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WATCH: Vin Diesel honors 'brother' Paul Walker at MTV awards

Vin Diesel still gets choked up when remembering his great friend, Paul Walker.

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On Sunday night at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, the action star accepted the MTV Generation Award on behalf of the “Fast and Furious” franchise and took a moment to remember Walker.

>> PHOTOS: 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards red carpet

“In 2002, I was standing on this stage, and MTV had given Paul Walker and I an award for best duo,” Diesel said. “And now, 15 years later, I’m with my whole family, and you’ve given us the Generation Award.”

Diesel was joined onstage with fellow “Fast and Furious” co-stars Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, and got emotional when he directly addressed Walker.

>> PHOTOS: 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards show

“Pablo,” Diesel said, “we hope you’re proud.”

Diesel continued his acceptance speech by thanking friends and family for their support.

“I gotta thank a generation that was willing to accept this multicultural franchise, where it didn’t matter what color your skin was or what country you were from,” he said. “When you’re family, you’re family.”

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The speech ended with a video of some of Walker’s best movie moments.

Walker died in 2013 in a car crash while on a break from filming “Furious 7.” He was 40.


‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ rockets to No. 1

Box office figures for Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," have gone into orbit, bringing in an estimated $145 million this weekend. That makes the sequel to the 2014 hit Marvel's 15th straight No. 1 opening at the domestic box office, CNN reported.

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The space adventure movie, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, also has done well worldwide, too. Since premiering overseas more than a week ago, the movie has pulled in about $428 million, CNN reported.

"Vol. 2" is Marvel Studios' fifth-biggest opening. The original film, which is not based on Marvel heroes, grossed $773 million worldwide, CNN reported

Critics have been favorable toward "Vol. 2," as the film was rated at 82 percent by review site Rotten Tomatoes.

Free food offer taken by Liam Neeson

I will look for you. I will find you. And I will take you up on that offer for a free sandwich.

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A sandwich shop in British Columbia found a way to lure actor Liam Neeson to its restaurant in New Westminster, CBC News reported.

Neeson, the star of the 2008 movie “Taken,” was in British Columbia to film “Hard Powder.” Alex Johrden, spokesman for Big Star Sandwich Co., told CNBC that shop employees heard about the filming and put a sign outside the restaurant on Tuesday.

The sign read “Liam Neeson eats here for free,” and hours later the actor showed up at the restaurant and, using his gruff voice, said, “Where’s my sandwich?” Johrden told CNBC.

Johrden said Neeson posed for photographs but did not eat at the restaurant.

In “Hard Powder,” Neeson plays an honest snowplow driver whose son is murdered by a local drug kingpin. 

Ukraine bans actor Steven Seagal as threat to national security 

Actor Steven Seagal is under siege from the Ukraine.

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Seagal has been cited as a national security threat by the Ukrainian government and has been banned entry to the country for five years, The Guardian reported. News of Seagal’s banishment was confirmed by the Ukrainian security service, the Guardian reported.

Seagal’s friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his outspoken support for his policies are the reason behind the Ukrainian action. The actor called Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine “very reasonable” and later played with his blues band at a concert in Crimea put on by a pro-Putin biker club, with the flag of eastern Ukraine separatists flying onstage.

Seagal, the star of the 1992 movie “Under Siege,” along with “Kill Switch,” “Out for a Kill” and “Driven to Kill,” was granted citizenship by Russia in November and was personally handed a passport by Putin.

The letter by Ukrainian security noted decisions to ban people from the country are made when a person has “committed socially dangerous actions … that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security.

In 2015, Seagal was included in a proposed blacklist of foreign cultural figures who “speak out in support of violating the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine” along with French actor Gérard Depardieu and many Russian artists, the Guardian reported. Ukraine later banned Depardieu and has also blacklisted more than 100 Russian films.

Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell get Hollywood stars together

It was only fitting that Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell were honored together at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. After 33 years together, the longtime couple received stars in a joint ceremony Thursday, People reported.

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The actors shared a kiss at the podium and were joined by guests including Hawn’s daughter, Kate Hudson; Reese Witherspoon; and Quentin Tarantino.

“Can we just get married? We’ve never had a celebration like this before,” Hawn said.

