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Report: 'SNL' star Pete Davidson dating 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' actress Margaret Qualley

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NBC/Will Heath, ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — There’s a new lady in Pete Davidson’s life.

A source tells Us Weekly the Saturday Night Live star has reportedly taken up with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actress Margaret Qualley.

“They’ve been seeing each other for a couple of months and Margaret is really excited about him,” says the source, adding that the pair are planning to make their red carpet debut at the Venice Film Festival, where Qualley’s latest film, Seberg, will have its premiere on Friday.

Davidson, 25, was recently linked to 46-year-old actress Kate Beckinsale. The two were spotted at “various Golden Globes after-parties,” back in January, according to the entertainment magazine.  That followed Davidson’s brief, much publicized engagement to Ariana Grande a few months earlier.

Qualley, 24, the daughter of actress Andie McDowell, previously dated actor Nat Wolff, who starred in the Nickelodeon series The Naked Brothers Band. She’s also been linked to director Cary Fukunaga, who’s 18 years her senior.

Davidson is expected to return for SNL‘s 45th season, which kicks off September 28 with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish.

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That's "Professor" McConaughey to you

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ABC/Nicole Wilder(AUSTIN, Texas) — Matthew McConaughey can certainly teach aspiring actors a thing or two about the business, and that’s exactly what he’s decided to do.

The University of Texas at Austin announced on Wednesday that it has appointed McConaughey “professor of practice” at the Moody College of Communications, according to the university.

The 49-year-old actor, whose long list of films include Magic Mike, Dazed and Confused, The Wolf of Wall Street and an Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club, has served as a visiting instructor at the university since 2015 when he began co-teaching the Script to Screen film production class. He also developed the course’s curriculum, which UT says, “provides a unique, behind-the-scenes view of each stage of a film’s production.”

“It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school. Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them,” says McConaughey in the official announcement. “Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both a science and art — no matter the time or generation. The elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless. That will always be our classroom focus.”

McConaughey, a Texas native, received a film degree from UT Austin in 1993.  He’ll next be seen starring in the Guy Ritchie crime thriller The Gentlemen, opening nationwide January 24.

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Taylor Swift thought it was "hilarious" that John Travolta mistook her for drag queen lookalike

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — In a moment that’s now gone viral, John Travolta almost presented the MTV VMA for Video of the Year to a Taylor Swift drag queen, instead of the real Taylor — but she didn’t mind.

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Jade Jolie, who appeared in the “You Need to Calm Down” video, posted about the moment on Instagram, joking, “Almost got my first award tonight thanks to @johntravolta.”

But what did the real Taylor think of the blunder?

Taylor’s pal and video co-producer Todrick Hall says she “thought it was hilarious.”

“[Travolta] was so confident that it was her,” Todrick said during an appearance on The Jerry O’ Show Wednesday, according to E! News. “I loved it, I saw it and we talked about it backstage, Taylor thought it was hilarious.”

Travolta can’t catch a break when it comes to awards show gaffes — he purposely refused to read the winner’s name at the VMAs because he knew he might mess it up. At the 2014 Oscars, he mistakenly introduced Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem.”

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"Can you introduce me as 'Joker'?" See Joaquin Phoenix transform into the Clown Prince of Crime

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Niko Tavernise/© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — An earlier teaser already hinted that director Todd Phillips was taking his Joker standalone movie seriously — and now a brand new trailer for the film shows it might do for comic book villains what the Oscar-nominated Logan did for heroes.

In an origin story that deviates from the Batman comics, Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a part-time street performer and wannabe stand-up comic. It’s clear that Arthur tries to use humor to cover his pain, but it’s a mask that’s poorly worn.

“You always ask the same questions,” he tells the therapist who’s about to ditch him as a client. “‘Are you having any negative thoughts?’ All I have are negative thoughts.”

The new teaser also shows us Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin, a late night talk show host seemingly modeled after Johnny Carson. 

After Fleck bombs on Franklin’s show, he leans into his madness and takes other with him. We see apparent followers, wearing clown masks and causing mayhem on a subway station; one person is shown holding a hand-drawn sign reading “WE ARE ALL CLOWNS.”

“In my whole life, I didn’t know I even existed,” Phoenix’s character tells an apparent love interest played by Zazie Beets. “But I do. And people are starting to notice.”

The footage ends with Fleck in a second performance on Murray’s show, but this time, he’s different: He’s preening and confident, wearing a garish purple suit and full clown makeup.

“One more thing,” he requests of Murray. “When you bring me out, can you introduce me as Joker?”

The trailer ends with the curtain about to part, and Frank Sinatra singing, “Send in the clowns.”

The movie opens October 4.

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Former 'Mythbusters' star and racer Jessi Combs killed in jet car crash

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Velocity(OREGON) — Jessi Combs, a racer, car builder, and former part-time on-camera member of the Mythbusters team, has died in an attempt to break her own land speed record in a jet car.

According to the popular car enthusiast website Jalopnik, the fatal accident took place Tuesday, on the Alvord Desert in Oregon. The 39-year-old, once dubbed “the fastest woman on four wheels,” set the previous record in a jet-assisted car in 2013, clocking 398 miles per hour at that same location.

She reportedly reached speeds of 483 mph there in 2018, but that accomplishment wasn’t made official. 

In a memorial Instagram slideshow of the groundbreaking racer in happier times, Terry L. Madden, a member of Combs’ team, confirmed the news of the “horrific accident.”

He explained, “I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!”

Madden went on to call Combs his “unicorn,” adding, “I have never loved or been loved by anyone as much as this amazing woman.”
Combs’ former Mythbusters co-stars memorialized her on social media, with Adam Savage calling Jessi a, “…brilliant & [top]-notch builder, engineer, driver, fabricator, and science communicator,” and adding, “We are lesser for her absence.”

He added, “My heart goes out to her family.”

Kari Byron, for whom Combs occasionally subbed on the hit Discovery show, added, “She was a bada**. Always pushing limits. Sending smiles into the universe for her.”

In addition to Mythbusters, Combs also co-hosted the Spike TV series Xtreme 4X4, and appeared on Overhaulin’, All Girls Garage and The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die.

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