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‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52

‘Teletubbies’ Tinky-Winky Actor Simon Shelton Dies at 52
Actor Simon Shelton, known for voicing Tinky-Winky in the BBC children’s show “Teletubbies,” died on Jan. 17. He was 52.

His niece, Emily Atack, confirmed the news on Instagram.

“My wonderful uncle Simon Barnes has been taken from us all so suddenly. The kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet. Loved by all who knew him, and will be forever. X,” she wrote.

The British actor took over the role of the purple Teletubby from 1998 to 2001, after original actor Dave Thompson was fired in 1997. Shelton also played the Dark Knight in the children’s game show “Incredible Games.”

Teletubbies” was an educational television show for young children that focused on four creatures with televisions on their abdomens who played each day in Teletubbyland. In its heyday, the program reached one billion children in more than 120 countries in 45 languages.

In 1999, conservative televangelist Jerry Falwell spoke out against the show, and Shelton
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Missing Plane Thriller 'Manifest' Scores NBC Pilot Order

Missing Plane Thriller 'Manifest' Scores NBC Pilot Order
NBC is moving closer to finding its version of Lost.

The network has handed out a formal pilot order to Manifest, a thriller written by Jeff Rake (The Mysteries of Laura) and described as a high-concept mystery thriller in which a plane disappears from radar and returns years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea.

Manifest landed at NBC in August with a sizable put-pilot commitment. The Robert Zemeckis- and Jack Rapke-exec produced drama follows what happens after the plane's passengers return: No time has passed for those on the plane, but for their loved ones at...
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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Lands FX’s Top Limited Series Premiere Since ‘Legion’

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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Lands FX’s Top Limited Series Premiere Since ‘Legion’
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” posted FX’s top limited series premiere in the key 18-49 demographic since “Legion.” The latest installment of the anthology show drew 1.5 million viewers in that age range and 5.5 million overall when it debuted on Jan. 17. Both Nielsen numbers include the premiere telecast, three encores, and multiplatform viewing over three days of delayed viewing. The premiere telecast on its own contributed 3.6 million of those viewers in Nielsen’s Live+3 data, making it one of the top cable premieres since 2016. For reference, the Dan Stevens-led sci-fi series pulled in 1.8 million...
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Lari White, Country Singer and ‘Cast Away’ Actress, Dies at 52 After Cancer Battle (Report)

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Lari White, Country Singer and ‘Cast Away’ Actress, Dies at 52 After Cancer Battle (Report)
Lari White, the country singer whose hits included “Now I Know” and “That’s My Baby,” died on Tuesday following a battle with cancer, Rolling Stone reports. She was 52.

In addition to her singing career, White was also an actress whose credits included the 2000 Tom Hanks film “Cast Away” and 2004’s “No Regrets.”

White told fans of her cancer battle in November, saying that she had been diagnosed with advanced peritoneal cancer.

“Since then a series of complications including pain management, pneumonia and a bowel obstruction requiring emergency surgery has kept me in...
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Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact

Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact
Starz is taking a big step in its plan to expand internationally, striking a deal with Bell Media to launch the first Starz-branded service in Canada.

Bell Media’s The Movie Network Encore is to be rebranded next year, likely with Starz in the moniker although Bell Media did not get specific. The channel will also be made available as a standalone app for streaming.

As part of the deal, Starz parent Lionsgate has also set a theatrical pay TV output deal with Bell Media covering future releases. Lionsgate’s existing movie output pact in Canada is with Entertainment One.

“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz president-ceo Chris Albrecht. “Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth
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Gaumont Expands to Germany, Appoints Warner Bros. Executive (Exclusive)

Gaumont Expands to Germany, Appoints Warner Bros. Executive (Exclusive)
Gaumont, the venerable film and TV studio behind French comedy blockbuster “The Intouchables” and hit Netflix series “Narcos,” is set to expand in Germany with the launch of a new office in Cologne.

Scheduled for a July 1 launch, the German division will be headed by Sabine de Mardt, who previously served as head of film and fiction at Warner Bros. Intl. TV Production Deutschland. She will report to Christophe Riandee, vice CEO of Gaumont.

