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Harry Gittes, Jack Nicholson's Pal and Producer, Dies at 81

Harry Gittes, who produced the Jack Nicholson films Drive, He Said; Goin' South and About Schmidt and was the namesake for the actor's gumshoe character in Chinatown, has died. He was 81.

Gittes died Saturday of natural causes in Los Angeles, publicist Seth Horowitz reported.

Gittes also produced Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), starring James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine and Diane Keaton; Richard Benjamin's Little Nikita (1988), starring Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix; Breaking In (1989), written by John Sayles and starring Burt Reynolds; and The Girl Next Door (2004), starring Emile Hirsch.

Born on May 6, 1936, in...
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Time After Time

Nicholas Meyer's first directing effort is a classy science fiction thriller best remembered for a charming romantic angle, and for introducing many of us to the marvelous Mary Steenburgen. Clever storytelling pits Malcolm McDowell against fellow time tripper David Warner, in a fourth-dimensional pursuit of none other than Jack the Ripper. Time After Time Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1979 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 112 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen, Charles Cioffi, Kent Williams, Andonia Katsaros, Patti D'Arbanville, Corey Feldman, Shelley Hack, Clete Roberts. Cinematography Paul Lohman Film Editor Donn Cambern Original Music Miklos Rozsa Written by Nicholas Meyer story by Karl Alexander & Steve Hayes Produced by Herb Jaffe Directed by Nicholas Meyer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Known for his smart scripts -- face it, even Invasion of the Bee Girls is an intelligent script -- Nicholas Meyer broke into the writer-director hyphenate
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Jack Nicholson Facts: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Iconic Actor

Let's hope Jack Nicholson has a pleasant birthday on Wednesday, or at least a less disturbing one than the birthday when pal Hunter S. Thompson showed up outside his house, turned on a spotlight, blasted a recording of a pig being eaten alive by bears, fired several rounds from his 9mm pistol, and (when the terrified actor and his kids refused to open the door) left an elk's heart on the doorstep.

Nicholson turns 78 on April 22, and even though he hasn't been in a movie for five years, he still looms large in our collective imaginations. Younger viewers know him from his flamboyant performances in "The Departed," "The Bucket List," "Something's Gotta Give," and "Anger Management," but his older films remain ubiquitous on TV as well, including "As Good as It Gets," "A Few Good Men," "Batman," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Terms of Endearment," "The Shining," and "Chinatown." A late bloomer,
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Join our live Emmy chat with Mary Steenburgen ('Justified') this Tuesday

Join our live Emmy chat with Mary Steenburgen ('Justified') this Tuesday
Near the very beginning of her acting career, Mary Steenburgen won an Academy Award. We will ask her about that victory for "Melvin and Howard" (1980), her latest guest arc on "Justified," and several parts of her career when she joins us for a live chat this Tuesday, June 17, at 1:00 p.m. Pt; 4:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Steenburgen was in the reception room at Paramount's New York office in the late 1970s when Jack Nicholson discovered her. He was directing the 1978 Western film "Goin' South" and cast her as the female lead. Her second movie provided a lead role in "Time After Time" (1979). And then for her third effort on the silver screen, she won an Oscar and Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress. Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Her film career has included roles in "Ragtime," "Cross Creek,
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In 'Last Vegas,' 60-year-old Mary Steenburgen is Happy to Play the Love Interest

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In 'Last Vegas,' 60-year-old Mary Steenburgen is Happy to Play the Love Interest
Editor's note: A version of this interview was originally published earlier this month through Indiewire's partnership with USA Today. "Last Vegas," now in theaters, recently became CBS Films' highest-grossing film to date. Age is a sensitive topic for actresses. Jessica Chastain has gone on the record saying that she will never reveal her age because she's an "actress." (It's widely speculated she is 35 years old.) Isabelle Huppert chided me during an interview for asking a question about her "longevity" in the business. But age doesn't faze Mary Steenburgen, the actress who famously got her start after being discovered by Jack Nicholson in the reception room of Paramount's New York office only to be cast later as the female lead in his second directorial effort, "Goin' South" (1978), her first film. "I'm 60, you can say it," she tells me, seated in Las Vegas, where she is promoting her latest comedy, "Last Vegas
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Jack Nicholson: the film great it would be hard to forget | Profile

Cinema's celebrated wild man is said to have retired, citing his inability to remember lines. With his ability to steal the show both onscreen and off, has any other actor been so adored by the public?

Most of the actors we associate with the American new wave of the late 1960s and early 70s are, in fact, no longer acting at all. Warren Beatty hasn't made a film in 12 years. Gene Hackman announced he was quitting in 2008, though it had already been four years since his last movie. Only Robert De Niro continues at anything like the speed (if not the quality) of his younger self.

