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Glen Powell Moves Back to Texas, Embracing a Return to His Roots

Glen Powell has decided to leave Hollywood behind and return to his home state of Texas. After more than 15 years in Los Angeles, the 35-year-old actor recently relocated to Austin to be closer to his family and finish his degree at the University of Texas.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Powell revealed that fellow Texan Matthew McConaughey inspired his move. “He’s like, ‘Hollywood is the Matrix, man. You plug in and it’s all fake world,’” Powell recounted. “Then I go to Austin, and I unplug. It’s all real. Those are my friends, that’s my family, my actions matter there.”

Powell, originally from Austin, moved to LA to pursue his acting career. Despite a rocky start, he eventually gained recognition, notably starring in “Set It Up” and “Top Gun: Maverick.” However, the pandemic nearly wiped out his savings, and he struggled with aspects of fame and life in Hollywood.

“I like choosing when I’m out in front,” Powell said. “But the constant attention and the ‘fishbowl feeling’ of LA life made me uneasy.”

Returning to Texas, Powell is now half an hour away from his parents’ home and feels it’s beneficial for his “head, heart, and soul.” Despite his busy schedule, he remains committed to completing his degree, driven by a promise to his mother and a personal sense of accomplishment.

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Jennifer Lopez Keeps Focus Amid Personal Questions at Atlas Promotion

Jennifer Lopez, ever the professional, kept her focus firmly on her work while promoting her new Netflix film Atlas in Mexico City on Wednesday, May 22. The actress and producer, 54, faced an unexpected personal question from a reporter regarding her rumored divorce from Ben Affleck.

In a room full of press, the unidentified reporter asked, “Is your divorce with Ben Affleck real? These rumors? What is the truth? Para la prensa mexicana, what is the truth of the situation?”

Before Lopez could respond, her costar Simu Liu stepped in. “Okay, we’re not doing that,” Liu asserted. “Thank you so much, guys. We really appreciate it. Thank you.”

Lopez, maintaining her composure, leaned in and addressed the reporter directly. “You know better than that,” she said calmly.

“C’mon, don’t come in with that energy, please,” Liu added.

Liu continued to steer the conversation back to the film. “If I could just end on one thing,” he said, “Jen is a producer on this movie, and the reason why I am here and why Sterling [K. Brown] was in this beautiful movie is because Jen cares. And Jen cares about things like representation and diversity, and she’s a boss.”

Lopez concluded the press conference by addressing the attendees in Spanish. “Thank you. No one asked me anything in Spanish, but okay.” She blew a kiss and smiled, lightening the mood as the room erupted in laughter.

Despite the personal challenges Lopez is reportedly facing in her marriage to Ben Affleck, she remains dedicated to her professional commitments. A source connected to Lopez mentioned earlier this week that their marriage is “not in the best place at the moment,” with the couple living apart recently.

Affleck was notably absent from the Los Angeles premiere of Atlas on Monday and the Mexico City event on Tuesday. Instead, he was seen dining at a popular Italian restaurant in Santa Monica. Both Lopez and Affleck have been spotted wearing their wedding rings this week, suggesting that they are still together despite the rumors.

Lopez and Affleck’s relationship has been a rollercoaster over the years. The pair first met on the set of Gigli in 2001, became engaged, but split in 2004. They rekindled their romance nearly two decades later and married in a small ceremony in Las Vegas in 2022.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Transforms for New Biographical Role in “The Smashing Machine”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has shared a first look at his dramatic transformation for the upcoming A24 biographical sports drama, The Smashing Machine, which chronicles the life of former wrestler and MMA star Mark Kerr. This role marks a significant departure for Johnson, who is best known for his work in action-packed blockbusters and family-friendly films.

In a still image posted to Instagram on Tuesday, the 52-year-old actor is seen sitting in the corner of a wrestling ring, sporting a full head of hair and extensive makeup and prosthetics to embody the heavyweight champion. Johnson’s iconic tattoos are also covered up for the role, showcasing his dedication to accurately portraying Kerr.

“First look at Benny Safdie’s The Smashing Machine starring [The Rock] and Emily Blunt,” Johnson captioned the post. The film, directed by Benny Safdie, also stars Emily Blunt and promises to dive deep into the tumultuous life of Kerr, whose struggles with substance abuse and complex personal relationships were previously explored in a 2002 HBO documentary of the same name.

Earlier that day, Johnson gave fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his preparation for the role, revealing that he trained with Kerr himself. “My training camp became complete when the man himself, Mark Kerr, trained with us,” Johnson wrote in the caption of a series of photos. “He’s still a f–king machine, that can close the distance with scary speed and power. I’ll forever be grateful to the core for his invaluable knowledge he’s been gracious enough to pass onto me and especially for the brotherhood we share.”

