melissa mathison dead

Melissa Mathison, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter who wrote screenplays for filmmakers as varied as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Frank Oz, has passed away after a battle with neuroendocrine cancer. She was 65 years old.

Although her filmography showcases a command of several genres, she will forever be known as the woman who wrote E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. By playing a key role in one of the most beloved films of all time, Mathison touched the lives of millions of people all over the world.

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‘Law & Order’ Star Fred Thompson Dead at 73

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Fred Dalton Thompson, character actor, Law & Order staple, and United States senator, passed away yesterday after a decade-long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 73 years old. He leaves behind an impressive body of work on both film and television. Although rarely the star of any given television show or movie, Thompson never gave a bad performance – he was a consummate professional and working actor.

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Star Wars

While we’re fans of celebrated movie poster artist Drew Struzan, when it comes to the posters of the Star Wars trilogy, there’s another name that deserves to be celebrated, and that’s Noriyoshi Ohrai. You may not know the artist by name, but you’ve undoubtedly seen his artwork on international posters for films such as The Empire Strikes Back, The Goonies and much more.

Sadly, the reason we’re writing about Noriyoshi Ohrai today is because he passed away on October 27th at 79 years old after succumbing to a case of pneumonia. Below we have a gallery of his work along with some details on his impressive career. Read More »

Edgar Wright Wes Craven tribute

Horror director Wes Craven, the man responsible for A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, among many other films, passed away over the weekend, succumbing to a battle with brain cancer. It’s a loss felt by many horror fans and cinephiles, who are taking stock of Craven’s significant influence on the movie landscape.

In case you need any more evidence that Wes Craven was a filmmaker who inspired many directors working today, Edgar Wright has chimed in on his own personal blog with a fond remembrance of Craven and what his work meant to the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

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Director Wes Craven Has Died at Age 76

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Wes Craven, who began his career with the low-budget shocker The Last House on the Left, then helped define the ’80s horror scene with A Nightmare on Elm St., and eventually defined the ’90s horror scene with Scream, has died at age 76, due to brain cancer.  Read More »

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

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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 »