After 32 years and 6,000 episodes, David Letterman has decided he will retire at the end of his contract with CBS in 2015.
“(Les) and I … we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance,” Letterman said during a taping of Thursday night’s show. “And I phoned him just before the program, and I said, ‘Leslie, it’s been great, you’ve been great, and the network has been great, but I’m retiring.’ “What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married,” Letterman joked.
There is no set departure date for Letterman. Many celebrities took to Twitter after Letterman’s big announcement.
President Obama tweeted: There are more than 10 reasons #DavidLetterman will be missed.
Jimmy Kimmel tweeted: David @Letterman is the best there is and ever was.
Bill Crystal tweeted: Just had great time with@letterman. On Friday. No one like him.
The rumors have already began to whirl in about Letterman’s possible replacements – from Chelsea Handler, Conan O’Brian to Tina Fey and Jerry Seinfield. There’s no doubt that viewers will continue to watch Letterman’s legacy.
Actress Kate O’Mara died Sunday, March 30, 2014 in a nursing home in Sussex due to a short illness. O’Mara is best known for her role as Cassandra ‘Caress’ Morrell on the 80′s show Dynasty. The actress appeared on Dynasty for two seasons before parting ways.
O’Mara made appearances in several movies and television shows. Her most notable roles, aside from Dynasty, was Laura Wilde on the show Howard’s Way and Maxwell on the show Brothers. She also performed in radio and audio plays and wrote four books – two novels and two autobiographies. Her latest work was in 2012, when she performed some stage play. O’Mara was the master actress at playing the villian or schemer.
The actress will also be remembered for her philanthropical animal rights work.
Even before its official theatrical release, director Darren Aronofsky’s latest project Noah has attracted mixed reviews from religious communities everywhere. Charles Jenkins, Pastor at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, says “NOAH is a riveting blockbuster. Messages of righteousness, justice, mercy, sacrifice, honor, faithfulness, family, frustration, temptation, depravity, and grace shine through.” Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, on the other hand, blasted Aronofsky’s response to negative reception the film received during test screenings, citing his use of profanity directed toward “those who want Bible-based (entertainment).”
Aronofsky’s remarks identify exactly what type of movie Noah is intended to be. He referred to it as “the least biblical biblical movie ever made,” with the repetition suggesting that this is not just another Christian film doing its best to accurately retell a gospel story. As a director, Aronofsky has a history of creating artistic and interpretive films, including Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, and Pi. Keeping in mind the director’s intentions for Noah, and remembering to avoid judgment of a movie prior to seeing it, there’s plenty to take away from this new blockbuster. Combining epic battle scenes comparable to Gladiator or Braveheart with biblical source material and a highly acclaimed director, Noah will certainly have its fans. And while the issue of literal adherence to the Bible may be off-putting to some, it may help to keep in mind how much attention this movie will bring to the very source of its content: the Bible.
Noah hits theaters Friday, March 28th.
“Censors for Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) officially confirmed this week that Noah will not release in their countries,” a representative of Paramount Pictures told Reuters. “The official statement they offered in confirming this news is because ‘it contradicts the teachings of Islam’,” the representative said, adding the studio expected a similar ban in Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait.
Noah, in the past months, has received critical remarks – screening audiences reported that the film did not depict the events of Noah’s Ark exactly as prior films.
“Al-Azhar … renews its objection to any act depicting the messengers and prophets of God and the companions of the Prophet (Mohammad), peace be upon him,” it announced in a statement. They “provoke the feelings of believers … and are forbidden in Islam and a clear violation of Islamic law,” the fatwa added.
This is not the first time a major motion picture has been the recipient of controversial remarks. In 2004, Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” also received criticism and harsh remarks from several Arab countries. While “The Passion of the Christ” was not banned, many officials within the Arab countries frowned upon the Hollywood aspect of pairing film and religion.
The highly anticipated Hollywood film, Noah, is set to release in the United States March 28, 2014.