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'The Muppet Show' Coming to Disney Plus in February

'The Muppet Show' Coming to Disney Plus in February

Good news for Muppet enthusiasts – all five seasons of “” will be available to stream on on Feb. 19.Created by the legendary Jim Henson, the original “Muppet Show” was a variety half-hour featuring Kermit the Frog as the showrunner and host. The series originally aired from 1976 to 1981 on ITV in the U.K. and on CBS in the U.S. In addition to the show’s first three seasons, seasons 4 and 5 will also be available to stream for the first time.Beyond Kermit, “The Muppet Show” features Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, the Swedish Chef, Sam the Eagle, aged hecklers Statler and Waldorf and other...

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma Makes First Public Appearance Since October

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Makes First Public Appearance Since October

, the iconic businessman and co-founder of who had been reported by media as missing, made an appearance this week in public, Chinese state media reported on Wednesday.Ma met with 100 rural teachers via a video meeting, Tianmu News, a news portal that belongs to Zhejiang Online, a government-backed news website, reported.The news was also carried by state-owned tabloid, The Global Times. The paper said that Ma attended the Jack Ma Rural Teachers Award ceremony, an annual event launched by the Jack Ma Foundation in 2015, via video. It reported him as saying: “we’ll meet again when the...

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Suspect in Murder of 'Three-Body Problem' Producer Rehearsed Killing, Say Chinese Media

Suspect in Murder of 'Three-Body Problem' Producer Rehearsed Killing, Say Chinese Media

The death by poisoning of Lin Qi, the billionaire Chinese film and TV producer who was set to work with Netflix on “The ,” was unusual . The picture now emerging from Chinese media points to a carefully planned murder carried out by a jealous junior colleague who practiced his craft before eliminating his boss.Lin was admitted to hospital in Shanghai on Dec. 16 and died on Dec. 25, despite being give some 40 litres of blood transfusions. He was treated for mercury poisoning, but may in fact have been killed by tetrodotoxin, a neurotoxin most commonly found in puffer fish.Shanghai police...

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Neil Mahoney, Emmy-Nominated Editor for 'Key & Peele' and 'Drunk History,' Dies at 43

Neil Mahoney, Emmy-Nominated Editor for 'Key & Peele' and 'Drunk History,' Dies at 43

, an Emmy-nominated editor for “Key & Peele” and “Drunk History,” among other comedy shows, has died. He was 43.Actor and comedian Jonah Ray first announced the news on Instagram.”Ask anybody, they will tell you that Neil was the best guy,” Ray wrote. “He cared so much about his friends. He kept up with every friend he’d ever made.”In an obituary for Mahoney published in the , Ray wrote that Mahoney fell asleep in his home in Echo Park on Jan. 7 and never woke up.Born March 7, 1977 in Massachusetts and raised in Cape Cod, Mahoney graduated from Emerson College and scored a job in Los...

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Peter Mark Richman, Actor in 'Beverly Hills 90210,' 'Three's Company,' Dies at 93

Peter Mark Richman, Actor in 'Beverly Hills 90210,' 'Three's Company,' Dies at 93

, who made numerous film and TV appearances including recurring roles in “” and “Three’s Company,” and toplined the early 1960s series “Cain’s Hundred,” died Thursday in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 93.Richman was born in Philadelphia and worked as a pharmacist before joining the Actors Studio in New York. Starting his career onstage, he appeared in “End as a Man,” “A Hatful of Rain,” “Masquerade” and “The Zoo Story.”He moved to Hollywood to appear in William Wyler’s “The Friendly Persuasion,” going on to appear in films including “Black Orchid,” “The Strange One,” “Naked Gun 2” and...

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Arcade Game 'NBA Jam' Will Be Focus of New Documentary (EXCLUSIVE)

Arcade Game 'NBA Jam' Will Be Focus of New Documentary (EXCLUSIVE)

Iconic basketball-themed game “” will be the focus of a new documentary.Initially released more than 25 years ago as an arcade game, it shattered records by earning more than $1 billion in quarters, becoming a memorable piece of pop culture.BestCrosses Studios, the production arm of the basketball-themed social media platform BestCrosses created by Jack Sussman, has optioned Reyan Ali’s book “NBA Jam” to produce a feature documentary about the history and success of the game.Emmy-nominated Sean Menard, who has several sports documentaries to his credit, including the acclaimed “The Carter...

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'Many Saints of Newark' Delayed to Fall 2021 (EXCLUSIVE)

'Many Saints of Newark' Delayed to Fall 2021 (EXCLUSIVE)

Audiences will have to wait to return to the world of “.” “,” an upcoming film that serves as a prequel to the long-running HBO series, has again delayed its big-screen debut.The movie will now open on Sept. 24, 2021 — an entire year after initially planned. “The Many Saints of Newark,” which is being produced by New Line Cinemas and released by Warner Bros., was originally set for September 2020 but was later rescheduled to March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic.Traditional Hollywood studios have spent the better part of last year postponing their biggest films due to widespread...

