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Miroslav Ondricek, Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer, Dies at 80

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Miroslav Ondricek, the Czech director of photography who earned two Academy Award nominations, has died. He was 80. Czech public television announced Ondricek's death Sunday, citing his son David, also a filmmaker. No cause was given. Ondricek was behind the camera in some 40 movies but was best known abroad for his collaborations with his friend, director Milos Forman, who settled in the United States after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion crushed the Prague Spring's liberal reforms in Czechoslovakia. Read More Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 His work on Forman's Ragtime and Amadeus, which examined the relationship between Mozart and rival composer Antonio Salieri,

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Academy Purchases Space Shuttle From '2001'

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has purchased a space-shuttle prop from 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The Aries 1B trans-lunar space shuttle, used in the Oscar-winning 1968 Stanley Kubrick-directed sci-fi film, was acquired for $344,000 on Saturday at Premiere Props' Hollywood Extravaganza Auction, the auction house confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. It will be on display at the Academy Museum, set to open in 2017. Read More Oprah Winfrey Is Auctioning Off Her Chicago Belongings "We're excited to add such an iconic piece of movie history to our collection," an Academy spokesperson said in a

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- Ryan Gajewski, Gregg Kilday

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Gene Saks, Tony-Winning Stage and Film Director, Dies at 93

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Gene Saks, a director who earned three Tony Awards and frequently collaborated with Neil Simon, has died. He was 93. Saks died March 28 following a bout with pneumonia, his wife, Keren, said, according to the New York Times.  Saks had a long-standing professional relationship with Simon and directed many of his plays, including Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983) and Biloxi Blues (1985). Both projects earned Saks a Tony for directing, as did the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical I Love My Wife (1977). Read More Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 Other Simon plays staged by Saks include Half a Sixpence (1965),

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Kids' Choice Awards 2015: Iggy Azalea Begged Producers to Get Slimed

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The screams were loud and the slime was falling at Saturday night's 28th annual Kids' Choice Awards, hosted by Nick Jonas and held at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Winners included Disney show Austin & Ally, Modern Family, Emma Stone and Angelina Jolie, who gave an inspired speech about daring to be different after accepting her award.  Before the show, celebrities were cheerful on Nickelodeon's orange carpet, despite the heat. Iggy Azalea, whose duet with Jennifer Hudson was one of the show's three performances, talked about what to expect on the carpet. "This is a set," she told

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- Liz Isenberg

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BBC Chief Receives Death Threats After Dropping Jeremy Clarkson, Police Say

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BBC director general Tony Hall has allegedly received death threats after the network announced it is parting ways with Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson. CNN reports that police were informed Wednesday of the alleged threats to Hall's life. The threats came via email. Read More ITV Could Benefit From Hiring Jeremy Clarkson, Analysts Say "Police in Westminster are investigating an allegation of threats to kill," Metropolitan Police told CNN. "The content of the message suggests [it was sent] from outside the U.K." This follows the network's announcement Wednesday that it would not be renewing Clarkson's contract, expiring

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Box Office: 'Home' Evicts 'Get Hard' With $54M

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Animated family film Home easily topped the North American box office with $54 million from 3,708 theaters in a much-needed win for Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation. Overseas, the music-infused title has earned $48.2 million for an early worldwide total of $102.2 million. The strong performances of Home and Warner Bros.' R-rated comedy Get Hard, coming in No. 2 with a pleasing $34.6 million debut from 3,175 locations, helped to drive revenue nearly 10 percent over a year ago. Get Hard marks the largest R-rated opening for stars Will Ferrell and

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- Pamela McClintock

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Justin Bieber Roast: Ludacris Speaks Out About "Over the Line" Paul Walker Jokes

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Ludacris is now commenting publicly about controversial jokes that were told at Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber. The Furious 7 star told HuffPost Live that certain cracks made at Paul Walker's expense went too far. A Comedy Central spokesperson previously told The Hollywood Reporter that the jokes will be edited out of the broadcast. Read More 'Furious 7' and How Peter Jackson's Weta Created Digital Paul Walker "There were some Paul Walker jokes that I didn't feel like were appropriate," Ludacris said. "I was told and promised that they would edit those out. ... Some of those were over

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Dwayne Johnson Destroys Foes as "The Rock Obama" in 'SNL' Cold Open (Video)

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Barack Obama is once again through with being polite. Dwayne Johnson hosted Saturday Night Live for the fourth time this weekend, where he reprised his role of beefed-up presidential alter ego "The Rock Obama." Watch more 'SNL': Dwayne Johnson Becomes Bambi, Mocks Robert Durst (Video) "You like Israel?" The Rock Obama asked John Boehner (Taran Killam) as he tossed him out of the window. "Why don't you go visit Israel?" The irate Obama also had a question for presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan): "I ask, please, may I crush your head?"  See more 'SNL': 14 Celebs Who Should Host for the

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Kentucky Tops Notre Dame in Epic Ncaa Tournament Game: Hollywood Reacts

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Kentucky is moving on to the Final Four, but it wasn't easy. The top-seeded Wildcats squeaked past Notre Dame on Saturday with a 68-66 win in the Ncaa tournament's Midwest Regionals game. Kentucky needed two free throws in the game's last six seconds to secure the victory. Read More John Oliver Rips Apart Ncaa for Not Paying College Athletes The epic battle had everyone talking, including several major Hollywood and sports personalities. Here's an assortment of tweets about the thrilling finish. While all heck is breaking out lemme say congratulations #NotreDame was awesome you're pure game and I

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Watch Video Tour of Gerald and Betty Ford's Newly Restored Palm Springs Home

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The new owners of Gerald and Betty Ford's Rancho Mirage home are providing a peek at the abode and its charmingly dated style. Industry executives Bill Damaschke and John McIlwee, who purchased the 6,300 square-foot, seven-bedroom estate after the Ford family put it on the market in 2012, gave a video tour of the premises for T Magazine. The couple has a fondness for storied residences, having lived in architect John Lautner's Garcia House in the Hollywood Hills since 2002, which they purchased from director Vincent Gallo. Read More Power Couples: At Home and at Work With 11 Hollywood

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