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'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78

'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78
Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz died of cancer on Sunday, his family said in a statement. He was 78.

In addition to helping bring the Skywalker stories to the big screen, Kurtz produced American Graffiti and The Dark Crystal. His career was aligned with that of George Lucas, but the two parted ways after The Empire Strikes Back.

Kurtz had championed Star Wars through multiple drafts and helped Lucas navigate 20th Century Fox’s lack of enthusiasm for a film they dismissed as a B-picture.
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"Game of Thrones" Filming Locations in Northern Ireland to Open as Tourist Attractions

Fans of Westeros will soon be able to step into the actual locations where "Game of Thrones" has been filmed, as HBO's popular fantasy series nears the end of its run.

HBO announced plans to convert several "Thrones" filming locations in Northern Ireland into tourist attractions. The premium programmer is considering including the standing sets for iconic locations from the show such as Winterfell, Castle Black, and King's Landing alongside a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios, which will showcase material from the series spanning all seasons and settings.

HBO is tentatively targeting 2019 to open the attractions,
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'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation

'Boomerang:' Halle Berry, Lena Waithe to Exec-Produce BET Series Adaptation
One of Boomerang's original stars will help bring the film to the small screen next year. Halle Berry has boarded BET's series adaptation of the 1992 movie as an executive producer, along with "The Chi" creator Lena Waithe, TVLine has learned.

The film starred Eddie Murphy as a womanizing, chauvinistic ad exec who realizes his new boss (Robin Givens) is basically a female version of himself. BET's adaptation — which received a 10-episode series order in April — will serve as a sequel of sorts, focusing on the son of Givens’ character and the daughter of Murphy's and Berry's characters as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

"This is less of a reboot and more of a continuation of the original story," Waithe said in a statement.
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"Maniac" Season 2 Unlikely, Says Showrunner

It appears that "Maniac" will be sticking true to its "limited series" name.

The term has become rather loose lately, as shows like "Big Little Lies" and "The Alienist" have wrapped up their one-season storylines, only for their respective networks to order a second season, thus retroactively turning them into ongoing series. So whenever a limited series comes along, it arrives with the caveat that anything could happen — for better or worse. Netflix's "Maniac," however, appears to be a genuine one-and-done.
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Optimus Prime Sends Your Favorite Transformer on a Mission in New 'Bumblebee' Trailer

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Optimus Prime Sends Your Favorite Transformer on a Mission in New 'Bumblebee' Trailer
Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Bumblebee, which shows Hailee Steinfeld forming a relationship with the lovable Transformer.

Bumblebee will take the series back in time to the 1980s, thus serving as a prequel to the main series as well as a spinoff. In the trailer, Steinfeld’s character Charlie Watson finds a Vw bug in a Californian junk yard, only to discover that the yellow car isn’t just a vehicle.

Turns out, Optimus Prime (or the ghost of the Transformer) sent Bumblebee on a mission to earth to protect the humans from war — and the Decepticons.
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David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction

David Mackenzie Cuts 'Outlaw King' by 20 Minutes After TIFF Reaction
If reports out of TIFF about Chris Pine's nude scene are correct, the Outlaw King himself is the perfect length, but the film overall? Just a bit too long. According to Deadline, director David Mackenzie trimmed 20 minutes off his Netflix historical epic after audiences at the festival responded poorly to the film's bloated runtime.

"I could feel what the audience was like in the theater. I’m sensitive to the way they felt," Mackenzie said, noting that the decision to head back into the editing room "was entirely my decision." The film—which follows the Scottish King
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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'

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Todd Phillips Unveils Zazie Beetz’s Look in 'Joker'
With filming for the upcoming Joker film underway on the streets of New York, paparazzi are posting loads of leaks from the set online. To counter it, director Todd Phillips released the first picture of Zazie Beetz’s character in the DC film, just days after unveiling how Joaquin Phoenix will look as the Clown Prince of Crime.

"We have paparazzi all over our set, at every turn. And it bums me out that they constantly put out their bad shots," bemoaned Phillips on Instagram. "So I figure, may as well put out some good ones."

The Deadpool 2 star will play Sophie Dumond, a single mother struggling to make ends meet in Gotham City. And by the looks of Beetz in Phillips’ picture, the struggle is clear, with Sophie gripping the collar of her mutely-colored sweater while sporting unkempt hair and a distant, downtrodden gaze.
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Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for "The Goldbergs"

Robert Englund Will Bring Freddy Krueger Back to Life for
For the first time in 15 years, veteran horror actor Robert Englund will don the sweater and claws of Freddy Krueger. Englund will reprise the role for a Halloween episode of ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs".

