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Robert De Niro has paid tribute to director Michael Cimino, who died aged 77 this weekend.

The two worked together on the 1978 Academy Award-winning film The Deer Hunter, one of De Niro’s defining roles. Camino won two Oscars for his work as a director and producer on the film.

The actor said in a statement: “Our work together is something I will always remember. He will be missed.”

Cimino, who directed a total of eight films over his career, died at his home in Beverley Hills, California on Saturday (June 2). Eric Weissmann, a friend and former lawyer of Cimino’s, said he alerted the police after friends had reported him missing. The cause of death has not been determined.

Cimino’s follow-up to The Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gate, was a box office flop and received poor reviews at the time of its release. In recent years, criticism of the film has softened, with some even considering it the director’s misunderstood masterpiece.

Sunchaser, Cimino’s final feature film, was released in 1996. It starred Woody Harrelson as the lead and Jon Seda and Anne Bancroft. (via NME)

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Drive’s Nicolas Winding Refn has suggested he turned down the opportunity to direct recent Bond film Spectre because he didn’t want to compromise artistically.

The Danish director is now working on a spy film called The Avenging Silence with longtime Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. When asked by The Telegraph if this is essentially his version of a 007 movie, Refn replied: “Yeah. Yeah. Well, I don’t know yet.”

Though he did not reveal specific details of his meetings with the Bond camp about Spectre, which was eventually directed by Sam Mendes, Refn added: “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”

Meanwhile, the director has also revealed he is planning to work with Drive and Only God Forgives star Ryan Gosling again. However, when pressed by Metro for further details, he replied: “I can’t tell you that.”

Refn’s latest film The Neon Demon, which stars Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves, opens in UK cinemas this Friday (July 8). (via NME)

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Wesley Earl “Wes” Craven (August 2, 1939 – August 30, 2015) was an American film director, writer, producer, and actor known for his work on horror films, particularly slasher films. He was best known for creating the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise featuring the Freddy Krueger character, directing the first installment and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, and co-writing A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors with Bruce Wagner.

Craven also directed all four films in the Scream series, and co-created the Ghostface character. Some of his other films include The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left, Red Eye and My Soul to Take.

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The mesmerizing actress, model, writer and director Lake Bell.

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Quentin Tarantino has said he’ll stop making films after his 10th movie.

The director, who is readying the release of his eighth movie Django Unchained, has told Playboy that he doesn’t want to be an “old filmmaker” and revealed he’ll call it a day after another two films.

He said: “Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film fucks up three good ones. When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”


When asked if he doesn’t think fans would want to see how he develops as a director when he’s older, Tarantino explained: “Maybe. If I have something to say, I’ll do it. I just don’t want to be an old filmmaker.”

”You stop when you stop,” he continued. “But in a fanciful world, 10 movies in my filmography would be nice. If I have a change of heart, if I come up with a new story, I could come back. But if I stop at 10, that would be okay as an artistic statement.”

Tarantino’s new film, Django Unchained, is a Western set in the American South during the 1800s. It stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a freed slave who teams up with a bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz, in a bid to murder a gang of killers called the Brittle Brothers. If successful, Django will secure his own freedom forever and liberate his enslaved wife.

Django Unchained is due for release on December 25 in the US and on January 18, 2013 in the UK. (via NME)

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Hillman Curtis has sadly passed away. He was an American new media designer, author, and filmmaker. Curtis was the Principal and Chief Creative Officer of hillmancurtis.com, inc., a digital design and film production firm in New York City.

As a filmmaker he first gained notoriety with his online “Artist Series” — short documentaries on designers/artists including Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, David Carson, Stefan Sagmeister, James Victore, Pentagram Design Group, and the filmmaker Mark Romanek.

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