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Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Sorry to Bother You star Jermaine Fowler has found his next major role.

Sources tell Variety that Fowler has been cast in a lead role opposite Eddie Murphy in the upcoming sequel, Coming 2 America.

The original Coming to America movie starred Murphy as Akeem Joffer, crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda. In an effort to find a wife, Akeem, along with his trusty assistant Semi, played by Arsenio Hall, decides to travel to Queens, NY.

As previously noted, Murphy and Hall are expected to reprise their roles, with black-ish creator Kenya Barris rewriting a script from original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield.

Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer has signed on to helm the project, which Murphy's also producing. The two recently worked together on the Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name, which follows the story of real-life comedian Rudy Ray Moore.

Although official details of the film are still forthcoming, Sheffield told ABC's Good Morning America back in June 2018 that the film will follow Akeem after he learns that he has a son, and returns to America to meet him.

Coming 2 America is set to hit theaters August 7, 2020.

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Netflix/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) -- In honor of Juneteenth -- the American holiday that celebrates the emancipation of the last remaining U.S. slaves -- Netflix has unveiled a premiere date for the season three return of its critically acclaimed series Dear White People.

In a video announcement on Wednesday titled "Great Grits Debate," the cast, including Logan Browning, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson, first discuss the age-old debate of which type of grits are better: salty or sweet?

After the cast swaps recipes for the best grits, the video ends with a reveal of the premiere date: Friday, August 2.

Dear White People follows students of color at Winchester University as they "navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness and activism in the millennial age."

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Billy Porter in "Pose" -- FX/Macall Polay(LOS ANGELES) -- The FX drag queen drama Pose, and Netflix's dramedy Russian Doll lead the pack with four nominations apiece, for the 2019 Television Critics Association Awards.

HBO leads all other networks with 15 nominations, though Netflix is close behind with 14. The awards will be handed out on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

From Game of Thrones to The Good Place, to everywhere in between, Daniel Fienberg, TCA President and chief film critic at The Hollywood Reporter applauded the nominees' diversity.

"From departing juggernauts that changed the TV game to new shows that test the boundaries of what the medium can do and be, this has been a landmark season for television across all networks and platforms," he said in a statement.
Here are the nominees in the main categories. The full list can be found here:

Better Call Saul - AMC
The Good Fight - CBS All Access
Homecoming - Amazon
Killing Eve - BBC America
Pose - FX
Succession - HBO
Barry - HBO
Fleabag" - Amazon
The Good Place - NBC
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Amazon
Russian Doll - Netflix
Schitt's Creek - Pop TV
Veep - HBO 
Chernobyl - HBO
Fleabag - Amazon
Game of Thrones - HBO
Pose - FX
Russian Doll - Netflix
When They See Us - Netflix

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects - HBO
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora - Showtime
Christine Baranski, The Good Fight - CBS All Access
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve - BBC America
Billy Porter, Pose - FX
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon - FX
Pamela Adlon, "Better Things" - FX
Bill Hader, "Barry" - HBO
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep - HBO 
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll - Netflix
Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek - Pop TV
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag - Amazon
The Great British Baking Show - PBS
Making It - NBC
Nailed It! - Netflix
Queer Eye – Netflix 
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat - Netflix
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo - Netflix
Chernobyl - HBO
Deadwood: The Movie - HBO
Escape at Dannemora - Showtime
Fosse/Verdon - FX
Sharp Objects - HBO
When They See Us - Netflix
Dead to Me - Netflix
The Other Two - Comedy Central
Pose - FX
Russian Doll - Netflix
Succession - HBO
What We Do in the Shadows - FX

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- At the Spider-Man: Far From Home press junket in London on Tuesday, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige let slip that Avengers: Endgame will be heading back to theaters on June 28 -- with never-before-seen footage.

Feige tells ScreenRant that the re-release is "not an extended cut, but" he notes that fans can expect, "...a few new things at the end of the movie." 

Fans waited in vain through Endgame's final credits for the traditional "stingers" they've come to expect from a Marvel movie; Feige says this time, their patience will pay off.