No, you're not dreaming. Old Freddy has come a long way since the extra crispy child-murderer first popped up in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. Englund reprised the role over seven more movies, finally hanging up the claws for good — or so he said — after 2003's monster-mashup Freddy vs. Jason.
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Anthony Bourdain Remembered at Final "Parts Unknown" Screening

Anthony Bourdain Remembered at Final
The last voiceover Anthony Bourdain did for "Parts Unknown" was a fitting one.

As a packed, emotional house discovered at the Tribeca screening of the show’s upcoming Kenya episode — the twelfth and final season premiere featuring "United Shades of America" host W. Kamau Bell — Bourdain wanted to emphasize a point that has sometimes gotten lost in his work. “I do my best,” he said of his exploratory travel around the world. “I look, I listen. But in the end, I know it’s my story. Not Kamau’s, not Kenya’s. Those stories have yet to be heard.”

The coda, which airs after the credits on the episode, is one that not even his producers quite understood when Bourdain wrote it. “We didn’t have any idea what he was talking about,” said director Morgan Fallon, with a small laugh. But after Bourdain died, they revisited the tape and “it was almost uncanny.” (This episode marks the last time that Bourdain’s narration will be featured on the show.)
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Hunter S. Thompson Archive of Letters Heads to Auction

Hunter S. Thompson Archive of Letters Heads to Auction
A collection of over 180 letters gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson wrote to a childhood friend will hit the auction block this week.

The letters – which Thompson sent to Paul Semonin, a friend from their native Louisville, Kentucky – span from 1955, when Thompson was 17 years old, to a December 1974 letter typed out on Rolling Stone stationary.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions will host the sale of the entire archive of letters – 25 of which previously featured in the collection The Proud Highway: The Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-1967 – on September 27th. Bidding
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‘FBI’ Star Missy Peregrym on Giving ‘Americans Something to Believe In’

‘FBI’ Star Missy Peregrym on Giving ‘Americans Something to Believe In’
Missy Peregrym spent six seasons as a beat cop on “Rookie Blue,” but three years later, she has moved up the chain to FBI Agent Maggie Bell on Dick Wolf’s new CBS procedural, aptly titled “FBI.”

She credits the experience of filming “Rookie Blue” with prepping her for her new role. “I had to have a break after that show and just literally purge and heal my body from going through all of those intense emotions,” Peregrym tells Variety. “I said I’d never do a procedural again, but I’m doing the most intense procedural — a Dick Wolf procedural.
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SiriusXM Is the New — and Newly Massive — Owner of Pandora

Satellite radio giant SiriusXM announced the $3.5 billion all-stock acquisition of Internet radio giant Pandora on Monday, which will bring the two companies together into a massive audio entertainment firm.

In a press release, the two companies said that both brands (and their products and services) will continue to operate under the “definitive agreement,” which creates one company “with more than $7 billion in expected pro-forma revenue in 2018 and strong, long-term growth opportunities.” SiriusXM — whose expertise is in subscription radio in cars — will benefit from Pandora’s home- and mobile-based music service
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Hear Brent Cobb Talk Chris Stapleton Tour, Luke Bryan Influence With Chris Shiflett

Hear Brent Cobb Talk Chris Stapleton Tour, Luke Bryan Influence With Chris Shiflett
Brent Cobb moved to Nashville in 2008, landing a publishing deal that same year. Although he’d already released an album — the out-of-print No Place Left to Leave, released a full decade before his 2016 breakthrough, Shine on Rainy Day — Cobb found himself thrust into a business that required him to write songs for other artists, not himself. And though he was successful in that role, scoring cuts for Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert, among others, he never forgot about his solo career.

“The first question I ever got was, ‘Are you
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Gary Kurtz, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Producer, Dies at 78

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Gary Kurtz, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Producer, Dies at 78
Gary Kurtz, a producer on “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back,” has died. He was 78.

According to a statement by The Kurtz/Joiner Archive, the producer died from cancer on Sunday in North London, England.

“Gary Kurtz, Star Wars producer passed away on Sunday the 23rd of September at 4.47pm after living with Cancer for the last year,” read the statement. “We have him to thank for these wonderful memories that he made for us all. Gary Kurtz helped to create the force and it is with us always. Gary Kurtz left behind Clare Gabriel, Tiffany Kurtz, Melissa Kurtz, and Dylan Kurtz. Our thoughts are with his family.”

