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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Vivica A. Fox is offering her thoughts on the reported Set It Off remake that Insecure creator Issa Rae is currently developing. According to Fox, Rae needs to "leave it alone."

"It's a classic, leave it alone," Fox told Entertainment Tonight bluntly, while making a dissatisfied face. "There's absolutely no reason to try to redo it. It's been done, and we did it so well, that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that's her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left."

In the 1996 crime drama, directed by F. Gary Gray, Fox starred alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Kimberly Elise as a group of friends who, for different reasons, began robbing banks. They decision to rob ultimately led to their demise.

"Like, create your own franchise," Fox continued. "If you want to do a new film of girls robbing banks, create your own thing. You can make it up to date. We did that film in 1996. We are in 2019, going into 2020. So, create your own thing because people are absolutely going to compare it to it, and she'll probably, if it's not good, they're going to slay her for it."

As previously reported, Rae is currently working on reimagining the classic film and could potentially star in it.

However, there is no word on who else would potentially star in the film.

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Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- In Los Angeles Tuesday night, Disney held a red carpet event for The Mandalorian, the brand-new streaming service's Star Wars spin-off, created by Iron Man director Jon Favreau and co-produced by he and Star Wars: The Clone Wars Emmy-winner Dave Filoni.

The first three episodes of the already-acclaimed show were screened at the event, which also attracted the show's lead, Pedro Pascal, as well as co-stars Carl Weathers, Gina Carano, and Werner Herzog.

Also on hand were lots and lots of Star Wars fans. "I got to see, before anything, all of the fans," Pascal said on the red carpet. "And it just makes me understand the beauty of creating something like this for people like them."

He adds of the eight-episode show, "I think its heart is with the people that love Star Wars and love these stories. And so to manifest that so completely for people that love it is really beautiful...very inspiring."

Favreau, thanks to his roles both behind and in front of the camera -- he plays Happy Hogan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- is no stranger to glitzy premieres. But this one was different, he noted. "The premiere is usually before the movie comes out. Now people have seen the first episode....[W]e already know what people's reaction is. So this feels more like a party."

He added, "You know, it's fun on social media to see the reaction, but to actually see with a group of people, is really awesome."

A similar three-episode screening was held in New York City Wednesday night -- minus the red carpet.

On Friday, the second episode of The Mandalorian debuts on Disney .

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ABC/Christopher Willard(NEW YORK) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) After numerous medical emergencies, doctor hook-ups and break-ups, and devastating character deaths, ABC's Grey’s Anatomy is marking a very special milestone tonight: its 350th episode.

In tonight's installment, Ellen Pompeo's Dr. Meredith Grey has to face off against the medical board, with the future of her long career hanging in the balance. And, while her future is uncertain, her past comes into play as well, ABC teases.

Actor Kevin McKidd appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan Thursday, to preview the "intense" episode, and to marvel at Grey's longevity.

"It's such a blessing," McKidd, who plays Dr. Owen Hunt, joked.  "I started just as we'd done a hundred episodes and back then, people were like, 'We've maybe got two more seasons.'"

Grey's Anatomy, from creator Shonda Rhimes, debuted on March 27, 2005, and over the year's it's earned 39 Emmy nominations and five wins, including an Outstanding Supporting Actress trophy for Kathrine Heigl. But Heigel famously flamed out on the show -- and eventually Hollywood's A-List -- when she took her name out of contention in the 2008 Emmy race, saying she didn't think the material Rhimes gave her was good enough "to warrant an Emmy nomination."

Meanwhile, Pompeo, 49, has become the highest-paid actress on television, with a salary of $20 million a year, plus other lucrative perks. She told The Hollywood Reporter last year, "I've finally gotten to the place where I’m OK asking for what I deserve, which is something that comes only with age...Because I’m not the most 'relevant' actress out there."

"I know that's the industry perception because I’ve been this character for 14 years," she added. "But the truth is, anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that's a f***n' skill."

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- After a 2016 big screen attempt at another Beverly Hills Cop movie fizzled, Eddie Murphy's wisecracking Detroit Police Detective Axel Foley will be back on the beat, thanks to a deal with Netflix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a "one-time deal" between the streaming giant and Paramount Pictures will result in a fourth Beverly Hills Cop film.

As he would have been with the scuttled 2016 project, Jerry Bruckheimer -- who produced the 1984 original, as well as its sequels in 1987 and 1994 -- is also backing the new sequel.

