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'Rowdy' Roddy Piper -- Dies at 61 from Cardiac Arrest

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Wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61 ... TMZ Sports has learned. Piper -- born Roderick George Toombs -- died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night. He was discovered on Friday. Piper was a wrestling icon -- one of the biggest stars in the WWE back in the '80s, and even wrestled in "Wrestlemania I" back in 1985 ... squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. »

- TMZ Staff

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‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’ Opens to Strong $4 Million at Thursday Box Office

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Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” fought its way up to a $4 million Thursday night opening, possibly paving the way towards a $40 million dollar opening weekend that both Paramount Pictures and tracking numbers have suggested for the $150 million production. If the action movie hits its mark, that will make it the third-lowest No. 1 opening of summer, ahead of only “Spy” and “Tomorrowland.” The fifth installment of the blockbuster franchise opened at 2764 locations beginning at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.Ed Helms comedy “Vacation” made an additional 2.5 million on Thursday night, sending it up to »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Arrow’ Taps ‘Falling Skies’ Alum as New Foe for Oliver Queen

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The CW’s “Arrow” has cast “Falling Skies” alum Ryan Robbins in a recurring role for season four, Variety has learned exclusively.

Robbins will play Conklin, a sadistic and ruthless member of Shadowspire who will be an adversary for Oliver (Stephen Amell) in the flashback sequences. The show’s flashback arc will also see the titular hero take on Jimmy Akingbola’s Baron Reiter (aka Baron Blitzkrieg), who is the leader of Shadowspire in DC Comics canon.

Robbins will make his first appearance in episode three of season four. The actor is one of several new additions for the superhero show’s fourth year; he’ll join Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt (aka the heroic Mr. Terrific), Neal McDonough as villain Damien Darhk and “Star Trek: Voyager” favorite Jeri Ryan as Jessica Danforth, a friend of the Queen family with political ambitions.

In addition to “Falling Skies,” Robbins has appeared on shows including “The Killing, »

- Laura Prudom

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J.J. Abrams Broke His Back Trying to Help Harrison Ford on Star Wars: The Force Awakens Set

18 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Harrison Ford wasn't the only one who suffered an injury on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens. Speaking on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart on Thursday, director J.J. Abrams, 49, revealed he had broken his back while trying to lift a door that had fallen and injured the actor. Last year, Ford, 72, had broken his leg on the set in an incident involving the Millennium Falcon, his character Han Solo's spacecraft, which delayed production on the movie.  This past March, the actor sustained moderate injuries after a small plane he was piloting crashed at a golf course. "I gotta say, the guy is like a real-life superhero," Abrams told host Jon »

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‘Mad Men’ Memorabilia for Sale: Nearly 1,400 Props, Costumes in Online Auction

20 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

AMC’s “Mad Men” may have driven off into the sunset, but now fans of the retro show will have a chance to buy props, wardrobe pieces and set decorations used in the series — including Don Draper’s suits and his 1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville from the final season.

Nearly 1,400 items from the Lionsgate-produced series will open for online bidding at ScreenBid, starting Friday, July 31, at 12 p.m. Pt. Lots will begin closing Aug. 6.

In addition to the Coupe de Ville (bidding starts at $1,500), items on the block include Draper’s Brooks Brothers suits, sunglasses and business cards; wardrobe, office accessories and personal effects for every major character including Peggy Olsen, Pete Campbell, Roger Sterling, Betty Draper and Joan Harris; Megan Draper’s wedding ring; and Don Draper’s Manhattan penthouse furnishings.

Other “Mad Men” collectibles on offer include Joan’s emerald necklace, Stan Rizzo’s bongos, Bert Cooper’s tea set, »

- Todd Spangler

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Film Review: ‘The Crossing II’

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like passengers who overpaid for tickets to escape war-ravaged Shanghai on the Taiwan-bound liner Taiping in 1949, only to end up on a sinking ship, audiences get a pretty lousy deal with John Woo’s “The Crossing II,” an inert follow-up that doesn’t deliver enough visual or emotional payoff in its overdue yet short-lived shipwreck climax. Released eight months after the first film opened in December, the pic features no intriguing new turns and has nothing meaningful to say, indisputably proving that the production would have been better off trimmed and presented as one film. Considering how “The Crossing” tanked at the box office worldwide, it’s unrealistic to expect a huge B.O. turnaround here, though an older demographic may still give it a chance.

