Australian-born, British-based animator Bob Godfrey has died at the age of 91, according to the U.K. Guardian. Godfrey won an Academy Award in 1975 for his animated short film Great, about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He received Oscar nominations on three other occasions for 1972’s Kama Sutra Rides Again, 1979’s Dream Doll, and 1994’s Small Talk. But Godfrey was best known for his work on the Richard Briers-narrated BBC TV show Roobarb, which concerned the adventures of an excitable dog named Roobarb and a mischievous cat named Custard and which delighted a generation of British children in the ’70s. Briers himself passed away last week.
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British actor Richard Briers died yesterday at the age of 79, according to BBC News. Briers was beloved in the U.K. for his starring roles in the longrunning sitcoms The Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles. In 1987, Briers joined Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance theatre company, playing King Lear in a 1990 production of Shakespeare’s tragedy. He also appeared in several films directed by Branagh, including Henry V (1989) and Frankenstein (1994).
For the past few years, Briers had been battling a lung condition but continued to work and will be seen in the forthcoming horror-comedy movie Cockneys vs. Zombies. Briers died peacefully at his home in London.
HBO’s streaming service, HBO GO, became available to view on Apple TVs starting today. The cable network announced the news Tuesday at AllThingsD’s “Dive Into Media” conference in Dana Point, Calif.
The apps for HBO GO and sister network Cinemax’s MAX GO do not link directly to Apple TV, but the shows can be played on iPhones and iPads, then connected to Apple TV devices via AirPlay, which allows wireless streaming between Apple devices.
HBO GO is currently available online and on Xbox, Roku, and other devices, but HBO co-president Eric Kessler said at the conference that the network’s “long-term goal for GO is to be on all devices and all platforms.”
“Xena: Warrior Princess” actor Lucy Lawless says she’s won a “great victory” after a New Zealand judge handed her a modest sentence but declined to order costs sought by oil company Shell for her role in a protest aboard an oil-drilling ship.
Lawless and seven other Greenpeace activists were each ordered Thursday to pay 651 New Zealand dollars ($547) costs to a port company and complete 120 hours of community service after earlier pleading guilty to trespass charges.
Last February, Lawless and six other activists climbed a drilling tower on the Arctic-bound vessel Noble Discoverer to protest oil exploration in the Arctic. Another protester helped from the ground. Lawless spent four days atop the 174-foot (53-meter) tower, camping and blogging about her experiences. The action briefly delayed the ship’s voyage.
Shell Todd Oil Services, which had chartered the ship, sought about 650,000 New Zealand dollars ($545,000) in reparations from the protesters.
Lawyers for the activists contended that amount was excessive. In his ruling, Judge Allan Roberts said the company could pursue its claim through the civil court system.
Shell Todd declined to comment on whether it would pursue civil action. In a statement, the company said it has “always supported the efforts of law enforcement to respond to this incident and to deter such activity in the future.”
Lawless is best known for her title role in “Xena” and more recently for starring in the Starz cable television series “Spartacus.”
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Jennifer Hudson will join the chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing “America the Beautiful” before Sunday’s Super Bowl game.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday that the Grammy and Oscar-winning singer would join the Sandy Hook chorus. It features 26 children from the school in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed in a Dec. 14 shooting rampage.
The performance will be part of CBS’s pre-game show before the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, and will be broadcast live. Alicia Keys will sing the national anthem.
Children who survived the shooting rampage also recorded a version of “Over the Rainbow” to raise money for charity. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Western Connecticut and the Newtown Youth Academy.
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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Hugh Hefner tweeted that his secretary of over 40 years, Mary O’Connor, passed away. “We loved her more than words can say,” he wrote. EW has confirmed the news.
O’Connor regularly appeared on The Girls Next Door, often acting as the voice of reason in the mansion.
Many of Hef’s former girlfriends tweeted their sadness at the news. Kendra Wilkinson wrote, “RIP Mary O’ Connor. She was an amazing person who helped me through so much. But I know she’s happy with her boo Captain Bob.”
Manti Te’o, the Notre Dame football player who discovered that the girlfriend whose death he mourned never actually existed, will sit down with Katie Couric for an interview airing Thursday, Jan. 24, on her syndicated daytime talk show Katie. His parents, Brian and Ottilia Te’o, will also be interviewed about the hoax, which has captured headlines and raised questions as to whether the linebacker, a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, was even in on the story himself.
Robert F. Chew, the Baltimore actor who played the brilliant and lovably devious drug kingpin Proposition Joe in all five seasons of The Wire, has died. The Baltimore Sun reports that Chew died of apparent heart failure. A Baltimore native, Chew was active in the city’s theater scene for decades, including having an important role as a teacher of young actors in Baltimore’s Arena Players. He appeared in small roles on Wire creator David Simon’s two previous Baltimore-set TV series, Homicide: Life on the Street and The Corner.
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