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Jamma Fanaka wrote, directed and released hit movie “Penitentiary” while still in film school

LOS ANGELES – Jamaa Fanaka, who emerged as a dynamic black filmmaker with his gritty independent 1979 film “Penitentiary” and later made headlines with his legal battles alleging widespread discrimination against women and ethnic minorities in the film and television

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Jamma Fanaka wrote, directed and released hit movie “Penitentiary” while still in film school

LOS ANGELES – Jamaa Fanaka, who emerged as a dynamic black filmmaker with his gritty independent 1979 film “Penitentiary” and later made headlines with his legal battles alleging widespread discrimination against women and ethnic minorities in the film and television

Vietnamese prisoner, war cameraman Pierre Schoendoerffer, 83, made Vietnam War movie ‘masterpiece’

PARIS – Pierre Schoendoerffer, 83, an Oscar-winning French filmmaker who was held prisoner in Indochina and chronicled the pain of war on screen and on the page, died Wednesday, the French military health service said. Schoendoerffer served as a cameraman

Vietnamese prisoner, war cameraman Pierre Schoendoerffer, 83, made Vietnam War movie ‘masterpiece’

PARIS – Pierre Schoendoerffer, 83, an Oscar-winning French filmmaker who was held prisoner in Indochina and chronicled the pain of war on screen and on the page, died Wednesday, the French military health service said. Schoendoerffer served as a cameraman

Writer of Disney songs, Robert B. Sherman, 86, taught us how to say ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’

(I have fond memories of watching all of these movies as a kid, and I think I knew all of the words by heart.) LONDON – Robert B. Sherman, the American songwriter who, with his brother Richard, wrote the cheerful,

Writer of Disney songs, Robert B. Sherman, 86, taught us how to say ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’

(I have fond memories of watching all of these movies as a kid, and I think I knew all of the words by heart.) LONDON – Robert B. Sherman, the American songwriter who, with his brother Richard, wrote the cheerful,

Painting detailed motherships hovering over planets, Ralph McQuarrie helped ‘Star Wars’ get made

BERKELEY, Calif. – Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who transformed George Lucas’s rudimentary concepts and earliest scripts into lush, vivid images of intergalactic expanse and light-saber combat that became the visual core of the “Star Wars” saga, died on Saturday at

Painting detailed motherships hovering over planets, Ralph McQuarrie helped ‘Star Wars’ get made

BERKELEY, Calif. – Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who transformed George Lucas’s rudimentary concepts and earliest scripts into lush, vivid images of intergalactic expanse and light-saber combat that became the visual core of the “Star Wars” saga, died on Saturday at

‘Scenes From a Marriage’ actor Erland Josephson 88, was Ingmar Bergman’s favorite actor

STOCKHOLM – Erland Josephson, a Swedish actor who worked frequently with Ingmar Bergman on stage and screen, most notably as the star of the acclaimed 1973 film “Scenes From a Marriage,”died on Saturday in Stockholm. He was 88. His death

‘Scenes From a Marriage’ actor Erland Josephson 88, was Ingmar Bergman’s favorite actor

STOCKHOLM – Erland Josephson, a Swedish actor who worked frequently with Ingmar Bergman on stage and screen, most notably as the star of the acclaimed 1973 film “Scenes From a Marriage,”died on Saturday in Stockholm. He was 88. His death

Blaxploitation film star Dick Anthony Williams, 77, was lauded for work on N.Y. stages

LOS ANGELES – Dick Anthony Williams, a prolific actor who created enduring roles in blaxploitation films during the 1970s while simultaneously securing his reputation on the New York stage with Tony-nominated performances and a Drama Desk Award, died on Thursday

Blaxploitation film star Dick Anthony Williams, 77, was lauded for work on N.Y. stages

LOS ANGELES – Dick Anthony Williams, a prolific actor who created enduring roles in blaxploitation films during the 1970s while simultaneously securing his reputation on the New York stage with Tony-nominated performances and a Drama Desk Award, died on Thursday

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Cinematographer Ric Waite’s film credits include ‘The Long Riders,’ ‘The Border,’ ‘Footloose’ and ‘Red Dawn’

(Ric Waite, a cinematographer who won an Emmy Award for the 1976 TV miniseries “Captains and the Kings,”  died Saturday of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles. He was 78. Here’s some info from his Web site

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Cinematographer Ric Waite’s film credits include ‘The Long Riders,’ ‘The Border,’ ‘Footloose’ and ‘Red Dawn’

(Ric Waite, a cinematographer who won an Emmy Award for the 1976 TV miniseries “Captains and the Kings,”  died Saturday of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles. He was 78. Here’s some info from his Web site