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Harrison Ford says he "always" wanted to return for a final 'Indiana Jones' movie

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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny whips into theaters on June 30, just shy of the 81st birthday of the movie's star, Harrison Ford.

The leading man may be well past retirement age, but thanks to digital wizardry, the new movie will be showing both past and 1969-set "present" day adventures of the swashbuckling archeologist. Getting a chance to show what an Indy in his later years would be up to, Ford says, was "always" his goal.

"I always wanted to do it," Ford told Variety on the red carpet of his Apple TV+ comedy series Shrinking. "I wanted to do the rest of the story to see the end of his career."

And while Indy famously said, "It's not the years, it's the mileage," his real-life alter ego insists he's finally done with the role. "It's the last time for me," Ford insisted.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny was directed by Oscar nominee James Mangold and produced by Lucasfilm, which, like ABC News, is a subsidiary of Disney.

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James Cameron finally admits Jack could have fit on that floating door in 'Titanic'

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If you know anything about perfectionist director James Cameron, you know he's not one to tolerate mistakes, let alone admit one. But in the spirit of the 25th anniversary of the release of his Oscar-winning film Titanic, he wanted to tackle one of the movie's most lingering questions.

No, not whether Rose kept that necklace, but could Leonardo DiCaprio's steerage class scamp Jack have fit on the floating door that spared Kate Winslet's Rose from a watery grave?

In the NatGeo special Titanic: 25 Years Later with James Cameron, the filmmaker set up an experiment using a tank and a pair of stunt divers to play the doomed lovers.

"Final verdict," Cameron declares, "Jack might have lived, but there's a lot of variables." He added, "Based on what I know today, I would have made the raft smaller so there's no doubt."

For fans of MythBusters, however, this is a bit of old news: The gang famously proved that it was plausible both could have fit onto the door and lived happily ever after.

Previously, the Avatar visionary resisted this theory, noting to Vanity Fair in 2017, "The answer is very simple: Because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies. Very simple."

If one wanted to prove it for themselves, they could buy an inflatable pool floaty made to look like the famous hunk of floating debris in Hollywood history.

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Peacock greenlights a second season of 'The Traitors'

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On Thursday, Peacock announced it was re-upping its reality series The Traitors.

The unscripted competition series stars Tony winner Alan Cumming as a mysterious figure who hosts a cutthroat competition at his Scottish estate.

The series, which dropped its full season on the streaming service, is "a nail-biting psychological adventure in which treachery and deceit are the name of the game."

Season 1 featured "a mix of reality icons and America's best game-players," including Amanda Clark (an emergency room nurse), Andie Thurmond (director of music services), Anjelica Conti (hair stylist), Arie Luyendyk Jr. (Bachelor/Bachelorette), Cirie Fields (Survivor) and Brandi Glanville from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

In The Traitors, 20 contestants compete in a series of challenges, with a quarter of a million bucks at stake. But the twist is, three of their kind are secretly traitors trying to undermine them — even conspiring to "murder" them.

Cumming told ABC Audio that he wasn't immediately sold on the show, but the idea of playing the show's "campy" games master, dramatic costumes and all, soon got him hooked.

"I watched the Dutch one because it's based on a Dutch show," he explained. "So they sent me that, and then I talked to them and I sort of was like, 'Oh, I don't know.'"

He adds, "But then they told me they wanted to play this sort of character, and it was my castle, and I'm playing this sort of heightened version of myself, and that really interested me. And then when the stylist, Sam Spector, started, you know, talking about ideas for the clothes, I thought, 'Oh, I get it, this is going to be a hoot.'"

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"We're all imperfect": Serena Williams addresses 'King Richard' star Will Smith's Oscar slap

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While virtually everyone has seen Will Smith's Oscar night slap of Chris Rock, Serena Williams had a different perspective than most. She and her sister, Venus, were on hand that night to celebrate King Richard, a film about their early lives.

Following the incident with Rock, Will was awarded the Best Actor award for portraying the Williams sisters' dad, Richard.

On Wednesday, in a chat with Gayle King on CBS Mornings, Serena addressed the controversial moment. "I thought it was such an incredible film, and I feel that there was an incredible film after that with Questlove that kind of was overshadowed," the tennis legend said, referring to Quest's coming to the stage moments later to accept his Best Documentary trophy for Summer of Soul.

