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American broadcaster Larry King dies aged 87
American broadcaster Larry King dies aged 87
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Communicated with a statement on his Twitter account, Larry King has died aged 87.

The statement on his Twitter accounr reads that "for 63 years and across the platforms of radio, telvision and digital media, Larry's many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster."

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Chris Evans nears deal to reprise Captain America role In future Marvel project
Chris Evans
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Deadline reports that Chris Evans is negotiating a deal to reprise his Captain America role in the MCU in some form. Still vague if deal as completely closed but insiders say it's headed in that direction for Evans to return as Steve Rogers aka Captain America in at least one Marvel property with the door open for a second film.

Chris Evan, on Twitter, claims the reports are “news” to him.

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10 new episodes of 'Sex and the City' announced, but Kim Cattrall won't return
Instagram post announcing the new season of Sex and the City
Instagram post announcing the new season of Sex and the City Credit: HBO (Instagram Reproduction)

A Sex and the City revival is heading to the small screen, more than 20 years after the hit series made its debut, but only Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis will return. Kim Cattrall, who played the popular character, Samantha, will not feature.

The new series, named 'And Just Like That...', will consist of 10 half-hour episodes and production will begin in late spring.

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Berlinale announces plans for a 'festival in two stages' amid Covid-19 uncertainty
Berlinale announces plans for a 'festival in two stages' amid Covid-19 uncertainty
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The Berlinale organizers announced the decision to have its upcoming film festival online. Originally set for February 11-21, 2021, the festival is pushing back the dates for its program to from March 1st to 5th.

The winners and a selection of the films from the March festival will then be presented in Berlin theatres in the summer.

"As an answer to the times in which we are living, we have decided to split our offer into two distinct, yet related events and in this way fulfil the mission of the Berlinale," said artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a press release.

Along with various businesses and schools, is already confirmed that Berlin's cultural institutions are to remain closed until the middle of January, and Lederer said in a Twitter video message that he expected the lockdown for cinemas to "go on a little longer."

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Sir Ian McKellen receives Covid-19 vaccine
Sir Ian McKellen receives Covid-19 vaccine
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The actor Sir Ian McKellen, who is most famous for his role as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, has received the Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer/BioNTech. Being 81 years old, the actor was among the first groups to be vaccinated in the United Kingdom.

He publically stated: "I really hope that, as more people get vaccinated, we will move further along the path back to a more normal way of life".

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'Sister Act 3' production confirmed, Whoopi Goldberg to star and produce
'Sister Act 3' production confirmed, Whoopi Goldberg to star and produce
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Disney has confirmed that production for 'Sister Act 3' has started, with Whoopi Goldberg reprising her role as Deloris Van Cartier and Tyler Perry set to produce the movie alongside Goldberg. The third installment of Sister Act will premiere ion Disney Plus, but no release date is known yet.

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Dame Barbara Windsor has died, aged 83
The late Barbara Windsor, actress and local resident, plants last of 53 trees to be added to Weymouth Street, London in 2010.
The late Barbara Windsor, actress and local resident, plants last of 53 trees to be added to Weymouth Street, London in 2010. Credit: Portlandvillage, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Dame Barbara Windsor, best known for her roles in the Carry On films and as Peggy Mitchell, the landlady of The Queen Vic in Eastenders has died aged 83 in a London care home on Thursday (10/12/20) evening from Alzheimer's.

Her husband, Scott Mitchell, confirmed the news that she had died peacefully. He said that Dame Barbara would be emembered for the "love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of the first high profile people to react to her death on Twitter. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also paid tribute to her charity and acting work.

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Warner Bros. will debut every 2021 movie on HBO Max at the same time they hit theatres
Warner Bros. will debut every 2021 movie on HBO Max at the same time they hit theatres
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On Thursday, Warner Bros. announced that it would release all of its 2021 movies on HBO Max at the same time they hit theatres. New releases will be available to stream on HBO Max for a month and then will continue theatrically in the U.S. and international territories.

Movies that are scheduled to launch in 2021 include Denzel Washington’s The Little Things, Dune, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, and Matrix 4.

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Mads Mikkelsen replacing Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in 'Fantastic Beasts 3'
Mads Mikkelsen
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The Warner Bros. announced today that Mads Mikkelsen had been cast as Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the third “Fantastic Beasts” film. Mikkelsen is no stranger to evil magic users, having previously played supervillain sorcerer Kaecilius in Doctor Strange.

Considering his filmography, Mikkelsen seems an excellent choice to play magnetic murderer wizard and magical fuckboy Grindelwald. Depp announced in November that he would no longer be playing Grindelwald after Warner Bros. asked him to step down from the role.

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Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on December 25 on HBO Max and Theaters
Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on December 25 on HBO Max and Theaters
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After months of delays due to Covid-19, Warner Bros. has decided to release its upcoming blockbuster Wonder Woman 1984 on its HBO Max streaming service the same day it hits theatres in the U.S., December 25. The sequel to the 2017 hit was originally supposed to be released in June, then moved to October.

