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By United Press International   |   May 17, 2012 at 3:58 AM

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MITCHELL GUIST: "Swamp People" star Mitchell Guist died of apparently natural causes while building a houseboat, Louisiana officials said Wednesday.

Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack told CNN the alligator hunter appeared to suffer from a seizure and fell backward Monday on the Intercoastal Waterway. Attempts to revive Guist, 47, were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead Monday at Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City.

Waguespack told E! News Wednesday the preliminary report from an autopsy performed on the reality TV star's remains showed Guist died of natural causes.

"More details will be released when the final report is made" in four to five weeks, he said.

E! News said it was unclear whether Guist's body has been released to his family yet.

"Right now, we're thinking about him almost every minute," Brian Catalina, executive producer of The History Channel's "Swamp People," told CNN. "We've lost a really important part of our family and a treasured friend."

Guist starred on the show alongside his brother, Glenn.

"The two were inseparable. These guys were born in the same house that they both still lived in, up until yesterday. They were two peas in a pod for sure. Neither had ever married. They were just as brothers as you could be," Catalina said.


AARON SORKIN: Aaron Sorkin is writing a big-screen adaptation of Walter Isaacson's biography of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Hollywood's Sony Pictures said.

Sorkin won an Oscar for his screenplay for "The Social Network" about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. He also was co-creator of the celebrated White House television drama "The West Wing."

"Steve Jobs' story is unique: he was one of the most revolutionary and influential men not just of our time but of all time," said Sony Pictures co-head Amy Pascal in a statement issued to EW.com. "There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we're confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing."

No director or star for "Steve Jobs" has yet been announced. Ashton Kutcher has signed on to play him in a separate bio-picture, "Jobs."

Jobs, the computer genius who helped revolutionize the communication and entertainment industries, died of cancer last October. He was 56.


CHRIS O'DOWD: The Weinstein Co. says it plans to release the music-themed Australian film "The Sapphires," starring Chris O'Dowd, Jessica Mauboy and Deborah Mailman.

The studio said Tuesday it acquired the worldwide rights -- with the exception of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada, Israel, Portugal and airlines -- from Goalpost Film.

The movie is helmed by Aboriginal actor and theater director Wayne Blair. Co-starring Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell, the film was written by Keith Thompson and Aboriginal playwright Tony Briggs, whose mother and family members were part of the real Sapphires group.

The movie follows "four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968," a synopsis said.

"'The Sapphires' is a rare and special film, and all of us on director Wayne Blair's team are thrilled to be working with The Weinstein Co. which we know will be the very best home for this film," Goalpost Film's Tristan Whalley said in a statement.

"These girls light up the screen as much as their music lights up the stage. We're thrilled to bring the stories and music from these sisters to audiences all over the world," said The Weinstein Co. Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein.


'PRISCILLA:' "Priscilla: Queen of the Desert" is to end its Broadway run next month, producers of the Australia-set musical announced Wednesday.

The closing is set for June 24, following 23 previews and 526 regular performances.

"Priscilla" had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006 and was a hit in Melbourne, New Zealand, London and Toronto in advance of its Broadway debut in March 2011.

A U.S. national tour of "Priscilla" will begin in Minneapolis at The Orpheum Theatre Jan. 8, 2013.

The Broadway production stars Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams as "the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting road trip of a lifetime who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed," a synopsis said.

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