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“Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra confirms engagement to pop star Nick Jonas

Prodip Guha/Hindustan Times via Getty Images(MUMBAI) — Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and pop star Nick Jonas are finally Instagram official: The couple confirmed their rumored engagement with a posting on Chopra’s social media.

“The only way to do this… with Family and God. Thank you all for your wishes and blessings,” Chopra, 36, wrote, captioning a photo of herself and Nick, 25.  She’s wearing a traditional Indian outfit, but is sporting a large diamond ring on her finger.  The couple is shown standing in front of a hedge decorated with the intertwined initials “N” and “P.”

She also posted a photo of herself looking adoringly into Jonas’ eyes, with her ring prominently displayed. “Taken.. With all my heart and soul,” reads the caption.  The singer posted the same photo with the caption, “Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love.”

People magazine reports that the couple celebrated their engagement with a party in Mumbai, India, attended by both their families.  Chopra shared a gallery of photos from the party, known as a roka ceremony, including a photo of Jonas’ parents posing with Chopra’s mom and brother.

In one photo, which People says was taken during a Hindu prayer ceremony known as a “pruja,” the couple is shown wearing traditional Indian garb.

A friend of Priyanka’s, Anusha Dandekar, posted a photo of herself posing with couple.  She wrote, “I always knew one thing was certain, she deserved true love. Then her Prince came along for real… not to rescue her because god knows she does that all on her own and HOW! But someone to love her the way she loves, laugh with her endlessly, keep it [100] & live the happily ever after that everyone who wants to love and be loved deserve.”

She added, “I am beyond happy for you @priyankachopra @nickjonas you make love look so easy, beautiful & special… Congratulations.”

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“Watchmen” series officially coming to HBO in 2019

HBO/Van Redin (Regina King)Watchmen has officially been ordered to series at HBO, Variety reports.

The Damon Lindelof series, based on the classic DC graphic novel about superheroes who are treated as outlaws, is set to debut in 2019.  Until now, the show had just been in its pilot stage.

HBO says the new series “embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.”

The large cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, and Louis Gossett Jr. Lindelof and King previously worked with HBO on the series The Leftovers.

Watchmen will become the cable network’s first-ever superhero series.

In 2009, the graphic novel was turned into a movie starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, and Patrick Wilson.

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Renée Zellweger to star in new Netflix show, “What/If”

JB Lacroix/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Renée Zellweger is heading to Netflix.

The actress will be starring a new drama series called What/If, set to debut on the streaming site in 2019.

The show, described as a “social thriller,” is about newlyweds in a financial bind, who find themselves tempted into a lucrative but ethically questionable offer from a powerful woman. Zellweger will be playing a character named Anne.

The series is intended to focus on a different morality issue each season, exploring the consequences of “acceptable people doing unacceptable things,” and how one decision can change the course of your entire life.

In addition to this new TV project, Zellweger has some movies in the pipeline, including Here and Now with Sarah Jessica Parker, due out in November and the Judy Garland biopic Judy, set for release sometime next year.

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Milo Gibson follows in his dad Mel Gibson’s acting footsteps with new film, “Breaking and Entering”

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Milo Gibson is following in his dad Mel Gibson’s acting footsteps.

The younger Gibson is starring in a new movie called Breaking and Entering, a dark comedy where he plays a charming burglar.

Having grown up around the film industry, Milo tells ABC’s Good Morning America that he inevitably caught the acting bug but only recently decided to embrace it.

“I think it was always something that I wanted to do, you know, when I was younger but I didn’t know if I wanted to go that route,” he says. “And I didn’t want to be 60 years old and regret not trying something and now that I have tried it, I have a huge passion for it, I love it and it’s something that I wanna do.”

Milo also appeared in his dad’s 2016 film, Hacksaw Ridge. He reveals the best acting advice his two-time Oscar-winning father has given him.

“Be truthful to your character and just try to emulate that to the best of your ability,” he says.

Breaking and Entering, the directorial debut of actor Peter Facinelli, is out today.

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Regina King’s “wild” Comic-Con experience: “You have fans in places that you would never guess”

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Emmy-award winning actress Regina King is still reeling over her appearance at last month’s Comic-Con in San Diego, California, where she, like thousands of other fans, took part in all things geek culture.

As a newbie, King tells ABC Radio her experience was definitely one to remember.

“It was wild, wild!” King recalls, describing the four-day event. “By the end of that Saturday, when I woke up the next morning, I had no voice.”

King participated in Entertainment Weekly‘s “Women Who Kick Ass” panel on July 21 with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennet, Riverdale‘s Camila Mendes, Amandla Stenberg from The Darkest Minds, and Jodie Whittaker, the first woman ever cast as Doctor Who.  For her part, King was there to promote her forthcoming HBO series, Watchmen.

“It was pretty fantastic to see how many people were aware of the Watchmen series, or comic book series,” she says, referring to the groundbreaking limited-run comic from 1986 to 1987. “I was not really aware of it prior to the movie.”

The actress also reveals she was extremely surprised to see just how many fans came out to support her.

“I mean, you talk to so many people and you realize that you have fans in places and spaces that you would never guess,” King says. “And people rooting for you to play roles that you never even considered playing.”

She continues, “So yeah, that Comic-Con world — those are true fans. The cosplay is out of this world. I enjoyed it.”

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‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening talks new series, ‘Disenchantment’

Netflix(NEW YORK) — From Springfield to Dreamland.  The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has a new animated series on Netflix set in medieval times, called Disenchantment.

