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David Bowie Reportedly Leaves Estate Worth $100 Million

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) — David Bowie left an estate valued at about $100 million, the BBC reports.

Bowie’s will, filed Friday in New York City under the late rock icon’s legal name, David Robert Jones, reportedly states that half will go to his widow, model Iman. She also receives the home she shared with her late husband in New York City.

Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, and daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, both received 25 percent of the estate, with Alexandria also receiving a home in upstate New York.

Bowie’s personal assistant, Corinne Schwab, was left $2 million. A former nanny, Marion Skene, was left $1 million.

According to the will, written in 2004, Bowie requested that he be cremated in Bali, but if it’s “not practical,” he asks that his ashes be scattered there anyway “in accordance with the Buddhist rituals.”

Bowie’s body was cremated on January 12 in New Jersey, according to a death certificate filed with the will.

David Bowie died of cancer January 10 at age 69.

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George Clooney Says Academy Changes a “Good Idea,” but Don’t Address the “Real Problems”

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — George Clooney believes that while the Academy’s announced changes to its membership policy in response to the Oscars diversity controversy is a positive first step, more needs to be done.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted unanimously over a week ago to make the voting members “significantly” more diverse, with the goal to double the number of women and diverse members by 2020.

The vote came after stars like Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and Spike Lee said they will not attend the upcoming Oscars ceremony.

When ABC Radio asked Clooney whether the changes will have an impact, the Oscar winner replied, “[N]ot initially and not for a period of time.

“The Academy isn’t the issue,” he continued. “The Academy is at the very tip of the spear at the very end. The real problems are the diversity from the beginning, the people who are greenlighting films.”

Clooney explains that Hollywood studios need to change their approach to filmmaking. “When I take a script to a studio and they give me five names that they’ll make the film with, we want to change who all those people and those names are on that script. And that means diversity from the agencies, from the writers, from a lot of that,” he says.

Still, Clooney considers the Academy’s decision “a very good idea, and a smart thing to do.”

Clooney stars in the new Coen brothers movie Hail, Caesar! It opens Friday.

The Oscars air February 28 on ABC.

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Louis C.K. Debuts Surprise New Web Series, “Horace and Pete”

Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Comedy Festival(NEW YORK) — There’s a brand-new series starring Louis C.K. and it’s available now. If that’s news to you, you’re not alone.

The actor and comic surprised pretty much everyone Saturday, when he debuted a new project via his website: a show titled Horace and Pete. The announcement was about as low-key as you can get.

“Hi there. Horace and Pete episode one is available for download. $5, Go here to watch it,” C.K. writes in a brief post titled “A Brand New Thing from Louis C.K.” “We hope you like it. Regards, Louis.”

Set in a Brooklyn, N.Y. bar, Horace and Pete stars the comedian with acting heavyweights Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Edie Falco and Jessica Lange, with music by Paul Simon. You can download the first Horace and Pete episode for five dollars on LouisCK.net.

Louis C.K. recently launched an FX comedy, Baskets, starring co-creator Zach Galifianakis.

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“Gilmore Girls” Update Coming to Netflix

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham in “Gilmore Girls”; Mitchell Haddad/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Gilmore Girls is coming to Netflix, reviving the TV series centered on single mother Lorelai and the intense bond with her daughter, Rory.

Although there’s no word on a title or a premiere date, Netflix confirmed Friday that stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, who portrayed Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, respectively, will return to the Amy Sherman-Palladino dramedy.

Scott Patterson, who played diner owner Luke Danes, and Kelly Bishop, who portrayed Emily, are also set to return along with original stars Sean Gunn and Keiko Agena.

The series went off the air in May 2007 after seven years.

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“The Birth of a Nation” Wins Top Prizes at Sundance Film Festival Awards

Kim Raff/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival(PARK CITY, Utah) — Nate Parker’s directorial debut, The Birth of a Nation, swept the top prizes at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards Saturday night in Park City, Utah.

