John Heard Passes Away At 71

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John Heard, best known as Peter McAllister in the “Home Alone” movies who appeared in a wide range of TV and film roles, has died at 71 in Palo Alto, Calif.

He was found dead in a hotel where he was reportedly recovering after undergoing back surgery. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed his death.

In the 1990 “Home Alone,” Heard stars as the father who forgets his son, played by Macauley Culkin, when making a business trip to France. After “Home Alone” became a big hit, Heard returned to star in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

He also appeared in “Cat People,” “After Hours,” “Big,” “Beaches,” 1992 boxing film “Gladiator,” and on TV in “Miami Vice” and “The Sopranos,” for which he won an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor.

Born in Washington, D.C., Heard started out acting off-Broadway. His first major role came in the romantic comedy “Chilly Scenes of Winter” in 1979.

His memorable roles in the 1980s included starring in “Cutter’s Way,” playing Nastassja Kinski’s lover in the 1983 remake of “Cat People,” and starring alongside “Home Alone” actor Daniel Stern in 1984’s “C.H.U.D.” In Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours,” he played the bartender Tom Schorr. His other films during that period included “The Trip to Bountiful,” “Heaven Help Us” and “The Milagro Beanfield War.”

In 1988, he starred as Elizabeth Perkins’ jilted boyfriend in “Big” and co-starred with Bette Midler in “Beaches.”

His other roles included “Gladiator,” “Awakenings,” “Radio Flyer,” and “The Pelican Brief,” in which he played an FBI agent.

On television, he played Commander Barry Garner on “Battlestar Galactica” and had recurring roles on “CSI: Miami” and “Prison Break.” More recently he had numerous guest roles on shows including “Modern Family,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “MacGuyver.”

Heard was married to actress Margot Kidder – for just six days — and had a son from a relationship with actress Melissa Leo. He is also survived by a daughter from a later marriage. His son Max died in December, 2016.

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Harvey Atkin Passes Away At 74

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The Canadian actor’s breakout role was Morty in Ivan Reitman’s 1979 comedy, opposite Bill Murray.

Harvey Atkin, best known for playing staff sergeant captain Ronald Coleman on Cagney and Lacey and Judge Ridenour on the NBC crime drama Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, has died. He was 74.

His longtime agent Larry Goldhar on Tuesday announced that Atkin died Monday night in Toronto after a long illness. “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved friend, husband, father and grandfather, Harvey, passed away peacefully last night following his battle with cancer,” Goldhar said in a statement.

Born in Toronto on Dec. 18, 1942, Atkin turned in his breakout role as camp director Morty Melnick in Ivan Reitman’s 1979 comedy Meatballs, in which he starred opposite Bill Murray, Kate Lynch and Chris Makepeace. From 1981-88, Atkin also appeared regularly on TV’s Cagney & Laceyopposite Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless.

The CBS drama also starred Al Waxman, with whom Atkin appeared back in Canada on the long-running CBC comedy King of Kensington. Famous for his glasses, nose and mustache combination, Atkin also had film and TV credits that included Ticket to Heaven, Beetlejuice, Silver Streak and Atlantic City.

His voice acting included work on a slew of TV commercials, including a long-running gig as the voice of Leon’s Furniture.

Atkin is survived by his wife, Celia; daughter, Lisa; son, Danny; three sisters; and five grandchildren.

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9

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The Larry David comedy returns for its first season in six years this October.

After years of “cautious” optimism from the powers that be at HBO, Curb Your Enthusiasm is officially set to return for it’s long-awaited ninth season this October.

The revival of Larry David’s acclaimed comedy comes six years after the season eight finale aired. Suffice it to say, there’s a lot of speculation about the details surrounding the return of TV’s favorite “social assassin.”

To help keep track of all the season nine details as they emerge, The Hollywood Reporter has compiled all the details — so far — and will continue to update this post as more emerge. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

The Creative Team

David will return as showrunner, along with series star and longtime exec producer Jeff Garlin as well as veteran Curb exec producer-writer-director Jeff Schaffer. Not returning are fellow exec producers-writers-directors David Mandel and Alec Berg, likely because of their commitments to HBO comedies Veep and Silicon Valley, respectively, on which they serve as showrunners.