The film’s production is still in its early stages, with the first day of shooting marked by the Instagram post. While a release date for The Smashing Machine has not yet been finalized, audiences can look forward to its theatrical debut sometime in 2025. This highly anticipated biographical drama is set to offer a raw and unflinching look at the life of one of MMA’s most complex figures, brought to life by one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez Headed for Divorce Amid “Temporary Insanity” Claims

Ben Affleck has reportedly “come to his senses” regarding the issues in his troubled marriage to Jennifer Lopez. According to a source who spoke to Page Six on Monday, May 20, the actor is ready to call it quits.

“If there was a way to divorce on grounds of temporary insanity, he would,” the source said. “He feels like the last two years were just a fever dream, and he’s come to his senses now and understands there is just no way this is going to work.”

In Touch was the first to report that Affleck, 51, and Lopez, 54, are “headed for a divorce,” with Affleck allegedly “moving out” of their shared home less than two years after their wedding. While neither Lopez nor Affleck have officially commented on their relationship status, they have consistently presented a united front. Most recently, they were seen together at a school event for Lopez’s child, Emme, on Sunday, May 19.

Despite this public appearance, a source told In Touch that Lopez is “hiring crisis PR to help navigate the divorce,” and that a filing for legal separation is “imminent.”

“It’s expected Laura Wasser will be handling this divorce,” another source told In Touch on May 18. “Laura was the divorce lawyer who mediated Ben’s divorce with Jennifer Garner, and she represented J. Lo in her divorce with Marc Anthony. So there’s history on both sides.”

Speculation about trouble in paradise began when Lopez attended the 2024 Met Gala alone, despite being a co-chair of the event. “Ben not being at the Met Gala with Jen, even though he’s got a great excuse, he’s working, is causing more questions than either of them want,” an insider told In Touch on May 7.

Affleck cited filming commitments for “The Accountant 2” in California as the reason for his absence. However, another insider revealed that he had already “decided to call it quits” on his marriage to Lopez.

“He’s focusing on his work and his kids now,” the insider explained. “Ben already moved out and they’ll likely have to sell the dream house they spent two years searching for. They’ll never stop loving each other, but she can’t control him, and he can’t change her. There’s no way it could have lasted.”

Affleck and Lopez rekindled their romance in 2021, nearly 20 years after calling off their first wedding. The “I’m Real” singer reconnected with the “Good Will Hunting” star following her split from Alex Rodriguez earlier that year.

As the high-profile couple navigates this challenging time, fans and media alike await official confirmation of their next steps.

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John Krasinski’s “IF” Tops Box Office with $35 Million Debut Despite Mixed Reviews

John Krasinski’s latest film, “IF,” claimed the top spot at the box office this weekend with a $35 million North American debut, according to studio estimates on Sunday. Though slightly lower than some projections, the film’s opening performance has sparked various reactions and narratives.

“IF” stars Ryan Reynolds, Cailey Fleming, and features a host of A-list voices including Steve Carell, Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Louis Gossett Jr., Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Maya Rudolph. Krasinski not only directed the film but also wrote and co-starred in it. The movie’s premise, centered around imaginary friends, is an original idea from Krasinski.

Paramount released “IF” in 4,041 locations across North America, and it grossed an estimated $20 million from 56 international markets, bringing its global total to $55 million. With a production budget of $110 million, the film’s future success hinges on its ability to sustain audience interest.

“Families came out in force and they loved the film,” said Chris Aronson, Paramount’s head of domestic distribution.

The film has received mixed reviews, currently holding a 49% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, audiences have responded positively, giving it an A CinemaScore. This mirrors the trajectory of Pixar’s “Elemental,” which had a modest opening but continued to perform well, ultimately grossing nearly $500 million globally.

Aronson is optimistic about “IF” maintaining its momentum, particularly as schools break for summer. “Kids are out of school starting this coming week and I couldn’t think of a better film to be in the marketplace than this one: It’s new, it’s fresh, its original, and it’s such a heartwarming film,” he said.

In other box office news, “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” remains a strong contender, earning $26 million in its second weekend and surpassing $100 million domestically. Lionsgate’s horror film “The Strangers—Chapter 1” overperformed with a $12 million debut, thanks in part to an innovative marketing campaign.

Additionally, the Amy Winehouse biopic “Back to Black” opened with $2.9 million, while the IMAX documentary “The Blue Angels” made $1.3 million from 227 screens.

The summer box office season is still ramping up, with anticipated releases like “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” and “The Garfield Movie” set to draw in more viewers. Memorial Day weekend could see a surge in box office numbers as audiences catch up on missed films.

Despite the non-traditional lineup and slower start compared to previous years, analysts like Paul Dergarabedian of Comscore remain hopeful. “Collectively these films should have a solid Memorial weekend,” he said.

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