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“Love Story” Director Arthur Hiller Dead at 92

Arthur Hiller (center) receives an honorary Academy Award in 2002 with presenters and “Love Story” stars Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw; Ron Galella/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Arthur Hiller, best known for directing the 1970 romantic tragedy Love Story starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, died Wednesday in Los Angeles of natural causes, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for whom he once served as president. He was 92.

The Canadian filmmaker started out in radio before directing numerous episodes of television series, including Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Rifleman.

In addition to Love Story, Hiller directed more than 30 feature films, most notably The In-Laws and Neil Simon’s The Out-of Towners and Plaza Suite.

Hiller served as the 29th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1993-97, and was president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989-93. He received the guild’s Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award in 1999.

Hiller’s wife of 68 years, Gwen, died in June. He’s survived by his children Erica and Henryk, as well as five grandchildren.

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“War Dogs” Director Explains Bradley Cooper’s “Bloodshot” Look

Bradley Cooper in “War Dogs”; image courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Bradley Cooper looks very different than his “Sexiest Man Alive” days in the new film, War Dogs, in which he plays an arms dealer.

The actor said he played up the fact that his “eyes get red normally” to achieve his character’s bloodshot look. It was the movie’s director, Todd Phillips, who provided the inspiration for the distinct glasses worn by Cooper’s character.

“I remember I emailed Bradley a picture of Jeffrey Dahmer just for the glasses,” Phillips said on Thursday’s Good Morning America, referring to the infamous serial killer. “And I said, ‘He needs to wear these glasses.’”

Phillips also directed Cooper in The Hangover, a movie very different from War Dogs. While the former saw a group of buddies losing control in Las Vegas, War Dogs centers on two 20-somethings, played by Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, embroiled in a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan military.

Then again, Phillips said the two movies have more common than a viewer might at first think. “There’s a little bit of tonal shift but it’s ultimately still about guys making bad decisions,” he said. “Which all my movies seem to be about.”

Phillips wrote the film in addition to directing it and producing it, along with Cooper.

War Dogs is based on a factual 2011 Rolling Stone article titled “Arms and the Dudes,” written by Guy Lawson. Hill and Teller’s characters are living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War when they take advantage of a government initiative to bid on U.S. military contracts.

“There haven’t been a ton of movies made about the obscene amount of money that a very small group of people make off of war,” Phillips said.

War Dogs opens in theaters Friday.

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Fired “Criminal Minds” Star Thomas Gibson Joins Twitter: “This Is Not an Ending, but a Beginning as Well”

Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — Less than a week after he was fired from the CBS drama Criminal Minds, Thomas Gibson has joined Twitter to thank fans for their support.

The actor launched his Twitter account Tuesday with the following message: “I wish I could thank each of you for your friendship & support. I love Criminal Minds, & I’m disappointed by what’s happened.”

He later added, “The support you show means the world to me and my family. This is not an ending, but a beginning as well. Thank you all.”

The support you show means the world to me and my family. This is not an ending, but a beginning as well. Thank you all. #ThomasGibson

— Thomas Gibson (@ImThomasGibson) August 17, 2016

CBS and producer ABC Studios announced Friday that Gibson had been dismissed from Criminal Minds. The decision followed reports that the 54-year-old actor, who played Aaron Hotchner on the drama, allegedly kicked a producer during an argument.

Gibson released a statement on Friday that read in part, “I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last twelve years. I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won’t be possible now.”

It was reported over the weekend that Gibson had hired a Los Angeles law firm that is evaluating whether to pursue legal claims against the show’s producers.

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Robert Redford Turns 80 Today

Robert Redford in “Pete’s Dragon”; Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) — Happy birthday to Robert Redford!

The actor, director and activist turns 80 today. He’s had a legendary career, starring in such classic films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting and All the President’s Men.

Redford appeared in various TV projects before landing a role in the 1962 movie War Hunt. He broke through as a major star seven years later with the release of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Redford played the Sundance Kid opposite Paul Newman’s Butch Cassidy, both train robbers on the run. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture, and won four.

Redford’s career continued to rise in the early 1970s, with roles in films like the political satire The Candidate as well as The Way We Were, the latter of which also featured Barbra Streisand.

