The daily gossip: Harry Styles rips pants at concert in front of Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift's new music video includes a Joe Alwyn Easter egg, and more
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Harry Styles rips his pants at a concert in front of Jennifer Aniston
You've heard of The Spit, but make way for The Split. Harry Styles was performing at the Kia Forum in California on Thursday night when he got down on a knee and his pants fully split open. We're not talking about a tiny tear, but a pretty massive hole over the entire crotch area. The "As It Was" singer quickly got up and covered up the hole with his hand, later wrapping a towel around his waist. "My trousers ripped," he told fans. "I feel it necessary to apologize to a certain few of you right down in the front there." Making matters worse was the fact that a number of stars were reportedly at the concert, including Jennifer Aniston — who Styles has said was his first celebrity crush. And as SpongeBob taught us, no girl ever wants to dance with a fool who went and ripped his pants.
Taylor Swift's new music video includes a Joe Alwyn Easter egg
This might be a stretch, but we're starting to think Taylor Swift is a fan of Easter eggs. Swift has finally gotten around to dropping another music video for Midnights, this time for the album's first track, "Lavender Haze." The sultry video depicts her in bed with a boyfriend, played by trans model Laith Ashley, and bathing in purple like she's about to become the Joker. Obviously, the video is also stuffed with Easter eggs. For one, we see an album cover with the constellations Sagittarius and Pisces, representing the zodiac signs of Swift and her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. There's also incense, a possible connection to an incense reference in "Maroon." Plus, koi fish featured in the video seem to be a reference to the guitar she played during her Speak Now tour, potentially hinting that's the next album she plans to re-record. Also, if you look very closely in the video, you might be able to spot … lavender.
Rick Astley sues rapper Yung Gravy for imitating his voice
He's never gonna give this legal battle up. Rick Astley has filed a lawsuit against rapper Yung Gravy for allegedly impersonating his voice without permission on a hit song, according to TMZ. The song, "Betty (Get Money)," was released last year, and it interpolates Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." But the lawsuit alleges Gravy "conspired to include a deliberate and nearly indistinguishable imitation of Mr. Astley's voice throughout the song." His track includes what sounds like Astley's voice singing "Never Gonna Give You Up," but it's actually an impersonator. "The imitation of Mr. Astley's voice was so successful the public believed it was actually Mr. Astley singing," the lawsuit claims. As the lawsuit notes, Gravy admitted in an interview he "basically remade" Astley's voice "because it makes it easier legally." We'll have to see whether the case makes it to trial, in which case Astley can testify that Gravy knows the rules, and so do I.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is reportedly making a new 'Tomb Raider' show
Get ready for Lara Croft to go from tomb raider to fourth wall breaker. Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is working on a new Tomb Raider TV show, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed. The project is set up at Amazon, where she has an overall deal. The show is said to be in the development stages with Waller-Bridge writing and producing. Angelina Jolie famously starred in the original Tomb Raider movies in the 2000s, which were followed more recently by a 2018 reboot with Alicia Vikander. But last year, The Wrap reported a "bidding war" for the Tomb Raider rights had erupted after MGM lost them by failing to greenlight a new movie before a May 2022 deadline. This will be another iconic action franchise that Waller-Bridge will have her hands in after Indiana Jones, though the Reporter says she doesn't plan to star in the new Tomb Raider herself. Whether there's any room for a hot priest is still TBD.
Could Andrea Riseborough's surprise Oscar nomination be rescinded?
To Leslie may be a small film with a giant problem. Andrea Riseborough's surprise Oscar nomination has drawn scrutiny from the Academy, Puck reports. Pundits were shocked when the actress received an Oscar nod this week for the little-seen To Leslie, which came after a wave of celebrities randomly started praising the "small film with a giant heart" just in time for voting. Puck describes Mary McCormack, wife of To Leslie director Michael Morris, as the "mastermind," as she was reportedly "relentless in soliciting support" — even requesting in an email that her famous friends post about the film "every day." Well, the Academy is now looking at whether this violated its campaign rules regarding lobbying, according to Puck. This could theoretically result in Riseborough's nomination being revoked, in which case she wouldn't be replaced with another actress, and the category would simply have four nominees. But Pearl fans aren't about to hear that, so here's how Mia Goth can still win…