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Roger Moore Dead: James Bond Actor, 89, Battled Cancer
Roger Moore, the beloved actor best known for playing James Bond in the ’70s and ’80s, died in Switzerland on Tuesday. He was 89.
The star’s children broke the news in a statement uploaded to Twitter, noting that Moore passed away after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”
“We are all devastated,” Moore’s family tweeted alongside the statement.
“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified with words alone,” his three children — Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian — wrote in the statement.
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share »
- Char Adams and Ale Russian
22 People Killed, 59 Injured at Ariana Grande’s Manchester UK Concert After Suicide Bomb
A single male suicide attacker set off a homemade bomb in England’s Manchester Arena on Monday, setting off an explosion that killed at least 22 people and injured 59 more. The bombing — which British Prime Minister Theresa May denounced as an “appalling, sickening terrorist attack” — occurred toward the end of a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. In a statement, May said the authorities believe they have identified the attacker but have not yet confirmed it, the BBC reported. It is not yet known if he had any accomplices. Also Read: Ariana Grande Is 'Broken' After Concert Bombing: 'From »
- Debbie Emery
Joss Whedon To Guide ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy
The superhero wars, the constant pitting of Marvel versus DC Films, doesn’t seem abate in the social media sphere, as both sides lob fiery tirades about why their team is better than the other. But let’s face it, these are just movies, and while that’s not to diminish the talents involved or the passion of the creatives, the responsibilities and realities of real life are always the number one priority, and today comes a bracing reminder of that fact.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jordan Peele’s New Social Thriller Set for 2019 by Universal
Currently untitled, the movie’s plot details are being kept under wraps. Peele will write, direct, and produce the social thriller based on his original idea.
“Get Out” opened at the top of the domestic box office in February, and the thriller has since become both a commercial and critical success, grossing almost $230 million worldwide. Under his new deal, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through his Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, »
- Justin Kroll
‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script
Exclusive: More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few. The Wan brandname is a strong one and should give a boost to the reboot. Also producing are Constantin Film and… »
A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o to star in film based on tweet
The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was then used as part of a joke movie pitch on Twitter in April.
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- Guardian staff
Universal’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ To Open February 2019 as Part of Studio’s ‘Dark Universe’
The enterprise is relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema. While “The Mummy” and “Bride of Frankenstein” are the only two films in the initiative to be dated, the studio is currently developing “The Invisible Man” with Johnny Depp set to star, and a “Frankenstein” film with Javier Bardem on board to play the classic monster. “Van Helsing” and “Creature From the Black Lagoon” films are also planned. »
- Justin Kroll
‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in Sony’s ‘Uncharted’ Franchise
Shawn Levy is directing the film in which Holland is set to star as the young thief Nathan Drake. The film will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third version of the famous video game, in which Drake first meets professional rogue, Sullivan. Sony is yet to find a writer for the screenplay. Producers include Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Ted Sarandos Says Netflix Returning to Cannes Is ‘Less Attractive’ Under New Rule
Returning to Cannes is “less attractive” for Netflix if its films must play out of competition under a new rule requiring all competition titles to have a theatrical release, Ted Sarandos said early Monday.
Netflix made a splash on the Croisette this year with two movies in the official competition, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.” But outrage from French exhibitors and others over the selection prompted the festival to issue its new restriction on competition eligibility, effective next year.
Speaking to Variety at Netflix’s late-night bash in Cannes, Sarandos at first said “no” when asked whether the streaming giant would be willing to come back with its films relegated to out-of-competition. But he added quickly: “Well, I shouldn’t say that. It would be less attractive, for sure, because it would affect [Netflix’s] festival strategy around the world.”
Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93
Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.
Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.
Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.
In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill »
- Carmel Dagan
Comedy Writer Marsh McCall Dies At 52
Veteran comedy showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly this morning. He was 52, just weeks away from his 53th birthday. McCall, who was beloved in the creative community and remembered as a true gentleman, was working as co-executive producer on Netflix’s popular comedy series Fuller House at the time of his death. McCall started as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before segueing to primetime. He worked on the NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me!, rising to… »
Roger Moore, Seven-Time James Bond, Dead at 89
Sir Roger Moore, who became an international star as the third actor to play James Bond, has died at age 89.
Moore's family confirmed the news on Twitter. "It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer," the statement read. "The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone."
Moore was born in 1927, and he became famous on television, »
‘Chicago Justice’ Canceled After 1 Season at NBC
“Chicago Justice” has been canceled after just one season at NBC, Variety has learned.
