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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ casts franchise’s first non-binary, transgender roles

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ casts franchise’s first non-binary, transgender roles

Entertainment
Sept. 3 (UPI) -- CBS All Access announced the additions of Blu del Barrio and Ian Alexander to the cast of Star Trek: Discovery for the show's third season on Wednesday. They mark the first non-binary and transgender characters in the history of Star Trek. Del Barrio will play Adira, described in a statement as "highly intelligent with a confidence and self-assurance well beyond their years." Advertisement The release adds that Adira will share scenes with Commander Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz). Alexander will play Gray, an aspiring Trill host who "will have to adapt when his life takes an unexpected turn." Discovery already broke barriers for the Star Trek franchise by including the franchise's first openly gay characters in Culber and Stamets. The series...
New York Yankees put star OF Aaron Judge back on injured list

New York Yankees put star OF Aaron Judge back on injured list

Sports
Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees placed star outfielder Aaron Judge on the 10-day injured list with a strained right calf, just days after the slugger returned from the injury. The Yankees announced the roster move -- which is retroactive to Thursday -- before Friday's opener of a doubleheader against the New York Mets. The team promoted top outfield prospect Estevan Florial to be the 29th man and put him in the lineup in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Advertisement Judge was activated from the IL on Wednesday but aggravated the injury in a game against the Atlanta Braves. He was removed from the contest in the sixth inning. "It's just a recurrence of the [calf] strain that he had suffered before," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "Similar in that it's low grade and pretty minor, but e...
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies after colon cancer battle

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies after colon cancer battle

Entertainment
Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has died aged 43 after a four-year fight with colon cancer.He died at home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante said. The actor had not revealed his cancer diagnosis to the public.Boseman played black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown early in his career before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe. His T'Challa character was introduced to the Marvel movies in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, and his Wakanda Forever salute became famous after the release of Black Panther two years ago. ...
Chadwick Boseman: Black Panther star dies of cancer aged 43

Chadwick Boseman: Black Panther star dies of cancer aged 43

World
US actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing Black Panther in the hit Marvel superhero franchise, has died of cancer aged 43. He died at home in Los Angeles with his wife and family by his side, a statement posted on social media said.Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago but had not made the information public. The news has left fans and the film world stunned. Get Out director Jordan Peele, said it was "a crushing blow"."A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much," his family said in the statement."From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and several more - all were filmed during and between countless sur...
Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly to star in ‘Moonbase’ comedy

Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly to star in ‘Moonbase’ comedy

Entertainment
Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly have signed on to star in the Showtime workplace comedy, Moonbase. A news release from the cable network said the show will follow "three subpar astronauts living at NASA's Moon Base Simulator with high hopes of being chosen to travel to the moon." Advertisement Armisen, Heidecker and Reilly created, wrote and produced the show along with Jonathan Krisel. Season 1 will include six, 30-minute episodes. It is slated to debut this fall. "In a year when we have all been forced to come to terms with life in close quarters, we are happy to have landed this offbeat take on life in captivity with dreams of escaping to something grander," Jana Winograde, Showtime's president of entertainment, said in a statement Thursday. "While the s...