The daily gossip: Mariah Carey wished Shawn Mendes a happy Thanksgiving yesterday, Adam Scott went to a lot of effort to get a fake ID, and more
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Mariah Carey accidentally texts 'happy Thanksgiving' to Shawn Mendes on St. Patrick's Day
Mariah Carey might be the queen of Christmas, but a recent text to Shawn Mendes suggests her mastery over other holidays is a bit shakier. The singer revealed on Twitter she had a bit of a texting snafu with Mendes on St. Patrick's Day, sharing a screenshot of her bizarrely texting him, "Happy thanksgiving !!!!" Apparently, this is an inside joke she has with her cousin, also named Shawn M, "where we tell each other Happy Thanksgiving on St. Patrick's Day." But she accidentally sent it to Mendes instead, only to frantically follow up, "Wrong Shawn. Sorry. Also, I do realize it is NOT Thanksgiving. Haha." Sure, that's what they all say. Carey didn't say how this inside joke started, though we'd like to think she refuses to even acknowledge any holidays that aren't in the vicinity of Christmas. Get outta here, Groundhog Day!
Adam Scott went to a lot of effort to get a fake ID
When it came to getting a fake ID, Adam Scott wasn't playing. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Severance star recalled wanting to get a "more legit fake ID" when he was 16, so he went all out and "did something that was really quite illegal." Scott's older brother was over 21 at the time, so he went down to City Hall to obtain his brother's birth certificate. "They just gave it to me," Scott recalled. He then took that to the DMV and had them make him a new driver's license using his brother's name but with his photo. The plan worked, but there was one snag: when it came in the mail, his mom got to it first. Scott's brother "begrudgingly paid me the respect that I deserved in actually going through with it," the Parks and Recreation star said, "but did not let me keep it." Kimmel, for one, was absolutely outraged that Scott's brother didn't help facilitate the scheme, exasperatedly asking, "What kind of weirdo older brother is this?"
Same-sex kiss restored to 'Lightyear' after Disney's 'Don’t Say Gay' mess
Disney is apparently hoping another "exclusively gay moment" will fix everything. After the company faced backlash for its disastrous response to Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill, Variety revealed the upcoming Pixar movie Lightyear will feature a same-sex kiss. The movie reportedly includes a female character who's in a relationship with another woman, and although a kiss between them had been cut out of the movie, it was restored last week. The kiss was reportedly put back in as Disney faced massive backlash when its CEO said he'd remain silent on the controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill, a position he later reversed. One couldn't be blamed for not declaring victory over the news after many examples of LGBTQ representation in Disney movies ended up being extremely tiny, blink-and-you-miss-it moments that could easily be cut for China, but Variety claims in this case, it's a "significant" character who has a "meaningful" gay relationship. We'll see!
Some very talented people are making a movie based on Play-Doh
So it's come to this. A movie based on Play-Doh — yes, that Play-Doh — is in the works at Hasbro, and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter is on board. Emily V. Gordon, who wrote the acclaimed rom-com The Big Sick with her husband Kumail Nanjiani, is writing the Play-Doh movie. Plus, Jon M. Chu, the director of In the Heights, is set to produce, and might even direct. The movie will be animated, and though we have no idea what kind of plot they could pull together, Chu and Gordon declared they'll be "bringing the audience a moldable, pliable, iconically-scented story about the importance of imagination." Ok, sure! Ever since The Lego Movie was actually really good, tons of completely insane-sounding projects based on toys have gone forward, like the Barbie movie directed by Greta Gerwig — because apparently there are now two tracks for Hollywood filmmakers: make superhero movies or make movies based on toys. File this one under news that makes you want to exclaim, "D'oh!"
Did a 'Grey's Anatomy' writer lie about her 'personal story'?
We've been inundated with TV shows about scammers lately, but what about a story about an (alleged) scammer working on a TV show? A writer for Grey's Anatomy, Elisabeth Finch, has been placed on leave amid an investigation into whether she lied about her medical history, something the writer's room drew upon as inspiration. According to The Ankler, there are "serious concerns" that "at least parts of Finch's life story" that she shared internally and publicly, including regarding her medical background, were made up. Finch has said she was diagnosed with bone cancer, had an abortion amid chemotherapy treatment, lost a kidney and part of her leg, was misdiagnosed by a doctor, and more, details she's spoken and written about. But The Ankler claims Finch's own wife, Jennifer Beyer, found out about her "alleged deceptions" and told Disney executives. In a statement, Shondaland said "only Elisabeth can speak to her personal story." Stay tuned on how the probe plays out, but we look forward to seeing Hollywood somehow stretch this story out into an entire Inventing Anna-style series, too.