Celebrated stage and film producer Stanley Chase has died at the age of 87. The Brooklyn, New York native passed away at a nursing home in Santa Monica, California on Tuesday (07Oct14), his wife Dorothy reveals to the Los Angeles Times.
Chase began his career in the theatre and shot to fame with a 1954 Off Broadway production of Threepenny Opera, starring Bea Arthur, Charlotte Rae and John Astin. Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy later joined the line-up for the show, which featured hit song Mack the Knife.
His work on the production earned him and co-producer Carmen Capalbo a Special Tony Award in 1956.
Chase's other theatre credits included 1950s Broadway shows A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O'Neill, and The Potting Shed.
He also worked in the film industry, producing Joseph Sargent's The Hell With Heroes (1968) and The Forbin Project (1970), as well as a movie adaptation of Threepenny Opera, which was released in 1989.
Unpublished photographs from assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy's wedding are set to be auctioned off in Massachusetts. The collection of 13 original negatives featuring Kennedy and his bride Jackie will be part of an RR Auction later this month (Oct14).
Event spokesperson Bobby Livingston tells WENN, "The images were taken by a freelance photographer, Arthur Burges, who had been asked to be a 'back-up' photographer for the wedding. They were discovered by family members in his darkroom after his passing in 1993."
An auction house spokesman adds, "The Kennedys were married on 12 September, 1953, at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island. The wedding was considered the social event of the season with an estimated 700 guests at the ceremony and 1,200 at the reception that would follow. The entire event was chronicled by Life magazine.
"Each negative measures 3.75 x 5, four feature the newlywed couple, two show the entire wedding party, and the remainder show the cake, reception, and wedding attendees."
Among the other items going under the hammer at the auction are a rare holiday card signed by the Kennedys days before the President was killed, various pieces of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia and a letter John Lennon wrote to a West Hollywood boutique-clothing store.
The online auction runs until 15 October (14).
A lost Sherlock Holmes silent film has been discovered by movie experts in France. The 1916 picture starring actor William Gillette as the titular detective was believed to have been lost for good until it was found by film buffs at the Cinematheque Francaise archive in Paris.
They have teamed up with organisers of the San Francisco Film Festival in California to create a digital restoration of the movie, which will be unveiled at the Cinamatheque Francais' festival of film restoration in Paris in January (15).
The movie, directed by Arthur Berthelet, is the only surviving copy of Gillette's performance as Holmes and his only role preserved on film.
Gillette frequently portrayed Holmes on stage, and is known as the leading interpreter of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic character.
Character actor Don Keefer has died at the age of 98. The star passed away of natural cases in Sherman Oaks, California on 7 September (14).
Keefer made his film debut in the 1951 movie adaption of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman. He went on to star in several TV shows and films including The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke and The Way We Were.
In addition to his film and TV work, Keefer was a founding member of the Actors Studio in New York.
Dame Helen Mirren looks so well for her age that a body double 39 years her junior has been hired for her new movie Eye In The Sky.
The Queen actress wowed fans with her figure when she was famously pictured in a red bikini in 2008, and she frequently receives comments that she looks more youthful than her 69 years. Her body is in such great shape that 30 year old Fleur Van Eeden has been hired to stand in for Mirren for some scenes in the war thriller, which is being filmed in Cape Town, South Africa.
Eeden tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "It's amazing to be playing her body double when I'm 40 years younger her. But Helen looks fantastic... No way does she look her age - she looks amazing. I want to look like that when I'm 69." Mirren will play a colonel leading a drone operation in Eye in the Sky, which also stars Alan Rickman and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul. It is due for release next year (15).
Spanish-born actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey is set to romance Charlie Hunnam onscreen after landing the role of Guinevere in Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. Sons of Anarchy star Hunnam signed on to play the title character in the medieval movie last month (Aug14), and now director Guy Ritchie has found his queen in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' Berges-Frisbey, according to Deadline.com.
Hunnam's Pacific Rim co-star Idris Elba has also been cast in the movie, playing a knight named Bedivere, who trains Arthur for battle. Elizabeth Olsen will also appear in the film.
Tennis champion Martina Navratilova proposed to her long-term girlfriend on a big screen at the U.S. Open tournament on Saturday (06Sep14). The former world number one tennis player asked her girlfriend Julia Lemigova to marry her in front of a large crowd which had just finished watching Novak Djokovic's semi-final match.
The 57 year old appeared on the screen at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York and the Russian model said yes to rounds of cheers and applause.
Afterwards, Navratilova said, "I have been waiting for the right time to ask Julia to marry me... I thought this was the right place and the right time to pop the question and thankfully I got a 'yes'."
The couple has been dating for six years.
British actress Keira Knightley has shed her squeaky clean image by baring her breasts for a racy magazine photoshoot.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actress stripped off for the provocative image in fashion magazine Interview, wearing only black lace gloves and black trousers while sporting soaking wet hair and a belly button piercing.
The 29 year old was pictured by fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier for the magazine's September 2014 issue, which also includes risque shoots featuring Nicole Kidman and Naomi Campbell. Knightley is no stranger to baring her breasts on film - she went topless in movies including The Jacket and A Dangerous Method. She also publicly criticised a promo poster for her film King Arthur in 2004 as artists had digitally enhanced the size of her chest.
Actor Charlie Hunnam is nearing a deal to play the titular role in director Guy Ritchie's upcoming film, Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur. The Sons of Anarchy star is in final negotiations to join the filmmaker's medieval movie, according to TheWrap.com.
The role will reunite Hunnam with his Pacific Rim co-star Idris Elba, who has already been tapped to play a knight named Bedivere, who trains Arthur for battle.
Hunnam is nearing the end of his seven-season run on biker drama Sons of Anarchy, and recently wrapped a second film with Pacific Rim director Guillermo de Toro, called Crimson Peak.
Lady Gaga has joined the celebrities taking the Ice Bucket Challenge for Lou Gehrig's Disease research in typical dramatic fashion. The bikini-clad pop star has uploaded a video of herself pouring a silver serving dish full of ice-cold water over her head while seated in a chair online. She says nothing in the footage, but posted the message: "#IceBucketChallenge #ALS #SharePainShowCompassion I nominate Adele, Michael Rapino, Vincent Herbert, and Arthur Fogel #RichPeople."
Stars like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Jon Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder and Gwen Stefani also joined the challenge over the weekend (16-17Aug14), posting videos online of their chilly water moments.
Vedder took the task on after Pearl Jam bandmate Mike McCready called on him and the rest of the group to join him in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Alive singer nominated pal Bruce Springsteen, One Direction star Niall Horan and actor Tim Robbins to follow his example.
The celebrities are being nominated by famous friends to take on the icy bucket blast or donate to charity. Most stars are doing both.
The campaign has been a big boost to charities connected to Lou Gehrig's Disease, aka ALS - more than $13 million (GBP7.6 million) has been raised since the end of May (14) and there have been over 1.2 million bucket challenge videos posted on Facebook.com.