Alexander Cockburn, a longtime columnist for The Nationand uncle of actress Olivia Wilde, has died at age 71.
TV’s House and Tron: Legacy star tweeted about her relative’s death today. She wrote:
My uncle, the brilliant, kind, and hilarious Alexander Cockburn, passed away last night. He was my friend, and my hero. RIP Uncle Al.
Cockburn’s co-editor at the political newsletter CounterPunch, Jeffrey St. Clair, said his colleague died Friday in Germany after a two-year battle with cancer, reports the Associated Press.
Born in Scotland and raised in Ireland, he was the son of the British novelist Claud Cockburn and brother to Wilde’s father, Andrew Cockburn. In the 1970s and ’80s Alexander Cockburn wrote for the Village Voice. At one time, he also wrote for the Wall Street Journal.
In another message today, actress Wilde shared personal memories of her beloved uncle via Twitter:
He taught me how to make coffee in a jar, how to listen to LPs, how to ride a horse through a river, and how to drive a classic with love.
The film “Baseball in the Time of Cholera” in which Olivia Wilde was an executive producer is now available to watch online!
Visit undeny.org to see the film and sign a petition to stop Cholera in Haiti.
Olivia Wilde, Ron Livingston, and Jake M. Johnson have joined Anna Kendrick in the improvised comedy Drinking Buddies.
The story centers on Chris (Ron Livingston), a man who becomes flirtatious friends with a woman (Anna Kendrick). Their relationship quickly spirals into something Chris never expected. No details were given for Olivia Wilde and Jake M. Johnson’s characters.
Joe Swanberg (V/H/S, A Horrible Way to Die) is directing, with Andrea Roa, Alicia Van Couvering, Sam Slater and Paul Bernon producing.
No production schedule was released, although shooting will likely have to start soon, before Jake M. Johnson goes back to work on Season 2 of the Fox comedy series New Girl.
Olivia Wilde has placed #80 on the 2012 PopSugar 100 List!
It was a year of new love and new projects for Olivia Wilde. The actress’s divorce was finalized in the early Fall and she was briefly linked to Ryan Reynolds. By Winter, however, it was clear she’d found something more serious when she was spotted stepping out with SNL funny guy Jason Sudeikis. On the film front, Olivia had Summer blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens to promote and also joined costars Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried to premiere their film In Time in October.
In the Spring of 2012, Olivia played bride again on the set of the movie Rush alongside Chris Hemsworth, and she also started to open up a bit about what went wrong in her marriage in a few interviews.
Olivia Wilde has designed a bag that is being sold by Alternative Apparel where proceeds go to Haiti relief.
This limited-edition cross-body to backpack convertible is a collaboration with actress Olivia Wilde and partner-in-good Barbara Burchfield. The bag features vintage army canvas, pebbled leather trim and antique brass hardware. Your purchase will help spread a message against poverty and benefit the Academy for Peace and Justice in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This is not just a bag, it’s an opportunity for an education.
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And a behind the scenes video from the making of the bag is below!