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Video: Jodie Foster shouts out Aaron Rodgers in Golden Globes speech

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Jodie Foster made good on her promise to shout out Aaron Rodgers at the Golden Globes.

Foster won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role “The Mauritanian.” In her acceptance speech, Foster said she loved her wife, dog, and Aaron Rodgers.

So what’s the story there?

When Rodgers won NFL MVP, he randomly mentioned Foster in his acceptance speech. That led many to wonder what the relationship was between Foster and Rodgers.

The actress is friends with actress Shailene Woodley from their time working together on “The Mauritanian.” Rodgers and Woodley began dating just last summer and quickly got engaged. Foster seemed to be supportive of Woodley’s relationship with Rodgers. She also told Jimmy Kimmel in an interview that she would shout out Rodgers if she won a Golden Globe. Well, a week later, Foster made good on the promise.

Gina Carano says she learned of ‘The Mandalorian’ firing on social media

Gina Carano

Gina Carano says she learned the news that she was fired from “The Mandalorian” via social media.

The former MMA star was fired by Lucasfilm from her role on the “Star Wars”-associated show on Disney+ last week. The announcement came via a statement from Lucasfilm, which makes “The Mandalorian” for Disney+.

“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable,” Lucasfilm said in a statement last week.

Carano was fired after receiving some negative response on social media to a post on her Instagram Story that compared the way conservatives in America are treated today to the way Jews in Germany were treated prior to the Holocaust.

In reality, Carano had been stirring things up on her social media profiles ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The post that got her fired was reportedly said to be the final straw for the company, which was looking to avoid controversies associated with the woman who portrayed Cara Dune.

“I found out through social media, like everyone else, that I had been fired,” Carano told Bari Weiss.

Even though she has lost her job with “The Mandalorian” and a potential spinoff show for her character, Carano announced a new project shortly after being fired.

Adam Sandler, Shooter McGavin trade great videos on ‘Happy Gilmore’ anniversary

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Adam Sandler and Christopher McDonald traded great videos on Tuesday, which marked the 25th anniversary of “Happy Gilmore.”

The movie, which was released on Feb. 16, 1996, was an instant hit and is regarded as one of Sandler’s best movies.

To celebrate the film’s anniversary, Sandler published a video on social media showing him doing his Happy Gilmore golf swing.

McDonald, who played the movie’s villain, Shooter McGavin, responded with this video.

Even Ben Stiller, who played the orderly in the nursing home, got in on the fun.

Luckily the ball is not still too good for its home.

Thanks for the laughs and the fun, guys. 25 years later, the movie is still a hit.

Gina Carano fired by Lucasfilm from ‘The Mandalorian’ over conservative social media posts

Gina Carano

MMA star-turned-actor Gina Carano has been fired by Lucasfilm from her role as Cara Dune on “The Mandalorian” over her social media activity.

Carano, 38, last fought in MMA in 2009, and got into acting around the same time. She was cast in the role as Dune for “The Mandalorian,” which debuted on Disney+ in 2019 and has aired for two seasons.

Carano has been at the center of numerous controversies on social media over the past year. She has repeatedly questioned government decisions and policies related the COVID-19 pandemic, such as lockdowns and mask-wearing. She also mocked people who put gender pronouns in their social media profiles.

The post on Wednesday that triggered the firing came on Carano’s Instagram Story. Carano compared the way German people turned on their Jewish neighbors prior to the Holocaust to the way people have turned against those with (ostensibly) right wing political views.

“Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views,” the post read.

She later deleted the post.

“Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” Lucasfilm said in a statement released on Wednesday. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

A “fire Gina Carano” hashtag trended on social media Wednesday. That was not the first time the cancel culture mob went after Carano over social media, which is the real reason why she was fired.

“They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw,” a source told The Hollywood Reporter.

Carano had been pushing boundaries for months with her social media activity and seems to enjoy it. She probably had to know that at some point this was going to happen. This outcome likely puts into serious doubt any spinoff show her character might have received on Disney+.

Chris Hemsworth is looking massive as he prepares for Hulk Hogan movie

Hulk Hogan

Chris Hemsworth is bulking up for his upcoming movie where he portrays wrestler Hulk Hogan, and goodness, he looks massive.

Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, shared photos on Twitter of Hemsworth. Hogan said based on Hemsworth’s size that the actor is “already there.”

Hulk joked and wondered if Hemsworth is good looking enough to play him!

That’s the most intimidating workout photo since this one.

Hemsworth has bulked up in the past to play Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But he needs to take it to another level to live up to Hulk Hogan status.

The Hulk Hogan movie is listed on IMDB as an untitled Hulk Hogan Biopic. In addition to Hemsworth, Todd Phillips is signed on to direct the film. There had been talk of a Hulk Hogan movie since 2013.

