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Supreme Court to hear appeal over 'Raging Bull'

The daughter of the man who wrote the Oscar-winning movie Raging Bull is hoping the Supreme Court will give her a final second TKO against a movie studio for ownership of boxer Jake LaMotta’s life story.

The high court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal over the movie’s copyright, one of eight cases granted by the justices as they prepare for the beginning of the new 2013-14 session on Oct. 7.

The court, on the cusp of its new fall term, will continue to conduct normal operations through Friday despite the government shutdown, including having the building open for tourists.

The Raging Bull case involves an appeal from Paula Petrella, the daughter of the movie’s author, Frank Petrella. The elder Petrella died in 1981, with his copyrights reverting to his daughter. She sued Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. for copyright infringement for creating and distributing copies of the movie, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said she waited too long before filing her lawsuit.
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'Das Boot' star Otto Sander dead at 72

The gravel-voiced German actor Otto Sander who appeared in international arthouse hits such as Das Boot and Wings of Desire died Thursday at age 72, his agent said.

The cause of death was not announced, but he had suffered from cancer for several years.

Sander, also a veteran of the Berlin stage, was best known to foreign audiences for his 1981 turn in Wolfgang Petersen’s World War II epic Das Boot as a shell-shocked German submarine captain. In the film, Sander famously delivers a drunken speech to his comrades mocking both the British and Adolf Hitler.

Director Volker Schloendorff cast him in his Oscar-winning adaptation of Gunter Grass’ novel The Tin Drum as the alcoholic trumpeter Meyn.

And in 1987, he starred as the angel Cassiel in Wim Wenders’ surrealist drama about Germany’s painful Cold War division Wings of Desire and its 1993 sequel, Faraway, So Close.

Born in 1941 in the northern city of Hanover, Sander became one of the top theater actors in West Berlin and later the reunited capital. His distinctive baritone was put to good use in dubbing work and narration, and in the gritty television crime show Polizeiruf 110.
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Richard Roeper replacing Roger Ebert as 'Chicago Sun-Times' film critic

The Chicago Sun-Times says it will replace Roger Ebert with the late famed movie critic’s former colleague Richard Roeper.

The newspaper announced Thursday it has officially named Roeper its movie columnist, making him the centerpiece of its movie coverage.

Ebert died in April at age 70, after a long battle with cancer. Roeper appeared alongside the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for eight years on the television show Ebert and Roeper.

Roeper will write movie criticism for the newspaper and host two weekly online video shows, one on Wednesdays and one on Fridays. Roeper started at the Chicago Sun-Times as a reporter in 1987.

Ebert’s widow, Chaz Ebert, said in a news release announcing Roeper’s appointment that, “Roger would have been thrilled as I am over the news.”

Documentary filmmaker Saul Landau dies

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Saul Landau, who profiled political leaders like Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Chile’s Salvador Allende, has died at age 77.

Colleague John Cavanagh says Laundau died Monday night in Alameda, Calif., after battling bladder cancer.

Landau’s 1968 documentary Fidel gave U.S. audiences one of their earliest close-ups of the revolutionary leader who installed Communism in Cuba.

His most acclaimed documentary was likely 1979′s Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang, which examined the effects of radiation exposure to people living downwind from Nevada’s above-ground nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s. The film received a George Polk Award for investigative reporting and other honors.

Movie blogger calls 911 over phone use at film screening

A movie blogger irate about cell phone usage during a Toronto International Film Festival screening called 911 to report the offense.

At a midnight screening Monday, FirstShowing.net blogger Alex Billington became increasingly annoyed by constant texting and emailing at a screening for press and film industry members. After first complaining to theater managers, Billington took the extreme step of dialing the police.

He said the emergency dispatcher laughed at his complaint, but Billington took to Twitter to vent his anger. He claimed to be concerned that the movie, the horror film The Sacrament, was being pirated, and that “drastic measures” were called for in restoring moviegoing etiquette.

“I’m just trying to fight the good fight,” wrote Billington, “even if others don’t agree with my methods.”

Actor Murray Gershenz from 'The Hangover' dies at 91

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Murray Gershenz — perhaps best known for his role as Felix, the elderly man in the hospital scene from The Hangover – died August 28 of a heart attack in Los Angeles.

Despite starting his acting career at the age of 80, Gershenz won roles on shows including Pushing Daisies, Mad Men and Parks and Recreation. He frequently appeared in comedic films, playing parts in I Love You, Man as well as this year’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

Gershenz was a prolific record collector. As the owner of Music Man Murray, a shop housing “hard-to-find” recordings in Los Angeles, Gershenz accumulated countless rare records for more than 50 years, an effort that led to Music Man Murray, a 2011 documentary by Richard Park chronicling Gershenz’s efforts to sell his collection.

He is survived by two sons, a daughter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

'Dr. Strangelove', 'Star Wars' cinematographer Gilbert Taylor dies

Gilbert Taylor, the veteran British cinematographer who shot Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and Star Wars, died Friday at his home on the British Isles at the age of 99, according an interview his wife Dee gave to the BBC.

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Haji, star of 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill Kill!,' dies at 67

Cult icon Haji — best known for her role in 1965′s Faster, Pussycat! Kill Kill! — has died at age 67, People reports.

Born Barbarella Catton, Haji was discovered by Pussycat director Russ Meyer while working as an exotic dancer. She starred in four more of his sexploitation films and continued working all the way up to 2003′s Killer Drag Queens on Dope.

'Five Easy Pieces' star Karen Black dies at 74

Karen Black, the prolific actress who appeared in more than 100 movies and was featured in such counterculture favorites as Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, and Nashville, has died.

Black’s husband, Stephen Eckelberry, says the actress died Thursday from complications from cancer. She was 74.

Known for her full lips and thick, wavy hair that seemed to change color from film to film, Black often portrayed women who were quirky, troubled or threatened. She was a prostitute who takes LSD with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in 1969′s Easy Rider, a breakthrough that helped get her the role as a waitress who dates an upper-class dropout played by Jack Nicholson in 1970′s Five Easy Pieces. Black won an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe Award for that performance.

Oscar-nominated actress Eileen Brennan dead at 80

Eileen Brennan, who went from musical comedy on Broadway to wringing laughs out of memorable characters in such films as Private Benjamin and Clue, has died. She was 80.

Brennan’s managers, Jessica Moresco and Al Onorato, said she died Sunday at home in Burbank after a battle with bladder cancer.

“Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and respect for Eileen,” her family said in a statement. “She was funny and caring and truly one of a kind. Her strength and love will never be forgotten.”

Brennan got her first big role on the New York stage in Little Mary Sunshine, a musical comedy that won her the 1960 Obie award for best actress. Along with her “excellent singing voice,” her performance was “radiant and comic,” said a New York Times review.

But it was a series of sharp-tongued roles that won her fans on television and in movies, including gruff Army Capt. Doreen Lewis in 1980′s Private Benjamin, aloof Mrs. Peacock in 1985′s Clue, and mean orphanage superintendent Miss Bannister in 1988′s The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking.

“I love meanies, and this goes back to Capt. Lewis in Private Benjamin,” Brennan said a 1988 interview with The Associated Press. “You know why? Because they have no sense of humor. People who are mean or unkind or rigid — think about it — cannot laugh at themselves. If we can’t laugh at ourselves and the human condition, we’re going to be mean.”

Private Benjamin brought her a supporting actress nomination for an Oscar. She also won an Emmy for repeating her Private Benjamin role in the television version, and was nominated six other times for guest roles on such shows as Newhart, thirtysomething, Taxi, and Will & Grace.
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