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'Snakes on a Plane' Director David R. Ellis Dies at 60

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David R. Ellis, the stuntman turned filmmaker who brought us killer sharks, killer snakes and even the wrath of the Grim Reaper himself, died today in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to Deadline. He was 60.

Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 1952, Ellis got his start in Hollywood as a stuntman, performing feats of derring-do in dozens of films, including "Scarface," "Lethal Weapon" and "Road House." He also served as second unit director on such big Hollywood productions as "Patriot Games," "The Negotiator," "The Matrix Reloaded," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Get More »

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9 Movies That Should Be Banned From Airplanes

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And now for your in-flight viewing pleasure, watch a movie likely to make you start squirming and possibly screaming in your cramped seat.

Movies like "Up in the Air," which is a sophisticated look at the life of a million-mile-club executive, and "Bridesmaids," which has one of the funniest plane sequences ever on the big screen, are passenger-approved. But there's nothing like an airline disaster movie to freak out even the mellowest of frequent fliers. As we wait for our "Flight," here are nine movies that should probably be saved for when you're firmly on land. Get More »

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