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May 14, 2019

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Any X-Men fans out there? Fox has released a new Dark Phoenix featurette that looks back on the legacy of the X-Men film series with old and new stars including Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Sophie Turner (Jean Grey).

The clip, released on Monday, also features interview footage of Michael Fassbender (young Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Halle Berry (Storm), James McAvoy (young Professor X), and Nicholas Hoult (young Beast).

"The very first X-Men changed comic book movies," Jackman said about the original film that kicked the franchise off in 2000. "Beyond the fantasy of these characters there is something intrinsically human about them," he continues.

"It's just really exciting to be a part of something that people have loved for generations," Turner says.

The featurette ends by announcing that tickets for Dark Phoenix are on sale now. The film, which will follow Jen Grey's transformation into the all-powerful Phoenix and her battle with the X-Men, is set to arrive in theaters on June 7.

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'Judy': Renee Zellweger sings as Judy Garland in first trailer

'Judy': Renee Zellweger sings as Judy Garland in first trailerJudy is giving fans a glimpse of Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland.

The film released a first trailer Friday on Twitter featuring the 50-year-old actress as Garland, an actress and singer known for starring in The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis and A Star is Born (1954).

Zellweger performs the Wizard of Oz song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in the preview, which depicts various scenes from Garland's life.

"It is time to go beyond the rainbow! Turn your sound on and enjoy the first trailer for Judy starring Renee Zellweger. #JudyTheFilm, in cinemas October," the caption reads.

Judy is based on the Peter Quilter play End of the Rainbow, which debuted on Broadway in 2012. The film focuses on Garland's concerts at Talk of the Town nightclub in London in 1969 prior to her death.

Garland died of an accidental drug overdose at age 47 in June 1969 following years of personal struggles. Zellweger told People in an interview published Wednesday the film gave her empathy for Garland.

"When there's a better understanding of what it takes for a person to continue under certain circumstances there is a level of empathy and respect that you can't help but feel," the actress said.

"What she had to overcome in a time when women didn't necessarily feel that they had power over their lives in the way that we do today," she added. "That stayed with me and I hope folks will be moved by that as well."

Judy co-stars Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Finn Wittrock, Jessie Buckley and Bella Ramsey.

'Empire' to end after Season 6 on Fox

Empire will end after a sixth and final season on Fox.

Variety confirmed Monday the musical drama starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson will come to a close after Season 6.

"We are turning the final season into a television event," Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said.

Deadline reported Season 6 will consist of 20 episodes. Collier said there are "no plans" for Jussie Smollett to return as Jamal Lyon in the final season.

"There's an option to have Jussie in the series but we have no plans for that," he said, adding the writers haven't started work.

News of Empire's cancellation comes just two weeks after Fox renewed the series for Season 6. Fox also said at the time there were "no plans" to bring Smollett back.

Smollett was accused in February of staging a hate crime assault on himself. Prosecutors ultimately dropped the case and Smollett maintains he was the victim of an attack.

Empire was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. Fox also canceled Daniels' show Star last week after three seasons.

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Randy Travis, wife Mary recall his recovery from stroke

Randy Travis is feeling "good" after surviving a debilitating stroke six years ago.

The 60-year-old country star and his wife, Mary Davis, gave an update on his health during Monday's episode of Today following his near-fatal stroke in 2013.

Travis and Davis recalled the singer's long journey to recovery. Davis said she asked Travis for a sign after his stroke as he lay in a semi-coma state in the hospital.

"Even in his state, his semi-coma state, he squeezed my hand and he just laid there and I saw this tear that just fell," she told host Jenna Bush Hager. "I went back to the doctors and I said, 'We're fighting this.'"

Travis underwent brain surgery and spent the next five and a half months in the hospital. The singer had to learn to walk again and still struggles with speech, but agreed with Hager that Davis is strong.

Travis and Davis were engaged at the time of Travis' stroke and married in March 2015. Travis surprised fans in October 2016 by singing at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Garth Brooks, Chris Young and other country stars honored Travis at a tribute concert in February 2017. The event raised funds for the Randy Travis Foundation, which supports stroke research and rehabilitation.

"What doesn't he mean to country music?" Young said at the concert. "He means a whole lot to a lot of singers, not just me."

Travis is known for such singles as "On the Other Hand," "Too Gone Too Long," "Honky Tonk Moon" and "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart." He last released the covers album Influence: Vol. 2: The Man I Am in August 2014.

Rob Lowe to star in '9-1-1-' spinoff series 'Lone Star'

Rob Lowe has been tapped to star in a new spinoff of 9-1-1 on Fox titled 9-1-1: Lone Star.

The new series, which will arrive during the 2019-2020 television season, will follow a New York cop portrayed by Lowe who relocates to Austin, Texas with his son where he will be balancing his job with his personal life.

Lone Star hails from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who are creators and serve as executive producers alongside Tim Minear and Lowe.

"Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear's ability to make smart, unique, great television is unmatched. I'm elated to join this team," Lowe said in a statement.

The original 9-1-1 launched on Fox in 2018 and follows the experiences of police officers, firefighters and emergency operators.

Lowe was last seen in CBS' Code Black which was canceled after three seasons in May 2018.

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Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy has signed on to host the children's talent show, Little Big Shots, NBC said Sunday.

Fresh episodes of the program are scheduled to air on Sunday nights after football season ends this winter.

Comedian Steve Harvey hosted the first three seasons of the series.

Variety said Harvey's exit follows the cancellation of his talk show, Steve, which was syndicated by NBCUniversal.

"Melissa's just an incredible performer and incredible comedian," Paul Telegdy, co-chairman of entertainment for NBC, said of McCarthy's replacement of Harvey. "She will bring a completely fresh perspective to it."