NEIL SIMON DIES AT 91: The acclaimed playwright Neil Simon has died. He was 91. The prolific, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator is beloved for classic comedies including The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, The Sunshine Boys and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Simon was one of the most commercially successful writers in American history, and became a mainstay in the entertainment industry for six decades. His first big hit was Broadway’s Come Blow Your Horn in 1961. Simon wrote more than 30 plays, and in addition to earning the Pulitzer, won four Tony Awards, a Golden Globe and Kennedy Center Honor. In 1983, he became the first (and thus far, the only) living playwright to have a Broadway theater named after him. He died of complications from pneumonia at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, according to a statement from his longtime friend and publicist, Bill Evans. He is survived by his wife Elaine Joyce, whom he married in 1999. Simon was married five times, including to first wife Joan Baim (who died of cancer in 1973), actress Marsha Mason and to Diane Lander, twice (1987-1988 and then again from 1990-1998). His two daughters with Baim, Ellen and Nancy, and Lander’s daughter from a previous marriage, Bryn, whom Simon adopted, as well as three grandchildren and a great-grandson.
JOSHUA JACKSON JOINS CENTRAL PARK FIVE: Ava DuVernay is welcoming several new talents to her Netflix limited series Central Park Five. Joshua Jackson, Christopher Jackson and 12 Years a Slave’s Adepero Oduye are joining. Queen Sugar’s Omar Dorsey, Blair Underwood, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman and Famke Janssen are also featured in the four-episode series, Deadline reports. The show follows the real-life story of five Harlem teens who were incorrectly convicted of raping a jogger in Manhattan in 1989.
KRISTEN STEWART PREVIEWS CHARLIE’S ANGELS: Kristen Stewart opened up about the latest film adaptation of Charlie’s Angels, telling Entertainment Tonight that it’s "grounded." She said: "We are not trying to do an impression of the last one," the actress said about the 2000 and 2003 films starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, adding that director Elizabeth Banks has her own vision for the story. "I think Liz is like so genuinely naturally funny all the time anyway." The stars of the adaptation include Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the newest Angels, while Banks will take on the role of Bosley, the voice of the unseen owner of the detective agency Charlie Townsend.
MY DINNER WITH HERVÉ SETS PREMIERE: HBO is sharing a sneak peek of My Dinner With Hervé, starring Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan. The cabler also announced that the show will drop on October 20th. The film follows the true story of an unlikely friendship between journalist Danny Tate (Dornan) and Fantasy Island star Hervé Villechaize (Dinklage). Mireille Enos also stars as Hervé’s girlfriend, Kathy Self; Harriet Walter as Danny’s editor, Fiona Baskin; Oona Chaplin as Danny’s girlfriend, Katie Nielson; with David Strathairn as Villechaize’s longtime agent, Marty Rothstein, and Andy García as Ricardo Montalbán, Villechaize’s co-star.
ADIDAS DEBUTS SNEAKER ON SNAPCHAT SHOW: Adidas launched a new version of its retro Falcon W sneaker on Fashion 5 Ways, a show that premiered Saturday on Snapchat’s Discover page. Observers see this as a watershed moment for the messaging platform as it moves to ramp up e-commerce. Do you think Snapchat will be able to monetize its base better than its social media counterparts?