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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith took his first crack at stand-up comedy this week and he loved it.

In an Instagram post on Thursday night, Smith shared a series of photos from his comedy debut.

"I did Stand Up last night... FIRST TIME EVER!," he wrote. "I opened for Dave Chappelle. I AM HOOKED."

According to Variety, Smith made his stand-up comedy debut at the Peppermint Club on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, as part of Chappelle's three-and-a-half hour surprise show. Smith was said to have filmed his set as part of his new Bucket List video series, which has yet to be released. The actor explained that his 50th birthday was coming up and doing stand up was definitely on his "bucket list."

The private event was attended by the likes of Jon Stewart, Katt Williams and LeBron James, and Will's wife Jade Pinkett Smith and daughter Willow were also in the audience.

Variety reports that some of Will's jokes included how he lost control of his house after Jada's Red Table Talk show on Facebook Watch turned their garage into a control booth, and how his son Jaden now considers him "the second-best rapper in the house!”

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ABC/Radhika Chalasani(LONDON) -- Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are front and center in a black-and-white, on-set social media snap that gives fans their first look at them in the as-yet-untitled reboot of the Men in Black franchise, which will be based in the U.K.

The pair can be seen on Hemsworth's Insta, wearing most of their get-ups as members of the super-secret alien enforcement agency. Despite not sporting the MiB trademark black Armani jackets, to paraphrase Will Smith's MIB character, Thompson and Hemsworth certainly "make it look good" in matching white shirts and skinny black ties.

Thompson's Insta shows the pair in the same place, with Hemsworth making a fish-lipped face to the camera.

Thor's alter-ego also posted a spinning selfie video, with the caption, "I do all my own stunts." 

The still-untitled Men in Black reboot features Emma Thompson reprising her Men in Black 3 leader character Agent O, and will also co-star Rebecca Ferguson, and Liam Neeson.  It's set to open June 14, 2019.

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David Lee/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- The third season of the acclaimed Netflix Marvel series Daredevil will hit the streaming service October 19.

In a promo revealing the return, Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock -- blind lawyer for the oppressed by day, masked vigilante by night -- has fallen from the light spiritually. Bloodied and  partially in shadow, Cox's character says in voiceover, "You can suffocate evil. Starve it. Lock it behind bars, but it will come back even stronger. There's only one true way to end evil: To finish it for good."

"Let the devil out," he whispers, as he's suddenly seen smirking in his black ninja mask. 

When fans last saw Murdock, he was badly injured and presumed dead after the events of the team-up series The Defenders. As the proo suggests, Murdoch's return will show that he's losing faith in his "day job's" ability to keep evil at bay.

Based on the comic characters created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, Daredevil also stars returning players Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson. Joanne Whalley is a new addition to the cast, as Sister Maggie, a confidante who nurses Murdoch's bruised body and faith -- and who may also be his long-lost mother.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- Filmmaker Michael Moore wants to tap a Hollywood legend for a White House run: Tom Hanks.

"When [people] say people don’t love Trump," Moore tells ABC's Peter Travers, "I [say] you clearly have never watched 'The Apprentice! People loved that show. [Trump] was a beloved figure! Why don't we [Democrats] run beloved figures?"

When Travers asked Moore whom he would choose as the next Democratic presidential nominee, Moore instantly had an answer.

"Tom Hanks," he said. "Who wouldn’t vote for Tom Hanks. Why not? I’ve asked him twice now to run and he won’t run."

He added, "I even offered [to] be the VP, I'll do all the work. You just show up at nice things and smile and be happy. Oprah, who wouldn't vote for Oprah? How about Michelle Obama? Who wouldn't vote for Michelle Obama? Come on, we could win if we ran somebody people wanted to vote for."

For his newest film, Fahrenheit 11/9, Moore spoke to Americans across the country about their thoughts on the Trump presidency. The date in the title refers to the day President Trump’s victory in the 2016 election was confirmed, and is play on the title of Moore's 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11, about then-President George W. Bush, the 9/11 attacks and the second Iraq war.

