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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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Sasha Velour Meets World: ‘Drag Race’ Winner Talks Life Before and After Ru

Sasha Velour Meets World: ‘Drag Race’ Winner Talks Life Before and After Ru
Sasha Velour seems most at ease while lounging in repose, wearing a silky robe in her brand new, two-story home in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights. It’s noon, and right after her house clears, she’ll begin the hours-long process of beating her face, cinching her waist and dressing up for Rihanna’s Fourth Annual Diamond Ball: a star-studded charity gala hosted by the pop star and entrepreneur at Cipriani Wall Street. The next morning, pictures of her in a gorgeous gown covered in gold metals and colorful jewels — and draped over with red velour,
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Something’s Brewing in the Deep Red West

Something’s Brewing in the Deep Red West
When Washington state Rep. Matt Shea looks out before him, he sees a mostly male crowd in militia T-shirts smiling back. Gathered across an expanse of suburban grass, they hold yellow Don’t Tread on Me flags. A handful carry Ar-15s and are dressed in tactical camouflage vests loaded up with ammunition. It’s a hot August Saturday at a public park in Spokane, Washington. Wildfire smoke blurs the sun.

“I’m gonna speak from the heart today,” Shea says into the microphone.

Here, despite being the only one in a blazer,
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Watch Colbert, Kimmel Mock ‘Beautiful Ted’ Cruz for Getting Help From Ex-Rival Trump

Watch Colbert, Kimmel Mock ‘Beautiful Ted’ Cruz for Getting Help From Ex-Rival Trump
Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel skewered Ted Cruz for seeking help from his old foe, President Donald Trump, as the Texas senator fights to keep his seat in a surprisingly tight race against his opponent, Beto O’Rourke.

On Monday, Trump appeared at a rally for Cruz in Houston, while he also spoke briefly with reporters about the smears he leveled against Cruz during the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Though Trump said he did not regret suggesting Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, he did
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Afm: FilmNation Boards Gloria Steinem Biopic With Julianne Moore (Exclusive)

FilmNation Entertainment will sell international rights to “In the Glorias: A Life on the Road,” Variety has learned.

The film is based on the memoir of feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Beyond its source material, the movie has some impressive pedigree. It is directed by Julie Taymor, the visionary director of Broadway’s “The Lion King” and such films as “Frida” and “Across the Universe.” “In the Glorias: A Life on the Road” will star Oscar-winner Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) as Steinem. Alicia Vikander, an Academy Award winner for “The Danish Girl,” is in negotiations to join the cast.

The movie will follow Steinem’s journey to become a crusader for equal rights and her groundbreaking work as a journalist and activist. The Ms. magazine founder’s story takes on added resonance given the impact that the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements have had on Hollywood and the rest of
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Turkish President Calls Khashoggi Death ‘Premeditated Murder,’ Challenging Saudi Account

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan offered his strongest denunciation yet of Saudi Arabia and what he said was their role in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

In an address to his nation’s parliament Tuesday, Erdoğan called the killing a “premeditated murder” and refuted Saudi Arabia’s contention that Khashoggi died in a scuffle at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, the New York Times reported.

“It is clear that this savage murder did not happen at the drop of a dime but was a planned affair,” said Erdoğan the paper reported. The Turkish strongman has spent the last two weeks leaking ever more gruesome details of the killing which has played a significant role in driving the story forward.

Also Read: Twitter Takes Down Pro-Saudi Bot Network Amid Missing Journalist Uproar

Last week the Times reported that Turkish media was in possession of secretly
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Death of August Ames: Hear Jon Ronson Discuss in New Audio Trailer

Last December, 23-year-old August Ames died by suicide in a park in California’s San Fernando Valley. Ames was more than an adult film actress; she was a legit porn star. In her four years working in the industry, she performed in close to 300 scenes and amassed over 600,000 Twitter followers. After she made controversial and polarizing statements about gay porn actors that many found homophobic, she received intense cyberbullying, which revealed a schism between the gay and straight communities in the porn industry. It ended in Ames (real name Mercedes Grabowski) taking her own life.
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‘Bodyguard’ Sets Drama Viewing Records in the U.K. Ahead of Netflix Launch

The finale of BBC series “Bodyguard” was the most-watched drama in the U.K. since current records began, and the box-set on the iPlayer is the most popular ever on the pubcaster’s catchup service. Netflix invested in the series and will launch it internationally this week

The series launched strongly in the U.K., where it was the most-watched freshman drama for a decade. It stars Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”) as David Budd, a war veteran-turned-cop who is assigned to protect a senior politician, Julia Montague, played by Keeley Hawes.

