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‘La La Land’ Scores Three Hollywood Music in Media Nominations

2 November 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

La La Land” has scored a leading three nominations for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for Justin Hurwitz’ score and two songs performed by stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

Stone, who plays an actress in the film, performed “Audition,” written by Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Gosling performed “City of Stars,” also written by Hurwitz, Pasek and Paul.

Other nominees for the Original Score award are Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka for “Lion”; Henry Jackman for “Birth of a Nation”; Mica Levi for “Jackie”; Nicholas Britell for “Moonlight”; and Rupert Gregson-Williams for “Hacksaw Ridge.”

The other four nominees for Original Song are “Dancing with Your Shadow” for “Po,” written by Burt Bacharach, performed by Sheryl Crow; “Down With Mary” for “Too Late,” written & performed by John Hawkes;  “Rules Don’t Apply” for “Rules Don’t Apply, written by Eddie Adkins and Lorraine Feather, performed by Lily Collins »

- Dave McNary

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Director Curtis Hanson Dies at Age 71

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

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R.I.P. Curtis Hanson (1945-2016)

21 September 2016 6:11 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

An Oscar winner, and one of the finest purveyors of Hollywood blockbuster fare, director Curtis Hanson passed away yesterday at the age of 71.

Few stories of high school dropouts take on the trajectory that Hanson’s did, with the filmmaker first getting behind the camera as a photographer, moving into writing, and in 1973, directing his debut feature film, “Sweet Kill.” His first string of pictures through the ’70s and ’80s were mostly genre efforts ranging from horror to family fare (“The Little Dragons“) to comedy (“Losin’ It” starring a young Tom Cruise), but in the 1990s, Hanson hit the creative and commercial sweet spot.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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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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