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Tom Hanks & Bruce Springsteen Pay Tribute to Jonathan Demme at Tribeca

Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen are paying their respects to esteemed director Jonathan Demme, who lost his battle to cancer earlier this week.

The actor and the musician shared their thoughts during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday (April 28) in New York City.

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In Jonathan‘s 1993 film Philadelphia, Tom took home the best actor Academy Award, while Bruce took home an Oscar for the movie’s opening song, “Streets of Philadelphia.”

“I think the strongest union of our two names is probably Philadelphia,” Tom told the crowd. “God bless Jonathan Demme. We just lost him.”

“He was such an inspirational guy,” Bruce added. “No Jonathan Demme, no Philadelphia, no ‘Streets of Philadelphia.’ [Jonathan] wanted more of a rock song for the beginning, so I said I’d give it a shot. I tried for a day or so to come up with something, and I didn’t come up with anything. I had some lyrics. Eventually, I just came up with that tiny little beat and the track, and I figured it wasn’t what he wanted but I sent it to him anyway. He sent me that opening piece of film where the camera moves slowly through Philly, and I said, ‘What do you think?’ And he says, ‘Great.’ And that was it. It took about two days.”

“Well, I have to tell you,” Tom chimed in, “if you ever want to have a great moment in a motion picture, walk out a door and make sure they just put up a Bruce Springsteen song.”

Justin Timberlake Pays Tribute to Late Documentary Director Jonathan Demme

Justin Timberlake is remembering his friend Jonathan Demme, an Oscar-winning director who sadly passed away this week.

The 36-year-old singer took to Instagram to pay tribute to the man who directed his 2016 documentary Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.

“Where do I begin..? Words just aren’t enough with heartache like this,” Justin wrote. “You, master of humanity. You, genius of storytelling. You, generous and warm man. You, special soul. You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe. You made me better at my craft. And, the time I spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me. You are truly irreplaceable. I will miss you so dearly, my sweet friend. I hope we meet again someday. I love you, JD. May you Rest In Peace. –Justin

Pictured below: Justin and wife Jessica Biel leave the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival where she premiered her new movie The Sinner on Tuesday night (April 25) in New York City.

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Jodie Foster Reacts to 'Silence of the Lambs' Director Jonathan Demme's Death

Jodie Foster has released a statement about the loss of director Jonathan Demme.

The 54-year-old actress starred in the 1991 film Silence of the Lambs, and won an Oscar for her performance in the film. Jonathan directed this movie, and also earned himself an Oscar.

“I am heart-broken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you’d have to design a hurricane to contain him. Jonathan was as quirky as his comedies and as deep as his dramas. He was pure energy, the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative. Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul. JD, most beloved, something wild, brother of love, director of the lambs. Love that guy. Love him so much,” Jodie said in a statement to Just Jared.

Our thoughts are with Jonathan‘s loved ones during this time.

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Celebrities Mourn Jonathan Demme's Death - Read Tweets

Celebrities have been taking to social media to mourn the death of director Jonathan Demme.

The 73-year-old director has an impressive resume of films he’s directed and has worked with tons of actors. He reportedly had been battling cancer.

Jonathan won an Oscar for Silence of the Lambs, and directed Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, The Manchurian Candidate, Married to the Mob, and so many more.

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Jonathan Demme Dead - Oscar-Winning Director Dies at 73

Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for directing the horror film Silence of the Lambs, has passed away at the age of 73.

According to reports, he passed away from esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease, IndieWire reports. Jonathan originally battled the disease back in 2010, but suffered a recurrence in 2015 and deteriorated in recent weeks.

In addition to directing Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan also directed Philadelphia, 2004′s The Manchurian Candidate, Melvin and Howard, Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids, and many more. He worked with countless actors including Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks and more.

Jonathan is survived by his wife, artist Joanne Howard, and their three children.

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