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The 'Maybe I Do' cast on romantic comedies, marriage and love languages

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The new romantic comedy Maybe I Do, out Friday in limited release, is filled with all-star actors of the genre. Big names like Richard Gere, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon fill out a cast of characters who all feel unfulfilled in their relationships. Gere told ABC Audio the film explores big questions about love and life.

“How, when you’ve only got a few years left, whatever that is, how do you make it meaningful?” Gere said of the film’s main themes. “Can you get closer to what your real, authentic self and impulses are?”

For star Emma Roberts, the appeal was getting to act alongside the famous actors she grew up watching on screen.

“When you think of iconic movies, they’re in most of them,” Roberts said of her co-stars. “So, it was definitely a career highlight to be in the same room as Diane Keaton, because I just love everything she does. And to have her play my mom, I was just, like, could not believe that I got that opportunity.”

Keaton found her character — a kind, dutiful housewife who desires more passion in her life — to be similar to her own mother. In fact, she said that her parents’ relationship influenced her own life.

“I saw that it was complicated,” Keaton said. “I understood that. And that is probably one of the reasons why I don’t know if I could be in a marriage.”

As for Sarandon, she described her own love language as being about acts of service.

“I think it’s a good sign when making them happy brings you joy," Sarandon said. “When you really find yourself thinking of little things every day that enhances someone’s life.”

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Blake Lively, Justin Baldoni to star in film adaptation of Colleen Hoover's 'It Ends with Us'

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Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni will star in the film adaptation of Colleen Hoover's bestselling novel, It Ends with Us.

Hoover announced the news in a video shared on TikTok. "I think that Justin Baldoni and Blake Lively have what it takes to bring these characters to life and I cannot wait for you guys to see that happen," she said.

Baldoni is also set to direct the film, which is in development with Wayfarer Studios and Sony Pictures. Deadline first reported the news.

Lively will play the book's main character, Lily Bloom, and Baldoni will play Ryle Kincaid, the man Lily falls for. The book touches largely on domestic abuse, which Hoover has previously said was inspired by her mother's escape from her own abusive relationship.

In her TikTok video, Hoover showed her fans the house she grew up in "from the age of probably 4 to 18."

"I just want everyone to know how appreciative I am to my mother, who got us out of a scary situation when I was little and brought us here to this house," she explained.

"This house was full of love and joy," she continued. "So thank you, Mom, for making that very difficult decision. This house holds nothing but wonderful memories for me because of her."

Lively and Hoover are also executive producers for the film based on the viral "BookTok" sensation.

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Can't argue with science: Former 'Bridgerton' lead Regé-Jean Page is perfect

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The science is settled: Regé-Jean Page is the most handsome man in the world.

Specifically, Metro.Uk reports a cosmetic surgeon has taken what's known as the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty, otherwise known as Phi — a measurement of physical perfection — and applied it to a host of Hollywood hunks.

The Golden Ratio goes back thousands of years, according to the Victorian Cosmetic Institute. It's "the ratio of line segments that occur when an object is divided so that the ratio of B to A is the same as the ratio of C to B."

While that's on the technical side, it comes down to facial symmetry: The more symmetrical the face, the more attractive a person is.

With that in mind, Dr. Julian De Silva, a London-based facial cosmetic surgeon, used computer mapping to track some famous faces.

The Gray Man star Page's competition included Thor's Chris Hemsworth, Creed III and Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan, and Harry Styles.

Of those, with a score of 93.65%, Regé was deemed the top.

Hemsworth was second, with a score of 93.53%; Michael B. ranked a very close third, with 93.46%; and Styles scored 92.3%.

Let's face it: Every star cited scored an A in this particular experiment.

You can't argue with science.

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Reload: HBO renews video game adaptation 'The Last of Us' for second season

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After just two episodes, HBO has renewed its PlayStation video game adaptation The Last of Us for a second season. As reported, the show, which stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as two survivors fighting their way through an outbreak-ravaged United States, had an impressive debut for HBO.

The first episode drew 4.7 million viewers on both the network and its streaming service, HBO Max — an audience second only to the opener of its Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon.

Neil Druckman, who created the Naughty Dog game for PlayStation and now executive produces the show, noted in the announcement, "I'm humbled, honored, and frankly overwhelmed that so many people have tuned in and connected with our retelling of Joel and Ellie's journey. The collaboration with Craig Mazin, our incredible cast & crew, and HBO exceeded my already high expectations."

