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‘Captain Marvel’ star Brie Larson wanted to be Princess Leia growing up

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Brie Larson stars as Captain Marvel in the first standalone Marvel film featuring a female superhero. But like a lot of little girls of a certain age, when she was growing up, there was another iconic female heroine she wanted to be.

“I wanted to be Princess Leia,” Larson, 29, told ABC’s Good Morning America. “[When] I was probably 8 years old, I bought a shirt that was for, like, maybe my size now, because I was going to play her at some point. I kept it in my closet. I’m sure my mom has it in the garage somewhere.”

Princess Leia was, of course, played by the late Carrie Fisher — just one of the female acting role models Larson said she admired in her journey to becoming an actress.

In Captain Marvel, the Oscar-winner stars alongside one of her other acting icons, Annette Bening.

“We have really long scenes together in this movie, so you get to play scene partners with somebody who is just incredible,” Larson said of Bening.

Larson transformed herself physically to play a superhero in Captain Marvel, and she described the workouts she did — many of which she shared on Instagram — as “really hard,” but also mentally transforming.

“It changes everything. It changes your mind. It changes the way you carry yourself, but it’s such a sacrifice,” Larson said, while admitting she “cried a lot in the gym.”

“It’s such a full-time commitment but I loved it. I really loved it,” she said.

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, which also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Jude Law, opens tomorrow, which, not coincidentally, is International Women’s Day.

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Jaina Lee Ortiz says she’s “really proud” to play a female firefighter on ‘Station 19’

ABC/Ed Herrera(NEW YORK) — Station 19 is turning up the heat when it returns for its midseason premiere tonight on ABC.

The firefighter drama, a Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, picks up right where we left off, revealing the fates of Andy Herrera, Captain Sullivan and their patient after their medic vehicle went over a cliff in a windstorm.

Andy, played by Jaina Lee Ortiz, is left to take charge of the situation – and if we’ve learned anything from a Shonda Rhimes show, it’s that the women are capably in charge.

“Being part of Shondaland and having that female support from everyone, from women behind the camera, women in front of the camera, it’s been a very refreshing atmosphere to be,” Ortiz tells ABC Radio.

“It only makes you want to support and show that love and encouragement and support that much more.”

She says she’s had women both young and old tell her the show has inspired them to become firefighters. Ortiz herself can’t help but be inspired by her own character.

“I hope that I can be more like Andy, pretty much,” she says. “I admire her strength and her determination and her hunger for success…I am really proud to play someone like her.”

Station 19 airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Not so far, far away: Disney announces opening dates for ‘Star Wars’: Galaxy’s Edge attractions

Disney Parks(NEW YORK) — Disney has announced the opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new theme park attractions at both Anaheim, California’s Disneyland and Orlando, Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort.

The goal of the immersive, 14-acre destinations are to make visitors feel as if they’re walking the streets of the fictional trading outpost planet of Batuu, alongside all the droids and aliens you’d expect in a Star Wars film.

Fans in California will get the first chance to visit that galaxy far, far away: The attraction opens in Disneyland on May 31.

In Florida, Galaxy’s Edge will be located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. It’s part of the Orlando-based Walt Disney World Resort — which also includes Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — opens August 29.

The attraction at both parks will feature rides, restaurants, and other immersive attractions from George Lucas’ iconic franchise.

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‘After Life’ star Ricky Gervais would really like you to shut up

Netflix/Natalie Seery(NEW YORK) — In Ricky Gervais’ new Netflix series After Life, he plays a man who decides he’s got nothing to lose after losing his wife, so the widower vows he’s no longer going to hold his tongue.

However, his chat with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on Live with Kelly and Ryan Thursday proved the show — which he created, directed, and stars in — features a character who isn’t too far from his own sometimes prickly self.

