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Curtis Hanson, director and Oscar-winning writer of 'L.A. Confidential,' dead at 71

Curtis Hanson, director and Oscar-winning writer of 'L.A. Confidential,' dead at 71

Curtis Hanson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for "L.A. Confidential" and directed the psychological thriller "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" and Eminem's tale of Detroit hip-hop "8 Mile," has died. He was 71.

Paramedics declared Hanson dead at his Hollywood Hills home late Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles police spokesman Tony Im said. Hanson died of natural causes, Im said, but he did not have further details.

Eminem was among many who worked with Hanson paying tribute to him after his death.

"Curtis Hanson believed in me and our crazy idea to make a rap battle movie set in Detroit," Eminem said in a statement. "He basically...

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