Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy has died. The 83 year old was hospitalised in Los Angeles after suffering severe chest pains last week (ends20Feb15). He passed away at his home in Bel Air on Friday (27Feb15).
His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, has confirmed the sad news, revealing the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Ukrainian immigrants and Orthodox Jews, Nimoy found his passion for acting when he was a young boy, appearing in local theatre productions. He headed to Hollywood to chase his dream of becoming a professional in the late 1940s and landed his first role in Queen for a Day in 1951.
He scored a series of small roles in forgettable films and TV series like Zombies of the Stratosphere.
His first starring movie role came in 1952 when he portrayed a street-gang leader-turned-boxer in Kid Monk Baroni.
After serving in the U.S. Army, where he organised variety shows for the Special Services branch, he returned to his Hollywood dream, while studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.
His roles started to get bigger with parts in television shows like Wagon Train, Mission: Impossible and Rawhide, and he quickly became a household name when he signed on to play Vulcan Mr. Spock on Star Trek - a part he played on TV from 1966 to 1986, and in several movies, including J.J. Abrams' 2009 film Star Trek and its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness - Nimoy's last film credit.
He also directed and co-wrote two Star Trek films in the 1980s - Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Nimoy also directed the hugely successful Three Men & a Baby movie in 1987.
He landed four Emmy nominations for his work as Spock and as the husband of Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel, in 1982 movie A Woman Called Golda, but he never won. He also hosted popular TV show Ancient Mysteries, and provided the voice for animated characters in 1986's Transformers: The Movie.
Aside from his film and TV work, Nimoy was a respected photographer, acting teacher, poet, author and he also enjoyed unlikely music success with covers of songs like If I Had a Hammer. His debut album, Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space, is still considered a novelty classic.
He returned to college in his 40s and earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Antioch University Austin. The college later awarded him an honorary doctorate.
Nimoy was married twice and is survived by his widow, children, Adam and Julie Nimoy; a stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. His two memoirs, I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock were published in 1977 and 1995, respectively.
The beloved actor left fans with a philosophical thought on his Twitter.com blog late on Sunday (22Feb15), when he wrote, "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP (Live Long and Prosper - his Spock mantra)"
Flowers were placed on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday morning, hours after the news of his death broke.
Actress Paula Patton has landed her first major TV role in a new drug cartel drama. The Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol beauty will portray a woman whose perfect life is torn apart by a twist of fate which draws her into the dangerous world of drug and gun runners in Runner, reports Variety.com.
How To Get Away With Murder director Michael Offer will take charge of the pilot episode.
Patton has previously made small appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and comedy/drama series Single Ladies, but Runner will mark her first leading role on TV.
Production on Tom Cruise's latest Mission: Impossible sequel has been temporarily shut down to allow director Christopher Mcquarrie time to tweak the ending, just five months before the film's scheduled release. The actor has been shooting the action-packed movie in Europe in recent months, but filming recently ground to a halt after movie bosses at Paramount Pictures decided the finale was unsatisfactory.
Cruise is now helping McQuarrie and a writer pal rework the final scenes to give Mission: Impossible 5 a better ending, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A studio insider says, "Chris, Tom and a third person wanted to take a minute to get from what they thought was a good place to a more perfect place."
Mission: Impossible 5 is still expected to hit movie theatres at the end of July (15), as planned, after having its release moved up from Christmas Day (25Dec15).
It's not the first time Paramount executives have chosen to change the ending of a film at late notice - director Marc Forster had to scramble to reshoot the final third of Brad Pitt's World War Z zombie movie in 2013 after test audiences reacted negatively to its original conclusion. It eventually became a box office hit.
Tom Cruise took time out of filming the latest Mission: Impossible installment in London to have dinner with his former girlfriend Penelope Cruz on Wednesday night (11Feb15). The pair dined at Scott's Restaurant in the Mayfair district with actress Salma Hayek. Cruise and Cruz dated for three years until 2004.
TV writer Edward Deblasio has died, aged 88. The writer/producer passed away on 1 February (15) in Studio City, California following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
DeBlasio spent his early years in the U.S. Navy and also served as an entertainment journalist before turning to showbusiness.