The Office co-creator had a laundry list of grievances, from staying in shape to noisy people. He explains that he takes earplugs with him wherever he goes — even in restaurants. “My girlfriend Jane says, ‘That’s sociable,'” he quipped. As for why? “Just in case there’s someone slurping soup,” he said, recalling a recent politeness foul. 

“So there we were in a restaurant in San Francisco. A lovely restaurant. And the waiter kept doing this,” he said, snorting as if he had a stuffed nose. “And I kept looking at him, and Jane says, ‘He doesn’t know why you’re looking at him.'” 

“‘Well he should know!'” Gervais responded. “‘It’s horrible!'”

One thing that doesn’t bother Ricky, however, is dogs. The animal rights activist also shares that sentiment with his character in the dramedy, who is “convinced” not to kill himself because he had to feed his pooch.

“I just can’t wait to meet dogs,” he enthuses. “I love dogs. Dogs are amazing. Dogs make me feel better. They cheer me up for the day. A dog can never annoy me like a person. If a dog eats noisily I go ‘Aww, look at him.’ If a person [does it], I  go, ‘What are you — are you mental?'”

After Life debuts on Netflix Friday.

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Tamar Braxton reveals she’ll star in her own reality show on We

Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(NEW YORK) — Tamar Braxton’s probably still riding the high from her historic Celebrity Big Brother win, but the singer will have much more to celebrate upon the arrival of her new reality show. 

Braxton sat down with Wendy Williams Tuesday to share that she’s landed her own series on We TV. While the Bluebird of Happiness vocalist is no stranger to reality TV — she’s been scene-stealing her way through Braxton Family Values since 2011 — her forthcoming spin-off will be the first time she’s carried a show all on her own. 

Braxton also revealed that her estranged husband Vincent Herbert is also set to appear in the series.   “Vince and I are not enemies,” said Tamar. “We co-parent really, really well.” 

Braxton and Herbert’s highly-publicized 2017 split was fueled by allegations of domestic violence, family feuds and financial issues. They share a 6-year-old son, Logan Herbert.

While details are still scarce regarding the yet-to-be-titled show, Braxton shared that the series will reflect more of a sitcom vibe. 

“I’m really about my business nowadays,” she added. “In 2019, you have to grow up at some point. I’ll be 42 later on this month.”

In the meantime, Tamar’s fans can catch her on the newest season of Braxton Family Values, set to arrive on April 4.  Last month, Tamar became the first African-American to win CBS’ Celebrity Big Brother, taking home a $250,000 prize for her trouble.

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Jason Priestley memorializes his “dear friend” Luke Perry: “You burned oh, so brightly”

Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Finally, Brandon has eulogized Dylan.

Jason Priestley has taken to Instagram to address Monday’s death of his “dear friend” and former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Luke Perry.

Riverdale star Perry, who was 52, passed away after suffering a massive stroke on Thursday.

“It’s taken me a couple of days to figure out how to write this,” Priestley admitted. “My dear friend of 29 years, Luke Perry, was one of those truly special people who really cared… Luke was not only a star, he was an incredibly bright light that was extinguished far too soon.”

“Aand that is why I, and so many others, are in so much pain today,” he continued. “If you had the good fortune to know Luke, or to have ever crossed his path, I know you are sad today as well.”

Priestley closed with, “The candle that burns twice as bright only burns for half as long… you burned oh, so brightly Luke… Goodnight Sweet Prince.”
On Wednesday, Perry’s 21-year-old son Jack, noted on social media of his father: “He was a lot of things to a lot of people. To me, he was always Dad.”

The professional wrestler added, “He loved and supported me in everything, and inspired me to be the best that I could possibly be. I’ve learned so much from you, and my heart is broken thinking about everything you won’t be here for. I’ll miss you every day that I walk this earth.”

A day prior, Perry’s 18-year-old daughter, Sophie Perry, memorialized her dad, and thanked fans for their “overwhelming amount of love and support.”

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Report: Idris Elba to replace Will Smith as Deadshot in ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel

ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — Cue the music montage: the Suicide Squad reportedly has a new member.

