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Willy Wonka Actress Diana Sowle, Who Played Charlie's Mom, Dies At Age 88

Willy Wonka Actress Diana Sowle, Who Played Charlie's Mom, Dies At Age 88
The actress who played golden ticket-winner Charlie Bucket’s mom in the beloved 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie has died.

Diana Sowle died early on Friday, her representative confirmed to the BBC. She was 88. A cause of death for the actress has not been revealed.

“She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, and will be deadly missed,” the rep said in a statement, adding that Sowle died “with family by her side.”

Sowle is best remembered for her role in the 1971 film, her first-ever screen credit, where she memorably sang “Cheer Up Charlie.”

Her only other film
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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Pushed Back Seven Months to 2020
Warner Bros. has moved Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 1984 back seven months from Nov. 1, 2019, to June 5, 2020.

The sequel, which is set in 1984, replaces Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man, which has been taken off the schedule.

Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, said, "We had tremendous success releasing the first 'Wonder Woman' film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did. This move lands the film exactly where it belongs."
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Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix

Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix
Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut. Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy. He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it.

The film will be set in Italy during the 1930s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country. Production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall. Del Toro previously set “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” against a totalitarian backdrop, although he placed those stories in Franco’s Spain.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single
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Shea Whigham Shares Character Details on Joaquin Phoenix ‘Joker’ Movie

Shea Whigham Shares Character Details on Joaquin Phoenix ‘Joker’ Movie
Boardwalk Empire” and “Fargo” star Shea Whigham has shared some character details for his role on the upcoming “Joker” movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Short of some images from the set and a curious cast that also includes Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, Frances Conroy and Glenn Flesher, there hasn’t been much info leaked from Todd Phillips’s superhero origin story. In an interview with Collider, Whigham, however, revealed that he and Bill Camp are playing two cops in Gotham P.D. in 1981 when “the city was tough.”

“We’re investigating something that’s just happened, at the start of the piece. We’re trying to get to the bottom of it, and it leads to where it leads to,” Whigham said of the role.

That description may not be so clear,
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Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She Once Dated Will Smith's Fresh Prince Costar Alfonso Ribeiro

Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals She Once Dated Will Smith's Fresh Prince Costar Alfonso Ribeiro
Will Smith isn’t the only The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Jada Pinkett Smith has romanced.

Before Alfonso Ribeiro helped Smith meet his now-wife Pinkett Smith, it turns out he and the actress went out.

“I actually think I dated Alfonso,” Pinkett Smith, 47, said on Monday’s episode of her Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk featuring Smith, their daughter Willow and Pinkett Smith’s mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones. “I think I went one date together.”

This didn’t come as a shock to Smith, though. “And he, like, took you on a motorcycle or something,” the actor, 50, added.

She continued,
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BBC Names New ‘Top Gear’ Hosts to Succeed Matt LeBlanc

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BBC Names New ‘Top Gear’ Hosts to Succeed Matt LeBlanc
Comedian Paddy McGuinness and former cricket player Freddie Flintoff will replace Matt LeBlanc as presenters on “Top Gear,” the BBC announced Monday. The duo will join driver Chris Harris on the popular motoring show, while Rory Reid is stepping down from the main presenting lineup.

Season 27 of the series, which airs on BBC Two, will begin production in early 2019, with broadcast expected later in the year.

“This is a thrilling maneuver from the ‘Top Gear team,’ and I’m relishing what this trio will deliver,” said Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two. “Both Paddy and Freddie love their cars, but more than that, they’ll bring a new energy and competitive spirit to ‘Top Gear.'”

LeBlanc’s departure from the show was announced in May, paving the way for yet another reboot for “Top Gear” amid tumbling ratings. The “Friends” star and Chris Evans formed the first team that replaced longtime hosts Jeremy Clarkson,
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Matt Groening’s "Disenchantment" Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Matt Groening’s
link=nm0004981 auto]Matt Groening’s adult animated fantasy series, "Disenchantment," has been renewed for a second season by Netflix, with the remainder of Season 1 (which premiered in August) streaming in 2019 and 20 episodes from the second installment rolling out in 2020 and 2021.

"We’re excited to continue this epic journey with Netflix," creator and executive producer Groening said. "Stay tuned for more cranked-up suspense, infuriating plot twists, and beloved characters getting knocked off."
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Roger Stone Slams Vanity Fair Reporter: ‘Crazy Bitch’

Roger Stone Slams Vanity Fair Reporter: ‘Crazy Bitch’
Roger Stone has not been pleased by the growing body of news coverage now reporting that Robert Mueller’s investigators are closing in on him.

The ex-Trump consigliere took particular exception to Vanity Fair reporter Abigail Tracey, who he rebuked in starkly personal terms on Instagram.

“That crazy bitch Abigail Tracy is delusional,” said Stone, while sharing a headline from her warning that his options with Mueller were shrinking. “A year from now I will be exonerated and she will be out of work.”