The film, which received a standing ovation during its screening, is based on the true story of how slave Nat Turner led a rebellion in 1831.

Fox Searchlight announced Tuesday it won a record-making bidding war to acquire the film’s worldwide distribution rights. The studio expects to release the project by Parker, who also wrote, produced and starred in the film, later this year.

The Birth of Nation marks the fourth time a film has won the top categories — the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize — at Sundance. The film now joins the likes of others such as the 2013 film Fruitvale Station, the 2014 film Whiplash and the 2015 film Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Here are the winners for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Award:

U.S. DRAMATIC
Audience Award
Birth of a Nation
Nate Parker

Grand Jury Prize
Birth of a Nation
Nate Parker

Directing
Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Swiss Army Man

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
Chad Hartigan
Morris From America

Special Jury Award – Individual Performance
Melanie Lynskey
The Intervention

Special Jury Award – Individual Performance
Craig Robinson
Morris from America

Special Jury Award – Breakthrough Performance
Joe Seo
Spa Night

Special Jury Award
As You Are
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

U.S. DOCUMENTARY
Grand Jury Prize
Weiner
Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman

Audience Award
Jim: The James Foley Story
Brian Oakes

Directing
Roger Ross Williams
Life, Animated

Special Jury Award – Vérité Filmmaking
The Bad Kids
Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe

Special Jury Award – Writing
Kate Plays Christine
Robert Greene

Special Jury Award – Social Impact Filmmaking
Trapped
Dawn Porter

NEXT Audience Award
First Girl I Loved
Kerem Sanga

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC
Audience Award
Between Sea and Land / Colombia
Directors: Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo

Grand Jury Prize
Sand Storm / Israel
Director: Elite Zexer

Directing Award
Belgica / Belgium-France-Netherlands
Felix van Groeningen

Special Jury Award – Unique Vision and Design
The Lure / Poland
Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska

Special Jury Award – Screenwriting
Mi Amiga Del Parque / Argentina-Uruguay
Screenwriters: Inés Bortagaray, Ana Katz

Special Jury Award – Acting
Vicky Hernandéz, Manolo Cruz
Between Sea and Land / Colombia

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY
Grand Jury Prize
Sonita / Germany-Iran-Swizerland
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Directing
All These Sleepless Nights / Poland
Michal Marczak

Special Jury Award – Best Editing
We Are X / UK-U.S.-Japan
Editors: Mako Kamitsuna, John Maringouin

Special Jury Award – Best Cinematography
The Land Of The Enlightened / Belgium
DP: Pieter-Jan De Pue

Special Jury Award – Best Debut Feature
When Two Worlds Collide / Peru
Directors: Mathew Orzel, Heidi Brandenburg

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Embrace of the Serpent
Directed by Ciro Guerra

SHORT FILM PRIZES
Short Film Grand Jury Prize
Thunder Road / U.S.
Director and screenwriter: Jim Cummings

Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
The Procedure / U.S.
Director and screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction
Maman(s) / France
Director and screenwriter: Maïmouna Doucouré

Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction
Bacon & God’s Wrath / Canada
Director: Sol Friedman

Short Film Jury Award: Animation
Edmond / UK
Director and screenwriter: Nina Gantz

Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance
Grace Glowicki
Her Friend Adam

Short Film Special Jury Award for Best Direction
Peacock / Czech Republic
Director: Ondrej Hudecek, Screenwriters: Jan Smutny, Ondrej Hudecek

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Eric Church, Chris Stapleton Lead Country Music’s ACM Nominations

Rick Diamond/Getty Images; Taylor Hill/Getty Images(NASHVILLE) — Eric Church and Chris Stapleton are the leading nominees for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. Each singer received five nods.

Among his nominations, Church has nabbed his first for Entertainer of the Year; he’s also up for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year, for Mr. Misunderstood, among other categories. As for Stapleton, he’s scored his first nods for Male and New Male Vocalist of the Year, and for Album of the Year, for Traveller.

