Jake Gyllenhaal Shows off His Skills while Participating in Viral Shirtless Handstand Challenge

Jake Gyllenhaal has some moves!

Gyllenhaal, 39, has become one of the latest celebrities to participate in a new viral challenge, which revolves around figuring out how to put a shirt on while upside-down in a handstand.

The actor took on the feat of physical strength and balance after being challenged by pal and Spider-Man: Far From Home costar Tom Holland, who had the internet drooling over his toned physique when he participated in the challenge on Thursday.

In his own video, Gyllenhaal stood himself up against a wall and carefully put each of his hands through the shirt’s arm holes. Then he used one hand to slowly work the shirt up his arms before finally pulling it over his head, coming back down to the ground with a big smile on his face.

“I nominate Hugh Jackman, 50 Cent and Maggie Gyllenhaal,” said Gyllenhaal, who wore a shirt promoting New York City-based restaurant Russ & Daughters, which has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Don’t forget to support your local businesses,” he added.

Reposting a video of Gyllenhaal’s impressive balancing, Holland wrote, “YES Mate you hero!!!”

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However, not every celebrity is a fan of the viral challenge.

In addition to challenging Gyllenhaal to participate, Holland, 23, also tasked pal Harrison Osterfield as well as Ryan Reynolds to step up — and while Osterfeld was game, Reynolds made it clear that he wouldn’t be joining in on the shirtless fun.

In a hilarious video which Holland also shared on his Instagram Story, Reynolds looked into the camera with a confused and horrified look on his face before simply uttering one word: “No.”

Of course, Reynolds has had his hands full while social distancing at home with wife Blake Lively and their three children throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re doing a lot of homeschooling. We’re lucky enough to have a little, tiny garden, so we’re learning a little bit about gardening. We’re trying to make this an educational experience,” the Deadpool star, 43, told Stephen Colbert via video chat for Wednesday’s at-home version of The Late Show.

“But I’m mostly drinking,” he joked.

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Reese Witherspoon Jokes About Working from Home & Forgetting 'to Mute Yourself on the Conference Call'

Reese Witherspoon understands what it’s like to be a working mom!

The actress, 44, shared a photo of herself on the phone making a shocked facial expression on Instagram on Wednesday — seemingly a shot in character as Elena Richardson from her new Hulu show Little Fires Everywhere.

“When you forget to mute yourself on the conference call and you realize that was YOUR kid screaming 😂,” Witherspoon captioned the photo.

Witherspoon’s work from home joke was a nod to the thousands of Americans who have been forced to work remotely and schools have closed amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The actress has been encouraging her followers to help curb the spread of the contagious respiratory virus by practicing social distancing, as she did with her Big Little Lies costar Laura Dern last week by taking a hike and remaining six feet apart.

It’s also not the first photo from the Little Fires Everywhere set that Witherspoon has shared with her fans — last week, the actress shared a photo of herself doing ’90s “research” by reading an old Seventeen magazine with herself on the cover, and one day before that celebrated the Hulu drama’s premiere with a snap of herself and costar Kerry Washington.

Witherspoon also celebrated her birthday this week with her entire family, including husband Jim Toth, daughter Ava, 20, and sons Deacon, 15, and Tennessee, 7.

“One of the best birthdays ever!🎈” Witherspoon wrote on Instagram on Sunday, sharing a family selfie from a nature walk. 

“So many thoughtful, beautiful, heartfelt messages from so many of you!” she continued. “Some poems, a home cooked meal, a wonderful performance from my friend, a long nature walk with my family…all gifts from the heart. 🥰Thank you to all of you for making me feel so LOVED! I’m a very lucky lady. 💕💫🎂”

Ava also shared a birthday tribute to her mom, writing in an Instagram post, “happy birthday to this living legend! I love you beyond words, and I’m endlessly grateful to share life with you today and everyday ❤️✨.”

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Vin Diesel Says Steven Spielberg Told Him He Hasn't Directed Enough: 'That Is a Crime of Cinema'

Vin Diesel is looking to get back into the director’s chair, and he says Steven Spielberg is encouraging him to do so.

In a recent interview with The National, the actor said Spielberg — who directed Diesel in 1998’s Saving Private Ryan — told him his lack of directing credits “is a crime of cinema.”