Also Read: Roger Stone Says He Will Sue Twitter Over Account Suspension (Exclusive)

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This crazy bitch @abigailTracy is delusional . A year from now I will be exonerated and she will be out of work

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In another post, Stone went after Tracy calling her reporting “fake news bulls–“ and
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‘Surviving R. Kelly’: Accusers Share Their Stories in Lifetime Docuseries Trailer (Watch)

‘Surviving R. Kelly’: Accusers Share Their Stories in Lifetime Docuseries Trailer (Watch)
Over the past 25 years, multiple women have accused singer R. Kelly of sexual, mental and physical abuse. The singer was charged with child pornography in 2000, and in recent years of holding women against their will in a “sex cult.” While Kelly was acquitted of the child-pornography charges and has never been convicted of any such crimes, the accusations continue.

The Lifetime network has collected multiple accusers in “Surviving R. Kelly,” a six-hour docuseries will air in three installments: Thursday, January 3rd at 9 p.m. Et/Pt; Friday, January 4th at 9 p.m. Et/Pt; and Saturday, January 5th at 9 p.
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Stacey Snider on Life After Fox: ‘I’ve Been a Very Lucky Person’

Stacey Snider on Life After Fox: ‘I’ve Been a Very Lucky Person’
It’s been a grueling 11 months for Stacey Snider.

The 20th Century Fox Film chairman and CEO was just putting her imprint on the studio when Rupert Murdoch decided to sell the bulk of his media empire to Disney. That’s left Snider with the unenviable task of having to keep Fox running smoothly even as her employees brace for layoffs that could result in thousands of lost jobs.

Worse yet, Snider will be among those getting pink-slipped. Although several of her top lieutenants, including vice chairman Emma Watts, Fox 2000 chief Elizabeth Gabler and Fox Searchlight co-heads Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley, have gotten new jobs at Disney, Snider will not make the move. During a recent talk at her sleekly modern Beverly Hills home, she is clearly stung by being passed over by Disney. However, she’s focused on finding new opportunities to keep making movies, television shows and other forms of content.
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Dan + Shay Plot Headlining 2019 Tour

Dan + Shay have announced a new series of headlining tour dates set to begin in early spring 2019. The Cma Award-nominated duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are currently guests on Chris Young’s Losing Sleep World Tour, which runs through the end of 2018.

After opening 2019 with a handful of dates in the United Kingdom, Dan + Shay will return to the U.S. to launch the new trek, dubbed “Dan + Shay: The Tour,” in New Orleans on February 28th. In total, 19 shows have been announced, with stops including Atlanta,
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Naomi Kawase to Direct 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Film

Naomi Kawase to Direct 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Film
Japanese auteur, Naomi Kawase has been selected to direct the official film of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She won the contest with a proposal that demonstrated a “nuanced understanding of Japanese culture and Olympic values.”

Kawase is a regular at the Cannes film festival. Her works include “Sweet Bean,” “Suzaku,” and “Still The Water.”

The director of the official film must bring a unique editorial angle, and aim to capture the soul of a specific edition of the Olympics, while also considering the broader social and cultural context, the International Olympic Committee said. Kawase’s bid was chosen by Japanese film experts, international film experts, and the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage which advised the committee.

Previous directors of the official film include Milos Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, and Carlos Saura. She is the fifth woman to direct the official film, following Caroline Rowland (London 2012), Gu Jun
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Joey Graceffa, Hannah Hart, LaurDIY to Attend VidCon as Featured Creators (Exclusive)

Joey Graceffa, Hannah Hart, LaurDIY to Attend VidCon as Featured Creators (Exclusive)
Joey Graceffa, Hannah Hart and LaurDIY are just three of the 70 “Featured Creators” that will attend Viacom’s 10th annual VidCon U.S.

The company announced the full lineup of Featured Creators on Tuesday morning, which includes VidCon founders John Green and Hank Green, along with Miles McKenna, Tré Melvin, Karina Garcia, Jon Cozart, MyLifeasEva, Ricky Dillon, Safiya Nygaard, and Rafi and Benny Fine. The entire list of creators is available for viewing at VidCon.com.

To commemorate VidCon‘s 10th anniversary, the company is also bringing back creators who were at the first VidCon, including some of the web’s earliest viral stars like Tay Zonday, who went viral after producing and singing an original he dubbed Chocolate Rain, a video that now has more than 100 million views. Other “Founding Featured Creators” will include Michael Buckley, Julia Nunes and Brittany Louise Taylor.

Also Read: Viacom Taps Former Lego Video
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Could There Be Life for Rush Without Neil Peart?

