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Ben Affleck's Dunkin' ad reportedly now a Super Bowl commercial with Jennifer Lopez

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As reported last month, Oscar winner and director Ben Affleck showed his love for Dunkin' by shooting a commercial at one of its Massachusetts locations. But now it appears the commercial has a famous co-star: his wife, Jennifer Lopez.

J.Lo was spotted thanking staffers when the commercial shoot wrapped and chatting with Ben through the drive-thru window when he was "working" there. But Entertainment Tonight now reports his wife's actually in the spot, and the famous couple's ad is bound for the big game.

A source says, "Ben's Dunkin' commercial was initially supposed to be a regular commercial and campaign, but things changed and now it will be a commercial during the Super Bowl." The spy added, "The commercial is funny and cute. It shows Ben working at Dunkin' in his free time because he loves it so much. Then Jen pulls up to the drive-thru and asks him, 'What are you doing here? Is this what you do all day?' They're both very excited about it."

For the record, Dunkin' demurred on the details, with Jill Nelson, the company's chief marketing officer, telling ET, "Dunkin' is airing its first-ever Super Bowl ad this year, but you'll have to tune in on Sunday to see what's 'Ben' brewing."

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Eddie Murphy's 'You People' stays on top of Netflix's Top 10 list

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You People, the romantic comedy that sees co-writer Jonah Hill desperately trying to impress his girlfriend's rigid dad, played by Eddie Murphy, kept 'em laughing for another week on Netflix.

The movie held onto the #1 slot on the streaming giant's English Language film list, with another 65.6 million hours viewed last week. The film, directed and co-written by Kenya Barris, was also ranked #1 in 64 countries.

Landing in second place was Pamela, a Love Story, the autobiographical film about former Baywatch bombshell Pamela Anderson, which debuted in the #2 spot last week, with 24.3 million hours viewed.

Coming in third was another debut, Minions: The Rise of Gru. The animated movie starring the voice of Steve Carrell debuted in third place, with more than 19 million hours viewed.

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'WandaVision' director Matt Shakman says Marvel's 'Fantastic Four' starts shooting in early 2024

Shakman with Elisabeth Olsen on the set of 'WandaVision'

A long-awaited Fantastic Four movie will get underway early next year. That's the word from Matt Shakman, the Emmy-nominated director of WandaVision who was tapped to bring Marvel's First Family to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While promoting his work behind the camera on Prime Video's The Consultant, Shakman explained to The Wrap his decision to leave a fourth Star Trek movie he was to direct to instead helm the anticipated Marvel project.

"I had a great time working on Star Trek for a little over a year ... I love that franchise, and I love that cast that J.J. [Abrams] put together, and it would have been an unbelievable pleasure to work with them," he expressed.

Shakman continues, "But movies have different journeys and momentums and schedules are a little bit mercurial, and so when the Fantastic Four opportunity came up, it was just too hard to pass up ... to go back home to Marvel, a place that I worked on WandaVision at, with those people who are wonderful collaborators."

Shakman replaced Tom Holland's Spider-Man series director Jon Watts, who left the project in 2022; Marvel Studios later announced F4 was being bumped from its previous release date of November 2024.

The Fantastic Four characters — Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards); his girlfriend, Invisible Woman (Sue Storm); her daredevil brother Johnny "The Human Torch" Storm; and Ben Grimm aka The Thing appeared in a pair of 20th Century Fox movies in 2005 and 2007, then in a bomb reboot in 2015.

John Krasinski briefly portrayed a multiversal version of Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, only to meet an abrupt end at the hands of Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch.

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

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Attorney for Alec Baldwin seeks to disqualify special prosecutor in 'Rust' shooting case

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Alec Baldwin moved on Tuesday to disqualify Andrea Reeb, the special prosecutor in New Mexico who investigated him over the fatal shooting of the cinematographer on the set of Rust.

"The special prosecutor in this case ... is a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives. Under ... the New Mexico Constitution, however, a sitting member of the Legislature may not 'exercise any powers properly belonging' to either the executive or judicial branch," defense attorney Luke Nikas wrote.

Baldwin has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin was aiming a Colt-style pistol at her when a live round discharged, fatally striking Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

The actor's defense attorney's motion to disqualify argued Reeb was simultaneously exercising legislative and judicial power. He wrote, "A prosecutor who also serves as a legislator could face pressure to make prosecutorial decisions that serve her legislative interests, such as by prosecuting a prominent defendant ... even in the face of conflicting evidence or law."

The filing cited a funding request from First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies of $635,500 from the State of New Mexico Board of Finance for the prosecution of individuals related to the Rust shooting — that figure included $156,000 for Reeb's salary.

