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‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52

‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52
Actor Simon Shelton, known for voicing Tinky-Winky in the BBC children’s show “Teletubbies,” died on Jan. 17. He was 52.

His niece, Emily Atack, confirmed the news on Instagram.

“My wonderful uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us all so suddenly. The kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet. Loved by all who knew him, and will be forever. X,” she wrote.

The British actor took over the role of the purple Teletubby from 1998 to 2001, after original actor Dave Thompson was fired in 1997. Shelton also played the Dark Knight in the children’s game show “Incredible Games.”

Teletubbies” was an educational television show for young children that focused on four creatures with televisions on their abdomens who played each day in Teletubbyland. In its heyday, the program reached one billion children in more than 120 countries in 45 languages.

In 1999, conservative televangelist Jerry Falwell spoke out against the show, and Shelton
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Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Races Toward $20 Million Opening

Box Office: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Races Toward $20 Million Opening
Fox’s launch of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is poised to end the three-week box office reign of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with about $20 million at about 3,800 North American locations.

The action thriller has already opened impressively in four markets overseas, starting with South Korea, Australia, and Taiwan taking in $15 million during its first weekend. The movie’s original release date was delayed for nearly a year in order to allow star Dylan O’Brien to recover from injuries sustained during shooting.

O’Brien stars in the dystopian trilogy as Thomas. The 2014 original opened with $32.5 million and grossed $102 million in U.S. receipts, and 2015 follow-up “The Scorch Trials” opened with $30 million and tallied $82 million in domestic box office. Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster also star. Wes Ball directed all three films.

The finale sees a group of escapees attempting to break into the legendary Last City in order to save their friends. Most international
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Anne Hathaway's 'Barbie' Movie Moves to 2020

Anne Hathaway's 'Barbie' Movie Moves to 2020
Sony is moving the Anne Hathaway-starring, long-in-the-works Barbie project to 2020.

The fish-out-of-water tale, directed by Australian director Alethea Jones, will now premiere on May 8, 2020, kicking off the summer that year, after moving from the original launch date of Aug. 8, 2018, Sony announced Tuesday.

Amy Pascal, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing the project based on the classic Barbie mythology and putting a contemporary spin on the toy, with an emphasis on feminism and identity.

The script, now to receive more work, portrays a woman that slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit into...
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 88

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Ursula K. Le Guin, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 88
Acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin has died, her agent told TheWrap Tuesday. She was 88.

Le Guin died at her home in Portland, Oregon, on Monday. Her son told The New York Times she had been in poor health for months. Her agent had no further statement at this time.

Le Guin has sold millions of copies of her books, which have been translated into 40 languages, many of which have been in print for the better half of a century. Le Guin...
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Missing Plane Thriller 'Manifest' Scores NBC Pilot Order

Missing Plane Thriller 'Manifest' Scores NBC Pilot Order
NBC is moving closer to finding its version of Lost.

The network has handed out a formal pilot order to Manifest, a thriller written by Jeff Rake (The Mysteries of Laura) and described as a high-concept mystery thriller in which a plane disappears from radar and returns years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea.

Manifest landed at NBC in August with a sizable put-pilot commitment. The Robert Zemeckis- and Jack Rapke-exec produced drama follows what happens after the plane's passengers return: No time has passed for those on the plane, but for their loved ones at...
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Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations

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Oscars: ‘The Shape of Water’ Swims Ahead With 13 Nominations
The film academy’s best fit is “The Shape of Water.” Guillermo del Toro’s whimsical period romance about a custodial worker and fish-man hybrid who fall in love stacked 13 Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, more than any other film this year. Those nods included Best Picture, Best Director for Del Toro, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, and Best Supporting actor and actress for Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer, respectively. It also landed a healthy mix of below-the-line categories like Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Sound Mixing. Also Read: Oscars Nominate First Female Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison for 'Mudbound' Trailing behind was Christopher...
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Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs

Oscars: 'Wonder Woman,' James Franco, Steven Spielberg Among Noteworthy Snubs
While a number of Oscar hopefuls are cheering after their names were read during Tuesday morning's nominations announcement, other individuals and films considered to be contenders found themselves out in the cold.

