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David Ogden Stiers, Major Winchester on ‘Mash,’ Dies at 75

David Ogden Stiers, Major Winchester on ‘Mash,’ Dies at 75
David Ogden Stiers, best known for his role as the arrogant surgeon Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on “Mash,” died Saturday. He was 75.

His agent, Mitchell K. Stubbs, tweeted that he died of bladder cancer at his home in Newport, Ore.

For his work on “Mash,” Stiers was twice Emmy nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy or variety or music series, in 1981 and 1982, and he earned a third Emmy nomination for his performance in NBC miniseries “The First Olympics: Athens 1896” as William Milligan Sloane, the founder of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The actor, with his educated, resonant
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77th Oscars ready for Rock

Funnyman Chris Rock has been selected to host the next Oscars. Gil Cates, producer of the 77th Academy Awards telecast, made the announcement Thursday. Although the winner of both Emmy and Grammy awards has performed hosting duties for other awards shows, this will be Rock's first stint as Oscar host. Rock, a veteran of TV's Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, and the star of several movies, made his mark via comedy specials and a series on HBO. "He always has something interesting to say," said Cates in a news release. "Chris represents the best of the new generation of comics. Having him host the Oscars is terrific. I can't wait." Rock currently is shooting The Longest Yard with former SNL castmate Adam Sandler. His other film credits include Head of State, Bad Company, Down to Earth, Nurse Betty, Osmosis Jones, New Jack City, Lethal Weapon 4 and Dogma. The ceremonies take place Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005.

77th Oscars ready for Rock

Funnyman Chris Rock has been selected to host the next Oscars. Gil Cates, producer of the 77th Academy Awards telecast, made the announcement Thursday. Although the winner of both Emmy and Grammy awards has performed hosting duties for other awards shows, this will be Rock's first stint as Oscar host. Rock, a veteran of TV's Saturday Night Live and In Living Color, and the star of several movies, made his mark via comedy specials and a series on HBO. "He always has something interesting to say," said Cates in a news release. "Chris represents the best of the new generation of comics. Having him host the Oscars is terrific. I can't wait." Rock currently is shooting The Longest Yard with former SNL castmate Adam Sandler. His other film credits include Head of State, Bad Company, Down to Earth, Nurse Betty, Osmosis Jones, New Jack City, Lethal Weapon 4 and Dogma. The ceremonies take place Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005.

Richman pitch lands at Uni Pics

Richman pitch lands at Uni Pics
Universal Pictures has picked up an untitled action-thriller pitch by Jason Richman for Lorenzo Di Bonaventura to produce. The project is described as a Hitchcockian thriller about a former FBI agent who has run away from his past and must now go back to it and face his demons. In the process, he redeems himself. Di Bonaventura Pictures executive Jeremy Steckler is overseeing the project with Universal's Scott Stuber and Tim O'Hair. Richman, repped by ICM, co-wrote Touchstone Pictures' Bad Company, starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock. He also scripted New Line Cinema's third installment of the Rush Hour franchise. Di Bonaventura, whose company is based at Paramount Pictures, is attached to produce several projects around town, including Revolution Studios' Carlos and Jeff and Doomsday; Miramax Films' Derailed; Warner Bros. Pictures' SIS; and Paramount's Sleeping With Schubert, Paranoia, Starting Five and The Next Soldier.

Simpson Prods. has 'Repo' rights

Simpson Prods. has 'Repo' rights
Lary Simpson Prods. has optioned the feature film rights to the novel Repo Girls, written by LaVerne Harvey. The unpublished novel is described as an action-comedy about two down-on-their-luck young women who quit their mundane jobs in a kitty-litter factory in favor of an inspired life of repossessing cars from crazy swamp rats in central Florida. The book is based on part of Harvey's life story. The project is out to writers to adapt for the screen. Simpson will produce, with Lary Simpson Prods. head of development Amy Dean serving as executive producer. The deal was negotiated for the producers by attorney Tom Hunter. Harvey is repped by the Firm, which also is shopping the book to publishers. Simpson most recently was executive producer of Bad Company, starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock. In 1996, Lary Simpson Prods. acquired the assets of Don Simpson Prods. following the death of Don Simpson -- Lary's brother -- in January of that year. LSP continues to develop projects based on the Don Simpson assets, in addition to separate projects.

Sir Anthony Hopkins Goes Public With New Love

Sir Anthony Hopkins Goes Public With New Love
Recently divorced Silence of the Lambs star Sir Anthony Hopkins has made a public appearance with his new love Stella Arroyave. The couple appeared together at a special dinner in Los Angeles, where Oscar-winner Sir Anthony, 64, handed over his honorary mayorship of Pacific Palisades to Police Academy actor Steve Guttenberg. The couple appeared at ease with each other and often shared intimate moments, with Stella, a 46-year-old antiques dealer, at one point leaning over to whisper something in his ear. The couple was first spotted together last month at the New York premiere of his new film, Bad Company. The Hannibal star divorced wife Jennifer in April after 29 years of marriage.

Chris Rock Brands Giuliani 'Crazy'

Chris Rock Brands Giuliani 'Crazy'
Controversial comedian Chris Rock has branded former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani "crazy," insisting he shouldn't be getting all the praise he does for his time in office. The star of the upcoming movie Bad Company says that since leading the people of New York back to relative normalcy following the terrorist attacks of 9-11, Giuliani has been heaped with praise. But Rock insists that the politician did nothing special--and he's still the "crazy" character many perceived him to be before the attacks. He says, "Rudy did his job--that's all he did. Hey, the guy went out of his way, I will say. But that's the gig. You know, I had a girlfriend who was sexually attacked years ago, when I was seventeen or whatever, and I nursed her back to health, helping with the swollen eyes, feeding her, getting her back to the point where she could go outside. But I was her boyfriend--that was my gig. It's not like they should put me on the cover of Boyfriend Monthly." He adds, "Put it this way, if Rudy Giuliani hadn't left office, he was gonna do something crazy eventually. That's just him--he's crazy. He would've had a dust tax on all the dusty buildings or something. He did a good job but that's what he was supposed to do."

Garcelle - The Next Angel?

Garcelle - The Next Angel?
Actress Garcelle Beauvais is tipped to star in the second instalment of Charlie's Angels. While development on a sequel to the hit action flick has been underway for a few months now, there's been no official word on whether Lucy Liu or Drew Barrymore will return Cameron Diaz has already stated that she has no interest in reprising her role. Sexy Garcelle is reported to be have read for a part and had a meeting the movie's screenwriter John August. Garcelle is currently filming Black Sheep alongside comedian Chris Rock.

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