<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Fri, 29 May 2015 10:28:48 -0400 Fri, 29 May 2015 10:28:48 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jim Parsons Plays God on Broadway]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 16:51:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/ActofGodMain.jpg

From George Burns to Alanis Morissette, pop culture has put many a human face on the Almighty. Now, we can add to that divine directory Jim Parsons, the appealing actor who plays physicist (and, heh, atheist) Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory.”

As Parsons insinuates early in “An Act of God,” his latest Broadway outing, it’s a useful TV credit to have on your CV if you’re going to step into God’s shoes (God’s shoes here, incidentally? Pragmatic orange sneakers, contrasting vividly with a white robe).

“An Act of God” is a 90-minute diversion, as often amusing as it is trifling, that has Parsons “inhabited” by the Supreme Being. That puts Parsons-as-God in a position to acknowledge what a genial fellow Parsons-the-actor is: “My depthless profundities will be aided by his offbeat charm.” Given Parsons’s charisma, it’s a buy-in we’ll make.

One-time “Daily Show” honcho David Javerbaum has adapted “An Act of God” from his social media feed and accompanying book. It’s not his first time at Broadway’s rodeo: Javerbaum was also one of the writers of the 2008 blink-or-you’ll-miss-it Broadway musical “Cry Baby.” Parsons’s “Normal Heart” co-star Joe Mantello directs.

Parsons’s God is like Sheldon Cooper after a few double espressos—snide and sarcastic, and now with the power to turn you into a pillar of salt.

The set-up has the actor seated on a white sofa delivering some new-ish commandments: “Thou Shalt Not Tell Others Whom to Fornicate,” and so on. A cheerful, “Family Feud”-style “ding!” cues us as we move down the list. Each is followed by a riff.

If you follow Javerbaum’s Twitter account, you know his deity is a sappy and progressive liberal straight out of central casting. To acknowledge the recent same-sex marriage vote in Ireland, “God” tweeted a photo of a rainbow over Dublin. The material here is uniformly in keeping with that vibe.

Parsons nails the material when it’s fresh (a Holocaust one-liner is the most daring thing in the play) and rises above it when it’s mediocre (a ringing cell phone gag is cringe-worthy, as is a story about “Adam and Steve”).

A bit about the Quran is timely and well-handled ("at the request of the producers, that is the last you’ll be hearing about Islam tonight”). Barbs aimed at audience latecomers and meant to seem spontaneous are written in to the script (“You’re lucky I’m God, and not Patti LuPone”) and are the sort of thing that was done more effectively in “Hedwig.”

God is assisted by two archangels, Gabriel (Tim Kazurinsky, a one-time “SNL” cast member) and Michael (Christopher Fitzgerald, of “Young Frankenstein”). They share a breezy chemistry with their boss, especially poor Fitzgerald, whose curiosity about the mysterious ways in which the Lord works may prove his undoing.

Though there’s no real story, Javerbaum sometimes succeeds in using his pulpit for Big Ideas, particularly the refrain that we’ve been using religion to justify horrors since the beginning of time. I appreciated his explanation of how Noah chose the animals in his ark, with its coda that belief and faith are no excuses for abandoning sound judgment.

The ending is tacked on and hokey, in spite of nifty effects. There was no easy way Javerbaum was going to tidily wrap this holy stand-up routine, and I wish he hadn’t tried. Neither heavenly nor hellish, “An Act of God” is primarily for fans of Jim Parsons. They are justifiably legion, and they will get their share of “bazingas” out of his work here.

“An Act of God,” through Aug. 2 at Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St. Tickets: $55-$149. Call Telecharge at 212-239-6200.

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<![CDATA[NBC Reveals Fall Primetime Schedule]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 12:52:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NUP_168764_0685.JPG

NBC is shaking up its 2015/2016 lineup with some familiar faces and brand new stories.

Neil Patrick Harris' new variety series, "Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris" is coming to Tuesday nights through November. Billed as a unique variety show, "Best Time Ever" will include stunts, skits, pranks, audience interaction, musical numbers, giveaways and unlimited surprises. Also ordered to series is "Little Big Shots," which is hosted by Steve Harvey and features extraordinarily talented kids. The show is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey.

Returning franchise "Heroes" will kick off Thursdays with the new series "Heroes Reborn" that examines a new group of ordinary citizens with extraordinary abilities. Greg Berlanti's "Blindspot" has gotten the post-"Voice" slot on Mondays. In this new drama a vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there.

