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'Sweet Valley High' movie reportedly in the works, lands 'Legally Blonde' writer

Sweet Valley's Wakefield twins are reportedly taking their identical blonde tresses, Pacific Ocean-hued eyes and "perfect size 6 figures" to the big screen.

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has tapped "Legally Blonde" writer Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Harper Dill, who writes for Fox's "The Mick," to work on a film adaptation of the popular "Sweet Valley High" young-adult novels by Francine Pascal. 

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The cult-classic book series, which debuted in 1983, focuses on teen twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield and their soap opera-style lives in idyllic Sweet Valley, California. The franchise includes multiple spin-off book series, two modern-day reboots published in 2011 and 2012, and a 1990s TV show starring real-life twins Brittany and Cynthia Daniel.

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Sam Shepard's death: Dolly Parton mourns loss of 'Steel Magnolias' co-star

Dolly Parton made movie magic in the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias” playing a hairdresser named Truvy Jones. Her husband in the movie, Spud, was a quiet, moody man portrayed by noted actor and playwright Sam Shepard. In their respective roles, Parton and Shepard convincingly portrayed this Southern couple facing money troubles and the loss of a close friend over the course of the movie. Many say it’s Parton's best big-screen performance, and Shepard was a big part of that journey. You can see the two of them together in this moving scene.

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According to The New York Times, Shepard died July 27 at age 73 due to complications from ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

>> Sam Shepard, playwright and actor, dies at 73

Parton remembered her “Steel Magnolias” co-star fondly in a statement provided to Rare Country. She said, “I was so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. What a nice man and what a great actor. I was honored to have him play my husband in ‘Steel Magnolias.’ Rest in peace, my friend.”

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In addition to “Steel Magnolias,” Shepard appeared in scores of motion pictures, including his Oscar-nominated performance in 1983’s “The Right Stuff.” He also was a celebrated playwright and received the Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play, “Buried Child.”

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“Steel Magnolias” isn’t Shepard’s only country connection. He was the narrator for the 2006 animated adaption of “Charlotte’s Web,” which featured Reba McEntire as the voice of “Betsy the Cow.”

Most recently, Shepard played the role of the Rayburn family patriarch on the Netflix series “Bloodline” opposite Kyle Chandler and Sissy Spacek.

Sam Shepard, playwright and actor, dies at 73

Sam Shepard, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor best known for his role as Chuck Yeager in 1983 film "The Right Stuff," died Thursday, according to multiple reports. He was 73.

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BroadwayWorld.com reported Monday that Shepard died at his home in Kentucky, surrounded by his children and sisters. He had ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a nervous system disease that weakens the muscles.

A family spokesperson confirmed his passing to The New York Times.

Shepard, who New York magazine called “the greatest American playwright of his generation,” authored more than 40 plays. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play, “Buried Child.”

Angelina Jolie refutes claims about controversial child auditions in Cambodia

Angelina Jolie is speaking out against a “false and upsetting” rumor from the set of her new film.

This past week, Vanity Fair published a story that claimed impoverished children were used in auditions for Jolie’s new film, “First They Killed My Father,” in order to find a young version of Loung Ung from her memoir, on which the film is based, about surviving the Khmer Rouge killings in Cambodia.

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“In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away,” Vanity Fair wrote, according to People. “The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie.”

Jolie has since responded to the rumors in a statement to Huffington Post.

“I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario,” Jolie said. “The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.”

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She added that “every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present.”

A source close to the film claims that the children were aware they were improvising the scene, and no real money was used in the auditions.

Mick Jagger still rockin' at 74

New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

Superhero fans, rejoice: A new "Justice League" trailer and movie poster have been revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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Time reported that the trailer released Saturday "hints at the appearance of a mysterious hero," possibly Superman or a Green Lantern. 

>> WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

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The poster, which features Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), features the words, "You can't save the world alone."

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WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

A young Wonder Woman fan has something to smile about after sharing a heartwarming moment with actress Gal Gadot at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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According to "Entertainment Tonight," a girl dressed as the superhero seemed to have tears in her eyes when she met Gadot during a "Justice League" autograph signing Saturday. Gadot immediately smiled at the young fan, took her hand and offered some words of encouragement. 

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"Now we are friends, so there's no reason to cry anymore. We are together!" Gadot said in a viral video of the exchange shared by Variety, according to "ET."

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Gadot's "Justice League" co-star Ezra Miller also contributed to the pep talk.

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"You're a warrior. ... I think the ability to let yourself cry is what makes you such a warrior," he said, according to "ET." "Come join the Justice League whenever you get ready."

"Sweet kid," co-star Ben Affleck added.

Martin Landau will forever be remembered for this line during his Oscars speech

In March 1995, actor Martin Landau put a cap on a decades-long career in Hollywood by winning the Academy Award for best supporting actor.

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Landau died on Saturday at age 89, according to TMZThe Associated Press and other media outlets.

>> Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dead at 89

Throughout his career, Landau starred alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names. In 1994’s “Ed Wood,” he played Bela Lugosi, another character actor who had a long career in front of the screen.

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When speaking to the crowd during his speech, an overwhelmed Landau delivered one of the most memorable monologues in Oscar history.

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“My God. What a night. What a life. What a moment. What everything,” Landau said during his speech.

Landau went on to thank many people involved with the film and expressed admiration for his director, Tim Burton, and co-star Johnny Depp.

Ray Romano will play mob lawyer in 'The Irishman' 

Ray Romano is joining the cast of “The Irishman,” a mobster film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, Variety reported.

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The film will be produced by Netflix. It is based on a 2004 book by Charles Brandt, “I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Final Ride by Jimmy Hoffa.”

“The Irishman” will chronicle the life of Sheeran, a mobster who carried out dozens of hits, including that of former Teamster boss Hoffa, played by Pacino.

Romano will play Teamster lawyer Bill Bufalino, who has ties to organized crime.

The film begins shooting in August and is expected to start streaming on Netflix in 2018, Variety reported.

‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel reveals plot details, confirms cast

Warner Bros. announced plot details and confirmed cast members for the upcoming sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” Entertainment Weekly reported.

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The untitled film will pit Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) with Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) against Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) in the movie, which is expected to be released on Nov. 16, 2018.

J.K. Rowling, who wrote the screenplay for the first “Fantastic Beasts” film and authored the “Harry Potter” series, returns to write the sequel, according to AOL. The film opens in 1927, a few months after Scamander captures Grindelwald. However, the dark wizard escapes and recruits followers to his cause, Entertainment Weekly reported.

The only person who might stop Grindelwald is Dumbledore, who will need help from Scamander.

The sequel reunites Scamander with Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob (Dan Fogler). Also returning is Credence (Ezra Miller), “whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film.”

David Yates returns as film director, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Warner Bros. said the sequel will move from New York to London and to Paris. In a release, the studio said “there are also some surprising nods to the ‘Harry Potter’ stories that will delight fans of the books and film series.”

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