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Brace yourself, Star Wars fans! Ron Howard has given fans a small taste of how Donald Glover will look as Lando Calrissian in Disney's upcoming Star Wars standalone film about a young Han Solo.

"Lining up a shot today from my director's monitor," Howard wrote on Instagram Tuesday alongside a photo of himself standing near a monitor that features Glover as the iconic Star Wars character.

Glover, wearing a yellow jacket, is inside the cockpit of the famed Millennium Falcon, Han Solo's signature ship that the smuggler won from Lando as stated in The Empire Strikes Back.

Howard joined the production on the untitled Han Solo film in June after original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were booted off the project over "different creative visions."

Glover signed on to star as Lando, a character previously portrayed by Billy Dee Williams, in October. The cast also includes Alden Ehrenreich stepping into the title role made famous by Harrison Ford along with Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton.

The Han Solo spinoff film is still slated to hit theaters on May 25, 2018 despite the change in directors.

Even with all of the shakeups, I think this movie had potential. What say you?

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Stan Lee immortalized in handprint ceremony
Comic book legend Stan Lee said he was "thrilled" and "overwhelmed" to have his handprints and footprints immortalized in front of Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday.

The 94-year-old Marvel comics co-creator got his hands a little dirty as his own slab of concrete joined the likes of Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe outside of the iconic theater.

"If I had known I was so good, I'd have asked for a raise," Lee said. "I can't tell you what it means to me. I'm thrilled, I'm overwhelmed."

Lee is the name behind countless comic book characters, a source that has been mined for dozens of movies and television shows, including the recently released Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He has appeared in cameos in most of the feature films.

Marvel Cinematic Universe president and producer Kevin Feige, Black Painter star Chadwick Boseman, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg and Guardians of the Galaxy writer James Gunn were on hand at the ceremony.

Boseman lauded Lee for his creation of one of the first black comic book characters in the midst of the civil rights movement.

"You have to think about it's beyond civil rights. It's black empowerment. We as African Americans, we're not just victims. We're not just the colonized. We're not just slaves. We were kings and queens. We're advanced in an advanced scientific nation ... we had abilities beyond what other people knew," Boseman said.

Director and comic book-lover Kevin Smith emceed the event.

"Stan Lee is a deep part of my DNA and genetics and it's an honor to be here," Smith said. "He didn't teach me to read, but he taught me to enjoy reading. He didn't teach me to dream, but he gave me so many things to dream about."

Less than two weeks after the death of Joan Lee, Lee said he wished his wife could have been there to witness the moment.

The next Lee-inspired movies scheduled to hit theaters are Thor: Ragnorak on Nov. 3, Black Panther on Feb. 16, Avengers: Infinity War on May 4, Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6, 2018, and Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.


'Platoon' stars Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Kevin Dillon reunite
Platoon stars Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen and Kevin Dillon reunited over the weekend.

Depp, 54, Sheen, 51, and Dillon, 51, came together at Depp's house Sunday more than 30 years after the Oliver Stone movie opened in theaters in December 1986.

"#platoon 30 year #reunion last night at #johnnydepp house #goodtimes @charliesheen," Dillon captioned a photo on Instagram of himself with Depp and Sheen.

Platoon starred Sheen as Private First Class Chris Taylor, with Depp as Lerner and Dillon as Bunny. The anti-war film was set during the Vietnam War, and co-starred Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and John C. McGinley.

"I think a big reason we're all still friends is because we all had such an exceptional experience shooting that movie," Dillon told the Daily Mail in December.

"It was just such an incredible experience," he added. "I still look back on it as such a great time in my life. I was young and I loved it."

Platoon won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Stone. Stone confirmed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2011 that he hired Sheen after considering Depp, Keanu Reeves and Kyle MacLachlan for Taylor.

"Charlie was a dumb-struck 17-year-old the first time he came in for the film, back when we were going to make it '84. And in those two years, he'd grown and seemed perfectly wide-eyed and had a vaguely privileged look," the director recalled.

"I think he did a great job," he added. "He was perfect for the movie. He conveys the horror of the place. I like his performance."

Depp, Sheen and Dillon have since starred in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Two and a Half Men and Entourage, respectively.


LOOSE LIPS:
"I couldn't stop crying all weekend and most people [thought] I would have cried during the entire ceremony, but instead I was just so excited and ready to celebrate!"
--Julianne Hough, on her wedding to Brooks Laich, in this week's issue of PEOPLE



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Daniel Radcliffe comes to the aid of London robbery victim
Daniel Radcliffe rushed to the aid of a tourist in west London recently who was slashed in the face during a robbery.

The victim in his 50s, was in Great Britain on vacation when he was targeted for his Louis Vutton bag by two muggers riding a moped, The Telegraph reported.

After making their escape, former police officer David Videcette went after the thieves in his car and upon his return noticed Radcliffe attending to the victim.

"It was a bit of the surreal moment, I said 'you're Daniel Radcliffe' and he replied 'I am,'" Videcette shared with the Evening Standard.

"He was a really nice bloke, a lot of stars wouldn't have stopped to help," he continued before noting that the victim was "very, very shaken up."

A spokeswoman for Radcliffe confirmed that the Harry Potter star was present at the scene of the crime. Police are continuing to investigate the robbery with no arrests made.


Kenny Rogers to perform with Dolly Parton at final concert
Kenny Rogers will perform with frequent duet partner Dolly Parton at his final concert.

The 78-year-old country star will share the stage with the 71-year-old singer Oct. 25 in Nashville, Tenn., before retiring from live shows after six decades, Rogers announced in a Facebook video Tuesday.

"I'm going to get together with Dolly Parton for the very last time onstage. You don't want to miss it!" he said. "We're going to have some other friends there -- they're going to sing, too. So please come see me, and help me say goodbye to the business."

Little Big Town, Idina Menzel and the Flaming Lips are among the other recording artists who will join Rogers at his "All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers" farewell concert at Bridgestone Arena.

"It's going to be really exciting," the country star told Rolling Stone Country. "It's a chance, while they're doing something for me, for me to say goodbye to these people as well."

Rogers and Parton last performed together in public during a CMT event in 2005. The pair are known for such duets as "Islands in the Stream," "Love is Strange," "Christmas Without You" and "Undercover."

"Neither of us take ourselves for granted, and we're both kind of astonished as to what's happened with our lives and careers," Rogers said. "We're both very appreciative of it."

Rogers released his 27th studio album, You Can't Make Old Friends, in October 2013. He kicked off his final tour, The Gambler's Last Deal, in May 2016, and will bring the venture to a close Nov. 4 in Hampton Beach, N.H.


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Starz is developing a fictional drama series based on the life of Mariah Carey.

The series will follow the rise of a bi-racial 16-year-old singer who lives in New York City in 1986 as she becomes the highest-selling female artist of all-time, Deadline reported.

Carey is executive producing the project along with filmmaker Brett Ratner (Rush Hour). Nina Colman was has scripted the series, will serve as showrunner.

The pop star was recently the subject of an E! reality series titled Mariah's World that documented the singer as she prepared for a European tour and planned her wedding to ex-fiancee James Packer.

Carey has also previously guest-starred on Fox's music drama Empire.

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