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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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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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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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Grammys: CBS Sets Airdates for 2020 and 2021 Awards Shows

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Music lovers already have two important dates they can circle in their long-term plans, as the Recording Academy and CBS have announced the airdates for the 2020 and 2021 Grammy Awards.

The 62nd annual music awards show will air on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, and the following year’s event will be broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, and recorded live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“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.’s economy, and reflects the spirit of the city itself: diverse, imaginative and always ready to break new ground. We are thrilled to welcome the Grammys back to the creative capital of the world, and look forward to hosting the awards for years to come,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Also Read: Emmys Early Ratings
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Slash and Lucinda Williams Make for Strange, Satisfying Bedfellows at Americana Benefit

Lucinda Williams, John Prine and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. Which one of these things is not like the other? Or how about Lee Ann Womack, Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir and comedian Marc Maron?

Those acts and others shared the bill this weekend’s Across the Great Divide charity concert in Los Angeles. The show — staged by philanthropic-minded event producers Upperwest Music Group, and benefitting the Americana Music Association and the Blues Foundation — was a powerhouse revue of Americana usual suspects and strange-bedfellow collaborative performances, as backed by a
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‘Fox & Friends’ Apologizes for Linking Senator Kamala Harris to Murder Suspect (Video)

“Fox & Friends” offered an on-air apology on Tuesday after accidentally running footage of California Sen. Kamala Harris during a segment about murder on a college campus.

The incident happened during a brief news update offered by Fox News host Jillian Mele, which ran stock images of Harris, just as Mele named the murder suspect, Melvin Rowland.

“Now, in an earlier version of this story we showed you the wrong video. We showed you pictures of Senator Kamala Harris instead of Melvin Rowland’s mugshot. We apologize for that error,” she said after a corrected segment ran later in the show.

Also Read: Fox News Guest Candace Owens Says Kanye West Is 'One of the Bravest Men in America' (Video)

Police say Rowland shot and killed a University of Utah student and forced the school into lockdown before taking his own life at a church off campus. He was a registered
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MoviePass Owner Plans to Spin Off Company Amid Financial Struggles

MoviePass’s parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. announced plans on Tuesday to spin off the subscription movie-going service to create a new subsidiary that would become a separate publicly-traded company.

The new subsidiary, named MoviePass Entertainment Holdings Inc., would become a vertically integrated film production, marketing and exhibition company. MoviePass would take ownership of the shares of MoviePass Inc. and other film related assets held by Helios and Matheson

“For many years, [Helios and Matheson] has been focused on data analytics, and in that capacity we own assets like Zone Technologies which provides a safety and navigation app for iOS and Android users and a global security concierge service,” said Helios and Matheson CEO Ted Farnsworth in a statement. “Since we acquired control of MoviePass in December 2017, [Helios and Matheson] largely has become synonymous with MoviePass in the public’s eye, leading us to believe that our shareholders and the market perception of [Helios and Matheson] might
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Everyone Wants Raheem DeVaughn, But He Just Wants to Fall in Love

A few years ago, Raheem DeVaughn, an R&B singer known for his savvy updating of Seventies soul and his liberal use of come-hither falsetto, came to a crucial realization.

“At the end of the day, I won’t be held accountable for the great music I made or how I performed on stage for the women that threw panties, right?” he explains. “I’m gonna be judged by what I did off the stage.”

The 43-year-old DeVaughn continues: “Being a public figure, it gives you access to pretty much
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