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Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas reportedly call it quits

MEGA/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Affleck's much-covered relationship with Bond girl Ana de Armas is reportedly over. 

That's what a source is telling E! News, reportedly adding that the break-up is amicable. "Both of them have completely full lives in a good way," the source says. "There will always be that love."

The pair confirmed their dating status 10 months ago, when de Armas' Instagram captured pictures of the pair vacationing in her native Cuba together; a trip that also included seeing the sights in Costa Rica.

De Armas, 32, will be seen next in the James Bond film No Time To Die, which -- so far -- is scheduled for an April 2 release. Oscar winner Affleck, 48, will soon be tackling the adaptation of a best-selling young adult fantasy series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, for ABC News' parent company Disney. He'll also be seen in March as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the upcoming "Snyder cut" of Justice League on HBO Max.

By Stephen Iervolino 
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Denzel Washington reacts to son John David's praise: "I'm speechless"

Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Denzel Washington was rendered "speechless" after receiving some unexpected praise.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, Washington became visibly emotional after learning his son, John David, praised his recent recognition as the "best actor of the 21st century."

"It's about time," John David had said in a previous interview with Access. "I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it so it was a very proud moment for our entire family."

After being read the compliment, Washington smiled deeply in thought.

"Wow. I'm speechless," he said. "I forgot what the question was but I'm speechless. I didn't know he said that."

"Watch out for his sister," Washington added. "His sister is a great actor. Olivia Washington."

As previously reported, The New York Times named Denzel the "Greatest Actor of the 21st Century (So Far)," with critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott writing that it was the easiest decision to make when compiling the list. 

"We wrangled and argued about every other slot on the list, but there was no hesitation or debate about this one," Scott wrote."Denzel Washington is beyond category: a screen titan who is also a subtle and sensitive craftsman, with serious old-school stage training and blazing movie-star presence. "

The critics also noted Washington's long and successful career in Hollywood as a "rebuke to the racist industry in which he works."

With a slew of films under his belt, the Oscar-winning actor has yet to slow down. Up next he will star in the psychological thriller The Little Things where he will play a detective on the search for a serial killer.

The Little Things, also starring Rami Malek and Jared Leto, hits select theaters and HBO Max on Jan. 29.

By Candice Williams 
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Survey says 60% consider themselves "total film buffs" thanks to pandemic binge-watching

iStock/Vladans(LOS ANGELES) -- Most people have been getting an eyeful of streaming content since the pandemic began, and a new survey shows one of the effects of it: six in 10 now they've become a "total film buff" because of their lockdown viewing.

The non-scientific survey of 2,000 Americans commissioned by the Popcorn Board reveals that 60% say they watched more movies in 2020 than they ever have before. Meanwhile, 63% said the pandemic finally allowed them to catch up on the classic movies they'd never had time to watch in the "before times".

What's more, three in 10 say they vow to break their personal best in 2021 by watching, on average, 196 films total.

Fifty-five percent of respondents say they'll be able to watch more awards season-nominated films than ever before this year.

In addition, the poll revealed more people than ever are having "virtual movie nights" by watching the same movie while video chatting with friends and family members. In fact, the average respondent plans to host eight such events this winter.

Apart from a solid Internet connection for the former, respondents said "must haves" for the "perfect movie night" include cozy blankets (46%) and chocolate (37%).  The winner of the award for most popular movie night "must," however, was popcorn, with 51% of respondents saying they need a bucket of the stuff to make their evening complete.

By Stephen Iervolino 
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Armie Hammer apologizes to Miss Cayman organization in latest online controversy

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE, CONTENT) Embattled actor Armie Hammer has found himself in another online controversy, after he allegedly posted a provocative video of a scantily clad woman, captioning it "Miss Cayman."

The actual pageant organization of the same name was quick to cry foul, and the actor apologized in a statement to the Cayman Compass newspaper.

