The daily gossip: Sam Elliott didn't like The Power of the Dog's 'allusions of homosexuality,' Courteney Cox sold her house after a paranormal experience, and more
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Sam Elliott criticizes 'allusions of homosexuality' in 'The Power of the Dog'
Oh boy. Sam Elliott has shared his hot take on The Power of the Dog, and it's a doozy. The 1883 star on the WTF podcast declared the Netflix Western a "piece of s--t," complaining its characters looked like Chippendales dancers. "That's what all these f---ing cowboys in that movie looked like," Elliot claimed. "They're all running around in chaps and no shirts. There's all these allusions of homosexuality throughout the f---ing movie." Host Marc Maron noted "that's what the movie is about," as the film explores toxic masculinity and repressed homosexuality. But Elliott continued to rail against the film, asking of its director, Jane Campion, "What the f--k does this woman from New Zealand know about the American West? And why in the f--k did she shoot this movie in New Zealand and call it Montana and say this is the way it was?" WTF, indeed.
Courteney Cox sold her house after a paranormal experience
There was something strange in Courteney Cox's neighborhood, so she decided to bolt. The Friends star on Jimmy Kimmel Live! told a spooky story about the time she sold her house following a paranormal experience. Cox explained she used to live in a Los Angeles home that was formerly owned by Gypsy Rose Lee and Carole King, and King claimed there was a ghost there. Cox dismissed this, even as friends who stayed at the house insisted they felt a presence, and eventually, she and King held a seance. She finally became a "believer" thanks to a UPS delivery driver who gave her a good scare. "I opened the door and he said, 'Do you know this house is haunted,'" Cox recalled. "And I go, 'Yeah, why? Why do you think that?' And he goes, 'Because there's someone standing behind you.'" That moment — which drew audible gasps from Kimmel's audience — prompted Cox to sell the house. "It was so scary," she said. "I couldn't sleep there alone ever again." But did she scream?
Larry David gets documentary about himself abruptly pulled
Well, this is pretty, pretty, pretty weird. Last month, HBO dropped a trailer for a new documentary about Larry David called The Larry David Story, which was set to debut on March 1. But that's today, and the documentary now won't be premiering after all. HBO said it's "being postponed" because "instead, Larry has decided he wants to do it in front of an audience," without explaining further what that means. A report from Puck News, though, said David "pulled his own documentary on the eve of its premiere" because it "turns out he didn't love it, so he wants it re-done." The report also said David, who mostly doesn't like giving personal interviews, participated in the documentary as a favor to its director, and it sounds like he ended up regretting it. The official trailer that was released on YouTube a few weeks ago has now been made private. On the plus side, after this ordeal, the next season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm pretty much writes itself.
Lindsay Lohan signs deal with Netflix for 2 new movies
It's official: the Lohanaissance is well underway. Netflix on Tuesday announced it has signed a deal with Lindsay Lohan for not one, but two new movies. The deal comes after she was already announced to be starring in Falling for Christmas, a Christmas romantic comedy at Netflix in which she plays a hotel heiress who gets amnesia in a skiing accident. It isn't clear what Lohan's other two projects will be, but Netflix declared on Twitter, "The world first fell in love with Lindsay Lohan when she played a set of twins — and Netflix is once again giving the world twice the Lindsay to love." Lohan last month starred in a Super Bowl ad for Planet Fitness, which proclaimed she's now "trading DUIs for DIY," and she told People at the time, "It was refreshing to put my past to bed once and for all." Could it finally be time for the I Know Who Killed Me sequel the world has long craved?
Academy reveals insane leaderboard for Oscars' 'fan favorite' poll
In a development that no one could have seen coming, the Oscars' move to honor a film selected by Twitter is not going super well. The Academy is running an online poll in which Twitter users vote for their favorite 2021 film, and the winner will be honored during the ceremony. The Academy revealed the 10 current finalists, including … the critically reviled Camila Cabello girlboss Cinderella, which Deadline previously reported was actually in the lead. Spider-Man: No Way Home, the movie the Academy clearly assumed would win, is also on the board. But other finalists include Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, seemingly because Snyder diehards are upset the Snyder cut isn't eligible, and Johnny Depp defenders got his movie Minamata in the mix even though nearly no one has seen that — though as far as why Sing 2 made it in, your guess is as good as ours. The rest of the films on the leaderboard are Dune, The Power of the Dog, The Suicide Squad, Tick Tick … Boom!, and … wait a second, James Wan's deranged horror film Malignant? Okay, we take it back, this is officially a good idea now.