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Star Reaches Acceptance on Retiring From Acting

Michael J. Fox will focus on writing instead of memorizing scripts

(Newser) - "My short-term memory is shot," Michael J. Fox said in announcing that he is stepping away from acting. "My time of putting in a twelve-hour workday, and memorizing seven pages of dialogue, is best behind me," the 59-year-old writes in his new book, No Time Like ... More »

McConaughey Addresses Rumors of Run for Office

'It would be up to the people more than it would me,' he says of possible gubernatorial bid

(Newser) - He's been an astronaut, an assassin, and a stripper in the movies, and a university professor in real life. Now, Matthew McConaughey isn't ruling out a new real-life role—that of governor. The actor was speaking with radio host Hugh Hewitt about his new book on Tuesday when... More »

Surprising Admission From Game of Thrones Star

Jason Momoa says his family was 'starving,' 'completely in debt' after 'GoT' gig ended

(Newser) - Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo could pillage a village if he was ever down on his luck. Jason Momoa, the actor who played the imposing Game of Thrones character, didn't have that option, however, when he suddenly found himself out of work, and out of cash, when Drogo was killed... More »

Surface Actor, 30, Gunned Down in Texas

Eddie Hassell was shot to death early Sunday in suspected carjacking

(Newser) - Police are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for any information leading to an arrest after TV and film actor Eddie Hassell was shot dead in Texas early Sunday. Per CNN , Grand Prairie authorities say a call came in about a shooting at around 1:50am local time... More »

Josh Hartnett: I 'Burned My Bridges' for a Reason

The actor describes his retreat from Hollywood blockbusters

(Newser) - Remember Josh Hartnett as a young Hollywood stud? He does, too—and the Vanity Fair article that hastened his professional retreat. "Oh, that was an awful piece," he tells the Guardian of the 2001 article hyping his role in Pearl Harbor. "Was there even a quote from... More »

Farewell to Our First James Bond

Oscar-winning Scottish actor was 90

(Newser) - He was the first actor, and many say the best, to portray James Bond in the spy film series. Now, a goodbye to the original 007: The family of Sir Sean Connery says the Scottish actor has died at the age of 90, reports the BBC . Connery kicked off his... More »

Actor From Spike Lee Movies Is Murdered

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, 70, is shot multiple times

(Newser) - An actor acclaimed for his stage work and his roles in Spike Lee films turned up dead Saturday with multiple bullets in his back, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Police aren't saying much, but they responded to a 1:45am call and found Thomas Jefferson Byrd, 70, unresponsive at 2259... More »

Ghostbusters Actor Attacked in New York

Surveillance video shows Rick Moranis fall to the ground

(Newser) - Rick Moranis was out walking in Manhattan on Thursday morning when an apparent stranger sucker-punched him in the head—and it was all caught on video, the New York Daily News reports. The Ghostbusters actor, 67, was near his Upper West Side apartment when the stranger knocked him to the... More »

Japanese Celeb Found Dead by Her Husband

Yuko Takeuchi died by suspected suicide

(Newser) - A Japanese actress known as the female Sherlock Holmes has apparently killed herself—which, if confirmed, continues a spate of suicides among Japanese entertainers. Yuko Takeuchi was found at home Sunday by her husband without a note, but Variety reports that it looks like suicide. "It came all of... More »

Phillip Seymour Hoffman's Son Nabs First Starring Role

Cooper Hoffman to star in film from Paul Thomas Anderson

(Newser) - The son of late Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman is following in his father's footsteps, set to appear in an upcoming film alongside Bradley Cooper. Cooper Hoffman, 17, plays the main character, a child actor, in Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled coming-of-age drama, set in the San Fernando Valley... More »

Hollywood Actor Is Working in Construction

Armie Hammer is living with a pal after marital split

(Newser) - Call Me by Your Name actor Armie Hammer says he's living with a pal and working in construction these days, People reports. The 34-year-old posted an Instagram message some two months after splitting with wife Elizabeth Chambers: "This [is] one of my best friends, Ashton," he wrote... More »

Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43

Boseman, who also played Black icons Jackie Robinson, James Brown, died of colon cancer

(Newser) - Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal "Black Panther" in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer, his representative said. He was 43. Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and... More »

Lea Michele Finally Has Some Good News

She and hubby Zandy Reich welcome a child into the world

(Newser) - Lea Michele is a mom of a baby boy, the AP reports. A representative for Michele said Sunday that the former Glee star gave birth to her son on Aug. 20. She and her husband Zandy Reich welcomed their first child together. Michele announced her pregnancy on Instagram in May.... More »

Gone With the Wind Star Is Dead at 104

The Oscar-winning actress enjoyed a career well beyond the famous film

(Newser) - Olivia de Havilland, the doe-eyed actress beloved to millions as the sainted Melanie Wilkes of Gone With the Wind, but also a two-time Oscar winner and an off-screen fighter who challenged and unchained Hollywood's contract system, died Sunday at her home in Paris. She was 104, the AP reports.... More »

Enter the Dragon Co-Star Dies

Golden Globe winner played hundreds of roles, including one alongside Bruce Lee

(Newser) - John Saxon, an American actor of Italian descent who played a Mexican bandit and a Middle East tycoon, died Saturday at age 83. The cause of death was pneumonia, per the Hollywood Reporter . His best-known roles were in three of Wes Craven's Nightmare on Elm Street films and with... More »

He's Been in the ICU for 79 Days. Finally, a Visit With His Wife

Broadway star Nick Cordero, recovering from COVID-19, sees Amanda Kloots

(Newser) - Nick Cordero is no longer testing positive for COVID-19, but the Broadway star is still in bad shape at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. On Friday, however, there was a bright spot, when his wife, Amanda Kloots, was finally able to visit him in person in the ICU after... More »

Cate Blanchett: 1, Chainsaw: Zero

Actress doing OK after lockdown accident left her with a 'little nick to the head'

(Newser) - If you've been having a hard time stuck at home during the pandemic, consider yourself lucky you haven't been attacked by a chainsaw (unless you have, in which case ... carry on). During a podcast conversation with ex-Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Cate Blanchett revealed just such a thing... More »

Steve Buscemi Has 'Seen It All'

Gabriella Paiella profiles the iconic actor a year after the death of his wife

(Newser) - Most of us know Steve Buscemi from the likes of Fargo, The Sopranos, and Boardwalk Empire. But do we really know him? The iconic actor has pretty much "seen it all," writes Gabriella Paiella in a revealing profile for GQ . That includes Buscemi (who pronounces his last name... More »

Seinfeld Alum Dead at 87

Veteran character actor Richard Herd, who played George Costanza's boss on 'Seinfeld,' dead at 87

(Newser) - Most TV watchers will recognize him as Mr. Wilhelm on Seinfeld, but character actor Richard Herd had a rich, decades-long career on the stage, big screen, and TV beyond his famous sitcom turn. The veteran thespian died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home of cancer-related complications, his wife of 40... More »

Deepfake Video Puts Trump in Independence Day

And Bill Pullman responds

(Newser) - President Trump, leading the charge in Independence Day? Yep, Trump tweeted Saturday a deepfake video of himself superimposed on footage of the classic blockbuster—so now it's Trump giving Bill Pullman's rousing speech to pilots about uniting for battle against extraterrestrial invaders, Deadline reports. Superimposed on pilots' faces... More »

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