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Oscar-nominated actor Sir John Hurt has died

The Oscar-nominated actor Sir John Hurt has died aged 77. After a career that spanned over 50 years in television, film and voice work, the actor received Academy Award nominations for playing a heroin addict in "Midnight Express" and the tortured John Merrick in David Lynch's "The Elephant Man." The latest role was a difficult task: he endured eight hours in the makeup chair daily to transform into John Merrick.

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature

Bob Dylan, 75,  was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Doing this, the Swedish Academy dramatically redefined the boundaries of literature, setting off a debate about whether song lyrics have the same artistic value as poetry or novels. “Bob Dylan is in the 2 percent club of songwriters whose lyrics are interesting on the page, even without the harmonica and the guitar and his very distinctive voice.

Peter Blatty, the man who wrote “The Exorcist”, died aged 89

The writer and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, the man who wrote The Exorcist, died late this week at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, aged 89, of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. "The Exorcist" was published in 1971, followed two years later by the film of the same name. It  was a best-selling novel and Oscar-winning movie the first horror film  nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Polish film director Andrzej Wajda has died at 90

Polish film director Andrzej Wajda has died aged 90 in hospital of lung failure after being put into a medically induced coma in recent days. He made more than 40 feature films in a career spanning 60 years. Many films, as Kanal, Man of Marble, Man of Iron and Katyn were inspired by Poland's turbulent wartime and communist history.

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