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Ben Affleck Shares How His Divorce from Jennifer Garner Has Helped Him Become a Better Actor

"I'm at a point now in my life where I have sufficient life experience to bring to a role to make it really interesting for me," the actor said
 
Ben Affleck is opening up about the life experiences that he says made him a better actor.
 
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter for their Actor Roundtable series, the 48-year-old actor spoke candidly about the real-life experiences that shaped his career, including having children and his divorce from his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner.
 
Speaking about his 2020 film, The Way Back, Affleck said, "For me, the movie was much more about the fact that — whether it's having lived enough years, having seen enough ups and downs, having had children and divorce — I'm at a point now in my life where I have sufficient life experience to bring to a role to make it really interesting for me."
 
Those experiences, Affleck noted, helped to shape him into a better actor, while also making his chosen career path a more captivating one.
 
"Growing older and having had more intense and meaningful personal experiences has made acting much more interesting for me and in turn made me drawn to the kinds of movies that are about people who are flawed," he added.
 
Last year, while promoting The Way Back, Affleck previously sat down with Good Morning America's Diane Sawyer to discuss his road to sobriety and public divorce from Garner, also 48.
 
After showing the pre-recorded interview with Affleck, Sawyer, 75, read aloud a public thank you that he made about his ex-wife. "What I want to say publicly and privately is, 'Thank you. Thank you for being thoughtful, considerate, responsible, and a great mom and person,'" Sawyer read.
 
During the interview, Affleck admitted that he never thought his battle with addiction would result in his and Garner's divorce.
 
"I didn't want to get divorced, I didn't want to be a divorced person, I really didn't want to be a split family with my children," he shared at the time. "It upset me because it meant I wasn't who I thought I was and that was so painful and so disappointing. In myself."
 
Affleck and Garner announced their separation in June 2015 and settled their divorce in October 2018.
 
The two first started dating in 2004 and married the next year, later welcoming three kids: daughters Violet, 15, and Seraphina, 12, and son Samuel, 8.
 
Affleck has previously been open about his addiction and split from Garner. In a 2020 interview with The New York Times, the actor admitted, "The biggest regret of my life is this divorce."
 
"Shame is really toxic," he continued. "There is no positive byproduct of shame. It's just stewing in a toxic, hideous feeling of low self-worth and self-loathing."
 
"I drank relatively normally for a long time," he told the outlet. "What happened was that I started drinking more and more when my marriage was falling apart. This was 2015, 2016. My drinking, of course, created more marital problems."

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Kanye West Spent $200 Per Vote on His Presidential Campaign

What did it cost KANYE WEST to run for president?  Other than his marriage, I mean.

 

According to a Federal Election Commission report, he laid out $12.5 million of his own money, and raised another $2 million from outside contributors.

 

He ended up spending $13.2 million on the campaign, earning 66,000 votes.  Which means that he spent $200 per vote.

 

Interestingly enough, one thing Kanye did NOT spend that money on was advertising . . . which is usually a campaign's LARGEST expense.  I'm starting to think he had absolutely no idea what he was doing.

 

DONALD TRUMP raised $811 million for his 2020 campaign . . . and JOE BIDEN pulled in a cool BILLION.

 

(People)

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Lady Gaga's Dogs Dognapped and Dog Walker Shot

Lady Gaga has offered a $500,000 reward for the return of two of her french bulldogs after they were stolen by two men who shot her dog walker four times in the chest in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. 
 
Ryan Fischer, 30, was reportedly ambushed by the assailants outside of his home on Sierra Bonita Avenue as he walked Gaga's beloved dogs Koji, Miss Asia, and Gustav just before 10pm yesterday. 
 
Two of the dogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen. Miss Asia, meanwhile, managed to get away. 
 
Police were called to reports of shots fired and arrived to find Fischer seriously hurt, but conscious and communicative. He was taken to a nearby hospital and is now said to be 'recovering well'. 
 
Video from the scene captured by KABC showed Fischer laying on the sidewalk and clinging to Miss Asia as first responders attended to him.
 
It's currently unclear whether the thieves knew the dogs belonged to Gaga. However, French bulldogs are in high demand and sell for anywhere between $3,000-$5,000. Those with pedigree lineage can also go for as much as $10,000. 
 
Gaga, 34, is said to be distraught over the incident. She is offering a $500,000 reward for the return of Koji and Gustav 'no questions asked', TMZ reported. 
 
In a statement to DailyMail.com, the LAPD confirmed the shooting, but said it was too early to know 'if it was a robbery'. Gaga's dogs Koji (left), Gustav (center) and Miss Asia (right) are all seen above 
 
Police say it's currently unclear if Gaga's dogs were specifically targeted by the assailants. 
 
