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Don Rickles: The Voice of Mr Potato Head Dies Aged 90

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Tom Hanks has led tributes to US comedian Don Rickles, who has died at the age of 90.

Rickles, who voiced Mr Potato Head in the Toy Story films, died of kidney failure at his Los Angeles home on Thursday.

Hanks, who played Woody in the movies, tweeted: “A God died today. Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you. Never. Hanx.”

Jimmy Kimmel also paid an emotional tribute on his US talk show.

“I’m going to cry, I’m already crying,” he said at the beginning of Thursday night’s show as he began a 12-minute tribute to Rickles.

“I know it sounds crazy to say he was too young [to die] but he was, because he was youthful and funny and sharp and generous.

“I was fortunate enough to not only have to not only have him on this show as my guest but also to become close to him.”

Rickles was due to reprise his role as Mr Potato Head for Toy Story 4 – which is due for release in 2019.

Pixar and Disney have not yet confirmed whether or not the comedian had already recorded his dialogue for the film.

It’s currently in the pre-production stage, which means it’s possible the script and voice recordings had not yet been completed.

In 2015, Hanks told the BBC’s Graham Norton that he had begun recording his character Woody’s lines for the film.

But he later explained that the production of the Toy Story films was a long process, and actors go into the studio to record new dialogue roughly every six months.

So it’s possible that Rickles had completed his work on the film, but at such an early stage in the production process it would be unlikely.

Several Hollywood veterans have also come forward to pay tribute to the comedian, whose career spanned 60 years.

Martin Scorsese, who worked with Rickles on Casino, described Rickles as “a giant and a legend”.

“He was a professional. He kept me doubled over with laughter every day on the set – yet he was a complete pro,” the director said.

Mel Brooks tweeted: “Don Rickles. One of the bravest, funniest, and sweetest guys that ever performed. A dear pal that we will all sorely miss.”

“One of the all time great men and comics… always a class act and funny as hell. RIP, condolences to his family & to America,” said Whoopi Goldberg.

Dick Van Dyke wrote: “Those were the days, my friend @DonRickles We thought they’d never end. We loved you so.”

Other stars who paid tribute on social media included Barbara Streisand, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Mark Wahlberg and Danny DeVito.

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Zachary Levi Is ‘Shazam!’ In Official Teaser Trailer

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Not content with seeing Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’ steal all of the DC glory at Comic-Con this weekend. Zachary Levi is taking a much lighter approach to this often brooding universe with ‘Shazam!’, working like a charm in the fun-filled teaser trailer released by Warner Bros.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the initial footage focuses on foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen to channel superpowers through an ancient wizard, ultimately turning into the titular character with the childish sensibilities intact. Super strength? Flying? He seems more concerned on how he’s meant to pee in his red suit. Yet he’s soon having to use his abilities for good, when faced with Mark Strong’s big bad Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

‘Shazam!’ swoops into UK cinemas in April 2019.

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Fantastical Debut Trailer For ‘Aquaman’ Welcomes You To Atlantis

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Still reeling from the critical reception which greeted ‘Justice League’ last year. Director James Wan and leading man Jason Momoa are tasked with keeping Warner Bros’ DCEU above water this December with ‘Aquaman’ and after seeing the action-packed first footage straight from Comic-Con, they seem up for the challenge.

Billed as the origin story of the half-human half -Atlantean. We catch glimpses of Arthur Curry’s (Momoa) family unit, most notably Nicole Kidman’s Queen Atlanna and his feisty red-haired ally Mera (Amber Heard), merely teasing his potential king status as he clashes with half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), allowing Wan to dial up the underwater spectacle and throw in a goat for good measure.

We’re positively drowning in excitement already. Here’s the trailer…

 

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First ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Trailer Is An Atomic Blast

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Well. If you thought there wasn’t enough monster mayhem in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 effort.

Michael Dougherty’s (Krampus) 2018 film seems awfully keen to amend this with the epic debut trailer for ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’, pitting the iconic creature against some of his greatest adversaries. Expect stunning money shots of Mothra, Rodan and a certain three-headed titan by the name King Ghidorah, whilst the human heroics are left to the Russell family consisting of Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler.

The film roars into cinemas next May.

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