Originally written by Wang Hui-ling (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Lust, Caution”) and later doctored by Su Chao-pin, Chen Ching-hui and Woo (all credited »

- Maggie Lee

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10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Tom Cruise plans on 'Mi:6'

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In this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" is just opening, but Tom Cruise is already feeling firm on a "M:i 6." Plus: this Ryan Seacrest show got canceled after only two shows... These new "Deadpool" photos reveal a Copycat... New Order drops their first new song in 10 years... Tommy Lee Jones joins up with this Matt Damon franchise... ... and more! »

- Katie Hasty

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What to expect from Fear the Walking Dead seasons 1 and 2

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"Fear the Walking Dead" will move slowly--like a walker, maybe, though there probably won't be as many of those as there are in the original series. In fact, the first season will cover just three weeks in the characters' lives. "We purposefully built the show a little more slowly," showrunner and executive producer Dave Erickson said this afternoon at TCA. "We tried to slow-burn the story to make it as much about the anxiety tension and paranoia that goes with this outbreak" instead of "confrontations with zombies," he said. AMC has already ordered a second, 15-episode season of "Fear The Walking Dead" (which the producers said they are referring to as just "Fear"), and the series will not catch up to the start of "The Walking Dead"'s first season. As a result, don't expect crossovers. "There's no intention of having character references or Easter eggs," he said, though there »

- Andy Dehnart

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Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler Go on Romantic Safari in Africa—See the Pics!

8 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Lions and tigers and bears zebras, oh my! By all accounts, Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler are definitely on the vacation of a lifetime. The loved-up duo posted a series of photos on Instagram, giving fans a glimpse inside their African safari getaway. But between their adorable moments snuggling in the backseat, the former High School Musical actress also posted a ton of adorable animal pics during the excursion. "I can't believe I made it to Africa," Hudgens wrote. "Let the adventure begin." In one undeniably cute image, Austin is seen gazing longingly at the brunette beauty while she makes a silly face and does her best to take the romantic selfie. The »

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Bobbi Kristina Brown's Family, Including Bobby Brown, Pat and Cissy Houston, Gather at Wake

9 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Bobbi Kristina Brown's loved ones came together Friday evening for the 22-year-old's wake in Atlanta. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy Houston and Pat Houston were seen arriving together at the funeral home around 6 p.m. to say their unimaginably difficult goodbyes. Meanwhile, Bobby Brown and his wife Alicia—along several other members of the Brown family—were seen waiting in the cars as the Houstons were inside the home. Upon their departure, per People, Bobby and Alicia made their way inside to see Bobbi Kristina. A funeral service will be held at St. James United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning, according to NBC affiliate Wxia. E! News has also »

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Andre Benjamin Cast in ‘American Crime’ Season 2

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Andre Benjamin has been cast in the second season of ABC’s anthology series “American Crime.” The move reunites Benjamin with the show’s creator and executive producer John Ridley. The two worked together on the 2014 film “All Is by My Side,” which Ridley wrote and directed and in which Benjamin starred as a young Jimi Hendrix. Benjamin will star opposite Regina King as Michael Lacroix, an architect who is married to King’s character, Terri. The two form a wealthy power couple who have the means to defend their son when he becomes embroiled in a scandal at an elite private school. »

- Daniel Holloway

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Andre Benjamin Joins Season 2 Cast of ‘American Crime’

9 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

American Crime” has landed its final key cast member, signing Andre Benjamin, Variety has learned.

He’ll be starring opposite Regina King as the parents of a teenager who gets accused of the show’s central crime. He will play Michael Lacroix, an architect. He and his wife, Terri, are prominent members of the community in which they reside. A true power couple, they have the financial means and the acumen needed to defend their son.

Benjamin is reuniting with his “All Is by My Side” director John Ridley and “American Crime” showrunner for the ABC series’ second season, which is currently in production.

“Working with Andre changed my life, personally and professionally on ‘All Is by My Side,'” Ridley told Variety. “To have him joining me for season two is pretty phenomenal.”

In a statement, Ridley said, “Personally, I couldn’t be more excited than to work again with Andre. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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'Grease' Director Objects to His Image Being Used to Promote Hollywood Pedophile Movie

9 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Randal Kleiser, the filmmaker best known for directing Grease, is asking that his image be stripped from the trailer of An Open Secret, though his request to distance himself from the film about Hollywood pedophiles may have backfired. While Kleiser, of course, is not one of the Hollywood executives accused of molesting children, he appears briefly in Open Secret because in 1999 he was making Royal Standard, a show produced and distributed by now-defunct Digital Entertainment Network. Den, as it was known back then, is a big part of Open Secret because it was run by people accused of

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- Paul Bond

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‘UnReal’ Creators Talk Season 2’s Focus on Quinn and Rachel, Possible Spinoff

10 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The rowdy cast and creators of the Lifetime scripted series “UnReal” opened up about the show’s first season and where they’ll go next during a Paley Center panel on Thursday.

The panel opened up discussion of the show’s second season, which will definitely reprise “Everlasting,” the “Bachelor”-style show within the show, and could find Faith, played by Breeda Wool, in the spotlight. “We have talked a lot about a Faith spin-off,” said co-creator and executive producer Marti Noxon.