Wonder Woman was completely shut out by the Academy, even in the technical categories, despite being one of the highest-grossing films of the year and receiving acclaim from a number of critics groups and awards organizations. Also shut out despite receiving early-season awards attention and Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Critics' Choice nominations was Battle of the Sexes, about the historic tennis match between Billie Jean King and...
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Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director

Oscars: Greta Gerwig Becomes Fifth Woman Ever Nominated for Best Director
Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman ever nominated for a best director Oscar on Tuesday morning.

The Lady Bird helmer was the only woman nominated in the otherwise all-male field made up of Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Jordan Peele (Get Out).

Gerwig's nomination comes after she landed a Directors Guild nomination and a best director nomination from the Critics' Choice Awards for her feature directorial debut. The National Board of Review and National Society of Film Critics also named her best director for her work on the film.

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Lari White, Country Singer and ‘Cast Away’ Actress, Dies at 52 After Cancer Battle (Report)

Lari White, Country Singer and ‘Cast Away’ Actress, Dies at 52 After Cancer Battle (Report)
Lari White, the country singer whose hits included “Now I Know” and “That’s My Baby,” died on Tuesday following a battle with cancer, Rolling Stone reports. She was 52.

In addition to her singing career, White was also an actress whose credits included the 2000 Tom Hanks film “Cast Away” and 2004’s “No Regrets.”

White told fans of her cancer battle in November, saying that she had been diagnosed with advanced peritoneal cancer.

“Since then a series of complications including pain management, pneumonia and a bowel obstruction requiring emergency surgery has kept me in...
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Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee

Oscars: ‘Mudbound’s’ Rachel Morrison Makes History as First Female Cinematographer Nominee
After 90 long years, another glass ceiling has finally been broken at the Motion Picture Academy.

“Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history Tuesday by becoming the first female director of photography to receive an Oscar nomination. The recognition comes on the heels of a similar milestone with the American Society of Cinematographers, which nominated Morrison’s “Mudbound” work earlier this month.

“I’m glad that people are recognizing the craft of it and not making decisions based on tokenism; Rachel’s work is on the screen,” “Mudbound” director Dee Rees said on a recent episode of Variety‘s “Playback” podcast. “Go to Sandi Sissel, go to Ellen Kuras, go to Rachel Morrison — women have been making interesting images for a long time.”

Morrison won the New York Film Critics Circle’s cinematography prize in December. She was also nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award along with recognition from the Chicago and North Carolina film critics organizations.

“Mudbound” was also
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Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact

Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact
Starz is taking a big step in its plan to expand internationally, striking a deal with Bell Media to launch the first Starz-branded service in Canada.

Bell Media’s The Movie Network Encore is to be rebranded next year, likely with Starz in the moniker although Bell Media did not get specific. The channel will also be made available as a standalone app for streaming.

As part of the deal, Starz parent Lionsgate has also set a theatrical pay TV output deal with Bell Media covering future releases. Lionsgate’s existing movie output pact in Canada is with Entertainment One.

“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz president-ceo Chris Albrecht. “Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth
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At&T Calls for Congress to Pass Net Neutrality Law

At&T is asking Congress to pass a federal net neutrality law to settle the internet freedom debate. The telecommunications company is posting a full-page ad in newspapers around the U.S. on Wednesday, CNN Money reported Tuesday night. “It is time for Congress to end the debate once and for all, by writing new laws that govern the internet and protect consumers,” At&T CEO Randall Stephenson wrote in the ad, according to CNN. Also Read: Netflix Comes Out in Support for Net Neutrality, Tells FCC 'We Will See You in Court' Stephenson has asked Congress to establish an “Internet Bill of Rights,” guaranteeing net neutrality, an...
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'Damsel': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Damsel': Film Review | Sundance 2018
Some piquant comedy sketch work and an obvious affinity for Westerns are not enough to fill out the nearly two hours of Damsel. This latest film buffery-drenched, odyssey-styled amusement from the Zellner Brothers — David and Nathan — is lovely to look, playfully goofs around with genre tropes and shows Robert Pattinson in a favorable new light. But the writer-directors are so intent on upending expectations and startling the audience that the effort shows far too much and, in the weak second half, ends up being terribly self-conscious. The filmmakers’ cult following won’t get this very far commercially.

The slow-burn...
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Oscars 2018: Nominations in All 24 Categories

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Oscars 2018: Nominations in All 24 Categories
Well, that was unexpected. Such was the refrain echoing throughout Hollywood when the Oscar nominations were announced at the crack of dawn on Tuesday, January 23. What films and performances made the cut with the Academy? Tour through our photo gallery to see the contenders in all 24 categories.

