Mike Nichols

by Norm Gregory on November 21, 2014

in Hot Topics, Movies

Mike Nichols escaped from Nazi Germany, founded Second City, won a Grammy, a Tony, an Oscar and discovered Dustin Hoffman. Before he was 40.

And produced my all time favorite movie: The Remains of the Day

Mike Nichols, Celebrated Director, Dies at 83
Mike Nichols, one of America’s most celebrated directors, whose long, protean résumé of critic- and crowd-pleasing work earned him adulation both on Broadway and in Hollywood, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 83.

His death was announced by James Goldston, the president of ABC News. Mr. Nichols was married to the ABC broadcaster Diane Sawyer. A network spokeswoman said the cause was cardiac arrest, giving no other details. ● More: NYTimes.com

Mike Nichols, Crafter Of Films, Plays, Dies At 83
A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence.

Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several Emmys and a Grammy. He made up the lanky half of his groundbreaking comic duo with Elaine May. As a director, he made countless performers — from Dustin Hoffman to Melanie Griffith — into stars. To acclaim, he adapted Edward Albee, Neil Simon, Tony Kushner and Arthur Miller. ● More: The Washington Post

Award-Winning Director Mike Nichols Dies At 83
Award-winning director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83, ABC News announced in a statement.

“He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime,” ABC News President James Goldston said in the statement. ● More: The Two-Way : NPR

Julia Roberts Remembers Mike Nichols: He Was ‘Like No Other’ – Charlie Wilson’s War, Closer, Julia Roberts, Mike Nichols
Julia Roberts has joined the film community in remembering Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at the age of 83.

“There are so few heroes in our world. So few impeccable craftsmen, so few people who personify unconditional love and friendship. Mike Nichols was like no other. In every way he was remarkable and amazing,” the actress, 47, tells PEOPLE in a statement. ● More: People.com

Whoopi Goldberg Breaks Down When Talking About Mike Nichols
Whoopi Goldberg broke down on “The View” Thursday in the wake of Mike Nichols’ death.

The daytime talk show host and actress attempted to deliver the news about her dear friend and mentor’s passing, but was overcome by grief. ● More: NY Daily News

Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino: 20 Best Performances In Mike Nichols Films
I hated waking up to the Mike Nichols news this morning. That’s losing one of the titans right there. That’s a loss that you don’t fully register until the lack of that artistic voice is later felt in a deep way. But as I always say, we have the work. We have the movies. So the voice, in its way, does endure. And what Nichols’ gift to cinema really was, in so many ways, was how fruitful his collaborations with his actors were and the truths that seemed to only be discovered under his watch. ● More: www.hitfix.com

Stars React To Death Of Mike Nichols
The death of legendary Hollywood and Broadway director Mike Nichols provoked an outpouring of grief across the nation and world. Here are some comments from prominent celebrities: ● More: NY Daily News


Bob Dylan On Eddie Cochran And The Beatles

by Norm Gregory on November 20, 2014

in Daily Items, Music


‘Longmire’ Back For Season Four

by Norm Gregory on November 20, 2014

in Television

I grew to like Longmire . . so I call this good news.

Netflix Picks Up Longmire; Previously Canceled by A&E
Longmire fans’ dedication to saving the show has paid off. I’ve learned that Netflix, following several weeks of negotiations, has closed a deal for a 10-episode fourth season of the drama series to premiere in 2015 in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The news comes less than three months after Longmire‘s surprise cancellation by A&E after three seasons. It triggered one of the biggest outpourings of fan support ever for an axed TV series. The cast members, led by Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff, have all made their deals for Season 4. That doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone will return — Season 3 ended in a cliffhanger, with characters’ lives in the balance, and I hear an exit is likely. More about the plot of Season 4 in a moment. ● More: Deadline

Netflix Picks Up ‘Longmire’ for Season 4
Netflix has ordered 10 new episodes of Western-flavored crime drama “Longmire” for 2015.

The series ran for three seasons on A&E Network, developing a small but passionate following that loudly protested its cancellation. Warner Horizon Television has licensed the show to Netflix for the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. ● More: Variety