Two stars of previous beloved series are toplining new NBC comedies: Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") stars in "Hot & Bothered," a behind-the-scenes comedy about working on a telenovela in which she plays a woman grappling with life and romance; and Craig T. Nelson reprises his role as Hayden Fox in "Coach," this time to help his son with a fledgling Ivy League football team.

Also on tap: a live Holiday musical presentation of "The Wiz," Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors," and Jennifer Lopez's "Shades of Blue," which will premiere at a later date. There's also "Heartbreaker," starring Melissa George as a fearless doctor inspired by real-life renowned surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato, who always fights authority to ensure the best for her patients; and "The Player," starring Wesley Snipes and Philip Winchester as a former military operative turned security agent drawn into a high-stakes game in a Las Vegas-set thriller.

"We're attacking the new season with the same programming strategy that successfully turned NBC around — a slate of provocative and innovative series and events that cut through the clutter and will continue to build on our momentum," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "We have several powerful new dramas and attention-getting new comedies, including the return of Undateable, which will be broadcast live every week next season. Live programming is one more way to make a show undeniable."

NBC's prime-time schedule for the fall (new programs in italics), all times Eastern:


8-10 p.m. — "The Voice"

10-11 p.m. — "Blindspot"


8-9 p.m. — "The Voice"

9-10 p.m. — "Heartbreaker"

10-11 p.m. — "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" / "Chicago Fire" in November


8-9 p.m. — "The Mysteries of Laura"

9-10 p.m. — "Law & Order: SVU"

10-11 p.m. — "Chicago P.D."


8-9 p.m. — "Heroes Reborn"

9-10 p.m. — "The Blacklist"

10-11 p.m. — "The Player"


8-8:30 p.m. — "Undateable"

8:30-9 p.m. — "People Are Talking"

9-10 p.m. — "Grimm"

10-11 p.m. — "Dateline NBC"


8-10 p.m. — "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery"

10-11 p.m. — "Saturday Night Live" classic reruns


7-8:20 p.m. — "Football Night in America"

8:20-11:30 p.m. — "NBC Sunday Night Football"

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<![CDATA[A Lost "Louie"]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:29:01 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP777574653570.jpg

This odd, even by Louis C.K. standards, fifth season of "Louie" raises the discomfort level with its serio-comic portrayal of a man feeling his relevance slipping away.

C.K. set the grim tone in the season opener, in which he gets schooled by a young owner of an upscale housewares shop who basically tells him she doesn't need his business – and insinuates the world doesn't need him, either (“We’re the future and you don’t belong in it”). Subsequent episodes delve into the touchy subject of emasculation, as seen during nightmares (sexual weirdness with a man in a bunny costume) and waking hours (some surprise romantic role reversal-role playing with his off-again love interest Pamela).

Louie's new anxieties pile onto his old worries about everything from his daughters’ well-being to the size of his gut to the state of his soul. But C.K. the performer shouldn't be too concerned: Another season of bold TV comes to a close Thursday on FX, to be followed by the television premiere of his latest stand up special, "Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store," which some fans already have downloaded from his website at $5 a pop. The double dose of C.K. follows his recent "Saturday Night Live" hosting stint in which his controversial opening monologue raised questions about taste, but not about his relevance.

The evolution of "Louie" can be seen not only in the comedy's detours into the darker parts of C.K.'s psyche (particularly in disturbing surreal sequences of a male humanoid demon attacking him in his dreams), but in its increasing focus on others and how he reacts to them. Michael Rapaport’s chilling turn as a blustery cop who becomes unhinged, Robert Kelly’s performance as Louie's hapless train wreck of a brother and Rachel Bay Jones’ portrayal of a single mom in need of some simple kindness let other characters to shine while giving voice to C.K.’s own fears – loneliness and aging, among them.

C.K. has never been afraid to make himself look bad. In the most recent episode, chronicling a miserable stand-up tour, Louie reduces a well meaning, if overbearing and chatty livery driver to tears with his sullen dismissal of him. Louie refuses to play the part of what others want him to be – even if he comes off as cruel, making the driver feel as worthless as the shopkeeper made him feel in the season’s debut episode.

Thursday’s season finale caps the two-part arc, titled, "The Road." It's not clear exactly where "Louie" is headed on this latest strange trip, even if C.K. seems to know where he wants to go. Check out a preview of "Louie" and a promo for C.K.'s stand-up special – two more acts in compelling comedy career.


