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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Robert Redford Retires From Acting After Nearly 60 Years. Robert Redford is hanging up his hat. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, published, the 81-year-old actor confirmed he is retiring from acting. Redford first announced his plans to stop working two years ago, but only after he finished the last two films he had in production: Our Souls at Night, released in 2017, and The Old Man & The Gun, premiering Sept. 28. "I'm getting tired of acting. I'm an impatient person, so it's hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take," he said in a Walker Art Center interview. "At this point in my life, age 80, it'd give me more satisfaction because I'm not dependent on anybody. It's just me, just the way it used to be, and so going back to sketching -- that's sort of where my head is right now. So, I'm thinking of moving in that direction and not acting so much." Once Our Souls at Night and The Old Man & The Gun wrapped, he vowed, "I'm going to say, 'OK, that's goodbye to all that,' and then just focus on directing." In an interview to promote his final film as an actor, Redford admitted he will "never say never," to performing, "but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [I'll] move towards retirement after this, 'cause I've been doing it since I was 21. I thought, 'Well, that's enough.' And why not go out with something that's very upbeat and positive?" As for whether he'll continue to direct feature films, Redford said, "We'll see about that." The Old Man & The Gun, which Redford also produced, co-stars Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek and Tom Waits. The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Redford began his acting career in the 1960s, starring in hit movies like All Is Lost, All the President's Men, Barefoot in the Park, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Great Gatsby, The Horse Whisperer, Indecent Proposal, The Natural, Out of Africa, Pete's Dragon, A River Runs Through It, Spy Game, The Sting, Three Days of the Condor, Up Close and Personal and The Way We Were. In 1982, he won an Academy Award for directing Ordinary People. The actor, who won another Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2002, also founded the Sundance Film Festival. In 2016, President Barack Obama honored him with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. A three-time Golden Globe winner, Redford has three children with his ex-wife, Lola Van Wagenen; their eldest son died in 1959. He wed his longtime love, Sibylle Szaggars, in 2009. (Eonline)

Demi Lovato's team is hell-bent on getting her back to good health and keeping her there ... which is why they plan to help her weed out all of her bad influences. Sources close to Demi tell us ... there will be a major focus on separating her from toxic people in her life once she gets out of rehab -- including even a distant relative who is believed to have a negative impact on her. We're told Demi's camp held a meeting this week to discuss sweeping out anyone who doesn't have her best interests in mind ... and decided any partymongers, drug users, or "yes" friends who allow her to get in harm's way won't be tolerated. BTW, we're told one friend in particular is on the hit list. Our sources say Demi will also be advised to get a new phone number and only give it out to trusted advisers and friends ... and keep negative people at bay. We broke the story ... Demi's agreed to go to rehab as soon as she's out of the hospital and already has plans with the live-in facility set up. (TMZ)

Demi Lovato is getting treatment at a rehab facility where she will remain for an extended period of time ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to Lovato tell us she was discharged from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. Saturday and took a private plane to the facility, which is outside California. The rehab center is one of the nation's leading facilities for addiction. TMZ broke the story ... Lovato's team has a plan set in place to scrub the negative people and "yes men" who contributed to Demi's downhill spiral. We're told they enabled her and fueled her addiction for months before the OD that almost killed her. Demi addressed the OD for the first time Sunday, saying, "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet." We're told there's no current time frame for her rehab stint, but that it will be for an "extended" period -- at least 30 days. (TMZ)

Pink hospitalized for virus. Pop superstar Pink was admitted to a Sydney hospital on Monday with a virus, forcing her to postpone a second show, her promoter said. The singer's "Beautiful Trauma" world tour's first concert in Sydney was scheduled for last Friday, but she canceled that show on doctor's orders. She battled through a Saturday night show. Promoter Live Nation tweeted that Pink was admitted to a hospital on Sunday suffering from dehydration and was discharged. But she was readmitted and diagnosed with a gastric virus hours before her Monday concert. "Pink will remain in hospital overnight, continuing her treatment and recovery," the tweet said. Both the Friday and Monday night shows are expected to be rescheduled. Pink's Australian tour is scheduled from July 4 to Aug. 26. Pink last toured Australia in 2013 when she performed 46 shows as part of her "Truth About Love" world tour. (PageSix)

