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Dick Van Dyke Once Had to Apologize for His "Atrocious" British Accent in 'Mary Poppins'

If you hadn't realized that Dick Van Dyke is American before you saw Mary Poppins, his British accent was probably a clear indication! In fact, the actor recently apologized to the English people for the "atrocious" accent he used playing chimney sweep Bert in the beloved 1964 musical. That mea culpa came last July, after the British Academy of Film and Television Arts picked Dick for its 2017 Britannia Award for Excellence in Television. "I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious cockney accent in the history of cinema," he said, per The Guardian. But Chantal Rickards, BAFTA's La chief executive, was gracious about Dick's Cockney cock-up. "We look forward to his acceptance speech in whatever accent he chooses on the night," she said. "We have no doubt it will be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) At a 2014 red carpet event, the
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Die Hard 6 Moves Forward with Conjuring Writers

Die Hard 6 Moves Forward with Conjuring Writers
Bruce Willis confirmed just this past February that Die Hard 6 is definitely still happening. Now the project is chugging forward at a faster rate, with 20th Century Fox bringing on new writers. The studio has hired Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, the sibling scribe team best known for their work on The Conjuring franchise. They will rewrite the Die Hard 6 script. Len Wiseman is still attached to direct this action sequel, and also serve as a producer alongside Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Die Hard 6 will bring back Bruce Willis, reprising his iconic role as New York cop John McClane, but the story will actually focus on a much younger John McClane as a NYPD cop in the 1970s. Bruce Willis is expected to appear in present-day scenes that will bookend the movie, that will shift back and forth between present-day and the 1970s. While Bruce Willis was originally expected to make
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Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard, Dies at 89

Rance Howard, Actor and Father of Ron Howard, Dies at 89
Rest in peace, Rance Howard.

The actor died on Saturday, his son, director Ron Howard, announced on Twitter. Rance, who is also dad to actor Clint Howard, was 89.

"Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons. Today he passed at 89," Ron wrote. "He stood especially tall 4 his ability to balance ambition w/great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad."

Rance's acting career spanned more than six decades. After his first movie role in 1956's Frontier Woman, Rance appeared in films like An Eye for an Eye (1966), Chinatown (1974), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Nebraska (2013).

He also acted in several of Ron's films, like Splash, Cocoon, Parenthood and Apollo 13, as well as Ron's feature film directorial debut, Grand Theft Auto. He also worked with his son in TV, on the sitcom
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‘Bold And The Beautiful’ Is Bringing On New Male In A Couple Of Days,New Details

According to a recent report from Soapcentral, we’re about to see a new male arrive on the scene for CBS’s hit soap opera show “The Bold And The Beautiful.” The crew has decided to hire former Happy Days actor Don Most (above) to come on and play a character named Pete. If any of you watch Happy Days, Don played character Ralph Malph on the show. Getting back to the Pete character, Soapcentral says he’ll be a handyman that arrives to help spruce up the Spectra Fashions building after a fire breaks out. Don recently talked to TV Insider and gave them a little more intel about his Pete role saying, “It's an old building and there's something very dicey going on with the electrical wiring. Pete keeps telling them he's no expert, but they don't want to spring for a real electrician. And then they hire him back a second time!
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Dick Van Dyke to receive Britannia award

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Dick Van Dyke to receive Britannia award
Comedian ‘apologises’ for Cockney accent in Mary Poppins.

Dick Van Dyke will receive the Britannia Award For Excellence In Television from BAFTA La in October.

The celebrated actor and comedian will collect his honour at the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards on October 27 in Beverly Hills.

The 91-year-old entertainer has earned five Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into in Television Hall of Fame in a career spanning more than seven decades.

Television credits include The Dick Van Dyke Show, Jake And The Fatman, and Diagnosis Murder. In film he famously appeared in Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as Dick Tracy, and more recently the Night At The Museum films. He won a Tony for Bye Bye Birdie.

“I appreciate this opportunity to apologise to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema,” Van Dyke said
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Erin Moran’s Tragic Life After Happy Days: From TV Star to Living in a Trailer Park

Erin Moran’s Tragic Life After Happy Days: From TV Star to Living in a Trailer Park
After appearing on the hit sitcom Happy Days and the spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, Erin Moran — who was found dead at age 56 on Saturday afternoon in Corydon, Indiana — seemed to have struggled with life outside of the spotlight.

Although she did not appear as a series regular after her two shows ended, Moran continued acting on TV, taking small roles on The Love Boat and Murder She Wrote in the ’80s. She also appeared on episodes of Diagnosis Murder and The Bold and the Beautiful in 1998 and 2009, respectively. She also is credited with having small roles in the films Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,
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'Happy Days' Star Erin Moran Dies at 56

'Happy Days' Star Erin Moran Dies at 56
Rest in peace, Erin Moran.

The Happy Days star died on Saturday, Et confirms. She was 56.

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A police spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff in Indiana tells Et that they received a 911 call in reference to an unresponsive female on Saturday, and that first responders found Moran deceased upon arrival. An autopsy is still pending.

Moran shot to fame in the '70s as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days, the younger sister of Ron Howard's Richie Cunningham. She later went on to star in her own spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi, based on her character's relationship with Chachi Arcola, played by Scott Baio.

Throughout the next several decades, Moran starred on The Love Boat, and had appearances on Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis Murder.

Related: Olympian Germaine Mason Dies at 34 After Reported Motorcycle Crash on Ride With Usain Bolt

The actress' former co-star, Henry Winkler, took to Twitter
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Erin Moran, Joanie in 'Happy Days,' Dead at 56

Erin Moran, Joanie in 'Happy Days,' Dead at 56
Erin Moran, the actress best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on beloved sitcom Happy Days and its spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 56.

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana revealed that the cause of death was likely "complications of stage 4 cancer," per the Wrap.

Moran began her career as a child actress, starring in commercials starting at age five. She appeared in films such as 1968's How Sweet It Is! with Debbie Reynolds and Melvin Van Peebles' Watermelon Man in 1970 alongside TV shows Daktari,
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Happy Days' Erin Moran Dead at 56

Happy Days' Erin Moran Dead at 56
Erin Moran, best known to TV audiences for her role as Joanie Cunningham on the classic sitcom Happy Days, has died, TMZ reports. She was 56.

Moran rose to fame when she was cast as the younger sister of Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham on Happy Days, which ran for 11 seasons between 1974 and 1984. She later co-starred opposite Scott Baio in the short-lived spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi, which lasted for just two brief seasons between 1982 and 1983.

RelatedScott Baio Mourns Erin Moran: ‘I Always Hoped She Could Find Peace’

Additional TV credits include episodes of Family Affair, The Love Boat, Murder,
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Michael Gleason Dies; ‘Remington Steele’ Co-Creator Was 78

Michael Gleason, the co-creator of Remington Steele and producer of such popular series as Diagnosis Murder and Rich Man Poor Man Book 2, died Friday at the age of 78. His death was confirmed on his Facebook page; no cause was listed. Gleason, a novelist as well as veteran producer, started as a writer for such 1960s series as Rawhide, Laramie, My Favorite Martian, The Big Valley and Peyton Place, continuing through the ’70s with Marcus Welby, M.D., Cannon, McCloud and Ric…
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Heroes use Mechs to Fight in Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants

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Burbank, CA (July 6, 2016) — Batman will need the help from several of his Super Hero pals — Green Arrow, Nightwing, The Flash and Robin – to take down a crew of Super-Villains on a scale he’s never seen before in Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, this thrilling new addition to the Batman Unlimited animated film trilogy comes to DVD ($19.98 Srp) via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on September 13, 2016 and on Digital HD on August 30, 2016 via purchase from digital retailers.

