Michael K. Williams to be chopped from Han Solo movie

ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) — Imagine getting a role in a Star Wars film and a Ron Howard film….and then losing it.  That’s just what happened to The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams. 

Williams was set to appear in an unrevealed role in the upcoming Han Solo stand-alone prequel.  But back in June the movie’s original directorial duo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, left the production over creative differences with producers, and Howard was brought in to finish the picture.

Deadline reports that Howard’s arrival meant reshooting scenes that had previously been shot, but Williams, was committed to a movie with Ben Kingsley and Chris Evans shooting in South Africa.  So instead, Williams’ part is going to be left on the cutting room floor.

“It’s scheduling,” Williams tells Deadline. “I’m not going to be back on the market until the end of November after [his SundanceTV series] Hap and Leonard, and for them to wait that long for me, that would have pushed back the release date, which I believe is in May 2018. They wanted me now; I couldn’t go. So they had to clip-clip-clip.”

Williams said his role was as a half-human, half-animal character.  “We created a kick-a** character, in my opinion,” he said.  “I’m proud of it.”

Maybe we’ll get to see some of those scenes when the DVD comes out.

The Han Solo movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the scoundrel famously played by Harrison Ford in the Star Wars movies, is still slated for a May 25, 2018 release.

Atlanta star Donald Glover will play the young Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson has been cast as unlikely mentor for the pilot, smuggler and scruffy-looking Nerf herder to-be. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke also is in the cast.

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Movie focusing on the origin of The Joker in the works

Jared Leo as The Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad”; Clay Enos/Warner Bros./TM & (c) DC Comics(NEW YORK) — It may seem like an unlikely match — the director of one of the raunchiest of R-rated comedies and the clown prince of crime — but Variety reports that The Hangover director Todd Phillips is in talks to co-write and direct an origin movie focusing on Batman’s arch nemesis, The Joker.

According to Variety, legendary director and producer Martin Scorsese also is in talks about playing some role in the production of the film, said to take place in the early 1980s and to have the feel of a gritty crime drama.

No word yet on who might star in the movie. The most recent actor to play the Joker is Jared Leto, who played the villain in Suicide Squad and is expected to be back in the role for the Suicide Squad sequel, but, according to Variety, will not take part in the new film.

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Morgan Freeman to be honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Morgan Freeman is set to be honored for his decades of work in film by the Screen Actors Guild.

SAG-AFTRA announced on Tuesday that Freeman will be awarded the SAG Life Achievement Award at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, set to air on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 21 at 8 p.m. ET.

The award, one of the guild’s highest honors, is given annually to an actor who “fosters the finest ideals of the acting profession.”

Freeman’s upcoming honor joins a long list of accolades, which include an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Kennedy Center Honor, seven Image Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in a statement.

She continued: “He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur, convicted murderer, boxing gym attendant, pimp or president, Morgan fully realized every character, baring their souls and showcasing their humanity. It has been a privilege to see his genius at work.”

Freeman, has appeared in countless films, from The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Almighty and Kiss the Girls, to Seven, Unforgiven, The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby — he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the latter.

Freeman’s upcoming films include Villa Capri and Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ recap: Date card drama, two pregnancies and DeMario tells all

ABC/Paul Hebert(NEW YORK) — The show was split into two segments on Tuesday night’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise. The first segment focused on the latest drama on the beach while the second segment was live and featured fan favorites Raven, Jasmine, Derek, Diggy and Robby offering their takes on what went down between Corrinne and DeMario. Then DeMario himself came out to testify. Plus, two married couples from past Bachelors announced their pregnancies!

Things heated up quickly at the beach when Sarah Vendal, from Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor, arrived with a Date Card and instantly threw a wrench into the works between Raven and Adam. It was clear they had some prior chemistry and seeing that, the girls rallied for Raven and tried to convince Sarah to ask Ben out. That plan failed and Sarah took Adam out for a smoldering date with a lot of kissing.

Lacey was having no luck but after whining about it suddenly got a Date Card and ended up taking Diggy out for a romantic date riding horses on a secret beach. It seemed like things were going well, until the next day when sexy Dominique arrived sporting tropical braids. It was all over for Lacey when Diggy saw Dominique and soon they were laughing and making out in the pool. Lacey was crushed.

Danielle, said she didn’t feel that there was a man for her in Paradise, though she is clearly stuck on Wells. She decided to take a position with a charity in Kenya and said her goodbyes. Her goodbye with Wells ended in some serious kissing and hinted that maybe they might be seeing each other again in a much different light.

For the live segment of the show, Chris Harrison reviewed the events that led to the production shutdown and talked to some of the cast about it. Raven and Jasmine were confident that neither Corrinne nor DeMario had done anything wrong and felt compelled to stand up for them when people started trashing them in the press and on social media.

The mood was improved when two couples from past Bachelors announced their pregnancies. Jade and Tanner announced that that they were due on September 12, although in reality they had their baby girl four weeks early on August 17, which they shared on Instagram. Then Evan and Carly, who got married on the second night of this year’s season premiere, announced their good news and Carly even had a live ultrasound. It was too early to determine a gender, but not too early for everyone to squee!

Finally, DeMario came out to tell his side of the production shutdown drama. He clearly and confidently stated that he did not believe there was any sexual misconduct between him and Corrinne but nevertheless had to face public outrage about it. He said had a difficult time coping with the fallout, but that he got through it with “family, friends and Kanye West.”

The show ended on a light note as we returned to the beach to hear Raven, Wells and Jasmine discuss euphemisms for sex. Raven shocked everyone with her unique, Southern, “Stank on your hangdown.”