Jere Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multimedia NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Seismologist Tweets "San Andreas" Film Premiere]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 23:30:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Lucy+Jones.jpg

The disaster film "San Andreas" received a real-time fact check from one of Southern California's foremost seismologists during its premiere Tuesday night in Hollywood.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones provided candid reaction and separated fact and fiction with a stream of tweets during the film's screening at the Chinese Theatre, where she also was part of the red-carpet event alongside the likes of star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Jones has served as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's seismic safety adviser on the mayor's quake preparedness plan.

In the film, a previously unknown fault near the Hoover Dam in Nevada ruptures and shakes the San Andreas fault, capable of producing significant earthquakes. Southern California is rocked by a powerful magnitude-9.1 quake followed by an even stronger magnitude-9.6 in Northern California.

Jones had praise for some of the film's depictions of emergency response and at least one portrayal of "drop, cover and hold on" -- a safety practice designed to protect individuals from falling or flying objects. Actor Paul Giamatti, who plays a seismologist in the film, urges people to "drop, cover and hold on" when the ground begins shaking.

"Yes! Drop, cover& hold on. The right thing to do in an earthquake," she tweeted.

But she also noted that much of the movie stretched into "fantasy territory."

The San Andreas fault is known for producing significant quakes, but a magnitude-9 or larger is highly unlikely. Computer models have shown the lengthy fault -- considered a strike-slip because opposing segments of rock slide past each other horizontally -- is capable of a magnitude-8.3 quake.

The film also suggests earthquakes can be predicted when a fictional seismologist at a real Southern California university, Caltech, notices spikes in "magnetic pulses" that light up California, suggesting a mega-quake. Scientists cannot predict earthquakes, but early warning systems can give residents and businesses a few seconds heads up after a quake hits, but before strong shaking is felt. Japan has the most advanced seismic alert system in the world while the U.S. is currently testing a prototype.

In summary, Jones tweeted: "Bottom line: don't learn seismology from #SanAndreas but maybe it will inspire people to take Community Emergency Response Training."

More reaction from Jones can be found below: 

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<![CDATA[Top 9 Red Carpet Looks From Cannes]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:47 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cannes-doutzen-16x9.jpg

While controversy swirled around reports that several women were refused entry to the "Carol" premiere for violating the dress code by not wearing high heels, the majority of the sartorial discussion stemmed from the bold fashion choices of cinema's leading ladies.

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<![CDATA["Aquarius" Sneak Peek]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 16:11:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/aquarius-series-premiere-AQU_101_CLIP2_153_h264_hd_1200x675_452443715603.jpg Starring David Duchovny, "Aquarius" debuts May 28 at 9 p.m. on NBC and online at NBC.com.]]> <![CDATA[Snoop Dogg and Iron Chef Morimoto to Collaborate at BottleRock]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 10:57:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/snoopbottlerock.jpg

Napa's upcoming three-day music and food festival BottleRock has added a new stage for culinary "mash-ups" between artists and chefs for this year's festivities.

Among the more curious collaborations will be rapper Snoop Dogg and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

"Having artists like Snoop Dogg do an irreverent and entertaining food-related set with chefs like Iron Chef Morimoto does not happen at any other festival," BottleRock producer Dave Graham told Eventbrite's blog. "We are essentially throwing a world-class food and wine festival within a world-class music festival."

Snoop may rap, DJ (he spins under the alias Snoopadelic), or perform a combination of the two as Morimoto cooks.

BottleRock takes place at the Napa Valley Exposition on May 29-31, with music headliners including the Doggfather himself, Robert Plant, No Doubt, Imagine Dragons.

Three-day general admission and VIP tickets are sold out but single day passes ($139-149) are still available.

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<![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: Keira Knightley]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 15:34:21 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/476622305.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA["America's Got Talent" Returns Tonight on NBC]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:49:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_gottalent0525001_1500x845.jpg "America's Got Talent" returns to NBC on Tuesday, May 26, at 8 p.m. with the latest and greatest entertainment acts competing for a spot in Las Vegas.]]> <![CDATA[Cannes Film Festival 2015: Hottest Pics]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 22:55:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP847719962891.jpg Glamor, gowns and celebrities! All the hottest photos from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. ]]> <![CDATA[Top Celeb Pics: "Tomorrowland" Premiere Tokyo]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 12:16:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/AP634101343171.jpg Check out the latest photos of your favorite celebrities.

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<![CDATA[Art Garfunkel Slams "Monster" Paul Simon]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 07:38:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/simon-garfunkel.jpg

Has Art Garfunkel burned the bridge?

The folk pioneer revealed to the U.K.'s Sunday Telegraph that he still regrets "Simon & Garfunkel's" break-up after the release of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" more than four decades ago. He appears to call former bandmate Paul Simon a jerk and an idiot over the slight.