The two actors thanked their families and each other during Thursday’s presentation.

“Thank you to my beautiful daughter and my other beautiful daughter,” Hawn said. “This means more to me as I start reflecting on things. I was a dancer and I carried my dancing shoes up here looking for an agent. I couldn’t find an agent, I found a fabulous dentist but I couldn’t find an agent.”

“That star is part of ‘yes.’ I said yes to Kurt Russell. I said yes to Bill Hudson, and without Bill I wouldn’t have had Katie and Oliver. I wish my mom and my dad could see me.”

“I owe a special debt of appreciation to my family,” Russell said. “Thanks to my kids Boston, Oliver, Kate and Wyatt. Any father would be blessed to be gifted with the lifetime you have brought me.

“Goldie to you, I owe my wonderful life,” Russell added. “Simply put Goldie, I cherish you. All of the stars in the sky or the boulevard don’t hold a candle to that. There’s no one else I’d rather be next to than Goldie Hawn.”

Hawn, 71, and Russell, 66, have been together since 1983, but have co-starred together in one film, in 1987’s “Overboard,” People reported. Both actors have new movies coming out this month. Russell will star with Chris Pratt in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which debuts Friday; Hawn stars in “Snatched,” which opens nationally on May 12, People reported.

#MayTheFourthBeWithYou: 'Star Wars' fans celebrate unofficial holiday

It's that time again.

May 4 is unofficially known as "Star Wars Day" in honor of the pun-tastic phrase, "May the fourth be with you."

>> Photos: Carrie Fisher through the years

Naturally, fans flocked to social media to pay tribute to the popular films, this year paying special attention to Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher, who died last year. 

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The 69 TV shows that are now being produced in Atlanta

This is a rolling list of TV shows that are in production in Atlanta, recently wrapped production or will be production soon. I update it on a regular basis. If you see anything out of date, email me at

This compilation does not include news (e.g. HLN/CNN/The Weather Channel) and sports-related programming (e.g. Fox Sports, NBA on TNT) although I have counted ELeague, which is a video-game competition. (I know, I know. Arbitrary to a degree. Sorry!). It also doesn’t feature shows that merely shoot audition episodes here on occasion (“America’s Got Talent,” “So You Think You Can Dance”) or pop in for a relatively brief visit (e.g. A&E's "The First 48" or HBO's "Hard Knocks"with the Falcons in 2014). 

» Follow ongoing coverage of the Atlanta film and TV industry at the AJC’s Radio & TV Talk blog 

 I am excluding pilots that have not been committed to series. 

 And there are shows that occasionally shoot in the Savannah area or way outside metro Atlanta that I've chosen to exclude. Fox's "True Grit" reality competition show hosted by John Cena for summer of 2017 is shot in Hampton Island, GA, about 100 miles north of downtown Atlanta. WGN moved season 2 of "Underground" to Savannah and Paula Deen shoots a show there for her website. 

The count of active or upcoming TV series and TV movie productions in metro Atlanta is 70 as of May 2, 2017. In 2011, when I began tracking productions, the number was 25. 

 I sometimes place shows in "purgatory" if I'm really not sure if they are coming back. And I give networks a passable amount of time before I make that call. BET is especially difficult to get an answer from when they nix shows. 

 If you want to see what feature films destined for theaters are shooting now as well, this list includes those.

» RELATED: Are Georgia film tax credits worth their high cost?


“Tales” BET. Debuting June 2017. From executive producer Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo comes a one hour scripted anthology series of “song stories” weaving classic hip-hop songs into visually stunning 3-act narratives. Far beyond the music video or the live event, “TALES” brings hip-hop alive in a completely new way for television. Through songs like NWA’s “F*ck the Police” and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”, Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”, Notorious B.I.G.’s “Story to Tell”, each song’s lyrics are imagined as cinematic adventures with a different director and screenwriter per song story. “TALES” introduces an innovative twist to the Hip-Hop culture by reimagining our favorite Hip-Hop songs as we know them into “mini-movies”. 

"The 3000 lb Family" TLC. No details yet but it's coming. It sounds like a very obese family in Georgia. 

 "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" Netflix. A revival of the Bravo show (2003-2007) with a new Fab Five to help out straight guys in terms of fashion, etiquette and life in general. 

