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Tuesday
Aug142018

First look: Mahershala Ali in "Green Book"; Taraji P. Henson in "What Men Want"

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(HOLLYWOOD) -- In what could be a match made in heaven, DreamWorks Pictures has dropped the first official trailer for Green Book, the upcoming film starring Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen as two unlikely friends.

The film follows Mortensen's Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx, who is hired to drive Ali's Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class African-American pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. Together, the two must depend on "The Green Book," a guide that lists the few establishments safe for African-Americans. 

The comedy-drama, directed by Peter Farrelly, is said to be inspired by a true friendship that "transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line."

Meanwhile, Taraji P. Henson is front and center in the first trailer for her upcoming romantic comedy, What Men Want.

The film, which also stars Tracy Morgan and Underground alum Alidis Hodge, is a remake of the 2000 hit romantic comedy What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson.

In the original film, Gibson played a cocky chauvinist who mysteriously acquired the power to hear woman's thoughts, which of course drastically changed his understanding of women.

In the new version, Henson plays a female sports agent who suddenly gains the ability to hear men's thoughts and uses it to help her sign the next big NBA star.

Green Book hits theaters on November 21. What Men Want heads to the big screen on January 11, 2019.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Kerry Washington to star in and produce Hulu sci-fi drama "Old City Blues"

ABC/ Heidi Gutman(HOLLYWOOD) -- Kerry Washington has set up another project at Hulu.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Washington has signed on to star in and produce the series adaptation of Boom! Studios' 2011 graphic novel Old City Blues.  

The comic, set in 2048, takes place in New Athens, Greece, a place filled with "high-tech criminals including smugglers, drug dealers and corrupt politicians and powerful corporations."

It follows the New Athens Special Police, who work to keep the city safe following the death of a cyborg who founded a tech company.

There is no word on who Washington will play in potential series.

This is Washington's latest project at Hulu. The Scandal alum is also starring in and producing a limited-series adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere with Reese Witherspoon. 

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Fascinating: "Star Trek: Discovery" has found its Mr. Spock

Courtesy of CBS TV Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Star Trek's Mr. Spock, one of TV's most iconic characters, has been portrayed by the late Leonard Nimoy on TV and in the original Star Trek movie series, and by Zachary Quinto in the three recent Star Trek films. But now there's a new Vulcan in town.

TV actor Ethan Peck has been cast as Spock for season two of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.  Discovery takes place a number of years before the original Star Trek, but the show's main character, Michael Burnham, is Spock's foster sister.  Yes, Michael is a woman; she's played by Sonequa Martin-Green.

The new season of Discovery, which will premiere in 2019, will feature the USS Discovery encountering the USS Enterprise, but during a time when the ship is under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, not Captain Kirk.  Spock served as the science officer of the Enterprise under Pike.

Peck, the grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck, has appeared on Madame Secretary, Gossip Girl and That '70s Show.  Discovery's executive producer Alex Kurtzman says in a statement, "We searched for months for an actor who would...effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning."

According to Kurtzman, Peck "walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities...and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family.”

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Mark Wahlberg on his new action movie and life with his family: "Happy wife, happy life"

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Actor Mark Wahlberg stopped by Good Morning America Tuesday to chat about his upcoming film, Mile 22, and his life as a family man.

Wahlberg, a father of four, recently celebrated his nine-year wedding anniversary with his wife, model Rhea Durham. The pair celebrated with a day of shopping at the Chanel store, he said.

"Anything my wife wants," Wahlberg told GMA. "Happy wife, happy life and she deserves it. She's done such an amazing job with allowing me to go and pursue my passions. And raising four kids is not an easy thing."

The two are parents to 14-year-old Ella, 12-year-old Michael, nine-year-old Brendan and eight-year-old Grace.

As for Mile 22, it stars Wahlberg as a CIA operative leading a small paramilitary team on a dangerous mission. He shared that the movie's unexpected ending was necessary.

"The good guys don't always win but that leaves an opportunity for us to get them the next time around," he said.

Mile 22, also starring Lauren Cohan and Ronda Rousey, is in theaters this Friday.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

Report: Aretha Franklin's death is "imminent"

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Following a report that Aretha Franklin was "gravely ill,"  People magazine has now confirmed that the Queen of Soul may not be with us for very much longer.

A longtime friend tells People that the 76-year-old music legend is very sick, and her death is "imminent," adding, "She has been ill for a long time. She did not want people to know and she didn’t make it public.”

On Monday, Evrod Cassimy, a TV news anchor in Franklin's hometown of Detroit, tweeted, "I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time."

Later that same day, he tweeted, "Just got a chance to speak to Aretha Franklin. She is resting and surrounded by close friends and family."

Franklin's health problems have been going on for nearly a decade. In 2010, she had surgery for a tumor, but the following year, she denied it was related to pancreatic cancer, as had been rumored. 

In May of 2013, she canceled two shows to undergo undisclosed medical treatment, and then continued to cancel shows in June, July, August and September of that year.  Later that year, she claimed she'd had a "miraculous recovery," but didn't reveal what her illness was.

