David Prowse, The Original Darth Vader, Dies At 85

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David Prowse, best known for playing the original Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies, has passed away on Sunday, his management company announced. He was 85.

Prowse suffered from Alzheimer’s. According to his daughter, he had been in the hospital for two weeks. He passed away due to coronavirus complications.

“It’s with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world, to announce that our client DAVE PROWSE M.B.E. has passed away at the age of 85,” Bowington Management said on Twitter Sunday.

“David brought a physicality to Darth Vader that was essential for the character,” Star Wars creator George Lucas said in a statement posted on StarWars.com. “He made Vader leap off the page and on to the big screen, with an imposing stature and movement performance to match the intensity and undercurrent of Vader’s presence. David was up for anything and contributed to the success of what would become a memorable, tragic figure. May he rest in peace.”

As Darth Vader in Star Wars, Prowse wore the iconic black suit and helmet, while actor James Earl Jones provided the voice.

Prowse also appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s classic dystopian crime film A Clockwork Orange (1971), and as Frankentstein’s monster in Casino Royale (1967) which marked his debut, and the Hammer horrors The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974).

A bodybuilder and weightlifting champion, Prowse had a hand in helping Christopher Reeves achieve his physique for the 1978 superhero film by Richard Donner “Superman”, having trained Reeves for six weeks. “He was fantastic. He was a very lovely person,” Prowse said of Reeve. “We were like brothers, we got along so well together. And during the course of the period I had him, I took him from 170 pounds when we started and he was 212 [pounds] when he went into the suit.”

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Chris Hemsworth Is Officially Hulk Hogan-Level Jacked in New Photo

Like plenty of other leading men, Chis Hemsworth likes to post his workouts on social media, and has even got a side hustle going with his own fitness and wellbeing app, Centr, where he and his team share the workouts and meal plans that have helped him get into godlike shape to play Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But in his latest progress pic on Instagram, in which he is captured flipping a tire (or “cheat day donut” as his tongue-in-cheek caption reads), the Australian actor is looking even more jacked than he did on the set of the Thor and Avengers movies. It’s in preparation for his next big project, where he will play ’80s and ’90s wrestling star Hulk Hogan.

Hemsworth has previously stated in interviews that his role in the upcoming Hogan biopic will require him to bulk up and physically transform more than any of his previous gigs. “I will have to put on more size than I ever have before, even more than I put on for Thor,” he said. “There is the accent as well as the physicality and the attitude… I will also have to do a deep dive into the rabbit hole of the wrestling world, which I’m really looking forward to doing.”

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Chadwick, Marvel’s Black Panther, Dies After Battle With Cancer

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Chadwick Boseman at the MTV Movie nad TV Awards 2018

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who starred in the massively successful Black Panther film, has died, a rep for Boseman said. He was 43. The actor has never made his diagnosis public.

He is survived by his wife and a parent and had no children, Fioravante said. Boseman’s wife, singer Taylor Simone Ledward, and family were by his side at his Los Angeles home.

Boseman’s career also includes his portrayals of Black American icons such as Jackie Robinson (in 2013’s “42”) and James Brown (in 2014’s “Get on Up”).

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” said a statement posted to his Twitter feed. “It was the honor of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

In addition to “Black Panther,” Boseman also played the character in various Marvel Cinematic Universe installments such as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Most recently, he starred in Spike Lee’s Netflix war movie Da 5 Bloods which was released in June.

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Chris Hemsworth Will Undergo ‘Insanely Physical’ Training For Hulk Hogan biopic

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Chris Hemsworth’s preparations for the Hulk Hogan biopic will be “insanely physical”.

The ‘Thor: Love & Thunder’ actor signed up to portray the wrestling legend last year and though the movie is a long way off going into production, the 36-year-old star is already thinking about the body transformation he’ll need to undergo to look the part.

Speaking to Total Film, he said: “This movie is going to be a really fun project. As you can imagine, the preparation for the role will be insanely physical.

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Henry Cavill Explains How He Built Muscle and Burned Fat Simultaneously for ‘The Witcher’

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Deploy Cavill’s tips to develop your own growth strategy in 2020

Lest you think that Henry Cavill talks constantly about how hard he works (“Actor Does Job Shock!”), know that he is far from solipsistic. “I’m so proud of my team, because I expect a high standard of myself and they matched that,” he says. In conversation, Cavill constantly gives props to his colleagues, from the “incredible stunt performers” to his hairdresser, Jackie (“We all worked long hours on that job, but he took the wig home with her”).

The scars on his ripped abs that he posted on Instagram (caption: “When you take work home with you”) were thankfully just make-up. But doing his own stunts did bring occupational hazards. “Because I was training hard in the gym throughout the whole process, it became difficult for any injuries to heal.

You stress the muscles so much when you’re super-dehydrated and tired at the end of the day that little things can happen, like muscle pulls, which never quite go away.”
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‘Contagion’ stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and more share medically approved PSAs about coronavirus: ‘Wash your hands like your life depends on it’

Contagion, the 2011 movie about a fictional pandemic sweeping the globe, has resurged in popularity in the wake of the coronavirus.

