Laurence Fishburne teams up with Marvel for animated series "Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur"

ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- On the heels of the release of Black Panther, Marvel is set to launch another black superhero character from the comics -- but this time on the small screen.

Deadline has learned Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is currently in development at Disney Channel. The series, which will be animated, comes from black-ish and grown-ish executive producer Laurence Fishburne.

The potential series will follow the adventures of Lunella Lafayette, a black nine-year-old super-genius who happens to be inhuman. She teams up with her crimson-colored dinosaur and is said to use, "her smarts to save the day."

There is no word on which Disney Channel outlet the show will eventually land. The series falls under Fishburne's overall deal at ABC Studios. 

Fishburne will also be seen in the big screen in July, as Dr. Bill Foster/Goliath, in Marvel Studios' Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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Ryan Reynolds shares sweet photos with Make-A-Wish kids on "Deadpool 2" set

20th Century Fox(VANCOUVER) -- Ryan Reynolds is about as sarcastic and witty as they come, especially when he's donning the mask of his super-alter-ego Deadpool.

But while filming the sequel to the hit film recently, Reynolds made no jokes -- well, some, naturally -- when he welcomed Make-A-Wish and Children's Wish Foundation kids to the set for some laughs, a few gifts and a whole lot of inspiration.

As Deadpool would, say, it was "maximum effort."

"One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jacka-- is welcoming @makeawishamerica and @childrenswishfoundation onto set," Reynolds posted on Instagram.

The actor also touched upon the fact that Deadpool's origin story involves conquering cancer.

"Deadpool kicked Cancer ... but these kids do it for real every day," he wrote. "These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile. HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions.)"

Reynolds posted a slew of pics alongside his new friends. Each Deadpool prop sword the children were holding looked to be signed by Reynolds himself and the smiles on their faces were contagious.

Make-A-Wish America also posted on Instagram a collage of pictures, writing in the caption a giant, "Thank you" to Reynolds.

Casey Thompson, the national communications manager for Make-A-Wish, told ABC News that the visit happened sometime this summer. "Ryan is such a great wish granter and supporter. He's hosted in the past and we are just incredibly grateful for all that’s he's done."

"Every single [kid] left and said that this was the best day of their life," she added.

Deadpool 2 hits theaters May 18. 

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"Scandal" vet Joe Morton to co-star in CBS pilot, "God Befriended Me"

ABC Image Group/LATwo ABC alums are coming together for a godly project on CBS.

According to The Hollywood ReporterScandal's Joe Morton has joined The Mayor's Brandon Micheal Hall in Hall's new CBS pilot, God Befriended Me.

The potential series, which is described as a "humorous and uplifting drama," follows Hall's character Miles, an outspoken atheist whose life changes dramatically when he is "friended" by God on Facebook. After his holy encounter, he helps to change the lives and destinies of others around him.

Morton will play Miles' father, Rev. Arthur Finer, a "thoughtful and intelligent man" who has been the reverend of Trinity Church for the past 25 years. Although Finer doesn't agree with his son's atheism, he wants him in his life.

This will be be the first major project for Morton, post-Scandal. He recently played Cyborg's father in Justice League.

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McDonald's bringing back "Rick and Morty" fave Szechuan sauce; launches podcast about the saucy quest

Adult Swim(LOS ANGELES) -- After the hit animated show Rick and Morty generated massive interest in a McDonald's condiment they no longer produce -- specifically, Chicken McNugget Szechuan Sauce that debuted to promote the 1998 Disney hit Mulan -- the fast food giant ended up in a sticky situation.

But now it's making amends, deliciously.

Adult Swim's Rick and Morty has created a new generation of Szechuan sauce fans, when it featured the stuff this year in season three, as something of a universe-shaking McGuffin. "That's my one-armed-man, Morty!" a raging Rick tells his frightened grandson. "I'm not driven by avenging my dead family, Morty. That was fake. I'm driven by finding that McNugget sauce!"

McDonald's announced they would reintroduce the stuff last October, but lines of fans left empty handed, and in one case launched a small-scale riot -- when the demand nearly instantly outmatched the supply.

