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It was with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of composer James Horner at just 61 years old. Horner died in a plane crash, piloting a small aircraft that went down a day ago in California. The composer is a multiple Oscar winner, taking home Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Titanic, marking just one of his many collaborations with filmmaker James Cameron. All told, Horner was nominated by the Academy ten times, with various other nominations and wins to his credit. He was a well respected musician and giant in the industry, so he will certainly be missed in a big way. Horner was cited by the Academy for his work on not just Titanic, but also Aliens, An American Tail, Apollo 13, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Field of Dreams, as well as House of Sand and Fog. All of the »
- Joey Magidson
On Monday, legendary film composer James Horner died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara in which he was apparently piloting. Horner, who composed classic films such as Aliens, Avatar, Apollo 13 and Titanic touched millions of people around the world with his unforgettable scores.
Céline Dion, who sang "My Heart Will Go On" co-written by Horner for the movie Titanic, said:
"Rene and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of James Horner. He will always remain a great composer in our hearts. James played an important part in my career. We will miss him. We offer his family and friends our deepest sympathy."
Fellow composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) had this to say about Horner:
"It is a tragedy for all composers to hear about James Horner's accident. We have lost one of our most talented and respected colleagues. His music will remain always. »
The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.
From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):
Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.
He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for »
- Michelle McCue
Composer James Horner, who won two Oscars for the music of “Titanic” and scored such other blockbusters as “Avatar,” “Braveheart,” “Apollo 13″ and “A Beautiful Mind,” has died, Variety has confirmed. He was 61.
Horner was one of the most popular film composers of the last 30 years, and his “Titanic” soundtrack – with its hit Celine Dion song, “My Heart Will Go On,” written with Will Jennings – became the biggest-selling movie-score album of all time, selling an estimated 30 million units worldwide.
He scored more than 100 films in all and was often in demand for big popcorn movies. Most recent were “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Karate Kid” remake, but he also scored “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and “Aliens.”
He was born Aug. 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, the son of production designer Harry Horner. He spent his formative years in London, »
- Jon Burlingame
The two-time Oscar winner's assistant Sylvia Patrycja confirmed his death on Facebook, while frequent collaborator Ron Howard paid tribute to Horner on Twitter.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Patrycja said. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support."
Director Howard wrote: "Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones."
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department received an emergency call at 9.30am local time on Monday (June 22), reporting a plane crash in the Los Padres national forest.
Earlier, Horner's attorney Jay Cooper said: "It was his plane and if he wasn't in it, he would've called."
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. »
A plane belonging to famed film composer James Horner has crashed in Santa Barbara today, with the pilot killed on impact.
Multiple news outlets are now confirming that the 61-year-old composer was indeed the pilot. The crash started a one-acre brushfire and the cause is being investigated.
Horner is responsible for countless memorable scores such as "Aliens," "Titanic," "Avatar," "Apollo 13," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Sneakers," "Braveheart," "Commando," "Cocoon," Field of Dreams," "A Beautiful Mind," "The Mask of Zorro," "Willow," "The Name of the Rose," "An American Tail," "Glory," "Patriot Games," "48 Hrs," "The Rocketeer," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Deep Impact," "Legends of the Fall," "Troy," "Courage Under Fire," "Ransom," and "Jumanji".
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The forthcoming drama also examines Fischer's troubled personal life as he began to slip into anti-us fervour and anti-Semitism that would dominate his later years.
Pawn Sacrifice opens on September 18 in the Us. »
This will be a reunion for Zwick and Cruise, who previously collaborated on the Academy Award-nominated war film The Last Samurai in 2003.
His deal with Paramount could also include the hiring of Last Samurai co-writer Marshall Herskovitz to work with him on Never Go Back as well.
Netflix is doing the friendly thing of letting us know what movies and TV shows it's taking off of its streaming service, but the bad news is, you only have a matter of days to watch some of these! Leaving the service are a lot of great '90s flicks like Cool Runnings, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, and Se7en, so get to watching. There are a few that won't be removed until later in the month, so take a look at the list and see what you need to watch first, then get excited for the new stuff coming in March! Movies 3 Ninjas: Kick Back Air Bud Anaconda Arachnophobia Brokedown Palace Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams Cool Runnings Emma Evita Fireproof Freaky Friday Fright Night Girlfight Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Jackass: Number Two Lords of Dogtown Old Yeller Ordinary People Out of Time Pretty in Pink »
What's leaving Netflix in March? Well, the streaming service is expiring a slew of movies and TV shows, with a big chunk of the departing titles belonging to the Cartoon Network -- you'll see those say bye-bye at the end of the month. From what we can tell, that's about it in terms of TV exiting Watch Instantly.
As for movies, the clock is ticking for favorites "Dumb and Dumber," "Fright Night," Desperado," "Seven," "Pretty in Pink," "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," and "The Muppet Movie," which will all be pulled in the monthly purge.
Here's the complete list of titles that will vanish from your streaming list (pending any sort of meddling time-travelers). And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in March 2015.
Leaving March 1
"3 Ninjas: Kick Back" (1994)
"Air Bud" (1997)
"Brokedown Palace" (1999)
- Tim Hayne
By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mexico's Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki on Sunday night became only the second-ever cinematographer to win back-to-back Oscars. Accepting the Academy Award for his work on Alejandro G. Inarritu's Birdman after last year winning the same honor for Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, he followed in the footsteps of John Toll. Toll won the cinematography Oscar for Legends of the Fall (1994) and Braveheart (1995), respectively. Read More Oscars: 'Birdman's' Dp Reveals Most Challenging Aspect of "Single Take" Shoot Lubezki, born in Mexico City in 1964, earlier this month in London also won his second BAFTA in as many years. Toll
- Georg Szalai
If Oscar were a beauty pageant (we know it feels like that sometimes but it's not) the previous winner in each category would have to hand over their tiara Oscar to the next winner. In that case let's hope the world's favorite Dp is ambidextrous since he is probably passing the statue to... himself. After years of worthy nominations without winning, the genius Dp Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, who won last year for Gravity, could well win again for another virtuoso turn that's also an aesthetic triumph. But how common are back-to-back wins exactly in the cinematography categories? It used to happen on occasion when there were two cinematography categories (black & white, and color) and thus twice the number of winners but once the category was fused in 1967, it's only ever happened once: John Toll did it in the 1990s with Legends of the Fall and Braveheart.
Still it's hard to »
- NATHANIEL R
The American Film Institute is probably best known for those lists of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time (y'know... if it's an American production in some way). Well, every year they hold their own awards, because every group of people has to have awards. They recognize the ten best films (for this year, it's eleven due to a tie) and the ten best television programs of the year. There are not winners in these categories, but each one gets celebrated. On that front, I kind of like the AFI approach to awards. Along with the awards, AFI has put together this four and a half minute montage chronicling the last 120 years of film. Now, it would be ridiculous to cover every single year. Instead, they start with 1894's Strong Man and jump every ten years, showcasing films like Rear Window, The Godfather: Part II, Pulp Fiction, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind »
- Mike Shutt
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