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Ryan Reynolds keeps getting mistaken for Ben Affleck at a pizza place, Disney drops new 'Death on the Nile' trailer after Armie Hammer allegations, and more

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Ryan Reynolds keeps getting mistaken for Ben Affleck at a pizza place

Any way you slice it, Ryan Reynolds is not Ben Affleck — but one New York pizza place hasn't gotten the memo. Reynolds revealed on the Dear Hank and John podcast there's a pizza place he goes to frequently in the East Village, and for years, they've been under the incorrect impression that he's Ben Affleck. "I've never corrected them," Reynolds said. "I feel it would not go over well if I revealed [it]." In fact, the staff at the pizza place will even ask "how J.Lo is," to which Reynolds says he'll respond, "Great, good." The actor reflected that he should probably "be more chipper" for the sake of Affleck's reputation. To be fair, though, if Reynolds doesn't have a Dunkin' Donuts coffee in hand when he visits, that should be a dead giveaway. 

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Disney drops new 'Death on the Nile' trailer — featuring Armie Hammer

Disney has another Ansel Elgort in West Side Story situation on their hands with Death on the Nile. The studio on Tuesday dropped the new trailer for the Murder on the Orient Express follow-up that was repeatedly delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The movie has been postponed so long, in fact, that star Armie Hammer faced abuse and rape allegations since it was filmed, which is probably why he isn't prominently featured in the new footage. (In one shot, Gal Gadot is fully blocking his head.) According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio considered reshooting the movie with a different actor or digitally replacing him when the allegations were revealed. But this reportedly "wasn't feasible," so Hammer remains in the film. Well, at least the rest of the cast consists of controversy-free actors like ... Letitia Wright.

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'Sex and the City' cast support Chris Noth's accusers as he gets fired from 'The Equalizer'

And just like that, Chris Noth was fired from CBS' The Equalizer, and his co-stars are speaking out to support his accusers. Sex and the City stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis have released a joint statement expressing support for the women who accused Noth of sexual assault. "We are deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth," the three stars said. "We support the women who have come forward and shared their painful experiences. We know it must be a very difficult thing to do, and we commend them for it." Three women have come forward to accuse the Mr. Big actor of assault. Peloton already pulled an ad starring Noth, who has denied the allegations, calling them "categorically false."

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Britney Spears' lawyer slams father's request for her to pay legal fees

The Britney Spears conservatorship saga isn't quite over yet. After a judge finally ended Spears' conservatorship, her father, Jamie Spears, has filed court documents asking for her to keep paying his legal fees. But Britney's lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, didn't hold back in a statement slamming Jamie for the "shameful" request. "Mr. Spears reaped many millions of dollars from Britney as a conservator, while paying his lawyers millions more, all from Britney's work and hard-earned money," Rosengart said. "Under the circumstances, his petition is not only legally meritless, it is an abomination." Rosengart added, "This is not what a father who loves his daughter does." The back-and-forth comes after The New York Times reported Jamie Spears collected "an estimated $6 million over the course of the conservatorship." 

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Jonathan Groff thought he peed himself filming 'The Matrix Resurrections'

Whoa. Jonathan Groff in an Entertainment Weekly discussion revealed that while filming a key scene in The Matrix Resurrections, he thought he peed himself. Groff plays Agent Smith in the film, and one scene sees him scream the iconic line, "Mr. Anderson!" as sprinklers go off in an office building. "It was such an out of body experience, and when it was over ... I was like, 'I think I wet my pants,'" Groff said "I think I peed myself." The Frozen star also recalled thinking "one of the shells from the gun had come down my shirt," but he couldn't find it. Co-star Carrie-Anne Moss suggested that sometimes, when shooting a gun in a scene, your "body doesn't know it's not real," but, she assured him, "you didn't pee your pants." Either way, that's a poster quote if we've ever heard one: "The Matrix Resurrections: I think I peed myself!" 

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