Screenwriter William Goldman Dies at 87

Oscar-winning screenplay writer William Goldman has died. He was 87.

Goldman won Academy Awards for the comic Western “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and the political thriller “All the President’s Men.”

He converted his novels “Marathon Man” and “The Princess Bride” into hit movies and coined a favorite Hollywood catchphrase, “Nobody knows anything,” that summed up the mystery of what makes a movie work. In his time, he was among the highest paid writers in the business.

Goldman’s daughter Jenny says her father died early Friday in New York due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.

His other screen credits included “The Stepford Wives,” ”Misery” and “A Bridge Too Far.” (AP)

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Nicks, Def Leppard Among First-Time Rock Hall Nominees

Stevie Nicks and Def Leppard are among the acts nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time.

The hall announced Tuesday that 15 acts were nominated this year. The winners will be revealed in December, with the induction planned for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next March. Six of the nominees are being put before voters for the first time.

Nicks is already in as a member of Fleetwood Mac, but this time will be considered as a solo act. Roxy Music, John Prine, Devo and Todd Rundgren were also nominated for the first time.

Radiohead, Janet Jackson and the Cure are among the acts coming back for another try. (AP)

Taylor Swift to Open ‘2018 American Music Awards’

Taylor Swift will open the “2018 American Music Awards.”

The singer made the announcement Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” This is her first awards show performance in nearly three years.

Dick Clark Productions says the 28-year-old will sing “I Did Something Bad,” from her “Reputation” album.

Swift will compete for artist of the year alongside Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone.

Rap is dominating this year’s awards. Drake and Cardi B have eight nominations each.

Sheeran and Malone each earned six nominations, while Camila Cabello is up for five honors.

The fan-voted AMAs will air live on ABC Oct. 9 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (AP)

Famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival Affected by Wildfire Smoke

The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that brings tourists from all over the world to southern Oregon each year says it lost $2 million this summer because it had to cancel more than two dozen outdoor performances due to wildfire smoke.

The organization will have an alternate indoor venue for its award-winning outdoor theater next season for smoky days and will shift its outdoor season back a week to avoid the worst of the wildfire season.

Festival spokeswoman Julie Cortez says the festival had to cancel 26 outdoor performances starting in July and running through earlier this month.

Ashland, Oregon — where the festival takes place — was cloaked in wildfire smoke from Oregon and California this summer. Some days, winds brought smoke from Washington wildfires to the town as well.  (AP)

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice Now EGOT Winners

NBC’s live version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” has won an Emmy Award and that has made two men extra happy – it means star John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice have joined the elite squad of EGOT winners.

The musical’s win for best live variety special on Sunday means Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice have an Emmy to go with their Tonys, Grammys and their Oscars.

The trio joins an elite group of EGOT winners that includes Robert Lopez, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg. (AP)

MTV VMAs to Feature Cardi B, J. Lo and Aretha Tribute

Cardi B will make her first public appearance as a mom at the MTV Video Music Awards, and it might be worth it: She could be the night’s big winner.

The rapper is the top contender with 10 nominations. She will open Monday’s show, which kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT from Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Cardi B and Bruno Mars are up for video of the year with “Finesse.” Other nominees for the top prize include Drake, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Camila Cabello and Ariana Grande.

Most of the top nominees, including Drake, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mars and Gambino, won’t attend the VMAs.

Performers include Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes and Grande. Jennifer Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

MTV also plans on honoring Aretha Franklin, who died last week. (AP)

Oscars Add Popular Film Category, Sets Earlier Air Date

The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of Feb. 9, 2020.

John Bailey, the newly re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, says in an email to members Wednesday morning that the Board of Governors met Tuesday night to approve the three major changes. Eligibility requirements for the popular film category will be forthcoming.

Ratings for the 91st Academy Awards fell to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, down 19% from the previous year and the first time the glitzy awards ceremony had fewer than 30 million viewers since 2008. It also clocked it at nearly 4 hours, making it the longest show in over a decade. (AP)