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‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Director Jonathan Demme Dies At 73
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Jonathan Demme

The Academy Award winning director behind The Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme, died today at the age of 73. A representative for the director said he passed away due to complications from esophageal cancer in his New York City apartment.

Other directorial credits include Something Wild, Married to the Mob, Philadelphia, Beloved, The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Rachel Getting Married, and more recently Ricki and the Flash in 2015.

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Disney In Depth: Recognizing The Next Disney Legends
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Two years ago, in light of the D23 Expo 2015, I named six individuals paramount to the success of The Walt Disney Company who should be named Disney Legends, the highest honor that can be bestowed. I think it is inevitable that Joe Rodhe, for instance, renowned Imagineer with those awesome earrings, who I contended should become a Disney Legend, will one day attain that honor. This prompted me to reflect on individuals within The Walt Disney Company, whether they have more recently joined the corporation or have been directly or indirectly part of its framework, who have a high chance of being recognized as Disney Legends at some point.

I had planned on publishing a column about the next set of individuals who would likely be recognized as Disney Legends, but The Walt Disney Company beat me to the punch by recently issuing a press release of its nine forthcoming Disney Legends. You’ll have to take my word that I predicted Stan Lee, Garry Marshall, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill would be named as Disney Legends this year. That said, I am excited to share my thoughts on these four, as well as five others, who will obtain this major honor at the D23 Expo.

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Legendary Comedian Don Rickles Has Passed Away At 90
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Comedian Don Rickles

One of the greatest American funnymen of all time has sadly passed away. Don Rickles, who perfected the art of being the insult comic and spanned generations with his biting yet always loving acerbic quick wit and banter, died today at his home in Los Angeles, CA, of kidney failure. He was 90. He had been battling ill health the last couple of decades, but had retained his razor-sharp mind to the very end.

For my money, he was the funniest man alive. Known sarcastically as “Mr. Warmth,” the Queens, New York native had such a talent and gift for making one laugh, many times even belly laugh, with his quickness. He wasn’t like Groucho Marx or Jack Benny in the sense of the one-liners, but he stood toe-to-toe with them and so many other comedic luminaries in that he was able to rib all of them and scores of Hollywood celebrities, in a manner which exposed a frailty or a kind of tabloid urban legend that had been foisted upon them and then exploiting that foible. Genius examples would be how he would make fun of Dean Martin’s drinking, the ethnicity of people like Desi Arnaz or Ricardo Montalban, or the color of the skin of people like Denzel Washington or Cesar Romero, not in direct terms, but playing on and then hilariously skewering the cliché and the stereotype of it, as politically incorrect as that may seem in today’s ultra-sensitive world.

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Rowan Atkinson Still Alive, ‘Mr. Bean’ Actor Victim Of Online Death Hoax
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Rowan Atkinson Still Alive

Despite weekend reports to the contrary, Blackadder and Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson did NOT die in a car crash on March 18th. He was the victim of a fake news story that was liked and shared more than 300,000 times on social media.

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Legendary Television Star Mary Tyler Moore Has Died
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Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, one of most iconic and legendary entertainment figures in television history, who was a key part in two of the most successful TV sitcoms of all time (The Dick Van Dyke Show and her own self titled program), has died at the age of 80.

Without question, the death of Mary Tyler Moore is as large as the death of any key figures who has passed on in the entire television landscape. There were so many instantly recognizable and charming things about her: she was bright, witty, and sing songy in the best possible way.

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2017 Golden Globes: Ryan Reynolds & Andrew Garfield Kiss During Ryan Gosling’s Win
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Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield kiss Golden Globes

Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech ended up being the most-talked-about part of Sunday night’s broadcast of the 2017 Golden Globes, but there was something else noteworthy going on during the ceremony that you likely missed — Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield were kissing while Ryan Gosling was accepting his award.

Yes, that’s right, Marvel heroes Deadpool and Spider-Man were making out on live TV!!!

Check out the video of it here below.

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Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech Takes Aim At Donald Trump (Video)
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Meryl Streep Golden Globe Awards 2017

If you were watching the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, then you likely caught actress Meryl Streep‘s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary award given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to a performer for their “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” The 67-year-old, three-time Oscar-winning actress used her time on stage to address concerns about Donald J. Trump without actually naming the U.S. President-Elect.

Streep, who’s voiced was strained from “screaming and lamentation this weekend,” she said, referring to the memorial she attended for actresses Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, made her first allusion to Trump and his incoming regime after thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: “You [HFPA] and all of us in this room really belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it: Hollywood, foreigners and the press.”

Watch the full acceptance speech here below.

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2017 Golden Globes: Jimmy Fallon’s Musical Opening
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Jimmy Fallon opened the 2017 Golden Globes as wonderfully as I knew he would – with a song and a dance and many many guests. It was almost 5 minutes of smiles with a La-La Land “City of Stars” parody, complete with dancing on cars.

Check out the opening number below.

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‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ Players Pay Their Respects To Carrie Fisher (Videos)
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Players Gather At Castle Organa

Fans of Carrie Fisher have been mourning the loss of the actress in various ways, such as attending lightsaber vigils.

For some gamers, there was no need to go anywhere in the real world. Many people who play the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic jumped into that game world, and visited Castle Organa—the ancestral home of House Organa, including Fisher’s Princess Leia, located on the Apalis Coast of the planet Alderaan—to pay their respects. One player even created a character that looks like Leia to be there for the many visiting fans. And some of the players’ characters were considered enemies to House Organa, forcing them to fight through NPCs just to join in the memorial, which they did. Friends and enemies alike stood together in honor of the fallen princess.

Below you can find multiple videos of players gathering at Castle Organa.

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HBO To Re-Air Carrie Fisher’s ‘Wishful Drinking’ This Weekend
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Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking

Back in 2010 HBO aired a filmed documentary of Wishful Drinking, the late Star Wars star Carrie Fisher‘s autobiographical one-women stage show in which she talks about her life and career. HBO’s special combined the stage show with interviews with family and friends as well as archival footage.

To help celebrate the life of Fisher after her untimely passing earlier this all-around terrible week, HBO has announced that they will be re-airing Wishful Drinking this weekend. The 76-minute special will play this Sunday night, January 1st, at 9PM on the primary HBO channel.

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