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The Drill Down 546: Farewell Paul Allen
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Paul Allen

On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, studies prove the FCC lied about Net Neutrality comments and NY state will investigate, Twitter releases Russia and Iran meddling tweets, Fortnite fights climate change, and Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen passes on… and more.

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Hollywood Legend Burt Reynolds Dies At 82
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Burt Reynolds Smokey and the Bandit

Burt Reynolds, who was one of the biggest superstars in Hollywood during the mid 1970s with theatrical hits such as Smokey and the Bandit and Deliverance, died today at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 82.

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Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Has Died
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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, a pioneer of R&B and Gospel music and who rightly earned the title of Queen of Soul, died today at her home in Detroit after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to CNN. She was 76.

The death of Franklin signifies an end to a life that was rich and robust, as colorful and full of memorable musical art as the woman herself. For over six decades, the singer’s instantly recognizable voice stretched to the emotional stratosphere and she became a titan not only in music, but provided a soundtrack, especially in her early superstar years, for a turbulent civil rights movement that was just at its peak during the late 1960s.

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Robby Müller, Celebrated Cinematographer Of ‘Repo Man’ and ‘Ghost Dog,’ Dies At Age 78
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Robby Müller

Robby Müller, the famed Dutch cinematographer responsible for shooting some of the greatest films of modern times — earning him the nickname “Master of Light” for his dazzling compositions of color and natural light — has passed away in Amsterdam just three months after celebrating his 78th birthday.

Müller’s family confirmed his death to the Dutch publication De Volksrant, stating that he had been seriously ill for a long time. As a cinematographer, Müller frequently worked with acclaimed directors like Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and Lars von Trier, applying his unique visual style to some of their best films.

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Science Fiction Writer Harlan Ellison Has Died At The Age Of 84
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Harlan Ellison Star Trek City On The Edge of Forever

Legendary writer Harlan Ellison passed away in his sleep on June 27, 2018 at the age of 84. Known as one of the most diverse science fiction writers of his time, Ellison worked in a variety of mediums during his career. Be it short stories, novellas, scripts, or comics, he was able to create some extraordinarily memorable works.

His attitude was probably what made him most famous within the literary world. He even referred to himself as “possibly the most contentious person on Earth.” Nonetheless his achievements were myriad and his fan base immense.

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Margot Kidder Has Died; Actress Played Lois Lane In The Christopher Reeve ‘Superman’ Films
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Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve

Margot Kidder, best known to legions of cinema-goers as Lois Lane in Christopher Reeve-starring Superman movies, died in her sleep on Sunday at her home in Montana, according to MSN. She was 69. At the time of this posting, the cause of death was not publicly disclosed.

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Remembering Musician Bob Dorough’s ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Legacy
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Multi-faceted and talented musician and composer Bob Dorough passed away last week. The 94-year-old is best remembered for his southern fried twangy voice on those superbly memorably catchy three-minute Schoolhouse Rock! songs, which taught generations how to do Math, English, Science, and History correctly with a verve and moxie that not only permeates throughout the songs, but also to this very day.

For many who were kids in the early 1970s, Schoolhouse Rock! was unlike any other program before or since. It became a Saturday Morning Television staple for over two decades. In terms of its look, the design, flavor, and direction, which was mired in a kind of urban meets suburban feel, the cartoon was pioneering alone. But it was the music that really sent it over the top, making it the now legendary and seminal program in the history of the medium educating children that Schoolhouse Rock! remains.

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Harry Anderson Has Died; ‘Night Court’ Star, Magician, Comedian Was 65
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Harry Anderson Night Court

Harry Anderson, the glib-huckster best remembered for his role as the Mel Torme-loving wisecracking Judge Harry Stone on the 1980s NBC sitcom Night Court, was found dead in his home in Asheville, NC, on Monday morning. He was 65 years old. No foul play is suspected by the police and no official cause of death has been released at this time, according to THR.

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‘Full Metal Jacket’ Actor R. Lee Ermey Has Died
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R. Lee Ermey Full Metal Jacket star

Full Metal Jacket star R. Lee Ermey died at a Santa Monica, CA, hospital on Sunday from complications from pneumonia. He was 74. The Kansas-born actor was best known for his Golden Globe-nominated role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Academy Award-nominated Vietnam film.

A real-life decorated military veteran, Ermey (born Ronald Lee Ermey) served 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent over a year in Vietnam rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He turned to acting in the late 1970s and passed away with over 120 credits on IMDb, including acclaimed film roles, as well as appearances on television, video games, and voice-acting credits.

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Fantasy Author Ursula K. Le Guin Has Died, Leaving A Little Less Magic In Our Lives
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Ursula K. Le Guin

[Ursula K. Le Guin photo by Jack Liu.]

It is with a heavy heart and a saddened soul that I write this tonight. Ursula K. Le Guin, renowned author of The Earthsea Cycle series and literally scores of other works like The Left Hand Of Darkness, has shuffled off this mortal coil. She died on Monday at her home in Portland, OR, according to the New York Times. She was 88.

While no cause of death was given, her recent failing health was no secret, though this news still comes as a shock to the literary world. She wrote often about magic, balance, and always layered in a sense of compassion to her works.

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