However, Serena continued, "I also feel that I've been in a position where I've been under a lot of pressure and made a tremendous amount of mistakes. I'm the kind of person that's like, 'I've been there, I've made a mistake, it's not the end of the world.' We're all imperfect and we're all human, and let's just be kind to each other. And I think that's often forgotten a lot."

Smith has repeatedly apologized for the outburst, but was banned from Academy events for 10 years.

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From Rocky to reality: Paramount+ teases 'The Family Stallone'

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A reality show about his family that Sylvester Stallone recently said was in the works now has a home on Paramount+.

The streaming service that is home to his crime drama, Tulsa King, has announced The Family Stallone will be an eight-part docuseries debuting this spring.

Paramount+ teases, "After playing some of the most legendary characters in cinematic history, three-time Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone is ready to give cameras access to what he would consider the greatest role of his lifetime: dad."

The forthcoming series stars Sly and his three adult daughters, Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet, and wife Jennifer Flavin Stallone, and promises "a seat at the table of one of Hollywood's most famous families."

The show is teased in an upcoming Super Bowl spot for the streaming service, in which Stallone spoofs his role in Cliffhanger, to painful effect.

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What's the deal with AI? Endless, computer-generated 'Seinfeld'-like show goes viral

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There have been a lot of stories lately about how AI programs like ChatGPT will someday replace the need for actual humans writing articles and ads, but for now, sitcom writers' jobs are safe. That said, a new example of the tech has people laughing.

Generated by Chat GPT and DALL-E -- the latter which makes art based on human descriptions -- Mismatch Media's Nothing, Forever is a Seinfeld-like show that launched on the watchmeforever channel on the streaming platform Twitch December 14, and has been playing ever since.

Endlessly.

That's not to say it's on a loop, but it's literally a low-fi looking, endless send-up of the sitcom that plays 24/7, with the comedic touch that only a synthetic mind could create. There's a Jerry character called Larry Feinberg, an Elaine (named Yvonne Torres), a George (dubbed Fred Kastopolous), and, of course, a Kramer (named Zoltan Kakler). The humor is as random as the character names.

This particular "show about nothing" is truly absurdist art at its finest: 'Larry's' stand-up is often not funny -- again, machines don't have funny bones -- and the camera angles are as wonky as the characters' motions. But at any given time, thousands of people are watching it, and Nothing, Forever has even spawned its own memes.

And because the tech is constantly churning out new material, there are no reruns.

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Pedro Pascal can't shake his job on 'The Last of Us' in new 'SNL' promo

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Pedro Pascal is making his Saturday Night Live debut this weekend, but he's having some trouble transitioning away from his hit HBO show The Last of Us.

A new spot shows the Game of Thrones and Mandalorian vet taking in SNL's studio 8H. "Little Pedro Pascal from Santiago, Chile, hosting Saturday Night Live," he muses. Suddenly, he hears something suspicious and spots a shadowy form creeping around. He spots a "clicker," one of the infected, zombie-like humans that stalk him on The Last of Us, and grabs a hammer to dispatch it.

Just as he's about to strike, Sarah Sherman interrupts him: "What are you doing, you psycho?!" she asks. "That's Matt, our new cast member," she says of the hideous creature, consoling him with fellow SNL player Molly Kearney.

Sarah then tells Pedro, "Listen, I know this is your first time hosting SNL, but a little advice: Don't hit the cast members with a hammer, you maniac!"

Kearney advises him, "We're gonna get past this, but gotta be honest: Not the best first impression. Get better."

Pascal then says to himself, "This place is nuts," adding with a crazy grin to camera: "I LIKE IT!"

Coldplay returns to SNL this weekend as the musical guest.

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Jessica Simpson "felt like a call girl" following secret affair with a movie star

Jessica Simpson once dated her movie star crush, only to find out she was the other woman.

In an excerpt from her short story, Movie Star: They Always Say They're Single, the singer recalls dating a "massive movie star" who claimed to be single, only to discover a red carpet photo of the unnamed celebrity and his then-girlfriend, according to Us Weekly.

“I was never ever in a million years going to be the other woman,” she writes, asserting that the movie star told her their relationship was “completely over” and he was only interested in pursuing Simpson.

The pair entered into a whirlwind romance, but despite thinking “there was something sexy and enticing" about it, she also believed "there was also something demeaning about it" as well.

