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'Star Wars: Episode IX' receives new December 2019 release date
Disney and Lucasfilm's ninth entry in their Star Wars series, tentatively titled Star Wars: Episode IX, has been pushed back to December 2019.

The sci-fi sequel will now be arriving in theaters on Dec. 20, 2019, Variety reported. Episode IX was originally slated to release on May 24, 2019.

Director Guy Ritchie's upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin will be taking the May 24, 2019 release date, noted Entertainment Weekly.

Also scheduled for release in December 2019 is Warner Bros. upcoming superhero sequel Wonder Woman 2 which is scheduled to arrive one week before Episode IX on Dec. 13.

Episode IX's new release date comes after Disney and Lucasfilm announced Tuesday that The Force Awakens helmer J.J. Abrams would be returning to the franchise to direct Episode IX in place of filmmaker Colin Trevorrow.

Abrams is penning the Star Wars sequel alongside Chris Terrio who recently co-wrote Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Jennifer Lawrence calls beau Darren Aronofsky 'bold, brave, brilliant'
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence says she knew she wanted to star in the suspense thriller mother! as soon as filmmaker Darren Aronofsky pitched the project to her.

"It was an instant 'yes' before I even read anything," Lawrence recalled at a Toronto International Film Festival press conference this week.

"He told me his ideas and I thought that they were just brilliant and unique and challenging. So, I was in immediately. I've been a fan of his for years. I think he is bold and brave," the actress said of Aronofsky, who is now her boyfriend. "I think I said brilliant. I've been a fan. So, once he just told me of the ideas that were floating around in his head, I said, 'yes,' and then I got a script. When I read it, I threw it across the room and told him he had severe psychological problems, but it's a masterpiece. No, I didn't have any hesitations."

"You just have to take it one day at a time, some days are easier than others and some days you forget about drinking and using, but for me, I work on my physical health, which is important, but my mental health as well."
--Demi Lovato, on her sobriety, at the annual Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Summer Spectacular

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Which 'Insecure' star is the new face of CoverGirl?

'Grey's Anatomy' star Jason George joins spinoff about firefighters
Grey's Anatomy star Jason George has joined the cast of a new spinoff about firefighters.

The 45-year-old actor, who plays Dr. Ben Warren in the original ABC show, will serve as a series regular in the forthcoming drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

George's transition to the spinoff will reportedly be "a key part" of his character's storyline in Grey's Anatomy Season 14, which premieres Sept. 28. He will remain a series regular on the show until the spinoff starts production.

George joins previously announced star Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood, Shooter). George, who may continue to make appearances on Grey's Anatomy after the spinoff begins, reacted to his casting in a tweet Tuesday.

"Oh, and, um,...this is happening... The #greysanatomy universe is expanding," he wrote.

The new show is the second Grey's Anatomy spinoff following Private Practice, and was given a straight-to-series order in May. The show will follow a group of Seattle firefighters in their personal and professional lives.

George joined Grey's Anatomy in Season 6, and was made a series regular in Season 12. His previous roles include Michael Bourne on Sunset Beach, J.T. Hunter on Eve, and Dominic Taylor on Mistresses.

Bruno Mars to headline CBS special on Nov. 29
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo is to air on CBS Nov. 29.

This will be the Grammy winner's first prime-time television special. Part of it was taped at the landmark Apollo Theater and around New York City. Mars is expected to continue filming during the next few weeks.

"For me, Bruno Mars is the greatest performer in the world," Ben Winston -- who, alongside Mars, is serving as executive producer on the hour-long program -- said in a statement Tuesday. "To be producing his first television special is a true honor. This will be a special show and a special night."

"Bruno Mars is the ultimate live performer of this generation," added Jack Sussman, executive vice president of specials, music and live events for CBS Entertainment. "He is the very definition of event television. He burns the roof off the Apollo while paying respect to its tradition and history. We at CBS are proud to be broadcasting his first TV special."

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Which 'Insecure' star is the new face of CoverGirl?

Insecure star Issa Rae was named the new face of CoverGirl this week.

The 32-year-old actress, who plays Issa Dee on the HBO series, will serve as a brand ambassador for the cosmetics company.

"@issarae YES, you better believe it beautiful, the secret is finally out and we couldn't be happier!" CoverGirl announced in an Instagram post Tuesday. "YOU ARE EVERYTHING and we are so honored to welcome you to the #COVERGIRL family!"

Rae came to fame with the YouTube series Awkward Black Girl before creating Insecure. She paid tribute to the theme of the web series while reacting to her CoverGirl news online.

"I remember being an awkward black girl in high school, reading the pages of my favorite magazines, casually flipping through @COVERGIRL ads, singing their slogan in my head. Never EVER in my life did I imagine I'd be one," the star wrote. "I am SO honored and SO excited for what's to come."

A CoverGirl representative said in a statement to Glamour that Rae's humor, approach to life and candidness made her a perfect ambassador for the brand.

"With her characteristic wit and charm, unique observations on life and culture, and outspoken but relatable nature, Issa truly embodies the CoverGirl spirit of inclusive self-expression, inspiring people to embrace what makes them unique and confidently represent that to the world," the rep said.

"Becoming a CoverGirl means a lot because the brand recognizes just how important it is for people to embrace their individuality and express themselves in unique and diverse ways," Rae added. "This has been a major part of my personal journey and a message that I want to share with others."

Insecure completed a second season Sunday after being renewed for a third in August.