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Rugrats return: Nickelodeon green lights series, movie

Nickelodeon is bringing a part of our childhood back to the small, and big, screen.

The children’s television network has given the green light to bring back Chuckie, Tommy, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, better known as “Rugrats,” E! News reported.

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Nickelodeon announced it will be producing 26 new episodes and a live action movie that will incorporate CGI characters, Variety reported.

No airdate or cast have been announced, but production has begun. The movie is set to be released on Nov. 13, 2020.

“Rugrats” originally aired starting in 1991 and ran for nine seasons over 13 years, E! News reported

It is the latest of a series of reintroductions of classic Nickelodeon shows. “Double Dare” has started new episodes. An “Invader Zim” TV movie is planned. “Blue’s Clues” is set to for reboot and a “Rocko’s Modern Life” movie is scheduled for later this year. 

Billy Dee Williams to join ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ reprises Lando Calrissian role

Billy Dee Williams is dusting off his iconic capes and will reprise his role as galactic scoundrel Lando Calrissian.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Williams had to drop out of an upcoming convention appearance because of a movie’s shooting schedule. The movie, according the the Hollywood Reporter, is “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

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Williams first portrayed Calrissian in the “Empire Strikes Back,” released in 1980, and again in “Return of the Jedi,” released in 1983. He has also lended his voice to animated versions of the character in various video games and television shows like “Star Wars Rebels.”

Calrissian, however, was recently seen on the big screen, but not played by Williams. Instead, Donald Glover took the helm of the Millennium Falcon in this year’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.

J.J. Abrams is writing and directing the latest installment of the epic film series, which is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 20, 2019. Last week, it was leaked that Keri Russell was joining the cast as an yet-unannounced character. Williams and Russell will join Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac in the final part of the latest trilogy.

‘Damn Yankees’ star Tab Hunter dead at 86

Tab Hunter, the 1950s movie heartthrob who starred in “Damn Yankees” and “Battle Cry” and later became an icon in the gay community, died Sunday night, three days shy of his 87th birthday, Variety reported.

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The news was announced on a Facebook page associated with the actor.

Hunter died Sunday night in Santa Barbara from a blood clot that caused a heart attack, Allan Glaser, his partner for more than three decades, told The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to his acting career, Hunter had success in music with “Young Love,” which was named the No. 4 song of 1957 by Billboard. But rumors that he was gay dogged his career in an era where open homosexuality could end careers.

In 2005, Hunter confirmed the rumors about his homosexuality in his autobiography, “Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.”

In a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hunter said he wrote the book because he “didn’t want someone putting a spin” on his life.

"I thought, 'Look, get it from the horse's mouth and not from some horse's ass after I'm dead and gone,'" he said.

Hunter wrote how studios attempted to mask his sexuality by linking him with co-stars and friends like Debbie Reynolds and Natalie Wood, Variety reported. The book spawned a 2015 documentary by Jeffrey Schwarz, which was also called “Tab Hunter Confidential.”

In “Damn Yankees,” Hunter played Joe Hardy, a middle-aged Washington Senators fan who sells his soul to the devil in order to become a young baseball star and prevent the New York Yankees from winning another pennant. The film was an adaptation of the Broadway hit, a musical version of Douglass Wallop’s best-selling novel, “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant.”

Later in his career, Hunter starred in two films with drag queen Divine. He played Todd Tomorrow, a drive-in owner, in the 1981 comedy, “Polyester.” The film introduced movie-goers to scratch-and-sniff cards, including “Model Building Glue,” “Smelly Shoes” and Flatulence,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. He also appeared with Divine in the 1985 film, “Lust in the Dust.”

Hunter did summer stock and dinner theater during the 1960s, Variety reported. He also appeared in films during the 1970s and 1980s, including “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” in 1972 and “Grease 2” in 1982.

Report: Keri Russell in talks for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

“The Americans” and “Felicity” star Keri Russell may be going to a galaxy far far away.

Variety reported that Russell is in early talks for “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

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The movie is being written and directed by J.J. Abrams. The two worked together on 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III.”

The role she is said to be in line for has action-heavy fight scenes, Variety reported

Production is slated to begin on “Episode IX” at the end of the month, according to Variety.

MoviePass surge pricing starts Wednesday: What it means for subscribers

MoviePass surge pricing starts Wednesday, which means customers will pay a little more to see popular movies during peak showtimes. 

Peak pricing is in effect now for monthly members and new annual subscribers. Current MoviePass users with a yearly subscription will see the changes when their membership renews.

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With new peak pricing, members will see a little red icon flashing over the movie’s affected showtime. When a particular movie or showtime becomes popular, MoviePass members will see a little red icon over the showtime. 

The average surcharge will be $3.43 per ticket, according to Variety.

Showtimes that are gaining in popularity or look like they’re going to sell out will display a grey lighting icon above them. 

MoviePass members can avoid the fee by picking another showtime. If you select the popular show time during peak pricing, the credit card on file will be charged.

The company said it will soon offer members a Peak Pass, which will allow users to waive one peak pricing fee a month.

The company also announced its new Bring-A-Guest program. Members will be able to buy extra tickets for non-members through the app. 

If that person signs up for a MoviePass account, they’ll get a full refund for the cost of the ticket.