He added, "Now we have the absolute pleasure of being able to do it again with season two! On behalf of everyone at Naughty Dog & PlayStation, thank you!"

New episodes of the series, which also stars Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Nick Offerman and Storm Reid, debut Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and are available to stream on HBO Max, leading up to the finale on March 12.

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Alan Cumming reveals he 'returned' his Order of the British Empire

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Alan Cumming revealed in a message celebrating his birthday that he recently returned his Order of the British Empire award.

"Today is my 58th birthday and I want to tell you about something I recently did for myself. I returned my OBE," the two-time Tony Award-winning actor shared Friday on Instagram.

Cumming said he was grateful to have received the distinction from Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.

He recalled being "shocked and delighted" when receiving the honor, adding that it "makes me very proud to be British, and galvanised as an American."

Cumming said the award was given to him not just for his job as an actor, but for his activism for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. He referenced the "don't ask, don't tell" policy and the Defense of Marriage Act, both instituted during Bill Clinton's presidency, as being issues at the time.

Both have since been repealed by President Barack Obama in 2011 and President Joe Biden in 2022, respectively.

Cumming noted that the queen's death in September "and the ensuing conversations about the role of monarchy and especially the way the British Empire profited at the expense (and death) of indigenous peoples across the world really opened my eyes."

He also said the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights in the United States has made the "great good" the award stood for 14 years ago "now less potent than the misgivings I have being associated with the toxicity of empire."

"So I returned my award, explained my reasons and reiterated my great gratitude for being given it in the first place," the Traitors host said. "I'm now back to being plain old Alan Cumming again. Happy birthday to me!"

ABC News has reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.

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"MAY TH_ FORC_ B_ WITH YOU": 'Wheel of Fortune' looking for contestants for 'Star Wars'-themed shows

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If you're a Star Wars fan, Wheel of Fortune wants to meet you. The long-running game show has announced it's looking for "superfans" for a "special week of Wheel for your chance to win cash, Disney vacations and restore order (to the alphabet)."

So if you know "Gundaark" has three vowels and the plural of "Jedi" is also "Jedi," you might want to check out the application website, where you can submit a video to producers.

They offer these helpful hints: "Choose a place where you can speak up and get excited about your Wheel of Fortune and Star Wars fandom," adding, "If you have any fun Star Wars gear or attire, feel free to wear it."

The show notes, "We're looking for Star Wars' biggest fans, so, 'Don't hold back. Show us your Star Wars fan personality.'"

After all, fear is a path to the Dark Side.

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Ahead of hosting 'SNL', Michael B. Jordan was surprised by how many staffers slept with "him"

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As Michael B. Jordan was working on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, he learned a slightly embarrassing fact: For the past 10 years, staffers at the sketch show have been sleeping with him.

Sort of.

As Jordan explained to SNL vet Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, "I walk into the office, and they said, 'This might be weird. This might be a little weird, but we actually have been living with you for the past 10 years.'" 

"Ten years, what are you talking about?" he reportedly replied. Jordan explained he met the producer who reportedly received a life-sized body pillow printed with his sweaty, shirtless image as a gift; the actor-director showed Fallon and the studio audience a photo of him standing next to his downy doppelgänger.

"She was like, 'Listen, our hours here are so crazy, everybody takes naps at some point during the day,'" MBJ recalled. "And I said, 'So wait: Every lady in here has slept with me at some point for the last 10 years?!'" 

"And they were like, 'Actually yes,'" Jordan said to hoots and applause from the audience. 

Saturday Night Live's Instagram posted a photo of the meet-up for your viewing pleasure.

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Weekend Watchlist: What's new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here’s a look at some of the new movies and TV shows streaming this weekend:

Netflix
You People: A couple and their families deal with culture clashes and generational differences in the new film comedy.

The Kings of Jo'burg: Find out how the family deals with a new king and new enemies in season two. 

Lockwood & Co.: A girl with psychic abilities teams up with two boys to fight the deadly spirits attacking London. 

The Snow Girl: Follow along as two journalists go on the hunt to find a missing girl. 

Hulu
How I Met Your Father:  Sophie continues the story of how her son came to be in season two of the sitcom.

Extraordinary: Prepare to laugh with this new British superhero comedy series.  

The 1619 Project: This new docu-series offers a different take on America's history and the repercussions of slavery.

Disney+
Willow: Behind the Magic: Take a look behind the scenes of the making of Disney's fantasy series. 

