Movie legend Walt Disney's daughter has died at her home in California, aged 79. Diane Disney Miller, passed away on Tuesday (19Nov13) after suffering a recent fall.
She was the only biological daughter of Disney and his wife, Lillian. Her sister, Sharon Mae, was adopted by the couple in 1936. She died 20 years ago (93).
Disney's daughter was married to former Walt Disney Co. CEO Ron W. Miller, who was replaced by Michael Eisner and Frank Wells in 1984.
Paying tribute to Walt's daughter on Tuesday afternoon, current Disney CEO Bob Iger said, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Diane Disney Miller, and our thoughts are with her family during his difficult time.
"As the beloved daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for creating Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of the Walt Disney Company and in the hearts of fans everywhere. She will be remembered for her grace and generosity and tireless work to preserve her father’s legacy, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her."
It's safe to say that the police procedural format has been around for a while – it's a well we keep going to since Dragnet back in the '50s because people always have (and always will) like them. I think of them as a given, like death and taxes. We've seen it go through quite the iterations over the years; everything from the more standard fare like NYPD Blue, to supernatural like The X-Files, to just plain gross like the CSI franchise and its followers. It's hard to reinvent the wheel, but this year (and last year) has sure found some interesting twists on the common form.
Now, we've seen supernatural procedurals before, but have we seen apocalyptic/Revolutionary War/witchcraft tropes all rolled into one big capital-c Concept? No, I think it's safe to say we have not. Sleepy Hollow has old archetypes (people are already rushing to call Lt. Abbie Mills Scully 2.0) and concepts all mixed in with brand new ones: what other show would think to cast John Cho as the most-likable-ever undead servant of Moloch? Now that is some creative thinking.
Okay, so full disclosure, the idea of a sitcom police procedural seemed novel and brand new to me, but I admit that I grew up in a time without Barney Miller. Apparently, the idea of a comedic procedural featuring one of the most diverse casts on television has already been done. But shouldn't it be done again? It's about time: Barney Miller ended in the early '80s. Plus, it's got some solid writing, and a great ensemble cast that makes it all its own. The recent Halloween episode was especially excellent – Andy Samberg's immature Detective Jake Peralta secretly gets most of the squad in on a bet which involves drunken Royal Babies (no offense, Prince George), a half dozen pigeons, excellent lock picking, and a lot of red herrings. Come on, doesn't that pique your interest?
Like the other two "fresh takes," this show has its precursors – it was inspired by the wildly-popular fangirl-generating BBC mini series Sherlock. But, keep in mind that Sherlock was based around 90-minute episodes: that's like a (short) feature length film. Elementary takes things, sanitizes them a little for the sake of network TV, and carefully packages it into the hour-long procedural drama. Masterful, right? Plus, it takes a traditionally white, male character, and cast it as Asian American and female. If that's not something of a new lease on life, I don't know what is.
Honorable Mention: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – as Jordan Smith pointed out earlier this week: it's like "NCIS on a jet."
In addition to releasing their own explicit videos and having parents who are already famous, celebrities have become notorious for their effortless, immaculate good looks. But in recent decades, the public has discovered that they aren’t necessarily an elite group of naturally beautiful people, more like surgically altered attention whores. Typically, when we hear about plastic surgery, we picture the extreme cases like Pamela Anderson opting to carry the equivalent of a small child on her chest; or Joan Rivers, whose face is now pulled back so far that she has officially changed ethnicities. So you can imagine our surprise when our friend, Lisa Kudrow, recently admitted to the Saturday Evening Post that she got a nose job at the age of 16.
“I went from, in my mind, hideous to not hideous,” Kudrow told Lawrence Grobel. She described the surgery as “life-altering,” and explained further: “I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn't know how hideous I looked before. That was a good, good, good change.”
Undergoing a nose job before reaching the legal age to vote seems to be the antithesis of the character who Kudrow is most well known for playing, the formerly homeless hippie Phoebe Buffay. But it’s clear that she isn’t the only celebrity who's used rhinoplasty as a catalyst to a career. Throughout the years, alleged before-and-after photos have surfaced of other celebrities that raise some serious questions about the validity of Hollywood's nasal passages. Ryan Gosling, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston and Tyra Banks are a few celebrities who are often praised for their beauty. And yet after seeing these photos, it’s hard not to picture all of them crying to their parents about their insecurities as snot dripped from their bulbous, average people noses.
There’s one photo, however, that really causes us to wonder how long this has all been going on:
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Before becoming Marilyn Monroe, it’s rumored that Norma Jeane Mortenson underwent rhinoplasty, a chin implant, had her teeth straightened and her hairline raised. Plastic surgery was relatively new in the late 1940s, so her transformation went surprisingly under the radar at the time.
Whether it’s Lisa Kudrow getting a nose job at 16, Heidi Montag having ten surgeries in one day, or Marilyn Monroe pioneering what we’ve come to know as general cosmetic procedures, we know that it’s pretty common for drastic measures to be taken for beauty under the scrutiny of the public eye. Perhaps as a society, one day we can change our expectations of what celebrities look like, judge them at their craft and allow them the freedom be as ugly as everybody else. But, we probably shouldn’t.
Actress Lucy Liu is set to take on double duty on three upcoming TV episodes of her hit detective series Elementary by stepping behind the camera to direct. The star, who portrays a female version of Dr. Watson opposite Jonny Lee Miller as a modern day Sherlock Holmes, made her directorial debut in 2011 with short film Meena.
