The daily gossip: Ryan Gosling received a sign that he must play Ken, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez can't stop making out in Paris, and more
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Ryan Gosling received a sign that he must play Ken in 'Barbie'
It was Ken-t to be. On The Tonight Show, Ryan Gosling revealed the surprising reason he took the role of Ken in Greta Gerwig's Barbie movie: he received a sign, presumably from the movie gods. After being offered the role, Gosling says he went into his backyard to reflect on the decision … and found a Ken doll lying "face down in the mud next to a squished lemon." He immediately took a photo of the sad scene, sending it to Gerwig and accepting the offer right there. "I shall be your Ken," Gosling texted her, "for his story must be told." Okay, so maybe that's not the only reason, as Gosling also told Jimmy Fallon the Barbie screenplay was the "best script I've ever read." Besides, maybe he'll be able to do his part to ensure Ken finally gets some respect, as he wistfully reflected, "Nobody plays with Ken, man."
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez can't stop making out on Paris honeymoon
It's time to conclude Bennifer Wedding Week with a little Bennifer in Paris. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are apparently honeymooning in Paris after getting married in Las Vegas over the weekend, and photos published by Page Six showed them making out "like teenagers" on a park bench on Friday. According to People, they "spent more than two hours" cuddling and kissing. This came after both Page Six and TMZ published photos showing the two crazy kids making out while at a restaurant in Paris, and this time, they were seen kissing right next to Affleck's 16-year-old daughter, Violet. Affleck's 13-year-old daughter Seraphina and Lopez's 14-year-old daughter Emme were also reportedly present — and TMZ's headline imagined them declaring, "Mom, Dad, We're Right Here!!!" Though Affleck and Lopez had a surprisingly low-key Vegas wedding, there's apparently a big party still to come, so Bennifer Wedding Week is very quickly turning into Bennifer Wedding Year.
Drake weirdly posts photo of random woman on his Instagram
Smile, you're on … Drake's Instagram? The rapper is facing backlash after deciding to take a photo of a random woman at a restaurant, seemingly without her permission, and share it with his 117 million followers. Drake's Instagram story showed a woman seated across from him at a restaurant looking down at her phone, and he wrote, "Tried to airdrop this woman a pic of herself cause she's a dime," adding the shrugging and laughing crying emojis. On Reddit, fans were pretty weirded out by the "unbelievably creepy" behavior. "As if taking pictures of unsuspecting strangers isn't bad — and unfortunately normalized — enough, this guy is a celebrity, blasting out a random unaware woman's picture to millions and millions of people," one Reddit user commented. We're pretty sure we've seen a Lifetime movie that starts this way.
Bill Murray isn't in Wes Anderson's next movie because he got COVID
Are Bill Murray and Wes Anderson breaking up? Apparently not, but their streak of collaborations has reportedly ended thanks to COVID. The cast list for Anderson's next film, Asteroid City, was revealed this week, and longtime fans of the director couldn't help but notice that Murray's name was missing, despite Murray appearing in Anderson's last nine films going back to 1998's Rushmore. According to Variety, Murray actually was supposed to appear in Asteroid City, but he came down with COVID shortly before production began, so he was replaced with Steve Carrell. The report insists, then, his absence isn't for the reason you would assume: because Murray was recently accused of inappropriate conduct on the set of an Aziz Ansari film, leading that movie to suspend production. His conduct still hasn't been revealed, but Murray previously admitted he "did something I thought was funny and it wasn't taken that way."
Taylor Swift makes surprise appearance at HAIM concert
Taylor Swift is your cruel summer girl. Swift surprised fans by showing up unannounced at a HAIM concert in London on Thursday night, joining the trio to perform a mashup of Swift's "Love Story" and HAIM's own song "Gasoline." It was the latest collaboration between them after Swift showed up on remix of "Gasoline" last year, and HAIM also collaborated with Swift on her song "No Body, No Crime" from Evermore. "I heard my girls were playing in London at the O2 [Arena] and I thought, 'I'm gonna have to see that,'" Swift told the crowd. She appeared on stage wearing Black leather pants to go along with what the HAIM sisters wear, though her look definitely gave off major Reputation vibes. What does it mean? Is Reputation (Taylor's Version) on the way? Swifties, you have until Monday to report back with your Easter Egg dissertations.