- 1. Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers call off their engagement
- 2. Tom Hanks' son says he didn't have a 'strong male role model'
- 3. Bender voice actor explains the 'Futurama' salary dispute
- 4. A new 'Star Trek' movie is finally moving forward
- 5. 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star Melissa Fumero cast in Netflix's comedy about Blockbuster
1. Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers call off their engagement
We'll take celebrities who won't be walking down the aisle for $1,000, Aaron. Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers have reportedly called off their engagement. "It was an amicable split; it just wasn't working," a source told People. Meanwhile, an InTouch source said Rodgers "put football first and they were barely spending any time together," and Woodley "felt he neglected their relationship." The Divergent star had been dating the Green Bay Packers quarterback and aspiring Jeopardy! host since 2020, and they announced their engagement in February 2021. It's been a wild trip with these crazy kids, and after Rodgers found himself in hot water for misleading the public into thinking he was vaccinated, Woodley defended him against the "sh---y media" — while simultaneously insinuating he has a large penis. As Rodgers maintained his vaccine stance and continued complaining about cancel culture to every microphone in his vicinity, a report from People said they were "not talking about their politics" and "decided to agree to disagree about things and not debate them." We'll just assume Rodgers got some terrible relationship advice from Joe Rogan.
2. Tom Hanks' son says he didn't have a 'strong male role model'
Tom Hanks' son Chet Hanks is a YouTuber now, and he kicked off his first video with a promise: "I've come a long way since 'White Boy Summer.'" Vowing to go "deeper" and "realer" on his channel, Hanks described what it was "like growing up as Tom Hanks son," offering the same description he once told George W. Bush at the White House: "There's a lot of advantages, but sometimes it can be pretty weird." Hanks said people generally assume he's an "arrogant, entitled, spoiled brat," something he says led him to "walk around with a lot of anger" and head down a "path of self-destruction." Now, he says he's dealt with these anger issues, but he still ranted against those who "would want to be close with me because they were infatuated with my dad," declaring these people just "f---ing jealous of me." He also wished someone could have given him advice about all this as a kid, but "I didn't have a strong male role model." In case it doesn't go without saying, yes, Hanks was indeed shirtless in the video.
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3. Bender voice actor explains the 'Futurama' salary dispute
Futurama voice actor John DiMaggio doesn't yet have good news to share with everyone about his salary dispute with Hulu, but he's providing a few more behind-the-scenes details. Hulu recently ordered a revival of the animated series, but as of now, DiMaggio isn't on board to voice Bender. On Twitter, DiMaggio explained what's going on. "I don't think that only I deserve to be paid more," he said. "I think the entire cast does." DiMaggio said "nothing about this is meant to be disrespectful to the fans or my Futurama family" but that the salary dispute is "about self-respect" — "and honestly, being tired of an industry that's become far too corporate and takes advantage of artists' time & talent." The rest of the original cast are on board for the reboot, and Deadline reported the hope is still to bring DiMaggio back but that "the role is currently being recast." DiMaggio, who's now headed to work on another gig, says he's "still hoping for the best."
4. A new 'Star Trek' movie is finally moving forward
Is it finally time for Star Trek to boldly go back to theaters? A new Star Trek movie is finally moving forward six years after the last installment, Star Trek Beyond, was released. Director J.J. Abrams told Paramount investors the sequel "will be shooting by the end of the year," and according to Variety, the goal is for Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Simon Pegg to all return. A fourth film in the rebooted Star Trek series has had numerous stops and starts since 2016. At one point, Chris Hemsworth was expected to return as Kirk's dad, and there was even talk of Quentin Tarantino of all people directing. But the sequel has languished, possibly because Paramount has been gun shy after Beyond was a bit of a box office disappointment. Since then, we've seen endless Star Trek shows on streaming like Star Trek: Discovery. But can the franchise once again live long and prosper as a film series, too?
5. 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' star Melissa Fumero cast in Netflix's comedy about Blockbuster
Is there anything more brutal than putting a company out of business and then making a show about it? That's pretty much what Netflix is doing with a new workplace comedy set in America's last Blockbuster Video, which has just added a new star to its cast. Melissa Fumero, who played Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is set to star alongside Fresh Off the Boat's Randall Park in Blockbuster. She'll reportedly play Eliza, the lead of the show and a dedicated mother who works alongside Park's character at the store. The series is set to explore what it takes "for a small business to succeed against all odds," the Reporter writes — in this case, a business that didn't succeed in large part because of the very streaming service we'll be watching this show on. Netflix, by the way, already streams The Last Blockbuster, a documentary about America's real-life last Blockbuster. Jeez, can they possibly rub it in any harder?
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