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Ponzi scheme architect Bernie Madoff dies in prison aged 82
Ponzi scheme architect Bernie Madoff dies in prison aged 82
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Bernard L. Madoff, the con artist behind the largest private Ponzi scheme in history, has died at the age of 82 in federal prison. Madoff bilked thousands of investors, including Steven Spielberg, Fred Wilpon and Kevin Bacon, out of an estimated $65 billion and was convicted in 2009 to 150 years in prison. He defrauded around 37,000 people in 136 countries.

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'Indiana Jones 5' casts Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star with Harrison Ford
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Disney announced Friday that British actress Phoebe-Waller Bridge has signed on to appear in the upcoming fifth "Indiana Jones" movie alongside Harrison Ford, who's been wearing Indy's familiar fedora since 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark." The British writer-producer-actress created the acclaimed Amazon Studios dramedy Fleabag and was the showrunner of the first season of BBC America's Killing Eve.

James Mangold (Ford v Ferrari) is taking over directing duties from Steven Spielberg, who helmed the first four films in the franchise.

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MythBusters' host Grant Imahara dies at 49 of a brain aneurysm
Grant Imahara
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Grant Imahara, the former co-host of Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" and Netflix's "White Rabbit Project", has died suddenly at the age of 49 of a brain aneurysm.

Born in Los Angeles, Imahara joined Lucasfilm’s THX and later moved to its VFX unit ILM. During his tenure, he worked on films in such blockbuster movies as Jurassic Park, The Matrix, The Terminator, xXx, Galaxy Quest, Van Helsing and Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Adam Savage, co-host of MythBusters, tweeted: "I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend."