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ABC/Richard Cartwright(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Selma Blair opened up in a candid post to her more than 800,000 Instagram followers about the often overlooked realities and struggles of living with multiple sclerosis.

"There is a truth with neurodegenerative brain disease. It is uncomfortable. It is a stadium of uncontrollable anxiety at times. Going out, being sociable holds a heavy price," she captioned her post, which shows her lying in bed holding a teddy bear. "My brain is on fire. I am freezing."

"I do my best," Blair wrote, responding to people who often ask her how she does it. "But I choke with the pain of what I have lost and what I dare hope for."

She added that it is "challenging" just to "walk around," but that her "smiles are genuine."

The Legally Blonde actress publicly revealed her MS diagnosis back in October, and has been open about her health struggles and successes on social media.

MS is a disease of the brain and spinal cord or central nervous system, according to The Mayo Clinic. Currently, there is no cure for the disease, but there are treatment options that can help modify the course of the chronic disease and manage symptoms.

The neurodegenerative disorder can cause problems with speech, motor functions and also vision, according to ABC News' chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton.

The cause of the disease is unknown, but many people with MS experience a waxing and waning course of ups and downs and highs and lows that can vary vastly between different people -- and symptoms may be hard for outsiders to perceive, Dr. Ashton added.

Support groups and awareness can really help with this, she explains, as can seeking out mental health treatment with counselors or therapists, as MS can often carry with it an emotional toll.

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© 2018 Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Light the fuse: Tom Cruise and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie have just announced they're collaborating on 7th and 8th Mission: Impossible adventures, which they'll shoot back-to-back.

The pair have worked on the billion-dollar franchise since 2015's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which raked in $682.7 million worldwide. Their recent follow-up, 2018's Mission: Impossible - Fallout, raked in just over $791 million globally. 

According to Cruise's Twitter, M:I - 7 and M:I - 8 will hit theaters in the summers of 2021 and 2022, respectively.

McQuarrie's response? Appropriately, "Missions: Accepted."

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Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- On Tuesday, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino began his eight-month prison stint for tax evasion.

On his official Facebook and Instagram accounts, the reality star wrote, "For family, friends & fans, Mailing Address for letters only," with an address to "Otisville FCI Federal Correctional Institution" in New York.

The Jersey Shore star pleaded guilty last year to tax evasion.

He also posted a few shout-outs to movies like Goodfellas, including a clip of Ray Liotta's Henry Hill appropriately saying "Now take me to jail."

Sitch captioned it, "The comeback is always greater than the Setback."

His brother, Marc Sorrentino, 39, also pleaded guilty to preparing a false tax return and was sentenced to two years in prison. 

When he was charged with tax fraud, federal prosecutors said Michael took "certain actions" to conceal some of his income to avoid paying the full amount of taxes he owed.

"Michael accepts the court’s judgment," his attorney Henry Klingeman said in a statement late last year. "He is looking forward to marrying his college sweetheart...and moving forward together after he serves his sentence."

Late last year, Mike Sorrentino married his wife Lauren.

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Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have just released their first look at the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming, titled Spider-Man: Far from Home.

Taking place after the events of April's Avengers: Endgame -- no surprise, considering what happened to Spidey during the world-shattering climax of Avengers: Infinity War -- the movie has Tom Holland's Peter Parker off to Europe on a school trip.

However, the R&R doesn't last, when Pete's motor-mouthed pal Ned takes a dart to the neck, put to sleep by Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury so that he and the young hero can "finally meet."

While Parker, his would-be girlfriend M.J., played again by Zendaya, and the rest of their pals continue their trip, however, a villainous being -- possibly Hydro-Man -- literally throws cold water on their plans. With calamity afoot, Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan warns Parker: "You're all alone, your friends are in trouble, what do you do?"

Apparently, Spidey isn't all alone: he seems to be getting some help against the wave-controlling baddie from Mysterio, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.  Mysterio is a magic-wielding Marvel character who in the comics is normally one of Spidey's enemies.

Jacob Batalon, who plays Ned, let slip that Mysterio teams up with Parker in this adventure -- though a "heel turn" could always occur, like what happened with Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo in the post-credit stinger of Doctor Strange.