The series from superproducer Dick Wolf followed prosecutor Peter Stone (Philip Winchester), the ambitious Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau for the city of Chicago. The series also starred Carl Weathers, Monica Barbaro, Joelle Carter, and Jon Seda. In addition to Wolf, Michael S. Chernuchin, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Arthur Forney, and Peter Jankowski serve as executive producers. Wolf Films produced in association with Universal Television.
The series was one of four “Chicago” shows produced by Wolf, along with “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago Pd.” All of the other three shows were renewed, as was Wolf’s other NBC series, “Law & Order: Svu.” This fall, NBC will air the first installment of the new Wolf-produced anthology series “Law & Order True Crime,” with Season 1 focusing on the case of the infamous Menendez brothers.
- Joe Otterson
James Corden Says Manchester Will ‘Grow Even Stronger’ After Attack (Video)
“The Late Late Show” host James Corden delivered a heartfelt message to the people of Manchester, saying the city will “grow even stronger” as a result of the tragic terror attack that killed 22 people on Monday. “While taping our show earlier tonight, we heard the horrific news coming out of Manchester in England. There had been an incident at Ariana Grande’s concert. We still have no real information about what is happening, all we know is the tragic news of multiple fatalities and many injuries,” Corden said on Monday’s show. He continued: “It shocks me every time we hear this. »
- Brian Flood
Katy Perry Talks Taylor Swift Beef on 'Carpool Karaoke:' 'She Started It'
Katy Perry and James Corden sang "Firework," "Dark Horse," "Bon Appetit," "Swish Swish," and "Roar" during the latest segment of Corden's immensely popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment on The Late Late Show. Just as entertaining: the pop star also used the platform to, once and for all, plainly address her antagonism with Taylor Swift, saying that it was Swift's responsibility to end their feud.
Perry was an energetic karaoke companion: she shouted instructions to Corden like a drill sergeant – "body roll!" "stank face!" "let's go to Ibiza!" "come out raging!"– and »
Cannes: Sundance Selects Acquires Martin Scorsese-Produced ‘A Ciambra’
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Jonas Carpignano’s coming of age film “A Ciambra,” which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight competition at the currently underway 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Martin Scorsese executive produced the drama. The films marks the follow-up to Carpignano’s “Mediterranea,” which Sundance Selects also distributed. Pio Amato, Kudos Seihon, Iolanda Amato and Damiano Amato star in the latest. “A Ciambra” takes place in small Romani community in Calabria, where Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the regions’ factions – the local Italians, »
- Nigel M. Smith
'After the War' ('Dopo la guerra'): Film Review | Cannes 2017
The tranquil life of a former left-wing terrorist from Italy who started anew in France is upended when the law preventing his extradition is unexpectedly lifted in the captivating drama After the War (Dopo la guerra). Moving back and forth between the man hiding out in the southern boondocks with his moody, France-raised teenage daughter and the morose mother and sister he left behind in Italy — and with both families clearly impacted by the actions stemming from the lead’s radical idealism several decades earlier — this is intelligent and emotionally accessible fare that fuses the individual and the political »
- Boyd van Hoeij
Roger Moore, Star of 7 James Bond Movies, Dies at 89
Sir Roger Moore, who starred as James Bond in seven movies, has died. He was 89. The actor, author and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador passed following a brief battle with cancer. There will be a private funeral held in Monaco, his family said on Tuesday. Moore is survived by three children and his wife Kristina Tholstrup. Read a statement from his kids below. Also Read: Roger Ailes, Former Fox News Chief, Dies at 77 With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg — Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May. »
- Tony Maglio
Roger Ailes Leaves Long Shadow at Fox With Complicated Legacy
Even some of Roger Ailes’ closest friends and admirers admit that the man routinely described as “larger than life” has left a complicated legacy.
There’s no disputing that Ailes, who died May 18 at 77, turned Fox News Channel into a political and cultural force, generating outsize profits for Rupert Murdoch’s empire along the way. But his personal indiscretions and attitudes shaped in the “Mad Men” era of workplace culture proved to be his professional undoing. The state of Fox News today, 10 months after Ailes’ abrupt exit, reflects the essential conflict of its founder. He was undeniably one of the most influential, innovative and successful media mavens of the past 50 years. He was also the highest-ranking media executive to have been taken down by a sexual harassment lawsuit.
- Cynthia Littleton
Roger Moore, James Bond Star, Dies at 89
Roger Moore, the handsome English actor who appeared in seven films as James Bond — the most of any Bond actor — and as Simon Templar on “The Saint” TV series, has died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.
His family issued an announcement on Twitter: “It is with the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017
Moore appeared in more official Bond pics than his friend Sean Connery over a longer period of time, and while Connery’s fans were fiercely loyal, polls showed that many others favored Moore’s lighter, more humorous take on 007.
In 1972, Moore was »
- Carmel Dagan
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