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Two weeks ago, composer James Horner died after his private plane crashed in Southern California. He was 61, two decades younger than John Wiliams but with a resume not unlike the Maestro’s. A composer whose understated presence made his career more legend than legendary, Horner possessed an under-the-radar kind of genius that, short of two Oscar wins, seemed obvious only in hindsight. Braveheart, Glory, Titanic, Field of Dreams, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and The New World are all stunning examples of strong thematic composition, yet even Horner’s smaller ventures — in scores for Wolfen, Cocoon, or Battle Beyond the Stars — raised genre fare above B-movie status.
Horner could make the most out of the smallest things; he often had to, especially if that overnight deadline for Aliens is to be believed. He had deftness with nuance and complexity while always inviting the audience into those ideas, and »
- David Klein
Some of our most troublesome moments as children took place when one of our favorite characters died in Disney movies. Mufasa slipping to his untimely death? Tragic. But did you ever notice that Disney employs the "falling method" in more than one movie. No? Well, now you can't unsee how many times characters fall to their demises in these classic films. Typically, however, it's just the villains, which no one minds! The mashup created by Frank Ireland super-cuts all of the ways Disney managed to kill a villain without showing the gory aftermath or even the hero doling out the final blow. Films included are Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, The Fox and the Hound, Beauty and the Beast and many, many »
Character actor Richard (Dick) Bakalyan, who famously appeared in “Chinatown” as Loach, the partner of Jake Gittes’ former partner, who plays a key role in the movie’s climax, among many other films and TV shows, died in his sleep in Elmira, N.Y. on February 27 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 84.
Bakalyan was known for his broken nose and a streetwise twist of a phrase. Some fans might not remember the name, but everyone knew the face; they’d wave and call to him from cars or on the street. He said, “You have to the ride the horse you’re given” — a dedication to authenticity and subtlety that ensured his portrayal was always appropriate to the role and the scene.
- Variety Staff
This new version of Dumbo will blend CGI animation and live action in its tale of a bashful elephant's dreams of flying free above the heads of his tormenters.
This will be a reunion for Burton with Disney, having started his career as an animator and concept artist on films like The Fox and the Hound and Tron.
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