Donald Glover Cast as Young Lando Calrissian in Han Solo "Star Wars" Movie

Michael Tran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Let's pray they don't alter this deal any further: Donald Glover will play young Lando Calrissian in an upcoming Han Solo Star Wars film, according to Disney.

The untitled movie, which is expected to be released in 2018, will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and will star Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo.

The film will focus on Lando and Han Solo as young men.

“We're so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” Lord and Miller said in a joint statement. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations.  Also, we'd like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”

The directors did not add that Glover "truly belongs here with us among the clouds," but they might as well have.

Glover, 33, has had a banner 2016. In June, it was revealed that he will appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and more recently, Atlanta, the FX show which he created and stars in, premiered to rave reviews.

He has not yet commented on his Star Wars role.

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The Gilmore Girls Get the Toy Treatment 

2016 - Funko(WASHINGTON) -- Funko, the company that set the Internet on fire with its Golden Girls action figures that debuted at New York Comic Con, is taking two more female TV heroes and giving them the toy treatment: Lorelai and Rory Gilmore

That's right, the mother-daughter stars of the beloved show The Gilmore Girls -- played by Lauren Graham and Alexis Biedel, respectively, who will be returning to Netflix in November in a new limited series -- will be immortalized in plastic as part of the company's hugely popular Pop! figure line.

The set also includes their pal Sookie St. James.

Put 'em on your holiday list, as the figures are coming in December.

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Norman Reedus Says "No One Is Safe" on "The Walking Dead"

Gene Page/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Norman Reedus' character Daryl Dixon in the hit AMC series The Walking Dead is arguably one of the most buzzed about heroes on TV.

Reedus is greeted like a rock star, attracting hours-long autograph lines at fan conventions -- and his very fate on the show is fiercely protected by fans. "If Daryl dies, we riot," was a tweet that spawned tons of fan-made merch.

"No one is safe on the show," Reedus warned Peter Travers, host of ABC's Popcorn With Peter Travers.

The show is set to return for a new season this Sunday with at least one high-profile hero death at the hands of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's bat-wielding baddie Negan -- but fans don't know who it will be.

Did he, however, tip off fans that Daryl will survive? Reedus mentioned to Travers that season seven is one of those seasons that's just "pure suffering," and noted that it's, "an emotionally draining show sometimes." 

Does this mean his character will make it? Only time will tell. He didn't reveal anything specifically.

The actor says secrecy has become par for the course. "We used to get a bunch of scripts in advance and then the show became more popular," he said. "And now we know right at the last minute...But it’s actually kind of helped us...because it’s a lot like-life. You always feel like you have more time with people. And you never know when it’s gonna come. And when it does come it’s such a shocker."

See which hero dies -- ahem -- right of the bat, when The Walking Dead returns Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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Lady Gaga Talks Super Bowl, Family & FLOTUS on "Good Morning America"

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga appeared on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday to promote her new album Joanne, out now.  She also talked about her plans for the Super Bowl halftime show she'll be performing in February, saying she's most excited for her family to experience it.

Saying she's "absolutely elated" to be performing at the Super Bowl, Gaga added that she wants the show to include some songs from Joanne. The album was inspired by her late aunt, who died at age 19 from lupus. 

"I was thinking...about how wonderful it's going to the Super Bowl with my grandmother, who was Joanne's mother," Gaga told Michael Strahan. "She's blind but she'll be able to hear...from the stands. And I think it'll be a proud moment for our family, and that means more to me than anything."

Gaga's been doing some intimate gigs in tiny venues in the lead up to the album release, and she spoke about the one she did in her hometown of New York City on Thursday night. The club where she played, the Bitter End, has a special significance for her.

"[It] was actually the first place I ever performed at in New York, when I was 15 years old," Gaga recalled.  She laughed, "And yet I didn't even realize it until the show was over 'cause I was just so focused on doing a great show for the fans!"

The singer didn't specifically comment on the election, but she did express her admiration for Michelle Obama.

