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Lena Dunham commemorates 9-month anniversary of hysterectomy with nude photos and message about recovery

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Lena Dunham is commemorating the nine-month anniversary of her hysterectomy with a series of nude photos on Instagram.

The Girls creator posted three photos of her strategically censored naked body, along with a message about her recovery. She underwent the surgery last year after a lengthy struggle with endometriosis, a painful disorder in which tissue grows outside the uterus.

“Today is National Leathercraft Day, National Relaxation Day and National Lemon Meringue Pie Day. It’s also the 9 month anniversary of my hysterectomy,” Dunham wrote.

“I’ve never celebrated the 9 month anniversary of anything and I realized last night why that number feels so funny- I won’t ever do it the way I planned to,” she continued, referencing the fact that she will never be able to carry a child.

Dunham added, “My body is mostly healed and every day I find a new bruise on my heart, but today I offer myself gratitude: from the most pained place, I somehow knew to choose myself. The purest glint of who we are and know we can be is always available to us, calm and true at our center.”

She also explained a recent tattoo she got on her side that reads, “RIP Judy.”

“My friend Paul named my uterus Judy, and when she was being uppity we called her out, hence the tattoo on my ribs, which hurt like f*** even through the pain meds: #RIPJudy,” she said.

“Today I give thanks for Judy, for her graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for. Happy Giving Birth To Myself Day.”

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Watch now: Viola Davis takes the reins in new trailer for Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

ABC Image Group LA(HOLLYWOOD) — Viola Davis is a woman on a mission in the official trailer for the Steve McQueen’s upcoming thriller Widows.

The film, set in today’s Chicago, is an adaptation of the popular 1980s British series of the same name. It follows Davis’ character Veronica, who, after her husband and his crew die trying to pull off a robbery, recruits fellow widows from the other crime families to finish the job.

“You have no idea, do you? Or did you choose not to know?” Brian Tyree Henry’s character tells Davis, referring to the money that was stolen from him. “This is about my life. And because it’s about my life, it now becomes about yours.”

Davis stars alongside Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo, who round out the widows and Davis’ team.

Widows marks the first film for McQueen since his 12 Years a Slave won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2013. It hits theaters November 16.

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As she approaches 30, Emma Stone says her dreams now are “personal and less professional”

Ben Hassett(LOS ANGELES) — Over the past few years, Emma Stone has accomplished things that most actresses only dream of, including taking home the Oscar in 2017 for her starring role in La La Land.

But recently, she’s been relishing a quieter life away from the craziness of film sets, telling her pal Jennifer Lawrence in an interview for Elle magazine that she hasn’t shot anything in six months.

To fill her time, the actress, who will turn 30 in November, has been traveling and spending time with the people she loves.

“I think it’s been a good time to get a little perspective, because things were so heavy work-wise for the past few years. And honestly, so many of my dreams are now personal and less professional,” she says. “It’s less thinking about the next 10 years and what needs to happen and just sort of relaxing into what will be, instead of trying to control the outcome.”

When pressed by Lawrence if she’s hoping a husband and children might one day factor into her life, Stone — who is not currently in a public romantic relationship — says that she never expected it to, but she’s thinking about it more now that she’s approaching the big 3-0.

“My perspective about kids has changed as I’ve gotten older,” she says. “I never babysat or anything. As a teenager, I was like, ‘I’m never getting married, I’m never having kids.’ And then I got older and I was like, ‘I really want to get married, I really want to have kids.”

“It’s the turning-30 thing where you’re like, ‘I’m not that young,'” she continued. “I’m young, but I’m not that young.”

Stone will next star in the upcoming Netflix miniseries, Maniac, which premieres September 21.

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Melvin Jackson Jr. recalls the moment he learned he and his wife were Emmy nominated

Diondre Jones for Jones’n Photography(NEW YORK) — September could be a life-changing month for Melvin Jackson Jr. and his wife, Kelly Jernette, who are both nominated for Emmys.

Jackson Jr. is nominated in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for his web series This Eddie Murphy Role Is Mine Not Yours, while Jernette received an Emmy nod for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Annie in The Handmaid’s Tale.

Because the two are the first African-American couple to earn Emmy nods in the same year, they’ll make history if they both end up winning. 

Jackson Jr. recalls the moment when he first learned they’d been nominated. 

“I was at work, actually,” Jackson Jr. tells ABC Radio. “I was looking on the computer and I saw that the nominees and I went online and I was like, “Wow.”

After getting over the initial shock, Melvin says he had an important call to make.

“I first had called my wife, because I saw she was nominated,” he continues, “So I said, ‘And you’re nominated.’ She said… ‘What about you?’ And she looked and she said, ‘You’re nominated as well.'”

That’s when the news finally sank in, says Melvin: “So it was just a crazy moment to both share that moment and it was just like still kind of, you know, surreal like I have those ‘ahhhh’ moments for a minute.”

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Monday, September 17 at 8 p.m. ET at LA’s Microsoft Theater and broadcast live on NBC.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a “fun, heartwarming” rom-com with representation, says star Constance Wu

Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Crazy Rich Asians is ready to share its wealth with moviegoers nationwide, starting today.

The film, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, follows Chinese-American NYU professor Rachel Chu who finds out her boyfriend Nick Young is, well, crazy rich. When they fly to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding, Rachel is thrown into his family’s world of opulence, and judgment.

