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Tony Hawk doesn't seem enthusiastic about the skateboards painted with his blood
Tony Hawk has poured blood, sweat, and tears into his skateboarding career. Now, he's just pouring blood onto his skateboard. Hawk teamed up with Liquid Death Mountain Water, and "didn't read the fine print." Next thing he knew they drew his blood, mixed it into paint, and used it to create a limited run of skateboards. "So wait, if you have my blood, that means you have my DNA," Hawk says in the promotional video. But the company covered their bases, tweeting: "Although it could arguably make the world a better place, never ever use these boards to make clones of Tony Hawk." But remember kids, Lil Nas X did it first, and he's raising an interesting point about the lack of outrage over the skateboards.
Kristen Stewart's Oscar buzz has officially begun
Get ready: Oscar-nominee (and winner?) Kristen Stewart is happening. The first footage of Stewart as Princess Diana in Spencer was shown Wednesday at CinemaCon, and those who saw it were clearly quite impressed. "It looks like Kristen Stewart will be getting an Oscar nomination for her performance as Diana," critic Scott Menzel wrote, predicting this will be her "big moment." Insider's Jason Guerrasio similarly wrote that Stewart is "going all out for that Oscar glory" based on the footage, adding that her accent is "spot on." Speaking of which, though, this would be in a Best Actress race that would likely also include Lady Gaga for House of Gucci. Will it be the ultimate battle of the accents?
Lorde's only online friends are cooks
Lorde has identified the one online community that's actually worth following. The singer explained to The Late Late Show why she has cut social media out of her life — "because I felt like my brain wasn't working very well anymore," which, you know, is a pretty good reason. She compared it to cutting out sugar, saying she was "so crabby" after initially logging off. But "the brain will make anything into a social network," she said. So now that she's off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, she said "now, my social network is the New York Times cooking app," outing herself as a lurker on one of the only good comment sections on the Internet.
It's Alana, not Honey Boo Boo, thank you very much
You were introduced to her as 6-year-old pageant queen Honey Boo Boo on TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras, but just shy of her 16th birthday, she wants you to know her name is Alana Thompson. The reality star, who inspired spin-offs Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Mama June: Road to Redemption, has since ditched her Honey Boo Boo persona: "They are completely two different people. I would say that I do like this Alana now, rather than the younger Alana," she said in a Teen Vogue cover story. Thompson is in high school, saving up for a car, and trying to get good grades so she can study to become a neonatal nurse. Get ready world, here comes Alana!
Kanye West files to legally change his name to Ye
Farewell, Kanye West. The name "Kanye West," at least. The rapper filed documents in Los Angeles to legally change his name from Kanye West to just Ye, the nickname he has gone by in recent years. Why? "Personal reasons," according to the documents. West used Ye as the title of his eighth studio album, and in 2018, he declared himself "the being formally known as Kanye West," adding, "I am YE." The request must be approved by a judge, but TMZ says the sign-off is expected. This comes amid the wait for the rapper's new album Donda, which still hasn't been released, though a third listening party is happening this week. Could it serve as the unofficial "Kanye West'' send-off?