 "Black Ink Atlanta" VH1 - A spinoff of the "Black Ink" series of shows. 

 "Lore" Amazon. This will be an unscripted series and, much like the podcast, will tell real-life stories of the "frightening, psychologically disturbing and paranormal true events that spawn our modern-day nightmares," said executive producer Gale Anne Hurd at Comic Con 2016. It will be an anthology. Production began in April, 2017. Kristen Bauer, Robert Patrick and Adam Goldberg are participating. 

"Superstition" Syfy A scripted supernatural drama created by Mario Van Peebles. Details: “Superstition” centers around the Mosley family, owners of the only funeral home in a fictitious town on the outskirts of New Orleans and keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor named The Dredge 

 "The Paynes" OWN Spinoff of "House of Payne" coming in 2018. 

 "Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta" WE-TV - Spin-off the original show. The cast includes: Bow Wow, child hip hop star who grew up under the Tutelage of Snoop and mega-producer, Jermaine Dupri; Shaniah Mauldin, Jermaine Dupri’s biological daughter; Reginae Carter, daughter of rap star Lil’ Wayne; Ayana Fite daughter of The Beastie Boys mainstay, DJ Hurricane; Brandon Barnes, son of famed hip hop manager Ms. Deb and brother of hip hop star Waka Flocka and Zonnique Pullins, daughter of hip hop power couple T.I. and Tiny. Its set to air later in the spring of 2017. 

 "Ozark" Netflix Produced by, directed by and stars Jason Bateman will film in Canton and Duluth. This will be a return to television and Netflix for the Arrested Development star, who is taking a dramatic turn with Ozark. The show was created by rising feature writer Bill Dubuque (The Judge), and takes place in the dark and dangerous world of drug-money laundering. The series takes its name from the location where it is set, The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. 

 "Daytime Divas" VH1 Star Jones project based on her thinly veiled fictional book that recalls her time on "The View." In production with 2017 start date. 




"Manhunt" Discovery From Discovery PR: "Manifesto is a fresh and spell-binding take on the Unabomber story that enthralled the nation, and the drama that unfolded behind the headlines. We are excited to bring this psychological thriller to television." 

 "Sharp Objects" HBO miniseries: Written by Marti Noxon based on the book by Gillian Flynn and directed by Jean Marc Vallée, this eight-episode miniseries centers on crime reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), who, fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely. 




"Married at First Sight: Second Chances" FYI (second season airing). A spin-off of the original series. It debuted in April, 2017.  

"Brockmire" IFC (first season airing) - Based on a Funny Or Die short, Brockmire centers on a famed Major League Baseball announcer (Hank Azaria) who suffers an embarrassing and very public meltdown on the air after discovering his beloved wife’s serial infidelity. A decade later, Jim Brockmire decides to reclaim his career and love life in a small town, calling minor league ball for the Morristown Frackers, which is owned by strong-willed Jules (Amanda Peet). Set to premiere early next year, the series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and will be directed by Tim Kirkby (Veep). Executive producers are Azaria, Church-Cooper, Kirkby and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell. It debuted April 5. Season 2 is forthcoming. 

 "Mama June: From Not to Hot" WE-TV (first season concluded) debuted February 24 and concluded March 31 

 "24: Legacy" Fox (first season near conclusion) A reboot of the "24" series without any of the original characters. Newcomer Corey Hawkins plays the lead hero. Show debuted after the Super Bowl February 5 before landing in its regular slot on February 6. 

 "The Quad" BET – (first season airing) This show stars Anika Noni Rose as the new president of a fictional historically black college in Atlanta Georgia A&M and her troubles to turn the financial troubles around. Students in the band and football are also featured. Show debuted February 1. 

 "Hunted" CBS (first season completed) A new one-hour alternative series where people participate in a nationwide manhunt and are challenged to run from some of the world’s most highly skilled investigators. The couples cover the entire state of Georgia, South Carolina and parts of Alabama and Florida. It debuted in January 2017. 

"60 Days In" A&E (First season airing) The Fulton County Jail will be home to seasons 3 and 4 of this reality show where individuals voluntarily choose to stay in prison for 60 days. Debuted March 2. 

