Entertainment News Roundup: Netflix Orders Ryan Gosling’s ‘Gray Man’ Movie Sequel and Spinoff; Bob Rafelson, Oscar-nominated director of ‘Five Easy Pieces’, dies at 89+

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Netflix orders sequel and spin-off to Ryan Gosling’s ‘Gray Man’ movie

Netflix Inc is turning its new spy thriller “The Gray Man” into a franchise, announcing plans for a sequel and spin-off of the action movie starring Ryan Gosling on Tuesday. “The Gray Man,” one of Netflix’s most expensive films to date, began streaming on Friday and was the most-watched movie on the streaming service in 92 countries, the company said.

Bob Rafelson, Oscar-nominated director of ‘Five Easy Pieces’, dies at 89

Bob Rafelson, co-creator of “The Monkees” and director of the movie “Five Easy Pieces” died Saturday at the age of 89, Monkees singer Micky Dolenz announced on Twitter. Dolenz, lead singer and drummer of The Monkees, who starred in a 1960s TV series about a Beatles-inspired rock quartet, took to Twitter to express his grief and confirm reports of Rafelson’s death.

Britain to host Eurovision Song Contest 2023 on behalf of Ukraine

Britain will host the Eurovision Song Contest next year on behalf of Ukrainian winners due to the ongoing dispute there, competition organizers announced on Monday. While decades-old tradition has it that the winner of the competition hosts it the following year, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said that for safety and security reasons, UK finalists are instead invited to attend. ‘welcome.

Paul Sorvino, actor of “Les Affranchis” and “Law & Order”, dies at 83

Paul Sorvino, who played mobster Paulie Cicero in the hit movie ‘Goodfellas’, has died aged 83, a spokesperson for the actor said Monday. Sorvino, also known for portraying police sergeant Phil Cerreta on the 1990s television series “Law & Order,” has worked in film, television and on stage for more than 50 years.

Cannibals, a comedy and a cinematic icon in the spotlight of Venice

A Marilyn Monroe drama, a cannibalistic road movie and a dark comedy about family life are among the stories featured at the Venice Film Festival this year. The world’s oldest film festival, considered a launch pad for Oscar contenders as awards season approaches, runs from August 31 to September 10 and features dozens of highly anticipated films in and out of competition. competition.

‘Leave It to Beaver’ co-star Tony Dow dies at 77

Actor Tony Dow, best known for his role as Wally Cleaver in the 1950s American television sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” died Tuesday at the age of 77, his friends and management team announced. Dow, whose television career as an actor, director and producer spanned seven decades, died Tuesday morning, according to a statement posted on Facebook. The cause of death was not disclosed, although he and his wife, Lauren, said in May that he was suffering from a recurrence of cancer.

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