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Actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in various “Star Wars” films, tweeted Monday: “Rip Gary Kurtz. A great filmmaker and man has just passed. Without him there would have been no ‘force.
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Blondie Plot Four-Day Cuba Trip Featuring Concerts, Cultural Tours

Blondie will host an eclectic “cultural exchange” during “Blondie in Havana,” a four-day event set for March 14th through 18th, 2019. Tickets will include two career-spanning sets from the New Wave band, along with museum visits, photography and architecture tours, meals, five-star hotel accommodations, meet-and-greet and photo opportunities and performances from Cuban artists and musicians.

The sextet will perform two unique sets at Havana’s Teatro Mella venue, recruiting Cuban musicians and bands like Alain Perez, David Torrens and Afro-Cuban progressive rock act Sintesis. Prominent local visual artists will also offer
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Tiger Woods Win Scores Highest-Rated FedExCup Playoffs Telecast Ever

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Tiger Woods Win Scores Highest-Rated FedExCup Playoffs Telecast Ever
Welcome back, Tiger Woods.

Woods’ win at Sunday’s Tour Championship scored the best overnight ever rating — a 5.21 — for a FedExCup Playoffs event. The playoffs date back a dozen years to 2007.

That rating was up 206 percent from 2017’s 1.70. Sunday marked Woods’ 80th career victory and his first in five years.

“Tiger Woods’ win at the Tour Championship was an unforgettable event in golf,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf, NBC Sports Group. “The massive gallery following Tiger up the 18th fairway was matched by record viewership across NBC Sports’ platforms. Golf is experiencing a surge in momentum with Tiger and the young stars of the Tiger-inspired generation atop leaderboards. We look forward to this momentum continuing this week at the Ryder Cup.”

Also Read: The Northern Trust: Behind the Scenes at Start to PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs

The NBC Sports Group presentation, which aired from 3 to 6:15 p.m. Et
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TV Ratings: ‘9-1-1’ Season 2 Premiere Hits Highs Thanks to Football Lead-In

The Season 2 premiere of “9-1-1” on Fox is currently at a series high in the key ratings measures, though that is due in part to NFL coverage pumping up Sunday’s numbers.

As it currently stands, “9-1-1” is at a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers. That is up 22% in the key demo and 25% in total viewers compared to the series premiere back in January, which drew a 1.8 and 6.8 million viewers.

Elsewhere on broadcast, “Sunday Night Football” on NBC is currently at a 6.3 and 17.3 million viewers.

“Big Brother” was down from last Sunday’s episode on CBS.
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National Review Reporter Apologizes Over False Claim Against 2nd Kavanaugh Accuser

National Review reporter John Fund apologized on Monday for accusing Brett Kavanaugh’s second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, of being secretly funded by Democratic donor George Soros, telling his audience on Twitter that he has mistaken her for a different Deborah Ramirez.

“Correction: Soros Fellowship went to another Deborah Ramirez in Boston, a professor at Northeastern University. Sincere apologies,” said Fund, who deleted the original tweet after coming in for a round of criticism over the error.

Correction: Soros Fellowship went to another Deborah Ramirez in Boston, a professor at Northeastern University. Sincere apologies.

— John Fund (@johnfund) September 24, 2018

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In a screenshot taken by CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski, Fund attempted to link Ramirez to a Soros fellowship from 2003.

“Irony of this is just too great,” he wrote. “New Yorker article on new Kavanaugh accuser, Deborah Ramirez,
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Comedy Central Strikes Pact With All Things Comedy

Comedy Central Strikes Pact With All Things Comedy
A production banner led by Bill Burr and Al Madrigal will produce an original stand-up series hosted by Burr and three one-hour stand-up specials at Comedy Central, the parties announced Monday.

The first one-hour special under the deal, “Bill Burr Presents Paul Virzi: I’ll Say This,” premieres November 2 on Comedy Central.

“Bill Burr is one of the greatest stand-ups working today and we are thrilled to partner with him, Al and Atc on this new series and slate of specials. It’s truly a no brainer to bring Atc’s comedic sensibility to Comedy Central,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen,
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Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ Prop Master Arrested, Accused of Making 3D-Printed Gun in Theater

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Ilya Vett, a puppet technician for Broadway’s “The Lion King,” has been arrested after he was allegedly found 3D-printing a revolver in a theater’s prop room.

Security at the Minskoff Theatre found the printer and an incomplete printing of the gun and called police, the New York Daily News reported. According to the complaint obtained by TheWrap, officer James Taylor saw the printer “powered on, moving and in operation” on Friday.

Finding a memory card that was plugged into the side of the printer, the 3D printer was making an object that “has a hand grip and a pointed, snub-nosed nozzle, and in between the two features, an empty space where it is customary for a cylinder holding live rounds of ammunition to be placed.”

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According to the complaint, Vett brought
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