 "Yours, Mine or Ours" Bravo (first season aired) reality show. This is about dating couples, engaged couples, married couples, friends and families who are considering merging houses together. It debuted October 3, 2016. 

 "Star" Fox, (first season aired) Lee Daniels story about three women in Atlanta in the music business as part of a girl group. Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt are regulars. The show debuted December 14, 2016. Second season forthcoming. 

 "Leave it to Stevie" VH1. (first season aired) Spinoff of "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta." It debuted December 19 for eight episodes. 

 "Stan Against Evil" IFC (second season forthcoming) Stan Against Evil follows Stanley Miller (John C. McGinley), a sour, aging bulldog of a New England police sheriff who has recently lost his position as head honcho due to an angry outburst at a most inappropriate moment — his wife’s funeral. Impatient and judgmental, he’s not exactly accepting or kind towards people from different walks of life. When the new, strong-willed sheriff Evie Barret (Janet Varney) opens his eyes to the plague of angry demons haunting their small New Hampshire town, Stan begrudgingly joins an alliance with her to fight them off. McGinley will also serve as producer on Stan Against Evil, which is the brainchild of writer-comedian Dana Gould. It debuted in the fall of 2016 and a second season is coming. 

 "K-Michelle: My Life" VH1 (third season concluded) Season three based in Atlanta now that she has moved back. The season began in December, 2016 and is now concluded. 

 "Dead Silent" Investigation Discovery (second season airing) A snap of a twig. A rustling leaf. In the woods, myth, urban legend, and horror collide with real-life killers. Transporting viewers into a vortex of dark mystery and psychological terror, each episode tells the true story of a crime set in a desolate location.First season debuted in the fall of 2016. 

"Ink Paper Scissors" BET - (first season concluded, not sure if season 2 forthcoming) “Ink, Paper, Scissors” is what goes down every day at Salon Ramsey, Atlanta's biggest, baddest, one-stop beauty shop. Started by Nas' go-to barber, Ramsey, this urban empire spans 5 locations and houses over 100 employees including hair stylists, nail technicians, barbers and tattoo artists. At the flagship location, Salon Ramsey is the hotspot for Atlanta’s most demanding customers including celebrities, actresses, rappers, and athletes who come through the doors for every kind of service. But the competition for clients can cause best friends to turn into fierce enemies in a matter of seconds. The outrageous and talented staff sees each other more than they see their own families at this 24-hour shop, so anything can happen…and it always does. “Ink, Paper, Scissors” is produced by T Group for BET Networks, with Jenny Daly and Rob Lobl executive producing. Glenn Carrano also serves as Executive Producer. Season one aired in the fall of 2016. 

 "MacGyver" CBS (second season forthcoming) Starring Kell High School grad Lucas Till, he plays a younger MacGyver who has a way with turning ordinary objects into usable solutions. Season one debuted September 23. Second season is coming in 2017-18. 

 "Atlanta" FX (second season coming in 2018) A comedy created and starring Donald Glover focused on Atlanta and the hip-hop scene. Season one debuted Sept. 6 to rave reviews. Second season is a guarantee but won't air until 2018. 

 "Mann & Wife" Bounce TV (first season airing now) Real-life husband and wife team David and Tamela Mann star and serve as executive producers of Mann & Wife. The half-hour situation comedy follows their characters - newlyweds and second-chance sweethearts Daniel and Toni Mann - as they laugh and love their way through the ups and downs of life as a blended family, each with two children from previous marriages. Season 3 began March 28. 

 "Hap & Leonard" Sundance (second season just concluded) This show shot in Baton Rouge, La. season but like WGN's "Underground" has moved to Georgia for season two. The drama centers on Hap Collins, a white working-class laborer who spent time in federal prison for refusing to be drafted into the military and serve in the Vietnam War. Now In his late 30s, he is just barely making ends meet picking roses on an East Texas plantation. His colleague and lifelong best friend is Leonard Pine, a six-foot-five, gay, black Vietnam vet with anger issues. Leonard was raised by his uncle who shunned him after learning he was gay leaving Hap as his only support in the not so progressive rural South. Season three is coming in 2018. 

 "Too Close to Home" TLC (second season completed) This Tyler Perry-created series focuses on a young woman who is forced to return to her trailer-park beginnings after her political career is derailed by a sex scandal. Season one debuted in 2016. Season two aired in early 2017. 

 "Stranger Things"  Netflix  (second season coming in 2017) Eight episodes of this supernatural drama set in Indiana starring Winona Ryder and David Harbour is set to begin production in Atlanta in the fall for release sometime in 2016. Variety's descriptive: "A young boy vanishes into thin air amid an unfolding mystery involving top-secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces — and a very strange little girl." It's like "The Goonies" meets "Stand By Me." This show debuted July 15, 2016. Season two is now in production. 

 "ELeague" TBS - A 10-week Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, the first season of ELEAGUE sees 24 of the best teams from around the world playing for their share of $1.2 million. 

 "Greenleaf" OWN (second season airing)- Scripted drama about a megachurch shot in Atlanta, fictionally set in Memphis. Oprah is actively involved and has a small role in it. 

 "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" NBC (second season coming summer of 2017) : A reality show shot in Chattahoochee Hills, GA featuring obstacle courses and teams vying for $250,000. A second season is coming in the summer of 2017. 

"Quantum Break" Xbox One (first season released, second season unclear) This is a show embedded into the game. Creative director Sam Lake explains: "You as a player get to explore those glimpses, and you get to make the decision as to which future will come to pass," Lake said. "You make that choice, and that is the reality that will happen. Right after that, we go into an episode of the live-action TV show, and the consequences of that come into play in your version of the show. You see that future happening. From that point onwards, the consequences carry on both on the show side and on the game side for the rest of the game." It came out April 5, 2016. A sequel has not been cleared yet but hasn't been ruled out either. 

 "Saints and Sinners" Bounce TV (season two airing) The network's first-ever drama series will center around the pursuit of power, intertwined with deceit, greed, corruption and murder – all set against a backdrop of a large southern church. Season two debuted in March, 2017. 

 "Little Women Atlanta" Lifetime. (third season airing) A spinoff of the original "Little Women" reality show. It debuted in 2015. 

 "From the Bottom Up" Centric (second season concluded). Five women who have had scandals of some sorts try to resurrect their lives. It debuted season one. 

 "The Rap Game" Lifetime (season three concluded, fourth season in production) The next big rap star is about to be unleashed when five emerging young hip hop artists, ages 12 to 16 years old, are given the opportunity to rhyme and flow with highly sought after producer, Jermaine Dupri .Season one debuted in early 2016. 

 "Selling It: In the ATL" WE-TV (first season concluded) This is similar to "Cutting It: In the ATL" and aired in November, 2015. The show follows seven diverse female professionals who are changing the face of Atlanta real estate. Show didn't do nearly as well as "Cutting It" so it's still very much in the air. After a long delay, WE-TV has given the show a second season though no date has been set. 

 "Rickey Smiley For Real" TV One (third season aired). The show debuted in November, 2015. Reality show featuring Rickey Smiley's personal and work life debuting in November. Shooting is split between work home Atlanta and Birmingham, Smiley's hometown. 

 "Flipping Virgins" HGTV (second season airing) This is a reality show about people new to flipping homes. It sounds like a spin-off of "Property Virgins." It is set to debut in September 15 with Egypt Sherrod of "Property Virgins" fame as host. The show has been renewed for a second season and returned in April, 2017. 

 “Cutting It in the ATL" WE-TV (two seasons done) - Five Atlanta salon owners battle things out in a new reality show debuted May 21. (Details here.) This show's second season concluded. 

 "Your Worst Nightmare" ID (third season forthcoming) This show uses classic suspense film techniques to follow some of the creepiest, most harrowing crimes ever committed, as these victims’ darkest dreams become unfathomable realities. 

 "Swamp Murders" ID (season five forthcoming) 

 "Sleepy Hollow" Fox (fourth season concluded, fifth is unclear): This show shot its first two seasons in Wilmington, N.C. but North Carolina cut back its film and TV tax credits. Atlanta became a more financially enticing option. It shot seasons 3 and 4 in Conyers and nearby environs. 

