- 1. Oscar nominations include a shock Lady Gaga snub
- 2. Robert Pattinson says his Batman is a 'weirdo'
- 3. NBC says it has 'resolved the situation' with Leslie Jones over Olympics commentary
- 4. Fox plans to 'reimagine the Gumby franchise'
- 5. 'Evolved beings' Kanye West and Julia Fox are reportedly in an open relationship
1. Oscar nominations include a shock Lady Gaga snub
Tell me something girl: are you happy in this modern world? The 2022 Oscar nominations are here, and with a leading 12 nods, Netflix's slow burn Western The Power of the Dog looks set to win Best Picture. But the biggest jaw-dropper of the morning was Lady Gaga not being nominated for her performance in House of Gucci, a film that earned just a single nomination for makeup and hairstyling. As recently as last week, some pundits thought Gaga was the frontrunner to actually win Best Actress. Meanwhile, it increasingly seemed like former frontrunner Kristen Stewart would get snubbed for playing Princess Diana in Spencer, but she did land a nomination. Gaga shrugged off her snub on Instagram, congratulating the nominees "on all your hard work, dedication, your nomination and YOUR magic." Stewart, meanwhile, was over the moon, declaring, "I would pay to make movies. I would make them if it was illegal." Better luck next time, Little Monsters, and congrats to the K-Stew stans.
2. Robert Pattinson says his Batman is a 'weirdo'
Finally, a Batman movie that's aggressively dark and depressing! Robert Pattinson chatted with GQ about his upcoming movie The Batman, assuring everyone it will be a "nihilistic" story revolving around a total nutcase. The actor explained that Bruce Wayne in this version "doesn't have a playboy persona at all" and is "kind of a weirdo as Bruce and a weirdo as Batman." Further, it's "sort of implied that he's had a bit of a breakdown," and the film will explore "how s--- everything is" in Gotham. "Like, it's a sad movie," Pattinson promised. So yeah, probably don't expect Mr. Freeze-style puns in this one. Pattinson also spoke about his previous bizarre revelation that he had a business idea to sell "a pasta which you can hold in your hand." While he admitted he sometimes completely makes stuff up in interviews, he would never lie about something this important. "I was fully, actually trying to make that pasta," Pattinson said. "Like I was literally in talks with frozen-food factories, and hoped that that article would be the proof of concept."
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3. NBC says it has 'resolved the situation' with Leslie Jones over Olympics commentary
Was the death of Leslie Jones' Olympics commentary greatly exaggerated? Jones typically provides hilarious commentary of the games via videos she posts on social media of herself watching them. But on Monday, she said she was considering quitting, suggesting NBC had a problem with her videos and was trying to have them blocked. Now, a spokesperson for NBC tells The Associated Press that "we have resolved the situation," and the former Saturday Night Live star is "free to do her social media posts as she has done in the past." The spokesperson also said Jones' videos getting blocked was the result of a "third-party error," adding, "She is a super fan of the Olympics and we are super fans of her." It's unclear whether Jones is satisfied with this resolution, and as of Tuesday afternoon, her most Twitter activity was still a retweet from someone telling NBC to "f--- off."
4. Fox plans to 'reimagine the Gumby franchise'
Look out, Marvel Cinematic Universe: your status as Hollywood's biggest franchise is in jeopardy. Fox Entertainment has "acquired the Gumby franchise" and plans to "reimagine" it, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This plan involves the creation of new animated and live-action Gumby content and — oh god — even Gumby NFTs. "Uncovering this gem, with its built-in awareness and affinity, and bringing it to Fox, adds meaningful value and creative possibilities to the IP itself and to multiple divisions of our company," Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said — so yeah, sounds like a real passion project. Fox even attached a statement from the green clay character himself, who declared he's excited that Fox has a "vision for my modern, multi-platform re-emergence." If Fox's recent The Masked Singer debacle is any indication of what this vision might look like, we look forward to seeing Gumby's adventures with Rudy Giuliani.
5. 'Evolved beings' Kanye West and Julia Fox are reportedly in an open relationship
In case we didn't already know way more than necessary about Kanye West and Julia Fox's relationship thanks to her bizarre blogs of their dates, Page Six is here to help. On Tuesday, the outlet reported that West and Fox, who have been dating since New Year's Eve, are "in an open relationship" and both seeing other people. West was recently spotted with model Chaney Jones amid his increasingly dramatic divorce from estranged wife Kim Kardashian. But if that might have suggested he and Fox weren't together anymore, Page Six said West is indeed "openly seeing" Jones, but an insider close to Fox said, "Their bond transcends typical norms because they're evolved beings who just want each other to be happy. There is no jealousy or bad vibes." Meanwhile, according to the report, Fox is "talking to" a "mystery man on the East Coast." Wait a minute, the East Coast … Pete Davidson isn't dating her too, is he?
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