"She is, I think, the greatest woman in our country right now," Gaga said of the first lady. "Her rhetoric, the way she speaks to the world, it's just been amazing to watch her candor and her love shine through on the TV every day, it makes us all feel safe, I think."

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But Can It Wash Off Blood? Get Ready for Season Seven with "Walking Dead" Soap

ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) -- While fans bite their nails in anticipation to see who Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan went to bat for -- literally -- in the closing moments of season six of The Walking Dead, let's hope their hands are clean. And what better way to do that than with soap celebrating The Walking Dead

Creator Denise Mancuso and her family at AJSweetSoap are true TWD fans, and as such have crafted a line of clever soaps to celebrate AMC's runaway hit. Available are severed "ears" reminiscent of the walker trophies strung together by Daryl Dixon on the show: his real-life alter-ego Norman Reedus even happily posed with the unique take on "Soap on a Rope" -- at a fan convention.   

Other products offered are soaps shaped like Negan's barbed wire-covered, hero bashing bat Lucille, as well as photos of scenes and lines of dialog from the series immortalized in all their soapy glory. 

The season seven premiere of The Walking Dead airs Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMC.

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"Doctor Strange" Premieres in Hollywood

Marvel - 2016(LOS ANGELES) -- The premiere of the latest Marvel movie, Doctor Strange, took over Hollywood Boulevard Thursday night. Based on the comic book character that debuted in 1963, Dr. Strange is a surgeon who falls from grace who later becomes a sorcerer and master of the mystic arts.

The movie version of the comic book stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular hero, along with Tilda Swinton,Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Benjamin Bratt.

Director Scott Derrickson told ABC Radio he’s loved all the Marvel movies so far, but he’s glad he got to helmDoctor Strange, which is a much different entry into the Marvel Universe than say Captain America or Iron Man.

“I was ready for it to switch up, I was ready for some left turns,” the director said. “Guardians of the Galaxy was a hard left turn. Ant-Man was even a bit of a left turn. Like, I was satisfied that they were doing some things that were slightly unexpected. But as a fan I thought we need a hard left turn. We need some weirdness in here, you know? And Doctor Strange is the perfect comic for that.”

Tilda Swinton said making the trippy flick was like nothing she’s ever experienced.

“This really is insane,” she said. “They'll sort of say, 'Okay, look up there at that tiny piece of sticky tape. That is a planet, and when you move this piece of, kind of, plywood, it's gonna move.' So you say, 'Okay!' like a six-year-old.”

Benedict Wong was a huge comic book fan as a kid but didn’t know Doctor Strange.

“No I didn't. I mean, I was always a Spider-Man comic fan as a teenager… It's just amazing just to be a part of this.”

Doctor Strange opens nationwide November 3 from Marvel Studios, which is owned by ABC's parent company Disney.

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"Jack Reacher" and "Ouija" Sequels; "A Madea Halloween" Among Weekend's New Films

L-R: Tom Cruise, Judd Lormand and Jason Douglas; Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back -- Tom Cruise reprises the titular role from the 2012 original. In this sequel, Jack tries to prove the innocence of the Army major who leads his old investigative unit and is accused of treason. Cobie Smulders also stars in the movie, which is based on the Lee Child book of the same name. Rated PG-13.

Ouija: Origin of Evil -- In 1965 Los Angeles, a young girl is possessed by a spirit, and her family tries to save her from it. This is a sequel to the 2014 horror hit based on the spirit board. Rated PG-13.

Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween -- Tyler Perry brings Madea back to the big screen. This time, the hilarious elderly woman is haunted by ghosts and more during Halloween time. Rated PG-13.

Keeping Up with the Joneses --  A suburban couple welcome new neighbors -- the Joneses -- who turn out to be covert operatives. Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot star. Rated PG-13.

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Review: “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” (PG-13)

Cobie Smulders and Tom Cruise; Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- In this story, former military police commander Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) gets embroiled in an unimaginative and predictable caper with trite dialogue when Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), the woman who took over his job, is arrested for espionage.

