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Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman spill all the 'Deadpool 3' secrets...sort of

Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman spill all the 'Deadpool 3' secrets...sort of

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The internet has barely recovered from Tuesday's news that Ryan Reynolds' pal Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine again in Deadpool 3, yet the pair is doubling down.

In a video posted to Reynolds' Instagram Wednesday, the two stars spoiled the whole movie -- only to be foiled by an overly loud Wham! classic.

According to the caption, the post sought to address "Timeline questions" and "Logan canon" and would contain an "MCU FAQ" as well as an answer to "Whether we can do this all day or not."

The pair first addressed how Jackman's metal-clawed character could be alive to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the film, seeing as 2017's Logan killed him off.

"I have a lot of questions, I'm sure you have a lot of questions," Jackman says, promising answers.

Reynolds replies, "Logan takes place in 2029, totally separate thing. Logan died in Logan. Not touching that."

Ryan and Hugh then lay out the movie, only to have Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" drown them out as they excitedly mime all the action that will reportedly take place in Deadpool 3.

The music cuts out just as the pair finish, with Reynolds applauding. "Thank you, Kevin Feige!" Reynolds says of Marvel Studios' president. "Love you, Kevin Feige!" Jackman agrees. "Thank you, MCU!"

The video ends with a slideshow of the pals together.

The post immediately went viral, with one of the first replies coming from Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld, who wrote "YES!" followed by an extraordinary number of exclamation points.

According to Tuesday's tease, Deadpool 3 will hit theaters September 6, 2024.

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Katie Couric reveals breast cancer diagnosis

Katie Couric reveals breast cancer diagnosis

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Katie Couric has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

The 65-year-old journalist revealed in a personal essay on her website that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June, and has since undergone surgery and radiation to treat the disease.

Couric, a mother of two, said she underwent what she thought would be a routine mammogram in June, after unknowingly missing her annual screening for two years during the coronavirus pandemic. After a follow-up biopsy on her left breast, Couric said she received a call from her doctor with the diagnosis.

"I felt sick and the room started to spin," Couric wrote. "...I walked to a corner and spoke quietly, my mouth unable to keep up with the questions swirling in my head."

Since the diagnosis in June, Couric said she has undergone a lumpectomy and several weeks of radiation to treat what her doctors diagnosed as stage 1A breast cancer.

She said the lumpectomy revealed a 2.5-centimeter tumor, or about one inch.

Regarding her radiation treatment, Couric wrote in Wednesday's essay, "I was warned that I may be fatigued and my skin may turn a little pink. Yesterday was my final round. My left breast does look like I’ve been sunbathing topless, but other than that, I’ve felt fine."

Couric, who lost her husband, sister and mother-in-law to cancer, said she felt grateful for all the advancements made in breast cancer research over the last several decades.

"I can't tell you how many times during this experience I thanked God that it was 2022...," she wrote. "...But to reap the benefits of modern medicine, we need to stay on top of our screenings, advocate for ourselves, and make sure everyone has access to the diagnostic tools that could very well save their life."

Couric shared her diagnosis on the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed every October.

Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer among women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Brad Pitt and Emily Ratajkowski

Brad Pitt and Emily Ratajkowski "hanging out as friends" and "excited to see where things go"

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While Brad Pitt and Emily Ratajkowski spark dating rumors, a source tells Us Weekly the pair is "getting to know each other."

“Brad and Emily have been hanging out as friends,” reveals the insider, adding that the relationship is “in the very early stages” right now.

“But they like each other and are excited to see where things go,” adds the source.

Pitt, 58, and Ratajkowski, 31, "have been "out a few times" since the model filed for divorce from husband Sebastian Bear-McClard after four years of marriage, according to Page Six.

Following his divorce from Angelina Jolie, Brad was linked to Arrested Development actress Alia Shawkat in 2019, though an insider told Us at the time that the two were just friends. The Bullet Train actor briefly dated model Nicole Poturalski before calling it quits in 2020.

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Kevin Hart defends Will Smith over Chris Rock Oscars slap:

Kevin Hart defends Will Smith over Chris Rock Oscars slap: "People make mistakes"

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Kevin Hart is defending Will Smith when it comes to the Chris Rock Oscars slap.

The topic came up during the comedian's appearance on the September 24 episode of Drink Champs when he was asked to choose between Smith and Ice Cube. After calling both the actor and rapper his "brothers" he ultimately chose the fellow Philadelphia native. 

"I'mma say Will Smith, and here's why: Will Smith is a f******, he's not only a legend, he's not only a GOAT... [he] is the reason why the idea of African Americans attached to global IP is normal," Hart said. "Studios took the gamble on more leads of color because of the work that Will Smith, Denzel [Washington] were doing in the beginning, right? You need the faces that are giving the universal return. So I'm not gonna s*** on Will and act like he hasn't been, and wasn't, that guy."

In response to hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's jokes about the Oscars slap, Hart added, "And people make mistakes, and from mistakes they should be allowed time to f****** recover."

"And that this is no longer the world's problem, it's Will and Chris' problem. Let them deal with that," he continued. "The world should step out of it and let them recover."

