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Kelly Preston Dies of Breast Cancer at Age 57

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Kelly Preston has died at age 57. On July 12, a rep for the actress’s family confirmed the news to People in an exclusive statement. “On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer,” the statement read. “Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends. She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time.”

Kelly — who is best remembered for her roles in Mischief, SpaceCamp, Twins, Jerry Maguire, For Love of the Game, and Gotti — is survived by husband John Travolta and their two kids, 20-year-old daughter Ella and 9-year-old son Benjamin. Their older son, Jett, died at the age of 16 in January 2009.

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TVLine Items: Rogue One Prequel Casting, Ninth Doctor Returns and More

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The Rogue One prequel series is expanding its ensemble: Adria Arjona (Good Omens, True Detective) will star opposite Diego Luna in Disney+’s Star Wars offshoot, our sister site Deadline reports.

The untitled spy thriller focuses on Luna’s rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion, while exploring tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire. Stephen Schiff (The Americans) will serve as showrunner, with the film’s co-writer Tony Gilroy set to write the pilot in addition to directing multiple episodes.

The cast also includes Alan Tudyk, Genevieve O’Reilly and Denise Gough. No details are currently available about Arjona’s character.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Christopher Eccleston will reprise his Doctor Who role as the Ninth Doctor in a 12-episode audio series to be released in May, our sister site Variety reports.

* Nickelodeon is nearing a deal for the SpongeBob SquarePants animated spinoff The Patrick Star Show, in which SpongeBob’s best friend (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke) hosts his own late-night talk show, per Deadline.

* An adaptation of the Goldie Taylor novel Paper Gods is in development at ABC, with Nia Long (Empire) set to star and serve as EP. Sony Pictures Television and John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co. will produce.

* Judd Apatow will direct a two-part HBO documentary about the legendary comedian George Carlin, who died in 2008.

* The three studios of Disney Television Studios are being rebranded with new names, logos and motion end cards: 20th Century Fox Television becomes 20th Television; ABC Studios and ABC Signature become ABC Signature; and Fox 21 Television Studios will be renamed Touchstone Television.

Which of today’s TVLine Items pique your interest?

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Fargo fans finally get the news they’ve been waiting for

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Each season of Fargo has been a critical winner, but this upcoming slate promises to deliver something special indeed, focusing this time on warring criminal organizations in Kansas City and boasting a particularly wide gamut of a star-studded cast that runs from Chris Rock to Jason Schwartzman to Timothy Olyphant. After the show shut down production, showrunner Noah Hawley sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for its “How I’m Living Now” series, which discusses the major changes COVID-19 has foisted upon their lives and careers. 

One silver lining in the mess caused by the shutdown for Hawley is a massive increase in breathing room to edit the footage he has — since Fargo was trying to make the Emmys deadline, he had previously been rather overwhelmed with trying to edit the episodes in a narrow window. “Our post was also hit by a potential exposure, so our editors are at home now,” he explained at the time. “A couple of them were able to get editing systems in their homes. But because our release date got pushed, we’re not rushing. I get a bit of breathing room where I can actually engage with it more creatively and less in a desperate panic to get it done in time.” 

You gotta take your victories where you can in this year’s production environment, and Hawley certainly has one. Even better, this means that the end product will be the best it possibly can be, now that its artisans have more time to think their work through.

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Bolton Won’t Vote for Trump This Fall: ‘He’s Not Competent’

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In a new interview with Business Insider to promote his best-selling Donald Trump tell-all, “The Room Where It Happened,” John Bolton says he doesn’t plan to vote for Donald Trump. But to any Democrats who think (or worry) Bolton might cross the aisle, relax: He says doesn’t plan to vote for Joe Biden either.

“I’m not going to vote for Biden for philosophical reasons, and I’m not going to vote for Trump for philosophical reasons and because he’s not competent,” Bolton told Business Insider.

Bolton didn’t elaborate on what those “philosophical” differences are, though he did say that he doesn’t actually plan to cast his vote for a viable candidate in any sense. Instead, he told BI he’s “thinking of names” to write in, though he declined to share them out of fear doing so would cause “a two-minute Twitter rant by the president, and they don’t need that.”


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Bolton drew distinctions between himself and Trump, for instance he said he opposes any delay of the 2020 election, something Trump has hinted he might do despite having absolutely no legal authority to do so. “It’s completely beyond any reasonable consideration to delay the election. It’s set by statute and the idea of changing it at the last minute, I just think no one in the Republican Party was prepared to accept outside of the White House staff, perhaps. And I found it very troubling that the president would even talk about it,” he said.

But Bolton also seemed to agrees with Trump, saying he is largely against mail in voting and early voting, measures that expand voter access to people who don’t have the luxury of taking off work to vote on a Tuesday and can also keep people safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I think there’s a central element of democratic theory that we have the opportunity as a nation to do one thing all together on one day,” he said, “that we all show up at the polling place and vote.”

That said, Bolton does say Trump’s response to the pandemic has been “a failure,” and said overall Trump “ranks at the bottom” among U.S. presidents, and that he thought about resigning more than once during his final months as national security adviser. So why didn’t he? “If you thought about resigning each and every time something objectionable happened, you’d last about three or four hours in the job,” he told Business Insider.

Read the full article here.

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