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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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“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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Christian Site: Dracula Was A “Committed Christian”

The Christian Post reports: Exactly how was an Orthodox Christian aristocrat transformed into the most infamous bloodsucking vampire of all time? And is anti-Christian historical revisionism to blame? While most of us have heard the name Dracula at some point, it’s usually in the context of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel or the countless movies and TV shows based on that …

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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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Netflix To Open “Eat, Shop, And Play” Retail Locations

Bloomberg News reports: Netflix Inc. plans to open new destinations where fans can immerse themselves in the worlds of their favorite TV shows, shop for clothing, eat themed food and maybe even try a Squid Game obstacle course. Dubbed Netflix House, the venues will feature a mix of retail, dining and live experiences, according to Josh Simon, the company’s vice …

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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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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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“Barbie” Passes $500M Global Box Office In First Week

Deadline reports: The Kenergy is so high on Warner Bros’ Barbie that it spiked by 3% at the international box office on Wednesday versus Tuesday and added $32.7M in 69 markets. That brings the global running cume on the Greta Gerwig pic to a fantastic $528.6M, including $291.4M from overseas. This is all after only one week of release. Meanwhile, …

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Kevin Spacey Found Not Guilty Of Sexual Assault

CBS News reports: American Kevin Spacey was found not guilty Wednesday of all the sexual assault charges he was facing in a U.K. trial. The actor had faced nine sexual offense charges related to incidents reported by four men that allegedly took place between 2001 and 2013. The Academy Award-winning actor had pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. …

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“Barbie” Debuts With Massive $337M Global Box Office

Variety reports: Over the weekend, moviegoers turned out in force for Greta Gerwig’s neon-coated fantasy comedy “Barbie,” which smashed expectations with $155 million to land the biggest debut of the year. At the international box office, the film added $182 million for a stunning global tally of $337 million. Audiences and critics dug the film, which landed an “A” CinemaScore …

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Hollywood Actors Union Calls For National Strike

Reuters reports: Negotiators for Hollywood’s actors union unanimously recommended a strike after talks with studios broke down, setting the stage for performers to join writers on picket lines as early as Thursday and disrupt scores of shows and movies. The SAG-AFTRA union said its national board would vote on a strike order on Thursday morning. If approved, Hollywood studios would …

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