According to Variety, Luther star Idris Elba will play the Deadshot in the upcoming sequel to the DC Comics villain team-up movie.

Will Smith played the sharpshooting assassin in the first Suicide Squad movie, which was released in 2016. However, Variety reported last week that Smith had dropped out of the sequel due to scheduling conflicts.

Additional casting for the Suicide Squad sequel is still very much up in the air, even as the studio has set an August 6, 2021 release date for the film. Margot Robbie, for example, is still unconfirmed to return as Harley Quinn. However, she is reprising the role in Birds of Prey, slated for a 2020 release.

Suicide Squad 2 will be written by Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn, who’s also rumored to direct.

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‘Captain Marvel’ co-stars Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson sing Ariana Grande, take a lie detector test on “Carpool Karaoke” preview

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson sing Ariana Grande and administer a lie detector test on each other in a promo for a new installment of “Carpool Karaoke.”

James Corden shared a lengthy clip of the new episode during Wednesday night’s The Late Late Show, on which Jackson appeared as a guest.

Like their Captain Marvel characters Carol Danvers and Nick Fury, Brie and Samuel L. spend time together driving around in a car.  Unlike the movie, they pass the time singing Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.”  That is until the veteran Pulp Fiction actor makes a stop to pick up a man who then straps Brie to a lie detector machine and joins them for the rest of the ride.

“Would you be honest with me if you didn’t like my performance in a scene?” Jackson asks. “Nope,” is the quick retort from Brie, confirmed by the lie detector.

But when Jackson asks Larson “Do you actually like my Kangol hats?” her “yes” is overruled by the man in the back seat: “That’s a lie.”

Brie gets to turn the tables on Jackson when it’s his turn to strap on the lie detector. “Do you like the Captain Marvel suit?” His yes proves to be true, to his relief and, probably, that of Marvel Studios.

See the whole “Carpool Karaoke” ride on Friday, March 8 airing on Apple TV.  Captain Marvel opens this Friday.

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“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek announces he has stage four pancreatic cancer: “I’m gonna fight this”

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has announced that he’s seriously ill.

In a YouTube video, Trebek said, “Just like 50,000 other people in the United States this year, this week I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.”

“Now, normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging but I’m gonna fight this,” he added. “And I’m gonna keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers, also, I plan the beat the low-survival-rate statistics of this disease.”

He then joked, “Truth told, I have to!  Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me!  Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.

Trebek, 78, has hosted the syndicated show for more than 30 years.

This isn’t Trebek’s first serious health issue. In January of 2018, he announced that he’d undergone brain surgery over the Christmas holiday to treat a subdural hematoma — blood clots on the brain — which he suffered as a result of a fall.

He also suffered a mild heart attack in 2012 and underwent knee surgery in 2015.

Jeopardy! debuted as a daytime show in 1964, and ran until 1975. A weekly nighttime syndicated edition aired from 1974-75, and a revival — The All-New Jeopardy! — ran on NBC from 1978-1979. The current version premiered in 1984.

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Tyrese Gibson in talks to join Jared Leto in ‘Spider-Man’ spin-off ‘Morbius’

ABC/Jeff Niera(LOS ANGELES) — Tyrese Gibson is booked and busy. After snagging the lead is the forthcoming Teddy Pendergrass biopic, the Fast and Furious star has now in talks to join another epic project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gibson is in negotiations to join Jared Leto the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off Morbius.

The film, directed by Daniel Espinosa, stars Leto as the titular Morbius, who, in the comics, is a former scientist who develops vampiric abilities after a failed experiment. He started out as an enemy of Spider-Man before becoming more of an anti-hero — much like the title character in Sony Pictures’ recent Spidey-free hit Venom.

THR reports that Gibson will play an, “FBI agent trying to hunt down the living vampire.”

Morbius is set to hit theaters in the summer 2020.

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