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June 6, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Dennis Hopper knew how to talk to reporters, if my memory of a 1990 Toronto Film Festival press conference is an accurate gauge. It was early one gray morning, and he was jawing about "The Hot Spot," a neo-noir thriller that he'd directed, starring Don Johnson and Virginia Madsen. The questions were friendly and the banter jocular and relaxed in the packed hotel conference room. Then someone asked Hopper about how he'd dealt over the years with the premature death of his friend and former colleague James Dean.
June 1, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angels Times
There have been many tributes to renegade actor Dennis Hopper since he died Saturday at age 74 of complications from prostate cancer. But what might be the biggest tribute to the renegade artist Dennis Hopper is yet to come: The Museum of Contemporary Art here is preparing to mount a sweeping survey of his visual art to open July 11. "Dennis Hopper Double Standard," curated by Julian Schnabel, will include artwork by Hopper from the last...
May 30, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Dennis Hopper, the maverick director and costar of the landmark 1969 counterculture film classic "Easy Rider" whose drug- and alcohol-fueled reputation as a Hollywood bad boy preceded his return to sobriety and a career resurgence in the films " Hoosiers" and "Blue Velvet," died Saturday. He was 74. A longtime resident of Venice who also was known as a photographer, artist and collector of modern art, Hopper died at his home of complications from prostate cancer, said Alex Hitz, a friend of the family.
May 29, 2010 | Reuters, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper, best known for directing and starring in the 1969 cult classic "Easy Rider," died on Saturday from complications of prostate cancer, a friend of the actor said. Hopper was 74. The hard-living screen star died at his home in the coastal Los Angeles suburb of Venice at 8:15 a.m. PDT (1515 GMT), surrounded by family and friends, the friend, Alex Hitz, told Reuters. In a wildly varied career spanning more than 50 years, Hopper appeared alongside his mentor James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant" in the 1950s and played maniacs in such films as "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet" and "Speed."
May 29, 2010 | By Richard Stayton
What went down behind those corrugated steel walls of Dennis Hopper's Venice fortress as he lay dying at age 74? He was divorcing his fifth wife after 18 years together, obtaining an "emergency restraining order" to keep her at a 10-foot distance. They battled over his valuable artworks. She also filed complaints about him keeping marijuana joints throughout his compound, ready to provide quick relief from pain, and loaded guns in strategic locations, ready to provide quick resolutions.
April 16, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Jeffrey Deitch, the incoming director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, has signaled his intent to court the film community by announcing his first show: an exhibition that promises to be an art world-meets-Hollywood spectacle. Deitch said Wednesday that a survey of works by actor and artist Dennis Hopper and curated by larger-than-life painter and movie director Julian Schnabel would open July 11.  "Dennis is a very inspiring figure for me," said Deitch, the New York art dealer who officially starts work June 1 at the museum.
March 27, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman
Months after revealing that he was battling prostate cancer, Dennis Hopper was back in front of the cameras on Friday when he received the 2,403rd star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The 73-year-old actor, who disclosed his cancer last October, appeared to be in good spirits as he arrived for the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Egyptian Theatre. Nevertheless, the actor has lost a significant amount of weight; his face, shaded partly by a newsboy cap, was gaunt and a heavy jacket hung off his body.
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