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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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Jordin Althaus/AMC (LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Hardwick made a tearful return to Talking Dead Sunday night, following allegations of sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dysktra.

According to Entertainment Weekly, while he did not address the allegations specifically, Hardwick shed some tears as he thanked The Walking Dead fans for their support and expressed gratitude for his job.

“I really just want to take a minute and I want to say that I’m so appreciative to be standing here right now, and I want to thank you, The Walking Dead community, for all your support over these past couple months,” he said at the beginning of the show.

Hardwick added, “This show is not just a job to me, this is a vital part of my life, this has been a sanctuary these last seven years we’ve been here.”

The host was replaced by Yvette Nicole Brown at the Walking Dead Comic-Con panel after Dykstra wrote a detailed Medium essay accusing Hardwick of emotional, physical and sexual abuse during the course of their relationship. He was ultimately allowed to return to his hosting duties after an AMC investigation.  Dykstra did not participate in the investigation, claiming on Twitter that she "never set out to ruin the career of the person I spoke about.”

According to The Wrap, a female executive producer on Talking Dead and a “handful” of other staffers left the show after Hardwick was reinstated.

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Frank Micelotta/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Pratt, Avengers: Infinity War and the TV show Riverdale were among the winners at the Teen Choice Awards 2018, carried live on Fox from the Forum in Los Angeles Sunday night. 

Pratt won for Choice Summer Movie Actor for Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomAvengers: Infinity War was voted Choice Action Movie and stars Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson named Choice Action Movie Actor and Actress, respectively.

Also in the movie category, Love, Simon, which stars 2018 Breakout Movie Star Nick Robinson as a closeted gay high school student, took home the Teen Choice Award for Comedy Movie. Openly gay actor/singer Troye Sivan presented the award and praised not only the film, but teens like the Parkland High School students for making a difference.

"Their drive and their elegance has been unlike anything we've ever seen before," Troye said.  "Teens truly are giving voices back to those who had been silenced and giving hope to those who had been dismissed."

In the TV category, The CW series Riverdale was the runaway champ, taking home nine awards including Choice TV Drama Show.

On the music side, Camila Cabello was a big winner.  The former Fifth Harmony member took home awards for Choice Female Artist and Choice Song: Female Artist, for "Havana."

Other artists winning awards -- which resemble full-sized surfboards -- included Louis Tomlinson, who was voted Choice Male Artist. The former One Direction member thanked his fans, calling them "the best fans in the world," and adding, "they are the most important people in this whole project...you're the reason I do what I do."

5 Seconds of Summer collected a pair of awards, including Choice Music Group and Choice Song for "Youngblood." Ed Sheeran won Choice Song: Male Artist for "Perfect." Khalid took home a surfboard for Choice Breakout Artist.

The evening also included performances from Meghan Trainor, Lauv, Bebe Rexha, Khalid and Evvie McKinney, season one winner of The Four.

The Teen Choice Awards 2018 was hosted by Nick Cannon and internet personality Lele Pons.

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The Meg showed some teeth over the weekend, topping the box office with an estimated $44.5 million debut. That's some 60% more than the $18-20 million the film was expected to earn in its opening weekend. The sci-fi horror flick, starring Jason Statham as a rescue diver who joins a group of scientists trying to stop a giant, prehistoric megalodon shark from terrorizing a beach, earned an estimated $96.8 million overseas.

Mission: Impossible -- Fallout took second place, delivering an estimated $20 million and bringing its earnings stateside to around $162 million. The film has grabbed an estimated $275.6 overseas, bringing its worldwide totals to around $437.6 million in its third week of release.

Landing in third place was Disney's live-action/CGI-animated Christopher Robin with an estimated $12.4 million, followed in fourth place by another of the weekend's debuts, the horror film Slender Man, with an estimated $11.3 million.

Rounding out the top five was Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, delivering an estimated $10.799 million in its opening weekend. The film, produced by Jordan Peele and starring John David Washington and Adam Driver, marks Lee's best opening in over a decade.

The weekend's other new wide release, the feel-good comedy Dog Days, debuted in disappointing 12th place, with $2.6 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated box office earnings:

1. The Meg, $44.5 million
2. Mission: Impossible -- Fallout, $20 million
3. Christopher Robin, $12.4 million
4. Slender Man, $11.3 million
5. BlacKkKlansman, $10.799 million
6. The Spy Who Dumped Me, $6.6 million
7. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, $5.8 million
8. The Equalizer 2, $5.5 million
9. Hotel Transylvania 3, $5.1 million
10. Ant-Man and The Wasp, $4 million

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Anne Marie Fox/HBO(NEW YORK) -- On Sunday night's return of the hit HBO series Insecure, one of the show's central characters will be noticeably absent. Jay Ellis, who's played Lawrence Walker and Issa Rae's boyfriend on the series, will not be returning for season three.

