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Curtis Hanson, director of 8 Mile and Wonder Boys, has passed away

09.21.2016

Curtis Hanson, the Oscar-winning writer/director of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, 8 MILE, IN HER SHOES and WONDER BOYS has died. TMZ reports that he passed away due to “natural causes. He was 71.

The filmmaker suffered for many years with Alzheimer's, and since retired from the film community in 2011. The last film he worked on was the surfing drama CHASING MAVERICKS, which Hanson had to drop out of, and was replaced by Michael Apted. But despite the fact he wasn’t able to do anything recently that doesn’t mean he didn't leave behind an incredible body of work.

His defining feature will always be L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, the searing, terrificallyacted neo-noir detective story. Not only does it feature an Oscar-winning performance from Kim Basinger, but Hanson won Best Adapted Screenplay (shared with Brian Helgeland). In 1997 the film was a refreshing take on a worn genre, being as much an entertaining thriller as it was an exposé of the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles. Today, it remains an inspiration for many similar films that follow it.

After that he went on to tackle many other films of varying styles, including the rap drama 8 MILE (which starred Eminem and won him an Oscar for the song LOSE YOURSELF), the black comedy WONDER BOYS, and the drama IN HER SHOES witn Toni Collette and Cameron Diaz.

However different his films, there is one trait Hanson brought to all of them, and it spoke volumes to his depth as a human being: the ability to see something in people that no one else ever thought to look for. CONFIDENTIAL was the first big American film done by Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce, two young, amazing talents the studio was worried about hiring; He cast Robert Downey Jr. in WONDER BOYS when the actor was considered too much of a liability; and he made a movie around Eminem, a controversial rapper who had more soul than anyone was giving him credit for. His ability to see the true talent in people is what brings out the power in his movies, and what has given him his place in film history.

Source: TMZ

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2:46PM on 09/24/2016
Great filmmaker. I didn't realize he had Alzheimer's. L.A. Confidential is a classic and 8 Mile is a guilty pleasure of mine.

RIP
Great filmmaker. I didn't realize he had Alzheimer's. L.A. Confidential is a classic and 8 Mile is a guilty pleasure of mine.

RIP
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7:10PM on 09/21/2016
RIP
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12:09PM on 09/21/2016

Sad news

I know he made better films but I still enjoy The Hand That Rocks The Cradle.
I know he made better films but I still enjoy The Hand That Rocks The Cradle.
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10:03AM on 09/21/2016

Wonder Boys is one of my all time favorite movies

I wish more people would have seen Wonder Boys because it's so good and deserves the attention L.A. Confidential got.
I wish more people would have seen Wonder Boys because it's so good and deserves the attention L.A. Confidential got.
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9:28AM on 09/21/2016
I had no idea the man had Alzheimers. Wonder Boys is one of my go-to movies whenever I need a good laugh. L.A. Confidential is a pretty brilliant adaptation of Ellroy's novel, and the one that put Hanson on my radar. He was one of those directors whose work generally caught my attention because by and large it was all pretty different. RIP.
I had no idea the man had Alzheimers. Wonder Boys is one of my go-to movies whenever I need a good laugh. L.A. Confidential is a pretty brilliant adaptation of Ellroy's novel, and the one that put Hanson on my radar. He was one of those directors whose work generally caught my attention because by and large it was all pretty different. RIP.
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8:51AM on 09/21/2016
This really is a tragic news. I really like L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys. May you rest in peace, Mr. Hanson. RIP.
This really is a tragic news. I really like L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys. May you rest in peace, Mr. Hanson. RIP.
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8:16AM on 09/21/2016
The guy was really talented on the wide spread of projects he took on. Wasn't the busiest guy in the industry, but I respected everything he did.
The guy was really talented on the wide spread of projects he took on. Wasn't the busiest guy in the industry, but I respected everything he did.
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7:53AM on 09/21/2016

VAYA CON DIOS

thank you for giving me so many hours of happiness with your movies !
thank you for giving me so many hours of happiness with your movies !
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