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British Actor Richard Johnson Dies

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He passed away at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London after a short illness, his family announced. No more details were known as WENN went to press.

Johnson's career in film, theatre and TV spanned more than six decades, and he was a founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He made his film debut in 1959 in Never So Few, alongside Frank Sinatra, and also starred in 1966 action epic Khartoum, alongside Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier.

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Gal Gadot To Star In Wonder Woman

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Gal Gadot will star in a solo 'Wonder Woman' movie.

The 29-year-old actress - who has taken on the comic book character in the upcoming flick 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' - will appear in her own spin-off starring the legendary superhero, Warner Brothers has confirmed.

Also landing their own DC Comics solo projects are 'The Flash', who will be played by Ezra Miller and 'Aquaman', starring Jason Momoa, which are set to be released in 2019.

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Richard Matheson, Author Of 'I Am Legend', Dies

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Richard Matheson has led a long and interesting life. Born in Brooklyn he started his writing career when some of his short stories were published in 1950. The author's subsequent career, spanning 60 years, including writing scripts for The Twilight Zone, Family Guy, Ghost Story and Jaws 3-D. His most famous work is I Am Legend, a post-apocalyptic horror which follows one man's life pitted against vampires whilst he is isolated in deserted Los Angeles.

I Am Legend has been adapted three times since its publication in 1954. The first starring Vincent Price, the second Charlton Heston and in 2011 Will Smith took on the role. The novel has been critically acclaimed and continues to challenge vampire novelists in developing an idea as original as Matheson's.

Director Steven Spielberg paid tribute to the late author saying in a statement "Richard Matheson's ironic and iconic imagination created seminal science-fiction stories and gave me my first break when he wrote the short story and screenplay for Duel.

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Andy Serkis Returning For Planet Of The Apes Sequel

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Andy Serkis is to star in a sequel to 'Rise of the Planet Of The Apes'.

The 47-year-old actor has signed up to reprise his role as chimpanzee Caesar - who he portrays via motion capture technology - in the Fox movie, according to The Wrap.

Director Rupert Wyatt - who had an option in his original contract to return for a sequel - is also coming back for the project along with writers and producers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

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Sophia Loren Celebrates 76th Birthday With Award

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Sophia Loren, the Academy Award winning actress, turned 76-years-old on Monday, and was given the news that she would be receiving a prestigious Japanese award for her life's work in film, reports the New York Times. Along with the sculptor Rebecca Horn, artist Maurizio Pollini, architect Toyo Ito, and painter Enrico Castellani, Loren will receive the 2010 'Praemium Imperiale' award - a much celebrated prize which carries with it a cash sum of $169,000.

Loren achieved a highly successful career as an actress, and she first became an international star after signing a five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958. Among the films she made shortly after was 'Houseboat', a romantic comedy co-starring Cary Grant. Loren went on to star in a series of major motion pictures, and the American Film Institute named her as one of the top 25 screen actresses of all time. In 1960, she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the Italian film 'Two Women', making her the first foreign language-speaking person to win a best acting award. Other notable roles have included appearing alongside Charlton Heston in the 1961 film 'Le Cid', and she portrayed 'Mamma' in the 2009 hit 'Nine'.

The Japan Art Association will present Loren with the 'Praemium Imperiale' award at a ceremony held in Tokyo on October 13, 2010.

Heston's Embarrassment Over Baldness

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Movie icon Charlton Heston was so embarrassed by his thinning hair he wore two wigs on stage, according to Star Trek's George Takei.

The Planet of the Apes actor was starring in A Man For All Seasons at a theatre in London's West End in 1987.

And Heston made sure he wore his regular hairpiece at all times - despite having to don a large wig during the shows.

Takei says, "There was another actor that wore two helmets in a play on the West End at the Savoy Theatre as matter of a fact, an American... Charlton Heston was as bald as a billiard ball, so he wore a hairpiece, a toupee - and he didn't like to reveal that fact. So he came in to the theatre with the toupee on, he was doing A Man For All Seasons... so on top of his toupee he'd put the Sir Thomas More wigs on, can you imagine how hot it was? Two wigs on: His toupee and that full head of hair."

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Wyler's Son To Remake Ben Hur

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Movie icon William Wyler's son DAVID has announced plans to remake his father's BEN HUR just days after the death of the epic's star Charlton Heston.

The 1959 movie has become one of cinema's greatest films - and now director Wyler's son wants to retell the biblical epic as a TV mini-series.

Wyler tells Daily Variety, "In my mind this is dedicated to my dad and Chuck (Heston). We think it's a great way to keep his memory alive."

And he insists the new Ben Hur project will be very different to the film his father made.

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Picture - * HESTON DEAD AT 83 , Saturday 5th April 2008

Charlton Heston and Titanic Saturday 5th April 2008 at Screen Actors Guild

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Oscar Winning Actor Charlton Heston Dies At Age 84

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Oscar winning actor Charlton Heston has died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 84.

Heston's family have said a private memorial service will be held for the star who revealed that he had been diagnosed with symptoms similar to those linked with Alzheimer's disease in 2002. No announcement has been made about the cause of the actor's death.

Heston first gained fame through his role as a ringmaster in the film The Greatest Show on Earth in 1952. He was seen as one of the leading stars of an era in which Hollywood made grand epics based on historical and biblical stories.

Two of his most famous roles were as Moses in The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, a film set in Roman times in which he played a Jewish prince sent to the gallows after being betrayed by his friend. Ben-Hur went on to win 11 Oscars including the best actor prize for Heston, who played the lead in the film.

In a statement, his family said: "To his loving friends, colleagues and fans, we appreciate your heartfelt prayers and support.

"Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. No one could ask for a fuller life than his. No man could have given more to his family, to his profession, and to his country.

"In his own words, 'I have lived such a wonderful life. I've lived enough for two people'."

In his cinema career, Heston has also played the roles of Michelangelo and El Cid but was also well known for being the head of America's pro-gun organisation, the National Rifle Association, for five years.

Heston is survived by his wife Lydia and his two children Frank and Holly.

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Planet Of The Apes (1968) Review

The monkey movie that started it all and the only memorable picture to come out of the laughable and sometimes unbearable saga of talking ape movies, Planet of the Apes still beats with a steady heart 30 years after its conception.

This memorable adaptation of the novel Monkey Planet, authored by Pierre Boulle (the same guy who wrote The Bridge on the River Kwai), was brought to life by the infamous producer Arthur Jacobs, who eventually oversaw the production duties for the entire Apes saga. No studio except Fox would touch the project with a ten-foot pole, despite the participation of Rod Serling, who co-authored the screenplay adaptation of Boulle's novel (and which led to 30 drafts), Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, and Kim Hunter (Stella from A Streetcar Named Desire), and the amazing ape makeup by first-timer John Chambers.

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The Three Musketeers (1973) Review

I saw the word "whimsical" used in one product description of this installment of The Three Musketeers, a faithful adaptation of the classic novel, and no word could better describe the film. It's a combination of belly laughs via non-stop sight gags, endless swashbuckling, and only a dab of plot, all of which serve to make this an engaging event movie that takes place in France instead of in space. Packed with classic actors (including Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, and Raquel Welch), this is a fun, nearly farcical adventure that's definitely worth a look.
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