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Princess Diana Police Investigations Examined in New Channel 4, Sandpaper Films, Discovery+ Series

Click here to read the full article. A new series is set to examine the two official investigations into Princess Diana’s death. The British royal died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 at the age of 36. The French Brigade Criminelle opened an investigation in 1997 immediately following the accident while the Metropolitan Police undertook their own investigation seven years later in 2004. Although the accident was investigated by officials on both sides of the Channel, Diana’s death has continued to attract wild conspiracy theories over the decades. Now Channel 4 has commissioned “Investigating Diana: Death in Paris” (still a...
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Raymond Briggs, ‘The Snowman’ Creator, Dies at 88

Click here to read the full article. Raymond Briggs, the British illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and author best known for “The Snowman,” has died. He was 88. “The Snowman,” a book without words and illustrated with pencil crayons, was created by Briggs in 1978. It was adapted as an animated television film for U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 in 1982, which is played on U.K. television every Christmas. It was nominated for the Academy Award for best animated short film and won a BAFTA TV Award for best children’s program. “The Snowman” sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide. Briggs also created evergreen...
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Click here to read the full article. Endeavor has set a deal to sell its Diamond Baseball Holdings company to private equity firm Silver Lake, which is the majority owner of Endeavor. Under Endeavor, DBH owned and operated select local Minor League Clubs associated with Major League Baseball. DBH has acquired 10 clubs to date, including Iowa Cubs (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs); Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals); Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders (Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees); Hudson Valley Renegades (High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees); San Jose Giants (Single-A affiliate of the San...
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Chris Pine Makes Surprise Appearance at ‘Five Days at Memorial’ Premiere to Support Dad Robert Pine

Click here to read the full article. Crowds at the DGA theater in Los Angeles were buzzing on Monday night when Chris Pine made a surprise appearance on the red carpet. Pine came out to the “Five Days at Memorial” premiere to support his dad, Robert Pine, in his newest acting endeavor. The father-son duo posed together before Chris made his way into the theater, letting his father walk the line to talk to the press. For Robert, his decision to get involved with this project came down to the script. “John Ridley and Carlton Cuse wrote [the script], and you just don’t get...
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