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‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52

‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52
Actor Simon Shelton, known for voicing Tinky-Winky in the BBC children’s show “Teletubbies,” died on Jan. 17. He was 52.

His niece, Emily Atack, confirmed the news on Instagram.

“My wonderful uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us all so suddenly. The kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet. Loved by all who knew him, and will be forever. X,” she wrote.

The British actor took over the role of the purple Teletubby from 1998 to 2001, after original actor Dave Thompson was fired in 1997. Shelton also played the Dark Knight in the children’s game show “Incredible Games.”

Teletubbies” was an educational television show for young children that focused on four creatures with televisions on their abdomens who played each day in Teletubbyland. In its heyday, the program reached one billion children in more than 120 countries in 45 languages.

In 1999, conservative televangelist Jerry Falwell spoke out against the show, and Shelton
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Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Races Toward $20 Million Opening

Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Races Toward $20 Million Opening
Fox’s launch of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is poised to end the three-week box office reign of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with about $20 million at about 3,800 North American locations.

The action thriller has already opened impressively in four markets overseas, starting with South Korea, Australia, and Taiwan taking in $15 million during its first weekend. The movie’s original release date was delayed for nearly a year in order to allow star Dylan O’Brien to recover from injuries sustained during shooting.

O’Brien stars in the dystopian trilogy as Thomas. The 2014 original opened with $32.5 million and grossed $102 million in U.S. receipts, and 2015 follow-up “The Scorch Trials” opened with $30 million and tallied $82 million in domestic box office. Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster also star. Wes Ball directed all three films.

The finale sees a group of escapees attempting to break into the legendary Last City in order to save their friends. Most international
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Anne Hathaway's 'Barbie' Movie Moves to 2020

Anne Hathaway's 'Barbie' Movie Moves to 2020
Sony is moving the Anne Hathaway-starring, long-in-the-works Barbie project to 2020.

The fish-out-of-water tale, directed by Australian director Alethea Jones, will now premiere on May 8, 2020, kicking off the summer that year, after moving from the original launch date of Aug. 8, 2018, Sony announced Tuesday.

Amy Pascal, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing the project based on the classic Barbie mythology and putting a contemporary spin on the toy, with an emphasis on feminism and identity.

The script, now to receive more work, portrays a woman that slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit into...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 88

Ursula K. Le Guin, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 88
Acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin has died, her agent told TheWrap Tuesday. She was 88.

Le Guin died at her home in Portland, Oregon, on Monday. Her son told The New York Times she had been in poor health for months. Her agent had no further statement at this time.

Le Guin has sold millions of copies of her books, which have been translated into 40 languages, many of which have been in print for the better half of a century. Le Guin...
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Missing Plane Thriller 'Manifest' Scores NBC Pilot Order

Missing Plane Thriller 'Manifest' Scores NBC Pilot Order
NBC is moving closer to finding its version of Lost.

The network has handed out a formal pilot order to Manifest, a thriller written by Jeff Rake (The Mysteries of Laura) and described as a high-concept mystery thriller in which a plane disappears from radar and returns years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea.

Manifest landed at NBC in August with a sizable put-pilot commitment. The Robert Zemeckis- and Jack Rapke-exec produced drama follows what happens after the plane's passengers return: No time has passed for those on the plane, but for their loved ones at...
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Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations

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Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations
The film academy’s best fit is “The Shape of Water.” Guillermo del Toro’s whimsical period romance about a custodial worker and fish-man hybrid who fall in love stacked 13 Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, more than any other film this year. Those nods included Best Picture, Best Director for Del Toro, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, and Best Supporting actor and actress for Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer, respectively. It also landed a healthy mix of below-the-line categories like Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Sound Mixing. Also Read: Oscars Nominate First Female Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison for 'Mudbound' Trailing behind was Christopher...
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Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs

Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs
While a number of Oscar hopefuls are cheering after their names were read during Tuesday morning's nominations announcement, other individuals and films considered to be contenders found themselves out in the cold.

Wonder Woman was completely shut out by the Academy, even in the technical categories, despite being one of the highest-grossing films of the year and receiving acclaim from a number of critics groups and awards organizations. Also shut out despite receiving early-season awards attention and Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Critics' Choice nominations was Battle of the Sexes, about the historic tennis match between Billie Jean King and...
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Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director

Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director
Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman ever nominated for a best director Oscar on Tuesday morning.

The Lady Bird helmer was the only woman nominated in the otherwise all-male field made up of Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Jordan Peele (Get Out).