Episode Count

Like every other season of the Emmy-winning series, season nine will consist of 10 episodes. The new season kicks off Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m., airing after HBO’s new David Simon drama The Deuce.

The Cast

Returning series regulars include Garlin, as well as his TV wife Susie Essman and JB Smoove, who memorably joined the cast later in the show’s original run as Larry’s roommate and friend Leon. Former series regular Cheryl Hines, who played David’s TV wife until their on-screen divorce at the beginning of season eight, is also set to return. Other returning faces include real-life Hollywood power couple Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, as well as longtime fan-favorite Richard Lewis, who will once again play fictional versions of themselves. Confirmed new additions include Lauren Graham, although details about whom she will play are not yet known.

Overall Theme

Like past seasons of the series, details about upcoming plot points and storylines are being under tight wraps. However, one thing cast members have been able to tease about the upcoming season is that things will take an unexpected turn (to say the least.) “It’s coming back with all the things about it that people love,” Garlin said in May. “But it’s not following any big formula. The storyline is rather insane. Like people are gonna go, ‘I can’t believe they’re doing this!’ That’s what they’re gonna say. And I don’t often think that with our show.”

Steenburgen echoed those sentiments. “It will definitely cause people to ask me questions. We’re going to stir up a little bit of a hornet’s nest with it, I’m afraid, but it’s how he saw it and what he wanted to do,” she said in March. “There are aspects of it that are a little challenging for me. And I think for Ted, too. But it will be interesting. It will be really interesting.”

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Inside John Lennon’s Long History With Rolling Stone

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On December 8th, 1980, Annie Leibovitz arrived at the New York apartment building of John Lennon and Yoko Ono to photograph the couple for a cover of Rolling Stone. She urged them both to take their clothes off, a flashback to their first Rolling Stone cover, in 1968, when they appeared naked to promote their Two Virgins album. Ono declined, but Lennon was game, and stripped down before getting on the floor near their bed and curling up in a fetal position next to the woman he called “Mother.” “I remember peeling the Polaroid and him looking at it and saying, ‘This is it. This is our relationship,’ ” Leibovitz recalled. Hours later, Lennon was shot dead in front of the building.

The image (which in 2005 was voted the best magazine cover of the previous 40 years by the American Society of Magazine Editors) appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone’s January 22nd, 1981, issue. It was the heartbreaking end of a 13-year relationship between Lennon and the magazine. In his Rolling Stone interviews over the years, Lennon was startlingly open. He explained the Beatles’ breakup to the world, fought Richard Nixon’s attempts to deport him, shared the stories behind his songs, and talked about everything from his macrobiotic diet to primal-scream therapy. In Rolling Stone, Lennon saw a magazine that shared his passions and his worldview; in turn, he shined a light on the young magazine. “John, more purely than anybody else at the time, symbolized rock & roll,” says Rolling Stoneeditor and publisher Jann S. Wenner. “He was the most natural heir to Elvis. Everything he and Yoko did to support Rolling Stone added a little of their luster. It gave us credibility and authority.”

The relationship started with Rolling Stone’s first issue. When Wenner needed an image for the cover of RS 1 (November 9th, 1967), he saw a publicity shot of Lennon as Private Gripweed in Richard Lester’s film How I Won the War. “It was a day before deadline,” says Wenner. “This was the best thing we had on hand. It was incredibly fortuitous, symbolic and prophetic of the future.”

A year later, Wenner heard record stores were selling Two Virgins in a plain brown wrapper, since Lennon and Ono appeared naked on the album’s cover. Rolling Stone editor emeritus Ralph Gleason suggested the magazine contact Beatles publicist Derek Taylor and ask to see the images in full. “They said OK and sent it over,” says Wenner. “It was as simple as that.”