"I would like to clarify that the person in my video, which was stolen from my private Instagram, is not Miss Cayman," the actor said, adding, "I am genuinely sorry for any confusion my foolish attempt at humor may have caused."

The organization claimed, "The Committee is very disturbed by the video and would like to confirm that the woman is not the reigning Miss Cayman Islands and has no affiliation to the Miss Cayman Islands Universe pageant."

To the newspaper, Miss Cayman Chairperson Derri Dacres-Lee insisted, "a primary objective of Miss Cayman is to be a role model for young Caymanian women, and the way the woman was portrayed in the video contradicts those values."

Last week, the Lone Ranger star defended himself when an Instagram user claimed that the 34-year-old actor messaged her about his sordid fantasies, which included his desire to drink her blood. Those allegations have not been confirmed, but the resulting firestorm led Hammer to drop out of the Jennifer Lopez film Shotgun Wedding.

In a statement to Entertainment TonightHammer called the allegations "bulls*** claims" and added, "but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for four months to shoot a film..."

However, skeptics brought up Hammer's 2013 interview with Playboy, in which he identified himself as a "dominant lover" and enjoyed "grabbing women by the neck and hair" in the heat of the moment.

By Stephen Iervolino and Megan Stone
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'Ozark', 'The Crown' lead Netflix-dominated 26th Critics' Choice nominations

STEVE DIETL/NETFLIX ©2020(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix dominated the nominations for the 26th annual Critics' Choice awards, with The Crown and Ozark earning six nominations apiece.

Both shows propelled the streaming network to 26 total noms, besting HBO, which earned 22. 

Other strong contenders for the awards show included HBO's Lovecraft Country and FX's Mrs. America on the drama side.  For comedies, Emmy sweeper Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and FX's What We Do in the Shadows earned five nominations each.

Taye Diggs will return to host the Critics' Choice Awards telecast, which will air at 7 p.m. Eastern on the CW Sunday, March 7.

Here are the nominations for the 26th Annual Critics' Choice Awards in the major categories. More can be found on the organization's website.

Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown 
The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian (Disney )
Perry Mason (HBO)
This Is Us (NBC)

Jason Bateman – Ozark 
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us 
Jonathan Majors – Lovecraft Country 
Josh O’Connor – The Crown 
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul 
Matthew Rhys – Perry Mason 

Christine Baranski – The Good Fight (CBS All Access)
Olivia Colman – The Crown 
Emma Corrin – The Crown 
Claire Danes – Homeland (Showtime)
Laura Linney – Ozark
Jurnee Smollett – Lovecraft Country 

Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
Justin Hartley – This Is Us
John Lithgow – Perry Mason 
Tobias Menzies – The Crown 
Tom Pelphrey – Ozark 
Michael K. Williams – Lovecraft Country 

Gillian Anderson – The Crown 
Cynthia Erivo – The Outsider 
Julia Garner – Ozark 
Janet McTeer – Ozark
Wunmi Mosaku – Lovecraft Country 
Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul 

Better Things (FX)
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Mom (CBS)
PEN15 (Hulu)
Ramy (Hulu)
Schitt’s Creek
Ted Lasso (Apple TV )
What We Do in the Shadows 

Hank Azaria – Brockmire (IFC)
Matt Berry – What We Do in the Shadows
Nicholas Hoult – The Great (Hulu)
Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek 
Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso 
Ramy Youssef – Ramy

Pamela Adlon – Better Things (FX)
Christina Applegate – Dead to Me (Netflix)
Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
Natasia Demetriou – What We Do in the Shadows 
Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek 
Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO)

William Fichtner – Mom
Harvey Guillén – What We Do in the Shadows
Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek 
Alex Newell – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
Mark Proksch – What We Do in the Shadows 
Andrew Rannells – Black Monday (Showtime)

Lecy Goranson – The Conners (ABC)
Rita Moreno – One Day at a Time (Pop)
Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Ashley Park – Emily in Paris
Jaime Pressly – Mom 
Hannah Waddingham – Ted Lasso

