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'Gone With the Wind' actress Ann Rutherford dies

Ann Rutherford, the demure brunette actress who played the sweetheart in the long-running Andy Hardy series and Scarlett O’Hara’s youngest sister in Gone With the Wind, has died. She was 94.

A close friend, actress Anne Jeffreys, tells the Los Angeles Times that Rutherford died Monday night at her home in Beverly Hills. She had heart problems and was in declining health.

The Andy Hardy series, a hugely popular string of comical, sentimental films, starred Lewis Stone as a small-town judge and Mickey Rooney as his spirited teenage son. READ FULL STORY

The Saturn Awards to honor Frank Oz, Robert Kirkman, James Remar, and 'The Simpsons'

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films has announced that this year’s 38th Annual Saturn Awards will honor Dark Crystal director and Yoda-voicer Frank Oz, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Dexter actor James Remar, and The Simpsons. Both Oz and Remar are to get Life Career Awards, Kirkman has won this year’s Innovator Award, and The Simpsons is to receive the Milestone Award. The Saturn Awards will take place on July 26 at the Castaway Event Center in Burbank, Calif.

Reese Witherspoon expecting third baby

Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth are expecting their first child together after nearly a year of marriage, reports People. “Jim and Reese are looking forward to having a bigger family at this point in life,” a friend of the Oscar winner told the mag. “They can take the time to enjoy the next stage and make sure their transition is easy and joyful.”

This will be Witherspoon’s third child. She has two children — Ava, 12, and Deacon, 8 — with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.

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Comics icon Jean 'Moebius' Giraud dies at age 73

This weekend, the comics world lost one of its iconic figures — and the science-fiction movie world one of its greatest influences — with the passing of Jean Giraud. Better known by his pen name of “Moebius,” Giraud was France’s best-known comics artist, and helped inspire the design of many sci-fi movies including Ridley Scott’s films Alien and Blade Runner, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, and Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element. “Moebius is to comic books what Miles Davis is to jazz: the master,” Besson once said. According to the Los Angeles Times, Giraud died on Friday night or Saturday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 73.

Giraud was born in France in May 1938 and, in his 20s, made his reputation with the Old West saga Les Aventures de Blueberry, penned by Jean-Michel Charlier. In 1974, the artist launched the adult sci-fi and fantasy comics anthology Métal Hurlant, which was published here as Heavy Metal. Moebius’ detailed, intricate artwork would have a massive, and lasting, influence on the science-fiction genre from Alien, for which he supplied concept designs, to the novels of cyberpunk novelist William Gibson. “I was having lunch with Ridley (Scott),”  cyberpunk novelist William Gibson once wrote. “And when the conversation turned to inspiration, we were both very clear about our debt to the Métal Hurlant school of the ’70s — Moebius and others.”

For more on Jean Giraud’s life and influence, check out the documentary, Moebius Redux: A Life in Pictures.

'Mary Poppins' songwriter Robert Sherman dies

Songwriter Robert B. Sherman, who wrote the tongue-twisting “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and other enduring songs for Disney classics, has died. He was 86. Sherman’s agent, Stella Richards, said Tuesday that Sherman died peacefully in London on Monday. With his brother Richard, Sherman composed scores for Disney films including The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Their songs also included “It’s a Small World After All,” written for the 1964 World’s Fair. The brothers won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, as well as a Grammy and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Son Jeffrey Sherman wrote on Facebook that his father “wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded.”

Judi Dench diagnosed with degenerative eye condition -- UPDATE

UPDATE: Dame Judi Dench released a statement to EW about her degenerative eye condition, downplaying reports that she will go blind. “In response to the numerous articles in the media concerning my eye condition — macular degeneration — I do not wish for this to be overblown … This condition is something that thousands and thousands of people all over the world are having to contend with. It’s something that I have learnt to cope with and adapt to — and it will not lead to blindness.”
EARLIER: Dame Judi Dench is severely struggling with her vision, and says that she has been diagnosed with macular degeneration, which can cause loss of eyesight, the AP reports. The 77-year-old Academy Award-winning actress (Shakespeare in Love) told the Daily Mirror: “I can’t read scripts anymore because of the trouble with my eyes. And so somebody comes in and reads them to me … The most distressing thing is in a restaurant in the evening I can’t see the person I’m having dinner with.” Dench is now shooting the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, reprising her role as M. EW was unable to reach Dench’s manager for comment.