"Archer" FX (seasons 8 airing with seasons 9 and 10 guaranteed) 

 "Dish Nation" (season six airing) syndicated talk show seen on Fox 5 at 7 p.m. and midnight. 

 "Family Feud" (seventh season shooting in Atlanta production now) syndicated game show, shown locally on the CW at 7 and 7:30 p.m. weekdays 

 "Lauren Lake's Paternity Court" (fourth season airing, season five in production) syndicated judge show, on the CW at 1 p.m. weekdays 

 "T.I. and Tiny" VH1 (sixth and final season returnedApril 17, 2017) 

 "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" VH1. (sixth season airing) 

 "Married To Medicine" Bravo (fourth season concluded, fifth coming) 

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" Bravo (season nine airing now, 10th guaranteed) 

 "Survivor's Remorse" Starz (fourth season forthcoming, just concluded production) 

 "7 Little Johnsons" TLC (second season returning May 2, 2017) A reality show set in Forysth County about a family with multiple kids with dwarfism. 

 "Chrisley Knows Best" USA (Season 5 returned February 21, 2017.) The Chrisleys moved to Nashville in 2016 during season four but many of their family members remain in Georgia, where the show is still shot part time. 

 "Being Mary Jane" BET (fourth season airing) 

 "The Originals" the CW (fourth season airing) 

 "The Walking Dead" AMC (season seven concluded, eighth season coming later in 20178) 

 "Halt and Catch Fire" AMC (fourth and final season in production) 

 "Squidbillies" Adult Swim (ninth season aired) 

 "Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell" Adult Swim (third season aired in the fall of 2016 ) 

"For Better or Worse" OWN (fourth season concluded, one more season left) 

 "The Haves and the Have Nots" OWN (season five airing) 

 "If Loving You Is Wrong" OWN (fourth season airing) 

 "Love Thy Neighbor" OWN (fourth season concluded, one more season left) 

 "Don't Be Tardy" Bravo (sixth season in production) 

“Sunday Best" BET (eighth season completed summer 2015). Yolanda Adams told me in September the show may return in 2017 after taking a hiatus in 2016.

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‘Silence of the Lambs’ director Jonathan Demme dies at 73

Academy Award winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, best known for directing “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” has died. He was 73.

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An unidentified source close to Demme’s family told IndieWire on Wednesday that Demme died of esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.

Disney offers sneak peek ahead of ‘Pandora – The World of Avatar’ park opening

Disney was preparing to release information on the number of jobs that will be created and the impact on the economy its newest attraction, Pandora – The World of Avatar – will have on Central Florida when it opens on May 27.

The attraction will feature a bioluminescent rainforest, dining, shopping and two new rides – Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey.

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Situated in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Pandora covers 12 acres and is part of the largest expansion in the park’s history, Disney said.

Park employees have undergone intense training to make the Pandora experience as real as possible, officials said. 

Among other things, cast members are learning the Na'vi language used in the movie.

The movie's gravity-defying floating mountains have been recreated for the Animal Kingdom attraction.

"The floating mountains that are here in the world of 'Avatar' are completely jaw dropping," Disney imagineer Matt Beiler said. 

"You can walk directly under them and they tower above your head. And what's really interesting is that you can walk completely around them and every view from every different angle is completely new and unique and amazing.”

>> Related: Disney get permit to add gondola rides at theme park

Disney hopes since the movie broke box office records, that excitement will translate into ticket sales at Animal Kingdom to view Pandora in real life.

“The emanating life from these things will provide this aura that will really take your breath away,” said Animal Kingdom vice president D’Juan Rivers.

Those behind Animal Kingdom’s biggest expansion said the project created 1,500 jobs between construction crews and the people who will interact with guests. 

‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ release date announced

It doesn’t have an official full title yet, and fans don’t know which new and old characters will appear in it, but now they know when “Star Wars: Episode IX” will hit theaters.

The last film in the third “Star Wars” trilogy will hit big screens on May 24, 2019. 

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The announcement was made Tuesday.

The second part of the current trilogy, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” will be in theaters in December.

"The Last Jedi” teaser trailer and poster were recently released at “Star Wars” Celebration Orlando.

 Episode IX is currently listed in development on Included in the cast list are Mark Hamill, John Boyega and Lupita Nyong’o.

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