The daily gossip: Thandiwe Newton denies Magic Mike fight with Channing Tatum, Kaley Cuoco will 'never get married again,' and more
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Thandiwe Newton denies being fired from 'Magic Mike' over fight with Channing Tatum
Thandiwe Newton is dancing away from Magic Mike — and one wild report claimed it's because of ... Will Smith's Oscars slap? Warner Bros. confirmed Newton will no longer be the female lead of Magic Mike's Last Dance, as she's stepping away to "deal with family matters." But a report from The Sun claimed she was actually "axed" after getting in an "unimaginably vicious" fight with Channing Tatum about Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars. "It was a tense exchange of words, but suddenly it escalated — Channing got into this car and he disappeared," a source claimed. A spokesperson for Newton denied the claims, though, telling The Daily Mail, "This report is completely inaccurate." Page Six is also backing Newton up, reporting "the dispute didn't even happen" and she really is leaving because of family matters. The film is now set to star Salma Hayek, who will presumably avoid mentioning Will Smith in Tatum's presence just in case.
Kaley Cuoco 'will never get married again'
Kaley Cuoco says ...I don't. The Flight Attendant star tells Glamour she has sworn off ever getting married again after going through two divorces. "I would love to have a long-lasting relationship or a partnership," Cuoco said. "But I will never get married again." Cuoco and her husband Karl Cook announced they were separating last September after getting married in 2018, and she was previously married to tennis player Ryan Sweeting for three years. Now, Cuoco — appearing confident no one will resurface these quotes in a best man speech in a few years — swore to Glamour she will "absolutely not" tie the knot a third time, confidently declaring, "You can literally put that on the cover." That said, Cuoco does "believe there is someone out there" for her. "I love love," she said. "I'm not someone that wants to be by myself."
Al Pacino's girlfriend is 53 years younger than him
It seems Al Pacino and Leonardo DiCaprio have at least one major thing in common. Pacino is currently dating a woman who is quite a bit younger than him — as in, 53 years, according to Page Six. The 81-year-old actor has been going out with 28-year old Noor Alfallah "for some time," the report said. Alfallah previously dated 78-year-old Mick Jagger. "She mostly dates very rich older men," a source told Page Six. Pacino and Alfallah were recently spotted at dinner together with Jason Momoa — the same dinner where it was revealed he uses a Shrek iPhone case. Could Alfallah have introduced Pacino to her generation's Shrek obsession? The two "get on very well," Page Six's source said, adding the "age gap doesn't seem to be a problem, even though he is older than her father." Pacino previously dated Meital Dohan, who is in her 40s now. After they broke up, she brutally concluded, "It's hard to be with a man so old."
Warner Bros Discovery reportedly eyes DC 'overhaul'
Holy shake-up, Batman! DC Entertainment is now owned by the newly-merged Warner Bros. Discovery, and the company is "exploring an overhaul," Variety reported Thursday. The DC franchise has been fairly all over the place lately to the point of having multiple Batmen at the same time, but the report said Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav wants to hire a "creative and strategic czar" to oversee things — sort of like Marvel's franchise mastermind Kevin Feige. Discovery insiders reportedly feel DC "lacks a coherent creative and brand strategy" right now, and the company wants to revitalize characters who have been "left to languish," including Superman. This isn't the first time we've seen a report about a planned DC shake-up that will definitely fix everything for real, so will this one actually go anywhere? Clearly, the real solution is simple: introduce about fifty more Jokers.
Does anyone care about 'Jeopardy!' host Mayim Bialik repeating a blazer?
What is … she talking about? In at least two interviews, Jeopardy! host Mayim Bialik has discussed fans freaking out about her wearing the same blazer on the show multiple times. "That's right!" she tweeted. "I repeated a blazer! You caught me! And I'll do it again!" But on Thursday, The Ringer's Claire McNear, whose reporting led to Mike Richards' ouster as host, observed that "what's strange is ... no one's been able to find the supposed blazer criticism." Indeed, multiple articles covering the "Jeopardy! wardrobe controversy" cited no examples of anyone being upset, though one self-described "Jeopardy Fashion Connoisseur" simply pointed out her outfit choice without negative feedback. That "Fashion Connoisseur" responded to Bialik on Twitter, "MAYIM, NOBODY CRITICIZED YOU FOR THIS," accusing her of "inventing a controversy to keep people talking about her" while Ken Jennings — who Bialik is competing with for the permanent hosting job — is behind the lectern. So yeah, Jeopardy! scandals are seemingly just a permanent fixture of our lives now.