Whitney Houston discussed role in 'Sparkle,' death of Aaliyah in last 'Essence' interview

Whitney Houston talked about her role in the forthcoming movie Sparkle and the death of Aaliyah in the course of an interview with Essence magazine, just weeks before Houston herself passed away. Houston and her Sparkle co-producer Debra Martin Chase originally intended to make Sparkle 11 years with Aaliyah but then the R&B singer was killed in an August 2001 plane crash. “God needed her more,” Houston told Essence. “We were so, so saddened by it. And then 10 years later, to the date, Debra calls me and said, ‘Whitney, you won’t believe this but they want Sparkle.’” Houston, who died Saturday afternoon at the age of 48, appears in the film alongside Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps.

Clive Barker recovering from 'near fatal' case of toxic shock syndrome

Clive Barker is recovering from a near fatal case of toxic shock syndrome. The British author, film director, and artist detailed his recent brush with death in a series of tweets earlier today. “My friends, Clive here,” Barker wrote. “I’m at home now after a while in hospital, thanks to a nearly fatal case of Toxic Shock brought on by a visit to my dentist. Apparently this is not uncommon. In my case the dental work unloaded such a spillage of poisonous bacteria into my blood that my whole system crashed, putting me into a coma. I spent several days in Intensive Care,with a machine breathing for me. Later, my Doctors said that they had not anticipated a happy ending until I started to fight, repeatedly pulling out the tubes that I was constantly gagging on. After a few days of nightmarish delusions I woke up to my life again, tired, twenty pounds lighter but happy to be back from a very dark place. And here in the world I intend to stay.”

The prolific Barker’s works include Books of Blood — a six volume set of short stories — and the films Hellraiser and Lord of Illusions. Barker concluded by tweeting, “I’ve books to write, films to make and paintings to paint. I seem to have come home with my sight clearer somehow, and my sense of purpose intensified. Thank you all for your messages.”

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Filmmakers killed in Australian helicopter crash, James Cameron confirms

Award-winning American cinematographer Mike deGruy and Australian television writer-producer Andrew Wight have died in a helicopter crash in eastern Australia, their employer National Geographic said. Police said two people — an Australian pilot and an American passenger — died Saturday when their helicopter crashed soon after takeoff from an airstrip near Nowra, 97 miles (156 kilometers) south of Sydney, but did not immediately release the victims’ identities. Australia’s ABC News reported that Wight was piloting the helicopter when it crashed.

National Geographic and Titanic director James Cameron confirmed the victims’ identities in a joint statement Sunday that said “the deep-sea community lost two of its finest” with the deaths of the two underwater documentary specialists. David Bennett, president of Australia’s South Coast Recreational Flying Club, said the pair had set off to film a documentary when they crashed. READ FULL STORY

'Glee,' 'Modern Family,' 'J. Edgar,' Lady Gaga among nominees for 2012 GLAAD Media Awards

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The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced the nominees for its 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards this morning, bestowing honors on everything from J. Edgar and Albert Nobbs in movies; to Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, and Modern Family (pictured) in television; and Lady Gaga and The Voice contestant Beverly McClellan in music.

Nominees were announced in several other categories, including reality television, talk shows, daily dramas, newsmagazines, blogs, theater, comic books, newspapers, and magazines, where Entertainment Weekly was once again nominated in the category for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage. The awards “recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.”

“This year’s nominees enlighten and entertain, while spotlighting the diversity of our community,” said GLAAD’s acting president Mike Thompson, in a statement. “Audiences expect to see their own worlds reflected in media, and today more than ever, those include the lives of LGBT people. Viewers know that LGBT characters and stories are simply natural extensions of, and glimpses into, their own experiences from across America.”

The 2012 GLAAD Media Awards will be handed out during three different ceremonies, in New York City on March 24, in Los Angeles on April 21, and in San Francisco on June 2. Special honorees for each city will be announced in the coming weeks. Read the full list of nominees here:

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