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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

HOLLYWOOD IN SHOCK: Respected Oscar Publicist Ronni Chasen Shot Dead

(Go to The Wrap for updates)

Longtime publicist Ronni Chasen was found shot multiple times early Tuesday in Beverly Hills and later died in the hospital, sending a shockwave through the entertainment community that knew her for decades -- many of whom saw her at a lavish Hollywood afterparty not minutes before her violent death.
Chasen was shot five times in the chest, then crashed her late-model Mercedes-Benz E350 into a lightpole around 12:28 a.m. near Sunset and Whittier, authorities told TheWrap. It wasn't immediately clear whether the car was moving when she was shot, and no one else was in it when police arrived.

The investigation was in preliminary stages, and no suspects or motive had been identified.

Vivian Mayer, Chasen's best friend, told TheWrap that she had parked at the new W Hotel in Hollywood, where she was attending an afterparty for the world premiere of "Burlesque" at the Grauman's Chinese Theater a few blocks away. No one saw Chasen leave, or with whom, Mayer said.

Chasen (pictured left with fellow publicist Jeff Sanderson, actress Frieda Pinto and actor Dev Patel) lived in Westwood, and was likely on her way home when she was shot near the busy intersection about five miles from the party.

Chasen was single, had no children, and had been once married and divorced, in her 20s. She wasn't known to be dating anyone at the time of her death, her friends told TheWrap. She was the sister of Larry Cohen, a successful genre screenwriter and director whose credits include "Phone Booth."
People close to Chasen said police were working on a few theories, primarily that someone might have encountered her outside the W Hotel -- situated in a down-at-the-heels part of Hollywood -- and gotten in her car. They're also considering a road-rage incident, though Chasen's friends consider that antithetical to her personality.

The news came as a lightning shock to the entertainment community. Chasen has been a well-known figure in publicity for four decades.

"All of us in personal publicity are devastated by this tragic loss," fellow publicist Kelly Bush said in a statement. "Ronni was a terrific publicist,  blazing a trail for women in this business, like few others. I greatly admired and respected her. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and staff."

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"Ronni was smart and quirky and talented and the world will be a lesser place without her," publicist Howard Bragman told TheWrap.

She has been a constant figure on the Academy Awards circuit, pushing hard for her clients including "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," composer Hans Zimmer and producer Joe Roth's "Alice in Wonderland.

15 Animated Films Qualify for Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has accepted 15 pics for consideration in the animated feature film category.
Among the pics qualifying are DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Megamind," plus Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 3."
Had 16 or more films qualified, five nominees could have been selected, but with 15 titles the maximum number of nominees is three.
The remaining films on the shortlist are "Alpha and Omega," "Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," "Despicable Me," "The Dreams of Jinsha," "Idiots and Angels," "The Illusionist," "The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls ofGa'Hoole," "My Dog Tulip," "Shrek Forever After," "Summer Wars," "Tangled" and "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue."

New hues in 'Avatar' on DVD
The extended DVD edition of 'Avatar' includes backstory for Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington’s characters.
A special edition of "Avatar" debuts today with three Blu-ray discs and just as many versions of the film: the original theatrical release (clocking in at 161 minutes), the special edition re-release (which pushed right up to the Imax format's 170-minute max) and a new just-for-homevid cut that boasts a full 18 minutes of new material (plus an additional 45 minutes of deleted scenes for auds to consider).
Digging into the nearly three-hour "collector's extended cut" of "Avatar," we discover a new opening segment set on Earth. "Aliens" riffed on a visual world conceived by Ridley Scott in his 1979 "Alien" while Cameron's "Avatar" depiction of a crowded metropolis, with its neon-bright skies and rain-slicked streets, clearly recalls Scott's "Blade Runner" (which itself underwent multiple reinventions after the original release).
The additional "Avatar" scenes are instructive but not essential, providing a couple of nice character moments, including one in which feisty protag Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) starts a bar fight, despite his wheelchair-bound condition.While it's nice to see that added footage, the movie was perfectly wonderful without it and, at the end of the day, it's still the same movie.
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