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‘GOT’ stars banned from taking set props

The stars of Game of Thrones are at war with production execs after they were banned from taking home props as mementoes of their grueling years filming the hit show.

Veterans of the sex and swords HBO epic — which reportedly earns the studio $1 billion a year –had planned to take souvenirs from their time on the set.

But long-serving actors including Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams have been told they will have to leave the show without taking their characters’ trademark weapons and clothes, or iconic show props including armor and jewelry.

Regardless of orders, the actors are allegedly planning to take their most beloved possessions from set.

They believe they deserve them after spending years shooting the hit show in freezing weather and other difficult conditions.

“The cast is calling show chiefs cheap for putting a ban on them taking any personal reminders of their time on the show,” a source told Radar.

“They feel they have put everything into the show and made a lot of people a lot of money, and think it is a disgrace they won’t be able to take small souvenirs of their time on the show home when it wraps.”

A ban on actors walking away with treasures comes after Kristian Nairn – who played giant Hodor – admitted he had taken a door as a keepsake from the show, which he revealed he planned to hang on a wall at his house.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau — who plays Jaime Lannister – said he intended to steal his character’s fake gold hand and use it as an ashtray in his house.

Actor Liam Cunningham admitted in an interview: “I grab a prop every year – I don’t think of it as grabbing, I think of it as liberating them.”

Radar’s source said the stars’ revelations they regularly swiped props had prompted a clampdown on thefts, with the props team demanding all items handed out during takes be returned personally by actors and signed off on a checklist.

The insider added: “Show bosses have got sick of the thefts as it costs a lot of money to produce these props – the show has its own armory and blacksmiths who make them, and they know they will sell for a lot once the show finishes.”

“Extras are also guilty of thefts and security teams have now been briefed to be especially watchful and ordered to stop anyone who tries to leave the sets carrying valuable props.”

Game of Thrones’ final season will air next year, and almost every episode has already been filmed.

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Robert Redford says he’ll ‘move toward retirement’ after 60 years of acting

The sun appears to be setting on the Sundance Kid’s acting career.

In a new interview published Monday, Robert Redford tells Entertainment Weekly retirement is on his mind, and that his new movie, The Old Man & The Gun, will likely be his last acting job.

“Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and (I’ll) move towards retirement after this ‘cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21,” Redford, 82 this month, said. “I thought, Well, that’s enough. And why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?”

In what could be his last film, Redford portrays Forrest Tucker, a real-life career convict, who reportedly boasted he was better at escaping than Harry Houdini. Elisabeth Moss, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck and Danny Glover are also featured in the film, which is set for a Sept. 28 release.

“To me, that was a wonderful character to play at this point in my life,” Redford told EW.

“The thing that really got me about him — which I hope the film shows — is he robbed 17 banks and he got caught 17 times and went to prison 17 times. But he also escaped 17 times. So it made me wonder: I wonder if he was not averse to getting caught so he that could enjoy the real thrill of his life, which is to escape?”

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Chris Rock joining ’Fargo’ Season 4

TORONTO — FX Networks CEO and President John Landgraf announced today in Los Angeles that Chris Rock will star in a fourth season of “Fargo.”

Each season of the Emmy-winning anthology drama features a new cast of headliners as it skips through different decades. Up until now, production has been based in and around Calgary, with the Canadian city doubling for Minnesota as well as North and South Dakota.

The new season is not scheduled to commence filming until 2019. A Fox spokesperson today said it is too early to tell where production will be located

Here’s what is known: the new season is set in 1950 in Kansas City, Mo. Actor/comedian Rock will star as a family man caught up in the migration of African Americans from the U.S. south who travelled north to escape segregation and oppression.

Rock’s character must surrender his oldest son to his enemy and also raise his enemy’s son as his own in order to thrive in his new settings. Complicating matters further is a new wave of immigration from Europe entering Kansas City, including members of an Italian crime syndicate.

A release from the network describes the new season as “a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo.”

The Emmy and Peabody-winning drama, based on the Coen brothers feature film, has been on the shelf for an extended period as creator/writer/showrunner Noah Hawley juggled feature film work as well as his duties on his other FX series, “Legion.” Rock, 53, was quoted saying he can’t wait to work on the series.

Hawley, as well as executive producer Warren Littlefield, have praised the largely Calgary-based crews working the series during its first three seasons. Littlefield’s other award-winning drama, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” shoots in and around Toronto, Hamilton and Cambridge, Ont.

Shows don’t always stay put, however. Hawley’s other FX series, “Legion,” was relocated from Vancouver to California for its second season, lured by enhanced tax incentives on the American west coast.

