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Former Studio Executive John Calley Dies at 81

Former studio executive and producer John Calley died Tuesday at the age of 81 after battling cancer.

During his 50-year career, Calley was the chairman and chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment and studio chief at MGM/United Artists and Warner Bros.

Sony Pictures will hold a memorial service in his honor. Further details will be announced.

Calley is survived by his daughter Sabrina Calley and step-children Emily Zinnemann, David Zinnemann and Will Firth from his marriage to Meg Tilly.

Below is an obit from Sony Pictures Entertainment:

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LAFCA President Simon Says: Inception Not on my Top Ten

On Sunday, October 24th, members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association will gather to decide who is going to receive their 2010 Career Achievement award. As with all matters involving LAFCA, the man at the helm of the proceedings will be President Brent Simon, truly one of the nicest-guy film critics out there.

Because LAFCA has had a history with this award and others of thinking outside the publicist box – past Career kudos for example have gone to editor Dede Allen, cinematographer Conrad Hall, executive John Calley and French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo – they are fairly impervious to the full-court PR press. But that doesn’t mean it won’t get heated this coming weekend.

“We frequently have around two dozen Career candidates,” reveals Simon via e-mail interview with FishbowlLA. “Any member who nominates an individual speaks for a bit about their reasoning, and we typically have at least eight to ten solid candidates who garner the majority of the vote. Sometimes, candidates make strong showings several years in a row before being selected. Other times, they remain perennial bridesmaids.”

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LAT in 90 Seconds

hosen.jpgThe Story You Wish You Wrote: In high schools all over L.A., influential drama, cinema and music teachers are retiring, after decades of shaping students who grow up to be accomplished industry titans. Shawn Hubler had the sense to profile one of them.

calley.jpgAre There Editors Left At The LAT? And do any of them read the online Photo Galleries before they go live? The Studio Chief Scorecard is a cute idea — and we’re guessing it took more work than the reporters and photographers had initially anticipated, but what’s with the wording? In the entry for former Sony president John Calley, the LAT sums up his future projects this way: “A Da Vinci sequel and a few other projects in development, but Calley is looking old.” Looking old? He began producing films 40 years ago. How’s he supposed to look?

silverm.jpgBen Silverman To Bring More Tetas To NBC: Apparently the new NBC honcho is bringing the tits, and this Meg James story kinda makes him sound like an ass.