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RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH LEAVES US

Known particularly for "Gandhi"(1982)
He produced "Closing the ring"
Won two Academy Awards

Richard Attenborough passed away over the weekend. Attenborough was the performing arts’ renaissance man, having involved himself with great success in acting just as well as directing and producing. His final film as a director was “Closing the ring” (2007), although he’ll be remembered particularly for “Gandhi,” which I, and everyone else of my generation, discovered in 1983 with much emotion ... more >

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ON-THE-GO WITH LOCARNO TOP DOG LAV DIAZ | INTERVIEW

A brief talk with this year's Locarno Festival winner
Diaz is a filipino filmmaker
Locarno's top prize comes with a 10K payout

Lav Diaz, congratulations, your film "Mula sa kung ano ang noon" ("From what is before" in tagalog) won the Pardo d'oro. It's unbelievable ! Thank you Locarno, thank you Carlo, thank you so much, I am speechless about it. Jean Renoir used to say that in order to reach out to the whole world, you have to talk about your own village. This film is based on the memories from my own childhood, for ... more >

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ROBIN WILLIAMS HAD PARKINSONS

Actor also suffered from anxiety and depression
He passed away on August 11

In a recent statement Susan Schneider, who married Williams in October 2011, revealed that the actor-comedian had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Here's a recent statement she gave: "Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film, or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and ... more >

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SULTRY-VOICED LAUREN BACALL LEAVES US | OBIT

What a lady!
Known for "The Big Sleep"; "How to marry a millionaire"
[1924-2014]

Lauren Bacall, the tough-talking femme fatale who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle, died on Tuesday at the age of 89, according to a statement from Bogart’s estate. “With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” read the brief but classy line, posted to Twitter with a picture of Bacall accepting an honorary Oscar in ... more >

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Fifi howls from happiness | Dir. Mitra Farahani

[documentary, 2013]
France
The last days of Bahman Mohassess

“Fifi howls from happiness,” director Mitra Farahani’s elegiac post-scriptum to Persian artist Bahman Mohassess, was rolled out in theaters on Friday. I met with her in Paris to talk about shooting in close quarters with one of Iran's most venerable modern artists. About five years ago Farahani decided to go looking for Mohassess. The Loch Ness creature of Iran’s expatriate artists and a ... more >

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ROBIN WILLIAMS FOUND DEAD AT CALIF. HOME

He was the Lion of the Hollywood agora
He was born July 21, 1951 in Chicago, IL.

The 2000s had been difficult for Robin Williams who was found dead yesterday at his home in California at age 63. That decade did not yield any major successes for the actor who wore bittersweetness on his sleeve and made poetry out of life’s daily vexations. He earned one Oscar in 1998, a feat that happens rarely, if not at all, for most actors and directors (it took Scorsese forty years to ... more >

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Menahem Golan, film producing icon, dead at 85

Big and brash films characterized his style
He produced "Terminator 2"
He's survived by his wife and three children

"Golan-Globus ..." To this critic who grew up in the eighties in France in a decade when "La Boum" and "Un homme et une femme" where big, the hyphenated combo held the promise of cinematic thrills and brash entertainment: high stakes cop-vs-bad guys intrigues, meatheads in military gear knocking doors down and car chases aplenty. This was Hollywood at its best, making money without the obscenely ... more >