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Director Curtis Hanson Dies at Age 71

22 September 2016 11:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

One of the most celebrated film makers of the last four decades has died. Here’s how the New York Times reported it….

Curtis Hanson, the film director whose adaptation of the James Ellroy noir novel “L.A. Confidential” won him an Academy Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.

The death was confirmed by Officer Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. She said that officers had been called to the house shortly before 5 p.m., and that Mr. Hanson had died of natural causes.

Julie Mann, his business manager, said Mr. Hanson had been struggling for some time with a form of dementia.

 

 

Let’s take a look at his long career. His first screen credit is for helping to adapt H.P. Lovecraft’s short story in the 1970 American International Pictures’ The Dunwich Horror starring Sandra Dee and Dean Stockwell. »

- Jim Batts

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Curtis Hanson Rip: 1945-2016

21 September 2016 11:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Curtis Hanson--Confidentially

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Alex Simon

Curtis Hanson was my first interview with a fellow film buff and film journalist. He was nice enough to sit down with me twice, first at the Rose Cafe in Venice, then at a lunch spot in the Marina, the name of which has been lost to time. He was then kind enough to invite me to the world premiere of "L.A. Confidential" at the Chinese Theater as his guest, my first time on the red carpet at a real-life Hollywood premiere, and called me after this piece ran to thank me personally. A nice man. Hanson, and co-writer Brian Helgeland, would go on to win Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for "L.A. Confidential."

Years later, I ran into Hanson at a book signing party for Pat York that was held in Westwood. I approached him and reminded him of our interview a decade or so earlier. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Goodbye, Curtis Hanson

21 September 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Curtis Hanson, the Oscar-winning director of films including L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile, and In Her Shoes, has died. He was 71 years old. Hanson was born March 24, 1945 in Reno, Nevada but grew up in Los Angeles. After dropping out of high school, he pursued opportunities as a freelance photographer and editor of the now-defunct Cinema magazine before turning to screenwriting, which bore fruit with 1970's The Dunwich Horror, a Roger Corman-produced fright film that he co-wrote with Henry Rosenbaum and Ronald Silkosky. Hanson subsequently moved to directing with Sweet Kill, a 1973 horror film about a sexually-repressed man who finds gratification in murdering the women he sleeps with. That was followed by a string of other low-budget efforts in multiple genres, including Losin' It, a teen comedy starring a pre-Risky Business Tom Cruise.  Though he worked consistently through the '70s and '80s, Hanson wouldn't achieve mainstream recognition until »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Curtis Hanson, 8 Mile and L.A. Confidential Director, Passes Away at 71

21 September 2016 10:03 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Curtis Hanson, a beloved director who made hit films such as 8 Mile and L.A. Confidential, passed away last night at the age of 71. While no cause of death has been confirmed, initial reports reveal the filmmaker was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home last night, from an apparent heart attack. However, an Lapd spokesperson would not confirm that information, stating he died of "natural causes."

Variety reports that paramedics responded to a call regarding an unconscious man at the director's Hollywood Hills home at 4:52 Pm. The filmmaker was pronounced dead at the scene, although no further details were given. The filmmaker had been retired for the past few years, with his last film being the 2012 biopic Chasing Mavericks, and other reports claim he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Curtis Hanson was born March 24, 1945 in Reno, Nevada and he was raised in Los Angles. Despite his father »

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Curtis Hanson, Director of ‘8 Mile’ and ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71

21 September 2016 7:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Director Curtis Hanson, the man behind the modern neo-noir “L.A. Confidential” and the hip-hop drama “8 Mile,” died yesterday afternoon at the age of 71. According to Variety, he reportedly died of “natural causes” in his Hollywood Hills home.

Read More: Michael Apted Will Replace Ailing Curtis Hanson For Last Few Weeks Of Surfing Drama ‘Of Men And Mavericks’

Hanson got his start working for the legendary Roger Corman, first writing the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation “The Dunwich Horror” and then writing and directing his first feature “Sweet Kill,” about a man who kills women while sleeping with them for sexual gratification.

