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Dick King-Smith, author of "Babe: The Gallant Pig," dies

Dick King-Smith, a British farmer-turned-writer whose beloved children's book "The Sheep-Pig" -- better known in the U.S. as "Babe: The Gallant Pig" -- was later turned into a popular movie, has died. Mr. King-Smith died yesterday at his home in southwest England. He was 88. Mr. King-Smith had written more...

By Emma Brown  | January 5, 2011; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emma Brown, Movies  
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Blake Edwards dies at 88; directed 'Pink Panther' series

Update: The full obituary can be found here. Blake Edwards, 88, a prolific filmmaker who kept alive the tradition of slapstick comedy in his Pink Panther franchise and nimbly showcased his dramatic range with "Breakfast at Tiffany's," died of pneumonia Wednesday at a hospital in Santa Monica. In a six-decade...

By T. Rees Shapiro  | December 16, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Movies, T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags:  Blake Edwards, Breakfast at Tiffanys, The Pink Panther  
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Roy Baker, Director of Understated Precision, Dies

Roy Baker, who died Oct. 5 at 93, was a superb but largely unheralded British director who specialized in crime stories and taut melodramas. He earned his greatest renown for directing "A Night to Remember" (1958), which remains the best film about the Titanic disaster. It's accent is on the...

By Adam Bernstein  | October 8, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Adam Bernstein, Movies  
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Corey Haim, Star of "Lost Boys" Dies At 38

Corey Haim, 38, a teenage movie star during the 1980s who struggled with drug addiction as an adult was found dead in his apartment near Burbank, Calif. Wednesday of an apparent drug overdose. Mr. Haim was among a group of teenage actors who were seen to be the up and...

By T. Rees Shapiro  | March 10, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses, Movies  
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Famous Last Words

Nice little multimedia quiz called "Famous Last Words" on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, dreamed up by graphics editor Tom Borgman. Can you guess the epitaph for the 15 celebrities? It's a fun quiz for Oscar night. No doubt you'll do better than I did, with a lousy score of...

By Patricia Sullivan  | March 7, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses, Movies, Poll, survey  
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Dennis Stock, Photographer of James Dean, Dies

Dennis Stock's best known picture of James Dean crossing New York's Times Square in the rain has been credited with defining 1950s cool and immortalizing the young actor who died shortly after the photograph was published in Life magazine. Many referred to the picture as "the boulevard of broken dreams."...

By T. Rees Shapiro  | January 13, 2010; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses, Movies  | Tags:  Dennis Stock, James Dean  
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Which John Hughes Film was Best?, Lauren Wiseman , August 6, 2009
This Budd's For You, Adam Bernstein , August 6, 2009
Budd Schulberg and Fleeting Fame, Patricia Sullivan , August 5, 2009
Navy Vet's Wartime Movies, Adam Bernstein , August 5, 2009
Spotlight: Farrah Fawcett, Lauren Wiseman , June 25, 2009
Jane ("Cat People") Randolph Dies, Adam Bernstein , May 27, 2009
Frankie "Musclehead" Manning Dies, Adam Bernstein , April 28, 2009
Acclaimed Filmaker Jack Cardiff Dies , Patricia Sullivan , April 22, 2009
For Montalban, a Life of 'Fantasy' Comes to an End, Washington Post Editors , January 14, 2009
Van Johnson, Lucille Ball and Bobby-Soxers, Washington Post Editors , December 12, 2008
Flash of Genius, Patricia Sullivan , September 30, 2008
Obits as Movies, Patricia Sullivan , December 4, 2007
 
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