I May Destroy You (HBO)
Mrs. America 
Normal People (Hulu)
The Plot Against America (HBO)
The Queen’s Gambit
Small Axe (Amazon Studios)
The Undoing (HBO)
Unorthodox (Netflix)

Bad Education (HBO)
Between the World and Me (HBO)
The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel (Lifetime)
Hamilton (Disney )
Sylvie’s Love (Amazon Studios)
What the Constitution Means to Me (Amazon Studios)

John Boyega – Small Axe 
Hugh Grant – The Undoing 
Paul Mescal – Normal People 
Chris Rock – Fargo (FX)
Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much is True 
Morgan Spector – The Plot Against America 

Cate Blanchett – Mrs. America
Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You 
Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People 
Shira Haas – Unorthodox 
Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen’s Gambit 
Tessa Thompson – Sylvie’s Love (Amazon Studios)

Daveed Diggs – The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
Joshua Caleb Johnson – The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
Dylan McDermott – Hollywood (Netflix)
Donald Sutherland – The Undoing 
Glynn Turman – Fargo 
John Turturro – The Plot Against America 

Uzo Aduba – Mrs. America 
Betsy Brandt – Soulmates 
Marielle Heller – The Queen’s Gambit 
Margo Martindale – Mrs. America 
Winona Ryder – The Plot Against America
Tracey Ullman – Mrs. America 

Desus & Mero (Showtime)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
The Kelly Clarkson Show (NBC/Syndicated)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Red Table Talk (Facebook Watch)

Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty (Netflix)
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (Netflix)
Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (Netflix)
Marc Maron: End Times Fun (Netflix)
Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia (Netflix)
Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything (Netflix)

By Stephen Iervolino
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Liv Tyler describes her "terrifying" battle with COVID-19

RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler issued a harrowing warning over the weekend about COVID-19.

Tyler, 43, penned a lengthy Instagram message to announce she tested positive for the virus, calling it "a wild two weeks."

"I'm such a private and shy person and usually don’t share such things but this is a big one," the SAG Award-nominee explained while sharing a photo of her snuggled up with her two youngest children, Lula Rose, 4, and Sailor Gene, 5. 

"I tested positive for covid 19 on New Year’s Eve day," she continued. "I had made it all the way through 2020 keeping myself and my family safe. Doing everything i could to protect my wolf pack and follow the rules to protect others. Suddenly on The morn of the last day of 2020... boom it took me down."

"It comes on fast, like a locomotive," described Tyler, adding that she had "corona light," meaning she experienced minor symptoms that "floored me for 10 days in my bed."

Moreover, the actress warned of the potential "emotional and psychological" toll the virus takes, adding, "It F’s with your body and mind equally. Everyday different. Being isolated in a room alone for 10 days is trippy to say the least."

Tyler says she was quarantined during the siege of the U.S. Capitol, which she says made her feel like she was in the episode of The Twilight Zone.

"The first days of 2021 have been scary for everyone in the world," she added, noting her children made the first days of the year better by sliding "little messages and drawings under my door."

Tyler closed out her post by thanking "those who are working tirelessly to protect and care for others" and sending her 2.4 million followers "imaginary universal hugs."

By Megan Stone
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"I'd be up for that!" Liam Neeson wants to re-join the 'Star Wars' universe with Disney+'s 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' show

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- While he admitted to not knowing a thing about the project, count Liam Neeson in if his old Padawan Ewan McGregor needs a hand in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney . 

Neeson played Kenobi's master, Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace. Although his physical self met his end at the end of Darth Maul's lightsaber, his voice was heard as Qui-Gon communicated through the Force in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and at the climax of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

In an interview with Collider about his new number-one film, The Marksman, Neeson admitted that while he "hadn't heard a thing about the [Kenobi] project," he added enthusiastically, "Sure! I'd be up for it!"

