1/26/22 Entertainment News

(Carlsbad, CA) — The man who voiced Charlie Brown in the 1960s Peanuts cartoon is dead. Peter Robbins, who brought the iconic character to life in the holiday specials “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” took his own life last week at age 65. His family confirmed his passing on Tuesday. He was nine-years-old when he first took the role in 1963. He spent years battling mental illness and addiction.

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— Alec Baldwin’s attorneys are seeking to dismiss a lawsuit from a “Rust” crew member. The film’s script supervisor Mamie Mitchell is suing Baldwin and other producers for negligence. Mitchell was feet away from Baldwin when a bullet from his gun killed the director on set. She said the incident caused her pain and emotional injuries, however, Baldwin’s lawyers say she should seek damages from New Mexico’s worker compensation system and not Baldwin.

— Kevin Spacey’s legal team is looking to have a multi-million dollar arbitration award thrown out. MRC, the company that produced Spacey’s hit Netflix show “House of Cards,” won a 31-million dollar award after it argued misconduct allegations against the actor caused them to lose millions of dollars in profits. MRC argued Netflix decided to shutdown production of the show shortly after allegations of sexual misconduct in 1986 and creating a “toxic” environment on the “House of Cards” set surfaced. Spacey’s lawyers, however, say that the allegations of on-set misconduct didn’t come out until after the decision to suspend production was made and therefore was not the cause for the loss of profits.

 

— Disney is issuing a statement about its upcoming Snow White film after actor Peter Dinklage’s criticism. On a podcast this week, the Emmy award-winning actor pointed out how the live-action remake is supposed to be more inclusive with a Latina lead, but the film is still “about seven dwarfs living in a cave together.” A spokesperson for Disney told the Hollywood Reporter said they are working with “members of the dwarfism community” to “avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film.” They also noted Disney looks forward to sharing more as the film heads into production.

— Disney is officially greenlighting a Percy Jackson series. On Tuesday, author Rick Riordan, who wrote the book series, announced Percy Jackson and the Olympians is coming to Disney plus. He promised the series will be ” full of anticipation, humor, surprise, and mystery.” There’s no word when it will hit small screens.

— Fans of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” will not get to see a member of the cast in season three. Bravo announced they have “ceased filming” with Jennie Nguyen  due to social media posts she made in 2020. During that year, Nguyen referred to members of Black Lives Matter as “thugs,” and shared a now-debunked story that falsely accused George Floyd of rape. Nguyen also shared false information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

— Veteran actress Kathryn Kates is dead. Deadline reports her talent agency said she died of cancer on Saturday. She has appeared in shows such as Orange Is the New Black, Seinfeld and Law & Order: SVU. She was 73.

–Dolly Parton has a new venture. The country music legend is partnering with Duncan Hines on a Southern-inspired line of cake mixes and frostings. The Dolly Parton x Duncan Hines line will hit store shelves in March. But if you can’t stand the wait, special baking kits are available to purchase on the Duncan Hines website starting today. They go for 40 bucks and include mixes, recipes, frosting, a tea towel and spatula, plus a letter from the cultural icon herself.