"...[A]fter the credits, there'll be a deleted scene, a little tribute, and a few surprises."

The added extras could lure fans back to the theaters -- and ultimately push Endgame past an as-yet-unbroken record: the $2.788 billion global box office take earned by James Cameron's Avatar.

As of Wednesday morning, Endgame has earned $2.743 billion -- an Infinity Stone's throw away from breaking the record.

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

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Photo by Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Oscar-winning actress, director, and United Nations Ambassador Angelina Jolie now has another title: Contributing Editor for TIME magazine.

Jolie's experience as a humanitarian and philanthropist will inform her monthly pieces: She'll contribute articles "focusing primarily on displacement, conflict and human rights," according to the magazine.

To that end, her first piece -- appearing in Friday's issue of the magazine -- is called "What We Owe Refugees." It sheds light on the plight of some 70 million people displaced from their homes by poverty, famine, and war.

She explains, "As we mark World Refugee Day on June 20, it is an illusion to think that any country can retreat behind its borders and simply hope the problem will go away. We need leadership and effective diplomacy. We need to focus on long-term peace based on justice, rights and accountability to enable refugees to return home."

Jolie says that too often, countries use aid as a substitute for effective policies and diplomacy.  She urges a "harder course of action," which she explains is, "the only one that will make a difference."

"We need to focus on long-term peace based on justice, rights and accountability to enable refugees to return home," she says, and warns, "The distance between us and the refugees of the past is shorter than we think."

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Netflix/Scott Yamano(LOS ANGELES) -- Murder Mystery, the Netflix comedy movie starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, notched the biggest opening weekend for a Netflix film, the streamer announced via Twitter Tuesday.

The streamer says 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide, tuned in to the movie.

Murder Mystery follows a New York City cop and his wife -- played respectively by Sandler and Aniston -- who go on a European trip and end up as the prime suspects in a murder. It's the second film outing for the two, whose 2011 feature Just Go with It delivered $214.9 million worldwide.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan's MTV reality show Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club won't return for a second season -- and neither will the Mykonos nightclub, which served as the setting for the show, according to the New York Post.

The show, which follows the daily lives of the club's staff, premiered to decent ratings, which then plummeted with subsequent episodes.

What's more, the nightclub itself also seems to have gone under:  the Post reports a number listed for it on the TripAdvisor app isn't working, and patrons are being told the club "will not be opening this season," a source tells the newspaper.

The Mean Girls actress-turned one-time tabloid headline magnet reportedly still has nightclubs in Athens and Rhodes, but was planning to launch a series of similar beach clubs to the one at which the show was shot.

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Jeopardy! Productions(LOS ANGELES) -- As previously reported, James Holzhauer's Jeopardy! loss ended up being a big win for for the long-running game show. But now that all the numbers are finally crunched, Vulture reports the professional gambler-turned quiz show champ's final episode was watched by 14.5 million people -- the show's largest same-day audience since November 30, 2004, when reigning money champ Ken Jennings drew 18 million viewers.

To compare it to other shows, Holzhauer's losing episode ranks as the third most-watched regularly scheduled series episode of the 2018-19 season, behind the series finale of The Big Bang Theory and a December episode of 60 Minutes, which drew 18.5 million and 14.6 million viewers, respectively.

Holzhauer earned earned more than $2.4 million during 33-day run, passing that $2 million high water mark in record time.

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Courtesy of Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Eddie Murphy is among the comics who'll be taking a ride with Jerry Seinfeld for season 11 of his hit Netflix talk show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Seinfeld made the announcement Tuesday on his Instagram with an image featuring the names of the upcoming season's guests. 

"I love the coffee. I love the cars. I love the comedians," Seinfeld wrote.  "And yes, doing the show with Eddie was really special."

Also sharing coffee, cars and laughs with Jerry this go-round will be Seth Rogen, Ricky Gervais, Matthew Broderick, Jamie Foxx and Martin Short, along with Saturday Night Live's Melissa Villaseñor, stand-up comics Sebastian Maniscalco, Bridget Everett and Mario Joyner, and Bee Movie writer Barry Marder.