’My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ stars Nia Vardalos, Ian Gomez call it quits, 25-year marriage comes to end

The love story and wedding that inspired the sleeper hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” has come to an end as the movie’s writer and star filed for divorce, ending a 25-year marriage, USA Today reported.

Nia Vardalos filed for divorce from Ian Gomez last week. She claimed irreconcilable differences.

They issued a joint statement that said that they had been separated for more than a year.

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“Our relationship became a friendship so the decision to end the marriage is completely mutual and amicable,” the former couple said in the statement, Entertainment Tonight and other media outlets reported.

They are both asking for privacy.

Vardalos is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their daughter, Ilaria, 11, People magazine reported. They adopted her in 2008, Entertainment Tonight reported. The couple had tried to conceive and had gone through 13 failed in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments and multiple unsuccessful surrogate tries and several miscarriages, People reported.

Claude Lanzmann, who directed epic movie 'Shoah,' dead at 92

French film director Claude Lanzmann, the force behind the 1985 epic Holocaust documentary “Shoah” died in Paris, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 92.

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Lanzmann’s death was confirmed by a source Thursday after a report in the French newspaper Le Monde.

“Shoah,” released in 1985, has been called one of the greatest films ever made about the Holocaust, The Hollywood Reporter said. It won the New York Film Critics Circle award for best nonfiction film and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for best documentary in 1987.

According to the Movie Review Query Engine, Lanzmann spent 11 years on “Shoah,” conducting his own interviews. He divided Holocaust witness interviews into survivors, bystanders and perpetrators and did not use archival footage

Lanzmann’s other documentaries include “Tsaha” (1994), “The Last of the Unjust” (2013), and “Napalm” (2017).

Lanzmann received a lifetime achievement award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Supreme Court won't hear case of 'Making a Murderer's' Brendan Dassey 

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take the case of Brendan Dassey, whose confession to rape and murder charges as a teenager was featured in the Netflix documentary, “Making a Murderer,” The Washington Post reported.

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Dassey, now in his late 20s, is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2007, along with his uncle, Steven Avery, for the 2005 rape and murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Halbach’s burned body was found on Avery’s property, the Post reported. Dassey was 16 at the time of the murder, Variety  reported.

Dassey’s attorneys claimed his confession to police was coerced, Variety reported. He was interrogated four times over a 48-hour period, the Post reported.

The Supreme Court gave no reason for denying the petition made by Dassey’s attorney’s in the case of Dassey v. Dittmann

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld Dassey’s conviction, ruling that the interrogations were not coercive. Dassey was read his rights and his mother consented to the interview. He did not have an attorney present when he was interviewed, the Post reported.

Dassey appealed the Wisconsin decision to federal court, and a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago upheld the decision on a 2-1 vote. However, the full appeals court overturned the panel’s ruling by a 4-3 vote in December, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported, noting that Dassey’s confession was voluntary.

Under federal law, the Supreme Court usually defers to decisions made by lower courts and intervenes only if the decision by the state court was unreasonable, the Post reported.

Netflix executive apologizes, resigns after using racial slurs

Netflix’s chief communications officer apologized and resigned after using a racial slur in front of colleagues on at least two occasions, CNN reported Friday.

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Jonathan Friedland apologized on Twitter and said he was leaving the company after seven years.

"I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love and where I want everyone to feel included and appreciated," Friedland tweeted.

Variety obtained a copy of a memo Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sent to employees to explain the situation. A copy was tweeted by The Hollywood Reporter.

The memo referenced an incident from several months ago when Friedland used a racial slur while meeting with Netflix public relations staff, CNN reported. The meeting was about sensitive words, and Friedland apologized afterward when people said his use of the word was inappropriate and hurtful.

He used the same slur a few days later in front of two black employees at Netflix’s human resources department while discussing the first incident, Hastings wrote in his memo.

"Many of us have worked closely with Jonathan for a long time, and have mixed emotions,” Hastings wrote. “Unfortunately, his lack of judgment in this area was too big for him to remain."

Friedland joined Netflix as vice president of communications in 2011 and assumed duties as chief communications officer the following year, Variety reported.

Netflix declined comment.

MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018: Complete winners list

"Black Panther" and "Stranger Things" stole the show at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018, winning best movie and show, respectively, and nabbing several other accolades along the way. 

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Here is the complete list of winners from the ceremony, held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California:

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  • Best movie: "Black Panther"
  • Best show: "Stranger Things"
  • Best performance in a movie: Chadwick Boseman, "Black Panther"
  • Best performance in a show: Millie Bobby Brown, "Stranger Things"
  • Best comedic performance: Tiffany Haddish, "Girls Trip"
  • Best on-screen team: Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff and Chosen Jacobs, "It"
  • Best music documentary: "Gaga: Five Foot Two"
  • Best reality series/franchise: "Keeping Up With the Kardashians"
  • Generation: Chris Pratt
  • Trailblazer: Lena Waithe
  • Best hero: Chadwick Boseman, "Black Panther"
  • Best villain: Michael B. Jordan, "Black Panther"
  • Most frightened performance: Noah Schnapp, "Stranger Things"
  • Best fight: Gal Gadot, "Wonder Woman"
  • Best musical moment: "Every Breath You Take," "Stranger Things"
  • Best kiss: Keiynan Lonsdale and Nick Robinson, "Love, Simon"
  • Scene stealer: Madelaine Petsch, "Riverdale"

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