Bachelor in Paradise returns next Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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Netflix special, ‘Jerry Before Seinfeld,’ gets a premiere date

Netflix(NEW YORK) — Jerry Seinfeld’s return to stand-up comedy on Netflix now has a premiere date.  And it turns out the show will be more than just a comedy set.

Jerry Before Seinfeld will hit Netflix on September 19.  The special will follow Seinfeld to The Comic Strip for an intimate set at the club that helped launch his career.  But the show also will provide a look a Seinfeld’s rise to fame, with footage of the library of legal pads Seinfeld keeps, containing every joke he’s ever written going back to 1975.

The show also will intersperse Seinfeld’s comedy set with childhood videos and other historic material.

Netflix has invested big money in a roster of comics for stand-up special including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Tracy Morgan and Ellen DeGeneres, who, like Seinfeld, is returning to stand-up for the first time in years for the streaming network.

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Bill Cosby’s retrial to be delayed

iStock/Thinkstock(NORRISTOWN, Penn.) — Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told reporters Tuesday after a pretrial hearing that the sexual assault retrial of famed comedian Bill Cosby will be delayed at the defense’s request.

It had been scheduled to begin in November.

This news came after Judge Steven T. O’Neill ruled Tuesday that jurors in the retrial will be chosen from Montgomery County, where the trial is being held. The last set of jurors was chosen from Pittsburgh at the request of the 80-year-old comedian’s legal team to allow for a more diverse group. That case ended in a mistrial in June.

“We have great potential jurors in this county. We have more than capably demonstrated that we can handle all aspects of the jury selection and the trial,” O’Neill said from the bench.

Cosby arrived at the Norristown, Pennsylvania, courthouse for the first pretrial conference in the case with his a new lead attorney, Tom Mesereau, who is replacing Brian McMonagle. Mesereau previously won an acquittal in Michael Jackson’s 2005 child molestation trial.

Lawyers Kathleen Bliss and Sam Silver round out Cosby’s legal team.

O’Neill, who oversaw the first trial, will be presiding over the second one. He had ordered attorneys to submit jury selection questions and instructions no later than October 30.

Steele, who tried the first case as the district attorney for Montgomery County in Pennsylvania, sought the new trial against Cosby, who has pleaded not guilty.

During the first trial, Andrea Constand testified that in 2004, Cosby gave her pills that rendered her unable to stop his advances, though she said she tried.

After more than 50 hours of deliberation, the panel of seven men and five women were unable to render a unanimous verdict, and Judge O’Neill declared a mistrial on June 17.

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Humboldt Supervisors Approve Federal Aid for Bridge Replacement

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com

Humboldt, Iowa — The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved the use of federal aid for a bridge replacement project on C20, west of Livermore.

According to county engineer Paul Jacobson, 80% of the project will be covered by federal aid.

However, if the county would need more money for the project, there would need to be amendments made. The current valuation of the project is $274,000.

The bridge will be replaced by a 12-by-12 box culvert.

Preliminary plans will be submitted soon, according to Jacobson. Final plans will be done in December. The project will be bid during the first week of December.

Humboldt City Council Tables Firework Permit For Cy-Hawk Day

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com

Humboldt, Iowa — The Humboldt City Council tabled their discussion regarding a fireworks permit for the upcoming Cy-Hawk Rivalry Day event in Humboldt.

The permit asked to close the Sumner Avenue bridge for approximately one half-hour for a firework display that evening.

There would be a pre-loaded semi trailer of fireworks that would help aid the display.

Sheriff Dean Kruger was a tad wary of the idea, saying that there are “a lot of houses in that area” which could pose some “uncertainty.”

The firework show would begin at 9:30 p.m. that evening.

Fire Chief Jim Gronbach said he didn’t have a problem with the display, barring the semi is loaded onto the west side of the bridge — furthest away from residential areas.

Gronbach explained that the display will consist of two-inch shells which are smaller than the shells the fire department uses for the Fourth of July celebration.

Cavs trade Kyrie Irving to Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Nets 2018 pick

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics as part of a major trade deal for Isaiah Thomas and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 unprotected first-round pick.

The Cavs will also get forward Jae Crowder and center Ante Zizic.

Irving, a four-time All-Star, requested a trade in July after sources said to ESPN he no longer wanted to play alongside LeBron James.

“Kyrie is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He has proven that on the biggest stage, the NBA Finals, the last three years,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics president of basketball operations, in a statement. “He’s been an NBA Champion, an Olympic Gold Medalist, and a four-time All-Star. For all he’s accomplished, we think his best years are ahead of him.”

Both teams will face off in Cleveland on Oct. 17 to open the season.

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Lindsey Vonn slams leak of ‘despicable’ intimate photos hacked from phone

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn is threatening legal action after “intimate” photos of her and ex-boyfriend Tiger Woods surfaced online earlier this week.

“It is an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy for anyone to steal and illegally publish private intimate photos,” Vonn’s rep told ABC News in a statement on Tuesday.

“Lindsey will take all necessary and appropriate legal action to protect and enforce her rights and interests. She believes the individuals responsible for hacking her private photos as well as the websites that encourage this detestable conduct should be prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law,” the statement said.

No information was given on the individuals or group responsible for the hack. The websites that allegedly published the illicit pictures were not named in the statement.

The Olympic gold medalist, 32, and the golf superstar, 41, dated for almost three years before calling it off in early 2015.

“I will always cherish the memories that we’ve created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart,” Vonn wrote on Facebook at the time of the split.

A request for comment from Woods’ rep about the hack and the photos was not immediately returned to ABC News.

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