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November 22, 2020

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People magazine has declared Michael B. Jordan the Sexiest Man Alive for 2020.

"It's a cool feeling," the actor told the magazine about the honor.

"You know, everybody always made that joke, like, 'Mike, this is the one thing you're probably not going to get.' But it's a good club to be a part of."

Jordan's award was announced on Tuesday's edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The 33-year-old actor is known for his roles in The Wire, Friday Night Lights, Fruitvale Station, Creed, Black Panther and Just Mercy. He will soon be seen in the film, Tom Clancy's Without Remorse.

Last year's Sexiest Man Alive was singer John Legend. Luther star Idris Elba held the title in 2018 and country music artist Blake Shelton had the distinction in 2017.

I believe I was 86,897,248 place. Oh, I was so close!

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'Wonder Woman 1984' to open in theaters, stream on HBO Max Dec. 25

Warner Bros. Pictures announced Wednesday that it will release its repeatedly delayed comic-book adaptation, Wonder Woman 1984, in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max on Dec. 25.

The movie will open in international theaters on Dec. 16.

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with film schedules this past year, with many movies bumped to 2021 or even 2022 as theaters around the world remain closed.

Wonder Woman 1984 was slated to debut in June, but was pushed back several times.

"As we navigate these unprecedented times, we've had to be innovative in keeping our businesses moving forward while continuing to super-serve our fans," Ann Sarnoff, chair and chief executive officer of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, said in a statement.

"This is an amazing film that really comes to life on the big screen and, working with our partners in the exhibition community, we will provide that option to consumers in the U.S. where theaters are open. We realize that a lot of consumers can't go back to the movies due to the pandemic, so we also want to give them the option to see Wonder Woman 1984 via our HBO Max platform."

The film was directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot as the titular superheroine.

"It's time," Gadot tweeted Wednesday, confirming the new release strategy. "We've put our hearts and souls into it."

The ensemble also includes Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as Max Lord, Robin Wright as Antiope, and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta.

Carrie Underwood holiday special to stream on HBO Max

HugeSaleHBO Max has announced plans to start streaming My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood on Dec. 3.

The country music star is expected to sing holiday classics and original material from her first Christmas album, My Gift, which was released this fall.

She will be accompanied by her band, a live orchestra and choir, HBO said.

"Just like the album, I hope this special will help bring some much-needed joy and become part of the soundtrack to people's holiday festivities this year as it streams throughout the season and beyond," Underwood said in a statement.

The project is being executive produced by Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks for Playtone.

Underwood last month earned the top honors of Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for "Drinking Alone" at the CMT Awards.

Quentin Tarantino penning 'Once Upon a Time' novel

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is writing a novel based on his Best Picture Oscar contender, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Set for release next summer, the book is part of a deal Tarantino made with Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

"In the 1970s, movie novelizations were the first adult books I grew up reading," Tarantino said in a statement Tuesday.

"And, to this day, I have a tremendous amount of affection for the genre. So as a movie-novelization aficionado, I'm proud to announce Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as my contribution to this often marginalized, yet beloved sub-genre in literature. I'm also thrilled to further explore my characters and their world in a literary endeavor that can (hopefully) sit alongside its cinematic counterpart."

The story takes place in the 1960s and follows a popular television cowboy and his stunt double as they fight to remain relevant in an industry where tastes and opportunities are changing.

The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance.

"Quentin Tarantino's literary talents have been in plain sight since his first scripts, but to see how skillfully he endows his characters with life on the page and how he constantly takes a reader by surprise, even one who knows the movie by heart, is to see a master storyteller trying on a new form and making it his own," added Noah Eaker, the company's vice president and executive editor, who acquired North American rights from the William Morris Endeavor Agency.

Tarantino is also working on a non-fiction book for Harper called Cinema Speculation, which focuses on the movies of the 1970s.

The two-time Oscar-winner is known for writing and directing Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.

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Jason Momoa recalls being 'terrified' on 'Dune' set

Jason Momoa says he was nervous and intimidated on the set of Dune.

The 41-year-old actor recalled in the December issue of Men's Health how he was "terrified" when he first started filming the Denis Villeneuve movie.

Dune is based on the Frank Herbert sci-fi novel, which was previously adapted as a 1984 film directed by David Lynch. Villeneuve's version co-stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya and Javier Bardem.

In Villeneuve's Dune, Momoa plays Duncan Idaho, the swordmaster of House Atreides and a mentor to Paul Atreides (Chalamet).

"Knowing Denis picked me to play this role, I've never been this nervous," Momoa told Men's Health.

One of Momoa's first scenes required him to film with Bardem, whom Momoa referred to as the "god." In the scene, Momoa and other actors are sitting at a table when Bardem makes an entrance.

"I've never seen someone strut into a room like such a boss. He just comes right up to this table and stares everybody down," Momoa said of Bardem. "He's glaring at everyone else but giving me a little bit of a twinkle, and I'm just giggling inside because I can't believe I'm at this table right now."

"So then he delivers his lines and just kills it. And right after that, Denis goes up to him and starts giving him notes. I'm shocked, like, What the hell could you possibly be giving him notes on?" he recalled.

Momoa said the experience left him "terrified" to deliver his own lines.

"So I'm standing there absolutely terrified because I had to deliver all this sci-fi exposition, which is not my bag at all. And then I did it and I did not get any notes at all. I was so unbelievably happy I could have cried," he said.

Dune follows the Atreides, a noble family tasked with protecting the dangerous but valuable planet Arrakis. In the December issue of InStyle, Momoa said Dune's story proves particularly relevant in today's world.

"It's not about alien versus alien -- it's about conflicts between human tribes," he said. "And greed. It really hits home right now."

Dune was to open in theaters in December but was delayed to October 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Momoa will also star in Aquaman 2, slated for release in 2022.