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The Emmy nominations are absolutely chaotic
Happy "pretend not to care about the Emmys while getting really mad about the Emmy nominations" day to all who celebrate! The 2022 Emmy nominations were announced Tuesday, and there were some real jaw-droppers, maybe the biggest being Mandy Moore getting snubbed for the final season of This Is Us. Other omissions included Sadie Sink for Stranger Things and Selena Gomez for Only Murders In the Building (though Gomez was nominated as a producer of the show). Surprises included Reese Witherspoon randomly getting nominated for The Morning Show instead of Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Oh, and Jodie Comer getting nominated for Killing Eve despite everyone hating the show's ending. Dave Chappelle's controversial Netflix special The Closer was also nominated, just to ensure everyone is as mad as possible. But at least Rhea Seehorn was finally nominated for Better Call Saul, and Sydney Sweeney, who received not one but two nominations for Euphoria and The White Lotus, has never, ever been happier.
Mickey Rourke declares Tom Cruise is 'irrelevant'
Mickey Rourke, who was last in a hit movie during the Obama administration, has some thoughts on who's irrelevant these days: the star of this summer's biggest blockbuster. In an interview with Piers Morgan, the Wrestler star went after Tom Cruise as "irrelevant," slamming him for playing "the same part for 35 effing years." Sure, Cruise's latest film, Top Gun: Maverick, is an unprecedented phenomenon and one of the highest-grossing movies ever made. But Rourke said this "doesn't mean s--t to me," adding he has "no respect" for Cruise's willingness to essentially take the same role over and over. "When I watch Al Pacino working, Christopher Walken, and De Niro's early work … Richard Harris' work and Ray Winstone's work, that's the kind of actor I want to be like," he said. Cruise hasn't issued a response, though it would presumably be something akin to Don Draper's "I don't think about you at all."
Bradley Cooper and Huma Abedin are reportedly dating
Huma Abedin is ready to love again — and she's made quite the upgrade. The top Hillary Clinton aide and ex-wife of disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner is dating Bradley Cooper, Page Six revealed on Tuesday. They've reportedly been seeing each other for a few months after being introduced by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. "They've been keeping it really quiet," an insider told Page Six, adding "they are perfect for each other" and that "Bradley is a big step up from Anthony Weiner, to say the very least." You think? Cooper was reportedly previously dating Dianna Agron. Abedin, meanwhile, announced she and Weiner were separating in 2016, and he was sentenced to prison for sexting with a minor the following year. Between this and Chelsea Manning dating Grimes, is 2022 officially the year of the Mad Libs celebrity couple?
'Glee' star who accused Lea Michele of bullying reacts to 'Funny Girl' casting
Samantha Ware isn't laughing about Lea Michele's casting in Funny Girl. Ware, the Glee actress who accused Michele of bullying more than two years ago, has reacted to her former co-star landing a major Broadway role as if nothing happened. "Yes, im affected," she tweeted. "Yes, I'm human. Yes, I'm Black. Yes, I was abused. Yes, my dreams were tainted." In 2020, Ware said Michele made her life "a living hell" on Glee with "traumatic" microaggressions and at one point said that "if [she] had the opportunity [she] would 's--t in my wig.'" Michele apologized at the time, saying she didn't remember this but "clearly acted in ways which hurt other people." Cut to 2022, and Michele is set to play Fanny Brice in Funny Girl — leading Ware to conclude that "Broadway upholds whiteness," and "Hollywood does the same."
James Franco snags new movie role amid acting comeback attempt
Cancel culture strikes again! James Franco, who in 2018 faced allegations of sexual misconduct, has landed a new movie role. The Disaster Artist star has been cast as one of the leads in a "post-World War II coming-of-age drama" called Me, You, in which he'll play a "hardened fisherman," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Franco has mostly retreated from the public eye since being accused of sexual misconduct and sued for allegedly sexually exploiting students at the acting school he founded. He settled for $2.2 million and admitted to sleeping with students in an interview last year. "There were certain instances where I was in a consensual thing with a student, and I shouldn't have been," Franco said, adding that he was "completely blind to power dynamics." But don't expect him to team back up with his former buddy Seth Rogen anytime soon. Rogen said last year he has no plans to work with Franco again and that "I despise abuse and harassment."