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Police Academy director Hugh Wilson dies

Hugh Wilson, the director of the first Police Academy film and the creator of US sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, has died aged 74. Born in Miami in 1943, his other films include The First Wives Club, Guarding Tess and Blast from the Past. Wilson started out as a comedy writer on Bob Newhart and Tony Randall’s 1970s TV shows and was originally hired to “punch up” Police Academy’s script. Wilson agreed on condition he could also direct the film. Filmed in Toronto, the 1984 original followed the fortunes of a…

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Director who wouldn't be silenced at Golden Globes

“Lower the music, guys, one second.” Guillermo del Toro was mid-acceptance speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globes when the orchestra began playing him off. “It’s taken 25 years [to win this award],” The Shape Of Water director laughed. “Give me a minute. Give me a minute!” Not only did his demand prompt cheers from the audience – but it was also effective, as the orchestra did in fact back off and allow him to finish. Del Toro went on to complete his speech, later praised for its poignancy, in which…

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Lili Fini Zanuck: Director says 2017 'wasn't a turning point' for Hollywood

Last year wasn’t a turning point for women in Hollywood, according to the producer behind the multi-Oscar winning film Driving Miss Daisy. Lili Fini Zanuck, who was only the second woman to ever win a best picture Oscar when she took the award for Driving Miss Daisy in 1990, also produced Cocoon and directed 1991’s Rush. The 63-year-old has now made a documentary about Eric Clapton, called Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars. “No, we haven’t turned a corner,” she says when asked whether the tumultuous events of 2017 meant…

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Phoebe Philo Leaving Role as Céline Artistic Director

Advertisement Phoebe Philo, the designer who reinvented the brand Céline as a favored label of power women and started a new era of minimalism in fashion, is leaving her position as the company’s artistic director after 10 years. Ms. Philo’s departure makes her the fourth and best-known designer to leave a high-profile fashion job this month, adding another twist in a year of upheaval on both the corporate and creative sides of the industry. In a brief statement on Friday announcing the move, Ms. Philo thanked the members of her…

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Struggling Northampton sack director of rugby Mallinder

Jim Mallinder has been sacked by Northampton Saints after more than 10 years as the club’s director of rugby. Saints, Premiership champions in 2014, are currently 10th and on the brink of elimination from the European Champions Cup after Saturday’s defeat by Ospreys. The 51-year-old, who was appointed in June 2007, signed a new five-year deal after their top-flight triumph. “The board and major shareholders felt that the time was right for some change,” said chairman John White. “This is not a decision that has been taken lightly. Jim has…

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New CDC Director questioned about financial conflicts

A U.S. Senator is criticizing the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an apparent financial conflict of interest that the senator says may prevent the director from doing her job. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald became director of the Atlanta-based CDC in July, and was required to sell a range of stocks she owned, including beer and soda companies, the tobacco company Philip Morris International, and a number of health care companies such as vaccine manufacturers and health-care companies. “I’ve done everything that they’ve requested, in a timely manner…

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