"Representative Reeb is violating both the plain text and the purpose of the New Mexico Constitution's separation-of-powers provision ... She must be removed," Nikas claimed.

In response, Heather Brewer, spokesperson for Carmack-Altwies, said, "Mr. Baldwin and his attorneys can use whatever tactics they want to distract from the fact that Halyna Hutchins died because of more than mere negligence on the Rust film set. However, the district attorney and the special prosecutor will remain focused on the evidence and on trying this case so that justice is served."

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See Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as the boss from hell in the official trailer to Amazon's 'The Consultant'

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If you think your boss is bad, wait until you get a load of two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz in the official trailer for the Prime Video series The Consultant.

Based on Bentley Little's 2015 novel of the same name, the Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds Academy Award winner plays the titular role: Regus Patoff is a mysterious consultant called in after the murder of a gaming company's CEO and quickly turns employees' lives upside down.

Officially, Patoff is there to "observe, streamline, and improve" the company, but instead he manages to freak out his charges in increasingly creepy ways. "For those who work remotely, you have one hour to get here, or you'll be terminated," he tells his new employees moments after meeting them.

He fires another worker because he doesn't like the way he smells. Then there's his shadowy background: His last job was working for another CEO who was also murdered weeks after he hired the consultant.

Prime teases the "comedic-thriller series ... explores the sinister relationship between boss and employee," as Patoff's demands and challenges to the company's workers "put everything into question — including their lives."

The eight-episode series, which also stars Nat Wolff, Brittany O'Grady and Aimee Carrero, premieres February 24 on Prime Video.

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Ahead of season 3 premiere, 'The Mandalorian' making broadcast debut

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Ahead of the March 1 premiere of The Mandalorian's third season on Disney+, the first episode of the show's Emmy-winning first season will make its broadcast television debut on Friday, February 24.

"Chapter 1: The Mandalorian" will be simulcast at 8 p.m. ET across several Disney-owned networks: ABC, Freeform and FX.

Originally debuting on Disney+ November 12, 2019, the episode was the introduction to Pedro Pascal's armored bounty hunter, later revealed to be named Din Djarin, making his way in the universe five years after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi.

In the first chapter, Mando snatches an alien embezzler and later takes on a high-paying job to find an elusive quarry, dead or alive. The target was later revealed to be a 50-year-old infant alien of the same mysterious species as Yoda — and the "Baby Yoda" phenomenon was born.

Chapter 1 was written by show creator Jon Favreau and was the live-action directorial debut of its Emmy-winning executive producer, Star Wars: The Clone Wars veteran Dave Filoni.

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Welcome back to Rydell High: Paramount+ releases teaser to prequel series 'Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies'

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On Tuesday, Paramount+ released the trailer for its musical prequel series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies.

Starring Marisa Davila, Cheyenne Isabel Wells, Ari Notartomaso and Tricia Fukuhara, the show is based on the bad girls from 1978's blockbuster Grease; Jamie Donnelly, Dinah Manoff and Didi Conn played the big-screen versions of the pink satin jacket-wearing "girl gang" led by Stockard Channing's Rizzo.

The teaser shows that even in 1955, four years before Grease took place, cliques were alive and well in high school. "There are a lot of kids in Rydell who are sick of feeling not welcome here," Davila's Jane laments.

Soon she and her friends take the Pink Lady Pledge: "To act cool, to look cool, and to be cool. From death do us part: Think Pink." She adds in voiceover, "Sometimes you gotta be bad to do good."

The upcoming musical series will premiere on Thursday, April 6, exclusively on Paramount+.

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Pamela Anderson responded to Britney Spears' shout-out with a "private letter"

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A week after Britney Spears spoke highly of Pamela Anderson, the Baywatch star revealed she returned the sweet gesture with a "private letter."

Speaking to ET Canada, Anderson seemingly appreciated Britney's public show of support, which came after Netflix released her documentary Pamela, a Love Story. In a since-deleted Instagram post, the singer praised Pamela for reclaiming her narrative.

Instead of returning Britney's gesture with an Instagram post of her own, the actress went to the post office.

"I wrote her a letter back and hopefully she’s received it by now ... just a private letter," she said.

In the deleted post, Britney applauded how Pamela's sons — Brandon Thomas Lee, 26, and Dylan Jagger Lee, 25 — continue to defend her. She also seemed to suggest she wished her family would do the same.

"Pamela game me an understanding that people should support you exactly where you are in that moment of your life," Britney wrote in the deleted post.

Anderson empathized with the singer. "It’s hard when the people closest to you betray you or use you — you’re like a moneymaker," she said. "It's painful.'"

