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  • Actriz
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    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/james-horner-dead-titanic-composer-804365

    The two-time Oscar winner, 61, worked on three James Cameron films, two ‘Star Trek’ movies and classics like ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ ‘Field of Dreams’ and ‘Apollo 13.’

    James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of DreamsBraveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.

    His death was confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Horner’s film music page as his assistant. 

    “We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent,” Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. “He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.”

    Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, officials said. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified.

    For his work on the 1997 best picture winner Titanic, directed by James Cameron, Horner captured the Oscar for original dramatic score, and he nabbed another Academy Award for original song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings) for “My Heart Will Go On,” performed by Celine Dion.

    “My job — and it’s something I discuss with Jim all the time — is to make sure at every turn of the film it’s something the audience can feel with their heart,” Horner said in a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times. “When we lose a character, when somebody wins, when somebody loses, when someone disappears — at all times I’m keeping track, constantly, of what the heart is supposed to be feeling. That is my primary role.”

    His score for Titanic sold a whopping 27 million copies worldwide.

    His fruitful partnership with Cameron also netted him Oscar noms for original score for the blockbusters Aliens (1986) and Avatar (2009). The pair reportedly were also at work on Avatarsequels.

     

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    The Los Angeles native earned 10 Oscar noms in all, also being recognized for his work on two other best picture winners: Braveheart (1995) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). He also received noms for An American Tail (1986), Field of Dreams (1989), Apollo 13 (1995) and House of Sand and Fog(2003).

    Always busy, Horner has three films coming out soon: Southpaw, the boxing drama that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams and is due in theaters in July; Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem, out in September; and The 33, a drama based on the 2010 mining disaster in Chile that’s set for November.

    His lengthy film résumé includes The Lady in Red (1979), Wolfen (1981), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1983), Red Heat (1988), Glory (1989), The Rocketeer (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), Jumanji (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Troy (2004) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

    His father was two-time Oscar-winning art director/set designer Harry Horner (The HeiressThe Hustler).

     

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    Horner spoke about the state of his career in a December interview with David Hocquet.

    “I’m much choosier,” he said.’ “I don’t want to be doing these movies that now 85 or 90 composers want, as opposed to six. And now all these movies, action movies. I don’t get offered all the movies obviously, but I see a lot of them and I do get asked to do a lot of them, and I just know they’re not asking me to do something that I can do something original, they’re asking me to do a formula and I’m too rebellious.”

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Amazingly sad. 

    I have said nasty things about Avatar, but I will not deny that the music is incredible, and James Horner is one of the most consistently great musical composers ever. I’m really saddened my this loss and can’t believe that someone of such magnitude is no longer amongst us.

    This will probably mean that Southpaw’s score will get nominated before hearing a single note of it. 

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    24Emmy
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    Whoa. Lots of great scores. RIP!

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    M
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    Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)

    Leonard Nimoy (Actor, Director)
    Harve Bennett (Producer)
    James Horner (Composer) 

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    KyleBailey
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    Such sad news. One of the greats. Titanic will always be one of the most beautiful scores ever made. Love the Avatar score too 

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    This news has me absolutely gutted. The man was a genius. One of the best film composers ever. Mr. Horner, if you can hear me, you will be dearly missed.

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    Atypical
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    This is so depressing. So many scores to films I grew up listening to, and some I didn’t even realize he scored until now. So many great scores, though the one that will get mentioned over and over again is “Titanic.” Sad and tragic day. RIP. 🙁

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    ENGLAND
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    Wow so shocked. RIP!

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