Died Today (September 20th) – Director Curtis Hanson (1945–2016)

curtishanson.jpgCurtis Hanson (1945–2016)

Born: March 24, 1945 in Reno, Nevada, USA
Died: September 20, 2016 (age 71) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Oscar Winner for Best Screenplay (LA Confidential)

“For me, all good stories are about awareness. Self-awareness and lack of it, of how you get there and how you might fail to get there. Even Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) is about that to a degree. People discover who they are and what they’re all about by meeting their doppelgängers. I have deliberately tried to mix it up in my movies, because I enjoy visiting different worlds. However, thematically, I find that things keep coming up. Self-examination to begin with. You know, who am I, how did I get here and how do I become a better version of myself. Self-destructiveness, because that is the beginning or negation of self-examination”.

A River Wild
1994
dir. Hanson
Starring
Streep
Kevin Bacon
LA CONFIDENTIALLA Confidential
1997
dir. Hanson
starring
Crowe
Guy Pearce
Kevin Spacey
WONDER BOYSWonder Boys
2000
dir. Curtis Hanson
Starring
Michael Douglas
Holmes
LUCKY YOULucky You
2007
dir. Hanson
Starring
Eric Bana
Barrymore
Robert Duvall
MOVIE POSTERCHASING MAVERICKS
dir. Curtis Hanson
Stars:
Jonny Weston
Gerard Butler
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RIP Actor Anton Yelchin (best of his work)

antonyelchin.jpgActor Anton Yelchin died tragically today at the age of 27. It was a freak accident. Read more about the story.

Born: March 11, 1989 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]

Died: June 19, 2016 (age 27) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Best of his work:

 

 

THE BEAVER
dir. Jodie Foster
Stars:
Mel Gibson
Jodie Foster
MOVIE POSTERFRIGHT NIGHT
dir. Craig Gillespie
Stars:
Anton Yelchin
Colin Farrell
Star TrekStar Trek
2009
Directed by
Abrams
Starring
Chris Pine
Zachary Quinto
Terminator 4: Salvation
2009
dir. Mc G
Starring
Bale
Sam Worthington
MOVIE POSTERTHE SMURFS 2
2013
dir. Raja Gosnell
Stars:
Neil Patrick Harris
Jayma Mays
MOVIE POSTERSTAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
2013
dir. J.J. Abrams
Stars:
Chris Pine
Zachary Quinto
MOVIE POSTERTHE SMURFS
dir. Raja Gosnell
Stars:
Hank Azaria
Katy Perry
MOVIE POSTERALPHA DOG
2006
dir. Nick Cassavetes
Stars:
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
2014
dir. Jim Jarmusch
Stars:
Tom Hiddleston
Tilda Swinton