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Jared Leo as The Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad”; Clay Enos/Warner Bros./TM & (c) DC Comics(NEW YORK) -- It may seem like an unlikely match -- the director of one of the raunchiest of R-rated comedies and the clown prince of crime -- but Variety reports that The Hangover director Todd Phillips is in talks to co-write and direct an origin movie focusing on Batman's arch nemesis, The Joker.

According to Variety, legendary director and producer Martin Scorsese also is in talks about playing some role in the production of the film, said to take place in the early 1980s and to have the feel of a gritty crime drama.

No word yet on who might star in the movie. The most recent actor to play the Joker is Jared Leto, who played the villain in Suicide Squad and is expected to be back in the role for the Suicide Squad sequel, but, according to Variety, will not take part in the new film.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Morgan Freeman is set to be honored for his decades of work in film by the Screen Actors Guild.

SAG-AFTRA announced on Tuesday that Freeman will be awarded the SAG Life Achievement Award at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, set to air on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 21 at 8 p.m. ET.

The award, one of the guild's highest honors, is given annually to an actor who "fosters the finest ideals of the acting profession."

Freeman's upcoming honor joins a long list of accolades, which include an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Kennedy Center Honor, seven Image Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement.

She continued: “He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur, convicted murderer, boxing gym attendant, pimp or president, Morgan fully realized every character, baring their souls and showcasing their humanity. It has been a privilege to see his genius at work.”

Freeman, has appeared in countless films, from The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Almighty and Kiss the Girls, to Seven, Unforgiven, The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby -- he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the latter.

Freeman's upcoming films include Villa Capri and Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

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ABC/Paul Hebert(NEW YORK) -- The show was split into two segments on Tuesday night’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise. The first segment focused on the latest drama on the beach while the second segment was live and featured fan favorites Raven, Jasmine, Derek, Diggy and Robby offering their takes on what went down between Corrinne and DeMario. Then DeMario himself came out to testify. Plus, two married couples from past Bachelors announced their pregnancies!

Things heated up quickly at the beach when Sarah Vendal, from Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, arrived with a Date Card and instantly threw a wrench into the works between Raven and Adam. It was clear they had some prior chemistry and seeing that, the girls rallied for Raven and tried to convince Sarah to ask Ben out. That plan failed and Sarah took Adam out for a smoldering date with a lot of kissing.

Lacey was having no luck but after whining about it suddenly got a Date Card and ended up taking Diggy out for a romantic date riding horses on a secret beach. It seemed like things were going well, until the next day when sexy Dominique arrived sporting tropical braids. It was all over for Lacey when Diggy saw Dominique and soon they were laughing and making out in the pool. Lacey was crushed.

Danielle, said she didn’t feel that there was a man for her in Paradise, though she is clearly stuck on Wells. She decided to take a position with a charity in Kenya and said her goodbyes. Her goodbye with Wells ended in some serious kissing and hinted that maybe they might be seeing each other again in a much different light.

For the live segment of the show, Chris Harrison reviewed the events that led to the production shutdown and talked to some of the cast about it. Raven and Jasmine were confident that neither Corrinne nor DeMario had done anything wrong and felt compelled to stand up for them when people started trashing them in the press and on social media.

The mood was improved when two couples from past Bachelors announced their pregnancies. Jade and Tanner announced that that they were due on September 12, although in reality they had their baby girl four weeks early on August 17, which they shared on Instagram. Then Evan and Carly, who got married on the second night of this year's season premiere, announced their good news and Carly even had a live ultrasound. It was too early to determine a gender, but not too early for everyone to squee!

Finally, DeMario came out to tell his side of the production shutdown drama. He clearly and confidently stated that he did not believe there was any sexual misconduct between him and Corrinne but nevertheless had to face public outrage about it. He said had a difficult time coping with the fallout, but that he got through it with “family, friends and Kanye West.”

The show ended on a light note as we returned to the beach to hear Raven, Wells and Jasmine discuss euphemisms for sex. Raven shocked everyone with her unique, Southern, “Stank on your hangdown.”

Bachelor in Paradise returns next Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld's return to stand-up comedy on Netflix now has a premiere date.  And it turns out the show will be more than just a comedy set.

