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Curtis Hanson Rip: 1945-2016

Curtis Hanson--Confidentially

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Alex Simon

Curtis Hanson was my first interview with a fellow film buff and film journalist. He was nice enough to sit down with me twice, first at the Rose Cafe in Venice, then at a lunch spot in the Marina, the name of which has been lost to time. He was then kind enough to invite me to the world premiere of "L.A. Confidential" at the Chinese Theater as his guest, my first time on the red carpet at a real-life Hollywood premiere, and called me after this piece ran to thank me personally. A nice man. Hanson, and co-writer Brian Helgeland, would go on to win Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for "L.A. Confidential."

Years later, I ran into Hanson at a book signing party for Pat York that was held in Westwood. I approached him and reminded him of our interview a decade or so earlier.
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Trends in 70's Cinema: Disaster Movies

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Let’s face it, most of us have a soft spot for things blowing up in movies, and for a long time movies have been happy to feed our appetite for destruction. But it wasn’t always that way.

I know it’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when explosions weren’t so common in movies. Back then, big-budget movies had dancing and singing, and everyone had a merry time. After WWII though, things started to change. In newspapers and magazines, Americans were being exposed to terrible images of war-torn Europe and Japan. This imagery was haunting, yet it sparked some imaginations. At first, Hollywood was careful not to glamorize it. They figured out a way to show massive destruction and violence while making it fun and moderately profitable instead of soul-crushing and distasteful. The 50’s became known for its low-budget cheese-fests; sci-fi B movies featuring such
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Shaw To Receive Posthumous Irish Honour

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Shaw To Receive Posthumous Irish Honour
Jaws star Robert Shaw is to be posthumously commemorated in his adopted homeland of Ireland.

The Oscar nominee was born in England, but lived in County Mayo for 10 years before his death in 1978, aged 51.

And residents have now decided to pay tribute to Shaw by erecting a plaque in his memory.

Resident Connie O'Toole reveals villagers will also mark the 30th anniversary of his death on 28 August by raising a drink to him at his favourite bar.

She says, "He drank in the local pub Paddy's. He just joined in at the bar like a local, he didn't want to be seen as a big Hollywood star.

"He was very down to earth, and mixed with the locals and the farmers. He was very well-liked."

Shaw's wife Virginia, and three of his children - Penny, Colin and Tom . will attend the unveiling of the memorial.

Shaw died of a heart attack during a break in filming of his last film, Avalanche Express.

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