The daily gossip: Christina Applegate reveals her multiple sclerosis diagnosis, Chet Hanks goes on an anti-vax rant, and more
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Christina Applegate talks about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis
Christina Applegate is opening up about being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The Dead to Me star revealed on Twitter she received her diagnosis "a few months ago," writing that "it's been a tough road" but that she has "been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition." Applegate previously battled breast cancer, undergoing a double mastectomy and announcing she was cancer free in August 2008. The actress received an outpouring of support Tuesday following her announcement, with Josh Gad tweeting that he doesn't "know a stronger, braver and more courageous person," and "she will not be defined by this diagnosis." Plus, Applegate added, "As we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some a--hole blocks it."
Chet Hanks posts wild anti-vax rant
Chet Hanks, of "white boy summer" fame, posted a video on Instagram seemingly imploring his followers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. "I got the vaccine, I think everybody should, I think it's really important," he said, before breaking into a rambunctious "PSYCH!" and changing gears completely. "They ain't sticking me with that motherf---ing needle," he declared, falsely equating COVID-19 to "the motherf---ing flu." His parents, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who tested positive last year and have since urged Americans to do their part and get vaccinated, might say otherwise.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is Morticia Addams
The new Addams Family show has snapped up another star. Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Morticia Addams, the matriarch of the creepy and kooky family, in Netflix's new series Wednesday centered around daughter Wednesday Addams. It was previously revealed that Luis Guzmán will star as Gomez Addams, while Jenna Ortega has nabbed the lead role of Wednesday. This show is coming from Tim Burton, who somehow hadn't already made an Addams Family project until now, and it's set to follow Wednesday as she tries to "thwart a monstrous killing spree" and solve a "supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago." Seriously, though, would it have killed Netflix to have announced this casting news on a Wednesday?
Beyoncé taught Blue Ivy about self care
Beyoncé has a couple queen bees of her own now — the singer told Harper's Bazaar she started "building a hemp and a honey farm" at her house during the pandemic. "I've even got hives on my roof," she said, saying her new at-home wellness venture came after she "discovered CBD" on her last tour and found ways to create "positive rituals" in her life to take care of herself. She's passed that wisdom down to her daughter Blue Ivy, age 9, who's clearly learned that a little pampering can go a long way for a girl's mental health. Said Beyoncé: "One of my most satisfying moments as a mom is when I found Blue one day soaking in the bath with her eyes closed, using blends I created and taking time for herself to decompress and be at peace."
I Am Legend screenwriter would like to be excluded from this narrative
The screenwriter for the 2007 Will Smith movie I Am Legend would like to remind you that the plot was a work of fiction. Akiva Goldsman, who cowrote the screenplay, was forced to make that extremely obvious statement after The New York Times reported that some people who are wary of COVID-19 vaccines have pointed to the movie as a supposed reason to fear that vaccination could turn them into zombies. Setting aside that I Am Legend's zombies were actually infected by a genetically modified virus, not a vaccine, it's still just a screenplay. "Oh. My. God. It's a movie. I made that up. It's. Not. Real," wrote an exasperated Goldsman on Twitter. Moral of this actually-not-fictional story? COVID-19 vaccines are zombie-free.