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Ben Affleck Explains Why He’s Done Playing Batman: ‘I Couldn’t Crack It’

Ben Affleck Explains Why He’s Done Playing Batman: ‘I Couldn’t Crack It’
Ben Affleck is hanging up his cape and saying goodbye to Batman.

In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday, the actor explained why he will not be returning as the Caped Crusader in the 2021 film “The Batman,” to be written and directed by Matt Reeves. Affleck is retiring from the role after playing Bruce Wayne in only three movies: “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Justice League.”

“I tried to direct a version of it and worked with a really good screenwriter, but just couldn’t come up with a version, I couldn’t crack it,” Affleck told Kimmel. “So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it. They got some really good people, so I’m excited.”

Affleck also tweeted about the decision to leave the film he was originally slated to direct and star in on Jan. 30. “Excited
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Arrests In Jussie Smollett Attack; Chicago PD Says No Charges, Yet

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Arrests In Jussie Smollett Attack; Chicago PD Says No Charges, Yet
Breaking: Two persons of interest in the January 29 assault on Jussie Smollett have become a lot more interesting to the Chicago Police.

After being question at length yesterday, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo are now in custody.

“We can confirm that they have been arrested but they have not been charged,” Chicago PD Pio News Affairs official Sally Born told Deadline today.

At least one of the brothers, who were picked up returning to Chicago at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday, has appeared as an extra on the Windy City filmed Lee Daniels and Danny Strong co-created series.

“Victim” Smollett is “continuing to cooperate” with the investigation, a police source told Deadline, adding that the brothers did know the actor, though how well is unclear at present.

This latest twist in the attack on the Empire star also comes one day after local media were scolded by police for “unconfirmed
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Colton Underwood Fan Grabbed His Junk During Event, Prompting Early Exit

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Colton Underwood Fan Grabbed His Junk During Event, Prompting Early Exit
Colton Underwood's penis and virginity came under fire during his charity event in San Diego, leaving the 'Bachelor' star feeling deeply disturbed and violated.  Eyewitnesses tell TMZ ... during Colton's meet and greet, a female fan approached him and grabbed his crotch in front of everyone, telling him, "I am going to take your virginity."  As we reported ... Colton cut his appearance short and got the hell out of Dodge before apologizing to his fans for his early exit,
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WWE's Matt Riddle Thinks 'Nxt' Can Eclipse 'Raw' and 'Smackdown'

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WWE superstar Matt Riddle thinks a major change is coming ... saying 'Nxt' is on a trajectory to explode and take over as the No. 1 show in the WWE Universe. For years, 'Nxt' has been viewed as WWE's developmental brand -- used to springboard up-and-coming wrestlers on to shows like 'Raw' and 'Smackdown Live' ... where the top stars play.  But, Riddle -- along with other young stars like Ricochet, Adam Cole and
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Priyanka Chopra is Not Pregnant, And Alcohol Proves It

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Priyanka Chopra is Not Pregnant, And Alcohol Proves It
Priyanka Chopra is not pregnant, despite rumors she's carrying Nick Jonas' baby.  We've spoken with folks who were around Priyanka Monday night in Los Angeles for the premiere of her movie, "Isn't It Romantic," and she was happily drinking. The actress hit up Osteria Mozza, where she was seen toasting friends and downing champagne.  As you know ... the rumor mill went into high gear this week after Priyanka was photographed with what appeared to be a baby bump,
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Ice Cube Says LeBron Is Clutch, Just Not Like Jordan Or Kobe

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Lakers super fan Ice Cube says Scottie Pippen is Wrong when he says LeBron James doesn't have the clutch gene ... but Right when he says Lbj is no Michael Jordan ... or Kobe Bryant. Pippen took some shots at LeBron recently ... actually, he pretty much destroyed the guy on "ESPN First Take," saying the King turns into a peasant during crunch time in games. "When I look at LeBron, he's not what Michael (Jordan) was as a player.
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Mississippi Senator Wants Eli Manning Statue Built at Ole Miss

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Mississippi Senator Wants Eli Manning Statue Built at Ole Miss
Eli Manning deserves to be immortalized in bronze at his alma mater ... so says Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, who tells TMZ Sports the former-Ole Miss Qb needs a campus statue!!! Of course, Eli's big bro, Peyton, already has a monument built for him in Indianapolis ... and the Mannings as a fam have been recognized in a few different ways already at Ole Miss. But, Wicker says Eli -- who's a legend with Both the Rebels
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Happy Death Day 2U Star Jessica Rothe Is Engaged: 'How Did I Get So Lucky'

Happy Death Day 2U Star Jessica Rothe Is Engaged: 'How Did I Get So Lucky'
Jessica Rothe is getting married!

