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The daily gossip: Julia Fox wrote a review of her date with Kanye West, Jim Carrey shows up on the Weeknd's new album, and more

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Julia Fox describes her 'instant connection' with Kanye West

The Kanye West and Julia Fox saga just got stranger. The Uncut Gems actress has gone ahead and published a two-paragraph dispatch in Interview magazine walking us through her odd second date with Ye. First, she describes meeting West on New Year's Eve and developing an "instant connection," writing, "His energy is so fun to be around." Fox then recounts how they went to see Slave Play in New York and how at dinner, West "directed an entire photo shoot for me while people dined." Afterward, West surprised her with "an entire hotel suite full of clothes," which "felt like a real Cinderella moment," leading Fox to ask the natural question of "who does things like this on a second date?"— though she seems to mean this in a good way. Despite what she just finished describing, Fox claims "everything with us has been so organic." TMZ pointed out that West appeared to be "trying to create a new version of" his estranged wife Kim Kardashian by dressing Fox "top to bottom in Balenciaga." So yes, we're apparently kicking off 2022 with a Kanye West remake of Vertigo

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Jim Carrey shows up on the Weeknd's new album

Ladies and gentlemen ... Jim Carrey. Just in time for the weekend, the Weeknd dropped his new album Dawn FM on Friday, in which Jim Carrey naturally shows up to voice a purgatory radio DJ. Why not? The album's opening track features Carrey as a host on "Dawn FM," telling listeners, "You've been in the dark for way too long. It's time to walk into the light and accept your fate with open arms." The Weeknd has described the album as being "like the listener is dead," and they're tuning into a radio host "helping you transition to the other side." By the final track, Carrey performs a spoken word poem he co-wrote, telling listeners, "If pain's living on when your body's long gone, and your phantom regret hasn't let it go yet, you may not have died in the way that you must." Alrighty then! 

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Rooney Mara set to play Audrey Hepburn in a biopic

What is it with this week and major actors being cast as Hollywood icons? After Chris Evans was cast as Gene Kelly, Rooney Mara is now set to play Audrey Hepburn in an upcoming film directed by Call Me By Your Name's Luca Guadagnino. Mara, who has earned Oscar nominations for her roles in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Carol, will reportedly also be producing the movie. The casting certainty seemed to make sense, and back in 2012, The Cut even wrote an article suggesting Mara could be the "new Audrey Hepburn." But Emily in Paris star Lily Collins immediately began to trend on Twitter as some argued she should have gotten the role instead — leading writer Akilah Hughes to offer the brutal rebuttal, "Saying Lily Collins should play Audrey Hepburn is a real mean way to say you don't think Audrey Hepburn could act." 

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The Golden Globes will now be a 'private event'

If the Golden Globes is held but no one is around to see it, does it make a sound? The awards are set for this Sunday, but after the ceremony got canceled by NBC, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has now confirmed there won't be any way to watch it at all. "This year's event is going to be a private event and will not be livestreamed," an HFPA spokesperson said, promising to post "real time updates on winners on the Golden Globes website and our social media." It's been a stunning downfall for an awards ceremony that faced massive backlash in 2021 over its shocking lack of diversity and alleged corruption. There won't actually be any celebrities in attendance on Sunday, and according to Deadline, the only people who will be there are "selected members of the HFPA and grant recipients of the organization's philanthropy." Needless to say, there's no need for any FOMO here.

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Ben Affleck says 'The Flash' has his favorite scenes as Batman

Will Ben Affleck get to play Batman in a movie that's not terrible? Affleck teased his return as Batman in DC's upcoming The Flash, revealing to The Herald Sun, "Maybe my favorite scenes in terms of Batman and the interpretation of Batman that I have done, were in the Flash movie." Affleck had a pretty rough experience playing Batman in the critically panned movies Batman v Superman and Justice League, though Zack Snyder's recut of the latter film got more of a favorable reaction last year. But after seemingly retiring as the character, Affleck returns in The Flash, which involves timeline shenanigans bringing multiple Batmen into the mix including Michael Keaton's version. Affleck recalled remembering thinking while shooting The Flash, "Wow — I think I have finally figured it out.'" We're rooting for you, Batfleck. 

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