The Netflix partnership might come as no surprise, as it shelled out a reported $70 million to bring Eddie Murphy back to the world of stand-up with an upcoming special, and is currently streaming Eddie's well received comedy biopic Dolemite Is My Name.

The trade publication notes the Beverly Hills Cop franchise has pulled in more than $735 million worldwide.

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ABC News/Steve Iervolino(NEW YORK) -- Quentin Tarantino is expanding his horizons. Variety reports that the filmmakeris setting his sights on a book, play, and even a TV series. 

He told the publication, "So I finished Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, finished that script, put it aside, and then I wrote a play. And then I wrote a five-episode TV series. And right now I’m writing a book and I’m hoping that I’ll be finished in three months." 

This means that his 10th movie will be put on the back burner as he pursues his new creative projects.

As previously reported, Tarantino revealed that he'd written full episodes of Bounty Law, the 1950s western TV series on which Leonardo DiCaprio's Once Upon a Time character starred. It's likely that's the TV project to which he was referring in the Variety piece; he'd previously discussed wanting to bring the fictitous black and white TV show into the real world.

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ABC/Maarten de Boer(NEW YORK) -- Peter Weber's romantic journey takes flight when The Bachelor returns to ABC on January 6.  The series kicks off with a dramatic three-hour premiere chock full of steamy first dates and a mysterious surprise visitor.

Peter, who had his heart broken by former Bachelorette Hannah Brown, hopes to find true love this time around.  His search for his soulmate will lead him and a new group of women to new heights and several Bachelor firsts.

Season 24 premieres with a daring group date, a first for Bachelor Nation, along with a series of romantic one on ones.  

As for the surprise special visitor, their identity is kept firmly under wraps.  However, their arrival is sure to shake things up and have everyone talking.

America is rooting for Pilot Pete after his promising romance with Hannah on the Bachelorette came to a shocking end. 

Weber is your typical textbook definition of a good ol' American Boy.  A native of Westlake Village, CA, the 28-year-old aspires to have the same type of loving relationship his parents share.  They met over 30 years ago when working on the same flight and were inseparable ever since.

Understandably, Pete's other love is aviation.  He began working as a pilot when he turned 23 and landed his dream job as a captain for a major commercial airline at 25.  All he needs now is his forever co-pilot.  

As to who will accept the final rose -- and his heart -- that has yet to be seen.

So, buckle in and prepare for takeoff when The Bachelor returns January 6 on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

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ABC/Randy HolmesThe 53rd Annual CMA Awards aired Wednesday night on ABC, and later on, so did a sixth installment of Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s Mean Tweets: Music Edition.

As always,a variety of artists opened themselves up to some of the meanest, nastiest comments currently on the internet, procured especially by host Jimmy Kimmel. This time around, Billie Eilish, Alice Cooper, Chance the Rapper, Luke Perry, Lizzo, Luke Combs and a host of others took their licks.

As for the latter, one Twitter user accused Combs of making "music for people who taste the gas before they fill up their truck," while another noted, "Midland looks like they have a white van with 'free candy' written on the side" -- to which Cameron Duddy corrected, "It's a black van."

One of the biggest insults, however, was aimed at Cooper.  "Alice Cooper looked 65 in 1972.  How is he still alive," he read before shooting an equally confused look into the camera.  

The overall best reaction came from Cardi B, who read in a pointedly soft voice, "I just watched a muted performance of Cardi B and that b**** just looks loud without any sound on.  Like no thank you."

"How I look loud?  How I look loud??  I'm loud?"  She asks while looking around in bewilderment before deadpanning, "I don't even think I'm like loud.  Suck my a***"

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Anna Kooris/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has released the official trailer for its upcoming holiday film Holiday Rush, starring Romany MalcoStar Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green, and legendary singer Darlene Love.

The film, directed by Leslie Small, follows Malco as a single dad and radio DJ, Rashon “Rush” Williams, who loses his job during the holiday season. As he attempts to downsize, the experience helps him reconnect with his children and learn that "true joy comes from who you have, not what you have."

 "What am I going to tell the kids? Christmas is around the corner," Malco's character says in the promo after he loses his job at the radio station.

The film also stars Tamala JonesDeon ColeRoscoe OrmanAmarr M. Wooten and  LaLa Anthony.

Holiday Rush launches November 28 on Netflix.


