Martin Landau, a veteran actor whose work has spanned the big screen and small screen, died Saturday afternoon at UCLA Medical Center.
He was 89 years old.
According to TMZ, which broke this sad piece of news, Landau passed away at approximately 1:30 p.m. local time.
He had just recently been hospitalized for unknown reasons and had suffered a few health-related complications before passing away.
Among the many impressive credits to his name, Landau starred in such films as Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, Tim Burton's Ed Wood (for which he won an Academy Award) and Cleopatra.
Within the realm of television, Landau is likely best known for his role on the series Mission: Impossible.
He left that show after three seasons due to a contract dispute.
Landau, who started work as a cartoon, got his major acting breaking playing a gay henchman in the aforementioned Hitchcock classic, which came out in 1959.
At that time, of course, portraying a homosexual man in a movie was not a common occurrence.
Landau received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) and again a year later in the same category for Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors.
He finally won his lone Oscar in 1994.
Perhaps most famously, however, the beloved actor actually turned down the role of Mr. Spock on the NBC series Star Trek; it ended up going to Leonard Nimoy, of course.
“I turned down Star Trek. It would’ve been torturous,” the star said during a 2011 edition of the PBS documentary series Pioneers of Television, adding at that time:
“I would’ve probably died playing that role. I mean, even the thought of it now upsets me.
"It was the antithesis of why I became an actor. I mean, to play a character that Lenny (Nimoy) was better suited for, frankly, a guy who speaks in a monotone who never gets excited, never has any guilt, never has any fear or was affected on a visceral level.
"Who wants to do that?"
Throughout his amazing career, Landau befriended such legends as James Dean and Jack Nicholson, while he briefly dated Marilyn Monroe.
Toward the end of his career Landau earned Emmy Award nominations for playing the father of Anthony LaPaglia’s character on Without a Trace and for guest-starring as an out-of-touch movie producer on Entourage.
He portrayed billionaire J. Howard Marshall, the 90-year-old husband of Anna Nicole Smith, in a 2013 Lifetime biopic about the late model; and starred opposite Christopher Plummer in Remember in 2015.
Expect many tributes from Hollywood greats to come pouring in as news of his death spreads.
Altogether, he appeared in close to 200 movies and television shows.
May Martin Landau rest in peace.
The 2017 Academy Awards aired live on Sunday night from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.
Jimmy Kimmel served as host. Matt Damon served as his foil. And La La Land served notice: It is now one of the most-honored films in the history of Hollywood.
It musical even had a chance to set the record for most Oscars won in a single ceremony.
Did it set this mark? Did it take home the grandest prize of them all? Who were the victors in the major categories? Scroll down for a full rundown!
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences
Best Animated Feature
La La Land
Best Costume Design
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Best Documentary Feature
O.J.: Made in America
Best Documentary Short
The White Helmets
Best Film Editing
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
La La Land
City of Stars from La La Land
Best Production Design
La La Land
Best Animated Short
Best Live Action Short
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Visual Effects
The Jungle Book
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
Manchester by the Sea
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Emma Stone, La La Land
Bill Paxton - the actor known for a wide array of roles over the course of his 40-year career in Hollywood - has passed away unexpectedly.
He was 61 years old.
Paxton's family broke the news of the beloved TV and film star's death in a statement issued just moments ago.
“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the statement reads.
Details are scarce, and the statement offered no information with regard to the nature of the surgical procedure.
Paxton starred in some of the biggest blockbusters of the '80s and '90s, including Twister, Titanic, and Aliens.
He also gave unforgettable performances in a number of highly-acclaimed films that have since come to be considered classics.
Tombstone, Apollo 13, and A Simple Plan are just a few of Bill's roles that made him one of the all-time greats in the business.
In addition to his film work, Paxton was also a highly regarded television actor, especially within the last decade.
He played the lead in HBO's critically-acclaimed and fan-beloved polygamy drama Big Love for five seasons.
Paxton was also nominated an Emmy for his work in the 2012 miniseries The Hatfields and the McCoys.
Bill was starring in the CBS series Training Day at the time of his death.
"Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable," the statement from the Paxton family reads.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1955, Paxton was present at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
A photo of an 8-year-old Bill being lifted onto his father's shoulders still hangs in a museum commemorating the assassination.
Paxton played a number of bit parts in low-budget films upon first moving to Hollywood before landing his big break.
It was after making the acquaintance of a young director named James Cameron on the set 1984's The Terminator that his career really took off.
Paxton went on to star in some of Cameron's best-known films, including Titanic, a movie that shattered every box office record in the books.
