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Jennifer Garner covers People's 2019 Beautiful issue

Jennifer Garner appears on the cover of People magazine's 2019 Beautiful issue.

The 47-year-old actress shared the news on Tuesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show ahead of the issue's debut.

"Oh, there it is!" Garner said as host Ellen DeGeneres presented her with a copy. "Ahhh, it's so embarrassing!"

"That's the first time I've seen it. I can't look at it," she added before joking, "People is now a magazine for AARP."

Garner told DeGeneres she had "never been more nervous" to appear on her show.

"I guess I just thought you guys would boo," the star said. "Like, you guys are expecting Kaia Gerber, and it's me. And I feel like bolting. I feel like I should go, you know what I mean? 'Cause it's so ridiculous."

"Ahh, it's so silly," she added. "But it's nice. Thank you."

Garner discussed motherhood and her future in acting in the issue, which debuted Tuesday evening. The actress is parent to 13-year-old daughter Violet, 10-year-old daughter Seraphina and 7-year-old son Samuel with ex-husband Ben Affleck.

"I'm starting to get to the point where I realize this job is not going to be forever," she said. "Not in the all-encompassing every meal, every moment, every day way that I have loved in the last thirteen years. It's going to shift. But there's beauty in how it works in episodes."

Garner said she feels like "the best possible version of herself" after a glam photo shoot, but told the magazine her kids prefer her simpler, everyday look.

"They'll look at me and say, 'Can you wash your face? Can you put your hair in a ponytail and put your glasses and sweats on?'" she shared. "And I see the compliment in that. They just want me to look like Mom."

Garner is known for the ABC series Alias and the HBO comedy Camping. She has appeared in the films 13 Going on 30, Dallas Buyers Club, Love, Simon and Peppermint.

'Cobra Kai' star Ralph Macchio: 'I said 'yes' at the right time'

New GadgetsRalph Macchio says countless people over the past 35 years pitched him ways to revive The Karate Kid, but it wasn't until recently that a team of super-fan writer-producers presented him with a clear vision of how to move the franchise forward.

The result is the critically acclaimed YouTube Premium dramedy Cobra Kai, which kicks off its second season Wednesday.

The 10-episode, half-hour show features Macchio and William Zabka reprising their roles of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the 1984 movie.

Instead of competing high-school karate students, the characters, now in their 50s, are rival martial arts senseis to diverse groups of teens.

Echoing the movie, the show sees one man teaching the importance of balance and the other imparting the message of "no mercy."

"I said 'yes' at the right time," Macchio told UPI during a roundtable interview at New York Comic Con, adding that Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg "know how to write for this generation and, yet, they have this nostalgic embrace."

Macchio likes how Cobra Kai focuses on the development and relationships of the characters rather than on the over-the-top plot that likely would be contrived if he made another Karate Kid movie.

"It gets into the gray areas of these characters and the moral ambiguity between LaRusso and Lawrence and our teen characters that I think will work for the long haul," said the 57-year-old New York native.

LaRusso's wise and kind sensei Mr. Miyagi (played by Pat Morita) appeared via flashback in Season 1 of the show, and the finale saw LaRusso visiting his late teacher's house, where he trained as a boy.

Miyagi will remain an inspiring presence in the next chapter, with LaRusso training a new generation of students at Miyagi's home.

The property also is where Miyagi kept a fleet of classic cars, including the yellow 1947 Ford convertible Macchio drove in the movie.

"It's those little magical moments and lessons that still keep the ball up in the air," Macchio said.

LaRusso was Miyagi's only student in the film, but the show will see LaRusso trying to teach Miyagi's techniques to a a squad of kids, including his own daughter and Lawrence's son.

"It will be a struggle," Macchio said, sounding excited about the challenges this poses. "Just because you've been taught something doesn't necessarily mean you can teach it and doesn't necessarily mean you can teach it to all different personalities."

