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Original star Wesley Snipes tells fans to "chilaaxxx" about new 'Blade' film news, congratulates successor Mahershala Ali

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Over the weekend at Comic-Con International in San Diego, the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige revealed that Mahershala Ali would soon take on the role of the half-vampire bloodsucker hunter Blade.

The man who originated the role onscreen, Wesley Snipes, now says he’s at peace with it.

Snipes played the titular hero three times starting in 1998.  The hit original was followed by Blade II in 2002 and Blade: Trinity in 2004. The three films made more than $400 million at the box office, and are considered to be the seeds from which the mighty MCU later sprung.

Snipes will be 57 at the end of this month — and the accomplished martial artist is still in fighting shape, for the record.  That’s why there were fans who hoped Snipes would someday reprise his role, but it was evidently not to be.

“Although the news comes as a surprise, it’s all good,” Snipes now says in a statement to ComicBook.com. 

“To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, chillaaxx,” he said, referring to his character, who unlike full-blood vampires can survive in the sunlight.

He added diplomatically, “Much peace to the MCU crew – always a fan.”

To Ali, who is a Muslim, Snipes said, “Congratulations and Salaam [peace] to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah, [God willing] we will someday work together.”

“Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support,” Snipes concluded, adding, “So, ‘nah fret nah worry, it’s not de end of de story.’ Welcome to the Daywalker Klique.”

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'They Ready': Tiffany Haddish to premiere stand up comedy series August 13

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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) — The wait is over. Tiffany Haddish has set a date for her upcoming comedy series at Netflix.

In an Instagram video on Tuesday, Haddish announced that she will bring Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready — a series that will feature six comedians hand-picked by Haddish — to Netflix on August 13.

In the spirited video, Haddish shares the news and introduces the six featured comics that will be highlighted on her series.

Those comedians include 50 Shades of Black star Chaunté Wayans, April Macie from Snoop Dogg’s Bad Girls of ComedyThe Last O.G.’s Tracey AshleyLast Comic Standing’Aida Rodriguez, Flame Monroe from Def Comedy Jam and, BET’s Comicview’s Marlo Williams.

“I am super excited about They Ready. Make sure you check it out,” Haddish captions her video. “August 13 only on Netflix @netflixisajoke.”

The series, produced by The Kitchen co-star, with Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz, will launch as six 30-minute episodes.

This is the latest project on the streaming giant for Haddish. As previously reported, she recently lent her voice to the forthcoming Netflix animated series Tuca & Bertie.

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Nicole Murphy denies affair with Antoine Fuqua after they're spotted kissing in Italy

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Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO(LOS ANGELES) — Nicole Murphy was recently spotted locking lips with married director Antoine Fuqua poolside in Italy, and now the Hollywood Exes star is speaking out in her defense.

In a statement obtained by Love B. Scott, Murphy brushed off the incident as a friendly encounter.

“Antoine and I are just family friends,” the statement reads. “I ran into him in Italy and we exchanged a friendly hello and that was it.”

Fugua, who is known for directing such films as Training Day, American Gangster and The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, has been married to Waiting To Exhale actress Lela Rochon for 20 years. According to Page Six, Fuqua was in Italy for the Ischia Global Festival, where he was to receive the director of the year award. 

Although Rochon has not commented publicly on the incident, the actress did deactivate both her Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Murphy has five children with Eddie Murphy and recently became a grandmother. Meanwhile, Fuqua and Rochon have two children together.

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Report: Stuntman hurt on 'Fast & Furious' set is in "an induced coma"

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Photo by Joe Maher/WireImage(LONDON) — The stuntman who was seriously injured on the U.K. set of Fast & Furious 9 has been identified.

The Hollywood Reporter says Joe Watts is “in an induced coma,” after suffering a “severe” head injury in a “major fall,” according to his fiancee.

Watts was airlifted from Leavesden Studios, where the accident occurred, for treatment.

The British athlete, gymnast and stuntman is a veteran of many high profile projects, including Game of Thrones, and the movies Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Ready Player One, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

He recently completed work on Angel Has Fallen, the upcoming third Fallen film starring Gerard Butler.

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Jason Priestley talks about the new and "very meta" '90210' series, and life without Luke Perry

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Beverly Hills, 90210 fans have been counting down the days until the premiere of BH90210, and according to star Jason Priestley, they should be excited.

Priestley, who played Brandon Walsh on the teen drama, told ABC’s Good Morning America that this new series is “very different from the original show,” but notes, “Fans of the original…will find it incredibly satisfying.”

The actor calls the new show “multi-layered,” and is playing off the current trend of old shows like Will & Grace and Full House coming back.

“Everybody’s rebooting a show, and the cast of Beverly Hills 90210…all end up at a fan convention together,” he says, describing the plot.

“Because of the reaction to all of us being together at this fan convention — as crazy as it is — we all decide maybe we should try to get a reboot of our show made,” he adds. “It’s….a show within a show within a show within a show. It’s very meta!”

BH90210 stars Priestley, and original castmembers Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling. Priestley also told GMA that Carol Potter, who played his mother, Sydney Walsh, will also return.

Sadly, Luke Perry, who played heartthrob Dylan McKay, died in March following a stroke.

Priestley told GMA that Perry’s death was a “very, very difficult time” for the cast, who not only were grieving the loss of their friend, but also struggling to move forward with the series creatively.

“Luke was a big personality and a big part of that show, and the difficulty for us was to honor him in a way that didn’t feel exploitative,” Priestley said. “Hopefully, we were successful in that.”

BH90210 premieres August 7 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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