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Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer.

The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, told The Associated Press on Monday that Franklin is seriously ill. No more details were provided.

The Queen of Soul canceled planned concerts earlier this year after she was ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest up.

Last year, the 76-year-old icon announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at “some select things.”

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Mark Hamill Told Schwarzenegger to Change Name and Lose Accent

Not all advice is good advice, as exhibited by a recent admission by “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill. The actor revealed over the weekend that he once gave some ill-advised advice to a yet-to-be superstar, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger asked me for advice when he was just starting out,” Hamill tweeted. “I told him to lose his accent for a wider range of roles & to change his last name since no one could pronounce it.” He added, “He did the opposite & became one of the biggest stars EVER. #TrueStory"

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Mark Wahlberg On Board For New Oscar Category

As we previously told you, the Oscars have added a new category, Achievement in Popular Film, which will honor commercially successful films. And while most people blasted the change, at least one actor is on board with it – Mark Wahlberg. 

“Maybe if they’d had the category before, we’d have won a couple of them,” Wahlberg tells “Variety.” “We’ve had some really commercially successful films that we think certainly warranted that kind of notoriety. We make films that we want people to enjoy and if we get those kind of accolades, fantastic. If not, we make the movies for audiences to enjoy.” 

Source: Variety

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Justin & Hailey Aren’t Getting Married Until Next Year

While Justin Bieber recently said that his next project would be getting married, it seems that isn’t actually happening so fast. Sources tell TMZ that Justin and fiancée Hailey Baldwin don’t plan on tying the knot until sometime next year. Apparently the engagement is enough of a commitment for now.

And while some may think their engagement came rather quickly, since they just reunited in June, others say it isn’t really such a shock, with insiders noting that they got back together several times in the past but the public just didn’t know. A source notes, “Justin's been in love with her for a long time, so this didn't just come from out of the blue." 

Source: TMZ


Chris Hardwick gets emotional in “Talking Dead” return

Chris Hardwick returned to AMC’s “Talking Dead” last night for the first time since he stepped back from the show following his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra’s allegations of abuse against him, and things got emotional. The host actually teared up as he thanked those who supported him.

“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 top of the show. “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.”

And while Hardwick is back, not everything has been smooth sailing. As we previously told you, a female executive producer along with around 25 other staff members quit after the announcement of his return to the show.

 Source: Entertainment Weekly

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After years of speculation, it looked like Idris Elba was next in line to be James Bond. But on Sunday, the British actor shot down the rumors.

He tweeted, "My name's Elba, Idris Elba." Then followed that up with "Don't believe the HYPE..."

Last week, the U.K. tabloid The Daily Star reported that director Antoine Fuqua had spoken to Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and said “it is time” for the famous spy to be played by a black actor. Then Fuqua suggested Elba take the role. 

But Fuqua's rep tells The Hollywood Reporter that the director never had such a discussion with the Bond franchise.

In 2014 Elba said he would "absolutely" accept the role of 007 if it were offered to him.

Daniel Craig is scheduled to appear in a fifth James Bond film, which hits theaters in late 2019.

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Moviegoers were swimming with the sharks this weekend.  Warner Bros’. summer thriller The Meg is on track to earn an estimated $44.5 million in ticket sales from 4,118 theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday, exceeding expectations and unseating Mission: Impossible — Fallout for the No. 1 box office spot.

Heading into the weekend, The Meg had been expected to debut in the $18 million to $22 million range. Marking a high-profile collaboration between Warner Bros. and China’s Gravity Pictures, The Meg cost at least $130 million to produce and will have to perform well overseas to be considered a hit. It’s off to a solid start, grossing an estimated $96.8 million in international markets, including China, this weekend.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub and based on a novel by Steve Alten, The Meg stars Jason Statham as a rescue diver who faces off with a prehistoric shark — the titular megalodon — to save a research team. The cast also includes Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, and Ruby Rose.

Critics’ reviews have been underwhelming, but audiences gave The Meg a decent B-plus CinemaScore.

Taking second place this weekend is Mission: Impossible — Fallout, with an estimated $20 million. That brings the film’s domestic total to an estimated $162 million after 17 days in theaters, plus another $275.6 million overseas, for a worldwide total of about $437.6 million.

Disney’s live-action Winnie the Pooh movie Christopher Robin will take third place, with about $12.4 million. After 10 days, its North American total sits at an estimated $50 million.

Rounding out the top five are two newcomers: Sony’s horror movie Slender Man, with an estimated $11.3 million from 2,358 theaters, and Focus Features’ BlacKkKlansman, with an estimated $10.8 million from 1,512 theaters. That’s a decent debut for Slender Man, which cost a modest $10 million to make, though the film’s D-minus CinemaScore suggests dreary word-of-mouth prospects.

As for BlacKkKlansman, the film represents the best opening in more than a decade for director and co-writer Spike Lee. Based on Ron Stallworth’s memoir, the film stars John David Washington as an African-American detective in 1972  Colorado who, with the help of a white partner (Adam Driver), goes undercover to infiltrate the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

BlacKkKlansman has received excellent reviews, with many critics hailing it as a return to form for Lee, while audiences gave it an A-minus CinemaScore.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 8.4 percent year-to-date. Check out the Aug. 10-12 figures below.

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 — $10.8 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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Riverdale dominated Sunday's Teen Choice Awards.

