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R.I.P. Garry Marshall

19 July 2016 4:10 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Filmmaker Garry Marshall has died at the age of 81.

The Bronx-born director/producer was also an acclaimed writer and character actor. He began work as a joke writer in the 1960s before making the jump to television where he co-created "The Odd Couple" and went on to create "Happy Days," "Laverne and Shirley," "Joanie Loves Chachi" and "Mork and Mindy" in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Also in the 1980s he made the jump to directing with "The Flamingo Kid" his first hit. It was the one-two punch of megahits "Beaches" and "Pretty Woman" that made him a household name. Other notable hits include the two "The Princess Diaries" features, "Runaway Bride," "The Other Sister," "Georgia Rule" and more recently three holiday-themed ensemble rom-coms capped off by this year's "Mother's Day".

Over time Marshall also made a name for himself in acting circles, becoming a strong character actor and one »

- Garth Franklin

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Trumbo review – when Hollywood saw red

7 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo in a biting drama about the 1940s screenwriter blacklisted for his allegiance to the left

The collision of American entertainment and anti-communism in the 1940s and 50s has inspired a dizzying array of movies, both fictional and factual. Time and again, Hollywood has returned to a subject that offers a heady cocktail of drama, politics and nostalgic showbusiness intrigue; from Irwin Winkler’s Guilty By Suspicion (1991), which cast Robert De Niro as a film-maker torn between losing work and naming names, to George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), which revisited TV journalist Edward R Murrow’s on-air battles with McCarthy, via Frank Darabont’s whimsical The Majestic (2001), in which Jim Carrey’s amnesiac screenwriter winds up restoring a small-town cinema after being hounded out of Tinseltown as an anti-war “red”.

Top of the pile, however, is Martin Ritt’s 1976 gem The Front, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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