“Speaking of Steven Spielberg, I saw him recently, and he had said to me, ‘When I wrote the role for you in Saving Private Ryan, I was obviously employing the actor, but I was also secretly championing the director in you, and you have not directed enough. That is a crime of cinema and you must get back in the directing chair,’” Diesel, 52, told the outlet. “I haven’t directed enough.”

The Fast and Furious star has directed before, including a 1995 short film titled Multi-Facial that he also wrote and starred in. It was this piece that led Spielberg to cast him in Saving Private Ryan.

In 1997, Diesel directed his first feature film, Strays, but hasn’t helmed a movie since. He does have one project in mind, though: the story of Hannibal Barca, a Carthaginian general who once fought the ancient Romans.

“I haven’t done it yet,” the actor said, later adding: “I was in Egypt, in Tunisia, I was in Spain. I crossed the Alps where Hannibal did. I did so much research for this, but I still haven’t carved out the time to do it.”

Diesel currently stars in the superhero action film Bloodshot. Though he does want to direct, he said he wants to continue to act in films that pack theaters as more moviegoers opt for streaming services over local cinemas.

“There’s the threat to the cinematic experience, and when you make movies like Bloodshot or Fast 9, you are protecting that thing that might not be here forever, and that’s that cinematic social experience,” he said. “Although I have to do that, I have to continue the director’s journey at some point.”

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Cats Crowned Worst Picture at 2020 Razzies; John Travolta Wins Worst Actor

The 2019 film Cats was honored — or rather dishonored — at the 2020 Golden Raspberry Awards.

More commonly known as the Razzies, the awards ceremony honor the worst achievements in film for the previous year.

The CGI-filled musical adaptation of the hit Broadway sensation took home six awards, the most of any film, including Worst Picture and Worst Director for Tom Hooper. Other awards included Worst Supporting Actor (James Corden), Worst Supporting Actress (Rebel Wilson), Worst Screen Combo (Any Two Half-Feline/Half Human Hairballs) and Worst Screenplay.

Hooper’s win places him in the exclusive group of people who have won both an Oscar and a Razzie. He previously took home Best Director at the Academy Awards in 2011 for The King’s Speech.

The Razzies were originally expected to be handed out last Saturday night at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, but the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The awards took to the web instead, announcing the winners via a YouTube video in a mini-ceremony dubbed “The Lock-Down Edition.”

In the announcement, Razzie organizers noted that a “very big show” was planned, including “an opening numbers, parodies, sketches, roving Razzie reporters, Miss Goldenberries, a stage hand, presenters including Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, and winners willing to own their bad.”

Rambo: Last Blood also took home numerous awards, winning for Worst Remake, Worst Ripoff or Sequel and Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property.

John Travolta was named worst actor for two separate projects, The Fanatic and Trading Paint, while the Worst Actress award went to Hilary Duff for her role in The Haunting of Sharon Tate.

And finally, Eddie Murphy won the Razzie Redeemer award for his Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name. The award goes to former Razzie winners who’ve gone on to do better work.


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Mulan Praised as 'Vibrant' and 'Absolutely Fantastic' in First Reactions to Live-Action Epic

The first reactions to Disney’s live-action Mulan are in!

Though the highly-anticipated movie doesn’t hit theaters until later this month, critics shared their first reactions to the film after its world premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night. The new Mulan was hailed as “vibrant” and “exciting,” though some noted that it “leaves a lot behind” from the original 1998 animated film.

“#Mulan is absolutely fantastic,” Kirsten Acuna of Insider tweeted. “Different enough with great action scenes, but with the heart of the original film. It doesn’t even matter that it’s not a musical. If you’re a fan of the animated, there are subtle nods to many of the songs. Can’t wait to see this again.”

Fandango’s Erik Davis added: “#Mulan is exciting, vibrant, emotional, and different from the animated version. It’s definitely its own thing, which I dug — a more mature Disney film, featuring stunning production design & fight choreography.”

Angie J. Han of Mashable wrote that Mulan is “the best” Disney live-action remake since 2015’s Cinderella — placing it above films including last year’s Aladdin and The Lion King remakes.

“#Mulan is the best of the Disney live-action remakes since Cinderella — I didn’t even miss the songs,” she tweeted. “Finds new notes in a story we already know while delivering gorgeous action, heart, and humor.”

