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GERMANY German licensing, production and distribution outfit Advanced Medien has taken German-language rights for the next five years to all pics from the L.A.-based Unified Film Organization (UFO)…

Jill Craigie


Jill Craigie, the film director who made documentaries about British coal miners and a community’s efforts to rebuild after World War II and the wife of former British Labour Party leader Michael…


Andrew Russell


Andrew Russell, an Emmy-winning scribe who wrote for “The Honeymooners,” “The Jackie Gleason Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show,” died Nov. 18 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was…

Road grosses


Here is the correct version of the road grosses for Week 27 (Nov. 29-Dec. 5). An incorrect version ran in the Dec. 13-19 edition. BALTIMORE Beauty and the Beast (M-3rd National Tour) Mechanic ($65…

Seymour ‘Cy’ Kaplan


Seymour “Cy” Kaplan, a longtime TV syndication executive, died Oct. 23 of natural causes at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills. He was 79. During his career, Kaplan spent over…

Shirley Hemphill


Actress and comedian Shirley Hemphill, who played a wisecracking waitress in the 1970s TV series “What’s Happening!!” died Dec. 10 of natural causes at her home in West Covina. She was 52. Hemphill…

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