Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate $1 Million to Food Banks, Again

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Ryan Reynolds is at it again. He and his wife Blake Lively, have donated another $1 million to food banks, in an effort to help those that need it most during the pandemic.

Pandemic fatigue is a real thing, but with several entire industries still locked down or facing restrictions, there are still a lot of people hurting. The tide is beginning to turn when it comes to vaccines and fighting the virus, but there’s a lot more to be done to combat the economic damage the pandemic wreaked.

Reynolds and Lively split the donation between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. The duo gave $500,000 to each charity at the beginning of the pandemic as well (crazy that we can write sentences like that, but hey, we’re a year into this thing, so these times are now “precedented”). They also recently donated $400,000 to New York hospitals and $500,000 to charities helping at-risk youth in Canada.

Food Banks Canada tweeted heartfelt thanks for the donation, calling Reynolds their “favorite Canadian and their favorite superhero (sorry, Hugh Jackman).”


Reynolds responded appropriately, saying “never apologize to Hugh Jackman.”


Feeding America thanked the couple for being their “hunger-fighting dream team.”


This news, revealed not by the couple but by the charities, comes just days after Reynolds (and famous pals Diddy and David Beckham) pledged $1 million to help out-of-work bartenders.

Ryan Reynolds, superhero on and off-screen, we salute you.

Ryan Reynolds, Diddy, and Beckham Make $1 Million Donation and Worst Drink Ever

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Ryan Reynolds, Diddy, and David Beckham walk into a bar. And they try to make a drink. They combine each of their three liquors. Reynolds adds his Aviation American Gin, Diddy contributes his DeLeon tequila, and Beckham adds his Haig whisky.

The result? It is utterly disgusting. Maybe worse than it sounds, and the trio has the spit takes to prove it.

It started as an idea for a cocktail for the Super Bowl and ending with a string of expletives and bleeps from all three, before acknowledging the importance of a good mixologist. Reynolds looked like he was going to vomit, Diddy said the combination tasted like “ass feet” (how does he know what that even tastes like??) and Beckham said it wasn’t going to work.

And so the trio announced they would be combining to donate $1 million to bartenders. The video was a bit (for the last person who still didn’t get the joke), but also a chance to give some money to people that need it and promote a few charities. The money will be split up between Another Round, Another Rally, which is a nonprofit for the hospitality industry in the good ‘ol USA, the Bartender’s Benevolent fund, which is like the same thing but in Canada, and Drinks Trust UK, an organization that provides support to drinks industry workers overseas.

Reynolds again coming up big for people during the pandemic. He had his “feud” with Hugh Jackman, that benefited children’s charities, and now he teams up with some other famous friends with their own liquor companies to help an industry that has been totally ravaged by the pandemic.

And, as always, the man knows good content, and how to get people to pay attention, so it’s especially heartwarming that he uses those powers for good.

Ryan Reynolds Learns Axe Throwing, Ice Sculpting and More in New Web Series

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Many people are pretending to better themselves during “these unprecedented times” and Ryan Reynolds is one of them. No, you wouldn’t think of the Deadpool star when you think “boring”, but Reynolds said being a less boring husband and girl dad was part of the impetus for his new web series, “Ryan Doesn’t Know” on Snapchat.

“You could fill a gymnasium with the things I don’t know,” Reynolds says in the trailer. So, in each short episode, he’s ‘meeting with talented people to learn a little about a lot of new things.’

What things can you teach a Ryan Reynolds? The short episodes, airing every other day throughout most of February, showcase a very-game Reynolds learning new things like wielding a chainsaw to do some ice sculpting, axe throwing (with a delightful Hugh Jackman “cameo”), painting his fingernails, doing magic, AND MORE.

Reynolds connects with experts and artists digitally to “learn a little about a whole lot” and it looks like fun. I confess I haven’t watched a Snapchat show before, but Reynolds seems to make everything he touches enjoyable, and with short, binge-able episodes, it’s a worthy escape.

Reynolds is the type of star that not only makes great movies but also ‘gets it.’ You can tell that from his feud with Jackman, his 2020 commercials, bringing Rick Moranis back, and from just being great to fans that need it most.

And if he can best learn how to throw an axe while attempting to take Hugh Jackman’s face off? We are here for it.