Jerry Before Seinfeld will hit Netflix on September 19.  The special will follow Seinfeld to The Comic Strip for an intimate set at the club that helped launch his career.  But the show also will provide a look a Seinfeld's rise to fame, with footage of the library of legal pads Seinfeld keeps, containing every joke he's ever written going back to 1975.

The show also will intersperse Seinfeld's comedy set with childhood videos and other historic material.

Netflix has invested big money in a roster of comics for stand-up special including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan and Ellen DeGeneres, who, like Seinfeld, is returning to stand-up for the first time in years for the streaming network.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NORRISTOWN, Penn.) -- Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told reporters Tuesday after a pretrial hearing that the sexual assault retrial of famed comedian Bill Cosby will be delayed at the defense's request.

It had been scheduled to begin in November.

This news came after Judge Steven T. O'Neill ruled Tuesday that jurors in the retrial will be chosen from Montgomery County, where the trial is being held. The last set of jurors was chosen from Pittsburgh at the request of the 80-year-old comedian's legal team to allow for a more diverse group. That case ended in a mistrial in June.

"We have great potential jurors in this county. We have more than capably demonstrated that we can handle all aspects of the jury selection and the trial," O'Neill said from the bench.

Cosby arrived at the Norristown, Pennsylvania, courthouse for the first pretrial conference in the case with his a new lead attorney, Tom Mesereau, who is replacing Brian McMonagle. Mesereau previously won an acquittal in Michael Jackson's 2005 child molestation trial.

Lawyers Kathleen Bliss and Sam Silver round out Cosby's legal team.

O'Neill, who oversaw the first trial, will be presiding over the second one. He had ordered attorneys to submit jury selection questions and instructions no later than October 30.

Steele, who tried the first case as the district attorney for Montgomery County in Pennsylvania, sought the new trial against Cosby, who has pleaded not guilty.

During the first trial, Andrea Constand testified that in 2004, Cosby gave her pills that rendered her unable to stop his advances, though she said she tried.

After more than 50 hours of deliberation, the panel of seven men and five women were unable to render a unanimous verdict, and Judge O'Neill declared a mistrial on June 17.

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Joss Whedon at Comic-Con 2016; Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Sunday, The Wrap published a withering essay by Kai Cole, the ex-wife of Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and Avengers director Joss Whedon, accusing Whedon not only of cheating on her during their 16 years of marriage, but also of using the marriage "as a shield" to protect his public image as a feminist.

Monday, the longtime Joss Whedon fan website, Whedonesque, announced it would be shutting down.

Although Cole's essay wasn't explicitly cited as the reason for the shutdown, the farewell post did suggest that users make a donation to an organization that deals with complex-post-traumatic distress disorder, which Cole said in her essay she was suffering from as a result of her marriage.

In her essay, Cole wrote of her ex, "I believed, everyone believed, that he was one of the good guys, committed to fighting for women’s rights, committed to our marriage, and to the women he worked with. But I now see how he used his relationship with me as a shield, both during and after our marriage, so no one would question his relationships with other women or scrutinize his writing as anything other than feminist."

She added that she hoped that organizations honoring Whedon for his feminist work will "think twice in the future about honoring a man who does not practice what he preaches."

In a statement to The Wrap, a rep for Whedon said the essay “...includes inaccuracies and misrepresentations" but that Whedon "...is not commenting, out of concern for his children and out of respect for his ex-wife.”

Whedon is currently at work finishing Justice League, which arrives Noember 17.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- The season-25 cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars hasn't been announced yet, but several names have been have generating some buzz.

A source tells Entertainment Tonight that either Jonathan or Drew Scott, the twin brother stars of HGTV's Property Brothers, will hit the dance floor next season. People magazine got even more specific on Tuesday, reporting that it's definitely Drew.

WWE wrestler Nikki Bella also will be competing for the mirror ball trophy next season, a source tells ET.

As has been its custom, ABC isn't commenting on casting rumors ahead of its official announcement on Good Morning America, which should take place in the last week of August or the first week in September.

Dancing with the Stars returns for its 25th season September 18 on ABC.

