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March 4, 2021

Who's been trolling Marvel fans? It's been Paul Bettany all along.

The WandaVision star on Thursday admitted he was joking when he repeatedly hyped up a major cameo in the hit Disney+ show, as he was apparently just talking about himself.

During numerous interviews promoting the series, the Vision actor teased that he got to work with "an actor that I really admire and that I've always wanted to work with," adding that "we have these explosive scenes" together. Fans spent weeks trying to figure out who he meant and getting excited for a massive surprise cameo, with one popular guess being X-Men star Patrick Stewart.

But then the penultimate WandaVision episode last week revealed another Vision also played by Bettany, leading fans to ask if they just got pranked because the actor he was talking about was actually, well, Paul Bettany. While appearing on Good Morning America on Thursday, Bettany said that's, indeed, what happened.

"You know when you think something's gonna be funny, and you say it, and then you absolutely panic about it?" Bettany said. "Which is what I did, because fans started guessing who it might be, and they were guessing people like Benedict Cumberbatch or Patrick Stewart, and I was thinking, 'God, that's a good idea!' And they're gonna be so disappointed when they find out it's me."

Then again, could it be that it's actually this interview that's a fake-out? Michael Strahan wondered whether "you could be trolling us right now" with the admission, and when he asked Bettany if the finale truly does have a surprise cameo, he wouldn't say. But fans perhaps shouldn't get their hopes up, and when asked recently whether Bettany was joking, WandaVision director Matt Shakman told HuffPost, "I'm gonna let Paul Bettany answer that question. He dug himself this hole. He can get out of it." Brendan Morrow

April 22, 2019

It's not a good day to be one of President Trump's picks for the Federal Reserve Board.

Not only did Herman Cain on Monday withdraw from consideration after facing Republican opposition in the Senate, but CNN is also now reporting on numerous old articles written by Trump's other Fed pick, Stephen Moore, in which he complains about "the feminization of basketball."

Moore wrote that at men's college basketball games, there should be "no more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything," unless the women "look like Bonnie Bernstein." He also said that female tennis players want "equal pay for inferior work," complained about the fact that women "now feel free to play with the men," and wrote, "Women are sooo malleable! No wonder there's a gender gap."

"This was a spoof," Moore told CNN in defense of his past writing. "I have a sense of humor."

Trump has not yet formally nominated Moore to the Federal Reserve Board, although he has announced his intention to do so. Moore's nomination previously faced some setbacks especially in light of a report that he owes the IRS $75,000. As the White House interviews other potential candidates, Politico reported on April 16 that Moore's nomination may not ever end up reaching Capitol Hill. Brendan Morrow

December 27, 2018

Remember when Tesla CEO Elon Musk repeatedly accused a diver of being a pedophile with absolutely no evidence? He's now looking to dismiss a defamation lawsuit, arguing he was only joking.

Musk is being sued by Vern Unsworth, one of the divers who helped rescue the Thai soccer players who were trapped in a cave over the summer. Musk on Twitter had baselessly attacked Unsworth as being a pedophile, referring to him as a "pedo guy." He did so after Unsworth called Musk's talk of rescuing the boys using a submarine a "PR stunt."

In new court filings, Musk's lawyers argue that no "reasonable reader" would take Musk's "over-the-top insults" as fact or evidence that he had "private knowledge" about Unsworth, especially because the two were in the middle of a "schoolyard spat" on a "social networking website infamous for invective and hyperbole," BuzzFeed's Ryan Mac reports. The lawyers conclude Musk's "imaginative attacks" reflect his personal opinion and are thus subject to First Amendment protections.

Musk had also made his accusations against Unsworth outside of Twitter, claiming in an interview with BuzzFeed that he is a "child rapist." He added, "I f---ing hope he sues me." Brendan Morrow

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