Han also added that the film was “surprisingly sexy for a Disney movie.”

Mashable‘s Alison Foreman echoed those comments, writing that the “romantic chemistry gets STEAMY.”

“Disney’s Mulan remake leaves a lot behind, but offers much more in its absence,” she wrote. “Plenty of 1998 throwbacks pepper a story full of incredible action, humor, and heart.”

“The cast of Mulan is fantastic in the film,” Wendy Lee Szany tweeted. “There are lots of little moments that nods to the animated that’ll make the fans happy. Very beautiful & epic cinematography. It had more fantastical elements than I expected. Overall, a great re-telling of the animated and very fun.”

“Wow! @DisneysMulan was everything I hoped it would be and more!” Katie Wilson wrote. “They were able to bring new elements to life while maintaining the classic nostalgia we all know & love. Wow. Just incredible!”

The live-action Mulan is based on the animated film as well as the traditional Chinese folklore tale of the female warrior Hua Mulan.

The movie will follow Mulan, the oldest daughter of a warrior who disguises herself as a man and steps in to take the place of her ailing father after the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve to defend the country from Northern invaders.

Actress Liu Yifei plays the titular heroine. Yifei was cast after a year-long global casting search and has been previously seen in The Forbidden Kingdom and Once Upon a Time, among other films.

She is joined by cast members including Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, and Yoson An.

Mulan hits theaters on March 27.

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Stephen King Admits He's 'Very Uneasy' Over the Dropping of Woody Allen's Controversial Memoir

Stephen King isn’t happy with publishing house Hachette Book Group for dropping Woody Allen’s memoir, Apropos of Nothing, amid protests from his son, Ronan Farrow, and a walkout by the company’s staff last week.

The iconic horror author — best known for The Shining and It — shared his thoughts on Twitter on March 6, saying he was worried about the standard this would set for future publishings.

“The Hachette decision to drop the Woody Allen book makes me very uneasy. It’s not him; I don’t give a damn about Mr. Allen. It’s who gets muzzled next that worries me,” he wrote. “Once you start, the next one is always easier.”

King later responded to a fan who disagreed, explaining that he felt there were other ways people could protest Allen’s book, which didn’t require it to be dropped from publishing.

“If you think he’s a pedophile, don’t buy the book. Don’t go to his movies. Don’t go listen to him play jazz at the Carlyle,” he wrote. “Vote with your wallet…by withholding it. In America, that’s how we do.”

The author then added that he agreed “it was f—— tone-deaf of Hachette to want to publish Woody Allen’s book after publishing Ronan Farrow’s.”

On Friday, Hachette Book Group announced that they decided to drop the controversial director’s autobiography, Apropos of Nothing, just four days after announcing it had purchased the title.

“Hachette Book Group has decided that it will not publish Woody Allen’s memoir,” read a statement from the publisher obtained by PEOPLE.

“The decision to cancel Mr. Allen’s book was a difficult one. At HBG we take our relationships with authors very seriously and do not cancel books lightly. We have published and will continue to publish many challenging books. As publishers, we make sure every day in our work that different voices and conflicting points of views can be heard,” the statement continued.

“Also, as a company, we are committed to offering a stimulating, supportive and open work environment for all our staff. Over the past few days, HBG leadership had extensive conversations with our staff and others. After listening, we came to the conclusion that moving forward with publication would not be feasible for HBG.”

Allen, 84, has been accused of molesting daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child, and news of the book deal quickly sparked outrage, including among the Hachette staff.

On Thursday, several staff members at the publishing house’s New York City office held a walkout in protest of the memoir and in solidarity with Ronan and Dylan.

“We respect and understand the perspective of our employees who have decided to express their concern over the publication of this book,” Hachette said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We will engage our staff in a fuller discussion about this at the earliest opportunity.”

Both Dylan and Ronan have previously spoken out against the publication of Allen’s memoir, which was billed as a “comprehensive account” of his life and originally set to be released on April 7.

In his own statement, Ronan wrote that he “was disappointed to learn” about the news and claimed that Hachette “concealed the decision from me and its own employees while we were working on Catch and Kill — a book about how powerful men, including Woody Allen, avoid accountability for sexual abuse.”