Others auctioned off the tiny pods on eBay, charging hundreds.

Driving demand as well, was the super-sized bottle McDonald's gifted to the creators of the Adult Swim show.

As a mea culpa -- and let's face it, a pretty savvy marketing move -- McDonald's has announced it's releasing 20 million packets of the coveted nugget covering beginning Monday, and is launching a podcast slightly spoofing the likes of the true-crime 'cast Serial to explore the phenomenon.

"We've worked every day since October to bring back much, much, more of the sauce our fans have been craving," the statement reads, noting the 20 million packets will be around, "while supplies last (which this time around, we hope is a while)."

The podcast, made with the help of Studio@Gizmodo and Onion Labs, is called The Sauce, and its three episodes are called, "Good Intentions," "The Szechuan Sauce Riots," and "Making Amends."

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Tiffany Haddish cries after meeting Oprah Winfrey

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Tiffany Haddish just received the surprise of her lifetime.

Ahead of her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, Oprah Winfrey surprised the Girls Trip star with a impromptu meeting.

"Look who I just surprised @theellenshow.. @tiffanyhaddish watch tomorrow," Winfrey wrote, captioning an Instagram photo of her and Haddish on set.

It's safe to say, Haddish could barely contain her excitement, reposting Oprah's photo three times on Instagram and sharing her own personal message.


No word if Oprah accepted Haddish's request to become her kin.

And more good news came in for Tiff today: MTV just announced she will host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Monday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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Tavis Smiley sues PBS over sexual misconduct allegations 

Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Tavis Smiley has slapped PBS with a lawsuit claiming its investigation into sexual misconduct complaints against him is nothing but an excuse to suspend his long-running talk show.

In the lawsuit, obtained by Variety, Smiley claims PBS never viewed him as a "team player" and further accuses the public broadcaster of racial bias in its oversight of his program, alleging it was critical of controversial black guests, but not controversial white ones.

The suit goes on to accuse PBS of conducting audits of Smiley's his books, but not those of shows managed by white people.  “PBS’s audits are based on the insulting stereotypical premise that an African American owned business will have shoddy accounting records,” the suit claims.

In a statement Tuesday, a PBS spokesperson dismissed the accusations as "another example of Tavis Smiley’s attempts to distract the public from his pattern of sexual misconduct in the workplace.”

PBS reiterated its claim that, "following receipt of a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct by Mr. Smiley, PBS hired an independent law firm to conduct an investigation. The ongoing investigation, which included a lengthy interview with Mr. Smiley, revealed that he had multiple sexual encounters with subordinates over many years and yielded credible allegations of additional misconduct inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS.”

Smiley has admitted to consensual relationships with employees, but claims they didn't violate the policies of his production company, TS Media. He also insists that he did not have the power to hire and fire the women with whom he had relationships.

TS Media has reportedly laid off 20 people following the suspension of Smiley's show.

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Meryl Streep blasts Harvey Weinstein for using her name in lawsuit response

Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Meryl Streep isn't happy with Harvey Weinstein's use of her name -- as well as Jennifer Lawrence's -- in a motion to get a sexual misconduct class-action lawsuit against him tossed.

"Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys’ use of my (true) statement -- that he was not sexually transgressive or physically abusive in our business relationship -- as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitive," Streep wrote in a statement Tuesday.

"The criminal actions he is accused of conducting on the bodies of these women are his responsibility, and if there is any justice left in the system he will pay for them -- regardless of how many good movies, made by many good people, Harvey was lucky enough to have acquired or financed," she added.

Weinstein's lawyers name-dropped Streep and Lawrence in a memorandum of law accompanying his motion of dismissal Tuesday.

“These proposed class definitions are fatally overbroad as to be not ascertainable," the memo states. "As drafted, they would include all women who ever met with Weinstein, regardless of whether they claimed to have suffered any identifiable harm as a result of that meeting. Such women would include, presumably, Jennifer Lawrence, who told Oprah Winfrey she had known Weinstein since she was 20 years old and said ‘he had only ever been nice to me,’ and Meryl Streep, who stated publicly that Weinstein had always been respectful to her in their working relationship.”

