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George Hickenlooper: The Mayor Of The Sunset Strip Interview, 2004

22 December 2010 12:05 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(Rodney Bingenheimer, the subject of Mayor Of The Sunset Strip, and Andy Warhol, above.)

Filmmaker George Hickenlooper passed away on October 29, 2010, at the way too early age of 47. This is an interview I did with George in 2004, around the release of his documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip, which I consider one of the very best films ever made about the entertainment industry and one of my Top 20 Films of the past decade. Hickenlooper's last film, Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey, has just been released. This article originally appeared in Venice Magazine.

With Mayor of the Sunset Strip, George Hickenlooper takes us on a tour of the modern history of celebrity, via the life of legendary pop music impresario Rodney Bingenheimer.

By Terry Keefe

Filmmaker George Hickenlooper clearly loves the dreamers that drive the entertainment industry, but he's also very familiar with how Los Angeles can eat them alive. Many »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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"Casino Jack," Reviewed

17 December 2010 7:02 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

We meet Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff in a public restroom. He's brushing his teeth and looking at himself in the mirror when he suddenly bursts into a monologue, a statement of principles brimming with anger and defiance. "Mediocrity," he tells himself, "is where most people live. It is the disease of the dull. I will not allow the world I touch to be vanilla!"

This is how the Abramoff biopic "Casino Jack" begins. It throws down the gauntlet and announces that it will not fall into the trap of so many bland ripped-from-the-headline biopics, and you have to admire the fact that director George Hickenlooper had the chutzpah to put himself and his film out there like that. But sadly, "Casino Jack" just doesn't measure up to its own yardstick of success. Despite some decent performances and a great true story, it is a vanilla mediocrity. Certainly watchable, but also instantly forgettable. »

- Matt Singer

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George Hickenlooper died from accidental painkiller overdose

23 November 2010 1:47 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Factory Girl director died aged 47 after taking prescription drug with alcohol, coroner rules

Film-maker George Hickenlooper died from an accidental overdose after taking a prescription painkiller with alcohol, a coroner has ruled.

The 47-year-old director of films such as Factory Girl and the acclaimed Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, died suddenly in Denver last month. At the time it was reported that he had suffered a heart attack.

However, the Denver medical examiner's office said yesterday that Hickenlooper, who had been in the city to promote his latest film, died after taking ethanol and oxymorphone, which affected his central nervous system and breathing. The coroner said an autopsy found the director had a "moderately enlarged" heart, which, when combined with his sleep apnea, were "significant contributing factors to death".

Actors such as Kevin Spacey, who stars in Casino Jack, Hickenlooper's final film, expressed their regret following the director's death. »

- Ben Child

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'Casino Jack' Poster for George Hickenlooper's Final Film (Exclusive)

2 November 2010 7:20 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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Fairly appropriate for Election Day, and sadly as we mourn the film's director, George Hickenlooper, we present you with the official poster for the political comedy 'Casino Jack.' The one-sheet features Kevin Spacey, who stars as corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, front and center amidst a red-white-and-blue-themed design. Also showcased are co-stars Kelly Preston, Barry Pepper (as Mike Scalon, coupled with another glimpse at Spacey) and Jon Lovitz, who looks quite miserable in a neck brace. Hickenlooper, who died suddenly this past Saturday, gets proper recognition for what is unfortunately his final film. His name is very prominently and largely printed in two separate spots.

With 'Casino Jack' Hickenlooper dramatizes the true story of the Abramoff scandal in a way that's surprisingly balanced and fun, according to Scott Weinberg's review from the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie premiered in September. You'll "have a »

- Christopher Campbell

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'Casino Jack' Poster for George Hickenlooper's Final Film (Exclusive)

2 November 2010 7:20 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Cinematical

Fairly appropriate for Election Day, and sadly as we mourn the film's director, George Hickenlooper, we present you with the official poster for the political comedy 'Casino Jack.' The one-sheet features Kevin Spacey, who stars as corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, front and center amidst a red-white-and-blue-themed design. Also showcased are co-stars Kelly Preston, Barry Pepper (as Mike Scalon, coupled with another glimpse at Spacey) and Jon Lovitz, who looks quite miserable in a neck brace. Hickenlooper, who died suddenly this past Saturday, gets proper recognition for what is unfortunately his final film. His name is very prominently and largely printed in two separate spots.

