Legendary runner Sir Roger Bannister has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The former athlete, 85, who famously became the first man to run a four-minute mile in 1954, is struggling to walk after battling the illness for three years.
The star, who worked as a neurologist after hanging up his running shoes, tells BBC Radio Oxford, "I am having trouble walking. Ironically it is a neurological disorder - Parkinson's. I have seen patients with so many disorders that I am not surprised I have acquired an illness."
Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore were among the stars who gathered in London on Sunday (23Jun13) to remember director Michael Winner at a memorial service. The Death Wish filmmaker died at his home in the U.K. capital in January (13) after a long battle with liver disease.
A number of famous faces attended Sunday's service at the National Police Memorial in St James’s Park, where a plaque was unveiled in honour of Winner, who established the Police Memorial Trust in the mid-1980s.
Sir Roger applauded his pal's dedication to the organisation, telling the crowd, "His greatest achievement is why we're here today. My father was a police officer stationed at Bow Street, and when Michael Caine and I made a film together with Michael Winner, I was impersonating a police officer and Mr Winner arranged that I could have a uniform that bore my father's number PC168E, which I wore with great pride.
"But now, we're here because of the very fine and noble work that Michael did in establishing the Police Memorial Trust to mark the places where brave and mainly unarmed police officers gave their lives for our safety, for our protection."
Sir Michael Caine also stepped up to speak about his friend of more than 50 years, and revealed of their first meeting, "He was the kindest, nicest, most gentle person you could think of - and that is where I was completely wrong. He was the most miserable son-of-a-b**ch once you got to know him...
"He was testing you, and he always tested people to see how far you would go before you disliked him. I said to him, 'Michael, you can go as far as you like with me. I will never dislike you. Do you understand that?' He said, 'Yes, I've got it'. And then he became my friend. And, as many of you will not believe, he became a tender, gentle person with me all my life."
British TV personality Sir Michael Parkinson, veteran entertainer Cilla Black and Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone also attended the ceremony.
Bob Hoskins, the English actor likely known best for his roles in the films Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Hook, has announced that he will be retiring from acting, following a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. "Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time ..." Hoskins agent said in a statement according to BBC. "He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career."
Although Hoskins' performing career dates back to the early 1970s, including classic pieces like Pink Floyd's The Wall and Brazil, modern audiences are likely most familiar with the actor for his starring role in 1988's groundbreaking melding of live action and animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Hoskins played gruff, embittered, toon-hating detective Eddie Valiant, who turns over a new leaf when he teams up with the titular cartoon character to solve a murder mystery. Hoskins was also a fan favorite in the '91 Peter Pan flick Hook, taking on the lovable, oafish pirate sidekick Smee.
Some of Hoskins' other cinematic roles in the past two decades include the video game hero in the goofy Super Mario Bros. '93 movie, J. Edgar Hoover in '95's Nixon, and Nikita Khrushchev in 2001's Enemy at the Gates. Hoskins also appeared in the 2002 rom-com Maid in Manhattan and the 2005 surreal thriller Stay. Most recently, Hoskins played the role of Muir, one of the princess' dwarf allies in the Kristen Stewart picture Snow White and the Huntsman.
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The 69 year old's representative announced the news on Wednesday (08Aug12), revealing the actor was diagnosed with the same degenerative condition as Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox last year (11).
A statement issued by his publicist reads: "Bob Hoskins wishes to announce that he will be retiring from acting, following his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease last autumn.
"He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career. Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time."
Hoskins began his screen career in the late 1960s and became known for his performances in 1980's The Long Good Friday, which won him a Best Actor Oscar nomination, and Mona Lisa in 1986.
He also gained critical acclaim for his turn in 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit, in addition to appearances in Mermaids (1990) and the Peter Pan tale Hook (1991).
Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.
The 85-year-old screen veteran passed away on Wednesday (29Sep10) after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Nevada.
Caine was among the first to pay tribute and he shared his special memories of the Some Like It Hot star, including their first meeting when he was prompted to stop smoking after Curtis destroyed his personal tobacco stash.
He tells Sky News, "I just learned myself (about Curtis' death) and it was a terrible shock and instantly I remembered the first time I'd met him. I was at a party, it was in winter and there was a fire and I was chain-smoking at the time, smoking a lot of cigarettes.
"I took one cigarette and lit it with another and threw the dog end (butt) in the fire. I was stood there talking to someone and suddenly I felt a hand in my inside pocket and they took out my cigarettes and chucked them in the fire. I looked up and it was Tony Curtis.
"I'd never met him and he was very famous. I said, 'What did you do that for?' And he said, 'You're going to die Michael if you keep doing that.' I didn't give them up then but I did give them up eventually."
But Caine insists Curtis didn't live by his own health warnings, adding, "He took all my cigarettes and threw them in the fire - and two weeks later he was caught at Heathrow airport with marijuana."
Other stars to pay tribute to Curtis on Thursday (30Sep10) included his friend Sir Roger Moore, who said, "I'm very sad... He was a hell of a good actor. I shall miss him."
Burlesque beauty Dita Von Teese wrote on on her Twitter.com blog, "Sad to hear of the passing of the great Tony Curtis," while British talk show host Sir Michael Parkinson added, "He was an extraordinary man. Hollywood tried to make him into a sex symbol in the 1950s and 1960s but he was his own man. He was a great chat show guest and was wonderfully indiscreet but he was very bright and did not take himself too seriously."
The musicians rocked with the Back to the Future star, who suffers from the disease, at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel for the A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To Cure Parkinson's benefit gig.
Rescue Me star Denis Leary hosted the concert, while Fox's actress wife Tracy Pollan told guests how important it is to raise funds to find a cure for Parkinson's.
They were joined by a number of A-list guests turned out to support the fundraiser - Scarlett Johansson and husband Ryan Reynolds, Martin Scorsese and Ben Stiller were all in the audience.
Fox was diagnosed with the disease in 1991.