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Leslie Bricusse, ‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘Goldfinger’ Songwriter, Dies at 90

Leslie Bricusse, Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter whose songs for Broadway and Hollywood include “What Kind of Fool Am I?” and “Pure Imagination,” died Tuesday in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France. He…

Diane Weyermann, Participant Executive and ‘Inconvenient Truth’ Producer, Dies at 66

Diane Weyermann, chief content officer at Participant and former director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program died Thursday of cancer in New York. She was 66. For…

David DePatie, ‘Pink Panther’ Cartoon Producer, Dies at Age 91

Animation producer David H. DePatie died on Sept. 23 of natural causes at the age of 91. DePatie is known for founding DePatie Freleng Enterprises with partner Friz…

Four-Volume Book Collection Puts Focus on Work of Artist-Photographer Kali

Who was Kali? “She was a West L.A. mother on the surface who had a shockingly vibrant secret life as a prolific artist and photographer,” says journalist and…

TV Ratings: Primetime Premiere Week Numbers Can Give Insight on Future Performance

Franchise fever has come to fruition this fall. A surprisingly solid launch for the 2021-22 season for the broadcast networks has yielded two series renewals so far and…

Ricarlo Flanagan, ‘Last Comic Standing’ Semifinalist and ‘Shameless’ Star, Dies at 40

Ricarlo Flanagan, an actor, rapper and stand-up comedian who was a semifinalist on “Last Comic Standing,” died over the weekend of COVID complications, his talent representative confirmed to Variety.…

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, Producer on ‘Transformers’ Movies, Dies at 58

Hasbro chairman and CEO Brian Goldner, who served as executive producer or producer on toy-related films such as the “Transformers” movies, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and…

Hulu Series About Famous Killer Candy Montgomery Casts Melanie Lynskey as Victim Betty Gore

“Castle Rock” and “Heavenly Creatures” star Melanie Lynskey is slated to portray the victim of real-life infamous murderess Candy Montgomery in a new Hulu limited series, entitled “Candy.”…

‘Diamonds Are Forever’ Stuntman Bob Herron Dies at 97

Stuntman Bob Herron, who worked as a stuntman on films such as “Diamonds Are Forever,” “L.A. Confidential” and “Batman Forever” has died on Sunday after suffering for complications…

Ava Ostern Fries, Producer and Inspiration Behind ‘Troop Beverly Hills,’ Dies at 87

Ava Ostern Fries, the wife of producer Chuck Fries whose experiences as a Beverly Hills Girl Scout leader  inspired the film “Troop Beverly Hills,” died Oct. 2. She…

Fuller Goldsmith, Former ‘Chopped Junior’ Winner, Dies at 17

Fuller Goldsmith, a young chef who competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef Junior” and Food Network’s “Chopped Junior,” has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 17.…

Jyoti Deshpande Appointed as CEO of Viacom 18

Veteran media executive, Jyoti Deshpande has been appointed CEO of Viacom 18, the joint venture between TV18 and U.S. conglomerate Viacom. Billionaire Mukesh Ambani acquired a controlling stake…