The cover – accompanied by an interview by Jonathan Cott – caused a national scandal. Featuring Lennon and Ono naked from behind (the full-frontal shots were inside), it hit newsstands on November 23rd, 1968. A New Jersey postmaster general stopped issues from going to East Coast subscribers. One San Francisco newsstand employee was arrested for selling obscene material. (nude beat-le perils s.f., declared a San Francisco Chronicle headline soon after.) Wenner was exuberant. “The point is this,” he wrote in the next issue. “Print a famous foreskin and the world will beat a path to your door.”

Lennon realized Rolling Stone was the perfect medium for communicating with his fans. He wrote an account of the chaos that surrounded the proposed 1970 Toronto Peace Festival, and when Lennon and Ono staged their “Bed-in for Peace” in Montreal in 1969, Rolling Stone writer Ritchie Yorke was by their side. “It was the early days of John and Yoko together, and John was anxious to make his own statement,” recalled Yorke, who died in February. “I was very impressed by what he was trying to say.”

A year after the Bed-in, Lennon and Ono went to California to study primal-scream therapy with Dr. Arthur Janov. They decided to stop by the Rolling Stone office, a tiny loft space above a printing press in San Francisco. “The office was totally agog,” says Wenner. “The Beatles were like distant gods. People didn’t meet them.”

Wenner and his wife, Jane, wanted to show Ono and Lennon around the city. Let It Be, which chronicles the band’s contentious studio sessions in 1969, was playing at a theater. Somehow, none of the four had seen it. “The ticket taker did a double take,” says Jane. “When Paul sang ‘Let It Be,’ John began to cry, and then Yoko started to cry. Pretty soon we were all crying. They were just so raw from the primal-scream therapy.”

Around this time, Wenner was gently urging Lennon to agree to an interview. Finally, in late 1970 – eight months after Paul McCartney had announced the breakup of the Beatles in a press release – Lennon decided it was time to talk. Wenner was summoned to New York, where Lennon and Ono talked to him for four hours at the office of Beatles manager Allen Klein. “My goal was to get the story of the Beatles from his point of view,” says Wenner. “The story of the band’s breakup really hadn’t been told.”

What he got was one of the most revealing interviews in rock history. Lennon showed sides of himself the public had never quite seen: grown-up, clear-eyed, even a little bitter. He admitted to using heroin, blasted the utopian “myth” of the Beatles, and outlined the band’s breakup in shocking detail: “That film [Let It Be] was set up by Paul for Paul. That is one of the main reasons the Beatles ended. I can’t speak for George, but I pretty damn well know we got fed up of being sidemen for Paul.”

The 36,000-word interview, divided into two cover stories in early 1971, was front-page news all around the world. The New York Timesdevoted massive space to the more explosive quotes the paper ran next to a surreal drawing of Lennon ripping a ball and chain from his head. “This was the first time we really broke news,” Wenner recalls. “That was the single launch that shot us into the big time.”

The interview captured both Wenner and Lennon at pivotal points in their lives. “I was just 25,” says Wenner. “He had just turned 30. Being in the Beatles is not an experience you can fully integrate and assimilate and understand and put into perspective when you’re that young and it just stopped. Similarly, I’m still a young kid just learning journalism.”

In the following years, the magazine was side-by-side with Lennon in his new cause: fighting the Nixon administration’s attempts to deport him for his anti-war efforts. Rolling Stone ran editorials and covered the legal battle in detail. In 1975, Lennon’s deportation order was reversed. “We couldn’t have done it without you,” Lennon and Ono wrote to Rolling Stone in October ’75. “Thanks to all the wellwishers who sent cards, ‘grammes, gifts, etc., for the great triple event (judges decision/baby Sean/on J.L.s’ birthday)!!!”

In late 1980, after Lennon had taken half a decade away from the spotlight to raise his son Sean, word came that Lennon and Ono had completed Double Fantasy, and would agree to an interview at their apartment building, the Dakota. Wenner again assigned the story to Cott. Lennon was optimistic and blunt during the interview, full of enthusiasm and strong opinions. “[The press] only like[s] people when they’re on the way up, and when they’re up there, they’ve got nothing else to do but shit on them,” Lennon said. “I cannot be on the way up again. What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean. I’m not interested in being a dead fucking hero.”