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Mededith Salenger and Patton Oswalt; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO(NEW YORK) -- Patton Oswalt's daughter Alice saved him from the grips of depression following the sudden death of his wife Michelle McNamara a little over a year ago, he tells Playboy magazine in a new interview.

“If I hadn’t had a daughter and my wife died, we wouldn’t be talking right now. I’m not saying I would be dead, but I would be a shut-in alcoholic,” the 48-year-old comic and actor says.

“Everything would have shut down,” he adds. “I wouldn’t have been about anything. But with Alice, it was and is ‘You got to get up.’”

At the same time, Oswalt was also concerned with making sure Alice, then 7, was OK. He says his daughter, who attends a children’s grief group, is a “really happy little kid,” although there were times when he worried that she was "putting on a show for me, trying to be brave but inside she’s dying."

“There were times when I had to get her to play a game on her iPad or start a little project," Oswalt continues, "and then I would say, ‘Oh, let me go upstairs,’ and I would go put my head in a pillow and just scream and cry because I didn’t want to break down in front of her.”

Oswalt is currently engaged to actress Meredith Salenger, 47. The two met through mutual friends back in February.

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Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.(LAS VEGAS) -- Jerry Lewis died of heart failure, according to a Clark County Nevada Coroner's report obtained by New York's Daily News.

Lewis' death is officially listed as ischemic cardiomyopathy, which occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body due to a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart.

An autopsy reportedly will not be conducted on the legendary comic, who suffered several heart attacks over the years, and also fought prostate cancer, diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis.

Lewis died at his Las Vegas home, surrounded by his family on Sunday at the age of 91.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NORRISTOWN, Penn.) -- Bill Cosby has tapped Tom Mesereau, the attorney who helped Michael Jackson get acquitted of child molestation charges in 2005, to help him beat his retrial for the alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand.

Cosby's reps announced on Monday that former lawyers, Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa will exit the defense team in the actor's criminal case, replaced by Mesereau, ex-federal prosecutor Kathleen Bliss and Philadelphia’s Sam Silver, according to Philly.com. Cosby also announced the new team, with fewer details, on Twitter.

McMonagle reportedly formally filed paperwork early this month to leave the revolving-door defense team, which also has included Marty Singer, former Assistant U. S. Attorney Christopher Tayback and Washington D.C-based Monique Pressley.

The announcement by Cosby and his reps came a day before a pretrial hearing is set to begin in Norristown, Pennsylvania Tuesday.

Cosby has always maintained that the encounter with the ex-Temple University employee was consensual, despite admitting in depositions more than a decade ago to giving Constand pills on the night of the alleged assault in his Philadelphia-area mansion nearly 13 years ago.

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Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) -- George and Amal Clooney just made a big statement against hatred.  They’ve donated one million dollars to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A statement from the SPLC says they’re partnering with the Clooney Foundation for Justice “In the wake of the deadly violence at a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia,” referring to the gathering August 12 that left a woman dead. 

The partnership will “increase the capacity of the SPLC to combat hate groups in the United States,” reads the statement.

"Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality,” the Clooneys add in a statement their rep provided to ABC News. "There are no two sides to bigotry and hate.”

In widely-criticized comments he made after the Charlottesville gathering, President Trump said of the violence, "I think there is blame on both sides. You look at both sides. I think there is blame object on both sides," referring to both the white nationalists and the counter-protestors, the latter of whom included the woman who was killed when a white nationalist drove his vehicle into a crowd and then fled.

The Clooney Foundation for Justice was founded last year by actor/director Clooney and his wife, Amal, an attorney who specializes in international law and human rights.  The foundation’s website says its mission is “to advance justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world.”

Based in Montgomery, AL, The Southern Poverty Law Center is “a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society,” according to their website.

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© 2015 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions(LOS ANGELES) -- Two years after declaring that he'd "rather break this glass and slash my wrists" than do another James Bond film, Daniel Craig confirmed to Late Show host Stephen Colbert that he would, indeed, play the secret agent one more time. So why the the change-of-heart?

A source tells the New York Daily News that Craig was convinced to re-up by the promise that he'd "make history."

The film's 2019 release date would reportedly mark the 49-year-old actor's 13th year playing 007, according to the newspaper -- a year longer than the current record-holder, Roger Moore, who died in May.