Peacock
Poker Face: Solve mysteries with Charlie Cale, a detective who can tell whenever somebody’s lying, in this brand-new series starring Natasha Lyonne

Prime Video
Shotgun Wedding: A destination wedding takes a sudden turn when the entire party is taken hostage in the new action-comedy film starring Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel.

Apple TV+
Shrinking: A grieving therapist takes a new approach to his craft, telling his clients exactly what he thinks in this new comedy series starring Jason Segel and Harrison Ford.

Paramount+
Teen Wolf: The Movie: When a full moon rises in Beacon Falls, Scott McCall gathers trusted friends to help defeat the new evil that emerges.

Wolf PackSarah Michelle Gellar leads this new series about a wildfire that awakens a terrifying supernatural creature.

Happy streaming!

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Following Oscar nominations, 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' headed back into theaters

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After leading all of the competition with 11 Academy Award nominations earlier this week, the madcap multiverse movie Everything Everywhere All At Once is headed back into theaters.

In an Instagram post, one of the movie's two directors, Daniel Kwan, informed followers the movie will screen in 1,400 theaters nationwide starting Friday.

He wrote, "To all the people who: Regret missing it in theaters, fell asleep watching it on an airplane, accidentally left at 'THE END', want to hate-watch the film like CATS style with your friends, now is your chance!"

Incidentally, Kwan has also posted an extensive collection of behind-the-scenes pictures and videos from the film in his Instagram Stories, showing how the acclaimed movie came together on a shoestring budget.

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Jay Leno reveals he suffered broken bones in motorcycle accident

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He recently suffered serious burns in a garage mishap, but Jay Leno isn't giving himself a break: He revealed to the Las Vegas Review Journal that he had a pretty gnarly motorcycle accident just last week.

In an interview with the paper, which was covering his March stand-up return to Sin City, a reporter asked the 72-year-old former Tonight Show host how he was recovering from the serious burns he'd suffered in November.

"It’s so funny you should say that," Leno replied. "That was the first accident. OK? Then just last week, I got knocked off my motorcycle. So I've got a broken collarbone. I've got two broken ribs. I've got two cracked kneecaps."

The latest accident apparently happened on January 17.

Leno added, "But I'm OK! I'm OK, I’m working. I'm working this weekend."

As was the case with the November incident, the Jay Leno's Garage host's love for vintage vehicles was at the center: A classic Indian bike he was driving suffered a fuel leak mid-ride.

The comedian recalled, "So I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it. So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clotheslined me and, boom, knocked me off the bike. The bike kept going, and you know how that works out."

As in the November accident, Leno's sense of humor wasn't injured. "You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free. After that, you’re Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down," he added, laughing.

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In Brief: 'Avatar: The Way of Water' climbing all-time box office chart, and more

James Cameron’s Avatar sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, is now the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time, collecting $2.054 billion as of Thursday. It moves past 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, which grossed $2.052 billion. Only Avatar ($2.92 billion), Avengers: Endgame ($2.79 billion), Titanic ($2.19 billion) and Star Wars Episode VII -- The Force Awakens ($2.07 billion) rank higher on the all-time list. Avatar: The Way of Water has also topped Spider-Man: No Way Home's $1.92 billion), to become the highest-grossing movie of the pandemic era...

Netflix has renewed The Recruit for a second season. The spy drama follows a young CIA lawyer -- played by Black Adam's Noah Centineo -- who becomes entangled in the dangerous world of power politics. “I know I speak for our entire cast and executive team at eOne and Netflix when I say that we are thrilled to be returning to The Recruit for a second season. I’m looking forward to seeing what [series creator] Alexi Hawley has in store for us all,” Centineo said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Laura Haddock, Fivel Stewart, Vondie Curtis Hall, Kristian Bruun, Aarti Mann, Colton Dunn and Daniel Quincy Annoh also star...

NBC will pay tribute to Carol Burnett on her 90th birthday with the two-hour special, Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love. The evening will feature appearances from Aileen Quinn, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bob Mackie, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Lily Tomlin, Marisa Tomei, Sofia Vergara, Steve Carell, Susan Lucci, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Vicki Lawrence, along with musical performances from Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Jane Lynch, Katy Perry, Kristin Chenoweth and many others. Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love airs April 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and streams the next day on Peacock...

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'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' marks 20th anniversary with original guests George Clooney, Snoop Dogg and Coldplay

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Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday celebrated the 20th anniversary of his ABC late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, with a primetime special featuring George ClooneySnoop Dogg and Coldplay -- the same lineup that appeared on the show when it premiered January 26, 2003.