Could There Be Life for Rush Without Neil Peart?
Geddy Lee recently spoke to Rolling Stone’s Ryan Reed about the new reissue of Rush’s 1978 LP Hemispheres, and at the end he casually mentioned that the band may find a way to continue on after Neil Peart’s retirement. “I would say there’s no chance of seeing Rush on tour again as Alex, Geddy, Neil,” he said. “But would you see one of us or two of us or three of us? That’s possible.”

For full context, Rush have been completely inactive ever since their R
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See Dillon Carmichael Play Rowdy New Song ‘Country Women’

With his debut LP, Hell on an Angel, due out later this week, Kentucky country singer Dillon Carmichael readies for its release with a live acoustic rendition of the two-stepping track “Country Women.”

Cut at Ocean Way Studio A in Nashville, Carmichael — the nephew of country stars Eddie Montgomery and John Michael Montgomery — and his guitarist don their six strings to boogie through this previously unreleased stripped-down rendition of the song. While the studio version of lead single “It’s Simple” fills out Carmichael’s sound with a rock & roll bottom end,
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Under The Milky Way Opens Latin American Office With New Hire

Under The Milky Way, a leading digital film distribution company, has appointed Juliana Moreira de Souza to run its office in Brazil as its seeks to strengthen its presence in Latin America.

The company, which already boasts local offices across 10 countries in Europe, North America and Asia, previously did business in Latin America but never had a local office with an executive on the ground.

Based in Sao Paulo, Juliana Moreira de Souza will be in charge of developing business deals across Latin America through relationships with local rights holders and platforms. She will also handle the international distribution of films owned by Latin American right holders.

Moreira de Souza graduated from Georgetown University and previously interned at Lionsgate, Protagonist Pictures and A24 where she gained insights into domestic and international sales and marketing.

Under The Milky Way has more than 5,000 feature films under management, and is working with over 100 platforms across the world,
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Grammy Awards Dates for 2020 and 2021 Announced

The Recording Academy and CBS announced today the dates for the Grammy Awards in 2020 and 2021.

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards will air on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, and the 63rd will air on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. As previously announced, both shows will take place at the Grammys’ usual location, the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, they were held in New York for the first time since 2003.

“Los Angeles loves the Grammys — a celebration of the artists who transform how we think about music, and the behind-the-boards talent that makes their excellence possible. The music industry is integral to L.A.
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Netflix Sets Premiere Date for ‘Death by Magic’ (Exclusive)

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Netflix’s new show “Death by Magic” is being launched globally on Nov. 30, TheWrap has exclusively learned.

The docuseries follows British magician Drummond Money-Coutts (a.k.a. Dmc) on his mission to uncover the stories of magicians who died performing the most dangerous stunts ever attempted.

“Death by Magic” marks Los Angeles-based production company A. Smith & Co.’s first-ever project with Netflix, reuniting CEO Arthur Smith with Netflix’s vice president of Unscripted, Brandon Reigg. The pair formerly worked together on projects at NBC.

Also Read: Shocker: Teens Love Netflix, YouTube Way More Than Cable TV

Dmc is a truly gifted magician whose mind-bending illusions mesmerize and confound people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds,” executive producer Smith told TheWrap. “So we sent him out to shock the world in eight different cities across four continents with the most daring, unbelievable magic ever seen.”

“Netflix is the perfect partner to showcase this high stakes,
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‘One Cut of the Dead’ Passes 2 Million Admissions Mark

‘One Cut of the Dead’ Passes 2 Million Admissions Mark
One Cut of the Dead,” the Shinichiro Ueda-directed zombie comedy that is Japan’s box office sensation of the year, has hit the 2 million admissions mark.

Initially released on June 23 in two Tokyo theaters, the film reached this landmark on Oct. 20. Distributed by Asmik Ace and Enbu Seminar – the Tokyo acting and directing school that produced the film for $27,000 (JPY3.0 million) — “One Cut of the Dead” has played on as many as 340 screens in Japan, and it is currently playing on 293.

Koji Ichihashi, Enbu Seminar president and the film’s producer, has said that his initial target was 5,000 admissions. That was the micro-budget film’s break-even point.

The film had its official world premiere at the Udine Far East Film Festival in April, where it won the second-place audience award. It has since received invitations to nearly 60 foreign festivals.

At home, the film has been showered with prizes – 17 to date
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Watch Empowering Video for ‘Mean Girls’ Number ‘I’d Rather Be Me’

Watch Empowering Video for ‘Mean Girls’ Number ‘I’d Rather Be Me’
Mean Girls‘ Janis Sarkisian lends a helping hand to a fellow outcast in the uplifting video for the song “I’d Rather Be Me.” Barrett Wilbert Weed, who portrays Janis in this video as well as the Broadway adaptation of the teen comedy, has been with the musical since it was first being workshopped in 2016.

For the video, a young girl tries to join a lunch table full of pink-wearing Plastics. They reject her, but she finds inspiration in the theater where Weed (as Janis) performs her big second act solo alone on the stage.
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