The daily gossip: Kim Kardashian wears actual Marilyn Monroe dress to the Met Gala, Meg Ryan to make rom-com return, and more
Kim Kardashian wears actual Marilyn Monroe dress to the Met Gala
Who are you wearing? Why, Ripley's Believe It or Not, of course! At Monday night's Met Gala, Kim Kardashian showed up wearing the actual dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she famously sang "Happy Birthday" to John F. Kennedy in 1962. "It is a stunning skintight gown adorned with more than 6,000 hand-sewn crystals by costumier Jean Louis," she said. Kardashian thanked Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum for lending her the dress, which sold at auction for almost $5 million in 2016. Speaking to Vogue, Kardashian explained she went on a diet specifically to wear the dress because it initially didn't fit her — a discovery she made after guards brought the dress to her from a vault. "I didn't starve myself," she said, "but I was so strict." In the end, Kardashian only wore the dress for a few minutes before changing into a replica, apparently not enough time to bust out a rendition of "Happy birthday, Mr. Davidson" six months early.
Meg Ryan to star with David Duchovny in a new rom-com
This is not a drill: Meg Ryan has set her triumphant return to rom-coms. The When Harry Met Sally actress will star alongside David Duchovny in What Happens Later, a new romantic comedy she's also directing. It's described as an "evolved and nostalgic take on the romantic comedy," following two ex-lovers who reunite when they both get snowed in at an airport. Hijinks, one can only presume, ensue. Producers declared this "special story" is one that will resonate "in these uncertain times when connection and reconciliation feel more important than ever." For Ryan, this will mark not just a return to romantic comedies, but a return to acting in general, as she hasn't appeared in a movie since 2015. With Duchovny's help, will it be the first step toward a Ryanaissance? We want to believe.
A new 'Jackass' series is headed to Paramount+
Hi, I'm Johnny Knoxville, and welcome to streaming! A new Jackass series is officially in the works for the streaming service Paramount+, the company announced Tuesday. This comes after the latest film in the wince-inducing stunt franchise, Jackass Forever, performed well at the box office, and it will mark Jackass' return to television following its run on MTV. It hasn't been confirmed who will return for the show, but Jackass Forever introduced a new generation of performers who will presumably be involved, including the first female cast member. As for Johnny Knoxville, he has said he's retiring from "big stunts" after nearly dying in the fourth film when a brutal bull encounter left him with a brain hemorrhage. We're not convinced he'll be able to resist a return, though, so don't be surprised to one day see Jackass: Retirement Home, in which old age makeup is no longer required.
Allison Janney joins Kristen Wiig and Laura Dern in Apple comedy
Allison Janney is saying hi, hi to Mrs. American Pie. The West Wing star has been cast in Mrs. American Pie, a new comedy from Apple TV+ starring Kristen Wiig and Laura Dern. The series, which is based on Juliet McDaniel's novel, is set in the 1970s, and it involves Wiig's character attempting to "secure her place" in "high society" in Palm Beach, according to Variety. Janney's character will be a part of that high society. Dern is producing the show in addition to reportedly having a leading role. This will be Janney's latest major TV role after she finished her work on the CBS sitcom Mom, which earned her two of her whopping seven Emmys. Janney also, of course, won four Emmys for her role as C.J. Cregg on The West Wing. Mrs. American Pie sounds like a good next step for her — though is it too late to just make this an actual American Pie movie instead?
Daniel Radcliffe shows off his Weird Al transformation in 'Weird' trailer
Daniel Radcliffe will dare to be stupid in his latest film. Roku has dropped the first trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, the new comedy starring Radcliffe as "Weird Al" Yankovic. It opens on an extremely dramatic scene of screaming fans at a concert, only for a shirtless Radcliffe — who looks surprisingly ripped — to dramatically pop into the frame with an accordion. The rest of the footage is set to Weird Al's "Like a Surgeon," using the actual track rather than a Radcliffe version, and it ends with Radcliffe asking, "Anyone got an accordion?" The project certainly came together rather quickly, as it was announced in January, began shooting in February, and will be out this fall — a release window that presumably suggests Roku realizes Radcliffe has got the Best Actor Oscar race locked up. Sorry, DiCaprio, try learning to play the accordion next time!