James Cameron James Horner

The film world is still reeling from news of a plane crash that appears to have taken the life of Oscar-winning composer James Horner. I say “appears” because Horner’s own attorney remains unable to confirm the composer’s death, more than twenty-four hours after the crash. A statement was released, however, saying “Although we are all awaiting official confirmation that our dear friend and client James Horner was in fact the pilot, we are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that his single-engine aircraft was involved in a fatal crash yesterday morning in northern Ventura County.” A confirmation seems like a formality at this point, given everything we do know.

Other filmmakers are speaking out about Horner’s passing and his influence. James Cameron‘s film Aliens led to Horner’s first Oscar nomination and also caused a rift between the two men that wasn’t healed for a decade. The two reunited to work on Titanic, which led to two Oscar wins for Horner, and they paired again another decade later for Avatar.

Now Cameron has released an extensive remembrance of James Horner, some of which you can read below. Read More »

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James Horner Has Died at Age 61

James Horner dead

James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer whose scores are an integral part of films such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Aliens, Braveheart and Titanic, is dead after his personal plane crashed.

A small plane registered to Horner went down this morning outside Santa Barbara CA, killing the pilot and destroying the plane. Horner’s attorney confirmed to THR that the plane belonged to the composer, and multiple sources later confirmed his death. He was 61. Read More »

Peter Jackson Christopher Lee tribute

In case you haven’t heard, yesterday we lost big screen legend Sir Christopher Lee. The man who brought such gravitas to his iconic turns as Dracula and Frankenstein in decades past became a very familiar face to a much younger generation as a villain in both the Star Wars prequels and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His passing at 93 years old is truly a loss.

And to pay further tribute to the icon, director Peter Jackson took to Facebook for a touching tribute that just might bring a tear to your eye. Read the Peter Jackson Christopher Lee tribute after the jump. Read More »

Christopher Lee Has Died at 93

Christopher Lee in Lord of the Rings

Sad news this morning: Christopher Lee, known for his work in the Hammer Horror films as well as the James Bond, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings movies, has died. He was 93. Lee will be dearly missed, but he leaves behind a staggeringly accomplished career for us to remember him by. More on Lee’s passing after the jump. Read More »

Andrew Lesnie has died

Oscar-winning Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has died of a heart attack at age 59. Lesnie was Peter Jackson’s collaborator for fifteen years, and therefore has a significant authorship of the director’s exploration of Middle-Earth, in addition to his many other achievements. The Australian Cinematographers Society released a brief statement saying “We have been advised of the sudden death of Andrew,” and noted that his family would make an official statement soon.

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Albert Maysles dead

Albert Maysles, the documentary filmmaker who made films such as Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens, has passed away at the age of 88. Maysles was a master; a true auteur in the documentary form. As a brilliant observer and cinematographer, Maysles not only differentiated his films from the work of other documentarians, he set the standard for what all documentaries could be. He pioneered a movement. Read More »

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Leonard Nimoy Has Died at Age 83

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Leonard Nimoy, the actor of resolutely compelling voice whose performance as the Vulcan officer Spock gave him a decades-long career on Star Trek, died this morning in Bel Air at age 83. His death was confirmed by his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, who said the cause was was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had been hospitalized on Monday. Read More »

Richard Bonehill Nien Nunb

You may not know the name Richard Bonehill, but you know some of his most iconic roles. He played not only a Stormtrooper, Rebel Soldier, TIE Pilot, a Tauntaun wrangler and more in the Star Wars films; he co-starred as Nien Nunb, co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon during the attack on the second Death Star.

Beyond that, the actor had roles or performed stunts in other films such as Flash Gordon, Highlander, Rob Roy and Doctor Who, among others. Bonehill was a master fencer, and it connections from that community announced the sad news Thursday that Richard Bonehill had passed away at the age of 67.

Though Bonehill was usually behind the scenes or behind a mask on film, his characters will never be forgotten. [THR]

Kan Bonfils

Kan Bonfils, an actor who appeared in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins and Skyfall, died earlier this week while rehearsing for his latest play. He was prepping a show called Dante’s Inferno in London when he collapsed and was unable to be revived. The cause of death was unknown.

Bonfils appeared as Jedi Master Saesee Tiin in The Phantom Menace, as well as a member of the League of Shadows in Batman Begins (above) and a henchman in Skyfall. He was 42 years old. [BBC]