Eight-time Oscar nominee Peter O’Toole announced yesterday that he is retiring from acting. He is 79. O’Toole released a statement through his reps saying, “Dear All, It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won’t come back. My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort. It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I’ve shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits. However, it’s my belief that one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one’s stay. So I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell.” O’Toole is perhaps most well known for his title role in Lawrence of Arabia.
Celebrity chef Cat Cora was charged last month with a DUI after rear-ending another vehicle in Santa Barbara. According to local law-enforcement officials, Cora got into the accident shortly after 6 p.m. on June 17th, and then the other driver told an officer that he believed Cora might have been drinking. The officer performed a field sobriety test on the chef and she failed. She then failed two Breathalyzer tests after blowing more than the double limit both times. She was issued a citation before being admitted into a sobering center. Cora rose to fame on the reality show Iron Chef America before becoming one of the hosts on Bravo’s new chef show Around the World in 80 Plates.
Lionsgate Films announced yesterday that the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy will actually be broken up into two movies, and they will debut one year apart from each other. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will hit theaters on November 21, 2014 and Part 2 will be released the next year on November 20, 2015. It has already been announced that the second film, Catching Fire, will premiere on November 22, 2013. This announcement just comes after the news that Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman will play gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the next film and reports that Jena Malone is in talks to take on the role of Johanna Mason.
ABC announced that Revenge will be adding a Brit to the roster of recurring actors. Barry Sloane, known for his roles in British shows Holby City and Hollyoaks, has signed on to play a mysterious character. He will play Ethan, a man who is somehow involved in Emily’s past. This will be his first appearance on American television screens. This fall, Revenge will be moved from Wednesdays at 10 p.m. to the 9 p.m. timeslot on Sundays, where Desperate Housewives used to be.