That move, Hawley explained last January, was also largely dictated by second season “Legion” scripts calling for more desert scenes.

“You want to embrace what the location you’re filming in has to offer you,” said Hawley of the shift south. “The sad thing with Vancouver is that people often shoot Vancouver to imitate someplace else — or Toronto or Atlanta — rather than, no, it’s this beautiful mountainous evergreen terrain. I just want to embrace where we are.”

The most recent season of “Fargo,” which aired in 2017, starred Ewan McGregor in a dual role. Kirsten Dunst and Ted Danson headlined Season 2, with Billy Bob Thornton starring in the first season.

Thornton took in a Calgary Stampeders CFL game during his 10-episode stint and was amazed to see shirtless fans in the stands painted in team colours.

The Arkansas native had a great time in Canada but in an interview in 2014 admitted that the winter shoot took some getting used to.

“One night, it went down to 40 below and they wouldn’t allow us to work,” he said at the time. “You figure if a Canadian says it’s too dangerous to go out there, it probably is too dangerous to go out.”

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Very, very sad news. I love this woman. Rest In Peace Mrs. Garrett.

Charlotte Rae, Mrs. Garrett on Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes, dies at 92

Charlotte Rae, best known as wise and lovable house mother Mrs. Garrett on The Facts of Life, died Sunday at her home in Los Angeles, representatives for the actress confirmed. She was 92.

Rae revealed she’d been diagnosed with bone cancer at the end of April 2017. “Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer,” she said in a statement. “About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer — which is a miracle that they found it because usually, it’s too late. My mother, sister, and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer. After six months of chemotherapy, I was cancer-free. I lost my hair, but I had beautiful wigs. Nobody ever knew. So now, at the age of 91, I have to make up my mind. I’m not in any pain right now. I’m feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground. Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again or opt for life.”

She continued to share her decision, “I love life. I’ve had a wonderful one already … I’ve had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening. I’d like to choose life. I’m grateful for the life I’ve already had.”

Born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rae got her start doing theater and radio (where she was told to drop her last name). She broke into television playing Sylvia Schnauser, the wife of Al Lewis’ Officer Leo Schnauser on Car 54, Where Are You? While she earned Tony nominations Pickwick, Morning Noon and Night, and an Emmy nom (Queen of the Stardust Ballroom), it wasn’t until 1978 when Norman Lear, a longtime fan, cast her in Diff’rent Strokes, that Rae’s career took off.

Rae played the kooky but kind housekeeper Edna Garrett, unmissable thanks to that mound of bright orange hair, on Diff’rent Strokes, and when she became a popular breakout character, Rae herself proposed the spin-off. That spin-off became The Facts of Life, a sitcom about a girls’ boarding school and their (once again) kooky and kind house mother. Rae’s Mrs. Garrett (or Mrs. G, as Nancy McKeon’s Jo liked to call her) helped guide the girls through every very special episode theme imaginable, from depression to dating, AIDS to alcohol. Rae left the show in 1986 for health reasons, and though Cloris Leachman stepped in as Mrs. Garrett’s sister, the show was canceled two years later.

Rae went on to guest star on TV shows like ER, Pretty Little Liars, Sisters, and The King of Queens, and appeared in movies such as Don’t Mess with the Zohan and Tom and Jerry: The Movie. Her final regular gig was voicing “Nanny” in the animated 101 Dalmations: The Series, which aired from 1997-98.

As much as she was beloved by TV watchers throughout the ‘80s, she remained associated with the beloved character of Mrs. Garrett thanks to reruns. In 2011, The Facts of Life cast reunited for the TV Land Awards, where she took home the Pop Icon award. That night, her Facts of Life costars Kim Fields and Nancy McKeon gave speeches in her honor. For the show’s 35th anniversary in 2014, they again got together for the closing night of PaleyFest in Los Angeles.

Rae shared many of her Hollywood experiences — including 44 years of sobriety and discovering that her husband, John Strauss, was bisexual — in her memoir, The Facts of My Life, released in 2015.

In her April 2017 statement, Rae also said, “At 91, every day is a birthday. [In my book] I want to tell everybody to celebrate every day, to savor the day and be good to yourself, love yourself, and then you can be good to others and be of service to others.”

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Patrick Stewart to reprise role as Jean-Luc Picard in new Star Trek series

Patrick Stewart is boldly going where he’s been before — Star Trek.

CBS All Access said Saturday that Stewart has been tapped to headline a new Star Trek series, reprising his Star Trek: The Next Generation character, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard.