“As we have done in the U.S., we are now establishing Gaumont in Germany to produce local content in the local language,” said Gaumont CEO Sidonie Dumas, who described de Mardt as a “well-respected development, production and creative executive with a highly successful track record.”

“With today’s audiences around the globe now used to watching shows in the original language, we also anticipate strong demand for these programs from our overseas broadcast partners,” Dumas said, referring most notably
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WWE Raw Turns 25: The Five Greatest Moments of All-Time

Raw is turning 25 this year and for the WWE this is a huge milestone that proves that it might very well be here to stay. Think about that, 25 years worth of talent come and gone, almost three decades worth of superstars that have climbed into the ring for the amusement and entertainment of millions, and two and a half decades of something unlike the world has ever seen and might not see again anytime soon. The WWE has long since become a worldwide phenomenon, but Raw has, all on its own, become something so epic that standing up

WWE Raw Turns 25: The Five Greatest Moments of All-Time
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Liam Neeson’s Story About his First Reaction to Seeing Helen Mirren is Worth Watching

I think it’s safe to say that Liam Neeson’s first reaction to ever seeing Helen Mirren is worth remembering as well as watching. It seems to be the same reaction that a lot of people have when meeting someone that they can’t take their eyes off initially, a reaction that says that they are immediately attracted and thunderstruck all at once. I won’t repeat what he said on the Graham Norton show but I can certainly understand it, and I can say that a lot of us have felt the same way when we see the object of our affection,

Liam Neeson’s Story About his First Reaction to Seeing Helen Mirren is Worth Watching
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Animation So White: 11 Times TV Characters of Color Were Voiced by White Actors

Animation So White: 11 Times TV Characters of Color Were Voiced by White Actors
While white actors playing characters of color is still a problem in live action, it’s even more common in animation.

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The Top Five Hal Holbrook Movie Roles of His Career

At this point I think it’s safe to say that Hal Holbrook is one of the few people that have been a part of Hollywood for so long that he’s been able to witness some of the greatest changes to the industry that have come along. In his 90’s now, Holbrook is still very much active in movies and TV, but the roles he takes are usually those that are more suited to his age. To be honest he’s still a fun actor to watch even now since he has a great sense of humor and enough acting talent to

The Top Five Hal Holbrook Movie Roles of His Career
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Connie Sawyer, Oldest Working Actress in Hollywood, Dies at 105

Connie Sawyer, the oldest working actress in Hollywood, has passed away at the age of 105. When you think about the fact that she was active in show business from 1931 to 2017 you can’t help but raise your eyebrows and think that she had one heck of a long run. That’s longer than a lot of us have been alive at this point, and she was working that entire time for the most part. Some of us can’t even imagine being at a job for more than a decade or so, and this impressive woman was doing what she

Connie Sawyer, Oldest Working Actress in Hollywood, Dies at 105
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Elsie Fisher

Primarily, people who recognize Elsie Fisher will have recognized her because of her voice. After all, she was the one who provided the voice for Agnes on both Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. However, Fisher has had other roles as well, with the latest example being the lead in a movie called Eighth Grade. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Elsie Fisher: Her Favorite Animal Is the Giraffe Fisher has stated that her favorite animal is the giraffe. This makes sense since the giraffe is an excellent example of charismatic megafauna, which

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Elsie Fisher
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TV Writer Survey Circulates In An Effort To Achieve Salary Parity

In an effort to achieve parity in salaries throughout Hollywood, an anonymously-created TV writer survey has been circulating asking writers, writers assistants, executive assistants and showrunners assistants to share their salaries — and the entries have been eye-opening. The Google document was posted on today and includes information from writers including their gender and whether or not they are a person of color. They also share what network or studio they work for…
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Criminal Minds Exclusive: Is Linda Barnes Trying to Split Up the Bau?

Uh oh, trouble is brewing at the FBI and it looks like J.J. (A.J. Cook) is going to get the first taste of it on Criminal Minds.

In our exclusive clip of this week's episode, J.J. is tapped for a meeting with Assistant Director Linda Barnes (Kim Rhodes) to discuss a covert operation J.J. was part of

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Recap: 'Black Lightning Is Back' — Meanwhile, Thunder Starts Rumbling....

