People: Oliver Stone writing memoir, due in 2020

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Oliver Stone writing memoir, due in 2020

Oliver Stone has some memories to share, not all of them happy.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Monday that it had acquired a memoir by the Oscar-winning filmmaker. The book, currently untitled, is scheduled for Fall 2020. Stone is known for such provocative films as "Platoon," ''JFK" and "Born On the Fourth of July." According to the publisher, he will center on his early years, including his time in Vietnam. Winner of an Academy Award before age 35, he will also recount his "overindulgences borne of youthful success." Stone has an acknowledged history of drugs and alcohol and has been married three times.

Stone, 72, said in a statement that he has been reassessing his life and decided that all memories are to be cherished, "pleasant or not."

Oregon remains believed to be Levin

Remains found in a remote area of Oregon are believed to be of missing actor Charles Levin, who played numerous roles on television comedies such as "Seinfeld" and "Night Court."

Levin, 70, was reported missing from Grants Pass on July 8 by his son after he hadn't heard from his father for several days, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

He owned an orange 2012 Fiat and was "almost always in the company of his fawn-colored pug dog, Boo Boo Bear," Grants Pass public safety said in a news release last week seeking information about Levin's whereabouts.

On Friday, search and rescue crews narrowed down a search area based on an emergency cellphone ping. A resident located Levin's car in a remote and almost impassable road Saturday. Inside the car, troopers found the remains of Levin's dog. Crews searching steep and rugged terrain found the human remains.

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There is a "high probability" the remains are those of Levin, The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said Sunday. The medical examiner will make the final identification.

Johansson: Diversity remarks misconstrued

Scarlett Johansson says comments she made on the "authentic casting" debate have been taken out of context and asserts that she supports diversity in film.

The actress came under fire in 2017 for playing an Asian character in "Ghost in the Shell" and canceled plans last year to portray a transgender man in the upcoming film "Rub & Tug," after transgender actors and advocates questioned the casting.

In a recent interview with As If magazine, she said actors should be allowed to play any person "because that is my job and the requirement of my job."

Johansson said Saturday that those comments were subsequently edited in other publications for "clickbait."

"I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness," she said in a statement.

"I recognize that in reality, there is a wide spread discrepancy amongst my industry that favors Caucasian, cisgender actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to."

Today's birthdays: Singer William Bell is 80. Actor-singer Ruben Blades is 71. Drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police is 67. Dancer Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") is 61. Actress Phoebe Cates is 56. Actor Will Ferrell is 52. Actor Corey Feldman is 48. Actress AnnaLynne McCord ("Nip/Tuck") is 32. Actor Mark Indelicato ("Ugly Betty") is 25.

— The Associated Press


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