The new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee debuts July 19 on Netflix.

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Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Idris Elba recently took a trip down memory lane while in New York City.

On Monday night, Elba made a surprise visit to Caroline's on Broadway, where the actor and DJ previously worked as a bouncer in his pre-stardom years.

According to Page Six, Elba stopped by with his family at 9:30 p.m. to take in a show.

“He was gracious to everybody and very low-key. He talked to a couple of the employees that are still here from when he worked here,” a source told the gossip site.

During his Saturday Night Live hosting gig in March, Elba first revealed that when he first moved to the U.S. from London, he ended up as a bouncer.

“About twenty years ago I was working down the street from this building on Broadway — not as an actor — but as a doorman," he said.

"I was a bouncer at Caroline's Comedy Club on 49th and Broadway,” he continued, adding that he made some “decent contacts” by selling weed.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- After hearing she was a big fan of both Iron Man and marine sustainability, actor and philanthropist Robert Downey Jr. sent a special message to 17-year-old Paige Winter, recruiting her for his Footprint Coalition climate change venture.

Winter lost her left leg and two fingers as a result of a shark attack earlier this month, but didn't lose her spirit, as Good Morning America's Robin Roberts learned in an exclusive interview. "

I was aware from the beginning, nothing's gonna be the same ever again. Like, I'm still Paigey. Just a little different," Winter said.

The chat with the heroic young woman sparked Downey to send her a surprise video message.

"This is a heroic story of resilience, I got to tell you," Downey said to her. "You're not alone, but not just because of folks who have had similar stuff happen, but also because of your interest in sustainability and preservation of our oceans and marine life and all that stuff."

"I'm a fan, I got to tell you," the Oscar-nominated actor told the teen via his video message. "But also, kind of like Tony with Peter Parker a few years back, I'm in a bit of a recruitment mode, so I wanted to see if you would join my Footprint Coalition, and be my North Carolina ambassador?"

In Captain America: Civil War, Downey's Tony Stark tapped Tom Holland's Peter Parker for Stark's September Foundation internship -- but it was all a cover story to recruit Parker's Spider-Man for The Avengers.

In real life, Downey's brand new Footprint Coalition vows to find high-tech solutions to cleaning up the environment.

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Warner Bros. and © DC Comics(LOS ANGELES) --  Like most things related to fandom, Warner Bros.' announcement that Twilight veteran Robert Pattinson would be taking on the role of the Caped Crusader in 2021's The Batman was met with much online reaction.

Now, a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult survey picked more than 2,200 Bat-fans' brains to find out which recent cinematic versions of Batman characters are their favorites.

Christian Bale, who starred in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, was declared the fans' favorite Bat by 39% of those polled; Michael Keaton was a close second, preferred by 38%.

George Clooney -- who admitted to "killing" the Batman franchise for a while via 1997's Batman and Robin -- came in third, with 19%. Ben Affleck scored 18%, and Batman Forever's Val Kilmer was last at 17%. 

While Halle Berry's Catwoman was panned, her take on the villainess was deemed the favorite of 42% of those polled. Batman Returns' Michelle Pfeiffer was a close second with 41%; Anne Hathaway from The Dark Knight Rises ranked last, preferred by just 26%.

Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning portrayal of The Joker was deemed fans' fave portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime by 60%, though Jack Nicholson's take from the 1989 movie was a close second at 58%.

Jared Leto's tattooed, grill-sporting Joker from Suicide Squad was the favorite of just 18% of those polled..

And 68% of those polled expect Joaquin Phoenix to be "excellent" or "good" in his standalone film Joker, which opens October 4.

For his part, Mark Hamill, a fan favorite for voicing The Joker on Batman: The Animated Series, tells ABC Radio that he's enjoyed every actor's take on Batman's greatest enemy.

"It's like the Hamlet of villains," he says. "It will be constantly revisited by actors forever and ever." 