The premiere of The CW’s Black Lightning gave viewers answers to the “Who?” questions. Such as, who is this “retired” superhero? Who is his family? Who are his allies and enemies? Episode 2 then aimed to answer the only logical follow-up: “Why?”

RELATEDIs Black Lightning Supposed to Be ‘Dead’? How Is He Not Recognized? And More Burning Qs Answered

A local preacher featured on the news even asks this question, wondering if the local superhero has seemingly resurfaced to help the community… or settle vendettas. Jefferson is no doubt asking himself “why?” as he groans in pain after his fight
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Ryan Reynolds to Star in ‘Clue’ Film at Fox: Writers of ‘Deadpool’ Attached

Clue is coming back to the big screen and Ryan Reynolds has been elected to star in it. He’ll also be joined by the writers of Deadpool, so at least you know he should have someone that’s used to giving him great lines and can think in the same manner that he can so expertly deliver. Aside from that the aspect of this that might be most troubling is that Hollywood is seeing fit to remake older movies in a way that seems to make people think that they’re kind of running out of ideas. If you don’t believe me

Ryan Reynolds to Star in ‘Clue’ Film at Fox: Writers of ‘Deadpool’ Attached
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This Is Us Finally Explains Jack's Death

This Is Us Finally Explains Jack's Death
Need to catch up? Check out the previous This Is Us recap here.

I had a feeling of dread, coming into this week’s This Is Us. After all, the episode’s title is “That’ll Be the Day,” and I spent too many long car rides as a child listening to my parents’ oldies station not to know that that jauntily sung Buddy Holly lyric ends with the words, “that I die.”

Turns out, my Pearson intuition was right: At last, the episode offers up how the Pearson family home caught fire and killed Jack. Even though we’ve known it was coming,
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The Flash Recap: Doing a Stretch — Plus, [Spoiler] Returns!

The Flash Recap: Doing a Stretch — Plus, [Spoiler] Returns!
This week on The Flash, Ralph rrrrrreeeeached out to imprisoned Barry during a crisis, after a familiar nemesis resurfaced. And speaking of returns, a scene stealer from “Crisis on Earth-x” dropped by, to serve up a curious new clue.

RELATEDIs Flash Marriage ‘I Doomed’? A Closer Look at the Waitress’ Warning for Barry

This was one of those times where, based on the episodic photos alone, I had greatly tempered expectations, thinking it would be a big ol’ filler of an hour… or it’d be unexpectedly entertaining/amusing. And while Trickster Jr. was a bit of a monotonous bore,
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TV Writers, Actors Push for Pay Parity With Anonymous Survey via Google Doc

The latest front in Hollywood’s push for pay parity are anonymous Google docs making the rounds in an effort to bring transparency to the going rates for TV writers, actors and assistants.

Two Google docs dubbed “TV Actors Salary” and “TV Writers Salary” are ricocheting through the industry via social media posts. The documents urge readers to input anonymous information about their salaries for working on series and pilots for specific networks and studios. The spreadsheets ask for gender, race and ethnicity details of contributors as well as the experience level of each person, which has long been one of the biggest determinants of wages.

The spreadsheets have quickly filled up with details. A female co-producer who is a person of color working on an hourlong Warner Bros. TV production for the CW makes $15,000 an episode, for a 23-episode order. A female story editor who is not a person of color working on an hourlong [link=co
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CBS Orders Greg Berlanti Drama Pilot ‘God Friended Me’

Divine intervention has come to CBS in the form of a drama pilot order for Greg Berlanti and “Gotham” scribes Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt.

“God Friended Me” revolves around an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he’s friended by God on Facebook. The proximity to the Holy Spirit makes him an agent of change in the lives of those around him.

The pilot hails from Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Lilien and Wynbrandt penned the script and Marcos Siega will direct. Sarah Schechter, head of Berlanti Productions, will executive produce along with Berlanti.

The prolific Berlanti has a raft of projects in development as well as on air across multiple networks, including the CW’s superhero series “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” and new entry “Black Lightning”; crime drama “Deception” at ABC; drama “You” at Lifetime, and NBC’s “Blindspot,” among others.

CBS previously ordered three pilots — two comedies and one drama
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