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Oscar Isaac in talks to join 'Dune' reboot

Oscar Isaac is being eyed to star in director Denis Villeneuve's upcoming reboot of Dune.

Isaac is in negotiations to star in the film that will star Timothee Chalamet as main character Paul Atreides, Dave Bautista, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam and Stellan Skarsgard as Baron Harkonnen.

Isaac may potentially star as the father of Chalamet's Paul Atreides.

Villeneuve is writing the script alongside Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. A Dune film from director David Lynch was originally released in 1984.

Dune, based Frank Herbert's series of novels, takes place on the planet Arrakis where competing nobel families fight over a valuable resource. Paul Atreides fights to win back the plant from the galactic emperor.

Production on the film is expected to begin in the spring in Budapest and Jordan.

Isaac will next be seen in Netflix thriller Triple Frontier before reprising his role as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode IX, set for release on Dec. 20.

'Friends' alums Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow reunite on 'Ellen'

Friends alums Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow had a happy reunion on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Kudrow, 55, surprised Cox, 54, during her interview with host Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday's episode.

Cox hosts the new Facebook series Nine Months with Courteney Cox and plans to join Instagram to promote the show. DeGeneres recreated the Central Perk set from Friends for Cox to take her first photo.

"I wish Lisa Kudrow was here because that would be fun," DeGeneres said before Kudrow appeared.

Cox and Kudrow played Monica Gellar and Phoebe Buffay on Friends, which had a 10-season run on NBC from 1994 to 2004. Jennifer Aniston, who portrayed Rachel Green, said in the September issue of InStyle that she's discussed a revival with the actresses.

"Before that show ended, people were asking if we were coming back," the star told the magazine. "Courteney and Lisa and I talk about it. I fantasize about it. It really was the greatest job I ever had."

"I don't know what it would look like today, but you never know. So many shows are being successfully rebooted," she added.

Kudrow previously discussed the possibility of a revival during an episode of Conan in January 2018.

"Something should be done, I don't know what," she said. "They're rebooting everything, but I don't know how that works with Friends."

Friends co-starred Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. Cox has since starred in the ABC and TBS series Cougar Town, and had a guest spot on Shameless in October.

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"I always find it difficult to talk about equal pay as a woman who makes a substantial amount of money. As somebody who came from poverty to now the amount of money I get paid, it doesn't feel right that I'm the one talking about it, because I'm so damn grateful. What I was saying, was that when we talk about equal pay, we have to talk about intersectionality because we all must rise."
--Gina Rodriguez, addressing controversial remarks she'd made about racial pay equality in the past, in a tearful interview with Sway in the Morning's SiriusXM radio show



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Which Oscar nominated actor will star in the Harvey Weinstein-inspired play 'Bitter Wheat'?

Peter Jackson to direct Beatles 'Let It Be' documentary

Filmmaker Peter Jackson is set to helm a new Beatles documentary using unseen footage of the legendary band recording their album Let It Be.

The new documentary will pull from the 55 hours of footage that was shot of the Beatles working together in the studio for the original, 1970 Let It Be feature film by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, that was released in conjunction with the album.

Jackson is making the new film with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono -- in place of the late John Lennon -- and Olivia Harrison -- in place of the late George Harrison.

"The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate 'fly on the wall' experience that Beatles fans have long dreamed about - it's like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together," Jackson said in a statement.

The original film, famous for featuring tension within the Beatles, has been out of circulation and was only released on VHS and laser disc. Beatles company Apple has announced that it will release a restored version of the original film following the release of Jackson's project.

"I was relieved to discover the reality is very different to the myth," Jackson said about the original Let It Be feature. "After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it's simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there's moments of drama - but none of the discord this project has long been associated with."

Jackson's new film was announced on Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' iconic rooftop performance in London. The band, on Jan. 30, 1969, staged an impromptu concert on the roof of Apple Records. This was the last public appearance made by The Beatles.

Ozzy Osbourne delays European leg of tour due to illness

Uh-Oh SaleOzzy Osbourne is feeling "devastated" after delaying the European leg of his tour due to illness.

The 70-year-old British singer announced in a Facebook post Tuesday that he will postpone the U.K. and European portion of his No More Tours II tour after coming down with the flu and a respiratory infection.

Osbourne was to kick off the European leg Wednesday in Dublin, Ireland, and tour with Judas Priest into March. He initially delayed the first four dates because of the flu and was subsequently diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection.

"I'm completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour," the star said in a statement.

"I want to apologize to all of my fans who have been so loyal over the years, my band, my crew and to Judas Priest for letting you all down," he added.

Osbourne plans to reschedule the U.K. and European tour dates for the fall.

"I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed," he vowed. "It's being rescheduled right now to start in September. Again, I apologize to everyone. God Bless. Love you all, Ozzy."

Osbourne kicked off the No More Tours II tour April 27 in Jacksonville, Fla., and was to end the venture July 29 in Los Angeles.

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Which Oscar nominated actor will star in the Harvey Weinstein-inspired play 'Bitter Wheat'?

John Malkovich has signed on to star in Bitter Wheat, a new play written and directed by David Mamet that is inspired by the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal.

Malkovich will portray Hollywood studio head Barney Fein, who falls from grace in the production, which will run from June 7 to Sept. 14 at the Garrick Theatre in London.

Doon Mackichan, as Fein's assistant Sondra, and Ioanna Kimbook, making her theater debut, are also set to star.

Malkovich, while speaking with BBC Radio on Tuesday, said that while Mamet used the Weinstein scandal for inspiration, his character Fein is not exactly based on Weinstein.

"It's not particularly Harvey Weinstein. It's a great deal about that business and a great deal about how people in that business, in positions, say, as studio heads, have behaved really for more or less than a century now," the actor said.

"If the idea maybe started as a reaction to all the news that came out in particular about Harvey Weinstein, I think David took the idea from there and went with it."

Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood production mogul, faces sexual assault charges in New York. Dozens of women have accused him of sexual misconduct.

Malkovich, who recently starred in Netflix's Bird Box, will next be seen in Amazon's The ABC Murders as iconic Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot. The limited series is set to premiere on Feb. 1.