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Film Veteran Rossellini Dies

13 October 2008 9:10 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Italian film producer, writer and director Gil Rossellini has died after a four-year battle with a rare bacterial infection. He was 51.

Rossellini depicted his fight with the staphylococcus bacteria in a series of documentaries entitled Kill Gil, a widely praised video diary of his hospitalisation.

He died on 3 October in Rome.

Rossellini began his film career in New York during the 1980s, working as a production assistant on Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, and Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America.

He soon started his own international production company Rossellini + Associates, with offices based in New York, Rome, and New Delhi, India.

Rossellini produced and directed films and documentaries including, as producer, the comedy Lontano da dove, multi-media rock opera The Polyhedron of Leonardo, six-part TV series Enemy Mine, and The Hole in the Wall - a documentary about children in India learning to use computers.

His Kill Gil (Volume 2 1/2) is set to screen at the Rome Film Festival later this month.

And Italian president Giorgio Napolitano led the tributes to Rossellini in a statement on Friday, praising his video diaries and "the courage and determination with which he faced the serious illness that led to his being paralysed". »

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Actor Kim Chan Dies

10 October 2008 9:05 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Chinese actor Kim Chan, who has starred in films alongside Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis and Jackie Chan, has died.

Kim Chan, born in 1917, passed away on Sunday in Brooklyn, New York.

His Hollywood career launched when he began playing characters with some knowledge of Eastern culture, eventually landing what became his most famous roles in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, and as Lewis' butler in Martin Scorsese's 1982 film The King of Comedy, where he appeared onscreen alongside De Niro.

The actor emigrated to the U.S. from the province of Canton, China as a young boy, discovering his desire to become an entertainer while working in his family's restaurant in the theatre district of Manhattan.

Making his film debut in 1957's A Face in the Crowd, Chan's other notable films included The Fifth Element, Lethal Weapon 4 and Shanghai Knights, where he played the father of famed martial artist and actor Jackie Chan.

He is survived by his son, Michael Chandler. »

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