Mike Nichols, longtime Hollywood director who helmed such pictures as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe," "The Graduate," and "Wolf," has died at the age of 83. ABC News prez James Goldston confirmed that Nichols died Wednesday evening. "No one was more passionate than Mike," Goldston wrote in an email statement.
Angelina Jolie has revealed that she plans to retire from acting to focus on directing. Speaking with Du Jour Magazine, the Oscar Winner said that she much prefers life behind the camera and out of the limelight. "I've never been comfortable as an actor; I've never loved being in front of the camera. I didn't ever think I could direct, but I hope I'm able to have a career at it . . ."
Actor Chris Hemsworth has been named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine. The annual issue, which features 208 gorgeous hunks, also has an interview with Hemsworth, who says that the title of Sexiest has earned him bragging rights around the house. "I think you've bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house," he said.
Beloved Japanese film star Ken Takakura has died at the age of 83. He was a celebrity in his own country for his frequent portrayal of tough but morally just gangsters and became a star in the U.S. after appearing in Ridley Scott's "Black Rain." Takakura was raised on rural island in Southwestern Japan and got his start in the mid-1950's after dropping into an audition.
Robert De Niro has confirmed that he'll star in the upcoming film "Joy" from director David O. Russell ("Three Kings," "Silver Linings Playbook"). Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, De Niro said "Yeah I am going to do something with [him]." "I'm going to play the father," he added. "Joy" stars Jennifer Lawrence as Joy, the creator of the Miracle Mop, and a single mother.
Julia Roberts and George Clooney are set to possibly reunite on the big screen in the forthcoming new drama "Money Monster." The pair have previously appeared together in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and "Ocean's Eleven." The film centers on Clooney's character, who is a television personality covering the stock market. His character is taken hostage on air by a young man.
The second trailer for the upcoming film "Fifty Shades of Grey" has been released. In the clip, two new characters are introduced, Jennifer Ehle as Anastasia's mother, Carla, and Eloise Mumford as her best friend, Kate. The new trailer features the Beyoncé song "Haunted," while the trailer that was released over the summer featured Bey's "Crazy in Love."
Christopher Waltz ("Django Unchained") has signed on to appear in an undisclosed role in the next James Bond film. The picture, directed by Sam Mendes, also features Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Rory Kinnear. "It's not immediately evident whether the part's friend, or foe, or a bit of both," an insider told the Daily Mail regarding the part.
Warren Clarke, most well known for his roles in "A Clockwork Orange" and the TV drama "Dalziel," has died at the age of 67. His passing was announced by his agency, Independent Talent Group, in a statement. "The actor Warren Clarke died peacefully in his sleep on 12 November 2014, after a short illness," it read. "He will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones."
Michelle MacLaren, director of several "Breaking Bad" episodes, is reportedly in talks to direct the upcoming "Wonder Woman" film. Variety writes that MacLaren is in the mix for the Gal Gadot led flick. According to Variety, the negotiations process is already underway. "Wonder Woman" is due in theaters June 23, 2017.
Robin Williams left his wife and kids a $50 million fortune in a will that he drew up before his suicide in August. The document was filed in a California court last week, and stipulates that his three kids - Zachary, 31, Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22 - will be looked after by the Robin Williams Trust. A study of his brain tissue suggested that he suffered from "diffuse Lewy body dementia."
Jennifer Lawrence had a nip slip at a "Hunger Games" after party in London on Monday, November 10. The 24-year-old laughed off the incident, as cameras caught her plunging neckline, plunging a little too far. She covered herself and laughed with her friends, among whom included Lorde, in the back of a car. In late August, Lawrence had personal, nude photos of herself leaked by hackers.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been tapped to play Edward Snowden in an upcoming biopic from Oliver Stone. The untitled picture goes into production in January, and centers on the former NSA contractor who leaked docs regarding the government's mass surveillance program. Stone says that he wrote the screenplay based on the two books.
Robin Williams is said to have suffered hallucinations associated with the onset of Parkinson's disease before his suicide in August. Williams' wife said that the actor was afflicted with Lewy body dementia following his diagnosis. TMZ cited statements made by Williams' wife to medical examiners. She adds that Robin complained about the symptoms prior to his suicide.
Margot Robbie ("The Wolf of Wall Street") is in talks to play Harley Quinn in the upcoming film, "Suicide Squad," the upcoming production from Warner Bros. and DC Comics, according to industry rumors. English actress Cara Delevingne was also reportedly considered for the Harley role. Quinn's character first appeared in "Batman: The Animated Series," and plays a cohort/love interest to the Joker.