Lady Gaga releases teaser for ‘Joker 2’, all signs point to her playing Harley Quinn

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Lady Gaga has found her next acting role -- this time in the upcoming Joker 2She confirmed her casting on Thursday, hinting she'll be playing the villainous Harley Quinn.

"Joker: Folie à Deux," Gaga announced on Instagram -- the film's title -- and shared a brief teaser of the upcoming thriller set to debut in theaters in 2024. 

The video, set to a red backdrop, features Gaga's all black silhouette -- except for a little red heart on her right eye -- dancing to Fred Astaire's "Cheek to Cheek." The heart's placement is in the same spot as Margot Robbie's interpretation of Harley Quinn, which appeared in several films, including 2021’s The Suicide Squad.

The snippet also sees the return of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker -- a role that landed him an Oscar -- also appearing as a silhouette.

His shadow is posed like a marionette smoking a cigarette while Gaga, who is dressed in a long dress with puffy sleeves, strikes a menacing pose. The two shadows then join together in a dance, with the Joker's markings around his eyes and Harley's heart on her cheek highlighted in red.

The Grammy winner was first rumored to star as Harley Quinn of the upcoming Joker sequel earlier this summer, following reports the franchise will flirt with more musical elements. While this teaser seemingly confirms the rumors, she has yet to explicitly name the character she's playing in the upcoming movie.

The upcoming sequel will be directed by Todd Phillips, who previously produced A Star Is Born, the 2018 remake that starred Joker producer Bradley Cooper and Gaga.

Joker: Folie à Deux laughs its way into theaters on October 4, 2024.

The first Joker movie grossed over $1 billion worldwide and picked up a pair of Oscars, including Phoenix's Best Actor win.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez take out a marriage license in Nevada

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If they haven't already tied the knot, it appears as though Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are getting ready to do so at any moment.

The couple, who got engaged in April, took out a marriage license in Clark County, Nevada on Saturday.  While various outlets are reporting that the two have actually gotten married, that hasn't been confirmed. ABC News has reached out to the couple's representatives.

Affleck and Lopez were previously engaged in 2002, but postponed their 2003 wedding before finally breaking up in 2004. Affleck went on to marry Jennifer Garner in 2005; they divorced in 2018. Lopez married singer Marc Anthony in 2004, but they divorced in 2014.  Affleck shares three kids with Garner, while J-Lo shares 14-year-old twins with Anthony.

Last year, after Jennifer and fiancé Alex Rodriguez broke up, she and Affleck rekindled their romance, and he proposed in April.

Earlier this year, Lopez told People of their romance, "It's a beautiful outcome that this has happened in this way at this time in our lives where we can really appreciate and celebrate each other and respect each other."

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez take out a marriage license in Nevada

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If they haven't already tied the knot, it appears as though Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are getting ready to do so at any moment.

The couple, who got engaged in April, took out a marriage license in Clark County, Nevada on Saturday.  While various outlets are reporting that the two have actually gotten married, that hasn't been confirmed. ABC News has reached out to the couple's representatives.

Affleck and Lopez were previously engaged in 2002, but postponed their 2003 wedding before finally breaking up in 2004. Affleck went on to marry Jennifer Garner in 2005; they divorced in 2018. Lopez married singer Marc Anthony in 2004, but they divorced in 2014.  Affleck shares three kids with Garner, while J-Lo shares 14-year-old twins with Anthony.

Last year, after Jennifer and fiancé Alex Rodriguez broke up, she and Affleck rekindled their romance, and he proposed in April.

Earlier this year, Lopez told People of their romance, "It's a beautiful outcome that this has happened in this way at this time in our lives where we can really appreciate and celebrate each other and respect each other."

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You’re related to WHO? Kevin & Frankie Jonas host ABC’s new game show ‘Claim to Fame’

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On a new ABC game show airing Monday night, 12 people who are related to celebrities will compete to cash in on the fact that they've got a famous family member. Called Claim to Fame, the show -- co-hosted by Jonas Brothers member Kevin Jonas and his little brother Frankie Jonas -- boasts a $100,000 prize.

