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Amanda Mackey, Casting Director for The Fugitive and A League of Their Own, Dies at 70

August 31, 2022 | By
Amanda Mackey, Casting Director for <i>The Fugitive</i> and <i>A League of Their Own</i>, Dies at 70

Amanda Mackey, the esteemed casting director who worked on films such as The Fugitive and A League of Their Own, died in her sleep on Aug. 27. She was 70. Mackey had been battling myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of blood cancer, at NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn. She spent nearly four decades working in Hollywood,... »

Michael Clancy, Costume Designer for Blue Bloods and Several James Gray Movies, Dies

August 1, 2022 | By
Michael Clancy, Costume Designer for <i>Blue Bloods</i> and Several James Gray Movies, Dies

Michael Clancy, who served as the longtime costume designer on the hit TV series Blue Bloods as well as several James Gray movies, has died. His passing was announced July 29 on Instagram by his friend and fellow costume designer, Naomi Wolff Lachter. Clancy got his start on the Disney Channel series Avonlea before... »

Jean-Marie Lavalou, Co-Creator of Remote-Controlled Louma Crane Camera System, Dies at 76

July 25, 2022 | By
Jean-Marie Lavalou, Co-Creator of Remote-Controlled Louma Crane Camera System, Dies at 76

Jean-Marie Lavalou, the Frenchman who co-created the Louma Crane, the first remote-controlled camera system used in the motion picture industry, died on July 15 in Paris. He was 76. Born on March 9, 1946, Lavalou was born into the ‘La Fromagerie Lavalou’ family in Bourg Saint Leonard, Normandie, France. He developed a passion for film... »

Johnny Pizarro, Crew Member on Law & Order: Organized Crime, Dies at 31; Shooting Suspect Sought

July 19, 2022 | By
Johnny Pizarro, Crew Member on <i>Law & Order: Organized Crime</i>, Dies at 31; Shooting Suspect Sought

Johnny Pizarro, a 31-year-old crew member on Law & Order: Organized Crime, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in New York while filming the NBC show’s third season according to media reports. Pizarro was reportedly sitting in his car in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn when an unknown suspect opened fire around 5:15... »

Monty Norman, Composer Behind the Iconic “James Bond Theme,” Dies at 94

July 11, 2022 | By
Monty Norman, Composer Behind the Iconic “James Bond Theme,” Dies at 94

Monty Norman, who composed the iconic theme for the character of James Bond, died on Monday following a short illness. He was 94, and his death was announced on his official website. The British composer’s “James Bond Theme” was first used in the 1962 movie Dr. No and it has endured to this day,... »

Glen Trotiner, Assistant Director on Captain America and Independence Day, Dies at 65

June 21, 2022 | By
Glen Trotiner, Assistant Director on <i>Captain America</i> and <i>Independence Day</i>, Dies at 65

Glen Trotiner, who served as first or second assistant director on movies such as The Untouchables, Independence Day, and Captain America: The First Avenger, died on June 16 in New York. He was 65. Trotiner grew up in the Bronx and graduated from the DGA’s Training Program, after which he embarked on a long... »

Car Crash on Netflix Series The Chosen One Leaves Two Actors Dead, Multiple Crew Members Hurt

June 18, 2022 | By
Car Crash on Netflix Series <i>The Chosen One</i> Leaves Two Actors Dead, Multiple Crew Members Hurt

A car crash involving cast and crew from the Netflix series The Chosen One has left two actors dead and at least six other members of the production injured, according to multiple reports. Local media reported that the Chosen One staffers were riding in a van when it ran off the road and flipped... »

Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, Dies at 79

May 19, 2022 | By
Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind <i>Chariots of Fire</i> and <i>Blade Runner</i>, Dies at 79

Vangelis, the Greek composer who won an Oscar for Chariots of Fire, died on Tuesday in a French hospital while being treated for COVID-19, according to Greek media reports. He was 79. Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou on March 29, 1943, Vangelis was raised in Athens,  Greece, where he taught himself piano and formed a... »

Peng Wang, Budding Cinematographer and Chapman University Student, Dies at 29 in Sand Dune Accident

April 19, 2022 | By
Peng Wang, Budding Cinematographer and Chapman University Student, Dies at 29 in Sand Dune Accident

Peng Wang, a budding cinematographer who was studying his craft at Chapman University, died on Friday, April 15, following a sand dune accident in southern California that involved an off-road vehicle. He was 29 years old. Wang was with a group of three USC film students who were taking pictures on a large sand dune... »

Oscar-Winning Editor David Brenner, Who Worked With Oliver Stone and Zack Snyder, Dies at 59

February 18, 2022 | By
Oscar-Winning Editor David Brenner, Who Worked With Oliver Stone and Zack Snyder, Dies at 59

Oscar-winning editor David Brenner, who cut nine of Oliver Stone‘s movies, died suddenly on Thursday morning at his home in West Hollywood. He was 59. Brenner had spent the past year editing James Cameron‘s long-awaited Avatar sequels, so, fortunately, he was able to spend his final days with his family. Brenner began working with Stone in 1986... »