(Video includes uncensored profanity.)

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In Brief: 'Star Trek' scratched; 'Halloween Ends' trailer, and more

In Brief: 'Star Trek' scratched; 'Halloween Ends' trailer, and more

Hulu has given a series order to Under the Bridge, a limited series about the 1997 murder of Canadian teenager Reena Virk, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The eight-episode drama, based on Rebecca Godfrey’s 2005 book about the case, tells the true story of 14-year-old Virk, who went to join friends at a party and never returned home. The series will join Hulu’s slate of true-crime adaptations, which also includes The Act, The Girl from Plainville, and Candy...

YouTubers the Try Guys fired its member Ned Fulmer following his admission that he cheated on his wife, Ariel Fulmer, with Try Guys producer Alex Herring. “Ned Fulmer is no longer working with The Try Guys,” remaining members Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld and Eugene Lee Yang wrote Tuesday on Instagram. “As a result of a thorough internal review, we do not see a path forward together. We thank you for your support as we navigate this change.” Shortly after, Ned shared on his personal Instagram, “Family should have always been my priority, but I lost focus and had a consensual workplace relationship. I’m sorry for any pain that my actions may have caused to the guys and the fans but most of all to Ariel. The only thing that matters right now is my marriage and my children, and that’s where I am going to focus my attention”...

Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode is out for revenge against Michael Meyers in the final trailer for Halloween Ends, released on Tuesday. The 13th, and supposedly final, installment in the slasher film saga begun by filmmaker John Carpenter's 1978 original and reestablished by 2018’s Halloween, is set four years after 2021’s Halloween Kills and finds Laurie living with her granddaughter, Allyson -- played by Andi Matichak -- and working on her memoir when "a murder begins a new string of terror," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Will Patton, Kyle Richards, Omar Dorsey, Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney also star. Halloween Ends hits theaters October 14...

Robert Cormier, best known for playing Kit Jennings on the third season of the Netflix horror anthology series Slasher, died Friday in a hospital in Etobicoke, Ontario, of injuries suffered in a fall, his sister Stephanie tells The Hollywood Reporter. He was 33. The Ontario-born bartender-turned-actor also appeared on shows such as American Gods, Heartland, Ransom and Designated Survivor...

Deadline reports Paramount has temporarily scratched the next Star Trek film from its release schedule, a month after director Matt Shakman exited the project. The movie, again starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, was originally set to open June 9, 2023, before getting pushed back to December 22, 2023. The recent trio of Star Trek movies -- two of which were produced by J.J. Abrams and starring Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg as young versions of the legacy TV characters -- have grossed $1.96 billion globally. All five stars of those movies are still attached to the upcoming film...

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Mack Wilds talks 'Swagger' season 2, new music, and his fitness journey

Mack Wilds talks 'Swagger' season 2, new music, and his fitness journey

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Tristan "Mack" Wilds knows the importance of living a life in balance.

Most recently, the Apple TV+ show Swagger was renewed for season two and Wilds, who stars in the series, says that the cast is currently "in the middle of shooting it." 

"We're literally mid-season," he told ABC Audio at the Movement LIVE event he hosted with Michelob ULTRA and Rumble Boxing at The Brooklyn Mirage Wednesday, September 21. "I can't say too much but...we really start to touch on the kind of the crossroad of being a young black basketball player and being a young black man in America. It gets real."

The series is loosely based on the life of basketball star Kevin Durant, whom Wilds said is very active in the show: "We're always talking to KD. He's always kind of very present making sure that everybody understands where we're doing and what we're doing."

Much like Durant, 90210 alum Wilds has "always been an athlete." However, he shares that his fitness journey is similar to most people. 

"Anybody is human, you know, you love it, fall off, get back on, but I think right now I'm in such a zone that we, it just feels like a whole new journey on a new perspective, in a way," he said. 

In addition to acting and keeping in shape, Wilds is also a singer-songwriter. His latest track, "Simple Things," dropped this spring. So when can fans expect new music?

"I'm always working on some new stuff, always kind of writing or jotting down ideas or recording, like real quick things," he teases. "I think one of these days I got to put it all together and just drop a mixtape or something. Yeah, I think it's about time."

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Ryan Reynolds teases 'Deadpool 3' -- and Hugh Jackman's return as Wolverine

Ryan Reynolds teases 'Deadpool 3' -- and Hugh Jackman's return as Wolverine

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That sound you might have heard around 5 p.m. ET Tuesday was millions of geeks' heads exploding, thanks to Ryan Reynolds' Instagram

That's because he teased fans that Deadpool 3 will feature none other than his pal Hugh Jackman's return to his X-Men character, Wolverine. 

Reynolds opened by apologizing to fans. "We were extremely sad to have missed D23," he said of the annual Disney Expo, "but we have been working hard on the next Deadpool film for a good long while now."

Along with pensive shots of Reynolds both in and out of his Deadpool costumes, he continued, "I've had to really search my soul on this one. His first appearance in the MCU obviously needs to feel really special. We need to stay true to the character ..."

