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Michael Mantenuto, who starred in Disney’s 2004 film “Miracle,” has died. He was 35. According to Boston station Wcvb, the actor was found dead in his car by police in Des Moines, Washington. The King County medical examiner’s office in Seattle determined his death resulted from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, TMZ reported. Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, commander of Mantenuto’s Us Army’s First Special Forces Group, announced his death, Wcvb said. Also Read: Jonathan Demme, Director of 'Silence of the Lambs,' Dies at 73 “Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his passionate love for his »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme died Wednesday morning from complications from esophageal cancer. He was 73. Director Jonathan Demme Dies At 73 “Sadly, I can confirm that Jonathan passed away early this morning in his Manhattan apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanne Howard, and three children,” Demme’s publicist said. Demme began his career working for producer Roger […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
(Psst… that means hush it up for a sec, wax lion.)
“I loved it so much,” says Caroline Dhavernas, who currently stars in Lifetime’s Mary Kills People and played Dr. Alana Bloom in Fuller’s Hannibal. Back in 2004, though, she was Jaye Tyler, a lovably grumpy recent Ivy League graduate who »
Jodie Foster is paying tribute to legendary director Jonathan Demme following his death on Wednesday. The actress released a touching statement to media outlets mourning the loss of the groundbreaking filmmaker, and celebrating his impressive life and legacy. Watch: Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘Philadelphia’ Director, Dies at 73 “I am heartbroken to […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Jonathan Demme, the personable film director who graduated from making "B" movies for Roger Corman to the highest ranks of Hollywood filmmakers, has died from cancer at age 73. His remarkable career covered an impressively diverse number of films ranging from documentaries to comedies and thrillers. He won the Oscar for Best Director for his 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs". His other credits include "Stop Making Sense", "Melvin and Howard", "Philadelphia", "Crazy Mama", "Handle with Care", "Last Embrace", "Something Wild", "Swimming to Cambodia", "Beloved" and the 2004 remake of "The Manchurian Candidate". For more click here. »
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The actress released a touching statement to media outlets mourning the loss of the groundbreaking filmmaker, and celebrating his impressive life and legacy.
"I am heart-broken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you’d have to design a hurricane to contain him," Foster shared. "Jonathan was as quirky as his comedies and as deep as his dramas. He was pure energy, the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative. Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul."
"[He was] most beloved, something wild, brother of love, director of the lambs," she continued. "Love that guy. Love him so much."
Foster delivered one of her career-defining performances as rookie FBI Agent Clarice Starling »
The Talking Heads lead singer and guitarist recounted his experiences with Demme filming the footage that would eventually be turned into “Stop Making Sense,” a now-iconic concert doc shot at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre. Byrne highlighted how Demme was able to think of the movie as a “theatrical ensemble piece” and reflected on his ability to make the band feel included.
“Jonathan was also incredibly generous during the editing and mixing,” he said. “That inclusion was hugely inspirational for me. Though I had directed music videos before, this mentoring of Jonathan’s emboldened me to try making a feature film.”
- Erin Nyren
Kerry Turman, the bassist for The Temptations, died on Sunday. He was 59. The musician was pronounced dead after performing at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Saturday night, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. The Temptations had been playing on the road with the Beach Boys for the Surf & Soul Tour. The group announced his death via their official Facebook page, with a message saying: “The Temptations lost a dear member of our family, as bass player Kerry Turman has passed away. Rest In Peace, much love, much respect.” Also Read: Jonathan Demme, Director of 'Silence of the Lambs, »
- Debbie Emery
I first met Jonathan at the Toronto Film Festival. I was on stage midway through a Q&A moderated by Cameron Bailey when we noticed a slender gentleman on the aisle, waving frantically. I remember the question revolving around sound — the sound design, soundtrack, the score. What I said in response I’m less sure of because, some words into my answer, Cameron blurted: “Wait… is that Jonathan Demme?”
It was indeed. Afterward, Jonathan found me in the lobby. We hugged and, immediately, it felt as though I’d known him for decades. As I got to spend more time with him throughout the fall, I realized that was simply Jonathan Demme — always open, forever giving. A hug was not simply a hug, it was a coming together, a binding.
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I tried calling him Mr. Demme, and he demurred something crazy. »
- Barry Jenkins
Sad news today as Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, has passed away at the age of 73 due to complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease. He is survived by his wife and three children. One glance at Demme's filmography and you'll see an incredibly versatile slate that ranged from B-movie roots, like his Roger Corman-produced directorial debut, Caged Heat, to comedy, like his 1988 hit Married to the Mob, to music, for his work with Bruce Springsteen over the years, to his dramas, like the Oscar-winning Philadelphia, and to his thrillers, like Silence of the Lambs, for which he won a Best Director Oscar. Demme was the kind of filmmaker who commanded whatever genre he was working in at the time, continually jumping...
- Erik Davis
The Lion King, Cars 3, the Jurassic World sequel, and more make our daily news roundup!The Lion King, Cars 3, the Jurassic World sequel, and more make our daily news roundup!Zachary Dent4/26/2017 4:37:00 Pm
Today's roundup is a big one! We have a couple new trailers, news on the Lion King remake, new info on the Jurassic World sequel, some more news involving M. Night Shyamalan's next project, and a farewell to Jonathan Demme who was one of the most well regarded directors in cinema.
