in distributing independent and avant-garde movies during the 1970s and 80s.
In 1974, the husband and wife partnership acquired the Classic cinema in Notting Hill Gate, west London, turning it into…

Peter Mayle Dies; ‘A Year In Provence’ & ‘A Good Year’ Author Was 78

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Peter Mayle, the author of A Year In Provence and A Good Year — the latter the basis for Ridley Scott’s 2006 film — has died. The writer who was best known for chronicling his life as a British expat in the south of France passed away on Thursday after a short illness, his publisher Alfred A Knopf said. He was 78.
A Year In Provence was published in 1989 and became an international bestseller and one of the most popular travel books of all time. It was later turned into a…

Lila Cazès Dies: Produced ‘Leaving Las Vegas’

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Lila Cazes, producer of Mike Figgis’ Oscar-winning Leaving Las Vegas, has died in Buenos Aires following a brief illness, it was announced today by her family.
A native of Argentina, Cazès settled in Paris with her husband Jean Cazès and in 1987 co-founded production and distribution company Initial Groupe. The company produced such features as Phillipe Galland’s 1991 La Thune from a script by Catherine Breillat; Alexandre Rockwell’s Somebody To Love, written by Sergei…

Shashi Kapoor Dies: Bollywood Star & Merchant Ivory Regular Was 79

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Bollywood legend and Merchant Ivory collaborator Shashi Kapoor has died. The Heat And Dust star had been admitted to hospital on Sunday night and passed away Monday in Mumbai, his nephew, Randhir Kapoor, confirmed to Indian news agency PTI. A member of the Kapoor filmmaking dynasty, he was 79.
Beginning as a child actor in the 1940s and 50s, Kapoor went on to make more than 150 films. His Bollywood debut as leading man was in 1961’s Dharmputra directed by Yash Chopra…

Patricia Llewellyn Dies: Gordon Ramsay Producer & Former Optomen Boss Was 55

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Patricia Llewellyn, the influential producer who discovered Britain’s Jamie Oliver and transformed him into The Naked Chef, while also kick-starting the TV career of Gordon Ramsay, has died. The former chief of Optomen stepped down in 2016 and had been battling a long illness. She passed away over the weekend at age 55.
Llewellyn joined UK indie Optomen in 1994 and in 1996 introduced the now classic cooking show Two Fat Ladies presented by Clarissa Dickson Wright and…

Danielle Darrieux Dies: Grande Dame Of French Cinema Was 100

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Danielle Darrieux, who made more than 100 films in a career that spanned eight decades, has died. The French actress and singer’s passing was reported by AFP citing her companion Jacques Jenvrin who said she died at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France on Tuesday. She turned 100-years-old on May 1.
Over the course of her long career, Darrieux worked with such directors as Max Ophuls, Jean Cocteau, Claude Chabrol, Henri Ducoin, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Jacques Demy, André Téchiné…

Jean Rochefort Dies: Mustachioed Icon Of French Cinema Was 87

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An icon of elegance and comedy with an instantly recognizable mustache, veteran French actor Jean Rochefort has died. The prolific talent and three-time César Award winner was hospitalized in August and passed away overnight Sunday, his family told AFP. He was 87.
Rochefort had nearly 150 films under his belt, including 1972 Cannes entry Hearth Fires opposite Annie Girardot, and that same year’s Le Grand Blond Avec Une Chaussure Noire (The Tall Blond Man With One Black Sh…

Sir Peter Hall Dies: ‘Amadeus’ Director And Royal Shakespeare Company Founder Was 86

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Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a former Director of the National Theatre, has died. A renowned stage, opera, film and television director — and the father of actress Rebecca Hall — he passed away on Monday surrounded by his family, the National Theatre said. He was 86. The NT will dim its lights this evening in memory of Hall’s life and work.
In 1960, at age 29, Hall founded the RSC, which he led until 1968. The company “realised his pioneering…

