Refresh for latest… Hollywood was quick to respond to the passing of director Curtis Hanson, director of L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys, The River Wild and many others. (Read Deadline’s story here). Eminem, star of Hanson’s 8 Mile, said in a statement: “Curtis Hanson believed in me and our crazy idea to make a rap battle movie set in Detroit. He basically made me into an actor for 8 Mile. I’m lucky I got to know him.” Russell Crowe even tweeted twice – to humorously correct a mistake in his first message.

Paris Barclay, DGA president:
“As a filmmaker, Curtis often sent his characters into unexpected, dangerous situations that required quick thinking and skilled precision to emerge victorious. This was much like Curtis’ own directing, where he thought on his feet and used his honed mastery of the craft to create worlds of suspense and emotion. As a DGA member, Curtis was a champion of protecting the director’s vision, serving on the DGA’s Creative Rights Committee. He was also a tireless advocate for film preservation, serving on the President’s Committee on Film Preservation, and as a board member of The Film Foundation. We are proud to have recognized Curtis with a DGA Honor in 2003 for his prolific career as a director, producer and preservationist. He will be deeply missed.”

Crowe later corrected his spelling error in Hanson’s name by noting: