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Sony Animation developing an Alf movie

Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the rights to the classic 80s American sitcom Alf and is set to develop a hybrid live-action / CG-animated feature film, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that producer Jordan Kerner - who recently scored a huge hit with The Smurfs - has been assigned to oversee the project. Kerner will produce the big screen adaptation alongside show creators Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco, the latter of whom is also expected to continue lending his voice to the character.

Originally airing between 1986 and 1990, Alf centred on a furry alien called Gordon Shumway (a.k.a. 'Alf' - an acronym for Alien Life Form), who crash lands in the garage of a suburban family, the Tanners, after his home planet of Melmac is destroyed in an explosion. Taken in by the Tanners and sheltered from the Us military, Alf causes trouble left right and centre as
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Ed McMahon Dead At Age 86

Former 'Tonight Show' sidekick had been battling a 'multitude of health problems,' publicist says.

By Jocelyn Vena

Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon, who was best known as Johnny Carson's sidekick on "The Tonight Show," died at age 86 early Tuesday morning (June 23).

McMahon died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, his publicist, Howard Bragman, confirmed to The Associated Press. The announcer had been battling cancer for some time and was recently hospitalized for pneumonia. Although no cause of death was given, Bragman did say that McMahon suffered from a "multitude of health problems the last few months."

The Massachusetts native spent 30 years, from 1962 to 1992, on "The Tonight Show," where he became known for his catchphrase "H-e-e-e-e-e-ere's Johnny!" Before achieving fame in Hollywood, however, McMahon served as a colonel in the U.S. Marines Corps and a fighter pilot during the late 1940s and 1950s.

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