According to a press release, the film will debut in theatres internationally on December 16.

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Disney+ reached 73.7 million paid subscribers
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Disney+ Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Launched one year ago, Disney+ reached 73.7 million paid subscribers as of early October, a jump from the 60.5 million subscribers the service had on August 3. The numbers are part of The Walt Disney Company’s fourth-quarter earnings report released Thursday.

CEO Bob Chapek said, in a statement, that "The real bright spot has been our direct-to-consumer business, which is key to the future of our company, and on this anniversary of the launch of Disney+ we're pleased to report that, as of the end of the fourth quarter, the service had more than 73 million paid subscribers - far surpassing our expectations in just its first year."

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Marvel's WandaVision to premiere on January 15th on Disney Plus
Screenshot of WandaVision Trailer
Screenshot of WandaVision Trailer Credit: Marvel Studios

WandaVision, one of Marvel Studios' most anticipated new series, will premier on January 15th, 2021 on Disney Plus. The announcement was made on Disney Plus's official Twitter account along with a teaser showing mostly already released images.

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Johnny Depp has been fired from "The Fantastic Beasts" franchise
Johnny Depp has been fired from "The Fantastic Beasts" franchise
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In a letter posted to Instagram, Johnny Depp announced he will no longer be the character Grindelwald of the Fantastic Beasts franchise after "being asked to resign by Warner Bros."

The Warner Bros. decision is related to the fact that earlier this week, Depp lost his libel case against the Sun after he was called a “wife-beater” following stories of alleged abuse against Heard.

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British couple discovered Star Wars memorabilia worth $525,000
British couple discovered Star Wars memorabilia worth $525,000
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The Times newspaper reported Thursday that a couple, from Stourbridge in central England, discovered a batch of Star Wars memorabilia worth $525,000 in bin bags left to them by a neighbour. The couple was initially unsure what to make of the jumble of dolls and spacecraft their neighbour had spent decades collecting, but their son called in an auctioneer.

From Storm Trooper helmets to R2D2's eye, memorabilia from one of the world's biggest movie franchises can fetch eye-watering sums at auctions.

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MGM explored a $600 million sale of the next James Bond film 'No Time to Die' to a streaming service
MGM explored a $600 million sale of the next James Bond film 'No Time to Die' to a streaming service
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MGM explored the possibility of selling "No Time to Die," the upcoming James Bond movie, to a streaming service on a $600 million deal. The movie was originally slated to debut last April, but was postponed initially to November and then to April 2021.

MGM took a $30 to $50 million hit as a result of the postponements, so far.

An MGM spokesperson stated: "We do not comment on rumours. The film is not for sale. The film’s release has been postponed until April 2021 in order to preserve the theatrical experience for moviegoers."

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Filmmaker James Redford dies at the age of 58
James Redford
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The filmmaker and environmental activist James Redford has passed away at the age of 58, his wife Kyle has confirmed.

James, who was the son of actor Robert Redford, died of bile-duct cancer in his liver on October 16.

Kyle Redford posted on Twitter: "Jamie died today. We’re heartbroken. He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many. He will be deeply missed."

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Channing Dungey to become chairwoman of Warner Bros. TV
Channing Dungey
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Channing Dungey, former President of ABC Entertainment, will take over as chairwoman of Warner Bros. Television Group. Dungey will replace the veteran television executive Peter Roth, who will step down next year.

Ten days ago it was announced Channing Dungey had stepped down as VP Original Content and head of drama at Netflix after 20 months at the streamer.

Dungey will start her tenure early next year and will report to Ann Sarnoff, chief executive of Warner Media Studios and Networks Group.

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AMC Theatres says it's running out of money by the end of the year
AMC Theatres says it's running out of money by the end of the year

AMC Theatres, the world’s largest movie theatre chain, announced Tuesday that its cash resources "would be largely depleted by the end of 2020 or early 2021."

The company has reopened more than 80% of its US cinemas since March, but the lack of a vaccine and with few new movies to show, the attendance has been abysmal -- a decline of 85% compared to the same period last year.

AMC said it has two ways out of its cash crisis: Either more customers need to buy tickets, or it will have to find new ways to borrow money.

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Benedict Cumberbatch joins "Spider-Man 3" cast as Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch will be reprising his role as Doctor Strange in Marvel's third installment of Spider-Man, starring Tom Holland in the title role.

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'Jurassic World: Dominion' halts production after positive Covid-19
'Jurassic World: Dominion' halts production after positive Covid-19
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The "Jurassic World: Dominion" production will be halted for at least two weeks after multiple cases of Covid-19.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for Universal Pictures said that "due to our rigid protocols and to ensure that the safety and well-being of our entire cast and crew is paramount at all times, those who initially tested positive are currently self-isolating, as are those who they have come into contact with. As a result filming has been temporarily paused and will resume in accordance with established safety guidelines."