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'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' becomes Disney+'s most watched Marvel movie debut

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Following a historic Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe win for Angela Bassett, as well as her nomination for the upcoming 95th annual Academy Awards, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has become the most-watched Marvel film premiere on Disney+.

The film, which dropped on Disney+ on February 1, had the most hours streamed in its first five days on the streaming service. Although ABC News' parent company didn't divulge viewership numbers, as most streamers decline to do, data from smart TV tracker Samba TV quoted by Deadline shows 2.1 million people watched the Ryan Coogler-directed film to date.

The movie, which made more than $842 million in theaters worldwide, is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. Meanwhile, Assembled: The Making of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuts on Disney+ Wednesday.

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'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days', 20 years later: Kate Hudson & Matthew McConaughey reminisce about the rom-com

McConaughey and Hudson in 2007 - Jemal Countess/WireImage

This year marks the 20th anniversary of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey celebrated the 2003 film in an Instagram live session on Monday.

"I think it's so amazing," Hudson said. "We got lucky to be in such a classic one, you know."

The film follows Hudson's character, Andie Anderson, a magazine columnist who devised a plan to dupe McConaughey's Ben Berry into leaving her in 10 days. But like all good rom-coms, the two end up falling for each other.

"Everyone wants to know ... what's it like to kiss McConaughey," Hudson began. "And my whole thing is we're always in weird environments. There was only one time when we kissed that was so nice and gentle in the bathroom."

"Yeah, everything else was not climate control," McConughey added.

"Or you're on the Brooklyn Bridge and the wind is blowing in your face..." Hudson laughed.

McConaughey said of their chemistry, "We enjoyed going toe to toe. It was fair game and we knew it wasn't personal -- and hopefully the camera's rolling while it's happening...I think we can...take the joke further ... We were never afraid to push it where some would consider it to be too far."

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days has enjoyed a revival on social media, with many delivering some of the film's lines on TikTok or singing to Carly Simon's "You're So Vain."

"There's been this whole viral How to Lose a Guy moment and it's basically introduced our movie to an entirely new generation of young kids," Hudson said. "And all these younger kids are...lip-syncing and doing moments for it."

McConaughey agreed: "...They're like, 'We just watched your movie for the fifth time' -- and it's very current to them."

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In Brief: Grammy ratings up; Spin-offs of 'Dexter' and Billions' coming, and more

Sunday night's Grammy Awards telecast on CBS drew over 12.4 million viewers, according to time zone-adjusted fast national ratings from Nielsen and including streaming on Paramount+ and CBS apps -- a three-year audience high for the awards show. That makes the Grammys the most-watched network primetime program this season, with the exception of sports. Sunday's show put up the best numbers on CBS since the 18.69 viewers for the 2020 telecast, which was the last ceremony held before the COVID-19 pandemic began...

Sony Pictures is eyeing an I Know What You Did Last Summer reboot with original stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. in talks to reprise their roles, according to Deadline. The 1997 film, about a group of teenagers stalked by a killer, one year after a fatal accident on their graduation night, grossed $125 million worldwide and helped launch Hewitt and Prinze Jr.'s careers, as well as those of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe. Plot details for the reboot have not been revealed...

The soon-to-be-named Paramount+ on Showtime is expanding two of the cabler's popular dramas -- Dexter and Billions -- with "multiple offshoots in the works," sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. As many as four Billions spinoffs are in the works, including Millions and Trillions. Billions now ranks as premium cable channel's longest-running scripted original series. Showtime also has gone straight to series on a prequel series: Dexter: Origins, which will tell the origin story of Michael C. Hall’s serial killer and a new version of Dexter: New Blood, depicting "the ongoing emergence of Dexter’s son Harrison”...

Showtime has given a straight-to-series order for a political thriller tentatively titled The Department, according to Deadline. The series, executive-produced and directed by George Clooney, follows the "'Bureau of Legends,' responsible for training and handling deep-cover agents on long-term missions in areas with French interests. Living under false identities for years, these agents’ missions are to identify and recruit good intelligence sources"...

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'The Bachelor' recap: One woman is sent home, two others leave on a night of surprises

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Monday's episode of The Bachelor was a night of surprises as three ladies left the competition -- two deciding to go home and another departing in a surprising elimination.

Things between Zach and Christina seemed to be heating up after their one-on-one date last week, during which she met his family and went on to snag the date rose. However, he had second thoughts on Monday after hearing about her behavior around the other ladies.

It seemed Christina couldn't stop rubbing it in about her date with Zach and the strong connection they formed. It finally came to a head following Monday's group date that saw Charity snag the rose and not her. Christina voiced her "confusion" over the outcome, complaining, "Honestly, I'm mad that it wasn't me."