The director worked steadily through the 70s and 80s, collaborating with actors like Tom Cruise on the 1983 teen comedy “Losin’ It” and with Rob Lowe and James Spader in “Bad Influence.” But his first major success came in 1992 with the psychological thriller “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” about a »

- Vikram Murthi

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Curtis Hanson dies at 71 by Jennie Kermode - 2016-09-21 11:52:08

21 September 2016 3:52 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Curtis Hanson Photo: David Shankbone

Stars including Russell Crowe, James Woods and Tobey Maguire have today paid tribute to Curtis Hanson, who has died of natural causes at his Hollywood home. Aged 71, Hanson, whose films included L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys, is believed to have suffered from Alzheimer's disease for some years.

Crowe thanked the director for making his acting into a real carer, while others praised him in a similar way, with Eminem saying that Hanson had made him into an actor for 8 Mile. Rob Lowe, who starred in Bad Influence, described him as smart, kind and a great storyteller.

Hanson, who started out as a screenwriter with an adaptation of Hp Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror, was known for his eclectic interests. His other successes included The River Wild and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. He last worked in 2012, co-directing Chasing Mavericks with Michael Apted. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Curtis Hanson, director of L. A. Confidential, dies at 71

21 September 2016 2:38 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Very sad news being reported around the world this morning that Curtis Hanson has died of natural causes at the age of 71. The director began his Hollywood career co-writing the Roger Corman adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. He also worked as a journalist and talked about how this affected his work […]

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- Jon Lyus

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R.I.P. Curtis Hanson (1945 – 2016)

21 September 2016 12:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Osac-winning filmmaker Curtis Hanson has passed away aged 71, with the Los Angeles Police Department announcing that the L.A. Confidential director was found dead in his home on Tuesday. He had been battling Alzheimer’s, and died of natural causes.

Hanson began his career in 1970, co-writing an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror, and went on to writer, direct and produce a number of films before enjoying box office success in the 90s with The Hand that Rocks the Cradle and The River Wild.

In 1997, he earned critical acclaim for L.A. Confidential, which he directed, produced and co-wrote with Brian Helgeland, winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Hanson’s later projects included likes of Wonder Boys, 8 Mile and Lucky You, as well as his final film Chasing Mavericks, which he co-directed with Michael Apted in 2012.

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Newswire: R.I.P. Curtis Hanson, director of L.A. Confidential

20 September 2016 11:04 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Curtis Hanson, the Oscar winner who transformed James Ellroy’s sprawling crime opus L.A. Confidential into one of the most taut noir films of the last 20 years, has died. According to Variety, he was 71.

A screenwriter as well as a director, Hanson got his start penning an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, The Dunwich Horror, for career-launching mega-producer Roger Corman. Hanson would work with Corman again three years later, for his directorial debut, 1973’s necrophilia-themed B-movie Sweet Kill.

Hanson continued to write and direct steadily throughout the ’70s and ’80s, working with performers ranging from Elliott Gould and Christopher Plummer (in 1978’s The Silent Partner) to Tom Cruise, Shelley Long, and Jackie Earle Haley (in 1983’s Losin’ It.) In 1992, he directed Rebecca De Mornay and Annabella Sciorra in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, his first major success. The evil-nanny flick met with middling ...

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Curtis Hanson: 1945-2016

20 September 2016 9:46 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Sep 21, 2016

8 Mile, L.A. Confidential and Bad Influence director Curtis Hanson has died, at the age of 71.

Some sad news. The Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director Curtis Hanson has died at the age of 71.

Hanson’s career in film stretched back to the start of the 1970s, when he adapted H P Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror into a screenplay. Yet it was in the 1990s where he really found his groove. Between 1990 and 2002, he helmed Bad Influence, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, The River Wild, L A Confidential, 8 Mile and Wonder Boys. Each of them was either a critical or commercial success, a few of them both, and he would take home Oscar gold for his L A Confidential screenplay.

His final film was 2012’s Chasing Mavericks, that Michael Apted completed while Hanson recovered from complications arising from his heart surgery.

