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Damon Wayans Announces His Departure From 'Lethal Weapon'

"I'm a 58-year-old diabetic and I'm working 16-hour days. I'm done."

Comedic legend Damon Wayans is checking out. At 58-year-old Wayans has different priorities in life, none of which include spending 16 hour days on set. According to an interview with Euroweb, Wayans said after he's done filming the 13th episode for FOX's Lethal Weapon, he's saying sayonara.

“I’m going to be quitting the show in December after we finish the initial 13,” Wayans said. “So I really don’t know what they’re planning, but that’s what I’m planning. I’m a 58-year-old diabetic and I’m working 16-hour days.”

When asked by the off-camera interviewer if he was kidding, Wayans underscored his original statement by saying. "I’m done like Murtaugh said, I’m too old for this," he said referencing his character. As for what Wayans plans to do next he said, "I’m going to return to the stage and try to find my smile again.”

Wayans' departure from the show comes after some reported tension between him and his former co-star Clayne Crawford. Crawford was dismissed and then replaced by Sean William Scott. Crawford's removal from the show came after Wayans suffered a head injury during the filming of an episode directed by Crawford. Wayans later took to social to post pictures of the incident. Crawford retaliated and called Wayanas “an emotional terrorist.”

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Season 3 of Lethal Weapon premiered Sept. 25 and takes after the beloved film starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as two cops on the opposite end of the spectrum.

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Courtney B. Vance Remembers 'Preacher's Wife' Director Penny Marshall

Hollywood is mourning the loss of director Penny Marshall after she passed away due to complications with diabetes on Dec. 17. In commemoration of her life and contributions to cinema, actor Courtney B. Vance remembered his pleasant experience working with Marshall on the 1996 blockbuster The Preacher's Wife.

Vance claimed that he was "tremendously blessed" to have worked with Marshall on the film. The actor starred in the remake of the 1947 film The Bishop's Wife alongside Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington.

"The experience of working with Penny on that film was anything but typical, and marked the beginning of a long, beautiful friendship filled with lots of memories, joy, and laughter," he said in a statement to The Los Angeles Times. "You see, Penny was funny. I mean, absolutely hysterical! Laughter was always a big part of being in her world."

Vance also recalled a hilarious moment on set of the movie during an ice skating scene in New York City. "One of my fondest memories that is vintage Penny was, rather than shoot an ice skating scene from The Preacher’s Wife in New York City, where we were already on location, and in one of the coldest winters on record, Penny decided to pick up the entire cast and crew to take us to Maine," Vance remembered. "It was 20 [degrees] below when we arrived, but ironically shot up to 60 degrees the next day. Yet it wasn’t the weather that drew Penny to Maine. The place where we set up was home to some of the best antique shopping — a favorite pastime for Penny — and everyone had a wonderful time on that trip."

He continued: "That was my friend, Penny Marshall, a woman who loved her life and all the people who were a part of it. And we loved our Penny."

The original score for The Preacher's Wife earned an Oscar nomination and its soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album of all time. In additional to the beloved holiday film, Penny Marshall also directed major films like 1992's A League of Their Own. Actors from the film including Tom Hanks and Madonna have also shared their condolences on social media in light of Marshall's passing.

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A First Look At Will Smith's Genie In 'Aladdin' Live-Action Receives Mixed Reactions

As fans anxiously await the arrival of Disney's live-action film of Aladdin, Entertainment Weekly graciously revealed the first look of Will Smith as the beloved Genie. While Smith the actor may be a perfect fit for the comedic role, some fans aren't exactly sure about his costume and makeup.

Entertainment Weekly shared the first photos on the cover of their latest issue. Smith appears alongside Aladdin and Jasmine, played by Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. But Smith isn't blue like the original character famously voiced by Robin Williams in 1992. He doesn't even appear to be altered by CGI technology.

Due to the drastic alterations from the original, Smith's look seemed to garner mixed reactions on Twitter. Some users weren't impressed, while others are still willing to give the movie a chance.

Not to worry though, Smith shared a photo from the EW shoot on Instagram and noted that he will be blue in the film. Even so, director Guy Ritchie hinted that he would be taking Genie and the live-action film in a different direction.

"The great thing about the role of the Genie is that it’s essentially a hyperbole for who that individual actor is, so it’s a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on," Ritchie told EW.

We can show you the world... of Disney’s live-action #Aladdin! Get a shining, shimmering, splendid first look at the reimagined classic in our magical First Look issue: https://t.co/Kwkcdfen5v pic.twitter.com/7NbyiRRcLH

— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 19, 2018

Okay, everyone can shut up now #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/Rxep7l5RLV

— 🍃 (@sheilaslalaland) December 19, 2018

Smith also stated that he had a tough time figuring out how to bring new energy to his character, especially after it had already been flawlessly executed by Robin Williams. "Whenever you’re doing things that are iconic, it’s always terrifying," Smith said. "The question is always: Where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character.[Williams] infused the character with a timeless version of himself."

The award-winning actor added: "I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different. Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete."

Smith later suggested that his portrayal of Genie will be just as memorable and will come with a little "hip-hop flavor." "I think it'll stand out as unique even in the Disney world," he continued. "There hasn't been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history."

Disney's Aladdin hits theaters on May 24, 2019.Check out the first-look of the Genie above.

As a big fan of Disney animated movie I totally disapprove not having a blue, magical Genie, that's a shame! 😐

Will Smith is an actor I like but the movie shouldn't be about stardom!#Aladdin https://t.co/kgkAivprCf

— Ezereal 🌍 (@So_Ethereal) December 19, 2018

I'm not usually one to advocate for blueing people up (cough, Avatar, cough cough), but really Disney, you could have kept Will Smith as himself (live action) and gave him the hue of Robin Williams #Genie smh #Aladdin

— Tiffany Alice (@itsTiffanyAlice) December 19, 2018

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I’m sorry but they need to make Will Smith’s genie a blue cloud dude this ain’t right

— DENNIS DEPRIMO (@DENNISDEPRIMO) December 19, 2018

Seeing the first look at Will Smith’s genie for the live action #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/uD30rt8yjd

— Joseph Estadt (@JosephEstadt) December 19, 2018

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First-Ever Feature Film About Rosa Parks In The Works

A new biopic about Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks is reportedly in the works, Deadline reports. The first-ever feature film is tentatively entitled Rosa and will begin shooting in 2019.

The film will reportedly focus on the aftermath of Park's 1955 arrest, where she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on the Montgomery bus. Parks' actions launched the Montgomery bus boycott, which ultimately aided in the progression of the Civil Rights Movement.

Film executives are reportedly consulting with Jeanne Theoharis, author of the 2013 biography, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Theoharis stated that she intends to show different facets of Parks that aren't taught in school.

"While most Americans have heard of Rosa Parks, the details of what happened that on the night she was arrested, and her lifetime of political courage and activism, are largely unknown," Theoharis told Deadline. "The real story of Rosa Parks is far different, and even more inspiring and relevant for our times than the tale most children learn in school."

Charlie Kessler will reportedly write the screenplay. "We are honored to be working alongside Professor Theoharis. Rosa Parks is an inspiration, and our goal is to be able to use this project to raise awareness for the Rosa and Raymond Park Institute for Self Development," Kessler said. "Ms. Parks did not have any children, so her institute is her legacy."

As previously stated, this is the first feature film chronicling Rosa Parks. CBS previously aired a TV movie entitled The Rosa Parks Story about the activist in 2002, starring Angela Bassett as Parks and Cicely Tyson as her mother.

Proceeds from the upcoming Rosa biopic will be donated to The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development.

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