Weekend News Roundup! Miley Cyrus, The Pope, SeaWorld, and Homeland

Published December 15, 2013

Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.

  Hollywood lost two great actors, Joan Fontaine and Peter O’Toole, who died at the ages of 96 and 81, respectively. The young sister of Olivia de Havilland (you know, Melanie from Gone With the Wind), Fontaine’s most famous films include Rebecca (1940) and Suspicion (1941). Fontaine and her sister did not get along; in 1942, both were in the running for the Best Actress Oscar. Fontaine won, but de Havilland subsequently received the award twice. Nominated for eight Oscars, O’Toole’s career took off when he starred in Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. Among his more recent projects are Troy (2004), Venus (2006), Ratatouille (2007), and The Tudors (2008). [THRThe Guardian]

•  No one wants to perform at Sea World any more. [CNN]

•  Beyoncé’s secret album is doing pretty well. [Billboard

•  Unsurprisingly, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug won the box office this weekend, taking in $73.6 million. [BOM]

•  Pope Francis will not get offended if you call him a Marxist, because some Marxists are good people too. [The Guardian]

•  Ignore the misleading headlines, Miley Cyrus didn’t really “flash her breasts” or “bare all” on Twitter. [Twitter]

•  Semi-spoiler: There will be less Dana Brody on the next season of Homeland. [THR]