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Armie Hammer’s ‘Shotgun Wedding’ Role to Be Recast Amid Social Media Scandal

Armie Hammer’s ‘Shotgun Wedding’ Role to Be Recast Amid Social Media Scandal

has stepped away from his role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming “,” decrying “vicious and spurious online attacks” against him as the cause.Hammer was set to begin production on the romantic adventure immediately, but will now be recast. The news comes after the “Call Me by Your Name” star began trending on social media last weekend after direct Instagram messages that appeared to be written by Hammer — which have not been verified — were posted.“I’m not responding to these bullshit claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience...

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CNN Grounds Its Long-Running Airport Network

CNN Grounds Its Long-Running Airport Network

Airport, a long-running out-of-home media operation that became an integral part of the traveling experience for people flying through Chicago’s O’Hare, Dallas’ Love Field or even Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, is shutting down, the victim of shifts in consumer behavior that are moving more quickly than a Boeing 737.CNN said the operation, which aired a mix of news from CNN and snippets from other networks in 58 different airports in the U.S., would close as of March 31.“The steep decline in airport traffic because of  COVID-19, coupled with all of the new ways that people are...

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Daniel Dae Kim, Tony Goldwyn Cast in Second Installment of Nat Geo's 'The Hot Zone'

Daniel Dae Kim, Tony Goldwyn Cast in Second Installment of Nat Geo's 'The Hot Zone'

has chosen its stars for its next installment of the highly-rated, disease-focused anthology series, “: Anthrax.”Today, the flagship channel, along with and (a division of Disney Television Studios), announced that (“Hawaii Five-0, “Lost,” “The Good Doctor,”) and (“King Richard,” “Scandal,” “Lovecraft Country,”) will lead the six-episode show that that caused panic across the country mere weeks after the chaos of 9/11. The limited miniseries depicts the trials of USAMRIID scientists, FBI agents and Justice Department personnel that joined forces to triumph over the national threat that...

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David Attenborough Hologram to Promote 5G With BBC Series 'The Green Planet'

David Attenborough Hologram to Promote 5G With BBC Series 'The Green Planet'

’s latest gig will be as a hologram that forms part of a U.K. government drive to promote technology.Attenborough will be the face of an Augmented Reality (AR) app that will be released alongside series “The Green Planet” in 2022, where the revered broadcaster and natural historian’s likeness will be projected onto scientifically accurate images of the plants he is discussing.Attenborough’s “A Perfect Planet,” (pictured) produced by Silverback Films, is currently airing on BBC One.The app is part of a “Green Planet” 5G AR consortium between BBC Studios, 5G mobile network operator EE, Royal...

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YouTube Unveils First 'Black Voices' Class of Creator, Music Artist Partners

YouTube Unveils First 'Black Voices' Class of Creator, Music Artist Partners

announced the inaugural 2021 class of partners for its #YouTubeBlack Voices program — a group of 132 creators and artists from around the world who will receive funding and support from the video giant.Last summer, amid racial-justice protests across the U.S. and in other countries, as part of a multiyear initiative. The 132 artists and creators picked for the first round of grants, announced Tuesday, will get dedicated partner support from YouTube and seed funding for the development of their channels. YouTube also will host training sessions, workshops and networking programs.“In the...

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Michael Apted, Director of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' and 'Up' Series of Documentaries, Dies at 79

Michael Apted, Director of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' and 'Up' Series of Documentaries, Dies at 79

, British director of the “” series of documentaries, as well as “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Gorillas in the Mist” (1988), James Bond film “” (1999) and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010), has died, his agency Gersh confirmed. He was 79.Apted directed three actors in performances that drew Academy Award nominations: Sissy Spacek in “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Sigourney Weaver in “Gorillas in the Mist” and Jodie Foster in “Nell,” with Spacek going on to win the Oscar.His “Up” series of documentaries for Granada Television, in which he profiled a varied group of...

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Hollywood Prepares to Delay Another Slew of Blockbusters

Hollywood Prepares to Delay Another Slew of Blockbusters

Here we go again. Late last year, Warner Bros. was skewered after announcing that all of its new movies in 2021 would on HBO Max and in theaters. Cinema operators, rival studios and even some of the filmmakers behind the movies wondered aloud why, with the prospect of coronavirus vaccines looming, Warner Bros. would make such a sweeping decision? It was a move that appeared to wave the white flag on moviegoing for the next 12 months.Nobody expected mass immunization overnight, but with vaccinations being administered at a crawl in the U.S., it now looks like Warner Bros. may have been...

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Facebook Has No Plans to Reinstate Trump Accounts, Bans Phrase 'Stop the Steal'

Facebook Has No Plans to Reinstate Trump Accounts, Bans Phrase 'Stop the Steal'

currently has no plans to allow to regain access to his accounts, after the social giant suspended him indefinitely following the Jan. 6 deadly insurrection in the nation’s capital, COO Sheryl Sandberg said Monday.In addition, Facebook said it has begun removing content with the phrase “stop the steal,” which has become a rallying cry among pro-Trump conspiracy theorists who refuse to accept that Joe Biden defeated President Trump in the 2020 election.Last week, , with CEO Mark Zuckerberg citing the risk of ongoing violence for that decision. .“Our ban’s indefinite. We’ve said at least...

