Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 29th 2015 Contents Lesnie s final work was Russell Crowe s The Water
Diviner, which opened this past weekend in limited
Crowe took to Twitter late Monday to express his
condolences, writing, "Devastating news from home.
The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has
Lesnie began his career as a camera assistant on
the horror film Patrick in 1978 and made a 1980
documentary about Arnold Schwarzenegger s return
to bodybuilding in Australia. Lesnie shot music videos
in the 1980s for INXS, UB40 and Mental As Any-
Lesnie, who lived in Sydney, was also a frequent
collaborator of director George Miller. Lesnie worked
on a documentary about Miller s Mad Max: Road
Warrior, which led to his being hired to make the
family-friendly Babe movies.
He is survived by his partner and two sons.
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Furious 7 has topped the US and Canada box
office for a fourth week, as Avengers: Age of
Ultron leads the box office chart internationally,
a week ahead of its US release.
The latest Fast & Furious film took $18.3m, with
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 in second with $15.5m.
Last weekend Furious 7 became the fastest film
to make more than $1bn internationally.
The Avengers sequel opened in 44 territories,
The latest instalment in Joss Whedon s superhero
franchise, starring Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo
and Scarlett Johansson, opens in the US and Canada
on Thursday, as well as dozens more countries and
Furious 7, starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul
Walker, has now made $1.3 billion globally.
It is also the first film to top the US box office
for four weeks since The Hunger Games in March
Despite mixed reviews, fantasy romance The Age
of Adaline opened in third place with $13.4m.
In the UK, Disney has said early figures show
Avengers: Age of Ultron dominated the box office
over the weekend and is on course to deliver the
biggest opening of 2015 so far.
It Follows star Maika Monroe has
joined the cast of Roland Emmerich s
Independence Day 2.
Emmerich made the announce-
ment via Twitter on Monday. Usher,
Vivica A Fox, Jeff Goldblum, Liam
Hemsworth, Jessie Usher and Char-
lotte Gainsbourg have also been cast
in the sequel, which 20th Century
Fox has dated for June 24, 2016---
nearly 20 years after the original.
Monroe stars as a teen in It Follows
who, after a seemingly innocent sexual
encounter, suddenly finds herself
plagued by nightmarish visions---leaving
her unable to shake the sensation that
someone or something is following her.
The micro-budget film has been a
breakout success for TWC-Radius with
grosses topping $14 million.
Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie,
whose career spanned nearly 40 years
and included all of The Lord of the
Rings and The Hobbit films, died of
a heart attack on Monday. He was 59.
In addition to working with director
Peter Jackson on JRR Tolkien s fantasy
series, Lesnie was responsible for the
look of other notable blockbusters such
as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and
Will Smith s I Am Legend.
In 2002, he won his first and only
Oscar for lensing the original Lord of
the Rings pic, The Fellowship of the
"I wouldn t recommend that anyone
do a trilogy," he joked at the time.
After the Lord of the Rings franchise,
Lesnie continued to work behind the
camera for Jackson on King Kong,
2009 s The Lovely Bones and most
recently, The Hobbit trilogy.
Jackson has yet to release an official
statement on Lesnie s passing, but the
staff at his production house in New
Zealand, Weta Digital, said they were
"saddened" by the news.
"Our memories of Andrew will
always be of a wonderful and caring
person who looked out for the tech-
nicians around him, was keen to have
a good laugh and keep everyone jollied
along even when things were at the
most stressful for everyone," Weta
founders Richard and Tania Taylor
wrote on Facebook.
"What an incredible man and we are
very fortunate to have had the chance
to work with him on so many wonderful
Maika Monroe joins cast
of Independence Day 2
Furious 7 tops US box
office for fourth week
Lord of the Rings master
Andrew Lesnie dies at 59 Andrew Lesnie on the
set of The Lord of
The Rings Fellowship
of The Ring.
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