Lightning McQueen is back! The first official trailer for Cars 3 dropped today. McQueen has endured the biggest car wreck of his life and a new generation of racers are leaving him in their dust. But with a little help from trainer and racing technician Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), McQueen sets out to prove that #95 is still the best there ever was, »
- Zachary Dent
The great filmmakers who came to prominence in the 1970s — and Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday, was one of them — had stylistic traits that made them iconically identifiable. Robert Altman had his multi-character hubbub, Martin Scorsese had his volcanic rock ‘n’ roll virtuosity, and Francis Ford Coppola had his lavishly scaled operatic grandeur. But Demme, vivid and stirring as his filmmaking voice was, had no such obvious signature. You could almost say that he was defined by his lack of signature.
What defined a Demme film was the open-eyed flow of its humanity, the way his camera drank in everyone on screen — it didn’t matter whether the character was a goofy truck driver, a derelict billionaire, the troubled wife of a mobster, a new wave rock ‘n’ roller, or a serial killer — and took the full measure of their life and spirit. For Demme, the magic of movies resided »
- Owen Gleiberman
Jonathan Demme has passed away at age 73, leaving behind a legacy of amazing films. Thanks to modern technology, you can now host your own Demme film festival by streaming many of his biggest hits. Check out where to stream the cream of the crop below.
*”The Manchurian Candidate” (2004) — Watch it Here
*”Who Am I This Time?” (from “PBS’ American Playhouse”) (1982) — Watch it Here
*”A Master Builder” (2014) — Watch it Here
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*”Citizen’s Band” (1977) — Rent it Here
*”Stop Making Sense” (1984) — Rent it Here
*”Swing Shift” (1984) — Rent it Here
*”Married To The Mob” (1988) — Rent it Here
*”The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) — Rent it Here
*”Philadelphia” (1993) — Rent it Here
*”Beloved” (1998) — Rent it Here
*”Storefront Hitchcock” (1998) — Rent it Here
- William Earl
Jonathan Demme’s love of rock ‘n roll and an uncanny ability to capture the spirit of individual artists has been evident throughout his career. He revolutionized the concert film, used soundtracks to drive his films, and turned non-musical stars into performers.
Here’s ten videos that capture just one side of this amazing artist’s brilliance.
“Pyscho Killer,” Talking Heads
Arguably, the greatest and most important concert film of all-time, “Stop Making Sense” not only showcases the uniqueness of the Talking Heads, but their theatricality, invention and sense of cinema – referencing a number of classic films. The introduction to the movie is a pure Demme and David Byrne creation, with a gentle nod to “Dr. Strangelove.”
The Big Suit in “Girlfriend is Better,” Talking Heads
- Chris O'Falt
The news of Jonathan Demme‘s death, while remarkably sad, has had at least one positive effect: across the film world and on social media we’ve seen an outpouring of love for one of our most versatile and effective filmmakers, one that’s unique for commending the artist and person. Take a quick look at the films and you’ll start to understand why. His treatment of people, how he photographed actors and allowed them to express a range of emotion that’s rare in any kind of art, would overpower viewers, and not always in the most obvious ways. How many of us saw Silence of the Lambs at a young age and were particularly moved by a series of close-ups whose place and effect we’d fail to describe? How much more easily could Beloved or Philadelphia just been social-issue movies if they weren’t such direct »
- Nick Newman
The Directors Guild of America calls the death of “iconic director” Jonathan Demme “devastating for us” and his enthusiasm “a memory we will always treasure.” Demme was a member of the DGA since 1976 and winner of the its award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs. The statement from DGA President Paris Barclay notes that Demme served as a member of the guild’s President’s Committee on Film Preservation and received the DGA Honor in… »
One of Jonathan Demme’s final projects will pay tribute to the late director.
Demme helmed tonight’s episode of Fox’s police-shooting drama Shots Fired (airing at 8/7c), and the episode will honor him with an in-memoriam title card at the end, our sister site Deadline is reporting. Demme passed away on Wednesday after a bout with esophageal cancer at the age of 73.
Tonight’s episode of Shots Fired is the sixth for the series, and features a full-scale riot that erupts when tensions between citizens and local cops boil over. »
Jonathan Demme, dead of cancer at 73. It's hard to take in those words.
Or to stop feeling the gut punch of his loss. High praise will flow, deservedly, about Demme's virtuosity as a filmmaker; about the Oscars he won for The Silence of the Lambs; about his concert films, from Stop Making Sense to Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, that brought audiences closer than ever before to the sweaty intimacy and creative pulse of music. His influence is everywhere. Paul Thomas Anderson was once asked for a list of the »
Edward Douglas Apr 27, 2017
Paul Feig took part in one of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Directors Series Tribeca Talks in New York earlier this week, being hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Michael Ché. While a wide variety of topics were covered from stand-up to working with women, one of the interesting things asked from the audience was when Feig might do a sequel to one of his hit comedies, whether it be Bridesmaids or The Heat or Spy. The latter two there had been talk about a sequel but he didn’t seem too optimistic that any of them might happen.
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"I haven’t done a sequel yet, and it’s not because ‘I’ll never do a sequel...’ These »
Late director Jonathan Demme’s horror masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs was only the third movie to sweep “The Big Five” at the Academy Awards when it took home trophies for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the 1992 ceremony.
More than a quarter-century later, the first horror movie in history to win Best Picture remains a pop culture touchstone. The serial-killer thriller starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins earned more than $272 million worldwide, launched multiple sequels and a television series, and continues to spook new viewers — who may or may not watch with »
- Stephanie Petit
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