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Whatever happened to Nurse Ratched?

It was 40 years ago that Louise Fletcher came from nowhere to win the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of the terrifying Nurse Ratched in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’. How did she do it? And what’s happened to her since? Tim Walker visited her at her home in Los Angeles to find out

'Whitey' Bulger, Scorsese inspiration, caught after 18 years

One of America's most wanted men is finally under lock and key, after a long-running FBI manhunt ended with the arrest of James "Whitey" Bulger, the mob boss whose life inspired several books and Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film The Departed.

Hollywood hellraiser Dennis Hopper dies aged 74

Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper, best known for directing and starring in the 1969 cult classic "Easy Rider," died today from complications of prostate cancer, a friend of the actor said. Hopper was 74.

David Brown: Film and theatre producer who worked with Spielberg and

After David Brown formed an independent production company with Richard Zanuck in 1972, they were responsible for two of the biggest money-making movies, The Sting (1973), which won seven Oscars including Best Film, and Jaws (1975), directed by their protégé, Stephen Spielberg. Brown and Zanuck had been ousted from executive positions at 20th Century-Fox, where Richard's father, Darryl F. Zanuck, had been studio head. They later dissolved their partnership, but still teamed up occasionally, their later films including Robert Altman's 1992 satire of Hollywood, The Player.

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Decade of decadence: Nicholson, Polanski and Hollywood in the

The Roman Polanski case offers an insight into the strange world of Hollywood in the Seventies. Just how shocking was the behaviour of directors and producers when so many classic films were being made? Geoffrey Macnab looks behind closed doors

Ed McMahon dies at 86

Ed McMahon, a fixture on US late-night television for 30 years as the full-throated announcer and sidekick for Johnny Carson on NBC's "The Tonight Show," died yesterday at 86 after battling a series of illnesses in recent months.