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Cinematheque Francaise's Costa-Gavras and Toubiana Honor Hopper

The Cinematheque Francaise's Costa-Gavras and Serge Toubiana pay tribute to Dennis Hopper, who was the subject of a recent exhibition at the Cinematheque--which besides its archives and screening program, boasts a must-see cinema museum in Paris. DENNIS HOPPER, 1936-2010 News of Dennis Hopper’s death, at his home in Venice, California, reached us on Saturday, 29 May and deeply saddened us. He was 74. We had the immense good fortune to be his hosts at the Cinémathèque Française in October 2008, for the opening of an exhibition devoted entirely to him: “Dennis Hopper et le Nouvel Hollywood.” Dennis Hopper showed great courtesy to our staff and the many journalists who questioned him about his life and career, placing himself entirely at their disposal. He also took great pleasure in conversing with the Cinémathèque audience, which was delighted to be meeting an idol and icon of world cinema.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2010 5:01 AM
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RIP: Cinematographer William Fraker

One of Hollywood's great cinematographers, William Fraker, succumbed to cancer Monday at age 86. While D.P.'s can be cranky, Fraker was known for his affability and exacting standards on sets, from Rosemary's Baby, Bullitt, 1941, Close Encounters and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to Tombstone and Heaven Can Wait. A Naval veteran of World War II, Fraker attended USC's School of Cinema under the G.I. Bill. He grew into one of the defining film talents to emerge in the 60s and worked productively well into his 80s: his last film was 2002's Waking Up in Reno.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 2, 2010 8:52 AM
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Dennis Hopper Dies of Prostate Cancer at 74; Obits and Clips

Dennis Hopper died on Saturday morning May 29 of complications from advanced prostate cancer; he was 74. When the young Kansan came to Hollywood in the 50s, he was mentored by James Dean, who brought him in to star in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. Hopper chafed under the constraints of the old studio system, where such directors as Henry Hathaway tried to tell him how to do his job on From Hell to Texas, The Sons of Katie Elder and True Grit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2010 10:09 AM
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The Late Great Lena Horne Sings Stormy Weather

Lena Horne has died at 92. Although she was not the first black performer under contract to a major studio, writes Aljean Harmetz in her NYT obit, "Horne was the first to make an impact." Here's Hollywood Elsewhere and the Boston Herald.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 10, 2010 3:50 AM
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Palevsky, Los Angeles Arts Philanthropist, Dies

Computer executive and arts philanthropist Max Palevsky died peacefully of heart failure at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday morning at 5 am, according to his family. His memorial service is planned for this Friday, May 7 at 2 pm at the Max Palevsky Aero Theater (which he rescued from destruction) at 1328 Montana Ave in Santa Monica.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 5, 2010 9:20 AM
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Lynn Redgrave Dies, Tough Time for Redgrave Family

I feel for the Redgrave family, which has suffered so much loss in a short period. Lynn Redgrave, the youngest daughter of the great acting family of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kemp, died Sunday night at age 67 at her home in Connecticut. Her recent autobiographical one-woman show Nightingale dealt with her battle with breast cancer. Here's indieWIRE, The Guardian and NPR.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2010 4:32 AM
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R.I.P. Dede Allen, One of Greatest Movie Editors Ever

We raised a glass to late editor Dede Allen at a Sunday brunch party given by author Cari Beauchamp, and talked about why Allen was such a big deal. Tim Appelo remembered that when John Hughes couldn't come up with an ending for Trains, Planes and Automobiles, he channelled Allen and flipped a few scenes around and constructed the perfect emotional pay-off for his movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 19, 2010 2:35 AM
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Could Catcher in the Rye Movie Happen?

Now that author J.D. Salinger has died at age 91, it's possible that the movie adaptation he so passionately opposed of The Catcher in the Rye could finally happen. He turned against Hollywood in 1949 after My Foolish Heart, adapted from his short story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut," was badly panned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2010 10:24 AM
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Biz Bids Farewell to Gentleman Journalist Archerd

Ex-Variety staffer and editor Amy Dawes attended Variety's memorial service for the late great columnist Army Archerd Monday night, attended by Hollywood vets Steven Spielberg, Sidney Poitier, Sharon Stone, Carl Reiner, George Schlatter, Angie Dickinson, Tom Sherak, Arthur Hiller, Hugh O’Brian and Julian Meyers, as well as Variety's Tim Gray, Peter Bart, Steve Gaydos and Bill Higgins, and ex-Variety staffers Michael Fleming, Michael Speier and Elizabeth Guider, now editor of The Hollywood Reporter.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 20, 2010 1:40 AM
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French New Wave Director Eric Rohmer Dies

French New Wave auteur Eric Rohmer is one of my favorite directors of all time. He has died, at age 89.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2010 7:48 AM
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