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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

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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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‘Gotham': Here’s How Bane Will Look in ‘Batman’ Prequel’s Final Season

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‘Gotham': Here’s How Bane Will Look in ‘Batman’ Prequel’s Final Season
Fans of both mouth-breathing villains who break Batman’s spine and weird-as-hell clunky costumes had plenty to celebrate on Monday, as the first images of Bane, from the upcoming fifth and final season of “Gotham,” were released to the public.

Played by “ER” and “Salem” alum Shane West, Bane will likely make his debut during the first run of Season 5 episodes, judging from the title of episode 8, “I Am Bane.” You can see exactly what being Bane means in the image below, tweeted out Monday by “Gotham” writer and producer Tze Chun:

Also Read: Arrowverse Crossover: First Look at Tyler Hoechlin's New Superman Suit (Photo)

Created by Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan, and Dennis O’Neil and debuting in 1993, Bane in the comics is a powerful crime lord who spent his childhood and early adulthood in a South American prison, sentenced by proxy to life for the actions of his father,
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Film News Roundup: Jason Reitman Selected for John Cassavetes Award at Denver Film Festival

Film News Roundup: Jason Reitman Selected for John Cassavetes Award at Denver Film Festival
In today’s film news roundup, Jason Reitman wins the John Cassavetes award, the documentary “Race Against Time” gets a release and the Ray Harryhausen Foundation is planning “Force of the Trojans.”

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The Denver Film Festival has selected Jason Reitman as the recipient of its 2018 John Cassavetes Award for his work as a director, producer and writer.

The award was established in collaboration with Cassavetes’ spouse Gena Rowlands in 1989 and is presented to a film artist who has made a significant contribution to the world of filmmaking and whose work reflects the spirit of the late Cassavetes.

Reitman will screen his latest film, “The Front Runner,” on Nov. 8 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, followed by the presentation of the award. Reitman will be joined by his co-writers Matt Bai and Jay Carson for an onstage conversation about the film.

Reitman received Academy Award nominations for producing, directing
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Animation Is Film Review: ‘Funan’

Animation Is Film Review: ‘Funan’
How does one depict a genocide such as that inflicted by the Khmer Rouge on the Cambodian people? Some — such as Rithy Pahn, who used clay figures rather than actors for the reenactments in his Oscar-nominated documentary “The Missing Piece” — would argue that to do so is to empower the perpetrators, to exploit the victims, and potentially to reduce the atrocities to a form of spectacle. And yet, the world must not be allowed to forget. By embracing hand-drawn animation as a tool for tactful re-creation, “Funan” director Denis Do provides audiences a unique window into this relatively under-represented 20th-century horror, one that serves as an act of witnessing even as it avoids directly showing the violence on-screen.

Do’s restraint is an artistic choice, not one forced upon him by censors or producers concerned about reaching the widest audience possible. Even by cutting away from the worst incidents — which include beatings,
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Netflix Denies Serving Up Posters Based on Users’ Race

The personalization of Netflix home pages does not extend to the race of the user, the streaming giant said on Thursday, denying user accusations to the contrary.

Writer and podcast host Stacia L Brown said that the icon on her account for the Netflix film “Like Father” was showcasing the black actors Leonard Ouzts and Blaire Brooks, as opposed to the film’s white stars Kirsten Bell and Kelsey Grammar.

“Other Black @netflix users: does your queue do this? Generate posters with the Black cast members on them to try to compel you to watch?” she wrote in a tweet last week.

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

In a follow-up tweet, she highlighted what appeared to be a similar pattern, with actor Chiwetel Ejiofor on the poster for “Love, Actually,” Rj Cyler in “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” and Isiah Whitlock Jr. in “The Good Cop.
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Mary J. Blige Talks Women in Music Industry at Nashville Songwriting Camp

On the evening of October 16th, Ascap hosted an opening reception for its She Is the Music Song Camp, a three-day songwriting event for female-identifying songwriters, artists, engineers and producers. Ascap and industry initiative She Is the Music, which counts Alicia Keys as a founding member, conceived the event, which brought together a host of women creators to write new music in a collaborative environment at the Nashville recording studio of veteran producer Ron Fair.

The headline artist for the inaugural She Is the Music Song Camp was Mary J. Blige,
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Watch Cardi B Whisper About Career, Motherhood in New Asmr Video

Watch Cardi B Whisper About Career, Motherhood in New Asmr Video
Cardi B, a fan of autonomous sensory meridian response (Asmr) videos, delivered her own 13-minute take on the viral sensation that helps viewers relieve stress and fall asleep.

“I love Asmr,” Cardi B whispers in the video, produced by W Magazine. “My husband [Offset] thinks it’s very strange and weird that I watch Asmr every single day to go to bed.”

The video finds the rapper discussing, in an almost-inaudible volume, her hit “Bodak Yellow,” motherhood and other sleep-inducing topics.

Throughout the video, Cardi B engages in popular Asmr activities
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Roman Reigns Reveals 11-Year Leukemia Battle, Relinquishes WWE Universal Championship (Video)

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WWE Superstar Roman Reigns (real name Joe Anoa’i) revealed Monday on “Raw” that he’s been battling leukemia for 11 years. Unfortunately, the disease is back.

Per WWE, Reigns is “taking a leave of absence” to fight the disease, which “had been in remission since late 2008.”

“Reigns is taking his battle with leukemia public in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research in order to advance cures for the disease,” WWE said in a Monday night media release.