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Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) -- While speaking with Jennifer Lopez for Variety's ongoing Actors on Actors series, Robert Pattinson admitted he was taken aback by the success of Twilight -- and it wasn't necessarily because of the throngs of people publicly stanning for Team Edward or Team Jacob.

"It's a weird story, Twilight," Pattinson says, adding, "It’s strange how people responded a lot to it."

"I guess the books are very romantic, but at the same time, it's not like The Notebook romantic," he continues. "The Notebook is very sweet and heartbreaking, but Twilight is about this guy, and he finds the one girl he wants to be with, and he also wants to eat her. I mean, not eat her, but drink her blood or whatever."

Pattinson also tells Hustlers star Lopez that he was strangely drawn to playing the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' upcoming movie The Batman.

"With Batman, it’s a strange one with me," he admits. "Even my agent was like, 'Really?' I was very, very focused on it, and I don't know why. It just kind of kept coming back into my head."

To give an idea of how his portrayal of the iconic superhero might play out, he says, "I have no interest whatsoever in playing someone who’s heroic. The only time I want to play someone who an audience knows they’re supposed to like is when they really shouldn't like them. That's the only time."

He notes of the character, "He’s a very troubled person. I always found it interesting that Batman is always struggling a little bit, especially in some iterations of the story. He doesn't know if he's that great or not, and that's kind of interesting."

For her part, it seems J Lo will be buying a ticket on June 25, 2021, telling Pattinson, "I think you'll be...an awesome Batman!"

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Disney Channel(NEW YORK) -- The hit animated Disney Channel series Big City Greens returns for its second season this weekend, and it's shaping up to be the best one yet.

The creators of the show, brothers Shane and Chris Houghton [HOE-tun], tell ABC Audio you can expect a lot more adventures for the small-town Green family as they continue to adjust to life in the concrete jungle.

“Season two has a lot of great stuff coming up,” Shane says. “We have a half-hour Christmas special that is also a musical…We also have an episode that is video game-related. [It's] a 2D animated show and we were able to animate certain segments of that show in 3D.” 

As for guest stars, you'll hear Christopher Lloyd’s voice in the Christmas special. Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness also appears in an episode, as well as Alfred Molina, Lucy Lawless, Cheri Oteri, Ed Begley Jr., Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch, The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil and more.

Big City Greens, inspired by Shane and Chris’ own rural upbringing, returns to the Disney Channel on Saturday, November 16 at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT.

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ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Wayne Brady is making his childhood dreams come true with his upcoming role on The CW's Black Lightning.

In the forthcoming episode, which will air sometime in 2020, Brady will play Tyson "Gravedigger" Sykes a World War II-era member of the U.S. military who becomes a "super soldier" after a secret experiment enhances his strength. Brady tells ABC Audio that he's been a longtime fan of both DC and Marvel comic book series.

"I'm a big comic nerd--through and through," Brady says.

"I used to read Black Lightning because as a little black boy growing up in the South, the people that looked like you and your representations were few and far between," he continues. "And sometimes they weren't the most positive."

To that effect, Brady jokes that one of the less-than-positive aspects of some of the comics he loved -- like Black Lightning and Luke Cage -- were their less-than-admirable superhero outfits.

"Oh, my God, the clothing that they dressed that brother in," Brady laughs, referring to Lightning's flamboyant outfit in the comics. "A skin-tight electric blue suit with white and black electric bolts out off the side. And the karate sash and a mask and a big fro. Not necessarily the best fashion look."

Still, Brady embraces those characters, adding it was a gift to be able to identify with his heroes.

"But, how amazing to see someone with your skin being called a hero and being able to do fantastic things," he says. "So, I've always had books like Black Lightning close to my heart and on the top of my brain."

Black Lightning, starring Cress Williams, airs Monday nights on The CW.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- While it's already known that EGOT winner John Legend has succeeded Idris Elba as People's Sexiest Man Alive, the magazine's cover feature also celebrates less controversial picks in various categories.

For example, Brad Pitt and Jason Momoa are part of the 28 "Men of the Year," described as "standouts of modern-day sophistication." They join the likes of current Men's Health cover model and This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown, as well as Last Christmas heartthrob Henry Golding.

And yes, Elba -- who some might argue is eternity's Sexiest Man -- is included on the list as well.

