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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

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It’s time for our semi-annual update on what’s up with the Spawn reboot movie, that magical time when Todd McFarlane let’s us know that he’s still toiling away on his pet project. To recap: Spawn movie released in 1997. It bombed. McFarlane wanted sequel. No one else did. He gets rights back. Promises low budget reboot. Keeps promising. Promising…

So here we are again. While hocking his wares at the TIA Toy Fair this week, McFarlane talked to MTV about progress on the Spawn movie front.

“I continue to write a page here and there. As I’ve said before, I’ve got a guy waiting on the sidelines who’s an Academy Award-winning actor who phones every three weeks going ‘Todd, where’s the script? Where’s the script?’… He came out to the office, he gave me his pitch, I gave him my pitch, and he’s like ‘Fine, let’s do your gig.’ The pitch I gave him was that we could then do, like, ten of these for the next ten years, and he wouldn’t have to be 22 for the rest of his life.

“The plan would be to do the movie, bring the movie out and then go back on TV with the animation like we did the first time. But the cool thing with the animation is we’ve got 90 minutes all set, ready to go, other than just sending it to an animation house. We’ve done all the voice recordings, we’ve done all the backgrounds and everything. So the technology is way better than it was a decade ago. and there’s some spectacular stuff that we can now do when we bring it back that we were never able to do on HBO.”

So if the race of the character holds –  African-American – that means we have a very small pool of Oscar-winning actors to draw from: Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker, Louis Gossett, Jr., Cuba Gooding, Jr. or Morgan Freeman.

By process of elimination, I think Washington, Whitaker, Gossett and Freeman might be out for running for ageist reasons, but perhaps there’s more compelling and direct evidence about what choice has already been made:

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So is Jamie Foxx going to suit up as Spawn? Well, as evidenced by the above photo, Foxx and McFarlane have met a few times. Or maybe McFarlane just surprised him with a sketch when they ran into each other at the comic book store. Still, attaching a star like Foxx would secure some studio interest for a new Spawn film, if only McFarlane would stop being so cryptic. Also, maybe if he wrote more than a couple of pages every once and a while…

Oh well.

What do you think, Bastards? Interested in seeing Jamie Foxx as Spawn?

Source: Screen Rant