The daily gossip: Ezra Miller arrested for disorderly conduct, Jada Pinkett Smith wants 'healing' after Oscars slap, and more

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1. Ezra Miller arrested for alleged disorderly conduct

How much worse can things get for the Fantastic Beasts franchise? Ezra Miller has been charged with disorderly conduct and harassment after being arrested over an incident at a bar in Hawaii. Police said the actor, who plays the Flash in the DC universe and stars in next month's Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, "became agitated while patrons at the bar began singing karaoke." Miller "began yelling obscenities and at one point grabbed the microphone from a 23-year-old woman singing karaoke (disorderly conduct offense) and later lunged at a 32-year-old man playing darts (harassment offense)," police said, adding that "the bar owner asked Miller to calm down several times to no avail." Previously, Miller posted a bizarre video in January appearing to randomly threaten a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Miller also made headlines in 2020 for appearing to choke a woman at a bar in Iceland. If the Academy ends up taking back Will Smith's Oscar, does that mean the Flash actor's place atop the all-important Oscars Cheer Moment poll is also in danger?

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2. Jada Pinkett Smith — and Will Smith's mom — speak out after The Slap

Welcome to day two of Slap fallout, folks! Will Smith on Monday night finally apologized directly to Chris Rock for slapping him at the Oscars, calling his behavior "unacceptable and inexcusable," and on Tuesday, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith sort of broke her silence on Instagram. "This is a season for healing and I'm here for it," she wrote. Well, Chris Rock's face definitely needed some healing, so, agreed! Meanwhile, Will Smith's mom shared her take. Speaking to Philadelphia's 6ABC, Carolyn Smith said her son is a "very even, people person," and "that's the first time I've ever seen him go off. First time in his lifetime … I've never seen him do that." On the flip side, Jim Carrey in a CBS interview went off not only on Smith, but on the Oscars audience who still gave him a standing ovation after the slap. "I was sickened by the standing ovation," Carrey said. "I felt like Hollywood is just spineless en masse."

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3. Amy Schumer clarifies Kirsten Dunst was 'in on' Oscars bit

Not a tremendous amount of people are talking about it, for obvious reasons, but Amy Schumer also received a bit of backlash for something she did during the Oscars. In the aftermath of the Slap, there was a bit in the show where Schumer told viewers about "seat-fillers," and she jokingly pretended to think Kirsten Dunst was one, leading the actress off-camera and taking her chair. "You know, that was my wife, Amy," Jesse Plemons told her, to which Schumer responded, "You're married to that seat-filler?" The gag, of course, was Schumer being oblivious to the fact that Dunst is a highly respected actress, but it sparked a surprising amount of backlash from people who accused Schumer of disrespecting Mary Jane herself. On Instagram, Schumer addressed the backlash, writing, "I love her too! That was a choreographed bit she was in on. Wouldn't disrespect that queen like that." Wow, next you're going to tell us Schumer isn't even really Spider-Man, either. And people wonder why no one wants to host the Oscars.

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4. Britney Spears slams Justin Timberlake on Instagram

Remember that period last year post-Framing Britney Spears when everyone was dragging Justin Timberlake non-stop? Well, Britney Spears is bringing a little bit of that energy back on her Instagram page. In a since-deleted post, the pop star slammed her ex, Justin Timberlake, accusing him of using her for "FAME AND ATTENTION." She wrote from the perspective of Jesus (?) telling her that "your ex … served with his first album using your name claiming you did him dirty." Timberlake famously implied Spears cheated on him in a song on his first solo album, "Cry Me A River," with a music video featuring a woman who looked quite a bit like her. Last year, shortly after a New York Times documentary about Spears was released, Timberlake apologized to both her and Janet Jackson, acknowledging he has "benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism."

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5. Hilaria and Alec Baldwin are expecting another child

Hilaria and Alec Baldwin aren't quite in Cheaper by the Dozen territory, but they're getting a little closer. Hilaria Baldwin revealed Tuesday on Instagram that after "many ups and downs over the past few years," she has an "exciting up" to share: she and Alec Baldwin are expecting another baby. This will be the couple's seventh child together, and she called the baby a "blessing and a gift during such uncertain times." She shared the news alongside video of her and Alec playing with their kids, who range in age from 13 months to eight years old. Alec Baldwin also has a 26-year-old daughter with his ex-wife Kim Basinger. "We were pretty sure our family was complete," Hilaria Baldwin wrote, "and we're beyond happy with this surprise." This was Hilaria's first Instagram post since she announced a social media hiatus on March 4, making her the one human being on Earth who did not share a hot take about The Slap.

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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.