A co-production between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, Spider-Man: Far from Home opens July 5.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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AMPAS(HOLLYWOOD) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being accused of trying to block talent from appearing on other awards shows, particularly the Golden Globes, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

"They've done it for years," claims one source, adding that they used to be able to rely on the Golden Globes producers to "smooth things over" so that talent could appear on both shows. That's no longer the case, adds the insider.

Golden Globes producers trying to book presenters for their telecast between August and the Christmas holiday were reportedly informed by reps that clients of theirs who agreed to present at the Globes would not be asked to present for the Oscars, according to THR. Mary Queen of Scots star Margot Robbie is reportedly among the those who have chosen the Oscars over the Globes.

SAG-AFTRA, the labor union that represents the actors and actresses, backed up the accusations in a statement Monday, claiming in a statement to have, "received multiple reports of these activities and have experienced firsthand the Academy’s graceless pressure tactics and attempts to control the awards show talent pipeline."

The statement continues: "Awards season is a very special time when actors and actresses are being appropriately celebrated and recognized for the outstanding quality of their work. We would expect the Academy to honor these goals. ...Actors should be free to accept any offer to participate in industry celebrations."

The SAG-AFTRA statement ends: "The apparent attempt by the Academy to keep our members from presenting on their own awards show is utterly outrageous and unacceptable. ...We call on the Academy to cease this inappropriate action.”

As of Tuesday morning there was no official response from the Motion Picture Academy.

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© 2017 TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Newcomer Rachel Zegler, a 17-year-old high school student, has been tapped to play Maria in Steven Speilberg's remake of West Side Story, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Zegler, who will make her film debut in the role made famous by Natalie Wood in the 1961 classic, will join Baby Driver's Ansel Elgort who stars as Tony.

Zegler landed the role by responding to an open casting call for Latinx actors with a video of herself singing the film's big numbers "Tonight" and "Me Siento Hermosa." She reportedly beat out tens of thousands of other hopefuls to reprise -- on the big screen -- a role she once played in a high school production. She also has a strong presence on YouTube, where she can be seen covering song from Lady Gaga's "Shallow" in A Star Is Born, to music from The Little Mermaid, Hamilton, and yes, West Side Story.

"I am so thrilled to be playing the iconic role of Maria alongside this amazing cast," said Zegler to the trade." West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character. As a Colombian-American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community."

Other actors named to the anticipated proejct included Broadway veterans Ariana DeBose as Anita, David Alvarez playing Bernardo, and another theater veteran, Josh Andrés Rivera, as  Chino.

"When we began this process a year ago, we announced that we would cast the roles of Maria, Anita, Bernardo, Chino and the Sharks with Latina and Latino actors," said Spielberg. "I’m so happy that we’ve assembled a cast that reflects the astonishing depth of talent in America’s multifaceted Hispanic community."

Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Anita in the original film, will play Valentina, a re-imagined version of Doc, the owner of the corner store in which Tony works. Filming is set to begin this summer.

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Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Carol Channing has died at 97 years old. She was sixteen days shy of her 98th birthday.

Her agent says the woman who originated the role of Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway passed away of natural causes at 12:31 a.m., at her home in in Rancho Mirage, California.

Born in 1921 in Seattle and raised in San Francisco, Channing attended Vermont's Bennington College majoring in drama and dance.  She made her Broadway debut in 1948 and made a splash in 1949 as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her best-known role, however, was that of Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, for which she won the Tony Award in 1964. She played the role in over 5,000 performances. Channing also received a 1995 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award.

In response to news of her death, the company of Hello, Dolly released the following statement: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of the one and only Carol Channing. She was a 'Dolly' for the ages, and a true icon of the American Theater. Betty Buckley and the cast will dedicate tonight's performance in San Diego to her memory."

Channing's movie roles included her Oscar-nominated turn as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie; of note, she gave Clint Eastwood his first on-screen kiss in the film The Traveling Saleslady. She made numerous TV appearances on her own TV specials, on variety shows like The Carol Burnett Show, on game shows like Password and Hollywood Squares, and on more recent fare like The Nanny, The Drew Carey Show, Touched by an Angel, and Family Guy.

On the music front, Channing recorded numerous albums, ten of which went Gold, including the original cast album of Hello, Dolly! In 2003, she released her memoir Just Lucky I Guess and toured worldwide with a one-woman show called The First Eighty Years are the Hardest.

