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Disney chief teases 15 years of “Star Wars” stories yet to come

Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) — Disney CEO Bob Iger dropped not one, not two, but three huge spoilers about the Star Wars universe today, speaking at a conference that took place on campus at University of Southern California.

First, Iger spoke about the late Carrie Fisher, who died this past December, and how the upcoming eighth installment of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, would handle the loss of General Leia.

“We are not changing [Episode] 8 to deal with her passing,” he said, according to Variety. “Her performance remains as it was in 8.’ In Rogue One, we created digitally a few characters… We’re not doing that with Carrie.”

This answers a question many fans had regarding Fisher’s legacy and the possibility of more scenes in The Last Jedi.

Iger then revealed the plot of the untitled Han Solo spinoff, the next in a planned series of Lucasfilm standalone movies.

The movie, currently filming, will follow Solo from the ages of 18 to 24 and fans will learn “how he got his name,” he said.

Last, but certainly not least, he teased the future of Star Wars past Episode IX. The saga has been told in trilogies up to this part, and fans questioned whether or not there would be a story continuing beyond a ninth film. The answer is yes.

In fact, Iger said the creative minds at Lucasfilm are pondering “what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories.”

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Ryan Gosling reveals why he laughed during Oscars “Moonlight” mix-up

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(LAS VEGAS) — If you remember last month’s Oscars Best Picture mix-up, you might have noticed Ryan Gosling laughing amidst the confusion. Oh, face it: you never took your eyes off him.

At any rate, now we know what was so funny.

“I was watching people start to have this panicked reaction in the crowd and guys were coming on with headsets and I felt like someone had been hurt,” Gosling said at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas yesterday, according to Entertainment Weekly.

He continued, “I thought there was some kind of medical situation, and I had this worst-case scenario playing out in my head. And then I just heard Moonlight won and I was so relieved that I started laughing.”

Gosling starred in the Academy Award winning La La Land with Oscar winner Emma Stone, but lost best actor to Casey Affleck. Regardless, Gosling said he was pleased with the evening’s outcome.

“Truthfully, I was also so thrilled that Moonlight won. I know the director…I’ve worked with them before. It’s such a groundbreaking film, made for a million dollars, and incredible achievement and I’m so happy for them that they were being recognized,” he said.

Well, there you have it — another reason to swoon for Gosling.

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“Empire” Recap: Cookie and Lucious bring the sound and the fury

FOX/Chuck Hodes(LOS ANGELES) — Empire returned Wednesday night. In the episode, titled “Sound & Fury,” Lucious is introducing his latest studio project called Inferno with an onstage performance from rapper Remy Ma amid a group of male dancers.

During the performance, a war is waged between Cookie and Lucious, especially when Cookie brings Lucious’ mom out on stage to the shock of the audience and Lucious himself.

Tory Ash makes an appearance at the Lyons’ family therapy session, which turns out to be a disaster. Jamal claims that he is “completely clean,” but Cookie isn’t convinced. Cookie and Lucious get into a fight, with Cookie saying that she and Jamal are sick of cleaning up the family name.

An onstage performance of “Get Me Right” between Nessa, Teyana and Hakeem leads to an offstage fight between Nessa and Teyana, and Lucious and Cookie on the hunt for Jamal, found missing from rehab.

Cookie is led to believe the theory that Jamal was seeking drugs, but she and Lucious find him in a recording studio with Tory. Cookie asks Jamal if he’s a “dope fiend,” which Jamal denies, saying that he is “done with the pills.”

Back in the boardroom, Lucious fires Xavier during a meeting and tells everyone that their number-one priority is Inferno. Then in a shocking twist, Anika is named as head of A&R, which enrages Cookie.

Cookie pays Lucious a visit at the compound to “ask some questions”… with a baseball bat. She begins to smash a trophy case outside of the studio, strikes Lucious in the head and continues to find anything else she can destroy.

However, Cookie’s rage turns into lust, as she and Lucious begin to kiss passionately . She abruptly stops, telling Lucious that can’t go any further and leaves.

Empire will return to Fox next Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET.

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“I felt a really long way from home”: James Corden mourns victims of London terror attack

Art Streiber/CBS(NEW YORK) — Last night, the British host of The Late Late Show with James Corden paid a heartfelt tribute to those who were murdered in the Wednesday’s London terror attack.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, perpetrated by a British-born suspect who was shot dead after killing three, including a police officer, in the British capital.

Speaking on Wednesday night, Corden said, “I know a lot of people from Britain watch this show, as a lot of people from Britain work on this show, and of course, our thoughts go out to everyone who’s been affected by this.”

“Watching the news today, I felt a really long, long way from home,” Corden noted, adding, “When something like that happens in your hometown, you don’t have a feeling of being glad that you’re so far away. What you feel is that you wish you could be there with loved ones to stand alongside them.”

The funnyman added that the “proud” residents of the “diverse” city wouldn’t be divided by the attack.

“All something like this does,” he says, “is bring them closer together as one.”

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly “talking again”

Getty Images/Jason LaVeris(LOS ANGELES) — Things may be looking up for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and their kids.

A source tells E! Online that two month after hiring a private judge to handle their divorce and custody issues, the two are closer to a resolution, and are speaking directly to each for the first time in a while.

“They recently started talking again and it’s a significant step. Up until now everything was through lawyers and assistants,” says the insider. “They did not speak at all after the plane incident and everything that went down in the press.”

Last September, the two were reportedly caught on camera arguing on a private plane, with Brad allegedly “looking drunk” and “yelling,” sources told Us Weekly at the time.

The change came, “at the recommendation of the children’s therapists and their own,” the source tells E! adding that Brad and Angelina “are focused on the kids and taking small steps to mend what has happened.

