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In Memory of Jonathan Demme: 1944-2017

An Oscar-winning director (for The Silence of the Lambs), Demme first made a name for himself in Hollywood for directing the 1980 feature film Melvin and Howard, followed up by the innovative and acclaimed 1984 documentary Stop Making Sense about the rock group The Talking Heads.  But it was after 1986’s Something Wild that his […]

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Michael Ballhaus and director Martin Scorsese attending the Untitled New York Review of Books Documentary Screening at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival / Berlinale 2014 on February 14, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Foto:xM.xGolejewskix/xFuturexImage

Michael Ballhaus and Director Martin Scorsese attending The Untitled New York REVIEW of Books Documentary Screening AT The 64th Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale 2014 ON February 14 2014 in Berlin Germany Photo XM

In Memory of Michael Ballhaus: 1935-2017

Known mostly for his collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, Oscar-nominated cinematographer Ballhaus also directed movies in his native Germany and unofficially (Ballhaus was billed as cinematographer only) co-directed Under the Cherry Moon with Prince.  Starting with 1985’s After Hours, Ballhaus began a seven-film partnership with Scorsese, which included Goodfellas and the Best Picture of 2007, […]

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In Memory of Tim Pigott-Smith: 1946-2017

A very accomplished British Shakespearean actor, Pigott-Smith had appeared in small roles in several major films, but the main core of his screen acting work was on television.  From Downton Abbey to Midsomer Murders….from Foyle’s War to Poirot…from Inspector Lewis to Inspector Lynley, Pigott-Smith became a very recognized face on the British telly, and eventually across the pond as well. […]

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In Memory of Don Rickles: 1926-2017

Known for being much more acerbic than most comedians, Rickles initially wanted to be an actor but turned to stand-up comedy after he couldn’t get any acting work.  After his career took off, he took the occasional acting job, but it never gave him the level of success that he found with his harsh comedy […]

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