The CW show won nine trophies -- including Choice Drama TV Show, Choice Drama TV Actor for Cole Sprouse and Choice Drama TV Actress for Lili Reinhart

The Flash, The Greatest Showman and Love, Simon were among the other big winners.

Performers included Khalid, Meghan Trainor and Bebe Rexha, while Zac Efron, Chris Pratt and Anna Kendrick. Nick Cannon hosted the show.

WINNERS LIST

MOVIES

  • Choice Action Movie: Avengers: Infinity War
  • Choice Action Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Infinity War
  • Choice Action Movie Actress: Scarlett Johansson, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Choice Sci-Fi Movie: Black Panther
  • Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor: Chris Hemsworth, Thor: Ragnarok
  • Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress: Letitia Wright, Black Panther
  • Choice Fantasy Movie: Coco
  • Choice Fantasy Movie Actor: Anthony Gonzalez, Coco
  • Choice Fantasy Movie Actress: Carrie Fisher, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Choice Drama Movie: The Greatest Showman
  • Choice Drama Movie Actor: Zac Efron, The Greatest Showman
  • Choice Drama Movie Actress: Zendaya, The Greatest Showman
  • Choice Comedy Movie: Love, Simon
  • Choice Comedy Movie Actor: Dwayne Johnson, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Choice Comedy Movie Actress: Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect 3
  • Choice Movie Villain: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
  • Choice Breakout Movie Star: Nick Robinson, Love, Simon
  • Choice Movie Ship: Zac Efron and Zendaya, The Greatest Showman
  • Choice Summer Movie: Incredibles 2
  • Choice Summer Movie Actor: Chris Pratt, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Choice Summer Movie Actress: Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

MOVIES AND TELEVISION

  • Choice Liplock: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart, Riverdale
  • Choice Hissy Fit: Madelaine Petsch, Riverdale
  • Choice Scene Stealer: Vanessa Morgan, Riverdale

TELEVISION 

  • Choice Drama TV Show: Riverdale
  • Choice Drama TV Actor: Cole Sprouse, Riverdale
  • Choice Drama TV Actress: Lili Reinhart Riverdale 
  • Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
  • Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Matthew Daddario, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
  • Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
  • Choice Action TV Show: The Flash
  • Choice Action TV Actor: Grant Gustin, The Flash
  • Choice Action TV Actress:  Melissa Benoist, Supergirl
  • Choice Comedy TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
  • Choice Comedy TV Actor: Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin
  • Choice Comedy TV Actress: Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
  • Choice Animated TV Show: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
  • Choice Reality TV Show: Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • Choice Throwback TV Show: Friends
  • Choice TV Personality: Chrissy Teigen, Lip Sync Battle
  • Choice TV Villain: Mark Consuelos, Riverdale 
  • Choice Breakout TV Show: On My Block
  • Choice Breakout TV Star: Vanessa Morgan, Riverdale
  • Choice TV Ship: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart, Riverdale
  • Choice Summer TV Show: So You Think You Can Dance
  • Choice Summer TV Star: Olivia Holt, Marvel's Cloak & Dagger

MUSIC

  • Choice Male Artist: Louis Tomlinson
  • Choice Female Artist: Camila Cabello
  • Choice Music Group: Seconds of Summer
  • Choice Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
  • Choice Electronic/Dance Artist: The Chainsmokers
  • Choice Latin Artist: CNCO
  • Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist: Cardi B
  • Choice Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons
  • Choice Song: Female Artist: Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug) – “Havana”
  • Choice Song: Male Artist: Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
  • Choice Song: Group: 5 Seconds of Summer – “Youngblood”
  • Choice Collaboration: Zac Efron & Zendaya – “Rewrite the Stars” (The Greatest Showman soundtrack)
  • Choice Summer Song: “Back to You” – Selena Gomez
  • Choice Summer Female Artist: Camila Cabello
  • Choice Summer Male Artist: Shawn Mendes
  • Choice Summer Group: 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Choice Summer Tour: Harry Styles Harry Styles: Live on Tour
  • Choice Pop Song: Shawn Mendes — “In My Blood”
  • Choice Country Song: Bebe Rexha — “Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)”
  • Choice Electronic/Dance Song: Steve Aoki and Lauren Jauregui — “All Night” 
  • Choice Latin Song: Liam Payne and J Balvin — “Familiar”
  • Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song: Khalid and Normani — “Love Lies”
  • Choice Rock/Alternative Song: Imagine Dragons — “Whatever It Takes”
  • Choice Breakout Artist: Khalid 
  • Choice Next Big Thing: Jackson Wang

OTHER

  • Choice Style Icon: Harry Styles
  • Choice Comedian: The Dolan Twins
  • Choice Male Athlete: LeBron James
  • Choice Female Athlete: Serena Williams
  • Choice Model: Gigi Hadid
  • Choice International Artist: BTS

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*Several staffers of Talking Dead have quit the AMC show in protest over host Chris Hardwick’s return on Sunday — two months after an ex-girlfriend accused him of abuse. A female executive producer was said to have been among  a “handful” of the show’s staff that bailed. (Page Six)

*Christy Carlson Romano and Patton Oswalt will both appear in the live-action Kim Possible movie. They both voiced characters in the Disney Channel animated show. The movie is expected to hit theaters in 2019. (Variety)

*Gal Gadot will voice a character in Ralph Breaks the Internet. She'll play a street racer named Shank in the Disney animated movie, in theaters November 21st. (Variety)

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