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Not all Hollywood blockbusters are about rampaging dinosaurs, time-traveling cyborgs or spandex-clad heroes.
Some big-budget movies get by just fine focusing on real-life moments of danger and drama. "Apollo 13" is one of those films.
Released 20 years ago today on June 30, 1995, here are 20 things you need to know about how director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks worked to deliver one of the best space movies in the history of always.
1. It may be one of the most iconic lines in movie history, but "Houston, we have a problem" isn't exactly what was said during the mission. Jim Lovell actually said, "Houston, we've had a problem." The edit was made for the film because "we've had" implies that the problem is over.
2. On that note, Jim Lovell wasn't the only astronaut to speak that famous line. Jack Swigert first radioed in with "Okay, Houston -- we've had a problem here. »
- Phil Pirrello
Two-time Oscar winner James Horner, whose emotive scores for modern classics including Titanic and Braveheart cemented him as one of Hollywood’s most adored composers, died in a California plane crash Monday, his agency, Gorfaine/Schwartz, has confirmed. The Los Angeles native was 61.
A beloved figure in the entertainment industry, Horner was perhaps best known for his work on the 1997 film Titanic, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. The James Cameron-directed romance led to two Oscar wins for Horner – one for original dramatic score, and the other for original song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings and performer Celine Dion) for “My Heart Will Go On.” His score sold 27 million copies worldwide, becoming a financial phenomenon in the composing world.
Horner is believed to have been flying a single-engine S312 Tucano turboprop plane when the vehicle crashed in a remote area approximately 60 miles from Santa Barbara, killing the pilot. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sandy Cohen, AP Entertainment Writer
Los Angeles (AP) - James Horner, who composed music for dozens of films and won two Oscars for his work on "Titanic," died when his plane crashed in Southern California, his agents confirmed Tuesday. He was 61.
Agents Michael Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz issued a statement saying Horner had died, although official confirmation could take several days while the Ventura County coroner works to identify the remains of the pilot, who was the only person on board.
People who fueled the plane at an airport in Camarillo confirmed that he took off in the aircraft Monday morning, said Horner's attorney, Jay Cooper.
The S-312 Tucano MK1 turboprop crashed and burned in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Horner's credits ran the gamut From big-budget blockbusters to foreign-language indies. He even composed the theme song for the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. »
- The Associated Press
James Horner, Academy Award nominee for Best Music (Original Score) for the film Avatar, arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 7, 2010. ©A.M.P.A.S.
On Monday, composer James Horner died in a plane crash outside Santa Barbara, California. He was 61.
“No matter how [‘Titanic’] turned out, and no one knew at that point — it could have been a dog — I knew it would be a great score.”
“I was doing a lot of thinking about James when I heard the news and I checked online. The beginning and end of his filmography are films that he did, or would have done, with me. It’s a curious bookend. We both started out on the same film in 1980, and his last listed films are the Avatar sequels, »
- Michelle McCue
When I was in middle school, I had a copy of "Aliens" on VHS -- not an official VHS, mind you, but a shabby taped copy of an edited TV airing with all the cursing taken out. Didn't matter. I knew it was a masterpiece. In addition to Sigourney Weaver's legendary, Oscar-nominated performance and James Cameron's brilliant direction, one major element kept me coming back again and again: James Horner's thrilling, indelible score. As we previously reported, Horner is feared to have died in the crash of his single-engine plane near Santa Barbara, California on Monday, and it's first and foremost a huge loss for his loved ones, most importantly his wife Sarah and two daughters. It's also a loss, no doubt, for filmgoers. In addition to his "Aliens" score -- which brought him the first of a total of ten Oscar nominations -- Horner composed the »
- Chris Eggertsen
Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the death of Oscar-winning film composer James Horner who died yesterday when his single engine airplane crashed 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, California. Horner was piloting the plane and there were no passengers. It is not immediately known what caused the tragic accident. Horner won the Oscar for his score for the 1997 James Cameron blockbuster "Titanic". He was also nominated for Cameron's "Aliens" and "Avatar" as well as "Braveheart", "A Beautiful Mind", "An American Tail", "Field of Dreams", "Apollo 13" and "House of Sand and Fog". The 61 year-old composer's other scores include "Glory", "Patriot Games", two "Star Trek" feature films and the 1990 Disney film "The Rocketeer". He was working on the score for Cameron's sequels to "Avatar" at the time of his death. For more click here. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
I sensed early on with "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" that James Horner was going to become the finest film composer of his generation. He boldly seized the Jerry Goldsmith mantle head on and made it his own. Now, after his tragic plane crash near Santa Barbara Monday morning, I can proclaim it online: His scores were epic, intimate and emotionally and spiritually transcendent. And he was prolific, scoring more than 100 movies since the late '70s, highlighted by "Titanic" (for which he received two Oscars for score and the blockbuster hit song with Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On," co-written by Will Jennings), "Avatar," Braveheart," "Apollo 13," "Aliens, "A Beautiful Mind," "Field of Dreams," "Glory," "Brainstorm" and "Cocoon." But there were also such gems as "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "The Dresser," »
- Bill Desowitz
Composer James Horner, who won Oscars for his score and theme tune ("My Heart Will Go On") for 1997 Best Picture champ "Titanic," died in a plane crash on Monday. His assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, confirmed his death on Facebook, writing, "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved." Horner, a long-time collaborator with "Titanic" helmer James Cameron, also contended for his scores to the director's "Aliens" (1986) and "Avatar" (2009). Among his 10 Oscar nominations in total were bids for his music for two other Best Picture winners: "Braveheart" (1995) and "A Beautiful Mind" (2001). He also contended for two other Best Picture nominees -- "Field of Dreams" (1989) and "Apollo 13" (1995) -- as well as the song ""Somewhere Out There" from "An American Tail" (1986) and the score..."' »
The list – and the music - goes on. And on. And on.