Upon its release in 1997, no film had made nearly as much money as the epic love story, which remains a classic two decades later.
Among action film fanatics, Paxton's varied and widely successful body of work has earned him this fun distinction:
He is one of only two actors to be confronted by a Terminator (The Terminator), a Xenomorph (Aliens), and a Predator (Predator 2).
Tributes to Paxton from family, friends, and fans began pouring in on Twitter just minutes after news of his death went public.
Instantly, grieving fans have made him the world's number one trending topic, which is a testament to the impact of his life.
Paxton is survived by a wife and two children. Our thoughts are with them and all of his family and friends at this time.
La La Land is one of the most successful movies of the year.
It's evident that it's going to be a force to be reckoned with at the 2017 Academy Awards.
But will it win EVERYthing? Scroll down for our predictions.
1. Best Picture: La La Land
2. Best Director: La La Land
3. Best Actor: Casey Affleck
4. Best Actress: Emma Stone
5. Best Supporting Actor: Dev Patel
6. Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis
The people have officially spoken.
But what did they say?
On Wednesday night, Joel McHale hosted the 2017 People's Choice Awards, a ceremony dedicated to the world of music, movies and television.
Comprised of 64 categories, the event featured trophies awarded to various singers, shows, actors and actresses based solely on the votes of the viewing and listening public.
So... who took home the biggest prizes?
Scroll down for a look at the winners in every category:
Favorite Humanitarian: Tyler Perry
Favorite Movie: “Finding Dory”
Favorite Movie Actor: Ryan Reynolds
Favorite Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Action Movie: “Deadpool”
Favorite Action Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
Favorite Action Movie Actress: Margot Robbie
Favorite Comedic Movie: “Bad Moms”
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Kevin Hart
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Melissa McCarthy
Favorite Dramatic Movie: “Me Before You”
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Tom Hanks
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress: Blake Lively
Favorite Family Movie: “Finding Dory”
Favorite Animated Movie Voice: Ellen DeGeneres, “Finding Dory”
Favorite Thriller Movie: “The Girl on the Train”
Favorite Movie Icon: Johnny Depp
TV Favorite TV Show: “Outlander”
Favorite Network TV Comedy: “The Big Bang Theory”
Favorite Comedic TV Actor: Jim Parsons
Favorite Comedic TV Actress: Sofia Vergara
Favorite Network TV Drama: “Grey’s Anatomy”
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor: Justin Chambers
Favorite Dramatic TV Actress: Priyanka Chopra
Favorite Cable TV Comedy: “Baby Daddy”
Favorite Cable TV Drama: “Bates Motel”
Favorite Cable TV Actor: Freddie Highmore
Favorite Cable TV Actress: Vera Farmiga
Favorite TV Crime Drama: “Criminal Minds”
Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor: Mark Harmon
Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress: Jennifer Lopez
Favorite Premium Drama Series: “Orange is the New Black”
Favorite Premium Comedy Series: “Fuller House”
Favorite Premium Series Actor: Dwayne Johnson
Favorite Premium Series Actress: Sarah Jessica Parker
Favorite Network Sci-fi/Fantasy TV Show: “Supernatural”
Favorite Cable Sci-fi/Fantasy TV Show: “The Walking Dead”
Favorite Premium Sci-fi/Fantasy TV Show: “Outlander”
Favorite Fantasy Sci-fi Actor: Sam Heughan
Favorite Fantasy Sci-fi Actress: Caitriona Balfe
Favorite Competition TV Show: “The Voice”
Favorite Animated TV Show: “The Simpsons”
Favorite Actor in a New TV Series: Matt LeBlanc
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series: Kristen Bell
Favorite New TV Comedy: “Man with a Plan”
Favorite New TV Drama: “This Is Us”
Favorite Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Daytime Hosting Team: “GMA”
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: Jimmy Fallon
Favorite Male Artist: Justin Timberlake
Favorite Female Artist: Britney Spears
Favorite Group: Fifth Harmony
Favorite Breakout Artist: Niall Horan
Favorite Male Country Artist: Blake Shelton
Favorite Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Country Group: Little Big Town
Favorite Pop Artist: Britney Spears
Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: G-Eazy
Favorite R&B Artist: Rihanna
Favorite Album: “If I’m Honest,” Blake Shelton
Favorite Song: “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Justin Timberlake
DIGITAL Favorite Social Media Star: Cameron Dallas
Favorite Social Media Celebrity: Britney Spears
Favorite YouTube Star: Lilly Singh
Favorite Comedic Collaboration: Ellen DeGeneres and Britney Spears’ “Mall Mischief”
What do you think of all the winners?
