The daily gossip: Jake Gyllenhaal breaks silence on Taylor Swift's 'All Too Well,' Olivia Rodrigo is going on a road trip in a new concert film, and more

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1. Jake Gyllenhaal breaks his silence on Taylor Swift's 'All Too Well'

Jake Gyllenhaal knows all too well what it's like to draw Swiftie ire. The actor commented for the first time on Taylor Swift's song "All Too Well," which is widely believed to be about the singer's relationship with him. They dated over a decade ago, and the song was first released in 2012. It was back in the spotlight last year after Swift released an even more brutal 10-minute version, prompting backlash against Gyllenhaal from her fans. But when asked about the song and ensuing firestorm, Gyllenhaal told Esquire, "It has nothing to do with me. It's about her relationship with her fans." He added, "It is her expression. Artists tap into personal experiences for inspiration, and I don't begrudge anyone that." Coming extremely close to uttering the words "you need to calm down," Gyllenhaal also said it's "important when supporters get unruly that we feel a responsibility to have them be civil." When asked if he's actually listened to Red (Taylor's Version), he just said, "No." Alas, the location of Swift's scarf goes completely unaddressed — sorry, Dionne Warwick, but the search continues.

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2. Olivia Rodrigo is going on a road trip in a Disney+ concert film

Good thing she has her driver's license. Olivia Rodrigo is getting her own concert film on Disney+ next month called driving home 2 u (a SOUR film), which follows the pop star as she heads on a road trip from Salt Lake City, where she started writing her first album, to Los Angeles. The documentary will feature "new live arrangements of her songs, intimate interviews and never-before-seen footage from the making of the album," the streamer said, and the songs will be performed at "unique locations" like Red Rock Canyon State Park. Rodrigo dropped her massively popular debut single "Drivers License" at the start of 2021, and her first studio album Sour debuted that May. The Sour film will join Disney's concert films from Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish, and it's obviously a natural home for Rodrigo given her role on Disney+'s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Hopefully no parallel parking is required on this particular road trip.

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3. 'Stranger Things' to end with Season 5 after really long Season 4

It's the beginning of the end in the Upside Down. Netflix announced Thursday its hit series Stranger Things has been renewed for a fifth season, which will officially be the show's last. "Seven years ago, we planned out the complete story arc for Stranger Things," creators Matt and Ross Duffer said. "At the time, we predicted the story would last four to five seasons. It proved too large to tell in four but — as you'll see for yourselves — we are now hurtling toward our finale." The highly-anticipated fourth season, which has taken nearly three years to come out, will finally debut this summer — but it will be split into two parts. This is because of the season's "unprecedented length," the Duffers said, and Netflix says they aren't kidding: "Every episode is super-sized," meaning "Season 4 is 2x as long as Season 3!" Who needs editing, right? It's not clear when the final season might debut, but at this rate, the kids might be old enough to run for president by the finale.

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4. Robert Pattinson tried on every previous Batman suit

Holy fashion show, Batman! Before becoming the next Caped Crusader, Robert Pattinson got to walk in the shoes of the Batmen who came before him — or rather, walk in the suits. Pattinson revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! he got to try the suits worn by all previous Batmen, from Val Kilmer to George Clooney, and he couldn't help but notice that "every single one still has the actors' sweat." These suits are apparently all stored in a "little cage" in Warner Bros.' costume department. "They're like, 'Do not mess these suits up,'" Pattinson recalled, noting he was "terrified" the whole time. Apparently, the only suit Pattinson didn't try on was Adam West's. When Pattinson's own suit was made, he took some advice former Batman Christian Bale offered him at a urinal. "The first thing you need to do in the Batsuit is figure out a way to pee," Pattinson recalled Bale telling him. "So when I went to the costume department I was like, 'First thing's first, I need a flap on the back. Easy access!'"

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5. Mark Wahlberg's family went on vacation without him after he got COVID

So this is Christmas? Mark Wahlberg recalled having a less-than-ideal holiday season this year after he got COVID-19 — and his family left for vacation without him. "I'm down in the basement a couple of days before Christmas," he said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I don't get to open any gifts with anybody or anything. Next thing you know, they're still going on holiday." Wahlberg recalled being in the basement hearing his family starting the car and thinking, "Are you not going to come to the stairs and say goodbye?" They did end up saying goodbye while standing "like 36 feet" away, but the story does have a somewhat less hilariously depressing ending: after getting two negative tests, Wahlberg says he joined his family on vacation a few days later — though he still "had a little bit of a cough," and "they didn't really want me there."


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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.