Peter O’Toole Has Passed Away

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One of the greatest actors of any generation, Peter O’Toole, passed away Saturday at the age of 81. The eight-time Oscar nominee had an incredibly eclectic and memorable career, with signature roles ranging from Lawrence of Arabia and The Lion in Winter, to newer work like Ratatouille and The Tutors. Even in his later years, few could blend into a role with such incredibly grace and presence.

In 2003, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally bestowed O’Toole with an honorary Oscar celebrating “remarkable talents [that] have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.” O’Toole followed that up with another decade of high caliber work, including his final nomination in 2006 for Venus.

He was truly one of the titans of the silver screen and he’ll be missed.

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According to The New Zealand Herald, Johnny Depp is currently holding auditions for screenwriters to pen an upcoming movie based on the life of the late, great surrealist painter and world renown eccentric Salvador Dali (at right). It’s said that Depp will star as Dali, which sounds like a role he’d gravitate to, though this is the first time I’ve heard of the film and moreover Depp’s involvement. The paper also quotes an unnamed source as saying, “[Depp]‘s open to working with anyone – from housewives to pensioners – if the script is right.” Well now.

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