Britney Spears doesn't subscribe to the "More Money, More Problems" theory ... or so it seems 'cause she's having a helluva time with her 2 sons in the midst of a child support battle with Kevin Federline. The singer and her 2 sons -- Sean and Jayden -- hit up a sightseeing tour Sunday at the Lustgarten in Germany. Awesome way to enjoy a break from her concert tour. They all seemed to enjoy the sights ... under the watchful eye of security. But back in the States, not everything was coming up roses. TMZ broke the story ... Britney's legal team squared off Friday with Kevin, who has demanded way more in child support than the $20k per month she's been forking over. He wants $60k a month ... and she's willing to go around $10k a month higher, although she says she pays for everything and all he wants is to have her support his 4 other kids. (TMZ)

2 injured at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in Las Vegas. Two patrons of chef Gordon Ramsay's newest restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip were taken to a hospital for treatment for injuries involving a drink. Caesars Entertainment confirmed to The Associated Press Friday that two people were injured at Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen Thursday. The company would not specify the drink but says it has been taken off the menu. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports it was a flaming tiki-style cocktail called Rum Donkey. The online menu shows the ingredients are Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, falernum, brown sugar, ginger beer and torched passion fruit. Clark County Fire Deputy Chief Jon Klassen says the department transported two people to the hospital, but firefighters didn't have to extinguish any fire. He had no information on the extent of the customers' injuries or status. (PageSix)

Orlando Brown needs Siri, Google, Alexa ... or something to remind him to turn his ass in to Las Vegas cops, since he's already forgotten to get said ass to court. A clerk with the Las Vegas Justice Court tells TMZ ... Orlando was supposed to appear in court Thursday for his drug possession case, but never showed up, so a judge issued an arrest warrant. TMZ broke the story ... Orlando was arrested and booked for felony narcotics possession along with misdemeanor charges of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. Seems Orlando hasn't learned his lesson. The last time there was a warrant out for his arrest -- just 4 months ago -- bounty hunters stormed into a Vegas house and dragged him out at gunpoint ... in his underwear. Friendly tip ... put some pants on and get to court, Orlando. (TMZ)

Brian France -- the CEO and Chairman of NASCAR -- was arrested for DUI on Sunday evening in The Hamptons and cops say he was also in possession of oxycodone ... TMZ Sports has learned. The 56-year-old -- one of the most powerful people in professional sports -- was initially stopped in Sag Harbor, NY while driving a 2017 Lexus. Cops say he blew through a stop sign at 7:30 PM. During the stop, we're told officers suspected France was intoxicated and conducted a field sobriety test ... which France bombed. We're told France's blood alcohol level was more than TWICE the legal limit. Cops say during the stop, they found oxycodone pills during a search of his person. France was arrested and hauled to a nearby station where he was booked for DUI and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. France spent the night in jail and was released Monday morning after his arraignment. And sources tell us ... during the process, France was name-dropping all of the powerful people he knew and even mentioned his relationship with President Donald Trump. The France family is racing royalty -- Brian's grandfather Bill France Sr. (aka Big Bill) founded NASCAR back in 1948 and ran the organization. Brian's father took over the role from 1972 to 2000. Brian has been CEO since 2003. Sag Harbor is one of the most exclusive communities in the Hamptons -- where stars like Billy Joel have homes. And, as one local puts it, "It's so stupid to drive drunk in the Hamptons. They have police checkpoints everywhere and police are always looking for drunk drivers." UPDATE: NASCAR has issued a statement to TMZ Sports saying ... "We are aware of an incident that occurred last night and are in the process of gathering information." "We take this as a serious matter and will issue a statement after we have all of the facts." (TMZ)