Groening, who worked with former Simpsons writer and producer Josh Weinstein on the new series, said its medieval time period was something they’ve both been itching to explore.

“We both share a love of fables and fairy tales going back to Fractured Fairy Tales on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show, to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and all the rest, and it was an opportunity to visualize our imaginations,” Groening said. 

Groening went on to explain that working with Netflix is an entirely different ball game after working with network TV for the last 30 years on shows like The Simpsons and Futurama.

“There are no rules that we have to adhere to, and unlike the network TV that we’re used to, we don’t have to stop every seven minutes and break for a few commercials, so we can tell a whole story, and the stories are longer,” he explained. “With those extra seven or eight minutes, those are when the fun, crazy amounts of jokes come in.”

Comedian Eric Andre helped bring those jokes into the story by voicing a shadowy mythical creature named Luci. Andre told ABC Radio that it’s amazing to work with Groening, since he was raised on The Simpsons.

“I would just wait until The Simpson came on, and then I’d be glued to the screen,” he said. “[It’s a] total dream come true.”  

Disenchantment premieres Friday on Netflix.

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‘Mile 22’ and ‘Alpha’ among this week’s new movie releases

Mark Wahlberg i “Mile 22”; Murray Close/© 2017 STX Financing, LLC.(NEW YORK) — Here are the movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Mile 22 — Mark Wahlberg stars as a CIA operative leading a small paramilitary team on a dangerous mission to sneak a police officer with sensitive information out of the country. John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais and Ronda Rousey also star. Rated R.

* Alpha — Set in the ice age, a young man — played by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Kodi Smit-McPhee — is separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt and struggles to find his way home. Along the way, he befriends an injured wolf. Also starring Leonor Varela and Jens Hultén. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* Blaze — Ethan Hawke wrote and directed this biographical drama based on the life of country musician Blaze Foley, played by Ben Dickey. Also starring Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri‘s Sam Rockwell, War for the Planet of the Apes‘ Steve Zahn and Arrested Development‘s  Alia Shawkat.  Rated R.

* Juliet, Naked — Rose Byrne stars as Annie, who falls in love with washed-up singer Tucker Crowe — played by Ethan Hawke — who also happens to be the subject of her boyfriend Duncan’s musical obsession. Duncan is portrayed by Chris O’Dowd. Rated R.

* The Wife — Glenn Close has generated Oscar buzz for her turn as a wife who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, played by Jonathan Pryce, where he will receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Christian Slater and Elizabeth McGovern also star. Rated R.

Opened Wednesday, now playing:

* Crazy Rich Asians — This highly anticipated romantic comedy — the first Asian-led studio release since 1993’s Joy Luck Club — is based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel of the same name.  It follows a young Asian American woman, played by ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu, who travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family, only to learn they’re super rich. Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Kris Aquino, Lisa Lu, Nico Santos, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh also star. Rated PG-13.

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Watch now: Marvel’s “Iron Fist” season 2 trailer

Netflix(HOLLYWOOD) — They’ve made fans wait until three weeks before the show returns to Netflix, but the folks at Marvel Entertainment have finally released the trailer for the second season of Marvel’s Iron Fist.

The clip is tight and action-packed and features co-stars Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick — both Games of Thrones alums — beating the living daylights out of a long string of foes. 

The trailer is available on Marvel’s official site and also straight from YouTube.

Season 2 of the Netflix original series debuts on Friday, September 7.

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Scarlett Johansson named “Forbes'” highest-paid actress

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) — Scarlett Johansson made more bank last year than any other actress in the world.

That’s the official word of Forbes, which reveals that the star pocketed a cool $40.5 million between June 1 of 2017 and 2018, almost half of which came from Johansson’s $20 million paycheck for appearing as Black Widow in Marvel’s Avengers franchise.

A $20 million take is nothing to sneeze at, but it’s worth mentioning that Johansson’s Avengers salary was roughly half of her male co-star, Robert Downey, Jr.

Scarlett’s runner-ups were Angelina Jolie, who made just over $28 million, and Jennifer Aniston, at $19.5 million. 

None of these tallies include agent or management fees, or taxes.

Here’s the list of Forbes‘ top 10 highest-paid actresses:

1. Scarlett Johansson, $40.5 million
2. Angelina Jolie, $28.2 million
3. Jennifer Aniston, $19.5 million
4. Jennifer Lawrence, $18 million
5. Reese Witherspoon, $16.5 million
6. Mila Kunis, $16 million
7. Julia Roberts, $13 million
8. Cate Blanchett, $12.5 million
9. Melissa McCarthy, $12 million
10. Gal Gadot, $10 million

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus gives heartfelt thanks to “Veep” crew before season 7 shooting begins

HBO/Justin M. Lubin(LOS ANGELES) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus battled breast cancer in the last year, but the Veep star had her mind on others when she returned to the set this past week. 

In a tweet, Louis-Dreyfus can be seen in a set hotel room just before shooting. She addresses her crew and says, “I really appreciate everyone coming back and working it out to come back. I’m very grateful. Thank you very much. Love you guys. Season seven!”

She posted the video with the caption, “Before the first shot of season 7 of @veephbo. So deeply grateful to be back together with all these superb people.”

Production on Veep for its seventh and last season was delayed for months while the former Seinfeld star underwent chemotherapy following her cancer diagnosis last September. Though she hasn’t officially announced that she’s cancer-free, Louis-Dreyfus posted on Twitter this past winter that her surgery yielded “great results.”

Season 7 of Veep will air in 2019 on HBO.

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