Celebrity News Round-Up: Sandra Bullock Donates Money To Japan, Michael Gough Passes Away, And Wolverine Looks For A New Director

sandrabullock1Oscar winning actress Sandra Bullock has graciously donated $1,000,000 to the Red Cross to help with the Japan earthquake and tsunami disasters.  The donation matches her contribution to the Haiti earthquake relief last year.  Demi Lovato and  Jack Johnson have  also made contributions, while Clint Eastwood, Katy Perry, Charlie Sheen and Lady Gaga are raising money from the sale of DVDs, concert tickets, bangles and merchandise. (WENN)

Veteran actor Michael Gough has passed away at the age of 94.  The British actor is perhaps best known for playing Alfred Pennyworth in the four Batman movies made in the 1990’s, but he appeared in more than 150 movies and tv shows in his 65 year career.  He is survived by his wife Henrietta, daughter Emma and sons Simon and Jasper. (BBC)

Darren Aronofsky, who directed the Academy Award nominated film Black Swan, has backed out of directing the prequel to Wolverine.  The movie was set to be filmed in Japan, and Aronofsky released a statement saying “It became clear that the production of The Wolverine would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time. I am sad that I won’t be able to see the project through as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend Hugh Jackman.” (EW)

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