Oscar-winning film composer James Horner, who was killed in a plane crash on Monday, was a face you may not recognize, but his music, expertly woven through some of your favourite films, was instantly recognizable and memorable.
A composer with over 150 credits to his name, brought us everything from the music for Titanic’s Oscar-winning tune “My Heart Will Go On” to childhood favourites like An American Tail’s “Somewhere Out There.” It’s hard to narrow down a such a storied career into a top 5 or top 10 list of film scores because his music touched so many movies and genres.
A long-time collaborator with Ron Howard, the »
- Rachel West
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
James Horner, the Academy Award-winning film composer responsible for the unforgettable scores from films like Titanic, Braveheart and Avatar, died Monday in a plane crash outside Santa Barbara, California. He was 61. While early reports stated that a single-engine plane owned by the composer had crashed into a remote area, it was later confirmed that Horner was piloting the plane and was the crash's lone fatality.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Horner's assistant Sylvia Patrycja wrote on Facebook (via The Hollywood Reporter). "He died doing what he loved. »
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. »
Oscar-winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, CA. He was 61 years old.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Sylvia Patrycja, identified on Horner's film music page as his assistant, was the first to confirm the musician's death.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."
Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified.
Horner's greatest financial and critical success would come with the score to the 1997 film Titanic. The album became the best-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack in history, selling over 27 million copies worldwide. »
James Horner, the film composer known for his work on "Titanic," "Braveheart" and "Field of Dreams," died on Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61 years old. Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified. For his work on the 1997 Best Picture winner "Titanic," directed by James Cameron, Horner won the Oscar for original dramatic score, and he took another Academy Award for original song for "My Heart Will Go On," performed by Celine Dion. His score for "Titanic" sold a whopping 27 million copies worldwide. His relationship with Cameron also got him Oscar nomination for "Aliens" and "Avatar." The pair were also working on the "Avatar" sequels." Horner's 158-film resume also includes "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan »
Composer James Horner, who worked with James Cameron on Aliens, Titanic and Avatar, with Ron Howard on Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind and who was also nominated for Oscars for his scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and House of Sand and Fog, has died at the age of 61. The plane he was piloting alone went down near Santa Barbara, California on Monday morning. Alan Menken, the award-winning composer (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid), says, "I count James Horner among the very best film composers of our generation. His work is stirring, emotionally powerful and broadly evocative." We're collecting more tributes and remembrances. » - David Hudson »
He is reported to have been alone aboard a two-seater private plane, which crashed north of Santa Barbara in California around 9.30am on Monday (June 22).
The crash caused a brush fire that had to be put out by firefighters, according to local fire authorities.
His personal assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, wrote on Facebook: “We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.”
Horner was nominated for several Oscars during his career for best original scores and original songs.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Fans, colleagues and friends have paid tribute to James Horner, who died in a plane crash on Monday (June 22) at the age of 61.
Digital Spy has collected just some of the messages coming in from the world of film, music and entertainment honouring the prolific movie musician.
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
My sincere condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of James Horner. #abeautifulmind
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 23, 2015
There is nothing that shaped my movie-going experience more than the musical genius of James Horner. He will live on through the ages.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 23, 2015
Composer James Horner, who crafted scores for a number of classics over the years such as Glory, Braveheart, Apollo 13 and Titanic, died Monday morning at 61 when the aircraft he was piloting went down outside of Santa Barbara. The plane was registered under Horner's name but identification was only recently made and then confirmed by his assistant, Sylvia Patrycja. James Horner's... Read More »
- Sean Wist
James Horner, the award-winning composer responsible for the music of Titanic, Avatar, Apollo 13, Field Of Dreams, several Star Trek movies and many more, was killed in a plane crash on Monday at the age of 61.Horner was born in Los Angeles in 1953, the son of Harry, a production designer. But the younger Horner’s passion was music, and he spent his formative years in London, attending the Royal College Of Music before returning home to study for his bachelor’s degree in music at USC and post-graduate honours at UCLA.He began his career working on short films for the American Film Institute and on low-budget films, breaking in with the likes of Lewis Teague’s The Lady In Red and Barbara Peeters’ Humanoids From The Deep. Roger Corman hired him to write music for Battle Beyond The Stars and he worked with a young Oliver Stone on The Hand. »
Very sad news to report tonight as composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. Reports came in earlier this evening that a small aircraft registered to Horner had crashed and that the pilot had been killed. THR reports that his assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, has confirmed Horner’s death. "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Patrycja posted on Facebook on Monday night. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road." Horner won an Oscar for Best Score for Titantic and for Best Original Song for “My Heart Will Go On”, the anthem for every teenage girl who saw that movie a hundred times. That may seem like hyperbole, but the score sold over 27 million copies worldwide. Horner, who worked frequently with James Cameron, was also nominated »
- Matt Goldberg
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