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The Week in Star Wars – Carrie Fisher obituary, Rogue One passes $700 million, original ending revealed and more

On December 23rd, Carrie Fisher boarded an aeroplane from London to Los Angeles and suffered from a heart attack. She had just completed the European tour of her book. Four days later, she passed away at the age of 60.

Fisher was raised into the Hollywood industry. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was the star of screen having found fame at the age of 19 in Singin’ in the Rain and her father was pop star Eddie Fisher. She was born on October 21st 1956, just a few years after Reynolds became a star. The two would develop a close bond, captured brilliantly in a photo where Fisher, just six years old, watches her mother perform on stage.

As a child Fisher was known as the “family bookworm”, but an opportunity to star on stage alongside her mother in Irene meant that she never graduated. She moved to London where she enrolled in Central School of Speech and Drama,
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Happy 25th Anniversary, 'My Girl'! What the Coming-of-Age Flick Taught Us About Growing Up

Happy 25th Anniversary, 'My Girl'! What the Coming-of-Age Flick Taught Us About Growing Up
It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since the story of precocious, death-obsessed Vada Sultenfuss forever warmed our hearts in My Girl.

The classic flick told the story of 11-year-old Vada's (Anna Chlumsky) summer in 1972, introducing us to her "allergic to everything" best friend, Thomas J. Sennett (Macaulay Culkin), funeral-owner father Harry Sultenfuss (Dan Akroyd), and makeup artist-turned-dad's girlfriend (and then Harry's wife in the sequel, My Girl 2), Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis).

Watch: Jamie Lee Curtis and Anna Chlumsky's Have a 'My Girl' Reunion at the 2015 Emmys!

My Girl was (and let's be honest, still is) the Stand By Me for '90s tween girls, a coming-of-age drama we understood was about us too. Vada talked like a tiny adult who was just trying to learn more about her late mother, navigate her father's new love life, and drag Thomas on adventures.

After all, the beloved flick taught us plenty about navigating
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Aubrey Morris, ‘Clockwork Orange’ Actor, Dead at 89

Aubrey Morris, ‘Clockwork Orange’ Actor, Dead at 89
British character actor Aubrey Morris, best known for playing the probation officer in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 cult film “A Clockwork Orange” has died, his agent confirmed on Friday. He was 89. During his five-decade career, Morris also appeared as a grave-digger opposite Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward in the cult horror film “The Wicker Man” as well as such films as “Lisztomania,” Woody Allen’s “Love and Death” and “My Girl 2.” His many TV credits include “The Saint,” “The Sweeney,” “The Prisoner,” “The Avengers” and BBC drama “Cold Comfort Farm.” Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) Born in Portsmouth,
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‘A Clockwork Orange’ Actor Aubrey Morris Dies at 89

‘A Clockwork Orange’ Actor Aubrey Morris Dies at 89
London — Actor Aubrey Morris, best known for his role as Mr. Deltoid in Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” has died. He was 89.

Morris died Wednesday, his agent told the BBC.

The character actor had a memorable scene in “A Clockwork Orange” in which his probation officer character cautions the protagonist, Alex (played by Malcolm McDowell), about getting into trouble. “I’m warning you, little Alex, being a good friend to you as always, the one man in this sore and sick community who wants to save you from yourself,” Morris says in the scene (below).

The British actor’s other movie credits include Robin Hardy’s horror film “The Wicker Man,” the musical “Lisztomania,” Woody Allen’s comedy “Love and Death” and the dramedy “My Girl 2,” with Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis.

His five-decade long career also included TV work. He made his first TV appearance in
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What You Need to Watch on Netflix Before It Expires in January

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While you're making your way through the new movies streaming on Netflix in December, you may need to reprioritize that watching list. The service has released the list of titles that will be expiring from streaming on Jan. 1, 2015, and there are some good ones in here, like Titanic, Love Actually, The Wedding Planner, and You've Got Mail. There's no telling when or if these movies might come back, so take a look at the list and figure out what you need to see now! 12 Angry Men (1957) A Mighty Heart (2007) A River Runs Through It (1992) Backdraft (1991) Bad Boys (1995) Batman (1989) Beethoven (1992) Beethoven's 2nd (1993) Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Boyz n the Hood (1991) Braveheart (1995) Can't Buy Me Love (1987) Carrie (1976) D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) Duck Soup (1933) Far and Away (1992) G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero; Seasons 1-2 (1983­ and 1986) Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) Gladiator (2000) Good Burger (1997) Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
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Netflix Is Yanking These Movies and Shows on January 1, 2015

When Netflix adds, it must also delete.

