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In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016

30 December 2016 11:16 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.Hector BabencoArgentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of

We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.

Hector Babenco

Argentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.

He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985), for which he earned a best director Oscar nominee and William Hurt earned an Oscar win for best actor.

Babenco went on to direct Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Ironweed (1987) and Tom Berenger and John Lithgow in At Play In The Fields Of The Lord (1991).

After undergoing cancer treatment in the 1990s, he returned to the director’s chair for films including Brazilian prison »

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Michael Cimino, Controversial Director Of "The Deer Hunter" And "Heaven's Gate", Dead At 77

3 July 2016 7:34 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cimino and star Kris Kristofferson on the set of the ill-fated production of "Heaven's Gate".

 

By Lee Pfeiffer

Michael Cimino, whose fast rise to royalty in Hollywood was matched only by the sudden demise of his career, has died at age 77. He was born in Long Island and entered the film business with his first success as the co-writer of the 1973 Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry sequel "Magnum Force". (He had previously written the screenplay for the sci-fi cult film "Silent Running" starring Bruce Dern.) Eastwood was suitably impressed and gave Cimino the opportunity to make his directorial debut with the buddy crime caper "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot". Released in 1974, the film was a hit and helped launch Jeff Bridges to stardom with the Oscar nomination he received. In 1978 Cimino released his ambitious Vietnam War epic "The Deer Hunter" starring Robert De Niro and newcomer Meryl Streep. The politics of the big »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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‘The Deer Hunter’ director Michael Cimino dies aged 77

3 July 2016 3:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Michael Cimino, the director who brought us such classics as The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate has died at the age of 77.

Cimino directed eight films during his career. His debut was the Clint Eastwood-led Thunderbolt and Lightfoot in 1974, followed by The Deer Hunter just four years later in 1978. Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken starred in the Vietnam movie which garnered five Oscars including Best Film the following year. The film is most famous for its often replicated Russian roulette sequence.

Cimino went on to direct Year Of The Dragon, The Sicilian (also with Walken), Desperate Hours, The Sunchaser and a segment in the 2011 ensemble piece To Each His Own Cinema. Cimino also wrote the Dirty Harry movie Magnum Force and Douglas Trumball’s cult classic Silent Running.

No cause of death has been released, though Cimino’s body was said to have been found »

- Paul Heath

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Michael Cimino dies at 77

3 July 2016 2:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscar-winning writer-director was widely acclaimed for The Deer Hunter but fell from grace with Heaven’s Gate.

Michael Cimino, the Oscar-winning Hollywood writer-director best known for The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate, has died at age 77.

Press reports said that Cimino’s body was found at his Los Angeles home on Saturday (July 2), with the cause of death yet to be determined.

Cimino started his career in television commercials and as a screenwriter, with credits including 1972 sci-fi tale Silent Running and 1973 Clint Eastwood crime thriller Magnum Force. He made his directing debut on 1974 Eastwood comedy drama Thuderbolt and Lightfoot, which he also wrote.

He rose to prominence as director of 1978 Vietnam war story The Deer Hunter, on which he also got a story credit. The film won five Oscars, including best picture and best director for Cimino himself.

Two years later, however, Cimino’s reputation took a hit when Heaven’s Gate, which he wrote »

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Micheal Cimino dead at 77

3 July 2016 2:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscar-winning writer-director was widely acclaimed for The Deer Hunter but fell from grace with Heaven’s Gate.

Michael Cimino, the Oscar-winning Hollywood writer-director best known for The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate, has died at age 77.

Press reports said that Cimino’s body was found at his Los Angeles home on Saturday (July 2), with the cause of death yet to be determined.

Cimino started his career in television commercials and as a screenwriter, with credits including 1972 sci-fi tale Silent Running and 1973 Clint Eastwood crime thriller Magnum Force. He made his directing debut on 1974 Eastwood comedy drama Thuderbolt and Lightfoot, which he also wrote.

He rose to prominence as director of 1978 Vietnam war story The Deer Hunter, on which he also got a story credit. The film won five Oscars, including best picture and best director for Cimino himself.