Speaking of eternally sexy, the magazine also highlights silver foxes like George Clooney, and the Social Security-eligible sexiness of 64-year-old Denzel Washington. They, Hugh Jackman, Matt Damon, and Bradley Cooper, are heralded in People's "Still Sexy After All These Years" category, which highlights former "Sexiest" cover stars.

Here's a roundup of People's choices:

Men of the Year:
Brad Pitt
Jason Momoa
Sterling K. Brown
Tom Hanks
Paul Rudd
Aaron Paul
Henry Golding
Matt Czuchry
Taika Waititi
Desus & Mero
Tony Dokoupil
The Jonas Brothers
Idris Elba
Keanu Reeves
Ben Platt
Andrew Scott
David Harbour
Shawn Mendes
Mena Massoud
Bill Hader
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Tan France
Mike Colter
John Krasinski
Mark Consuelos

Still Sexy After All These Years (Former Sexiest Men Alive): 
George Clooney (1997, 2006); David Beckham (2015); Denzel Washington (1996); Hugh Jackman (2008);
Bradley Cooper (2011); Dwayne Johnson (2016); Matthew McConaughey (2005); Matt Damon (2007).

Various:
Sexiest Instagram:  Channing Tatum
Sexiest Funny Guy: Trevor Noah
Sexiest Import:  Chris Hemsworth
Sexiest New Dad:  Prince Harry
Sexiest Newly Single: Liam Hemsworth
Sexiest Gym Addict:  Zac Efron
Sexiest Newcomer: Lil Nas X
Sexiest Reality Star: Antoni Porowski
Sexiest TV Host: Terry Crews
Sexiest Superhero: Tom Holland
Sexiest Heartthrob: David Dobrik

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Netflix/Eric Charbonneau(NEW YORK) -- In a chat with ABC's Popcorn with Peter Travers, Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese attempted to clarify his recent controversial comments regarding Marvel movies.

No, The Irishman director hasn't changed his mind about saying that the films are "not cinema" -- comments that earned him criticism from the likes of Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and MCU star Chris Evans -- but Scorsese seemed to soften his tone somewhat, admitting that they're "not cinema to me."

Scorsese tells Travers, "It might be cinema to the kids seeing those films. That might be, but I don't get it."

"I've seen one or two," the Taxi Driver filmmaker says, adding, "That's enough, because it's the same thing over and over, you know."

So, sorry, Cap, Hulk, Iron Man and the rest of the gang: You're not Marty's cup of tea.

Travers presses Scorsese to name which movies do qualify as cinema...to him.

"I think ultimately it's something that for some reason stays with you," he replies. "So that a few years later you could watch it again, or 10 years later you watch it again and it's different. In other words, there's more to learn about yourself or about life. That's interesting."

Recently, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman said Scorsese "didn't get" the cultural impact of the blockbuster film.  Feige called the director's comments "unfortunate," adding, "I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies..."

He added, "Everybody has a different definition of art."

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

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Walt Disney Television/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Sean Spicer's story on Dancing with the Stars might have come to a close, but a new chapter is apparently just beginning.

Entertainment Tonight reports that the former White House press secretary may be moving to daytime television.  He revealed, "I'm going to continue to do political work and strategic consulting, I've got a couple of media things that are in the works."

But, when ET pressed him on details, Spicer remained tight lipped about his new venture and simply asserted "There's nothing to announce at this time."  

There is one thing for certain, though.  The former White House official is done with competition shows... at least for now. 

As to why he joined a celebrity dancing competition, he tells ET, "I did [DWTS] as a one-off to have fun and enjoy myself, learn something new and meet great people."

He added that he "didn't anticipate" becoming a part of the show, but is thankful he did.

Spicer, who was one of the season's lowest scoring competitors, was voted off on Monday.  He will return to she show for its season finale, which is in two weeks.

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

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Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.(NEW YORK) -- That long rumored Friends reunion may be a step closer to becoming a reality.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the six core cast members of Friends -- Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer -- as well as series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, are in early talks to reunite on HBO Max.

However, the sources warn that the reunion is nowhere near a done deal.  When and if the streamer can hammer out deals with the individual stars, they'll have to figure out a way of fitting it into their busy schedules.

HBO Max recently paid $425 million for rights to the hugely popular sitcom, outbidding Netflix, its previous home.

Aniston, who broke the internet with a reunion of the cast that launched her Instagram account, also teased the project on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in October.

“I would love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is,” she said. “So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.”

HBO Max is set to launch in May of 2020.

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