He freelanced for a few years before writing The Man from Independence, the 1974 TV biopic about former U.S. President Harry S. Truman.
He went on to become a writer on hit soap drama Dynasty for eight of the show's nine seasons, producing 109 episodes and writing 94, and he also co-wrote the 1991 Dynasty reunion TV movie.
DeBlasio wrote and produced for In the Heat of the Night, the TV show based on the film of the same name, and penned episodes of N.Y.P.D., Marcus Welby, M.D., Mission: Impossible, Bonanza and Ironside, among others.
The release of the Point Break remake has been pushed from July (15) to Christmas Day (25Dec15). The news comes days after bosses at Paramount Pictures announced Tom Cruise's latest Mission: Impossible installment has been moved from Christmas Day to 31 July (15), which would have pitted it against Point Break at the box office.
The release date for Tom Cruise's latest Mission: Impossible instalment has been moved up five months from Christmas Day (25Dec15) to 31 July (15). Mission: Impossible 5 will now face off against the remake of another action thriller, Point Break, which was originally released in 1991.
Canadian entertainer/actor Don Harron has died, aged 90. Harron passed away surrounded by family at his home in Toronto, Canada on Saturday (17Jan15) after opting against having treatment for cancer.
His daughter Martha says, "He was still sharp. He was still capable of being funny even though his voice was barely above a whisper... It's horribly sad, but it's beautiful too."
Harron is best known for his comic alter ego Charlie Farquharson, the country bumpkin who first appeared on a Canadian television revue in 1952, before making regular appearances on U.S. country music variety series Hee Haw between 1969 and 1982. He also wrote more than 10 books as Farquharson.
Harron also portrayed other characters in a number of TV series during his eight-decade entertaining career, enjoying guest stints on Dr. Kildare, The F.B.I., The Man From U.N.C.L.E., 12 O'Clock High and Mission: Impossible.
He wrote many episodes for Hee Haw, directed a TV musical adaptation of classic novel Anne of Green Gables in 1955 and later helped bring the production to the stage.
In later years, Harron was honoured with membership of the Order of Ontario and Order of Canada and he was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
He had three daughters, including Mary Harron, who wrote and directed Christian Bale's thriller American Psycho.
Soul star Robin Thicke rang in the holidays by reuniting with his estranged wife Paula Patton for a Christmas Eve (24Dec14) party with the actress' family and friends. The couple split in February (14) after almost nine years of marriage, and the Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol beauty filed for divorce in October (14).
Thicke has since moved on to date 19-year-old model April Love Geary, but he was still invited to spend part of the festive break with Patton and their four-year-old son Julian at the actress' holiday party.
And it appears Thicke was still welcomed with open arms by Patton's relatives - photos from the bash, obtained by TMZ.com, show the singer smiling as he hugs family members and poses for pictures.
Geary did not attend the party, which was held at Patton's Los Angeles home.
Actress Sasha Alexander is kicking off the holidays by playing the perfect hostess and cooking up a big dinner for her closest gal pals as a thank you for their lasting friendship. The Mission: Impossible III star, who is married to Sophia Loren's director son Edoardo Ponti, likes to invite her girlfriends over for an authentic Italian feast at the end of every year.
She tells People magazine, "Every year I do a gratitude dinner or lunch to thank my girlfriends for being there for me and for being amazing women. We all have such busy and full lives - and you just don't get to spend that time together to say, 'Thank you' and 'You're so awesome'."
"We do some very traditional Italian things, like we always eat lentils, which bring prosperity, and the minute people arrive, I tie a little red piece of yarn to their wrist, which is for good luck and health. You're supposed to keep it on as long as it stays on. It's something my family has always done."
Loren usually does not attend the gatherings, but her influence is still felt as Alexander likes to cook meals from the Nine star's cookbook, Recipes and Memories - although she likes to put her own spin on the dishes.
She continues, "A lot of the recipes take a long time or use ingredients we don't carry here in America. I want to modernise it and make it more efficient for a family."
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