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Emile Hirsch welcomes a son

Into the Wild and Speedracer star Emile Hirsch, 28, is a first-time dad, according to People.com.

The baby, reportedly named Valor, was born Oct. 28 in Florida. He is the actor’s first child.

Michael Bay attacked by man 'wielding an air conditioning unit as a weapon' on the set of 'Transformers 4' -- UPDATED

Michael Bay was assaulted on the Hong Kong set of Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction today, in what appears to be some sort of petty blackmail scheme. According to Reuters, two brothers walked up to the director and demanded a payment of HK$100,000 — about $13,000. (BBC News theorizes that the men were asking for disturbance fees, which are paid to business owners who could lose business when a movie films in their area.) READ FULL STORY

Veteran character actor Ed Lauter dies at age 74

Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74.

Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi.

Whether he was an irascible authority figure, a brutal thug or a conniving con man, Lauter’s presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in. That was so even on those occasions when he was playing a character more bumbling than menacing, although menacing was clearly his forte.

He was the brutal prison guard who was Burt Reynolds’ nemesis in the 1974 comedy-drama The Longest Yard and the sleazy gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock’s last film, The Family Plot. In Death Wish 3, he was the violent cop who teams with Charles Bronson’s vigilante to rid New York City’s streets of criminals, not by incarcerating them but by killing them.

More recently he was the butler to Berenice Bejo’s French ingenue in the 2011 Oscar-winning film The Artist.
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Tom Hanks: I have type 2 diabetes

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks revealed last night that he has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

“I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man,” the 57-year-old actor told David Letterman on the Late Show Monday

“My doctor said, ‘If you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school you will essentially be completely healthy and will not have Type 2 diabetes,’” Hanks continued. “And I said, ‘Well, I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes, ’cause there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.’” Hanks then added that as a teen, he weighed just 96 pounds. READ FULL STORY

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez have a son

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez welcomed a son on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Los Angeles People reports.

The Oscar winner and the French actor, who are both 47, have been married since July. The new baby is Berry’s second child—she has a 5-year old daughter Nahla with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry.

Back in April, Berry spoke to CNN about her pregnancy. “I feel fantastic. This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth. Thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it’s been a big surprise and the most wonderful,” she said.

Supreme Court to hear appeal over 'Raging Bull'

The daughter of the man who wrote the Oscar-winning movie Raging Bull is hoping the Supreme Court will give her a final second TKO against a movie studio for ownership of boxer Jake LaMotta’s life story.

The high court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal over the movie’s copyright, one of eight cases granted by the justices as they prepare for the beginning of the new 2013-14 session on Oct. 7.

The court, on the cusp of its new fall term, will continue to conduct normal operations through Friday despite the government shutdown, including having the building open for tourists.

The Raging Bull case involves an appeal from Paula Petrella, the daughter of the movie’s author, Frank Petrella. The elder Petrella died in 1981, with his copyrights reverting to his daughter. She sued Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. for copyright infringement for creating and distributing copies of the movie, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said she waited too long before filing her lawsuit.
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'Das Boot' star Otto Sander dead at 72

The gravel-voiced German actor Otto Sander who appeared in international arthouse hits such as Das Boot and Wings of Desire died Thursday at age 72, his agent said.

The cause of death was not announced, but he had suffered from cancer for several years.

Sander, also a veteran of the Berlin stage, was best known to foreign audiences for his 1981 turn in Wolfgang Petersen’s World War II epic Das Boot as a shell-shocked German submarine captain. In the film, Sander famously delivers a drunken speech to his comrades mocking both the British and Adolf Hitler.

Director Volker Schloendorff cast him in his Oscar-winning adaptation of Gunter Grass’ novel The Tin Drum as the alcoholic trumpeter Meyn.

And in 1987, he starred as the angel Cassiel in Wim Wenders’ surrealist drama about Germany’s painful Cold War division Wings of Desire and its 1993 sequel, Faraway, So Close.

Born in 1941 in the northern city of Hanover, Sander became one of the top theater actors in West Berlin and later the reunited capital. His distinctive baritone was put to good use in dubbing work and narration, and in the gritty television crime show Polizeiruf 110.
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Richard Roeper replacing Roger Ebert as 'Chicago Sun-Times' film critic

The Chicago Sun-Times says it will replace Roger Ebert with the late famed movie critic’s former colleague Richard Roeper.

The newspaper announced Thursday it has officially named Roeper its movie columnist, making him the centerpiece of its movie coverage.

Ebert died in April at age 70, after a long battle with cancer. Roeper appeared alongside the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for eight years on the television show Ebert and Roeper.

Roeper will write movie criticism for the newspaper and host two weekly online video shows, one on Wednesdays and one on Fridays. Roeper started at the Chicago Sun-Times as a reporter in 1987.

Ebert’s widow, Chaz Ebert, said in a news release announcing Roeper’s appointment that, “Roger would have been thrilled as I am over the news.”

Documentary filmmaker Saul Landau dies

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Saul Landau, who profiled political leaders like Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Chile’s Salvador Allende, has died at age 77.

Colleague John Cavanagh says Laundau died Monday night in Alameda, Calif., after battling bladder cancer.

Landau’s 1968 documentary Fidel gave U.S. audiences one of their earliest close-ups of the revolutionary leader who installed Communism in Cuba.

His most acclaimed documentary was likely 1979′s Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang, which examined the effects of radiation exposure to people living downwind from Nevada’s above-ground nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s. The film received a George Polk Award for investigative reporting and other honors.

Movie blogger calls 911 over phone use at film screening

A movie blogger irate about cell phone usage during a Toronto International Film Festival screening called 911 to report the offense.

At a midnight screening Monday, FirstShowing.net blogger Alex Billington became increasingly annoyed by constant texting and emailing at a screening for press and film industry members. After first complaining to theater managers, Billington took the extreme step of dialing the police.

He said the emergency dispatcher laughed at his complaint, but Billington took to Twitter to vent his anger. He claimed to be concerned that the movie, the horror film The Sacrament, was being pirated, and that “drastic measures” were called for in restoring moviegoing etiquette.

“I’m just trying to fight the good fight,” wrote Billington, “even if others don’t agree with my methods.”

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