"His breath wasn't bad if you like cigarettes and whiskey. It's certainly a distinct taste." Pop singer Ariana Grande dishes the dirt on her The Way collaborator, rapper Mac Miller, who she kisses in the video for her hit song.
Actress Olivia Colman has confirmed reports she will be back as Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller in the sequel to hit British TV drama Broadchurch. The murder mystery became a huge hit in the U.K. when it debuted earlier this year (13) and it went on to become a cult hit in the U.S. and elsewhere this summer (13).
Colman tells the BBC her role is now "set in stone", but she has also confirmed that she will not be joining co-star David Tennant in the planned U.S. TV spin-off, which is scheduled to start filming in January (13).
Meanwhile, Broadchurch is being adapted into a novel, according to The Daily Telegraph newspaper. Scriptwriter Chris Chibnall and author Erin Kelly have reportedly teamed up to bring the TV drama to the page.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire might be about to set theaters ablaze, but the most die-hard Hunger Games fans are already looking forward to the franchise’s two-part conclusion. Thankfully, Hollywood has been helpful and the casting mill has been providing excited book fans with faces to put to the names we’ve all memorized from Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy.
Obviously when discussing casting news from Mockingjay, some book spoilers will be discussed. So here’s your SPOILER WARNING in case you haven’t made it to the final page of The Hunger Games trilogy just yet.
Natalie Dormer is CressidaCressida is a reality producer and director who follows Katniss around, documenting her life for the population. In the books, Cressida is described as being bald with a head tattoo. This might be a bit of a problem for the brunette Dormer, who probably needs her lovely locks to continue playing Margaery Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Julianne Moore is President Alma CoinThe biggest casting coup for the final two films. It’s never a bad sign when A-list Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore agrees to show up in your film. Moore will be playing Alma Coin, the President of the mysterious District 13, long thought to have been wiped out by the Capitol. One of the biggest new characters in the final book, she’ll be sure to have some juicy scenes with Jennifer Lawrence’s accidental rebel Katniss.
Stef Dawson is Annie CrestaFinnick’s great love is former Games winner Annie, who has since gone a little nutty over time. She’ll be sitting out Catching Fire, but will show up in Mockingjay played by a relative newcomer, Australian actress Stef Dawson.
Lily Rabe is Commander LymeA former winner of the Hunger Games, Lyme leads the rebellion in District 2. In the books the part isn’t very large, but casting well known American Horror Story alum Lily Rabe probably means the part is will be expanded a bit for the film version.
Mahershala Ali is Boggs As President Coin’s military advisor, Boggs is tasked with looking out for Katniss’ safety. A tough-as-nails military commander, Boggs will be played by the equally stoic Mahershala Ali who had starring turns in shows like Alphas and Treme.
Patina Miller is Commander PaylorA military leader in the rebellion, Commander Paylor eventually plays a large part in the action in Mockingjay. So it was smart casting to conscript Broadway mainstay Patina Miller, who knows a little something about stage presence.
Elden Henson and Wes Chatham are Pollux and CastorBrothers and cameramen for Cressida, the major difference between the two is that Pollux is an Avox. The first film skipped over the concept of Avoxes: runaways captured by the Capitol who have had their tongues removed. Ouch!
Evan Ross is MessallaMessalla is Cressida’s assistant, and in Mockingjay he’ll be played by Diana Ross’ son.
Are you excited for Mockingjay? What do you think of the casting? Sound off in the comments!
"Ran NYC marathon today in honour of my mum. 3hrs 19mins. If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run..." Actor Jonny Lee Miller was among the stars who took on the challenge of the New York City Marathon on Sunday (03Nov13), finishing the 26.2-mile (42.16-kilometre) race in impressive time.
Anthony Bourdain has created a new series, The Getaway, that captures the same debaucherous adventures as No Reservations and The Layover. The star of this series is not Anthony himself, but a slew of drunken celebrities individually traveling and providing a tour of their favorite cities worldwide, absorbing the culture, and sharing their thoughts (and insecurities) while drinking their whole way through.
Joel McHale, Aisha Tyler, Seth & Josh Meyers and Aziz Ansari and others are followed on their international escapades. The show encompasses a wide variety of eclectic foods, featuring everything from the fried potatoes of Belfast to a half-raw pigeon in Paris. They also provide a brief history for each city at hand, while showing a side of celebrities at their most vulnerable: intoxicated and tired while traveling through foreign countries.
When it comes to travel shows, The Getaway seems to have the interesting information with the added bonus of being presented by a candid, semi-inebriated comedian. Airing on the Esquire Network Wednesdays at 9 PM ET, this show makes traveling the world vicariously with your favorite celebrities easier on your wallet, and apparently, your liver.
Model Alyssa Miller has confirmed she's dating Jake Gyllenhaal, revealing they love to host dinner parties for pals. The actor, who has previously dated Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon, was spotted dining with Miller in New York over the summer (13), sparking rumours they are an item.
They have kept their romance under the radar ever since, but now Miller has given fans a small insight into the relationship.
She tells Us Weekly, "Things are good. I have people over all the time and we cook. I love having people over socially and cooking dinner parties."
Miller is the latest Sports Illustrated model the Brokeback Mountain star has been linked to - in March (13) he reportedly dated Miller's peer Emily DiDonato.