“Right now they are only speaking about the kids and their schedules, but it’s a positive step,” adds the source.

“Brad hopes that they can be successful at co-parenting and get to a place where they can be friendly,” the source tells E! News. “They both have agreed to put the kids first.”

Jolie, 41, filed for divorce from Pitt, 53, in 2016 after two years of marriage, though they had been together since 2005. They have six children: Maddox, 15; Pax, 13; Zahara, 12; Shiloh, 10; and twins Knox and Vivienne, eight.

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“Love Actually” stars reunite for “Red Nose Day Actually” trailer

NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) — The cast of the 2003 smash hit, Love Actually, is reuniting for the short film, Red Nose Actually, airing as part of NBC’s The Red Nose Day Special on May 23. On Wednesday, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and company appeared in a newly released teaser trailer.

In a nod to the rom-com’s memorable scene in which Andrew Lincoln’s character, Mark, professes his love for Knightley’s Juliet, the clip, from writer/director Richard Curtis, features the cast holding up a series of signs, urging fans to “Tune in and see what happened to everyone” — including which one of them has “aged best.”

“It’s not Colin Firth,” Grant assures us while Liam Neeson playfully claims it’s him. Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Olivia Olson — just teenagers when they made the film — note that they’ve “grown up,” but Bill Nighy — who played aging rock and roll legend Billy Mack — declares that he hasn’t.

Noticeably missing from the reunion is Emma Thompson, who told Variety last month that it’s “too soon” after the death of Alan Rickman, who played her husband in the movie. “It’s supposed to be for Comic Relief, but there isn’t much comic relief in the loss of our dear friend, really, just over a year ago,” she explained.

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William Shatner wants Nick Viall booted off “Dancing with the Stars”

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — TV icon and Dancing with the Stars fan William Shatner hasn’t revealed which one of this season’s celebrities he’s rooting for, but there’s no secret who he wants off the show.

More than an hour before the ABC dance competition’s season-24 premiere, Shatner took to Twitter, declaring in a series of tweets that he wanted The Bachelor‘s Nick Viall to waltz on out of the ballroom.

“My goal for #DWTS is to knock bachelor Nick out ASAP. Who is with me?” he began, before adding, “Whoever your favorite is – just not Nick- make the 10 phone calls for them.”

“How do we get #BachelorNation to not vote for Nick?” he continued.

TV’s Captain Kirk didn’t let up during the show. “#Dontvote4Nick,” he urged.

When a follower asked Shatner to cut Viall some slack, noting that he’s “kind of sensitive” and the Twitter campaign might “break his heart,” Shatner replied, “And your point?”

Yet another fan wondered why Shatner had had it in for Viall, the 86-year-old actor answered, “He lives up to the homonym of his last name,” explaining, “Watch Andi [Dorfman]‘s Bachelorette Season where he started this Viall journey.”

The exchanges continued into Tuesday, when Viall finally responded with a simple sad face emoji.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Report: Michael Shannon leads the pack to play Cable in “Deadpool 2”

Getty Images/John Lamparski(LOS ANGELES) — According to the Hollywood Reporter, Man of Steel baddie Michael Shannon, who got an Oscar nomination for his work in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, is the frontrunner to star opposite Ryan Reynolds as the character Cable in 2018’s Deadpool 2.

While Reynolds himself teased during a post-credit scene that the fan-favorite character would appear in the sequel, he didn’t get into specifics.

“Amazing character,” Reynolds-as-Deadpool says. “Bionic arm, time-travel.”

He added, “We have no idea who we’re gonna cast yet. We just need a big guy with a flattop. Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren. Kiera Knightley. She’s got range. Who knows?

In the comics, Cable was from the future, and was the adult son of the X-Men’s Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, and Madelyne Pryor, a clone of the X-Men’s Jean Grey. He has a cybernetic arm and eye, and is also telepathic and telekinetic.

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Hasta la vista, baby: Insiders say studio’s pulling plug on “Terminator” Series

Paramount Pictures/Melinda Sue Gordon(LOS ANGELES) — Arnold most likely won’t be back. Paramount, which owns the rights to the Terminator series, has reportedly terminated the Schwarzenegger series.

Arnold’s last go-round as the killing machine, Terminator: Genysis, reportedly cost $115 million to make, but earned less than $90 million domestically. Overseas, however, the movie — which also starred Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones — actually did well, bringing its total take to more than $450 million.

However, the New York Daily News reports Paramount execs had an option to bring back Arnold and Emilia, the latter who played savior of humanity’s baby mama Sarah Connor, for another film, but shelved it.

While another studio could potentially scoop up the rights and have a go at the Terminator franchise, a source tells the paper, “It would need an independent production company to think about making this, and asking Arnie back at age 70 to play that again may be a tough ask.”

Schwarzenegger, who first played the titular killing machine in 1984’s James Cameron original, most recently headlined a low-rated Celebrity Apprentice reboot for NBC, a job that found him in the sights of none other than that show’s former host, President Donald Trump.

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“K. Oh.” “Wheel of Fortune” contestant’s spectacular “Streetcar” stumble

Getty Images/Paul Warner(LOS ANGELES) — A Wheel of Fortune contestant who was one letter away from solving the puzzle during Tuesday’s show added an X-rated twist to the title of a Tennessee Williams classic.

With “A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE” on the board, Kevin made an embarrassing — and unfortunately for him, now viral — misstep: he asked for a “k.”

No, the the literary classic is not called “A Streetcar Naked Desire.”

The next contestant, Lisa, guessed “m” for the win.

“And although you got the right answer, I’d rather see Kevin’s play, but that’s just me.” host Pat Sajak quipped to Lisa, laughing.

Kevin still walked away with $1,000 — as well as a lifetime supply of embarrassment.

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