Moore was one of the few who predicted Donald Trump would win the election and said Trump could even be a two-term president.

Fahrenheit 11/9 is in theaters everywhere.

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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Josh Groban's new album Bridges is out today -- and so is his new Netflix sitcom, The Good Cop.  It stars Josh as a by-the-book police lieutenant who clashes with his ex-con dirty cop of a dad, played by Tony Danza. 

Josh says the offer to star in the show came out of nowhere, and he just couldn't turn it down.

"I was reached out to by Andy Breckman, who created the show and previously wrote and created Monk," Josh tells ABC Radio. "I got a letter...from him saying, "I think you're right for this part. "[He said] this was something he'd thought of while he was writing the script."

"I mean, every amazing kind of life-changing thing that's happened to me has been an unexpected door and a fork in the road that's opened up and you just gotta walk through it, y'know?" Josh adds. "And so I said yes!"

Part of the appeal was that Josh's Good Cop role was far removed from the character he'd been playing in the Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1912.

"It's not often as an actor to get a chance to go so 180 within the same two-year period," he notes.  And the Netflix factor helped seal the deal, he says.

"Timing was an issue," he explains. "If this had been a network...26-episode thing, I would have had to say no.  So the fact that it's a 10-episode series -- each hour is its own mystery and this team of misfits solving these crimes -- was great."

"I also just happened to like the way Netflix operates," Josh adds. "...The way that they provide content to their subscribers is so forward-thinking...and they're putting the passion behind it."

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Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Variety is reporting that, arguably, one of the coolest actors working in Hollywood today, Michael B. Jordan, will be playing, arguably, the coolest character created by the late thriller author Tom Clancy.

The trade notes that the Creed and Black Panther veteran will play John Clark in a new series about the Navy SEAL-turned vigilante-turned head of the elite international anti-terror group Rainbow Six.

Jordan will reportedly play him in an origin story based on Clancy's revenge thriller Without Remorse, leading to a Rainbow Six movie based on the squad, which has been the grist of multiple Clancy books and a hit video game series.

Incidentally, the Clark character was played twice before on the big screen, once by Willem Dafoe opposite Harrison Ford's Jack Ryan in 1994's Clear and Present Danger, and again in 2002 by Liev Schreiber, opposite Ben Affleck, in the latter actor's attempted reboot of the Jack Ryan character.

Clark and Ryan have a long history in the Clancy books, having served as a confidante, fixer, and even bodyguard for Ryan over decades. Ryan is now played by John Krasinski in Amazon's Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series.

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Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the films opening nationwide on Friday:

* The House with a Clock in Its Walls -- This dark fantasy comedy, based on John Bellairs' 1973 novel of the same name, centers on a young orphan -- played by Daddy's Home and Daddy's Home 2's Owen Vaccaro -- who helps his warlock uncle -- portrayed by Jack Black -- search an old house for a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. Cate Blanchett also stars. Rated PG.

* Farenheit 11/9 -- This political documentary from Michael Moore, whose previous films include Bowling for Columbine and Farenheit 9/11, explores the 2016 election and subsequent presidency of Donald J. Trump, gun violence and the power of grassroots democratic movements. Rated R.

* Life Itself -- Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Olivia Cooke, Laia Costa, Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas star in this dramedy, which follows multiple couples over many generations, all of whom are connected by a single event. Rated R.

* Assassination Nation -- This black comedy thriller centers on the chaos taking over a town following a malicious data hack that exposes the secrets of its inhabitants. Four girls must fight to restore peace. Starring Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Abra, Anika Noni Rose, Colman Domingo, Maude Apatow, Joel McHale and Bella Thorne. Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Colette -- Keira Knightley stars in this biographical drama based on the life of French novelist Colette, whose husband convinced her to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fought for recognition of her work, challenging gender norms. Also starring The Affair's Dominic West. Rated R.

* The Sisters Brothers -- John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix play the titular characters in this dark comedy western, set in 1850s Oregon, about a pair of assassins who get caught up in the California gold rush. Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer and Carol Kane also star. Rated R.