The Happy Death Day 2U star, 31, announced the exciting news on Thursday, a.k.a. Valentine’s Day.

“Cat’s out of the bag! Happy Valentine’s Day to my brilliant, amazing, wonderful, how-did-i-get-so-lucky FIANCÉ and of course, most importantly, to Otis the pup,” Rothe captioned a clip of photos of herself and fiancé Eric Flem while showing off her engagement ring.

The pair flashed wide smiles as they posed in matching red beanies, with the view of a snowy forest in the background. Their dog Otis was also in the montage, wearing a green sweater.
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Liam Hemsworth Reveals He Almost Wasn't Cast in The Last Song Opposite Now-Wife Miley Cyrus

Liam Hemsworth Reveals He Almost Wasn't Cast in The Last Song Opposite Now-Wife Miley Cyrus
Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus‘ 10-year romance may have never happened.

During an interview with Today, which airs on Sunday, Hemsworth, 29, revealed he almost didn’t get the part as Will Blakelee in The Last Song — the role that introduced him to his now wife, 26.

“That was the first job I got [in the U.S.], and it was literally right at the end of my three-month visa,” Hemsworth, who is from Australia, explained. “They cast another kid, and it didn’t work out with him.”

That’s when he got the phone call that changed his life.

“My agent calls me like, whispering,
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Here's Why You Can Basically Count on a Third Happy Death Day Movie

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Here's Why You Can Basically Count on a Third Happy Death Day Movie
When you consider the fact that Happy Death Day was basically an instant hit that quickly earned a second movie, it's easy to see how the film's sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, is set up for success. After all, the insane trailer promises more insane deaths, plenty of laughs, and more than a few scares. All things considered, it's hard to imagine a timeline (ha) in which writer-director Christopher Landon doesn't get the chance to make a third movie. You may think I'm getting ahead of myself, and on some level, you'd be right. But that's only because Universal hasn't officially signed off on a trilogy. That said, there are a few indicators that are giving us a lot of hope.

The main reason we're pretty confident about a third movie is, well, Landon wants to make one. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the creator of the universe said
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Meet the New Cast (and Joe's Possible Victims) For Netflix's You Season 2

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Joe Goldberg isn't finished wreaking havoc just yet! After a dramatic first season on Lifetime, You is moving to Netflix for season two. While Penn Badgley will be back as the murderous book store manager, there are a few new stars joining the show, including a brand-new leading lady. See the new cast (and possibly Joe's next victims) ahead.

Related: Candace Returns, Joe Moves to La, and More Things to Expect From You's Second Season
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Ja Rule Just Threatened to Have Another Fyre Festival, Because We Haven't Suffered Enough

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Ja Rule Just Threatened to Have Another Fyre Festival, Because We Haven't Suffered Enough
When a movie receives terrible reviews, typically it doesn't get green-lighted for a sequel. That's why we were never tortured by Gigli 2, or a follow-up to The Book of Henry. But apparently Ja Rule either doesn't believe in this logical process, or is out of his damn mind (or both), because he recently teased a second installment of the worst "luxury" music festival that never was: Fyre Fest.

As a reminder, festival-goers - some of whom had paid thousands for their tickets - arrived at the festival site in the Bahamas and discovered a barren, unorganized, trash-covered space strewn with Fema tents that were leftover from the devastation of Hurricane Michael. The doomed event was so bad that it not only inspired two documentaries about the whole disaster but also destroyed the livelihoods of innocent bystanders and landed the festival's chief fraudster, Billy McFarland, in prison.