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ABC/Ron Tom(LOS ANGELES) -- With her next project, Tyra Banks is offering the world a new set of beauty standards.

According to Variety, Banks is teaming up with the Quibi mobile streaming service for a new body positive docu-series titled Beauty. The series, in which Banks will both star in and executive produce, is described as a multi-part show which "celebrates being beautiful."

The goal of the series is to help "break down barriers and challenge traditional notions” of beauty while questioning the beauty standards that the world has subscribed to over the years.

“As I look into the future, I see radical changes in both how people ‘attain beauty,’ and how the world perceives beauty,” Banks said in a statement. “Our docu-series aims to expand and redefine the definition of beauty as we know it, challenging why we accept certain beauty parameters and reject others, and examining the beliefs behind those judgments.”

Banks, now called BanX, has been a champion for body positivity throughout her career, including on her show America's Next Top Model, which has been running for 24 season across various networks.

Quibi will officially launch in April 2020. A premiere date for Tyra's Beauty has not yet been revealed.

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(L-R) Roselyn Sanchez, Eva Longoria, Santiago Baston -- ABC/Matt Petit(LOS ANGELES) -- Eva Longoria is living proof that women don’t have to choose between their career and motherhood.

She produced, directed and acted in ABC’s soapy new drama, Grand Hotel, while juggling being a new mom to her son, Santiago. Nothing captures that balance better than a photo Longoria posted to Instagram of her breastfeeding while simultaneously directing an episode.

“I think you have to normalize that,” she tells ABC Radio of posting the photo. “And luckily, we were with an amazing crew and cast that knew I was coming back from having a baby and it was gonna be difficult and finding times to pump and feed and breastfeed and I was like, ‘If I'm ever asleep it's only for three minutes!’”

Roselyn Sanchez, who stars as Gigi on the series and is a mom to young kids herself, supported Longoria.

“She called me one day, saying, ‘Listen, you need to have my back. If I'm a little late on set, just tell them that she's a mother. Leave her alone. Everybody can sit and wait,’” Sanchez recalls, laughing.

Sanchez adds that having Longoria as a boss set the tone for a workplace where everyone felt comfortable.

“You know, everything starts with a head and when the head is a good woman and she's respectful and she treats everybody like family, then you go to work happy,” says Sanchez. “And that was a bottom line.” 

Grand Hotel debuted last night on ABC and airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET.

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones took home top honors at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which aired Monday night live from Santa Monica, California. Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Josh Brolin also won Best Hero and Best Villain, respectively.

The event was hosted by Shazam! star Zachary Levi, and included musical performances by Bazzi and Lizzo.

Presenters included Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, Tessa Thompson, Aubrey Plaza, Kiernan Shipka, Elisabeth Moss, David Spade and Jaden Smith.

A memorable moment in the broadcast came as the three women featured in Best Documentary winner Surviving R. Kelly took the stage with Lifetime senior vice president of unscripted development and programming Miranda Brie Kelly to accept the award.  Kelly said the win represented "the cultural impact" the documentary had.

The night's honorary career awards -- The Generation Award and Trailblazer Award -- were given to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jada Pinkett Smith, respectively. 

Here's the full list of winners:

Best Movie
Avengers: Endgame

Best Show
Game of Thrones

Best Performance in a Movie
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Best Performance in a Show
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale

Best Hero
Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Endgame

Best Villain
Josh Brolin, Avengers: Endgame

Best Kiss
Noah Centineo & Lana Condor, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Reality Royalty
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta

Best Comedic Performance
Dan Levy, Schitt's Creek

Breakthrough Performance
Noah Centineo, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Best Fight
Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva, Captain Marvel

Best Real-Life Hero
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RGB

Most Frightened Performance
Sandra Bullock, Bird Box

Best Documentary
Surviving R. Kelly

Best Host
Nick Cannon, Wild 'n Out

Most Meme-able Moment
The Bachelor, Colton Underwood jumps the fence

Best Musical Moment
"Shallow," A Star Is Born

Generation Award
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Trailblazer Award
Jada Pinkett Smith

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