The Dark Knight is back doing what he does best – protecting the citizens of Gotham City – in the third installment of the Batman Unlimited series, Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants. When evil scientist Mr. Freeze activates his latest invention on two of Gotham City’s most formidable criminals – Killer Croc and Bane – things go from bad to worse. Turning them into super-sized mutant monsters,
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Batman Takes on Kaiju in First Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs Mutants Trailer

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If you've ever wanted to see Batman suit up in a giant robot (along with Green Arrow) to fight a city sized monster Voltron style, then it looks like the new Batman Unlimited direct-to-dvd movie, Mechs vs. Mutants, is exactly what you need. Come inside to check out the first details and trailer on the upcoming animated adventure!

When Warner Bros. announced that Batman Unlimited would be bringing a new series of animated 'movies' for fans, they promised it would be a way to play around in the Batman universe and offer new ideas for young kids to enjoy that would be a little different. Our first details and look at Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants (which comes to DVD on September 13th) is definitely something different.

It's kind of a neat idea, though it feels like any other giant mecha/monster cartoon idea out there. The biggest different here,
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Warner Bros. announces Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants, watch the trailer here

Warner Bros. has announced the upcoming release of the family-friendly DC animated movie Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants, the follow-up to Batman Unlimted Animal Instincts and Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, which sees the Caped Crusader and Green Arrow finding themselves facing a grave new threat to Gotham’s safety. Check out the cover art, synopsis and trailer here…

The Dark Knight is back doing what he does best – protecting the citizens of Gotham City – in the third installment of the Batman Unlimited series, Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants. When evil scientist Mr. Freeze activates his latest invention on two of Gotham City’s most formidable criminals – Killer Croc and Bane – things go from bad to worse. Turning them into super-sized mutant monsters, the Super-Villains start bashing through the streets of Gotham City with no end in sight. It’s up to the Caped Crusader and his Super Hero
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Interview: Harry Lennix Puts His Career & Life in Perspective

Chicago – The stage play that Harry Lennix is in town to direct – “A Small Oak Tree Runs Red” – is in its last weekend, and is giving the actor/director the best notices of the theater part in his long and successful career. For more information about the play, and ticket availability, click here.

Harry Lennix is a 17 year board member of the Congo Square Theatre – the company presenting the play – while he continues his career as a working actor. Born in Chicago, he studied acting and direction at Northwestern University. He broke into films with 1989’s made-in-Chicago “The Package,” and has steadily climbed the career ladder since then. Film highlights include “The Five Heartbeats” (1991), “Get on the Bus” (1996), “Love & Basketball” (2000), “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003) and “State of Play” (2009). He has had recurring or regular character roles on the TV series “ER,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “24” and “Dollhouse.” He appeared in Chicago on the
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Interview: Harry Lennix Directs the New Play ‘A Small Oak Tree Runs Red’

Chicago – Mention the name Harry Lennix, and images of his many character roles are bound to emerge – Harold Cooper in the TV series “The Blacklist,” General Swanwick from “Batman v Superman” and Commissioner Blades from Spike Lee’s recent “Chi-Raq.” The deeply knowledgeable Lennix brings his years of dramatic expertise, as he directs the Congo Square Theatre Company’s world premiere stage play “A Small Oak Tree Runs Red.’

The play is an allegory set in purgatory, the weigh station between heaven and hell. Three African-America characters – two men, and a woman – are in this space, trying to remember what brought them there. They all three have nooses around the necks, the victims of the 1918 Georgia Lynch Riots. With ramifications all the way to the present day, “A Small Oak Tree Runs Red” is a stark reminder of the hatred that has burned in the soul of America since its inception.
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Theresa Saldana, ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘The Commish’ Star, Dies at 61

Theresa Saldana, ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘The Commish’ Star, Dies at 61
Theresa Saldana, who starred on “The Commish” and in “Raging Bull” alongside Joe Pesci, died Monday in Los Angeles. She had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai but no cause of death has been given. She was 61.

Saldana was best known for having survived a knifing attack by a stalker in 1982. She later went on to do victim advocacy work after her near-death attack. She founded the Victims for Victims organization that fought for anti-stalking laws, then played herself in the 1984 TV movie “Victims for Victims: The Teresa Saldana Story.” Her death was first reported by TMZ.