"I felt like a call girl,” Simpson, 42, shares, explaining it felt like he was trying to “hide” her from his “chick...I didn’t care if he was my teenage fantasy come to life, this was not a choice that same girl, my younger self, would be proud of.”

Movie Star: They Always Say They're Single is currently available as an ebook and audiobook.

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'Bachelor in Paradise' stars Astrid Loch and Kevin Wendt expecting baby #2

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Baby number two is on the way for Bachelor in Paradise alums Astrid Loch and Kevin Wendt.

Wendt celebrated the exciting news on Wednesday, which also happened to be his 39th birthday, sharing a pair of adorable family photos to Instagram. In the first snapshot, Wendt is sitting on the floor with their one-year-old son Auggy in his lap while Loch, who's off camera, holds the positive pregnancy test in view. The second is a photo of the happy trio.

"Happy birthday to me! Auggy is going to be a big brother this fall!!" Wendt announced. "Who would have thought the best birthday gift I ever got was pee on a stick."

The BiP star went on to share that the pregnancy is only four weeks along, which "isn't something you see often."

"But sharing a couples struggle to conceive usually isn’t either, and we wanted to be transparent this time around as we headed into another round of IVF," he wrote. "So fingers crossed this pregnancy is smooth sailing from here as we continue to try and grow our little Wendt gang."

Bachelor Nation flooded the comments section to congratulate the expecting parents.

Fellow BiP alum Raven Gates, who is expecting her second child with Adam Gottschalk, wrote, "Congrats you guys.. & Happy birthday! What a gift!!"

Vanessa Grimaldi chimed, "Best news ever and best birthday first ever!!!!!"

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In Brief: Another 'Avatar' sequel milestone, and more

The Fox drama The Cleaning Lady has been renewed for a third season, the network announced on Wednesday. The series follows Élodie Yung as a Cambodian doctor who comes to the U.S. to receive medical treatment for her ailing son, but is forced into hiding when the system fails her. She becomes an on-call crime scene cleaning lady for the mob, while keeping secrets from her undocumented Filipina sister-in-law -- played by Ginger Gonzaga -- and dodging the FBI...

Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler has been canceled at HBO Max after three seasons, according to Variety. The show's first two seasons aired on Epix between 2019 and 2021, before season three launched on the streamer in 2022. The move comes as DC Studios heads James Gunn and Peter Safran are looking to reboot the DC franchise at Warner Bros. Pennyworth, from Gotham creator Bruno Heller, starred The Imitation Game's Jack Bannon as Bruce Wayne's legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British soldier in his 20s who forms a security company and is hired by young doctor and soon to be billionaire Thomas Wayne in1960s London...

Avatar: The Way of Water marked another milestone on Wednesday. James Cameron's Avatar sequel crossed $623.5 million at the North American box office, eclipsing The Avengers' $623.4 million to become the 10th-highest-grossing domestic release of all time. Globally, Avatar: The Way of Water ranks as the fourth-biggest movie in history with $2.128 billion, trailing the first Avatar with $2.92 billion, Avengers: Endgame with $2.7 billion and Titanic with $2.19 billion. A third Avatar movie is set to debut in December 2024, with plans for fourth and fifth installments to follow...

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Who's the celebrity with the most smarts? find out on the finale of 'Celebrity Jeopardy!'

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Who's the smartest celebrity? We'll get an answer, kind of, with Thursday night's Celebrity Jeopardy! finale.

Host Mayim Bialik tells ABC Audio that finalists Wil WheatonIke Barinholtz, and Patton Oswalt are "three very, very, very smart people and three very funny people and three very competitive people who are taking this very seriously" -- for the most part, anyway.

"When you're at this level, it's definitely, it's competitive as it feels like when we do syndicated Jeopardy!. It honestly didn't really feel that different," she says, except that she "got to laugh a lot more" and had to work harder to keep them in line, because "sometimes they kind of go off on riffs and they played off each other in ways that even funny Jeopardy! contestants who are not celebrities don't necessarily like keep the jokes going."

"...It kind of feels like you get to know them, you know, in a different way," she adds. "I guess that's why people feel like they know celebrities because here I am feeling like I know all of these people."

While she's settled quite nicely into her role as Jeopardy! host, Bialik -- who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience -- was never a Celebrity Jeopardy! contestant and doesn't think she'd have been good anyway.