Also Read: Why WWE Talent Won't Say the Words 'Saudi Arabia'

The Universal Champion relinquished his title on the USA Network flagship show, coming to the ring in street clothes rather than the ring attire he is usually seen wearing on the show. He then gave a speech in which he broke character and revealed why he did not appear at WWE live shows this past weekend.

“For months now,
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‘Daredevil’ Showrunner Explains Why Bullseye Got His Own Origin Story in Season 3

(Warning: This story contains Major spoilers for the third season of “Marvel’s Daredevil)

Marvel finally added one of Daredevil’s greatest enemies in the third season of the Netflix drama… sort of.

The name “Bullseye” is never mentioned during the season and he never wears his notorious comics costume (a blue and white-striped bodysuit with a literal bulls-eye target on his forehead). The closest thing we get is a flashback scene to Bullseye as a little kid playing Little League baseball, wearing a hat with the bulls-eye on its front.

But the season gives viewers something that has never been provided before — a canonical origin story for Bullseye, played here by Wilson Bethel. That decision, showrunner Erik Oleson tells TheWrap, was essential in making the supervillain fit into the show without being a distraction.

Also Read: 'Daredevil' Season 3 Refresher: Why Does Everyone Think Daredevil Is Dead?

“By
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Ryan Murphy Donates $10 Million to Hospital That Saved His Son’s Life After Cancer Diagnosis

In a touching Instagram post Monday, Ryan Murphy pledged to donate $10 million to the hospital that saved his son’s life after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer two years ago.

“I’d like you to meet Ford Theodore Miller Murphy. Today is a big day in his and our family’s lives,” Murphy wrote under a picture of a his now four-year-old son riding a horse.

“Two years ago, this sweet little innocent boy with a deep belly laugh and an obsession with Monster Trucks was diagnosed with neuroblastoma…an often fatal pediatric cancer. Ford’s cancer — an abdominal tumor the size of a tennis ball — was found during a normal check up by his brilliant pediatrician Dr. Lauren Crosby @drlaurencrosby,” Murphy went on to explain. “From there, Ford has undergone a huge surgery and several difficult procedures.”

Also Read: Ryan Murphy Signs $300M Overall Deal With Netflix

Murphy,
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ABC Orders Additional Scripts for Four Shows, Including ‘A Million Little Things,’ ‘The Rookie’

ABC has ordered three additional scripts for four of its fall shows.

Freshman dramas “A Million Little Things” and “The Rookie,” along with freshman comedy “The Kids Are Alright” and sophomore comedy “Splitting Up Together” have all received orders for more scripts for this season.

In Live+Same Day viewing, “The Kids Are Alright” is thus far the highest-rated, though it has only aired one episode. The series premiere averaged a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers, airing immediately after “The Conners” last week. “The Rookie” has also only aired one episode so far, averaging a 1.0 and 5.4 million viewers.
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Academy Picks Producer Donna Gigliotti in Hopes of Reviving Viewership for 2019 Oscar Show

Academy Picks Producer Donna Gigliotti in Hopes of Reviving Viewership for 2019 Oscar Show
For the upcoming 91st Oscar telecast, after all the noise about the worst ratings in history, the Academy had to replace producers Michael DeLuca and Jennifer Todd. The duo did well enough their first time around (the Best Picture snafu was not their fault) to warrant returning their second, and put on a decent show within the usual constraints of a ceremony that must showcase 24 award winners.

For Oscars 2019, new producer Donna Gigliotti, who won an Oscar for Miramax’s surprise winner “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999, will pioneer new Academy rules allowing several of the tech Oscars to be handed out during the commercial break and then edited into the live show. (No one will miss their time in the spotlight; there will be a lot less walking.)

New Yorker Gigliotti will work closely with co-producer Glenn Weiss, who will also direct. If he looks familiar, he’s the unflappable
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‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Explains Not Bashing Jeffrey Tambour in New Memoir

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‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Explains Not Bashing Jeffrey Tambour in New Memoir
In their new memoir, Jill Soloway does not spend a lot of time bashing Jeffrey Tambor, a decision the “Transparent” co-creator told Entertainment Weekly was about taking ownership of their own actions.

“It’s such a dangerous time right now. I just wanted to really reveal the places where I felt like I didn’t stand up and be the best person I should be,” Soloway said about “She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy,” released Oct. 15. “I really wanted to take responsibility for my own behavior and not be in a place where I’m going after people. Going after people can be exhilarating. It’s not enough to just be angry at men. It isn’t going to get us anywhere.

Also Read: Emmys and #MeToo: 'Transparent' Shut Out of Nominations

“I think men who are in power right now are really confused,” Soloway continued.
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Dolly Parton Starts ‘Politicking’ for Oscar Nomination for ‘Dumplin” Song

Dolly Parton Starts ‘Politicking’ for Oscar Nomination for ‘Dumplin” Song
Dolly Parton is on the campaign trail.

But it’s not for the midterms.

The country music legend was in Los Angeles on Monday morning to promote Netflix’s upcoming movie “Dumplin.'” She performed “Girl in the Movies,” an original song she wrote and recorded for the film, for a ballroom full of journalists at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

“We’re just happy to be here because we’re actually out politicking trying to get our song heard and maybe get nominated for an award on those Oscars and all that stuff,” she said before performing the track with her producer Linda Perry on guitar. “We’re really, really proud of this.”

Happy Monday, everybody! #dumplin @DollyParton pic.twitter.com/wNwHCsqByt

Marc Malkin (@marcmalkin) October 22, 2018

“Dumplin'” is based on Julie Murphy‘s 2015 best-selling Ya novel of the same name about the plus-size daughter (“Patti Cake$’s” Danielle Macdonald
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