"We have 12 contestants living in a house together that are all related to a famous relative, but they don't know who is related to who. And so the idea is you've got to maintain your secret identity for as long as you can," Kevin explains to ABC Audio. "So [there are] a lot of twists and turns, a lot of figuring out who's related to people by the games we play with them and, y'know, giving away any information as it comes along."

"There's a lot of strategy involved, but it's also just really fun," Kevin adds. However, he thinks the contestants didn't realize quite how cutthroat the competition would be.

"[They] went into this thing going, 'Y'know, I'm going to meet a lot of people that have similar circumstances as me!'" he laughs. "So they thought they were making a lot of friends ... and I'm not sure everyone stayed friends the whole time!"

Kevin says he and Frankie were "kept in the dark about who was related to who" so they could play along. As a result, Kevin says, "The reaction ... from us [when we start] understanding who's related to who is very genuine."

"But then off set, we're having pools as to see whose guesses are correct," Frankie laughs. "And surprisingly, pretty much consistently, we were both massively incorrect!"

Claim to Fame debuts Monday, July 11, at 10:01 p.m. ET on ABC.

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The first trailer for ’Amsterdam’, starring Taylor Swift, is here

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We finally have our first look at the upcoming movie Amsterdam, which stars Taylor Swift.

The first trailer dropped Wednesday.  According the press release, the "original crime epic" takes place in the 30s and centers on three characters, played by Christian BaleJohn David Washington and Margot Robbie, who "find themselves at the center of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history."

The group forges a bond to protect each other as they get swept up in a conspiracy in which they're falsely accused of murdering an important individual. As the trailer promises, you find out how they "altered the course of American history," as the trailer teases.

While Taylor isn't shown much in the first Amsterdam trailer, we do get a brief glimpse of her. The Grammy winner is seen toward the end of the two-minute clip -- her richly dressed character looks distraught.

This marks Taylor's first big-screen role following 2019's critically panned movie musical, CATS.

Amsterdam, also starring Robert De NiroMike MyersAnya Taylor-JoyChris RockRami Malek and Zoe Saldaña, arrives exclusively in theaters on November 4.

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Selena Gomez says her ’Only Murders’ and ’Wizards of Waverly Place’ characters have a lot in common

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Selena Gomez agrees her Wizards of Waverly Place character, Alex Russo, has a lot in common with Mabel, whom she plays on her new show, Only Murders in the Building.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the "Lose You to Love Me" singer joked how both series center on a trio of eccentric people. But, while one show deals with magical powers, and the other deals with, well, murder, Selena says her characters could be one and the same.

"I feel like Mabel is an older version of Alex in a way," the Grammy nominee disclosed, adding she "a thousand percent" channeled what she learned on her Disney Channel show on her newest series.

"I adored being on that show so much. I felt like I did learn a lot," Selena explained. "We actually had great writers -- we had two writers that were on Friends -- and we had an incredible director that we used for most of our seasons. We got really lucky. I still look back at that and laugh at certain things just because I thought it was so fun, and we tried."

Selena turned her attention to Only Murders and said the show helped revive her love of acting. The "Wolves" singer admitted she placed her music career over acting gigs for several years, which is why she decided to "take some time for my true love, which is film and TV."

"I'm not sure I was looking for a series, I was just looking for something in general," she continued. "This was just honestly a wonderful surprise. [My team and I] got the material and responded right away, and I thought it was so cool. I definitely didn't think it would do this well but I'm definitely happy."

Only Murders is streaming its second season now on Hulu.

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Jennifer Lopez hails “caring, loving…” Ben Affleck for Father’s Day; Marc Anthony not mentioned

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Jennifer Lopez posted a sweet Father's Day message to her fiancé, Ben Affleck -- but what's also getting attention is the fact she neglected to mention ex-husband Marc Anthony, the father of their 14-year-old twins, Maximilian and Emme.

