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Influential Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond Dies at 85

January 4, 2016 | By
Influential Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond Dies at 85

Hungarian-born director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond, one of Hollywood’s most distinctive cinematographers, died at the age of 85 on Jan. 1 in Los Angeles. He won an Academy Award for best cinematography for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the sci-fi blockbuster directed by Steven Spielberg. He was also nominated another three times for... »

Publicist Murray Weissman Dies at 90

December 29, 2015 | By
Publicist Murray Weissman Dies at 90

Hollywood publicist and awards consultant Murray Weissman died yesterday of pancreatic cancer in his Studio City apartment with his family by his side. He was 90. Weissman worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg and helped clients win seven best picture Oscars, as well as numerous Emmys... »

Master Cinematographer Haskell Wexler Dies at 93

December 28, 2015 | By
Master Cinematographer Haskell Wexler Dies at 93

Legendary director of photography Haskell Wexler died Sunday at 93. Wexler was nominated five times for the Oscar for best cinematography, and won twice – for his work on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Bound for Glory. »

Bob Minkler Passes Away

October 29, 2015 | By
Bob Minkler Passes Away

Academy Award-winning sound mixer, Robert Alan (Bob ) Minkler, died of respiratory failure Oct. 11, at his home in Oregon with his wife Patty at his side. »

Gene Allen Passes Away at 97

October 13, 2015 | By

Production designer Gene Allen, a former three-term president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (1983-1985) and an Oscar winner, passed away last Wednesday of natural causes at the age of 97. »

Lord of the Rings Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Dies at 59

April 29, 2015 | By
<em>Lord of the Rings</em> Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Dies at 59

Oscar-winning Australian director of photography Andrew Lesnie, best known for his imaginative and groundbreaking cinematography on his masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings trilogy of films, died on Monday of a heart attack at the age of 59. »

In Memoriam: Pat McCarthy – Below the Line Staffer, Individualist, Friend

March 10, 2015 | By
In Memoriam: Pat McCarthy – <em>Below the Line</em> Staffer, Individualist, Friend

Patricia McCarthy, a former production coordinator, and the woman behind Below the Line’s authoritative Production Listings for many years, died March 5 in her Palm Springs home. She was 72. Her free-spirited and unconventional approach to life made her, (with apologies to the guy in the beer commercial), one of the most interesting people in... »

Roy Isaia Passes Away at 70

March 2, 2015 | By
Roy Isaia Passes Away at 70

Roy Isaia, founder of Matthews Studio Equipment (MSE), passed away Feb. 16 at the age of 70 after a battle with leukemia. »

Dick Smith – An Appreciation of the Master of Makeup

August 5, 2014 | By
Dick Smith – An Appreciation of the Master of Makeup

Dick Smith, who passed away July 30 at the age of 92, was one of the greatest craftspersons of the 20th century. First working in television in New York then in film, Smith’s works as a special makeup effects artist were always impeccably conceived and realized, often setting new benchmarks in the process. Setting... »

Walt Martin Passes Away at 69

August 4, 2014 | By
Walt Martin Passes Away at 69

Oscar nominated sound mixer Walt Martin passed away July 24 at the age of 69 after being hospitalized for chest pains. »

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