The daily gossip: Bryan Cranston eyes retirement, 'Wednesday' star Percy Hynes White denies 'false' rumors, and more

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1. Bryan Cranston is planning to retire from acting in 2026

He's done when he says he's done. Bryan Cranston told GQ he's planning to retire from acting, at least temporarily, in 2026. The "Breaking Bad" star said that in three years, he will shut down his production company and sell his half of Dos Hombres, the mezcal company he founded with Aaron Paul. He and his wife, Robin Dearden, will then head to another country, likely France, to live in a small village for at least six months. "I want to change the paradigm once again," Cranston said. "For the last 24 years, Robin has led her life holding onto my tail. She's been the plus one, she's been the wife of a celebrity. She's had to pivot and adjust her life based on mine. She has tremendous benefit from it, but we're uneven. I want to level that out." The actor added he "won't be thinking about" work anymore, so if you were thinking of trying to send him a script, tread lightly.


2. 'Wednesday' star Percy Hynes White denies 'false' rumors after sexual assault allegations

Percy Hynes White has broken his silence on some disturbing allegations against him. On Instagram, the "Wednesday" actor spoke out against what he described as a "campaign of misinformation about me online." In January, a Twitter user accused Hynes White of assaulting her at a party while she was drunk, claiming he also "cornered and pressured and assaulted multiple of my friends" and "would pursue, have sex with, abuse and get my friend high who was 13/14 at the time." The posts were later deleted. "The rumors are false," Hynes White wrote on his Instagram story, adding that "these are the kind of baseless, harmful claims that can create mistrust toward victims." The actor also said it's "very distressing to know that this misinformation has upset people." The allegations sparked calls for Hynes White, who plays Xavier on "Wednesday," to be fired from the Netflix hit.

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3. Jamie Foxx's representative shoots down vaccine rumor

You're not going to believe it, but it turns out some online rumors regarding the COVID-19 vaccine might not be totally accurate. A representative for Jamie Foxx is shooting down an unsubstantiated claim that the actor's hospitalization was related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Foxx was hospitalized in April for a medical issue, the details of which still haven't been made clear. But gossip columnist A.J. Benza recently claimed on "Ask Dr. Drew" that Foxx was left "partially paralyzed and blind" after taking the COVID-19 vaccine, which supposedly led him to develop a blood clot and have a stroke. In an email to NBC News, though, the actor's representatives dismissed this as "completely inaccurate." Last month, Foxx's daughter revealed that contrary to reports, her dad has "been out of the hospital for weeks" and was "playing pickleball yesterday."


4. 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny' tracking for lower opening than 'Crystal Skull'

To quote another Harrison Ford franchise, we have a bad feeling about this. Early tracking suggests "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" will open to between $60 million and $70 million at the domestic box office later this month, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That would be a step down from the $100 million three-day debut of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and that was in 2008, so the number isn't adjusted for inflation. For further comparison, "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" just opened to $120 million, while "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" opened to $118 million last month. Granted, there's always room for the film to improve on this early tracking considering it's still weeks away. But it wasn't a great sign when "Dial of Destiny" received mixed reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, and it's currently sporting a rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes. Clearly, whoever decided to premiere the film there chose … poorly.

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5. Bill Hader accused of being a great guy to work with

There don't seem to be many Bill haters in Hollywood. An anonymous person who claims they worked on "Barry" has come forward to allege Bill Hader is an amazing boss. On the Instagram account iastories, which shares anonymous stories from film and TV workers, a recent submission described Hader as great to his crew, as he came to set so prepared that "we worked the shortest hours I've ever worked in my whole career." Hader "knows who everyone is on the crew," the post said, praising him for thanking workers for their specific contributions in interviews. "When you work for someone like that, it makes you want to do your best work," the anonymous submission said, adding that "national treasure" Henry Winkler is also a delight. "Every single person on the cast and crew were some of the loveliest people on the planet, and it all comes from the top," the post said. Hollywood's hottest set has everything!


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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.