Fischer, who runs a company called Valley Of The Dogs, had been watching Gaga's bulldogs while she's away filming a new Ridley Scott movie in Rome, Italy. 
 
Just six days ago, Fischer had posted a video to Instagram of him singing to the trio, and tagged Miss Asia's official Instagram page. He has previously posted images of the dogs on a number of other occasions. 
 
In a statement to DailyMail.com, the LAPD confirmed the shooting and said two dogs were stolen, but said it was too early to know if the incident 'was a robbery'. Investigators are also not yet ruling out gang violence or homelessness, the spokesperson said. 
 
The suspects are believed to be two black males, who were reportedly both wearing baseball caps.  
 
They fled the scene northbound on Sierra Bonita Avenue in a white vehicle - a BMW or possibly a Nissan - and remain at large, police said.   
 
Officers were seen prizing Miss Asia from Fischer's arms as they rendered him aid on Wednesday night.  
 
The pooch was then swaddled up in a blanket and taken to the LAPD's Hollywood headquarters. One of Gaga's bodyguards collected her from the station shortly afterwards.  
 
Lady Gaga's representatives have not yet returned a request for comment on the shooting or theft of the star's dogs.
 
However, sources have reportedly told TMZ that the 34-year-old is 'extremely upset' and is offering a $500,000 reward for the safe return of Koji and Gustav 'no questions asked'. 
 
Anyone in possession of the dogs has been asked to use the email KojiandGustav@gmail.com to retrieve the award, according to the outlet.
 
Gaga was pictured strutting through the streets of Rome on Wednesday, hours before the shooting unfolded in West Hollywood.
 
She is currently filming in the Italian city for Ridley Scott's new movie Gucci, in which she stars Maurizio Gucci's ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani.
 
Debuting new brunette locks, the Bad Romance hitmaker was spotted walking into her hotel, glad in a glamorous animal print kaftan and a black studded face mask.
 
Earlier this month, Gaga revealed that a 'very important member' of her family was hospitalized for two months with COVID-19 after falling 'very, very ill' with the virus. 
 
The 11-time Grammy winner admitted it was difficult for her to visit them in the ICU because she had to be by herself.
 
When asked what has been giving her hope over the past year, she said: 'I got to be honest. I'm about to cry on the other end of this call with you because it's really - it's doctors, it's nurses, it's essential workers.
 
'I haven't spoken to this person about speaking about this publicly, but I will tell you that a very important member of my family was very, very ill recently and in the hospital for almost two months.
 
'I was in the ICU by myself many times because you can't go in with more than one person, if you can go in at all. I have never seen the heroic acts of bravery that I witnessed, watching these doctors and nurses and people that were cleaning at the hospital.' 

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The Thrird Spider-Man Film Finally Has A Title

The third “Spider-Man” film has its official title: and it’s not “Phone Home,” “Home-Wrecker” or “Home Slice.” The real title for the latest installment in the franchise is “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” star Tom Holland revealed on social media yesterday morning. Holland and his co-stars Zendaya and Jacob Batalon appear in a 30 second clip, which begins with Holland walking out of director Jon Watts’ office and complaining over being given a fake title for the film. “He gave us a fake name again … I just don’t understand why he keeps doing this,” Holland asks. “You don’t understand? I feel like it’s pretty obvious. You spoil things,” Batalon quips, teasing the star’s reputation for sharing details of the superhero films before they’re public knowledge. “I don’t spoil things. Name me one thing I’ve actually spoiled,” Holland shoots back, as Zendaya retorts: “The last movie title.” The camera then zooms in on a white board displaying a number of potential titles, with “Spider-Man: No Way Home” featured at the center. The Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios film is due to be released in theaters on Dec. 17, 2021.

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Martha Stewart Has Mixed Feelings About #Metoo

Martha Stewart says the #MeToo movement has been a complicated issue for her. Martha, who got her start by modeling in her teens and 20s and working on Wall Street in the 1960s and ’70s, tells Harper's Bazaar that getting ahead in the business back then meant she had to tolerate a certain amount of bad behavior. “You had to keep your cool and just do your thing, and brush them away,” she explains. “It has been really painful for me,” she continues. “I’ve known almost every single one of the famous guys that has been accused and set aside. Some were certainly guilty of a lot of what was accused." However, some of the bad behavior, she suggests, was "just their awful personalities." "I am not going to mention their names, but I know those people very, very well, and you know the man just talks about sex during dinner," she says, adding, "That doesn’t mean anything to me.” The full interview appears in the March 2021 edition of Harper's Bazaar, available March 2.

