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Doctor Who alum Matt Smith and Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan are the latest additions to the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX.

Sources involved in the production confirmed to multiple outlets that Smith, current star of The Crown on Netflix and best known as the 11th incarnation Doctor Who's titular Time Lord, has joined the cast of J.J. Abrams' latest installment of the sci-fi franchise.

Monaghan, who starred as the Merry the Hobbit in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and previously worked with Abrams on ABC series Lost, has also been added to the cast after famously lobbying Abrams for a role in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

It is not yet known what roles the actors will play.

Smith and Monaghan join returning franchise stars Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong'o, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Adam Driver, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels. Carrie Fisher, who died at the end of 2016, is slated to appear in the film via footage filmed for previous installments that did not end up in the final films.

Other newcomers announced for Episode IX include Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant and Naomi Ackie.

I just hope that Episode IX is leaps and bounds better than the atrocious The Last Jedi. I guess there's nowhere to go but up.

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Steve


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Eddie Murphy expecting 10th child at age 57
Eddie Murphy is going to be a dad of 10.

The 57-year-old actor's rep told Entertainment Tonight Murphy is expecting a child with his girlfriend, Paige Butcher. The couple are already parents to 2-year-old daughter Izzy Oona.

Murphy's rep confirmed the news in a statement Monday to People.

"Eddie Murphy and longtime girlfriend Paige Butcher are pleased to announce that they are expecting their second child in December," the rep said.

Butcher, 39, showed off her baby bump in a formfitting dress during an outing Monday in Beverly Hills, according to Us Weekly. People said she stepped out in a floral dress in Los Angeles earlier this month.

Murphy is also parent to Eric, 29, with Paulette McNeely, Bria, 28, Miles, 25, Shayne, 23, Zola, 18, and Bella, 16, with Nicole Mitchell, Christian, 27, with Tamara Hood and Angel, 11, with Mel B.

"They're grown. I wouldn't say 'old,'" the actor previously told ET. "None of my children are grey and balding."

"The brightest part of my life is my kids," he added. "My world revolves around them -- even the old, grey bald ones."

Murphy and Butcher have been together since 2012.


'The Affair' star Maura Tierney hospitalized after bike crash
The Affair star Maura Tierney was hospitalized Monday following a bicycle crash in California.

TMZ reported the 53-year-old actress was rushed to the emergency room after a car clipped her bike during a ride in Marina del Rey, causing her to fall to the ground.

Photos show Tierney lying on the ground at the scene of the crash. She reportedly complained of back pain before she was taken to a nearby hospital.

The driver who hit Tierney remained on the scene. Police said they didn't believe the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Tierney's rep told Entertainment Tonight the star was released from the hospital with no major injuries.

"Thank you to everyone who has reached out with their concern," the rep said.

Tierney plays Helen Solloway on The Affair, which was renewed in July for a fifth and final season on Showtime. She is also known for portraying Lisa Miller on NewsRadio and Abby Lockhart on ER.


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Which 'Scary Movie' star will have multiple roles in Netflix's 'Sextuplets'?


Alec Baldwin cast as Batman's father in 'Joker'
Alec Baldwin is set to portray the father of Batman, Thomas Wayne, in DC's upcoming Joker origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role.

Baldwin's version of Thomas Wayne is described as a tanned businessman in the same vein as a 1980's rendition of Donald Trump, noted The Hollywood Reporter citing sources.

Baldwin has famously portrayed Trump on Saturday Night Live.

Thomas Wayne, in the comics, is gunned down alongside his wife Martha Wayne in front of their son Bruce Wayne which later inspires the boy to become Batman. Thomas Wayne is normally presented as being a physician and a philanthropist within Gotham City.

Baldwin joins a cast which also includes Robert De Niro, Glow star Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz of Deadpool 2 fame and Frances Conroy.

Joker, from director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, War Dogs), who co-wrote the film with Scott Silver, is set to arrive in theaters on Oct. 4, 2019. Production will begin in September, Deadline reported.

Joker is described as being a gritty character study with a dark tone. The film will take place outside of DC's extended film universe and would help launch a new DC Comics banner at Warner Bros. that will allow the studio to tell unique comic book stories using different actors in the the title roles.


Weird Al Yankovic asks fans not to destroy his Walk of Fame star like Trump's
During his speech to accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Weird Al Yankovic, referenced President Donald Trump, who recently lost his.

"I'm sorry I even have to say this, I don't want to even have to ask this, but I...Please don't pick-ax my star, okay guys?" Yankovic told the crowd. "I know it's all the rage these days, but that's not cool, just please don't do that."

The multiple Grammy-winner best known for making comedic parodies of hit songs was referencing a recent case of vandalism in which a man who was apparently unhappy with the president took a pickaxe to Trump's star last month, causing significant damage.

Yankovic urged fans not to destroy his star unless he does "something unfathomably monstrous and evil."

"But anything short of that, please limit yourself to spitting and urinating, okay? Have some class, people," he said.

The man police say is responsible for destroying Trump's star is 24-year-old Austin Clay, who surrendered after the incident went viral and was charged with felony vandalism.

Although Clay was charged with a crime, the West Hollywood City Council concluded his efforts in a more legal manner by voting on a resolution to remove Trump's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The resolution said Trump's treatment of women "do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood."


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Which 'Scary Movie' star will have multiple roles in Netflix's 'Sextuplets'?

Marlon Wayans is returning to Netflix to star in a new comedy film titled Sextuplets where he will be portraying multiple characters.

The film, from director Michael Tiddes (A Haunted House, Naked), will feature Wayans as Alan, a man who decides to meet his birth mother for the first time before the arrival of his first child. Alan will also meet his brother Russell and discover that he was born a sextuplet.

Alan and Russell then journey together in order to meet the four other siblings, all set to be portrayed by Wayans.

Netflix posted on Twitter a behind-the-scenes photo of Wayans sitting in a makeup chair, hinting at the preparation the actor will go through in order to portray multiple characters.

Wayans is also a writer and producer on the project which enters into production in September. Netflix will release the film globally in 2019.

Sextuplets is the third collaboration between Wayans and Netflix after the comedian starred in film Naked and hosted his own stand-up comedy show titled Woke-ish.

"Excited to be in business with Netflix on yet another project. I love how they embrace comedy and diversity. I am looking forward to doing the thing I love most... comedy," Wayans said in a statement.