Charlotte Rae Dead at 92: Co-Stars and Friends Remember The Facts of Life Actress. Charlotte Rae, the actress who played Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life, died on Sunday at the age of 92. Rae's son, Larry Strauss, told NBC News his mother died peacefully in her Los Angeles home surrounded by her family. Strauss did not share a cause of death. "I don't know how old you are, but when we were younger, we used to call it dying of old age," Strauss told the news outlet. In April 2017, Rae revealed she had been diagnosed with bone cancer. The diagnosis came about seven years after she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. At the time, Rae told People she had overcome her pancreatic cancer after about six months of chemotherapy. After news of Rae's death broke, several of her former co-stars took to Twitter to remember the late actress. "It's with a heavy heart and lots of tears (but a smile as I think of her) that I now move through the world without this incredible force of a woman being in it," Mindy Cohn, who played Natalie Green on The Facts of Life, wrote via Instagram on Sunday. "She was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live an actor's life. I love you Char. I will continue to make you proud. And, as I send sympathies to Larry and the rest of the family, I wish you the happiest of homecomings #RIPCharlotteRae #OhWhatALife #Mwah #TilWeMeetAgain #ThankYou." Kim Fields, who played Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey on the show, also reacted to the news on Twitter. Before playing the housemother to the girls of Eastland School, Rae appeared on the show Diff'rent Strokes. During this time, her character, Mrs. Garrett, served as a housekeeper to Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain) and his family. Todd Bridges who played one of Drummond's adopted children Willis Jackson, also remembered the late TV star via Twitter. Other stars, including Gilbert Gotfried and Larry Wilmore, expressed their condolences on social media. Rae was born in Milwaukee, Wis. in 1926. Over the course of her career, she received two Emmy nominations, including one for her role on The Facts of Life. (Eonline)

Charlotte Rae will be missed -- and that's a fact. The actress -- best known as wise and lovable house mother Mrs. Garrett on Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life -- died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles, her reps confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. She was 92. Rae revealed she'd been diagnosed with bone cancer to PEOPLE at the end of April 2017. After the news broke of Rae's death late Sunday, costars from both of the actress' beloved series were quick to pay tribute on social media. "Different Strokes would not have been the same without you #CharlotteRae," wrote Todd Bridges, 53, who portrayed Willis Jackson on Diff'rent Strokes. Continued Bridges, "You were loved by everyone on our show and you were loved by everyone on the facts of life will miss you 'My heart is full of Pain' Rest in peace my friend." Mindy Cohn -- Facts of Life's Natalie Green -- wrote that she had a "heavy heart" following Rae's death. Alongside an Instagram photo of the pair from 2017, Cohn, 52, said, "it's with a heavy heart & lots of tears (but a smile as i think of her) that I now move through the world without this incredible force of a woman being in it." "She was my champion, a teacher, a proud example of the tenacity and perseverance needed to live an actor's life. i love you char. i will continue to make you proud. and, as I send sympathies to larry and the rest of the family, I wish you the happiest of homecomings. #ripcharlotterae ?? #ohwhatalife #mwah #tilwemeetagain#thankyou." Two other Facts of Life cast members also shared their condolences on social media, including Kim Fields, who portrayed Tootie, and Lisa Whelchel, who starred as Blair Warner. Wrote Fields, 49, "You all already know my heart is heavy yet... sorry, no words at the moment just love and tears... and yeah, smiles." Echoed Whelchel, "Thank you, Charlotte, for 40 years of friendship and love. You will be missed." In 2011, The Facts of Life cast reunited for the TV Land Awards, where Rae took home the Pop Icon award. That night, Fields and Nancy McKeon gave speeches in her honor. For the show's 35th anniversary in 2014, they again got together for the closing night of PaleyFest in Los Angeles. Rae shared many of her Hollywood experiences in her memoir, The Facts of My Life, released in 2015. Speaking to PEOPLE in April 2017, Rae reflected on a life well-lived, sharing, "At 91, every day is a birthday. [In my book] I want to tell everybody to celebrate every day, to savor the day and be good to yourself, love yourself, and then you can be good to others and be of service to others." (People)

Joel Robuchon, who has a seismic influence on French food turning it from stuffy to fun and accessible, is dead. Robuchon's impact on food was so enormous, he was called "cook of the century" back in 1990. One of the things he did that has been enduring ... letting diners have a peek into how his food is cooked and plated. He was the first major chef to make it cool for diners to sit at a counter next to the kitchen. Robuchon appeared on "Top Chef" and a variety of French cooking shows. He was the holder of more Michelin stars than any chef in the world for years. As of 2016, he held 32 stars -- his peak. This year he had 31. Perhaps his signature dish ... puree de pomme -- which you probably know as mashed potatoes. He prepared it simply, but it was amazing. Robuchon died in Geneva from pancreatic cancer. Joel was 73. RIP. (TMZ)

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