Deadpool 3 Was Almost a Buddy Comedy Road Trip with Wolverine

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One of the most welcome, and unexpected, bits of news that came out of the Disney investors meeting last year, in which scores of new shows and projects were announced, was the news that the next Deadpool movie would officially see the merc with a mouth enter the MCU.

This is good news, even if the R-rated superhero doesn’t seem like a perfect fit for the family-friendly Marvel universe. We’re sure they’ll make it work, and we can’t wait to see how.

Unfortunately, if what Ryan Reynolds says is to be believed – and the jokester can not always be believed – the MCU’s gain may be our loss. Because according to the star, the pre-Marvel plans for Deadpool 3 were pretty awesome.

Yesterday, Reynolds shared a tweet to bring awareness for Canada’s annual Bell Let’s Talk campaign, which aims to reduce the stigma around mental illness by making it acceptable and safe to discuss such issues. Within his tweet, he dropped a little nugget about the original plans for the third Deadpool flick.

Reynolds claims that the plan was for Deadpool and fellow mutant Wolverine, played by Reynolds’ frequent online rival and co-star in the legendary misfire X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hugh Jackman, would co-star with him. According to the tweet, the movie would have been a road trip with the two characters, in which their misadventures were chronicled Rashomon-style, which is a reference to the classic Japanese film Rashomon, in which a single event is shown from multiple perspectives, illuminating the fallibility of memory and the elusiveness of truth.

The nature of what actually occurred on this road trip would be colored by the two character’s own recollections and perspectives, which couldn’t be more different. Logan is quiet, dark, and tortured, always ready to explode, and Wade Wilson is motor-mouthed, foul-mouthed, and sarcastic, never taking anything too seriously. It sounds like the perfect set-up for a buddy comedy!

It’s a shame we’ll never get to see Deadpool 3: Midnight Run, because it sounds like it would have been a blast. But at least we still have Reynolds’ and Jackman’s social media antics to keep us entertained!

Ryan Reynolds Shocks Twitter With Filthy Joke About His Sesame Street Appearance

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Ryan Reynolds is well known for his potty mouth. After all, this is the guy who plays Deadpool in the filthiest comic book movies out there! He is equally well known for his sense of humor, especially when it comes to social media.

Sesame Street is not.

But the other day, the two worlds collided when a mom was watching an episode of the classic children’s show with her kid, and tweeted that Ryan Reynolds’ guest appearance made things fun for both generations.

The episode featured Reynolds dressed as the letter A for an A-Team parody, which was already the kind of thing that was firmly in an adult’s wheelhouse (I don’t know too many kids who are big fans of Hannibal, Murdoch, and B.A. Baracus!). But Reynolds took things even further with the r-rated joke he made in response to the tweet.

Referencing the outfit he was forced to wear for the segment – a giant letter A with his head squeezed into the middle – Reynolds made a subtle joke that had the grown-ups laughing, if a bit shocked.

Not only did my man call it “tight,” he made a crack (sorry) about “pushing through” too!

Twitter, to the complete lack of surprise of anyone who has even been on Twitter, was here for it.

Some marveled at the many sides of the man:

Others at his audacity:

And a few attempted to add to the fun:

CNN’s Jake Tapper had the final word, with a very dad response to Reynolds’ antics:

Check out the segment that inspired this tomfoolery:

“I’m Sending You Strength,” Ryan Reynolds Reaches Out to Fan Battling Cancer

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Having a kid forced to fight cancer seems like one of the cruelest things a family can face, so anything that can bring a smile to the kid’s face must feel like gold. Ryan Reynolds came through in a big way for a young fan in that situation, sending a video message to an 11-year-old boy with Hodgkins Lymphoma and Crohn’s disease.

Ryan Reynolds is a class act, and exhibit A in how to act if you’re a movie star. Whether it’s helping a lonely kid on his birthday or sending love to a sick kid, Reynolds is there (along with the many hilarious things he does as well).

In this case, the boy’s mom had recently shared on social media that they were having a hard time, but watching the Deadpool movies was one of the things getting them through. So Reynolds sent a personal message of hope to the kid.

“Brody, it’s Ryan Reynolds, I just heard a little bit about your story and I wanted to send you this video and let you know that I’m thinking about you and I’m sending you tons of love and I’m sending you strength, whatever strength I’ve got.”

He closed the message with praise for the boy and expressing his hope they can meet in person someday.

