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No new evidence in Natalie Wood case

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s say no new evidence has been uncovered in the death of Natalie Wood and that her death is still considered an accident.

The Los Angeles Times reports that several weeks of interviews and other investigative work have not uncovered any evidence the death was a homicide.

Sheriff’s chief of detectives William McSweeney says cold cases like Wood’s are never really closed and detectives are looking at some aspects of the case.

Natalie Wood died on the evening of Nov. 28, 1981, when the 43-year-old actress was boating off Catalina Island with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.

The investigation was reopened in November, when detectives say several sources came forward with new information.

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Police: Robert Wagner ‘not a suspect’ in reopened Natalie Wood investigation
L.A. detectives re-open Natalie Wood death inquiry

French actress Denise Darcel dies at 87

Denise Darcel, the French-born actress known for vampy roles in such films as “Vera Cruz” and “Thunder in the Pines,” has died. She was 87.

Darcel’s son, Craig, said Monday that she died Dec. 23 at a Los Angeles hospital from complications from an emergency surgery to repair a ruptured aneurysm.

After coming to the U.S. in 1947, Darcel starred opposite several leading men in a string of films in the ’50s, including “Battleground” with Van Johnson, “Tarzan and the Slave Girl” with Lex Barker, “Westward the Women” with Robert Taylor and “Young Man with Ideas” with Glenn Ford.

She most famously played a vivacious double-crossing countess in 1954′s “Vera Cruz” opposite Burt Lancaster and Gary Cooper.

Darcel is also survived by another son, Chris.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are engaged

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have gotten engaged, People is reporting. The news comes after a small storm of have-they-or-haven’t-they speculation of the impossibly attractive couple, who had announced that they’d ended their four-year relationship last March. By September, however, they had reportedly reconciled. A source told People that Timberlake, 30, proposed to Biel, 29, with a custom-designed ring while the two were vacationing in Montana.

'Thor 2' to be directed by 'Game of Thrones' helmer Alan Taylor: Report

TV director Alan Taylor, best known for his work on Game of Thrones, has been hired to direct Thor 2, Deadline reports. Thrones fans know his work from the brilliant “Baelor” episode (ranked by EW as one of the year’s best), which was so strong it landed him four more episodes to direct.

L.A. detectives re-open Natalie Wood death inquiry

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s official says homicide detectives have re-opened their investigation into the 1981 drowning death of actress Natalie Wood (West Side Story, Rebel Without a Cause). Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says the agency is taking another look at the case after recently receiving additional information.

A news conference has been scheduled for Friday with the detective leading the investigation.

Whitmore declined to release any additional details about what information detectives had been given.

Wood drowned on Nov. 29, 1981, after a night of partying with husband Robert Wagner and Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken on the couple’s yacht anchored off Santa Catalina Island.

Coroner’s officials ruled the death of the star an accident.

'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Karl Slover dies

Karl Slover, one of the last surviving actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 classic film, The Wizard of Oz, has died. He was 93. The 4-foot-5 Slover died of cardiopulmonary arrest Tuesday afternoon in a central Georgia hospital, said Laurens County Deputy Coroner Nathan Stanley. According to friends, as recently as last weekend, Slover appeared at events in the suburban Chicago area.

Slover was best known for playing the lead trumpeter in the Munchkins’ band but also had roles as a townsman and soldier in the film, said John Fricke, author of 100 Years of Oz and five other books on the movie and its star, Judy Garland. Slover was one of the tiniest male Munchkins in the movie.

Long after Slover retired, he continued to appear around the country at festivals and events related to the movie. He was one of seven Munchkins at the 2007 unveiling of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to the little people in the movie. Only three remain of the 124 diminutive actors who played the beloved Munchkins. READ FULL STORY

Hal Kanter, Emmy-winning writer, has died

Legendary Emmy-winning comedy writer, director, and producer Hal Kanter has passed away at the age of 92 due to complications from pneumonia, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kanter had a career that spanned nearly seven decades and his unparalleled resume included creating the groundbreaking NBC sitcom, Julia, working as a writer and producer on Chico and the Man, and, perhaps most notably, writing the Oscar telecast for nearly 33 years. Two of Kanter’s three Emmys came from his work on the Academy Awards. (His first Emmy was for the variety program The George Gobel Show.)

In addition to the indelible mark he left on television, which also included creating The Jimmy Stewart Show and working briefly as an executive producer on All in the Family, Kanter wrote for the big screen as well. His film credits include writing Road to Bali, Money From Home, Artists and Models, Pocket Full of Miracles, and The Rose Tattoo, which he collaborated on with Tennessee Williams. Kanter stepped behind the camera on occasion, directing the 1957 Elvis Presley drama Loving You, which he also co-wrote.

A recipient of the Writers Guild of America’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television, Kanter penned his memoir So Far, So Funny: My Life in Show Business in 1999 and was described by the LA Times as being “the go-to wit to act as master of ceremonies or speak at Hollywood functions and other events.” Carl Reiner echoed the sentiment, telling the Times, “What a dear man. He was considered one of the wits of the industry; there’s no question about it. Any time he was called upon, he always could make the audience laugh.”

Actress Margaret O'Mahoney, mother of Sally Field, dies

Margaret O’Mahoney, a successful television actress and the mother of Sally Field, died of cancer on Sunday in Malibu, Calif. She was 89 years old.

She appeared in approximately 90 films and television shows between 1945 and 1973, including a starring role in The Man From Planet X (1951) with Robert Clarke. She married Richard Field in 1942 and had two children, Sally and Richard. She divorced from Field in 1950, married stuntman Jock Mahoney and had another daughter, Princess.

“The family grieves the loss of such an inspiring and loving woman but couldn’t be more thankful for the rich and wonderful times they got to enjoy with her,” her family wrote in a statement. “She truly did laugh all her laughter and cry all her tears and died knowing she will be loved eternally by those left behind.”

Hugh Grant welcomes baby girl

Hugh Grant is a first-time father: The 51-year-old actor has welcomed a baby girl, reports People. “He and the mother had a fleeting affair and while this was not planned, Hugh could not be happier or more supportive,” Grant’s rep noted in a statement. “He and the mother have discussed everything and are on very friendly terms.” The identity of the mother was not revealed.

Anti-Defamation League seeks apology from Susan Sarandon for calling Pope Benedict XVI a 'Nazi'

The Anti-Defamation League has called on Susan Sarandon to apologize for comments she reportedly made on Saturday in which she called Pope Benedict XVI a “Nazi.” During an interview at the Bay Street Theatre in Long Island, Newsday reports the Oscar-winning actress made her controversial comment while discussing her 1995 film Dead Man Walking, which was based on an anti-death-penalty book by Sister Helen Prejean. Sarandon remembered that she had sent a copy of the book to the pope. “The last one,” she said. “Not this Nazi one we have now.”

The Anti-Defamation League responded on Monday, asking Sarandon to apologize to the Catholic community and to anybody else she may have offended with her remarks. ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman issued the following statement:

We hope that Susan Sarandon will have the good sense to apologize to the Catholic community and all those she may have offended with this disturbing, deeply offensive and completely uncalled for attack on the good name of Pope Benedict XVI.

Ms. Sarandon may have her differences with the Catholic Church, but that is no excuse for throwing around Nazi analogies. Such words are hateful, vindictive and only serve to diminish the true history and meaning of the Holocaust.

It is unclear whether Sarandon was commenting generally about the Pope’s current policies or on his childhood experiences with the Nazi party during World War II. EW was unable to reach Sarandon for comment.

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