Cott accompanied Lennon and Ono to the recording studio as they worked on a remix of “Walking on Thin Ice.” They would finish it three nights later, minutes before he was killed. “The night they met, they made Two Virgins,” Cott recalls. “Their first and last dates were both musical collaborations. I find that extraordinary.”

Like much of the country, Wenner learned about Lennon’s shooting from Howard Cosell’s announcement on Monday Night Football.Wenner walked across Central Park to the Dakota in
a daze to join a throng of mourners. “There was a bit of singing and people holding candles,” he says. “People genuinely didn’t know what to do.”

The next morning, the Rolling Stone staff began work on a tribute issue celebrating Lennon’s life. “They were mocking up [cover] photos with John’s portraits,” said Leibovitz. “I said, ‘Jann, I promised John the cover would be him and Yoko.’ And Jann backed me up. I said it was the last promise.” In the following years, Wenner grew close to Ono, and Rolling Stone became a leading voice in the campaign against handguns. Even in death, Lennon is still an important part of the magazine. “He put the imprimatur of John Lennon on this magazine,” says Wenner. “And he remains a North Star for us.”

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 Emily Blunt Is Mary Poppins

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Emily Blunt took the stage for the presentation of Mary Poppins Returns at D23 with director/producer Rob Marshall today, sharing a new motion poster for the much anticipated sequel to the 1964 Mary Poppins. Watch it below.

original. A teaser trailer was also unveiled, though it hasn’t been publicly released yet.

“I needed to try to pay homage to Julie Andrews but carve out a new space for myself. And we were very loyal to the books,” said Blunt.

Marshall shared, “I was incredibly honored to be approached by Disney about directing a sequel. This is a brand new original film musical from top to bottom, which is very rare, and it is a wonderful opportunity to create something specifically for the screen.”

The new moving image of the practically-perfect nanny in a cobalt blue nanny coat and red hat with her iconic parrot head umbrella in hand was released on Facebook.

In addition to the moving image, Blunt and Marshall shared an exclusive look at a new teaser trailer with the D23 audience, which has yet to hit the internet.

The new trailer, which received an enthusiastic ovation from the crowd, shows Blunt floating in on her umbrella as per the original 1964 film. Other nods to the original included Blunt playing with cartoon birds in her hand and synchronized dancing in the streets of London a la Dick Van Dyke’s original chimneysweep number. Van Dyke himself also made an appearance in the trailer, along with Colin Firth, who plays heartless bank manager Mr Wilkins.

Also starring in the movie are Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walter, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and the aforementioned original cast favorite Dick Van Dyke. The movie is set for a December 25, 2018 release date.

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Leonardo DiCaprio And Martin Scorsese Are Teaming Up Again

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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are developing a film adaptation of true-crime thriller “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” as the director’s next project after “The Irishman.”

Scorsese’s longtime production designer, Dante Ferretti, told Variety that Scorsese hoped to start shooting “Flower Moon” in the spring of next year. The project is based on the bestselling book by David Grann, a staff writer for the New Yorker and author of “The Lost City of Z.”

Rights to “Flower Moon” were snapped up by Imperative last year for a reported $5 million, and a script has reportedly been drafted by veteran Oscar-winning scribe Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”).

Ferretti, who has worked with Scorsese on nine movies from “The Age of Innocence” through “Silence,” said he was going to “go to Oklahoma” to do preliminary location scouting for “Flower Moon.” The story, set in the 1920s, focuses on a string of murders of members of the Osage nation in Oklahoma after oil was discovered beneath their land. The chilling series of slayings was one of the fledgling FBI’s first major homicide investigations.

Scorsese and DiCaprio have been eyeing the project for months, and are developing it together with Imperative Entertainment.