The next step for Hemsworth would be growing the blond mustache!

Tip via Big Daddy

NBA bubble could have special access to Disney movies before the public

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Those within the NBA bubble at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. may be restricted in their ability to travel outside of the campus, but they will not have a shortage of entertainment options.

The NBA plans to have numerous amenities available for players. They will also have movies, video games, ping pong, pool and lawn games. Comedians, musical acts, and DJs could also be invited to perform.

And here’s one extra perk that has been reported: Keith Smith says Disney will make movies available for players and their families, possibly including films that have not been released to the public yet, such as Marvel’s “Black Widow.”

Now that’s not a bad perk.

Disney and the NBA appear to be working together to try making the best of the situation. And the situation that has been described about the bubble seems like it would be appealing to many people.

Adam Sandler to star in LeBron James-produced Netflix movie ‘Hustle’

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Adam Sandler drew rave reviews for his performance in “Uncut Gems,” which used NBA playoff games as a backdrop and also starred soon-to-be Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett. Now, Sandler is set to play a lead role in another basketball-themed movie, and he’ll once again be working with an NBA legend.

Jeff Sneider of Collider reported on Monday that Sandler has signed on to star in “Hustle,” which is an upcoming Netflix movie that is produced by LeBron James and longtime business partner Maverick Carter. Sandler will play a basketball scout who is fired after discovering a talented player overseas. The scout brings the player to America to prove they can both make it in the NBA.

Collider has more details on the plot of the film.

Sandler is a huge basketball fan who has his own basketball court called Happy Madison Square Gardens. He also has some serious skills on the court, which should make him great for another basketball-related role.

Tom Hanks ends positive coronavirus update with ‘A League of Their Own’ quote

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Tom Hanks issued a statement over Twitter Thursday to update his fans on his status.

Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced Wednesday that the two tested positive for coronavirus after feeling ill while in Australia.

In his latest note, Hanks shared a photo of the two together and added this statement:

“Hello folks. Rita Wilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx”

Man, Hanks ended the statement with the classic line from “A League of Their Own” is tremendous. He has starred in numerous great movies, and his role as Jimmy Dugan stands up with any of them.

Here’s the video in case you want to watch it again:

J-Lo, Shakira Super Bowl halftime show led to more than 1,300 FCC complaints

The halftime performance that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira headlined at Super Bowl LIV earlier this month received some backlash from people who thought it was a bit too promiscuous, and hundreds of those people were so bothered by it that they filed formal complaints.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received more than 1,300 complaints from viewers who felt the halftime show was inappropriate, according to records obtained by WFAA’s Ryan Wood. The complaints cited issues involving “extreme booty shaking” and content that “would have been considered soft porn not many years ago.”

“I do not subscribe to The Playboy Channel, we do not buy porn for $20 a flick, we simply wanted to sit down as a family and watch the Super Bowl,” one viewer from Tennessee wrote. “God forbid we expected to watch football and a quick concert but instead had our eyes molested.”

Some people were upset that no public warnings were given before the show, believing it encouraged sex trafficking and other illegal activity.

Of course, there were millions of other people who enjoyed the performance, and J-Lo’s husband Alex Rodriguez was one of them. Some were put off by the outfits Lopez and Shakiri wore, which could have been considered a bit revealing. Shakira also wagged her tongue at one point during the performance.

J-Lo described the backlash as “silliness” when discussing it at an award show the week after the Super Bowl.

“Both of us are really respectful performers who are moms and have kids and are very conscious of what we do,” Lopez said. “We did a show that I believe was a celebration of women and our Latino culture that I think was really well received.”

While more than 1,300 complaints may sound like a lot, that number is nothing compared to the more than 500,000 FCC complaints that were filed following Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction years ago.

Clint Eastwood appears to show his age in awkward Jim Nantz interview

Clint Eastwood can still hit a golf ball and take part in the making of a Hollywood film, but the gritty legend may finally be showing a few signs of age.

As usual, Eastwood made himself very visible at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year. Eastwood is from the San Francisco area and is an investor in the Pebble Beach Golf Links, so his attendance at the event has been a given throughout the years. During the final round of play on Sunday, Eastwood joined Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo for an interview during the CBS broadcast. Viewers quickly noticed that the 89-year-old seemed a bit distant.

Eastwood was lucid for the majority of the interview, though Nantz and Faldo did try to make light of him giving one-word answers at one point. Of course, we’re talking about a guy who will turn 90 in a few months.

While we all like to think of Eastwood from his Western film days or telling some kid to “get off my lawn,” he’s getting up there in age. The fact that he is almost 90 and is even able to still work and make public appearances is remarkable.