The website quotes "a well-placed Hollywood film insider" in relaying this news.
That insider says: "There is a simple reason behind his decision -- it's memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him." The source adds: "His memory isn't what it used to be."
Well, whose is?
We'll hope this story is wrong, because Nicholson is terrific. He has been a 12-time Oscar nominee and won the prize three times: best actor for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next" and "As Good as it Gets" and best supporting actor for "Terms of Endearment."
But to this movie fan, his greatest film remains "Chinatown." His many other credits include "Five Easy Pieces," "The Departed," "Something's Gotta Give," "The Shining," "Reds," "Easy Rider," "Ironweed," "Prizzi's Honor," "About Schmidt," "The Last Detail" and "A Few Good Men."
About that retirement news ... Say it ain't so, Jack. I can't handle this truth.
Nicholson's last movie was "How Do You Know" in 2010.