Cam, Chris Young and Little Big Town scored four nods each; Chris Janson, Thomas Rhett and Miranda Lambert each have three. The awards are changing a bit this year: the Entertainer, New Male, New Female and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year were previously fan-voted. Now, they will be voted on by the Academy’s professional membership.

The ACM Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will air April 3 on CBS.

Here are the nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Brett Eldredge
Chris Stapleton

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Jana Kramer
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey + Rory
Maddie & Tae

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young
Montevallo – Sam Hunt
Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
Tangled Up – Thomas Rhett
Traveller – Chris Stapleton

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR
“Burning House” – Cam
“Buy Me A Boat” – Chris Janson
“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
“I’m Comin’ Over” – Chris Young
“Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Brett Eldredge
Chris Janson
Thomas Rhett
Chase Rice
Chris Stapleton

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Cam
Mickey Guyton
RaeLynn

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Maddie & Tae
Old Dominion
Parmalee

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Biscuits” – Kacey Musgraves
“Burning House” – Cam
“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
“Mr. Misunderstood” – Eric Church
“Riser” – Dierks Bentley

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Hangover Tonight” – Gary Allan Featuring Chris Stapleton
“Home Alone Tonight” – Luke Bryan Featuring Karen Fairchild
“Raise ‘Em Up” – Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church
“Smokin’ And Drinkin'” – Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town
Wild Child” – Kenny Chesney With Grace Potter

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“Spotlight,” Idris Elba, Brie Larson Win at SAG Awards

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Trophies were handed out Saturday night in Los Angeles at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and although some winners were expected, many were shocked to make their way to the podium.

Idris Elba had a really good night, making history by winning two awards, for his roles in the film Beasts of No Nation and the TV series Luther.

As expected, Leonardo DiCaprio took home a trophy for his role in The Revenant, and Brie Larson also took the stage to accept an award for her performance in Room.

Spotlight won the award for movie cast.

British TV series Downton Abbey, now in its sixth and final season, also received a SAG Award.

Carol Burnett was awarded the Life Achievement Award, joining the likes of Kirk Douglas, Debbie Reynolds and Betty White. She was presented the award by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who together gave a moving yet funny speech about how the comedienne influenced their lives and careers.

After much controversy over the lack of diversity in this year’s nominees for the Oscars, the SAG Awards presented a very different picture of Hollywood. In fact, many people of color accepted awards Saturday night, including Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, Bessie actress Queen Latifah, How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis, and Elba.

Actress Laura Prepon, who accepted the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series award on behalf of the cast of Orange Is the New Black, also shared her thoughts on diversity onstage.

“Look at this stage,” she said. “This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity: different race, color, creed and sexual orientation.”

Here are the winners for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:

TV
Female Actor TV Movie or Miniseries
Queen Latifah — Bessie

Male Actor TV Movie or Miniseries
Idris Elba — Luther

Outstanding Female in Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba — Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Male Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor — Transparent

Ensemble Comedy Series
Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Male Actor Drama
Kevin Spacey — House of Cards

Outstanding Female Actor Drama
Viola Davis — How to Get Away With Murder

Ensemble Drama
Downton Abbey

MOVIES
Outstanding Female Actor Supporting
Alicia Vikander — The Danish Girl

Outstanding Male Actor Supporting
Idris Elba — Beasts of No Nation

Female Leading Role
Brie Larson — Room

Male Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio — The Revenant

Cast in a Movie
Spotlight

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“Spotlight,” “Leonardo DiCaprio,” “Brie Larson” Win at SAG Awards

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Trophies were handed out Saturday night in Los Angeles at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and although some winners were expected, many were shocked to make their way to the podium.

Idris Elba had a really good night, making history by winning two awards, for his roles in the film Beasts of No Nation and the TV series Luther.

As expected, Leonardo DiCaprio took home a trophy for his role in The Revenant, and Brie Larson also took the stage to accept an award for her performance in Room.

