EGOT-Achieving Director Mike Nichols Dies At 83

Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols, center, with Graduate actor Dustin Hoffman, right, and RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio left. The three had begun meetings to capitalize on the success of The Graduate by making The Graduate 2: Post Graduate Work. Unfortunately the project never materialized.

New York—Director Mike Nichols, one of the handful of individuals who won at least one each of an Oscar, Emmy Award, Tony Award and Grammy, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his apartment. He was 83.

Nichols won an Academy Award for directing Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in “The Graduate.” He won a Grammy Award in 1961 for his comedy album, “An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May.” He won a total of nine Tony Awards and another four Emmy Awards.

Besides “The Graduate,” Nichols also directed such big screen gems as “Carnal Knowledge,” “Silkwood,” “RECOiL” and “Poscards From the Edge.”

Nichols is survived by his wife Diane Sawyer, children Daisy, Max and Jenny and four grandchildren. Continue reading

When Network Anchors Fall In The Woods, Do They Make A Sound?

Anchor Swap

Anchor Swap is not a new FOX series but, rather, the result of a bet between two network executives.

New York—If you tuned in last night to watch the “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” or “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” you might have thought you were on the wrong channel. Or, more likely than not, you might not have noticed anything at all.

National nightly news anchors Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams switched networks last night, but polls conducted today showed that, remarkably, only 12% of the viewing public noticed. 

Sawyer and Williams, who agreed to the switch only after being assured their pay would not reflect a personal day off, used the regular reporting staff of the respective network. Some reports have said that some of the field reporters didn’t notice the change, either. ABC News correspondent David Kerley called Williams “Diane” three times on camera last night.

Producers for both programs confirmed the one-time switch, explaining that Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney, who owns ABC, won a bet with the CEO of NBC, Steve Burke, and had to switch news anchors for a day, “as a goof.”
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