John Atwood, Imperative’s chief financial officer, said in an e-mail that “we are currently conducting preliminary research on the film, but there are no formal attachments nor confirmed start date at this time.”

Ferretti said that “the whole 1920s world of the Indians who lived there needs to be reconstructed” for “Flower Moon,” adding that he expects to “start preparing this film in September, because Scorsese will shoot it immediately after finishing ‘The Irishman.’”

Scorsese is currently getting ready for an early September shoot on “The Irishman,” a gangster movie centered on the life of mob hit-man Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, played by Robert De Niro. Several sources have confirmed that “The Irishman” will be financed by Netflix, though the deal has yet to be officially announced.

There is no word whether Netflix would give “The Irishman” a wide theatrical release, but “I don’t think Martin would accept the fact that one of his movies would just be seen on a small screen and not in movie theaters,” said Ferretti, who is not working on the film.

The triple-Oscar-winning production designer recently completed work on his first rock musical, “Divo Nerone,” staged in a unique open-air venue atop the Palatine Hill in the ancient Roman Forum, with a rotating proscenium and 28 scene changes. Although the show was mostly panned by Italian media and has been temporarily shut down after nuns in a nearby monastery complained about its high decibel levels, Ferretti noted that “critics praised the set design and costumes,” which were created by his wife and working partner, Francesca Lo Schiavo. The pair was recently honored by the American Academy in Rome with its McKim Medal.

Ferretti and Lo Schiavo also recently designed the set for Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” which opened the Spoleto Festival in June – “my third opera there in three consecutive years,” he said.

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Steve Whitmire, Kermit The Frog Muppeteer, Fired By Disney

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“As I am sure you can imagine, I have experienced every possible emotion,” Steve Whitmire wrote.

Kermit the Frog muppeteer Steve Whitmire says he was unexpectedly let go by Disney after voicing the iconic character for 27 years.

Early this week, news broke that Whitmire, who had been working with the Muppets Studio since 1978, would be replaced as the beloved talking frog, originally voiced by creator Jim Henson.

In a post on his personal blog, verified as Whitmire’s site by The Hollywood Reporter, he told fans he was sorry they were let down.

“As I am sure you can imagine, I have experienced every possible emotion since October 2016, when I received a phone call from The Muppets Studio’s executives to say they were recasting,” Whitmire wrote. “Through a new business representative, I have offered multiple remedies to their two stated issues which had never been mentioned to me prior to that phone call. I wish that we could have sat down, looked each other in the eye, and discussed what was on their minds before they took such a drastic action.”

A Disney spokeswoman said in a statement: “The Muppets Studio thanks Steve for his tremendous contributions to Kermit the Frog and The Muppets franchise. We wish him well in his future endeavors.” No comment was given on the blog’s content.

Muppeteer Matt Vogel will take over as Kermit the Frog. His first time as the character will be in a “Muppets Thought of the Week” video next week, Disney confirmed.

It was Henson who personally asked Whitmire to take over the role of Kermit before his untimely death in 1990.

“For me the Muppets are not just a job, or a career, or even a passion,” he wrote. “I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit or any of the others because to do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend and mentor, but even more, my hero.”

Whitmire still has hope, he wrote.

“I have remained silent the last nine months in hopes that the Disney company might reverse their course,” he wrote. “Doing what is best for the Muppets is the lens through which all my interactions have been filtered. Given the opportunity I remain willing to do whatever is required to remedy their concerns because I feel my continued involvement with the characters is in the best interest of the Muppets.”

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Quentin Tarantino Prepping New Movie Tackling Manson Murders 

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The director is already meeting with A-list talent for the project.

Quentin Tarantino is quietly starting to put together his latest project, and is talking to A-list actors for what is promising to be a unique take on the Manson Family murders.

The project, whose title is unknown, was written by Tarantino, who would also direct. Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who have produced and executive produced the previous Tarantino films, are involved, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

WME is said to be in the early stages of shopping the project to studios to co-finance and co-distribute the venture. The move apes the way Tarantino and the Weinsteins made the filmmaker’s 2009 movie Inglourious Basterds, which had Universal Studios as a financial and distributing partner.

