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The story of Canada’s tarnished pocket gem the BlackBerry is headed for the movies.

Producers say filming has wrapped on a feature-length production that recounts the rise and fall of the device – once affectionately known as the CrackBerry among its most obsessed users.

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BlackBerry centres around the masterminds at Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the Waterloo, Ont.-based technology company responsible for creating what was once the world’s most popular smartphone brand, years before Apple’s iPhone came to market.

A representative for Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures says the film will co-star Glenn Howerton, cast member of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as co-CEO Jim Balsillie, while Ottawa-born Jay Baruchel, known for the comedy Knocked Up, will play his business partner and company co-founder Mike Lazaridis.

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BlackBerry is adapted from the non-fiction book Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry, written by Globe and Mail reporters Sean Silcoff and Jacquie McNish.

The film was shot largely in the Hamilton area by director Matt Johnson, whose previous work includes The Dirties, Operation Avalanche and TV docu-comedy Nirvanna the Band the Show.

Other cast members include Cary Elwes of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Saul Rubinek from True Romance and Michael Ironside from Total Recall.

RIM was founded in 1984 by Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, two business partners who had previously worked together on a failed LED sign business. After a decade of dabbling in various other technology projects, they turned their attention to the two-way communications systems that would become the foundation for the BlackBerry device.


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Balsillie, a Harvard graduate, remortgaged his house at 33 years old to invest $250,000 into the idea. By the mid-1990s the company had debuted its first hand-held pager, on the road to making the device that solidified its reputation.

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For years, BlackBerry was the dominant smartphone, seen in the hands of everyone from celebrities to average citizens. The brand enjoyed that status until the iPhone debuted in 2007. A year later, RIM released a combination keypad and touchscreen device in what turned out to be the start of its downfall in the consumer market.

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Behind the scenes, there were multiple network outages and unrest among the company’s board of directors over where the BlackBerry brand should go next.

At its peak, RIM was the most valuable company in Canada, with a market value that passed even the country’s biggest banks.

BlackBerry is financed by XYZ Films which intends to shop the film to global distributors at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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“Your Song” singer Rita Ora, 32, looked smoking hot on the red carpet at the British Fashion Awards on Dec. 5, and turned heads in a transparent red dress. The bombshell wore a gown by the designer Nensi Dojaka, and paired the look with a red bra and matching thong. In addition, Rita completed her look with facial prosthetics that gave her a futuristic look, along with open-toe red heels and a heart-shaped bra underwire.

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Rita Ora stuns in red at British Fashion Awards. (Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock)

The 32-year-old also made sure to turn around when she walked the red carpet to show off her bare backside, high-slit, and her many tattoos. Many of Rita’s fans took to Twitter to react on this stunning look. “In this weather as well!!! I respect the sacrifice for the fashion,” one admirer wrote, while another added, “I love bleached eyebrows.” However, there were still some members of her fanbase that were not sure how to feel about her siren-red look. “Honestly it’s camp in a bad way and a good way,” a third user penned, while another added, “i’m trying to like it i really am.”

Rita’s see-through gown comes just a few days after she appeared on Louis Theroux‘s podcast, Louis Theroux Interviews on Dec. 1. During this interview, the beauty told Louis whether or not she was “Becky” from Beyonce‘s famous Lemonade album. “I didn’t even think about it, I swear. And it wasn’t a J, it was an R. They flipped it ’round and then it looked like a J,” she said in reference to a 2016 initial necklace that was spotted in a 2016 snapchat. This necklace sparked rumors about who the woman was in the hit song “Sorry” by the 41-year-old.

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Rita Ora shows off her thong at the British Fashion Awards. (Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock)

“No, it had nothing [to do with it],” she said, via PEOPLE.  “No, that was my own design with an underwear company called Tezenis that I was working with,” Rita further explained. “This is what I mean, man. A pinch of salt. You’ve got to take things with a pinch of salt. And that’s what’s insane. I had to just sit through that until a good friend of mine, Katy Perry, gave me a hilarious badge that said ‘not Becky’.”

Of course, the gorgeous cherry-red dress was not the only jaw-dropping look Rita gave this week. She also took to Instagram and TikTok to share her silky blue backless dress from Dec. 4. “Thank you so much @britishvogue and forces for change for having me tonight on such an important night,” she captioned the carousel of photos. One of her celebrity pals included in the snapshots was Avatar star Zoë Saldaña, 44, who stunned in a black pantsuit.

Rita also created a TikTok video that included audio of Kylie Jenner, 25, from the latest episode of The Kardashians. “I’m still a mom, but these are the years I’m supposed to be naked,” the makeup maven’s voice chimed through Rita’s video of her blue dress. “With my t*****s out, a** out, f*** yeah.” The frequent Calvin Harris collaborator captioned the sexy clip, “Not a mum yet but I totally relate.”


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Kirstie Alley, the Emmy-winning actor best known for her breakout role in the hit sitcom Cheers, has died after a battle with cancer, her family announced Monday. She was 71.

“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead,” said a statement posted to Alley’s social media accounts and attributed to her children True and Lillie Parker.

“As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”

The statement said Alley’s cancer had only recently been discovered.

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Alley replaced original cast member Shelley Long as the female lead on Cheers, where she played bar manager Rebecca Howe from 1987 to 1993. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding comedy actress in 1991 and was nominated for every other season she appeared in.

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Alley won her second Emmy in 1994 for her lead role as the parent of an autistic teenager in the made-for-television movie David’s Mother.

She also starred in the hit film Look Who’s Talking opposite John Travolta, as well as its two sequels.

Travolta paid tribute to Alley in an Instagram post Monday night, calling their relationship “one of the most special” he ever had.

“I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again,” he wrote, along with two photos: one of her and the other of the two of them laughing together.

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After Cheers ended, Alley led her own NBC sitcom Veronica’s Closet from 1997 to 2000, which earned her another Emmy nomination. She later starred in the sitcoms Fat Actress and Kirstie, each for one season.

and led the sitcoms Veronica’s Closet — which earned her another Emmy nomination — Fat Actress and Kirstie.

She also appeared in several reality television shows, earning second-place finishes on both Dancing With the Stars and Celebrity Big Brother and leading her own series Kirstie Alley’s Big Life.

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Alley attended Kansas State University before dropping out and moving to Los Angeles.

Her first television appearances were as a game show contestant, on Match Game in 1979 and Password in 1980.

She made her film debut in 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

—With files from the Associated Press

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