The Way We Were was released in 1973, the same year The Sting — a caper film that reunited Redford with Newman — debuted. It earned Redford an Oscar nomination for best actor.

Over the next few years, Redford starred in an adaptation of The Great Gatsby and the Watergate drama All the President’s Men, among other films.

The 1980s brought us two of Redford’s most well-known movies: the baseball classic The Natural and the romantic drama Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep.

Since then, Redford’s acting credits have included Indecent Proposal, Up Close & Personal, The Horse Whisperer and Spy Game. Marvel fans will also point out his performance as Alexander Pierce in the second Captain America movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

You can see Redford on the big screen now in Disney’s just-released remake of Pete’s Dragon.

Aside from his work in front of the cameras, Redford has directed several films, most notably Ordinary People, A River Runs Through It, Quiz Show, The Horse Whisperer and The Legend of Bagger Vance. He won a best director Oscar for Ordinary People, and was nominated in the same category for Quiz Show.

Redford received an honorary Oscar in 2002.

In addition to all of that, Redford founded the Sundance Institute, which annually presents the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

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Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay Trade “Diversity” for “Inclusion”

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay are tackling sensitive topics in this week’s issue of the Hollywood Reporter, saying they’re more focused on “inclusion” than “diversity.”

DuVernay, who recently hit a major milestone by being the first African-American woman hired to direct a live-action film with a budget exceeding $100 million — that’s A Wrinkle In Time — tells the Hollywood Reporter she’s become weary of the term “diversity.”

“We aren’t sitting around talking about diversity, just like we aren’t sitting around talking about being black or being women. We’re just being that,” she said. Oprah, who’s working with Ava on the upcoming OWN series Queen Sugar, feels the same.

“I used to use the word ‘diversity’ all the time,” Winfrey begins. “‘We want more diverse stories, more diverse characters…’ Now I really eliminated it from my vocabulary because I’ve learned from [Ava] that the word that most articulates what we’re looking for is what we want to be: included.”

She adds, “It’s to have a seat at the table where the decisions are being made.”

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Of course, the leading ladies also feel that it’s their responsibility to help bring on that inclusive narrative.

DuVernay explains, “You see integration of Black Lives Matter from the beginning of [Queen Sugar] because it is literally black lives having meaning and mattering in the everyday.”

She adds, “With the Black Lives Matter movement, a lot of the focus is on the protest and dissent. I’m hoping to dismantle the public notion — for folks outside of the community — of what Black Lives Matter means. It’s really about saying that black lives matter, that humanity is the same when you go inside people’s homes.”

Oprah concurs and emphasizes her take on it.

“Everybody gets caught up in the slogan and the hashtag and the protest. What we’re trying to do is get you to feel it,” she says.

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Kristen Stewart: Relationship with Pattinson Became “Gross to Me”

Karim Sadli for The New York Times(NEW YORK) — Kristen Stewart starred alongside Robert Pattinson in the popular Twilight movies, and, to the delight of the franchise’s fans, began dating in real life too. But the actress now says that the spotlight that was put on their relationship really turned her off.

Speaking to the New York Times’ T Magazine, Stewart says, “People wanted me and Rob to be together so badly that our relationship was made into a product. It wasn’t real life anymore. And that was gross to me. It’s not that I want to hide who I am or hide anything I’m doing in my life. It’s that I don’t want to become a part of a story for entertainment value.”

She and R-Patz split in 2013, months after Stewart was photographed kissing director Rupert Sanders. These days, the 26-year-old actress is promoting her new movie Personal Shopper and dating Alicia Cargile, a visual-effects producer. The two have been together for three years, and Stewart told the magazine that they’re in love.

“I would never talk about any of my relationships before, but once I started dating girls it seemed like there was an opportunity to represent something really positive,” she said, explaining why she’s being so open about her romance.

“I still want to protect my personal life, but I don’t want to seem like I’m protecting the idea,” she adds. “So that does sort of feel like I owe something to people.”

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CBS Announces the Cast of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen. X”

Monty Brinton/CBS Entertainment ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(NEW YORK) — CBS has announced the cast of the 33rd installment of Survivor. The Fiji-set show will pit Millennials against their (slightly) older counterparts, Gen-Xers.

