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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Tiffany Haddish is adding a Netflix stand-up special to her resume.

The actress will be debuting an original hour-long stand-up comedy special on the streaming site later next year. The special will tape in early 2019.

“Tiffany Haddish is a force,” Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s VP of Original Documentary and Comedy, says in a statement. “Hilariously funny, brash and self-effacing, she’s an incredible artist who is winning over audiences while breaking barriers, and we are tremendously proud that she will showcase her formidable talent on Netflix.”

Haddish has a busy rest of the year with three movies lined up for release: Night School, The Oath and Nobody’s Fool. She’ll also voice the character Tuca in the upcoming Netflix adult animated series Tuca & Bertie.

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ABC/Fred Lee(LOS ANGELES) -- Natalie Portman is pulling double duty in her new film...in more ways than one.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, she’ll be directing and starring in a film about the real-life twin sisters behind the dueling advice columns Ann Landers and Dear Abby. Portman will be playing the identical twins, whose birth names were Esther and Pauline Friedman.

The film will be about the sisters’ bitter rivalry in both their professional and personal lives.

Portman is keeping busy in the coming months. She has two films set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month: The Death and Life of John F. Donovon and Vox Lux.

Vox Lux is a musical drama about a pop star’s rise to fame, while The Death and Life of John F. Donovon explores the death of an American TV star and the impact he had on a young boy’s life.

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VCG/VCG via Getty Images(LONDON) -- 007 has lost his director.

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle was set to be behind the camera for the 25th installment of the James Bond franchise, but has departed the project. 

The official James Bond Twitter account wrote, "Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25."

Wilson is a producer and screenwriter; Broccoli is the longtime producer of the Bond series.  Craig is set to star as Bond, James Bond for the fifth time.

Production on the movie was set to begin this December.  It's not known how this development will affect that schedule.  The movie has a scheduled release date of October 25, 2019.

Danny Boyle is best known for directing acclaimed films such as Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, Steve Jobs and 127 Hours.

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran deleted her Instagram this summer after experiencing relentless online harassment. Now, in a new essay for the New York Times, the actress speaks out about the cyber abuse for the first time.

Tran -- the first woman of color to have a leading role in a Star Wars movie -- begins by explaining, “It wasn’t their words, it’s that I started to believe them.”

“Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color already taught me: that I belonged in margins and spaces, valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories,” she writes.

Tran, who played Rose Tico in Jedi, says the online bullying brought back memories of racist experiences of her youth, like when she stopped speaking Vietnamese at age nine so the other kids wouldn’t make fun of her, or when, at age 17, she was mistaken for an exchange student while out with her white boyfriend and his family.

“I had been brainwashed into believing that my existence was limited to the boundaries of another person’s approval,” she writes.

Tran goes on to list her hopes for a better world and vows to use her position of privilege to make a difference.

“I want to live in a world where children of color don’t spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white,” she says. “…I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings.”

She signs off using her Vietnamese birth name: “My real name is Loan. And I am just getting started.”

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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Italian actress Asia Argento, a key figure in the #MeToo movement, has released a statement in response to allegations that she paid off her own sexual assault accuser.

In the statement, first obtained by journalist Yashar Ali, she denies the claims made by her former co-star Jimmy Bennett, who told The New York Times that Argento sexually assaulted him in 2013 when he was 17 and then paid him a settlement of $380,000.

"I am deeply shocked and hurt having read the news that is absolutely false," she says. “I have never had a sexual relationship with Bennett.”

Instead, she claims Bennett was undergoing financial hardships and began demanding money from her and her late boyfriend Anthony Bourdain. In the end, she says it was Bourdain who paid Bennett to stop him from harassing her.

“Anthony was afraid of the possible negative publicity that such person, whom he considered dangerous, could have brought upon us,” she writes. “We decided to deal compassionately with Bennett’s demand for help and give it to him.”

She adds, "Anthony personally undertook to help Bennett economically, upon the condition that we would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life."

Argento concludes, “This is, therefore, the umpteenth development of a sequence of events that brings me great sadness and that constitutes a long-standing persecution.”

“I have therefore no other choice but to oppose such false allegations and will assume in the short term all necessary initiatives for my protection before all competent venues.”

Argento was one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault in a New Yorker article last year.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(SOUTH AFRICA) -- Trevor Noah has been announced as host for the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, set to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa this December.

Noah, a native South African, will help honor the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth at the December 3 event, which also supports the campaign to end extreme poverty.

"It is an honor to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival event celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela,” Noah says in a statement. “I am where I am today, living as a free South African, because of much of what he did and so I'm beyond excited to be teaming up with so many others to pay tribute to the man in his home country."

In conjunction with the festival, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will produce a special episode featuring highlights from the event. The episode will air in the U.S. on Monday, December 3 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Dave Chappelle also joins the lineup of co-hosts, which includes Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, Tyler Perry and Forest Whitaker.

Oprah Winfrey will be delivering a special keynote address during the festival. Performers include Beyonce and Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin.

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Two goats were on the loose, roaming around on the subway tracks in Brooklyn, New York on Monday, and Jon Stewart came to their rescue.

