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Thousands of Black Panther fans are asking Marvel President Kevin Feige to reconsider his decision to not recast Chadwick Boseman's role as King T'Challa in the upcoming Marvel sequel.

A Change.org petition with close to 20,000 signatures outlines <

Thousands of Black Panther fans are asking Marvel President Kevin Feige to reconsider his decision to not recast Chadwick Boseman's role as King T'Challa in the upcoming Marvel sequel.

A Change.org petition with close to 20,000 signatures outlines why Feige, Marvel exec Louis D'Esposito, and writer/director Ryan Coogler should officially bring back King T'Challa.

"If Marvel Studios removes T’Challa, it would be at the expense of the audiences (especially Black boys and men) who saw themselves in him," the petition, posted by E-Man's Movie Reviews, reads. "That also includes the millions of fans who were inspired by the character as well."

The writer also explains his "#RecastTChalla" call to action "is not a call to replace Chadwick Boseman."

"No one could ever do that," he says. "It is not asking for an immediate replacement either. Nor is this calling for the prevention of other characters to take up the mantle of Black Panther like Shuri or anyone else."

"This petition is merely asking to continue the portrayal of T’Challa in the MCU," he clarifies. "#RecastTChalla is a call to fulfill the role that Chadwick Boseman worked so hard for the world to see."

Noting that the comic book character of T’Challa "is literally Black history," the petitioner adds that "Boseman wanted people to see the role, and not himself."

"[Chadwick] believed that the roles he took on were bigger than himself, and the role of T’Challa was no exception," he adds.

As previously reported, Feige announced in December that T'Challa would not be recast after the loss of Boseman, who died in August after a private cancer battle at the age of 43. Instead, Black Panther 2 would focus on "furthering the mythology and the inspiration of Wakanda."

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Just days after it was announced that Fleabag Emmy-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge was tapped to co-star in the fifth Indiana Jones film, comes news another Star Wars veteran has just climbed aboard.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Mads Mikkelson, who played Death Star engineer Galen Erso in Rogue One, will be joining Harrison Ford and Waller-Bridge, who appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story, about the early days of Ford's character from a galaxy far, far away.

Hannibal veteran Mikkelson also appeared opposite Daniel Craig's James Bond in Casino Royale, and played the heavy again in the Marvel Studios hit Doctor Strange. He can currently be seen in Another Round, which is nominated for Best International Feature at 93rd Annual Academy Awards.

Helmed by Oscar-nominated Logan director James Mangold, the fifth Indiana Jones film opens July 29, 2022.

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It's a double-shot that undoubtedly will get the gossip pages flappingBrad Pitt will apparently follow his action film Bullet Train -- which featured a cameo by Sandra Bullock -- by reconnecting with the Speed star on another film. 

The Hollywood Reporter notes the two Oscar winners will appear together in The Lost City of D, an action comedy in which Bullock will star with another Hollywood heartthrob, Channing Tatum.

Bullock, a producer on the film, saw a "fun" chance for a key cameo in the film, reports the trade, and Brad agreed to return the favor.

The Lost City of D has Bullock playing a reclusive romance novelist who ends up on an unlikely jungle adventure with with Tatum, who plays the hunky cover model often seen on her books.

Pitt's role is being kept under wraps, but as we've seen on Saturday Night Live and in Deadpool 2, he's willing to pop up even in the tiniest role for a laugh.

Lost City of D will also star comedian and actress Patti HarrisonDa’Vine Joy Randolph, and Harry Potter veteran Daniel Radcliffe.

 

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Veteran actress and Fresh Prince of Bel Air alum Janet Hubert has been tapped to star in Tracy Morgan's TBS sitcom The Last O.G.

Deadline has learned that Hubert will join the cast in a recurring role. She will play Miss May Miller, one of Roberta's oldest and dearest friends that shares her thoughts on Morgan's character, Tray Barker, and the questionable decisions he makes after serving fifteen years in prison for selling drugs.

Hubert, who recently squashed a decades-old feud with Fresh Prince star Will Smith on HBO Max’s Fresh Prince reunion, has a long list of credits that include The Job, The Bernie Mac Show, One Life to Live and If Loving You Is Wrong.

A date for Hubert's season 4 appearance has yet to be announced.

In other news, another veteran actor is being recognized. Deadline reports that actor-filmmaker Robert Townsend will be honored at the third annual Micheaux Film Festival.

The festival, which spotlights BIPOC creators and diversity, is set to be the first film festival back in L.A. theaters since the start of the pandemic.