With 'Casino Jack' Hickenlooper dramatizes the true story of the Abramoff scandal in a way that's surprisingly balanced and fun, according to Scott Weinberg's review from the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie premiered in September. You'll "have a »

- Christopher Campbell

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'Casino Jack' Director George Hickenlooper Found Dead at 47

1 November 2010 10:14 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Over the past couple months the festival circuit has been graced by the presence of director George Hickenlooper, the man behind such films as the Apocalypse Now behind-the-scenes documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, Factory Girl and, most recently, Casino Jack starring Kevin Spacey as hated lobbyist Jack Abramoff. However, whilst in Denver, Colorado visiting his cousin, mayor John Hickenlooper, and attending yet another film festival, The New York Times reports that the filmmaker was found dead over the weekend. At 47 years-old, Hickenlooper has apparently died of natural causes and no foul play is expected. Read on! As far as his friends and family are aware, Hickenlooper had not been experience any health problems  and the director had been quite energetically, and excitedly promoting Casino Jack at various film festivals in Toronto, Austin and other U.S. locales. Documentarian Mogran Spurlock even chronicled some of his festival activities in »

- Ethan Anderton

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Factory Girl director George Hickenlooper dies aged 47

1 November 2010 7:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film-maker dies after reportedly suffering heart attack in Colorado, where he was promoting Kevin Spacey film Casino Jack

George Hickenlooper, the director of films such as Factory Girl and acclaimed Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, has died suddenly in Denver following a reported heart attack. He was 47.

Hickenlooper, who according to his family had not been aware of any health problems, was found dead on Saturday morning having apparently died in his sleep. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. The film-maker had been in Colorado to promote new film Casino Jack, a drama about the disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Kevin Spacey, who plays the lead role, said he was distressed to be writing a statement about a man he had expected to see next week in Los Angeles. "It is with great sadness that I have to even think about writing about George in this way, »

- Ben Child

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Release Dates: 'Conan' Remake, '21 Jump Street,' 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' and More

31 October 2010 9:55 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

New release dates for upcoming films have been arriving at a fast and furious pace and in the past few days, on top of the updated Universal release schedule there have been several new dates announced and or shuffled around. I have detailed six of them directly below along with accompanying information for each.

Title: 21 Jump Street

Release Date: March 16, 2012

Films Releasing the Same Day: Contraband

Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Cast: Jonah Hill

Storyline: The film, based on the TV series that launched Johnny Depp, follows a group of baby-faced cops who go undercover at high schools.

Title: Conan

Release Date: August 19, 2011

Films Releasing the Same Day: Fright Night and Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World

Director: Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th)

Cast: Jason Momoa, Bob Sapp, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Said Taghmaoui, Rose McGowan

Storyline: The story opens on the battlefield where Conan »

- Brad Brevet

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Hickenlooper: 'Indie Film Has Become Pottery-Barn Cinema'

31 October 2010 12:51 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

George Hickenlooper, who abruptly died at 47 in Denver on Saturday morning as he was preparing for a film festival screening of his new film “Casino Jack,” had a career that spanned genres. He made acclaimed documentaries, including the “Apocalypse Now” chronicle “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” and “The Mayor of the Sunset Strip.” His short films include “Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade,” which was expanded into Billy Bob Thornton’s Oscar-winning feature “Sling Blade.” And he made narrative features, among them his tale of model and Andy »

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Casino Jack director George Hickenlooper dies in Denver

31 October 2010 10:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

George Hickenlooper, who won an Emmy Award in 1992 for directing Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, has died. He was 47.

In a statement Saturday, Denver mayor and Colorado Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper says his cousin died of apparent natural causes.

Los Angeles-based George Hickenlooper was in Denver for the premiere of his latest film, Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey as American lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Other films directed by Hickenlooper include Factory Girl starring Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick, documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip that profiled pop star impresario Rodney Bingenheimer and last year's documentary Hick Town, based on footage shot while he followed his cousin around during the Democratic National Convention in 2008. »

- Associated Press and Cineplex Staff

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Emmy-Winning Director Dead at 47

31 October 2010 9:15 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

George Hickenlooper, who won an Emmy Award for the documentary "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," has died. He was 47.

The filmmaker was found dead Saturday in Denver, Co, where he was premiering his new film "Casino Jack" at the Starz Denver Film Festival. Hickenlooper's cousin, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who is running for governor of Colorado, said in a statement his cousin died of natural causes, The Denver Post reports.

"We are devastated," John Hickenlooper said in a statement. »

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George Hickenlooper RIP

31 October 2010 9:02 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

We’ve had some sad departures from the world of filmmaking recently, but most of the deaths have been people who reached healthy old ages. Which makes the death of writer/director George Hickenlooper, at the age of 47, all the more tragic. Hickenlooper died suddenly on Friday night, as he was in Colorado, supporting his cousin’s political campaign.Hickenlooper had also been kicking off the press rounds for his latest film, the drama Casino Jack, which saw Kevin Spacey playing real-life disgraced American lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is currently languishing in prison.But the filmmaker was probably best known for something he controversially didn’t always get credit for – making Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, which he worked on with Fax Bahr and Eleanor Coppola, and which chronicled the infamously tough production process for Apocalypse Now. He made his fictional directing debut with Grey Knight, which saw a »

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Filmmaker Hickenlooper Dies

31 October 2010 7:08 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Factory Girl director George Hickenlooper has died. He was 47.

The filmmaker was found dead on Saturday, police have confirmed.

