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Sony's 'Men in Black' spinoff may get a leader with a very particular set of skills.

Liam Neeson is being eyed to star in Sony's planned Men in Black spinoff that features Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.

Neeson is in talks to join the project, which will be directed by Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious helmer F. Gary Gray from a script by Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Neeson is wanted to portray the head of the Men in Black organization in London where the spinoff film will begin, Deadline reported.

The film, slated to hit theaters on June 14, 2019, will feature new characters outside of the original trilogy's Agents K and J portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, respectively. The Men in Black series followed a secret organization that protected earth from alien threats.

Steven Spielberg is executive producing with Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald producing.

Hemsworth and Thompson, the film's leads, previously shared the screen together in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok.

This 'Men in Black' spinoff is sounding better and better with every story.

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Novelist Philip Roth dies at 85
Phillip Roth, one of the most heralded American novelists of the 20th century, died Tuesday at the age of 85.

Roth's friend, Judith Thurman, told CNN that Roth died of congestive heart failure and was surrounded by close friends and family.

"I'm in a state of shock. I'm stunned and speechless. He was a truth teller," Thurman said.

Roth, whose 31 novels over a 50-year span include Goodbye, Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint and American Pastoral, was known writings about male identity, Jewish identity and sexuality with a sometimes darkly humorous twist.

"Updike and Bellow hold their flashlights out into the world, reveal the world as it is now," Roth once said, according to The New York Times. "I dig a hole and shine my flashlight into the hole."

Roth's body of work won him plenty of accolades.

In addition to a Pulitzer Prize and a Man Booker International Prize, Roth won two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle awards and three PEN/Faulkner Awards.


NeNe Leakes says husband is hospitalized: He's 'not feeling well'
NeNe Leakes says her husband has been hospitalized for over two weeks.

The 50-year-old television personality canceled two of her stand-up comedy shows Monday amid Gregg Leakes' health issues.

"Today marks the 15th day straight that Gregg has been in the hospital," Leakes said in an Instagram video. "I find it very difficult to stand on stage and laugh and have a good time and give you guys your money's worth knowing that my husband's in the hospital not feeling well."

"Gregg will be out of the hospital this week. He will be stronger, he will be better and we will be out here doing this show again in no time," she added.

Leakes was to perform Wednesday in Albany, N.Y., and Thursday in New York, N.Y. She didn't share further details about Gregg's health, but later denied her husband is experiencing heart issues or food poisoning.

"He's NOT in the hospital for an heart issue, he doesn't and has NEVER had food poisoning!" the star wrote in response to tabloid reports.

"Thank you to those that have sent well wishes and good vibes! Thank you to our family and friends who are texting us with thoughts and prayers," she said.

Gregg was shown on having a minor surgery to see if he had any blockage in his heart during The Real Housewives Season 10. Leakes told Bravo's Daily Dish in January that her husband was doing well after the procedure.

"He's doing really, really good. He's doing well. He's not eating the way he's supposed to because he likes to play games, but he's doing good," she said.


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"Right at the point when the archbishop was saying, 'If anyone knows of any reason...' and I was like, 'Please don't sneeze. Please don't sneeze.'"
--James Corden, on battling allergies due to all the flowers at the royal wedding, on The Late Late Show



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Paulson was scared to meet Barrymore after 'Tonight Show' impression
Sarah Paulson told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show how Drew Barrymore reacted to her impression of the actress when the two met at Ellen DeGeneres' 60th birthday party.

Paulson explained on Tuesday how she was scared about meeting Barrymore due to her impression possibly being seen as offensive.

"All of the sudden I had this white out in terror thinking, like, I did an impression of her on national television. She may hate my guts," the American Horror Story star said of how she impersonated Barrymore on The Tonight Show in September.

"But she didn't. She thought I was okay," Paulson continued before launching into her impression of Barrymore. "She was like, 'Sarah that was such a good impression. I thought it was so, so accurate. I feel super honored. It was so sweet of you.'"

Paulson also discussed her upcoming film Ocean's 8 and how nervous she was around her co-star Rihanna.

"I wanted to be cool around her. I wish I had worn a diaper when I met her because I sort of [peed], just a little squirt," Paulson said.

Ocean's 8, which also stars Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter and Awkwafina, is set to arrive in theaters on June 8.


Syfy renews 'Krypton' for a second season
Syfy announced Tuesday has ordered a second season of space saga "Krypton" to air in 2018-19.

Season 1 is expected to wrap up Wednesday. The series features characters from the DC Comics universe and was developed by David S. Goyer.

Set two generations before the destruction of Superman's home planet, the show follows Seg-El (played by Cameron Cuffe,) who is the Man of Steel's grandfather. It co-stars Georgina Campbell, Shaun Sipos, Elliot Cowan, Blake Ritson, Ian McElhinney and Colin Salmon.


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Which singer says she's 'not single' amid dating rumors?

Music superstar Katy Perry says she's no longer single.

The 33-year-old singer confirmed she's taken during the American Idol finale Monday following reports she's back together with Orlando Bloom.

Perry was speaking to television personality Becca Kufrin when she commented on her relationship status. She joked about becoming a contestant in Kufrin's upcoming season of The Bachelorette.

"Can I be in the running?" Perry asked, according to People. "I'm not single, but I still like you."

Perry and Bloom appeared to rekindle their romance in the spring after splitting in February 2017 after a year of dating.

"They both live very busy lives and have carefully made a plan to give their love a second chance," a source told Entertainment Tonight.

"Katy was so depressed when they broke up, even thought it was mutual," the insider said. "She did a lot of soul searching and feels she is ready for a relationship."

Bloom spoke with The Times, in London, England, about Perry in April, calling the singer "a remarkable human being."

"I wouldn't have imagined anything happening. And, you know, when you get sideways you get hit sideways," he said of their relationship. "You don't pick who you fall in love with."

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