John Brandon – Doctor Who Cybermen’s first victim, has died.

John Brandon, the first ever victim of Doctor Who’s famous Cybermen, has died aged 85.
His death was announced in a paid obituary in the Los Angeles Times on September 12 2014.
Brandon died on August 25 2014.  He was also known by the name John Barandon.

In the series 4 episode The Tenth Planet (1966), which was William Hartnell’s last as the Doctor,  John Brandon portrayed the American soldier who is killed by the Cybermen in the snow as he attempts to open the TARDIS.
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Brandon appeared in Brian De Palma’s Scarface (1983) as the Immigration Officer who asks Al Pacino’s character Where did you get the beauty scar tough guy?’

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In the final series of the TV series Dynasty (1989), he portrayed crooked police captain William Handler, hellbent on destroying Blake Carrington.
Brandon was a veteran of the Korean War, serving the US Army from 1952-1954.

-Rhett Bartlett


Darrell Zwerling, Chinatown actor (1928 – 2014)

Darrell Zwerling, who portrayed the husband of Faye Dunaway in Roman Polanski’s Chinatown has died aged 86.

His death has been confirmed to DialMForMovies by The Julliard School in New York of which he was an Augustus society member.
He died in April of this year.

His most famous role is that of Hollis Mulwray, the chief engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, who is tailed by Jack Nicholson’s character at the beginning of the film, only to be found drowned later in a freshwater reservoir. Mr Zwerling also appeared in Grease as teacher ‘Mr Lynch’, and as a doctor in Capricorn One


Nicole Lubtchansky, editor of 20 Jacques Rivette films, has died.

Nicole Lubtchansky, who edited Jacques Rivette’s ‘Celine and Julie Go Boating‘ (1974), has died on September 5 2014.
Her death has been reported by The French Association of Directors of Film Photography.
Nicole was the widow of cinematographer William Lubtchansky who photographed 14 of Rivette’s films.

She edited  a further 19 Jacque Rivette’s  films:  L’amour Fou (‘Mad Love’),  Out 1 (from 1971),  Out 1: Spectre (1974),  the nocturnal fantasy Noroit (1976), Duelle (1976), the short film Paris s’en va (1981),  Le pont du Nord (1981),  Merry-Go-Round (1981), L’amour par terre (1984),  Hurlevent (1985), La belle noiseuse (1991),  Jeanne la Pucelle II – Les prisons (1994), Jeanne la Pucelle II – Les batailles (1994),  Haut bus fragile (1995),  Secret defense (1998), Va Soviur (2001),  The Story of Marie and Julien (2003), Don’t Touch The Axe (2007),  and Around a Small Mountain (2009),


Brasse Brännström, Oscar nominated screenwriter for ‘My Life as a Dog’, has died aged 69.

Brasse Brännström, Oscar nominated screenwriter who co-wrote the 1985 Swedish drama ‘My Life as a Dog‘, has died aged 69.brasse-brnnstrm-01

The film was directed by Lasse Hallstrom and based on the second novel of Reidar Jonsson’s semi-autobiographical trilogy.
It tells the story of a boy and his brother who are sent to live with relatives, while their mother recuperates from illness.

It was nominated for 2 Oscars at the 1988 ceremony (despite being made in 1985) – Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.  
Brasse shared his nomination with Lasse Hallstrom, Reidar Jonsson and Per Berglund. The film lost the screenwriting and directing Oscars to The Last Emperor. 

- Rhett Bartlett

Karel Cerny, Oscar winning art director for Amadeus, has died aged 92.

Karel Cerny, who won the Best Art Direction Oscar in 1985 for Amadeus, has died aged 92 at his residence in Tabor. 
He shared the award with Patrizia von Brandenstein (who was the first female recipient of the award).

He was also Art Director on Milos Forman’s ‘The Firemen’s Ball’ (1967), and ‘Black Peter‘ (1964).
In 2013, he was the recipient of the Czech Lion Lifetime Achievement Award.