He continued, "It's been an incredible challenge that has forced me to reach deep inside. And I have nothing. It's completely empty up here. And terrifying. But we did have one idea."

At that, Hugh Jackman walks into frame behind him, eating an apple, and casually walks up a flight of stairs in the background. 

"Hey Hugh: You wanna play Wolverine one more time?"

"Yeah, sure Ryan," Jackman says, chewing. 

At this, Reynolds raises his eyebrows, and Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" blares, the obvious play on words with "you" and "Hugh."

"Coming Hughn," a title card reads near the Deadpool logo -- which is split apart by Wolverine's three claws -- and a release date reading "9/6/24."

The news came as a shock to fans, as Jackman had retired playing the role in 2017's Oscar-nominated Logan, meaning he was never part of the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe.

With Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox -- and the Wolverine character with it -- along with the MCU's dabbling in the Multiverse, however, it looks like fans will finally get their wish and see the two heroes together.

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George and Amal Clooney celebrating humanitarians with inaugural Albie Awards

George and Amal Clooney celebrating humanitarians with inaugural Albie Awards

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Awards shows are sometimes criticized for being superficial, but Oscar winner George Clooney is looking to change that with the Albie Awards.

Clooney, his human rights attorney wife Amal and their Clooney Foundation for Justice have announced they're staging the inaugural event at the New York City Public Library on the evening of September 29.

South African judge, author and activist Albie Sachs -- for whom the awards are named -- will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the event.

Filipino journalist Maria Ressa will be honored with the Justice For Journalists award; Dr. Josephine Kulea, of the Kenya-based Samburu Girls Foundation, will be singled out with the Justice For Women award.

iAct, which supports genocide survivors in refugee camps, will be presented with the Justice For Survivors award, and Belarusian human rights group Viasna will be honored with the Justice For Democracy Defenders award.

Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Oscar Isaac, Dua Lipa, Aloe Blacc, John Oliver, Julia Roberts, and Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa will be among the newsmakers saluting the honorees.

In a statement, the Clooneys noted, "We believe that justice must be waged -- it doesn't just happen. So when journalists are locked up just for doing their job, we try to get them out of prison. When young girls are denied the right to study, work, or marry when they want, we help them fight for their rights through the courts. When minorities are targeted for genocide, we help trigger trials against the perpetrators."

"The Albie Awards add a new dimension to our work at CFJ: they are a way to shine a protective light on the many courageous individuals who, at great personal risk, have devoted their lives to justice," they conclude.

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"Batgirls get lonely, too": Leslie Grace shares more behind-the-scenes peeks at shelved movie

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Leslie Grace is sharing more behind-the-scenes peeks at Batgirl, the now-scuttled film in which she played Barbara Gordon/Batgirl.

On her Instagram, and set to a song she apparently wrote with singer-songwriter Lauren LaRue that was initially called "Bad Girls Get Lonely, Too," Grace is seen being put through her paces on and off set.

Grace is shown training for her role as the titular heroine and bearing the bruises her character endures in the course of the movie. One shows her tangling with Firefly, the baddie who was played by Brendan Fraser.

There's also more lighthearted moments in between shots of time in the make-up chair or at the training gym. One shows Grace showing off a 3D printed ambigram -- the model displays "Leslie" or "Batgirl," depending on how it's positioned.

Another shows Leslie being offered a cookie in shape of her Batsuit's chest emblem.

Regarding the song, Grace explained she laughed at the fact that the lyrics sounded like "Batgirls are lonely, too." She noted, "in any case, over the last couple weeks, the song obviously took on a whole other meaning - as if it were written with all of the recent events in mind!"

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'Stranger Things' star Caleb McLaughlin says

'Stranger Things' star Caleb McLaughlin says "racism" from fans "took a toll" on him

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At a comic convention in Belgium on Sunday, Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin revealed he has also weathered racist trolling, as did some of the actors of color in Game of Thrones, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

One of the fans at Heroes Comic Con Belgium caught Caleb's unfiltered answer on video.

"It definitely took a toll on me as a younger kid," the actor, who plays Lucas on Stranger Things, said.

"My very first Comic-Con, some people didn't stand in my line because I was Black. Some people told me, 'Oh I didn't want to be in your line because you were mean to Eleven,'" McLaughlin said.

"Even now some people don't follow me or don't support me because I'm Black. Sometimes overseas you feel the racism, you feel the bigotry. Sometimes it's hard to talk about and for people to understand, but when I was younger it definitely affected me a lot."

He continued, "You're like ... 'Why am I the least favorite? Why don't I have the followers? I'm on the same show since season 1.' But then my parents had to be like, 'It's a sad truth, but it's because you're the Black child on the show.'"

"That's why with my platform, I try spreading positivity and love because I don't give hate back to people who give hate to me," Caleb said, to which the crowd applauded.

The video snippet has been viewed nearly 430,000 times.

Amazon Video claims its Rings of Power series has been review bombed by viewers taking issue with its Middle-Earth actors of color. Black actor Steve Toussaint vented about the racist trolls he's dealt with after he debuted as Corlys Velaryon in HBO's Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon.

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