Sources say that Tarantino is putting the finishing touches on the script and that Brad Pitt, who worked with the filmmaker on Basterds, and Jennifer Lawrence have been approached. Studios could receive the package after Labor Day, according to one source. The plan is to shoot in 2018, possibly in the summer.

Script details are fuzzy but one of the stories centers on Sharon Tate, the actress and wife of director Roman Polanski who was murdered by Manson and his followers in 1969.

Manson had ordered a group of his followers to attack the inhabitants of a house in the Benedict Canyon part of Los Angeles, believing it was owned by a record producer who earlier had rejected him.

Over the course of several hours on the night of Aug. 8, the four followers, using guns and knives, brutally killed Tate, who was eight months pregnant, and four other occupants.

In 1971, Manson and certain members of his crew were sentenced to life imprisonment for these and several other murders committed that summer.

If the Manson-Tate project does become Tarantino’s next film, it becomes unique in that it will be his first movie to be based on true events. Tarantino has molded his career into taking his favorite genres such as crime, Westerns and blaxploitation and elevating them to A-list status while also paying homage to them.

He also has proven to be able to create strong and memorable female roles, from the title character in Jackie Brown to the Bride in Kill Bill to the female characters on display in Death Proof.

Tate could be the latest to join that list.

Any actor involvement is on the early side, and one insider said that Lawrence is not considering the Tate role.

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‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis Passes Away At 39

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“He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”

Nelsan Ellis, the actor who starred in HBO’s True Blood as Lafayette Reynolds, has died, his manager Emily Gerson Saines, told The Hollywood Reporter.

He was 39.

“Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure,” Saines said. “He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”

On True Blood, Lafayette was a short order cook at Merlotte’s. In the books, he was killed off, but because Ellis made him such an enjoyable character, he survived in the series.

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO said in a statement. “Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood. Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

True Blood creator, Alan Ball said: “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege.”

Ellis appeared in numerous film and TV shows, inclduing The SoloistThe ButlerGet On Up and Elementary.

Ellis was born in Harvey, Ill. He attended Thorn Ridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. He later attended Oxford University and Columbia College in Chicago, before graduating from the famed Juilliard School.

Ellis is survived by his grandmother (Alex Brown), his father (Tommie Lee Thompson) and his son (Breon Ellis). He is also survived by his siblings – Lakeeia Thomson (sister), Tommie Lee Thompson (brother), Babon Ellis (brother), Maurice Turne (brother), Tianna Thompson (sister), Shaentika Beard (sister), Yvonne Ellis (sister) and Tartheaia Thompson (aunt).

His mother, Jackie Ellis, predeceased him in death.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Jenesse Center or The Restoration Ministries Church of God and Christ.

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‘Game Of Thrones’: Who Will Cersei Burn Next?

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After setting King’s Landing ablaze in season six, the Mad Queen stands poised to unleash more wildfire in season seven.

More than a year has passed since the now-infamous Light of the Seven sequence from Game of Thrones‘ sixth season finale, and everybody’s still feeling the burn.

The first act of the riveting episode centered on Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and her scorched-earth approach to destroying her enemies. After spending most of the season at the mercy of her opponents, Cersei unleashed a plot to destroy everyone standing in her path — a plot that involved an unholy amount of wildfire, the highly flammable fluorescent green fluid that was previously used to thwart Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) during the Battle of the Blackwater, and was almost used to level King’s Landing once upon a time at the Mad King Aerys’ request.

Cersei’s brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was able to stop Aerys’ fiery scheme before it went into action, but he was too late to stop his beloved sister from using the substance to incinerate the Great Sept of Baelor. Thousands of innocent lives were lost in the attack, all in the name of targeting a precious few: Queen Margaery (Natalie Dormer), the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) and their respective allies. The destructive act was so devastating that it caused King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) to take his own life, leaving his mother childless, with nothing left to comfort her other than the Iron Throne.

