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Roger Moore Dead: James Bond Actor, 89, Battled Cancer
Roger Moore, the beloved actor best known for playing James Bond in the ’70s and ’80s, died in Switzerland on Tuesday. He was 89.
The star’s children broke the news in a statement uploaded to Twitter, noting that Moore passed away after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”
“We are all devastated,” Moore’s family tweeted alongside the statement.
“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified with words alone,” his three children — Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian — wrote in the statement.
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share »
- Char Adams and Ale Russian
22 People Killed, 59 Injured at Ariana Grande’s Manchester UK Concert After Suicide Bomb
A single male suicide attacker set off a homemade bomb in England’s Manchester Arena on Monday, setting off an explosion that killed at least 22 people and injured 59 more. The bombing — which British Prime Minister Theresa May denounced as an “appalling, sickening terrorist attack” — occurred toward the end of a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. In a statement, May said the authorities believe they have identified the attacker but have not yet confirmed it, the BBC reported. It is not yet known if he had any accomplices. Also Read: Ariana Grande Is 'Broken' After Concert Bombing: 'From »
- Debbie Emery
Joss Whedon To Guide ‘Justice League’ As Zack Snyder Deals With Family Tragedy
The superhero wars, the constant pitting of Marvel versus DC Films, doesn’t seem abate in the social media sphere, as both sides lob fiery tirades about why their team is better than the other. But let’s face it, these are just movies, and while that’s not to diminish the talents involved or the passion of the creatives, the responsibilities and realities of real life are always the number one priority, and today comes a bracing reminder of that fact.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jordan Peele’s New Social Thriller Set for 2019 by Universal
Currently untitled, the movie’s plot details are being kept under wraps. Peele will write, direct, and produce the social thriller based on his original idea.
“Get Out” opened at the top of the domestic box office in February, and the thriller has since become both a commercial and critical success, grossing almost $230 million worldwide. Under his new deal, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through his Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, »
- Justin Kroll
‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script
Exclusive: More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few. The Wan brandname is a strong one and should give a boost to the reboot. Also producing are Constantin Film and… »
A meme come true: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o to star in film based on tweet
The Grammy-winning singer and Oscar-nomimnated actor were pictured together at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014, which was then used as part of a joke movie pitch on Twitter in April.
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- Guardian staff
Universal’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ To Open February 2019 as Part of Studio’s ‘Dark Universe’
The enterprise is relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema. While “The Mummy” and “Bride of Frankenstein” are the only two films in the initiative to be dated, the studio is currently developing “The Invisible Man” with Johnny Depp set to star, and a “Frankenstein” film with Javier Bardem on board to play the classic monster. “Van Helsing” and “Creature From the Black Lagoon” films are also planned. »
- Justin Kroll
‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in Sony’s ‘Uncharted’ Franchise
Shawn Levy is directing the film in which Holland is set to star as the young thief Nathan Drake. The film will take its inspiration from a sequence in the third version of the famous video game, in which Drake first meets professional rogue, Sullivan. Sony is yet to find a writer for the screenplay. Producers include Charles Roven, Avi Arad, Alex Gartner and Ari Arad. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Ted Sarandos Says Netflix Returning to Cannes Is ‘Less Attractive’ Under New Rule
Returning to Cannes is “less attractive” for Netflix if its films must play out of competition under a new rule requiring all competition titles to have a theatrical release, Ted Sarandos said early Monday.
Netflix made a splash on the Croisette this year with two movies in the official competition, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.” But outrage from French exhibitors and others over the selection prompted the festival to issue its new restriction on competition eligibility, effective next year.
Speaking to Variety at Netflix’s late-night bash in Cannes, Sarandos at first said “no” when asked whether the streaming giant would be willing to come back with its films relegated to out-of-competition. But he added quickly: “Well, I shouldn’t say that. It would be less attractive, for sure, because it would affect [Netflix’s] festival strategy around the world.”
Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Dina Merrill, Elegant Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93
Dina Merrill, a beautiful, blonde actress with an aristocratic bearing known as much for her wealthy origins, philanthropy, and marriage to actor Cliff Robertson as for her work in film and television, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.
Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, told the New York Times that Merrill had Lewy Body dementia.
Her parents were Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her second husband, Wall Street’s E.F. Hutton.
