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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 1:00 am

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MTV unveils movie, TV nominations

Associated Press

“Avengers: Endgame,” “Game of Thrones” and “RBG” are the top nominees heading into next month's MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The network announced Tuesday that the three titles each garnered four nominations for the awards show, which will air June 17. The show will also introduce new categories including reality royalty, most meme-able moment and best real-life hero.

“Endgame” will compete for best movie against “BlacKkKlansman,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Us” and “To All the Boys I've Loved Before.” The Marvel superhero film also earned nods for stars Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin.

“Shazam” star Zachary Levi will host the show.

Hulu deal

Disney has cut a deal with Comcast to take full control of Hulu as each prepares to launch its own streaming service.

The companies said Tuesday that Comcast, which owns a third of Hulu, may sell its stake starting in 2024 for a minimum of $5.8 billion. Either company can require the other to make the deal.

Hulu launched more than a decade ago as the major entertainment companies dealt with the rise of digital media. Its owners have contracted as a wave of mergers consolidated the industry: The Walt Disney Co. absorbed 21st Century Fox's stake as it bought up Fox's studio and many of its networks, while AT&T sold off the share it inherited with the purchase of Time Warner, now renamed WarnerMedia.

Having total control of Hulu gives Disney more power to support its own streaming efforts. The company is launching a new kids-focused streaming service called Disney Plus this year, and is likely to bundle that with Hulu and its sports service, ESPN Plus.

Comcast's NBCUniversal, meanwhile, will debut a streaming service in 2020.

British TV honors

Sharp-edged spy thriller “Killing Eve” has won three major trophies at the British Academy Television Awards, including best drama series.

Jodie Comer was named best actress for her performance as ruthless assassin Villanelle. She beat co-star Sandra Oh, who plays Villanelle's secret-agent nemesis Eve.

Fiona Shaw was named best supporting actress on Sunday for playing a spy chief in the BBC series.

Benedict Cumberbatch was named best actor in a drama for playing a man confronting a lifetime of demons in “Patrick Melrose.”

The supporting actor trophy went to Ben Whishaw for political drama “A Very English Scandal.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 83. Singer Trini Lopez is 82. Singer Lenny Welch is 81. Musician Brian Eno is 71. Musician Mike Oldfield is 66. Actor David Charvet is 47. Actor Russell Hornsby is 45. Actor David Krumholtz is 41. Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 38. Actress Alexandra Breckenridge is 37.