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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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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 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 Sink 10 Percent From Last
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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

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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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TV Review: ‘House of Cards’ Season 6

TV Review: ‘House of Cards’ Season 6
A series that was built around the chemistry between two actors — and that had been building toward a climactic showdown — is suddenly a solo act. And while the sixth and final season of “House of Cards” is as mixed a bag as the thrilling but uneven Netflix drama has yet produced, the good news is that Robin Wright is up to the task of anchoring the show.

After all, since the earliest episodes, Wright has been the not-so-secret weapon of “House of Cards,” playing a character whose astringent refusal to yield to emotion balanced the more ornate performance of Kevin Spacey
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WWE Roster, Legends Send Love and Support to Their ‘Superman’ Roman Reigns

WWE Roster, Legends Send Love and Support to Their ‘Superman’ Roman Reigns
Monday’s “Raw” opened with an emotional moment that members of the WWE Universe — and the WWE locker rooms — were not ready for. Universal Champion Roman Reigns (real name Joe Anoa’i) surrendered his title after revealing an 11-year battle with leukemia.

Immediately, past and present members of the “Raw” and “SmackDown Live” locker rooms poured out their feelings and support on Twitter. Below is a mere sampling.

The one from tag-team The Usos, Reigns’ real-life cousins, will bring (more) tears to your eyes.

Also Read: Roman Reigns Reveals 11-Year Leukemia Battle, Relinquishes WWE Universal Championship (Video)

‘Courage – strength in the face of pain or grief.’ You have given us your everything including a courageously vulnerable moment. We, your WWE family, give you all of our love and support. #ThankYouRoman #NeverGiveUp

John Cena (@JohnCena) October 23, 2018

I’m just learning now of @WWERomanReigns leukemia diagnosis. Stunned. I liked and respected him
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Listen: Producer Christina Wayne on Peak TV’s Tough Economics for Indie Producers

Listen: Producer Christina Wayne on Peak TV’s Tough Economics for Indie Producers
The Peak TV bubble would seem to have been a bonanza for independent producers. But the sheer volume of TV content in production in recent years has made the traditional job of assembling and shepherding a television show that much more complicated in many instances.

In today’s edition of Variety‘s “Strictly Business” podcast, Assembly Entertainment CEO Christina Wayne speaks candidly about the challenges indie producers face in getting projects on the air even in a boom market.

The former AMC development executive who championed “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” Wayne has been in the trenches as a producer for a decade.
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MoviePass Parent Sets Spinoff Plan to Create ‘MoviePass Entertainment’

In a bid to save MoviePass, the struggling theater-subscription service’s parent — Helios & Matheson Analytics — announced a plan to spin off the division as a separate, publicly traded entity called MoviePass Entertainment Holdings.

Hmny said its board had preliminarily approved the spinoff plan that would combine MoviePass Inc. and other film related assets held by Hmny to create a “vertically integrated” entertainment company.

There’s no guarantee Helios & Matheson will be able to execute the spinoff. For one thing, Hmny said that it’s not sure such a transaction is allowed under Delaware law. Meanwhile, the company is under investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office into whether Hmny misled investors, and the company has been sued by investors alleging it deceived shareholders.

The proposed MoviePass Entertainment Holdings would include: the shares of common stock of MoviePass Inc. held by Hmny, which currently owns 92% of the outstanding shares
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Why ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Strikes a Nerve

All homes filled with dysfunctional families are alike; each house cursed by ghostly manifestations of past and present sins is haunted in its own way. Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of a decrepit, rotting mansion populated by things that go bump in the night (and in the psyche) is considered by many to be the ne plus ultra of possessed-dwelling tales. The Guardian named it “the definitive haunted house story”; The New York Times declared that it had “the greatest opening paragraph in the history of horror”; no less than Stephen King,
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