In a video, the former Daily Show host can be seen helping round up the two farm animals along with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers and the New York City Police Department.

“A new one for us (we think): Two goats are roaming along the N line tracks in Brooklyn," NYC Transit tweeted about the situation. "They’re safe and not currently affecting service, but they are on the run. We’ll keep you posted."

Showing they have a sense of humor about the situation, NYC Transit posted a tweet calling the goats, "Two very baaaaad boys."

The animals were taken to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York. Stewart and his wife, Tracey Stewart, own two farms in New Jersey where they rehabilitate abused animals. They often work with Farm Sanctuary. 

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Asia Argento and Harvey Weinstein in 2004; Denise Truscello/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein's attorney stated Monday that the claim of sexual misconduct made against Italian actress Asia Argento should cast doubt on the allegations she's made against the disgraced producer.

The New York Times reported Sunday that Argento sexually assaulted her then-17-year-old former movie co-star, Jimmy Bennett, in 2013 and later paid him $380,000 to settle the accusations.

"This development reveals a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento, said Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, in a statement to ABC News. “At the very same time Argento was working on her own secret settlement for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor, she was positioning herself at the forefront of those condemning Mr. Weinstein, despite the fact that her sexual relationship with Mr. Weinstein was between two consenting adults which lasted for more than four years."

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Kimberly Alexander tells ABC that there is not currently an investigation into Bennett's accusations against Argento, explaining that in order for there to be an investigation, Bennett would need to file a report. To her knowledge he has not.

Argento, the former girlfriend of the late chef, author and TV documentarian Anthony Bourdain, was one of the first women to speak out about Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct. Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women, not including Argento. He has denied the allegations.

Earlier, Rose McGowan, who's also accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her, tweeted a statement in response to the allegations against her friend and #MeToo ally Argento, writing, “I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere.”

MxGowan later added, “None of us know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed. Be gentle.”

Actress Rosanna Arquette, who also came forward last year with allegations against Weinstein, expressed skepticism over the timing of the allegations, tweeting, "I know many many rape and trauma survivors who act out sexually The wounds they carry run deep. I pray for them. the timing of this story is suspect. Asia was still raped by Harvey Weinstein."

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Nickelodeon(LOS ANGELES) -- Double Dare might be coming to a city near you.

The classic Nickelodeon game show is getting its own multi-city live stage tour, Double Dare Live, featuring original host Marc Summers and his sidekick Robin Russo.

The tour kicks off Fayetteville, North Carolina on October 30 and will hit different cities across North America through November. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m.

“Hosting the Double Dare Live tour couldn’t be any more exciting, and I look forward to bringing the fun and messiness of Double Dare to audiences across the country,” Summers says in a statement.  “Doing the show again with my sidekick Robin will fulfill childhood dreams of the generation that grew up with us and introduce this classic show to the next generation.”

The show will feature two teams of selected audience members who will compete to win prizes by answering trivia questions and completing physical challenges. And yes, they’ll have to conquer the show’s legendary obstacle course as well.

Double Dare originally premiered on Nickelodeon in 1986 and ran through 1993. A new Double Dare series debuted this summer, hosted by YouTube star Liza Koshy.

Here is the list of Double Dare Live dates:

10/30 -- Fayetteville, NC, Crown Theatre (opening night)
11/1 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
11/2 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
11/3 -- Baltimore, MD, UMBC Events Center
11/4 -- Norfolk, VA, Constant Center
11/7 -- Milwaukee, WI, Miller High Life Theatre
11/8 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre
11/9 -- Nashville, TN, TPAC
11/10 -- Rosemont, IL, Rosemont Theatre
11/11 -- Cleveland, OH, State Theatre
11/14 -- Hartford, CT, Bushnell
11/15 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC
11/16 -- Rochester, NY, Auditorium Theatre
11/18 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Benedeum Center

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Skip Bolen(LOS ANGELES) -- Want to spend your nights with Niecy Nash?

Variety reports that TNT has ordered a pilot for a late-night series to be hosted and executive produced by Nash. It’s currently titled Naked with Niecy Nash, and would feature the actress doling out advice on love, sex and relationships.

“I’m so excited to add my voice to the late-night landscape,” Nash says in a statement. “Love is the thing we were created for but it’s also the place we struggle the most… until now! This is going to be a fun and sexy ride!”

If the pilot gets picked up, the show would become the first late-night series in TNT’s history. Nash would also join a very small pool female late-night hosts, which currently only includes Samantha Bee, who hosts Full Frontal on TBS, and will soon include Busy Phillipps, who’ll host Busy Tonight on E! this October.

Nash currently stars on another TNT show, Claws, which was renewed for a third season in July.

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Alasdair McLellan exclusively for GQ(LONDON) -- Chris Hemsworth rose to fame playing the ultimate macho superhero -- Thor, God of Thunder -- in the Marvel movie franchise, but in a new cover story with GQ, the Australian actor talks about finding his on-screen identity beyond just his muscles and good looks.

