Poker Movie “Lucky You” Director Curtis Hanson Dies

The director of the poker movie "Lucky You", Curtis Hanson, has died at the age of 71 in his Hollywood home, it was reported yesterday afternoon and insiders are saying that Hanson had been in poor health for some time.

Hanson started his career in the 1970s as a writer and a director of short indie films and helped launch the careers of Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe. In 1997 his movie LA Confidential, for which be became most well-known for, was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning one (for Kim Basinger) in the best supporting actress category.

But for fans of poker, there's really one move that Curtis Hanson will be truly remembered for.

Die-hard poker fans will always know about poker movies, even if those said movies tank and get bad reviews. "Lucky You" was one of those movies, released in 2007 and starring Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, and Robert Duvall. The film was about a talented poker player who had a tumultuous relationship with his father, a WSOP Main Event winner. Set in Vegas and around the world of poker, it also featured a number of real life poker pros like Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Chris Ferguson and Ted Forrest. It was a true poker players movie.

Tributes to Hanson came pouring in on Twitter overnight from stars like Russell Crowe, Kevin Bacon, and rapper Eminem, who worked with the director on his biopic movie "8-Mile".

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