Gerwig's nomination comes after she landed a Directors Guild nomination and a best director nomination from the Critics' Choice Awards for her feature directorial debut. The National Board of Review and National Society of Film Critics also named her best director for her work on the film.

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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105

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Connie Sawyer, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ Actress, Dies at 105
Actress Connie Sawyer passed away at age 105 over the weekend, multiple outlets report. She was the oldest working member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy.

Among Sawyer’s many roles are as James Franco’s godmother in “Pineapple Express” and as a member of one of the couples interviewed in the documentary portion of “When Harry Met Sally…

She died peacefully in Woodland Hills, California, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House, a community for retired entertainers. A representative for Sawyer did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie

John Cena in Talks to Star in ‘Duke Nukem’ Movie
John Cena is in talks to star in Paramount’s “Duke Nukem” movie, a big-screen version of the long-running video game franchise.

The project is set up at Paramount-based Platinum Dunes, which is operated by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller. No director or writer is attached yet.

Duke Nukem first appeared in the 1991 eponymous video game, developed by Apogee Software, as a muscular cigar-chomping man who always wears Ray-Bans and sports a flat-top haircut as he fights aliens to save planet Earth by using enormous physical strength and his expertise in firearms. He’s appeared in 19 video games as the title character, most recently in “Duke Nukem 3D: World Tour.”

Platinum Dunes franchises include “The Purge,” “Ouija,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” It’s a producer on John Krasinski’s horror movie “A Quiet Place,” opening April 6.

Cena made his name as a WWE star before starting another career as a movie actor more than
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'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development

'The Mighty Ducks' Television Series in Development
The Mighty Ducks may take the ice again as a television series about Disney's underdog Minnesota hockey team is currently in development.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that while the live-action series is still a long way from firing knucklepucks, screenwriter Steven Brill – who penned 1992's The Mighty Ducks and the sequels D2 and D3 – and producer Jordan Kerner have concocted a new story about the ragtag youth hockey team.

As there is not yet a script for the project, it's unclear if Emilio Estevez's Gordon Bombay or any
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Lari White, Country Singer and ‘Cast Away’ Actress, Dies at 52 After Cancer Battle (Report)

Lari White, Country Singer and ‘Cast Away’ Actress, Dies at 52 After Cancer Battle (Report)
Lari White, the country singer whose hits included “Now I Know” and “That’s My Baby,” died on Tuesday following a battle with cancer, Rolling Stone reports. She was 52.

In addition to her singing career, White was also an actress whose credits included the 2000 Tom Hanks film “Cast Away” and 2004’s “No Regrets.”

White told fans of her cancer battle in November, saying that she had been diagnosed with advanced peritoneal cancer.

“Since then a series of complications including pain management, pneumonia and a bowel obstruction requiring emergency surgery has kept me in...
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Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee

Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee
After 90 long years, another glass ceiling has finally been broken at the Motion Picture Academy.

“Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history Tuesday by becoming the first female director of photography to receive an Oscar nomination. The recognition comes on the heels of a similar milestone with the American Society of Cinematographers, which nominated Morrison’s “Mudbound” work earlier this month.

“I’m glad that people are recognizing the craft of it and not making decisions based on tokenism; Rachel’s work is on the screen,” “Mudbound” director Dee Rees said on a recent episode of Variety‘s “Playback” podcast. “Go to Sandi Sissel, go to Ellen Kuras, go to Rachel Morrison — women have been making interesting images for a long time.”

Morrison won the New York Film Critics Circle’s cinematography prize in December. She was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award along with recognition from the Chicago and North Carolina film critics organizations.

“Mudbound” was also
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Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact

Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact
Starz is taking a big step in its plan to expand internationally, striking a deal with Bell Media to launch the first Starz-branded service in Canada.

Bell Media’s The Movie Network Encore is to be rebranded next year, likely with Starz in the moniker although Bell Media did not get specific. The channel will also be made available as a standalone app for streaming.

As part of the deal, Starz parent Lionsgate has also set a theatrical pay TV output deal with Bell Media covering future releases. Lionsgate’s existing movie output pact in Canada is with Entertainment One.