"I do absolutely have a general knowledge, you know, particularly in science and Jewish history, you know, Bible, like those are things that I feel comfortable with, but I'm a very nervous performer in general and very nervous even at kind of like being myself," she shares. "I did Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, for example, for charity, and I cried just before anything started happening, just from anticipation. So I'm not like your best contestant." 

Celebrity Jeopardy! airs Thursday, February 2 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Lucasfilm releases "Phenomenon" trailer to promote March 1 return of 'The Mandalorian' on Disney+

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On Wednesday, Lucasfilm released "Phenomenon," a sizzle reel of scenes and interview clips promoting its Emmy-winning, well, phenomenon known as The Mandalorian.

The celebration of the show features interview clips with creator Jon Favreau and fellow executive producer Dave Filoni, as well as snippets from its stars, including Pedro Pascal and Carl Weathers, who not only racked up a director credit on the show, but also plays Greef Karga on the series. "Everywhere I've gone, people want to talk about The Mandalorian," the Rocky veteran says.

Naturally, there's plenty of footage of the show's "breakout star," Baby Yoda aka Grogu.

The Mandalorian's third season comes to Disney+ March 1.

Lucasfilm, like ABC News, is a subsidiary of parent company Disney.

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Amazon greenlights a second season of Chris Pratt's action series 'The Terminal List' — and a prequel show, too

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Amazon Studios' hit The Terminal List is growing, times two. Variety reports that not only did the Chris Pratt-starring and producing vehicle get a second season from the streamer, Amazon has also given the go-ahead to a prequel series centering on Taylor Kitsch's character from the original.

Adapted from former Navy SEAL Jack Carr's novel of the same name, The Terminal List debuted July 1 and starred Pratt as James Reece, a SEAL who unravels a deadly conspiracy after his team of special operators is decimated in an ambush.

Kitsch played Ben Edwards, Reece's former battle buddy who helps him along thanks to his connections with his new employer, the CIA.

Variety says the Kitsch prequel series will follow his early years with the agency and will be produced by Terminal List vets David DiGilio, Pratt, Carr and Antoine Fuqua.

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Ahead of 'Fast X' trailer premiere, Universal Pictures hits reverse with a 'Fast and the Furious' "legacy" trailer

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It might be hard to fathom, but The Fast and the Furious made its pop culture debut way back in 2001. And to rev fans up about the release of the penultimate film in the franchise that has grossed billions of dollars, Universal is shifting into reverse.

The studio just dropped what it calls The Fast and the Furious - Legacy Trailer, a coming attraction to the movie that started it all.

So if you've forgotten that the franchise that saw its characters launching a car into space in Fast 9 actually started as a niche street racing film, with a heist of DVD players from a truck considered a major action set piece, now's your chance to look back at Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker and the rest of the family in their first adventure.

The new/old trailer also teases, "In 9 days, the end of the road begins," referring to Fast X, the 10th of a planned 11-film series.

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Linda Ronstadt's "very glad" about her hit song's 'The Last of Us' boost, but won't see any money from it

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After the HBO series The Last of Us used Linda Ronstadt's 1970 hit "Long, Long Time" in its third episode Sunday night, streams of the track jumped by 4,900%. While Ronstadt hasn't seen the episode, she's happy about the renewed interest in the song — even though she won't make any money from it.

That's because, as Billboard notes, "Long, Long Time" was written by Gary White and in 2021, Linda sold the rights to the royalties from her master recordings to legendary music manager Irving Azoff's Iconic Artists Group. Consequently, they'll get the money, not Linda.

"I still love the song and I’m very glad that Gary will get a windfall," she tells Billboard via email. In fact, she only found out that the song was in the episode when her manager told her, and he only knew about it because a friend told him about it. “I don’t follow social media or streaming services very closely,” Ronstadt notes.

Linda's manager, John Boylan, tells Billboard that she's not "unhappy" about missing out on the cash, noting that it'll help draw attention to the singer's upcoming projects, including a biopic. Linda doesn't perform anymore due to a brain disorder that resembles Parkinson's disease.

She tells Billboard that she first heard "Long, Long Time" in 1969, when White performed it for her after a show in New York City. "I immediately wanted to record it,” she says. “It wasn’t a country song, wasn’t a folk song, or a rock song, but I thought it was a really good song.”

In The Last of Us, the song is used several times, both the original and a version performed by the episode's characters. No spoilers, but let's just say you should have a box of Kleenex handy when you watch it.

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