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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 when he served as an assistant to British film editor Claire Simpson on Platoon, Salvador, and Wall Street before taking the reins himself […]

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Luster Bayless, Costume Designer on Many John Wayne Movies, Dies at 84

Legendary Hollywood costume designer Luster Bayless, who dressed John Wayne in more than a dozen classic Westerns, including True Grit and The Shootist, died of natural causes last Friday at his home in Canyon Country, California. He was 84. Bayless was a Navy veteran who grew up in Mississippi and hitchhiked to Los Angeles, where he was promptly hired by Western Costume in 1959. He worked there for two years as […]

Ivan Reitman

Ghostbusters Director Ivan Reitman Dies at 75, Leaves Behind a Rich Comedy Legacy

Some people grew up on Star Wars. Others on Star Trek. Some grew up on Marvel comics. Others were loyal DC readers. Some loved James Bond, while others preferred Indiana Jones. Of course, most people love all of these things. But me? I didn’t love any of them. I loved Ghostbusters, which by extension means that I loved Ivan Reitman, who was both the gatekeeper and keymaster of that beloved franchise. And now […]

George Spiro Dibie

George Spiro Dibie, TV Cinematographer and Union Leader, Dies at 90

Veteran television cinematographer and longtime union leader George Spiro Dibie died on Tuesday. He was 90 years old. Born in Jerusalem, Dibie spent nearly 50 years working in television, getting his start in the mid-’70s with a job as a lighting consultant on Barney Miller. He went on to shoot more than 60 telefilms and 1,500 hours of primetime sitcoms, ultimately earning 12 Emmy nominations in total. He wound up winning […]

Dina Eaton

Music Editor Dina Eaton Dies at 70; Worked on James Bond, Edgar Wright Movies

British music editor Dina Eaton, who worked on five James Bond movies, has died following complications from surgery at a hospital in England. She was 70. Eaton worked on more than 50 films over the course of her career, which included a decade-long stint at Eon Productions, which produces the 007 movies. Between 1998 and 2008, Eaton collaborated with composer David Arnold on Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), Casino […]

Douglas Trumbull

VFX Legend Douglas Trumbull Dies at 79; Worked on Several Sci-Fi Classics

Visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull, whose film credits include sci-fi classics such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner, died on Monday as a result of complications from mesothelioma. He was 79. Trumbull earned Oscar nominations for his VFX work on Close Encounters and Blade Runner, as well as Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1993 for conceiving the CP-65 Showscan […]

Glenn Berger

Glenn Berger, ICG’s Longtime National Controller, Dead at 64

Glenn Berger, who served as the longtime national controller for the International Cinematographers Guild, died on Monday at the age of 64. Berger died while at work at the ICG’s headquarters in Los Angeles and in a cruel twist of fate, he was just four days away from retirement. “Our hearts are broken as we write to inform you of the sudden passing of a beloved member of our Local 600 […]

In the Heat of the Night

A Tribute to Sidney Poitier, One of the Most Important Stars in Hollywood History

Sidney Poitier was not only one of the greatest actors ever to grace the screen, but a trailblazing legend who inspired entire generations of actors. He passed on Friday at the age of 94, leaving behind a legacy of classic films that have entertained and enlightened audiences for years. Poitier was the first bonafide Black movie star and the first to win the Oscar for Best Actor. He was a transformational […]

Wynn Hammer

Hollywood Still Photographer Wynn Hammer Passes Away at 97

It has been an absolutely tragic year for Hollywood and the below-the-line community with COVID taking so many away from us even above and beyond any normal year. Sadly, Below the Line has been informed today that Still Photographer Wynn Hammer has passed away at the age on May 2, 2021, at the age of 97, although the cause of death has not been disclosed. Born on March 6, 1925, Hammer was an  associate […]

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Iconic Star Trek Costume Designer Robert Fletcher Dead at 98

Costume Designer Robert Fletcher,  who provided costumes for stage and screen for over six decades, died on April 5 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the age of 98. No cause of death was disclosed, but a spokesman for Fletcher said he died peacefully. Fletcher’s husband of 65 years, singer, Broadway dancer and New York City Ballet charter member Jack Kauflin had previously passed away. Fletcher was best known for his work […]