Allen has long denied the allegations, which were first reported during his explosive 1992 split from his former girlfriend. The director was not charged, though a Connecticut prosecutor said there was probable cause for a criminal case.


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Oscar Nominee Max von Sydow, Star of The Exorcist and Game of Thrones, Dies at 90

Celebrated Swedish actor Max von Sydow, who memorably played a priest in the iconic horror film The Exorcist and received two Oscar nominations over the course of his illustrious career, has died. He was 90.

Von Sydow died at his home in Provence, France on Sunday. His wife Catherine von Sydow, a documentary filmmaker and producer, confirmed his death to French press on Monday.

“It’s with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max Von Sydow on March 8, 2020,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The couple married in 1997 after she worked as his assistant on some of his films. They share two sons, and Von Sydow shares two more sons with ex-wife, actress Christina Olin. He and Olin were married from 1951 to 1979

The actor collected two Oscar nominations throughout his long career. He earned his first in 1989 for Pelle the Conqueror in the Best Actor category. Over two decades later, Von Sydow was rewarded for his silent and memorable performance in 2011’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a heartbreaking drama about 9/11.

Von Sydow most recently starred as the Three-Eyed Raven in Game of Thrones, earning his second-ever Emmy nomination in 2016.

But the actor is best known for classics like The Exorcist, in which he played priest Father Merrin. He took on the role in the 1973, though he was only 43 and the part required him to look 80.

“Somebody gave me the [William Peter Blatty] book to read and said, ‘They want you to play a priest,’ ” he said in a 2013 interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I read the book and I thought, of course, it was for the young priest. So I said, ‘That’s a good part.’ And they said, ‘No, no no. They want you for the exorcist!’ I still don’t really know why.”

He went on to play a younger version of the priest four years later in Exorcist II: The Heretic.

Von Sydow is also famous for his long partnership with director Ingmar Bergman, a fellow countryman. The two collaborated on 11 films before Bergman died in 2007.

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The Real Story of Burden: How a KKK Member Changed His Life with Help from a Black Minister

Mike Burden and Reverend David Kennedy’s 24-year friendship had an unlikely beginning.

When they first met in Laurens S.C., Burden was grand dragon of the local KKK and Kennedy, an African-American pastor who grew up in segregated housing. At the time, Kennedy was trying to fight the existence of the small town’s Redneck Shop — a store, which was Burden’s idea, that sold racist memorabilia and hosted an unofficial KKK museum. 

“It’s disgusting,” Burden, 50, tells PEOPLE in the latest issue, about returning to the Echo theater, which housed the Redneck Shop and was open from 1996 to 2012. “I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into that building,” he admits. “Feels like a lifetime ago.”

The man responsible for helping change Burden’s life and hateful perspective is Rev. Kennedy who, along with members of his New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church, took Burden and his then-wife in when no one else would. Their story is the basis for the new movie Burden, starring Garrett Hedlund and Forest Whitaker, written and directed by Andrew Heckler.

“I had never had no one love me,” Burden says about why he decided to join the KKK. “That’s what I thought the Klan was for me. I thought it was my family.”

Eight years later, after meeting and falling in love with his first wife, Judy Harbeson, Burden started to question his involvement.

“That’s where I started to realize, ‘Hey, I’m not this guy. I don’t want to be this guy,’ ” he recalls.

The Klan retaliated against Burden for rebelling against them. Burden and Harbeson were locked out of the apartment they’d been renting from a Klan member and with nowhere to go, Burden, Harbeson and her two children, ended up at the Laurens police department begging for help.

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Incredibly, Kennedy offered to help them he says, because he saw a father and husband trying to protect his family vs. a KKK member.

“The turning point for me was he had the cour­age to ask me to help,” recalls Kennedy, 67. “I had to feel it, and I had to see it.”

“Jesus Christ did some very unpopular things,” adds the reverend. “When it’s time to help, you do what God wants you to do. I wouldn’t allow a tech­nical reason to take over when human lives are at stake.”

25 years later, Kennedy’s act of grace reverberates for both men, and the town.

“I want people to learn from my mistakes,” Burden says. “It’s the small people in this world who are going to make this change,” says Burden. “It’s not the politicians. It’s the reverend, the peo­ple who work.”