Ja Rule, who collaborated on Fyre Fest with McFarland,
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Cops Release Jussie Smollett 'Suspects' Due to New Evidence

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7:30 Pm Pt -- Cops are releasing the Osundairo brothers and they won't be charged. Chicago Pd says, "Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the 'Empire' case have now been released without charging." Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi added that detectives have "additional investigative work to complete."Police have now arrested 2 men in the Jussie Smollett investigation -- 2 men with ties to "Empire" -- and TMZ has
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Prepare Yourself: The Curse of La Llorona Trailer Is 2 Minutes of Pure Fear

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Prepare Yourself: The Curse of La Llorona Trailer Is 2 Minutes of Pure Fear
Are you ready for an entirely new monster to take over your nightmares? Because the new trailer for The Curse of La Llorona is here to do just that. The upcoming horror film - which is produced by Gary Dauberman, Emile Gladstone, and The Conjuring's James Wan - centers on a social worker (Linda Cardellini) and her two young children, who find themselves drawn into a supernatural fight for their lives when it turns out a horrifying apparition called "La Llorona" (or The Weeping Woman) is very much real. The movie takes place in La in the '70s, and the two-minute trailer is already more than enough to send our blood pressure into overdrive (that bathtub scene!). Watch it above, if you dare, before it hits theaters on April 19.

Trailer 1:
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Meghan Markle Is Returning to the Big Screen in a Surprise Re-Release of One of Her Films

Meghan Markle Is Returning to the Big Screen in a Surprise Re-Release of One of Her Films
Meghan Markle will be back on the big screen!

Years before she tied the knot with Prince Harry and began her royal duties as the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan was pursuing a career in acting, during which she starred in a film called The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down.

The movie from 2011, which was written and created by Paul Sapiano, follows a group of twenty-something singles — including Meghan’s character Dana — and their “outrageous” night out partying in Los Angeles. Happy Endings alum Adam Pally and New Girl‘s Max Greenfield also star.

Now, nearly eight years after its initial release,
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Don't Worry: Taylor Schilling Is Just as Horrified as You Are About The Prodigy's Dog Scene

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Don't Worry: Taylor Schilling Is Just as Horrified as You Are About The Prodigy's Dog Scene
Having spent six years playing Piper Kerman on Orange Is the New Black, it should surprise no one that Taylor Schilling has experienced her fair share of unpleasant moments on screen. For instance, as a Litchfield inmate, she has her teeth shattered, finds herself starting a used panties business, and is held down while getting a swastika burned into her arm. And yet much of that pales in comparison to what Schilling's character must endure in The Prodigy.

In the Nicholas McCarthy-directed horror film, the Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress plays Sarah, a mother whose genius-level young son, Miles (It's Jackson Robert Scott), begins to exhibit disturbing behavior the older he gets. Is he suffering from some sort of mental disorder? Or is something more sinister at work, like a demonic possession? Sarah struggles with her instinct to love and protect her son while also fearing for her and her husband's safety,
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The Academy Reverses Controversial Decision: All 24 Oscars Categories Will Air Live During Show

Following protests from Hollywood filmmakers and actors, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that all 24 Oscars categories will air live during the upcoming award show.

“The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards — Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format,” Officers of the Board of Governors told People.

Actress Olivia Wilde celebrated the announcement on social media, writing, “Good News … This is the power of a community standing up for its own. I
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Meet Lashana Lynch, the Captain Marvel Star You're About to Fall in Love With

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As we close in on Marvel's next big release, Captain Marvel, we're slowly uncovering more and more intel about the incredibly powerful superhero. Even in the last couple of months, we've been treated to tons of trailers and special looks, a couple of familiar faces, and one very fuzzy new sidekick. But if the recently released character posters told us anything, it's that Marvel is keeping a secret or two close to the chest. Case in point: the brilliant Lashana Lynch, who plays Maria Rambeau, aka the best friend and copilot of Captain Marvel's human person, Carol Danvers.

In Summer 2018, Popsugar visited the La set of Captain Marvel with a group of other journalists. During our time in the thick of the action, we were treated to an interview with Lynch. The fact that she's joining the Marvel universe is huge; not only is she a fresh face in the superhero world,
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Films On The National Mall — See The Chilling Pics

Spoiler Alert: Possible spoilers ahead for season three of The Handmaid’s Tale! Under his eye! “The Handmaid’s Tale” made quite the impact as it filmed with over 200 handmaids on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Stars Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski were all on hand as they shot haunting scenes for season three, including one featuring
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