The event will run virtually between April 26 to April 29, with the in-person fest to run between April 30 and May 2 at the AMC 15 Century City.

Townsend, whose credits include The Five Heartbeats, Hollywood Shuffle and Meteor Man, will receive The Oscar Micheaux Trailblazer of Excellence Award that will be presented by Micheaux's descendants.

The third annual Micheaux Film Festival, which is expected to highlight more than 180 films, will also have a lineup of panelists that include Jill Marie Jones, Maahra Hill, Bridgid Coulter Cheadle, Steve Pink, Deborah Riley Draper and more.

For more information go to www.micheauxfilmfest.com.

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Andy Garcia's first foray into series TV is ABC's new legal drama, Rebel. The accomplished actor said he was eager to play opposite lead Katey Sagal, but what sweetened the deal more was a chance to shape his character to reflect his own Cuban heritage.

Garcia explains the process of developing Julian Cruz, the longtime attorney friend of Sagal's legal advocate, Annie "Rebel" Bello. "[W]hen they presented the part for me, his name was Cruz and he was Hispanic. And I spoke to [show creator] Krista [Vernoff] and I said, 'You know, I'd like to do it, but I'd like to make him....a Cuban-American [who] was in exile, just like I was, you know, came over when he was very, very young from Cuba in the 60s, in the first wave of exiles. And and I wanted to him to have that story."

Garcia goes on: "I wanted my culture to be represented on television, which...I don't know, you can search back since maybe I Love Lucy, you know, but there hasn't been a lot of Cuban characters on television."

He called it, "maybe an obligation or an honor, really a privilege" to represent, "the generation before me." 

Garcia says making certain Cruz's heritage was represented sometimes led to "arguments with the director." He admits with a laugh, "I said, 'You don't understand. He's a Cuban man...You know, we process differently.' We really do. And I know it's kind of seems kind of odd and crazy, but we do. We process things differently and things tick us off that might not tick somebody else off."  

Rebel airs tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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After six seasons of aging gracefully, Younger debuts its seventh and final season tonight on Paramount+.

The series, which began with 40-year-old Liza Miller pretending to be 26 in order to land her dream job in publishing, now finds Liza feeling confident in her own skin. She's taking charge of both her career and her always complicated love life.

“She doesn't want to compromise, doesn't want to settle, she knows what she wants and what she doesn't want,” Sutton Foster, who plays Liza, tells ABC Audio. “And she's also gotten to a place where -- there's a great line where she says, ‘I've finally gotten to a place where my life can surprise me again.’ And she doesn't want to give that up.”

Whether that means she’ll end up with Charles, who proposed to her at the end of last season, or back with her ex, Josh, remains to be seen. Either the way, the cast says, this season will be a welcome escape for viewers.

“I think it will be such a respite and our show does have this kind of fantasy, fantastical element to it, and New York is kind of like the other star of our show,” Molly Bernard, who plays PR maven Lauren, says. “And to have a little bit of New York back, I think is going to make people feel so good.”

While there has been talk of the show living on through a spin-off featuring Hilary Duff’s character, Kelsey, creator Darren Star says it's still up in the air.

“We're thinking about it, we're working on it, you never know,” he says. “I mean, we'll see, but...it would be great to see that happen.”

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Hayley Hasselhoff, the daughter of Baywatch icon David Hasselhoff, is proud of her body: so proud, in fact, that she's celebrating becoming the first "curve model" to be featured on European Playboy as a win for the entire body inclusivity movement.

Curve model was recently adopted by the fashion industry as a more body-positive descriptive than "plus-size."

In an Instagram post showing the sultry cover shot, the model and actress noted, "I am overcome with emotion around what this cover signifies for inclusivity and its greater purpose towards female empowerment."

Twenty-eight-year-old Hayley added, "I wanted to use this platform to express that you have the power to love your body without hesitation because of societies' standards of beauty."

Hayley's post also expressed that while her body type used to get her down, her photo shoot sends a strong message for May's Mental Health Awareness month.

"I feel empowered to be able to wake up and know that I get to live unapologetically myself..." she noted, hoping others would be inspired, "to face their fears of the unknown and to lead a life of purpose in which your body does not define you."

Hayley added, "If there is one thing I would tell my younger self it would be that you are worthy just as you are...I can only hope this cover will allow women to know that they are loved, valued and desired just as they are -- right here, right now."

On that topic, the cover model recently revealed a mental health initiative called "Check In with You."


