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Stuart Freeborn, makeup artist behind Yoda, dies at 98

Stuart Freeborn, a pioneering movie makeup artist behind creatures such as Yoda and Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, has died. He was 98.

LucasFilm confirmed Wednesday that Freeborn had passed away, “leaving a legacy of unforgettable contributions.”

“Star Wars” director George Lucas said in a statement that Freeborn was “already a makeup legend” when he started working on “Star Wars.”

“He brought with him not only decades of experience, but boundless creative energy,” Lucas said. “His artistry and craftsmanship will live on forever in the characters he created. His “Star Wars” creatures may be reinterpreted in new forms by new generations, but at their heart, they continue to be what Stuart created for the original films.”
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'Dazed and Confused' actor arrested in Arizona

Dazed and Confused actor Jason London was arrested in Arizona early Monday morning and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, the Associated Press reports. London allegedly sneezed on a man who then asked him to apologize, but London refused and then hit the man in the face.

After the incident, London took to Twitter to explain his side of the story, writing, “Guys, the TMZ report is a total f***ing lie. I got jumped by three 250 pound bouncers. They knocked me out and beat me for several minutes. I would never say or do the crap they are reporting. Have faith in me. The truth will come out and you will see. Some guy thought I was hitting on his girl and had me jumped. My wife was in the next room, had no idea what even happened. I hate Arizona. Wait till you see the real pictures. I have a right orbital fracture and sinus fracture. The truth will win.”

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Kevin Tsujihara named CEO of Warner Bros

Kevin Tsujihara was named the next chief executive of the Warner Bros. studio, one of the largest producers of TV shows and movies in Hollywood. He’ll take over from Barry Meyer on March 1.

Tsujihara, 48, has been president of the studio’s home entertainment division since 2005.

Jeff Bewkes, the chief executive of Warner Bros. parent Time Warner Inc., said in a statement Monday that Tsujihara was the right leader for the studio, combining strategic thinking with financial discipline.
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'Death Wish' director Michael Winner dies at age 77

Death Wish director Michael Winner has died at the age of 77. According to BBC News, the filmmaker’s wife, Geraldine, said her husband passed away today at his home in Kensington, London. Winner had endured a run of ill heath since eating a bad oyster on holiday in Barbados in 2007, and last summer, liver specialists had given him 18 months to live.

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Aurora movie theater, site of 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting, reopens

Aurora, Colo.’s Cinemark movie theater — the site of July’s deadly Dark Knight Rises massacre, during which 12 people were killed and dozens more were wounded — is reopening today, the Associated Press reports. A private ceremony for victims, first responders, and officials is scheduled; the entire complex will open to the public permanently on Friday, Jan. 25. The initial ceremony will include the screening of a movie, though officials have not released that movie’s name.

In August, Aurora invited its citizens to participate in an online survey to help determine the theater’s fate. According to Aurora mayor Steve Hogan — via the AP — residents overwhelmingly supported reopening the theater, an “important venue for Aurora.”

On Jan. 10, a Colorado judge ruled that alleged shooter James Holmes should stand trial for the movie theater massacre. His arraignment is scheduled for March 12.

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Japanese film director Oshima dies at 80

Nagisa Oshima, a Japanese director internationally acclaimed for his films Empire of Passion and In the Realm of the Senses, has died of pneumonia. He was 80.
His office, Oshima Productions, said Oshima died Tuesday afternoon at a hospital near Tokyo after being in and out of hospital since he was struck by a stroke more than a decade ago.

A former student radical from Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, Oshima debuted in 1959 with A Town of Love and Hope, quickly earning a reputation of a “new wave” director with social and political themes during the 1960, often depicting youths raging against the society. He tackled controversial social issues throughout his career, ranging from capital punishment and racism to homosexuality.
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Lily Allen welcomes baby girl

Lily Allen has welcomed her second daughter with husband Sam Cooper. The singer gave birth to Marnie Rose on Tuesday, Jan. 8, according to reports. A rep for Allen declined to comment on the speculation, but the singer appeared to confirm the news herself on Thursday, posting on Twitter: “Quite overwhelmed by all the well wishing going on. THANKYOU everybody x x x.”

The two are already parents to 13-month-old Ethel Mary.

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George Lucas engaged to longtime girlfriend

George Lucas and longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson are engaged, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Hobson, 43, serves as the chairman of DreamWorks Animation, as well as running her own investment firm and contributing to ABC’s Good Morning America. It’s her first marriage, and the second for Lucas, 68.

Last year, Lucas announced his retirement and sold his company to Disney for $4.05 billion.

Harry Carey Jr., character actor in classic Hollywood Westerns, dies

Harry Carey Jr., a character actor who made a name for himself as part of director John Ford’s classics The Searchers and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, passed away on Thursday of natural causes at a hospice center in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 91 years old.

Born in 1921 to silent film stars Harry Carey Sr. (who spent the bulk of his career in Westerns as well) and Olive Carey, Harry Jr.’s career spanned five decades. Though he rarely took top billing in any of his pictures, his military background (he served in the Navy during World War II) and his horse-riding ability made him an ideal sidekick to friend and frequent co-star John Wayne. The pair appeared in over 10 films together, often with Ford at the helm.

Carey also appeared in films with his parents: One with his father (1948′s Red River) and two with his mother (1956′s The Searchers and 1961′s Two Rode Together).

Younger audiences will likely recognize Carey from his roles as Mr. Anderson in Gremlins, one of the saloon regulars in Back to the Future Part III, and as Marshal Fred White in Tombstone. Overall, Carey appeared in over 100 films and 100 TV episodes (including stops on Gunsmoke and Little House on the Prarie).

He is survived by his wife Marilyn Carey, whom he married in 1944, three children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Kate Winslet weds Richard Branson's nephew

Oscar winner Kate Winslet wed Richard Branson’s nephew, Ned Rocknroll — born Abel Smith — in a secret ceremony in New York earlier this month, People writes. Reportedly, the occasion was so hush-hush that neither Winslet nor Rocknroll’s parents attended — though British news sources have said that Winslet’s Titanic and Revolutionary Road costar Leonardo DiCaprio was there to give the bride away.

“I can confirm that Kate Winslet married Ned Rock’nRoll in NY earlier this month in a private ceremony attended by her two children and a very few friends and family,” Winslet’s rep tells People. “The couple had been engaged since the summer.”

This is Winslet’s third marriage. Previously, she was wed to director Jim Threapleton, with whom she has one daughter, and director Sam Mendes, with whom she has one son.

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