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Dr. Dre Issues Statement From Hospital: 'I'm Doing Great'

Dr. Dre Issues Statement From Hospital: 'I'm Doing Great'

Music mogul suffered an apparent brain aneurysm on Monday and is currently receiving treatment at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.His team issued a statement from him Tuesday night, saying, “Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes. I’m doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team. I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!”The rapper and producer, whose real name is Andre Young, was reportedly rushed by ambulance to the medical center’s intensive care unit...

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Women Directed Record Number of 2020 Films, Study Finds

Women Directed Record Number of 2020 Films, Study Finds

Hollywood tapped a record number of women to call the shots on major movies in 2020, according to a new study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.Women represented 16% of directors working on the 100 highest-grossing films in 2020, a high-water mark for female representation behind the camera. That’s up from 12% in 2019 and a lowly 4% in 2018, and a sign that the pressure on studios to promote more female filmmakers may be resulting in tangible change.Of course, this was a year like no other, one that saw the theatrical business...

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Data Analytics Firm CEO Arrested After Joining Mob Storming U.S. Capitol

Data Analytics Firm CEO Arrested After Joining Mob Storming U.S. Capitol

, the chief executive of a Chicago-area company that provides data-marketing solutions, said he was arrested Wednesday after he entered the U.S. Capitol alongside a mob of pro-Trump rioters seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election.His company, Cogensia, said in a statement that Rukstales has been placed on leave while it considers next steps. The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol left at least five people dead, including a , and has prompted calls for President Trump to resign, be removed via the 25th Amendment or be impeached and removed from office by Congress.“Our CEO, Brad...

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Reddit Bans Pro-Trump Forum for Inciting Violence in Connection With U.S. Capitol Attack

Reddit Bans Pro-Trump Forum for Inciting Violence in Connection With U.S. Capitol Attack

on Friday said it banned r/donaldtrump — one of the biggest pro-Trump subreddits on the platform — after “repeated” violations of the site’s policy against inciting violence.The move comes after hundreds of pro-Trump rioters, who were encouraged and praised by President Trump, overwhelmed police in Washington, D.C., to illegally occupy the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. The melee instigated by the insurrectionist mob left at least five dead.The r/donaldtrump forum had about 52,000 members before it was shut down. A notice on the page says, “This community was banned due to a violation of...

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Twitter Permanently Bans Donald Trump

Twitter Permanently Bans Donald Trump

has been kicked off for good, the social network said Friday.“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a statement.Trump, who had 88.8 million followers at last count on Twitter — his favored social platform — was “deplatformed” by the company after years of critics calling for the social network to crack down on what they pointed out was...

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'Mr. Bean' Actor Rowan Atkinson Weighs in on 'Cancel Culture,' Teases New Film

'Mr. Bean' Actor Rowan Atkinson Weighs in on 'Cancel Culture,' Teases New Film

, the British actor known the world over for his “Mr. Bean” character, has delivered a broadside against the so-called online “cancel culture.”During an extensive interview with U.K. outlet Radio Times, Atkinson said: “The problem we have online is that an algorithm decides what we want to see, which ends up creating a simplistic, binary view of society. It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be ‘canceled.’“It’s important that we’re exposed to a wide spectrum of opinion, but what we have now is the digital equivalent of the...

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Roku Acquires Global Rights to 75-Plus Quibi Shows, Will Stream Them for Free

Roku Acquires Global Rights to 75-Plus Quibi Shows, Will Stream Them for Free

snapped up the rights to the majority of ’s multimillion-dollar portfolio original programming — more than 75 shows in all — and will make them available free to stream in 2021 on the .Following after failing to attract a sustainable base of subscribers, Roku acquired Quibi Holdings LLC, the company that holds all of Quibi’s content distribution rights.Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed. Roku is paying less than $100 million for the Quibi library, the Wall Street Journal . Rob Holmes, Roku’s VP of programming, said in an interview, “We do think this deal represents a great...

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Why Sacha Baron Cohen Finally Revived Borat: 'I Felt Democracy Was in Peril'

Why Sacha Baron Cohen Finally Revived Borat: 'I Felt Democracy Was in Peril'

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Grammy Awards Rescheduled for March 14

Grammy Awards Rescheduled for March 14

UPDATED: The Grammy Awards are being postponed until March 14 due to coronavirus-related concerns, a rep for the show confirms to Variety.“After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021,” a statement reads.“The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do....

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Tuck Tucker, Veteran Animator and Storyboard Director for 'Hey Arnold!' and 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' Dies at 59

Tuck Tucker, Veteran Animator and Storyboard Director for 'Hey Arnold!' and 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' Dies at 59

, a veteran animator and storyboard director known for his work on “Hey Arnold!” and “,” died on Dec. 22. He was 59.Tucker’s family announced his death on , writing: “It is with a heavy and broken heart that the Tucker family announces the death of Tuck Tucker, father, husband, son, brother, and uncle. We know he was loved by all of those whom he met.” No cause of death was given.Born William Osborne Tucker III on Aug. 20, 1961, Tucker’s passion for animation began at a young age through watching cartoons with his father. Tucker eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in...

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