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Issa Rae discusses her growing TV and film empires in Rolling Stone magazine's May cover story.

The multi-talented writer and producer estimates she has about 22 movies and shows in development -- 16 of which are for HBO and HBO Max -- through a five-year deal with parent company, WarnerMedia. Not to mention, she launched Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen shop, Sienna Naturals hair-care company, and her record label, Raedio. 

"I’m just always thinking about work," Rae tells Rolling Stone. "I was always like this. It was like, 'I need to work to make sure I have the means of affording a place to live.' [Or if] 'this didn’t work, what’s the next thing I can do?' I think that’s just how my mind works. That’s Capricorn [stuff]. Workaholic [ish]."

The 36-year-old is preparing the fifth and final season of her hit HBO series, Insecure, but she has way more to offer the entertainment world.  "I want to be among the greats," says Issa, wanting to be referenced with names that "roll off your tongue."

"I have to work to do that. It’s not enough to start things," she continues. "These businesses and all these things that I’m touching still have to be great. Anybody can do this, but can they do it well? What I’m trying to prove is that I can do it well."

Many would call Issa Rae one of the busiest women in entertainment. She's headlined campaigns for Cover Girl, LinkedIn and American Express as she oversees film, television and music projects and other events through her production company, Hoorae.

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Courtney Stodden has come out as non-binary, telling fans in an open post that they prefer to be referred to as "they/them."

Stodden, 26, explained on their social media Tuesday that they never felt completely comfortable identifying as female, which caused issues with their ability to make friends.

"They/them/theirs. I don’t Identify as she or her," wrote the Celebrity Big Brother alum, adding that they spent the majority of their life feeling "like I [never] fit in anywhere."

"I was bullied horribly in school because I was different. The other girls never understood me. It got so bad that my mom pulled me out of school," reflected Stodden. "And still, i don’t fit in. I never really connected with anyone my age."

While encouraging their followers to always treat others with kindness, the reality star closed out their post by expressing, "My spirit is fluid with a kaleidoscope of color."

Stodden was previously married to Green Mile star Dough Hutchinson, who was 51 when they wed in 2011. The Couples Therapy star, who was an aspiring country music singer at the time, was 16.

The off-and-on again couple remained married for six years before calling it quits one final time in 2016.

Stodden opened up about their divorce in March of last year, writing on Instagram, "I can tell you that it’s for the better" and that they were " taken advantage of" during the relationship, alleging that Hutchinson "groomed" and "verbally abused" them.

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"Happy birthday my beautiful Jetty. I love you," John Travolta recently Instagrammed, on what would have been his son Jett's 29th birthday. 

The sentiments posted Tuesday by the 67-year-old Pulp Fiction star were attached to a sweet black-and-white picture of him with his son, who died at 16 after suffering a seizure in the Bahamas in 2009.

The tribute was echoed by Travolta's 21-year-old daughter, Ella, who posted a picture of her and her older brother doting on her when she was a baby. "I love you Jetty. Happy Birthday."

Travolta's wife and Ella's mom, Kelly Preston, died at 57 years old last July, after fighting a battle with breast cancer that wasn't revealed until her death. The pair met on the set of The Experts in 1989 and had been married since 1991.

In 2012, and after years of denials, Preston told the syndicated TV show The Doctors that Jett suffered from autism. He also suffered from Kawasaki disease when he was a baby, she revealed. The latter condition, while treatable, can cause inflammation in the major arteries.


 

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Mythic Quest: "Everlight" - Apple TV+

Last spring, Apple TV+’s workplace comedy Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet won accolades for bringing a little laughter during the pandemic with the show’s innovative, remotely-shot “Quarantine” episode.

In a workflow that other programs, including awards shows, have since adopted, the cast shot themselves, and the footage was remotely assembled into the finished product. 

With vaccinations currently rolling out all over the country, the episode plays differently. It's a moment trapped in amber: the fear, the isolation, and trying to find some normalcy in a world that has changed. That said, ABC Audio asked show stars Charlotte Nicdao, Jessie Ennis and Imani Hakim if they've revisited the influential episode.

"This is embarrassing, but I actually sometimes pull up the Rube Goldberg machine [Zoom scene] at the end when I need a boost," says Nicdao, who plays Poppy. "It feels really good to watch. But then also on top of that, it's all my friends in these boxes. So...sometimes I do just pull that scene up and I'm like, 'Yes!'"

"Quarantine" was important, explains Hakim, who plays Dana. "[W]e were able to create something so special in the middle of such challenging times. I appreciate that that episode meant a lot."

