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Oscar-Winning Actor Lou Gossett Jr. Dies At Age 87

Variety reports: Louis Gossett Jr., who won a supporting actor Oscar for playing the hard-as-nails drill instructor in 1982’s “An Officer and a Gentleman” a few years after winning an Emmy for his role as the cunning Fiddler in “Roots,” has died, the AP reports. He was 87. In Taylor Hackford’s “An Officer and a Gentleman,” Gossett’s Sgt. Emil Foley …

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“Oppenheimer” Dominates Oscars With Seven Wins

Variety reports: Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” an unsettling look at the dawn of the atomic era, dominated the 96th Academy Awards on Sunday, winning seven prizes, including best picture and best director. The film, which took on an added resonance at a time of international conflict, also scored Oscars for Cillian Murphy’s haunted lead performance as J. Robert Oppenheimer and Robert …

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LIVE VIDEO: Arrivals On The Oscars Red Carpet

The New York Times reports: After a red carpet reveal last year that upended the foundations of Hollywood’s staid tradition — it was champagne-colored — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed on Wednesday that, this year, it would be returning to the traditional red for Sunday’s ceremony. Red carpets have been a staple at premieres and galas …

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Actor/Comedian Richard Lewis Dies At Age 76

Deadline Hollywood reports: Richard Lewis, one of America’s most beloved and revered stand-up comics who also played a fictionalized version of himself on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, died last night at his home in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack. He was 76. Lewis had been living with Parkinson’s disease, a diagnosis he revealed in April, 2023. Lewis, who …

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“Rocky” And “Predator” Star Carl Weathers Dies At 76

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Carl Weathers, the former NFL player who made his mark in Hollywood as the boxer Apollo Creed in the first four Rocky films and with appearances in such other films as Predator, Happy Gilmore and The Mandalorian, has died. He was 76. Weathers died Thursday in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles. Weathers also …

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Stage And Screen Legend Chita Rivera Dies At Age 91

The New York Times reports: Chita Rivera, the fire-and-ice dancer, singer and actress who leapt to stardom in the original Broadway production of “West Side Story” and dazzled audiences for nearly seven decades as a Puerto Rican lodestar of the American musical theater, died on Tuesday. She was 91. The death was announced in a statement by her daughter, Lisa …

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“Oppenheimer” Gets 13 Nominations For 2024 Oscars

The New York Times reports: “Barbie,” “Oppenheimer” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” were among the films that scored nods for best picture when the Oscar nominations were announced this morning. After a year that found the movie industry hobbled for months by dual strikes by writers and actors, the focus shifts now to an especially strong slate of movies …

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Baldwin Again Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Alec Baldwin has been charged again in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after a grand jury presented with a new investigation into the incident recommended indicting the actor and producer of the low-budget Western. Baldwin was charged on Friday with involuntary manslaughter by New Mexico prosecutors, who initially dropped the criminal case to …

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“Starsky & Hutch” Star David Soul Dies At Age 80

The Independent reports: David Soul, the musician who appeared in TV series Starsky & Hutch, has died, aged 80. Soul’s wife Helen Snell confirmed the news in a statement on Friday 5 January, writing that he had died following a “valiant battle for life” while surrounded by his loving family. Soul, who starred opposite Paul Michael Glaser as Detective Dave …

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“Barbie” Tops Golden Globes Noms With Nine Nods

The Associated Press reports: Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” dominated the Golden Globe Awards nominations with nine nods for the blockbuster film, including best picture musical or comedy as well as acting nominations for Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling and three of its original songs. It was closely followed by its release date and meme companion “Oppenheimer,” which scored eight nominations, including …

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Oscar-Nominated Actor Ryan O’Neal Dies At Age 82

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Ryan O’Neal, the boyish leading man who kicked off an extraordinary 1970s run in Hollywood with his Oscar-nominated turn as the Harvard preppie Oliver in the legendary romantic tearjerker Love Story, has died. He was 82. O’Neal died Friday, his son Patrick O’Neal, a sportscaster with Bally Sports West in Los Angeles, reported on Instagram. He …

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Hollywood Actors Strike Ends After Four Months

The Hollywood Reporter reports: After a grueling 118 days on strike, SAG-AFTRA has officially reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with studios, a move that is heralding the end of the 2023 actors strike. The SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Committee approved the agreement in a unanimous vote on Wednesday, SAG-AFTRA announced. The strike will end at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. …

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“Shaft” Actor Richard Roundtree Dies At Age 81

Variety reports: Richard Roundtree, an icon of Blaxploitation film who starred as detective John Shaft in Gordon Parks’ 1971 action thriller, died Tuesday afternoon after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81 years old. Roundtree was a leading man from the very start of his lifetime in screen acting. After beginning his career in modeling, he secured “Shaft” …

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Disney Marks 100th Anniversary With Montage Video

Screen Rant reports: Disney celebrates its 100th anniversary with a touching new video featuring clips from many of its most beloved films and attractions. Known as the studio behind animated movies like Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King, among countless others, Walt Disney Animation Studios continues to produce hits today, with movies like Frozen and Encanto becoming …

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Three-Time Oscar Nominee Piper Laurie Dies At 91

The New York Times reports: Piper Laurie, who escaped the 1950s Hollywood starlet-making machinery to become a respected actress with three Oscar nominations and an Emmy Award, died on Saturday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 91. Ms. Laurie’s first Academy Award nomination was for best actress in “The Hustler” (1961), in which she played a lonely alcoholic …

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Actor Michael “Dumbledore” Gambon Dies At Age 82

Reuters reports: British-Irish actor Michael Gambon, best known to global audiences for playing the wise professor Albus Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” movie franchise and whose career was launched by his mentor Laurence Olivier, died aged 82 on Thursday. He died peacefully in hospital, PA Media reported citing a family statement. Gambon began his acting on the stage in the …

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Writers Guild Reaches Tentative Deal To End Strike

The Hollywood Reporter reports: After several long consecutive days of negotiations, the Writers Guild of America and the labor group representing studios and streamers have reached a tentative deal on a new contract in a major development that could precipitate the end of a historic, 146-day writers strike. The Writers Guild of America emailed strike captains the news on Sunday …

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Cinemas Nationwide To Sell $4 Tickets On Sunday

The Associated Press reports: Still haven’t seen “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer”? This Sunday, you’ll be able to catch up for $4 a ticket in movie theaters nationwide. Theater owners announced Monday that the second annual National Cinema Day will be held Sunday, Aug. 27. For one day, all movies — in all formats and at all showtimes — will be $4 …

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Lebanon May Ban Barbie: It “Promotes Homosexuality”

Reuters reports: Lebanon’s culture minister moved to ban the film “Barbie” from cinemas, saying it “promotes homosexuality” and contradicts religious values. Minister Mohammad Mortada is backed by powerful Shi’ite armed group Hezbollah, whose head Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has ramped up his rhetoric against the LGBT community, referring in a recent speech to Islamic texts that call for punishing offenders with …

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Woke “Barbie” Surpasses $1 Billion Global Box Office

Variety reports: “Barbie” is saying “hiya” to the billion-dollar club. Greta Gerwig’s pink-coated fantasy comedy has surpassed $1 billion at the global box office, including $459 million in North America and $572 million internationally. This makes Gerwig the first-ever solo female filmmaker with a billion-dollar film. Three other billion-dollar blockbusters were co-directed by women, including “Frozen” ($1.3 billion) and “Frozen …

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