• Hollywood mourns director Curtis Hanson: Russell Crowe, Eminem and Katie Holmes lead tributes

    Oscar-winning writer and film director Curtis Hanson has passed away at the age of 71. He died of natural causes at his home in Hollywood, police have confirmed. According to Variety, he had retired in recent years due to Alzheimer's. Curtis was a hugely respected figure in the film industry. He won an Oscar in 1998 for best adapted screenplay for LA Confidential, while his directing credits included The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The River Wild and Wonder Boys. CLICK TO VIEW GALLERY Curtis Hanson, acclaimed director and screenwriter, has sadly passed awayRussell Crowe, who got his big break