While Netflix is adding a ton of movies and TV shows to its streaming library in January 2015, periodically, the streaming service has to do a little housecleaning. A number of titles are due to expire at the end of the year, which means the its the end for some '80s and '90s favorites ("Batman," Beverly Hills Cop," "Happy Gilmore," "Spaceballs"), a handful of Oscar winners ("Gladiator," "Braveheart," "Kramer vs. Kramer"), and a few modern classics ("The Usual Suspects," "Love Actually," "The Breakfast Club").

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Watch 'em while you can!

Netflix Titles Expiring on January 1, 2015

"12 Angry Men" (1957)

"A Mighty Heart" (2007)

"A River Runs Through It" (1992)

"Backdraft" (1991)

"Bad Boys" (1995)

"Batman" (1989)

"Beethoven" (1992)

"Beethoven's 2nd" (1993)

"Beverly Hills Cop" (1984)

"Big Trouble in Little China" (1986)

"Boyz n the Hood" (1991)

"Braveheart" (1995)

"Can't Buy Me Love" (1987)

"Carrie" (1976)

"D3: The Mighty Ducks
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My So-Called Life: where are they now?

From Oscar-winning to Homeland and more, here's what the cast of My So-Called Life have been up to over the past 2 decades...

Twenty years has passed since we were first introduced to the characters of My So-Called Life, twenty years! Where has the time gone? And more importantly when did I get so old?

While most of you won’t really care too much what I’ve been up to since the show finished, let’s take a look at what the actors have been up to in the years since the cancellation of what is frankly the greatest teen TV drama ever.

Claire Danes (Angela Chase)

After breaking out in My So-Called Life, Danes focused on her film career first with a leading role in 1995’s Little Women and then supporting roles in smaller but interesting films like Home For The Holidays, How to Make An American Quilt and
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Letters: Sequels, comments, mystery TV show and lamp

Our non-interactive letters page is back, with more of your missives. And some of our answers...

And we're back! You've sent in lots more letters and we have carefully and cunningly put together answers for them. Considering we didn't expect this letters page to take off, we might just be lumbered with it now.

Details of how you can get involved are down at the bottom. In the meantime, here's the latest postbag....

Underappreciated Sequels

I have just watched 28 Weeks Later, and I was wondering if there were any other underappreciated sequels. Especially ones with random future stars in e.g. Jeremy Renner and Walt's dad from Lost.

Thanks

Jonathan.

Simon writes: John Locke from Lost was blown up by a vending machine in the original X-Files movie. Does that count?

Further underappreciated sequels? I'd go for A Very Brady Sequel (one of the best comedies of the 1990s full stop), My Girl 2 (genuinely!
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Here's What's New on Netflix This July

With the dog days of summer finally upon us, it's good to find an excuse (any excuse) to dip out of the heat and into a coolly air-conditioned living room. And what better way to spend your time than by watching things on Netflix? Behold, a list of things that are new to Netflix in July.

There are a bunch of new Christmas movies on the streaming service, part of the company's "Christmas in July" program (things like "Bad Santa" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), as well as a handful of Disney classics (like "Tarzan" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"). There are also, as always, newer films that you might have missed, but don't have to anymore -- everything from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (starring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman) to this year's "Wolf Creek 2," a high-octane Australian thriller that seriously doesn't disappoint.

There are also
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Here's What's New on Netflix in June

Usually June is associated with the first real month of summer -- a time to go out and frolic through the wilderness like a snowman that doesn't know any better. But it also gets really, really hot, which has people retreating to their local multiplex or, even better, their luxuriously air-conditioned living rooms. With that in mind, take a look at the television shows and movies that will be available on Netflix's steaming service come June (via Vulture).