Of course, money was also a factor. Craig’s deal could reach into the nine-figure range, according to the newspaper. He reportedly turned down a $90 million offer to play Bond before reportedly reaching a deal in late July. Still it was that 13 milestone that sealed the deal.

“Sure, the financial deal was interesting,” explains the insider, but, “He was very proud [of] that milestone.”

While Craig will become the longest-running Bond, he won't be the oldest. That honor also belongs to Moore, who was 58 when he gave up the role.

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Netflix/Jessica Miglio(NEW YORK) -- Just three days after its latest Marvel series, The Defenders, went live on Netflix, the streaming network released a trailer for its next effort, The Punisher.

Spun off from the second season of its hit Daredevil series, The Punisher again features fan favorite Jon Bernthal as one of Marvel's most popular heroes: former elite soldier Frank Castle, who uses his skills to mercilessly hunt down criminals of every stripe after his family was murdered.  

In the sneak peek, Castle takes a sledgehammer to a concrete floor, perhaps to unearth a weapons cache.

"All the things that I'd done," Castle says in a gravelly voiceover. "Memories, they never hurt me. But the past is more than memories. It's the Devil you sold your soul to. He's coming. He's coming to collect."

Netflix's announcement notes, "After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone."

As for when we'll see the series, all we know is sometime this year.

Count Charlie Cox, who plays Daredevil, as an eager fan. He told ABC Radio of seeing Bernthal in action again: "I'm excited about that. I'm excited to watch that as a fanboy, you know?"

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Universal - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Girls Trip, the breakout hit of the summer, has officially made history.

According to Deadline, the film has both become the first comedy of 2017 to hit $100 million at the box office and the first film, according to The Huffington Post, starring, produced, written, and directed by African-Americans to do the same.

Naturally, many of those involved in the milestone celebrated the news on social media.

"Four brown girls did what they said couldn't be done!!!! Salute Queens," Girls Trip producer Will Packer wrote on Twitter, posting an image of Girls Trip stars Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smithand Tiffany Haddish from the film  dancing above a "$100 Million" and "#Girls Trip" caption.

Tracy Y. Oliver, who wrote the Girls Trip script alongside black-ish creator Kenya Barris, also took to social media to share her gratitude.  "Much [love emoji] to @willpowerpacker and @malcolmdlee for hiring a black woman to write this," she wrote, acknowledging the film's producer and director, Malcolm D. Lee. "Sometimes all we need is the opportunity. #honored."

The Girls Trip stars also shared their thoughts on the film's success.  "We Did it Beautiful Black women are funny and can bring people out the house to the theaters," Haddish wrote in Instagram. "Idk but I feel like this is History #girlstripmovie #sheready."

"This is amazing!!!" tweeted Latifah. "So proud of the entire #GirlsTrip team! We are so thankful to everyone who came out and supported us."

Hall followed suit on Instagram, writing, "Thank you 100 million times for all of your support! YOU did this and we couldn't be more grateful. All my girls (and guys) Stand Up!!!!"

Her co-star Pinkett-Smith has similar sentiments.  "What a beautiful thing to witness," she wrote.

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© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar winner Geena Davis is no stranger to kicking butt on screen.

The actress, who's starred in action films such as Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight, wants in on the sequel to the blockbuster movie Wonder Woman.

"I met [director] Patty Jenkins and I told her, 'I’m sure you're going to make a sequel and if you need anybody Amazonian, there's always me. I’m available,'" she told Variety.

Wonder Woman was a box office phenomenon, opening with an estimated $103.1 million, Warner Bros. said -- the largest haul for a female-directed feature in history. It bested record-holder, Fifty Shades of Grey, by $15 million. The film, starring Gal Gadot as the title character, also had the biggest opening for a female-led comic adaptation.

The movie has just surpassed the $800 million mark globally.

Davis, 61, said she "loved" the film, and wants roles in more action films, or even a TV series.

"My dream goal would be to have a streaming show where I could be a bada**," she said.

Asked if her films inspired Wonder Woman, Davis said, "I would never claim credit for those movies."

However, if she did join the Wonder Woman universe, she already has one Amazonian skill under her belt: Davis was an Olympian-level archer.

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