Hanson died of natural causes at his home in Hollywood. »

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Curtis Hanson, Director of ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71

20 September 2016 6:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Curtis Hanson, director of “L.A Confidential” and winner with Brian Helgeland of an Oscar for adapting James Ellroy’s novel, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home on Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. He was 71.

The official said paramedics responded to a call of an unconscious man at Hanson’s home at about 4:52 p.m. on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, it appears as though Hanson died of a heart attack; while the Lapd spokesperson could not confirm that specific information, he said Hanson died of “natural causes.”

He had been retired in recent years and was reported to be suffering from Alzheimer’s.

As a producer of the stylish 1997 period film, Hanson shared the nomination for best picture and was nominated for best director. The film won an Oscar for actress Kim Basinger, »

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

3 September 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

By the mid ‘60s, the glory days of Boris Karloff were far behind him. The gentle giant forever known as the screen’s original (and best) Frankenstein monster was relegated to appearing in disappointing quickies that squandered his immense talents. However, there were some twilight standouts: Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963), a couple of animated delights, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and Mad Monster Party? (1967), and his dignified portrayal of an aging horror star in Peter Bogdanovich’s debut, Targets (1968). Nestled in between (and often shown the door) was Daniel Haller’s Die, Monster, Die! (1965), an early, colorful, and fun foray into the world of H.P. Lovecraft.

Released by Aip in the Us in October on a double bill with Planet of the Vampires (Bava again), Die rolled out to theatres and drive-ins across the land, but had to wait until February to be released in England under the ghastly »

- Scott Drebit

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H.P. Lovecraft Anthology Series Being Developed by Legendary TV — Report

20 July 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

H.P. Lovecraft’s influence can be felt in countless writers, musicians and artists who’ve followed in the “weird fiction” exemplar’s footsteps, but the author’s work has rarely been directly adapted. Bleeding Cool reports that this may soon change, as Legendary TV is said to be answering the call of Cthulhu and creating an anthology series based on 16 of Lovecraft’s best-known works.

Read More: Poster Series Highlights the Greatest Movies Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch & More Never Made

Per the report, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott will serve as producers on the show — the first to receive the Lovecraft Estate’s blessing — with a pilot script from Matthew Francis Wilson. Key stories being adapted include “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Shadow Over Insmouth” and “The Dunwich Horror.”

Read More: Guillermo Del Toro “Not Giving Up” On Adaptation Of H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘At The Mountain Of Madness’

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- Michael Nordine

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H.P. Lovecraft Anthology Series Being Developed by Legendary TV — Report

20 July 2016 10:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

H.P. Lovecraft’s influence can be felt in countless writers, musicians and artists who’ve followed in the “weird fiction” exemplar’s footsteps, but the author’s work has rarely been directly adapted. Bleeding Cool reports that this may soon change, as Legendary TV is said to be answering the call of Cthulhu and creating an anthology series based on 16 of Lovecraft’s best-known works.

Read More: Poster Series Highlights the Greatest Movies Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch & More Never Made

Per the report, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott will serve as producers on the show — the first to receive the Lovecraft Estate’s blessing — with a pilot script from Matthew Francis Wilson. Key stories being adapted include “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Shadow Over Insmouth” and “The Dunwich Horror.”

Read More: Guillermo Del Toro “Not Giving Up” On Adaptation Of H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘At The Mountain Of Madness’

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- Michael Nordine

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Blu-ray Review: Murders In The Rue Morgue/The Dunwich Horror

4 April 2016 7:44 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Shock reviews yet another Aip double feature Blu-ray from Scream Factory. I’m confused, on occasion, as to the criteria that dictates which titles merit stand-alone Scream Factory discs and which ones are subject to getting stacked on these sorts of double feature releases. Take this pair of otherwise unrelated Aip potboilers, one a Poe-flavored would-be…

The post Blu-ray Review: Murders In The Rue Morgue/The Dunwich Horror appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Chris Alexander

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Review: "The Dunwich Horror" (1969) And "Murders In The Rue Morgue" (1971); Blu-ray Double Feature From Scream Factory