In 2017, Franklin canceled more shows due to health reasons, and told an audience, "Keep me in your prayers."  She also canceled shows this year under doctor's orders. Her most recent performance was in November of 2017, when she sang at the Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in New York City. She appeared to have lost an alarming amount of weight.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

'Star Wars' star Mark Hamill joins TV's "Knightfall'

Anthony Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mark Hamill is ready to trade his lightsaber for a medieval sword.

The Star Wars actor is joining season two of the History series Knightfall as a warrior monk named Talus, Entertainment Weekly reports. His character is described as “a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for ten years in the Holy Land and is tasked with training the new initiates to the Order.”

No word yet on when Knightfall season two will premiere.  Hamill is currently working on Star Wars: Episode IX, due out December 20 of next year.

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Tuesday
Aug142018

'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' wins TV's first-ever J.D. Power Award

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel Live! has just become the most reliable mid-sized late-night show in the business. 

During Monday night's monologue, host Jimmy Kimmel said his show has won a lot of awards but one has always eluded them: the J.D. Power Award for customer satisfaction. Although the award is typically reserved for products like cars, Kimmel made it his mission to become the first television show to earn the prize.

"I can't win a J.P. Power Award because I'm not an SUV?" Kimmel said. "I thought this was America."

Kimmel first sat down with J.D. Power CEO Dave Habiger to discuss why his show should win the award.  For example, he explained that like a car, his interior is very "roomy," but thinks the show really excels in the area of affordability since it's free to watch. 

Kimmel even attempted to bribe Habiger by sliding a bulky envelope -- presumably filled with cash -- across the table. 

The two then came to an agreement. For the past two weeks, two 'data scientists' supposedly scrutinized the show to measure Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s "customer" experience. 

In the end, Habiger returned to the stage and awarded Kimmel the first J.D. Power Award for a TV show, calling it "the most reliable mid-sized late-night show." 

And yes, it's apparently real.  Although at the end of the segment was the disclaimer, "This award was given solely on eligibility and was not based on scientific research.”  

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:30 p.m. on ABC. 

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Monday
Aug132018

"Weird Al" Yankovic to get his Hollywood star August 27

Disney XD/Rick Rowell(HOLLYWOOD) -- "Weird Al" Yankovic haters can "Eat It" later this month: Their hero is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The famed song parodist will be honored August 27 with the 2,643rd star, located at 6914 Hollywood Boulevard, across from the TCL Chinese Theater.  On hand to pay tribute to Yankovic will be his mentor, Dr. Demento, and comic actor Thomas Lennon.  Via Twitter, Al has invited everyone to "come on down!"

If you can't make it to the event, it'll be live streamed at Walkoffame.com at 11:30am PT.

Over the years, "Weird Al" has become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, as well as a pop culture icon. He's won four Grammys and has scored hits including “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy” and “Word Crimes.” 

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Monday
Aug132018

Report: Robin Wright marries Clement Giraudet in private ceremony

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua

(FRANCE) -- Is Robin Wright a married woman?

The House of Cards actress reportedly got hitched to her boyfriend Clement Giraudet on Saturday, according to Vogue Paris.

While the couple has yet to confirm the nuptials, Wright’s daughter, Dylan Penn, posted a video of guests dancing at a bohemian reception in southern France with the caption, “Weddin vibes.” Pictures of Wright sporting a white lace gown also surfaced on Instagram.

Wright and Giraudet, the head of VIP relations at Saint Laurent, were first spotted together during Paris Fashion Week in September 2017.

Wright was first married to Dane Witherspoon from 1986 to 1988, then to Sean Penn from 1996 to 2010. She shares two children with Penn, Dylan and Hopper. Wright was also previously engaged to actor Ben Foster.

On November 2, Wright will return as Claire Underwood on the new Kevin Spacey-free season of House of Cards on Netflix.

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Monday
Aug132018

Ruby Rose deletes Twitter after "Batwoman" hate: “If you need me, I’ll be on my Bat Phone”

CW(LOS ANGELES) -- Ruby Rose doesn’t need mean tweets in her life.

The actress has deleted her Twitter account following backlash over her Batwoman casting. She’ll be playing the lesbian superhero in an upcoming CW series, making her the first openly gay lead in a live-action superhero show.

However, some critics on Twitter argued Rose wasn’t “gay enough” to play Batwoman, while others argued that she isn't Jewish, like the character. Still others questioned whether she was a good enough actress to play the role.

In her last message on Twitter, as captured by The Hollywood Reporter, the Australian actress addressed the backlash.

"Where on earth did 'Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can't be batwoman' come from -- has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I've ever read,” she wrote. “I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with 'she's too gay' how do y'all flip it like that? I didn't change. I wish we would all support each other and our journeys.”

She added, “When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable... when we tear each other down it's much more hurtful than from any group. But hey/ love a challenge I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more.”

Rose concluded that she was “looking forward to getting more than 4 hours of sleep and to break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next 2 projects. If you need me, I'll be on my Bat Phone."

Rose can currently be seen in the country's number one movie, The Meg.

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