• Andrew Dunbar, Theon Greyjoy’s Body Double on ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies in His 30s
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    Andrew Dunbar, Theon Greyjoy’s Body Double on ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies in His 30s

    Andrew Dunbar, who worked as a body double for Alfie Allen’s Theon Greyjoy and a background actor on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” has died. He was in his 30s.Dunbar died suddenly at his home in East Belfast, Ireland, on Christmas Eve, according to the Daily Mail. No cause of death was made public.“To say we are shocked and saddened at the passing of Andrew Dunbar is an understatement,” the Ireland-based talent agency The Extras Dept. said in a statement. “We have so many fond memories of the years Andrew worked with us. He was so versatile we could cast him in anything, he was such a talented performer he would always end up being featured, and he was so adored that he was always requested by productions again and again.”Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Is Most-Tweeted-About Show of 2019, 'SNL' - Last Year's No. 1 - Falls Off Top 10 ListDunbar appeared on the final three seasons of “Game of Thrones,” beginning with Season 6’s “Battle of the Bastards.” In addition serving as a body double for Allen’s Theon and as a background performer in other “GOT” roles, he also appeared “Line of Duty,” “Derry Girls” and SYFY’s “Krypton.”In an Instagram story, Allen noted Dunbar’s passing, writing, “Extremely shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. To lose a loved one so young, I can only imagine what his family are going through. RIP Andrew xxx.”Pamela Smyth, who oversaw crowd makeup for “Game of Thrones,” also remembered Dunbar in a statement to Belfast Live. “Even among the thousands of extras that came through the crowd room on Thrones – Andrew always stood out,” she said. “Always professional and mannerly with a big broad beaming smile. A beautiful soul – he will be missed by all the GOT family.”Read original story Andrew Dunbar, Theon Greyjoy’s Body Double on ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies in His 30s At TheWrap

  • Judi Dench Says Her Character in ‘Cats’ Is Trans
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    Judi Dench Says Her Character in ‘Cats’ Is Trans

    Judi Dench said that her character in “Cats,” Old Deuteronomy, is actually transgender.In an interview with Out magazine, Dench recalled how she was forced to drop out of a stage production of “Cats” from 1981 in London’s West End.When the interviewer, who is transgender, pointed out that her character is traditionally played by a man on stage, Dench noted that the male actor Brian Blessed played the role in the 1981 production.“[It was] nerve wracking, because all I can hear is Brian Blessed all the time in the production that I wasn’t able to be in,” Dench said. “Totally unexpected, it was. I kind of call it ‘trans Deuteronomy,’ is the part for me. But it was lovely to be led about and be an aged, old cat.”Also Read: 'Cats' Poor Reception Prompts Universal to Send an 'Improved,' Updated Version to TheatersDench’s character is a wise, older cat who judges other cats in the annual Jellicle Ball. The cats have a chance to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn in a new life if they are chosen.Dench was meant to portray the characters Grizabella the Glamour Cat and Jennyanydots the Old Gumbie Cat in the 1981 production in London, but she was forced to leave the play after she snapped an Achilles tendon.“Cats” is in theaters now. Check out video of Dench’s interview via Out.Read original story Judi Dench Says Her Character in ‘Cats’ Is Trans At TheWrap

  • Paul LeBlanc, Hairstylist for ‘Amadeus’ and Princess Leia, Dies at 73
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    Paul LeBlanc, Hairstylist for ‘Amadeus’ and Princess Leia, Dies at 73

    Paul LeBlanc, Oscar-winning hairstylist for stars like Carrie Fisher, Sharon Stone and Javier Bardem, died Wednesday at the age of 73, his family announced.Born in New Brunswick, LeBlanc’s biggest claim to fame was his hairstyling on the 1984 Best Picture Oscar winner “Amadeus.” LeBlanc won the Best Makeup Oscar for that film alongside makeup artist Dick Smith and later received the lifetime achievement award from the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild in 2003.Also Read: Rip Taylor, Colorful Confetti-Throwing Comedian, Dies at 84Prior to “Amadeus,” LeBlanc worked on the hair of one of the most iconic characters in film history: Princess Leia. The 1983 “Star Wars” film “Return of the Jedi” was one of LeBlanc’s first major jobs in cinematic hairstyling, fashioning the braids that Leia wore as Jabba the Hutt’s slave and as a guest of the Ewoks on Endor.In the 1990s, LeBlanc became the hairstylist for Sharon Stone on multiple films, including for her performance as Catherine Tramell in “Basic Instinct” and as Ace Rothstein’s doomed wife Ginger in “Casino.” In the 2000s, he worked with filmmakers like Darren Aronofsky (“Requiem For A Dream,” “Black Swan”) and the Coen Brothers (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, “The Ladykillers”).Also Read: Ginger Baker, Legendary Drummer With Band Cream, Dies at 80But perhaps his most famous hairstyle of the 2000s was the one he gave Javier Bardem in the Best Picture winner “No Country For Old Men,” where Bardem played the amoral killer Anton Chigurh. In a 2008 Guardian interview, LeBlanc said that Chigurh’s bowl cut was inspired by the medieval Crusades, “when knights and Muslims were murdering each other, and this was a typical haircut. It was a dangerous time and we wanted to make Javier timeless and dangerous at first sight.”LeBlanc is survived by his wife, Louise, and his brothers Georges, Marc and Allison.Read original story Paul LeBlanc, Hairstylist for ‘Amadeus’ and Princess Leia, Dies at 73 At TheWrap

  • Stacey Dash Domestic Battery Charges Dropped, Husband Says: ‘The Right Call’
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    Stacey Dash Domestic Battery Charges Dropped, Husband Says: ‘The Right Call’

    The Florida State Attorney has declined to file charges against actress Stacey Dash, who was arrested for domestic battery following an argument earlier this week.Dash’s husband, Jeffrey Marty, shared the news on Twitter, writing Thursday, “Today, the State Attorney made the right call by declining to file charges against my wife, @staceydash. She was arrested over my objection at the time, but due to the pending investigation, I waited to comment until now. We both look forward to getting this behind us.”Also Read: Stacey Dash Arrested on Domestic Battery ChargeThe “Clueless” actress was arrested in Florida for domestic battery on Sunday, according to an affidavit from the Pasco County sheriff’s office. According to records reviewed by TheWrap, the case is now marked “Prosecutor:Dropped/Abandoned.”Dash and the unnamed victim got into a “verbal argument,” according to the document, and “pushed the victim and slapped him in the face.” The document also said that the victim sustained “red scratch marks on his left upper arm from being pushed” and that Dash was taken into custody for domestic battery and transported to the Land O’ Lakes detention center shortly after.Also Read: Former 'Clueless' Star Stacey Dash's 9 Most Outrageous Quotes (Photos)In a statement to TheWrap at that time, a representative for Dash said that Marty did not press charges against her and that “no further legal action is pending.”Read original story Stacey Dash Domestic Battery Charges Dropped, Husband Says: ‘The Right Call’ At TheWrap