"I don’t want to say any anti-Paul Simon things, but it seems very perverse to not enjoy the glory and walk away from it instead," Garfunkel said of their split. "Crazy."

Garfunkel said he would have preferred to take a break from each other for a year because Simon "was getting on my nerves. The jokes had run dry."

“How can you walk away from this lucky place on top of the world, Paul?" Garfunkel is also quoted as saying. "What’s going on with you, you idiot? How could you let that go, jerk?”

Garfunkel said another reunion tour with Simon would still be "quite do-able." The musician's Telegraph interviewer wrote that despite Garfunkel's bitterness he talked about Simon with "deep affection."

"When we get together, with his guitar, it's a delight to both of our ears," Garfunkel said of their chemistry. "A little bubble comes over us and it seems effortless. We blend. So, as far as this half is concerned, I would say, 'Why not, while we're still alive?'

"But I've been in that same place for decades. This is where I was in 1971."

Garfunkel, who described himself as a "misanthrope," said that he has told his now 24-year-old son to "be kind to people." Following his own advice has been a challenge, he acknowledged.

Asked about whether Simon might have a Napoleon complex, Garfunkel was quoted as saying, "I think you're on to something."

He added that he felt sorry for Simon over his height when they were classmates. When he offered him love and friendship in response, "that compensation gesture has created a monster," Garfunkel said. 

Paul Simon has not immediately responded to requests for comment directed at his music publisher and through his official Facebook page.

In 2012, Simon was asked about whether he would record again with Garfunkel. Simon told the BBC he "would just as soon not go back and visit the past."

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<![CDATA[David Letterman Drives Into Retirement ]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 08:06:07 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP966071797664.jpg

David Letterman has a new No. 1 on his personal Top Ten list of reasons he loves the Indianapolis 500.

The freshly retired Letterman was all grins early Sunday as his IndyCar team paid tribute to the former "Late Show" host by putting a gap-toothed, smiling caricature of his face and #thanksdave on driver Oriol Servia's yellow car for the big race.

"With everything that's happened, it's the highlight of my career," Letterman said. "It's crazy it's the Indianapolis 500. Regrettable my face, but also my name on that car. It's just delightful."

Letterman was dressed in a red shirt with a race sponsor "Steak 'n Shake" logo. He promised Servia he would buy the burgers with an Indy win, but he can save his cash for retirement: Servia was knocked out of the running with an accident just past the halfway point of the race.

But the race wasn't a total bust for the team, with Graham Rahal finishing fifth in the Indy 500.

"He assured me he would be around the track a lot more," Rahal said of his usually absent owner. "At this stage in his life, he can enjoy himself a little bit and hopefully that means enjoying IndyCar racing."

Letterman was born and raised in Indianapolis, spending his younger years in the Broad Ripple section of town. He went to Ball State in Muncie, Indiana, and early in his career served as a pit reporter for ABC; search on YouTube for his interview of Mario Andretti after the former champion crashed out of the 1971 race.

Letterman got into team ownership in the 1990s with former Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal, and businessman Mike Lanigan came aboard to form what is now Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Letterman struck a friendship with Rahal after the retired driver appeared on his show after winning the 1986 Indy 500.

Letterman could have filled an Indy 500 starting grid with all the series drivers he had on the show. Graham and Bobby Rahal were guests on "The Late Show" and the Indy 500 champion usually brought along the Borg-Warner Trophy.

"I'm just really pissed off because he finished this week," Servia joked. "He couldn't wait until next week? Because usually the winner goes to his show."

Not this time, not after a that crash marred what had been a fun morning for the former host.

It was easy to find the Rahal Letterman Racing spot in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway paddock: There was a red "Late Show with David Letterman" sign and the same grinning caricature that was featured on Servia's car. Team members wore gray T-shirts with their own "Top Ten" list of reasons they love Letterman. Among them: Cries on the parade lap.

Letterman was relaxed as he strolled through Indianapolis Motor Speedway, even inviting one fan over a barrier to sign autographs.

"Are you nervous?" Servia asked.

"No, I won't be nervous until they start 'em up and then I just get crazy nervous," Letterman said.

Not wanting to get left out of the father-son bonding of the Rahals, Letterman claimed Servia as his own offspring.

"Yes, I sent away to one of those genetic testing places where they do the swab and it turns out he is in fact my son," Letterman cracked. "Bobby and Graham are father and son. Oriol and I are the same."

Letterman ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host Wednesday. He presided over 6,028 broadcasts on CBS and NBC, making Top 10 lists and ironic humor staples of television comedy. Letterman joked that he needed "some kind of intravenous medication" to recover from the grind of the final weeks of his show.