The upcoming series from repeat Mandalorian director Deborah Chow, which begins filming in March and stars McGregor reprising his role from the Star Wars prequels, is set after the events of Episode III, aka Revenge of the Sith.

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By Stephen Iervolino
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'WandaVision' star Paul Bettany on his father's struggle to come out of the closet

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Paul Bettany, star of Marvel's WandaVision, currently streaming on Disney , opened up to People magazine recently about the pain he experienced when watching his father struggle to come to terms with his sexuality.  Bettany also spoke about how the experience shaped the way he's raising his kids with actress Jennifer Connelly.

Bettany says his dad had a 20-year relationship with another man after divorcing his mother, but "went back in the closet" following his partner's death.

"That really speaks to the power of his Catholicism, which sort of led him to a place of shame and inability to mourn his partner in a real way," explains the 49-year-old actor.

As a result, Bettany, who has three kids with Connelly -- sons Kai, 23, and Stellan, 17, and daughter Agnes, nine -- says "I really want my children, and I want everybody, to just live authentically as the person they are, and however hard that is, it's absolutely better than pretending to be something other than you are."

"Having been through a thousand years of therapy, there's real power in getting to know yourself...and I have so many things to be grateful for," he adds.

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By George Costantino
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'Godzilla vs. King Kong' stomps forward in WB's 2021 release schedule

HBO Max/Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- While studios have been holding back films in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Warner Bros. has actually fast-tracked the premiere Godzilla vs. King Kong, according to Variety

The film will now drop two months earlier, on March 26, instead of May 21, simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.

The movie is the third in a trilogy of a WB's "Montserverse," following the success of 2014's Godzilla and 2017's Kong: Skull Island, and again follows the mysterious Monarch corporation's investigation of the earth-shaking titans, with humanity hanging in the balance as these two legendary creatures go head-to-head. 

Godzilla vs. Kong producer, Legendary Entertainment, recently settled a dispute with the Warner Bros. over its surprise decision to release its 2021 movies both in theaters and on HBO Max -- after blocking Netflix’s $250 million bid to buy the monster movie. HBO and Legendary have since settled their differences. 

The film stars returning Godzilla players Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Brian Tyree Henry, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.

By George Costantino and Stephen Iervolino
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Steve Martin shares hilarious thoughts about getting the COVID-19 vaccine

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Steve Martin says he has received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but admits he has mixed feelings about it.

Taking to social media over the weekend, the Cheaper by the Dozen star revealed that he received a shot in the arm and described what the process was like.

"Good news/Bad news," Martin opened up his Saturday announcement on Twitter, "Good news: I just got vaccinated! Bad news: I got it because I’m 75. Ha!"

Martin says, age aside, getting the vaccine appeared to be the least of his worries, adding, "The operation in NYC was smooth as silk" -- which he jokingly added he was aware of the cliché.

The Emmy and Academy Award-winning actor continued that the process was "hosted to perfection by the US Army and National Guard" and profusely thanked those who made it possible for him to get vaccinated.

"Thank you all, and thank you science," concluded Martin.

It was previously announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that seven million New York residents are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

New York's COVID-19 vaccinations are by appointment only as supply is currently limited, says Cuomo.  Those interested in scheduling an appointment can do so on the state's "Am I Eligible" website. 

By Megan Stone
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'The Marksman' dethrones 'Wonder Woman 1984' at the box office with $3.2 million weekend

Courtesy of Open Road(NEW YORK) -- The Marksman, the action thriller starring Liam Neeson, ended Wonder Woman 1984's three-week reign at number 1 at the box office with an estimated $3.2 million opening weekend.  The film, which debuted in 1,975 locations, is on a pace to bring in around $3.7 million through the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday.

That said, The Marksman will also go down as of the lowest-grossing films to top the box office in modern history, alongside Honest Thief and Robert De Niro’s The War With Grandpa, thanks to the country’s latest COVID-19 surge, which has left roughly 65 percent of U.S. theaters closed.