The movie, the third film in the new Jurassic trilogy, had been scheduled for release June 11, 2021, but it has now been moved to June 10, 2022.

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Cineworld announces temporary suspension of US and UK cinema operations
Cineworld announces temporary suspension of US and UK cinema operations

As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Cineworld Group has announced that all operations in the United States and the United Kingdom will be suspended.

They stated that "In response to an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cineworld confirms that it will be temporarily suspending operations at all of its 536 Regal theatres in the U.S. and its 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theatres in the U.K. from Thursday, 8 October 2020".

The closures will impact around 45,000 employees, and it is not clear when the cinemas will reopen.

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Facebook counters Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma" that criticized practices of the social network
Facebook counters Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma" that criticized practices of the social network
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In a post, Facebook has taken a stance towards the accusations from the Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma".

Facebook stated that "the film’s creators do not include insights from those currently working at the companies or any experts that take a different view to the narrative put forward by the film" and added that "it gives a distorted view of how social media platforms work".

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Release of James Bond's 'No Time To Die' has been delayed again
Release of James Bond's 'No Time To Die' has been delayed again
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No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond film, had its release delayed until April 2, 2021. Supposed to arrive in April 2020, the movie release had already been postponed to November 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans, but we now look forward to sharing NO TIME TO DIE next year."

The movie marks Daniel Craig's final appearance as British secret service agent, 007.

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Filming of Avatar 2 "100 percent complete", James Cameron says
Filming of Avatar 2 "100 percent complete", James Cameron says
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Canadian filmmaker and director James Cameron has recently confirmed that filming on Avatar 2 and 3 is almost done after the Covid-19 pandemic had delayed shooting.

"We've got about 10 percent left to go. We're 100 percent complete on Avatar 2 and we're sort of 95 percent complete on Avatar 3," Cameron said in a video call with Terminator friend Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Covid hit us like it hit everybody... We lost about four and a half months of production. As a result of that, we've rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022. That's been announced already. Now that doesn't mean I have an extra year to finish the film, because the day we deliver Avatar 2 we'll just start working on finishing Avatar 3."

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Emmys: Zendaya youngest to win best lead actress in a drama
Emmys: Zendaya youngest to win best lead actress in a drama
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The 24-year-old Zendaya won the Emmy for best lead actress in a drama for her role as Rue on HBO's "Euphoria", becoming the the youngest actress to win in that category.

"I know this feels like a weird time to be celebrating, but I just want to say there is hope in the young people out there," so Zendaya. "I know our TV show doesn't always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people, and I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you, I thank you."

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Emmys: Multiple wins for Schitt's Creek, Succession and Watchman
Emmys: Multiple wins for Schitt's Creek, Succession and Watchman
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Canadian comedy show Schitt's Creek won seven Emmys on Sunday night for its sixth and final season, including best comedy series, best actor in a comedy series (Eugene Levy), best actress in a comedy series (Catherine O'Hara) and best contemporary costumes (Darci Cheyne and Debra Hanson). It set the record for most wins in a single season for a comedy.

HBO's family conglomerate drama Succession was won the award for best drama series and outstanding lead actor in a drama series (Jeremy Strong).

HBO's Watchmen wins the award for outstanding limited series, outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie (Regina King) and supporting actor in a limited series or movie (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).

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Tatiana Maslany casts as title character in Marvel's She-Hulk
Tatiana Maslany casts as title character in Marvel's She-Hulk
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Tatiana Maslany has been cast as the title character of Marvel's She-Hulk series for Disney+. Maslany, who is known from Orphan Black, will be joined by Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty) as lead writer and Kat Coiro as director.

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Actress Dame Diana Rigg dies at the age of 82
Dame Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
Dame Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell

The British Actress Dame Diana Rigg, famous for TV roles as Emma Peel in The Avengers and as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 82 of cancer, after being diagnosed in March.

Rigg also appeared as Tracy Bond, James Bond’s only wife, in the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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The Walking Dead will end after season 11
The Walking Dead will end after season 11
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AMC's zombie apocalypse TV show The Walking Dead will end in 2022 after an "expanded 11th season". Season 10 has been delayed due to Covid-19 and will air in 2021.

Following the end of TWD, fans can expect a spinoff of the series starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride.

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Tenet grosses $20.2m on opening weekend in US
Tenet grosses $20.2m on opening weekend in US
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Christopher Nolan's new movie "Tenet" garnered around $20.2 million in the US over Labor Day weekend. Usually, Nolan's movies make around $50m during an opening weekend but around 45% of the country's film venues remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Domestically, while our results show positive like-for-like theatre indicators compared to previous films such as Dunkirk, there is literally no context in which to compare the results of a film opening during a pandemic with any other circumstance. We are in unprecedented territory, so any comparisons to the pre-COVID world would be inequitable and baseless," Warner Bros said in a statement.