Thought the snail-who-dreamed-of-being-a-racecar saga ended with last summer's DreamWorks Animated joint "Turbo?" Think again. Apparently there's a television spin-off. And you can watch it on Netflix. We also have to give it up for a pair of wonderful sequels that are going to be on in June: the obviously-shot-in-Canada-even-though-it's-set-in-New York robo-epic "Short Circuit 2" (a favorite since childhood) and the far darker and more sinister "Wolf Creek 2," a sequel to the
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Anna Chlumsky Joins NBC's Hannibal

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Anna Chlumsky Joins NBC's Hannibal
Now that we've had ample time to absorb the happy news of Eddie Izzard joining Bryan Fuller's Hannibal series, here's another addition: Anna Chlumsky, star of My Girl, My Girl 2, and, more recently, Veep. She'll guest star as "Miriam Lass, a young FBI trainee under the tutelage of Laurence Fishburne’s Jack Crawford." The show is set to star Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as the titular cannibal mastermind.
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Madness announce new album 'Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da'

Madness announce new album 'Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da'
Madness have announced details of their new album. Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da marks the band's tenth studio record. It will be released on October 29. The artwork - which appears below - was designed by legendary pop artist Sir Peter Blake, who recently designed this year's Brit Award statue. The album will be preceded by the single 'My Girl 2', which is available to download from October 22. The group have teamed up with a number of new producers for the LP, which follows up their 2009 top five album The Liberty (more)
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Anna Chlumsky Had an Uneasy Transition from Child to Adult Actor

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Twenty years have passed, but to this day, Anna Chlumsky is still recognized on the street as the troubled youngster in the coming of age film, "My Girl" (1991) and its sequel "My Girl 2" (1994)."I'm also stopped on the street for my work on 'Veep,'" she says. "'My Girl' is a very good film, and it resonated with a lot of people. I don't want to make people forget it, but I like to focus on the present."The present hasn't been half bad. In the last eight years, she's returned to acting with a renewed commitment, guest-starring on such well-known shows as "Law & Order" and "30 Rock.” She also appeared in the dark, satiric film, "In the Loop," and is now a series regular on HBO's "Veep," starring Julia-Louis-Dreyfus. At the moment she's on hiatus and appearing Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in David Adjmi's "3C,
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'My Girl's' Anna Chlumsky all grown up at 'Veep' premiere

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It's been a while since Anna Chlumsky won Macaulay Culkin's (and much of the movie-going public's) heart in "My Girl," but some new pictures of her from the premiere of her new HBO show "Veep" prove she's still ridiculously photogenic.

Above, Chlumsky poses on the red carpet at the New York and Washington, D.C. premieres of "Veep." The comedy stars "Seinfeld" alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a fictional vice president. Chlumsky stars as the veep's chief of staff.

So, aside from "My Girl 2," what has Chlumsky been doing since 1991 when "My Girl" first hit theaters? She's acted in several Off Broadway plays and even guested on a 2007 episode of "30 Rock." She also appeared in Armando Iannucci's BBC Films political satire "In The Loop" and his series "The Thick of It."

"Veep," by the way, is an adaptation of "The Thick of It."
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My Girl‘s Anna Chlumsky Confirms Your Childhood Crush At Iron Lady Premiere

Whether you were a kid who would have gladly suffered a million bee stings to date Veda Sultenfuss, or wished that you too could live in a funeral home and have Jamie Lee Curtis as your stepmom, it’s probably a relief to see My Girl star Anna Chlumsky looking hot and happy on the red carpet of The Iron Lady premiere in New York last night. A child actor who didn’t end up rehab or taking off her underwear for money calls for a nostalgia celebration! So what’s Anna been up to since My Girl 2, the film’s almost as satisfying sequel? Since we last saw her sobbing over her mood ring, Chlumsky:

