The daily gossip: Margot Robbie went off-script to kiss Brad Pitt, Mindy Kaling claims The Office couldn't be made today because it's 'so inappropriate now,' and more
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Margot Robbie improvised a kiss with Brad Pitt: 'So sue me'
Once upon a time in Hollywood, Margot Robbie decided to shoot her shot. Speaking with E! News, the actress revealed a scene in her new movie Babylon where she kisses Brad Pitt "wasn't in the script" — and it sounds like she improvised it because she just wanted to kiss him. "I thought, 'When else am I gonna get the chance to kiss Brad Pitt?'" she recalled. "'I'm just gonna go for it.'" But Robbie had to convince the director, Damien Chazelle, that it was the right choice. "Damien was like, 'Well, she could — wait, hold on. You just wanna kiss Brad Pitt. And I was like, 'Oh, so sue me. This opportunity might never come up again.'" But Chazelle admitted it "does work for the character," so he let her do it — and then do it again. Robbie's campaign for the MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Kiss begins now.
Mindy Kaling says 'The Office' is 'so inappropriate now' and most characters would be 'canceled'
The Office probably couldn't be made today, Mindy Kaling says, and not just because Jim's pranks on Dwight wouldn't have quite as much punch over Slack. On Good Morning America, Kaling said she and her fellow former Office writers are constantly talking about how "so much of that show we probably couldn't make" today because it's "so inappropriate now," adding, "Tastes have changed, and honestly, what offends people has changed so much." The comment struck some as odd, though, considering The Office was inappropriate then, too, and that was the entire joke behind a lot of its cringe comedy. Besides, the wildly offensive It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is still on. When asked what her character Kelly Kapoor would be up to in 2022, Kaling also theorized she would have "been canceled," as "most of the characters on that show probably would be canceled now" — mainly Jim for identity theft. It's not a joke!
Nancy Meyers sadly debunks 'The Holiday' sequel rumors
Well, it's official: Christmas is canceled. Nancy Meyers fans lost their collective minds after The Sun claimed a sequel to her 2006 romantic comedy The Holiday is in the works with the original cast returning. But Meyers has now taken to Instagram to seriously disappoint everyone by writing, "So many DM's about this — sorry but it's not true." Kate Winslet, star of the original, also shot down the rumor, telling People, "I read something about that, but it's the first I've heard of it. I promise you not an agent or a representative or anyone from the first one around has had any conversation with me about that." Some of Meyers' famous fans didn't take the news well, with Katie Couric leaving a broken heart emoji in the director's Instagram comments, and even the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences commented with three crying emojis. If it wasn't true before, now she's got to do it. Hooray for peer pressure!
Adam Sandler showed up at director's house to demand he cast Brendan Fraser
It was Adam Sandler all along! In the first of Variety's 2022 Actors on Actors conversations, Adam Sandler reunited with his Airheads co-star Brendan Fraser — and essentially took credit for his entire career. "Remember when I discovered you?" Sandler told Fraser, explaining it was his idea to cast him in the 1994 comedy after seeing him in Encino Man. But according to Sandler, Airheads director Michael Lehmann was "very against" Fraser. So Sandler claims he showed up at the director's house at 4:00 a.m., woke him up, and threatened to quit the movie unless Fraser was cast. Fraser seemed shocked by this, noting Lehmann "sang a different tune" to him. But Sandler shot back, "He's a filthy liar! He didn't want you, I did, and the rest is pretty good. You had a good life because of it." With that in mind, he'll take a cut of those sweet, sweet Mummy residuals, please!
'Cheers' stars pay tribute to Kirstie Alley
Everybody's remembering her name, and they'll always be glad she came. Tributes are pouring in for Kirstie Alley, who died Monday at 71 after a short battle with colon cancer. Alley famously played Rebecca Howe on Cheers, and in a statement to Deadline, her former co-star Ted Danson said he just happened to be watching an old episode on a plane and learned of her death when he landed. "Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was both moving and hysterically funny," Danson said, adding, "I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh." Kelsey Grammer, who played Frasier, also told Deadline, "I loved her," while Rhea Perlman, who played Carla, said, "I've never met anyone remotely like her. I feel so thankful to have known her. I'm going to miss her very, very much."