“Man, you have a ton of people in your life that love you so much. I know you’ve been going through it, I know it’s been a challenge, but you’re just the man for the job Brody. So I’m sending you lots of love. I hope I get to meet you in person one of these days.”

His mom was over the moon, telling a Canadian news outlet that her son’s jaw hit the floor when he saw the video and kept saying “I feel like I’m the movie star.” She said when they are having a hard day, they love watching Deadpool to cheer up and that they’ve been watching the clip nonstop since he sent it. They had put the call out earlier in the week, after a hard week of chemo.

Ryan Reynolds, coming through, yet again. You can almost set your watch to how awesome Reynolds is on a daily basis.

The People Chose Hugh Jackman Over Ryan Reynolds in Their Charitable “Feud”

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We should all have a frienemy like Ryan Reynolds has in Hugh Jackman. The two regularly Face/Off but were more recently locked in a bitter, and entertaining “feud” for charity. A winner has been named, but the true winner in this is us, for the periodic bouts of enjoyment their feud has given us. Oh, and also the two charities who raised a bunch of money.

And now we’ve learned, more people like Hugh Jackman, so he got to rub in Reynolds‘ face. The two were raising money with Sam’s Club for charities, but it still pitted the two longtime “rivals” against each other to see who was more popular. Jackman got to break the news to Reynolds himself, summing it pretty succinctly “You lost the Sam’s Club thing, I won. Everyone hates you, bye!”

During the holiday season, Sam’s Club members were encouraged to vote for which celebrity (and charity) they preferred. On one side, Hugh Jackman was supporting the Laughing Man Foundation, which helps support coffee farming communities around the globe. On the other side, our coolest superhero, Ryan Reynolds, and his charity SickKids Foundation, which works for the health and well-being of children. And more people, apparently, picked Jackman. This is not how Reynolds saw it playing out.

But here’s the good part, this bit of theatrics between the two who clearly have a lot of love between them earned two charities a good amount of money. That was in the “fine print” of the “feud,” that Sam’s Club would be making an equal donation to both, so really, both the SickKids Foundation and the Laughing Man Foundation were winners.

The only loser here was Reynolds. But, Reynolds won’t go down without a fight. And while the battle may be ended, the war is not, and I expect the “feud” to continue indefinitely.

Deadpool 3 Will Bring Ryan Reynolds Into the MCU as His R-Rated Self

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Amid the flurry of news Disney has been releasing over the past few weeks was confirmation that the Fantastic Four is entering the MCU and that the X-Men may not be far behind. We also know Spider-Man 3 is percolating, along with the Dr. Strange sequel, both of which may pave the way for various universes to interact with our established characters.

One established character who is awaiting a sequel is everyone’s favorite R-rated superhero, Deadpool. So what of the foul-mouthed merc?

While doing press ahead of the premiere of Disney+’s WandaVision series, MCU head Kevin Feige confirmed that Deadpool 3 is not only in the works but that Ryan Reynolds‘ decidedly un-family-friendly snark will be officially joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

And he’ll still be R-rated.

“It will be rated R and we are working on a script right now, and Ryan’s overseeing a script right now… It will not be [filming] this year,” Feige told Collider.

“Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor. We’ve got a number of things we’ve already announced that we now have to make, but it’s exciting for it to have begun. Again, a very different type of character in the MCU, and Ryan is a force of nature, which is just awesome to see him bring that character to life.”

Sounds like the movie won’t even begin filming until 2022, so it will be a while before we get any idea what it’s about or how it fits into the current MCU timeline.

Whether it hits theaters in 2023 or later, it sounds like it will be worth the wait, just to see exactly how someone like Deadpool fits in with the wholesome Avengers team. Let’s just say Steve Rogers is probably glad he left the team, otherwise he’d be bound to have a heart attack hearing the stuff that flies out of Wade Wilson’s potty mouth!

Ryan Reynolds Enlists His Mom to Trash-Talk Chris Hemsworth

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Everyone knows Ryan Reynolds is a nice guy.

He often plays a bit of a jerk on-screen, and he often plays a bit of a jerk on social media, but it’s clear he’s actually a really nice guy. First of all, he’s Canadian. Second of all, he does a fair amount of charity work, and third of all, he treats coworkers with respect.

His mom, though. She’s a real piece of work!