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Here's Why Sacha Baron Cohen Won't Return As Borat

Sacha Baron Cohen said he can't return to the role of Borat as he fears for his life, after nearly being shot at a pro-Trump gun rally in the film's sequel. Cohen spoke on NPR's Fresh Air yesterday, claiming his days getting in disguise were over as he felt his luck would run out eventually. He also claimed he only recreated the character in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm as he wanted to take a stand against President Donald Trump, and persuade people to vote against him in the 2020 election. At the Trump rally he attended in the sequel, the crowd quickly realized Sacha was mocking them and angrily turning on him, forcing him to flee the stage, before barricading himself in his trailer and speeding away. Of the incident, he said: “You know, escaping from that gun rally - you know, I spoke to the security guard afterwards and he just said, listen, a few seconds later and this could have ended very differently. If I hadn't had a security guard who luckily grabbed the hand of, you know, somebody who reached for his gun, who knows? Maybe that guy would have tried to shoot me. Maybe he was just waving me to intimidate me. But at some point, your luck runs out. And so I never wanted to do this stuff again. But no, I can't.”

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BTS Ranks As Top Music Act For Twitter Mentions

BTS was the most-tweeted-about musical group in the United States in 2020. The band's label, Big Hit Entertainment, said Monday the seven-member group is the most frequently mentioned musical artist on Twitter for the fourth year in a row, starting in 2017. Kanye West ranked second, followed by Beyoncé and Drake. Other K-pop groups, including ATEEZ, NCT and EXO, made the list of the top 10 most-tweeted-about musicians, along with Megan Thee Stallion, Harry Styles and Bad Bunny. Earlier this month, Twitter announced that global tweets related to K-pop reached a record high of 6.7 billion last year -- a 10 percent increase from 2019. Overall, BTS was the sixth most mentioned account on the platform, just behind former U.S. President Barack Obama. West was the only other musician in the general top 10 list.

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Charlie Day And Jenny Slate To Star In 'I Want You Back'

Charlie Day and Jenny Slate will star in romantic comedy “I Want You Back.” They will be joined by Gina Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood, Manny Jacinto and Clark Backo in the ensemble cast for the Amazon Studios movie. The flick follows Emma (Slate) and Peter (Day) who thought they were on the brink of life's biggest moments until their respective partners dumped them. In their thirties and horrified that they have missed their shot at happily ever after, Emma and Peter are stunned to learn that their partners have already moved on. With no prospect of romance on the horizon and the threat of dying alone hanging over their heads, the pair hatch a desperate plan to win their exes back.

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Pat Sajak Faces Backlash Fo Making Fun Of Contestant With Speech Impediment

"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak upset a number of viewers on Monday when he seemingly mocked a contestant with a speech impediment. Sajak was trying to keep things light during Monday’s show as he was introducing contestants. While doing so, Sajak spoke with contestant Chris Brimble. After explaining to the host what he does for a living, it became clear to viewers and the host that Brimble speaks with a slight lisp. Sajak heard him out and even commented on the importance of his job, bringing technology to older adults. However, the host concluded the brief interview by saying "I thee" instead of "I see." While Brimble simply laughed the moment off, viewers who were upset about the Sajak's apparent mockery of the contestant’s speech impediment took to Twitter to voice their outrage. "Did @patsajak just mock one of the contestants??" one user wrote.

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Clooney To Executive Produce Ohio State Abuse Scandal Docuseries

George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures are partnering with Sports Illustrated Studios to produce a docuseries about sports journalist Jon Wertheim’s cover story detailing the decades-long abuse scandal in the athletic department at Ohio State University. Wertheim broke the in-depth expose “Why Aren’t More People Talking About the Ohio State Sex Abuse Scandal?” for Sports Illustrated on Oct. 5, 2020, which revealed the list of over 350 alleged allegations against former Ohio State sports doctor Richard Strauss. The story detailed the student’s encounter with Strauss, who was described as “smart and manipulative.” It was also reported that Strauss personally disbursed steroids to athletes. Strauss was able to open his own private men’s clinic right down the street from Ohio State’s campus in Columbus, which he ran until he committed suicide in 2005. While Strauss has been dead for over 15 years, hundreds of victims continue to seek justice. Ohio State entered into a settlement in May 2020 and agreed to pay each victim $250,000, but there are still over 250 claims pending.

