The daily gossip: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora get married, Ezra Miller charged with felony burglary, and more
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Taika Waititi and Rita Ora get married
It looks like Taika Waititi has "taied" the knot. The Thor: Love and Thunder director has married singer Rita Ora, a source confirmed to E! News. An earlier report from The Sun said the two crazy kids secretly got hitched in an "intimate ceremony in London," and she's reportedly changing her last name to Waititi-Ora. "A big, showbiz-style bash is planned to celebrate," a source told The Sun. Waititi and Ora have been dating since last year, though they've been quite private about the romance. But in a Valentine's Day post this past February, the director shared a photo from the night he and his "bestie" met four years earlier. "We've been mates ever since," he said. "Then a year ago we decided to 'complicate' things but it just got easier." In her own Valentine's Day post, Ora wrote, "Thanks for being cool. And entertaining me forevs."
Ezra Miller has now also been charged with felony burglary
So, any second thoughts on which upcoming DC movie to cancel, Warner Bros.? The Flash star Ezra Miller is facing even more criminal charges, this time after allegedly stealing alcohol from a Vermont home in May. "Several bottles of alcohol were taken from within the residence while the homeowners were not present," police said, and Miller was charged with felony burglary. This adds to the ridiculously long list of allegations the actor has faced this year after being arrested for disorderly conduct and assault and accused of grooming a teenager and running a cult. You know, all very normal stuff for the lead of a tentpole blockbuster! Despite all this, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav proudly declared last week The Flash will still be released in 2023 and that he's "excited" about it. At this point, we're starting to think Miller could shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue and The Flash would still come out.
'Shake It Off' lyrics were 'written entirely by me,' Taylor Swift says in court documents
Taylor Swift just can't seem to shake off a copyright lawsuit over one of her biggest hits, but this is her trying. The pop star has filed new legal documents personally shooting down claims she plagiarized her 2014 song "Shake It Off." Swift is accused of stealing lyrics from the 3LW song "Playas Gon' Play," as both songs include variations of the phrases "haters gonna hate" and "players gonna play." But Swift says the "Shake It Off" lyrics were "written entirely by me" and that she never even heard the song "Playas Gon' Play" before this lawsuit. She adds that "Shake It Off" was inspired by her personal experiences dealing with "unrelenting public scrutiny" and that the phrases in question are hardly unique to that song, as she's heard them "uttered countless times." The lawsuit is expected to head to trial, where Swift's team will likely make use of the tried and true "you need to calm down" legal strategy.
Neve Campbell says 'Scream 6' wouldn’t have lowballed her 'if I were a man'
There are certain rules that one must abide by in order to successfully revive a horror movie. For instance, you can never lowball the main star. Neve Campbell is opening up further about declining to return for the upcoming sixth Scream film over a salary dispute, telling People, "I honestly don't believe that if I were a man and had done five installments of a huge blockbuster franchise over 25 years, that the number that I was offered would be the number that would be offered to a man." The new comments come as some fans remain convinced Campbell secretly will return and this is all an Andrew Garfield-esque ruse — but accusing the studio of sexism would be one heck of a commitment to the bit. Still, Campbell tells Entertainment Tonight she'd be open to coming back "if they were to come to me with an amount that" isn't insultingly low. If not, don't be shocked if fans decide to ghost this franchise.
Kenan Thompson to host the 2022 Emmys
Aw, here it goes. Kenan Thompson will be your host for this year's Emmy Awards, NBC has confirmed. The Saturday Night Live star and Kenan & Kel alum called the news "ridiculously exciting." Thompson, who has been on SNL longer than any cast member in history, will emcee for NBC months after the network canceled his sitcom Kenan, a show that also failed to earn him his own Emmy nomination this year. No hard feelings? It's definitely a logical choice, though an earlier report from Deadline suggested NBC was trying to go a bit bigger with the host pick — no offense, Kenan — by looking at names like Dwayne Johnson and Chris Rock. Both apparently weren't interested, perhaps because there's now a non-zero chance that whoever hosts will end up getting assaulted on stage. Paging Kel: We're going to need your help on this year's official Emmys anti-slapping task force.