"Right out of the gate, we were an immediate hit,” Kimmel joked during his monologue, before reading a list of reviews, calling it a “dead-on-arrival talk show with a charisma-free host” and another that compared it to the “kind of mess created by a sick infant with a leaky diaper.”

Kimmel, 55, also used a bit of 2023 technical wizardry to update his younger self on everything that has happened over the past 20 years.

The guest segments featured Clooney and Snoop Dogg reminiscing about that first show, in which Clooney recalled they "got the audience drunk" and ended up with one woman vomiting on the studio floor.

"By the way, we assumed she was vomiting because she was drunk, it may have just been the show," quipped Kimmel.

The final guest of the night was Coldplay frontman Chris Martin who, after explaining that they weren't called to appear until the last minute, gifted Kimmel with a music box that played the band's hit, "Clocks." Martin began singing to the music box, joined later by a string section, followed by a choir, and eventually the rest of his band -- and Kimmel, who played a bass clarinet.

Many celebrities, including Carol BurnettMatt DamonJulia Louis Dreyfus and Michelle Obama, also congratulated Kimmel on his anniversary, appearing in pre-recorded messages during the special. 


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Jason Segel talks new Apple TV+ series 'Shrinking'

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The new Apple TV+ series Shrinking is a comedy…about grief.

Jason Segel plays a dad grieving the loss of his wife in the show, which is out Friday. Grief might not be the first thing you think of when you think of comedy, but Segel tells ABC Audio "those are the kinds of weighty issues that should be explored through comedy."

"I really don't want to see a drama about grief. I know what I'm going to get," he explains. "I've just always felt like comedy was a great way into exploring weightier issues." 

Ted Lasso star and writer Brett Goldstein co-created the series and adds that grief is a great, universal, jumping-off point. "I think it's something that everyone has experienced or is close to," he shares. 

That's what makes the show so relevant and, although Goldstein didn't plan it that way, he can understand how it happened.

"Collectively as the world we've experienced the trauma of COVID and we're all trying to come out of that, I can see how this is reflective of the time. And I guess it's all subconscious in what you're choosing to create," he says. 

Segel's character is a psychiatrist who learns how to use his loss to help others, a process he describes as "really clumsy and clunky, but it comes from such love."

Segel's character shares a practice with two other shrinks, played by Harrison Ford and Jessica Williams. So what was it like working with Ford?

"It's a dream," Segel says, adding that Ford was a "consummate professional."

"And then also, like, selfishly, it is some affirmation that you must be doing okay. Like all of a sudden, you're sitting across from Harrison Ford and you're like, 'Oh, I must be doing okay,'" he adds. 

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James Gunn to fans of CW's canceled 'Doom Patrol' and 'Titans': It wasn't me

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Fans of the CW DC Comics-based shows Doom Patrol and Titans might have been surprised to find out that the shows won't be back for fifth seasons, but they might also be surprised to learn that James Gunn didn't pull the trigger.

The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise writer-director has taken flak online for making some big changes to Warner Bros. Discovery's superhero universe along with his partner Peter Safran. However, he contends the cancellations weren't their doing.

One fan of the shows snarked online on Thursday, "With @DCDoomPatrol and @DCTitans officially ending due to the new direction of @JamesGunn and Safran...All the fans can say is good luck. It's a mighty big hill you have to climb to win the majority of fans over who enjoyed the shows and movies. I’ll be kicking my feet up waiting."

Gunn set the record straight, explaining, "The decision to end the series precedes us. But I certainly wish the best for the talented group of creators, actors, and the rest of the crew that produced both shows."

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Nielsen numbers: 'Stranger Things' the most-watched streaming show in 2022; Disney+'s 'Encanto' the most-streamed movie

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With January nearly over, Nielsen is looking back to 2022 and noted Stranger Things was the most-watched show of the year in the U.S.

According to numbers quoted by Variety, Americans took in some 52 billion minutes' worth of adventures in the Upside Down in 2022, which the trade said was the most of any show since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, when audiences in lockdown binged 57.1 billion minutes of NBC's The Office.

CBS' NCIS was the second-most-watched show in the U.S. last year, with 38.1 billion minutes viewed on Netflix in 2022.

Netflix's cartoon kid show CoComelon pulled in 37.8 billion minutes viewed, strong enough for third place.

Disney+'s Encanto had the honor of being the most-watched streaming movie of last year.

And if you needed convincing that we're a country of couch potatoes, Nielsen said we watched 19.4 MILLION YEARS' worth of content last year.

That's up from the 15 million years' worth of stuff we watched in 2021.

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