4 April 2016 3:52 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Hank Reineke

Though this welcome Scream Factory issue marks the first time Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971) and The Dunwich Horror (1969) have been made available on domestic Blu-ray, both films enjoyed a previous release on DVD as part of MGM’s long-suspended “Midnite Movies” series. Rue Morgue was first paired with Cry of the Banshee (1970) in 2003, with Dunwich and Die Monster Die! (1965) following in 2005. Though both of these earlier sets are now technically out-of-print, copies remain generally available. Regardless, the more discerning horror-film aficionado would be well advised to seek out this new Blu edition. Not only does Scream Factory’s HD master offer a significant upgrade in visual presentation, the studio has also restored bits of censored footage missing from the Y2K releases.

H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Dunwich Horror was written in the summer of 1928 and first published in the April 1929 issue of the appropriately titled Weird Tales magazine. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Off The Shelf – Episode 84 – New Blu-ray & DVD Releases For Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

31 March 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, March 29th, 2016.

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Follow-Up Kickstarter Projects: Ben Model, Disney Television Animation Don Hertzfeldt Blu-rays News The Iron Giant Kino Lorber: Teen Witch, The Mark of Zorro, Rawhide, 3 Bad Men, The Pit, Chandu The Magician Scream Factory: Bad Moon, Hell Hole, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf Warner Archive: Father of the Bride (1950), Devlin, The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Code Red: The Dark 88 Films: Drive-In Massacre Cinema Epoch: Private Lessons Eureka: Upcoming Titles Twilight Time April Preorders Links to Amazon Bicycle Thieves Blue Ice Chantal Akerman: Four Films Cherry Falls The City of the Dead Code 7, Victim 5 / Mozambique Concussion Confession of a Child of the Century Corruption Hidden Fortress Frightmare The Gong Show Movie Hateful Eight Murders in the Rue Morgue »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Contest: Win Murders In The Rue Morgue / The Dunwich Horror Double Feature on Blu-ray

26 March 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Two written works—one by Edgar Allan Poe and the other by H.P. Lovecraft—come to life on March 29th in Scream Factory’s double feature Blu-ray of Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Dunwich Horror, and we’ve been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Murders in the Rue Morgue / The Dunwich Horror double feature Blu-ray.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Murders in the Rue Morgue / The Dunwich Horror Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on April 1st. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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From the Press Release: “A pair of »

- Derek Anderson

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Murders In The Rue Morgue / The Dunwich Horror Double Feature Blu-ray Clips & Trailers

24 March 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue and H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror comes a Scream Factory double feature with the same names. Ahead of the Blu-ray’s release on March 29th, a Blu-ray clip and trailer for both films have dropped, and we have them to share with our readers.

From the Press Release: “A pair of horror’s most famous authors – Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft – provide the inspiration for a most diabolical double feature. Scream Factory presents two terrifying tales from literary legends with the release of Murders in the Rue Morgue & The Dunwich Horror on Blu-ray on March 29th, 2016. These two American International Pictures classics are now finally available for the first time on Blu-ray, in a release complete with new audio commentary with author and film historian Steve Haberman, and a stage tricks and screen frights featurette.

Your first »

- Tamika Jones

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Murders in the Rue Morgue / The Dunwich Horror

8 March 2016 9:11 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Look out! Here come two A.I.P. horror pix from the soggy end of the Poe cycle: the first features Jason Robards, an impressive cast and a disorganized storyline. The second is an almost-good Lovecraft horror with interesting performances from Dean Stockwell and Sandra Dee.     Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Dunwich Horror Blu-ray Color Scream Factory Street Date March 29, 2016 / 26.99

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Scream Factory's new double feature disc finishes off two different American-International horror series. The first picture is the last fright film made for the company by the directing and writing team of Gordon Hessler and Christopher Wicking. It's no gem, but it's a lot more interesting on a second viewing. The second is the company's final try to make that old joker H.P. Lovecraft into a filmic horror icon, like Edgar Allan Poe. It has a lot going for it, but also its own set of problems. »

- Glenn Erickson

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