The aforementioned Wonder Woman 1984 slipped to second place with an estimated $2.6 million, bringing its U.S. haul to $35 million and $141.7 million worldwide.

Breathing down Wonder Woman 1984's neck though, in third place, is The Croods: A New Age, which delivered an estimated $2 million between Friday and Sunday.  It could overtake Wonder Woman by the end of the long weekend.

The Tom Hanks western, News of the World, landed in fourth place with an estimated three-day total of $1.05 million and $1.27 million for the four-day.

Rounding out the top five was Monster Hunter, the video game adaptation, grabbing an estimated $920,000, over the three-day and a chance at crossing the $1 million threshold through MLK day.

By George Costantino
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Phil Spector, legendary producer-turned-convicted murderer, dies at 81

Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Phil Spector, the famed music producer and songwriter who was later convicted of murder, has died, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed. He was 81.

Officials said Spector died of natural causes Saturday at an outside hospital.

Back in 2003, Spector was convicted of shooting and killing actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion in Alhambra, California. In 2009, he was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.

Dubbed "The First Tycoon of Teen," Spector became famous for his pioneering and legendary "Wall of Sound" production method that helped shape pop music in the 1960s and remains influential to this day.

Born in The Bronx, New York, Spector first found success as a member of the pop-vocal group The Teddy Bears, who scored a #1 hit in 1958 with "To Know Him Is to Love Him," which he wrote.

He soon began developing his skills as a record producer, and in 1961 he co-founded the Philles Records label. Spector began producing recordings for a series of popular artists, including Darlene Love and the all-female vocal groups The Crystals and The Ronettes, the latter of which was fronted by Phil's future wife Ronnie Spector.

Among the memorable hits Spector produced were The Crystals' 1962 chart-topper "He's a Rebel" and 1963 smashes "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," and The Ronettes' 1963 singles "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I Love You."

Spector also produced one of the most beloved holiday albums of all time, 1963's A Christmas Gift for You, which featured many now-classic renditions of holiday tunes recorded by four acts on the Philles label: The Ronettes, The Crystals, Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans.

In 1966, Spector produced and co-wrote The Righteous Brothers' enduring chart-topper "You've Lost that Loving Feelin.'" That same year, Phil produced and co-wrote Ike & Tina Tunrer's "River Deep -- Mountain High."

His later album-production credits include The Beatles' Let It Be, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, John Lennon's Imagine and Rock 'n' Roll, Leonard Cohen's Death of a Ladies' Man and The Ramones' End of the Century.

Outside of his successful career in the music business, Spector apparently had a volatile personal life. He married Ronnie Spector in 1968, but the couple divorced in 1974. In her 1990 memoir, Be My Baby, Ronnie claimed that Phil was psychologically abusive and that he sabotaged her career by not allowing her to perform. Over the years, many artists accused Phil of erratic behavior, including multiple occasions where he threatened people with guns.

By Andrea Tuccillo, Andrea Dresdale and Matt Friedlander
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Bets on, bets off: Online gambling site already taking wagers on 'Cobra Kai' season 4

CURTIS BONDS BAKER/NETFLIX © 2020(LOS ANGELES) -- After fans binged the recently-dropped third season of the Karate Kid spin-off Cobra Kai, its cliffhanger ending left them aching for more -- so much so that the online sportsbook My Bookie is taking wagers on what will happen in the show's forthcoming fourth season.

In the cliffhanger, former enemies Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, played respectively by Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, team up to take on Martin Kove's Sensei John Kreese, and whupped him handily enough that he called an old Army buddy for back-up. It's not stated in the show, but Karate Kid fans are already predicting the return of actor and martial artist Thomas Ian Griffith's Terry Silver, one of the baddies in Karate Kid Part III

It's so likely Silver will return that My Bookie makes it a -500 bet -- meaning if you bet $500 that he shows up, you'll make just $100. On the other hand, betting $100 against Terry's return would net you $200, because it's considered unlikely he won't join the fight. 