As we head into season seven, Cersei serves as the Queen of Westeros, a haunting prospect to be sure. On one hand, it would seem she is outgunned in terms of allies, at least as compared to the armies amassed by Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington), respectively. On the other hand, what Cersei lacks in human numbers, she likely boasts in stores of wildfire; before his death, the Mad King had several caches of the explosive substance littered throughout King’s Landing, not just beneath the Sept of Baelor. And if she runs out? Her minion Maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser) is resourceful enough. If he can bring a man back to life, how hard can it be to cook up a new batch of the mean green stuff?

While so much attention is rightfully focused on the dragon fire heading Westeros’ way, attention must also be paid to Cersei’s own firepower. With that said, here are a few of the entities who could meet the business end of the Mad Queen’s wildfire wrath as Game of Thrones moves into its end game.

  1. The Targaryens

When he planned to level King’s Landing with wildfire, the Mad King Aerys didn’t boast much concern for his own safety. That’s because he believed he would be immune from the impact of the wildfire blast, thanks to protection from his Targaryen bloodline. He probably would have been wrong, as proved by one of his descendants, Prince Aerion, who died drinking wildfire, thinking it would turn him into a dragon. All of which is to say that both Daenerys and Jon Snow have fire in their veins, but can they withstand wildfire? History says no, but Dany’s fireproof powers seen in seasons one and six might suggest otherwise. In any case, as the Mother of Dragons and the Mother of Lions prepare for battle, we’re likely in for a clash of fire, wild or otherwise.

  1. Tyrion Lannister

“Everyone who isn’t us is an enemy,” Cersei once told her eldest son, and that mantra even extends toward members of her own family — one imp in particular. With Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) returning to Westeros this season, it’s only a matter of time before he reunites with his “sweet sister,” and one expects the reunion won’t be so sweet. Could wildfire be the thing that ties these two characters back together? After all, Tyrion is the one who hijacked Cersei’s wildfire wrath against the Baratheons back during the Battle of the Blackwater. It would be an all-too-cruel twist if Cersei, now in possession of the veritable napalm, turns it against her younger brother and gains the vengeance she’s sought ever since she accused him of murdering King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson).

  1. King’s Landing

It’s tempting to think Cersei would want to use wildfire against her enemies, given that she planned to use it against Stannis back in season two, and given that she did use it against Margaery and the High Sparrow in season six. But an even more chilling prospect is that Cersei could light up her own city, using the secret stashes of wildfire hidden in Flea Bottom, the Red Keep and elsewhere around King’s Landing to incinerate thousands and thousands of innocent lives in an instant. Frankly, it would be a positively Tywinian tactic to threaten Daenerys with such a destructive act: “Move against me, and I will destroy the Iron Throne. I have nothing left to live for anyway. Test me.” It would turn King’s Landing into something of a hostage crisis, one of a few developments that could actually prevent Dany from unleashing a full-scale assault against her No. 1 enemy.

  1. Cersei Lannister

Really, it’s entirely likely that Cersei’s decision to destroy the Sept of Baelor is going to lead to her own destruction. Consider the look she exchanges with her brother and lover Jaime in their final scene together in season six. Jaime does not seem pleased, and understandably so; he killed a king once before for threatening the use of wildfire on his own people. Now, the person he loves most in the world has gone through with the act. If he suspects that Cersei will resort to such recklessly ruthless means again, will Jaime repeat history and become the Queenslayer? It would certainly fulfill Maggy the Frog’s prophecy about the “valonqar,” the younger sibling destined to one day choke the life out of Cersei’s throat.

  1. The White Walkers

In a perfect world, Cersei and Daenerys become fast friends as soon as they meet. The Mad Queen becomes the Happy Queen and chooses to join forces with the Targaryens, Starks and other assorted houses to use all of their combined firepower, wildfire included, against the undead army lurking in the frozen North. Cersei resigns as queen, kicks back and relaxes at Casterly Rock, and lives happily ever after. The end!

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