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Emily Blunt ‘ghosted’ Dwayne Johnson over Jungle Cruise movie appeal

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Emily Blunt accidentally “ghosted” Dwayne Johnson when he tried to charm her into signing on for new Disney adventure movie Jungle Cruise with a heartfelt video plea.

Emily Blunt accidentally “ghosted” Dwayne Johnson when he tried to charm her into signing on for new Disney adventure movie Jungle Cruise with a heartfelt video plea.

The wrestler-turned-Hollywood action man was determined to land Blunt as his co-star in the project, which is based on the Disney theme park ride of the same name, but producers’ initial efforts failed to sway the Brit.

“I had always admired her as an actor, but also when I would watch her on talk shows, she had this personality that was effervescent, that was cool and very, very charming,” Johnson said in a chat with The Hollywood Reporter.

Blunt had planned to take a career break after filming Mary Poppins Returns and horror movie A Quiet Place back-to-back in 2017, so she refused to even read the script, and stood firm in her decision even after receiving a personal letter from Sean Bailey, the chief of Disney’s live-action studio.

Johnson refused to give up hope and when director Jaume Collet-Serra was preparing to fly to New York to personally hand a copy of the script to Blunt, he decided to lend his help to the cause by recording a personal plea on camera.

“I must have shot it about five or six times because I had not communicated with Emily (personally) yet,” Johnson recalled. “I had not even met her. And I wanted to let her know via this video just how important she was to this movie and how I only wanted her in this movie. And it was great.”

However, he soon feared all was lost: “I actually never heard again from Emily. Didn’t respond at all. Just ghosted (disappeared on) me,” he continued.

In reality, Blunt’s silence was down to a misunderstanding.

“I thought the video was sweet. Didn’t know you were going to be so sensitive!” she quipped.

Blunt was eventually persuaded to read the screenplay and did finally join the blockbuster, enabling Disney bosses to finally move forward with the project, which had been in development since at least 2004.

Jungle Cruise is set to hit U.S. theatres on 30 July after it was previously delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic

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Irina Shayk dodges question about Kanye West dating rumours

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Irina Shayk has dodged questioning over her rumoured relationship with Kanye West.

The Russian supermodel and Stronger rapper, who split from wife Kim Kardashian earlier this year, were first seen together at his birthday party held in Provence, France back in June, but by August, the pair was reported to have parted ways after several months of dating.

Irina was asked if she was in a relationship with Kanye in a new interview with High Snobiety, and while she didn’t flat out deny the speculation, she remained tight-lipped on the topic.

“Tomorrow there is going to be a rumour that I’m dating my doorman, O.K? Then after tomorrow, it’s going to be someone else,” the 35-year-old commented. “Look, there’s always something there, and I’m just keeping it to myself.”

Irina was previously in a relationship with Bradley Cooper from 2015 until 2019, with the former couple co-parenting a four-year-old daughter named Lea.

And in the chat, the fashion star revealed that Bradley is a very hands-on father.

“He’s a full-on, hands-on dad – no nanny,” she stated. “Lea went on holiday with him for almost two weeks – I didn’t call them once.”

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Jennifer Garner ‘nervous’ to have her kids back at school

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Jennifer Garner is “nervous” that her kids have gone back to school, but she is excited that one of them is now a high school student.

The 49-year-old actress is experiencing a range of emotions now that her brood – daughters Violet, 15, and Seraphina, 12, and son Sam, nine, whom she has with her ex-husband Ben Affleck, 49, who is now dating Jennifer Lopez, 52 – have gone back to school following the summer and the COVID-19 lockdown, but she’s looking forward to getting involved in Violet’s high school experience.

Speaking to the new issue of PEOPLE magazine, she said: “”I’m just so happy for them. And I’m nervous and hopeful and grateful. All the things. I feel all of it.

“I love back to school. I’m ready for it. I love high school football games. I loved any high school game. I’m so excited to have a high schooler and to get to go.”

The ‘Yes Day’ star also reveled she is quite the militant mother when it comes to getting her brood prepared for the day at school.

She said: “We’re big on having everything packed the night before.

“Clothes are laid out. The backpacks [are] by the door. Backpacks with computers, there’s a charging station by the door. Backpacks, computers, everything’s already in there and charged for the bigger kids.”

A discordant array of alarms go off in the morning which ensures that the well-prepped set of kids can get to school on time.

Jennifer added: “Phones are already in their charger so that I know they aren’t going to their rooms at night.

“And yeah, just tons of alarms go off just in time to think about going to the bus.”

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Iggy Azalea discusses ‘ugly’ Met Gala outfits

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Iggy Azalea thinks some celebrities were on-theme but still wore “ugly a***” outfits at the Met Gala.

The 31-year-old rap star has revealed via Twitter that her timeline is overflowing with people debating the outfits on show at the fundraiser in New York, and she’s observed that being on-theme and also being well-dressed aren’t mutually exclusive.

Iggy wrote on Twitter: “My timeline basically consists of people trashing celebs met looks and other people thinking they’re highbrow as f*** saying

“You guys don’t know the THEME!”

[laughing emojis]

“It’s possible to be on theme AND still have an ugly a** outfit.

“Both things can be true.

“Everybody wins! (sic)”

Iggy jokingly added that she’ll use the “on-theme” argument to excuse any of her future fashion mishaps.

Speaking about the event’s American Independence theme, Iggy added: “Anyway all I know is moving forward anytime someone thinks I’m ugly or wrong I’m screaming “YOU DONT KNOW THE THEME!” right in their face. (sic)”

Meanwhile, Iggy recently revealed that her latest album, ‘End of an Era’, would be her last for a while, and that, for the time being, she intends to turn her attention towards other ambitions.

The rap star – who recently launched her own make-up brand – tweeted: ““End of an Era” is so special to me because after I drop my album next month iam going to take a few years to focus on other creative projects and things I’m feeling passionate and inspired by, beyond music.

“I’m excited for you guys to see different sides to me in the future.

“Shifting my energy and focus to what I’m most excited about is what is right for me and I hope you’ll continue to support whatever creative projects I’m out here doing! (sic)”

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