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By United Press International   |   July 11, 2012 at 7:50 AM

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PETER O'TOOLE: Irish actor Peter O'Toole announced Tuesday he is retiring from acting at the age of 79.

O'Toole recently had a supporting role in TV's "The Tudors" and earned his eighth Oscar nomination for his lead role in 2006's "Venus."

His other film credits include "Troy," "Creator," "My Favorite Year," "The Lion in Winter," "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," "The Ruling Class" and "Lawrence of Arabia."

"Dear All," he said in a message issued by his representatives to People.com.

"It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won't come back," he said. "My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort. It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I've shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits. However, it's my belief that one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one's stay. So I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell. Ever, Peter O'Toole."


SOFIA VERGARA: Sofia Vergara has gotten engaged in Mexico to her on-off boyfriend Nick Loeb, a source told UsMagazine.com.

The couple started dating in 2010, broke up early this May and reconciled a few weeks later, the report said.

"They have a crazy relationship," an insider told the magazine. "They break up and make up."

Vergara is one of the stars of the ABC sitcom "Modern Family."

Loeb is a businessman who considered a 2010 run for Florida's state senate.


OPRAH WINFREY: Oprah Winfrey's father Vernon has filed for divorce from his second wife Barbara in a Tennessee court after 12 years of marriage, documents show.

The [Nashville] Tennessean newspaper said Vernon filed for divorce last month, claiming Barbara was "guilty of inappropriate marital conduct" and citing irreconcilable differences as the cause of their breakup.

Barbara, a 64-year-old former teacher, filed a counterclaim Monday, accusing Vernon, a 79-year-old barber, of threatening to kill her, cheating on her and conspiring with his billionaire daughter to have her thrown out of her home, the newspaper said.


CHRISTOPHER NOLAN: Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan has confirmed "The Dark Knight Rises" will be his last Batman movie.

Asked if there is any truth to rumors claiming he plans to helm a Justice League superhero ensemble picture featuring Batman, EW.com said Nolan replied: "No, none at all."

"We're finished with all we're doing with Batman. This is the end of our take on this character," he said. "Batman will outlive us all, and our interpretation was ours. Obviously, we consider it definitive and kind of finished.

"The great thing about Batman is he lives on for future generations to reinterpret, and, obviously, Warners will have to decide in the future what they're going to do with him. We've had our say on the character. ... I've got no plans to do anything more, and certainly, no involvement with any Justice League project."

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