Channing also ad one of the most distinctive voices in showbiz, and did narration and voiceover work for many projects.

In 2012, she was the subject of a documentary called Carol Channing: Larger Than Life.  Her last public appearance was at a star-studded tribute on her 95th birthday.

Married four times, Channing is survived by her son Channing "Chan" Lowe, a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Monday's episode of The Bachelor began with comedy, fun and games, but ended with two hopefuls nearly blowing their shot at a rose.

The episode began with the remaining ladies learning that Demi, Bri, Tracy, Elyse, Hannah G., Nicole, Onyeka and Catherine would be participating in the season's first group date. Coached by Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman and his wife, Megan Mullally, star of NBC's Will & Grace, each lady was asked to deliver a monologue about a "first-time experience" in front of Bachelor Colton Underwood and a theater of 200 strangers.

Elyse kicked things off by revealing that she's in her “early, early 30s.” "I learned a lot in my 20s," she explained, but "dating a younger man for the first time, it's time to teach [Colton] "a thing or two.”

The stories continued until finally, it was Demi's turn. “So I met a guy at this really crazy party and wanted to kiss him, but was way too scared," she began. "Usually, when I see something I want I’m bold enough to go after it immediately, so I had to tell myself, ‘I’m not waiting any longer. When I want something I’m going after it.’” Next, she walked up to Colton and kissed him. “And that is the story of how I got the first group date rose,” she concluded. 

When ladies had a chance to get Colton alone, Demi made good on her word by making the first move. Upon rejoining the others, she picked up the rose lying on the table, proclaiming it was hers. That didn't sit well the others, most of all Tracy, who said the display left her "sick to her stomach." It touched off a rivalry between the two that would only get worse.

Ultimately, it was Elyse's story that earned the rose.

While all this was happening, the ladies back at the mansion learned that birthday girl Hannah B., Miss Alabama 2018, was the recipient of "the best birthday present ever" -- a one-on-one date. That led Caelynn -- Miss North Carolina 2018 -- to reveal they'd competed against each other at the Miss USA Pagaent. What began as a friendship quickly turned into a bitter rivalry when Caelynn finished as the first runner-up and Hannah B. failed to place.

The one-on-one date -- a horseback ride in Los Angeles’ Vasquez Rocks National Area Park, followed by a romantic soak in a secluded hot tub -- got off to a rocky start, as Hannah showed a much more guarded side of herself that had Colton questioning his choice. Eventually, he coaxed her into opening up, and the day ended with the couple watching fireworks aboard the Queen Mary, and a rose for Hannah.

Colton wasted no time arranging the second group date card, which included Alex, Erica, Katie, Caelynn, Sydney, Tayshia, Nina, Kirpa, Caitlin, Courtney, Cassie and Heather. They were whisked off to "Camp Bachelor," where they were greeted by Colton, host Chris Harrison and their "camp counselor," comedian Billy Eichner. The girls were divided into two teams of six and competed in a series of challenges, including a relay race, canoe race and a tug of war. The winners, spent the night with Colton; the losers went back to the mansion.

Heather, who was a part of the winning team, shared an intimate moment with Colton during which she revealed that, like him, she was a virgin who had "never been kissed." Heather left -- still never having been kissed, but with a rose in her hand at the end of the date.

Back at the mansion, the hopefuls reunited for the pre-rose ceremony cocktail party, where they used a variety of tactics for a last chance to impress Colton. The most brazen of them once again came from Demi, who entered the party wearing a terrycloth bathrobe and seductively invited Underwood to see her "fantasy closet." Demi was fully clothed under the robe and the fantasy consisted of nothing more than a massage, but it was enough to drive Tracy running to her bedroom in tears. A half-hearted pep talk from Demi didn't help matters -- the only consolation for Tracy will be watching Demi leaving the mansion for good. At episode's end both got roses, so they'll have to put up with other for at least another week.

Monday's episode saw the following ladies sent packing: Alex B., Erika, Angelique and Annie.

