1. Post Malone casually reveals he welcomed his 1st child
Now they always say congratulations, especially when you become a dad. Post Malone has welcomed his first child, and he shared the news not via some official announcement, but a casual reference to his newborn daughter on The Howard Stern Show. During the interview, Malone recalled he woke up yesterday and "kissed my baby girl" ... to which a confused Howard Stern asked, "Baby girl — you're referring to your girlfriend?" But no, Malone clarified he meant "my daughter," which Stern noted is how we're learning for the first time he has a child. The rapper previously revealed his girlfriend — whose name still isn't known — was pregnant, but he never made an announcement when she gave birth. Malone wasn't done dropping major life announcements like they were nothing, though, as he also revealed he's getting married. "She's my fiancée," Malone said. Looks like someone's ready to enter the post-bachelor period of his life.
2. The sequel to 'Knives Out' is called 'Glass Onion'
The mystery of how Rian Johnson will title the films in his Knives Out franchise has been solved. Netflix on Monday revealed the sequel to Johnson's 2019 whodunnit will be officially called Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Set for release this holiday season, it features Daniel Craig returning as Detective Benoit Blanc, but otherwise, it's an entirely new mystery with a new cast. Johnson was inspired by Agatha Christie and her Hercule Poirot novels, and he said Monday every installment in the series will "be like a whole new book, with its own tone, ambition, reason for being," and name. Notably, Knives Out was the title of a Radiohead song, and Glass Onion is the title of a Beatles song — which, according to The Beatles Bible, "was John Lennon's answer to those who looked for hidden meanings in The Beatles' music." Hopefully, this will be one whodunnit with plenty of layers.
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3. Lizzo under fire over 'ableist slur' in latest song
It's about damn time musicians stop using an ableist slur that shows up on Lizzo's new single, according to fans. The singer is facing backlash after using the word "spaz" in her latest song "Grrrls," with some calling for her to change the lyrics. "My disability Cerebral Palsy is literally classified as Spastic Diplegia ... your new song makes me pretty angry + sad," one disability advocate tweeted at Lizzo. "'Spaz' doesn't mean freaked out or crazy. It's an ableist slur." Another fan asked her to remove the word because "it's a slur and really offensive to the disabled community." Lizzo hasn't responded to the criticism, but "Weird Al" Yankovic faced similar backlash in 2014 for using the term "spastic" on his song "Word Crimes," and he apologized at the time. "If you thought I didn't know that 'spastic' is considered a highly offensive slur by some people … you're right, I didn't," he said. "Deeply sorry."
4. Australian newspaper apologizes after threat to out Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community last week, but it seems the timing wasn't entirely her decision. After the Pitch Perfect star revealed she's in a relationship with a woman, Andrew Hornery, a columnist for the Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald, published a bizarre article on Saturday admitting he emailed Wilson's representatives the day before and seemingly threatened to out her as gay in an upcoming column. Even stranger, Hornery seemed annoyed that she then decided to announce the news herself. "Her choice to ignore our discreet, genuine and honest queries was, in our view, underwhelming," he wrote. On Twitter, Wilson said the situation was "hard" but that she tried to "handle it with grace," and by Monday, the Herald apologized and removed its previous column. "My email was never intended to be a threat," Hornery said, but he acknowledged, "The framing of it was a mistake." You think?
5. Taylor Swift wants to direct a movie
You know the greatest films of all time were never made — at least, not yet. During a Q&A at a screening of her All Too Well short film, Taylor Swift revealed she "would love" to direct a movie. "It would be so fantastic to write and direct a feature," she said. Swift directed the All Too Well short starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O'Brien, and she also got behind the camera for her "The Man" music video. During the Q&A, Swift recalled she only directed the latter because "all of my favorite female directors were booked," but she ended up finding the experience "incredibly fulfilling." She didn't get into what kind of movie she'd want to make, but she imagines it wouldn't be much "bigger in terms of scale" than the All Too Well short. If you thought Marvel movies have a lot of Easter eggs, you haven't seen anything yet.
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