Want to score on a long shot? Fans can also bet whether or not Oscar-winner Hillary Swank, who starred in 1994's The Next Karate Kid, will return to the Karate Kid universe. A hundred-dollar bet would net you $550, according to My Bookie's odds. 

Another long-shot return is Jaden Smith, the star of the panned 2010 reboot of The Karate Kid. That's considered so unlikely that a $100 bet would win you $900. Betting $100 that his character Dre Parker wins the All Valley Karate Championship will score you $2,000.

You can even bet on how many times people say the series' iconic line, "Sweep the leg."

Here are some other wagering possibilities for the fourth season of Cobra Kai and their corresponding money line bets, according to MyBookie: 

Who wins the All Valley Karate Championship?
(Winner must be announced in season 4)

Miguel Diaz:  110
Robby Keene:  150
Eli “Hawk” Moskowitz:  300
Samantha LaRusso:  400
Kyler: 600
Tory Nichols:  650
Demetr: 800
Mitch: 1500
Dre Parker: 2000
Anthony LaRusso: 2200
All other fighters: 500

All Valley Karate Championship -- Match Winner
(Fight must take place at tournament)

Samantha LaRusso: -140
Tory Nichols: 110

Does Terry Silver make an appearance in Season 4?
Yes:  -500
No: 200

Does Mike Barnes make an appearance in Season 4?
Yes: -230
No: 160 

Does Hillary Swank make an appearance in Season 4?
Yes:  550
No: -2000

Does Jaden Smith make an appearance in Season 4?
Yes:  900
No: -3000 

Does Hawk return to Cobra Kai?
Yes: -140
No: 110

Total times "sweep the leg" will be mentioned in Season 4
Over 3.5 times: -130
Under 3.5 times: 100

By Stephen Iervolino
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Liam Neeson reveals his plans to retire from action films

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Liam Neeson has acquired a very particular set of skills over the course of the years as an actor and now, he's thinking about laying them to rest. 

While speaking with Entertainment  Tonight, the Taken series star revealed that retirement is in the near future. 

"Oh, yeah. I think so," he said.

"I'm 68 and a half. 69 this year. There's a couple more I'm going to do this year -- hopefully, COVID allowing us -- there's a couple in the pipeline and, then I think that will probably be it. Well, unless I'm on a Zimmer frame or something," he added. 

Despite admitting that he's ready to hang-up the towel on action films, it seems that one role may have piqued his interest and may keep him in the game a little bit longer. 

When informed that fans are campaigning for the actor to reprise his role as Zeus from 2010's Clash of the Titans in Wonder Woman 3 and asked if he was "up for it," Neeson responded, "I guess so, sure. I mean, I'm very flattered!"

"I wasn't aware that the ancient Greek gods appeared in Wonder Woman. I have to say, much to my chagrin, I haven't seen... the Wonder Woman movies," he shared, and after being told that Zeus is actually Wonder Woman's dad he smirked, "I'll call my agent!"

Neeson can currently be seen in the action film The Marksman.

By Danielle Long
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'Cobra Kai' star Martin Kove had to be "persuaded" to join the 'Karate Kid' reboot

CURTIS BONDS BAKER/NETFLIX © 2020(NEW YORK) -- Actor Martin Kove, who reprises his role as villainous karate instructor John Kreese in Netflix's Karate Kid reboot Cobra Kai, says he had to be "persuaded" to accept the role.

"I was only interested in doing this role if he was a multifaceted character," he tells the New York Post.

The current third season of Cobra Kai, which launched earlier this month, delves into Kreese's backstory, which includes a rough childhood and a traumatic experience as a soldier in the Vietnam War.

Regarding his character, a Vietnam veteran who preaches "no mercy" to his students, the 74-year-old actor says, "I don't see him as a villain."

Karate Kid fans seem to be warming up to the character as well.

"People don’t really hate my character, especially now they have a fuller understanding of what made him the way he is."

By George Costantino
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