I’m kidding. Sort of. Because Reynolds recently recruited his mom to help him trash talk his opponents in the AGNO Superhero fantasy football league, in which various “superheroes,” aka actors who’ve portrayed them onscreen, compete against each other for charity.

This week, Reynolds is matched up with “everybody’s least favorite Australian” Chris Hemsworth, and because he plays fair, Deadpool declined to start beef with his opponent. Instead, he had his mother do it via video on Twitter – and provided this little intro beforehand.

“To my fellow @agboleague superhero fantasy football players. I don’t trash talk. Even if it’s ‘required,'” Reynolds tweeted, before unleashing his mom. “Even if it benefits the astounding work of @sickkids hospital. Disparaging others isn’t what heroes do. I was raised to treat friends with respect. #ChrisHevansprine.”

Reynolds then shared a video in which his mom, Tammy, talks shit about Thor for a solid minute, from a script Reynolds provided.

“Chris Hemsworth is everyone’s least-favorite Australian. And as a reminder, Hugh Jackman still exists,” Tammy Reynolds says. She calls Hemsworth a “no-good asshat who looks like a bodybuilder f—ed a platypus.”

The rest of the video is censored because, despite her clear hatred for Hemsworth, Tammy can’t bring herself to say some of the things her son wrote for her. But even with the bleeps, the Reynolds family doesn’t pull their punches!

Check out the hilarious video:

We Have Ryan Reynolds and Taylor Swift To Thank for the Funniest Ad of 2020

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There are only a few weeks left in the hellish year that is 2020, and we finally have the perfect commercial to sum the insanity. And we have Deadpool and T-Swift to thank for it. Reynolds and his content studio Maximum Effort put together the commercial, and it’s a snippet of Taylor Swift’s newly re-recorded ‘Love Story’ that plays in the background as Satan and “2020” fall in love.

The legit funny Match ad shows the beginning of a relationship between Satan and “2020.” There’s the meet-cute, the courtship, and the ensuing relationship, full of pandemic jokes like taking a selfie in front of a dumpster fire and stealing toilet paper from restrooms. There’s even a picnic in the middle of an empty NFL stadium. Everything you think Satan and 2020 would enjoy.

Reynolds shared it, saying “a match made in hell is still a match.”

“Match is responsible for bringing millions of people together and even in this dumpster fire of a year, people somehow found love on Match,” he said in a statement. “We just imagined what a ‘2020 match’ would look like and this video was the natural, slightly warped result. Also, this stuff gives me something to think about during the board meetings.”

For her part, Swift said her new recordings aren’t done yet, but that she couldn’t say no to Reynolds when he asked for her help with the ad he wrote.

 

A Match executive said Reynolds and his team created a story that “speaks to this hellish year” while acknowledging the resilience of singles.

The commercial is pitch-perfect, as is the norm for all things Reynolds lately. The guy just gets the zeitgeist in a way most don’t, and he keeps delivering time and time again.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate $500,000 To Help at-Risk Youth in Canada

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We’ll never grow tired of watching celebrities use their fame and fortune for good. If there’s anyone who’s fully embodied the spirit of giving back, it’s Deadpool star and all-around sweetheart, Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds is generous with his financial donations, and his generosity with his time further demonstrates his compassion for others. Reynolds uses his privileged position to brighten the lives of his fans, his crew, and anyone lucky enough to cross his path.

This time, giving back is a family affair for Ryan Reynolds and his wife of eight years, Blake Lively. Canadian-born Reynolds has always had a soft spot for his home country, supporting a number of Canadian charities over the years. Most recently, Reynolds and Lively made a generous donation to Covenant House, an organization that supports homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth. In total, the couple donated $500,000 to the incredible organization – $250,000 to Covenant House Vancouver, and $250,000 to the center’s Toronto location.

“Ryan and Blake truly understand that young people who are facing homelessness deserve unconditional love and absolute respect,” Krista Thompson, CEO of Covenant House Vancouver said in a press release. “Their generous donation and compassionate support mean so much to Covenant House and we are truly grateful for their continued friendship. Just like Ryan and Blake, we hope this gift highlights the value of each and every youth; and inspires others to open their hearts to those struggling with the crisis of homelessness.”

In normal times, the work Covenant House does is extremely taxing. Taking in youth who have fled unsafe situations, who often come in with severe trauma, is a monumental feat. Without safe havens like Covenant House, those who walk through their doors would have little chance at the security and support it takes to recover from their trauma. Reynolds and Lively encourage others to donate as well, and an Instagram post by the organization explains that donations will be matched through the month of December.