In 1983, on the occasion of Merrill’s musical comedy debut in a revival of Rodgers and Hart’s 1936 musical ”On Your Toes,” the New York Times gushed, “Long regarded as the essence of chic, the epitome of class and such a persuasive purveyor of charm and charity that she could have a rightful claim to fame as an eloquent spokesman — and fund-raiser — for a slew of worthy causes, Miss Merrill »
- Carmel Dagan
Comedy Writer Marsh McCall Dies At 52
Veteran comedy showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly this morning. He was 52, just weeks away from his 53th birthday. McCall, who was beloved in the creative community and remembered as a true gentleman, was working as co-executive producer on Netflix’s popular comedy series Fuller House at the time of his death. McCall started as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before segueing to primetime. He worked on the NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me!, rising to… »
NBC Cancels ‘Chicago Justice’ After One Season
“Chicago Justice,” the fourth show in the Dick Wolf “Chicago” series, has been canceled after one season, a source at NBC told TheWrap. Series star Carl Weathers seemed to confirm the news Monday night in response to a tweet praising the show. “Had a wonderful time exploring Mark Jeffries while working with a most talented group of actors,” he tweeted. Had a wonderful time exploring Mark Jeffries while working with a most talented group of actors. #ChicagoJustice #BeLove https://t.co/cleJiBx96f — Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) May 23, 2017 More to come… »
- Carli Velocci
Watch Adam Levine, Alicia Keys Join 'Voice' Finalists for Soulful Prince Tribute
Larson and Levine tackled "Let's Go Crazy" in furious rock flair. The pair traded vocals and frenetic guitar riffs, but Larson left his distinct mark on the performance with a roaring solo during the bridge, which he managed to top later with a final scorching six-string flurry.
Later, Keys and Blue covered the supple "Diamonds and Pearls," the title track from Prince »
Beyond Bond: Roger Moore’s 7 Most Memorable Non-007 Roles, From ‘The Saint’ to ‘Spice World’ (Photos)
Roger Moore, who died Tuesday at age 89, is best remembered for playing superspy James Bond in seven movies from 1973 to 1985. But he had a storied career in Hollywood before and after his record turn as 007. Maverick (1960-61) Roger Moore was born in the U.K. but got his start as an MGM contract player in the 1950s. His first big breaks came in television, including this Western starring James Garner as a frontier cardsharp. The Saint (1962-69) Moore became a household name as the star of this hit small-screen spy thriller, which was based on Leslie Charteris’ books about the. »
- Thom Geier
Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘The Little Stranger’ Acquired by Focus Features
Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights, excluding the U.K., France and Switzerland, to Lenny Abrahamson’s “The Little Strangers,” chairman Peter Kujawski announced Tuesday. The film is a chilling ghost story, which will begin production in the U.K. this summer and is set for a release in 2018. Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter are set to star. Lucinda Coxon, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Focus’ “The Danish Girl,” has adapted “The Little Stranger” from Sarah Waters’ 2009 novel of the same name. Also Read: 'Room' Director Explains How He Protected 8-Year-Old Star »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver scrambles to explain Trump scandal, aka ‘Stupid Watergate’ [Watch]
John Oliver often tackles current events on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” but he prides himself on devoting his main segments to subjects that are off the beaten path — topics like infrastructure, dialysis and multilevel marketing that have significant impact but aren’t sexy enough to get the widespread news coverage they deserve. But even Oliver had to swerve this week […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
TV Targets Middle America With Little Risky Business
More than ever, the razzle-dazzle served up at the annual upfront events in New York provides an opportunity for top brass to stand on a big stage and plead their case for the power of broadcast television.
There’s no disputing that the Big Four networks remain the tallest trees in what has become an overgrown forest of channels serving up original programming. But there is also no denying that the upfronts underscore how much the broadcast nets have had to trim their sails in recent years.
There was a palpable sense of caution in this year’s crop of new series. There’s no big-budget swing for the fences, few concepts that veer far from tried and true. The Big Four in the past few years have faced unusual struggles in recruiting top creative talent, primarily because so many are otherwise engaged in the Peak TV era.
Ambitions have been tempered this year by a host »
- Cynthia Littleton
Hollywood Mourns Roger Moore’s Death: ‘He Was the King of Cool’
Hollywood took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to mourn the loss of Sir Roger Moore, the actor best known for starring as James Bond in seven movies. He died at 89 following a brief battle with cancer. In addition to being the third Bond on the big screen (he replaced Sean Connery), Moore is also famous for playing Simon Templar on “The Saint,” which aired from 1962 to 1969. Filmmaker Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”), remembered Moore as “My first bond and one of the first actors that I loved as a kid.” Also Read: Roger Moore, Star of 7 James Bond Movies, »
- Nigel M. Smith
Roger Moore, Seven-Time James Bond, Dead at 89
Sir Roger Moore, who became an international star as the third actor to play James Bond, has died at age 89.
Moore's family confirmed the news on Twitter. "It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer," the statement read. "The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone."
Moore was born in 1927, and he became famous on television, »
‘Chicago Justice’ Canceled After 1 Season at NBC
“Chicago Justice” has been canceled after just one season at NBC, Variety has learned.
The series from superproducer Dick Wolf followed prosecutor Peter Stone (Philip Winchester), the ambitious Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau for the city of Chicago. The series also starred Carl Weathers, Monica Barbaro, Joelle Carter, and Jon Seda. In addition to Wolf, Michael S. Chernuchin, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Arthur Forney, and Peter Jankowski serve as executive producers. Wolf Films produced in association with Universal Television.
The series was one of four “Chicago” shows produced by Wolf, along with “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago Pd.” All of the other three shows were renewed, as was Wolf’s other NBC series, “Law & Order: Svu.” This fall, NBC will air the first installment of the new Wolf-produced anthology series “Law & Order True Crime,” with Season 1 focusing on the case of the infamous Menendez brothers.
- Joe Otterson
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