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Actor Maximilan Schell Dead at 83

Won 1961 best actor Oscar

(Newser) - Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in Stanley Kramer's classic Judgment at Nuremberg, has died. He was 83. Schell's agent said he died overnight at a hospital in the... More »

Fresh Prince Producer Goes For Jog, Dies

Jeff Pollack found on California running trail; he was 54

(Newser) - The producer of the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, the show that brought Will Smith into the limelight, has died in California during what appears to have been a routine jog, reports Page Six . Jeff Pollack was found unresponsive on a running trail in Hermosa Beach on Monday; he was wearing... More »

Oscar-Winning Producer Zanuck Dead at 77

He won for 'Driving Miss Daisy'

(Newser) - Film producer Richard Zanuck, who won the best picture Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy and was involved in such blockbuster films as Jaws and The Sting after his father, Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, fired him from 20th Century Fox, died today. He was 77. Zanuck's publicist says he... More »

Oscars' New Producer: Brian Grazer

Oscar winner will replace Brett Ratner

(Newser) - The Oscars has quickly filled one of two gaping holes in its telecast: Big-time producer Brian Grazer will produce the show, reports TMZ . He takes over for Brett Ratner, who stepped down after uttering a gay slur . Still no word on who will host following Eddie Murphy's decision to... More »

Survivor Exec Suspected in Wife's Murder Back in US

Beresford-Redman left Mexico sans passport

(Newser) - A former Survivor producer wanted for questioning in Mexico about his wife's death has returned to the United States, his lawyer said today. Bruce Beresford-Redman returned to Los Angeles County "to be with his children and attend to family and personal matters." The lawyer said Beresford-Redman, who has... More »

'Papa Joe' Simpson Scores Sitcom Deal

Jessica Simpson's dad will star in Nickelodeon show

(Newser) - Joe Simpson, father of Jessica and Ashlee, will star in a Nickelodeon comedy loosely based on his experience raising his singer/actress daughters. Joe, who is a psychologist in addition to being his daughters’ manager and a TV producer, and will portray a Texas psychologist raising two daughters. The twist? One... More »

Mogul Bing Foots Bill for Clinton Mission

Longtime pal donated use of jet, plus $200K for fuel, other costs

(Newser) - Wealthy Hollywood insider, Democratic donor, and Clinton family friend Steve Bing is footing the bill for the trip to North Korea that brought back two jailed American journalists, ABC News reports. Bill Clinton flew on Bing’s private jet, and the mogul will pony up about $200,000 for fuel,... More »

Jack White's Many Hats Multiply

(Newser) - Three bands just weren’t enough for Jack White, who’s started a music store/recording studio/record label in his adopted hometown of Nashville. Third Man Records is “where everything starts to make sense,” the White Stripes frontman tells the Wall Street Journal. “Where modern meets old and... More »

Potter Producers Nix Raunchy Fashion Pics for Watson

W shoot deemed too racy for their Hermione

(Newser) - At a recent shoot for W magazine, Emma Watson was certainly not asking, "What would Hermione wear?" But the Harry Potter producers put the kibosh on racy shots, a source tells the Times of London, and a tamer approach was agreed on. "As far as they are concerned,... More »

Bollywood Strike Over; Talent Prevails

(Newser) - The 2-day-old strike involving almost 150,000 Bollywood film workers has been settled, the BBC reports. Producers agreed to abide by an agreement that limits filming sessions to 12 hours and provides generous compensation and timely payment. "The strike is over and tomorrow we will resume work," the... More »

Abu Dhabi Invests Another Billion in Hollywood

New subsidiary will work with 3 US producers

(Newser) - A media branch of Abu Dhabi’s government funneled $1 billion into a partnership with Warner Brothers last year—and now a subsidiary of the same firm is investing a second billion over the next 5 years with three US film producers, the New York Times reports. “Abu Dhabi... More »

LiLo at Work: 'So Far, So Good'

Producers surprised by actress' professionalism, talent

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan is back at work on the set of the comedy Labor Pains, and after a week, the movie's producers are impressed with her skill and professionalism. "We were a little bit reluctant to work with her," producer Lati Grobman tells People. "But she's been amazing.... More »

Jessica Alba Gets Hitched

Actress marries producer Cash Warren

(Newser) - Jessica Alba married movie producer Cash Warren yesterday in a quiet courthouse ceremony in Beverly Hills, People reports. The actress, who is expecting a girl with Warren this summer, wore a long blue dress and “looked happy but nervous,” a source says. No one else attended the ceremony.... More »

Reality-Show Exec Charged With Kidnapping

Contestants say he wouldn't let them leave Pauper to Princess set

(Newser) - The director of a reality TV pilot has been arrested on kidnapping charges after allegedly trying to stop contestants from leaving the house where it was being filmed, ABC News reports. Four women fled the Pauper to Princess house and told neighbors to call the police. The women say they... More »

Jessica Alba to Get Hitched to Baby's Dad

Actress, due in the spring, will marry longtime boyfriend

(Newser) - Jessica Alba, expecting her first baby in late spring, is now engaged to the child's father, Access Hollywood reports. The 26-year-old actress was spotted over the holidays wearing a rock on her left ring finger, leading Access Hollywood to speculate that husband-to-be Cash Warren popped the question during Christmas. More »

Writers Unlikely to Find Happy Ending in Strike

Idealism trumps wallet in such disputes, New Yorker pundit writes

(Newser) - Strikes typically cost both parties more than they’re warring over, but labor relations aren’t “economically rational,” explains the New Yorker’s James Surowiecki, due to “asymmetric information.” Hollywood’s writers simply don’t know the underlying financial truth behind online revenues—the meat of... More »

Hollywood Writers Call Strike

'Feels like Armegeddon,' says one industry insider

(Newser) - Setting the stage for the first walkout in nearly 20 years, Hollywood writers voted yesterday to go on strike, reports Associated Press. The union's president announced the decision in a closed-door meeting yesterday, drawing raucous cheers from the assembly. "There was a unified feeling. I don't think anyone wants... More »

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