Mireille Darc Dies: French Actress And ‘Le Grand Blond’ Star Was 79

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An icon of French cinema and a frequent collaborator of Georges Lautner and Alain Delon, Mireille Darc has died. Her family confirmed the news to French media outlets this morning saying she passed away during the night on Sunday. She was 79.
Darc, who was born in 1938, was often compared to Brigitte Bardot. Her film career began in 1960 and she went on to make about 50 movies, including 1964’s Dandelion By The Roots which kicked off her work with Lautner. The pair would…

Jeanne Moreau Dies: Legendary French Actress, Star Of ‘Jules & Jim’ Was 89

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Updated, with more detail: A leading screen presence for more than 60 years, and a member of the Nouvelle Vague, legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau has died. She passed away overnight at her home in Paris at age 89. The mayor’s office of the city’s 17th arrondissement confirmed the news to Deadline.
The gravelly-voiced, multi-award winner was a fixture of French cinema with roles in such classic films as Louis Malle’s 1958 Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud (Elevator To The Ga…

Frank Deford Dies: Legendary Sportswriter & Author Of ‘Everybody’s All-American’ Was 78

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Longtime Sports Illustrated writer, author and commentator Frank Deford has died. His wife confirmed to The Washington Post that he passed away on Sunday in Key West, Florida. The author of 18 books, nine of which were novels, Deford was also a Peabody, CableACE and Emmy Award winner; the latter for his work as a writer during the Seoul Olympics. His 1981 novel, Everybody’s All-American, was made into a 1988 film directed by Taylor Hackford.
Deford began writing for SI in…

John Clarke Dies: Iconic New Zealand/Australia Satirist Was 68

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New Zealand-born comedian, satirist and Australian television fixture, John Clarke, has passed away. Best known for his collaborations with comedy partner Bryan Dawe, Clarke died Sunday from natural causes while walking in Grampians National Park, Victoria, his family told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Clarke was born in 1948 in New Zealand and first rose to fame for creating the character Fred Dagg, a country bloke who wore a black singlet, shorts and gumboots…

‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Neil Fingleton Dies: UK’s Tallest Man Was 36

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English actor and basketball player Neil Fingleton has died. Named Britain’s tallest man in 2007, Fingleton turned professional actor with roles in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and in 2013’s 47 Ronin. In what is perhaps is best-known turn, he played Mag the Mighty in a 2014 episode of Game Of Thrones. A rep for the actor could not confirm how Fingleton died, although multiple reports say he suffered heart failure on Saturday. He was 36.
A statement posted to the Tall Persons…

Emmanuelle Riva Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘Amour’ Star Was 89

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Iconic French actress and Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva, whose career spanned six decades, has died. Riva passed away Friday afternoon in Paris following a long battle with cancer; she was 89. Consistently an in-demand actress, Riva was best known internationally for two roles that essentially bookended her career. In 1959, she starred in Alain Resnais’ classic Hiroshima Mon Amour, picking up a BAFTA nomination. Fifty-three years later, she played Anne in Michael Haneke’s…

‘Star Wars’ Family Mourns The Death Of Their Princess: George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill & More

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The Star Wars family immediately began expressing their reactions today to the death of Princess Leia; the wry, beloved Carrie Fisher who passed away at the age of 60. Fisher reprised her role as the Rebel royal in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 32 years after playing the role in 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. 
Star Wars creator George Lucas released the following statement: “Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives.  She was extremely…

Former Cuban Leader & Revolutionary Fidel Castro, Dead At 90

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Cuban State media as well as the AP is reporting tonight that former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. The lawyer-turned revolutionary who overthrew the Batista regime and helped make Che Guevara a leftist icon was an enduring, but divisive, controversial figure. He assumed power on the island nation New Year’s Day, 1959 and would see his rule outlast 10 presidents.
Hailed as a hero by some and as the top of an oppressive, totalitarian cult of…