Two years later, however, Cimino’s reputation took a hit when Heaven’s Gate, which he wrote »

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Michael Cimino, best remembered for 'Heaven's Gate,' is gone

2 July 2016 9:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are days where the Internet feels like the most ghoulish game of telephone ever, particularly when the word starts to spread that someone notable has died. Edgar Wright was the first one I saw mention the death of Michael Cimino this afternoon, quoting a Tweet by Cannes luminary Thierry Fremaux, who announced, “Michael Cimino died peacefully, surrounded by his family and these two women who loved him. We loved him also.” Without question, Cimino’s career was defined by one remarkable high and one remarkable low, and to some degree, his career is the perfect illustration of what happened as film culture moved from the ‘70s to the ‘80s, and part of what makes him such a fascinating figure is how questionable every “fact” about him was. Cimino was a mystery in many ways, and when he made his debut as a director with Thunderbolt & Lightfoot, he looked like »

- Drew McWeeny

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Michael Cimino: A Filmmaker Who Dared to Dream Big

2 July 2016 5:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s easy to think of the 1970s as a time of things falling apart. The counterculture was still doing its slow-burn flameout, and most of the decade lingered under the twin shadows of Vietnam and Watergate, which together blew a hole in our collective sense of faith. The great American filmmakers of the era — directors like Coppola, Scorsese, Altman — responded by holding a mirror up to our doubt and alienation. Yet as dark as some of their movies could be, the New Hollywood was never about tearing things down. It was about looking at the place that America had become and seeing it as something stirring and redemptive, tragic and effusive, intimate and grand. It was about picking up the pieces of a broken but still exhilarating landscape and finding, within them, a new kind of American dream.2

When it came to that mission, no filmmaker of his time dreamed bigger than Michael Cimino, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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R.I.P. Michael Cimino (1939 – 2016)

2 July 2016 4:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Michael Cimino, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind the 1978 classic The Deer Hunter, has passed away aged 77, with Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, tweeting that he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family and the two women who loved him.”

Part of the ‘New Hollywood’ wave of filmmakers in the 1970s, Cimino began his feature film career co-writing the sci-fi Silent Runner and the Dirty Harry sequel Magnum Force. He made his feature directorial debut with 1974’s Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, which he also scripted, before directing and producing the Vietnam war epic The Deer Hunter. The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture.

Following the success of The Deer Hunter, Cimino went on to make the western Heaven’s Gate, a huge critical and commercial failure which almost bankrupted United Artists and left the filmmaker’s reputation in tatters. He would go on to direct just »

- Gary Collinson

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Michael Cimino, The Deer Hunter director, dies aged 77

2 July 2016 3:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Den Of Geek Jul 3, 2016

Michael Cimino, one of Hollywood's most infamous directors, has died at the age of 77.

Michael Cimino, who went from genius auteur with his Oscar-winning Vietnam film The Deer Hunter to to Hollywood pariah with the painfully accurate western Heaven’s Gate, has died at the age of 77.

The news was announced via Twitter by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux, who said Cimino died in peace with the people closest to him. It has since been confirmed by friends.

Cimino directed eight films in his career. His first film was Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring Clint Eastwood, in 1974. Cimino’s second was The Deer Hunter, which won five Academy Awards, including best picture and director. His third was Heaven’s Gate in 1980, which is blamed for the collapse of United Artists.

Michael Cimino was born in New York City on February 3, 1939. He initially picked up work directing television commercials. »

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Michael Cimino, 'The Deer Hunter' Director, Dead at 77

2 July 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Michael Cimino, the Academy Award-winning director and cinematic visionary behind films like The Deer Hunter and Heaven's Gate, died Saturday.

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux first announced news of Cimino's death, tweeting that Cimino died surrounded by family members. A representative for the director could neither "confirm nor deny" whether Cimino had died. No cause of death was provided. Cimino was reportedly 77.

"I cannot believe Michael Cimino has passed away too," director Edgar Wright tweeted."'Thunderbolt & Lightfoot' is one of my favourite films. R.I.P."

After beginning his career in art and advertising, »

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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

2 July 2016 2:47 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It had been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.”

The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene — and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach’s “Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of ‘Heaven’s Gate.’

“Heaven’s »

- Anne Thompson

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Remembering Michael Cimino, Dead at 77

2 July 2016 2:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It had been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.”

The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene — and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach’s “Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of ‘Heaven’s Gate.’

“Heaven’s »

- Anne Thompson

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Michael Cimino, ‘Deer Hunter’ and ‘Heaven’s Gate’ Director, Dies at 77

2 July 2016 1:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Cimino, who won Oscars as director and a producer of “The Deer Hunter” before “Heaven’s Gate” destroyed his career and sped up the demise of 60-year-old United Artists, has died. He was believed to be 77.

Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux tweeted the news Saturday, writing that he died in peace surrounded by those close to him and the two women who loved him. “We loved him too,” wrote Fremaux.

Michael Cimino est mort, en paix, entouré des siens et de ces deux femmes qui l'aimaient. Nous l'aimions aussi. pic.twitter.com/emPv4nj5cZ

— Thierry Fremaux (@Thierryfremaux) July 2, 2016

His birthday is usually cited as Feb. 3, 1939, though many facts about Cimino’s life, including his birthdate, were shrouded in conflicting information. 

Cimino directed eight films in his career. His first film was 1974’s “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot”; his second was the 1978 Vietnam War masterpiece “The Deer Hunter,” which won five Academy Awards, »

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