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Filmmaker John Singleton dies; ‘Boyz n the Hood’ was his own personal L.A. story

The streets of South L.A. were marked and divided by gang warfare when “Boyz n the Hood” arrived in America’s movie houses, a violent and profane yet somehow deeply sentimental look inward for a troubled city....

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Mark Medoff, playwright whose ‘Children of a Lesser God’ won a Tony and an Oscar, dies

Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose “Children of a Lesser God” won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died while in hospice care in Las Cruces, N.M....

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Ken Kercheval, who played the beleaguered Cliff on ‘Dallas,’ dies at 83

Ken Kercheval, who played perennial punching bag Cliff Barnes to Larry Hagman’s scheming oil baron J.R....

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Henry Bloch, easygoing pitchman and tax guy who founded H&R Block, dies at 96

Henry Bloch, the easygoing pitchman who helped found tax preparation giant H&R Block, died Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo., the city where he opened his first storefront tax office....

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Steve Golin, Oscar-winning producer of ‘Spotlight,’ dies at 64

Producer Steve Golin, who won an Oscar for the 2015 newspaper drama “Spotlight” and whose keen eye for talent helped launch the filmmaking careers of directors such as David Fincher, Spike Jonze and Michael Bay, died Sunday in Los Angeles at age 64....

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Heidi Hetzer, who decided one day to drive around the world, dies at 81

Heidi Hetzer, the German businesswoman whose late-in-life decision to drive around the world in an American vintage car won her fans around the world, has died at her home in Berlin....

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David Picker, studio chief who brought James Bond and the Beatles to the theater, dies at 87

He was the first to guide an X-rated film to the top of the Oscar heap, introduced the Beatles to Hollywood with “Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!”...

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Josine Ianco-Starrels, curator who helped shape L.A. art scene, dies at 92

Josine Ianco-Starrels, a dynamic curator whose passion for artistic independence and social justice had a strong influence on Los Angeles’ burgeoning art scene in the mid-20th century, has died of natural causes at 92....

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The mysterious life of James McCord, Watergate burglar whose death went unnoticed for 2 years

In the mid-1990s, the Discovery Channel aired a five-part series on Watergate, calling it a “refresher course” on the audacious White House scandal that drove President Nixon from office....

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