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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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Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images(LONDON) -- The BBC has united an impressive group of gifted actresses in a comedy short called Lady Parts, which spoofs the often sexist -- and sometimes overtly racist -- casting process in the film industry. It's now on YouTube.

The film is part of the BBC's Hear Her campaign, which "aims to give free reign and the opportunity for normally unheard women from across the U.K. to tell their stories and give their opinions on all matters 'women.'"

The plot has a trio of casting agents -- two of whom are played by The Office vet Catherine Tate and former Bond girl Gemma Arterton -- auditioning some of the U.K.'s most talented actresses vying for a plum part.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke joins her Game of Thrones castmate Lena Headey to audition for the role -- a strong, complex doctor -- as does Star Wars: Rogue One's Felicity Jones, Humans' Gemma Chan, and others.

"Can you do it more 'smiley'? Tate asks Clarke, regarding a scene she's performing. Clarke insists that the role is "tragic," and she might try crying. "Not ugly crying," Arterton says. "Sexy crying, like in a shower."

Heady is dismissed outright for looking "like a mum," while Katie Leung is dismissed because she's Asian. Similarly, Chan, who is also of Asian descent, is asked if she could be "more white."

Jones, who is dressed modestly, is asked to "lose the [sweater]," with the casting agents telling her she should shed her clothes because the hospital in which she works is "hot."

"Hot?" Jones cautiously questions. "In South London?"

In the end, Tom Hiddleston comes out, with the Marvel movie star "reading for the part of the 'Leading Lady.'"

He immediately snags the part. 

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CHRIS RADBURN/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Consider us both shaken AND stirred.

Luther and Marvel movie star Idris Elba could be one step closer to slipping into the tux of 007. A report in the U.K. publication the Daily Star claims that Bond movie boss Barbara Broccoli has talked to Equalizer series director Antoine Fuqua about who should inherit the super-spy's role when Daniel Craig hands over the keys to the Aston Martin.

Elba's name as Craig's possible successor has been floating around since Sony Pictures execs' emails were brought to light as a result of a 2014 hack -- and the thought of the suave, sexy Brit playing the part sent shivers of the literal and figurative variety through many movie fans. 

According to the Daily Star, at a launch event of his new business venture SoundFi, Fuqua told reporters that Broccoli said "it is time" for a black actor to play James Bond, and added that she said that it "will happen eventually."

Fuqua added, "Idris could do it if he was in shape. You need a guy with physically strong presence. Idris has that."

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Police Department has decided not to file charges against Ryan Seacrest, stemming from sexual misconduct charges filed against him by his former stylist.

The LAPD told ABC News Thursday that the department "did look into allegations of sexual battery against Seacrest. No charges were filed. And the case is closed."

The allegation against the Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host, filed by former E! stylist Suzie Hardy, first surfaced in November. Seacrest, who formerly worked for the network, immediately issued a denial in which he revealed the accuser to be his former stylist and declared her allegation was "reckless."

In May of this year, Hardy wrote an op-ed column in The Hollywood Reporter stating that she'd filed a report with the LAPD concerning her allegations. The department confirmed at the time that a report had been filed but provided no further details.

At the time, E! News launched an investigation -- conducted by outside counsel -- into the allegation, telling ABC News in a statement back in February that there was "insufficient evidence" to support any claims of wrongdoing by Seacrest.

As Seacrest's personal stylist, Hardy said she not only helped select his clothes for E! but also styled him for Fox's American Idol, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and his red carpet shows. She claimed the job required her to travel with him and make "late-night runs" to his home.

Live with Kelly and Ryan is produced by WABC-TV, which is owned and operated by Disney, ABC News’ parent company. He's also the host of ABC's American Idol.

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Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Three separate sexual assault cases involving Anthony Anderson, Steven Seagal and Harvey Weinstein were presented by police to the LA DA’s office Wednesday.

The cases will now be reviewed by the DA’s task force working on entertainment industry cases.

A sexual assault case was presented by the Los Angeles Police Department involving Seagal, the former action film star who'as been accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple women, including Jenny McCarthy and Inside Edition correspondent Lisa Guerrero.  Arrested Development's Portia de Rossi and The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies have accused Seagal of sexual misconduct as well. The complaints remain under review.

The Beverly Hills Police Department presented a third sex assault case involving Weinstein in June. That case, along with two others presented by BHPD and three presented by LAPD involving the disgraced Hollywood mogul remain under review.

Seagal and Weinstein have denied the allegations.

Also, the LAPD presented a sexual assault case involving ABC black-ish star Anderson. The details about that case haven't been revealed; it also remains under review. 

The Los Angeles Times reports Anderson's rep said in a statement that the actor “unequivocally disputes the claim," nor has he been contacted about it.  The newspaper also quotes a law enforcement source as saying a woman alleged this year that Anderson assaulted her last year.

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