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'Big Bang Theory' production delayed twice over cast pay

Five original cast members of "The Big Bang Theory" are without contracts, pushing back production on Season 8.
By Danielle Haynes   |   July 30, 2014 at 11:05 PM

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LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) --Production on Season 8 of CBS' The Big Bang Theory was pushed back twice due to contract negotiations with the cast of the comedy series.

Table reads were initially slated to begin Wednesday, but were pushed back one day after there was still no agreement by Wednesday morning.

"Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory -- which was originally scheduled to begin today -- has been postponed," Warner Bros. TV said in a statement.

Readings were pushed back at least another day after WBTV said there were still no contracts Wednesday night.

The five original cast members of the show, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar were all still without contracts.

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'Die Hard' actor James Shigeta dies at 81

"Die Hard" and "Midway" actor James Shigeta died at age 81.
By Danielle Haynes   |   July 30, 2014 at 9:45 PM

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) --James Shigeta, one of the first prominent and prolific Asian-American actors, and co-star in Die Hard, died Monday, his agent said. He was 81.

"It is with great sadness that I report the loss of my longtime friend and client," his agent, whose name wasn't reported, said. "James was the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known. ... The world has lost another wonderful actor, sadly I lost a dear friend."

Shigeta was perhaps best known in the United States for his role as executive Joseph Takagi, who is shot in the head by a character played by Alan Rickman in 1988's Die Hard.

His 50-year career included roles in WWII flick Midway and 2009's The People I've Slept With.

He won a Golden Globe for promising newcomer in 1960 for his role in The Crimson Kimono.

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