Monday, July 22, 2024

Legendary Film Director Wes Craven Dead at Age 76 from Brain Cancer


Legendary film director Wes Craven has died at age 76 of brain cancer. His last movie was Scream 4, in 2011. Hugely influential in the horror genre, Craven created Freddy Krueger and “Nightmare on Elm Street.” He also created the “Scream” series that sent up his own career. Tributes are going to pour in shortly. I met Wes when “Scream” first started up, and he was the nicest guy. And brilliant. Condolences to his family. Keep refreshing…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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