The daily gossip: Margaret Qualley and Jack Antonoff are engaged, Rachel Zegler cast in Hunger Games prequel, and more
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Margaret Qualley and Jack Antonoff are engaged
Once upon a time in Hollywood, Margaret Qualley said yes. The Maid star is engaged to boyfriend Jack Antonoff, People reports. She confirmed the news on Tuesday, showing off her engagement ring on Instagram. Qualley and the Bleachers musician have been dating since summer 2021, and they went public with the relationship earlier this year. She previously dated Shia LaBeouf and Pete Davidson, and Antonoff was with Lena Dunham for about five years. Antonoff has collaborated with Taylor Swift on her last few albums, and Swifties will recall him breaking down tracks with her on Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions. Qualley, meanwhile, stars in the upcoming Stars at Noon with Joe Alwyn, Swift's boyfriend, because everything in the entertainment industry is connected. So will Alwyn and William Bowery both need to get separate wedding gifts?
Rachel Zegler cast in the 'Hunger Games' prequel
Fans felt pretty — oh so pretty — sure Rachel Zegler was joining the Hunger Games franchise based on her cryptic tweet, and they were right. The West Side Story star on Monday fueled speculation she would star in the Hunger Games prequel movie The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by tweeting, "Listen up….. can y'all grow restfully? are you becoming an individual resting decisively?" It seemed pretty random until you realize the first letters of each word spell out Lucy Gray Baird, and on Tuesday, it was confirmed she's been cast in the Hunger Games prequel as this character, the female lead. In the book, Lucy is a District 12 tribute who's mentored by a young Coriolanus Snow. This will be another huge role for Zegler, who's also joining the DC universe in Shazam! Fury of the Gods and playing the live-action Snow White. "So much joy," she tweeted Tuesday. "I love movies." May the odds be ever in her favor.
Director Cary Fukunaga accused of inappropriate behavior on set
No Time to Die director Cary Fukunaga is facing new allegations of inappropriate behavior. A Rolling Stone exposé published Tuesday cited almost a dozen sources who accused Fukunaga of using "his sets as an opportunity to meet younger women and openly pursue multiple female cast and crew members at once during production," which "bordered on workplace harassment." According to the report, it was openly discussed among the cast and crew that Fukunaga used his sets "as a personal pickup bar," and one crew member said colleagues had to keep an eye on her after she grew uncomfortable with his advances. "I believe completely that he was abusing his power," she said, and another source said she feared possible career repercussions for rebuffing his advances. Fukunaga's attorney told Rolling Stone there is "nothing salacious about pursuing friendships or consensual romantic relationships with women" and that he has "befriended men and women, young and old" on set.
'Stranger Things' season 4 has everyone listening to Kate Bush
The biggest star of Stranger Things 4 is ... Kate Bush? Nearly 40 years after its release, Bush's song "Running Up That Hill" has exploded in popularity after it played a significant role in the new season of the Netflix hit. It's cited as the favorite song of Sadie Sink's character, Max, and she listens to it in perhaps the most memorable scene of the season. As a result, "Running Up That Hill" shot up to number one on the iTunes charts, and it also had an 8,700 percent increase in global streams on Spotify compared to the day before the season came out, according to Billboard. Naturally, the news prompted some complaints that Gen Z was just now getting into Bush through a TV show, because the most insidious villain of all isn't Vecna, but musical gatekeepers.
'Star Wars' tells fans 'don't choose to be a racist' amid attacks on Moses Ingram
A new piece of Star Wars media just debuted, and — are you sitting down? — some fans are being pretty toxic about it. Moses Ingram, who plays Jedi hunter Reva Sevander in Obi-Wan Kenobi, on Tuesday shared a look at some of the racist hate she's been dealing with since the show debuted, including vile messages using the N-word and telling her she's a "diversity hire." The actress said she has already received "hundreds" of similar ones. Star Wars' official social media accounts came to Ingram's defense, saying "we are proud to welcome" her to the franchise. "If anyone intends to make her feel in any way unwelcome, we have only one thing to say: we resist," the Star Wars Twitter account said, adding, "There are more than 20 million sentient species in the Star Wars galaxy, don't choose to be a racist." Ingram, meanwhile, thanked those fans who have been supporting her — and "to the rest of y'all," she said, "y'all weird."