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Richard Portman, ‘Star Wars’ Sound Engineer and 11-Time Oscar Nominee, Dies at 82

31 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sound engineer Richard Portman, who received 11 Academy Award nominations and won for his work on Michael Cimino’s “The Deer Hunter,” died on Saturday at his home in Tallahassee, Fla. He was 82.

“He was an icon of his craft of motion picture sound re-recording, recognized with the highest honors of his field,” his daughter Jennifer Portman wrote on her Facebook page. “He was eccentric, irreverent, and real.”

Portman worked on nearly 200 movies and mixed the sound for George Lucas’ “Star Wars.”

Portman received two Oscar sound nominations in 1973 for Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” and Michael Ritchie’s “The Candidate.” He was also double-nominated in 1974 for Peter Bogdanovich’s “Paper Moon” and Mike Nichols’ “The Day of the Dolphin.”

Portman received his first nom in 1971 for “Kotch,” directed by Jack Lemmon. He was also up for Oscars for Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” Herbert Ross’ “Funny Lady,” Michael Apted’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter, »

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Interview: Director Stacy Title Talks The Bye Bye Man

13 January 2017 11:38 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In theaters today courtesy of Stx Entertainment is The Bye Bye Man, which was directed by Stacy Title and stars Douglas Smith, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, Faye Dunaway, and Leigh Whannell. Daily Dead had a chance to catch up briefly with Title this week, and she discussed what she initially saw in the project, her approach to collaborating with her husband and writer for The Bye Bye Man, Jonathan Penner, and her unique cast of familiar faces and newcomers.

I’d love to start off by hearing what it was in the story of The Bye Bye Man that drew you in. The concept of this figure basically being the physical embodiment of evil is an interesting one to explore.

Stacy Title: It’s an amazing concept. We worked a very long time to make sure that we created a story that matched the innovative concept. The thing with »

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Bright Lights: 15 Surprises in the Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Documentary

8 January 2017 8:14 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Bright Lights, the documentary about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds that debuted on HBO Saturday, was filled with major revelations about the life of the Hollywood icons — but some of its best moments and most memorable lines came by far quicker.

Here are 15 of the most-surprising moments in directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens’ superb documentary.

1. Reynolds and Fisher were so in sync, they even wore the same shoes in one scene. The sandals were different colors, for what it’s worth.

2. Fisher’s home with Reynolds was built by Robert Armstrong, who was in King Kong. The two lived there for 20 years, »

- Dave Quinn

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