Sound off below!
Johnny Depp may or may not have been involved in the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt divorce.
There may or may not be a chance that Depp and Jolie actually hook up in the wake of the latter's split from her husband of two years.
But here's something we can say for certain about Depp:
He is most definitely NOT anywhere to be found in the first trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Disney has given fans of this franchise its first look at the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, dropped a teaser that focuses primarily in new villain Captain Salazar.
He will be played by Javier Bardem and he has an oddly polite message to send Depp's Jack Sparrow in the following trailer.
(Sorry, Depp's CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow, we mean.)
But Depp's absence from the preview is notable for two reasons:
First, can you imagine Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp?!?
His Oscar-nominated portrayal of the big screen's most famous captain is the main reason why it found so much success in the first place... and why movies in this franchise continue to get made.
Depp will be featured prominently in the film, of course, but it seems like promotional suicide not to include him in the trailer.
This brings up to point number-two, however:
Is he not featured in the trailer due to the negative news that has been surrounding Depp for months?
In mid-August, Depp settled his divorce case with Amber Heard.
He gave the actress $7 million as part of the settlement and released a statement that seemed to admit to some bad behavior, most notably the part that read:
"Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm."
The resolution followed numerous accusations that Depp was physically and verbally abusive of his famous wife, often lashing out at her in drunken tirades.
One was even caught on film (by Heard) and it paints a very ugly picture of the veteran actor.
See for herself now:
There was even talk that Depp cut off his own finger during one of these tantrums.
So it's certainly worth keeping an eye on just how Disney and Depp handle this delicate situation as the release date for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales creeps closer and closer.
Will he make the media rounds?
Again, it would seem crazy for him not to appear on every possible talk show in order to promote this blockbuster.
But it also seems like his alleged history of domestic abuse would serve as a distraction as he did so.
In addition to Depp and Bardem, Orlando Bloom will reprise his role as Will Turner in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, while Geoffrey Rush returns to play Hector Barbossa.
New characters will include Carina Smyth, played by Kaya Scodelario; and Haifaa Meni, played by Golshifteh Farahani.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on May 26, 2017.
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Very sad news out of Hollywood today:
Garry Marshall, the beloved film director and the creator of numerous beloved TV shows, has passed away.
He was 81 years old.
Access Hollywood was the first outlet to confirm this news, with sister Penny Marshall confirming her brother's passing to CBS News.
No other details regarding his death are available at this time.
Marshall created and executive produced some of the most popular sitcoms in small screen history; such as Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Odd Couple and Mork & Mindy.
He rose to prominence as a movie director by helming Julia Roberts' breakout hit, Pretty Woman.
It was released in 1990, earned Roberts an Academy Awards nomination and grossed $463 million around the globe.
His most recent film was the April release Mother's Day, which reunited him with Julia Roberts.
The full list of movies Marshall directed would be too long to recite here, but among his best known pieces of work were:
Overboard (1987), Beaches (1988), Frankie and Johnny (1991), Dear God (1996), The Other Sister (1999), Runaway Bride (1999), The Princess Diaries (2001), Valentine’s Day (2010) and New Year’s Eve (2011).
Overall, Marshall developed and created 14 television programs and executive produced more than 1,000 half-hour episodes.
In 1970, he broke on to the scene when developed an adaptation of Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple” for ABC.
The show earned numerous Emmy Award nods for its stars and for its writing.
Marshall was later responsible for Happy Days, the top-rated show on television in 1976-1977.
“Both of-their-time and timeless, his shows are a gentle, generous, comic mirror held up to late mid-century America,” WGA West president Christopher Keyser said in January of 2014 when it was announced that Marshall would receive the guild’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.
“And no one is a finer or funnier chronicler of friendship - male or female (or alien).”
Marshall personally earned five Emmy Award nominations and was the recipient of Women in Film’s Lucy Award in 1996 and the Producers Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Television in 1998.
In 1997, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Science’s Hall of Fame.
Marshall is survived by his wife, Barbara, to whom he was married since 1963; son Scott, a film director; and daughters Lori, an actress and casting director, and Kathleen, an actress.
He is also survived by a number of grandchildren; and sisters Penny Marshall, an actress and film director, and Ronny Hallin, a TV producer.
We send our condolences to all who knew Garry Marshall well.
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Unlike minorities working in the film industry, you're sure to win big!
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2. Best Actress: Brie Larson
3. Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone
4. Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander
5. Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight
6. Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short
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