We won't be seeing Barbara Walters on TV much longer. ABC revealed late Sunday night that Walters will be retiring from TV journalism, stating that she will be making the official announcement on The View Monday morning.
Until then, Walters will continue to act as an anchor and report on major news stories. She will also continue to appear on The View. "I am very happy with my decision," Walters told People, "and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead."
"I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain," Walters added. "I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women — and, okay, some men, too — who will be taking my place."
After nearly 40 years at ABC News and more than 50 years in the business, Walters will be retiring at the age of 84. She will still remain the executive producer of The View.
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Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards nominations were announced Wednesday, with the ABC soap All My Children leading the pack with 17 nominations--more than any other show on daytime TV. CBS' Guiding Light was close behind with 14 nods while PBS' Sesame Street earned 13.
ABC was also the winner in the network race, collecting 59 nominations. CBS was followed with 52 nods and PBS with 47.
The major categories were announced live on the ABC morning talk show The View, which snagged nominations in the categories of talk show and talk show host (for Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and the now-departed Lisa Ling). The show, which debuted in 1996, has never won an Emmy.
As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful, Port Charles and The Young and the Restless all received nominations for best drama, while last year's winner, One Life To Live, was shut out.
For lead actor in a drama series, the nominees were Anthony Geary (General Hospital), Maurice Benard (General Hospital), Grant Aleksander (Guiding Light), Ricky Paull Goldin (Guiding Light), Thorsten Kaye (Port Charles) and Doug Davidson (The Young and the Restless).
For lead actress in a drama series, the nominees were Susan Flannery (The Bold and the Beautiful), Nancy Lee Grahn (General Hospital), Kim Zimmer (Guiding Light), Eileen Davidson (The Young and the Restless) and Michelle Stafford (The Young and the Restless).
Conspicuously missing from the nominations was All My Children star Susan Lucci. Carolyn Hinsey, Soap Opera Weekly Executive Editor, told The Associated Press that Lucci wasn't among those on the list because her character, Erika Cane, had relatively little exposure on the soap last year.
Oprah Winfrey protégé Dr. Phil McGraw received a nomination in the talk show host category for his syndicated self-help program, Dr. Phil. Comedian Wayne Brady also received a talk show nod for The Wayne Brady Show.
Hollywood Squares, Jeopardy!, The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune and Win Ben Stein's Money were nominated in the game or audience participation category.
Art Linkletter, former host of Kids Say the Darndest Things, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award this year when the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences hands out The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 16 at Radio City Music Hall. ABC will broadcast the ceremony live.
Robert Iler, who plays the son of Tony Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos, was arrested early Wednesday with three other youths in New York and charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of marijuana possession.
The 16-year-old actor was arrested after the police reportedly saw Iler and his friends robbing two teens of $40 in Manhattan's Upper East Side, The Associated Press said.
According to police records, Iler was released after posting $2,500 bail. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Michael Cournede, 19, and Alban Selimaj, 16, pleaded innocent to two counts of second-degree robbery. The fourth suspect, 15, will face charges in Family Court because of his age.
Iler didn't threaten anyone or hear anyone ask for money, Steven Mintz, Iler's lawyer, said.
"He only learned what had happened much later when he was picked up," Mintz told AP.
In a statement following his arrest, Iler said he felt embarrassed about the incident and was sorry for the difficulty it caused his family and friends. He also maintained his innocence, claiming he would never rob anyone.
Iler's mother, Helen, told AP that this was the first time her son had been in trouble and that he is not like the troublemaker he plays in The Sopranos.
Iler could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted on the top count of robbery. A hearing is set for Monday.
Despite Iler's arrest, HBO spokeswoman Tobe Becker said that the cable network is looking forward to Iler returning to The Sopranos when production resumes in the fall.
Iler began acting at 6 years old, when he appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial. He made his first film, The Tic Code, at 10 years old.
Iler's mother told reporters that it was the first and last time her son would ever get into trouble.
Stardom causes problems for some teens
Child actors have a reputation for screwing up their lives. Former child actors who have survived a Hollywood upbringing are often praised just for being normal.
What happens to child actors that leads them too often to a life of crime and drugs?
Paul Petersen, who played Jeff on The Donna Reed Show, said he thinks that child actors are more vulnerable because of their parents. They quickly learn that approval is a simple matter of liking what their parents like.