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Meghan McCain Calls For Biden Administration To Replace Dr. Fauci

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain has lashed out at Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Biden Administration’s vaccination rollout. “I’m over Dr. Fauci,” McCain said yesterday. “I think we need to have more people giving more opinions and honestly quite frankly, I think the Biden administration should remove him and put someone in place that does understand science or can talk like these other countries about how we can be more like these other places that are doing this successfully.” McCain’s comments came during a frank discussion between the co-hosts centering on COVID-19 and the fact that the U.S. is reaching a record breaking number of half a million deaths since the virus began ravaging the country almost a year ago. While she acknowledged the fact that no one should be downplaying the grief and tragedy that everyone has experienced, she also pointed out that “next week it will be a year since we left the studio and I have been very responsible in many different ways as so many Americans have been. And the fact that Dr. Fauci is going on CNN and he can’t tell me that if I get the vaccine, if I’ll be able to have dinner with my family … it’s terribly inconsistent messaging and it continues to be inconsistent messaging.” McCain doubled down on her feelings on Fauci’s removal after the show finished airing, posting a tweet that declared “I’m not a phony — I will not go on TV and lie and say one thing privately and another on the air. This is my opinion. We need someone else in charge of coronavirus messaging and leadership.”

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Netflix To Explore College Admissions Scandal In 'Operation Varsity Blues'

Netflix will release a new documentary film by Chris Smith that explores the college admissions scandal, Operation Varsity Blues, on March 17. Smith previously directed the documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened for Netflix, which tackled the disastrous Fyre Festival and the man behind it, Billy McFarland. "Everything you've heard is true. But you haven't heard everything. Using real conversations recreated from FBI wiretaps, the filmmaker behind Fyre brings you Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal," Netflix tweeted yesterday alongside a short teaser trailer. Smith, who also executive produced Netflix's Tiger King, is reuniting with his Fyre producer Jon Karmen on Operation Varsity Blues. The college admissions scandal involved actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, actress Felicity Huffman and dozens more conspiring to fraudulently secure admission for their children to elite colleges. The celebs were a part of a group of wealthy parents, college staffers and coaches led by William "Rick" Singer. Operation Varsity Blues will focus on the methods used by Singer, who would work with college admissions personnel and coaches, to fraudulently get the students admitted. Matthew Modine will portray Singer in the documentary.

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Tom Hardy To Star In Netflix Film 'Havoc'

Tom Hardy is set to star in Havoc, a Netflix film. "After a drug deal gone wrong, a bruised detective must fight his way through a criminal underworld to rescue a politician's estranged son, while unraveling a deep web of corruption and conspiracy that ensnares his entire city," the streaming service said in a press release on Friday. Hardy is also producing the project. No other casting has been announced yet.

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Kim Kardashian Files For Divorce From Kanye West

Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from Kanye West after months of rumors that the two were splitting. Kim filed documents on Friday, according to TMZ, through her lawyer Laura Wasser, but the date of separation was not listed. Kim is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their four young children: North, seven, Saint, five, Chicago, three, Psalm, 21 months. And it was claimed that neither will contest their prenup and they are far along in their agreement over how to split the property.

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Who's Up Next To Guest Host "Jeopardy"?

“Jeopardy!” is about to welcome a new guest host. Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer, will take over hosting duties this week from Ken Jennings, who stepped in following Alex Trebek’s death last year. Richards is the executive producer of both “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” and he also has plenty of experience in front of the camera, having hosted multiple shows including “Beauty and the Geek” and the Game Show Network’s “Pyramid.” “I was very fortunate to have a front row seat to watch and study Alex,” Richards said in a statement on the “Jeopardy!” website. “Stepping in as a guest host was incredibly humbling, emotional and a lot of fun. It will forever be the honor of my life.” Richards, who will host tonight until March 5, is the next in a series of planned interim hosts who will take a turn at the lectern this season. Other upcoming guest hosts include former TODAY co-host Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper and actor Mayim Bialik.

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'The Batman' Delayed By New Covid-19 Case

“The Batman” has been delayed again after Robert Pattinson's stunt double tested positive for coronavirus. The movie has been hit by the virus for a third time, with the delays proving to be a "headache" for the studio, which has implemented a strict testing regime. A source told The Sun newspaper: "Shooting a blockbuster of this scale is difficult enough without the threat of COVID looming large. While this proves Warner Bros’ testing regime is working, having so many people away from set for ten days is a headache the studio could do without, especially when they are relying on the stunt team to deliver the film’s most spectacular scenes. The movie is still on track to wrap next month and when it does, I think everyone will be breathing a sigh of relief."