"Then the next day you feel a little bit better, and the next day you feel a little bit better," said Letterman, whose team won the race in 2004 with Buddy Rice. "Now here we are. This is the pressure-cooker."

Letterman said he would watch the race from pit lane. At least he could find a seat, unlike the ones that were stripped from the Ed Sullivan Theater. Parts of Letterman's set from his show's home were quickly dumped in the trash and scooped by fans.

"Not only did they take the set and tear it up, they took all the seats out of the theater two days later," Lettermansaid. "What that does is remind you that it's show business. It's just show business. Thirty-three years, what do I care. Let them take the seats out, let them do anything they want. I wish Stephen Colbert nothing but the best."

<![CDATA["Beautiful Mind" Mathematician, Wife Die in Crash]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 18:46:48 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP02032405002.jpg

The Princeton University mathematician and Nobel Prize winner whose life inspired the film "A Beautiful Mind" died in a taxi accident in New Jersey on Saturday, according to police.

John Forbes Nash Jr., 86, and his wife of almost 60 years, Alicia Nash, 82, were killed when the driver of the taxi they were riding in on the New Jersey Turnpike lost control and crashed into a guard rail, police said. 

The Nashes were traveling south in Monroe Township around 4:30 p.m. when the taxi crashed while trying to pass a Chrysler, according to New Jersey State Police Department Sgt. Gregory Williams.

Just days before his death, Nash received a prize from the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo with New York University mathematician Louis Nirenberg, who called Nash a truly great mathematician and "a kind of genius."

Nirenberg said he had chatted with the Nashes for an hour at Newark International Airport before they'd gotten into a taxi to return home to Princeton Township, New Jersey.

Police said it doesn't appear that the two were wearing seat belts and that they were thrown from the taxi when it crashed.

The taxi driver was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A passenger in the Chrysler was treated for neck pain, according to police.

Police said the crash is under investigation and that no one has been charged.

Nash's life was the subject of the 2001 film, "A Beautiful Mind," starring Russell Crowe.

In a tweet Sunday, Crowe said that he was "stunned" by the news.

"An amazing partnership," Crowe wrote. "Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts."

"A Beautiful Mind" made more than $300 million worldwide and won four Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.

"This is a great loss," actress Jennifer Connelly, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Alicia Nash in the film, said. "John and Alicia Nash were an inspiration and I have deep admiration for all that they accomplished in their lives."

Ron Howard, who directed the film, said Sunday that "it was an honor telling part of their story."

Nash was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his work in game theory, which offered insight into the dynamics of human rivalry. It is considered one of the most influential ideas of the 20th century.

Nash was also the senior research mathematician at Princeton.

Nash worked on his equilibrium theory at Princeton and, in 1950, received his doctorate with a dissertation on non-cooperative games. The thesis contained the definition and properties of what would later be called the Nash equilibrium.

But it was while teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959, when his wife, Alicia, was pregnant with their son, that schizophrenia began to emerge, a yearslong fight that was chronicled in the Academy Award-winning blockbuster "A Beautiful Mind."

In an autobiography written for The Nobel Foundation website, Nash said delusions caused him to resign as a faculty member at MIT. He also spent several months in New Jersey hospitals on an involuntary basis. However, Nash's schizophrenia diminished through the 1970s and 1980s as he "gradually began to intellectually reject some of the delusionally influenced lines of thinking," he wrote.

2001's "A Beautiful Mind" was based on an unauthorized biography by Sylvia Nasar, who wrote that Nash's contemporaries found him "immensely strange" and "slightly cold, a bit superior, somewhat secretive." Much of his demeanor likely stemmed from mental illness.

The Nashes split in 1963 then resumed living together several years later and finally remarried in 2001.

John Nash held a research post at Brandeis University before eventually returning to Princeton. Known as brilliant and eccentric, he was associated with Princeton for many years, most recently serving as a senior research mathematician.

Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber said in a tweet that "we are stunned and saddened" by the news.

"John's remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists who were influenced by his brilliant, groundbreaking work in game theory, and the story of his life with Alicia moved millions of readers and moviegoers who marveled at their courage in the face of daunting challenges," Eisgruber said in a statement.

New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said she was saddened to hear that Princeton has lost "a brilliant, kind, and humble individual." 

“In his lifetime, Nash conquered mathematics in ways few could even imagine, all while battling mental illness that threatened to overshadow his incredible contributions," Coleman said.

"In his victories he leaves behind a legacy as a pioneer, hero and friend, and will be remembered by many.

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