“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz president-ceo Chris Albrecht. “Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth
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‘Get Christie Love’ Reboot From Vin Diesel, Courtney Kemp Gets Pilot Order at ABC

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ABC has given a pilot order to the “Get Christie Love!” reboot from “Power” creator Courtney Kemp and executive producer Vin Diesel. Inspired by the short-lived 1970s blaxploitation series, “Get Christie Love” is described as an “action-packed, music-driven drama” centering on the African American female CIA agent in charge of an elite ops unit. “Pitch” star Kylie Bunbury is attached to star in the pilot as Christie Love, stepping in for Teresa Graves — who became the first black woman to star in a TV drama when the show first premiered on ABC in 1974. Also Read: Robert Zemeckis' Very 'Lost'-Like Missing Plane...
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2018 Oscars: Timothee Chalamet (‘Call Me by Your Name’) and Daniel Kaluuya (‘Get Out’) inject young blood into Best Actor race

2018 Oscars: Timothee Chalamet (‘Call Me by Your Name’) and Daniel Kaluuya (‘Get Out’) inject young blood into Best Actor race
It’s hard for one young actor to break through at the Oscars, let alone two, but 22-year-old Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) and 28-year-old Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) defied the odds in the Best Actor race. They are now the first pair of twentysomething Best Actor nominees in 28 years and each would become the category’s youngest winner.

The academy notoriously prefers rewarding young women and not young men — the entire top 10 youngest Best Actress winners were in their 20s — so it’s nice to see two young male actors who aren’t big names get singled out for their breakthrough performances in the same year instead of the “reserved young person spot” going to just one person. There’s no empirical data, but the academy’s push to diversify membership the last few years likely helped as well.

See 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards
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‘The View’ Slams Megyn Kelly for Jane Fonda Remarks (Watch)

‘The View’ Slams Megyn Kelly for Jane Fonda Remarks (Watch)
News anchor Megyn Kelly is once again in hot water over her recent comments regarding Jane Fonda, and this time those speaking out against her constant criticisms of the actress are the co-hosts of “The View.”

On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime talk show, they played a clip from “Megyn Kelly Today,” in which Kelly said she does not regret asking Fonda about her plastic surgery. Using Fonda’s critique of the American military during the Vietnam war, Kelly went on to conclude that Fonda “has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.”

“Nor do you. Nor do you,” replied “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg.

Co-host Joy Behar added that “to drag the Vietnam War into a plastic surgery conversation is a real stretch.”

“Why are people more angry with Jane Fonda about the Vietnam War than Nixon and Lbj and people who lied about the war and sent boys as canon fodder
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Sony Pushes ‘Barbie’ Release Date to May 2020

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Sony Pictures has moved “Barbie” from its August 8 release date this summer to May 8, 2020, the studio announced Tuesday. Anne Hathaway is slated to play the lead role in the film based on the famous Mattel doll, with Alethea Jones (“Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street”) set to direct. Hathaway was cast in the film this past July, replacing Amy Schumer, who signed on for the role in December 2016 but dropped out three months later, citing scheduling conflicts. The script for “Barbie” has been worked on by various writers, with Diablo Cody, Lindsey Beer, Jenny Bicks, Kim Caramele, Bert...
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2018 Oscar nominations: Would the 10th Best Picture nominee have been ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘The Big Sick’ or … ? [Poll]

2018 Oscar nominations: Would the 10th Best Picture nominee have been ‘I, Tonya,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘The Big Sick’ or … ? [Poll]
The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning, and nine films are sitting pretty as this year’s Best Picture nominees: “Call Me By Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But what would have been the 10th? Since the Academy Awards changed the number of Best Picture nominees to be between five and 10 back in 2011, there have been either eight or nine contenders each year, but never 10. Of this year’s notable also-rans, vote in our poll below to let us know which film You think was #10 on Oscar voters’ ballots.

Based on Gold Derby’s combined predictions, “I Tonya” and “The Florida Project” just missed out on earning Oscar noms for Best Picture as they came in eighth and ninth places, respectively. “I, Tonya” skated up three Oscar notices: Best Actress for Margot Robbie,
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Minnesota Public Radio Disputes Garrison Keillor’s Claim That He Was Fired for Touching Woman’s Back

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Minnesota Public Radio released a lengthy statement on Tuesday disputing “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor’s account of the reasons he and his shows were dropped by the public radio network. In the note signed by Mpr president Jon McTaggart, Mpr pushed back on Keillor’s claim that he was fired for putting a “hand on a woman’s bare back.” According to Mpr, the allegations of misbehavior by Keillor were far more extensive than that and were outlined in a “12-page letter” from his anonymous accuser’s attorney. “If the full 12-page letter or even a detailed summary of the alleged incidents...
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