“I came into Hollywood thinking I had to be Russell Crowe. I loved his performances, and because of my physicality and my size, that was the obvious choice,” he tells the mag. “I think I was aware that it could kind of get me in the door. But it wasn’t me.”

Hemsworth, a dad of three, says it was “quite jarring” for the people closest to him to see him in movies doing a “straight, heroic, sort of overly masculine kind of thing.”

“What masculinity was, the classic archetype—it just all starts to feel very familiar,” he says.

So in the third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok, he aimed to inject the superhero with a more vulnerable and comedic side, something GQ describes as being truer to Hemsworth's own spirit.

Next up for Hemsworth is the crime thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, due out in October, in which he plays a charismatic cult leader.

“I really do feel a sense of ease for the first time in years,” he says. “I don’t mean that as an assessment of my achievements. I just mean I’m content with what’s going on and relaxed and open about it.”

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Gotham/GC Images(MUMBAI) -- This weekend was nothing but love for Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra. After celebrating their engagement in Mumbai, India on Saturday and making their romance Instagram official, the happy couple decided to share their joy with others.

The two visited St. Catherine’s Home for Orphans in the Indian city on Sunday, where they met and performed with dozens of young girls gathered there.

In a video posted to Nick’s Instagram Story, Priyanka is seen dancing to “Tune Maari Entriyan,” a song from her 2014 Bollywood film Gunday, with one of the children.

“St. Catherine Orphanage today,” Nick captioned the clip. “My heart is full.”

Priyanka, who has volunteered at the orphanage before, also posted an Instagram video from the day, showing Nick singing an a cappella version of the Jonas Brothers’ song, “Lovebug.”

“12 years of knowing these girls and in minutes they get all love struck by the #lovebug... thank you @nickjonas and our families,” Priyanka wrote.

“Thank you to the sisters and all the girls at St. Catherine’s orphanage for opening your hearts to us again. I’ll see you next time.”

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ABC/Pawel Kaminski (LOS ANGELES) -- Rose McGowan is speaking out after a New York Times report claimed her friend and #MeToo ally Asia Argento allegedly paid off a young male actor who accused her of sexual misconduct.

“I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago,” McGowan wrote on Twitter. “Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere.”

She later added, “None of us know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed. Be gentle.”

Actress Rosanna Arquette, who also came forward last year with allegations against Weinstein, suggested on Twitter that that the allegations against Argento could be false.

“Stop until you hear all the facts this a set up,” she wrote.

Arquette added, "I know many many rape and trauma survivors who act out sexually The wounds they carry run deep. I pray for them. the timing of this story is suspect. Asia was still raped by Harvey Weinstein."

Argento, the former girlfriend of the late chef Anthony Bourdain, was one of the first women to speak out about Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct. He has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.

The Times reported Sunday that Argento sexually assaulted her then-17-year-old co-star Jimmy Bennett in 2013 and paid him $380,000 to settle the accusations.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Are Ben Affleck and Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus officially over?

It certainly seems that way after the Justice League star was spotted enjoying a low-key dinner in Los Angeles with Playboy model Shauna Sexton, according to E! Online.

The sighting comes after Shookus reportedly decided not to move to LA with Affleck as previously planned.

A source tells the entertainment website that Ben "feels it is over with Lindsay," although he's "not happy that there were photos."

Affleck split with Jennifer Garner in 2015 after ten years of marriage but the couple has yet to finalize their divorce.

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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Months after Italian actress Asia Argento became one of the first people to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, she's now herself accused of paying off a young male actor who accused her of sexual misconduct.

According to a report in The New York Times, Argento paid 22-year-old actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000 to settle the accusations. Bennett claims that in 2013 -- a couple of months after his 17th birthday -- a then 37-year-old Argento sexually assaulted him in a California hotel. The age of consent in California is 18.

A notice sent to Richard Hofstetter, the lawyer for Argento's late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, who was representing the actress at the time, claims Bennett made more than $2.7 million in the five years before the alleged assault, but his income has since dropped to an average of $60,000 a year as a result of trauma he suffered following the alleged  "sexual battery." Ms. Argento, who lives in Rome, subsequently hired Carrie Goldberg -- a prominent lawyer for victims of online attacks -- to handle the case, according to The New York Times.

Bennett and Argento first met when he appeared at age seven in Argento’s 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.  They reportedly stayed in contact in the ensuing years and agreed to meet years later for a reunion. Bennett claims that at the time of the alleged May 13, 2013 incident, he arrived at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California to meet Argento in her hotel room with a family member, who left the room after Argento asked to be alone with Bennett. He further alleges that Argento gave him alcohol prior to the assault, which allegedly included oral sex and intercourse.

Argento then asked to take a number of photos with Bennett, according to the documents cited by The New York Times. They, along with an Instagram post of their faces taken on that day, were included in the notice of intent to sue.

The notice of intent reportedly sought $3.5 million in damages for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery.

Argento was one of the 13 women included in the first October 2017 New Yorker report about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assaults that dated back decades.

Bennett's other film credits include 2003's Daddy Day Care, Firewall, Evan Almighty and Star Trek.  He most recently had a role in the Amazon TV series Bosch.

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