You see, Reacher has a crush on Turner and returns to Washington, D.C. to take her on a date. When he shows up at her office and finds out she’s been arrested and replaced, it’s time for Reacher to take action.

Further complicating matters: it seems Reacher may or may not have a daughter named Samantha (Danika Yarosh). We’re then treated to a cat-and-mouse game between Reacher and The Hunter (Patrick Heusinger), a former military specialist-turned-assassin and handsome cliché.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back isn’t just a title.  It’s a command to moviegoers, as in never go back to the theater to see another Jack Reacher movie.

I’m a fan of Tom Cruise. I liked the first Jack Reacher movie. But this one has to be, in my opinion, one of Tom Cruise’s worst movies, though I’m not sure Tom Cruise fans that aren’t movie critics are going to care. There are actually better and more original action sequences in a comedy coming out this weekend titled Keeping Up with the Joneses. But like Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, that’s not a good movie either.

One-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Review: “Keeping Up with the Joneses” (PG-13)

L-R: Jon Hamm, Zack Galifianakis, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot; Bob Mahoney; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.(NEW YORK) -- Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher play Jeff and Karen Gaffney, the former a human resources director for a tech company and the latter, an interior designer. They lead extraordinarily ordinary but happy lives, parents of two kids, living in a cul-de-sac in an Atlanta suburb near pretty much everybody Jeff works with.

Things become less ordinary when extraordinarily handsome and seemingly perfect couple Tim and Natalie Jones (John Hamm and Gal Gadot) move in next door. Tim claims to be a travel writer and Natalie raises money for Sri Lanka orphans, or something like that.

Karen isn’t buying it. She watches the Joneses, and in one case, follows Natalie around for a day, which leads to the film’s funniest sequence.  A film with this cast should’ve had a dozen sequences just as funny.  It does not.

One of the great mysteries of the movie business is the consistent ability of Hollywood executives to assemble a talented cast and still make a bad movie. Welcome to Keeping Up with the Joneses.

Zach Galifianakis is one of the funniest people on the planet. To put him in a movie and have him recite unfunny lines is like driving a Porsche in the slow lane and never shifting out of first gear. Furthermore, Isla Fisher has proven she’s also quite hilarious. Let’s throw in John Hamm’s ability to elicit laughter and the genius that is Patton Oswalt, along with proven supporting players like Matt Walsh and Bobby Lee, and this should be a comedy slam dunk. Instead, it’s maybe two laugh-out-loud moments, a few giggles, a smile and a whole lot of eye-rolling.

I will say this. There’s a terrific action sequence in this movie, better than anything you’ll see in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, another bad movie opening this weekend.

Instead of Keeping Up with the Joneses, might I suggest you keep up with whatever you haven’t binge-watched yet on Netflix.

Two out of five stars.

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The Ministry of Silly Walkers: John Cleese Catches You Up on "The Walking Dead"

Gene Page/AMC(LONDON) -- "In case you've been living under a rock -- or hiding under a tank," to quote Monty Python veteran John Cleese, you know that season seven of The Walking Dead kicks off Sunday night on AMC. 

Cleese has been tapped by NOW TV to quickly recap all six seasons of the hit show.

As a narrator, the comedy legend runs through the entire series, from Rick Grimes' spooky awakening from a coma into the zombie -- ahem, "walker" -- apocalypse, to finding out his best friend has been shagging his wife, right up to the season-six cliffhanger ending, when Jeffrey Dean Morgan's "nutter" named Negan goes all "Eeny Meeny Miney Moe" with Grimes' gang with the baddie's barbed wire-covered bat, Lucille.  

Along the way, Cleese ticks off several "rules" for the show to help the uninitiated catch up. Rule #2 is a potent one: just when the heroes find a safe place -- whether it be the CDC headquarters, Herschel's farm, the prison, or Alexandria -- the rule stipulates "THERE ARE NO SAFE PLACES."

Season seven kicks off Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time on AMC.  Incidentally, TWD fans across The Pond for whom the spot was created have to wait an extra day to see whom Negan killed.  Stay off social media, mates.

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