“It’s just a really fun, heartwarming love story about culture and family and jealousy and all the stuff that often gets in the way of true love,” Constance Wu, who plays Rachel, tells ABC Radio. “But hopefully true love prevails!”

It’s a timeless romance, with handsome newcomer Henry Golding in the role of Nick. But the film is also making history as the first studio movie since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club to tell a contemporary story with an all-Asian cast. Wu says she hopes it makes Hollywood more receptive to expanding Asian and Asian-American representation on the big screen.

“Diversity is just putting somebody there so it looks like you checked off a box,” she explains. “Representation is actually centering the narrative in a person of color’s story so that you understand and explore what makes them different and special.”

There are two more books in Kwan’s series, so the movie franchise could conceivably continue to break barriers and stereotypes. Harry Shum Jr., who plays Charlie Wu, is looking forward to that.

“I make a cameo in hopes that the story continues ’cause my character definitely has an expansion,” he says. “But for me, I’m just happy to see these talented people be able to portray these characters beautifully.”

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Harvey Weinstein loses bid to have sex trafficking charges dropped

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Harvey Weinstein has failed in his attempt to get a judge to drop a sex trafficking suit filed against him by an aspiring actress.

Karina Noble alleges Weinstein sexually assaulted her in a Cannes hotel in 2014 after promising her film roles that never materialized.

In court documents obtained by ABC, on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet dismissed the lawsuit, writing, “Plaintiff has plausibly alleged that Harvey Weinstein, knowingly and in interstate commerce, enticed and or recruited her knowing that means of force, fraud, or a combination of the two, would be employed to cause her to engage in a commercial sex act.”

Weinstein’s lawyers filed for a dismissal of the case back in January, arguing Noble “fail[ed] to allege that she was caused to engage in a ‘commercial sex act,’ as neither she nor Weinstein paid or received anything of value in exchange for the alleged sex act.”

Sweet did, however, dismiss allegations against Harvey Weinstein’s brother and movie production partner, Bob Weinstein, ruling Noble failed to prove that Bob was aware of or facilitated his brother’s alleged sexual misconduct.

Harvey Weinstein’s attorney, Phyllis Kupferstein, said that he would appeal the ruling, according to Variety.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ gets a jump on the weekend’s new releases

Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Opening in wide release Wednesday:

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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First look: Mahershala Ali in “Green Book”; Taraji P. Henson in “What Men Want”

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(HOLLYWOOD) — In what could be a match made in heaven, DreamWorks Pictures has dropped the first official trailer for Green Book, the upcoming film starring Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen as two unlikely friends.

The film follows Mortensen’s Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx, who is hired to drive Ali’s Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class African-American pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. Together, the two must depend on “The Green Book,” a guide that lists the few establishments safe for African-Americans. 

The comedy-drama, directed by Peter Farrelly, is said to be inspired by a true friendship that “transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.”

Meanwhile, Taraji P. Henson is front and center in the first trailer for her upcoming romantic comedy, What Men Want.

The film, which also stars Tracy Morgan and Underground alum Alidis Hodge, is a remake of the 2000 hit romantic comedy What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson.

In the original film, Gibson played a cocky chauvinist who mysteriously acquired the power to hear woman’s thoughts, which of course drastically changed his understanding of women.

In the new version, Henson plays a female sports agent who suddenly gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts and uses it to help her sign the next big NBA star.

Green Book hits theaters on November 21. What Men Want heads to the big screen on January 11, 2019.

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Kerry Washington to star in and produce Hulu sci-fi drama “Old City Blues”

ABC/ Heidi Gutman(HOLLYWOOD) — Kerry Washington has set up another project at Hulu.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Washington has signed on to star in and produce the series adaptation of Boom! Studios’ 2011 graphic novel Old City Blues.  

The comic, set in 2048, takes place in New Athens, Greece, a place filled with “high-tech criminals including smugglers, drug dealers and corrupt politicians and powerful corporations.”

It follows the New Athens Special Police, who work to keep the city safe following the death of a cyborg who founded a tech company.

There is no word on who Washington will play in potential series.

This is Washington’s latest project at Hulu. The Scandal alum is also starring in and producing a limited-series adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere with Reese Witherspoon. 

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Fascinating: “Star Trek: Discovery” has found its Mr. Spock

Courtesy of CBS TV Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, one of TV’s most iconic characters, has been portrayed by the late Leonard Nimoy on TV and in the original Star Trek movie series, and by Zachary Quinto in the three recent Star Trek films. But now there’s a new Vulcan in town.

TV actor Ethan Peck has been cast as Spock for season two of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.  Discovery takes place a number of years before the original Star Trek, but the show’s main character, Michael Burnham, is Spock’s foster sister.  Yes, Michael is a woman; she’s played by Sonequa Martin-Green.

The new season of Discovery, which will premiere in 2019, will feature the USS Discovery encountering the USS Enterprise, but during a time when the ship is under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, not Captain Kirk.  Spock served as the science officer of the Enterprise under Pike.

Peck, the grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck, has appeared on Madame Secretary, Gossip Girl and That ’70s Show.  Discovery’s executive producer Alex Kurtzman says in a statement, “We searched for months for an actor who would…effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning.”

According to Kurtzman, Peck “walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities…and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family.”

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