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George Clooney, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Idris Elba honored at BAFTA Britannia Awards

George Clooney and Benedict Cumberbatch were honored last night at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles, according to the New York Times. Clooney received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film while Cumberbatch won the award for British Artist of the Year. Other winners included Idris Elba and Sacha Baron Cohen, who pranked the audience with a skit in which he seemed to push an old woman off the stage.

Winners of the Britannia awards are chosen by members of the Los Angeles arm of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

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Blockbuster goes bust, will end retail and DVD-by-mail service

It’s the end of an era: Dish announced today that its subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., will end both its retail and its mail DVD distribution operations by early January 2014.

“This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment,” DISH’s president and chief executive officer Joseph P. Clayton said in a statement. “Despite our closing of the physical distribution elements of the business, we continue to see value in the Blockbuster brand, and we expect to leverage that brand as we continue to expand our digital offerings.”

According to a release, Blockbuster By Mail service will cease in mid-December 2013, and will continue serving existing customers until that time. The company will close its remaining domestic retail stores — some 300 locations altogether — as well as its distribution centers by early next year.

Dish says that it will retain the brand’s licensing rights and key assets, including Blockbuster’s “significant video library.” Both Dish’s Blockbuster @Home service, which offers a package of over 15 movie channels, and Blockbuster On Demand streaming video will also continue to exist. As the mission statement on Blockbuster’s new website puts it: “You’ve known us for years, but who are we now? Well, we’re different. We’ve grown. We’ve changed. Still, one thing has remained the same: We love movies. And now we’re taking that love to the next level.”

'Killer's Kiss' actress Irene Kane dies

Irene Kane, star of Stanley Kubrick’s Killer’s Kiss, died Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actress, who reportedly died of pancreatic cancer, also worked as a journalist for CBS, CNN, and The New York Times under the pen name Chris Chase, and co-authored Hollywood autobiographies and a memoir: How to Be a Movie Star, or A Terrible Beauty Is Born. Aside from 1955′s Killer’s Kiss, Kane also acted in Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz (1979) and the TV series Naked City (1958-63).

In a 1999 Q&A with Entertainment Weekly, Kubrick spoke of the poor critical reception for Killer’s Kiss, only his second feature. “Killer’s Kiss had some exciting action sequences in it, but the story was written in a week in order to take advantage of a possibility of getting some money,” the director said.

Kane’s niece, who confirmed her death to THR, didn’t want to reveal the late actress’ age.

Emile Hirsch welcomes a son

Into the Wild and Speedracer star Emile Hirsch, 28, is a first-time dad, according to People.com.

The baby, reportedly named Valor, was born Oct. 28 in Florida. He is the actor’s first child.

Michael Bay attacked by man 'wielding an air conditioning unit as a weapon' on the set of 'Transformers 4' -- UPDATED

Michael Bay was assaulted on the Hong Kong set of Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction today, in what appears to be some sort of petty blackmail scheme. According to Reuters, two brothers walked up to the director and demanded a payment of HK$100,000 — about $13,000. (BBC News theorizes that the men were asking for disturbance fees, which are paid to business owners who could lose business when a movie films in their area.) READ FULL STORY

Veteran character actor Ed Lauter dies at age 74

Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74.

Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi.

Whether he was an irascible authority figure, a brutal thug or a conniving con man, Lauter’s presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in. That was so even on those occasions when he was playing a character more bumbling than menacing, although menacing was clearly his forte.

He was the brutal prison guard who was Burt Reynolds’ nemesis in the 1974 comedy-drama The Longest Yard and the sleazy gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock’s last film, The Family Plot. In Death Wish 3, he was the violent cop who teams with Charles Bronson’s vigilante to rid New York City’s streets of criminals, not by incarcerating them but by killing them.

More recently he was the butler to Berenice Bejo’s French ingenue in the 2011 Oscar-winning film The Artist.
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Tom Hanks: I have type 2 diabetes

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks revealed last night that he has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

“I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man,” the 57-year-old actor told David Letterman on the Late Show Monday

“My doctor said, ‘If you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school you will essentially be completely healthy and will not have Type 2 diabetes,’” Hanks continued. “And I said, ‘Well, I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes, ’cause there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.’” Hanks then added that as a teen, he weighed just 96 pounds. READ FULL STORY

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez have a son

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez welcomed a son on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Los Angeles People reports.

The Oscar winner and the French actor, who are both 47, have been married since July. The new baby is Berry’s second child—she has a 5-year old daughter Nahla with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry.

Back in April, Berry spoke to CNN about her pregnancy. “I feel fantastic. This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth. Thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it’s been a big surprise and the most wonderful,” she said.

Supreme Court to hear appeal over 'Raging Bull'

The daughter of the man who wrote the Oscar-winning movie Raging Bull is hoping the Supreme Court will give her a final second TKO against a movie studio for ownership of boxer Jake LaMotta’s life story.

The high court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal over the movie’s copyright, one of eight cases granted by the justices as they prepare for the beginning of the new 2013-14 session on Oct. 7.

The court, on the cusp of its new fall term, will continue to conduct normal operations through Friday despite the government shutdown, including having the building open for tourists.

The Raging Bull case involves an appeal from Paula Petrella, the daughter of the movie’s author, Frank Petrella. The elder Petrella died in 1981, with his copyrights reverting to his daughter. She sued Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. for copyright infringement for creating and distributing copies of the movie, but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said she waited too long before filing her lawsuit.
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'Das Boot' star Otto Sander dead at 72

The gravel-voiced German actor Otto Sander who appeared in international arthouse hits such as Das Boot and Wings of Desire died Thursday at age 72, his agent said.

The cause of death was not announced, but he had suffered from cancer for several years.

Sander, also a veteran of the Berlin stage, was best known to foreign audiences for his 1981 turn in Wolfgang Petersen’s World War II epic Das Boot as a shell-shocked German submarine captain. In the film, Sander famously delivers a drunken speech to his comrades mocking both the British and Adolf Hitler.

Director Volker Schloendorff cast him in his Oscar-winning adaptation of Gunter Grass’ novel The Tin Drum as the alcoholic trumpeter Meyn.

And in 1987, he starred as the angel Cassiel in Wim Wenders’ surrealist drama about Germany’s painful Cold War division Wings of Desire and its 1993 sequel, Faraway, So Close.

Born in 1941 in the northern city of Hanover, Sander became one of the top theater actors in West Berlin and later the reunited capital. His distinctive baritone was put to good use in dubbing work and narration, and in the gritty television crime show Polizeiruf 110.
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