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'Curb Appeal' co-host Bill Beckwith dies in motorcycle accident

A co-host of the HGTV show Curb Appeal has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco.

The San Francisco medical examiner identified 38-year-old Bill Beckwith as the victim of a crash near the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Monday night. He was riding a motorcycle that was struck by a car.

Beckwith was one of the three hosts of Curb Appeal, which features home renovations. He was a carpenter and general contractor who grew up on a farm in Maine and owned his own Bay Area construction business.

HGTV says in a statement that his creativity, adventurous spirit and general love of life will be missed.

Police say Beckwith suffered head trauma and was pronounced dead at a hospital. The 30-year-old driver of the car that struck him is cooperating with the investigation.

Autopsy: Chef Charlie Trotter died from a stroke

A medical examiner says celebrity chef Charlie Trotter died from a stroke.

Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina said in a statement Monday that tests showed the 54-year-old died from a stroked related to high blood pressure.

Cina says neither drugs nor alcohol contributed to Trotter’s death on Nov. 5 in Chicago, adding there was “no scientific evidence” that Trotter’s recent travels contributed to his death.

Trotter’s wife has said the acclaimed chef had an aneurysm months before he died and that he’d been taking medicine to control seizures, his blood pressure and high cholesterol. Rochelle Trotter previously said the aneurysm was discovered in January and that doctors had prescribed the “proper medication.”

Cina says the autopsy showed evidence of a previous stroke.

Trotter traveled shortly before his death.

French director Georges Lautner dies at 87

Director Georges Lautner, whose films from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are part of the French canon and still adored, has died.

He was 87. The cause of death was not announced.

Of the dozens of films he made, Les Tontons Flingeurs, which appeared as Monsieur Gangster for Anglophone audiences, was perhaps the most beloved.
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Famed psychic Sylvia Browne dies at 77

Psychic Sylvia Browne, who aided various police departments and was well-known for her TV and radio appearances, died Wednesday. The news was posted on her official web site. She was 77.

Browne wrote 22 New York Times bestsellers and was a frequent guest on talk shows, including Larry King Live, Loveline with Dr. Drew, and The Montel Williams Show. Williams eulogized Browne on her site Wednesday:
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Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt, dies at age 79

Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney, has died at age 79.

Close family friend Richard Greene confirmed the news of Miller’s passing to the Los Angeles Times, saying Miller died Tuesday in her Napa, Calif., home as a result of complications of a fall in September.

Miller was born Dec. 18, 1933, in Los Angeles to Walt and Lillian Disney. She made a name for herself as a philanthropist and played a key role in the creation of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Though it was Miller’s mother, Lillian, who donated $50 million to build a new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1987, it was Miller who insisted that a portion of her mother’s donation be used to hire architect Frank Gehry in 1997.

Al Ruscio, veteran film, TV, stage actor, dies at 89

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Veteran character actor Al Ruscio, who appeared in countless film, television, and stage productions across half a century, has died at age 89, said his longtime manager, Judy Fox.

Ruscio, who died Nov. 12 at his Encino, Calif., home following declining health, appeared in such films as The Godfather: Part III and Guilty by Suspicion, and on some of the most memorable TV shows of all time, from Sea Hunt to Seinfeld. His stage credits include A Hatful of Rain and A View From the Bridge.

In addition, Ruscio taught college acting classes, wrote a drama text called So Therefore…A Practical Guide for Actors and served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild.

Ruscio is survived by his wife, actress Kate Williamson; four children; and five grandchildren.

'I Love Lucy' guest star Shirley Mitchell dies at 94

Shirley Mitchell, who appeared in three episodes of I Love Lucy in its 1953-54 season, died of heart failure on Monday. She was 94.

Mitchell played Marion Strong on I Love Lucy, a friend of Lucy’s who was easily identified by her cackle. She was believed to be the last surviving cast member from the show.

You might also recognize Mitchell from her work on The Odd Couple, Three’s Company, Dallas, or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, along with a number of other shows. Her film career included Jamboree, Big Business, The War of the Roses, and more.

Mitchell was the widow of pop composer Jay Livingston and is survived by her sister-in-law and two children, Scott and Brooke.

British composer John Tavener dies at 69

British composer John Tavener, whose austere choral and orchestral works reflected his religious journey from West to East, died Tuesday. He was 69. Tavener’s publisher, Chester Music, said he died at his home in Child Okeford, southern England.

Born and trained in London, Tavener burst onto the public scene in 1968 with the help of The Beatles and is often remembered for his beautiful “Song for Athene” — reworked as “Songs of Angels” — that caught the public’s mood at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

His wistful, elegant setting of William Blake’s poem “The Lamb” (1982) became a staple of Christmas carol services.

“I think there are an awful lot of artists around who are very good at leading us into hell,” Tavener once said. “I would rather someone would show me the way to paradise.”
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Blockbuster goes bust, will end retail and DVD-by-mail service

It’s the end of an era: Dish announced today that its subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., will end both its retail and its mail DVD distribution operations by early January 2014.

“This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment,” DISH’s president and chief executive officer Joseph P. Clayton said in a statement. “Despite our closing of the physical distribution elements of the business, we continue to see value in the Blockbuster brand, and we expect to leverage that brand as we continue to expand our digital offerings.”

According to a release, Blockbuster By Mail service will cease in mid-December 2013, and will continue serving existing customers until that time. The company will close its remaining domestic retail stores — some 300 locations altogether — as well as its distribution centers by early next year.

Dish says that it will retain the brand’s licensing rights and key assets, including Blockbuster’s “significant video library.” Both Dish’s Blockbuster @Home service, which offers a package of over 15 movie channels, and Blockbuster On Demand streaming video will also continue to exist. As the mission statement on Blockbuster’s new website puts it: “You’ve known us for years, but who are we now? Well, we’re different. We’ve grown. We’ve changed. Still, one thing has remained the same: We love movies. And now we’re taking that love to the next level.”

'Killer's Kiss' actress Irene Kane dies

Irene Kane, star of Stanley Kubrick’s Killer’s Kiss, died Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actress, who reportedly died of pancreatic cancer, also worked as a journalist for CBS, CNN, and The New York Times under the pen name Chris Chase, and co-authored Hollywood autobiographies and a memoir: How to Be a Movie Star, or A Terrible Beauty Is Born. Aside from 1955′s Killer’s Kiss, Kane also acted in Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz (1979) and the TV series Naked City (1958-63).

In a 1999 Q&A with Entertainment Weekly, Kubrick spoke of the poor critical reception for Killer’s Kiss, only his second feature. “Killer’s Kiss had some exciting action sequences in it, but the story was written in a week in order to take advantage of a possibility of getting some money,” the director said.

Kane’s niece, who confirmed her death to THR, didn’t want to reveal the late actress’ age.

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