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April 16, 2019

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Flashlight DeptStar Wars is back! Hopefully, it's better than the last time. I'm just kidding, but not really.

So new trilogy star Adam Driver says shooting green screen scenes for Star Wars doesn't feel particularly impressive.

The 35-year-old actor described the experience during an interview Thursday on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Driver started by explaining to host Seth Meyers why he usually doesn't watch his own movies.

"I'm used to doing plays," he said. "I came from a theater background, so it never really equated to me why I would want to watch that. So long as I know what it feels like, that's good enough for me."

Driver, who plays Kylo Ren in the Star Wars films, said he did watch his Star Wars movies since he wasn't sure what the end result looked like.

"You're standing in front of a screen and they're like, 'Trust us, your lightsaber is working.'" Or, 'There's space behind you. It looks really cool,'" the star shared.

"When you're just standing in a rainy backlot, it doesn't seem very impressive. You don't feel like you're commanding anybody, other than sticks and ping pong balls," he added.

Driver played Ren in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). He will return in Star Wars - Episode IX, which is expected to release an official title and trailer over the weekend.

Driver said in an interview with Deadline in January he knows a vital part of how Ren's story ends.

"With Girls, there wasn't really an end in sight, so it was fun to develop it as I went, and to think about where it was all going," the actor said of his role on the HBO series Girls.

"With Star Wars, I had one piece of information of where it was all going, and that's where it has been in my head for a long time, and things were building towards that. it feels very theatrical, if anything," he shared.

Star Wars - Episode IX opens in theaters Dec. 20. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams and co-stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson and Kelly Marie Tran.

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30 seasons of 'Simpsons' to stream on Disney+

The Walt Disney Company said Disney+ will be the exclusive, streaming home of The Simpsons, starting this fall.

All 30 seasons of the cartoon comedy will be available when the subscription service officially launches on Nov. 12. It will cost $6.99 a month.

Featuring the voice talents of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer, the show originally ran on the FOX television station.

Reruns have been streaming on Hulu.

A short video posted on the Disney Twitter feed features Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson embracing the Disney-FOX merger.

"Homer Simpson here, proud addition to the Disney family and soon appearing on Disney+. I, for one, salute our new corporate overlord. Now, family, put on the mouse ears," the animated patriarch says as he and his family pull out sets of Mickey Mouse ears. "You only get one chance to make a first impression."

Marge attempts to put her ears on her tall, blue hairdo, but they spring off and fly into the air.

An elephant's trunk blast can be heard from above and Dumbo falls out of the sky onto Homer. The clip ends with baby Maggie flying into the scene on Tinker Bell-like fairy wings.

Mick Jagger posts 'walk in the park' photo after heart surgery

British rock legend Mick Jagger has shared a photo on social media showing him enjoying a spring day as he recovers from heart surgery.

"A walk in the park!" Jagger captioned Thursday's image.

He is wearing jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and a baseball cap and is standing in front of a flowering tree in the photo.

Jagger, 75, previously gave an update on his health on April 5, tweeting: "Thank you everyone for all your messages of support, I'm feeling much better now and on the mend -- and also a huge thank you to all the hospital staff for doing a superb job."

His band the Rolling Stones announced on March 30 that it was postponing the North American leg of its concert tour so Jagger could deal with health issues.

USA Today later reported that he underwent heart-valve replacement surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

LOOSE LIPS:

"It's nice to go to the movies and see something you both want to see. It's no longer 'Oh good, let's watch Shrek for the 120th time.' I mean, I love Shrek, but not 120 times."
--Hugh Jackman, on the perks of his two kids getting older, to PEOPLE



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Which 'Orphan Black' star will join Matthew Rhys in the 'Perry Mason' remake?

'When Calls the Heart' renewed for Season 7

When Calls the Heart star Erin Krakow announced on social media this weekend that her family drama has been renewed for a seventh season.

The new episodes are set to air on the Hallmark Channel next year. The show is set in early 20th century Canada.

"We can't wait to get back to Hope Valley," Krakow said in a brief Facebook video on Saturday.

It was announced last week that the show would have a special two-night, Season 6 event on May 5 and 6, then continue the rest of the season on consecutive Sunday nights.

The show lately has been in the headlines because of former castmate Lori Loughlin's arrest.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts named Loughlin and 15 other parents in a new superseding indictment charging them with conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with a college admissions scandal.

The actress was already out on $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

Deadline.com said Loughlin has been fired from When Calls the Heart and the channel's Garage Sale Mystery. Hallmark announced Loughlin's Mayor Abigail Stanton character would be written out the rest of season six.

Brian Bird, an executive producer on the series, late week thanked fans for their support during "this challenging time."

'Shameless': Noel Fisher to return as Mickey in Season 10

Shameless actor Noel Fisher will return as a fan-favorite character in Season 10.

The Showtime series confirmed Thursday the 35-year-old actor will reprise Mickey Milkovich in the new season.

Fisher as Mickey appeared to take over the Shameless official Twitter account Thursday. He posted a profanity-laced video of himself attempting to dig his way out of prison using a spoon.

"This just in: Mickey is BACK on #Shameless season 10!!!" the caption reads.

Cameron Monaghan and Shanola Hampton, who portray Ian Gallagher and Veronica Fisher on Shameless, welcomed Fisher back to the series.

"Glad we could finally say it: Welcome back to #Shameless, @noel_fisher. Missed you, my friend," Monaghan tweeted.

"SO glad we can finally say it!!! Love you @noel_fisher! WELCOME BACK!! #Season10 @SHO_Shameless," Hampton wrote.

Fisher appeared as Mickey in Seasons 1 through 7 and returned as a guest star in Season 9. Mickey was last seen reuniting with Ian, his former boyfriend, as his cellmate in prison.

Monaghan initially intended to leave Shameless after the Season 9 mid-season finale, but confirmed in February he will return to star in Season 10.

"I took some time away and I talked to John Wells, the showrunner, about possible things we could do with the character in the future. And we got to a place both creatively and financially where I felt comfortable coming back," he told Entertainment Tonight.

Shameless co-stars William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney and Jeremy Allen White. Emmy Rossum, who played Fiona Gallagher, left the show after Season 9.

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Which 'Orphan Black' star will join Matthew Rhys in the 'Perry Mason' remake?

Tatiana Maslany is joining the cast of a Perry Mason remake.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Friday the 33-year-old actress will star in the new HBO limited series.

Maslany joins Matthew Rhys, who will portray the titular defense attorney. The series is set in 1932 Los Angeles and serves as origin story for Mason, who begins as a down-on-his-luck private investigator.

Maslany will play Sister Alice, an influential nun. The character is the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God and preaches three sermons a day to her congregation and a radio audience.

Perry Mason is based on the character from author Erle Stanley Gardner. CBS previously adapted the detective stories as a TV series starring Raymond Burr that aired from 1957 to 1966.

Variety said the new Perry Mason revolves around a child kidnapping case. Mason pursues the truth, discovering a fractured city and a possible pathway to redemption for himself.

Robert Downey, Jr., and Susan Downey will executive produce the series with Amanda Burrell and Joe Horacek. Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald will serve as co-showrunners, with Tim Van Patten as director.

Maslany is known for the BBC America series Orphan Black. She has since appeared on Drunk History and voiced characters in Trollhunters, Animals. and 3Below: Tales of Arcadia.