(Farenheit 11/9 trailer contains censored profanity and mild uncensored profanity.)






 

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Netflix(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- The National Museum of African American History and Culture is teaming up with Netflix for its first film festival in October.

The festival, titled The Smithsonian African American Film Festival, will take place from October 24 through 27 and will screen Netflix's upcoming documentary, Quincy.

The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, follows the life and career of music producer Quincy Jones. The doc is directed by Alan Hicks and Jones’ daughter, actress Rashida Jones.

According to the DCist, Quincy Jones will also appear at a panel following the screening, scheduled for Friday, October 26. Quincy debuts on Netflix this Friday.

“The museum is pleased to collaborate with Netflix in order to explore important moments in the history of America through the African American lens,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the museum, in a statement. “We are pleased this original production by Netflix is a film that honors Quincy Jones whose creativity and commitment to racial justice are an example of the best of America.”

Submissions for the film festival are currently being accepted; the full slate of films will be announced later this month. Passes for the entire festival are now available with $10 tickets for individual screenings to go on sale in October.

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Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry and Parks and Recreation alum-turned Legion star Aubrey Plaza will go head-to-head with a twenty-nine inch psychopath named Chucky.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the upcoming Child's Play reboot has cast the pair for the film's lead roles.

The original 1988 film, which spawned six spinoff movies, centered on a serial killer who trapped himself in the body of a doll named Chucky, which is later given to a young boy. 

Emmy-nominated Atlanta star Henry is set to play Greg, a detective investigating the strange, "happenings surrounding the doll’s nefarious spree." Meanwhile, Plaza will play Karen, a mother who ends up giving her son the doll -- later revealed to be Chucky -- for his birthday.

According to Collider, the planned film will deviate from the original version by following "a group of kids and a technologically-advanced doll that enters their world." 

Production on Child's Play is set to begin later this year in Vancouver.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- What more proof do we need?  CBS has confirmed Jordan Peele will officially serve as host of their forthcoming Twilight Zone reboot, by releasing a teaser-trailer featuring Peele narrating the series' classic opening.

The teaser features the Oscar-winning Get Out writer and director echoing the introductory monologue spoken by the late series creator and host, Rod Serling.

"Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours," said Peele, who also serves as the reboot's executive producer.  "I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone."

The original Twilight Zone aired on CBS from 1959 to 1964.  The award-winning anthology series used science-fiction, fantasy and horror stories to explore social issues of the day.  There was also a 1983 Twilight Zone movie produced by Steven Spielberg, as well as two other short-lived TV reboots, the most recent in 2002, hosted by another Oscar winner, Forest Whitaker.

The new Twilight Zone will begin production this fall for a 2019 premiere on CBS All Access.

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Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images(LONDON) -- For the first time in the movie series' 62-year history, an American filmmaker will call the shots on a James Bond movie.

The lucky Yank is Cary Joji Fukunaga, who won an Emmy for directing the first season of True Detective. He also wrote the award-winning war drama Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, who's been long rumored to replace Daniel Craig as 007.

Barbara Broccoli and her husband and producing partner Michael G. Wilson announced on Twitter that Fukunaga will be directing Craig in his fifth 007 adventure, with production starting on March 4.

"We are delighted to be working with Cary," the producers' statement read. "His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure."

The 25th James Bond movie -- which is currently being referred to as Bond 25 -- is likely Craig's last go 'round as the suave super spy.  Its new release date is February 14, 2020, pushed forward from its original November 2019 release date.

Fukunaga replaces Slumdog Millionaire Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, who left the project over the ever-popular "creative differences."

Incidentally, Fukunaga had been set to direct the blockbuster Stephen King movie It, but he left that production for that same reason.

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Photo by: Alex Martinez/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Congrats are officially in order to Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams.

In an interview with People magazine, Williams revealed she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Dennis McKinley.

“When I found out I was pregnant, I was excited [but] I had mixed feelings. The other feeling that I had beside excitement was fear,” Williams, who suffered a miscarriage six years ago, told the magazine.

