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You may have seen Sheila Vand as a housekeeper named Sahar in Ben Affleck's "Argo," or currently on NBC as a CIA analyst opposite Katherine Heigl in "State of Affairs." Or, you've seen her in what may be the first Iranian vampire noir ever, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," an ingenious work of pop pastiche written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, who Vand calls "Lily." When she's not cultivating her screen career, Vand is foremost a performance artist, who starred on Broadway with Robin Williams in "Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo" and has worked independently on her own exhibitions, such as a musical act she dubbed "Sneaky Nietzsche." Vand brings her onstage dexterity to the role of a lonely, sullen, centuries-old vampire known simply as "The Girl." In a desolate ghost town torn from the pages of dusty American westerns by way of Italian neorealism, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Before an emotional tribute to his father, Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, Zak Williams spoke to People about adjusting to life without his famous dad, admitting, "It's tremendously sad ... we're trying to stay strong." "The key thing that I want [people] to know is that we're doing okay," Williams's eldest son said Thursday at the annual Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation gala, where he paid tribute to the friendship between his dad and the late Superman actor, a tireless advocate for people living with spinal cord injuries. "We're experiencing the new normal now," the 31-year-old said of the months since his father's death in August. »
- Sharon Cotliar, @SharonCotliar
Robin Williams’ family is still learning to cope with the actor’s tragic passing.The late comedian's son Zak Williams attended the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation fundraising gala on Thursday, where he spoke publicly for the first time since his father’s death in August. The 31-year-old revealed that he and his half siblings, Zelda and Cody, are "slowly adjusting to the life without their dad." "We’re acclimating to the new normal. Everything is step by step," he told Us Weekly at the event. "Personally, my wife and I are focusing on doing a lot of good. She runs the San Francisco office of Human Rights Watch, and we’re working with them to do good in the world."Zak also spoke inside the event about his father's friendship with the late Christopher Reeve and how the two were dedicated to helping others in need."They had a tremendous love for each other, »
- tooFab Staff
At last night's Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation fundraising gala, Robin Williams' son Zak Williams opened up for the first time about losing his father and how the family has been coping. "We're doing Ok. We're acclimating to the new normal. Everything is step by step," he shared. "Personally, my wife and I are focusing on doing a lot of good. She runs the San Francisco office of Human Rights Watch, and we're working with them to do good in the world." Zak also spoke about his father's close bond with Reeve, saying, "They had a tremendous love for one another. The amazing thing about their relationship was their incredible drive to take the time to love, to help, »
Robin Williams' family is determined to persevere after his death. On Thursday, Nov. 20, the late comedian's son Zak Williams spoke in public for the first time since his father's passing on Aug. 11, telling Us Weekly at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation fundraising gala that he's slowly adjusting to life without their dad. "We're doing okay," Zak, 31, told Us, speaking on behalf of his family, which includes half-siblings Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22. (Zak's mom is Williams' first wife, Valerie Velardi; Zelda and Cody [...] »
For the first time since his father Robin Williams passed away on Aug. 11 at age 63, Zak Williams is opening up about his dad's legacy and the bond the comedian shared with his son.
Et's Nischelle Turner was at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation fundraising gala in New York on Thursday, where she spoke with Zak about how he and his family have been holding up three months after Robin's death.
Photos: A Look Back At Robin Williams Through The Years
"We're doing okay. We're working hard to build our strength and acclimating to the new normal," Zak, 31, told Et. "A large part of what we're doing through this grieving process is giving and spending time focusing on others."
Friends and fans across the globe were devastated by the legendary comedian's death, and many took to the web to share memories, express their grief and send condolences.