Here are the 23 remaining women:

Alex, 29, a dog rescuer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Angelique, 28, a marketing salesperson from Hamilton, New Jersey
Annie, 23, a financial associate from New York, New York
Bri, 24, a model from Los Angeles, California
Caelynn, 23, Miss North Carolina 2018 from Charlotte, North Carolina
Caitlin, 25, a realtor from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cassie, 23, a speech pathologist from Huntington Beach, California
Catherine, 26, a DJ from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Courtney, 23, a caterer from Atlanta, Georgia
Demi, 23, an interior designer from Red Oak, Texas
Elyse, 31, a makeup artist from Soldotna, Alaska
Erika, 25, a recruiter from Encinitas, California
Hannah B., 23, Miss Alabama 2018 from Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Hannah G., 23, a content creator from Birmingham, Alabama
Heather, 22, never been kissed from Carlsbad, California
Katie, 26, a medical sales representative from Sherman Oaks, California
Kirpa, 26, a dental hygienist from Whittier, California
Nicole, 25, a social media coordinator from Miami, Florida
Nina, 30, a sales account manager from Raleigh, North Carolina
Onyeka, 24, an IT risk consultant from Dallas, Texas
Sydney, 27, an NBA dancer from New York, New York
Tayshia, 28, a phlebotomist from Corona Del Mar, California
Tracy, 31, a wardrobe stylist from Los Angeles, California

The Bachelor continues Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Photo by Morgan Lieberman/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Hugh Grant has posted an appeal on social media in an effort to try to get back the contents of a bag stolen from his car, including a seemingly important script.

"In the unlikely chance that anyone knows who broke into my car tonight and stole my bag, please try and persuade them to at least return my script," Grant posted.  He added that he'd lost "many weeks worth of notes and ideas" he'd written on it.

His children's medical cards were also in the stolen bag, according to Grant.

The Love Actually star, who can currently be seen on Amazon Prime in the historical drama A Very English Scandal, provided the address of his production company, which is where he'd like the items returned.

Despite hundreds of responses to his plea, Hugh is so far no closer to getting his stuff back.

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Photo Cr: Jan Thijs/CBS © 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) -- Michelle Yeoh's shadowy Star Trek: Discovery character is getting the spin-off treatment.

The Crazy Rich Asians star, who plays Captain Philippa Georgiou, a member of Starfleet's mysterious Section 31, on Discovery, will take center stage in the CBS All Access project.

"I’m so excited to continue telling these rich Star Trek stories," the actress and martial artist said in a statement. "Being a part of this universe and this character specifically has been such a joy for me to play. I can’t wait to see where it all goes -- certainly I believe it will go 'where no WOMAN has ever gone before!'"

For his part, executive producer Robert Kurtzman said of Yeoh, "As a human, I adore her. As an actor, I revere her...and we’re all thrilled to explore the next wild chapter in the life of Captain Philippa Georgiou."

This project is just the latest in a series of Trek spin-offs announced by CBS All Access. Those include the short form series Star Trek: Short Treks, a comedy series called Star Trek: Lower Decks, and an as-yet untitled series featuring Star Trek: Next Generation star Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

The spin-offs' mother ship, Star Trek: Discovery, launches its second season January 17 on the streaming service.

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TM & COPYRIGHT © 1988 BY PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LOS ANGELES) -- The long-rumored Coming to America sequel is officially a go.

Eddie Murphy, who starred in the original 1988 film and will reprise his role as Akeem Joffer, prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda.

“After many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward.” Murphy said in a statement over the weekend.

black-ish creator Kenya Barris was tapped to "punch up" script by original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, and Snatched director Jonathan Levine has agreed to direct the sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long-lost son and returns to America to met him, Sheffield told ABC's Good Morning America back in June. Production could start as soon as this year and is expected to reunite a lot of the original cast.

Says Murphy, “I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.”

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Coach(NEW JERSEY) -- Michael B. Jordan surprised high school students in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, to help mentor and inspire teens pursuing careers in the arts.

The Black Panther star returned to the classroom through a program sponsored by Coach -- he serves as the brand's new face of menswear.

Jordan said returning to school "inspired" him.

"To see these kids get up here and be fearless and just kind of, you know ... just put themselves out there," he told ABC News. "I got inspired again ... I got the chills."

The kids Jordan met with are in a program called the Future Project, which works to empower students through the arts.

"Dreams are so important," Jordan said. "The arts manifest those emotions. They manifest...those dreams."

