Hugh Jackman details 8,000 calorie per day 'bulking' meal plan as he preps for his return as Wolverine, plus more news

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With his latest Broadway run behind him, Hugh Jackman is bulking up (the old-fashioned way) to reprise his role as Wolverine in “Deadpool 3″ — to the tune of more than 8,000 calories a day. This week, the actor, 54, shared a glimpse of what that means for his meal plan on Instagram and it is something to behold. “Bulking. A day in the life. Thank you, Chef Mario, for helping me stay healthy and properly fed whilst… Becoming. Wolverine. Again,” Hugh wrote on Instagram alongside pics of his calorie-labeled, ready-to-eat meals. The boxes in the snaps included: black bass (2,000 calories), Patagonia salmon (2,100 calories), two chicken burgers (1,000 calories each) and two grass-fed sirloins (1,100 calories each). To some fans’ apparent dismay, Hugh only shared pics of the food, not the results in his post. “You should post a shirtless picture everyday so we can see the process,” suggested one helpful Insta user. “Deadpool 3,” starring Hugh’s on and offscreen frenemy Ryan Reynolds in the title role, starts filming in May, according to Variety.

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Kerry Washington and Gwyneth Paltrow team up for a mini high school reunion

Just like the old days! Kerry Washington shared a pair of cute selfies with her former schoolmate, Gwyneth Paltrow, while promoting her new Hulu show on Gwyneth’s Goop podcast. ” When UnPrisoned press turns into a High School reunion (swipe!),” Kerry captioned the pics on Instagram. “Thank you @gwynethpaltrow for having me at @Goop. Spence girls forever! ❤️😍.” Though they were a few years apart, Kerry, 46, and Gwyneth, 50, attended New York City’s prestigious, all-girls Spence School at the same time. “She was a senior when I was in junior high school. Even back then, she was Gwyneth Paltrow,” Kerry told Ellen DeGeneres on “Ellen” in 2019 (via People). “We actually did one play together — because she was the queen, of course, in ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’and I was one of the fairies.” Kerry apparently made an impression on Gwyneth, too. During a chat with the actress on a 2019 edition of her Goop podcast, Gwyneth said she met Kerry at Spence when her acapella group was holding auditions. “… In walks Kerry Washington,” Gwyneth recalled. “This beautiful eighth-grader comes in so confident, in front of all these seniors. She opened her mouth and the most exquisite voice came out of this eighth-grader.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger issues warning about antisemitism, other ‘loser’ ideologies

Arnold Schwarzenegger is condemning antisemitism and other hate-fueled ideologies as the go-to beliefs of “losers,” and warning fans against following a path of hate. “Nazis? Losers. The Confederacy? Losers. The apartheid movement? Losers. I don’t want you to be a loser. I don’t want you to be weak …,” the “Terminator” star said in a 12-plus minute video on YouTube on Monday (March 6). He then reflected on a recent tour of Auschwitz, where he said he felt the “tremendous weight” of Nazi Germany’s mass murder of more than 1 million Jewish people at the Holocaust-era camp. “Throughout history, hate has always been the easy path, the path of least resistance,” said Arnold, 75. “Let me be clear, you will not find success at the end of the road. You will not find fulfillment or happiness because hate burns fast and bright.” 

He went on to reference his father — a soldier who fought for the Nazis in World War II — and his peers, saying, “They fell for a horrible loser ideology. They were lied to and misled into a path that ended in misery.” Citing the surge in hate crimes and antisemitism over the past few years, the former bodybuilder called prejudice “a trap,” whether it comes from someone’s upbringing or “big tech’s algorithms” that lead some astray. “It breaks you,” he said. “That’s why there’s never been a successful movement based on hate.” Sharing the clip on Twitter, hewrote, “With hate and antisemitism on the rise, many of you may know someone who needs to hear this. Do me a favor and share it with them, gently. Remember the goal is getting them to listen, and if it feels like an attack, the listening part of their brain will turn off.” According to the Anti-Defamation League, 2021 “saw the highest number of antisemitic [harassment, vandalism and assault] since it began tracking antisemitic incidents in 1979.”

Hoda Kotb says she’s ‘profoundly touched’ by outpouring of support after daughter’s ICU scare

After returning to “Today” on Monday (March 7), following her 3-year-old daughter’s scary stint in the ICU, Hoda Kotb thanked fans and viewers for their ongoing support and concern. “Thank you …for all of your beautiful words and prayers. I have read them all. You have no idea how much it means to me and my family. I am so profoundly touched ❤️, ” she wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. Prior to Monday, Hoda spent two weeks off the air, sparking widespread concern, particularly given her posts about staying hopeful and brave and raising strong girls. (Hoda’s also mom to Hope’s older sister, Haley, 6.) “My youngest, Hope, was in the ICU for and then in the hospital for a little over a week,” Hoda told her co-anchor Savannah Guthrie on Monday. “I’m so grateful she’s home, she is back home. I was waiting for that day to come, and we are watching her closely.” Savannah also returned to the show Monday following an absence that began when she tested positive for COVID-19 on the air last week.

Jeremy Renner pictured in public for the first time since snowplow accident

Jeremy Renner continues to make strides in his incredible recovery from the New Year’s Day snowplow accident that nearly killed him. On Monday (March 6), the actor was spotted out in public for the first time, exiting a car in Los Angeles to head into an office building, according to the Mail Online. The outing comes just two months after the star was rushed to an emergency room near his home in Nevada, having been run over by a 14,300-lb. snowplow while trying to protect his nephew when the machine began to roll away without a driver. Jeremy, 52, suffered extensive blunt chest trauma and reportedly broke 30 bones, but he’s already back in the saddle, work-wise. In fact, he credits his impressive recovery with the inspiration he’s gotten from his new Disney+ show, “Rennervations.”

“I’m buying these decommissioned government vehicles to help reimagine them to serve the community again, just in a different way. I wanted to do it for communities and help kids in need, all over the world,” he says in the first trailer for the upcoming show, which sees him rebuilding cars, trucks, buses and more. “This is one of my biggest passions and it’s a driving force in my recovery, and I can’t wait for the world to see it,” he added in a recent press release. “Rennervations” premieres on Disney+ on April 12.

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