"The outpouring was remarkable," Zak said, smiling »
A movie by Mike Nichols is typically an elegant, unruffled ride across a smooth, even chilly surface - the movie's value glints upward from beneath that ice. The director, who died Wednesday at 83, over the years pared down any attempt at visual flourish - The Graduate, his groundbreaking early film that remains his most famous, is probably also one of his flashiest. What fired him up, what he bored down into, was the intellectual germ (or gem) of the story. This meant that he was willing to consider anything for his camera: erotic werewolves (Wolf), World War II (Catch-22), philandering »
- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT
Actor-writer Dan Futterman called in to Sirius Xm radio on Thursday to remember his Birdcage director Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday night. Futterman, who's gone on to write films like Bennett Miller's Capote and Foxcatcher, played the son of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane's characters in the 1996 movie, which Nichols directed. He was one of several relatively unknown actors to star in the film, along with a pre-Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria and Nathan Lane, whom Futterman said hadn't really played a part like his role in The Birdcage before. Futterman recalled that Nichols seemed to
- Hilary Lewis
Two years ago, on the eve of his eagerly awaited Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, I sat down with Mike Nichols to look back on his remarkable career. During those two-plus hours together at the Mark Hotel in Manhattan, the legendary director, then 80, reminisced about a life of highs and lows that began as a bright-eyed young boy who fled Nazi Germany for America. "I remember everything about getting on the boat in Germany in 1939," Nichols said. "I was 7, my brother was 3, and my father was already in New York setting up his practice as a doctor. German Jews couldn't leave the country, »
- Chris Nashawaty
Even as video games add more nuanced and interesting female characters to their narratives, one sad fact cannot be undone: There are seriously fewer than 10 superstar female characters in classic video games. Ugh. But they are extraordinary ladies nonetheless! In this edition of The Snap, we salute the classic women of video games. Above is the shortened version of The Snap; below, check out the full version. Be sure to check out every damn episode of The Snap: Ep. #34: Here's Why the '90s Sucked Ep. #33: Why Anne Hathaway Rules Ep. #32: The Sexiest Psychos in Movie History Ep. #31: Why Horror Classics are Still Scary Ep. #30: Everything You Don't Know About Taylor Swift Ep. #29: 5 Unanswered Questions About 'Gone Girl' Ep. #28: 19 Beautiful Things That Look Like Donald Trump Ep. #27: 20 Reasons Fall is the Worst Season Ep. #26: Everything Wrong with Urban Outfitters Ep. »
- Louis Virtel
The sudden death of renowned director Mike Nichols is being felt immensely in Hollywood.
The award-winning director/producer is credited with launching Whoopi Goldberg's career when he brought her one-woman show to Broadway. On Thursday's The View, Goldberg broke down in sobs as she attempted to pay tribute to Nichols. Unable to speak, her co-host Nicolle Wallace chimed in, "This man meant the world to her."
Photos: Gone Too Soon -- Stars We've Lost
The show then flashed back to when the director appeared on the program in 2012 and Goldberg was able to thank her mentor for all he'd done for her. "Whenever I'm with you, I know I'm okay," she said to Nichols at the time, getting teary-eyed during the interview.
Goldberg is just »
In one of his final interviews, Mike Nichols said he considered “Angels in America”–the sprawling 2003 HBO mini-series adapted from the Tony Kushner play about the AIDs crisis—-as the crowning achievement of his career.
Nichols, the director of classic films “The Graduate,” “Working Girl” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” died at 83. He spoke to me in November 2013 by phone for a profile I was working on Emma Thompson, who appeared in three of his films.
Remembrances of Nichols pored in from across the entertainment industry on Thursday, with many hailing him as a beloved visionary. But Nichols admitted that he did manage to make an enemy out of Bill Clinton after 1998’s “Primary Colors,” a political comedy starring »
- Ramin Setoodeh
As you’ve probably already heard, director Mike Nichols passed away last night. Our obituary is here, with a wealth of supplemental material to help you remember the man and just what a remarkable legacy he leaves. We also wanted to add our own thoughts on some of his greatest films. Nichols was something of a polyglot, though perhaps not working across different genres so much as different moods, and polylgot doesn’t quite capture just how effortless he made the business of directing seem. Working mostly within a category that could be loosely defined as the mid-budget adult drama (exactly the kind of films that are getting squeezed out these days, between big blockbusters on the one side and tiny, low-budget indies on the other), Nichols found space to range from the broad comedy of “The Birdcage” (featuring a lovely turn from the late Robin Williams) to the solemnity of “Silkwood, »
- The Playlist Staff
Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.
Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »
- Gary Susman
Incredibly sad news this morning as legendary director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83. ABC reported the news that Nichols died suddenly last night. Nichols was a creative powerhouse throughout his career as his character-centric work could cut to the bone but without ever feeling petty or childish even when his characters were behaving that way (which they had a tendency to do). When the Production Code was shaking in the mid 1960s, his feature directing debut Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? knocked it over and cleared the way for more mature language, themes, and other topics that had been stifled for decades. The Graduate, which is one of my all-time favorite movies, was a key movie in the changing of the guard from Old Hollywood to New Hollywood, and I could do a series of articles on how its place in film history and lasting impact. It's »
- Matt Goldberg
Following the tragic passing of Robin Williams earlier this year, one of the filmmakers who directed the iconic comedian has left us as well. In a statement from ABC News President James Goldston, we've learned that director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83, though no cause of death was revealed. Nichols was one of the most iconic directors to ever get behind the camera from his early work on classics like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate to recent provocative and acclaimed films like Charlie Wilson's War and Closer. Goldston added, "No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike." Nichols was born in Germany in 1931 and came to the United States when he was 7 years old, because his family was fleeing Nazi Germany. His career began with a pursuit in theater at the University of Chicago (an influence you could feel in each and every film) in the 1950s, »
- Ethan Anderton
Nichols was one of the best directors of both stage and film. He was one of the few to win the Egot award -- Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. When I was a college student at Purdue University, I devoured his movies specifically "The Graduate" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."
In later years, Nichols even brought us the great HBO special "Angels in America" based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tony Kushner. Nichols was working on a new project for HBO . an adaptation of Terrence McNally »
Legendary film and theater director, writer and producer Mike Nichols has passed away. An Oscar winner for 1967′s seminal The Graduate, he also was nominated for such films as Working Girl, Silkwood and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? For his stage work, he amassed 10 Tony Awards including as director for such plays as Barefoot In The Park, The Odd Couple, The Prisoner Of Second Avenue and Death Of A Salesman; and as producer of Annie and The Real Thing.
“William Goldman said there were two great American film directors—Elia Kazan and Mike Nichols,” said Broadway producer Emanuel Azenberg, who co-produced Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing with Nichols, who also staged ythe play’s Tony-winning Broadway edition with Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons. “I think that’s true. He was a giant who could convince people to be better than they were.”
Nichols died suddenly late Wednesday night »
- The Deadline Team
Mike Nichols, the award-winning director of Broadway and movies, died Wednesday in Manhattan at the age of 83. Nichols was the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. A spokesman for ABC said the cause was cardiac arrest.
Photos: Mike Nichols’ Life and Career in Photos
Nichols is one of few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — achieving so-called Egot status. His first two feature helming efforts — the caustic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966 and 1967’s satirical “The Graduate” — launched a prodigious movie career. But before ever stepping behind the camera, he was already part of a successful comedy duo with Elaine May and had helmed a string of hit stage shows.
Nichols’ background in improvisational, satirical comedy informed many of his films, which often started out as comedies and ended up as acerbic ruminations on American relationships. Directing material by playwrights, screenwriters »
- Terry Flores
With audiences growing tired of “Spider-Man” or “Transformers” sequels, Hollywood now has a solution — go back to the ’90s.
“Dumb and Dumber To,” which opened to atrocious reviews 20 years after the original, still scored an impressive $36 million at the box office last weekend. (Read all the reasons why it worked from my colleague Brent Lang.) It shouldn’t have come as a surprise: the ’90s are hot again. This week, Twitter went nuts over a “Dawson’s Creek” reunion photo of James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson, while Focus Features announced “Can’t Touch This” (borrowing from the Mc Hammer song), a ’90s-set high school dance-a-thon directed by Jon M. Chu. If Robin Williams had lived to star in “Mrs. Doubtfire 2,” it would no doubt have been a hit too.
As executives inevitably start to dig through the recycling bin of old titles that never got a second chapter, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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