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

Ben Bradlee, Washington Post Editor And My Favorite Protege, Dies At 93

Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee, right, at his desk with future The Daily Quarterly editor in chief Brian DiMaio, left. Their relationship was strained following the Kennedy assassination when DiMaio claimed to have a secret source named Debbie located in Dallas.

Washington, DC—Ben Bradlee, legendary editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal, and one of the few individuals who knew the true identity of Deep Throat for 40 years, died Tuesday from natural causes. He was 93.

He was the Post’s executive editor from 1968 until 1991, and under his tenure, the paper achieved national prominence and won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. Before working at the Post, Bradlee wrote for Newsweek and The Daily Quarterly.

He was portrayed by Jason Robards in the film version of “All the President’s Men,” alongside Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, who portrayed buddy-reporters (think Fletch meets up with whatever Robert Wuhl’s character’s name was in “Batman”) Bob Woodward and Carl Bernsten.

Bradlee had been suffering from dementia in his later years. Reportedly, his final words were, “I owe it all to DiMaio.”

He is survived by his third wife, Sally Quinn, a son from his first marriage, Ben Bradlee, Jr., other sons Dominic, Quinn and a  daughter, Marina.

(Please note that we totally left out the fabricated story scandal that embarrassed him and the Post in 1981, when reporter Janet Cooke totally made up a story about an 8 year-old heroin addict, winning a Pulitzer that Bradlee gave back once he found out he’d been fooled, a-la Stephen Glass. We didn’t think there was a place for that debacle in this obit.) Continue reading

Nora Ephron To Bring “The Pina Colada Song” To The Big Screen

Escape (The Piña Colada Song) (The Movie)

Escape (The Piña Colada Song) (The Movie)

Los Angeles—If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, then you’ll love the next movie from writer/director Nora Ephron. Castle Rock Entertainment and Ephron confirmed yesterday that the “You’ve Got Mail” director will adapt and direct a film based on Escape, more commonly known as The Piña Colada Song.

“The song tells such a compelling story,” Ephron said. “You have two people who’ve grown apart, you have the man’s attention grabbed by a personal ad, he responds to it showing his personality and charm, he plans a meeting with the writer of the personal ad, feels guilty about planning the meeting, shows up for the meeting, and SPOILER ALERT: it was his own lovely lady who wrote the ad! And instead of dwelling on the fact that each tried to step out on the other, they realized they hardly knew each other, and their relationship was rekindled. It’s really quite romantic, and it was such a great nugget to start a romantic comedy from.”
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