The daily gossip: Barbie trailer teases next year's most important film, Britney Spears' husband would prefer she not constantly post topless photos, and more
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First trailer for Greta Gerwig's 'Barbie' spoofs '2001: A Space Odyssey'
Last night, moviegoers everywhere witnessed a stunning cinematic spectacle ... and they also saw the new Avatar. The first trailer for Greta Gerwig's Barbie movie made its surprise debut in front of Avatar: The Way of Water preview screenings before dropping online Friday, and it's ... a parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey? The footage opens with a group of young girls playing with baby dolls in a parody of 2001's famous ape scene, but instead of the monolith, they discover a giant Barbie (Margot Robbie, dressed like the first Barbie). "Since the beginning of time," Helen Mirren explains, "there have been dolls," but they were always "baby dolls, until…" — and a baby doll is thrown into the air before the Barbie logo appears. We then get quick shots of Barbie in a Dreamhouse neighborhood, a shirtless Ryan Gosling, a dancing Simu Liu, and more. Sorry, James Cameron: Your little sci-fi movie never stood a chance of competing with this.
Britney Spears' husband would prefer she not constantly post topless photos
Don't you know that she's topless? Sam Asghari says his wife, Britney Spears, is free to continue sharing nude photos on Instagram, even if he isn't a huge fan of her doing so. The pop star has drawn some concern after repeatedly posting topless pictures, and after she did so again by sharing two (since deleted) pictures where she's completely nude (but her nipples are covered by emojis), Asghari weighed in. "The only person in the world that gets bullied for posting things like this," he said of his wife. He admitted, though, that he "personally preferred she never posted these." But Asghari added, "Who am I to control someone that's been under a microscope and been controlled for most of her life." Fans still sounded concerned on Spears' Instagram page, though, with one person commenting on one of her latest posts, "Nobody thinks this is weird enough to talk about globally?" Seriously, when will President Zelensky finally weigh in?
Pete Davidson sparks Emily Ratajkowski breakup speculation with hockey outing
Can't a man go to one hockey game in peace without sparking a wave of dating rumors? Clearly not. Pete Davidson was spotted attending a New York Rangers game on Thursday night, though he notably didn't go with his reported girlfriend, Emily Ratajkowski. He previously took her to a Knicks game, but this time, the SNL alum went to the game with Chase Sui Wonders and Rachel Sennott, his co-stars in Bodies Bodies Bodies. Does this mean "Petemrata" is officially dunzo? Davidson and Sui Wonders played love interests in the film, so it's unclear if they're taking that romance off-camera. They could also definitely just be friends hanging out, especially since Sennott was there, though Ratajkowski was also reported to have been on a date with DJ Orazio Rispo recently. Yet People just reported Davidson and Ratajkowski are "going strong and getting a little more serious," so we'll have to see if that turns out to be sort of a "Dewey Defeats Truman" scenario.
Jennifer Lawrence suggests 'X-Men' director threw 'hissy fits' on set
She's naming names. In a Hollywood Reporter roundtable, Jennifer Lawrence called out X-Men director Bryan Singer for apparently being extremely "emotional" on set. She was talking about the stereotype that women are "so emotional," countering this by saying, "I've worked with Bryan Singer. I've seen emotional men. I've seen the biggest hissy fits thrown on set." Claire Foy immediately burst out laughing over the quip about Singer, who directed Lawrence in X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse — though considering he's also faced a series of disturbing sexual misconduct allegations, this certainly isn't the worst thing she could have said about him. Lawrence's latest film, Causeway, was directed by a woman, and she said it was "incredible to not be around toxic masculinity" on set. The Hunger Games star added that female directors "are the calmest, best decision-makers I've ever worked with," and "I absolutely love working with" them. If only the Golden Globes loved nominating them.
Ash and Pikachu are leaving the 'Pokémon' anime after 25 years
The very best is riding off into the sunset. In a major "end of an era" moment for '90s kids everywhere, Ash Ketchum and Pikachu are leaving the Pokémon anime after 25 years. The show (which, yes, is still on) has announced that Ash and Pikachu's storyline is set to be wrapped up with 11 episodes telling their "final chapter," and a new Pokémon series will center around totally different characters: Liko and Roy, along with the Pokémon Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. Ash voice actor Sarah Natochenny bid farewell to the character on Twitter, writing, "No matter what lies beyond his final chapter, he'll live forever in the hearts of many generations to come." The anime recently had Ash actually become the top Pokémon trainer in the world, essentially fulfilling his dream of becoming the very best like no one ever was. But he may soon learn a tough lesson that there are downsides to peaking at age 10.