Ennis, who plays Jo, adds, "I remember when we were shooting that having the sense of urgency that we had to get it done 'before the pandemic was over'...And then I watched it a couple months ago and was still the state of the world." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Ahead of Mythic Quest season 2 dropping in May, a new special episode called "Everlight" jumps forward in time to where the pandemic is in the rear-view mirror. It debuts on Apple TV+ Friday.

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Adepero Oduye says it was "effortless" to star alongside Avengers alum, Anthony Mackie, on the hit Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

Oduye, who plays Sarah, the sister of Mackie's Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, tells ABC Audio that having Mackie as her brother was "pretty awesome."

"I think it lends itself to the fact that Anthony is just super grounded, generous," she says. "I think it also lends itself that we both come from large families. So we understand that sibling dynamic."

That understanding, Oduye explains, allowed her and Mackie to also "play around in all the best ways."

"Having siblings can be a pain at times, depending on where you are in the set, but largely it is absolutely wonderful," she says. "And just getting to portray a brother [and] sister in this way -- I've never quite seen it -- to be honest."

The actress believes that their organic on-screen chemistry is also a direct result of having a great script.

"It's definitely in the writing," she notes. "So I think that's a great combination."

While Oduye's sibling bond and influence on Mackie appears to be her biggest storyline on the show, the U.K. star says there's other muscles she'd like to flex on the action series.

"And I as Adepero, I would say, 'Yes, I would very, very much be interested in kicking some butt,'" she laughs.

New episodes of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier drop Fridays on Disney+. 

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Wyatt Pike is speaking out about his sudden departure from American Idol. 

On Wednesday, the 20-year-old singer broke his silence and shared the reasoning behind the big decision. 

Alongside a selfie, Pike wrote, "I had to leave the @AmericanIdol competition for personal reasons but am so thankful I get to play music for the rest of my life."

He added a message to the remaining contestants by writing, "miss you all, good luck" and thanked everyone for their support before teasing, "do stick around for more musical things soon!"

Ryan Seacrest first announced the news at the top of Monday's American Idol episode, when the Top 16 dwindled down to the Top 12. 

"Before we get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition," the longtime host said. "He had to drop out, but we wish him the very best." 

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Last month, drama swirled around Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, as reports that they'd broken up spread worldwide.  In response, the couple insisted they were still together but "working through some things." 

Well, apparently, that work didn't work, because now the couple have confirmed that it's officially over.

In a statement to People magazine, J-Lo and A-Rod say, "We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so. We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects."

"We wish the best for each other and one another's children," the statement continues. "Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have is to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support."

Following reports of the breakup, Alex flew to see Jennifer in the Dominican Republic, where she was filming her latest movie. A source told People at the time that the two were "doing everything they can to prioritize their relationship."

Jennifer and Alex got engaged in March of 2019 after two years of dating, but had to postpone their wedding twice due to the pandemic.  They both often shared photos on social media of their blended family: J-Lo and her twins Max and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony, and Alex and his daughters, Ella and Natasha, with ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis.

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Sharon Osbourne is ready to open up about her exit from The Talk in her first tell-all interview set for later this week.

The British media personality, who was an original cast members of the long-running daytime talk show, will explain during a panel discussion why she walked away from her hosting gig.

According to Deadline, Osbourne will explain her side of the controversy on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday. This will be her first in-depth television interview following the events that caused The Talk to go on an extended hiatus.  It's set to air at the top of the show.

Ian Bremmer and Rosa Brooks will also guest.

As previously reported, Osbourne, 68, ignited a controversy March 10 during an intense debate with fellow host Sheryl Underwood about racism versus freedom of speech, which didn't sit well with fans of the show.

Osbourne had defended embattled broadcaster Piers Morgan, who railed against Meghan Markle's explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey by calling it "contemptible" and a "diatribe of bilge."

During her heated exchange with Underwood while defending Morgan, Osbourne had said, "Educate me! Tell me what [Piers] said that was racist!"

The British media personality later claimed she was "blindsided" by the segment and deemed it a set up.

In the wake of the on-air argument, which saw Osbourne resign from her position, The Talk went on an extended hiatus that lasted through Monday.

During the talk show's first episode following the controversy, Underwood and host Elaine Welteroth discussed racism and, when touching upon Osbourne's comments, stated, she "was not listening and went off the rails into disrespect."

Osbourne reportedly did not tune in to watch her former co-hosts discuss the incident.

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