Stewart, 78, shocked an audience at a Las Vegas Star Trek event when he announced he would be reprising his famous role.

The new series is not a Next Generation reboot but will tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. No title or air date was revealed.

In a statement on Instagram, Stewart says he thought his Star Trek days “had run its natural course” so he considers it a delightful surprise to be playing Picard again.

“During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership,” Stewart wrote.

“I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason — to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times.”

Stewart headlined his Star Trek series for seven seasons and portrayed Picard in the movies Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

Star Trek fans, considered among the most fanatical of any film or television franchise, responded gleefully on social media to the news.

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CBS in ‘Preliminary Discussions’ to Renew ‘Big Bang Theory’ for Season 13

“Big Bang Theory” could be back for a thirteenth season.

During an appearance at the TCA summer press tour on Sunday, CBS Entertainment head Kelly Kahl said that the company and Warner Bros. Television, which produces the show, are already discussing renewing the show beyond its upcoming twelfth season.

“We don’t believe it’s the final year,” Kahl said. “We are in preliminary discussions to renew the show with Warner Bros.” The announcement drew tweets of “huh” and “fascinating” from series co-creator and executive producer Bill Prady.

Warner Bros. declined to comment.

Series star Johnny Galecki also said back in January that he and the cast would be comfortable ending the show with Season 12.

“The only way we’ve discussed wrapping the show is we’re all going to be very sad when that day comes,” he said. “I think at this point everyone is very comfortable with 12 seasons being a good time to go home and see our families.”

“Big Bang” was renewed for Seasons 11 and 12 last year, with the five original members of the series ensemble — Jim Parsons, Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — all striking new deals. The previously mentioned stars are said to have taken pay cuts in order to free up funds for pay increases for newer stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik.

The show remains a major force not just on CBS but across all of television. Season 11 averaged a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 14 million viewers an episode in Live+Same Day and was frequently the top shows in Live+7 as well.

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I hope to see both Christopher Robin AND The Spy Who Dumped Me this week.

Mission: Impossible — Fallout holds off Christopher Robin at the box office

Oh, bother. Winnie the Pooh is back on the big screen this weekend — in live action, no less — but he and his pals won’t be on top of the box office.

Tom Cruise’s spy sequel Mission: Impossible — Fallout is poised to win the weekend again with an estimated $35 million from 4,395 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, outgrossing Disney’s Christopher Robin and fellow new releases The Spy Who Loved Me and The Darkest Minds.

For Fallout, that figure represents a decline of just 43 percent from its debut last weekend, and its brings the film’s domestic total to $124.5 million after 10 days in theaters. Overseas, the film will add about $76 million this weekend, putting its international total at an estimated $205 million ($329.5 million worldwide).

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie and released by Paramount Pictures, Fallout finds super-agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his IMF colleagues trying to recover stolen plutonium after a mission gone awry. The cast also includes Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Sean Harris, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, and Angela Bassett. Reviews have been excellent, and audiences gave it an A CinemaScore.

Christopher Robin will debut in second place, with an estimated $25 million from 3,602 theaters, toward the lower end of industry projections. It will add about $4.8 million from international markets.

The film — which stars Ewan McGregor in the title role and uses CGI to bring Winnie the Pooh and his Hundred Acre Wood friends to life — comes as the latest Disney project to put a live-action spin on an animated classic (see also: Maleficent, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast). Reviews were mixed to positive, while moviegoers gave it an A CinemaScore, suggesting solid word-of-mouth prospects.

The weekend’s other new major releases, Lionsgate’s R-rated comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me and Fox’s dystopian YA tale The Darkest Minds, will settle for the No. 3 and No. 8 spots, respectively.

The Spy Who Dumped Me will take in about $12.4 million, in line with modest industry expectations, but The Darkest Minds is in rough shape with a lackluster $5.8 million. Both movies failed to impress critics and garnered B CinemaScores.

Further down the list is Death of a Nation, the latest documentary from Dinesh D’Souza, the controversial conservative commentator who received a presidential pardon in May for a felony conviction of making illegal campaign contributions. It will debut with about $2.3 million from 1,005 theaters, putting it in 13th place. Film critics have panned the doc.

Also this weekend, Disney’s superhero smash Black Panther — which, yes, is still in theaters — will become just the third film in history to cross the $700 million mark at the domestic box. (The others are Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar.)

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 8 percent year-to-date. Check out the Aug. 3-5 figures below.

