The daily gossip: Amanda Bynes files to end her conservatorship, Aaron Rodgers gets breakfast with alleged ex Shailene Woodley, and more

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1. Amanda Bynes files to end her conservatorship

Now that Britney has been freed, has the time come for #FreeAmanda? Amanda Bynes officially filed a Ventura County Superior Court petition to terminate her conservatorship after almost nine years. "She believes her condition is improved and protection of the court is no longer necessary," her attorney, David Esquibias, told People. Like Britney Spears, the former Nickelodeon star was placed under a conservatorship in 2013 after she was hospitalized on an involuntary psychiatric hold. Bynes, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, had allegedly started "a small fire in the driveway of some random person's house," TMZ reported at the time. She has had no acting credits in more than a decade. Last year, her attorney told Us Weekly, "Amanda would love to be unconserved. She's expressed it over and over. The timing is not right at the moment, so she's working toward that direction. We all are working toward that direction, and one day we all hope to see it." Should that day come, dancing lobsters will presumably be on call.

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2. Aaron Rodgers spotted hanging out with alleged ex Shailene Woodley

Are Aaron Rodgers and Shailene Woodley still together, or what? The Green Bay Packers quarterback and Divergent star were spotted getting breakfast in Los Angeles after they supposedly called off their engagement and broke up. "They came to the cafe for breakfast and just sat outside at a table together," a source told E! News. Last Wednesday, reports from multiple outlets said the pair called off their engagement a year after announcing it. But Rodgers later gushed about Woodley in a cryptic Instagram post, thanking her for her "unconditional love," and on The Pat McAfee Show, he seemed to talk about her as if they were still together — and insisted that what sounded like a woman laughing in the background was just his TV. So was the death of their relationship greatly exaggerated, or are they just hanging out as friends? It certainly wouldn't be the first time we were led to believe something about Aaron Rodgers that turned out not to be true.

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3. Benedict Cumberbatch saved a family from a herd of cows

Benedict Cumberbatch went full method acting to play a rancher in The Power of the Dog, and at least one family would argue it was well worth it. On the Graham Norton Show, the Oscar-nominated actor revealed that after shooting the Netflix film, he "had to cross a field, and in the field was a petrified family who just couldn't move" and was "frozen because of a herd of cows with calves." At that point, the ranching skills he picked up making the movie were put to good use. "I thought, 'I can do this,'" Cumberbatch said, "and I just sort of parted the waves of cattle. The family was like, 'That was incredible. Hey, aren't you Sherlock?' It was very un-Sherlock activity!" Cumberbatch is going head-to-head against Will Smith for Best Actor at the Oscars next month, so if he wants to win, it may be wise to milk this cow rescue tale as much as possible.

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4. Quentin Tarantino may direct episodes of the 'Justified' revival

There's yet another reason to feel justified in your excitement for Raylan Givens' return. Quentin Tarantino is in talks to direct "one or two episodes" of the new Justified limited series City Primeval, Deadline reports. The limited series revival will see Timothy Olyphant returning as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, following up the acclaimed drama series Justified after it ended in 2015, and it's based on Elmore Leonard's novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit. Tarantino is a big fan of Leonard, and this would be his first time directing television since 2005; he previously directed episodes of ER and CSI. It's another project Tarantino is taking on after he was revealed to be the narrator of the new Showtime series about Uber. The filmmaker has declared he'll retire from directing after his next film — but by filling up his plate with other things, perhaps he'll just keep putting that off forever, George R. R. Martin style. Either way, FX better be prepared for more shots of feet than they ever thought possible.


5. Machine Gun Kelly wants a 'red river' for his and Megan Fox's wedding

The RSVP for Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox's wedding may also involve a blood pact. Machine Gun Kelly chatted on The Late Late Show about getting engaged to Fox last month, but when James Corden asked when they're going to get married, he suggested it might be a minute, as he's got some very specific requests. "When they can build me like a red river with like gothic …" he said before trailing off. It shouldn't come as a huge surprise considering Fox previously revealed that after getting engaged, the two "drank each other's blood." While Kelly didn't get into more details about what he's got in mind for the wedding, he noted to Corden that "the location is hard," as he's got to "find a spot that's matching my artistic" vision. Might we suggest Halloween Horror Nights, or perhaps the set of the next Evil Dead movie?

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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.