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Hugh Keays-Byrne Dies: Actor Who Played Immortan Joe In ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Was 73

Hugh Keays-Byrne, most known for appearing as Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road and Toecutter in the original 1979 Mad Max film, has died. He was 73. Reps for the actor said he died peacefully on Tuesday morning. Director Brian Trenchard-Smith, who collaborated with Keays-Byrn on The Dragon Flies, paid tribute and confirmed the death on Wednesday. “Hugh had a generous heart, offering a helping hand to people in need, or a place to stay to a homeless teenager. He cared about social justice and preserving the environment long before these issues became fashionable. His life was governed by his sense of the oneness of humanity. We will miss his example and his friendship. Vale, Hugh,” Trenchard-Smith wrote in his Facebook post, which can be viewed below.

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Lord of the Rings Cast Reunites for Epic Quest to Buy $6 Million Home of Author J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings stars Sir Ian McKellen and John Rhys-Davies are embarking on another epic adventure. Rather than crossing Middle Earth to battle the evil forces of Sauron, however, the British actors have joined a fellowship to save 20 Northmoor Road, the Oxford house in which J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, in advance of it being put on the market by realtors Breckon & Breckon. The initiative, called Project Northmoor, starts crowdfunding on December 2 and hopes to raise $6 million to purchase the home and create a literary center in honor of Tolkien. It is also supported by The Hobbit star, Martin Freeman.

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Sharkboy and Lavagirl become parents in new Netflix sequel, ‘We Can Be Heroes’

What better way to kick off 2021 than with a new Sharkboy and Lavagirl movie! It’s been 15 years since the original movie premiered, and if that doesn’t make you feel old, then maybe this will. In the new film, “We Can Be Heroes,” which debuts on Netflix on Jan. 1, Sharkboy and Lavagirl have become parents. Their daughter is played by Vivien Lyra Blair, who is also known for her role as Girl in the Netflix film, “Birdbox.” Sharkboy and Lavagirl will be in the film as well; however, only Taylor Dooley has reclaimed her role as Lavagirl. Taylor Lautner will not be playing Sharkboy; instead, he will be played by J.J. Dashnaw, according to a report from Polygon. This sequel follows a group of children, including Sharkboy and Lavagirl’s daughter, that works to save their parents from an alien invasion. Their daughter is seen having similar powers as her parents, calling upon sharks and sea creatures to assist her in battling enemies. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez, who is also the director of the Spy Kids movies. Rodriguez is a San Antonio native.

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Ezra Miller reveals his wild top-secret role in The Stand

Fantastic Beasts star Ezra Miller has a big and secret role in The Stand, and EW has your first look. The Justice League actor will play Trashcan Man, a pivotal character from Stephen King’s 1978 post-apocalyptic novel. The casting details have been kept under wraps until now. Take a look Miller’s dramatic transformation above. The Stand is about a global pandemic that kills more than 99 percent of the population and leaves two groups of survivors to battle for the soul of America. Trash is an unstable pyromaniac who joins a group of survivors in “New Vegas” led by the demonic Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgard). “It’s so different from any way that anyone has seen Erza before, and he’s so committed to it,” says The Stand showrunner Benjamin Cavell. “He’s a huge fan of the book and had fallen in love with this character and wanted to play it for a long time. On our first call, he described Trash as ‘the embodiment of pyromania.’ The only thing this guy was capable of, and the only area in life he was comfortable, were with the explosives and instruments of fire and destruction.”

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7 Possible Characters Channing Tatum Could Play In Universal’s New Monster Movie

News recently broke that Channing Tatum is poised to reunite with 21 Jump Street directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord for a mystery monster movie for Universal. While the plot and character remain under wraps, the trades suggest the film will be a modern-day, tongue-in-cheek variation on Universal’s classic monster movie template. With nothing left to do but speculate until further details are divulged, it’s worth wondering whether Tatum will portray one of the classic Universal monsters or play a hero who fights one of them. Given the highly successful rendition of Leigh Whannell’s 2020 version of The Invisible Man, it’s least likely that Tatum would play such a character as frightening and straightforward as Oliver Jackson-Cohen. However, as a tongue-in-cheek sendup, it could absolutely happen.

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‘Mandalorian’ Macarons Are an Actual Thing You Can Order Online

Products featured are independently selected by our editorial team and we may earn a commission from purchases made from our links; the retailer may also receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. Baby Yoda eating a macaron sounds like the start of a bad joke, but the now-viral moment of the Child enjoying the sugary French confection from the latest episode of The Mandalorian has spawned an IRL batch that you can gobble up for yourself. Williams Sonoma is selling a 12-pack of “Nevarro Nummies” Macarons on its website right now for $49.99. The giftable tray of treats is an officially-licensed partnership with Lucasfilm, the company behind the Star Wars franchise and The Mandalorian.

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