Spotlight won the award for movie cast.

British TV series Downton Abbey, now in its sixth and final season, also received a SAG Award.

Carol Burnett was awarded the Life Achievement Award, joining the likes of Kirk Douglas, Debbie Reynolds and Betty White. She was presented the award by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who together gave a moving yet funny speech about how the comedienne influenced their lives and careers.

After much controversy over the lack of diversity in this year’s nominees for the Oscars, the SAG Awards presented a very different picture of Hollywood. In fact, many people of color accepted awards Saturday night, including Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba, Bessie actress Queen Latifah, How to Get Away with Murder star Viola Davis, and Elba.

Actress Laura Prepon, who accepted the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series award on behalf of the cast of Orange Is the New Black, also shared her thoughts on diversity onstage.

“Look at this stage,” she said. “This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity: different race, color, creed and sexual orientation.”

Here are the winners for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:

TV
Female Actor TV Movie or Miniseries
Queen Latifah — Bessie

Male Actor TV Movie or Miniseries
Idris Elba — Luther

Outstanding Female in Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba — Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Male Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor — Transparent

Ensemble Comedy Series
Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Male Actor Drama
Kevin Spacey — House of Cards

Outstanding Female Actor Drama
Viola Davis — How to Get Away With Murder

Ensemble Drama
Downton Abbey

MOVIES
Outstanding Female Actor Supporting
Alicia Vikander — The Danish Girl

Outstanding Male Actor Supporting
Idris Elba — Beasts of No Nation

Female Leading Role
Brie Larson — Room

Male Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio — The Revenant

Cast in a Movie
Spotlight

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“Kung Fu Panda 3” Tops the Box Office

DreamWorks Animation(NEW YORK) — Kung Fu Panda 3 fought its way to #1 at the weekend box office.

The animated sequel, featuring the return of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman, earned an estimated 41 million dollars during its debut weekend.

It knocked The Revenant out of the top spot. The Oscar-nominated drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, slipped to second place, raising 12.4 million dollars.

The drama The Finest Hours, based on the true story of a 1952 Coast Guard rescue during a blizzard, opened in the fourth spot, collecting 10.3 million dollars.

The Marlon Wayans spoof Fifty Shades of Black made $6.2 million to premiere in ninth place.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:

1. Kung Fu Panda 3, $41 million.
2. The Revenant, $12.4 million.
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, $10.8 million.
4. The Finest Hours, $10.3 million.
5. Ride Along 2, $8.3 million.
6. The Boy, $7.9 million.
7. Dirty Grandpa, $7.6 million.
8. The 5th Wave, $7 million.
9. Fifty Shades of Black, $6.2 million.
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, $6 million.

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“Grease: Live!” Offers Dedication to Star Vanessa Hudgens’ Late Father

FOX(NEW YORK) — The Fox musical production Grease: Live! aired Sunday night, and it closed with a dedication to star Vanessa Hudgens’ father, who passed away over the weekend.

Earlier on Sunday, the 27-year-old actress, who played Rizzo, tweeted, “I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer. Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers.”

She wrote in a separate tweet, “Tonight, I do the show in his honor.”

A dedication to Hudgens’ father was included at the end of the three-hour broadcast.

Grease: Live! also starred Dancing with the Stars judge and former pro Julianne Hough as Sandy, actor and singer Aaron Tveit as Danny, Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy, R&B trio Boyz II Men as Teen Angel, and Joe Jonas’ band DNCE as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers.

Jepsen performed an original song for the broadcast, “All I Need Is an Angel.”

British pop singer Jessie J was also featured, kicking off the night with “Grease (Is the Word).”

There were even cameos from original Grease stars Didi Conn and Barry Pearl. They played Frenchy and Doody, respectively, in the movie; they had different roles in this version.

There weren’t any egregious errors during the show. The sound did drop out during the dance contest scene, and Mario Lopez said “American Bandstand” rather than “National Bandstand” during his appearance.

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