So it should not be a source of consternation that news has emerged of Jack Nicholson's retirement. His recent performances in undistinguished comic doodles (The Bucket List, How Do You Know) have hinted at a slowing down, a falling off. Of course, it
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Jack Nicholson Movies: Rating The Actor's Best And Worst Films

What's Jack Nicholson's secret? Maybe it's the eyebrows, hovering like ironic quotation marks over every line reading. Maybe it's the hooded eyes, which hold the threat of danger or the promise of joviality -- you're never sure which. Same with that sharklike grin. Or maybe it's the voice, which has evolved over the years from a thin sneer to a deep rumble, but is always precisely calibrated to provoke a reaction. Put them all together, and they say: "I am a man to be reckoned with. Ignore me at your peril." Nicholson, who turns 75 on April 22, is often criticized for relying on his bag of tricks, for just showing up and doing Jack Nicholson (though indeed, he often seems to have been hired precisely for that purpose). But he's also capable of burrowing deep into a character, finding his wounded heart, and revealing the ugly truth without fear or vanity.
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David Thomson on Jack Nicholson

Nicholson would be the natural man of the 70s, a rebel but disillusioned, the nearest to what James Dean might have been had he lived

He takes it easy these days – or is it that he is disappointed with the kind of parts offered? Since As Good As It Gets (1997), the occasion of his third Oscar, he has worked only seven times – if you count How Do You Know, which will be out at the end of this year. It's a James Brooks film, and Brooks has done nothing since As Good As It Gets either. But Jack has a good track record with the director – they did Terms of Endearment together, for which Nicholson got the best supporting actor Oscar. So there may be young people around by now who don't know the sly charmer he could be when he was young. All the more reason to see the rerelease of Five Easy Pieces,
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'Jersey Shore' Season-Two Premiere: Angelina And Roomies Reunite In Miami

As season two begins, tensions run high between exes Ronnie and Sammi.

By Amy Wilkinson

Angelina and The Situation in Thursday's episode of "Jersey Shore"

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Grab those pickles from the fridge and practice your creepin' because the cast of "Jersey Shore" is back. On Thursday night's season-two premiere, the gang traded their beloved Seaside Heights share for digs in Miami's hot, hot South Beach, proving you can take the juiceheads out of Jersey, but you can't take the Jersey out of the juiceheads.

With "Snowmageddon 2010" ravaging the Northeast, the "Jersey Shore" cast readied for their trips to the warmer climes of South Florida. A fortuitous trip, actually, because "you can't creep in this weather," as Pauly D informed us on his way to pick up Mike "The Situation." The two besties decided they'd road-trip down to the Sunshine State. Snooki and JWoww had the same idea, but not
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Angelina Calls 'Jersey Shore' Season-Two Premiere 'Intense'

'Jersey Shore' star tells MTV News that other cast members picked on her.

By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Ignacio Guzman

Angelina hosts a "Jersey Shore" premiere viewing party

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On Thursday night, Angelina made her big return to "Jersey Shore." And her return did not get a very warm response, especially from the ladies.

"I think that the show is pretty intense so far," she told MTV News at a viewing party at Fushimi Japanese Cuisine & Lounge, which is located in her native Staten Island, New York. "I think that the whole entire cast is picking on me so far on the show and you can see that if you're watching it. I think it's really upsetting and at the same time I think that I held my own."

After watching her heated confrontation with JWoww, Snooki and Sammi, Angelina — who left the first season
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'Jersey Shore' Fans Weigh In On Miami Move

Philadelphia viewers are divided on how Snooki, JWoww and company will fare in Florida.

By Andrew MacLean

"Jersey Shore" premiere party in Philadelphia

Photo: David Bui

Philadelphia — On Thursday, at the Blockley in University City hundreds of college students converged to celebrate their two favorite things, drinking and the "Jersey Shore." Co-owner and manager Nick Mucyccka said he decided to host the season-two premiere party because, " 'Jersey Shore' is like a little dirty secret that everyone likes to keep. But whether you admit it or not, you like to watch it."

As excited as the fans were to see the new season, some patrons revealed to MTV News that they were a bit disappointed to see the fist-pumping action relocated away from the nearby beaches of the Garden State for the first part of the season.

"I'm not really that pumped up for Miami," Nico Miceli admitted. "You know the
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'Jersey Shore' Fans React To Angelina's Return At Her Season-Two Premiere Party

'I was so happy that she's back,' pal tells MTV News at Angelina's 'Jersey Shore' viewing party.

By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Ignacio Guzman

Angelina and The Situation in Thursday's episode of "Jersey Shore"

Photo: MTV

Angelina came back to the "Jersey Shore" this season, and drama followed. But her supporters — including her friends, family and fans who showed at the Fushimi Japanese Cuisine & Lounge in Staten Island, New York, where Angelina was holding a premiere viewing party — think that it was the perfect time for their girl to make her return to the show.

"I was so happy that she's back on the show and that she went to Miami and that she had fun," pal Gina Landano told MTV News. "I spoke to her every once in awhile while she was there, and she told me she was having fun with all the guys there.
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'Jersey Shore' Premiere Had 'A Lot Of Drama,' Aubrey O'Day Says

'I think it's toward the top of the highest level of fun, watchable entertainment,' ex-Danity Kane singer says.

By Jocelyn Vena

The cast of "Jersey Shore"

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The cast promised there'd be lots of drama on the second season of "Jersey Shore", and ex-Danity Kane singer and former "Making the Band" star Aubrey O'Day tuned in Thursday night as Snooki, The Situation and the rest of the crew took a trip to Miami to party away the winter months. So what was O'Day's assessment of the drama?

"It looks like a lot of drama went down!" she laughed. "I think it's toward the top of the highest level of fun, watchable entertainment."

While she loved the drama, she also loved Snooki's antics as she and JWoww drove to Florida to meet up with their pals. "Snooki and the fried pickles!" she exclaimed when asked about her favorite moments.
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