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Remembering Mike Nichols the Performer

As you no doubt already heard, yesterday marked the passing of a man the media has aptly named an “entertainment icon” by the name of Mike Nichols. Mike earned his icon status by performing just about every major task one can perform in the modern creative arts, working as a comedian, a director, a producer, and a writer. He will be best known as the director of such films as The Graduate, for which he won an Oscar, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Catch-22, Angels in America, Working Girl, and many others. But today, we dip into the archives and take a look at the first job Nichols performed [...]

Watch Judd Apatow Ask Mike Nichols for Advice

Judd Apatow sat down last month at the Museum of Moden Art for a public chat with beloved filmmaker Mike Nichols (The Graduate, The Birdcage), entitled "Judd Apatow Asks Mike Nichols for Advice." It's a nice and thoughtful discussion about the duo's similar philosophies and filmmaking styles and it seems like the only advice Nichols gives Apatow is to just keep doing what he's doing.

Bill Hader Cried When He Met Mike Nichols

Here's the latest episode of Conan's web series Starstruck, in which famous people tell stories about times they met other famous people and had weird emotions about it. Here, guest Bill Hader details an interaction with comedian and filmmaker Mike Nichols that made him so he emotional he had to run away.

The Lost Roles of 'The Graduate'

"Lost Roles" is a weekly column looking at "what might have been" in movie and TV comedy, exploring alternate casting possibilities that almost happened but didn't, for one reason or another. This week, we turn our attention to The Graduate, director Mike Nichols's revered comedy-drama, which celebrates its 45th anniversary tomorrow.

As with any movie, casting was the key to The Graduate's success. Obviously, Mike Nichols's superb direction, and the tight, well-executed screenplay by Buck Henry, were a big part of that too, but with another cast, Nichols and Henry's vision wouldn't have been anywhere near as effective. Nichols and his team went through an arduous casting process to [...]