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Kevin Hart's Personal Shopper Charged With Stealing Over $1 Million From Comedian

Kevin Hart's former personal shopper appears to have been a rip-off. Dylan Jason Syer, 29, was indicted and arraigned in New York's Queens Supreme Court on grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing more than $1 million from the comedian, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Wednesday. Katz alleges that Syer was "living out his uber-rich lifestyle fantasies" on Hart's tab by making unauthorized purchases on Hart's credit cards from October 2017 through February 2019. According to Katz, Syer gained access to Hart's credit card numbers when he was hired to obtain several garments for the comedian back in 2015, under the condition that Syer "would only make authorized purchases." However, the DA said Syer made over $923,000 in unauthorized charges, in addition to $240,000 worth of jewelry and watches. Syer allegedly used the stolen funds to buy designer bags, fine art and collectibles, including a Sam Friedman painting, two Louis Vuitton duffle bags, 5 KAWS collectible dolls and at least 16 Bearbrick collectible dolls. The DA says Syer flashed the luxury items on his social media account. Syer was arrested Wednesday and police recovered about $250,000 worth of cash and goods while serving a search warrant at his home. He’s charged with grand larceny in the first and second degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the first and second degree, identity theft in the first degree and scheme to defraud in the first degree.

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Top Ten Movies And Rentals

Here are the top movie rentals and streaming, according to RottenTomatoes.com.
 
Dead Pigs
 
Baby, Done
 
Psycho Goreman
 
Promising Young Woman
 
Soul
 
Breach

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Regina King To Play Shirley Chisholm In New Biopic

Regina King will play Shirley Chisholm in the new biopic Shirley. King will produce and star in the forthcoming film. The new biopic centers on Chisholm, the first Black U.S. congresswoman, and her 1972 presidential campaign. The film aims to give an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of Chisholm during a seminal period in American history.

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Michael Keaton Drama 'Worth' Picked Up By Netflix And Obamas 'Higher Ground Productions'

“Worth,” a true story drama starring Michael Keaton, has been picked up by Netflix and Higher Ground Productions, the company founded by Barack and Michelle Obama. “Worth” stars Keaton as Kenneth Feinberg, the man tasked to oversee the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. In his efforts to find compensation for over 5,300 people who lost loved ones or suffered serious health problems as a result of the terrorist attacks, Feinberg was faced with the emotional toil of trying to put a price on human life. In the end, Feinberg and his team secured $7.1 billion for the federal fund. Netflix will release “Worth” in September to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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Rush Limbaugh Dead At 70

Rush Limbaugh died yesterday after a year-long battle with cancer. His death at age 70 was announced on his radio program, by his wife Kathryn. "Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life," she said. "Rush will forever be the greatest of all time." Limbaugh announced last February that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.

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Lenny Kravitz Joins 'Shotgun Wedding'

Lenny Kravitz has joined the cast of “Shotgun Wedding,” where he will star as the ex-boyfriend of Jennifer Lopez's character. Kravitz will co-star opposite Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel – who took over the lead role after Armie Hammer recently backed out – in the upcoming action-comedy from Lionsgate. The movie centers around a woman named Grace (Lopez) and a man named Tom (Duhamel), who gather their lovable but very opinionated families for the ultimate destination wedding just as the couple begins to get cold feet. If that wasn’t stressful enough, the group finds their lives in danger when the entire party is taken hostage.

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Kit Harington And Rose Leslie Welcome First Child

It’s a baby boy for Game of Thrones co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie. A rep for Harington confirmed to E! News that the two welcomed their first child together recently and that the new parents are “very, very happy.” Leslie confirmed she was expecting back in September by baring her bump in a photo spread for U.K.’s Make Magazine. She later told the New York Post, "I am thrilled to be expecting and I can't wait to meet the new member of our family!" Harington and Leslie married in 2018 after falling in love on the set of Game of Thrones, where Harington played Jon Snow and Leslie played his fierce yet ill-fated love, Ygritte.

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Ryan Reynolds And Blake Lively Donate Another $1 Million To Food Banks

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have donated $1 million to food banks for a second time amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Feeding America and Food Banks Canada announced the generous contributions via their social media pages on Monday.

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Dwyane Johnson Says He's Still Considering A presidential Run

Dwayne Johnson is still thinking about running for president. During a 2017 appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," he said that he was seriously considering a run for president. Nowadays, he's further alluding to a possible run with his new sitcom "Young Rock," which chronicles his younger years. According to USA Today, each episode of the show features the star in mock interviews during a 2032 run for office. Despite having years' worth of projects lined up in Hollywood, the star still hasn't ruled out one day vying for the Oval Office. "I would consider a presidential run in the future if that's what the people wanted," he told the outlet. "Truly I mean that, and I'm not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people... So I would wait, and I would listen." He continued: "I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground."

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