He added, "You cut the arts out, you're cutting kids' ability ... to dream."

Jordan said when he sees the students' faces, he sees "the future."

"Hopefully I'm going to give 'em a job in the next five, 10 years," he added.

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Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Attorney Benjamin Brafman will be asking a Manhattan judge this morning that he wants to leave Harvey Weinstein's defense team, a source with knowledge of the impending change tells ABC Radio.

Weinstein, who is scheduled to stand trial this spring on rape and sex assault charges, is due back in court March 7. The disgraced movie mogul has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces, and insists he did not engage in any non-consensual sex.

Brafman's impending departure as Weinstein’s defense attorney comes after a reported dispute over legal strategy and the direction of the case.

Brafman successfully fought to drop one of the charges Weinstein had faced but failed to convince the judge to drop others on the basis of police and prosecutor missteps.

A spokesman for Weinstein declined to comment.

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Netflix/Alfonso Cuarón(LOS ANGELES) -- Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix drama Roma was the big winner in the film category at the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday in Santa Monica, California, taking home four trophies including Best Picture.  In television, FX's The Americans and Amazon's The Fabulous Mrs. Maisel walked off with Best Drama and Comedy, respectively.

Cuarón's autobiographical recounting of the life of a live-in housekeeper to an upper middle-class family in Mexico also won for Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Film.

Christian Bale copped Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy honors for his role in Vice, while Glenn Close and Lady Gaga tied for the Best Actress award for their roles in The Wife and A Star Is Born, respectively. Gaga also won Best Song, for for "Shallow."

The Best Supporting Actor and Actress trophies went to Mahershala Ali for Green Book, and Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk.  The movie Crazy Rich Asians won for Best Comedy, while Olivia Coleman took home Best Actress in Comedy honors, for The Favourite.

On the TV side, The Americans' Matthew Rhys won for Best Actor in Drama Series, while the show's Noah Emmerich got the nod for Best Supporting Actor. Sandra Oh followed up last week's Golden Globe win for Best Actress in a Drama Series with a CTA in the same category for BBC America's Killing Eve. Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series went to Thandie Newton for HBO's Westworld.

In the TV comedy category, Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein walked of with Best Actress and Supporting Actress, respectively, for their roles in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Bill Hader won Best Actor honors for HBO's Barry, and his co-star Henry Winkler won for Supporting Actor.

The ceremony was broadcast live Sunday night on the CW, hosted by Taye Diggs.  Here's the complete list of winners:

Roma (Netflix)

Christian Bale, Vice (Annapurna)

Glenn Close, The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics)
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born (Warner Bros.)

Mahershala Ali, Green Book (Universal)

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna)

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade (A24)

The Favourite (Fox Searchlight)

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (Netflix)

Paul Schrader, First Reformed (A24)

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna)

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma (Netflix)

Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart, Black Panther (Disney)

Tom Cross, First Man (Universal)

Ruth Carter, Black Panther (Disney)

Vice (Annapurna)

Black Panther (Disney)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony)

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount)

Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros.)

Christian Bale, Vice (Annapurna)

Olivia Colman, The Favourite (Fox Searchlight)

A Quiet Place (Paramount)

Roma (Netflix)

"Shallow", A Star Is Born (Warner Bros.)

Justin Hurwitz, First Man (Universal)

The Americans (FX Networks)

Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX Networks)

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (BBC America)

Noah Emmerich, The Americans (FX Networks)

Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Bill Hader, Barry (HBO)

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Henry Winkler, Barry (HBO)

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX Networks)

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX Networks)

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects (HBO)
Patricia Arquette – “Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime)

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal (Amazon)

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects (HBO)

BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Well, that certainly didn't take long.  Chris Pratt and girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger are engaged, six months after they began dating.

"Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes!" the 39-year-old Avengers: Infinity War star posted on his Instagram early Monday.  "I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!"  The post is accompanied by a photo of Pratt and his fiancée embracing, with Schwarzenegger's new -- and very impressive -- diamond engagement ring clearly visible.

Schwarzenegger, who turned 29 last month, is the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. 

Pratt was previously married to actress Anna Faris for just over nine years.  They divorced in October 2018 and share a six-year-old son, Jack.

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