The daily gossip: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon shared a bank account, Sheryl Lee Ralph alleges a 'famous TV judge' sexually assaulted her, and more
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon shared a bank account
If Matt Damon had bought that zoo when he was younger, he would have needed to consult Ben Affleck first. On The Bill Simmons Podcast, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon revealed they once shared a bank account, which they opened in high school. "We had a BayBank account that we shared," Damon said before acknowledging that this is a "weird thing in retrospect." But he said they "needed the money for auditions" … and, occasionally, to "get quarters" to play video games or "try to buy beer, which never f--king worked." Damon recalled this created a situation where "as long as one of us had money, we knew that the power wasn't going to get shut off," and Affleck joked, "Can you imagine how happy I was when that Bourne movie worked?" They didn't specify at what point this arrangement ended or whether they stopped sharing an account due to Affleck's excessive Dunkin' charges.
Sheryl Lee Ralph alleges a 'famous TV judge' sexually assaulted her
Sheryl Lee Ralph has revealed a "famous TV judge" once sexually assaulted her — and the network looked the other way. On the Way Up With Angela Yee podcast, the Emmy-winning Abbott Elementary star alleged an unnamed celebrity judge once "grabbed me by the back of my neck, turned me around, and rammed his nasty a-- tongue down my throat" in a "very public place." She noted that she and the assailant were on the same network, and "everybody at the network saw it." According to Ralph, she called Marc Morial, then the mayor of New Orleans, who offered to "send the police there right now." But "somebody at the network" asked her not to because they "did not want any bad press around their show and did not care what had just happened to me," Ralph said. She didn't name the person but clarified it wasn't Judge Greg Mathis, a "great man."
'Rick and Morty' co-creator Justin Roiland's domestic violence charges dismissed
Justin Roiland, the fired co-creator of Rick and Morty, is no longer facing charges of domestic violence. Roiland's case was dismissed Wednesday, which a spokesperson for the district attorney told TMZ was due to a lack of sufficient evidence to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt. He was charged with felony domestic violence in 2020 in connection with an incident against a woman he was dating at the time, and he pleaded not guilty. After the case came to light, Roiland was quickly fired from Rick and Morty by Adult Swim, which said it would recast his roles as the voice of both title characters. He was also fired from Hulu's Solar Opposites and resigned from his video game company, Squanch Games. Following the case's dismissal, Roiland tweeted that he's "deeply shaken by the horrible lies that were reported about me," and he slammed his "embittered ex" who tried to "have me 'canceled.'"
Longtime Marvel executive was reportedly 'blindsided' by her firing
Avengers producer, assemble … your things and get out. Victoria Alonso, a top executive and producer who had been with Marvel for 17 years going back to before the first Iron Man, abruptly exited the studio this week, and details about the shock news are trickling in. According to Variety, Alonso was fired from her role at Marvel, which most recently involved overseeing post-production and VFX, and she was "blindsided" by the move. The reason for her firing is still unclear, but Vulture reporter Chris Lee said visual effects sources have alleged she "was singularly responsible for Marvel's toxic work environment." The exit also comes as anonymous VFX artists have recently been slamming Marvel, with some telling Vulture that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was "severely understaffed" and workers had to deal with an unrealistic deadline. If real life is anything like Marvel's movies, though, Alonso's firing may soon be reversed using the multiverse and/or time travel.
Paramount is looking to remake 'Vertigo' with Robert Downey Jr.
I … am … Jimmy Stewart? Paramount reportedly plans to play with fire by remaking one of the greatest films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. The studio has acquired a remake of the 1958 thriller by Hitchcock, and Robert Downey Jr. is eying the lead role previously played by Jimmy Stewart, Deadline reports. The remake is reportedly being written by Steven Knight, the creator of Peaky Blinders who also just signed on to write a Star Wars movie. Vertigo is considered such a classic that in 2012, critics polled by Sight & Sound named it the greatest movie of all time, surpassing Citizen Kane, and the most recent edition of the poll ranked it second. But it will only be the latest Hitchcock movie to get a remake after Gus Van Sant famously remade Psycho in 1998, recreating the whole thing nearly shot for shot. Make way for the Tom Holland Citizen Kane remake next.