"Happy Father’s Day to the most caring, loving, affectionate, consistent and selfless Daddy ever," Jen captioned the video about Ben, adding, "#HappyFathersDay my love."

The slideshow of pictures and video of the celebrity couple together were coupled with an interview voiceover from Lopez in which she said, "nothing is more fulfilling to me than being able to build a family with someone" she loves "deeply," who is, "...just as dedicated to family and to each other as we can be..."

Affleck is dad to 16-year-old Violet, 13-year-old Seraphina and 10-year-old Samuel, his three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner.

J. Lo also posted a Dad's Day message to David, her own father, who she called, "the best daddy ever!"

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The first teaser trailer for Harry Styles’ ‘My Policeman’ is finally here

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Only a few months to go before Harry Styles' new movie, My Policeman, arrives in theaters, and to hype fans further, Amazon released the first teaser trailer on Wednesday.

The teaser flips through some of the more emotional moments of the upcoming drama, which features Harry as a closeted officer named Tom. The R-rated film also stars The Crown's Emma Corrin as a schoolteacher named Marion and The Last Kingdom's David Dawson as a museum curator named Patrick.  

The teaser shows a conversation between Patrick and Tom, as the latter describes how a painting of the ocean makes him feel. "I can sense the waves.  You know how strong they are, like swimming in rough surf.  You feel they could crush you or take you under," he describes. "You just have to let it take hold of you."

The movie is about a forbidden love between Tom and Patrick, as the movie is set in 1950s England when homosexuality was prohibited. While Tom marries Marion in an attempt to fit into society, Patrick suffers the consequences when he is outed.

My Policeman is based on the book of the same name. After it debuts in theaters on October 21, it will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on November 4.

 

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Chris Evans responds to Lizzo’s wish to have him play piano on her next album

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Lizzo may have a new man, but that's not stopping her from holding a candle to her crush, Chris Evans

The "Truth Hurts" singer appeared on the Spout podcast last month and revealed she slid into Evans' DMs, asking if he would play piano on her new album. "He just said 'Ha,'" Lizzo revealed, noting she asked after watching his Instagram stories of him playing the instrument. "It would have been so cool, but unfortunately, not this time," she sighed.

Now, the Captain America star is responding and told Extra that he declined the opportunity because it was in Lizzo's best interests.

"I'm not good enough to play piano on an album. I mean, I fooled around on a piano, but in no way would I be qualified enough to actually play on someone's album. Let alone Lizzo's," he confessed. He is keeping the door open, adding that he will "need a few more years of lessons" before featuring on one of her albums.

Lizzo is about to drop her new album, Special, on July 11. She released the title track, the viral hit "About Damn Time" and the new single, "Grrrls," to hype its arrival.

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Chris Evans responds to Lizzo’s wish to have him play piano on her next album

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Lizzo may have a new man, but that's not stopping her from holding a candle to her crush, Chris Evans

The "Truth Hurts" singer appeared on the Spout podcast last month and revealed she slid into Evans' DMs, asking if he would play piano on her new album. "He just said 'Ha,'" Lizzo revealed, noting she asked after watching his Instagram stories of him playing the instrument. "It would have been so cool, but unfortunately, not this time," she sighed.

Now, the Captain America star is responding and told Extra that he declined the opportunity because it was in Lizzo's best interests.

"I'm not good enough to play piano on an album. I mean, I fooled around on a piano, but in no way would I be qualified enough to actually play on someone's album. Let alone Lizzo's," he confessed. He is keeping the door open, adding that he will "need a few more years of lessons" before featuring on one of her albums.

Lizzo is about to drop her new album, Special, on July 11. She released the title track, the viral hit "About Damn Time" and the new single, "Grrrls," to hype its arrival.

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