Saldana starred in multiple films in the ’70s but gained traction when she starred in Robert Zemeckis’ 1978 film “I Wanna Hold your Hand.” She then appeared in “Raging Bull” as the wife of Joey Lamotta, played by Joe Pesci.

Saldana also appeared in TV shows including “T.J. Hooker,” “Cagney & Lacey” and “Simon & Simon.” However, her
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Theresa Saldana, ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘The Commish’ Star, Dies at 61

Theresa Saldana, ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘The Commish’ Star, Dies at 61
Theresa Saldana, who starred on “The Commish” and in “Raging Bull” alongside Joe Pesci, died Monday in Los Angeles. She had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai but no cause of death has been given. She was 61.

Saldana was best known for having survived a knifing attack by a stalker in 1982. She later went on to do victim advocacy work after her near-death attack. She founded the Victims for Victims organization that fought for anti-stalking laws, then played herself in the 1984 TV movie “Victims for Victims: The Teresa Saldana Story.” Her death was first reported by TMZ.

Saldana starred in multiple films in the ’70s but gained traction when she starred in Robert Zemeckis’ 1978 film “I Wanna Hold your Hand.” She then appeared in “Raging Bull” as the wife of Joey Lamotta, played by Joe Pesci.

Saldana also appeared in TV shows including “T.J. Hooker,” “Cagney & Lacey” and “Simon & Simon.” However, her
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Wayne Rogers, Played M*A*S*H's Trapper John, Dead at 82

Wayne Rogers, Played M*A*S*H's Trapper John, Dead at 82
Wayne Rogers, best known to TV audiences for playing Captain “Trapper” John McIntyre on M*A*S*H, died on Thursday after suffering complications from pneumonia, his family told Entertainment Tonight. He was 82.

Rogers’ first major acting role was on the ABC Western Stagecoach West, which debuted in October 1960 and ran for 38 episodes. A little over a decade (and numerous gigs) later, he was cast as Trapper John on CBS’ TV adaptation of M*A*S*H, assuming the role played by Elliott Gould in the 1970 film.

Bidding M*A*S*H adieu after three seasons, Rogers went on to
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Martin Milner, Star of Adam-12 and Route 66, Dead at 83

Martin Milner, Star of Adam-12 and Route 66, Dead at 83
Veteran TV actor Martin Milner, best known for his starring roles in Adam-12 and Route 66, has died. He was 83.

After launching his career in such war-themed films Sands Of Iwo Jima (1949), Operation Pacific (1951) and Halls Of Montezuma (1951), Milner began his gradual transition to the small screen with a recurring role in Dragnet and guest stints on Wagon Train and The Twilight Zone.

In 1960, he scored his big break opposite George Maharis in Route 66, which ran for four seasons and nearly 120 episodes on CBS. He followed that up with a co-starring role NBC’s long-running cop drama Adam-12.

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Martin Milner, Star of ‘Adam-12,’ ‘Route 66,’ Dies at 83

Martin Milner, Star of ‘Adam-12,’ ‘Route 66,’ Dies at 83
Martin Milner, who starred on TV on “Adam-12” with Kent McCord and, earlier, on “Route 66” with George Maharis, died Sunday night, Diana Downing, a representative for his fan page, confirmed. He was 83.

Milner was also known for his roles as a jazz guitarist in the brilliant 1957 film “Sweet Smell of Success” and in the 1967 camp classic “Valley of the Dolls.”

Milner began acting in movies while a teen, after his father got him an agent, first appearing in the 1947 classic “Life With Father.” The film starred William Powell and Irene Dunne, and thus Milner, along with his co-star Elizabeth Taylor, bridged the generations in Hollywood between the golden age and contemporary era.

He appeared as Officer Pete Molloy alongside Kent McCord’s Officer Jim Reed in NBC’s “Adam-12” from 1968-75. Molloy was the seasoned, savvy veteran bringing along Reed who was, at first, a rookie.

The innovative series
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