The daily gossip: Ryan Coogler was falsely accused of being a bank robber, Ewan McGregor returns as Obi-Wan Kenobi in new Star Wars trailer, and more
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'Black Panther' director Ryan Coogler was detained after being mistaken for a bank robber
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler tried to make a withdrawal from the bank in January, only to get falsely accused of trying to rob it. TMZ revealed the filmmaker was detained after trying to withdraw money from a Bank of America in Atlanta, Georgia. Coogler, who was wearing sunglasses and a face mask, reportedly handed the teller a withdrawal slip, on which he wrote that he "would like to withdraw $12,000 cash from my checking account" and asked the teller to "please do the money count somewhere else" because "I'd like to be discreet." But the bank staffers got suspicious and called 911, and when police arrived, they brought the director out in handcuffs, TMZ says. The police report noted, though, that this was a "mistake by Bank Of America" and Coogler "was never in the wrong." Coogler confirmed the report, saying "This situation should never have happened." "However, Bank of America worked with me and addressed it to my satisfaction and we have moved on." Bank of America also publicly apologized.
'Obi-Wan Kenobi' trailer teases Ewan McGregor's 'Star Wars' return
Finally, a Star Wars show featuring Luke Skywalker and Tatooine! Disney+ on Wednesday dropped the first trailer for the highly-anticipated new Star Wars show Obi-Wan Kenobi, in which Ewan McGregor returns as the titular Jedi in live-action for the first time since Revenge of the Sith. A decade after the end of that film, we see Obi-Wan in the footage (still) watching over a young Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. But while fans previously assumed Obi-Wan just chilled out there the whole time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, the trailer makes clear he'll actually be going off-planet — a bit of relief considering every live-action Disney+ Star Wars show so far has prominently featured Tatooine. Enough of that place, already! The trailer also shows how some Jedi-hunting Inquisitors are after Obi-Wan, and it leans into prequel trilogy nostalgia hard by busting out "Duel of the Fates." Obi-Wan Kenobi debuts on May 25, but we'll have to wait and see whether it's another happy landing for Disney. Watch the trailer here.
Kim Kardashian promises to 'explain' Pete Davidson romance in new Hulu show
Kim Kardashian can explain. In a new Variety story, Kardashian spoke for the first time about her relationship with Pete Davidson — though she didn't say much, and we'll have to tune into Hulu's The Kardashians for more. While Kardashian said the Saturday Night Live star hasn't filmed anything for her new reality show because that's "just not what he does," she said viewers will find out "how we met and who reached out to who and how it happened and all the details that everyone wants to know" in the series. "I'm definitely open to talking, and I definitely explain it," she said. Kardashian also left open the possibility that Davidson could appear down the line. Someone who will appear in the show, though, is Kanye West, who filmed scenes before their divorce started getting really ugly. "I believe in championing publicly and criticizing privately," Kardashian told Variety. "I don't think I would ever criticize the father of my children on my TV show."
Amy Schumer reveals why she dropped out of the 'Barbie' movie
Why did Amy Schumer leave the Barbie world? She says Sony had the wrong Barbie girl. The comedian was originally set to play Barbie in a live-action movie, but she dropped out in 2017, supposedly due to scheduling conflicts. In a new Hollywood Reporter profile, though, Schumer says there was actually more to it. "They definitely didn't want to do it the way I wanted to do it, the only way I was interested in doing it," Schumer said. In one apparent creative difference, Schumer reportedly wrote Barbie to be an "ambitious inventor," but "the studio asked that her invention be a high heel made of Jell-O." Schumer says she should have realized it wasn't going to work out after she was sent a pair of Manolo Blahniks to celebrate the project. "Right there, I should have gone, 'You've got the wrong gal,'" Schumer said. The movie is now set to be written and directed by Greta Gerwig and star Margot Robbie as Barbie — and Robbie's co-star Kate McKinnon recently claimed the script is "one of the greatest things I've ever read."
Amanda Bynes thanks fans on Instagram ahead of conservatorship hearing
Amanda Bynes has a big month ahead of her. The former Nickelodeon star has launched a new Instagram account after she recently filed to end her conservatorship. Bynes has been under a conservatorship since 2013, which was set up after she was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold. But she now says she no longer needs it, and on her new Instagram, she thanked fans who want to #FreeAmanda. "My court date is coming up in two weeks," Bynes said. "I want to thank you all so much for your love and support. Peace out." While the situation obviously calls to mind Britney Spears' court battle, one key difference is that Bynes' parents immediately got behind the end of the conservatorship. "The professionals say she is ready to make her own life choices and decisions and are so proud of her," an attorney for Bynes' parents told NBC. "They 100 percent support her decision to end the conservatorship." Her next hearing is scheduled for March 22. We assume Judge Trudy will have to recuse herself from the case.