The cast and producers also addressed “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison’s recent comments that their show is “really terrible,” with Constance Zimmer noting that Harrison’s apparent hatred of the show is “completely flattering.”

In another stand-out moment, Noxon jumped in to interrupt actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman for the sake of political correctness.

“I guess I had truly no idea how dark and manipulative the world of reality television is… »

- Seth Kelley

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Kim Kardashian Calls Herself a ''Soccer Mom,'' Shares Photos of North West Playing Her New Favorite Sport!

11 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kim Kardashian is "officially a soccer mom!" The E! reality star took to Twitter to share photos of North West playing on a field earlier today with her dad Kanye West, and the proud mama couldn't hold back her excitement. "My little goalie," Kim, who is currently pregnant with her second child, gushed on social media. "Last pic of my baller baby! She's doing so good I'm just so proud!" Little Nori is seen kicking the ball around with her father wearing an all-black outfit that was sure to have gotten a stamp of approval from her fashionista parents. The world's most talked about couple recently celebrated their daughter's second birthday at Disneyland »

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Did Gisele Bündchen Step Out in Public Wearing a Burqa? We'll Let You Decide for Yourself

11 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We've heard of going incognito, but if this really is Gisele Bündchen, then this a whole different ball game… Multiple outlets are reporting that one of the world's most recognizable faces stepped out in a burqa during a trip to Paris with her sister, Rafaela, however, E! News cannot confirm the identity of the woman wearing the garment traditionally worn by Muslim women. But don't close the case just yet…There are a few clues pointing to the fact that the mysterious duo just may be the Bündchen sisters after all. First, People magazine reports that the driver who was seen getting out of the Mercedes with the two people is none other than Tom Brady's wife's longtime »

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140 days until Star Wars: Mark Hamill is an Autograph Jedi

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In the time before time — when fans wanted their favorite celebrity’s autograph and not a selfie with them — getting a famous person’s John Hancock was the cat pajamas (or whatever people said in the time before time). But not all celebrity signatures were created equal. Case in point: Mark Hamill was a regular Dad Joke™ generator. Redditor iBleeedorange somehow stumbled into a cache of old Star Wars cards signed by Hamill. For those unfamiliar with the cards — or only familiar with their digital counterpart — these Topps trading cards came packaged in a set along with a stick of gum. They were a Huge collector’s item, so it’s no wonder some fans sought out Hamill to up the value of their cards even further. They got more than they bargained for. Well played, Mark Hamill. Well played indeed. »

- Donna Dickens

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Luke Perry Isn't Going to Watch Lifetime's Beverly Hills 90210 Tell-All: "It's Just Not Relevant"

11 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We can understand that Luke Perry doesn't wanna talk about his Beverly Hills, 90210 days—but it's not as though the questions were coming out of nowhere! Perry was at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour when asked if he'd be watching Lifetime's upcoming tell-all The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story, premiering Oct. 3. The answer? "I don't even watch my own actual self on TV. Why would I watch [this]? No, I don't see it happening," he told reporters. See, if we were there, we would have asked, "Would you watch it with us? Please?" But Perry, who was there in support of the Up TV movie Welcome Home and the network's first »

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Watch: Kyle Chandler’s Coach Taylor Wants You to Turn Your Phone Off

11 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Over five seasons of “Friday Night Lights,” Kyle Chandler’s coach Eric Taylor became TV’s poster boy for inspirational locker room speeches, rallying the Dillon Panthers and East Dillon Lions to victory on the football field each week with a rousing declaration of “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!”

Now, thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain, Chandler has slipped back into Coach Taylor’s iconic Panther blues to record a necessary PSA for everyone who can’t stay quiet during a trip to the movies.

“This is what we’ve all worked for, we’ve paid to be here,” he intones, his words set to a stirring score from Explosions in the Sky — the band that provided all the instrumental background music for “Fnl.” But instead of a room of bright-eyed high school football players hanging on to his every word, Coach is faced with a crowd of texting, »

- Laura Prudom

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Producers Talk Potential ‘Walking Dead’ Crossovers

11 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The cast and creative team of “Fear the Walking Dead” made their Television Critics’ Assn. debut on Friday when, as expected, the room of journos, reporters and critics at the press tour event asked exec producers if viewers can expect any crossovers with the flagship series “The Walking Dead.”

“There are no crossover plans right now. I would love to see those stories conflate at some point, but there are no plans to do so,” said showrunner Dave Erickson on the panel with producers David Alpert and Adam Davidson, plus cast members Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lorenzo James Henrie and Mercedes Mason.

“There’s no intention of having Easter eggs or character references,” he added in discussing what to expect in the first six-episode season.

But with a second season order already on deck — which will consist of 15 episodes, AMC confirmed at TCA — there may be clues, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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