1. Mission: Impossible — Fallout — $35 million
2. Christopher Robin — $25 million
3. The Spy Who Dumped Me — $12.4 million
4. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — $9.1 million
5. The Equalizer 2 — $8.8 million
6. Hotel Transylvania 3 — $8.2 million
7. Ant-Man and the Wasp — $6.2 million
8. The Darkest Minds — $5.8 million
9. Incredibles 2 — $5 million
10. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies — $4.9 million

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Lost Neil Young and Joni Mitchell concert recordings uncovered by archivists

Live concert recordings of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell considered lost for decades have been unearthed by Michigan archivists.

The Canadian folk legends are among a number of historic music performances recently discovered by the non-profit Michigan History Project.

All of the recordings were made at the Canterbury House, the Episcopal student ministry at the University of Michigan campus in the late 1960s. The space doubled as a place of worship and a concert venue during the era with some of the biggest folk acts of the time performing there.

Each was recorded in professional audio quality on seven-inch reel-to-reel tapes. They’re now being shopped to record labels for an official release, organizers say.

Other tapes found in the collection include performances by Tim Buckley, Doc Watson and Odetta.

Archivists have known about the elusive recordings of Young and Mitchell for years.

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Mission: Impossible — Fallout sets franchise high with $61.5 million opening

Tom Cruise is in control once again.

The actor’s new spy flick Mission: Impossible — Fallout is on track to earn an estimated $61.5 million in ticket sales at 4,386 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, easily topping the box office and scoring the highest opening yet for the enduring six-film franchise (not adjusting for inflation). Mission: Impossible II previously held that distinction, debuting with $57.8 million in 2000, while the most recent M:I movie, Rogue Nation, bowed to $55.5 million three years ago.

Fallout’s opening comes in toward the higher end of industry projections, which were in the range of $50 million to $65 million. The film, which cost $178 million to produce, received excellent reviews from critics, and moviegoers gave it an A CinemaScore. It could mark a much-needed hit for Paramount Pictures as the studio tries to regain its footing under new leadership. Overseas, in about 40 percent of the foreign marketplace, Fallout will add an estimated $92 million this weekend.

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who also handled Rogue Nation), Fallout finds super-spy Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his IMF colleagues trying to recover stolen plutonium after a mission gone awry. The cast also includes Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Sean Harris, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, and Angela Bassett.

This weekend’s other major new release, Warner Bros’. animated superhero comedy Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, is poised to earn about $10.5 million from 3,297 domestic theaters. That number falls considerably short of industry expectations of $15 million and puts the movie in fifth place.

Based on the TV series Teen Titans Go! and directed by Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath, the film garnered positive reviews and a B-plus CinemaScore.

Three holdovers round out the top five: Universal’s musical sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, with an estimated $15 million; Sony’s gritty action movie The Equalizer 2 (last weekend’s No. 1 movie), with an estimated $14 million; and Sony’s cartoon monster comedy Hotel Transylvania 3, with an estimated $12.3 million.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 7.9 percent year-to-date. Check out the July 27-29 figures below.

1. Mission: Impossible — Fallout — $61.5 million
2. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — $15 million
3. The Equalizer 2 — $14 million
4. Hotel Transylvania 3 — $12.3 million
5. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies — $10.5 million
6. Ant-Man and the Wasp 2 — $8.4 million
7. Incredibles 2 — $7.2 million
8. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — $6.8 million
9. Skyscraper — $5.4 million
10. The First Purge — $2.2 million

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Beach Boys, Brian Wilson to Reunite for SiriusXM ‘Town Hall’

The Beach Boys’ classic lineup – including Brian Wilson – will reunite for a special Q&A session moderated by director Rob Reiner that will air August 10th at 5 p.m. ET/PT on the band’s SiriusXM channel, Good Vibrations.

The “Town Hall” event marks a rare live appearance for founding members Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and David Marks, as well as longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston. The event will take place at the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, were the Beach Boys recorded some of their earliest material.

The Q&A will feature fan questions and focus on the Beach Boys’ “SiriusXM channel, their new album, The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and their celebrated career as one of the world’s most beloved and respected bands.”

The SiriusXM “Town Hall” marks the first time the surviving Beach Boys will take the stage together since 2012, when they wrapped their extensive 50th anniversary tour. That year, the band’s classic lineup also released a new album, That’s Why God Made the Radio, though afterwards Love decided to keep touring as the Beach Boys, but without Wilson, Jardine and Marks.

Since 2012, Love’s Beach Boys have continued to tour regularly, while the musician also released a solo album, Unleash the Love, in 2017. Wilson has also kept a busy touring schedule, releasing his own record, No Pier Pressure, in 2015. In June, the Beach Boys released The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which paired the group’s classic vocal takes with new orchestral arrangements.