The daily gossip: Jay-Z and Beyoncé buy most expensive California home ever sold, Auli'i Cravalho won't reprise Moana in live-action remake, and more
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Jay-Z and Beyoncé buy most expensive California home ever sold
Baby, I can feel your escrow. Jay-Z and Beyoncé are plunking down a mind-boggling $200 million on a 30,000 square-foot home in Malibu, which is now the "most expensive home ever sold" in California, as well as the second most expensive real estate deal in the entire United States, TMZ reported. The previous record for the most expensive California home ever was $177 million, while the top real estate deal in the U.S. is still $238 million for a New York apartment. The power couple previously bought an $88 million Bel-Air mansion in 2017. Their new place, an "all-concrete structure," was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, TMZ said. It was reportedly listed for $95 million more than Jay-Z and Beyoncé paid, meaning they saved enough money to finance roughly 15 seconds of the next "Avatar" film.
Auli’i Cravalho won’t reprise Moana in Disney’s live-action remake
Auli'i Cravalho is passing the torch. The actress, who voiced the title character in Disney's 2016 animated film "Moana," has revealed she won't reprise the role in the upcoming live-action remake. She is, however, involved in the film as an executive producer. "I believe it is absolutely vital that casting accurately represents the characters and stories we want to tell," Cravalho said on Instagram, adding that as a producer, she'll help find a new actress "to portray Moana's courageous spirit, undeniable wit, and emotional strength." She also said she's "truly honored" to "pass this baton" to the "next young woman of Pacific Island descent." Though the lead role will be recast, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is expected to reprise Maui — so don't even think about auditioning for the role of the rooster, Vin Diesel.
Harrison Ford told he's 'still very hot' in Cannes press conference
My question is more of a come-on. During a press conference after the premiere of "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" at the Cannes Film Festival, one journalist used her time to inform Harrison Ford that he is, in fact, an attractive man. "Look, I think you're still very hot," the reporter said, drawing applause from the audience. "We were stunned to see you take your shirt off in the second scene, and you've still got it!" When she finally got around to posing a question, the journalist asked Ford, "How do you keep fit, and can you ride a horse?" The 80-year-old actor was clearly taken aback but confirmed he can ride a horse before adding, "I have been blessed with this body. Thanks for noticing." Is this a film festival or a sexual harassment seminar?
Hank Green has been diagnosed with cancer
Fans are sending well-wishes to Hank Green after the author and vlogger shared his cancer diagnosis. In a YouTube video simply titled "So, I've got cancer," Green, who runs the Vlogbrothers channel with his brother, John, revealed he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, and he said it's a good news, bad news situation. "It's cancer," he said, but "one of the most treatable cancers," and it "seems likely" it was caught early. "This is the best time so far in human history to get lymphoma, which is a very Hank Green thought," he joked. Green, who will start chemotherapy soon, went on to say, "As you can tell, I'm fine, but I'm not fine. It sucks." He plans to remove pressure on himself to put out videos, which fans were naturally supportive of, with one person writing in the comments, "You are a boon to this world Hank and we're all pulling for you."
Live-action 'Powerpuff Girls' dead at The CW
Sugar, spice, and everything nice won't be coming to The CW after all. The network has confirmed that it's no longer developing the live-action "Powerpuff Girls" TV show that was announced in 2020, according to TVLine. The series was expected to depict Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup as "disillusioned 20-somethings," and Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron and Yana Perrault were cast in the lead roles. In fact, a pilot was shot in 2021, but the show was never picked up to series. "Sometimes things miss, and this was just a miss," former CW president Mark Pedowitz admitted in 2021, adding, "Tonally, it might have felt a little too campy. It didn't feel as rooted in reality as it might have." Still, Pedowitz added that the project was going "back to the drawing board," and it was said to still be in development as of last year, even after Bennet dropped out. Now, though, the whole thing has gone up in a puff of smoke.