Now, the team behind the film, including its stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Laurence Fishburne, is reminding people how to stay safe during what’s quickly become a global health crisis.

It’s part of a campaign, called Control the Contagion, that cast members, director Steven Soderbergh, writer Scott Z. Burns, production company Participant Media and scientists from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have created to promote accurate information about the pandemic. The result is several public service announcements, which have been fact-checked by medical experts, and feature an A-list cast, with more to come.

Damon, in his PSA, stressed the importance of social distancing. He debunked the myth that young people aren’t affected by the coronavirus and advised everyone to stay home.

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Chris Evans In Talks To Play The Dentist In Little Shop Of Horrors Remake

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Chris Evans may be appearing in a musical adaptation soon. According to Hollywood Reporter, the Captain America actor is in talks to play the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello, Audrey’s abusive boyfriend in a remake of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Steve Martin once portrayed the nitrous oxide-addicted dentist in the 1986 Frank Oz directed horror comedy musical. That film was also an adaptation of the 1982 Off Broadway musical, which itself was based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film of the same name.

Scarlett Johansson is also in talks for the role of Audrey, per THR, while Taron Egerton is in talks to play Seymour, a nerdy florist who loves strange and interesting plants.

Last year, in an interview with the publication, Evans has stated his interest in doing a musical. “I want to do a musical so badly, man. Someone told me they’re [remaking] Little Shop of Horrors and I was like, ‘Oh, can I be down? Please? Can I be the dentist?’”

After playing Captain America in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s series of films and Human Torch in two “Fantastic Four” films, actor is definitely showing a lot interest less heroic roles lately. Last year, he played a more roguish character Hugh Ransom Drysdale in Rian Johnson’s critical and commercial hit “Knives Out.”

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“Friends” Reunion Officially Happening At HBO Max

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Nearly 16 years after it went off the air, the six original cast of “Friends” is set to reunite for an untitled and unscripted special for HBO Max, WarnerMedia announced Friday.

“It’s official, Friends fans! After 15 years, nine months, and innumerable fan requests from around the globe, we now have the ‘brand-new information’ you’ve been waiting for,” the announcement read.

In perfect Friends fashion, the cast of the iconic sitcom, Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing”, Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), and David Schwimmer all posted on Instagram Friday afternoon a vintage-themed group picture (below) crowded in a car. That is, except, Matt le Blanc (Joey Tribbiani) who posted a different picture from another TV show.

“It’s happening,” the cast simultaneously posted on each of their Instagram accounts Friday. The cast is set to return to Warner Bros. Studio’s Stage 24, the original soundstage where the show was shot during its run.

The sitcom is one of the most successful of all-time, at one point generating 52.9 million viewers, when Chandler hooked up with film superstar Julia Roberts in the two-part episode “The One After the Super Bowl.”

HBO Max will cost $15 a month and is currently set to launch in May.

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“Miss Americana”: Trailer for Taylor Swift Netflix Documentary Released

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“It’s been a long time coming,” Taylor Swift posted on Twitter, along with the official trailer for her upcoming Netflix documentary film, “Miss Americana”.

The streaming service describes Miss Americana as a revealing documentary, wherein Swift “embraces her role as a songwriter and performer — and as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice.”

The trailer shows plenty of private footage of the superstar, talking about her life as an artist in the public eye, clips from her tours and red carpets, and a brief glimpse of her backstage hugging boyfriend actor Joe Alwyn.

“I became the person everyone wanted me to be,” Swift says in the trailer. “I had to deconstruct an entire belief system, toss it out and reject it.”

Directed by Emmy-winning director Lana Wilson, “Miss Americana” is set to debut today, Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival.

It is currently set for release on Netflix and select theaters on January 31.

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“Do The Right Thing” Veteran Actor Danny Aiello Dies At 86

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Danny Aiello in the “Papa Don’t Preach” video

Character actor Danny Aiello, an Oscar nominated veteran actor who made his mark in classic 80s films including “Moonstruck” and “Do the Right Thing,” has died at the age of 86, his publicist confirmed on Friday morning.

Aiello (pronounced eye-YEL-o), is known as the blue-collar character actor and has appeared in “Fort Apache, the Bronx,” “The Godfather, Part II,” “Once Upon a Time in America”. In 1990, he was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as a pizza man in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.”

But it was his role in Norman Jewison’s hit comedy “Moonstruck” that gained him widespread recognition to film audiences. In the film, he played Cher’s befuddled fiancé.

Some would also remember him as Madonna’s father in “Papa Don’t Preach” video, which was shot on Staten Island. Aiello himself is a musician, having released his first single in March of 2004, “All of Me”, and a few albums such as I Just Wanted to Hear The Words (2004), Live from Atlantic City (2008), and My Christmas Song for You (2010).

Danny was born June 20, 1933 to Italian parents. Aiello and his wife Sandy, lived in Ramsey, New Jersey. He is survived by three children and ten grandchildren.

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