In Memoriam

ARTHUR “SANDY” MANDELBERGER: 1954-2012

I have very sad news.  Our friend and Editor-in Chief of Film Festival Today has passed away. “Sandy” as he was known to the film community was a regular on the film festival circuit and truly loved cinema. He studied … Continue reading

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Adieu Bingham Ray

In the midst of an impossibly busy schedule here at the Sundance Film Festival, industry veterans were stunned to hear the news that Bingham Ray, a true pioneer in the independent film world, had passed away due to a stroke … Continue reading

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Adieu To Ken Russell

Ken Russell, the provocative and uncompromising British director known for violent, sexually charged films has died at the age of 84. Russell first became known for a series of television films, many of them about great composers, and went on … Continue reading

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RIP Tony Curtis (1925-2010)

The legendary Tony Curtis — the nervy, blunt-spoken Bronx street guy who had a great movie-star run from 1952 to 1968 or thereabouts — died of a heart attack last night about 9:25 Pacific. He was 85,and known for his … Continue reading

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RIP Arthur Penn

Arthur Penn, the stage, television and motion picture director whose revolutionary treatment of sex and violence in the 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde” transformed the American film industry, died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure at his home in Manhattan, … Continue reading

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RIP Claude Chabrol

Claude Chabrol, one of France’s most celebrated filmmakers, died on Sunday,September 12 at the age of 80.

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Dennis Hopper , R.I.P.(1936-2010)

One of the great iconoclasts of American independent cinema left us May 29th. His first significant acting role was in Rebel Without A Cause(1955) and he was traumatized by James Dean’s sudden death in 1955. His role as director of … Continue reading

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Brittany Murphy RIP (1977-2009)

What a tragic waste of young talent. News reports say actress Brittany Murphy went into cardiac arrest this morning at age 32. I always found her performances fresh in both comedies like Clueless, Just Married and Little Black Book,Spun and … Continue reading

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Jim Carroll , R.I.P.(1950-2009)

I was saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of poet, punk musician (“People Who Died”) and author , Jim Carroll,  at the premature age of 59,  of a massive heart attack.  He was best known for his autobiographical “The … Continue reading

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Dominick Dunne R.I.P. (1925-2009)

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