Despite demons, Carrie Fisher helped many fight theirs

Carrie Fisher never said she had conquered her problems. The quintessential child of Tinseltown never expected a Hollywood ending. She talked openly and often about her 45-year-long fight with bipolar disorder, alcoholism and drug addiction, explaining how opioids in particular "dialed down" her manic episodes. She shared, in her distinctive brand of gallows humor, such episodes as Dan Aykroyd performing the Heimlich maneuver on her after she got so wasted she choked on a Brussels sprout. She wrote about getting…

Shocker! Daniel Day-Lewis quits acting

Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, widely considered one of the preeminent actors of his generation, is retiring from acting, Variety has learned. The 60-year-old star, who has played presidents, writers, and gang leaders in a career that has spanned four decades, has one final film awaiting release, “Phantom Thread,” a drama set in the world of high fashion. It is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25, 2017 and reunites him with …

John G. Avildsen, Director of ‘Rocky,’ ‘Karate Kid’ Films, Dies at 81

John G. Avildsen, who won an Oscar for directing the original “Rocky” (1976), starring Sylvester Stallone, and also directed all three of the original “Karate Kid” films, has died in Los Angeles. He was 81. 

Mark Wahlberg says his ‘Planet of the Apes’ ‘set the franchise back’

A decade before Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathed new life into the venerable sci-fi franchise and began a new cinematic trilogy, Tim Burton and Mark Wahlberg attempted their own re-imagining with less success.