Ellis tells ABC Radio that after last season, there really wasn't much to his character's story.

"At the end of season two we see Lawrence and Issa come full circle and have closure and say goodbye to each other," he says. "And so from there, I don't know what Lawrence's story is. I wish I did. I wish I had something better for you."

While Ellis has accepted his departure on the show, his exit does come with some drawbacks. Last month, fans of the show launched a petition at WhereIsLawrence.com for Ellis to return to the series.  The link includes a sign-up form for a Care2 petition that at last check was just a few dozen signatures shy of its 11,000 signature goal.

Ellis, however, seems unaffected by the attention. Instead, he offers his hopes for his character's journey, regardless of where it is.

"Wherever he goes in life or whatever he ends up doing in life, I hope he finds happiness," Ellis says. "I hope that that was a moment for him where he actually really learned something and is able to use it to grow. And he's going to stumble, I'm sure -- but hopefully he uses it to grow." 

Insecure returns Sunday at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO.

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Marion Curtis/StarPix for Focus Features(NEW YORK) -- Denzel Washington is one proud papa. With the release of BlacKkKlansman, in which his eldest son, John David Washington, takes on the lead role of real-life detective Ron Stallworth -- a black police officer who infiltrated the KKK-- Denzel is more than ready to support his son's meteoric rise. 

"Yeah, they said that they had his billboard next to mine," Denzel tells ABC Radio, recalling the moment when he first learned that his son's BlacKkKlansman billboard was next to his own of Equalizer 2. "Imagine that. He showed it me the other day... I knew he was talented and...it's happening."

Thinking back to his early days as an actor, Denzel knew his son had potential. In fact, he even brags that John David had some early red carpet training.

"John David went to his first... red carpet at two years old," Washington says. "I think three years old maybe? My wife said he was three or four or whatever it was. And he was talking about, 'My Daddy's in Cry Freedom.'

Laughing, Denzel continues, "You've got to find that footage. We gotta find that. But he wants to be good. And he's doing it the right way and studying and just trying to grow as an actor."

Of course, even with his son's time as a NFL player for the St. Louis Rams, and now an actor, Washington believes John David will never lose his sense of humility.

"Some kids' lifetime dream [is] to play in the NFL. Some kids, their lifetime dream is to do what he's doing now. He's done both. That's rare," Washington says. "He's a good kid. And my wife has done a great job making sure he's humble. She'll still slap him upside the head." 

BlacKkKlansman opens Friday.

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Disney Channel/David Bukach(NEW YORK) -- Tonight, the Disney Channel airs the fifth re-telling of the mom/daughter body-swap comedy Freaky Friday -- but the first-ever as movie musical.

This time 'round, Broadway star Heidi Blickenstaff and actress and musician Cozi Zuehlsdorff [ZoolzDorf], respectively, play a busy mom and a 'tude-filled high school-aged daughter magically swapping bodies.

Blickenstaff actually played the same role on stage, and she tells ABC Radio how she had to change her performance from stage to the small screen. "I definitely need needed to learn how to turn it down because in theater you play to the back row. And...a lot of the roles that I have played in my career are sort of larger than life: I played Ursula the Sea Witch [from The Little Mermaid] on Broadway and...you know, having that be in Freaky Friday would make people turn the channel," Heidi laughs.

To convincingly swap places, the two actresses studied each other. "[T]o this day I'll still move my hands like her, like, gesticulate just as she does," laughs Cozi, who noticed her onscreen mom stole her moves, too: "[W]hen I watched the movie I go, 'Oh my gosh that's, that's me right there! That's crazy!'"

With this 2018 update, there were some things that had to change -- even from the 2003 Lindsay Lohan/Jamie Lee Curtis permutation: cellphones. That brought a different acting challenge for the 20-year-old: "When I was texting in the movie as Katherine in Ellie's body, they actually had to tell me, 'Slow down, because you're not a millennial. You're not as good with a phone.'"

Freaky Friday airs tonight at 8 p.m. on the Disney Channel, which is owned by ABC News' parent company, Disney.

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