Season 1 of Cobra Kai opened with former high school outcast LaRusso as the wealthy owner of a car emporium and married father of two kids.

Lawrence -- a one-time "big man on campus" -- is divorced, estranged from his son and working odd jobs to pay the bills.

LaRusso and Lawrence are reacquainted after LaRusso's daughter and her friends crash into Lawrence's car and the wrecked vehicle is towed to LaRusso's garage.

Irked by LaRusso's success and arrogance, Lawrence tries to recapture his glory days by resurrecting his old Cobra Kai dojo, where he teaches bullied kids to defend themselves.

Seeing the impact Lawrence's ruthless techniques have on his daughter's friends prompts LaRusso to start practicing karate again, as well.

Where LaRusso is now in the show isn't where Macchio thought he would be.

"I probably would have put more kid gloves on it and not taken some of the risks that these writers have created," he said, adding that he negotiated with the writers to make LaRusso more like the likable guy he was in the movie.

Martin Kove, who played Lawrence's sensei and father figure Kreese in The Karate Kid, joined the cast for Season 2 of Cobra Kai after a Season 1 cameo. Also guest starring in Season 1 was LaRusso's Karate Kid mom Lucille, played by Rande Heller.

Other actors from the original film and its sequels -- Macchio and Morita starred in two -- could also make surprise appearances in the future.

"We're talking about all of that stuff," Macchio said. "What the guys did such a great job with is they pushed the envelope, but they didn't just stunt cast."

Macchio and the writers are exploring where they might go in Seasons 3 and 4, if given the chance.

"You don't want to just front-load everything," he said, noting no one wants the show to fizzle out. "We keep it moving."

Macchio is a former Dancing with the Stars contender whose film credits include The Outsiders and My Cousin Vinny.

Cobra Kai Season 2 starts Wednesday on YouTube Premium.

LOOSE LIPS:

"I think it is awesome to be able to see and show that these people and heroes that people love and look up to are normal people. We go through everyday struggles like normal people do."
--Michael Phelps, on the positive public impact of being candid about his anxiety and depression, to PEOPLE

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Which Oscar winner is in talks to join Guillermo del Toro's 'Nightmare Alley'?

'Gemini Man': Will Smith battles a clone of himself in new trailer

'Gemini Man': Will Smith battles a clone of himself in new trailerWill Smith plays elite assassin Henry Brogan, who must contend with a younger clone of himself, in the new trailer for Gemini Man.

The clip, released on Tuesday, starts with the younger clone questioning why he has been unable to take down his target, who seems to know every move he is about to make.

Both Henry Brogans then come into contact with each other during a heated standoff.

"Twenty-five years ago they made you from me," the older Brogan says to his clone. "They chose me because there's never been anybody like me. We have to end this right now."

Gemini Man, from director Ang Lee and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is set to arrive in theaters on Oct. 11. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong also star.

Smith on Tuesday won the Webby award for Events & Live Streams for his YouTube original titled The Jump. The Webby Awards honors the best of the internet through categories that span websites, videos, advertising, apps, mobile, social, podcasts and video games.

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Which Oscar winner is in talks to join Guillermo del Toro's 'Nightmare Alley'?

Leonardo DiCaprio is being eyed to star in director Guillermo del Toro's next film, a remake of Nightmare Alley.

Nightmare Alley, released in 1947, was an adaptation of the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name. The film starred Tyrone Power and Joan Blondel and followed a con man who hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is able to turn the tables on him.

Del Toro's version will more closely follow the novel. The filmmaker is co-writing the script with Kim Morgan. He is producing along with financing the project with J. Miles Dale and TSG Entertainment.

Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide distribution rights. Production is set to begin this fall.

DiCaprio was last seen in 2015's The Revenant and is making his big screen comeback in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which is set to arrive in theaters on July 26.

Nightmare Alley is Del Toro's next film following the release of 2017's The Shape of Water which won four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.