Will Gen-Xers live up to their scrappy, can-do image? Will Millennials survive without safe spaces and WiFi? Tune in to find out when the next season of the Emmy Award-winning series kicks off with a special 90-minute premiere on Wednesday, September 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

Here’s a peek at both tribes:

Millennials – “Vanua” Tribe

Michaela Bradshaw
Age: 25
Fort Worth, TX
Vacation Club Sales

Michelle Schubert
Age: 28
Yakima, WA
Missionary Recruiter

Jessica “Figgy” Figueroa
Age: 23
Nashville, TN

Adam Klein
Age: 25
San Francisco, CA
Homeless Shelter Manager

Hannah Shapiro
Age: 24
West Hollywood, CA

Zeke Smith
Age: 28
Brooklyn, NY
Asset Manager

Justin “Jay” Starrett
Age: 27
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Real Estate Agent

Taylor Stocker
Age: 24
Post Falls, ID
Ski Instructor

Mari Takahashi
Age: 31
Los Angeles, CA
Professional Gamer

Will Wahl
Age: 18
Long Valley, NJ
High School Student

Gen X – “Takali” Tribe

Rachel Ako
Age: 37
Los Angeles, CA
Recruiting Director

Sunday Burquest
Age: 45
Ostego, MN
Youth Pastor

Chris Hammons
Age: 38
Moore, OK
Trial Lawyer

Lucy Huang
Age: 42
Diamond Bar, CA

Bret LaBelle
Age: 42
Dedham, MA
Police Sergeant

Jessica Lewis
Age: 37
Voorheesville, NY
Asst. District Attorney

Ken McNickle
Age: 33
Denver, CO

Ciandre “CeCe” Taylor
Age: 39
Granada Hills, CA
Insurance Adjuster

Paul Wachter
Age: 52
Sugarloaf Key, FL
Boat Mechanic

David Wright
Age: 42
Sherman Oaks, CA
Television Writer

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USA Renews “Mr. Robot”

Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson; Nadav Kander/USA Network(NEW YORK) — Your favorite hacktivists just scored another year to take down E Corp. The hit USA Network drama Mr. Robot has been picked up for a third season, which will debut in 2017.

The Emmy-nominated series is currently in its second season. You can catch it Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET.

Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in an underground hacker group society. Christian Slater also stars.

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Lady Gaga Officially Starring in “A Star Is Born” Remake

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for RPM(NEW YORK) — It’s official: After months of speculation, Warner Brothers has announced that Lady Gaga will star in a remake of A Star Is Born.

This will be the first feature film lead role for the 30-year-old pop superstar. Gaga will be joined in the new version of A Star Is Born by actor Bradley Cooper, who’ll also make his directorial debut.

Gaga confirmed the news in a Twitter post Tuesday, writing, “Im elated to be directed by & starring w/ Bradley in this project. He’s a brilliant visionary artist. #AStarIsBorn #AStarIsBornCooperGaga.”

Gaga — who was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for the song “Til It Happens To You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground — will also compose and perform new music for the film.

The pop star previously appeared in the movies Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Machete Kills. She won a Golden Globe this year for her performance in the FX series American Horror Story.

The original A Star Is Born, released in 1937, focused on a fading movie star who helps launch the career of an up-and-coming actress. It was remade in 1954, with James Mason and Judy Garland, who played an up-and-coming singer, and again in 1976, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

Beyoncé reportedly was originally supposed to star in the new project, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

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Ellen DeGeneres Responds to Accusations Usain Bolt Tweet Was Racist

Anthony Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ellen DeGeneres has prompted some controversy for a Photoshopped photo of Olympic gold-medal-winning track star Usain Bolt posted on her Twitter feed that some have accused of being racist.

The photo is an altered version of one taken at the Rio Olympics during the men’s 100-meter semifinal race, and shows DeGeneres riding on Bolt’s back as he’s running to victory. “This is how I’m running errands from now on,” the tweet reads.

This is how I’m running errands from now on. #Rio2016

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 15, 2016

A number of responses to the tweet argued the photo is racist, given that DeGeneres is white and Bolt is black.

On Tuesday, DeGeneres commented on the backlash, tweeting, “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country. It is the furthest thing from who I am.”

Bolt, who’s appeared on DeGeneres’ talk show, retweeted the Photoshopped picture.

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