1. Channing Tatum says he'd have sex with George Clooney
Channing Tatum may be People's Sexiest Man Alive, but according to the Daily News, Tatum recently revealed that he might have cast his vote for another Hollywood hunk: George Clooney. "I've spent time with George Clooney and he's the most interesting man on the planet," said Tatum in an interview. "I guess what I'm saying is I'd have sex with him." Clooney hasn't responded to Tatum's generous offer, but in the meantime, fans can continue to keep their fingers crossed for Magic Mike 2: Gorgeous George.
2. Kanye West might call his next album I Am God
In a gambit that marks the low point in Kanye West's descent into unintentional self-parody, the rapper is allegedly planning to title his upcoming sixth studio album I Am God. The New York Post reports that West intends the title to be "half tongue-in-cheek" — which means, of course, that the other half is an utterly serious delusion of West's. The rapper will surely be met with some level of controversy if he does officially decide to call the album I Am God. But we're sure he can weather it — after all, John Lennon once compared The Beatles to Jesus, and no one cared about that, right?
3. Anderson Cooper might replace Matt Lauer on Today
It's safe to say that Today has taken its fair share of lumps lately, with most of the blame being placed on host Matt Lauer's vaguely condescending shoulders. Now, according to Entertainment Weekly, NBC already has plans to woo another middle-aged newsman to take on Today: CNN staple Anderson Cooper. Though talks remain early, executives have reportedly asked Lauer "to bless their choice," though Lauer "expressed some disapproval" — as most of us would if asked to gives a thumbs-up to our replacement.
4. Underwear companies race to offer Jon Hamm "support"
Last week, actor Jon Hamm became the object of a thousand punny tabloid headlines when an AMC source reported that the network had asked him to wear underwear while filming Mad Men because his groin was becoming "distracting." But never fear, Jon: According to TMZ, publicity-hungry companies including Fruit of the Loom and Jockey have already stepped up to offer "support" — both figuratively and literally — in the form of a lifetime supply of underwear. Hamm has not yet responded to the offers, perhaps preferring to maintain some vague semblance of privacy about his private parts.
5. Roland Emmerich wants to make two more Independence Day movies
More than 15 years after thousands of Americans celebrated July 4 by watching aliens blow up the White House, director Roland Emmerich is finally ready to revisit the story he began in Independence Day with not one, but two sequels. The film's characters "knew that one day the aliens would come back," says Emmerich at Entertainment Weekly — as did the rest of us, given the original film's massive box-office gross.
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