British comedian and film director Mel Smith has died at the age of 60, according to the BBC. Smith was a cast member of the groundbreaking U.K. sketch show Not the Nine O’Clock News, alongside Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, and Griff Rhys Jones, with whom Smith formed a long-lasting comedy partnership. In addition to his onscreen performances—which also included small roles in The Princess Bride and National Lampoon’s European Vacation—Smith directed several films, notably 1989′s Richard Curtis-penned The Tall Guy and 1997′s Bean, a showcase for Atkinson’s titular bumbler.
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Halle Berry, 46, has married French actor Olivier Martinez, 47, according to a French news source cited by People. (The actress’ publicist did not immediately respond to an email request for confirmation.)
The couple reportedly wed Saturday in the Paris suburb of Vallery with approximately 60 guests in attendance. Berry and Martinez met on the set of Dark Tide (2012) and announced last April that they’re expecting their first child together, a boy, in early fall. This is the third wedding for Berry, who was previously married to baseball player David Justice and musician Eric Benét. She has a five-year-old daughter, Nahla, with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey. Martinez, who had a long courtship with singer Kylie Minogue, has never been married before. Berry’s next big-screen appearance will be in X-Men: Days of Future Past, currently slated for May 2014.
Brazilian police say they have arrested a French movie producer wanted in his home country on international drug trafficking charges.
The Federal Police office in Rio de Janeiro says in a brief statement that Marc Alain Francois Gouyou Beauchamps was arrested Tuesday on a French extradition request. The statement says Beauchamps had been sought since 2011. It provided no further details.
Beauchamps was a co-producer of Brazil’s hit 2002 movie City of God and helped make several other films set in Brazil
He was taken to the Ary Franco penitentiary to await the outcome of the extradition request.
Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee, has died. He was 67.
Marilyn Dishman, Kelly’s ex-wife, said he died Saturday of cancer at his home in San Diego.
Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial arts classic. His later films included Three the Hard Way, Black Belt Jones and Black Samurai.
During a 2010 interview with Salon.com, Kelly said he started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California where he earned a black belt in karate. He said he set his sights on becoming an actor after winning karate tournaments. He also played college football.
The role in the Bruce Lee film was his second. He had about a dozen film roles in the 1970s before his acting work tapered off. In recent years, he drew lines of autograph seekers at comic book conventions.
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Late movie critic Roger Ebert has been honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
Ebert, who worked at the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 40 years, took first place for online columns or blogs on large websites in the NSNC’s annual column contest. The group held its annual conference Saturday in Hartford, Conn.
Ebert died earlier this year at age 70, after a long battle with cancer. The day before his April 4 death, he wrote in a post on his blog that he was taking a break from his schedule of almost-daily movie reviewing because cancer had recurred.
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Stephen Fry admitted that he tried to commit suicide last year, according to the Guardian. The incident took place while the actor and writer was filming outside his native U.K. “It was a close run thing,” Fry said on Monday night, while being interviewed by British comedian Richard Herring in front of an audience in London, for Herring’s podcast. “I took a huge number of pills and a huge [amount] of vodka and the mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs, but I was still unconscious,” Fry said. “And, fortunately, the producer I was filming with at the time came into the hotel room and I was found in a sort of unconscious state and taken back to England and looked after.”
Fry, who has previously spoken about suffering from bipolar disorder, is president of the British mental-health charity Mind and told Herring that he regarded it as his duty to talk publicly about his own psychological issues. “The whole point in my role” he said, “is to be … forthcoming about the morbidity and genuine nature of the likelihood of death amongst people [with] certain mood disorders.”
British actor Jared Harris (Mad Men, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) has popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, television and radio personality Allegra Riggio. The couple announced their engagement via Twitter and Vine, where Riggio showed off her new heart-shaped diamond ring.
We’re engaged! <3 #TeamHarris
— Allegra Riggio (@Allegratastic) June 4, 2013
People reports the custom-designed engagement ring features the letter “H” on the gallery and diamonds around the band.
Bollywood actress Jiah Khan has been found dead at her home in Mumbai, police said Tuesday.
A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the body of the 25-year-old actress was found in her apartment in Mumbai’s Juhu neighborhood late Monday.
Khan, whose real name was Nafisa Khan, was born in New York and grew up in London before moving to Mumbai.
Khan began her career in Mumbai’s film industry in the 2007 Hindi film Nishabd, in which she portrayed a teenager in love with her best friend’s father, played by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
In her brief career she performed with other top Bollywood stars, including Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar.
Khan last appeared in the 2010 comedy Housefull, in which she played a supporting role.
, which actually comes about from cunnilingus.” He continued, “I did worry if the stress caused by my son’s incarceration didn’t help trigger it. But yeah, it’s a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it.”
To no one’s surprise, Douglas’ remarks took off all over the Internet. The Guardian published a follow-up piece discussing the potential scientific truth behind the comments and concluded, “Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much research evidence to back up Douglas’ claim that the cure for throat cancer is still more cunnilingus.”
A rep for the actor, 68, did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment, but his rep told USA Today, “Michael Douglas did not say cunnilingus was the cause of his cancer. It was discussed that oral sex is a suspected cause of certain oral cancers as doctor’s in the article point out but he did not say it was the specific cause of his personal cancer.”
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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