Influential film critic and painter Manny Farber died Aug. 18 of bone cancer in Leucadia, Calif.
Makeup artist Paul Starr, who worked with stars including Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Garner and Sophia Loren was found dead of unkonwn causes in his home in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles on Aug. 19.
Cinematographer and director Leonard Hirschfield, who shot early independent classic "David and Lisa," died Aug. 15 in New York after a long illness.
Longtime Mann Theaters exec Bill Hertz, who also chaired the Hollywood Walk of Fame, died Aug. 18 in Los Angeles after heart surgery.
In the absence of any day-and-date juggernauts, the European box office is goosed by expansions, including the swoop of "The Dark Knight" into Germany.
The Venice Film Festival has announced "Khastegi" (Tedium), a hot button pic about transsexuals in Tehran, as a late addition to its cutting-edge Horizons section.
Spanish festival San Sebastian rounded out its Zabaltegi New Directors section on Friday, leaning heavily on pics plying various forms of social realism.
Gallic helmer Laurent Cantet's Cannes Palme d'Or winner "The Class" won the critics' award at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival at Haugesund.
As hard as metal and just as dumb, Paul W.S. Anderson's "Death Race" couldn't be further from Roger Corman's goofy, bloody original "Death Race 2000."
Hayao Miyazaki's toon "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" has passed the Yen 10 billion ($93.2 million) mark at the Japanese box office, the first local pic to pass this milestone since Miyazaki's 2004…