Streep was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in 2013’s August: Osage County, which Weinstein executive produced, and took home the Oscar for 2012’s Weinstein Company release, The Iron Lady.

Lawrence won an Oscar for the Weinstein-produced Silver Linings Playbook.

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Mark Hamill to get a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- Mark Hamill made a name for himself "in a galaxy far, far away," but his name will soon grace Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The 66-year-old actor, best known for playing Luke Skywalker in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, before recreating the role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be honored with the 2,630th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a March 8 ceremony.

Lucas will join Master of Ceremonies and President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler at the ceremony, along with Hamill's Star Wars co-star, Harrison Ford.

Hamill, who got his start on the ABC soap General Hospital in the early 1970s, has gone on to appear on Broadway and in a number of films, including Corvette Summer, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, Slipstream, Walking Across Egypt, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Sushi Girl and Kingsman: The Secret Service. He's also lent his voice to countless animated series for television, feature films and video games, perhaps most famously voicing the Joker in dozens of projects.

In addition to acting, Hamill is involved with many charitable organizations, including USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Feeding America.

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New "Queer Eye" fashion expert says the Netflix reboot shows, "we are just like everybody else"

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which first aired 15 years ago, is back on Netflix with a more diverse cast and a shorter title: Queer Eye.  But do we really need a new version? Tan France, the show's fashion expert, says yes.

"There is always a need for a Queer Eye. Until we are as visible as our straight counterparts," he tells ABC Radio.  Helping with that visibility is the show's new location: Atlanta, Georgia.

"[It] meant that I was interacting with people who probably have never met somebody like me before -- not just a gay person, but all the other things I represent," the British-Pakistani man explains. "So when I found out it was in Atlanta, that was the thing that convinced me I should do the show."

Both critics and fans have given the reboot rave reviews.  France says he and the rest of the new Fab Five are surprised and relieved.

"It's hard taking on a legacy show!" he says. "[But] we've had great reviews from the press, and we're lucky enough to be in a world where we get immediate responses from people all over the world...[And] literally, I have not had one negative message."

Thanks to those responses, France has learned that there are a huge number of straight men tuning in.

"[They tell me], 'I never dreamt that I would be watching a makeover show, but this has taught me so much,'" France says.  "And a lot of them are sharing stories of friends and family that they didn't accept because they didn't understand who they were.  And we've given them a window into our world that highlights that we are just like everybody else."

Queer Eye is streaming now on Netflix.

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"The Walking Dead" star Seth Gilliam admits he was 'Danai'd' "Black Panther" spoilers from co-star Danai Gurira

AMC/Gene PageBy now, it's well known that Marvel Studios' Black Panther is not only a box office smash, but a cultural "moment," with African American moviegoers showing up to screening after screening wearing fashions that showcase their heritage.

Two of those fans were The Walking Dead star Seth Gilliam and his son. The actor, who plays Father Gabriel on the hit show, tells ABC Radio, "I got some African beads and a wrist bracelet...And my son had his little Kente cloth as well and we went!"

Much of the movie, which features a nearly entirely black cast, and was directed by Ryan Coogler, who is African American, is set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda.

Gilliam tells ABC Radio, "I think it is a cultural phenomenon because it's time. It's time to see a different representation of  a certain sect of people in these large action-adventure movies -- you know, not just one or two be...populated completely throughout the movie."

Gilliam joked that although The Walking Dead's Michonne, Danai Gurira, is in the movie, she wasn't about to let slip any spoilers.

"Couldn't get anything out of her about it," he laughs. "Like, 'So, but what does it look like? But, but, what does Michael B...? But, but: Danai! Danai! Denai!' Nothing. She would deny. She would 'Danai' you, is what she would do!"

Gurira plays the fearsome Wakandan warrior Okoye in the film.  Gilliam says, "Aside from being proud of her...I was excited by the performance that she gave...I think she's really compelling to watch."

Gilliam returns to AMC's The Walking Dead this Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern, for the series' mid-season premiere.

Black Panther was released by Marvel Studios which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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