According to the Covenant House website, the services they provide are extensive. While Covenant House operates as a crisis shelter with transitional housing, they also provide counseling, health care, education, job training, and so much more to 16-24-year-olds regardless of their backgrounds. Ultimately, Covenant House provides every individual they serve with a much-needed sense of security, and perhaps more importantly, a sense of hope.

“They do the work of heroes,” Reynolds said. “For us, helping Covenant House this way isn’t a donation, but an investment in compassion and empathy; something the world needs more of. The young people who pass through the doors of Covenant House more often than not have a story marked by extraordinary trauma. They are so much more than that trauma. They have so much to offer the world. Matching this gift is saying you believe in them. You believe in the power of compassion to transform the trajectory of a human being.”

Ryan Reynolds Records Over 400 Videos to Thank Movie Crew

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The pandemic has given us all a lot more free time.

When we were quarantined, we caught up on our favorite shows and binged new sensations like The Last Dance and Tiger King. But now it’s months later, and we’re just about out of TV to watch. And if you work in show business, odds are you don’t even have any work to do, as most productions have been shut down. One person that’s kept us entertained is Ryan Reynolds. If he’s not trolling Hugh Jackman for charity he’s sending a heartwarming video message to a fan.

Luckily for Ryan Reynolds, one of his movies was recently able to finish production, after having been shut down in March, and the star knows how challenging it was for everyone to get it done. So despite being busier than many actors, he used some of his free time over Thanksgiving to show his gratitude for the people who make his job easier.

Reynolds posted a photo on Instagram to celebrate the wrap of his film Red Notice, which co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot, acknowledging how difficult it was for the actors and the crew to film under extreme conditions.

 

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But he didn’t just post to social media. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds recorded over 400 messages to thank each member of his crew for their hard work and sacrifice. he thanked them and their families for enduring the months of isolation necessary to safely complete the film.

He even thanked their dogs.

“I made videos for their dogs,” he said. “Morale was so low because everyone was in lockdown. They couldn’t go anywhere but work or the hotel. In some cases, their families were at home less than a mile away. I can’t imagine that kind of longing.”

When the movie ended, he also made sure every member of the crew left with a bottle of his Aviation Gin, (no word on whether or not it was the homeschool edition) and a personalized note.

“Awesome group of people,” he said. “What they did was so hard.”

He’s pretty awesome too.

Ryan Reynolds Cheers up Boy Without Friends on His Birthday

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Moving can be hard on kids. You’re in a new school, your old friends are gone, and it can take some time to get adjusted. Moving right before a birthday sucks even more, and just serves to amplify that lonely feeling. An 8-year-old boy in British Columbia (that’s in Canada, for you less than Cosmopolitan types) was struggling after a recent move and was worried about turning 9 without any friends. So his parents put the call out on social media to have strangers send him cards, so his birthday would still be special.

Turns out he got 1,000 of them. And even better, movie star Ryan Reynolds sent the boy a video message relating to his struggle and wishing him a happy birthday. Let’s pause 10 seconds for our routine Ryan Reynolds appreciation. The Deadpool star, and girl-dad seemingly has a heart of freaking gold. He (and his wife Blake Lively) have donated millions this year to charities supporting COVID-19 response and charities focused on children. Reynolds helped reunite a child with his lost toy, bought a soccer team with Always Sunny star Rob McElhenney, and also found the time to write 400 thank you notes to the crew working on his new movie during the pandemic. He even went above and beyond to connect with a Deadpool cosplayer. And this isn’t even covering half of the great stuff he’s done this year.

So we are not surprised that Reynolds would make little Damien’s birthday one he will never forget.

Reynolds, who is also Canadian, told Damien he relates to his story because he went to a new school when he was a kid (a few of them) and remembers how alienating it felt. “I remember how alone I felt and unseen I felt,” he said.

“I guess the point is that you’re not alone.”

Reynolds wished him a happy birthday and said he hopes he gets to meet him in person one of these days.

His family told local media they were blown away by the message and were thrilled to see Damien’s expression change when he realized what was going on. They said the entire project of making their kid’s birthday extra special left them feeling profoundly grateful.

Now Damien can proudly go to school knowing Deadpool himself took the time to wish him a happy birthday.