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A bit of sad news from the world of Hollywood today as reports are saying that legendary actor Jack Nicholson plans to quietly retire from acting.

Sources have told the magazine Radar that Nicholson has decided to step away from the day-to-day rigors of acting because of “memory issues.” The same sources add that this shouldn’t be taken as some early sign of a degenerative brain malady, but is maybe just one of those things that comes with old age. And seeing as how much of an actor’s job is memorizing lines, it might make sense that Nicholson would opt to take the high road and call it a career.

With a career spanning nearly 60 years, Nicholson leaves an incredible legacy. He is one of the most acclaimed actors in Hollywood history with 12 Oscar nominations over 5 decades, including and 3 wins. Nerd cinema appreciators will probably recognize Nicholson best for his portrayal of The Joker in 1989’s Batman. At the time, it was unusual for an actor of Nicholson’s stature to take on the role of a comic book villain, so when the then only two-time Oscar-winning actor signed on to play The Clown Prince of Crime, it was as much a surprise as casting Michael Keaton to play Batman.

Throughout his career, Nicholson has always had a strong connection to the sci-fi and horror genres with one of his first big roles being in the Roger Corman classic Little Shop of Horrors. In between prestige pictures like Easy Rider, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Few Good Men, he appeared in movies like The Shining, Mars Attacks, Wolf, and The Witches of Eastwick. As it stands now, Nicholson’s last movie role was in How Do You Know by James L. Brooks, the filmmaker who directed the actor to Oscars twice for Terms of Endearment and AGood as It Gets.

So what will Nicholson do since he’s not planning on acting anymore? Sources say fans can still expect to see the 76-year-old Nicholson court side at Lakers games, and holding court front row at the Academy Awards.

So from all of us at Nerd Bastards, we say Happy Retirement, Jack! We’ll miss see you at the movies, but you’ve earned some downtime, and that’s a truth we can handle.

UPDATE: Apparently, this is one of those things the internet went to town with before all the facts are in. NBC News is reporting that an unnamed source told them that Nicholson is “actively reading scripts and is looking forward to his next project.”

Time will tell.

Source: ScreenCrush.com

Just when you thought it was safe, or at least safer after the Spiderman Musical stopped hurting all the stunt men, to return to Broadway . . .

Mars Attacks.

The 1962 sci-fi trading card set is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year. Topps and comic book publisher IDW (Idea + Design Works) are partnering to bring the Mars Attacks franchise to Broadway. Written by John Layman (Chew, Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness) Mars Attacks: 21st Century Slaughter will have all the bells and whistles of a big budget musical. Layman describes the project as an upbeat, sci-fi version of West Side Story complete with snappy tunes:

 “My approach to MARS ATTACKS on stage is sort of a science fiction version of West Side Story: a human and a Martian involved in a star-crossed romance, set against the backdrop of a violent interstellar war—with all of humanity caught in between! It’s going to be a rollicking good time, with songs that will make you want to get up and dance!”

Most people know about the franchise from the Mars Attacks movie in 1996 directed by Tim Burton. Burton took the classic campy nature of the card set and translated that into a fun movie including a top notch cast (Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Danny Devito, and Natalie Portman). Although the movie was met with mixed opinions from moviegoers and critics alike, looking back, most fondly remember the attempt.

Aside from the Broadway show don’t forget that there is also the 50th anniversary card set on the way. This set includes 25 additional never before scenes.

Musical rehearsals are said to start later this year with a projected debut on Broadway sometime in 2013. What do you think? Can this musical make an impression on anyone?

This NerdBastard would love to hear a song in the native Martian tongue.

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