The Shape of Water” led the way with 13 total bids. Guillermo del Toro‘s fantastical romance reaped nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (del Toro), Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Original Screenplay (del Toro and Vanessa Taylor), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.

The film fell one nomination short of tying “All About Eve” (1950), “Titanic” (1997), and “La La Land” (2016) for the most bids of all time. While the first two went onto win Best Picture, “La La Land” lost to “Moonlight.
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Russian Authorities Ban Armando Iannucci's 'Death of Stalin'

Russia's culture ministry withdrew the exhibition license of Armando Iannucci's cold war satire The Death of Stalin on Tuesday, state-run news agency Tass reported.

The decision followed a closed screening of the movie on Monday, which featured members of the local film industry, representatives of the Russian Historic Society and members of the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament.

Based on the screening, a number of public figures called on the culture ministry to withdraw the movie's exhibition license as it "distorted historic events" and "made fun of Soviet symbols," Meduza news magazine reported.

"I've never...
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Late-Night Hosts Weigh in on Oscar Nominee Snubs, Surprises

Late-Night Hosts Weigh in on Oscar Nominee Snubs, Surprises
After nominees and awards pundits reacted to the Academy Award nominations announced on Tuesday, late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien also took the chance to weigh in on the surprises, snubs and shoo-ins.

This year's Academy Awards host, Kimmel, kicked off Jimmy Kimmel Live! by joking that Boo 2: A Medea Halloween had been announced as this year's 10th best picture nominee. "A lot of people didn’t think that would make it and they were wrong," he said.

Of The Shape of Water's 13 nominations — the most of any movie in 2017 — Kimmel said, "I...
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Netflix in Talks to Acquire 'Cloverfield' Sequel From Paramount

Netflix is in talks to acquire God Particle from Paramount, the studio that made the latest thriller from J.J. AbramsCloverfield movie series.

Sources say it is unclear if a deal will be made, but if the ink does dry, it will come on the heels of Paramount’s December deal with Netflix in which it unloaded the new Alex Garland-directed movie, Annihilation, on the digital streamer, which picked up all international territories except domestic from the studio. Paramount was set to release God Particle on April 20.

The culling of Paramount’s release slate is being spearheaded by chairman Jim Gianopulos, sources...
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Damsel’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Damsel’
In “Damsel,” a deadpan minimalist Western comedy written and directed by David and Nathan Zellner (it’s the sort of movie that provokes more mental chuckles than actual laughs), one of the ongoing dog-whistle jokes is that the movie packs in every last trope and cliché you’d expect to see in a vintage Western. Towering mesas out of Monument Valley. A handsome stranger wandering into a saloon, where he’s surrounded by varmints with bad teeth. A horseback odyssey across the mountains in pursuit of an outlaw. A declaration of romantic devotion pure enough for John Ford. A Native American arrow zipping out of the air. Shootouts and hangings. A shack blown up with dynamite.

None of this is parody, exactly; it’s all served up straight and neat, with the most lavish and stately of cinematography. What nudges “Damsel” gently off kilter is the way that the desperate, scrambling characters
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Netflix in Talks to Take Over 3rd ‘Cloverfield’ Movie From Paramount

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Netflix in Talks to Take Over 3rd ‘Cloverfield’ Movie From Paramount
The third film in producer J.J. Abrams’ “Cloverfield” franchise may not be coming to a theater near you. Paramount is in talks with Netflix to take over rights in most territories for the space station-set film starring Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo, according to an individual with knowledge of the project. Director Julius Onah’s film — which was once titled “God Particle” — has bumped around Paramount’s release schedule. It was pushed last summer from Oct. 27, 2017 to Feb. 2, 2018. It was later moved to April 20 — still with no confirmed title, trailer or promotional...
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'The Oslo Diaries': Film Review | Sundance 2018

With the uproar caused by President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the contested Jerusalem, thoughts of Mideast peace seem ever more remote. These recent events add poignancy to a look back at one period in modern history when the peace process seemed vaguely encouraging. The Oslo Diaries, a documentary premiering in Sundance, revisits that time in the 1990s, and the film is not unique in wistfully recalling that era. Last year’s Tony award-winning play, Oslo, dramatized those negotiations in a more theatrical format. The new film from Israeli directors Mor Loushy and...
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