"Seeking approval is a key feature of being a child along with fearing abandonment and the fear of falling … and children are very quick to pick up the vibes," Petersen said in a statement on a Web site for the nonprofit organization A Minor Consideration.
Petersen started A Minor Consideration to help and support child actors.
Children often feel trapped and have a hard time explaining to their parents that they do not want to continue in show business, he said.
"The profile of this family is familiar," he said. "Undereducated, often a single-parent home with a crushing debt load, and parents willing to sacrifice their careers for their child."
Petersen calls this the old lottery thinking: "You give me a dollar, and I'll give you 56 cents."
If found guilty, Iler will join an unpopular but large club of troubled Hollywood teens.
In May, 18-year-old Brad Renfro was charged with underage drinking after police pulled him and a friend over after the driver reportedly failed to signal when changing lanes. Renfro was already on probation from an incident last year in which he and a friend tried to steal a 45-foot yacht in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., during the filming of the upcoming Bully. The duo however, failed to untie the boat's dockline and ended up causing $175,000 worth of damages to the vessel. Witnesses held the two until police arrived. In 1998, Renfro was arrested for drug possession. The actor has appeared in 12 films.
Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin also made headlines as a child. The third of seven kids, Culkin had a bitter ongoing feud with his father, Kit Culkin, who managed his career. At 14, he no longer wanted to act and told his family and representatives that he just wanted to go to school and make friends. He later told Barbara Walters on an interview with 20/20 that the four years he spent in Hollywood with his father were all work and no play and often felt discouraged by the situation. Culkin married Rachel Miner when he was 17, but the two announced their separation in early 2000.
Actress Drew Barrymore also is known for having led a wild and rebellious life. Made famous by her role in Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra Terrestrial at 7 years old, Barrymore was drinking and abusing drugs at an age when most girls are still playing with dolls. Coming from a Hollywood-bred family, Barrymore soon gained a reputation for being a promiscuous wild child. Though she has since overcome her addictions, she will always be remembered as "the little girl lost" who, at 14, was in drug rehab.
No television show spawned as many troubled child actors as did the sitcom Different Strokes, which ran on NBC from 1978 to 1986. Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato, who starred on the series during its eight-year run, all took a delinquent turn for the worst.
Coleman was taken into custody in 1999 after police at a sobriety checkpoint reportedly noticed an expired license plate and discovered he was wanted on an outstanding warrant. He had reportedly failed to pay a $400 fine for disturbing the peace. That stemmed from a 1998 incident in which Coleman attacked a 205-pound female bus driver in a Los Angeles store. Coleman admitted punching the woman in the face. Coleman's sentence included a year's probation and anger-management sessions.
Bridges earned a bad reputation for numerous arrests from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. He had been arrested on drug and assault charges and, in 1989, was acquitted of attempted murder. He is now clean and sober.
Plato's rap sheet included arrests for forging Valium prescriptions and robbing a Las Vegas video store with a toy gun. She underwent drug rehabilitation but eventually died of an overdose in May 1999. Her death was later ruled a suicide because of the high level of drugs in her body and a history of suicidal tendencies. The day before her death, Plato had appeared on The Howard Stern Show, defending her sobriety.
Hollywood.com writer Erika Gimenes contributed to this story
Actress Anne Heche, whose sexual identity seemingly has come full circle, has married cameraman Coleman "Coley" Laffoon on Saturday at an intimate 75-person "celebration and ceremony" on the ground of a 1920s-era villa in Los Angeles on Saturday, her publicist Brad Cafarelli revealed.
Heche, 32, who starred with Harrison Ford in the 1998 film Six Days, Seven Nights, became known for her relationship with comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, 43, becoming one of America's most prominent lesbian couples. They revealed their love affair publicly in 1997, shortly after DeGeneres came out of the closet on her ABC series Ellen. The couple split up in August of last year.
The newly married couple reportedly met while the 27-year-old Laffoon was working on a documentary about DeGeneres' stand-up comedy tour, Reuters reports. Heche and Laffon plan to honeymoon after Heche finishes conducting a 10-city book tour to promote her autobiography, "Call Me Crazy."
According to People, the memoir reveals that for 31 years, Heche suffered from mental illness that was triggered by sexual abuse at the hands of her father. The actress, who described herself as "insane" in a recent ABCNEWS.com interview, is scheduled to talk about her long history of mental instability with Barbara Walters on Wednesday's installment of 20/20.
According to ABC releases, Heche will talk about the sexual abuse and about her alter ego, named Celestia, who's from another planet and speaks to God.
Ocean's Eleven stars, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, will travel to Turkey just hours after the Los Angeles premiere for a special screening of the new film.
Their guests of honor? American and British troops.
"We wanted them to know how we are behind them...how we care," producer Jerry Weintraub, who arranged the visit with the help of former President George Bush, told ABCNews.com on Thursday.
All the movie's top stars, which also include Andy Garcia, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle, as well as director Steven Soderbergh, will head to an undisclosed location in Turkey on Dec. 5.
"We're going to give them a hug from everybody in America because they're out on the front lines fighting this war for us...and we want them to know how we're behind them and how we care," Weintraub told ABCNews.com.
The stars of the movie also talked with Barbara Walters about how the events of Sept. 11 changed their lives.
"I was in New York when it happened," Matt Damon said. " It certainly affects everything, affects my thinking more than my actions probably. Everybody that I knew survived it. They got out."
"This catastrophic event is really--certainly for me, and I feel like our culture--made us appreciate again what we have. It's basically reminded us of these freedoms," said Brad Pitt. "I want to see those buildings rebuilt. It's important to America to get our symbol back."
The Ocean's Eleven entourage will send copies the film to 11 U.S. warships during their stay in Turkey. From there, the stars will travel to London and Paris for media interviews.
Ocean's Eleven hits U.S. theaters on Dec. 7.
Ellen DeGeneres won't be making any trips to the local bookstore anytime soon.
The 43-year-old actress says she has no intention of reading her former girlfriend Anne Heche's memoir Call Me Crazy, because she's not interested in what Heche has to say about their previous relationship.
"I don't really care," DeGeneres told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. "Her truth is the truth. I would also like to get to the point that I'm not referenced in everything she does."
Heche went public about her mental breakdown in a heartfelt interview with Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20 on Sept. 5, saying her illness lasted until after her breakup with DeGeneres in August 2000.
The couple, together from 1997 to 2000, shared homes in Ojai and the Hollywood Hills, both of which DeGeneres plans to sell, The Associated Press reported.
Heche, 32, who recently married cameraman Coleman Laffoon, told Walters that she suffered from a split personality. Her alter ego's name was Celestia and she talked to God.
DeGeneres in the other hand, is currently concentrating on promoting her new CBS sitcom The Ellen Show as well as on hosting the Emmy Awards on Oct. 7.
"My life is back on track now and I'm really grateful and thrilled to be working again," DeGeneres told Reuters. "I've got so much going on right now that I don't need to be distracted. I'm just working on me."
But Heche has one good thing to say about her failed relationship, telling The New York Times that it was "the best sex I ever had."
DeGeneres doesn't mind admitting one thing, "It was the first time I ever had my heart broken," she said. "I'd always been the one to leave relationships...and it was the one time I really believed 'this is forever.'"
Actress Anne Heche will go on national television tonight to talk about how the sexual abuse she suffered from her father until she was 12 drove her "insane," Reuters reported.
"I remember entering the bed with him many times. I went through fighting to get him off me. I went through screaming at my mother. I went through the terror of thinking I was going to die. I went through thoughts of wanting to die," the actress confesses.
Heche, 32, who married cameraman Coleman Laffoon on Saturday, also tells Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20 that she suffered from a split personality. Her alter ego's name was Celestia and she talked to God.
The actress will also talk about her mental breakdown, which lasted until after her breakup with comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who she touts as "the best sex I ever had," The New York Post reported.
Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis married her surgeon boyfriend of two years, Dr. Reza Jarrahy, 30, on Saturday in a small private ceremony in Wainscott, N.Y., her publicist has confirmed. "We are very happy and we look forward to spending the rest of our lives together," the couple said in a brief statement. This is the fourth marriage for Davis, 45, who was previously married to restaurant manager Richard Emmolo, actor Jeff Goldblum and director Renny Harlin.
The four-foot, one-inch tall Howard Stern sidekick known as "Hank the Dwarf" died Tuesday at the age of 39. The cause of his death is still undisclosed. Hank appeared more than two dozen times on the Howard Stern radio show, always wearing his infamous pink bunny suit. Ironically, he was voted the Most Beautiful Person in the World in People magazine's 1998 poll.
Reverend Gesner Jean, a Newark minister and father of the hip-hop star Wyclef Jean died at a South Orange, N.J. hospital after an accident that pinned him between his garage door and a car. Police are still investigating the accident, The Associated Press reported.
