The daily gossip: Grimes and Elon Musk secretly welcomed another baby, Josh Peck is in Christopher Nolan's next movie, and more

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1. Grimes and Elon Musk secretly welcomed another child

Grimes and Elon Musk have welcomed another child, named after the sound we make when reading news about them: "Y." Grimes revealed to Vanity Fair that she and Musk secretly had a second child — after the interviewing journalist figured it out by hearing the baby crying. Their daughter arrived via surrogate in December, and is named Exa Dark Sideræl, though they just call her Y. Grimes helpfully broke down that the exa references the supercomputing term exaFLOPS, dark is for "the unknown," and sideræl is a "more elven" spelling of sidereal, "the true time of the universe." The news might come as a surprise considering Musk confirmed last year he and Grimes were "semi-separated." But when asked about their relationship status, Grimes said, "I would probably refer to him as my boyfriend, but we're very fluid." You can say that again, as Grimes later tweeted, "Me and E have broken up *again* since the writing of this article haha."

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2. Josh Peck cast in Christopher Nolan's next movie

How can Christopher Nolan make the cast of his next movie even more insane? He found a way. Drake and Josh star Josh Peck has joined the Dark Knight director's new movie, Oppenheimer. Nolan's follow-up to Tenet will center around the "father of the atomic bomb," with Cillian Murphy playing J. Robert Oppenheimer. Peck reportedly snagged the role of Kenneth Bainbridge, a scientist involved in the Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer has gradually built up one of the most insanely stacked casts in recent memory, as it also stars Robert Downey, Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Kenneth Branagh, Alden Ehrenreich, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie, Dane DeHaan, Josh Hartnett, and Jack Quaid, to name a few. For Peck, it's another big post-Nickelodeon role — he recently popped up on Hulu's How I Met Your Father, playing a love interest for Hilary Duff's character. As for Drake, well, let's just say these two have definitely had different career paths.

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3. Nick Cannon's talk show has already been canceled

Nick Cannon will now have more time to spend with his many children. His daytime talk show Nick Cannon has already been canceled after just six months. According to Variety, staffers on the show were told Thursday that it would be the last day of production. Cannon's syndicated show had been struggling in the ratings, and its distributor wished him "continued success with his many hit ventures." Cannon got his own show after a stint as a guest host on Wendy Williams', though according to Page Six, the Nick Cannon show was only drawing about 400,000 viewers. Cannon is still the host of Fox's The Masked Singer. He addressed his show's cancellation Thursday, declaring he wouldn't be "going nowhere" but would instead be "broadening my audience."

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4. Actor finally gets to ask Tom Hanks why he got him fired

It was a conversation 20 years in the making. In 2020, actor Connor Ratliff launched a podcast called Dead Eyes centered around a mystery that has long haunted him: why did Tom Hanks get him fired from a role in the 2001 HBO limited series Band of Brothers? Ratliff was told that Hanks, the director, thought he had "dead eyes." The podcast culminated in Thursday's episode, in which Hanks himself came on to clear the air. "Not a single moment of this rings a bell," Hanks told Ratliff. He described being "aghast" when he learned about the podcast's premise, asking himself, "I did what?" But Hanks took "full responsibility for doing this to you," and he was horrified that the "dead eyes" comment got back to Ratliff. "Whoever communicated to you what was said in the inner sanctum with such authenticity should have their kneecaps broken," Hanks said. In a moment that must have been rather cathartic for Ratliff, Hanks also looked at the actor's old headshot and retracted his past statement. "These are not dead eyes!" Hanks said. "I don't get it!"

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5. George R.R. Martin admits he made less progress on 'The Winds of Winter' last year

Is it time to throw in the towel and admit winter isn't coming — The Winds of Winter, that is? George R.R. Martin has provided an update on his massively delayed next Game of Thrones book, revealing how much progress he made on it last year: more than "none." In a blog, Martin admitted that while he made a "lot of progress" on the sixth Thrones book in 2020, he made "less" in 2021, though he pointed out, "'less' is not 'none.'" Martin laid out the many, many other things he's working on, including the Game of Thrones spinoff shows and his own non-Winds book projects. And yeah, you might be thinking, "if the entire world was waiting for you to publish a single book for 11 years, how could you possibly work on anything else?" Well, Martin writes, "I know, for many of you out there, only one of those projects matters. I am sorry for you. They ALL matter to me."

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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.