In Britain, the series closer was watched by 17.1 million,
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Singapore Film Festival to Focus on Asian Diversity

Singapore Film Festival to Focus on Asian Diversity
Award-winning dramas, “A Land Imagined,” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” are among the Asian films selected for competition at next month’s Singapore International Film Festival.

Also competing for the Silver Screen Award are Indian director Rima Das’ “Bulbul Can Sing” and Sri Lankan Suba Sivakumaran’s “House of My Fathers.” The eight-title competition is open to films by directors making their first, second or third feature.

Announcing its full, 104-title, lineup on Tuesday, the festival unveiled gala slots for “Dear Ex,” by Taiwanese directing pair Mag Hsu and Hsu Chih-yen, and “The Third Wife.” “Ex,” about a jilted widow who must make peace with her late husband’s lover, debuted to acclaim at the Taipei festival in summer and is prominently positioned at the upcoming Golden Horse Awards, where it is nominated for eight prizes. “Wife” is a hot first film by Vietnamese filmmaker Ash Mayfair. It
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Turkish President Says Killing of Jamal Khashoggi Was ‘Premeditated’ and ‘Very Cruel’

Turkey’s president declared Tuesday that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul was a “premeditated” act carried out after a large of team of Saudi intelligence, security and forensic personnel suddenly descended on Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Saudi officials arrived in Turkey the day before Khashoggi went to the consulate Oct. 2 to do some paperwork for his upcoming marriage. The Washington Post columnist – an outspoken frequent critic of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – was never seen again, and the Saudi government, after repeated denials,
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Turkish President Says Killing of Jamal Khashoggi Was ‘Premeditated’ and ‘Very Cruel’

Turkey’s president declared Tuesday that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul was a “premeditated” act carried out after a large of team of Saudi intelligence, security and forensic personnel suddenly descended on Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Saudi officials arrived in Turkey the day before Khashoggi went to the consulate Oct. 2 to do some paperwork for his upcoming marriage. The Washington Post columnist – an outspoken frequent critic of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – was never seen again, and the Saudi government, after repeated denials, now admits that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate in what it terms a “rogue operation.”

Erdogan told Turkish lawmakers that various members of the Saudi team of more than a dozen personnel, including a military general, conducted some kind of survey of a forest near Istanbul and also disabled
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Russia's Riki and Hollywood's Tremblay Bros. Will Co-Produce Cartoon Series 'The Kameleons'

The Russian company Riki Group, known for the international cartoon franchise Kikoriki, and Hollywood's Tremblay Bros. Studios will co-produce a music-driven animated TV Series entitled The Kameleons.

"We have long wanted to bring a musically themed show to life with real music created by today's top producers," Christian Tremblay, president of Tremblay Bros. Studios, said in a press release. "It's great to bring this project to life with the talented and extraordinary animation team of Riki Group."

"Music is a language that transcends gender, culture, and truly is universal," added Diana Yurinova, vp international ...
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Mia Market: Paul Feig Responds to Those Who Say There Aren't Enough Female Directors

Mia Market: Paul Feig Responds to Those Who Say There Aren't Enough Female Directors
Director and producer Paul Feig, an ambassador for ReFrame, attended Rome’s Mia Market to discuss how the American program could be implemented in Italy.

ReFrame, a nonprofit organization from Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, employs ambassadors to promote programs such as unconscious bias training with key industry decision-makers in an effort to have a more inclusive workforce in Hollywood.

It has created a 14-point culture change and production roadmap that can guide companies toward hiring more women at every stage of the development of a film.

The ReFrame Rise Directors program aims to sponsor female directors to get ...
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Emma Thompson to Star in 'How to Build a Girl' (Exclusive)

The big-screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran's best-selling book How to Build a Girl has added double Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and Bridesmaids and Juliet, Naked star Chris O'Dowd to its cast, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. 

Thompson and O'Dowd join the film's already announced lineup, including Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird) in the lead and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), Paddy Considine (The Death of Stalin) and Sarah Solemani (Bridget Jones' Baby). 

The comedic coming-of-age story comes from U.K. producer Monumental Pictures, which optioned Moran's semi-autobiographical 2014 book and developed the project with Film4. Coky Giedroyc (The ...
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