The Gospel Music Association announced on Tuesday that it will induct the king of rock n' roll, Elvis Presley, into its Hall of Fame. Presley will be honored along with other musicians including Doris Akers, Wendy Bagwell & The Sunliters, Keith Green, Kurt Kaiser, Larry Norman, The Rambos and Albertina Walker. "This year's class of inductees is outstanding and represents the wide diversity and musical heritage of Christian and gospel music," GMA President Frank Breeden told AP. The induction ceremony will take place in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 27.
Kenneth Branagh received an honorary degree on Sunday from The University of Birmingham for helping to popularize the work of William Shakespeare, Reuters reported. The actor has brought Shakespeare's plays to mainstream audiences in film adaptations such as Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing. "I am delighted to be associated with an institute that has done so much to further cooperation between the theatre and academic life," Branagh said in a statement.
Director Spike Lee will be honored by the Directors Guild of America on Nov. 17 for "ushering in a climate of newfound respect for African-American filmmakers and actors," USA Today reported on Tuesday.
Eminem and his mentor, Dr. Dre, will take the stage at the Michael Jackson 30-year celebration, being held on Sept. 7 and 10 at New York's Madison Square Garden, ABCNEWS.com reported. It is still unclear what the rapper will perform at the event.
Mariah Carey has postponed a Sept. 12 interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters because "she needs more time to rest," Carey's spokeswoman Cindi Berger said in a statement. The 31-year-old singer has been staying with her mother since she was treated at a Connecticut clinic last month for exhaustion. No new date for the interview was given.
Nicole Kidman has joined British singer Robbie Williams on a duet of Frank Sinatra's classic, "Something Stupid," on his Swing When You're Winning Sinatra tribute album. Reuters reported. Williams invited the actress to sing on the album after he heard her singing for the film Moulin Rouge. "I have no desire to be a singer. I just did that for fun. I think he's very talented. I had a giggle," Kidman told Reuters.
Tom Cruise ranks 26th among the Top 50 leaders of the information age according to a list compiled by Vanity Fair magazine this month. Cruise is the only actor and one of the highest new entrants on a list dominated by entertainment and technology companies, Reuters reported. The magazine has called Cruise "one of the savviest businessmen in Hollywood," saying that he negotiated a back-end deal on last year's Mission: Impossible 2 that earned him about $75 million.
ABC is working on a musical adaptation of 1984's Footloose, which could air as a two-hour movie as early as next May, Reuters reported. Unlike the film, however, the characters will actually sing the songs in the movie. The network also announced last week that it is developing updates of Grease, Annie and Cinderella.
After Warner Bros. purchased the movie rights to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, the studio commented that they had wanted director Steven Spielberg to take part in the project, hoping he'd turn the film into a major franchise, People magazine reported. Spielberg, however, said that the project wasn't challenging enough for him to undertake. "I purposely didn't want to do the Harry Potter movie because for me, that was shooting ducks in a barrel. Just a slam dunk," he told Vanity Fair magazine. "It's just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There is no challenge," he said.
Pop singer Mariah Carey will grant her first post-breakdown interview to Barbara Walters for ABC's 20/20 news program, a spokesman for the network told Reuters on Wednesday.
Fans curious to know why the singer was hospitalized may find the answer during the interview, airing Sept. 12. The network's publicist said that Carey will "obviously discuss the reasons behind her hospitalization."
Ever since the singer checked herself out of a Connecticut clinic on Aug. 8, she has kept a low profile and has communicated to her fans only via her official Web site.
An undisclosed source told PageSix.com on Thursday that Carey had been in Puerto Rico, "staying at the El Conquistador Hotel and having a good time with her friends."
But Carey's rep, Cindi Berger, denies the rumor.
"She is not staying at that hotel and she is not partying," Berger said.
Carey recently completed work on two movies, Glitter and Wise Girls and wrote, recorded and produced her newest album, the soundtrack to Glitter, due in stores Sept. 11.
Mira Sorvino has denied reports that she was involved in a physical fight with Carey on the set of Wise Girls.
"We had one verbal argument, there was no physicality whatsoever," Sorvino told The Associated Press last week. "If you can really imagine me rolling around on the ground, tearing hair out, as the [National] Enquirer said, then I don't know what to say, but I can assure you that that never happened, and we made up the next day and we're on very good terms."
Glitter is scheduled to debut Sept. 21. Wise Girls hits the big screen next year.