Hickenlooper was in Denver, Colorado for the premiere of his latest movie, Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey and Kelly Preston, reports the Associated Press. No further details of his death were available as WENN went to press.

He won an Emmy Award in 1992 for Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, about the making of the movie Apocalypse Now, and also directed Andy Garcia and Sir Mick Jagger in The Man from Elysian Fields. »

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George Hickenlooper, filmmaker, dead at 47

30 October 2010 5:30 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

George Hickenhooper, known for producing films such as the making-of documentary "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" about "Apocalypse Now," has died. He was 47.

The filmmaker was found dead in Denver Saturday morning (Oct. 30) and appears to have died from natural causes with no foul play suspected, reports the Denver Post.

Hickenlooper was in town to premiere his latest film, "Casino Jack" on Thursday at the Starz Denver Film Festival with his cousin, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. The film stars Kevin Spacey as corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

"Shock and sadness do not begin to describe our emotions. We are devastated," says Mayor Hickenlooper in a statement. "George had immense creative talents and cinematic gifts, but he was so much more than that to us and all his family. His passion for life, zeal for people and unquenchable curiosity enriched everyone who had the fortune to know him. We will miss his sense of humor, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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R.I.P. George Hickenlooper

30 October 2010 3:01 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Director George Hickenlooper has passed away at age 47. Best known for directing the 1991 documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse--on the making of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now--Hickenlooper was preparing for the release of Casino Jack. The Hickenlooper-directed drama stars Kevin Spacey as disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. George was so excited to see the picture finds its way to release through Ato Pictures, after showing it at numerous festivals this year, and he was particularly proud of the performance turned in by Spacey. The film will open December 17 in New York and Los Angeles. He leaves behind a son, Charles. Suzanne Hickenlooper, his ex-wife, said: "George was a loving father and provider. He had a great creative talent, a generous spirit, and loved life and people more than anyone I know. Charles and I will miss him very much." Hickenlooper's cousin, John, who is currently running for Governor of Colorado, »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Filmmaker George Hickenlooper Dead At 47

30 October 2010 2:48 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

American filmmaker George Hickenlooper, known for directing "Factory Girl," the documentary, "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," and co-directing "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" with Fax Bahr, among many other pictures, was found dead this morning according to the Denver Post. The 47-year old filmmaker, a cousin of Denver mayor John Hickenlooper who confirmed his passing, was in the city preparing to unveil his his latest film, "Casino Jack" starring Kevin Spacey, at the Starz Denver Film Festival. The director evidently died of natural causes in his sleep according to the report and comments on his Facebook page. His last… »

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Filmmaker George Hickenlooper Passes Away at 47

30 October 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The Denver Post is reporting that filmmaker George Hickenlooper was found dead this morning in Denver, where he was about to premiere his latest movie Casino Jack starring Kevin Spacey as jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, at the Starz Denver Film Festival. He was just 47 years old. George Hickenlooper first made his mark in 1991 with the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse about the problems Francis Ford Coppola experienced while making his war film Apocaylpse Now . Ironically, the director would run into his own problems with his 2006 film Factory Girl starring Sienna Miller as Eddie Sedgwick, but not before making dozens of acclaimed documentaries and dramatic feaures including Mayor of the Sunset Strip and The Man from Elysian Fields . The »

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Contest: Win Apocalypse Now on Blu-ray!

18 October 2010 12:20 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Apocalypse Now will make its debut on Blu-ray on October 19 and we certainly have to celebrate this new 1080p release. We have a brand new contest running and we're giving away copies of this new highly-anticipated Bd release. You know these high-def discs will go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.

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In the Vietnam War epic, Martin Sheen stars as Army Captain Willard, a troubled man sent on a dangerous top-secret mission into Cambodia to assassinate a rogue Green Beret, Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has barricaded himself in a remote outpost. As Willard ventures deeper and »

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Exclusive from Apocolypse Now Blu-ray: Laurence Fishburne's Audition Clip

8 October 2010 2:28 PM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Next Tuesday, October 19, the Apocalypse Now Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition Blu-ray goes on sale (Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux / Hearts of Darkness). Its more than nine hours of bonus material includes interviews with on-screen and behind-the-scenes talent. It also includes audition footage for Laurence Fishburne, who had lied about his age and was only 14 when the movie began shooting. Watch Fishburne's audition below.

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Exclusive Apocalypse Now Blu-ray Clip

30 September 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Apocalypse Now is making its way to Blu-ray on October 19 in a 2-Disc Set and 3-Disc "Full Disclose Edition." ComingSoon.net has a clip from the 3-Disc "Full Disclose Edition" featuring Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter John Millius discussing the use of music in the film, including Wagner and the helicopter attack scene. Both Blu-ray versions contain Apocalypse Now and Apocalypse Now Redux with more than nine hours of bonus material including new interviews with on-screen and behind-the-scenes talent. The 3-Disc "Full Disclosure Edition" will include the making-of feature documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse as well as even more brand new bonus features. Also, this version features a 48-page collectible booklet with a »

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