Kennedy and his church now have full ownership of the Echo Theater and hope to transform the building into a community and diversity center.

“It will be a place for every race, every religion,” Kennedy says.

For more information and to donate to the rehabilitation effort, The Echo Project, visit rehabhate.com.

Burden is now playing in theaters.

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Nicolas Cage Holds Hands with New Girlfriend in N.Y.C. After Visiting His Tomb Together

Nicolas Cage appears to be going strong with his new lady friend.

The actor was photographed with Riko Shibata at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on Monday, a week after the two visited his tomb in New Orleans.

Cage, 56, sported black leather pants, a white T-shirt, and a leopard-printed jacket as he held hands with Shibata, who wore black jeans, boots, a tan beanie and a black and white furry coat.

The pair also enjoyed dinner and a movie while in the city, visiting the legendary hangout spot, the Rainbow Room, before heading to The Marriott Marquis.

Their outings come a week after Cage and Shibata were first photographed together in New Orleans. The two visited the actor’s pyramid tomb in one of the city’s St. Louis 1, New Orleans’ oldest cemetery, before getting into a waiting car.

This is the actor’s first relationship since his public split from Erika Koike after a 4-day marriage in March 2019. He was granted a divorce two months later in May.

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The National Treasure actor bought his tomb back in 2010 for his own future burial.

The nine-foot-tall pyramid is inscribed with the Latin words “omnia ab uno”, which translates to “Everything From One.”

According to an article published by Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the tomb “puzzles everyone, even people who give tours of the grave.” Since its installation, the tomb has attracted the attention of tourists as well — some of whom have even left their mark on the structure with red lipstick kisses.

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FromĀ 30 RockĀ to Parks and Rec: Every TV Show and Film You Should Watch on Leap Day

Leap Day 2020 is upon us, and sure, you don’t get the day off for the occasion — in fact, you’ll have to go to work for an extra day this year — but there’s still something novel about saying that it’s February 29th!

And because there really is a TV special or movie for everything, here are the four episodes (and one iconic movie starring Amy Adams) that you should be watching in honor of the honorary 366th day of the year. These pop culture gems are proof that every holiday deserves a weird tradition, a mascot and a theme song.

30 Rock, “Leap Day,” Season 6, Episode 9

Put on your yellow and blue and get ready for Leap Day William to appear! Legend has it that Leap Day William “emerges every four years to trade children’s tears for candy.” As if the antics of Tina Fey and Co. aren’t enough, James Marsden is also in the episode.

Parks and Recreation, “Sweet Sixteen,” Season 4, Episode 16

Justice for Leap Year babies! In order to prove that she isn’t dropping the ball by running for City Council and working for the Parks Department, Leslie (Amy Poehler) attempts to throw a Leap Year birthday party for Jerry (Jim O’Heir) that doesn’t go quite as planned.

The Middle, “Leap Year,” Season 3, Episode 18

Sue (played by Eden Sher) is a Leap Day baby, so she assumes that she’ll be getting a surprise party since it only comes around even four years. Her parents assure her that she won’t be getting a party. In fact, they forget to celebrate all together. Thanks to some quick thinking, the family surprises her in the middle of the night and she is elated.

Modern Family, “Leap Day,” Season 3, Episode 17

Another episode of television that sympathizes with leaplings! In this episode of Modern Family, Cam (played by Eric Stonestreet) is turning 40, but because he is a leapling, he’s really only turning 10. Let the party planning and hijinks begin!

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Leap Year 

What better way to celebrate Leap Day than by watching Amy Adams decide that she should force her boyfriend into becoming her fiancé? In the romantic comedy, Adams goes to Dublin for Leap Day to pop the question because of a real-life Irish tradition that says a man proposed to on Feb. 29 must say yes. The film came out in 2010 which was, funnily enough, not a Leap Year. The more you know!

The Pirates of Penzance  

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as a Leap Day carol, and it comes in the form of the song “Paradox” from Pirates of Penzance. In the movie musical, the lead, Frederic, attempts to leave his pirate life behind, having promised to be a pirate until he hit 21 years old. Turns out that he can’t leave because he’s born on Leap Day, meaning he’s really only 5 years old.

Happy Leap Day!

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