R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black has died at her home in Woodside, California, at the age of 85, reports the New York Times. Born in Santa Monica, California, on April 23, 1928, Shirley Jane Temple began taking dance lessons at the age of three and appeared in her first movie at the age of four. Her first significant role came in 1934, when she was chosen to star in Stand Up and Cheer. She was signed to a year-long contract with Fox based on her performance in that movie and a string of feel-good song-and-dance movies followed. Notes Black in her 1988 autobiography Child Star:
People in the Depression wanted something to cheer them up, and they fell in love with a dog, Rin Tin Tin, and a little girl.
Temple received an honorary Academy Award at the age of six and was the most popular movie star in the U.S. from 1935 to 1939. She struggled to maintain her big screen appeal as she moved into adolescence and left movie making for good in 1950, after marrying Charles Alden Black. In her adult years, she became a prominent Republican fundraiser and even ran for Congress. She was appointed as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly by President Richard M. Nixon in 1969. She was active in civic and community activities in San Francisco and served as ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976 and ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1989 to 1992.#AlwaysTrending
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STAR WARS Out of all of the actors rumored to be starring in J.J. Abrams' new Star Wars movie alongside the original trio — Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher — the one fans have been most excited about is Gary Oldman. Besides being an award-winning actor, Oldman has major nerd cred as Commissioner Gordon in Nolan's Batman trilogy and Zorg in The Fifth Element, among other genre movies. Now, Oldman himself has confirmed to Sky Movies, via ComingSoon, that he has been approached about starring in the movie, but he remains skeptical that he will actually join the production.
They've called, yeah. I'm more cynical about it (casting) now, I believe it when I'm on the plane home. You know, the deal isn't done (until then). But yeah, they've inquired.
THONGS Though a sequel to Magic Mike seemed like a no-brainer given it earned over $167 million and only cost $7 million to make, the fact that director Steven Soderbergh recently retired from feature filmmaking made a sequel doubtful. Star Channing Tatum even told MTV News in 2013, "I don't know if we can do Magic Mike 2 without our general." Soderbergh's involvement with the sequel may be in doubt, but Tatum is forging ahead nonetheless. He recently posted a photo of himself gazing at a bust of co-star Matthew McConaughey on Twitter, accompanied by the caption, "What better way to start writing #MagicMike2 than with my old friend Dallas?" referring to McConaughey's character in the original.
TONYS Hugh Jackman is putting down his Wolverine claws for the time being and picking up a microphone to host the 68th annual Tony Awards on June 8. Jackman, who previously hosted the awards three consecutive times starting in 2003, made the announcement via his Twitter account. Tony Award nominations will be announced Tuesday, April 29.
QUIXOTE After fourteen years, auteur Terry Gilliam is once again revisiting his adaptation of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, telling Empire that he plans to start shooting on the Canary Islands in September. The movie originally would have starred Jean Rochefort as Quixote and Johnny Depp as Sancho Panza, but a myriad of problems conspired against the production and it had to shut down. Gilliam has brought Spanish producer Adrián Guerra (Buried) aboard, but he has yet to cast the movie. He told Empire, "I’m hoping it’s the lucky 11. We keep rewriting the script each time, too, so it’s a slightly different film each time." Gilliam also shared a piece of concept art via his Facebook account.
D'OH! During an interview that was supposed to be about RoboCop, KTLA reporter Sam Rubin asked Samuel L. Jackson about his recent Super Bowl commercial. The problem? Jackson didn't appear in a Super Bowl commercial, but Laurence Fishburne did. Jackson blasted Rubin, saying, "We don't all look alike. We may be all black and famouse, but we don't look alike." Rubin, who looked confused and embarrassed, tried to shift the focus of the discussion back towards RoboCop, but Jackson wasn't having it, retorting, "You're the entertainment reporter for this station and you don't know the difference between me and Laurence Fishburne?" You can watch the painful exchange at TMZ.