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Taron Egerton says it was "surreal" teaming up with Jamie Foxx for a modern take on Robin Hood

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Larry Horricks/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx are teaming up for the new action flick Robin Hood, a film that puts a “modern twist” on the classic tale of the hooded crusader who steals from the rich to give to the poor.

Egerton plays the title character and Foxx plays Little John, a mentor figure who trains Robin to reach his full potential so they can both take down the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

“It’s weird for me coming from a small town in Wales, this idea of Jamie Foxx is so far-flung and kind of otherworldly,” Egerton tells ABC Radio of getting to work with Foxx. “So to now be splitting the bill with him on a big movie is very surreal. I’ll never get used to that, I don’t think.”

Working together, Egerton found he actually had a lot in common with Foxx — namely, their shared love of music.

“We spent a lot of time singing together,” Egerton says. “Obviously he’s an amazing musician as well as a brilliant actor, and I sing a little bit as well. So yes, we would kind of spontaneously burst out into song on set as a way of passing time in between set-ups, in between takes.”

Edgerton sings more than “a little bit.” He plays Elton John, and does all his own singing, in the upcoming Rocketman. And Foxx, of course, won an Oscar for playing iconic musician Ray Charles in the 2004 movie Ray.

Robin Hood hits theaters Wednesday.

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Michael B. Jordan says 'Creed II' director Steven Caple Jr. was "respectful" to what Ryan Coogler started

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Michael B. Jordan and director Steven Caple Jr. on the set of “Creed II”; Barry Wetcher/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/ Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Michael B. Jordan was more than ready to reprise his role as heavy-weight champion Adonis Creed in the upcoming boxing drama Creed II. Although his long-time collaborator Ryan Coogler decided to pass his directing duties over to Steven Caple Jr., Jordan says the new director still made sure to respect the integrity of Coogler’s work.

“Coog [and I] we started this thing,” he said. “So, you know we always had that bond and relationship and he still had his fingerprints on this one as well. But, respectfully so, he wanted to just let Steven do his thing as well.”

According to Jordan, Caple proved to be “an amazing director,” who showed “similarities” to the Black Panther helmer.

“He’s so talented,” Jordan continued. “You know, from Cleveland, Ohio, from independent film, came out of Sundance as well, went to USC. You know, there’s a lot of similarities there as well between him and Coogler — in a positive way.”

As Jordan gears up for the release of his highly anticipated sequel, the actor says he’s thankful Caple came on board with respect and with his own vision.

“He was very respectful of what we already started, the characters that we built,” he explains. “He wanted to collaborate with us to see what we thought about our characters, where do we want to go, et cetera. So it was a very collaborative process. But at the same time, Stephen had a vision.”

“And he executed, what he saw,” he adds. “And I think we did a good job.”

Creed II, also starring Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad, hits theaters on November 21.

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Hulk smash! 'The Incredible Hulk' issue #1 comic sells for over $167,000

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Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) — Need another reason to wish you still had all of your old comic books? A copy of the first issue of Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk comic book just sold for over $167,000.

Published in May of 1962, the issue introduces the world to scientist Dr. Bruce Banner who, after unintentionally receiving a dose of gamma radiation, transforms into the huge, hulking green monster when he’s emotionally stressed. Marvel comics legend Stan Lee — who died a week ago today at age 95 — wrote the story, with artwork by the equally legendary Marvel artist Jack Kirby, who passed away in 1994.

Auction house Huggins & Scott says the comic’s owner purchased it new and read it once before putting it in storage, which explains the book’s excellent condition. Only 1,065 graded copies of The Incredible Hulk #1 are known to exist, meaning those copies have been examined and awarded a numerical 1-10 grade based on condition. The Huggins & Scott issue, the full sale price of which was $167,280, was graded an 8.5, which puts it in the top 2% of the known issues in terms of quality, the auction house says, with only 18 others graded higher.

Adding to the book’s value: The original run of The Incredible Hulk lasted only six issues, through March of 1963, before the character — who still appeared in other Marvel comics — was again given its own book in 1968. Since then, of course, The Incredible Hulk has become one of Marvel’s legendary and most popular characters. Played by Mark Ruffalo, it most recently appeared in this year’s global box office smash Avengers: Infinity War.

Huggins & Scott’s pre-sale estimate for the book was for between $125,000 and $175,000. The auction was last Friday.

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Mandy Moore marries fiance Taylor Goldsmith

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Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Communities in Schools of Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) — Actress and singer Mandy Moore is a married woman.

The This Is Us star married musician Taylor Goldsmith over the weekend, her rep confirms to ABC News.

According to E! News, the nuptials were “an intimate backyard wedding at Mandy’s home that started just after sundown on Sunday evening.” Only close friends and family attended the special day.

Guests included Minka Kelly and Moore’s This Is Us co-stars Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz and Sterling K. Brown.

Moore, who was previously married to musician Ryan Adams, met Goldsmith three years after leaving what she called an “unhealthy situation.”

“I was still dealing with the trauma of my divorce when we started dating. Taylor was steadfast in his support — that was a huge sign for me,” she recently told Glamour magazine for its November issue.

Now, Moore’s moving forward in her career on a hit show and in her personal life, even thinking about starting a family.

“He’s going to be the most tremendous father. I view the past as a stepping-stone to get me where I am today,” she said of Goldsmith. “I would gladly weather all of that a million times over if it brought me to Taylor again.”

Moore also posted Monday about losing a beloved pet cat on Saturday.

“This weekend was a roller coaster of emotions in every way. Sometimes life doesn’t consider that you have big plans underway. Sometimes the earth just falls right out beneath you. We lost our sweet Madeline very suddenly on Saturday evening and my heart is so utterly broken,” she wrote.

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Oscar-winning screenwriter of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,' William Goldman, dies at age 87

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Mike Coppola/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Prolific Hollywood screenwriter and two-time Oscar winner William Goldman has died, The Washington Post confirms. He was 87.

Goldman’s daughter, Jenny Goldman, tells the Washington Post her father passed away Friday at his Manhattan home, of complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.

Goldman won his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1970 for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. He nabbed his second trophy in 1977 for Best Adapted Screenplay for All the President’s Men, also starring Redford and Dustin Hoffman.

Over the course of his more than five-decades in the business, Goldman was screenwriter for such legendary films as Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, The Stepford Wives, The Great Waldo Pepper, A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin and Misery.

Goldman was married to photographer Ilene Jones from 1961 until 1991. He is survived by their two daughters, Jenny and Susanna.

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