Soccer legend and current Paris Saint-German player David Beckham has announced that he is retiring from the sport at the end of the current French season, reports CNN. During his lengthy professional career Beckham, 38, played for multiple teams, including AC Milan, Real Madrid, and the Los Angeles Galaxy. He also starred for the English national team and was part of the hugely successful Manchester United team of the ’90s managed by Alex Ferguson, who announced his own retirement just last week.
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British film director Bryan Forbes, whose work includes the original 1970s horror classic The Stepford Wives, has died at age 86 after a long illness, a family spokesman said Wednesday. Matthew D’Ancona said Forbes died surrounded by his family at his home in Surrey.
Forbes was born John Theobald Clarke in 1926 in London. He began his film career as an actor, playing a number of supporting roles in British films in the 1940s and 1950s, but he soon found more success in screenwriting, and later directing.
He made his debut as director in Whistle Down the Wind, the 1961 movie about children who come across an escaped convict and mistake him for Jesus. Forbes went on to make films such as King Rat, a tale of survival in a prisoner-of-war camp, and The Stepford Wives, a thriller about sinisterly perfect suburban housewives.
He was screenwriter for Chaplin, the 1992 biopic of Charlie Chaplin starring Robert Downey Jr., and also wrote several novels. His latest book, The Soldier’s Story, was published last year.
Forbes was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004 for services to the arts.
He is survived by his wife, the actress Nanette Newman, and two daughters.
Special effects artist Marcel Vercoutere has died at the age of 87, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Detroit-born Vercoutere worked on a number of notable movies during the ’70s, including 1971′s Robert Altman-directed Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller and the following year’s Deliverance. But he was best known for his contributions to the classic 1973 horror film The Exorcist and in particular for building, with makeup artist Dick Smith, the robot replica of Linda Blair which featured in the scene where the head of her possessed character turns 360 degrees. “She would sit there and look at you in the room,” Vercoutere would later recall of the replica. “It was frightening it was so alive.” According to his son, Vercoutere died on April 13 at his home in Burbank from complications of dementia.
Annette Funicello, the former child star whose squeaky-clean screen image made her a fan favorite on both the original Mickey Mouse Club and in a slew of “Beach Party” movies opposite Frankie Avalon, died Monday from complications of multiple sclerosis. According to Extra, Funicello — who went public with her MS diagnosis over two decades ago — had been in an MS coma for years. She was taken off life support earlier today.
Funicello was only 12 years old when she was hand-selected by Walt Disney to join The Mickey Mouse Club in 1955. Though she later joked that her vocal range is ”about three notes,” her screen presence made her the original show’s most popular cast member by far. Despite her self-perceived musical limitations, Funicello released a number of hit records as a teenager, including “Tall Paul” and “Pineapple Princess.” She went on to star in a series of six iconic “Beach Party” films released between 1963 and 1965.
Halle Berry and fiance Olivier Martinez are expecting their first child together, People reports. The baby is due this fall, joining a family that already includes 5-year-old Nahla, Berry’s daughter with Gabriel Aubry. The Oscar winner and the French actor have been engaged since January 2012.
She inspired a novel and a movie starring Robert Redford when in 1949 she lured a major league ballplayer she’d never met into a hotel room with cryptic note and shot him, nearly killing him.
After the headlines faded, Ruth Ann Steinhagen did something else just as surprising: She disappeared into obscurity, living a quiet life unnoticed in Chicago until now, more than a half century later, when news broke that she had died three months earlier.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Friday that Steinhagen passed away of natural causes on Dec. 29, at the age of 83. First reported by the Chicago Tribune last week, her identity was a surprise even to the morgue employees who knew about the 1984 movie The Natural, in which she was portrayed by actress Barbara Hershey.
“She chose to live in the shadows and she did a good job of it,” John Theodore, an author who wrote a 2002 nonfiction book about the crime, wrote in an email Sunday.
The story, with its elements of obsession, mystery, insanity and a baseball star, made it part of both Chicago’s colorful crime history and rich baseball lore. READ FULL STORY »
The judge in the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting case entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes on Tuesday after the former graduate student’s defense team said he was not ready to enter one.
If Holmes is convicted, he could be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison. Judge William Sylvester said Holmes, 25, can change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity later, if he chooses.
Such a change could be the only way Holmes could avoid life in prison or execution.
Prosecutors, for their part, have not said yet whether they will pursue the death penalty, announcing Tuesday that they will make their decision known on April 1. READ FULL STORY »
Australian-born, British-based animator Bob Godfrey has died at the age of 91, according to the U.K. Guardian. Godfrey won an Academy Award in 1975 for his animated short film Great, about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He received Oscar nominations on three other occasions for 1972′s Kama Sutra Rides Again, 1979′s Dream Doll, and 1994′s Small Talk. But Godfrey was best known for his work on the Richard Briers-narrated BBC TV show Roobarb, which concerned the adventures of an excitable dog named Roobarb and a mischievous cat named Custard and which delighted a generation of British children in the ’70s. Briers himself passed away last week.
British actor Richard Briers died yesterday at the age of 79, according to BBC News. Briers was beloved in the U.K. for his starring roles in the longrunning sitcoms The Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles. In 1987, Briers joined Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance theatre company, playing King Lear in a 1990 production of Shakespeare’s tragedy. He also appeared in several films directed by Branagh, including Henry V (1989) and Frankenstein (1994).
For the past few years, Briers had been battling a lung condition but continued to work and will be seen in the forthcoming horror-comedy movie Cockneys vs. Zombies. Briers died peacefully at his home in London.
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