P.D. James, Veteran British Crime Novelist & ‘Children Of Men’ Author, Dies At 94
One of the most prolific and beloved of British crime novelists, P.D. James, passed away today in Oxford, England. Best known for her series of detective novels centering around Scotland Yard Commander/poet Adam Dagliesh, James was 94. Her non-Dagliesh book, Children Of Men, was the basis for Alfonso Cuaron's 2006 Oscar nominated film of the same name. She also recently was the impetus for Death Comes To Pemberley, a BBC and Masterpiece miniseries based on her novel that… Read
Oscar- & Tony-Winning Director Mike Nichols Dead At 83
UPDATED: Legendary film and theater director, writer and producer Mike Nichols has passed away. An Oscar winner for 1967's seminal The Graduate, he also was nominated for such films as Working Girl, Silkwood and Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? For his stage work, he amassed 10 Tony Awards including as director for such plays as Barefoot In The Park, The Odd Couple, The Prisoner Of Second Avenue and Death Of A Salesman; and as producer of Annie and The Real Thing.
Mike Nichols, Accidental Legend, Was “Stunned, Paralyzed” By ‘Virginia Woolf’
UPDATES with a few more quotes, below.
Mike Nichols, one of the funniest wiseacres ever to walk the planet, never planned to write an autobiography. So a few months ago he agreed to be interviewed--in a Broadway theater, of course, and before an invited audience--by fellow director Jack O'Brien. It was for an HBO documentary, just after the announcement that Nichols would direct Meryl Streep in an HBO film adaptation of Terrence McNally's play Master Class, about the… Read
Mike Nichols’ Death: ABC News Chief’s Memo To Staff – Video
ABC News chief James Goldston memo'ed staff today about the death of Mike Nichols, who was Diane Sawyer's husband:
I am writing with the very sad news that Diane's husband, the incomparable Mike Nichols, passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening. He was 83.
In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theater--an astonishing canon ranging from The Graduate, Working Girl, and Who's… Read
Mike Nichols’ Death: Hollywood Reacts To Loss Of A Legend
Film and theater icon Mike Nichols passed away on Wednesday night at age 83 and reactions are starting to come in from Hollywood. We'll update this throughout the day:
Meryl Streep was working with Nichols on an adaptation of Master Class, Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play about Maria Callas, for HBO for premiere in early 2015. She sent the statement below to Deadline:
"An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom… Read
Elaine Stritch Tribute: Broadway Elite Pack The House To Salute Icon
UPDATE Tuesday morning with a few more details and photos.
The roster of stars and other bold-face names who took the stage at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Monday afternoon to remember Elaine Stritch was almost as brilliant as the audience that negotiated a chilly November rain to bid farewell to the stage legend, who died in July at age 89.
Johnnie Planco escorted Rosemary Harris. Barbara Barrie, Stritch's colleague from the original cast of Company, was with her… Read
Ken Takakura Dead: Veteran Japanese Actor Was 83
Veteran Japanese actor Ken Takakura has died at the age of 83 in Tokyo hospital.
Takakura, known as Japan's “Clint Eastwood,” forged a reputation playing tough guys in a string of action and Yakuza films. He also starred opposite Michael Douglas as a tough Japanese cop in Ridley Scott's 1989 Black Rain.
That film wasn't his only Western role. He also starred in Sydney Pollack's 1974 The Yakuza, co-written by Pollack, Leonard Schrader and Robert Towne; as well as opposite… Read
Charles Champlin, Longtime LA Times Film Critic, Dies At 88
Charles Champlin, longtime film critic, arts editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, died Sunday at his L.A. home of complications of Alzheimer's disease, his son Charles Champlin Jr. told the Times. He was 88.
Champlin embarked on a career in writing upon graduation from Harvard University, first working at Life magazine and later Time. He joined the Times in 1965 and remained there for the next 26 years, serving as the newspaper's principal film critic from 1967… Read
Bob Hicks, Filmmaker Who Paved Way For Native Americans In Hollywood, Dead at 80
Bob Hicks, who for many years was the leading voice for Native Americans in Hollywood, has died. Hicks collapsed in the lobby of the Holiday Inn in Washington DC from an apparent heart attack on Friday shortly after the first performance of his play, The Dawes Commission, at the Smithsonian Institution. He died a short time later after being rushed to the George Washington University Hospital.
"We did the first performance of the play yesterday," said his niece, Irene… Read
Glen A. Larson, Iconic TV Creator Of ‘Knight Rider’, ‘Magnum P.I.’ Dies At 77
Emmy nominated TV creator Glen A. Larson, who was behind such '70s and '80s shows as Quincy M.E., Knight Rider, Battlestar Galactica, The Fall Guy and Magnum P.I., died Friday night of esophageal cancer at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA according to various trade and social media reports. Larson was 77. Born January 3, 1937 in Long Beach, CA, Larson cut his teeth in showbiz as a member of The Four Preps vocal group in 1956 which churned out three gold records for… Read
Harvey Weinstein On Marketing Wiz Nadia Bronson – Guest Column
Harvey Weinstein, like so many others who struggle so hard each year to create awards season campaigns for their prestige films, is mourning the death of Nadia Bronson, who passed away at age 67 from cancer. She worked with him on a host of films from Django Unchained to Silver Linings Playbook, to Shakespeare In Love and Inglourious Basterds. Harvey has penned the following remembrance to Bronson.
That is the word that comes to mind in describing Nadia Bronson… Read
Casting Director Cathy Henderson-Martin Dies
Veteran casting director Cathy Henderson-Martin died in her sleep Wednesday at her Pismo Beach home after a long battle with cancer, her daughter Heather Henderson told Deadline. She was 66.
In a career that spanned more than 35 years, Henderson had 200-plus credits including film and TV. “For those who knew Cathy, you will remember her very colorful life with laughter and 'awe' from her lifetime experiences that no one else can claim,” the Casting Society of America said… Read