She continues, "I’ve had a miscarriage before in my past, which I’ve also been open about because I suffer with fibroids and had to have a myomectomy. So just the fear of, ‘Is the baby going to be okay? Will I make it full term?’ All those questions that you ask if you’ve had a miscarriage before.”

Thankfully, at her first appointment, Williams got the word that her baby is going to be fine. According to the reality star, getting the OK from the doc allows her to "really wrap [her] mind around actually becoming a mommy.”

Porsha says her boyfriend is excited too.

“I believe he’s probably shed more tears during the process than me,” Williams says of McKinley, whom she has known for years but only began dating this past year. “It’s just the sweetest moment of my life right now.”

She continues, “The pregnancy came from the left, but it definitely has brought us closer together because you realize when it sets in that you are actually bringing a life to this world, that you have become family overnight. So now a lot of the things that we had talked about are a reality, and we work really hard at wanting to be a good couple and build a strong foundation for our new family that we’re going to have."

This will be Williams and McKinney's first child.

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Courtesy of © Carnival Film and Television Limited for MASTERPIECE(LONDON) -- The Downton Abbey movie has been given a September 20, 2019 release date, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The historical period drama about the lives of an aristocratic family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era will star the original principal cast from the PBS TV series, including Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith, as well as new cast members Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Shooting on the big-screen bow of the acclaimed British show kicked off last week. The series, which aired initially on ITV in the UK, and subsequently on PBS in the U.S., earned 69 Emmy nominations, a record for a TV import, during its six-season run.

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Jim Spellman/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- More than twenty years since the original film's release, Space Jam officially has a sequel with NBA star LeBron James as its lead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, James will take the reigns from NBA legend Michael Jordan, who starred in the 1996 original that quickly became a box office hit.

The film has also added Random Acts of Flyness creator Terence Nance as the director and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to produce. This will be Coogler's first project since directing the Marvel blockbuster.

"I love his version [of Black Panther]," James told THR. "So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it's amazing."

He continued, “The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. It's so much bigger. I'd just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don't just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”

As previously reported, a Space Jam sequel has been rumored for many years, with numerous NBA stars attached. But, with James signing an overall deal with Warner Bros., the new gig was almost inevitable.

Other NBA stars are expected to star with James in the film, although there is no word on whether or not Bill Murray will return for the sequel. 

Production on Space Jam 2 is expected begin in summer of 2019, following the NBA season.

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NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- Closeup magician Shin Lim was crowned the winner of the 13th season of NBC’s America's Got Talent during the star-studded live finale at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater Wednesday night. Judges Heidi Klum, Mel B, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel were on hand as host Tyra Banks announced the results.

Lim walked away with the $1 million grand prize and a headlining spot at the America’s Got Talent Live show at Paris Las Vegas from November 2-4. He'll be joined by the other finalists.

Lim beat out acrobatic dance troupe Zurcaroh based on America’s votes.

Coming in third was violinist Brian King Joseph, followed by comedian Samuel J. Comroe in fourth place and country singer Michael Ketterer in fifth.

Other highlights:

Bebe Rexha performed a medley of her hits "I'm a Mess" and "Meant to Be," joined on the latter by top 10 finalist Glennis Grace.

Opera singer Daniel Emmet, another top 10 finalist, dueted with the legendary Plácido Domingo.

Courtney Hadwin, the shy County Durham, England native who transforms into a powerhouse vocalist teamed up with the UK rock band Strut on their hit, "It Could Have Been Me," before soloing on Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart."

Actor/comedian David Spade traded one-liners with comedian, and top 10 finalist, Vicki Barbolak.

Ketterer was shocked to get a video message from Garth Brooks, who wrote a song especially for him titled, "The Courage to Love," and video chatted with Ketterer to offer words of encouragement.

KISS opened the show with their classic "Detroit Rock City," and announced their upcoming End of the Road farewell Tour.

America's Got Talent will return for its 14th season in 2019 on NBC.

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