Christina's remark brought Charity to tears and angered the others on the date, with Brooklyn accusing the 26-year-old Nashville-based content creator of trying "intimidate and manipulate" and of being "calculated."

Zach was alerted to the Christina situation by Brianna, who brought it to his attention after informing him that she was leaving the competition. After hearing similar stories from several other women, Christina was sent home at the rose ceremony.

Elsewhere, Bailey also left the competition after Zach confirmed her fear that their relationship wasn't moving in the right direction, and a pair of one-on-one dates yielded roses for Katie and Aly.

Here are the 14 women remaining after Monday night's episode:

Aly, 26, a healthcare strategist from Atlanta, Ga.
Anastasia, 30, a content marketing manager from San Diego, Calif.
Ariel, 28, a marketing executive from New York City, N.Y.
Brooklyn, 25, a rodeo racer from Stillwater, Okla.
Charity, 26, a child and family therapist from Columbus, Ga.
Davia, 25, a marketing manager from Charleston, S.C.
Gabriella “Gabi,” 25, an account executive from Pittsford, Vt.
Genevie, 26, a neonatal nurse from Baltimore City, Md.
Greer, 24, a medical sales rep from Houston, Texas. -- First Impression Rose
Jessica “Jess,” 23, an e-commerce coordinator from Winter Springs, Fla.
Kaitlyn “Kaity,” 27, an ER nurse from Austin, Texas.
Katherine, 26, a registered nurse from Tampa, Fla.
Kylee, 25, a postpartum nurse from Charlotte, N.C.
Mercedes, 24, a nonprofit owner from Bloomfield, Iowa

The Bachelor returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Kevin Costner reportedly mulling 'Yellowstone' exit, with Matthew McConaughey in the wings

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While sources at Paramount Network denied it to the trade, Deadline reports Kevin Costner is seeking to ride off into the sunset when it comes to Yellowstone.

Deadline reports Costner, who plays series patriarch John Dutton, has issues with the shooting schedule of the Taylor Sheridan-created series, and his decreasing availability was "causing morale problems for the other stars of the show, which includes Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille and Gil Birmingham."

What's more, the trade insists not only could a compromise not be struck with the Oscar winner, who recently received a Golden Globe for his work on the series, but that the network is looking to continue the Dutton saga in another form with another Oscar winner, Matthew McConaughey, at the helm.

However, a Paramount Network source replied to the trade that there's "no news to report."

The source continued, "Kevin Costner is a big part of Yellowstone and we hope that's the case for a long time to come. Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we are always working on franchise expansions of this incredible world he has built."

However, the spokesperson added, "Matthew McConaughey is a phenomenal talent with whom we’d love to partner."

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'1923' star Brandon Sklenar on Spencer "coming in hot" to save the Dutton clan

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(SPOILERS) On Sunday night, Paramount+'s Yellowstone prequel 1923 returned. Fans have been gearing up for World War 1 vet-turned-big game hunter Spencer Dutton to return to the States to get some revenge against the baddies that shot up his family and are threatening their ranch.

As if going one-on-one against man-eating animals wasn't enough to convince viewers how hardcore Spencer is, Helen Mirren's character, Cara Dutton, warned the villains in the prior episode, "I cannot wait for you to meet my nephew."

When one snarks he's met him and "isn't impressed," Cara replies slyly, "Not this one."

That line wasn't lost on Brandon Sklenar, who plays the swashbuckling adventurer.

"I obviously had read that in the script, but then when I watched the episode for the first time, even I was kind of I was like, 'Oh, damn. All right, well, I better come in hot,'" he says with a laugh to ABC Audio. "Yeah, really setting the stage there, Aunt Cara."

Sklenar continues, "It just, from an audience standpoint ... it's very cool." He adds, "He's got a lot to fight for and redemption and his love for his family, which is so incredibly strong. And you really see that as this progresses, just how deep that ... well goes."

However, getting from Africa to Montana in 1923 isn't as easy as today: Viewers saw Spencer and his new bride, Alexandra (Julia Schlaepfer), facing a perilous sea voyage before getting home — and the cliffhanger episode ending won't be resolved until February 12.

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'The Last of Us' to drop early episode to dodge the Super Bowl

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The forthcoming fifth episode of HBO's hit video game adaptation The Last of Us will drop two days early, on Friday, February 10, at 9 p.m. ET, instead of its traditional Sunday slot.

The swap out is only being done for this upcoming weekend to avoid any lost viewers to Super Bowl LVII.

Starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us has been scoring impressive numbers on both HBO and HBO Max since its debut on January 15; the show's acclaimed third chapter, titled "Long, Long Time," attracted 6.4 million viewers — up 12% from its second episode.

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