Attended University of Chicago and graduated with a BA in International Studies in 2002. Meanwhile, she didn’t do any screen work between 1998 and 2005. Worked at Harper Collins as an editorial assistant of a
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Angeline Ball Joins Cast of 'Shameless'

Ifta winning actress Angeline Ball will adopt a Manchester accent for her new role as Gloria in Channel 4's comedy 'Shameless'. The BAFTA award winning series is set in the fictional Chatsworth council estate in Manchester as it follows the lives of the dysfunctional Gallagher family. Angeline Ball's previous roles include back-up singer Imelda Quirke in 'The Commitments' and Vada's mum Maggie Muldovan in 'My Girl 2'.
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Top Ten Child Stars Who Didn't Make It

Leonardo DiCaprio, Christina Ricci, Toby Maguire, Scarlett Johansson -- they all started out as child actors. And while, sometimes, an early beginning in the biz can morph into an adult-size career, often being a child star can be the kiss of death. Time will tell what will become of the Dakota Fannings and Haley Joel Osments of the world. Perhaps they can learn something from the fates of these actors. 10. Anna Chlumsky, My GirlA whole generation cried its eyes out at the romantic tragedy occasioned by a mere bee sting. (Don't know what I'm talking about? Just watch the movie: My Girl is a tween Crying Game.) Chlumsky turned in a lovely performance as a tomboy in this bittersweet coming-of-age story but getting roles in later years has proven difficult for her. Although she recently landed a part on 30 Rock -- as Tina Fey's doppelgänger, Liz Lemler -- for
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The Five Most Evil Assh*les in Hollywood

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We like to blame stars and directors, more times than not, for the direction that Hollywood has taken in recent years, toward the proliferation of sequels, remakes, and movies based on toys, gum, rocks, and board games. But the reality is, stars don't often have the power alone to push a project through the production mill. Two of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell, proved that just this week in their unsuccessful attempts to get sequels to Zoolander and Anchorman made.

It's not the celebrities who wield the most power. It's the producers. And some of those producers are evil assholes. Here are the five most loathsome among them. They're the people behind the crap, and most people don't even know what they look like. I want to put a picture to their assholery. Hang their images on your dart boards while basking in the collective
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Exclusive Portrait: Blues Brother, ‘Ghostbuster’ Dan Aykroyd in Chicago

Chicago – Blues Brother and “Ghostbusters” star Dan Aykroyd recently took time to pose for the the HollywoodChicago.com lens on March 28, 2009 before meeting fans and fine wine connoisseurs alike. Aykroyd was in Chicago to promote his new Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines at Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago’s South Loop.

Dan Aykroyd has starred in “The Blues Brothers,” “Trading Places,” “The Coneheads,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Ghostbusters,” “Caddyshack II,” “Ghostbusters II,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “My Girl,” “My Girl 2,” “Dragnet,” “Grosse Pointe Blank,” “Blues Brothers 2000,” “Pearl Harbor,” “50 First Dates,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” and many more films. Our exclusive portrait of Dan Aykroyd in Chicago can be found below.

Dan Aykroyd in Chicago on March 28, 2009 to promote his new Cabernet Sauvignon

and Chardonnay wines at Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago’s South Loop.

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.
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Director Howard Zieff dies at 81

Howard Zieff, a famed director of TV commercials in the 1960s who went on to specialize in Hollywood comedies, died Feb. 21 of Parkinson's disease at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81.

Zieff's films include "Hearts of the West" (1975), "Private Benjamin" (1980), "Unfaithfully Yours" (1984), "The Dream Team" (1989), "My Girl" (1991) and his last film, "My Girl 2" (1994).

Goldie Hawn, who received an Oscar nomination for best actress for her role in "Private Benjamin," told the Los Angeles Times that Zieff "had a special talent for directing comedies, always a rare gift."

The Chicago native also is credited with helping to change the face of American commercials in the '60s with witty slice-of life vignettes, such as his "Spicy Meatball" spot for Alka-Seltzer. Time magazine called him the "master of the mini ha-ha."

One of the best-known photographers on Madison Avenue early in his career, Zieff also did the posters for Levy's Rye Bread,
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